Employment of Indian seafarers grows by an unprecedented 35 percent this year

The number of students placed for on-board training also rose by 37 percent Today:- Feb – The shipping sector has witnessed an unprecedented growth of 35 per cent in the number of Indian seafarers employed on Indian or foreign flag vessels this year. The figure rose from 154349 in 2017 to 208799 in 2018. Along with this, the number of students placed for on-board training also increased from 14307 last year to 19545 this year, showing a jump of nearly 37 per cent. The number of seafarers employed on Indian flag vessels increased from 22,103 last year to 27,364 this year, while the employment figures on foreign vessels went up from 60,194 to 72,327during the same period. The total number of Officers employed increased from 60194 in 2017 to 72327 in 2018 while the number of Ratings during the period also increased from 72,052 to 109,108. The number of Indian seafarers had earlier gone up from 103835 in 2013 to 126945 in 2015. This phenomenal growth in the number of Indian seafarers has been possible due to a series of measures taken by the Government in the last four years to improve the standards of maritime training, increase on-board training opportunities, improve the examination and certification system and facilitate ease of doing business. The training curriculum for the officers and the ratings were revised in 2016 not only to meet the global standards but also to meet the expectations of the foreign employers. To regulate the training institutes working in private sector, a system of ‘Comprehensive Inspection Programme’ (CIP) was designed to assess the quality of the institute on various parameters such as infrastructure, quality of students’ intake, quality of faculty, pedagogy, performance in examination, on-board training and placement of students.An e-learning module was prepared to standardize the course material of these institutes, and provided free of cost to all Indian seafarers to allow them to upgrade their knowledge and skills before appearing for the examination. To ensure increase in the supply side, a 15-year-old ban on setting up of new training institutes or increasing the capacity of the existing training institutes was lifted with certain conditions. While India has created a large capacity in imparting class room training for Merchant Navy, there has been a major constraint in providing on-board ship training for the students enrolled for class room training. A policy shift was made by holding the training institutes responsible for on-board ship training of the students also and not only for the class room training. To release more on-board ship training slots, it was decided to allow on-board training of officers and ratings on tugs and offshore vessels also. These two initiatives have opened additional berth for nearly 4000 trainees. Major regulatory relaxation was brought for obtaining Indian Continuous Discharge Certificate (CDC) which is a pre-requisite for employment on vessels. A new liberalized CDC regime was introduced in 2017 which allowed 10th pass Indian citizens who had completed a 14-day basic maritime course to obtain Indian CDC. Earlier, they were required to complete at least 6 months training for obtaining CDC. Many seafarers having past experience in sailing have succeeded in procuring Indian CDC. More than 70,000 CDCs have been issued under new rules in the year 2018-19 itself. Teennews1 News Desk

Having a research facility at PG College level should be a criterion to get accreditation

Vice President calls for achieving access, equity and excellence in Higher Education Accreditation & Ranking of higher educational institutions will enable students to make informed choices; Create an eco-system for creativity to thrive; promote research and innovation: VP tells HEIs Today:- Feb – Releases book titled “Quality, Accreditation and Ranking – A Silent Revolution in the Offing in Indian Higher Education” Posted On: 14 FEB 2019 7:38PM by PIB Delhi The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has stressed the importance of achieving the goals of access, equity and excellence in higher education. Speaking after releasing the book titled “Quality, Accreditation and Ranking – A Silent Revolution in the Offing in Indian Higher Education” written by Dr. H Chaturvedi and his fellow authors, here today, he said the focus of successive governments for the past many years has been to achieve “access, equity and excellence”. Although substantial progress has been made over the years, a lot more needs to be done, particularly on the excellence front, he added. Pointing out that quality assurance was important to improve higher education sector, he said the root cause of the problem in private and government-funded institutions was commercialization and poor governance respectively. The true quality of education should be assessed by its ability to foster responsible citizenship and social cohesiveness, and inculcate moral and ethical values in students. This important aspect of quality education goes beyond the contours of the course curriculum and the actual teaching–learning processes that take place inside the classroom, he added. Shri Naidu said that higher education transforms an individual into a responsible human being with social, moral and ethical values embedded in him or her apart from making the person more productive. Thus, quality assurance and accreditation mechanism should acknowledge the transformative role of education in a broader sense, he added. The Vice President said that quality assurance mechanism helps the students to choose courses and institutions on the basis of grades or ranks. It would enable them to make informed choice. From the perspective of the institutions, accreditation and ranking would help them to identify gaps in their delivery mechanism, the Vice President said. Quoting the UNESCO Institute of Statistics data, Shri Naidu said that there were only 215 researchers per million inhabitants in India as on 2015 and women researchers participation was minimal. “We cannot continue with business as usual approach and there should be a paradigm shift in promoting research in higher educational institutions”, he added. The Vice President urged HEIs to accord greater importance to research and innovation and promote an eco-system for creativity to thrive. He said that having a research facility at Post Graduate College level should become a criterion for obtaining accreditation by bodies such as UGC (University Grants Commission) or NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). The Book released by the Vice President contains articles, essays and research papers authored by some of the prominent educationists, policy makers, researchers and a media person, presents an analysis of the past and present scenario in the Indian Higher Education. The book also focuses on how to raise the quality of our colleges and universities to enable them compete globally. Teennews1 News Desk

Winners Of Tata Building India School Essay Competition call on the President

Today:- Feb – Winners of the 2016-17 nationwide ‘Tata Building India School Essay Competition’, called on the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, today (February 14, 2019) at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated the winners of the School Essay Competition. He noted that almost four million children from over 8,500 schools all over the country wrote an essay concerned with nation building in 13 languages. Among the 78 winners, he said, as many as 53 are girls. The President noted that children wrote essays on global warming and what can each one of us do to avert climate change and protect the natural environment. He said that this topic relates to one of the biggest challenges facing humankind. With so many children writing an essay on global warming and climate change, India, he felt, was investing in a generation that cares for the planet and our environment. Teennews1 News Desk

Finance Commission meets Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development

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Today:- Feb – The Fifteenth Finance Commission had a meeting with the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi yesterday. The meeting was chaired by the Minister for HRD Shri Prakash along with the Chairman of the Finance Commission Shri N.K. Singh. Members of the Commission and Senior Officers of the Commission as well as MHRD attended the meeting. The meeting discussed key issues of the sector requiring the Commission’s intervention including investment in School Infrastructure, Teacher’s salaries & training, Career Counselling, school students, Pre-schooling of children akin to the Sikkim model to give a boost to early learning, and other issues. The meeting also discussed steps to attract greater to private capital and private Partnership into the school education sector as well as integrate B.Ed courses into two year integrated BA.B.ED courses, B.Com.B.ED courses in the future to streamline the availability of trained teachers. The Commission expressed concern over parents’ preference to send children to Private English schools over the Government schools and stressed on the requirement for evaluation of schools and dissemination of the results to help parents in making informed choices. The HRD has asked for the support from 15th Finance Commission on the following issues: Incentive based grants to States based on Performance Grading Index (PGI). Requirement of Central funds amounting to a minimum of Rs.4,37,994.74 crore (to meet RTE Norms and other essential requirements) and Rs.5,66,087.74 crore to meet the SDG Goals by 2030. Ring fencing (of about 20%) of resources devolved to the States for School Education OR clear award for States and UTs for implementation of RTE Act, 2009 and other essential requirements (on the lines of 13th Finance Commission). The Commission is scheduled to hold its second meeting with MHRD on 22nd February to deliberate on the issues of Higher Education. Teennews1 News Desk

Forecast ‘Saturday, 16th February 2018’

—- By Dr. Ajai Bhambi – Eminent Astrologer ‘Birthday Forecast’ Mercury is forming an angle of 80 degrees with Jupiter on your solar return chart indicates a mixed year. Professionals may feel the heat of recent developments in the market. Well thought out decisions will give you far reaching results. If you are planning to invest in property then you need to scrutinize the papers properly. Income will be stable but there would be a tendency for impulsive purchases. You may find it a little hard to express your feelings of love to someone you have a soft spot for. Travel will be enjoyable and fruitful as you establish some new connections. Pay due attention to your health. Lucky dates: 7, 16, 25 Lucky days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Lucky colours: Red, Yellow, Brown ‘Forecast for Today’ Aries : (April 14 – May 14) You are brimming with high energy and enthusiasm, and are all set to take on the world. However, you’ll be thinking, analyzing, calculating, and looking back at your actions and attitudes. And, if are able to draw out useful insights and learn from this, you will surge ahead at an excellent pace. If you want to move house, now is a good time to start looking. Number: 9 Colour: Sunrise Yellow Taurus : (May 15 – June 15) You are likely to have a better understanding of your financial goals. Watch your health, as it may cause trouble, specifically if you remain stressed. Drive carefully, as minor injuries are likely. You may feel the success and results are very near, yet they may keep running away. No matter what happens, don’t feel dull or gloomy. Success depends on your ability to handle the downfalls, especially those in senior positions. Number: 6 Colour: Purple Gemini : (June 16 – July 15) You are in a mood to take a few stringent decisions today. Make sure you know all the facts before deciding anything. You have a lot on your plate at the moment, so don’t accept a new assignment at work. You may purchase one or more luxury items. You are likely to spend money on cultural events or for enhancing your physical appearance. Wealth and social status may come to you in some form. Number: 7 Colour: Ivory Cancer : (July 16 – August 15) Spending quality time with those who matter and have a good time are your priorities today. Love is in the air, whether single or in a committed relationship. Plan to spend time at home in order to recover from the drudgery of the past week. If you see something you like, either buy it or, at least take a picture of it. Unique and unexpected profits could come out of the blue. Number: 7 Colour: Golden Leo : (August 16 – September 15) All that hard work and resources you’ve been putting into work and health starts yielding positive outcome. At work, you may need to enhance your negotiation skills. Don’t forget that there’s a fine line between assertiveness and rudeness. Financial front look lucky and good news is indicated. An unexpected development may keep you on the toes, but not necessarily with enthusiasm. Number: 8 Colour: Grey Virgo : (September 16 – October 15) First half of the day will be spent missing a loved one, physically or emotionally. The evening will be focused on enjoying life, spending time with loved ones, and talking to people who bring you happiness. An absent loved one could come back to you, or there may be a new love interest. You can consider updating your wardrobe, going for a spa, or giving yourself a makeover. Number: 1 Colour: Green Libra : (October 16 – November 15) Be noble and generous as you set out to tell everyone about your plans. Give quality time and attention to the kids. If you don’t have kids, spend time with parents and tell them how important they are for you. Though they know the truth, but coming from you will make them feel great. Try to get involved into creative projects. Number: 6 Colour: Yellow Scorpio : (November 16 – December 15) You feel dazzling and emotional, but don’t let a rigid attitude ruin the day for you. You may have to handle situations that cause you to doubt yourself and your judgements. You may even begin to doubt your success and career path. Look at this phase as a test of your self-confidence and willpower. New assignments might get off to a shaky start, but if you keep on working hard, you’ll get somewhere. Number: 1 Colour: Black Sagittarius : (December 16 – January 13) Though it’s an emotional morning for you, but us usual, you can be at your practical best. Get on top of problems and create solutions that nobody expected. You’re all set to take up challenges, and there is no doubt that you’ll come out smiling and confident. Make sure you stay quiet and optimistic during all the criticisms and aggression. There could be a shift of mood that will make you feeling low and dejected. Number: 2 Colour: White Capricorn : (January 14 – February 11) You are feeling emotional today. Don’t expect a lot of help from others right now. If you want to fly, you’ll have to strengthen your wings. A secret romance may come to light. You may fall for sweet talk or worthless attention. A past love relationship, especially the one in which you suffered a loss, can try to damage your present in some way. Number: 5 Colour: Orange Aquarius : (February 12 – March 13) Things will begin to smooth out after today afternoon, though there will a lot of activities going on around you. You have been blessed with qualities that produce a sense of focus and rhythm. At work, you’ve been working very hard lately, especially with regard to how people perceive you. On the surface, financial situation looks favorable. Professional goals seem within your reach, despite the stress rising in the evening. Number: 4 Colour: Hot Pink Pisces : (March 14 – April 13) You are tempted to enter into a hidden relationship. If you’ve been able to keep it a secret so far, it is likely to come out into the light. At work, don’t get involved into any arguments, especially with seniors. Travel plans may get cancelled the last minute, primarily due to lack of arrangements or financial reasons. Don’t lend money to friends and colleagues as it could lead to unpleasant situations later. Number: 3 Colour: Light Brown Teennews1 News Desk

Forecast ‘Friday, 15th February 2018’

—- By Dr. Ajai Bhambi – Eminent Astrologer ‘Birthday Forecast’ Mars semi-square Neptune on your solar return chart indicates a mixed year. You look to ways to augment your income but remember that it takes solid planning not mere ideas. You could be stressed while meeting people’s expectations and approval. However you would be quite rational in your approach while resolving challenges. Routine matters at work progress smoothly though you may face some delays in new assignments and projects. A spiritual mentor will play an important role. Travel will bring in gains and would also be rejuvenating. Family matters and plans gain momentum and children do you proud. Lucky dates: 6, 15, 24 Lucky days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Lucky colours: Red, Beige, Brown ‘Forecast for Today’ Aries : (April 14 – May 14) You may get stuck between two different sides, and neither may be robust enough to help you take a firm decision. A loved one may distract you, so try not to get sidetracked. At work, relationships may turn a little complex. New opportunities may surface if you make an effort to go out and form new contacts. Think about your long-term career goals. Number: 4 Colour: pink Taurus : (May 15 – June 15) Casual mingling can lead to unexpected meetings, so be careful of whom you meet and what you commit. There’s a strong possibility of a job change or fruitful business partnerships, in particular for those in marketing jobs. However, don’t wait for opportunities to fall into your lap. If you need to start a healthcare regime, now is a good time to do so. Number: 7 Colour: Yellow Gemini : (June 16 – July 15) Your finances seem a bit shaky for the next few days. Irrespective of how much you feel like relaxing, return your attention to work and career. The next few days are strictly for taking care of your work-related issues and credit-card receipts. Today can be the most rewarding for marketing projects. You will be able to handle stress in your personal relations quite successfully. Number: 6 Colour: Brown Cancer : (July 16 – August 15) At work, you may feel a bit stressed today as you are expected to handle more tasks than you can handle. You could also be distracted by important professional matters. In the later part of the day, you may have some memorable moments with loved ones. A get together with friends seems likely. The day is likely to be marked by a certain sensuality. Number: 9 Colour: Green Leo : (August 16 – September 15) Success could be yours today! You need to get away from a dull routine to find some mental relaxation. Your love life is moving towards tranquility. Your thirst for life brings you closer to your partner. At work, while ideas will be encouraged, it is better not to begin a new assignment today. Be more careful with communications, especially with seniors. Number: 1 Colour: mauve Virgo : (September 16 – October 15) Today seems excellent for beginning and developing personal relationships. You are open to compromise, which makes you even more attractivein love matters. In financial matters, don’t forget to consider the other side of the coin. However, an unexpected support may improve your financial situation.You may get tempted to spend lavishly on comfort items and travel. Number: 2 Colour: Orange Libra : (October 16 – November 15) Today is an excellent day for balancing your dreams with reality, but you must work extra hard to achieve the desired results. The Stars are positioned well to help you reach your goals. At work, you may face some challenges. Stay firm and don’t run away; the rewards are worth all the hardships. It is better to put finance-related decisions on hold for some time. Number: 8 Colour: White Scorpio : (November 16 – December 15) You could get in trouble if you arenot careful with your speech today. Itis high time that you incorporate a healthy diet and exercise into your life with serious intention. Try to balance work and leisure and listen to your body’s needs. Taking care of your health will help you face the challenges. You are very dynamic at work and have boosted charisma in public settings. Number: 7 Colour: Amber Sagittarius : (December 16 – January 13) Now is the time to savor the close-knit vibes, and spend quality time with your loved ones. A profitable opportunity for earning extra income may come your way. Be sure to go for it! Your positive attitude is your biggest advantage right now. You may discover creative talents and find new citing outlets for self-expression. Your health, especially respiratory organs, may require some attention. Number: 3 Colour: blue Capricorn : (January 14 – February 11) You seem to say the right things at the right time today. Love matters will be fruitful, and your lover will be especially attracted to your style of communication. Children may figure more strongly in your life, if applicable. Many of you will experience increased satisfaction at work or new job offers. Health issues, if prevailing, will subside considerably. Number: 1 Colour: Violet Aquarius : (February 12 – March 13) Although work is likely to be hectic, youwill enjoy being in demand for your talent and will be surrounded by concurring colleagues. Youwill very soon move into a professionally fulfilling period. In the matters of the heart, your intentions will be tested, and you may feel distracted. Some of you may get involved in complicated relationships, which may prove to be rewarding later. Number: 2 Colour: Black Pisces : (March 14 – April 13) Today is an excellent day for fruitful relationships with friends and partners. You can update and refurbish your social life. Love matters will stabilize. After all, you deserve to be loved and supported. However, overconfidence may be harmful. Be thankful for the blessings that you have. Treat yourself to something that relaxes body and mind: a massage, meditation, or a walk in the woods. Number: 6 Colour: Beige Teennews1 News Desk

Forecast ‘Thursday, 14th February 2018’

—- By Dr. Ajai Bhambi – Eminent Astrologer ‘Birthday Forecast’ Mercury opposite Uranus on your solar return chart indicates a mixed year. Your finances will continue on an up and down cycle, gaining more stability by early May. You’ll create more security in your personal relationships by operating from a place of unconditional love, rather than trying to get your own needs met. Communicating your feelings more honestly can open the door to healthier and more balanced relationships. Though career advancement may seem subtle or stagnant for a while, greater opportunities are likely to come your way soon. Lucky dates: 5, 14, 23 Lucky days: Monday, Thursday, Sunday Lucky colours: White, Red, Orange ‘Forecast for Today’ Aries : (April 14 – May 14) The stars are going to support your efforts to reevaluate your back accounts and organized around money. There’s also a tendency to splurge in the midst of all of the accounting. Though that feels like a crazy paradox, but it may a reward for all of your hard work in the past few weeks. So, let those money matters rule your mind. Number: 6 Colour: light blue Taurus : (May 15 – June 15) So, you are filled with all the mojo and motivation you need to attack your pending tasks today. Get down to business knowing you’re on top of all the information. Nothing is going to slip by you. Just don’t let anxiety overpower you – you’ve got total control over your work life today.This is the perfect day for zeroing in on your financial investments. Number: 1 Colour: Brown Gemini : (June 16 – July 15) You’re already extra sensitive today. If you are feel overly anxious or overwhelmed, you can blame it on the stars. Take as much off your plate as you can, and try to focus on self-care.You can get organized in a way that doesn’t feel too daunting. You can be as efficient as you want, and it all comes effortlessly. You can and must take control of bad spending habits. Number: 3 Colour: Black Cancer : (July 16 – August 15) Focus on self-care and make sure that you have enough outlets to release stress. Yes, it’s absolutely alright to cry! Later part of the day may make you a lot more loving and generous. You will welcome this sunny and positive energy. You can effortlessly make your loved ones love you back the way you adore. Keep sharing this love always. Number: 9 Colour: purple Leo : (August 16 – September 15) You’re feeling more intuitive and psychic than you’ve been in a very long time.It’s time to open up your house of dreams and secrets. Spend some quality time with yourself, writing in your journal, or practicing meditation, or just thinking about present moment. Your dreams are trying to tell you something – pay close attention to them. And yes, take one day at a time! Number: 2 Colour: red Virgo : (September 16 – October 15) Try to balance yourself on the emotional roller-coaster ride that you are on these days. No, you’re not losing your mind, you’re just feeling all the ups and downs of a roller-coaster ride. Luckily, today you can find a more playful and light-hearted approach to this madhouse around you. Think of it as a really funny day. Learn to enjoy life, and stay happy! Number: 5 Colour: Green Libra : (October 16 – November 15) The stars are totally on your side for inspiration, communication and to help you solve complex problems surrounding your professional and love life. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can scan past all the nonsense and get straight to the bottom line. The only downside is that you’ll quickly get bombarded by people wanting you to fix their lives.Focus on your life first. Number: 4 Colour: Burgundy Scorpio : (November 16 – December 15) Today’s focus is your communication with your friends and loved one. You must be feeling poetic today. You might even think in song lyrics instead of everyday language. Don’t focus on the mundane tasks and try to focus on whatever makes your heart and imagination feel safe and grounded – only talk to those who are on your level.The Stars are favoring you; Go create a masterpiece! Number: 3 Colour: brown Sagittarius : (December 16 – January 13) Your communication skill-set is top-notch today. If you are feeling too emotional to express what’s on your mind, you’ll feel better after a good talk with a loved one. You’ve processed your feelings and you’re more articulate than you’ve been in ages. So, say it or write it.Part of you is feeing lazy, while another part of you wants to rally and work as hard as you can. Find the proper balance without overdoing either. Number: 5 Colour: grey Capricorn : (January 14 – February 11) There’s so much going on astrologically that it might be hard to get your bearings today. You must be feeling quite dramatic – especially for your love and creative life. There’s a lot of stress around you. Today’s volatile astro-influence may have a major impact on your workday or on your interactions with colleagues. You must focus on ramping down tension instead of taking things up a notch. Number: 8 Colour: yellow Aquarius : (February 12 – March 13) You’re feeling the need to hide out and get lost in one of your favorite new research projects. Spending time in your head alone feels incredibly rewarding now. Don’t think what other are talking about you right now. Others might not appreciate you totally checking out, but they’ll get over it. It’s the way you access your creative genius after all. Number: 7 Colour: pink Pisces : (March 14 – April 13) You’re so in love with your solo time now. Don’t feel bad for hiding away from the crowds for one more day. You’re very much busy in creating a world of your own that is brimming with creativity, beauty, and goodness. We all rave such dreamy stuff. It’s nearly impossible to hang out in superficial or mundane scenes – you’re all about going deep. Number: 8 Colour: Violet Teennews1 News Desk

“Pappu can’t dance saala”, says A R Rahman

Today:- Feb – The viewers are showering their appreciation for the power-packed show StarPlus’ The Voice. The most celebrated musician A R Rahman is seen as a superguru who would be sharing his insights and personal anecdotes. The musician who has etched a permanent place in the millions of hearts across the world surprised everyone when he revealed that he is not good at dancing. Commenting on it, A R Rahman revealed, “One of my songs which aptly defines me is ‘Papu can’t dance’ from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. I don’t dance because it is something I am not good at. My wife always keeps telling me that I can do everything, right from singing, directing, writing to composing except for one thing; dancing.” It would be a treat to watch music icon A R Rahman in action on StarPlus’ The Voice. Joining him on the show would be eminent singer Adnan Sami, Harshdeep kaur, Kanika Kapoor and Armaan Malik who will grace the iconic red chairs as coaches. Watch The Voice, every Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm, only on Star Plus Teennews1 News Desk