Amidst the ongoing power tussle in Punjab Congress and ‘power’ (electricity) crisis in the state, Congress MLA and former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday targeted Chief Minister Amarinder Singh as he raised questions on Power Purchase Agreements in Punjab. He also gave suggestions to improve the electricity situation in the state.
In his 9-part tweet, Sidhu said, “Truth of Power Costs, Cuts, Power Purchase Agreements and How to give Free and 24 hour Power to the People of Punjab: 1. There is No need for Power-Cuts in Punjab or for the Chief Minister to regulate office timings or AC use of the Common People … If we Act in the right direction,” he tweeted.
The Congress leader said that Punjab is buying power at an average cost of Rs 4.54 per unit, while the national average is Rs 3.85 per unit and Chandigarh is paying Rs 3.44 per unit.
Sidhu said that the Punjab Vidhan Sabha can bring in new legislation to amend the Power Purchase Agreements signed by the Badal government which are responsible for the high electricity rates in the state.
“Punjab’s over-dependence on three Private Thermal Plants at Rs 5-8 per unit makes Punjab pay more than other states Badal Govt signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with three Private Thermal Power Plants in Punjab. Till 2020, Punjab has already paid 5400 Crore due to faulty clauses in these Agreements and is expected to pay Rs 65,000 Crore of Punjab People’s Money just as fixed charges,” he said.
Sidhu further said that Punjab can purchase power from the National Grid at much cheaper rates, “but these Badal-signed PPAs are acting against Punjab’s Public Interest. Punjab may not be able to re-negotiate these PPAs due to them having legal protection from Hon’ble Courts, but there is a way forward”.
He continued, “Punjab Vidhan Sabha can bring in New Legislation with retrospective effect to Cap power purchase costs to prices available on the National Power Exchange at any given time … Thus, by amending the law, these Agreements will become Null & Void, saving People of Punjab’s Money,” he said.
He pointed out that Punjab’s revenue per unit of consumption is one of the lowest in India, “due to gross mismanagement of the complete power purchase and supply system”. PSPCL pays Rs. 0.18 per unit “extra” on every unit supplied, even after receiving over Rs 9,000 crore in subsidy from the state.”
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My journey started with a door slammed on my face: Chinu Kala
In this interview, we host the woman whose journey is a ‘rags to riches’ story come true. From a daily income of Rs. 40 on a good day to owning a company with an annual turnover of Rs. 40 crore, Chinu Kala has seen the best and worst of the world.
Chinu Kala is the founder of the imitation jewellery brand, Rubans Accessories. She is an inspiration for women seeking to break the glass ceiling and achieve what they desire. We hosted Kala for an interview as part of our special series, NewsX India A-List. Below are the excerpts from the interview:
Opening the interview by explaining to the viewers about her brand’s unique name and the meaning behind it, Chinu said, “‘Rubans’ means ribbons in French, and for us, it’s a ribbon that binds the gift of life together.” We were curious to know about Kala’s journey, so she narrated to us, “My journey started long back. I was just 15 years old and I had a tiff with my parents–my father, and now I feel it was, maybe, a regular tiff that every teenager has with their parents but maybe I was too adamant and stubborn.” As a result of the fierce squabble with her father, a “strong-headed” Chinu left her family in her teenage years. Further narrating her story, Kala said, “I just had Rs. 300 in my pocket, I had two pairs of Salwar-Kameez, I took that and I left home.” Chinu spent several days & nights on the platforms of Mumbai Central where Vada Pav replaced the three square meals she used to eat at home.
Kala told us that a kind lady who came to her rescue helped her land a job as a door-to-door salesgirl for household products. Chinu then revealed to us about the experience from her first day at the job. “She just slammed the door on my face,” said the entrepreneur while talking about the lady to whom she was about to make her first sales pitch. “I think that thing made me strong, much tougher,” said Chinu. Finishing her response, Chinu said, “A door slammed on my face, that’s how I started.”
The hardest years of her life taught Chinu a very valuable lesson: “Hunger to survive is a very big motivator.” The entrepreneur told us, “We used to ring the doorbell of hundred houses, and at the end of the day, I used to sell one or two pieces. So I used to get, like, Rs. 20-40 at the end of the day after ringing the doorbell of hundred houses.” She then revealed that she also took up work as a waitress and a receptionist, among other odd jobs, during those years.
For our next question, we asked Kala about how the idea for Rubans came to be, to which she replied, “People had their favourite streets for street shopping of jewellery, people had stores in different cities where they would go and buy jewellery, so I started thinking that why is there no brand that is catering to this entire need of jewellery.” Kala saw this space in the market and started Rubans Accessories which addressed this problem for women.
Kala finished the interview with a special message for female entrepreneurs. She said, “Put your work on a very high pedestal.” Urging women entrepreneurs to not hesitate in making work the top priority among their other duties, Kala said, “Tell the people around you that it’s equally important.”
Watch the full interview here:
TRICOLOUR INSPIRED FASHION IDEAS TO TRY THIS REPUBLIC DAY
Republic Day is right around the corner and for those who are wondering how to seize the spirit of the patriotic day, a gorgeous tricolour-inspired outfit would instantly match your vibe to that of the day.
While the laziest idea would be to grab anything that is white, green or orange, if you plan your outfit a little in advance, you can fashionably stand out from the rest.
1. ORANGE SKIRT
A bright, poppy orange skirt is an investment. Grab one whenever you find it, whether in a mall, a flea market or online. Not only an orange skirt will make you look perfectly dressed for the day, but the vibrant colour would add a note of freshness to your look. Pair it with a white top or a shirt and you are ready to rock, patriotically.
2. GREEN BOTTOMS
Pants, palazzos or shorts the options are many. Choose one which you have available or would prefer based on the weather in your area.
3. EYE MAKEUP AND NAIL ART
This one is for experimenting and stepping beyond the first thought of putting the colours in your outfit.
If you want to play with your makeup, then a tricolour-inspired eyeshadow should do the trick. This is perfect for those who wish to dress as per the theme but do not have any outfit working for them. Nail Art is another exciting, easy and creative idea to style with the tricolour theme.
Jewellery is another great hack for those not interested in choosing their clothes in tricolour. Pieces of jewellery such as earrings, necklaces and rings can add that sparkle and colour to your outfit.
Those who are interested in crafts can also DIY their jewellery using quilling paper and beads.
5. COMBINING ALL THREE
here are ideas of using all three colours together by creating a three-piece outfit, without risking a fashion disaster. You can mix and match in multiple ways
a. A full white outfit paired with a green jacket and an orange handbag.
b. A casual green tee, white lowers and orange shoes.
c. An orange-white cord-set, paired with a green denim jacket.
d. A green puffy jacket, orange scarf, white backpack and your favourite regular jeans.
e. A full green outfit with white shoes and an orange cap.
The final and most essential touch is lots of confidence to carry your look well.
With these gorgeous outfit ideas up your sleeve, you can easily gather compliments at an R-Day get-together and likes on your Instagram profile.
Better than RO: Complete health protection with TYENT water ionizer
It is common to hear that water is essential for our health and drinking water plays a vital role in maintaining health and boosting immunity. Water helps in maintaining the balance of body fluids. Our body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
Nowadays Reverse osmosis (RO) are commonly used as a filtration method to remove many types of dissolved solids in water, but as a result all the minerals which are present in the water like calcium, magnesium, potassium, silica will be removed along with all the bacteria, viruses, and hard minerals.
During the initial days, we all had used a Ganga water filter with candles to purify the water. Nowadays people are using water ionizers the latest technology in water purification. Ionised water is obtained by means of an electric current being passed through water, in a process called electrolysis. As a result, the water molecule is split into positively charged hydrogen and negatively charged hydroxyl ions. The former are included in the composition of acids, and the latter in that of alkalis.
TYENT is a leading medical-grade water ionizer brand in the world and it is certified by all international quality certification authorities. Medilight healthcare collaborated with TAEYOUNG E&T Co. Ltd., a parent company of TYENT Water Ionizers and successfully launched world’s No.1 water ionizer brand TYENT in India. TYENT is a Korean company with Japanese technology.
The water obtained through RO is supposed to be dead water or neutral water as it removes all minerals good as well as bad. However dead water is acidic since its pH slides below seven without alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium.
TYENT ionized alkaline water which has rich sources of essential alkaline minerals & selective Anti-Oxidant molecular hydrogen. It has many health benefits.
1. It helps in restoring the right pH balance in the human body.
2. It helps in reducing inflammation.
3. It helps in reducing joint pains.
4. It slows down the aging process.
5. It helps in boosting immunity.
I HAD TEARS IN MY EYES: SAQIB SALEEM REVEALS MOHINDER AMARNATH’S REACTION TO HIS PERFORMANCE IN 83
In an exclusive conversation with NewsX as part of NewsX India A-List, Saqib Saleem revealed Mohinder Amarnath’s reaction to his performance in ‘83’ and much more.
Garnering praises for his stellar performance in 83, Actor Saqib Saleem joined NewsX for a candid chat as part of NewsX India A-List. As part of the exclusive conversation, the actor opened up about the response to his latest film 83, Mohinder Amarnath’s reaction to his performance and much more.
Speaking about the release of 83 and the response coming his way, Saqib said, “I have been working for the last 10-12 years but it feels like it is my first film because the love I have gotten for this, I have never gotten in my life for anything. It is just so overwhelming that the kind of messages I have been getting whether it is from the fraternity, whether it is from people on social media, my friends, my relatives and I do not know how to react. As I said, I have never gotten a response like this, so I don’t know what to say or what to do. I did not know that I was so bad at taking compliments. It is the first time I have realised that I am bad at taking compliments.”
When asked about the best compliment that he has received so far for his performance in the film, Saqib revealed, “If I had to tell you the best compliment I have gotten is from the man himself- Mohinder Amarnath. It was at the premiere of the film and I was very nervous about how he would see it. I had already the seen the film so I knew the film was good but I really wanted his review because I was playing him. When the premiere was on, I was slyly next to his seat, trying to gauge his reaction as to what he is thinking but I was getting very anxious. I was like I cannot do this to myself. I have to let him enjoy the film. I have to just disconnect from the film right now. I went out of the theatre. I had a couple of more black coffees and I got more anxious. When the film got over, I came back in. I went to him and I do not know why but I had tears in my eyes. I looked at him and all I said was that ‘Sir, I am really sorry if I did something that was wrong’. He looked at me with his trademark smile and said, “Are you mad?”
“He had a red handkerchief that he would always carry himself in the 1983 world cup. He was wearing a red pocket square. He took out that pocket square and put on my jacket and said, “This is yours from now. You have made me 10 years younger.” I could not stop crying. I had never in my life, my acting career had a more honest moment. I felt so connected to my own self at that time. Now, no review matters, no box office matters, nothing matters. The man himself appreciated it and that is the biggest validation I could have asked for, “he added.
COVID 19: A CATALYST FOR CHANGE AND EVOLUTION IN EDUCATION
Educational innovations have the potential to improve learning outcomes as well as the overall quality of teaching methods.
A leapfrog moment, this advancement has apparently moved from the margins to the centre of several educational standards, providing a chance to assess innovative approaches that, if attained, can enable students to get an education that prepares them for our changing times.
Benefits and tips of hybrid learning in eLearning industry.
Today, we are in a different situation. The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed education advancement into the heart of nearly every learning system on the planet. According to a recent 59-country survey of educators, “the crisis has revealed the enormous potential for development that has lain dormant in many education systems.” The issue is no longer how to scale innovative ideas from the margins to the centre of education systems, but rather how to transform education systems so that they might source, support, and sustain innovations that resolve inequality and equip all students with the skills to build a better future for themselves rather than their communities. By doing so, we hope that not only will those who have fallen behind be able to catch up, but a new, more equitable education system will emerge from the crisis.
History teaches us that crisis reshape society
During the Covid -19 pandemic, two recent trends in the education industry have been the augmentation of ‘Hybrid Learning’ and the ‘Escalating Innovation in Educational Technologies’.
Digital technologies are having a significant impact on economies and societies, changing the way we work, communicate, engage in social activities, and have fun. They also spur innovation in a wide range of fields. The ground-breaking capacity of technology is heavily influenced by the population’s level of digital literacy. It’s no surprise that there’s a strong link between education and skills and the adoption and use of digital technologies in various aspects of life. The importance of education and skills in fostering innovation cannot be overstated.
By transmitting new tools, practices, organizations, and technology, innovation in education aims to provide the means to bridge the productivity gap. The pandemic has overhauled education-based scientific research to facilitate the development of a body of practical technical teaching know-how or to improve classroom practices.
Educational innovations have the potential to improve learning outcomes as well as the overall quality of teaching methods. Changes throughout the educational system, for instance, or in teaching methods, can enable customized learning processes. In most regions of the world, education is viewed as a means of increasing equity and equality. These pandemic-related innovations could help improve equity in access to and use of education, as well as equality in academic results.
A powered-up education system could hold a strong public school system at the heart of a community and leverage the most meaningful collaborations, including those formed during Covid-19, to help learners grow and develop a wide range of competencies and skills both inside and outside of the classroom.
Opting for Novel Education: Education that empowers, challenges, and inspires
The learners of today want the institutions to reframe the existing toolkit and the design of new learning artifacts. They are opting for courses where ensuring learning outcomes is at the centre of the framework, above all else. The shift in choices makes it explicit that, in agreement, students opt for a pedagogical strategy that includes a cohesive view of their professional growth. The programs that are designed to facilitate the assimilation of global issues and the development of transferable skills are surely at the top of the charts. Another new aspect is flexibility, which makes it more important than ever to respond to the educational needs of each group of students.
A large proportion of higher education institutions’ programs have been designed with the expectation that students will be placed face-to-face with their peers and professors. This created priceless opportunities to improve active learning. The pandemic altered it dramatically and, most likely, permanently.
The fact of the matter is that future jobs will be done by small teams that collaborate across spatial and temporal boundaries. Effective collaboration and the development of a productive work community have become critical to achieving professional success, particularly in the digital space. The pandemic turned out to be an opportunity to better prepare students for the future.
Deploy academic technology as a long-term means of meeting the education-learning needs of students and teachers; otherwise, technology risks becoming a complex and costly distraction. Using technology to assist in educational consistency is a debatable topic all over the world. Countries use whatever technology they can get their hands on, from radios to televisions to computers to mobile phones.
After Covid-19, the global community and learners specifically envision technology-enhanced educational systems. Articulating such a vision is critical, and it can navigate the future amidst the myriad of decisions that education leaders make each day. With the pandemic’s devastating effects affecting the most vulnerable young people the most, it’s interesting to return to a global education narrative that takes precedence over access to education above everything else. A student driven education system is what students deserve, not just in India, but in every community, and it is possible if all parties involved work together to capitalize on the opportunities provided by this emergency to truly leapfrog education forward.
The author is CEO-The Lexicon Group of Institutes
RUSSIA ADDS GOVERNMENT’S TOP CRITIC ALEXEI NAVALNY TO ‘TERRORISTS AND EXTREMISTS’ LIST
Russia on Tuesday added President Vladimir Putin’s jailed vocal critic Alexei Navalny to a list of “terrorists and extremists”, as the country’s authorities and security agencies continue their clampdown on opposition leaders and opponents.
In a database of banned individuals and groups compiled by the Federal Service for Financial Monitoring, the names of Navalny and several of his allies, including key aide Lyubov Sobol, were found on the list.
The recent decision by the Russian authorities puts them in the same group as foreign terrorist organisations including the Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS).
A crackdown on Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation started last year as it was declared extremist and their activities were banned. Earlier this month, two other key aides of the opposition politician were added to the list.
Speaking to the foreign media from an unknown location, one of the leaders associated with Navalny, who had fled the country during last year’s crackdown, said, “We will fight the regime in Kremlin come what may. The people of Russia want accountability and governance. What we are getting is dictatorship.”
In the past year, Russian security and intelligence agencies have been involved in an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in Russia, including the jailing of President Putin’s top critic Navalny last January and the outlawing of his political organisations.
Navalny, a lawyer, and anti-corruption activist, had been Putin’s most vocal domestic opponent. The leader came into international prominence by organising anti-government demonstrations and running for office to advocate reforms against corruption in Russia, and against President Putin and his government.
Navalny was a Russian Opposition Coordination Council member. He has been behind bars since returning to Moscow in January 2021 from Germany, where he was recovering from a poisoning attack with a nerve agent that he blames on the Kremlin.
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