PM approves changes in civil services exam pattern
Minister Manmohan Singh, paving way for a new format which will give more
weightage to general studies.
on the recommendation of a Committee constituted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which conducts the
Committee, under the chairmanship of Prof.
Arun S. Nigavekar, former chairman,
UGC, was examined by the Department of Personnel and Training.
i. At present, the civil
services (main) examination has general studies Paper I and II of 300 marks each, including Compulsory and Optional
changes, both the general studies papers will have more weightage.
UPSC conducts the civil service examination to select candidates for three All
India Services – Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and
Indian Forest Service – besides scores of Group A services.
civil services examination, 2013 was scheduled to be notified on 2nd February, 2013. However, due to some unforeseen circumstances, this
examination will not be notified on 2nd February, 2013.
revised date of notification will be intimated in due course,” an order
issued by the UPSC stated.
Government proposes JPC probe into VVIP chopper deal
proposed a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rs3,600-crore VVIP
came into limelight with allegations of kickbacks in the 3,600 crore rupee in the deal.
alleged that kickbacks to the tune of 362
crore rupees were paid to help secure the deal in favour of the
Anglo-Italian firm Augusta Westland.
IRCTC fined Rs 10L for selling soft drinks above MRP
Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has been slapped with a fine
of Rs 10 lakh by a consumer forum here for selling soft drinks above the
maximum retail price (MRP) to two customers.
New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum imposed “punitive
compensation” of Rs 5 lakh each
in two separate cases against IRCTC, a subsidiary of Indian Railways, and said
being a government corporation, “it is not expected to be deficient in
such matters and cannot come down to level of private dealers”.
considered the case in the perspective of unfair and restrictive trade
practices, by a government company who supply food articles to millions of rail
users, who in transit cannot protest or have little choice but to avail
services at whatever cost.”
government corporation is not expected to be deficient in such matters and
cannot come down to level of private dealers,” a bench presided by C K Chaturvedi said.
IRCTC to deposit a fine of Rs 10 lakh with the Delhi State Legal Services
Authority and also awarded compensation of Rs
10,000 each to the two passengers, Delhi
residents Sachin Dhiman and Sharnya.
two complainants had alleged that a retail outlet of IRCTC had sold each of
them a bottle of Maaza having MRP of
Rs 12 for Rs 15.
the catering, tourism and online ticketing operations of the railways, was
preceded against ex-parte as no one appeared on its behalf.
Pak’s largest bank set to establish in India
a banking channel between India and Pakistan by opening a NBP branch in Mumbai or Delhi.
already contacted the Reserve Bank of
India to seek permission for establishing the NBP branch in India and is
awaiting a formal approval.
relations between the two countries would flourish after the establishment of
the banking channel and added that NBP is also catering to the banking needs of
Pakistani businessmen in entire Central Asia after the opening of NBP branch in
US Senate confirms Hagel as new Defence Secy
senator Chuck Hagel has been confirmed as the new US Defence Secretary by the
Vietnam war veteran, was confirmed by the Senate after a bruising confirmation
confirmation comes as a great relief for the Obama Administration as his
nomination was held up for weeks and the Democrats and the White House had to
do a tough convincing act to get him approved by the Senate.
will replace incumbent Panetta at a time when the department is faced with
multiple challenges including defence budget cuts, rapidly changing
developments in the Middle East, increasing threat from North Korea besides the
scheduled withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in 2014.
Haryana raises Old Age Pension Scheme
the Old Age pension from RS 500 to Rs
550, Rs 550 to Rs 600 per month given under three slabs benefitting over 9.83 lakh beneficiaries in the State.
lakh are getting Old Age Pension at a rate of Rs 700 per month.
beneficiaries are getting Old Age Allowance.
West Bengal to give fixed Salary to ASHA
to give fixed salary to all Accredited
Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers from next financial year.
Chief Minister Miss Mamata Banerjee said that the ASHA workers will get 1300 rupees per month as fixed remuneration
besides their daily amount of work done.
this ASHA worker
will have to open a bank account to which money will be transferred on the
first day of every month.
Delhi to Ban the Manual Scavenging in
deployment of the cleaning staff for the purpose of manual sewer cleaning.
declared that all the civic bodies of Delhi would be asked to regularise
services of the cleaning staff that was working for several years on
India had reproached the Union Government of India for not enacting the law
that would lead to a ban on manual scavenging.
Bill, 2012 is still pending in the Parliament.
India launches first Smartphone in Space
University of Surrey on 26 February 2013 announced that STRaND-1, a nano-satellite carrying a smartphone was launched successfully
into space from India.
first country to successfully launch the first smartphone of the world.
mission which is designed in order to test the commercial shelf technology in
board STRaND-1. These applications were designed by the winners of social
networking site, Facebook competition which was organised in 2012.
was launched in 785km Sun-synchronous orbit on the PSLV launcher of ISRO.
India to finally participate in Azlan Shah Tournament
Tournament, Indian Hockey team finally got a breather after government reversed
its decision to fund the travel expenses.
will take part in the event. It will leave on 3rd March.
after the news broke out, the Sports Ministry said that it has directed SAI to
allocate the required funds to meet the air ticket expenses of the team
considering the prestige attached to the tournament.
Shah Cup 5 times (1985, 1991, 1995, 2009 and 2010) bagged
the bronze medal in the last edition of the tournament.
in the tournament are arch-rivals Pakistan, Australia, South
Korea,New Zealand and hosts Malaysia.
cruised into the semi-finals of the Santosh Trophy national football tournament
by beating Tamil Nadu, 2-1 in a
group B quarterfinal league match in Kollam yesterday.
to 4th spot in Test rankings
moved up a rung to 4th in the ICC Test
rankings for teams replacing Pakistan, while Sachin Tendulkar jumped three
places to be 17th in the batsmen’s chart announced on Wednesday.
off-spinner R. Ashwin rose to a career-best 11th.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni charged up 15
places to 21st courtesy his maiden double hundred at Chennai.
continued to lead the Test batsmen
chart followed by Australian skipper