Saturday, 31 May 2014

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam (ii), 2013 Declaration of Final Result

The following is list, in order of merit of  570 candidates, who have qualified  on the basis  of  the results of the  Written  Examination held by the Union Public Service Commission in  August 11, 2013 and the subsequent Interviews held by the Services  Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence  for admission to the  Army, Navy and  Air Force wings  of National  Defence Academy for the 132nd  Course and Naval Academy  for the  94th   Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from July 2014.  For detailed information regarding the actual date of commencement of the above courses, please visit the websites of Ministry of Defence i.e www.joinindianarmy.nic.in or indianarmy .gov.in.
        The results of Medical Examination have not been taken into account in preparing these lists. 
       The candidature of all the candidates is provisional, subject to their submitting the requisite certificates  in support of date of birth and educational qualifications etc., claimed by them, directly to the Additional Directorate General of Recruiting, Adjutant General’s Branch , Integrated  Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Army), West Block No. III, Wing-1, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066, wherever this has not already been done, and NOT to  U.P.S.C.
     In case, there is any change of address, the candidates are advised to promptly intimate directly to the Army Headquarters at the address given above.
   These results are  also be available on the UPSC Website at http://www.upsc.gov.in. However, marks of the candidates will be available on the Website after  15  days from the date of declaration of final results.      
      For any further information, the candidates may contact  Facilitation Counter  near Gate ‘C’ of the Commission   either in person or on Telephone Nos.011- 23385271/ 011-23381125/011-23098543 between 10:00 Hours to 17:00 Hours on any working day.

PM's tweets on school curriculum

Following is the text of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's tweets today, on school curriculum: 

"Am reading in the news that some states want to include Narendra Modi's life struggles as a part of school curriculum. 

I firmly believe that the life story of living individuals should not be included as a part of the school curriculum. 

India has a rich history of several stalwarts who made India what it is today. Young minds should read about these greats & emulate them." 

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Visiting leaders call on President

Presidents of Afghanistan, Maldives and Sri Lanka, the Prime Ministers of Mauritius, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan and the Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday (May 27, 2014). 

Welcoming Mr. Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, President Pranab Mukherjee said the fact that democracy has taken root in Afghanistan is President Karzai’s political legacy for the country. He said India’s political leadership, cutting across party lines, greatly values Afghanistan’s friendship with India and recognizes the personal efforts President Karzai has made to develop our strategic partnership. India will remain committed to the development and reconstruction of Afghanistan. India sees a prosperous, independent and sovereign Afghanistan as being of vital interest to India. 

President Karzai described India-Afghanistan relations as strong and deep. He expressed confidence that the new President in Afghanistan will continue to strengthen the close relationship. The people of Afghanistan want to see the country enjoy close relations with India. He expects the entire spectrum of relations with India to improve in the coming years. The people of Afghanistan are aware of the tremendous good will and friendship that exist in India and they look to India for greater partnership. 

Welcoming Mr. Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, the President of the Republic of Maldives, President Mukherjee said Mr. Gayoom’s visit to India in January 2014, which was his first visit abroad as President, was testimony of his strong desire to further strengthen India-Maldives bilateral relationship. Bilateral relations between the two countries are exemplified by close cooperation in a wide range of areas encompassing economic, security, defence and people to people ties. India looks forward to economic growth and development in the region with close integration of India and Maldives economies for mutual benefit. 

The President of Maldives said India has been one of its closest friends and allies since independence. He assured the President that Maldives will closely co-operate with India and expressed confidence that India-Maldives relations will grow from strength-to-strength. He said Maldives was committed to greater cooperation with India on all matters. 

Welcoming Mr. Mahindra Rajapaksa, the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the President said India greatly values its relations with Sri Lanka. In the recent past, bilateral cooperation has seen significant acceleration and expansion to include almost all areas of mutual interest. Bilateral cooperation between the two countries is based on shared partnership and mutuality of interests. India seeks all round progress in relations with Sri Lanka. The President said the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka should be utilized to create a lasting political settlement within the framework of a united Sri Lanka. The resumption of dialogue and meaningful devolution of powers would contribute towards this. 

The Sri Lankan President reciprocated the sentiments expressed by the President and said inviting leaders from countries of the region was an important message of friendship to the entire region. 

Welcoming Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, the President said his presence at the swearing in of the Prime Minister of India symbolises the special nature of bilateral relations between India and Mauritius. The President recalled his visit to Mauritius last year and said bilateral ties between India and Mauritius are anchored by bonds of shared history, culture and kinship. 

The Prime Minister of Mauritius warmly reciprocated the sentiments expressed by the President and said he looked forward to the relationship ascending new heights. 

Welcoming Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the President expressed appreciation for the gracious response of the Pakistan Prime Minister to the invite from our new Prime Minister, despite the short notice. He reiterated that it has always been India’s desire to build peaceful, friendly and cooperative ties and this will continue to be the policy of the new Government. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he considers it a personal privilege to be in India. The Government in both the countries have a strong mandate and that this is a historic moment for both countries to move forward in the relationship and remove the mistrust. President Mukherjee said efforts should be made to open up trade and economic co-operation. This is an opportunity and a historic moment which should not be missed. 

Welcoming the Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. Sushil Koirala, the President thanked him for making it convenient to attend the swearing-in ceremony and said his visit was doubly significant as it was his first visit to India since assuming office. The President said Nepal is an old and deeply valued friend. Bilateral relations of the two countries are rooted in shared history, geography and culture. India has ancient, civilisational and people to people ties with Nepal. It is committed to strengthening relations with Nepal in all spheres. The President said the historic elections in Nepal in November 2013 for the 2nd Constituent Assembly-cum-Parliament, with a record 70% turnout, was a major step forward. Whilst the challenges of Constitution drafting are ultimately for the Nepali political parties and people to overcome and settle, as a close friend and neighbour, India stands ready to support the Government and people of Nepal in their historic endeavours. 

The Prime Minister of Nepal warmly reciprocated the President’s sentiments and briefed him on the Constitution making process in the country. 

Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh called on the President. Speaking on the occasion, the President fondly remembered his visit to Bangladesh last year. The President said India attaches the highest importance to its relations with Bangladesh and seeks a deeper and stronger partnership. India and Bangladesh have made considerable progress in bilateral relations. The two countries must sustain and accelerate the current momentum in all areas of cooperation. 

The Speaker responded that Bangladesh has always attached a different value and priority to relations with India. The President’s visit to Bangladesh last year was a landmark visit and the Bangladesh Government is committed to strengthening relations with India even further. 

Mr. Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan also called on the President. Speaking on the occasion, the President said India and Bhutan share unique and special relations. Historical and cultural linkages make them natural friends and partners. Bilateral relations between India and Bhutan are based on shared strategic perceptions, utmost trust, transparency and sensitivity to each other’s concerns and vital interests. The security concerns of both India and Bhutan are intricately intertwined and indivisible. 

The Prime Minister responded that the relationship has stood the test of time and been nurtured by the leaders of the two countries. The future and security of the two countries are inter-twined. Bhutan is grateful to India for all the assistance provided for its economic development. 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

DGCA Directs Airlines to Handle Passengers with Care

 In first of its kind, DGCA has issued comprehensive guidelines on ‘facilities/courtesies to esteemed travelling public at airports’ in the form of Air Transport Circular 1 of 2014.  The Circular lays emphasis on standardized passenger complaint redressal and courteous behaviour of airline/airport staff dealing with passengers.  The guidelines, inter-alia, cover the following aspects:

a)       Provision of automated buggies free of charge for all senior citizens, expectant mothers and disabled and  needy passengers in the terminal building to facilitate their access to boarding gates located beyond reasonable walking distance at all airports having annual aircraft movements of 50,000 or more;

b)      Provision of small trolleys after security check for carriage of hand baggage up to the boarding gate;

c)      Airlines/airport operators to display the details of their Nodal Officer and Appellate Authority in a conspicuous manner at key areas of the airport indicating their names, contact number and email addresses;

d)      Ground handling staff of Airlines/airport operators engaged in passenger handling to undergo periodic soft skill training for sensitization, courtesy, behaviour and procedures for assisting the passengers; and

e)      Airlines/airport operators to report every month on passenger complaints and any incident of misdemeanour, discourteous behaviour and harassment, to DGCA along with the action taken.
                    
This will be ensured through surveillance done by the DGCA, and in case of non-compliance, the airlines/airport operator shall be liable to penal action as per the provisions of the Aircraft Act, 1934, read in conjunction with Aircraft Rules, 1937 and other relevant provisions of Indian Penal Code. The Circular has been uploaded on the DGCA website.

President appoints Cabinet Ministers, Ministers of State (Independent Charge) and Ministers of State

The President of India has appointed Shri Narendra Damodardas Modi as the Prime Minister of India. Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, the President has appointed the following as members of the Council of Ministers:- 

CABINET MINISTERS

1. Shri Raj Nath Singh

2. Smt. Sushma Swaraj

3. Shri Arun Jaitley

4. Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu

5. Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari

6. Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda

7. Sushri Uma Bharati

8. Dr. Najma A. Heptulla

9. Shri Gopinathrao Munde

10. Shri Ramvilas Paswan

11. Shri Kalraj Mishra

12. Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

13. Shri Ananthkumar

14. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad

15. Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati

16. Shri Anant Geete

17. Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal

18. Shri Narendra Singh Tomar

19. Shri Jual Oram

20. Shri Radha Mohan Singh

21. Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot

22. Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani

23. Dr. Harsh Vardhan

MINISTERS OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)

1. General V.K. Singh

2. Shri Inderjit Singh Rao

3. Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar

4. Shri Shripad Yesso Naik

5. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

6. Shri Sarbananda Sonowal

7. Shri Prakash Javadekar

8. Shri Piyush Goyal

9. Dr. Jitendra Singh

10. Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman

MINISTERS OF STATE

1. Shri G.M. Siddeshwara

2. Shri Manoj Sinha

3. Shri Nihalchand

4. Shri Upendra Kushwaha

5. Shri Radhakrishnan P

6. Shri Kiren Rijiju

7. Shri Krishan Pal

8. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan

9. Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava

10. Shri Raosaheb Dadarao Danve

11. Shri Vishnu Deo Sai

12. Shri Sudarshan Bhagat

The President administered the oaths of office and secrecy to the above members of the Council of Ministers at a ceremony held in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, today.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Global crude oil price of Indian Basket decreased marginally to US$ 108.05 per bbl on 23.05.2014

The international crude oil price of Indian Basket as computed/published today by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas went down to US$ 108.05 per barrel (bbl) on 23.05.2014. This was lower than the price of US$ 108.28 per bbl on previous publishing day of 22.05.2014.
In rupee terms, the price of Indian Basket decreased marginally to Rs 6318.76 per bbl on 23.05.2014 as compared to Rs 6341.96 per bbl on 22.05.2014.  Rupee closed stronger at Rs 58.48 per US$ on 23.05.2014 as against Rs 58.57 per US$ on 22.05.2014. 
The table below gives details in this regard:
Particulars    
Unit
Price on May 23, 2014 (Previous trading day i.e. 22.05.2014)                                                                   
Pricing Fortnight for16.05.2014 (April 29 to May 13 , 2014)
Crude Oil (Indian Basket)
($/bbl)
108.05              (108.28)
105.80
(Rs/bbl
6318.76             (6341.96)
6358.58
Exchange Rate
(Rs/$)
58.48               (58.57)
60.10