Government To Launch National Data Repository On June 28

New Delhi: The government will next week launch India’s maiden National Data Repository (NDR) that will assimilate, preserve and upkeep country’s vast sedimentary data for future use in oil and gas exploration and production.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will on June 28 launch the NDR, which will aid India to switch over to an open acreage licensing regime where companies can choose areas they want to explore.

At present, the government selects and demarcates areas it feels can be offered for bidding in an exploration licensing round.

It will aid India to switch over to an open acreage licensing regime.

Under the open acreage licensing (OAL), companies can visit NDR and look at vast seismic data of currently producing fields and explored areas as also those of unexplored areas, official sources said.

From the areas that are not under any licensee, they can then carve out an area suitable to them and evince interest in doing exploration and production.

Once an area is selected, the government will put it up for bidding and any firm offering the maximum share of oil or gas produced from the area would be awarded the block.

Sources said already a vast amount of data has been populated – over 9.3 lakh line kilometres of 2D seismic, 2.8 lakh square km of 3D seismic and 1,717 well data.

The NDR will be wholly funded by the government of India and housed with the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH).

It will have the ability to store data online, near line and offline, and provide independent web-based access.

The DGH, they said, has already begun sale of geophysical data of speculative surveys in east and west coast of India in 2005 and 2008.

The mammoth volume of data collected by E&P companies and other agencies over more than six decades of activities was hitherto lying scattered at different work centres of ONGC, Oil India and DGH or held by the operating companies.

This necessitated an establishment of a system at national level that could assimilate, preserve and upkeep the vast amount of data which could be organised and regulated for use in future exploration and development, besides use by R&D and other educational Institutes.

With this objective, the government initiated the establishment of the NDR.

The NDR is a government sponsored project with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure to create E&P data bank for preservation, upkeep and dissemination of data so as to enable its systematic use for future exploration and development.

The DGH being the agency of the central government will be responsible for creation, setting up and operation of the NDR.

Sources said the OAL will be beginning of a new era in oil and gas exploration and production.

Till now, the government has awarded 254 exploration blocks under nine rounds of bidding between 2000 and 2012.

Prior to that, 29 discovered fields were awarded to private and foreign companies.

Of the 254 blocks awarded under the New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) between 2000 and 2012, 156 have already been relinquished due to poor prospectivity.

 

RBI Governor Cited ‘High Uncertainty’ On Inflation For June 7 Policy Review

Mumbai: Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel cited “high uncertainty” on inflation while holding the key interest rate for a fourth successive policy review, according to minutes of the June 7 meeting of Monetary Policy Committee released on Wednesday. It was the first time that a Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) member had voted against the majority decision. At its second bi-monthly monetary policy review of the fiscal year on June 7, the RBI maintained status quo on its repo rate, or short-term rate for lending to commercial banks, at 6.25 per cent. In doing so, the policy statement said the six-member MPC was guided by the risks to inflation.

“As the year progresses, underlying inflation pressures, especially input costs, wages and imported inflation, will have to be closely and continuously monitored,” Mr Patel said, as per minutes of the the MPC meeting.

“The risk of fiscal slippages, which, by and large, can entail inflationary spillovers, has risen with the announcements of large farm loan waivers,” he said.
“At the current juncture, global political and financial risks materialising into imported inflation and the disbursement of allowances under the 7th central pay commission’s award are upside risks,” he added.

RBI Governor Urjit Patel argued for avoiding premature policy action

The RBI governor argued for avoiding premature policy action.

“Considering the high uncertainty clouding the near-term inflation outlook, there is a need to avoid premature policy action at this stage. I, therefore, vote for holding the policy repo rate at the current level of 6.25 per cent and maintaining the neutral stance of monetary policy,” Mr Patel said.

“Premature action at this stage risks disruptive policy reversals later and the loss of credibility.”

“The current state of the economy underscores the need to revive private investment, restore banking sector health and remove infrastructural bottlenecks. Monetary policy can play a more effective role only when these factors are in place,” he added.

Instead, the sole dissenting external member and IIM-Ahmedabad faculty Ravindra Dholakia voted for a minimum a 50 basis point cut in the repo rate.

According to the minutes, Mr Dholakia said there were several noteworthy recent developments on the prices and output fronts that warrant a decisive policy action by the MPC.

“In my opinion, this is the most opportune time for the MPC to effect a major cut of 50 basis points in the policy rate to bring it down from 6.25 per cent to 5.75 per cent,” he said.

“All in all, the prevailing inflation and output conditions and prospects are such that there is enough space for a substantial rate cut of 50 basis points if not more,” he added.

Meanwhile, India’s annual retail inflation eased to a record low of 2.18 per cent in May on lower food prices. The wholesale price index (WPI), with the revised base year of 2011-12, also decelerated further in May 2017 to 2.17 per cent from 3.85 per cent in April as food prices eased.

 

RPSC 2nd Grade Admit Card Released, Exam Starts 30 June

RPSC admit card for 2nd Grade teacher exam has been released by the Rajasthan Public Service Commission. Earlier on April 26 & May 1, the Paper 1 (General Knowledge) was conducted by the Commission, while Paper 2 (subject-wise) was postponed. As the RPSC 2nd Grade Teacher exam starts June 30, the admit cards have been issued for all the applicants. The candidates can download RPSC 2nd Grade teacher admit card from the official website www.rpsc.rajasthan.gov.in.

Rajasthan Public Service Commission is conducting the recruitment examination for filling 6,468 posts of Senior Teachers (Grade-II). The posts are distributed among 8 subjects, namely, Hindi, Sanskrit, Mathematics, Urdu, Social Science, Science, English & Punjabi. Over 9 lakh applications were received by the Commission for these posts, hence the candidates were clubbed in two groups, based on the subjects.

The candidates who applied for Hindi, Sanskrit, Mathematics & Urdu are now Group 1 candidates, while the remaining belong to Group 2. The written examination was proposed to be conducted as two papers; Paper 1 (GK and Educational Psychology) and Paper 2 (subject specific). GK Paper was conducted by RPSC on April 26 and May 1 respectively for Group 1 & 2. As much as 3,99,691 candidates appeared in Group 1 exam and 4,47,925 appeared under Group 2. Check answer keys of GK Paper.

RPSC notified subject-wise exam date on May 1 according to which the 2nd Grade teacher exam was to held on June 28 & 30 and July 1 & 2. on June 7, the Commission further rescheduled the exam date for Urdu and Punjabi subjects. As per the revised schedule, RPSC will hold Mathematics and Sanskrit papers on June 30, Hindi & Science papers on July 1 and Social Science & English papers on July 2. Rajasthan 2nd Grade Teacher exam will be conducted in two sessions (9 am to 11.30 am and 3 pm to 5.30 pm) across all the district headquarters. Urdu and Punjabi papers will now be conducted on July 7 in online mode.

Exam Pattern: The competitive exam for the post of Senior Teacher will carry total 300 marks, distributed equally among 150 multiple choice questions. The questions will be broadly divided in three parts and the distribution of marks in each part will be as follows:

  1. Knowledge of Secondary and Senior Secondary Standard about relevant subject matter – 180 marks
  2. Knowledge of Graduation Standard about relevant subject matter – 80 marks
  3. Teaching methods of relevant subject – 40 marks

Each question will carry 2 marks which means Part 1 will have 90 questions, Part 2 will have 40 questions and there will be 20 questions in Part 3. Negative marking will also be applicable in the exam.

RPSC admit card, 2nd Grade teacher admit card is now available at the official website and two separate links have been provided for Group 1 & 2. The applicants can download their admit card by using the application ID and date of birth. On the exam day, the candidates must carry their valid admit card, 1 passport size photo and on original photo ID card.

Those candidates who will be appearing for more than one subject paper in a Group, will have to inform RPSC about the roll number by which they had taken GK Paper 1 so that the marks obtained in GK Paper can be added to the subject paper marks for selection purposes.

 

Bihar board 10th result on June 22, board to give 8 grace marks to improve pass percentage

The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) will declare the result of the Class 10, or matriculation examination, at around 11am on June 22, board officials said on Tuesday.

The board completed physical verification of the top 10 rank holders on Monday after experts took oral and written test of the toppers.

The results,already been delayed twice due to verification process, will decide the fate of the an estimated 16.5 lakh students who took exams, held between March 1 and 8.

Several students were out of station to apply for admissions and could not reach the board office on the day of verification, resulting in delay.

Bihar board 10th result 2017

From this year onwards, the board has decided to grant eight grace marks to students to improve the pass percentage, for which the state government has given its approval. BSEB will grant eight marks to students who fail in one subject and four in each subject if the student fails in two subjects. Last year the pass percentage was 44.6%.

This year, the pass percentage is expected between 50 and 60%. There are around 40 students falling under Rank 1 to 10 in which 15 are from Simulatala Awasiya Vidyalaya.

Steps to check BSEB 10th Board Result 2017:

* Log on to biharboard.ac.in

* Click on the Bihar board Class 10 matric results 2017

* Enter roll number

* The Bihar Class 10 matric result will appear

* Click on ‘Save’ to download the result

* Students can take a printout for further reference

Students can also check their Bihar 10th Matric Result 2017 via SMS

SMS – BIHAR10<space>ROLLCODE + ROLLNO – Send it to 56263

Student can also check the results on livehindustan.com

 

OnePlus 5 unveiled in the US, to be launched in India on June 22

After months of speculations, the long-awaited OnePlus 5 was unveiled at the company’s ‘2017 OnePlus Annual Flagship Launch’ event in New York city on Tuesday.

The launch was hosted by the global leadership team of OnePlus, along with Carl Pei, OnePlus co-founder.

OnePlus 5, the latest offering by the Chinese smartphone maker features the latest Snapdragon 835 processor and a 6GB RAM. The base model will cost $ 479 in the US and will go on sale from June 27. It will be available in Midnight Black and Slate Gray colour variants.

The device will house 20MP rear dual-camera and 16MP front shooter built in partnership with DxO.

OnePlus 5

According to the company, OnePlus 5 is coming to India on June 22.

The launch is scheduled to be hosted by the global leadership team of OnePlus, along with Pete Lau, OnePlus Founder and CEO, at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai.

While it has officially been confirmed to be an Amazon India exclusive, the device will go on sale at 4.30 pm on June 22.

 

RPSC Sr Teacher GR II Exam 2017: Answer key released, raise objections from June 17

The Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) has released the answer keys of Senior (Sr) Teacher Grade II 2011 examination on its official website. The examinations were held on May 27 and May 28, 2017.

The answer keys have been released for General Knowledge (GK), Maths, English, Science, Social science examinations.

RPSC

Steps to check answer keys of senior Teacher Grade II – 2011 exam from the official website:

1) Go to the official website of RPSC

2) Under the News and Events section, there are separate links for answer keys of each subject

3) Click on the relevant link to go to the pdf page containing the answer key for that subject

4) Take a print-out

The commission has also released a press note for filing objection to the answer keys.

Candidates can raise their objections online to the answer keys from June 17 to midnight of June 19 by paying the required fees (Rs 100 per question) through the commission’s website. The question papers of the exam are available on the commission’s website.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Reportedly Receiving Firmware Update, Includes June Security Patch

Samsung has started rolling out a firmware update to its Galaxy S8+ smartphone in select markets. The new firmware update also brings June Android security patch that was recently released by Google.

Sammobile reports that the new update is now available in India apart from the European market. Samsung Galaxy S8+ users should start receiving the over-the-air notification for the update. As usual, users can also manually check for the update via Settings > About Phone > System Update. The update reportedly comes with software build G955FXXU1AQF7/ G955FOXM1AQF7/ G955FXXU1AQF7 which will differ depending on the region, and is about 450MB in size.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Reportedly Receiving Firmware Update, Includes June Security Patch

The firmware update for the Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Review) brings minor changes to navigation bar where icons will be added to the left-hand side of the navigation bar, which will now offer more room to users without the bar blocking it. The number of available background colours in navigation bar has been changed as well, and after the update, the background colour will be set to the default colour. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ update changeling also confirms that the update will improve quality of panorama images from Camera. As announced by Google, earlier this month, the June Android security update, which is included in the new firmware update, resolves around 100 issues.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8 had earlier received a firmware upgrade that included a fix for the red tint display issue that many users had reported.

Last week, Samsung made the Galaxy S8+ variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage available to buy in India. Priced at Rs. 74,900, the variant went on sale via Flipkart.

 

KMAT Kerala: Download admit card from June 24

Kozhikode: The admit card for the entrance examination ‘KMAT Kerala’ will be available on the official website from 24 June 2017. The candidates are directed to visit www.kmatkerala.in to download the admit card.

KMAT

Fee can be remitted online till June 20 and online applications can be submitted till June 21 through www.kmatkerala.in.The exam is scheduled on 2 July 2017 from 10 am to 12.30 pm.

Following the requests from universities and colleges, the examination was postponed to July 2.The examination is conducted for admission to MBA programmes offered at various colleges in the state.

 

RPSC Sr Teacher GR II Exam 2017: Answer key released, raise objections from June 17

The Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) has released the answer keys of Senior (Sr) Teacher Grade II 2011 examination on its official website. The examinations were held on May 27 and May 28, 2017.

The answer keys have been released for General Knowledge (GK), Maths, English, Science, Social science examinations.

RPSC

Steps to check answer keys of senior Teacher Grade II – 2011 exam from the official website:

1) Go to the official website of RPSC

2) Under the News and Events section, there are separate links for answer keys of each subject

3) Click on the relevant link to go to the pdf page containing the answer key for that subject

4) Take a print-out

The commission has also released a press note for filing objection to the answer keys.

Candidates can raise their objections online to the answer keys from June 17 to midnight of June 19 by paying the required fees (Rs 100 per question) through the commission’s website. The question papers of the exam are available on the commission’s website.

 

WhatsApp Will Stop Working on Nokia Symbian, BlackBerry OS Phones on June 30

WhatsApp users still on handsets running the ageing BlackBerry OS and Nokia S40 and S60 platforms will not be able to use the popular messaging service after June 30. The Facebook-owned company will officially pull the plug on the dated Nokia Symbian software and the BlackBerry OS as July starts. This comes after WhatsApp delayed ending support for them by six months, from the original date of December 2016 to June 2017. The reason behind WhatsApp killing support for old Nokia and BlackBerry phones is that they don’t have the capabilities needed to add new features in the app.

The most widely used instant messaging app had last year announced that it will drop support for a few platforms. The company later extended the support until June 2017 after BlackBerry expressed its disappointment with WhatsApp’s decision to abandon the platform. Support for Android 2.2 Froyo, iOS 6, and Windows Phone 7 was ended by WhatsApp in December last year.

In its Support page, WhatsApp explains, “These platforms [Nokia S40, S60, and BlackBerry OS] don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 2.3.3+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.”

WhatsApp Will Stop Working on Nokia Symbian, BlackBerry OS Phones on June 30
Interestingly, the lack of support for the old Nokia Symbian phones is the reason WhatsApp will not work on the new Nokia 3310 feature phone. The Facebook-owned company has advised that anyone with the above-mentioned older platforms who want to keep chatting with friends via WhatsApp will need to upgrade to a newer operating system or a new device.

WhatsApp also clarifies that currently there’s no way users can transfer your chat history between platforms though the company will provide the option to send your chat history attached to an email, if requested by users. You can head to WhatsApp’s Support page to understand the steps.

WhatsApp had previously emphasised how much the market changed in the years since WhatsApp was launched in 2009. Recapping the market, the messaging service said that in 2009 Android and iOS platforms were running on less than 25 percent of the devices, while BlackBerry and Nokia’s operating systems dominated the market with roughly a 70 percent share. WhatsApp’s decision to pull the plug on Symbian and BlackBerry, however, recaps how the platforms have lost popularity.