Dinesh K Sharma, Editor

QS Ranking: IISc Bengaluru fastest rising South Asian university, 4 IITs in top 200

Chandigarh (Agencies): The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, is the fastest rising South Asian university among the coveted QS World University Rankings top 200 varsities, having gained 31 places while four IITs have also figured in the category attaining a higher rank compared to the previous edition.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a London-based global higher education analyst, on Thursday, released the 19th edition of the world’s most consulted international university ranking.

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, which has bagged the 172nd position, is India’s second-best institution, rising five places while IIT Delhi has risen eleven places to bag 174th rank. The IIT Kanpur has risen thirteen places to its highest position (264) in the history of these rankings, while the IIT Roorkee rose 31 places to its highest rank ever (369). The rankings revealed that IIT Guwahati has gained eleven places, reaching its best result of all the editions of the QS World University Rankings while IIT Indore is the highest-ranking debutant in this edition, placed 396th globally. OP Jindal Global University is the highest-ranked private university for the third year in a row, according to the rankings.

A total of 41 Indian universities have featured in the ranking of which 12 have improved, 12 remained stable, 10 declined while seven universities are new entries. According to the rankings, 13 Indian universities have improved their research impact relative to global competitors, seeing a rise in the Citations per Faculty (CpF) score.

Conversely, Indian universities continue to struggle with QS’ measure of institutional teaching capacity. Thirty of India’s 41 ranked universities have suffered declines in QS’ Faculty and Student Ratio (FSR) indicator, with only four recording improvements, it showed. However, on an encouraging note, now two Indian universities rank among the top 250 for faculty and student ratio, compared to none in previous editions.

The highest performing in this metric is Savitribai Phule Pune University (225th for FSR) and OP Jindal Global University (235th for FSR), followed by IISc Bengaluru (276th for FSR). “This edition of the QS World University Rankings reflects the excellent work that several Indian universities are doing to improve their research footprint, with positive consequences for their reputation on the global stage.

“Conversely, our dataset also suggests that the Indian higher education sector still struggles to provide adequate teaching capacity. Further expansion of provision both within universities and across the sector as a whole will be necessary if India is to continue reaching new heights,” said Ben Sowter, QS Senior Vice President. “The National Education Policy (NEP), 2020 aims to achieve equity, inclusivity, and quality across the education sector. Prime Minister Modi, his ministers, and the University Grants Commission (UGC) are implementing new frameworks which should radically transform India’s higher education.

“Among these, the multi-modal education framework is instrumental in taking education to remote and inaccessible parts of the country and partially addressing the exponentially rising demand for university places in the largest democracy in the world,” he added.

Cabinet approves higher minimum support prices for 2022-23 kharif season

New Delhi: India’s cabinet on June 8 approved a hike in minimum support prices for 17 crops for the 2022-23 kharif marketing season, Anurag Singh Thakur, the minister for information said.

The approved rates are in line with the principle of fixing the MSPs at a level of at least 1.5 times of the all India weighted average cost of production, an official said.

MSP refers to a state-set price at which government agencies procure select crops from farmers to shield them from price volatilities.

CROP INCREASE IN MSP (RS/QUINTAL) MSP 2022-23 (RS/QUINTAL)
Paddy (common) 100 2040
Paddy (grade A) 100 2060
Jowar (hybrid) 232 2970
Jowar (Maladandi) 232 2990
Bajra 100 2350
Ragi 201 3578
Tur 300 6600
Moong 480 7755
Urad 300 6600
Groundnut 300 5850
Sunflower seed 385 6400
Soyabean (yellow) 350 4300
Sesamum 523 7830
Nigerseed 357 7287
Maize 92 1962
Cotton (medium staple) 354 6080
Cotton (long staple) 355 6380

IIFA 2022 winners List: Vicky Kaushal Becomes best actor, Kriti announced best Actress, find out The complete winner list

Abu Dhabi: The 22nd International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards program, adorned with Indian film stars, held at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. Vicky Kaushal won the Best Actor award for the film ‘Sardar Udham’. The Best Actress award went to Kriti Senan for her role in ‘Mimi’.

“Seven years ago, when I used to knock on doors to audition, I couldn’t find work,” said Vicky, who was overjoyed to receive the award. I told my mother I don’t know how everything will be? At the time, my mother had said that it was not your job to see what would happen, it was your job to make sure that it would happen. ‘IIFA was hosted by Salman Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Manish Pal. A minute’s silence was observed before the ceremony to pay tribute to former UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who passed away last month.

The IFA Awards were not held for two years due to the epidemic. Entering the event on a bike, Salman Khan said, “Looking at the people of Abu Dhabi today, it seems that there was no gap of two years between us. We have always been and will always be. This is the New Year, this is the new IIFA.

– Best Movie: Sher Shah

– Best Director: Vishnuvarman (Sher Shah)

– Best Actor: Vicky Kaushal (film Sardar Udham)

– Best Actress: Kriti Senan (Film Mimi)

– Best Supporting Actor: Sai Tamahankar (Film Mimi)

– Best Supporting Actor: Pankaj Tripathi (Film Ludo)

– Best Story Original: Anurag Basu (Film Ludo)

– Best Story (Adapted): Kabir Khan, Sanjay Puran Singh Chouhan (Film 83)

– Best Composer: AR Rehman (Atrangi Ray), Tanishq Bagchi, Jasleen Royal, Javed-Mohsin, Vikram Montrose, B Prak, Jani (Sher Shah)

– Best Lyricist: Kauser Munir-Lehra Do … (Film 83)

– Best Singer: Zubin Notial, Rata Lambia (Shershah)

– Best Singer: Asis Kaur, Rata Lambia (Film Sher Shah)

– Best Emerging Actor: Ahan Shetty (Film Tadap)

– Best Emerging Actress: Sharwari Wagh (Bunty Te Babli-2)

 

The Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation in Pakistan expresses concern about the rise in the Kartarpur Corridor’s admission fee.

Chandigarh: Imtiaz Rasheed Qureshi, Chairman of the Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation Pakistan, has expressed his displeasure with the increase in the cost of entering the Kartarpur Corridor from Rs.200 to Rs.400 for Pakistani devotees.

Qureshi, a lawyer and social activist, is also seeking Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s innocence in court because his name did not appear in the FIR on the basis of which he and his associates – Rajguru and Sukhdev – were hanged. He has also advocated for the renaming of Shadman Chowk as Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chowk and the production of a postage stamp honouring him.

Qureshi condemned the Evacuee Trust Pakistan’s decision to raise the entry cost to the Kartarpur Corridor for Pakistani citizens from Rs 200 to Rs 400, and claimed the directives may be revoked if the fee is raised.

It may be recalled that His Excellency Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff, opened the Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation Pakistan on November 9, 2019, in response to a demand, said Qureshi, adding that the people of Pakistan and India have become closer, while hatred has diminished and love has flourished, and the era of difference of opinion is almost over.

“We urge the Pakistani government to reverse the rise in entry fee prices and make them completely free for all visitors,” he added

Intelligence agencies on alert after the SFJ called for Punjab gangsters to join forces to kill Blue Star veterans.

New Delhi (Agencies) After the banned Khalistani organization Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) released a video allegedly asking Punjab-based gangsters to join SFJ in killing Indian Army officers who led Operation Blue Star at Amritsar’s Golden Temple in 1984, intelligence agencies issued an alert for concerned security agencies and state police.

According to information supplied with security services, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, General Counsel Sikh for Justice (SFJ), uploaded a video on social media portals saying, “Don’t kill the emerging artist if only bullets are to be fired.” General Kuldeep Brar, the Indian Army official in charge of Operation Blue Star, and Brigadier Israr Khan, the Sikh community’s opponents, are responsible for the attack on the Golden temple in Amritsar in 1984.”

“A reward of $100,000 US dollars will be granted by the SFJ for reporting these two officers’ abroad trips,” it continues. The SFJ has called on Punjab gangsters Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, Lawrence Bishnoi, and Dilpreet Baba to take part in the plebiscite in Khalistan, and has promised them safety and a reward if they do. On June 6, 2022, voting for the campaign for Punjab independence, Khalistan referendum, would be proclaimed in Sri Akal Takht Sahib.”

 

State police are urged to take all necessary precautions and keep a close eye on the situation.

Sikh youth to be trained to use modern weapons, now is the time to preach from village to village: Jathedar Sri Akal Takht

Dinesh K Sharma

Amritsar: Amidst the deteriorating law and order situation in the state following the AAP coming to the power, Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib has exhorted the Sikh youth to be prepared to serve panth and equipped with the latest weapons.

During the commemoration of Ghallughara Day at Sri Akal Takht Sahib, kirtan ceremonies were held after the bhog of Sri Akhand Path Sahib. Later, Jathedar Sri Akal Takhat Sahib delivered his message to the nation. Giani Harpreet Singh, Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib, said that it was high time that Sikh youth be trained to use modern weapons to serve the panth. He said he will ask the two Sikh institutes to prepare a shooting range to legally train the youth to use modern weapons. The Jathedar said that Gatka Training Centers should also be set up as much as possible to prepare Sikh youth. “ At the time of partition of India and Pakistan, Jawaharlal Nehru had devised a strategy to weaken the Sikhs politically, under which efforts were always made to weaken the Sikhs religiously, economically, and socially,” he said adding that Sikhs always recite Ardas in which they pray for the rule of Khalsa. However, the rule of the Khalsa will come when the Khalsa is ready for sacrifice. The Jathedar said that we need to be strong religiously, economically, and socially so now we have to get out of such rooms and go from village to village preaching the panthic agenda.

On this occasion, Simranjit Singh Mann separately demanded Khalistan where he said that the Sikh community should accept Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara as Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib. He said that Bhai Harnam Singh Khalsa, head of Damdami Taksal should be removed and Bhai Daya Singh Lahoria should be appointed in his place. Bhai Davinderpal Singh Bhullar should be made the president of the Shiromani Committee. The election of the “Shiromani Committee was being operated by the Central Government due to which Panthic unity is not taking place,” he claimed. Many personalities including Jathedar Singh Sahib Giani Raghbir Singh of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, President of Shiromani Committee Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami, President of Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar Simranjit Singh Mann, Bhai Dhian Singh Mand, Baba Avtar Singh, Giani Harnam Singh Khalsa were present on the occasion. Notably, Dal Khalsa has called for a bandh in Amritsar city today and a heavy police force has been deployed at various places in the city.

Amid tight security, Bluestar anniversary observed peacefully at Golden temple

Amritsar: Amid tight security, the 38th anniversary of Operation Bluestar, also termed as ‘Ghallughara’ was being observed in the Golden Temple complex peacefully.

Devotees in large numbers thronged Akal Takht on the occasion.

As the precedence goes, the Akal Takht Jathedar would deliver a message to the community after the performance of ardas to pay homage to those who lost lives in June 1984.

Ghallughara Divas observed every year at Sri Akal Takht Sahib to commemorate June 1984. This time too devotees from all over the country have arrived to commemorate the 38th Ghallughara function. There will be kirtan ceremonies after the bhog of Sri Akhand Path Sahib. Afterward Jathedar Sri Akal Takhat Sahib will deliver his message in the name of the community. Giani Harpreet Singh, Jathedar Singh Sahib of Akal Takht, Giani Raghbir Singh, Jathedar Singh Sahib of Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami, President Shiromani Committee, Simranjit Singh Mann, President Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar, Bhai Dhian Singh Mand were present on the occasion. Dal Khalsa has called for a bandh in Amritsar city. Police have been deployed at various places in the city.

Ethanol Petrol Blending: PM Modi announced achieving the target ahead of its schedule.

New Delhi: On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi gave a great message to the nation at a program on ‘Save Soil’ held at Vigyan Bhawan in the capital today. In fact, amid rising petrol and diesel prices, the country’s oil companies have achieved their target of 10 percent ethanol petrol blending. During the program, Prime Minister Modi said that the country had achieved this goal five months ago. Let me tell you that due to ethanol petrol blending, the country’s farmers, as well as carbon emissions, are coming down drastically.

In May, Union Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said that the level of ethanol bleaching in petrol in India had reached 9.99 percent. Importantly, India had set a target of 10 percent ethanol blend in petrol by 2022 and 20 percent blend by 2030. In addition, the central government has set a target of mixing 5% of bio-diesel with diesel by 2030. Accordingly, the oil companies have already achieved the target of 10 percent about five months ago. Ethanol petrol bleaching has also saved the country’s foreign exchange.

The ethanol blending program in petrol aims to reduce the country’s dependence on crude oil imports, reduce carbon emissions and increase farmers’ incomes. The Center has announced an additional charge of Rs 2 per liter on blended fuels from October to promote blending. In May, Union Petroleum Minister Hardeep Puri had said that the target of 9.99 percent ethanol blending in petrol has been achieved by the country’s oil marketing companies. “India is ready to achieve 20% blending of ethanol petrol bleed by 2025-2026,” claimed Puri.

US President Biden taken to a safe house in Delaware after an illegal plane violated airspace

Washington, DC: After a jet breached the airspace above his holiday home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, US President Joe Biden was taken to a safe house in the little seaside town.

According to media sources, Biden’s convoy rushed away from his home and into a local fire station, when an SUV carrying the president drove inside the facility and the Secret Service began evacuating the area. “The US Secret Service (USSS) will issue a statement in the near future. All indications are that a tiny private plane entered restricted airspace by mistake, and preventive precautions were taken. The President and his family were not in danger “According to a White House official.

The president and first lady were evacuated, according to the official, and are currently backed at their home.

 

“Shortly before 1 p.m. today, a privately owned aircraft entered restricted airspace over Rehoboth Delaware after inadvertently entering a guarded area,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Chief of Communications for the United States Secret Service (USSS).

“The plane was escorted out of the restricted airspace right away. The pilot was not on the right radio channel, was not following the NOTAMS (Notice to Airmen) that had been submitted, and was not following published flight instructions, according to preliminary investigation. The pilot will be interviewed by the US Secret Service “he stated

 

Although precautionary security measures were implemented, the protectee was not in any danger.

An unarmed Russian Air Force plane flew low over the US Capitol, Pentagon, CIA headquarters, and Joint Base Andrews earlier in August 2017. According to CNN, the flyover was part of the Treaty on Open Skies, which permits military aircraft from the United States, Russia, and other countries to perform aerial observation flights above the 34 member nations’ military locations. Citing law enforcement source, CNN had reported that the plane also over flew Camp David, the Presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains, the Trump National Golf Course in Virginia and Mount Weather, one of the US government’s secret relocation bunkers.

A unique initiative to save the environment: Pension is being given to 100-year-old trees in this state every month.

Bihar: A unique initiative has been taken to take care of old trees and create awareness about the protection of the environment in East Champaran of Bihar. A pension of Rs. 400 per month is being given to the trees which have completed their age here. Considering these trees as patrons, the district administration, in collaboration with the people, launched this unique campaign under the name of ‘Guardian Tree Pension Scheme’. The livelihood group is responsible for the care of the trees and they are protecting the trees from this amount.

The Champaran Sentinel Old Tree Campaign was launched in December 2021 on the initiative of the District Magistrate under which, trees older than 50 years are being marked as Guardian Trees. So far 10 thousand 837 old trees have been identified. Of these, pensions have been introduced for trees older than 100 years. In the first phase pension is being given to 50 trees from May 2022, whereas the local administration has planned to give such pension to 100 trees in the district.

The oldest of the pensioners are the 500-year-old Bohr, Pakora, and Pipple trees. District Program Officer (DPO) MGNREGA Amit Kumar Upadhyay said that the amount of pension was being given to an NGO group. It will be used for tree care, soil filling, brick fencing, irrigation, pesticide spraying, environmental awareness, and periodic programs under that scheme. The NGO group responsible for the care will have to issue a utilization certificate of the amount spent. The District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) has been given the responsibility of monitoring.

Funds are being collected with the help of the people and a  joint bank account of the Director of DRDA and DPO MGNREGA has been opened to collect the amount to be spent in the scheme. This includes personal donations, corporate social responsibility, and donations from socio-business organizations. Indian Oil Company Limited has provided Rs. 10 lakhs for this scheme.