Institution of Eminence tag for Jio Institute conditional: HRD Ministry

Facing criticism over the selection of the yet-to-be-established Jio Institute by Reliance Foundation as an “Institution of Eminence”, the HRD Ministry on Tuesday clarified that the tag was conditional and it would get only a letter of intent for now.

“Right now they will not get the IoE tag, they will just get a letter of intent. If they are able to establish themselves in three years and meet the expectations of the expert committee, then they will get the IoE status. The expert panel will have the authority to withdraw the tag if the institution is not found to be performing up to the mark,” HRD Secretary R Subramaniam told reporters.

The government on Monday granted “Institution of Eminence” (IoE) status to IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay and the Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in the public sector, and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, BITS Pilani and Jio Institute in the private sector.

The selection of the yet-to-be-established Jio Institute as one of the six “Institutions of Eminence” drew sharp criticism from various quarters with many read more 


Moto E5 Plus India launch today: Watch livestream, know price, specs & more

Motorola, a Lenovo-owned smartphone manufacturer, will launch the Moto E5 Plus in India today i.e. July 10. The Moto E5 Plus would be the third Motorola device in India to feature an 18:9 aspect ratio screen. The Amazon-exclusive smartphone would also boast a mammoth 5,000 mAh battery.

Last month, the company launched the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play in India that were the first Motorola phones with modern screens. While the Moto G-series offers value for money proposition in affordable segment, the Moto E-series is battery-centric and comes with bigger capacity batteries.

The Moto E4 Plus, which was the last Moto E-series smartphone launched in India, also had a 5,000 mAh battery.

Moto E5 Plus specifications

In terms of design, the Moto E5 Plus would look similar to the recently launched Moto G6. However, instead of glass, the E5 Plus would sport a glossy plastic rear with reflective outlook. In terms of features and specifications, the E5 Plus would sport a READ MORE

E-cigarettes as harmful as cigarettes

Did you know! E-cigarettes increase cardiovascular risk as much as cigarettes do.

The usage of e-cigarettes containing nicotine has a significant impact on vascular functions, claims new study.

It revealed that smokers of e-cigarettes experienced the same, if not higher level of cardiovascular elevation for prolonged periods after smoking the e-cigarette.

Researchers found that using e-cigarettes and cigarettes, in comparison to nicotine-free e-cigarettes, had the same significant impact on vitals, with participant’s blood pressure and heart rate being affected.

Peripheral systolic blood pressure was raised significantly for 45 minutes after using an e-cigarette and 15 minutes after smoking a cigarette. Heart rate also remained elevated for 45 minutes for e-cigarettes, with the increase being higher than READ MORE

IRCTC orders enquiry into complaint on quality of food in Duronto Express

The Railway’s food catering arm IRCTC has ordered an enquiry into a complaint by a passenger of the 12246 Yeswantpur-Howrah Duronto Express about the quality of food served to him in the train, an IRCTC official said on Tuesday.

IRCTC Group General Manager (east zone) Debasish Chanda said that there were, however, tweets by at least 23 passengers travelling by the same train that reached Howrah last evening stating that the quality and taste of the food served to them were good.

“The gentleman may not have liked the taste, but the food served to him was definitely not stale,” Chanda said.

He said that despite that, an enquiry was ordered immediately after the complaint was lodged on Monday.

IRCTC officials said that the passenger has said that he generally travels in the higher class, but was travelling in the Sleeper class during this READ MORE

Is petroleum ministry above Indian govt; are they God, asks SC over laxity

The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Petroleum Ministry for not complying with its order, asking whether it considers itself to be “God” or a “super government”, and also imposing a fine of Rs 25,000 for “laxity”.

A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta was upset with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, after it was informed that it had told the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on Sunday only about the issue of ban on import of pet coke, which is used as industrial fuel.

“Is the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas a God? Are they God? They would respond whenever they want? Tell them to change their name from Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to God”, the bench said.

“Is Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas a super government? Is it above the Government of India? What is the status of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, tell us. Why are they not complying with any order.”

The bench observed: “If they (the Ministry) do not feel like complying with the orders, they do not comply, and think that the unemployed judges of the Supreme Court will READ MORE

‘The land is changing’: India’s booming tourism sector is stoking concerns

The travel habits of Chinese citizens are changing the world. Taking about 145 million overseas trips a year, the Middle Kingdom’s middle class is moving—and spending—more than that of any other nation: In 2016 they accounted for $261 billion overseas, a fifth of all sales by international tourists, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

To the south, India’s own swelling, monied middle class—250 million smartphone-toting young professionals out of a population of 1.3 billion—is starting to emulate its regional rival. In less than 10 years, the World Travel & Tourism Council expects India to become the fourth-largest travel and tourism economy behind China, the US, and Germany.

Although more people are visiting India than ever before—two decades ago about 2.4 million international tourists came to India a year; in 2017 there were five times that — the real boost is coming from domestic travel. Almost 90 per cent of travellers in India are Indians. For the last three years, their most popular destination has been the southernmost state of Tamil Nadu, thanks to pilgrims eager to READ MORE ON BS

Mumbaikars to face 2 more days of heavy rains; even Dabbawalas suspend work

Hoping for a respite from the rains in Mumbai? There may not be any for at least some time. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely at a few places, and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places, in the districts of Greater Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, and Palghar from July 10 to July 13, news agency ANI reported on Tuesday.

At least for two more days, including Tuesday, Mumbaikars will have to brave “heavy rains”, according to the IMD.

On Tuesday, IMD’s local weather report and forecast for Mumbai was: Generally cloudy sky with heavy rain on July 10, generally cloudy sky with heavy rain on July 11, generally cloudy sky with moderate rain on July 12, and generally cloudy sky with moderate rain on July 13 READ MORE