‘Curb corporal punishment in schools’, Menaka Gandhi writes to HRD ministry

After the increasing cases of corporal punishments came into limelight, Maneka Gandhi has written to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar in order to curb such punishments in schools.

Need to curb corporal punishment in schools

Need to curb corporal punishment in schools

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After the increasing cases of corporal punishments came into limelight, the Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has written to Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on the requirements to curb such punishment in schools, urging him to direct them to follow the national guidelines on the issue.

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Girls punished in a ‘derogatory’ manner:

A recent disturbing incident was reported by the media about a principal of a government school in eastern Uttar Pradesh, who punished girls for not memorising the Sanskrit shlokas and forced them to run on the playground without their skirts.

According to an official statement, Maneka has asked the HRD Ministry for widespread circulation and implementation of the Guidelines for Elimination of Corporal Punishment (GECP) prepared by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).

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The guidelines:

The guidelines directed by the apex body for child rights in the country recommend formation of “Special Monitoring Cells” in schools to look into cases of physical punishment or harassment of children and prepare annual audit reports on complaints of physical punishment, harassment and discrimination.

As per the Right to Education Act, an act of “physical punishment or mental harassment” inflicted on a child will attract disciplinary action.

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Nougat update starts hitting Huawei Honor 8 units in India

Huawei has started rolling out a new update to Honor 8 units in India. Arriving as version FRD-L02C675B310, the update brings along Android Nougat (version 7.0) and EMUI version 5.0. The update was being beta tested until now, but now the beta phase has come to an end.

“Honor 8 with Nougat and Emui 5.0 is open to users in India now,” the Chinese company said in a blog post. “FRD-L02C675B310 became open to public a week ago. The same version will be available to all users in batches by end of February.”

Global roll out for the Honor 8 Nougat update began last month, and units in the US started getting it last week.

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Three ways to restrict OneDrive uploads in Windows 10

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Sometimes you just don’t want OneDrive to do its job and start uploading and syncing files at will. This can be for any number of reasons, but the top two are usually because you’re doing a resource-intensive operation like gaming or your internet connection isn’t the fastest.

During those moments you have three relatively easy options for dealing with OneDrive in Windows 10: Shut it down until later, pause file syncing for a preset period, or slow down the sync speed to free up bandwidth resources.

For all of these tips we’re going to access the OneDrive app for Windows 10 from the notifications area. Click the upward-facing arrow on the far right of the taskbar and look for the OneDrive icon (a pair of white clouds).

Pause syncing

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Pressing pause on OneDrive is probably the easiest thing to do. Get to the OneDrive icon as described above, right-click it, and select Pause syncing. You’ll then see options to pause OneDrive for 2, 8, or 24 hours.

Choose you’re desired pause time, and you’re done.

Shutdown OneDrive

Option number two is also pretty easy. Right-click the OneDrive icon again and select Exit. A small pop-up window will appear in the middle of your desktop asking if you’re sure you want to shut down OneDrive. Click Close OneDrive.

Just remember that OneDrive is now off and won’t turn on again until you either reboot your PC or manually activate it.

Throttle

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The last option is to limit the upload speed that OneDrive can hit. By default, OneDrive adjusts its upload rate automatically, but when you need bandwidth for other things, manually limiting the upload speed is a good option.

Access the OneDrive icon once again, right-click it, and then select Settings.

A settings window will open. Click on the Network tab. At the top of this tab is a section called Upload rate with three radio buttons: Adjust automatically, Don’t limit, Limit to.

Select Limit to and then decide on a rate, which is measured in kilobytes per second. The default limit is 125KBps, but if you’d like it to use even less bandwidth, go for 100KBps or even 20KBps. At the latter rate a 2MB file would take around 90 seconds to two minutes to upload.

You can also choose to throttle download speeds, which might be helpful if you have a lot of shared documents on your PC that could be updated at the worst possible moment.

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Meizu M5s passes 4.25M registrations in a day

Meizu announced the M5s on Wednesday. The phone has a 5.2” 2.5D IPS display with HD resolution and a Mediatek MT6753 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU. There are two versions with different internal storage – one for CNY799 ($115) with 16GB and a CNY999 ($145) one with 32 GB. With such prices we shouldn’t be surprised that the registrations for the flash sale on February 20 reached 4.25 million.

Keep in mind that those are only pre-registrations that require nothing more than an email address and no money have changed hands at this point. That said, it’s almost certain that all the available stock will go away in minutes when the time comes.

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Apple to start manufacturing iPhone SE in India

Last month Apple reportedly selected Wistron as the primary manufacturer for all its iPhones in India. The Taiwanese partner of the Cupertino-based company set up a plant in Bengaluru in order to start the local production.

According to industry sources speaking to Reuters, iPhone SE assembly will begin in the coming months. Apple’s midranger is almost an year old but is still the cheapest devices the company offers in India.

Apple shipped 2.5 million iPhones to India last year which is the most the company has ever sold. It ranks at 10th at India’s smartphone market but last year lead the premium segment with a 62% market share.

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Aston Martin targets return to profitability in 2018

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer peers down the lines of a display model of a AM-RB 001 ahead of the 2017 Canadian International Autoshow. (Reuters)Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer peers down the lines of a display model of a AM-RB 001 ahead of the 2017 Canadian… Read More
TORONTO: Aston MartinHoldings Ltd expects a return to profitability in 2018, as the now money-losing luxury automaker plans to boost revenues with renewed versions of its sports cars, chief executive Andy Palmer said on Wednesday.

The British automaker, whose sports cars were popularized by James Bond films, is investing heavily to update existing models and develop several new vehicles through the end of 2019, including its first SUV, and the 2 million pound ($2.5 million) to 3 million pound ($3.7 million) Formula 1-inspired AM-RB 001, the most expensive new car ever built by Aston Martin.

“You’ve got a complete renewal during the course of 2018 of the sports cars,” Palmer told Reuters on the sidelines of the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

Unlike other luxury sports car brands, which are part of mass-volume auto groups and can benefit from economies of scale,

Aston Martin remains independent, Palmer said.

“We have to amortize the R&D (costs) on a small volume,” he said. “That’s what justifies the car being expensive.”

The carbon fiber AM-RB 001, which is being developed with Red Bull Advanced Technologies for expected delivery in 2019, is using Canadian composite specialist Multimatic as a supplier, Palmer said. All 150 cars have been sold, with another 25 to be manufactured as a separate variant for the track.

Palmer said one of Aston Martin’s highest volume models will be its DBX SUV, which when delivered in late 2019 would compete with the Bentayga produced by Bentley Motors Ltd, a division of the Volkswagen Auto Group.

Pickups and SUVs accounted for 59.5 per cent of U.S. auto sales in 2016, up from 55.8 per cent in 2015, and North American appetite has prompted luxury makers such as Rolls Royce and Lamborghini to come out with new SUV models.

Palmer said Aston Martin expects to build between 4,000 to 5,000 SUVs a year.

“We don’t want to go to big volume,” he said. “It’s basically high price, low volume, exclusivity.”

Aston Martin, which is to publish its 2016 financial figures at the end of February, is held by Kuwait’s Tejara and Italy’s Investindustrial. The private equity firms hold an equal voting stake, he said.

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Retail inflation in Delhi, J&K more than double national average: ASSOCHAM

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MANGALURU: The retail inflation may have been hovering at quite a reasonable level of 3.17% for January, 2017 on an all-India basis, but there is no respite for people right in Delhi along with a couple of other states, suffering the price rise at double the national average, with demonetization leaving its possible impact, an ASSOCHAM analysis has noted.

“Against the national average of 3.17%, Delhi had to bear the inflation rate, measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) at 6.32%, while it was 7.01% for Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and 5.92% for Himachal Pradesh,” said the ASSOCHAM analysis of the inflation data.

It also noted that in the rural belt of the national capital, the CPI inflation was close to seven per cent at 6.85%. Similarly the rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir and HP which were quite high on the retail inflation chart, witnessed quite a high rate of price rise in January, 2017 year on year.

In J&K rural and far flung, the CPI inflation was 9.08% and for the similar areas of HP it was 6.17%, adds the ASSOCHAM.

“The CPI inflation for January, 2017 on an all India level is much lower at 3.17% than the one measured on the Wholesale Price Index, at 5.25%. One of the plausible reasons could be the impact of demonetization on the supply chain, “said ASSOCHAM President Sandeep Jajodia.

But, what is more surprising is the huge gap between retail inflation in Delhi and the national average. ” This was not expected at least in Delhi, especially when the phenomenon was not seen even in the neighbouring states of Haryana, UP and Punjab, thought it was slightly over four per cent in these states”, the chamber said, adding the demonetization would have led to supply chain disruption more in the national capital than other states.

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West Bengal: Make changes in new bill, teachers request Education Minister

Several teachers including a former university vice-chancellor were badly beaten by police when they refused to call off their rally, said WBCUTA general secretary Shrutinath Prahara.

In picture, Teachers protesting in Kolkata against the new education bill

In picture, Teachers protesting in Kolkata against the new education bill

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After meeting education minister Partha Chatterjee in the state legislative assembly on Wednesday, a five-member team of various teachers’ organisations submitted a seven page deputation requesting to introduce changes in the new education bill that was passed recently.

However, several teachers’ organisations participated in a march to assembly that was stopped by police at Y-channel in Esplanade, and the teachers alleged police for using force.

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Several teachers including a former university vice-chancellor were badly beaten by police when they refused to call off their rally, said WBCUTA general secretary Shrutinath Prahara.

“The police used force to stop us from marching towards Assembly. Later a five-member delegation was allowed to meet the education minister. We have requested him to look at our demands and make a few changes in the West Bengal Universities and Colleges (Administration and Regulation) Bill, 2017. He gave us a patient hearing and also condemned the act of the police,” Praharaj said, as reported by Indian Express

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Mumbai: 25 per cent seats reserved for EWS in school admissions

Withstanding the technical glitches in the online application process which had deterred the admission process, the education department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to conduct the first round of seat allocation on February 28.

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As the admission for the economically weaker sections began in Mumbai on February 9, 2017, over 3,000 applications have been received so far.

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Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 25 per cent seats are reserved for the economically weaker sections.

Withstanding the technical glitches in the online application process which had deterred the admission process, the education department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to conduct the first round of seat allocation on February 28.

“We plan to hold the first round of lottery on February 28, three days after the last date of application,” said Prakash Charhate, deputy education officer, as reported in Hindustan Times.

Charhate further reiterated that first round of admission will be confirm in four days before the second round of seats allocation.

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94,832 candidates apply for MBA entrance exam in Maharashtra

As the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) received as many as 94,832 applications, several experts have attributed the growth to its better job prospects.

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As MBA courses are becoming popular among students due to its job oriented programmes, over 94, 000 aspirants in Maharashtra have applied for MBA entrance exam.

As the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) received as many as 94,832 applications, several experts have attributed the growth to its better job prospects.

Aspirants opt for CET

Following the implementation of state-held Common Entrance Test (CET), a single window for MBA admission, the need of taking multiple entrance tests has been considerably eased .

Earlier, aspirants have to take multiple tests such as Association of Indian Management Schools Test for Management Admissions and Common Management Admission Test for admission to MBA courses in the state.

Moreover, several coaching classes providing preparatory courses to aspirants have seen many students opting for CET.

“We have seen more students applying for CET this year. More students want to study in Maharashtra colleges than in previous years,” said Prasanth Nair, TIME manager, according to Indian Express.

He however observed that even if there is an increased in number of application which may indicate a rise in demand, it did not indicate a change in the management sector.

“The demand for MBA courses was at its peak around 2011 and today’s demand is not even close to what it was back then,” said Nair.

Aspirants may race for seats

As the number of applicant rapidly increased, the competition too has become tougher. Although the availability of seats is not exactly figured, it is speculated that there could be around 25,000 seats across the state.

According to DTE’s Director Dayanand Meshram, every three students will be competing for one seat.

Unlike this year’s increased in number of application, over 10,000 seats had remained vacant in the last academic session. Considering the huge proportion of seats lying vacant in many institutes over the last few years, some institutes have applied to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for reduction of intake capacity.

“The apex body for professional courses is likely to grant the permission to reduce intake. A final seat count will be available by April 30 when the AICTE grants Extension of Affiliation to all colleges,” said Ramesh Unnikrishnan, AICTE Western Region Director.

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