Only 5 percent qualifies in the Teacher Eligibility Test in Pune

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With a total of 3,67,896 candidates appearing for the first paper (D.Ed qualified) and 2,24,094 appearing for the second paper (B.Ed qualified), only a meager 4.43% qualified in the first paper and 5.95% in the second. it is noticed that the worst performance were recorded in English and Urdu medium papers in the first and second papers combined gave the qualifying percentage as 1.99 and 1.78 respectively.

The results revealed the abysmal plight of education in the state when it was declared on Friday, 7th of March. Remarkably, the performance of the students belonging from the backward classes were better than the ones from the open category; 4.14% and 4.5% backward classes and disabled students have qualified whereas only 2.13% got through from the open category.

As per the Right to Education Act, 2009, the TET exams are mandatory for recruiting teachers for all the states. This was the first TET  exam that was conducted by Maharashtra and therefore, only candidates who have qualified the TET will be eligible for teaching jobs.

Malaysian airlines crashes with 239 on board including 5 Indians

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A Malaysian airlines flight crashed into the South China Sea with 227 passengers and 12 crew members; the 227 passengers include 5 Indians, at least 152 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians, six Australians and three Americans. It also said a Chinese infant and an American infant were on board.. Admiral Ngo Van Phat  was quoted when he reported by Vietnam’s news agency that he had asked for boats to rush at the crash site and this happened  hours after the Boeing 777-200ER flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing.

Although Malaysian airlines is yet to confirm on the crash, if the reports are confirmed then it will be regarded as the deadliest crashes by the US airliner since they entered service, 19 years back. In the early hours of the day, there was also a speculation that the plane landed in Nanming, South China. But there has been no results in the joint searches of both Malaysia and Vietnam. To help in the probe, China has also sent out rescue ships  as reported.

“We are extremely worried,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing before the Vietnamese report that the plane had crashed. “The news is very disturbing. We hope everyone on the plane is safe.”

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, the plane had failed to check in as scheduled at 17:21 GMT while it was flying over the sea between Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh city.




Smooth polls will be the top priority of the new police Chief


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Satish Mathur, the new Pune Police commissioner, took charge on Wednesday and also, mentioned that his top priority will be the smooth polls in the city.  This sudden appointment of the Pune’s top Police officer is reported to be made on the context of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

In his first interaction with the media, Mathur said, “I have a new team of officers at various levels and I am looking at this as a new chapter. Our priority right now is safe and smooth conduct of elections in Pune city. We are taking stock of the situation. We will plan some new initiatives and announce them soon.”

Mathur was posted as the Additional Director General of Police before he was appointed as the Police Commissioner of Pune. He was also remembered as the Deputy Commissioner of Police between 1985 to 1990 and had also, served on deputation for the Central Bureau of Investigation and in Air India as the Director of Security.

Mathur took over the charge from Gulabrao Pol, who was the Police Commissioner since June 2012.One of the reasons for the sudden transfer of Pol is the failure of the Pune’s police system regarding the anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar’s murder. Pol has  been transferred as Additional Director General with Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd.


Naval accident kills officer on board INS Kolkata

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Another naval officer killed on board in an yet to be operational warship, INS Kolkata. It is reported that the officer died around 1 pm in the afternoon because of the malfunctioning of the fire-fighting system in the engine room of the warship. The INS Kolkata is now put at the Bombay Port Trust, where it is undergoing trials before it is commissioned, which is in a few weeks time.

On further probing, the sources report that the accident occurred due to the bursting of the valve on the top of the carbon dioxide cylinder and this cylinder hit the chest of the officer.

The accident comes right after Admiral D K Joshi  resigned as Navy chief and owning moral responsibility for the series of accidents preceding INS Kolkata.These recent accident will further question the quality MDL workmanship and supplies as the INS Kolkata was deemed as one of the most modern destroyer of the country along with INS Kochi and INS Chennai.

Bill Gates leads the Forbes’ World’s Richest List

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates gets back to the number 1 position on the Forbes’ world’s richest after a hiatus of four years. Bill Gates was dethroned from the position, four years back, by the Mexican telecom Mogul Carlos Slim Helu. There has been a sudden growth in the Gates’ fortune which rose from $9 billion to $76 billion in the last year pushing back to the Numero Uno of the Forbes’ list.

“After years focused on his philanthropy, Gates plans to spend more of his time working with product managers at Microsoft as rivals like Google and Apple continue to outshine the company in the market,” Forbes said.

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The RIL chief Mukesh Ambani comes first among the 56 India based billionaires who featured on the list, leaving behind his brother Anil Ambani who ranks 281st on the Forbes’ list. The other Indian billionaires in the list are Arcelor Mittal Chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal who is ranked 52nd with a net-worth of $16.7 billion, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji ranked 61st with $15.3 billion, founder of Sun Pharma Dilip Sanghvi ranked 82nd with $12.8 billion, HCL co-founder Shiv Nadar is ranked 102nd and has a net worth of $11.1 billion. Hinduja brothers came in at the 122nd with $10 billion.

Forbes said the richest Indian person has seen “precipitous decline” in his fortune since 2008 when his net-worth was $43 billion and he when was the world’s fifth richest person.”Regardless he remains India’s richest person and is still bullish; says he plans to invest $25 billion in his businesses over the next 2 years,” Forbes said.

Man throws Black Ink on Subrata Roy’s face

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Drama hits the Supreme Court premises as a man throws black ink on Subrata Roy’s face. Subrata Roy, who is the managing worker of Sahara India Parivar, had come to the court for the proceedings. The person who threw ink on Roy has been recognized as Manoj Sharma, who claimed to be an advocate from Gwalior. According to news sources, Manoj Sharma had also attacked Suresh Kalmadi by hitting him with a slipper in the year 2011 in Patiala House Court in New Delhi.

Following this incident, the people present in the Court premises were taken aback. Not only did he attack Roy but he also accused Roy of being a thief. “Wo gareebo ka chor hai (he robs from the poor)”, said the shirtless protestor, Manoj Sharma. He was immediately detained by the police.

Modern Indian women: Empowered or still the weaker sex?

By: Anupa Barik and Rishma Kapur

It was a chilly evening when Kiran (name changed) was sitting on her jute charpai, murmuring with anger, reflecting on an incident that had happened with her five months back. She had gone out after sundown to answer nature’s call alone; little did she know that she will be simultaneously raped by five men from different parts of Haryana over the next four days until she was dumped at a Panipat railway station. Cut to, the 23 year old software techie Uma Maheshwari, who was recently raped to death in the heart of one of the so-called, developed cities of India, Chennai. Safety for women in modern India: is it still a distant dream or an approachable reality?

In the past few years, a number of welfare schemes and yojnas have been “effectively” implemented by the Government for protection and upliftment of women in various parts of the nation. Swayam Sidha, Kishore Shakti Yojna, Ladli Yojna and many more such programs are working hard for elevation of women’s status in society but with a perpetual threat of being put down by the hideous two finger test for filing a FIR or the recent verdict by Bombay high court relating to women’s perception of the other sex’s touch. Thus, the ambiguity prevails in a woman’s social reality.

According to Chitra, a volunteer at Stree Aadhar Kendra, which handles women issues on a daily basis, approves of the women welfare schemes but points out that, “No response is when the State court is approached for claiming funds that are allocated for such (harassment) cases and saying that it is exhausted.” Adding to Chitra’s opinion, it is the reality for most of the illiterate and below-poverty line women in our society.

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In the similar line, Preeti Singh Pardesi, a city advocate, states: “As per legal provisions, women get equal status but in reality, practically, I do not think that women are getting equal and respectable position in our society.” She goes on to explain, “It is my personal thinking that it is difficult to draw generalizations about the status of women in present day because our society is complex. Life in cities is different than rural areas. But in both ways women are still subjects to many restrictions, limitations, harassments (physical as well as mental), and disabilities.”

According to Ruchi Jaggi, a media and culture studies professor, that it (sexual harassments) all stems from the Freudian theory which focuses on personality formation which is motivated by the inborn instincts and drives that is developed within the first six years of human life. Therefore, a new point arises that the aggressive human behavior also grows from his cognitive characteristics and not always, the social circumstances. Not only the practical theories of Sigmund Freud but also the scripts of our own traditional epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, have multiple instances where women are subjected to gender discrimination and harassment on a public forum.

Therefore, the ambiguity regarding women identity in India still persists in the modern times broadening the fine line between women empowerment and gender bias.