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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10 districts awarded on National Girl Child Day for contributing towards woman empowerment

On the occasion of National Girls Child Day 10 districts were felicitated for their contribution towards woman empowerment.

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On the occasion of National Girl Child Day 10 districts were felicitated for their contribution towards woman empowerment. It was celebrated on Tuesday, themed on ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. 

Winner districts:

  • Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu)
  • Jalgaon
  • Osmanabad (Maharashtra)
  • Raigarh (Chhattisgarh)
  • Kathua (J&K)
  • Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan)
  • North Sikkim (Sikkim)
  • Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh)
  • Yamunanagar (Haryana)
  • Mansa (Punjab)

They were recognised for their contribution in different categories which were “effective community engagement, enforcement of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act and enabling girl child education”.

2016 Rio Paralympics, silver medalist Deepa Malik; one of the first women fighter pilots Avani Chaturvedi; first women amputee to climb Mount Everest Arunima Sinha; and advisor of Balaknama newspaper Shanno spoke at the event and shared their personal stories. Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi, Secretary WCD, Leena Nair were among many others who attended the event.

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More on the report:

Also, IIHMR University, Jaipur created awareness this World Girl Child Health Day and reported that 56 per cent of the girls between 15-19 years suffer from Anaemia.

Why is the gap between male and female diverging? 

With the rise in government taking measures to secure the future and health of the girl child across the nation, there are multiple reasons why inequities still exist and obstruct the growth and development of girl children. Some of the major inequities are primarily due to differential care amongst male and female child, gender inequality exists also due to sex selective abortions and neglecting the female child post birth; thus, putting them to the risk of malnourishment and retardation of growth.

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Single National Engineering Entrance Test: Government to take final decision after consulting with states

Another key proposal which was discussed at the meeting pertained to making an exit test mandatory for students, who are passing out of college to assess their skill sets

Government will take a final decision on holding of a NEET like single entrance examination after consulting with different states

Government will take a final decision on holding of a NEET like single entrance examination after consulting with different states

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Government will be soon taking a final decision on holding NEET like single entrance examination for admissions into the engineering colleges for medicine after holding consultation with different states.

According to official sources, at a high level meeting of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on Wednesday, the issue of holding a single examination for engineering college admissions, similar to what NEET is for medical college admissions came up.

Report in details:

  • The proposal received widespread support from a lot of participants but it was decided that before a final decision is taken in the matter, it should be discussed with various states, as well
  • There is a view in the Prakash Javadekar led HRD ministry that holding a single entrance examination for engineering colleges across the country would not only help in curbing irregularities and bring transparency, but will also also reduce the burden on students who are going to appear in several examinations
  • It is also learnt that one of the representatives of a state government who was present in the meeting also expressed some reservations to the idea
  • Another key proposal which was discussed at the meeting pertained to making an exit test mandatory for students, who are passing out of college to assess their skill sets
  • It was again decided in the AICTE meeting that the proposal too would be discussed with states before a final decision is taken, sources said
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Mumbai to have first ever National Centre for Excellence for Animation, Visual effects, Gaming and Comics

Once the institute is established, undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees and research positions would be offered.

Mumbai to have first ever National Centre for Excellence for Animation, Visual effects, Gaming and Comics

Mumbai to have first ever National Centre for Excellence for Animation, Visual effects, Gaming and Comics

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With the animation industry in India witnessing unparalleled growth rate in recent times, the financial capital of India, Mumbai, will soon come up with training institution for visual effects, animation, gaming and comics.

Recently, the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cabinet approved the establishment of a world-class training centre.

More on the upcoming training institute:

  • As per reports, Fadnavis cabinet has allotted 20 acre land in the premises of Goregaon Film City
  • The institute will be named as ‘National Centre for Excellence for Animation, Visual effects, Gaming and Comics’
  • This institute is being established in collaboration with the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
  • The total cost expected cost for the institute is upto Rs 200 crore
  • Once the institute is established, undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees and research positions would be offered

Commenting on the project, a professor at Mumbai University said, “This is an encouraging step by the Centre and the state. I hope this will encourage the youngsters to take up career in these emerging sectors.”

Meanwhile, reports suggested that Devendra Fadnavis had spoken about this project a year ago.

While speaking about this institute, the concerned official in a recent DNA report said, “Digital technology is now integral part of almost all movies, short films, documentaries, TV shows and other emerging media platforms. Such a Centre is the need of the hour.”

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