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May 31, 2019

India's New Ministers and their Portfolios

Narendra Modi

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, takes Oath of Office and Secrecy, at a Swearing-in Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on May 30, 2019.

New Delhi, 31 May 2019 — The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed the allocation of portfolios among the following members of the Union Council of Ministers:

Shri Narendra Modi: Prime Minister and also in-charge of: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; and All important policy issues; and All other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.

Cabinet Ministers

  1. Shri Raj Nath Singh: Minister of Defence.
  2. Shri Amit Shah: Minister of Home Affairs.
  3. Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari: Minister of Road Transport and Highways; and Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
  4. Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda: Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
  5. Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman: Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs.
  6. Shri Ramvilas Paswan: Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
  7. Shri Narendra Singh Tomar: Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Minister of Rural Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj.
  8. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad: Minister of Law and Justice; Minister of Communications; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.
  9. Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Minister of Food Processing Industries.
  10. Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  11. Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar: Minister of External Affairs.
  12. Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’: Minister of Human Resource Development.
  13. Shri Arjun Munda: Minister of Tribal Affairs.
  14. Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani: Minister of Women and Child Development; and Minister of Textiles.
  15. Dr. Harsh Vardhan: Minister of Health and Family Welfare; Minister of Science and Technology; and Minister of Earth Sciences.
  16. Shri Prakash Javadekar: Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
  17. Shri Piyush Goyal: Minister of Railways; and Minister of Commerce and Industry.
  18. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan: Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Steel.
  19. Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minister of Minority Affairs.
  20. Shri Pralhad Joshi: Minister of Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of Coal; and Minister of Mines.
  21. Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey: Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  22. Shri Arvind Ganpat Sawant: Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
  23. Shri Giriraj Singh: Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries.
  24. Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: Minister of Jal Shakti.

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

  1. Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
  2. Rao Inderjit Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning.
  3. Shri Shripad Yesso Naik: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.
  4. Dr. Jitendra Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; and Minister of State in the Department of Space.
  5. Shri Kiren Rijiju: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
  6. Shri Prahalad Singh Patel: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.
  7. Shri Raj Kumar Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  8. Shri Hardeep Singh Puri: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  9. Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya: Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

Ministers of State

  1. Shri Faggansingh Kulaste: Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.
  2. Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey: Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  3. Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
  4. General (Retd.) V. K. Singh: Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
  5. Shri Krishan Pal: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  6. Shri Danve Raosaheb Dadarao: Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
  7. Shri G. Kishan Reddy: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  8. Shri Parshottam Rupala: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  9. Shri Ramdas Athawale: Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  10. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti: Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.
  11. Shri Babul Supriyo: Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  12. Shri Sanjeev Kumar Balyan: Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.
  13. Shri Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao: Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  14. Shri Anurag Singh Thakur: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
  15. Shri Angadi Suresh Channabasappa: Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.
  16. Shri Nityanand Rai: Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  17. Shri Rattan Lal Kataria: Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  18. Shri V. Muraleedharan: Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
  19. Smt. Renuka Singh Saruta: Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  20. Shri Som Parkash: Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  21. Shri Rameswar Teli: Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.
  22. Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi: Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.
  23. Shri Kailash Choudhary: Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  24. Sushri Debasree Chaudhuri: Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Source: President’s Secretariat

HRD Minister Nishank

Photo: The new Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, being greeted by the Secretary, Department of Higher Education, R. Subrahmanyam, in New Delhi on May 31, 2019.

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May 30, 2019

India's University Grants Commission (UGC) directs all Universities to get on board the National Academic Depository (NAD) before September 30, 2019.

UGC, Certificate

New Delhi, May 30, 2019 — University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all higher educational institutions — Central Universities, State Universities, Deemed to be Universities, Private Universities, as well as School Boards — to immediately join the National Academic Depository (NAD), an online storehouse of Educational Credentials (Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates, and Mark-Sheets).

NAD not only ensures easy access to and retrieval of an academic certificate but also validates and guarantees its authenticity and safe storage.

Main Features of the National Academic Depository (NAD) include —

NAD is an effective deterrence to fake and forged paper certificates. It benefits academic institutions by providing a permanent and safe record of all credentials issued by them. There is no need to issue duplicate certificates; students can get them directly from NAD.

NAD serves students by providing them immediate access to their academic credentials. There is no risk of losing, spoiling or damaging the certificates.

National Academic Depository (NAD) was launched in September 2016 to develop a digital depository for school learning certificates, degrees and other academic awards of higher education institutions on the pattern of a securities depository. NAD is an online 24X7 store-house of all academic honors. It provides safe storage, easy retrieval, and validation of the authenticity of educational certificates.

The UGC has, on behalf of all eligible Higher Educational Institutions, signed a tripartite agreement with NSDL Database Management Limited (NDML) and CDSL Ventures Limited (CVL), the two inter-operable digital depositories that constitute the National Academic Depository (NAD). NDML and CVL possess the prescribed hardware, software, and network facilities required for the smooth and steady operationalization of NAD.

UGC has advised the institutions to enter into a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with either of the depositories by June 15, 2019, upload the legacy data by July 31, 2019, and fully integrate with NAD by September 30, 2019.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India is a statutory body entrusted with coordination, determination, and maintenance of standards of higher education. While the UGC has done its job, the universities now must advance this critical project and bring it to success.

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UPDATE

UGC has just asked the Vice-Chancellors of all universities to observe the “World No Tobacco Day” tomorrow (May 31, 2019), and organize a pledge-taking ceremony in the campuses of the university and the affiliated colleges.


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May 27, 2019

India's Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to organize Special Interactive Session with Mr. John Bailey - President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Academy President

Photo: Academy President John Bailey during the Academy’s 2018 Annual Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Matt Petit / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [File Photo]

Academy President

Photo: Oscar nominee Regina King with Academy President John Bailey at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 4, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © Phil McCarten / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [File Photo]

New Delhi — In a major initiative to explore possibilities of collaboration, India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is organizing a Special Interactive Session with Mr. John Bailey, President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, on May 28, at Siri Fort Auditorium, in New Delhi.

The interaction will not only deliver insights into the thought leadership at Oscars but will also be informative for critical stakeholders attending the event. It will throw light on the nuances behind the craft of cutting edge filming techniques and help develop an understanding amongst the Indian film-makers about creating world-class content.

Mr. Bailey will also be interacting with Mr. Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of I&B. The interaction will be an opportunity for the Ministry to highlight financial incentives offered to foreign filmmakers to shoot in India. They will also discuss a single window facilitation mechanism for filming in India, financing co-production of films, and promotion of single-screen theatres in small towns across the country.

Recently, in the 47th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Mr. Robert Yeoman, renowned Cinematographer, and Mr. Alan Heim, distinguished Film Editor from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, had taken Master Classes in their respective fields. This interactive session presents an opportunity to enhance the outreach of the Festival further, and explores the possibilities of collaboration with the Academy for the Golden Jubilee edition of IFFI to be held in Goa in November 2019.

John Bailey is the first Cinematographer to hold the position of Academy President. His credits include “Ordinary People,” “The Big Chill,” “Groundhog Day,” “As Good as It Gets,” “The Anniversary Party,” “The Way Way Back” and “A Walk in the Woods.” As a cinematographer, he is best known for his collaborations with directors Paul Schrader, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Apted, and Ken Kwapis.

In 1985, Bailey shared the Cannes Film Festival Best Artistic Contribution Award with Eiko Ishioka and Philip Glass for “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters.” He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography for “Tough Guys Don’t Dance,” and the Camerimage Golden Frog Award for Best Cinematography for “Forever Mine.”

Academy President

Photo: The Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Amit Khare, presenting the ‘Cinemas of India’ to the President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Mr. John Bailey, in New Delhi, on May 28, 2019. In the ensuing interaction with Mr. Bailey, budding filmmakers and students from several Mass Media Institutes got the opportunity to interact with the Academy President.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 9,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers, and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, and educational outreach.

Academy, India

Photo: Indian Actress, Frieda Pinto, attends the 81st Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 22, 2009. Image provided by & copyright © Jon Didier / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [File Photo]

Academy, Pryanka

Photo: Indian Actress, Priyanka Chopra, arrives at The 88th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Image provided by & copyright © Richard Harbaugh / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [File Photo]

• The prestigious Academy Awards, also known as the “Oscars,” honor the best talent in films, be it Hollywood or International cinema. Although India sends an official entry to the Oscars every year, it only gets snubbed. No Indian film has ever won an Oscar!

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, New Delhi.

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May 21, 2019

The University of California Berkeley Alumni Association is organizing a Forum on Contemporary India in New Delhi.

UC Berkeley

Photo: Sather Tower, University of California, Berkeley. Image Credit: Corey Seeman.

UC Berkeley

The University of California Berkeley Alumni Association is organizing a Forum on Contemporary India in New Delhi.

The afternoon forum would be lead by Professor Pradeep Chhibber, Professor and Indo-American Community Chair in India Studies at UC Berkeley. Prof. Chhibber is the author of various books including — • Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party Systems of India, Oxford University Press; and • Democracy without Associations: Transformation of Party Systems and Social Cleavages in India, University of Michigan Press.

Berkeley undergraduate students will present to the gathering their fascinating research projects on contemporary India.

The event will also be an opportunity to connect with fellow Cal Alumni and friends.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Location: Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti Bhawan, Teen Murti Marg, New Delhi 110011.

The Cal Alumni Association will serve refreshments to the attendees.

AGENDA

4:00pm-5:30pm: Panel discussion followed by Q&A.

Panelists include:

Professor Pradeep Chhibber and his UC Berkeley colleague, Pranav Gupta, have written several articles in the Indian Press on the current Lok Sabha elections. One of their reports is titled: “Political Parties dominate India’s National Elections, not Candidates.” The number of candidates in each constituency has proliferated since Independence, but an independent has a minimal likelihood of winning a Lok Sabha seat, they explain. Their another article is titled: “Not just Political Apathy, Faulty Electoral Rolls to blame for lower Lok Sabha Poll Turnout.”

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May 20, 2019

Nine Leading Global Universities Team Up To Create Global Infrastructure For Digital Academic Credentials.

• Researchers set sights on a new standard for issuing, sharing, and verifying educational certificates.

Harvard University

Photo: Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Image Credit: Corey Seeman.

Global Universities

CAMBRIDGE, MA, May 20, 2019. While digital technology has started to transform education by enabling new learning pathways customized to each’s needs, the way that educational institutions issue and manage academic credentials has not changed much. Nine leading global universities announced today that they had formed the Digital Credentials collaboration to create a trusted, distributed, and shared infrastructure standard for issuing, storing, displaying, and verifying educational certificates.

“Currently, those who complete a degree from an institution must go back to that institution — sometimes by mail or even in person — each time there is a need to verify the academic credentials earned,” said Sanjay Sarma, MIT vice president for open learning. “This can be a complicated problem, especially if the learner no longer has access to the university. Such is the case with many refugees, immigrants, and displaced populations.”

“As teaching and learning offered by our universities have come to encompass digital platforms, the question of trusted verification and authentication of learning and credentials poses itself with broad urgency,” said Diana Wu, dean of university extension and new academic ventures at University of California, Berkeley.

Using technology that relies on strong cryptography to prevent tampering and fraud, and shared ledgers to create a global infrastructure for anchoring academic achievements, the researchers plan to build upon earlier research and pioneering efforts by their institutions.

The universities working on this effort include:

One of the driving forces behind this shared effort is the interest by universities to utilize the advances brought by these new technologies in a way that prioritizes the needs of learners. Digital credentials allow learners to maintain a compelling and valid digital record of their lifelong learning achievements that may include badges, internships, boot camps, certificates, MicroMasters, and stackable combinations, as well as traditional degrees — all of which they can easily share with employers or other institutions. Institutions can record and manage the achievements of their learners in a way that is easy, safe, and inexpensive, and minimizes the risk of identity fraud.

“We are well positioned in academia to use cutting-edge technology to empower learners to advance their careers and education with credentials in the palms of their hands,” said Hans Pongratz, senior vice president for IT-systems and services at Technical University of Munich (TUM).

The team has now set its sights on the evolution and governance of a shared standard. “Digital credentials are like tokens of social and human capital and hold tremendous value for the individual. The significant opportunity we have today is to bring together institutions that share a commitment to the benefit of learners, and who can act as stewards of this infrastructure,” said Philipp Schmidt, director of learning innovation at the MIT Media Lab.

“Our shared vision is one where academic achievements, and the corresponding credentials that verify them, can open up new pathways for individuals to become what they want to be in the future,” said José Escamilla, director of TecLabs Learning Reimagined at Tecnologico de Monterrey.

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May 17, 2019

Cannes Film Festival 2019 — Celebrity Shots

Cannes Film Festival 2019

Photo: EVA LONGORIA. Cannes Film Festival 2019. Red Carpet. 16 May 2019. The American actress looked fascinatingly beautiful on the red carpet, adding yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. She captured the light by teaming a gorgeous pair of Boule earrings in yellow & white gold set with white diamonds and brown diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2019

Photo: RANIA FAWAZ. Cannes Film Festival 2019. Opening Ceremony. 14 May 2019. The Iraqi influencer looked fascinatingly beautiful on the red carpet adding yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. She captured the light by teaming a gorgeous pair of Gypsy earrings in white gold set with white diamonds paired with a Gypsy ring in white gold set with white diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival 2019

Photo: AISHWARYA RAI. Cannes Film Festival. Red Carpet. 20 May 2019. Aishwarya Rai attends the screening of “La Belle Epoque” during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on 20 May 2019, in Cannes, France. The Actress chose a pair of earrings from Avakian Jewellery matched with a black diamond ring from the same collection. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images). Copyright © 2019 Getty Images. Image provided by Avakian Jewellery.

Cannes Film Festival 2019

Photo: CINDY BRUNA. Cannes Film Festival. Red Carpet. 20 May 2019. The top French model looked fascinatingly beautiful on the red carpet, adding yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: IRIS MITTENAERE. Cannes Film Festival. Red Carpet. 22 May 2019. The top French model and miss universe in 2016 looked fascinatingly beautiful on the red carpet adding yet more glamour to it with de GRISOGONO attire. She captured the light by teaming a gorgeous pair of Divina by de GRISOGONO earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and a Divina by de GRISOGONO ring in white gold set with white diamonds. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: CINDY BRUNA. Cannes Film Festival 2019. De GRISOGONO Fashion. AmfAR’s red carpet. 23 May 2019. Image provided by & copyright © de GRISOGONO.

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May 13, 2019

University Grants Commission (UGC) publishes "Redressal of Grievances of Students Regulation" in the Government of India Gazette. Penal Action against Erring Institutions.

India Education

UGC Regulations

India Universities

ENLARGE

Photo: The front of the Government of India Gazette notifying the University Grants Commission (Redressal of Grievances of Students) Regulations.

• New Delhi, 13 May 2019 — The University Grants Commission has published Redressal of Grievances of Students Regulation in the Government of India Gazette.

The regulation mandates the institutions to upload on their websites the prospectus containing information on the list of programs, number of seats, conditions of educational qualification and eligibility, process of selections, each component of fee, deposit and other charges payable by students, details of teaching faculty with their pedagogical skills, and data about physical and academic infrastructure.

There will be four types of students grievance redressal committees, collegiate student grievance redressal committee, departmental student grievance redressal committee, institutional student grievance redressal committee, and the University Student Grievance Redressal Committee. Any student aggrieved by the decision of the University Student Grievance Redressal Committee may prefer an appeal to the Ombudsperson, who shall be a person of eminence in academics or research, and who had been Vice-Chancellor of a University.

GRIEVANCES:

“Grievance” means, and includes, complaint(s) made by an aggrieved student in respect of the following, namely:

  1. Admission is contrary to merit determined in the declared admission policy of the Institution;
  2. Irregularity in the process under the stated admission policy of the Institution;
  3. The Institution refuses to admit a student under its declared admission policy;
  4. Non-publication of the prospectus by the Institution, under the provisions of these regulations;
  5. Publication by the Institution of any information in the brochure, which is false or misleading, and not based on facts;
  6. Withholding of, or refusal to return, any document in the form of certificates of degree, diploma or any other award deposited by a student to seek admission.
  7. The demand for money above that specified in the declared admission policy of the Institution;
  8. Violation, by the Institution, of any law for the time being in force regarding reservation of seats in admission to a different category of students;
  9. Nonpayment or delay in payment of scholarships or financial aid applicable to any student under the declared admission policy of such Institution, or under the conditions, if any, prescribed by the Commission;
  10. Delay by the Institution in the conduct of examinations, or declaration of results, beyond the schedule specified in the academic calendar of the Institution, or such timetable prescribed by the Commission;
  11. Failure by the Institution to provide student amenities as set out in the prospectus, or is required to be extended by the Institution under any provisions of law for the time being in force;
  12. Non-transparent or Unfair Practices adopted by the Institution for the Evaluation of Students;
  13. Delay in, or denial of, the refund of fees due to a student who withdraws admission within the time mentioned in the prospectus, or as may be notified by the Commission;
  14. Complaints of alleged discrimination of students from the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Women, Minority or persons with disabilities categories;
  15. Denial of quality education as promised at the time of admission or required to be provided;
  16. Harassment or victimization of a student, other than cases of harassment, which are to be proceeded against under the penal provisions of any law for the time being in force.

MANDATORY PUBLICATION OF PROSPECTUS, ITS CONTENTS, AND PRICING:

Every Institution, shall publish and/or upload on its website, before expiry of at least sixty days prior to the date of the commencement of the admission to any of its courses or programs of study, a prospectus containing the following for the information of persons intending to seek access to such Institution and the general public, namely:

CONSEQUENCES OF NON-COMPLIANCE:

The Commission shall in respect of any institution, which willfully contravenes these regulations, or repeatedly fails to comply with the recommendation of the Ombudsperson or the Grievance Redressal Committee(s), as the case may be, proceed to take one or more of the following actions, namely:

The Commission will, however, take no action under this regulation without first giving the Institution a chance to explain its position.

The Commission has notified this regulation to the Vice-Chancellors of all Universities.

UGC Regulations

• Consequent upon the promulgation of this regulation in the Government of India Gazette, any University, whose “Registrar” professes to possess the absolute authority to manipulate the data under his supervision and engage in non-transparent, unfair practices for the evaluation of students, would be served with a Show Cause Notice. The University would be required to show cause why it should not be declared “Unfit for receiving Government Grants.”

Source: University Grants Commission, New Delhi.

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May 12, 2019

Delhi Votes

Delhi Votes

Photo: A voter showing mark of indelible ink after casting her vote, at a polling booth, during the 6th Phase of General Elections 2019, at Moti Bagh, in New Delhi on May 12, 2019.

Delhi Votes

Photo: A voter showing mark of indelible ink after casting her vote, at a polling booth, during the 6th Phase of General Elections 2019, at Virender Nagar, in New Delhi on May 12, 2019.

Delhi Votes

Photo: A voter showing mark of indelible ink after casting her vote, at a polling booth, during the 6th Phase of General Elections 2019, at Rohini, in New Delhi on May 12, 2019.

Source: Election Commission of India

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May 11, 2019

First Boeing Apache Helicopter formally handed over to the Indian Air Force

Boeing Apache Helicopter

Photo: Air Marshal A.S. Butola accepting the first AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian helicopter from Mr. Steve Wade, the Vice President for Attack Helicopter Programs, Boeing, during a ceremony held at Boeing production facility, in Mesa, Arizona, the USA on May 10, 2019.

Boeing Apache Helicopter

Photo: Representatives of Indian Air Force accepting the first AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian helicopter led by Air Marshal A.S. Butola along with representatives from Boeing and US Government, during a ceremony held at Boeing production facility, in Mesa, Arizona, the USA on May 10, 2019.

First AH-64E (I) - Apache Guardian helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, the USA on May 10, 2019. Air Marshal AS Butola, represented the Indian Air Force and accepted the first Apache in a ceremony at Boeing production facility. Representatives from the US Government were also present.

IAF had signed a contract with US Government and Boeing in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. The first batch of these helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by July this year. Selected aircrew and ground crew have undergone training at the training facilities at US Army base Fort Rucker, Alabama.

According to India’s Ministry of Defence, the addition of AH-64 E (I) helicopter is a significant step towards modernization of Indian Air Force’s helicopter fleet. The aircraft has been customized to suit IAF’s future requirements and would have the substantial capability in mountainous terrain. The helicopter can carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace with threats from the ground. The ability of these helicopters, to transmit and receive the battlefield picture, to and from the weapon systems through data networking makes it a lethal acquisition. These attack helicopters will provide a significant edge in any future joint operations in support of land forces, the Ministry said.

Source: Ministry of Defence, New Delhi.

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May 9, 2019

Mastercard Bullish on India, Announces US$1 Billion Additional Investment

Mastercard, India

Mastercard, India

Mastercard, India

New Delhi, 8 May 2019 - Mastercard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, today announced an investment of US$1 billion over the next five years in India, in addition to its earlier investment of US$1 billion between 2014-19.

This additional investment tranche underscores Mastercard’s long-term commitment to the government’s “Make in India” and “Digital India” vision and reflects the company’s confidence in the market. A significant part of this investment will go towards establishing a full on-soil domestic transactions processing center in and for India.

Mastercard would direct another part of its investment towards building out a Services Hub focused on developing & delivering other value-added services such as authentication, tokenization, cybersecurity, intelligence solutions, and data analytics. Significant investment in technical capabilities will allow processing of domestic transactions in India, and also provide the potential for the co-design and co-development of such services and solutions locally.

Commenting on the strategic investment and the longer-term business strategy, Ari Sarker, co-president, Asia Pacific, Mastercard said: “India is a unique country with a progressive payments ecosystem. We are excited with our incremental and significant investment plans for this market, which we believe will be compelling differentiators for us. This investment builds on what is an enduring and focused strategy for us in this market, and will also enable us to explore avenues to expand our regional collaborations and partnerships while deepening our commitment to the government’s vision of moving towards a cashless society.”

Mastercard has been consistently and rapidly expanding its presence and investment in India. This incremental investment builds on the previous investment of INR 6,500 crore (US$1 billion) between 2014 and 2019, which included two major acquisitions, new offices in Bengaluru and Gurugram, a Mastercard Lab & Operations Hub in Pune, and a Technology Centre in Vadodara.

The company is also driving a fundamental shift from financial inclusion to inclusive growth through various initiatives aimed at accelerating the digital acceptance infrastructure. There has been an increase from the 1.2 million merchant acceptance points in 2016 to about 5.2 million merchants currently, with a stated commitment to digitally enabling 10 million merchants by 2020. Mastercard has also worked for years with the Confederation of all India Traders (CAIT) 70 million merchants and traders to enhance awareness and adoption of digital payments. Additionally, Mastercard assists the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as an Authentication Service Agency (ASA) for providing Aadhaar-based authentication and e-KYC services that help benefit disbursement and further drive last-mile financial inclusion.

With the rise in the number of connected devices, there is an imperative and opportunity to protect the digital payments ecosystem. Mastercard is working with partners to develop and implement technologies, processes, and expertise that prevent, detect and resolve threats while also enhancing the payments experience. Currently, Mastercard is driving tokenization for payments that will strengthen the security of stored card credentials, provide advanced authentication to reduce checkout errors and expedite the online checkout experience.

Source: Mastercard

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May 1, 2019

Reno Tahoe, Nevada hosts Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Contests.

Miss USA Teen Nebraska

Photo: Erin Shae Swanson, Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2019, prepares backstage during the Miss Teen USA Preliminary Competition at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre on Sunday, April 28. The Miss Teen USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Teen USA crown in Reno Tahoe. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss USA Teen Arkansas

Photo: Maggie Williams, Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2019, competes as a Top 15 Finalist in her evening gown during the Miss Teen USA Competition at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre on Sunday, April 28. The Miss Teen USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Teen USA crown in Reno Tahoe. Photographer: Alex Mertz. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss USA 2019 North Carolina

Photo: Chelsie Kryst, Miss North Carolina USA 2019, during a visit to Lake Tahoe on April 24, 2019. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Reno Tahoe. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss Pennsylvania USA

Photo: Kailyn Marie Perez, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2019, prepares backstage during the Miss USA Preliminary Competition at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre on Monday, April 29. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Reno Tahoe. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss USA 2019 Kentucky

Photo: Jordan Weiter, Miss Kentucky USA 2019, during rehearsals for the Miss USA Competition in Reno Tahoe on Wednesday, May 1. The Miss USA contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Reno Tahoe. Photographer: Patrick Prather. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss USA 2019

Photo: Cheslie Kryst, Miss North Carolina USA 2019, is crowned the new Miss USA by Miss USA 2018, Sarah Rose Summers after the two-hour special programming event on FOX from Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre on Thursday, May 2, 2019. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Patrick Prather. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York.

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