Flying Abroad? No Departure Cards Required From July 1

New Delhi: Indians flying abroad will not be required to fill departure cards from next month. However, those going out of the country via rail, seaport and land immigration checkposts will have to fill the embarkation card. “It has been decided to discontinue the practice of filling up of the departure card by Indians at all international airports with effect from July 1, 2017,” an order issued by the Union home ministry said. The move is aimed at ensuring hassle-free movement of Indians going abroad.

At present, those going abroad need to fill in details such as name, date of birth, passport number, address in India, flight number and date of boarding in the departure card.

“The same information (about the passengers) is available in the system from other sources,” the home ministry order said, citing reasons behind its move.

The need for Indians to fill such cards on their arrival in India has already been done away with.

The decision will help reducing the time required to complete immigration related formalities by passengers and also enable airports and authorities concerned to cater to a larger number of people.

The need for Indians to fill such cards on their arrival in India has already been done away with.

Authorities here have been taking a number of steps to help both international and domestic passengers.

The customs department had last year done away with the need for Indian passengers to fill up a declaration form while coming to India if they were not carrying dutiable goods.

Those carrying prohibited and dutiable goods are required to fill up an ‘Indian Customs Declaration Form’, earlier mandatory for all passengers entering the country.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), mandated to secure civil airports in the country, has also started doing away with the practice of tagging and stamping domestic passengers’ hand baggage.

It has ended at Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Ahmedabad, some of the country’s busiest airports.

 

Asian Stocks Rise As Oil Tries To Claw Up From 10-Month Low

Singapore: Asian stocks advanced on Thursday as oil prices struggled to climb off a 10-month low hit overnight on concerns over a supply glut and falling demand.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.3 percent.

Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.1 percent, with shares in auto air bag maker Takata Corp plunging 50 percent as they exchanged hands for the first time since sources said last week it was preparing to file for bankruptcy.

South Korea’s KOSPI added 0.2 percent, while Australian shares jumped 0.6 percent.

Chinese shares added to gains made on Wednesday after MSCI included mainland shares in its emerging market indexes. The blue-chip index rose 0.4 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was flat.

Asian Stocks Rise As Oil Tries To Claw Up From 10-Month Low

Crude oil crept up from multi-month lows hit on Wednesday after data showed a drop in U.S. inventories, but gains were capped as investors fretted about whether OPEC-led output cuts would dent a three-year glut.

“The time for contrarian trades in oil is fast approaching, but I would want to see some stability in price and the technicals start to become more convincing,” said Chris Weston, chief market strategist at IG in Melbourne.

U.S. crude futures rose 0.1 percent, or 5 cents, to $42.58 a barrel. They closed down 1.6 percent on Wednesday after touching their lowest level since August.

Global benchmark Brent climbed less than 0.1 percent, or 3 cents, to $44.85. It closed down 2.6 percent on Wednesday after touching a seven-month low.

The resulting decline in oil shares hit indexes in Europe and on Wall Street overnight.

Britain’s FTSE, Germany’s DAX and France’s CAC 40 closed between 0.3 percent and 0.4 percent lower.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.3 percent, while the S&P 500 was slightly lower. Nasdaq closed up 0.7 percent, lifted by biotech stocks.

Financial stocks also contributed to losses on Wall Street, driven lower by a drop in the Treasury yield curve to its flattest in almost a decade, as investors tried to reconcile a hawkish Federal Reserve with deteriorating inflation measures.

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren and Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer suggested they are concerned less about raising rates too fast or too high than about keeping them too low for too long.

“I think the market may be pricing in a little higher odds of another rate hike before the end of the year, and that is helping drive some of the flattening,” said Gennadiy Goldberg, an interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.

The yield curve between five-year notes and 30-year bonds flattened to 95 basis points, the narrowest since December 2007, on Thursday.

The dollar eased, falling 0.3 percent to 111.03 yen.

The dollar index edged lower to 97.502, extending Wednesday’s 0.2 percent loss.

The New Zealand dollar gained 0.4 percent to $0.7248 after the central bank left its interest rate unchanged at a record low as expected and reiterated it would remain steady for a while.

Sterling was slightly lower at $1.267 after Wednesday’s 0.3 percent gain on comments by the Bank of England’s chief economist that he was likely to vote for an interest rate hike this year. Until now, he has been seen as largely supportive of keeping rates low.

The euro was flat at $1.117, holding on to Wednesday’s 0.3 percent gain.

The weaker dollar lifted spot gold, which rose 0.6 percent to $1,252.60 an ounce.

 

Asian Stocks Rise As Oil Tries To Claw Up From 10-Month Low

Singapore: Asian stocks advanced on Thursday as oil prices struggled to climb off a 10-month low hit overnight on concerns over a supply glut and falling demand.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.3 percent.

Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.1 percent, with shares in auto air bag maker Takata Corp plunging 50 percent as they exchanged hands for the first time since sources said last week it was preparing to file for bankruptcy.

South Korea’s KOSPI added 0.2 percent, while Australian shares jumped 0.6 percent.

Asian Stocks Rise As Oil Tries To Claw Up From 10-Month Low

Chinese shares added to gains made on Wednesday after MSCI included mainland shares in its emerging market indexes. The blue-chip index rose 0.4 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was flat.

Crude oil crept up from multi-month lows hit on Wednesday after data showed a drop in U.S. inventories, but gains were capped as investors fretted about whether OPEC-led output cuts would dent a three-year glut.

“The time for contrarian trades in oil is fast approaching, but I would want to see some stability in price and the technicals start to become more convincing,” said Chris Weston, chief market strategist at IG in Melbourne.

U.S. crude futures rose 0.1 percent, or 5 cents, to $42.58 a barrel. They closed down 1.6 percent on Wednesday after touching their lowest level since August.

Global benchmark Brent climbed less than 0.1 percent, or 3 cents, to $44.85. It closed down 2.6 percent on Wednesday after touching a seven-month low.

The resulting decline in oil shares hit indexes in Europe and on Wall Street overnight.

Britain’s FTSE, Germany’s DAX and France’s CAC 40 closed between 0.3 percent and 0.4 percent lower.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.3 percent, while the S&P 500 was slightly lower. Nasdaq closed up 0.7 percent, lifted by biotech stocks.

Financial stocks also contributed to losses on Wall Street, driven lower by a drop in the Treasury yield curve to its flattest in almost a decade, as investors tried to reconcile a hawkish Federal Reserve with deteriorating inflation measures.

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren and Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer suggested they are concerned less about raising rates too fast or too high than about keeping them too low for too long.

“I think the market may be pricing in a little higher odds of another rate hike before the end of the year, and that is helping drive some of the flattening,” said Gennadiy Goldberg, an interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.

The yield curve between five-year notes and 30-year bonds flattened to 95 basis points, the narrowest since December 2007, on Thursday.

The dollar eased, falling 0.3 percent to 111.03 yen.

The dollar index edged lower to 97.502, extending Wednesday’s 0.2 percent loss.

The New Zealand dollar gained 0.4 percent to $0.7248 after the central bank left its interest rate unchanged at a record low as expected and reiterated it would remain steady for a while.

Sterling was slightly lower at $1.267 after Wednesday’s 0.3 percent gain on comments by the Bank of England’s chief economist that he was likely to vote for an interest rate hike this year. Until now, he has been seen as largely supportive of keeping rates low.

The euro was flat at $1.117, holding on to Wednesday’s 0.3 percent gain.

The weaker dollar lifted spot gold, which rose 0.6 percent to $1,252.60 an ounce.

 

Here’s how you can prevent your child from wetting the bed

 Children who wet the bed are often ridiculed. Many-a-times, night-time bedwettingcontinue in children even after the age of five years, posing a problem for the child as well as his parents. In such children, the ability to hold urine is diminished or under-developed, and this could be due to a variety of reasons.
Dr Vivek Rege says that parents usually take cold, cough, and fever in their children very seriously but not bedwetting, which is also a very critical problem. “Close to 15 percent under-five children in Mumbai suffer from this problem. If the problem persists even when they have crossed the 5-year age bar, expert guidance is a must,” he said.
Here’s how you can prevent your child from wetting the bed (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)

Many studies are underway to understanding why children wet the bed. In many children, the ability to control their bladder is limited. This could be due to hormonal imbalances, particularly related with the Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH). The treatment to bedwetting primarily involves identifying the cause of bedwetting and advising medication for it along with suggesting lifestyle modifications for the child. Many studies are also in progress in trying to establish a link between social media and virtual networking to bedwetting; while, some have tried to establish a connection between violence and bedwetting.

However, a few lifestyle changes for the child can help him a great deal to stop wetting the bed. What follows are a few tips given by Dr Vivek.

– You should never scold your child if he wets the bed. This is a problem he has no voluntary control of and hence, he should not be chided for it.

– The days when he does not wet the bed, appreciate it. Make him feel your support.

– Make sure that your child urinates just before he goes to the bed.

– At least two hours before going to the bed, your kid must be given hot beverages like warm milk.

– You must never give beverages like tea, coffee or cola to your kid before going to the bed.

– Children wet the bed because their sleep remains unhindered by the urge and they cannot wake up in the middle of the night to pee. In such cases, you can set an alarm and wake him up to pee.

– Bedwetting can be a problem in air-conditioned rooms during summer. Make sure that your kid does not feel too cold during the night.

– If your child wets the bed at least two to three times in a week, it is really paramount that you take the advice of a doctor as his frequency of bedwetting is on the higher side.

 

 

10 Regional Snacks from Maharashtra That Are An Absolute Treat

Talk about snacks, and something crisp and appetising immediately comes to our mind. Maharashtrians love their food that is spicy and sweet in one bite. If you haven’t already tried their snacks, it’s time now. We list down 10 drool-worthy snacks from the state that will leave you wanting more.

10 Regional Snacks from Maharashtra That Are An Absolute Treat

1. Shankarpali

 

Shankarpali is one of the most popular Maharashtrian snacks and is traditionally enjoyed during festivals. It is also called Shakkarpara in Gujarati and Shakerpara in Bengali. Shankarpali is a sweet treat made with milk, sugar or salt, ghee, semolina, and maida. Shankarpali can be sour, sweet or salty. It has a long shelf life and can be stored easily and savoured anytime.

2. Aluvadi

 

Aluvadi or Patrode is a Malavani snack, deep fried and made with spinach or colocasia leaves stuffed with spiced potatoes and then rolled up after being smeared with besan paste. This crunchy delight is a delicious way to kill your hunger pangs and it can be steamed as well as fried.

3. Kothimbir Vadi

 

‘Kothimbir’ is a Marathi word that means coriander and ‘Kothimbir Vadi’ means coriander fritters. This is an evening snack usually enjoyed with tea or coffee. It is made with a mixture of gram flour, coriander leaves and sesame seeds and is steamed, sliced and fried to make a crispy snack.

4. Thalipeeth

 

If you have not tasted Thalipeeth while in the state, you have missed out on the authentic Maharashtrian experience. Thalipeeth is a multi-grain pancake found in the western region of the country. It is made with a special flour of roasted sabudana (tapioca), coriander seeds, wheat, rice and cumin seeds. Various vegetables and onions are added in the dough to enhance the flavour. Served with a dollop of ghee or curd, you can enjoy this snack anytime of the day.

5. Rice Chakli

 

Popularly known as Murukku in the Southern part of the country, Rice Chakli is a deep fried snack made with rice flour, gram flour or a mixture of lentil along with other ingredients including sesame seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and some spices. These round delights are crunchy and golden-brown in colour. They generally need a chakli extruder to shape the dough, which is then fried in oil and enjoyed hot.

6. Bhakarwadi

 

A famous sweet and spicy snack, Bhakarwadi is made with gram flour which is shaped into spiral forms and then stuffed with a mixture of coconut, sesame seeds and poppy seeds. This fried and crispy snack has a long shelf life and can be stored for weeks.

7. Sabudanyachi Khichdi

 

Popularly known as sabudane (tapioca) ki khichdi, this quick snack is light yet filling. Sabudana is soaked overnight and then fried with cumin seeds, spices, diced potatoes and crushed peanuts. In Maharashtra, sabudanyachi khichdi is generally made in pure desi ghee.

8. Chiwda

 

Chiwda or poha is the go-to snack in Maharashtra. Chiwda is deep fried puffed rice or flaked rice. A mix of peanuts, curry leaves, green chilies and asafetida are roasted to make this delicious snack.

9. Kanda Batata Poha

 

‘Kanda’ in Marathi means onion and ‘Batata’ means potato. Kanda Batata Poha is perfect for breakfast or in the evening as a mid-meal snack. Chiwda is soaked in water overnight and cooked with vegetables, peanuts and spices. It is served with diced raw onions on top. You can sprinkle some Bhujia (namkeen) to add a crunch.

10. Batata Vada

 

Batata Vada consists of a mashed potato patty coated with chickpea flour, deep fried and served piping hot with chutney. This snack is enjoyed the most with a cup of tea on a rainy day.

Try these lovely snacks from Maharashtra and do tell us about the ones that you absolutely love.

CBSE board exams may start from Feb 15 and end in March from next year

Class 10 and 12 board examinations conducted by the CBSE may start from mid-February rather than March to provide more time for the evaluation of answer scripts, sources said.

According to a senior CBSE official, a committee being set up to suggest systemic changes in the evaluation process followed by CBSE for board exams will explore this aspect.

“At present, the exams start on March 1 and usually go on for a month. This also coincides with the start of summer vacations and hence, a number of teachers go on leave during that time. Due to this, we get ad-hoc and contractual staff for the evaluation that affects quality,” said a source.

There are more than 18,000 schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

CBSE

Sources further said by advancing the exams to February 15, the board will be able to get quality faculty to be part of evaluation to make the system better.

Officials said the move will not cause inconvenience to the students as most of them take preparatory leave from January. On Monday, the CBSE clarified that it received requests for verification of marks from only 2.47% of the students amid allegations of “faulty evaluation process” adopted for Class 12 exams.

The board said despite best efforts made by teachers, “there may be possibility of human error in transferring marks to the title page of the answer scripts, summation of marks and manually posting marks in the computer system”.

“We want to make the system more robust and foolproof and having quality evaluators will help immensely. The committee has also been asked to suggest technological changes that are required,” said a senior official.

Nearly 11 lakh candidates — 6,38,865 boys and 4,60,026 girls — registered for the CBSE Class 12 exam this year against 10.67 lakh last year, registering an increase of 2.82%.

The number of centres and schools registered for the Class 12 exam were 3,502 and 10,678 respectively.

 

Sex Offenders Cannot Be Barred From Social Media, Top US Court Says

The US Supreme Court unanimously struck down Monday a North Carolina law that barred registered sex offenders from using social media.

The suit in the nation’s highest court goes back to a seemingly harmless event in April 2010, when a man named Lester Packingham learned that authorities had dropped court proceedings stemming from a traffic ticket he had been given.

Packingham went to his Facebook page and wrote how relieved he was. “No fine. No court cost, no nothing spent… Praise be to GOD, WOW! Thanks, JESUS!” he wrote.

A police officer in Durham, North Carolina who was working to hunt down sex offenders online read the post.

Eight years earlier, at the age of 21, Packingham had been convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Sex Offenders Cannot Be Barred From Social Media, Top US Court Says
He got a suspended sentence of 10-12 months and his name was placed on a registry of sex offenders. And under a much disputed law enacted in North Carolina in 2008, Packingham was barred for 30 years from using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all other social media.

So Packingham was convicted again, this time for using Facebook before the 30-year deadline was over. Police who searched his home after the post was read found no evidence of any new sexual misbehavior toward minors.

He appealed, saying the North Carolina law violated his right to freedom of expression.

In his legal battle over the past six years, Packingham has won the support of libertarians and groups opposing internet restrictions.

In the other corner, Louisiana and 12 other states backed North Carolina, saying it was important to block sexual predators from collecting information on potential victims.

 

This union minister was rusticated from SRCC

Vijay Goel, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports is an alumni of Delhi University’s Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC). And he has quite an interesting college life. He shares some of the anecdotes with us.

Goel always wanted to lead the crowd and bring about a change. In the first year of college, he contested the students’ union election. “During my initial days of college, Arun Jaitley used to be the students’ union president. Then, I became the president of Delhi University Students’ Union in 1977 as a candidate of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the same party to which Jaitley belonged. And Rajat Sharma was the general secretary,” says the BJP leader, who is a Shri Ram College of Commerce graduate.

Recalling the political scenario of his time, Goel says, “Bada jabardast mahaul hota tha us time. We used to hangout at the law faculty campus. Vo politics ka adda hota tha. Youth organisation ke log bhi vahi aate the. There was a lot of agitation and due to one of the demonstrations; I was rusticated from the college. We were demanding postponing of exams because of the tornado and it turned violent.”

DU

Not may know that Goel was also a national level kho-kho player. “Apart from studies, I was good in sports as well. And I won almost all debate competitions,” he says. Interestingly, besides Goel, many generations of his family went to the same college. “My whole family is from SRCC. Right from my father to my brother to my kids, we are proud SRCC graduates,” says the minister, who is also known as a lover of verse and art.

 

 

 

Honda fears sudden cut-off from EU customs union could cripple UK car supply chains

Britain’s departure from the European Union’s customs union would ramp up costs for small and medium-sized car part suppliers to such an extent that supply chains could seize up, a senior European executive at Honda said on Tuesday.

Ian Howells, Honda’s European senior vice president, told an autos conference that the company had discovered more complexity and cost as it delved further into the impact an exit from the customs union would have on the British car industry.

“Leaving the customs union will only imply extra costs to SMEs,” Howells said. “The administrative costs become prohibitive. Put very simply the supply chain will start to seize up with obvious impacts on our ability to manufacture vehicles efficiently.”

Honda

Honda builds around 8% of Britain’s 1.7 million cars at its Swindon plant in west England.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has proposed a clean break from the EU: leaving its single market, which enshrines free movement of people, goods, services and capital, and losing full access to the customs union in favour of a bespoke deal.

 

Bankers To Meet From Monday To Decide On Large Defaulters

Mumbai: Bankers are meeting from Monday to finalise their next course of action on six of the 12 bad loan accounts for immediate referral to NCLT after the RBI named the largest defaulters to face bankruptcy proceedings.

The first set of six troubled accounts are Bhushan Steel (Rs. 44,478 crore), Essar Steel (Rs. 37,284 crore), Bhusan Power and Steel (Rs. 37,248 crore), Alok Industries (Rs. 22,075 crore), Amtek Auto (Rs. 14,074 crore) and Monnet Ispat (Rs. 12,115 crore), a banker said.

According to RBI, these 12 accounts owe Rs. 2.5 trillion to the system, which constitute around 25 per cent of gross bad loans.

Bankers are worried about the haircut they may have to take if the accounts go into liquidation.
The other accounts named for bankruptcy action, according to bankers, include Lanco Infra (Rs. 44,364.6 crore), Electrosteel Steels (Rs. 10,273.6 crore), Era Infra (Rs. 10,065.4 crore) Jypaee Infratech (Rs. 9,635 crore) ABG Shipyard (Rs. 6,953 crore) and Jyoti Structures with a defaulted loan of
Rs. 5,165 crore.

Last week, the RBI’s internal advisory committee (IAC) had sent the list of 12 accounts to bankers for immediate reference under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).

These 12 accounts are led by SBI (six of them), PNB, ICICI Bank, Union Bank, IDBI Bank and Corporation Bank, according to bankers.

“Beginning Monday, banks are meeting to discuss six of the 12 accounts named by the RBI before referring accounts to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) by the end of this month,” a banker told PTI.

Since these are large accounts and involve multiple banks, the lenders will try to take a common view on all administrative requirements before referring these accounts to the NCLT.

Another banker said “they will also decide on appointment of insolvency professional (IP) who will later decide on the resolution plan and submit it to the lenders for their consideration”.

While ABG Shipyard, Amtek Auto, Alok Industries, Bhushan Steel, Bhushan Power and Steel, Electrosteel Steels, Jaypee Infratech, Jyoti Structures and Monnet Ispat and Energy did not respond to e-mails sent to them, Era Infra and Lanco Infra could not be contacted.

When reached out for comment, Essar Steel spokesperson said, “We are not aware of any such development.”

These 12 accounts referred by the RBI have an exposure of more than Rs. 5,000 crore each, with 60 per cent or more classified as bad loans by banks as of March 2016.

Once a case is referred to the NCLT, there is a time line of 180 days to decide on a resolution plan. An additional 90 days can also be given. If a plan is not decided, then the company will go into liquidation.

Total NPAs of the banking system stand at over Rs. 8 trillion of which Rs. 6 trillion are with public sector banks.

Last month, the government had cleared an ordinance to amend the Banking Regulation Act, giving the RBI more powers to direct banks to resolve bad loans.

Bankers, however, are worried about the haircut they may have to take if the accounts go into liquidation.

“It needs to be seen that what kind of haircut we will have to take. In case of liquidation, there will be a large haircut we will have to suffer,” said an executive director of a state-owned bank.

The internal advisory committee of the RBI had identified these 12 accounts after studying top 500 ones of the banking system.