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Class XII CBSE inflation of marks

India April 25(IM): Most of the school examination boards agreed to scrap the policy of marks moderation, the policy of awarding extra marks to candidates for questions which are considered difficult.According to The Indian Express, the decision was taken on Monday by 32 school boards during a three-hour-long meeting organised by the Central Board of Secondary Edcuation (CBSE) and attended by School Education Secretary Anil Swarup.The decision is being taken to stop the inflation of Class XII marks seen over the last few years. CBSE will also discontinue the practice of setting different question papers for schools in Delhi and the rest of the country.Another report in Deccan Herald said that because of moderation of marks, some students were getting as high as 100 percent marks in their board examinations.“Almost all of us realised that this system was not appropriate and hence should be ended in the best interest of students. There was a common consensus at the meeting that moderation of board marks system should be put to an end from this year itself,” the report quoted a school board official as saying.The move comes after the CBSE had in December last year requested the HRD ministry to help develop a consensus among all state boards on completely removing the marks moderation policy which is considered as the reason behind inflated scores in board exam results.Under the moderation policy, examinees are awarded up to 15 percent extra marks in certain papers if the questions are deemed to be difficult.However, the practice of awarding grace marks will continue to ensure that a student clears an exam if he or she needs a few marks to do so.If the states also decide to adopt the policy, then the soaring cut-offs for admission to colleges are likely to go down.The CBSE has opined that a unilateral scrapping of the policy would put its students at a disadvantage during undergraduate admissions and considered it important that all state boards agree to it.

25/04/2017 5:25:00 PM

MK Stalin Arrested As Tamil Nadu Shuts Down In Support Of Farmers

Dont reopen or relocate liquor shops along highways for 3 months Madras HC to TN govt

2008 Malegaon blast case Sadhvi Pragya Singh gets bail


Business


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Personal flying machine maker plans deliveries this year

United States April 25(IM): A Silicon Valley "flying car" startup, Kitty Hawk, reportedly backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, released a video on Monday of its airborne prototype and announced plans for deliveries of a "personal flying machine" this year."Our mission is to make the dream of personal flight a reality. We believe when everyone has access to personal flight, a new, limitless world of opportunity will open up to them," said a statement on the website of the Kitty Hawk company, based in Google's home town of Mountain View, California."Today we're announcing our first prototype of The Flyer, a personal flying machine that will become available for sale by the end of 2017." The craft, propelled by eight rotors, takes off and lands vertically, like a helicopter. It is said to weigh about 220 pounds (100 kilograms) and fly at speeds up to 25 miles per hour (40 kph). and can hover at 15 feet (4.5 meters) high.The company describes the Flyer as "a new, all-electric aircraft," which is "safe, tested and legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas" under US federal regulations for ultralight aircraft. No pilot's license is required, and two hours' training is said to be all that is needed.The website offered few details about the company, but several reports in recent months have said Page has poured millions of dollars into Kitty Hawk and another electric car startup.Kitty Hawk president Sebastian Thrun, a Stanford University computer science professor who has been called the father of Google's self-driving car, tweeted: "Changing the future of personal transportation. Join us @kittyhawkcorp to get information about #theFlyer prototype."The company announced it was offering three-year "memberships" for $100 to be placed on a waiting list and to get a discount on the price of the new transporter. The price is to be announced later this year.The startup offered only limited details about the company.An email response to an AFP query said the lead engineers were Cameron Robertson and Todd Reichert, who created a startup called Aerovelo which aims to produce the fastest human-powered vehicle.Kitty Hawk said the flyer going on sale later this year will have a different design than the prototype.A blog post by writer Cimeron Morrissey, who took the flyer for a test run, offered some clues on how it feels.Several other companies, including European conglomerate Airbus, have been working on similar flying machines.Meet AeroMobil's flying car, available for pre-order soon

25/04/2017 5:47:00 PM

When Flipkart CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy Quit His Job For A Day

Public sector bank merger healthy for banking system says RBIs Urjit Patel


Sci&Tech



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ISRO makes Announcement of Opportunity for its Venus mission

India April 25(IM): India has moved a step closer to its maiden mission to Venus with its space agency ISRO announcing that proposals have been sought for space-based experiments to study the planet.The Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is for space experiments by institutions in the country, and the last date for receiving the proposals is May 19, 2017, the Bengaluru- headquartered Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) said.Those sending the proposals may be currently involved in planetary exploration studies, or development of science instruments for space, or willing to develop the experiments, the ISRO said in an announcement on its website.Though no time-frame has been set by the ISRO for the ambitious mission, indications are that the Indian Venusian orbiter mission may not happen before 2020.The maiden mission to Venus, the second planet of the Solar System named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, is in all probability going to be a modest orbiter mission. ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar had earlier said that the mission to Venus is on the horizon and studies are underway.“Beyond that, Mars second mission and Venus mission are all on the horizon, we have to go through the various studies and then formulate, get the approval and move. Right now, they are all in the study phase,” he said while referring to the two new bold inter-planetary sojourns to Earth’s immediate neighbours.Venus is often described as the “twin sister” of the Earth because of the similarities in size, mass, density, bulk composition and gravity.It is believed that both planets share a common origin, forming at the same time out of a condensing nebulosity around 4.5 billion years ago.Stating that exploration of Venus began in the early 1960s, ISRO said the planet has been explored by flyby, orbiter, a few lander missions and atmospheric probes.The ISRO said that in spite of great progress made in exploring Venus, there still exist gaps in our basic understanding about surface/sub-surface features and processes, super rotation of Venusian atmosphere and its evolution and interaction with solar radiation/solar wind.The planet is around 30 per cent closer to the sun as compared to Earth resulting in much higher solar flux.Pointing out that the payload capability of the proposed satellite is likely to be 175 kg with 500W of power, the space agency said these values are to be tuned based on the final configuration.The proposed orbit is expected to be around 500 x 60,000 km around Venus, and the orbit is likely to be reduced gradually, over several months to a lower apoapsis, it said. The point on an orbit which is closest to the orbited body is called the periapsis and the furthest point is the apoapsis.A mission to explore Venus was first mentioned in the Department of Space demands for grants 2017–18.Scripting space history, India on September 24, 2014, had successfully placed its low-cost Mars spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet on its very first attempt.ISRO is expected to launch its second lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 during the first quarter of 2018.It will be another feather in the cap for India if ISRO’s mission to Venus turns out to be successful.On a visit to India in February, Michael M Watkins, Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA, said a mission to Venus is very-very worthwhile as so little is understood about that planet and NASA would definitely be willing to partner in India’s maiden voyage to the planet.Towards that, NASA and ISRO have already initiated talks in February on trying to jointly undertake studies on using electrical propulsion for powering this mission.

25/04/2017 5:50:00 PM

Nokia 3310 Price in India Revealed but theres Nothing Official About It


Sports


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Subrata Paul Suspended For Dope Taint Will Go For B Sample Test

India April 25(IM): Acclaimed Indian goalkeeper Subrata Paul was on Tuesday provisionally suspended after failing a dope test but has vowed to prove himself innocent by going for the confirmatory 'B' sample test. All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Kushal Das said Paul, an Arjuna Awardee, failed an out-of-competition test last month. Paul is facing the prospect of a four-year ban. Terbutaline is a bronchodilator and is taken when people have trouble breathing or a medical condition such as asthma. According to WADA, terbutaline is placed in the category of 'beta-2 agonists', which is prohibited at all times (in competition and out-of-competition)"The banned substance is terbutaline. According to the NADA letter to AIFF, Subrata is under provisional suspension," Das told .Terbutaline is also present in commonly-used expectorants administered for cough and cold. But, athletes must apply for a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemptions) certificate if they want to use asthma-related drugs.Asked if Paul can still play for his club DSK Shivajians in their last I-League fixture at home against Minerva Punjab on April 30, Das said, "He can apply for a B sample test as well as simultaneously appeal for the lifting of this provisional suspension.""Once he appeals (for lifting of this provisional suspension), he can play but in case the NADA Panel rules against his appeal whatever match he has played after NADA's intimation to us that he has failed his A sample test will be forfeited (his club will be declared to have lost the match)."Das said Paul's urine sample was taken by NADA on March 18 when the Indian team was in the national camp in Mumbai. All the players were tested during that camp.Under WADA rules, the National Anti-Doping Agency will have to inform the player as well as the federation about the dope result. The player has the right to request for a confirmatory 'B' sample test. He will be put under provisional suspension pending his 'B' sample test.Under new WADA rules, a first-time dope offender will serve a maximum period of four-years. The 30-year-old Paul said he will go for the 'B' sample test and claimed that he will prove his innocence."I am shocked at this news that I failed a dope test. I have not got any official communication from the NADA or the AIFF. I am getting to know about this from the media. I will prove my innocence as I have played the game with honesty and integrity in my career of more than 10 years now," Pal said."I will request for the 'B' sample test as I believe that I have not done anything to fail a dope test. All the players were tested during the Mumbai national camp and I never thought that my sample will return positive," he added.Paul, who made his India debut in 2007 and went onto represent the country 64 times till 2015, said he has achieved most of whatever he had set out for in his career. And there is no reason for him to do cheat and risk tarnishing his reputation."The AIFF officials, the fans, fellow players and the media knew that I have been an honest player throughout my career. I have built up a reputation and I have achieved a lot in my career, for my clubs and for my country. At this point in time of my career, I do not need anything like taking a banned drug to enhance my performance."So, I am shocked at this development. My reputation is at stake and I want to clear my name. That is why I will go for the 'B' sample test," he said.Paul, from West Bengal, has been one of India's finest goalkeepers. He was the number one goalkeeper during the time Englishman Bob Houghton was at the helm of affairs as India coach and Bhaichung Bhutia as the captain.He played a major role in India winning the Nehru Cup international tournament in 2007 and 2009.Paul's heroic performances under the bar were also instrumental in India winning the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup in Hyderabad, which led to the qualification for the AFC Asian Cup held in Doha in 2011.In that tournament, he was referred to by the media as the 'Indian spiderman' due to a series of spectacular saves he made in the three group matches, especially against South Korea.In the last couple of years, Paul has not been India's No.1 goalkeeper as that position has gone to Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who currently plays for a Norwegian first division club.Paul was part of the Indian squad which played against Cambodia in an international friendly (March 22) and against Myanmar (March 28) for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, but did not make it to the playing eleven.He played for NorthEast United in the 2016 Indian Super League season and he is currently playing for DSK Shivajians in the I-League. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2016. Doping in Indian football is rare. Before Paul, former Mahindra United defender Arun Malhotra was perhaps the first high-profile footballer in the country to be banned after he failed a dope test in 2002. He was stopped from joining the team for the Asian Games in Busan.In 2011, Nishant Mehra had tested positive for a banned substance and was banned by NADA for two years. Later in 2015, Mumbai FC's Dane Pereira tested positive for a banned substance taken by NADA after an I-League match against Royal Wahingdoh at the Cooperage stadium in Mumbai.

25/04/2017 6:00:00 PM

Sonakshi Sinha may not perform with Justin Bieber but Bollywoods limelight hogging is an issue

Rejuvenated Pune Take On Formidable Kolkata

BCCI Rejects Shashank Manohars Offer Of Additional USD 100 Million



World


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French presidential election pits Macron against Le Pen in a divided France

France April 25(IM): The battle to become France's president comes down to a clash of two visions — Emmanuel Macron is pro-globalisation and pro-European Union, while Marine Le Pen rages against both. As the rival camps celebrated reaching the decisive second round of the election on Sunday, Le Pen said that voters will have "a very simple choice" on 7 May."Either we continue on the path of off-shoring jobs, unfair foreign competition, mass immigration and free movement of terrorists or you choose France and borders that protect," she told her supporters.Macron, 39, had a starkly different message: "I will be the voice of hope for our country and for Europe," he told thousands of his followers. The photogenic former investment banker, who had never before stood for election, started his centrist movement only 12 months ago.Yet polls currently show he will easily become France's youngest ever president, beating Le Pen by more than 20 percentage points.His meteoric rise began when President Francois Hollande chose him as an economic advisor and then parachuted him into his Socialist cabinet as economy minister.But shrewdly sensing his chance, Macron turned his back on Hollande when he quit the cabinet in August to concentrate on building up his own centrist political movement "En Marche" (On the Move).French voters did exactly what they were expected to do — to the relief of French pollsters who helped redeem a profession still smarting over getting Brexit and the US election wrong. The final surveys published on the eve of Sunday's presidential election showed Macron and Le Pen qualifying for a run-off vote in two weeks' time. Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron, the photogenic former investment banker, who had never before stood for election, started his centrist movement only 12 months ago. Macron was projected at 23-24 percent with Le Pen at 22-23 percent — and those figures were in line with their final scores of 24.01 percent and 21.30 percent. It was the same success — forecasts that were within around one percentage point of their final results — for scandal-hit conservative Francois Fillon and far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon."There's a feeling of relief in the sense that polling groups have been under attack a lot during the campaign," pollster Yves-Marie Cann from the Elabe group admitted to AFP. Le Pen, who scored her best results in Sunday's presidential vote far from France's biggest cities, was carried to the run-off election by a part of the nation left behind in an era of globalisation. The results reflect the cleaving of France into two nations: cities reaping the benefits of global links on one side, and small towns and rural areas far from the busiest hubs of employment on the other.It is these regions — marked by de-industrialisation, lack of jobs and the fear of a falling standard of living — that helped propel the National Front (FN) leader into the 7 May runoff against pro-European Union centrist Macron.She won 28 percent of votes in her party's traditional bastion of the southeast and also did well in France's rust belt — scooping up 31 percent of votes in the northeast and 28 percent in the east. Elsewhere, she picked up support from those struggling to make ends meet.Only once have French presidential pollsters failed badly in recent memory, Cann said: In 2002, when far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, father of Marine, stunned France and the world by making it through to the second round.Le Pen won 28 percent of votes in her party's traditional bastion of the southeast and also did well in France's rust belt — scooping up 31 percent of votes in the northeast and 28 percent in the east.Marine Le Pen won 28 percent of votes in her party's traditional bastion of the southeast and also did well in France's rust belt — scooping up 31 percent of votes in the northeast and 28 percent in the east.

25/04/2017 5:41:00 PM

China bans dozens of Muslim names for babies in Xinjiang

Barack Obama Makes No Mention Of Donald Trump In First Post Presidency Speech

Saudi Arabia on UN commission protecting women

A look at Nepals progress in earthquake recovery


Entertainment


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Baahubali 2 breaks another record will release on record 9000 screens across world

India April 25(IM): To put it in Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar’s words, the release of director SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Conclusion is India’s biggest movie event. The Prabhas-starrer will have its world premiere at a grand event in Mumbai on Thursday, which will be attended by who’s who of Indian film industry. The filmmakers have promised that the event will set the benchmark for the future premieres in India.The worldwide release of Baahubali 2, meanwhile, will happen on Friday on a never-seen-before scale. The film will hit as many as 9,000 screens worldwide. It will open in India on a record-breaking 6,500 screens, including in Karnataka, where the film faced the possibility of an unofficial ban from the pro-Kannada groups over ‘Kattappa’ Sathyaraj’s comments made nine years ago. About 2,000 pro-Kannada organisations threatened to stall the release of the film across the state if Sathyaraj refused to apologise for his anti-Kannada remarks during the Cauvery row that he made nine years ago. However, the crisis was averted after the actor tendered an apology. The advance booking of Baahubali 2 already begun in Karnataka on a strong note, especially in Bengaluru, where screens that offered tickets on online sites have sold almost all the tickets for the weekend. The scenario is very similar in Telugu states and Kerala as well. In these southern states, the shows start as early as 6 am, an indicator of the kind of craze the franchise has managed to create among the moviegoers.The film will also get the biggest launch for an Indian film in the US. According to reports, the film’s Telugu, Tamil and Hindi versions will release on 1,100 screens in the US. Tamil, Telugu and Hindi versions of Baahubali 2 will be released in Canada on over 150 screens in about 80-plus locations. It will also be the first film to release in the original IMAX format in these markets. “The film will be released in this format in about 40 to 45 major locations in each territory,” Great India Films in a statement, which is releasing the film in the US and Canada, said.The Hindi version of Baahubali 2 will also get a wide release in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji Islands. The Tamil version of the film is also set for a huge release across Malaysia. The film will also premiere in the UK as part of UK-India Year of Culture events. It truly is India’ biggest movie event. Baahubali 2 is the sequel to 2015 Baahubali: The Beginning that created unprecedented box office records and fan frenzy across the country. Actor Prabhas in the film has played multiple roles and Rana Daggubati has played the antagonist. It also stars Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Sathyaraj among others in the lead roles.

25/04/2017 5:59:00 PM

Before Tubelight teaser Salman Khan and his boots are making us curious


Health


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Soon, Chocolates to be Made From Jackfruit Seeds

India April 25(IM): Everyone wants chocolate, that too, to an extent that its demand may soon outnumber its production. Experts and scientists have now been busy devising ways to meet this ever growing demand by looking out for alternative items that can be used to mimic the aroma and taste similar to cocoa. Fernanda Papa Spada, Jane K. Parker, Solange Guidolin, Canniatti Brazaca and colleagues from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil decided to study jackfruit seeds for the same purpose. In a country (Brazil) where cocoa comes in abundance, nobody looks at jackfruit seeds. Jackfruits typically grow in tropical parts of Asia, Africa, South America and Australia. It comes cheap and is cooked in a variety of ways all across the world. India commonly likes currying or pickling jackfruit which is popularly known as kathal in the local language. South India deep fries the fruit and savours it in the form of a snack.The study published in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry reports that the compounds found in jackfruit seeds may produce many of the same aromas similar to processed cocoa beans. It suggests jackfruit as a potentially cheap and easily available substitute for chocolate manufacturing.chocolate.The researchers began by acidifying or fermenting jackfruit seeds before drying them which was followed by converting these seeds into flours. Flours were then roasted at different temperatures and intervals using processes similar to the ones used to enhance the chocolaty flavor of cocoa beans. Experts used a technique called gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to identify the similar compounds between jackfruit flours and chocolate aromas. Volunteers were asked to smell the jackfruit seed flours and describe the aromas. The fermented flours were found to be largely associated with chocolate over the acidified flours. The fermented samples were described to have aromas similar to fruits, caramel or hazelnut. It was therefore concluded that jackfruit seeds may serve as a feasible alternative to produce chocolate aromas. These can also become a potential replacement for the aroma of cocoa powder or chocolate.The global production of cocoa amounts to 3.7 million tons annually. The world-wide demand is expected to rise to a whopping 4.5 million tons by 2020 whereas the total annual production is not suggested to grow at a pace to meet this staggering rise in demand. In such circumstances, alternatives like jackfruit seeds could come handy.

25/04/2017 6:04:00 PM

Doctors divided over MCI directive on generic drugs

Mumbai hospital refused Egyptian doctor to examine my sister says Eman Ahmeds sister