Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], February 19 (ANI): As part of promoting digital learning, 2,500 classrooms of higher education in the state will be converted into smart classrooms in the next two months, informed Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwatha Narayana on Thursday.
Speaking after launching the newly built gym house and inaugurating the annual cultural activities in the government arts college, Narayana said, the smart classrooms will be featured with high-speed internet, providing students with the state of the art tabs and adaptation of integrated learning management system (LMS).
The government also aimed to convert another 5,500 classrooms to smart classes over the period of six months, he stated.
“LMS which has been developed by our own human resource would make the learning process more accessible with the aid of tab and Internet facility, apart from enabling teachers to track the learning level of students,” he explained.
On the National Education Policy (NEP), he said the policy will be implemented from the coming academic year and it will give the freedom of selection of curriculum to the students themselves and they can choose the subjects of their interest and pursue their learning.
Narayana said that Bengaluru has achieved top ranking in the country with respect to the creation of jobs. “Pharma sector alone accounts for the generation of 5 lakh new jobs annually. Other sectors are contributing around 2 lakh new jobs. Every year 5 lakh new members are getting registered in PF accounts. This has been possible because of the fact that innovation is being given prominence,” he said. (ANI)
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Entry, exit closed at Delhi metro stations from Tikri Kalan to Brigadier Hoshiar Singh
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): Entry and exit gates of Delhi metro stations from Tikri Kalan to Brigadier Hoshiar Singh on the Green Line section were closed on Monday morning. However, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has not specified the reason for closing the metro stations.
“Security Update: Entry/exit gates of stations from Tikri Kalan to Brigadier Hoshiar Singh on green line are closed,” read a tweet on the official handle of DMRC.
There are three intermediate stations — Tikri Border, Pandit Shree Ram Sharma (Modern Industrial Estate) and Bahadurgarh City — between Tikri Kalan to Brigadier Hoshiar Singh metro stations on the Green Line.
Meanwhile, several women from Punjab reached Tikri on the Delhi-Haryana border to join the ongoing farmers’ protest on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
“We urge the central government to roll back the three black laws,” a woman protester said.
Farmers have been protesting at the borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the newly enacted farm laws — Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance, and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)
Fresh snowfall, rain in parts of Himachal Pradesh
Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], March 8 (ANI): The higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh received light to moderate snowfall, leading to a dip in temperature of two to four degrees Celsius.
Manmohan Singh, IMD Director of Himachal Pradesh on Monday said that Khadrala, tehsil Rohru received 10 cm snow.
Mandi district will receive heavy rainfall along with thunderstorms in the next 24 hours and a yellow alert has been issued for other places.
Singh further stated that the state will again witness heavy rainfall from March 10.
A fresh western disturbance is very likely to affect the western Himalayan region and the adjoining plains of Northwest India from the night of March 9, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The weather forecasting agency further predicted fairly widespread rain and snow along with thunderstorms, lighting, hailstorm over the western Himalayan region during March 10 and 11. (ANI)
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am after ruckus over demand for discussion on fuel price hike
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 11 am on Monday following sloganeering by Congress MPs demanding a discussion over the rise in fuel prices.
“Petrol and diesel prices are nearly Rs 100 per litre and Rs 80 per litre respectively. Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) prices have also gone up. Rs 21 lakh crores have been collected by putting excise duty/cess, because of this entire country including farmers are suffering,” Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge said.
After slogans were raised, Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu said: “I don’t want to take any drastic action on the first day.”
Meanwhile, Congress MP Manish Tewari has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over the rise in fuel prices.
The second phase of the Budget session of Parliament commenced today with reconvening of Rajya Sabha in the first half of the day.
The second part of the Budget session of Parliament commenced from today with all COVID-19 precautionary measures in place.
The Rajya Sabha will function from 9 am to 2 pm while Lok Sabha will function between 4 pm to 10 pm. The second part of the session will conclude April 8, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had informed. (ANI)
India reports 18,599 new COVID-19 cases, 97 deaths in last 24 hrs
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): India reported 18,599 new COVID-19 cases, 14,278 recoveries, and 97 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry on Monday.
With this, the total cases has reached to 1,12,29,398 including 1,88,747 active cases and 1,08,82,798 total recoveries.
However, the death toll mounted to 1,57,853 including the new deaths.
With 99,205 active cases, Maharashtra continues to remain the most-affected coronavirus state, followed by Kerala with 41,162 active cases.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a total of 22,19,68,271 samples of COVID-19 were tested so far including 5,37,764 samples being tested yesterday.
More than 2,09,89,010 vaccine doses have been administered so far, the ministry informed.
The countrywide COVID-19 vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 and vaccination of the Frontline Workers (FLWs) started from February 2. The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination has commenced from March 1 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions. (ANI)
Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju flags of walkathon on International Women’s Day
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju flagged off a walkathon on the occasion of International Women’s Day at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi.
Usha Sharma Secretary Department of Youth Affairs led the walkathon.
“All our women volunteers are participating in the event. Women can achieve anything. “Mahila Shakti” is our priority,” said Rijiju.
“Indian women are doing exceptional performance in various international sports events. We give the same platform to both genders, but when I see women performing well I feel very happy because I want more women to come forward to achieve new heights,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended wishes on the occasion, saying that India takes pride in the many accomplishments of women.
Each year on March 8, International Women’s Day is observed in order to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day commemorates women, who despite various challenges posed by society have proven their mettle in every sphere across the world. (ANI)
Citing Assembly polls, TMC urges adjournment of Parliament’s Budget Session
New Delhi [India[, March 8 (ANI): The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday urged for the adjournment of the ongoing Parliament session, in light of the Assembly elections taking place in five states across the country.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) Members of Parliament (MP) Derek O’Brien and Sudip Bandyopadhyay urged Chairman Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament.
O’Brien also cited two other precedents where the request was entertained.
“Due to the ongoing intensive election preparations in the State, the Members of Parliament from the All India Trinamool Congress would find it difficult to attend the second part of the Budget Session beginning from March 8, 2021,” O’Brien wrote in his letter.
Bandyopadhyay also said that campaigning in the state had already started in full swing and requested its adjournment.
O’Brien also mentioned the 222nd session which commenced on February 21, 2011, which was scheduled to conclude on April 21.
“Due to the upcoming State Assembly elections in five States, i.e Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, the House was adjourned sine die on 25 March 2011,” he said.
He also recalled the 214th session which commenced on October 17, 2008, which was adjourned early on October 24, to meet again on December 10, 2008.
“The session, as per the original schedule was to continue up to 21 November 2008. However, due to the upcoming State Assembly election in some States, the House was adjourned till December 10, 2008,” O’Brien wrote.
The second part of the Budget session of Parliament commenced on Monday with all COVID-19 precautionary measures in place.
The Rajya Sabha will function from 9 am to 2 pm while Lok Sabha will function between 4 pm to 10 pm. The second part of the session will conclude April 8, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had informed.
Lok Sabha’s Business Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet at 11:30 AM as the second part of the Budget Session of Parliament commences on Monday. (ANI)
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