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Teachers and staff in universities and institutions run government set to get a pay hike. Reliance probing claims of alleged data breach of millions of subscribersindia Updated: Jul 10, 2017 11:34 IST
Pay hike for college teachers after a decade, 8 lakh staff to get raise
Nearly 8,00,000 teachers and staff working in colleges, universities and institutions run by the Centre and state governments are set to get a pay hike in the range of 22-28%. The Cabinet is set to take up a UGC panel’s recommendation in this regard this month itself, sources said, adding that it is “most likely to sail through”. “A decision on allowances will be taken up later,” a senior HRD ministry official said. Read the story here.
Year after Una, Dalit ire may not be able to dent BJP prospects in Gujarat polls
Exactly a year ago, a video clip of seven Dalits being flogged by “gau rakshaks” for skinning a dead cow in Gujarat’s Una taluka went viral, sparking national outrage. The Dalit protests that followed did not stop even after chief minister Anandiben Patel stepped down within a month of the incident. The flogging incident may be a big blot on the state’s Dalit history, but at just 7% of the state’s population they may not count for much in these polls, say political pundits. Read the story here.
Reliance Jio probing claims of alleged data breach of millions of subscribers
India’s newest telecoms entrant, Reliance Jio, said it was investigating claims of customer personal data being leaked onto a website called “Magicapk.” “We have informed law enforcement agencies about the claims of the website and will follow through to ensure strict action is taken,” a Jio spokeswoman said early on Monday, adding the data on the website appeared to be “unauthentic.” She added the company’s subscriber data was safe and maintained with the highest security. Users have been registered on the Reliance Jio network using the ‘Aadhaar’ number. Read the story here.
After raids on Lalu Prasad, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar cancels public events in Patna
Chief minister Nitish Kumar has cancelled a public event on Monday and the subsequent press conference on health grounds, triggering speculation that he was avoiding the media in view of the recent CBI raids on the family of Bihar alliance partner Lalu Prasad. Neither Kumar, nor his party, the JD(U), has commented so far on Friday’s CBI raids in four cities in connection with a corruption case, in which Lalu Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi are among the accused. Read the story here.
Opinion: Time to wage a war on rote learning, but it will need courage and perseverance
There is rising despair about the kind of students being produced by our schools. India is plagued by the growing problem of the ‘educated unemployable’. According to some studies, only one out of four graduates coming out of engineering and professional colleges in India are found suitable for employment. That number drops to one out 10 when it comes to general education. The education system we have built over the years rewards anything but knowledge acquired over the years spent in a school or a college. Read the column here.
Gender bias: India promotes sex selection in cattle to limit birth of male calves
The Union government has asked 10 animal husbandry centres to establish sexed semen production facilities to boost milk productivity and tackle the problem of “unwanted male calves” arising from cow slaughter bans in many states of the country. Sexing technologies allow farmers to control the gender of the calf. Scientists believe the use of sexed semen will result in the birth of nine females to every male because farmers prefer milk-producing cows to bulls. Read the story here.
Caught on camera: One dies in Noida Expressway as Dzire tries to overtake Lamborghini
A man was killed in an accident involving three cars, including a Lamborghini, on the Noida Expressway on Saturday afternoon. According to police, the accident took place around 2pm when a Swift Dzire hit a Lamborghini while changing lane abruptly. The driver of the Lamborghini car swerved to his left trying to evade the Dzire car. In the process, he hit a Maruti Eeco van, which was following him. The van driver lost control over the car which toppled several times before falling into a drain along the expressway. Read the story here.
Fire ravages building in London’s Camden Lock Market, firefighters say now under control
Seventy firefighters battled a large fire in a building in London’s popular Camden Lock Market in the early hours on Monday, the London Fire Brigade said. The emergency service said it had also sent 10 fire engines to the scene, near a nightclub and a covered market. Firefighters have brought the fire under control. There were no reports of any casualties. “The first, second and third floors, plus the roof, of a building within the market are alight,” the London Fire Brigade said on Twitter. Read the story here.