Tuesday, March 19, 2013

National Film Awards 2013 Winners List


60th National Film Awards for the films released in the year 2012 have been announced. Here are the list of winners-

 ● Best Actor : Irfan Khan for Pan Singh Tomar and Vikram Gokhale for Anumati (Marathi).

 ● Best Actress : Usha Jadhav for Marathi film 'Dhag'.

 ● Best Hindi Feature Film : - Paan Singh Tomar.

 ● Best Film for Wholesome Entertainment: Vicky Donor & Ustad Hotel (Malayalam).

 ● Best Special Effects: Eega

 ● Best Non-Feature Film: Shepherd's of Paradise.

 ● Best Film on Environment: Black Forest (Malayalam).

 ● Best Telugu film: Eega

 ● Best Tamil film: Vazhakku En 18/9

 ● Best Hindi Film: Filmistan

 ● Best Investigative Film: Inshallah Kashmir

 ● Best Playback Singer: Shankar for Bolo Na (Chittagong).

 ● Best Song: Bolo Na (Chittagong).

 ● Best Choreography : Birju Maharaj (Viswaroopam).

 ● Best Art direction: Lalgudi Ilayaraja (Viswaroopam).

 ● Best Original Screenplay - Sujoy Ghosh (Kahaani).

 ● Best Dialogue Writer: Anjali Menon (Ustad Hotel).

 ● Best Sound Recording: Gangs of Wasseypur.

 ● Best Direction - Shivaji Lotan Patil (Dhag - Marathi Film).

 ● Best Editing: Celluloid Man (Non-feature section).

 ● Best Makeup Artist: Raja (Vazahkku En 18/9).

 ● Best Costume Designer: Poornima (Paradesi).

 ● Best Supporting Actor: Annu Kapoor (Vicky Donor').

 ● Best Supporting Actress: Dolly Ahluwalia (Vicky Donor).

 ● Best Film on Social Issues: Spirit (Malayalam).

 Special jury mention for Parineeti Chopra (Ishaqzaade), Tanishta Chatterjee (Dekh Indian Circus) and Nawazuddin Siddhique (4 films).

Manager (Engineering) in Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Notification No. 54/2011) Final Key

MANAGERS IN H.M.W. & S.E. (54/2011) :: Paper-1 SERIES: A 500 - G.S. & M.A. - FINAL ANSWER KEY
 
MANAGERS IN H.M.W. & S.E. (54/2011) :: Paper-2 SERIES: A 589 - MECHANICAL ENGG. - FINAL ANSWER KEY
 
MANAGERS IN H.M.W. & S.E. (54/2011) :: Paper-2 SERIES: A 590 - CIVIL ENGG. - FINAL ANSWER KEY
 
MANAGERS IN H.M.W. & S.E. (54/2011) :: Paper-2 SERIES: A 591 - ELECTRICAL ENGG. - FINAL ANSWER KEY
 
MANAGERS IN H.M.W. & S.E. (54/2011) :: Paper-2 SERIES: A 592 - ELECTRONICS & COMM. ENGG. - FINAL ANSWER KEY
 
MANAGERS IN H.M.W. & S.E. (54/2011) :: Paper-2 SERIES: A 593 - COMPUTER SCIENCE - FINAL ANSWER KEY
 
MANAGERS IN H.M.W. & S.E. (54/2011) :: Paper-2 SERIES: A 594 - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - FINAL ANSWER KEY

Andhra Pradesh Budget 2013- 14 Highlights

Anam Ramnarayana Reddy, the Finance Minister of Andhra Pradesh on 18 March 2013 presented the budget for the year 2013-14 to the Andhra Pradesh legislature.

Budget 2013-14 of Andhra Pradesh at a Glance

• For the financial year 2013-14, government proposes an expenditure of 161348 crores Rupees. Non-plan expenditure is estimated at 101926 crores Rupees and Plan expenditure at 59422 crores Rupees. 

• The estimated revenue surplus is 1023 crores Rupees and fiscal deficit is estimated at 24487 crores Rupees at 2.85 percent of GSDP

• First ever exclusive Agriculture action plan was presented to the Legislature.

• The revised estimates of 2012-13 indicate a revenue surplus of 1685 crores against the budgeted revenue surplus of 4444 crores Rupees. The fiscal deficit is estimated at.21129 crores Rupees which would be 2.86% of GSDP. 

• The Gross State Domestic Product of Andhra Pradesh (GSDP) at current prices for the year 2012-13 as per the Advance estimates is 738497 crores rupees - an increase of 12.72 percent over the quick estimate of the GSDP of the previous year.

• The interest subvention scheme of Vaddileni Runalu is launched for the benefit of the farmers. An allocation of 500 crores rupees is made in the budget.

• A provision of 6128 crores rupees is proposed in year 2013-14 for Agriculture and Allied Sectors.

• The allocation for Social Welfare department is 4122 crores rupees in 2013-14. The allocation has been increased by 1445 crores Rupees over 2677 Rupees crores allocated in the year 2012-13.

• Five Districts i.e. Rangareddy, Hyderabad, East Godavari, Ananthapur and Chittoor are selected for implementation Aadhar Enabled Payment of all benefits in the first phase.

• Under the economic support schemes, Government is implementing the SC action plan so as to provide assistance to 66213 beneficiaries with an outlay of 423.86 crores rupees.

• For improving health infrastructure in tribal areas, Government have sanctioned buildings for (59) PHCs, (238) Sub-Centres and (19) CHNCs with a cost of 45.97 crore Rupees under NRHM.

ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE ENGINEERS IN VARIOUS ENGINEERING SERVICES (Notification No. 41/2011) FINAL KEY

ASST.EXECUTIVE ENGINEERS (41/2011 to 31/2011) G.R. :: Paper-1SERIES: A 500 - G.S. & M.A. - FINAL ANSWER KEY
 
ASST.EXECUTIVE ENGINEERS (41/2011 to 31/2011) G.R. :: Paper-2 SERIES: A 501 - COMMON FOR CIVIL & MECH - FINAL ANSWER KEY
 
ASST.EXECUTIVE ENGINEERS (41/2011 to 31/2011) G.R. :: Paper-2 SERIES: A 502 - ELECTRICAL ENGG. - FINAL ANSWER KEY
 
ASST.EXECUTIVE ENGINEERS (41/2011 to 31/2011) G.R. :: Paper-3 SERIES: A 505 - CIVIL ENGG - FINAL ANSWER KEY
 
ASST.EXECUTIVE ENGINEERS (41/2011 to 31/2011) G.R. :: Paper-3 SERIES: A 506 - MECHANICAL ENGG. - FINAL ANSWER KEY
 
ASST.EXECUTIVE ENGINEERS (41/2011 to 31/2011) G.R. :: Paper-3 SERIES: A 507 - ELECTRICAL ENGG - FINAL ANSWER KEY
 
ASST.EXECUTIVE ENGINEERS (41/2011 to 31/2011) G.R. :: Paper-2 SERIES: A 510 - ARCHITECTURAL ENGG. - FINAL ANSWER KEY
 
ASST.EXECUTIVE ENGINEERS (41/2011 to 31/2011) G.R. :: Paper-3 SERIES: A 511 - ARCHITECTURAL ENGG. - FINAL ANSWER KEY

Assistant Engineers in A.P.Public Health & Municipal Engineering Sub-Service (Notification No. 49/2011) Final Key

Assistant Engineers :: Paper-1SERIES: A600 - GENERAL STUDIES - Final Answer Key
 
Assistant Engineers :: Paper-2 SERIES: A 632 - COMMON FOR CIVIL& MECH. - Final Answer Key
 
Assistant Engineers :: Paper-2 SERIES: A 633 - ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING - Final Answer Key

Friday, March 15, 2013

Human Development Report-2013


The Human Development Index (HDI) was introduced in the first Human Development Report in 1990 as a composite measurement of development that challenged purely economic assessments of national progress.

This year the HDI report 2013, entitled The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World, emphasizes on the unprecedented growth of developing countries, which is propelling millions out of poverty and reshaping the global system. It covers 187 countries and territories. Data constraints precluded HDI estimates for eight countries: Marshall Islands, Monaco, Nauru, the People's Democratic Republic of Korea, San Marino, Somalia, South Sudan and Tuvalu.

Norway, Australia and the United States lead the rankings of 187 countries and territories in the latest Human Development Index (HDI), while conflict-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo and drought-stricken Niger have the lowest scores in the HDI's measurement of national achievement in health, education and income. Yet according to the report Niger and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, despite their continuing development challenges, are among the countries that made the greatest strides in HDI improvement since 2000.

The new HDI figures show consistent human development improvement in most countries. Fourteen countries recorded impressive HDI gains of more than 2 percent annually since 2000—in order of improvement, they are: Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Angola, Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Tanzania, Liberia, Burundi, Mali, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Niger. Most are low-HDI African countries, with many emerging from long periods of armed conflict. Yet all have made significant recent progress in school attendance, life expectancy and per capita income growth, the data shows.

Most countries in higher HDI brackets also recorded steady HDI gains since 2000, though at lower levels of absolute HDI improvement than the highest achievers in the low-HDI grouping.

Hong Kong, Latvia, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Lithuania showed the greatest 12-year HDI improvement in the Very High Human Development quartile of countries in the HDI; Algeria, Kazakhstan, Iran, Venezuela and Cuba were the top five HDI improvers in the High Human Development countries; and Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Ghana, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Mongolia were the HDI growth leaders in the Medium Human Development grouping.

The overall trend globally is toward continual human development improvement. Indeed, no country for which complete data was available has a lower HDI value now than it had in 2000.

When the HDI is adjusted for internal inequalities in health, education and income, some of the wealthiest nations fall sharply in the rankings: the United States falls from #3 to #16 in the inequality-adjusted HDI, and South Korea descends from #12 to #28. Sweden, by contrast, rises from #7 to #4 when domestic HDI inequalities are taken into account.

The new HDI rankings introduce the concept of the statistical tie for the first time since the HDI was introduced in the first Human Development Report in 1990, for countries with HDI values that are identical to at least three decimal points. Ireland and Sweden, each with an HDI value of 0.916, are both ranked seventh in the new HDI, for example, though the two countries' HDI values diverge when calculated to four or more decimal points.

The 2013 Report's Statistical Annex also includes two experimental indices, the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) and the Gender Inequality Index (GII). 
The GII is designed to measure gender inequalities as revealed by national data on reproductive health, women's empowerment and labour market participation. The Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark top the GII, with the least gender inequality. The regions with the greatest gender inequality as measured by the GII are sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the Arab States.

The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) examines factors at the household level that together provide a fuller portrait of poverty than income measurements alone. The MPI is not intended to be used for national rankings, due to significant differences among countries in available household survey data.

In the 104 countries covered by the MPI, about 1.56 billion people are estimated to live in multidimensional poverty. The countries with the highest percentages of ‘MPI poor' are all in Africa: Ethiopia (87%), Liberia (84%), Mozambique (79%) and Sierra Leone (77%). Yet the largest absolute numbers of multidimensionally poor people live in South Asia, including 612 million in India alone.

The Statistical Annex also presents data specifically pertinent to the 2013 Report, including expanding trade ties between developing countries, immigration trends, growing global Internet connectivity and public satisfaction with government services, as well as individual quality of life in different countries.

The Report also reviews key regional development trends, as shown by the HDI and other data: 
• Arab States: The region's average HDI value of 0.652 is fourth out of the six developing country regions analysed in the Report, with Yemen achieving the fastest HDI growth since 2000 (1.66%). The region has the lowest employment-to–population ratio (52.6%), well below the world average of 65.8%.
• East Asia and the Pacific: The region has an average HDI value of 0.683 and registered annual HDI value growth between 2000 and 2012 of 1.31%, with Timor-Leste leading with 2.71%, followed by Myanmar at 2.23%. The East Asia-Pacific region has the highest employment-to–population ratio (74.5%) in the developing world.
• Eastern Europe and Central Asia: The average HDI value of 0.771 is the highest of the six developing-country regions. Multi-dimensional poverty is minimal, but it has the second lowest employment-to-population ratio (58.4%) of the six regions.
• Latin America and the Caribbean: The average HDI value of 0.741 is the second highest of the six regions, surpassed only by Eastern Europe and Central Asia average. Multi-dimensional poverty is relatively low, and overall life satisfaction, as measured by the Gallup World Poll, is 6.5 on a scale from 0 to 10, the highest of any region.
• South Asia: The average HDI value for the region of 0.558 is the second lowest in the world. Between 2000 and 2012, the region registered annual growth of 1.43% in HDI value, which is the highest of the regions. Afghanistan achieved the fastest growth (3.9%), followed by Pakistan (1.7%) and India (1.5%).
• Sub-Saharan Africa: The average HDI value of 0.475 is the lowest of any region, but the pace of improvement is rising. Between 2000 and 2012, the region registered average annual growth of 1.34 percent in HDI value, placing it second only to South Asia, with Sierra Leone (3.4%) and Ethiopia (3.1%) achieving the fastest HDI growth.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

E-Governance in Debts Recovery Tribunals

In order to enhance the efficiency of Debt Recovery Tribunals (DRTs) and Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunals (DRATs) and to provide a platform for seamless operations to Banks, Financial Institutions and general public to expedite recovery of public money, there is a proposal for introduction of e-governance in DRTs. The key objectives envisaged for the e-DRT engagement are as follows:

i) To implement information technology to automate the processes/procedures in DRTs/DRATs.

ii) To empower DRT officials by providing technology enablers to help them deliver best possible services efficiently and to provide hassle free administrative services.

iii) To facilitate applicants and defendants to get hassle free administrative services.

iv) To have access to timely and accurate reports

v) To efficiently manage case records.

vi) To enable banks and financial institutions to easily track their case related information.

vii) To support Recovery Officers with state of the art tools and technology to speedily enforce the orders.

No final decision has been taken relating to the agency for implementation of the project.

Kapil Sibal Inaugurates India’s First All Women Post Office

On the occasion of the International Women`s Day on March 8, the Union Minister of Communications & IT Sh. Kapil Sibal inaugurated India`s First All Women Employees Post Office at Shastri Bhawan, here today. This office is a Project Arrow Office and has three counters. Two counters offer Multi Purpose services like booking of Speed Post, Registration, Sale of IPOs, Booking of Money Orders etc. and one counter is for Sale of Stamps. All these counters of this Post Office will now be manned by Women employees only. The working hours of this Post Office will be from 9.30 a.m. till 5.30 p.m.

There are 1003 women employees at the operative level in Delhi circle and their percentage in the total work force is about 14%. In the administrative cadres the percentage is 22%. In a co-incidence the Junior Engineer [Civil] who is Incharge of maintenance of this Post Office building, the Assistant Superintendent of Post Offices of the Postal Sub Division as well as Senior Superintendent of Post Offices of Delhi Central division who are controlling officers of this Post Office are also women.

India Tourism Film “Find What You Seek” Gets First Prize at 11th Golden City Gate Awards

Ministry of Tourism’s new film “Find What You Seek” received first prize at the 11th Golden City Gate Tourism Media Awards Ceremony held in Berlin today to coincide with ITB Berlin 2013. The Golden City Gate is an international film, print and media contest for the tourism industry. The Awards ceremony is held every year at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show.

The competition provides all tourism advertisers to participate in the contest for presenting their new creatives. All entries are assessed by 45 independent international expert jurors with strong industry background.

Shri K Chiranjeevi, Union Minister for Tourism had launched the new campaign “Find What You Seek”, the second phase of Incredible India Campaign at WTM 2012 in November last year along with the new Domestic Campaign “Go Beyond”. By launching new campaign, the Ministry of Tourism has made a paradigm shift by shifting the focus from destinations and products to consumers (travellers). The new campaign emphasizes that there is something for every traveller in India and every traveller can find what he or she is seeking while travelling in our incredible country. Domestic campaign “Go Beyond” urges travellers to travel beyond the obvious , the known destinations to the lesser known destinations.

National Mission for Empowerment of Women

National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW) is an initiative of the Government of India (GOI) for empowering women holistically.  It is conceived as an umbrella mission with a mandate to strengthen inter-sectoral convergence and facilitate the process of coordinating all the women’s welfare and socio economic development programmes across ministries and departments.

The salient features of the National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW) are:

1.                  To ensure economic empowerment of women.
2.                  To ensure that violence against women is eliminated progressively.
3.                  To ensure social empowerment of women with emphasis on health and education.
4.                  To oversee gender mainstreaming of programmes, policies, institutional arrangements     and processes of participating Ministries, Institutions and Organizations.
5.                  To undertake awareness generation as well as advocacy activities to fuel demand for   benefits under various schemes and programmes and create, if required, structures at district, tehsil and village level with the involvement of Panchayats for their fulfillment.


The National Mission Authority (NMA) comprises of the following:

I.                   Hon’ble Prime Minister
II.                Minister of Finance
III.             Minister of Human Resource Development
IV.             Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
V.                Minister of Rural Development
VI.             Minister of Panchayati Raj
VII.          Minister of Agriculture & Cooperation
VIII.       Minister of Health & Family Welfare
IX.             Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
X.                Minister of Law & Justice
XI.             Minister of Environment & Forests
XII.          Minister of Labour& Employment
XIII.       Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment
XIV.       Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission
XV.          MOS(IC), M/o. WCD.
XVI.       Chairperson, National Commission of Women
XVII.    Two Chief Ministers
XVIII.    Five Civil Society Members.

The Mission does not involve direct delivery of benefits to individual beneficiaries. Funds have been released for the pilot project in Pali district in Rajasthan as well as for setting up SRCWs in different States.
The total funds earmarked for the duration 2010-15 is Rs 14134.53 lakhs. The BE for the year 2012-13 is Rs 2500.00 lakhs while the RE for the year 2012-13 is Rs 1100.00 lakhs.
23 State Resource Centres for Women (SRCW) have been established under State Mission Authority (SMA) in different States/UTs.

APPSC ASO Verification of Original Certificates

Assistant Statistical Officers in A.P Economics and Statistical sub-service -Verification of Original Certificates will be held on 14/03/2013

BUDGET 2013-14 PRACTICE QUESTIONS

1)Pavan Kumar Bansal represents, which of the following Constituencies?
1. Amritsar 

2. Ahmedabad 
3. Chandigarh 
4. Sangrur

2)Which of the following state has been bought into the railway net work for the first time?   
1. Manipur 

2. Assam
3. Tripura 

4. Arunachal Pradesh

3)A8ording to Railway Budget Freight earning to go by?
1. 7% 

2. 8%
3. 9% 

4. 10%

4)Which of the following is true?
1. Steep increase in input costs have been met with hike in Freight rates
2. Indian Railways is aware of the problems of the IRCTC website, and will create a next generation e-ticketing system by end of this year, Bansal said.
3. Aadhar can be helpful for Railways in much respect, from booking tickets to tracking pension of rail employees.
4. All the above

5)Railway Minister has said that a special luxury coach, with the best of ameneties, will run, in selected trains and named it as?
1. Anubhuti 

2. Safety
3. Vikas 

4. Samardh

6)The amount allocated by Planning commi-ssion (budgetary support to Railways)?
1. 3.19 lakhs 

2. 4.19 lakhs
3. 5.19 lakhs 

4. 6.19 lakhs

7)Which of the following is true about Indian Railways?
1. Railways were first introduced to India in 1853 from Bombay to Thane.
2. In 1951 the systems were nationalized as one unit, the Indian Railways
3. Indian Railways is the worlds ninth largest commercial or utility employer
4. All the above

8)The Rail Neer Bottling plants would be set up in
1. Vijayawada, Mumbai, Lalitput, Bilaspur, Patna, Ahmedabad
2. Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Vijayawada, Nagpur, Lalitpur, Bilaspur
3. Bilaspur, Vijayawada, Kolkata, Nanded, Lalitpur, Jaipur
4. Nanded, Kolkata, Vijayawada, Ludhiana, Lalitpur, Jaipur

9)Which of the following is/are true as per new Railway budget?
1. Year hike of 5% of charges proposed for 10 years
2. In future, ticket charge may be indexed to fuel price
3. Train protection warning in automatic systems will be introduced
4. All the above

10)How much percentage of RPF vacancies reserved for women?    
1. 10% 

2. 15% 
3. 20% 
4. 25%

11)Which of the following is true about recent General Budget 2013-14?
1. The total expenditure for 2013-14 is the Rs 16, 65, 297
2. The plan expenditure is the Rs 5, 55, 322 crore
3. Non-plan expenditure Rs 11, 09, 975crore
4. All the above

12)Which of the following is true?
1. Chidambaram presented the his eighth Annual budget in Parliament, second highest by any other in the country
2. It was 82nd Budget, which includes interim and special-situation budgetary proposals
3. Former Prime Minister Morarji Desai presented budget for 10 times.
4. All the above

13)How much is allocated for Nirbhaya fund?
1. Rs 800 crore 

2. Rs 900 crore 
3. Rs 1000 crore 
4. Rs 1100 crore

14)How many private radio FM stations will be covered in this financial year?
1. 289 

2. 290 
3. 291 
4. 292

15)The first Independent India’s budget was presented by? 

1. Morarji Desai 
2. Shankumham chetty 
3. Deshmukh 
4. Nehru

16)Income limit for tax saving Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings scheme is raised to Rs 12 lakh from?
1. Rs 8 lakh 

2. Rs 9 lakh
3. Rs 10 lakh 

4. Rs 11 lakh

17)Which of the following is true?
1. Rs 532 crore to make post offices part of core banking
2. Proposal to launch inflation indexed bonds or inflation indexed national security certificates to protect savings from inflation
3. India’s first women’s bank as a PSU proposed, Rs 1000 crore working capital announced
4. All the above

18)How much amount is allocated for Drinking water and Sanitation?
1. Rs 80, 194 crore 

2. Rs 81, 194 crore
3. Rs 82, 194 crore 

4. Rs 83, 195 crore

19)In which of the following place an Institute for agricultural Bioteechnology will be set up?
1. Patiala 

2. Ahmedabad
3. Ranchi 

4. Patna

20)As per Economic Survey the India’s economy expected to grow between 6.1% to
1. 6.5% 

2. 6.6% 
3. 6.7% 
4. 6.8%

21)Inflation expected to fall between 6.2% and by March?
1. 6.6% 

2. 6.7% 
3. 6.8% 
4. 6.9%

22)As per survey report, which of the following sector amounted for the largest share?
1. Health 

2. Sports
3. Education 

4. Employment

23)A8ording to survey, the food inflation mainly driven by
1. Cereal Prices 

2. Subsidies 
3. Oil 
4. None of these

24)As per Economic Survey, which of the following is true about Indian Tourism?
1. The Indian tourism sector needs an urgent image makeover and higher investment in infrastructure, including through Public-Private Partnership
2. Global tourist arrivals are expected to increase by 43 million every year on an average from 2010 to 2030.
1. Only 1 correct 

2. Only 2 correct
3. Both correct 

4. Both wrong

25)Which of the following is true as per Economic survey, tabled in the parliament?
1. As per 12th Five Year Plan approach paper, Indias travel and tourism sector is estimated to create 78 jobs per million rupees of investment compared to 45 jobs per million rupees in the manufacturing sector
2. As per Tourism Satellite A8ount (TSA) data 2009-10, the contribution of tourism to Indias GDP was 6.8 per cent (3.7 per cent direct and 3.1 per cent indirect) and its contribution to total employment generation was 10.2 percent
3. At present Indian Tourism has a paltry share of 0.64 per cent in world tourist arrivals
4. All the above

26)Who among the following is the Chief advisor to the Finance Minister?
1. Rangarajan 

2. Raghuram Rajan
3. Kaushik Basu 

4. Shome

27) The Economic Survey says that the Fiscal Deficit in Financial Year 2013, to be contained at? 

1. 5.1% 
2. 5.2% 
3. 5.3% 
4. 5.4%

28)Fiscal Consolidation road map says that deficit at 3% by Financial year?    
1. 2014 

2. 2015 
3. 2016 
4. 2017

ANSWERS:

1) 3 2) 4 3) 3 4) 4 5) 1 6) 3 7) 4 8) 2 9) 4 10) 1 11) 4 12) 4 13) 3  14) 1 15) 2 16) 3 17) 4 18) 1 19) 3 20) 3  21) 1 22) 3 23) 1  24) 3 25) 4 26) 2 27) 3 28) 4

Friday, March 8, 2013

"Electronics Project Proposal System" (e-PPS) launched

Union Minister for Communications and IT, Shri Kapil Sibal has launched the Electronics Project Proposal System (e-PPS), developed by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, through the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). The e-PPS system will initially operate on a pilot basis.

The Electronic Project Proposal System (e-PPS) is a web-based system that encompasses the complete life-cycle of funding of R&D projects, beginning with online submission of project proposals for funds, to monitoring and management of funded projects. It supports the processes for

a) Online submission of project proposals
b) Evaluation of proposals by experts
c) Project recommendations
d) Project Monitoring

e-PPS replaces the existing manual system of project funding wherein the Project Investigators (PI) submit hard copies of R&D proposals, which are presented to a Working Group and based on the recommendations of the Working Group the proposals are further processed in DeitY. It is a One-Go Dash-Board to see the projects from initiation to completion. It reduces the total processing time of proposals and aids easy dissemination of project information.

"Electronics Project Proposal System" (e-PPS) launched

Union Minister for Communications and IT, Shri Kapil Sibal has launched the Electronics Project Proposal System (e-PPS), developed by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, through the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). The e-PPS system will initially operate on a pilot basis.

The Electronic Project Proposal System (e-PPS) is a web-based system that encompasses the complete life-cycle of funding of R&D projects, beginning with online submission of project proposals for funds, to monitoring and management of funded projects. It supports the processes for

a) Online submission of project proposals
b) Evaluation of proposals by experts
c) Project recommendations
d) Project Monitoring

e-PPS replaces the existing manual system of project funding wherein the Project Investigators (PI) submit hard copies of R&D proposals, which are presented to a Working Group and based on the recommendations of the Working Group the proposals are further processed in DeitY. It is a One-Go Dash-Board to see the projects from initiation to completion. It reduces the total processing time of proposals and aids easy dissemination of project information.

New format of civil services exams declared

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has notified fresh changes in the format of country’s prestigious exam- the Civil Services Exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The decision had come in the wake of recommendations of a committee headed by Prof Arun S Nigavekar, former Chairman, UGC.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

UPSC Civil Service Examination, 2013


 The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will hold the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2013 on 26/05/2013 for recruitment of various posts of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and certain other Group 'A' and Group 'B' Central Services / Posts.

Eligibility:
  • Age : Not less than 21 years and not more than 30 years as on 01/08/2013. The upper age is relaxable for SC/ST/OBC and certain other categories of candidates to the extent specified in the Notice.
  • Educational Qualification: Degree of a recognised university or an equivalent qualification.
  • Physical Standards: Candidates must be physically fit according to the Regulations given in notice.
  • Number of Attempts: The maximum number of attempts permissible to different categories of aspirants, who are otherwise eligible will be as follows:
    • General Category : Four
    • Physical Handicapped : Seven
    • OBC : Seven
    • SC / ST : No Limit
Online Application Submission : Candidates must apply Online also at http://upsconline.nic.in/mainmenu2.php from 05/03/203 to 04/04/2013 .
Fee: Deposit Rs.100/- (No fee for Female/ SC/ST/PH candidates) either by remitting the money in any Branch of SBI by Cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India/ State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/ Sate Bank of Hyderabad/ State Bank of Mysore/ State Bank of Patiala /State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/ Master Credit/ Debit Card.
Candidates can obtain details of the examination, venues of the examination and syllabus etc. at  http://upsc.gov.in/exams/notifications/2013/csp_ifs/index.htm

Selection List Group-II Services

Selection List for Notification No. 11/2009 TO 38/2008 , Group-II Services Recruitment for the Non - Executive Post

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Union Budget 2013-2014: New Plans and Schemes Introduced and Proposed

Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on 28 February 2013 tabled the Union budget in the Lok Sabha for the financial year 2013-14. In the Union Budget 2013-14, the Union Finance Minister focused on three main sections of the society- women, the youth and the poor. Various new plans and schemes were introduced for these three strata of the society as well as for various sectors. These plans and schemes are as follows:
New Plans and Schemes rolled out in the Union Budget 2013-14:

Nirbhaya Fund: The Finance Minister announced the setting up of a fund called the Nirbhaya Fund - with the Government contributing 1000 crore Rupees for safety and security of the women in India. The Finance Minister announced that various initiatives were underway as well as a lot more were undertaken by Government and NGOs for empowering women and providing them safety and security.
1000 crore Rupees scheme for training youth: A 1000 crore Rupees scheme for training youth for boosting up their employability and productivity was rolled out in the budget. The National Skill Development Corporation would be required to set up curriculum and standards for training different skills.  The trained youth who will pass the test by the end of the training would get monetary reward of 10000 Rupees on an average. This initiative would motivate 10 lakh youth.
• Proposal to set up India’s first Women’s Bank as a public sector bank with 1000 crore Rupees as initial capital.
Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Scheme to be rolled out throughout the country during the term of UPA Government. This scheme will help the poor. Under the scheme, a bank account will be opened for each beneficiary; and the bank account will be seeded with Aadhaar in due course.
• 10000 crore Rupees earmarked for National Food Security towards the incremental cost.
Drinking water and sanitation will receive 15260 crore Rupees. 1400 crore Rupees is being provided for setting up water purification plants to cover arsenic and fluoride affected rural areas.
• Proposal to launch Inflation Indexed Bonds or Inflation Indexed National Security Certificates to protect savings from inflation.
Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme launched for recovering service tax dues.
• 9000 crore Rupees earmarked as the first installment of balance of CST compensations to different States/UTs.
The Interest Subvention Scheme: This scheme for short-term crop loans is proposed to be continued for loans by public sector banks, RRBs and Cooperative banks, and expanded to private scheduled commercial banks. Under the scheme, a farmer who repays the loan on time is able to get credit at 4 cent per year.
National Livestock Mission: 307 crore Rupees have been provided for setting up of the National Livestock Mission. This will attract investment and enhance livestock productivity. A sub-mission of this Mission seeks to increase the availability of feed and fodder.
• Assistance of the World Bank and Asian Development Bank will be sought to build roads in the North Eastern States and connect them to Myanmar.
• The body of Rural Infrastructure Development Funds (RIDF) is proposed to be raised to 20000 crore Rupees.
• Plans for seven new cities were finalized for industrial corridors and work on two new smart industrial cities at Dholera (Gujarat) and Shendra Bidkin (Maharashtra) will start during 2013-14.
Two new ports will be established in Sagar (West Bengal) and in Andhra Pradesh.
• A power transmission system will be constructed from Srinagar to Leh and for this 226 crore Rupees were provided in 2013-14.
Apparel Parks are proposed to be set up within the Integrated Textile Parks, to house apparel manufacturing units.
Standing Council of Experts: Standing Council of Experts is proposed to be constituted in the Ministry of Finance to analyse the international competitiveness of the Indian financial sector.
• A number of proposals relating to capital market have been finalized in consultation with SEBI. These include simplification of procedure and uniforms norms for foreign portfolio investors, clarity relating to FDI investment, allowing FIIs to participate in new areas, etc.