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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tamil Nadu School Education Department Unveils Major Reforms Tuesday May 23,2017

In what could be a major reform in school education in Tamil Nadu since 1979, the State government on Tuesday decided to not only introduce board examinations for Class XI from the coming academic year 2017-18 but also issue a consolidated mark sheet based on marks secured in Classes XI and XII for students passing out in 2019.
In addition to this, a schedule for revising the higher secondary syllabus after a gap of 12 years has also been announced. The syllabi for the remaining classes, which were last revised seven years ago, will also be taken up in phases.
This is the second examination reform announced by the government after doing away with the ranking system in Class X and XII board examinations earlier this month. In 1979, the government abolished the Pre University Course (PUC) and introduced the 10+2 schooling system under which board examinations were introduced for Class XII students in March 1980.
Announcing the decision at a press conference, School Education Minister K.A. Sengottaiyan said the duration of the board examinations had been reduced to 2 ½ hours from 3 hours. While the introduction of board exam for Class XI could be seen as a burden by some students, in a bid to ease the pressure, the government has announced a no-detention policy for Class XI.
“If the student fails to clear all papers in Class XI, he/she can either appear for that paper in the supplementary exams that will be held in June/July that year or along with Class XII exams the following year,” he said.
Equal weightage would be given for marks secured by the student in Classes XI and XII and the consolidated mark sheet would be for maximum marks of 1,200 (600 marks for Class XI and 600 marks for Class XII). In each of the subjects, 10% of marks has been reserved for internal evaluation of the student throughout each of the two academic years.
The minimum marks to be obtained for a pass in each of the subjects would be 35% and all practical exams for science subjects for both Class XI and Class XII would be held in Class XII.
“When appearing for science subjects in Class XI and Class XII exams, the student would have to write the exam for 70 marks (with 10 marks reserved for internal evaluation and another 20 marks reserved for practical exam). The practical exam for 40 marks would be held for each of the science subjects (20 for Class XI and 20 for Class XII) along with Class XII exams,” School Education Secretary T. Udhayachandran explained.
The Government Order issued in this regard pointed to the examination system adopted in neighbouring States of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, which have been conducting public exams for Class XI from 1978-79 and 2008 respectively. The G.O. said the change was necessitated after the practice of giving more focus to Class XII syllabus and ignoring the syllabus of Class XI by many private schools was brought to the government’s attention.
The Director of Government Examinations had also urged the government to pass orders to introduce a public exam in Class XI, as it would help students prepare for all-India exams such as IIT-JEE, NEET and CLAT, besides laying a foundation for their higher studies. When asked about possible cases of students coming to Tamil Nadu to join Class XII after completing Class XI in other States, Mr. Udhayachandran said, “Such cases would be quite few. However, we will issue a separate GO for such cases for calculating their marks for the consolidated mark sheet.”

ICC Cricket Committee recommends DRS for T20I; on-field umpires can now send off players for misconduct

 The ICC Cricket Committee chaired by India's head coach Anil Kumble made a host of recommendations at its annual meeting with the notable ones being the use of DRS for all T20 Internationals and on-field umpires be given the power to send-off players for misconduct.
Another recommendation proposes that the teams will not lose a review when an LBW review comes back as Umpire's Call. However, should that be adopted, the 80 over top-up of reviews in Test cricket would be removed.
The committee expressed unanimous support for the implementation of a Test cricket competition deeming that the context was crucial to the future of international cricket.
It also reiterated its full support for cricket being involved in the Olympic Games.
The committee also considered the new 'Laws of Cricket (2017 Code)' and has recommended the adoption of the majority of the changes to the laws, most significantly giving umpires the power to send off players from the field in response to the most serious incidents of player misconduct, such as violence on the field.
All other offences would continue to be dealt with under the ICC Code of Conduct.
Other major changes to the laws that will be adopted by the ICC are the restriction on bat dimensions (thickness of edges and depth of bat) and that a batsman will have made his or her ground when a bat bounces after being grounded behind the crease by a running or diving.
If the ICC Chief Executives' Committee approves these recommended changes, the new ICC playing conditions will come into effect from October 1.
A presentation on the findings of the 'No Ball' trial held in England during the ODI series against Pakistan last year was given to the committee, which recommended that the third umpire should call all no balls in international matches using instant replays.
The issue of concussion substitutes was revisited by the committee and it will recommend to the Chief Executives' Committee that the Classification of Official Cricket be amended to allow members to run a two-year trial into the use of concussion substitutes.
Kumble, on his part, said: "We have had a wonderful couple of days discussing cricket issues and there are a number of highlights. The first is around the structure of international cricket and the committee unanimously recommended that context in the international game is paramount and we welcome the new structure.
"The second is around the new laws of the game introduced by the MCC and we have adopted the majority of those including the size of the bats and this will help the balance between bat and ball.
"On DRS, MIT have finished their testing of all of the tools available and their recommendations have been adopted as far as calibration is concerned. All in all a very fruitful two days."
The other members of the committee were Clare Connor, Rahul Dravid, Adrian Griffiths, Mahela Jayawardene, David Kendix, Richard Kettleborough, Darren Lehman, Ranjan Madugalle, Tim May, Kevin O'Brien, Shaun Pollock, John Stephenson, Andrew Strauss, David White.

Pakistan Cricket Board announces Najam Sethi as its new chairman

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced Najam Sethi as its new chairman.
The unanimous decision was taken at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) presided by current chairman Shaharyar Khan. 
Najam Sethi will take over once Khan's term ends in August 2017, reported the Dawn.Along with this, two other unanimous resolutions were also passed during the proceeding.
The first was the appreciation of Khan's services for Pakistan's cricket. The members gave a standing ovation to the PCB chairman who was presiding over the meeting for the last time as his three-year term ends in August this year
The second resolution was adopted for a Pride of Performance award for Sethi for his significant contribution in Pakistan`s cricket especially staging of PSL's final in Lahore. Khan, in his address to the Annual General Meeting, thanked all the members for their support in organizing the Abdul Hafez Kardar School Cricket Championship and Fazal Mahmood Club Cricket Championship across the country.
He emphasised on the need of developing new cricket academies around the country. Khan also took the members into confidence on bilateral cricket series with India as well as board's legal initiatives on the MoU signed between the two boards.Sethi informed the AGM that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was a huge success with final of second edition taking place in Lahore.
He added that the management is aiming to hold eight matches of PSL's third edition in Pakistan (four each in Lahore and Karachi). He further added that as many as 30 national and international parties have shown their interest to buy sixth franchise. Sethi pledged to bring international cricket back in Pakistan and added that the Board would look into the participants' grievances and try to solve the issues raised at the AGM at the earliest

2017 Rajya Sabha Election - BJP wins lone Rajya Sabha seat from Manipur Thursday May 25,2017

President of the Manipur unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Khetrimayum Bhabananda won the state's lone Rajya Sabha seat, the election for which was held on Thursday May 25,2017

He defeated his lone rival Elangbam Dijwamani of the Opposition Congress by a margin of 18 votes. 
In the 60 member Manipur assembly, Bhabananda secured 39 votes while Dijwamani got 21 votes. 
The BJP and its allies have 38 members. 
Chief Minister N Biren Singh has been saying that more Congress MLAs are joining his party. 
Six of them had already joined the BJP, whittling away the strength of the Congress which secured 28 seats to 22.

Pakistan cricketer Bilal Irshad becomes first player to score triple century in ODIs

Pakistan cricketer Bilal Irshad created history after becoming the first player to score a triple century in a one-day match.
According to reports, the 26-year-old from Sindh smashed a world record 320 off 175 balls for his local club Shaheed Alam Bux Cricket Club in the game against Al Rehman CC in the Fazal Mahmood Inter-club Cricket Championship.
The opener hit nine sixes and 42 boundaries.
The tournament is reportedly organised to aim to unearth new talents in Pakistan.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also posted a tweet confirming the feat.
Kudos to Bilal Irshad who just became the first triple centurion of Fazal Mahmood National Club Cricket Championship by scoring 320 runs
He shared a 364-run partnership for the second wicket with Zakir Hussain. It is also the second-highest stand in List A cricket, behind the 372-run stand between Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels for West Indies in the 2015 ICC World Cup encounter against Zimbabwe in Canberra.
Thanks to their epic stand, Shaheed Alam Bux Cricket Club reach 556/4 in 50 overs, and went onto win the match by 411 runs.

Goa to Mumbai in style! All aboard India's new luxury (affordable) train - Tejas Express

India's passenger trains are notorious for being rickety and spartan, but the government is hoping to change all that with a new 'luxury' service.

The popular image of rail travel in the country of 1.2 billion people is of hundreds of people crammed into carriages, perching on roofs and hanging off the sides

But with its reclining seats and 'in-rail' entertainment featuring Bollywood movies, the Tejas Express may be getting the country on a different track.



Railway officials are billing the service, which runs between Mumbai and the tourist state of Goa, as India's first luxury, yet affordable train.


Tejas Express offers reclining seats with individual screens showing Bollywood movies and music videos


Tickets in second class cost around 1,190 rupees ($18) while in first class the price is in the range of 2,590 rupees.

That is around 20 percent more than a regular train on the same route, depending on when tickets are bought, but cheaper than the average flight.

The Tejas Express takes eight and half hours to reach Goa, only marginally quicker than regular services.

 It is capable of reaching speeds of 200 kmh (124 mph) but rarely will due to speed restrictions on the line.

The train is scheduled to run five times a week, apart from during India's four-month summer monsoon when it will go down to just three services.


LeBron James Surpasses Michael Jordan as Playoffs Scoring Leader Thursday May 25,2017


Cleveland forward LeBron James has moved past Hall of Famer Michael Jordan as the leading scorer in NBA playoff history on his way to helping the Cavaliers ease into a third straight NBA Finals series on Thursday May 25,2017
James entered Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals against the host Boston Celtics on Thursday May 25,2017 needing 28 points to surpass Jordan (5,987 points).

He reached the milestone in style late in the third quarter with a three-point jump shot that hit nothing but net.
LeBron James finished the game with 35 points to take his career playoff total to 5,995 points.
The 32-year-old, who is seeking a fourth NBA title, took 212 post-season games to surpass Jordan, a six-time champion who played 179 playoff games.

Narendra Modi Led NDA Govt completes three years today Friday May 26,2017


Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government completes three years today Friday May 26,2017

In 2014, the BJP won a massive mandate to rule India and took power after 10 years of Congress-rule, which was scarred by allegations of corruption and slow economic growth.

 As the BJP-led regime reaches its three-year mark, buoyed by multiple election victories that have helped consolidate its hold on states besides strengthen decision-making, here is a look at the top policies implemented by the government in economy and the social sector.



Top 5 Policy Moves



  1. 1 Demonetisation
  2. The decision to ban the two highest value currency notes is seen as the most radical decision taken by the Modi government. The Prime Minister's sudden announcement on November 08,2016 wiped out most of the currency in circulation and left millions scrambling for cash. The decision was aimed at tackling untaxed or black money. Amid long queues at ATMs and banks, the government also described its drastic move as a big push for a digital India.
  3. 2 Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  4.  The government's mega reform to do away with a tangle of taxes and levies and club them under one tax kicks in on July 1. GST will replace a bundle of indirect taxes imposed by the centre and the states and is expected to bring down tax leakages. It took complex political negotiations and debates for the government to ensure that the reform cleared parliament.
  5. 3 Make In India
  6. Soon after taking charge, PM Modi launched the campaign to attract foreign investment and build brand India. Since then, the government has gradually eased restrictions for foreign investors and opened nearly 90 per cent of the country's industrial base, including the defense sectors and the railways. India attracted $60 billion in foreign direct investments in the year to March 2017, up 8 percent from the previous year, government data showed. The Foreign Investment Promotion Board, the panel set up in the 1990s to coordinate and approve foreign investments, has been scrapped as part of PM Modi's efforts to boost funding of local industries from overseas.
  7. 4 Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
  8.  The Prime Minister launched his pet project for a clean India on Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary 2 October 2014. PM Modi roped in prominent personalities from the film industry, sports, media, business and other celebrities to promote the initiative.
  9. 5 Jan Dhan Yojana
  10. Crores of bank accounts have been opened as part of the scheme to give every household in India citizen easy access to banking facilities and set up accounts at zero balance. Another flagship scheme, the 'Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awas Yojna', promises 'Housing For All' by 2022. The scheme was designed to provide affordable houses to India's poorest.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurates Dhola-Sadiya Link, India's Longest Bridge at 9.15 km Friday May 26,2017


Prime Minister Narendra Modi kickstarted the celebrations of his government’s third anniversary celebrations on Friday May 26,2017 with the inauguration of the country's longest bridge in Assam.

After inaugurating the 9.15-km Dhola-Sadiya bridge, Modi took a stroll on the road link with Assam Chief Minster Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Road Transport minister Nitin Gadkari


The 9.15-km-long bridge will reduce the travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh from six hours to just one hour as the distance will shrink by 165 km.

The bridge is located 540-km from Assam capital Dispur and 300 km from Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar. The aerial distance to the Chinese border is less than 100 km.
The bridge over the Brahmaputra river, which is capable of withstanding the weight of a 60-tonne battle tank, is seen as an attempt by India to shore up its defence requirements along the Sino-Indian border, particularly in the Northeast besides providing easy access to the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam with air and rail connectivity.

The bridge would also reduce the distance from Rupai on NH 37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH 52 in Arunachal by 165 km.
It has been built at a cost of about Rs 2,056 crore over river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra.
It is 3.55 km longer than the Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai, making it the longest bridge in India




The construction of this bridge started in the year 2011 the project amount to Rs. 950 crore. In conjunction to this, the bridge is situated 540 km away from the capital of Assam, Dispur and 300 km away from Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh
PM Modi inaugurates Dhola - Sadia Bridge across River Brahamputra in Purana Sadiya, Assam pic.twitter.com/RMjRPilvAJ
PM Modi at the newly inaugurated Dhola - Sadia Bridge across River Brahamputra in Purana Sadiya, Assam pic.twitter.com/rbUubURfXu




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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Top 10 Tweets

With over 30 million followers on Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the world’s most popular political leader on Twitter, after the exit of Barack Obama. While the most followed person on Twitter continues to be Katy Perry, with over 98 million followers, PM Modi is the only Indian politician to make it to the list of top 50 users

Top 10 tweets by PM Modi:
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My mother returns to Gujarat. Spent quality time with her after a long time & that too on her 1st visit to RCR.
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My mother returns to Gujarat. Spent quality time with her after a long time & that too on her 1st visit to RCR.
GST बिल पास होने पर सभी देशवासियों को बधाई | नया साल, नया कानून, नया भारत!
Congrats for the Silver @Pvsindhu1. Very well fought. Your accomplishment at  is historic & will be remembered for years.
We strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in Uri. I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished.
Deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics.
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मां की ममता, मां का आशीर्वाद जीवन जीने की जड़ी-बूटी होता है।
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I want your first-hand view on the decision taken regarding currency notes. Take part in the survey on the NM App. http://nm4.in/dnldapp