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- Class 10 board exams likely to make a comeback from 2018
- TN power plants to get better coal from Maharashtra
- Five labs in IITs to be brought on a par with best in the world
- India's 2nd costliest puja at Srikalahasti temple
- Scientists turn CO2 back into fuel
- Times Network unveils `Make In India' awards
- WTO members stay committed to development
- Fortified rice to be introduced in mid-day meals in Karnataka: Minister
Class 10 board exams likely to make a comeback from 2018
- The government is set to announce the reintroduction of the Class 10 board exam for students affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the country's largest national school testconducting body . The announcement is likely to be made by HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on October 25 and will be his first major decision after taking over as the ministry in early July . The Class 10 boards are likely to be back from 2018. Javadekar will also announce a new `no-detention' policy wherein students will be automatically promoted till Class 5. States will then devise their options till Class 8 but will need to provide an opportunity for a “re-test“ for students who fail. The CBSE Class 10 board examination was scrapped in 2010 and replaced with the current continuous and comprehensive evaluation that provides for tests and grading through the year as a means to reduce pressure on students.
TN power plants to get better coal from Maharashtra
- The state's power generation corporation is in the process of shifting to using coal from the western mines in Maharashtra, which is of better quality and cheaper to transport, instead of from Odisha.Talks with the Centre are on to bring coal from mines near Nagpur, said a senior official from Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company (Tangedco). “The Centre has assured us supply from Nagpur area and talks are on.We are hopeful of getting coal from the western mines before the end of this financial year,“ he said.
Five labs in IITs to be brought on a par with best in the world
- A meeting of IIT directors and experts on Project Vishwajeet that seeks to make IITs world class institutes decided to modernise five laboratories each in seven IITs. They will be made on a par with the best in the world. IIT directors presented detailed requirements to turn the dream of Vishwajeet into a reality . Five laboratories each at IIT Kharagpur, Bombay , Madras, Delhi, Kanpur, Guwahati and Roorkee will get funding from proposed Higher Education Finance Agency , directly from government and industry .“Now it is for the ministry to decide how it can be implemented,“ one official said.
India's 2nd costliest puja at Srikalahasti Temple
- For those finding it difficult to get married or couples who are issueless, a new “heavenly offering“ is on its way . Soon, the Srikalahasti temple in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh will perform the Naga Pratishta Puja, which at `15,000, will be the costliest in the country after the `Vastram' Puja that is performed at Tirumala. Located about 40km from Tirumala, the 700-year-old Shiva temple is known nationwide for performing the Rahu-Ketu Puja and Kalasarpa Dosha (when all planets are hemmed in by Rahu and Ketu on either side in the birth chart).
Scientists turn CO2 back into fuel
- Scientists have accidentally discovered a way to rever se the combustion process, turning carbon dioxide (CO2) back into a fuel.Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US used complex nanotechnology techniques to turn the dissolved gas into ethanol. Because the materials used are relatively cheap, they believe the process could be used in industrial processes, for example to store excess electricity generated by wind and solar power. The researchers had hoped the technique would turn carbon dioxide into methanol, but ethanol came out instead.
Times Network unveils `Make In India' awards
- Times Network, part of India's largest media conglomerate Times Group, has launched the Make In India Summit and Awards, which are aimed at laying out key imperatives and the framework for turning the vision of `Make In India' into a reality. The launch was held on October 18 in Delhi, and was attended by commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman, textile minister Smriti Irani and steel minister Chaudhary Birender Singh. In her keynote address, Sitharaman said, “Make In India, Make For India, all aim to make India a global ma nufacturing power. With momentum on our side, we look to contribute at least 25% of India's GDP through the manufacturing sector, which currently lies between 13-14%.“.
WTO members stay committed to development
- The World Trade Organization (WTO) head, Roberto Azevêdo, has said no member country has sought long-standing issues, including food security-related, to be taken off the negotiating table of the Doha Round. “They are all too important to be cast aside,” Mr. Azevêdo told The Hindu in an e-mail interview ahead of a key WTO meeting in Oslo on October 21-22. Agriculture, for example, is a key priority for developing countries. Progress on these issues will be difficult but I think that with fresh thinking, open-mindedness, and a renewed spirit of flexibility, anything is possible.
Fortified rice to be introduced in mid-day meals in Karnataka: Minister
- It will be a power-packed lunch for close to five lakh students in 2,600 government schools in three districts in Karnataka. They will be given fortified rice under the mid-day meal scheme from this month. The State government has entered into an agreement with The Akshaya Patra Foundation to roll out what is being termed one of the biggest ever programmes in terms of reach in staple food fortification.To begin with, schools in Dharwad, Ballari and Bengaluru will be covered.
Source: The Times of India / The Hindu
Courtesy: The Times of India / The Hindu