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Top IITs Facing Faculty Crunch

In a new RTI revelation; Top IITs Indian Institute of Technology: Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur, Guwahati, Madras, Kharagpur, Varanasi and Roorkee are facing severe faculty shortage.

Nearly 36% faculty positions are vacant in these top eight IITs which accounts to 2269 vacancies. The student teacher ration this comes to be 16:1 which is poor if we consider other international institutes.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology : 3:1

Stanford Institute : 4:1

It is necessary to cater the problem of faculty shortage as it is also deteriorating the quality of technical education in India.

TCS Reclaimed Status of India's Most Valued Company

TCS has again become India’s most valuable firm replacing RIL from its spot.

It happened after a sharp 5% increase in share value of TCS to 1977 INR after which the valuation of company touched 7,41,678 crores overshadowing the 7,26,554 crores valuation of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL).

This increase in share value came after the report of acquisition of BridgePoint Group which is a US based management consulting firm. Currently TCS partners eight of the top 10 US consulting firms which deliver financial, banking, insurance services.

TCS is most valuable and revenue generating firm of Tata Group.

Facebook Considering to Sell User Data to Companies

Reports say that the social media company; Facebook had considered to monetize the idea of selling access to user data to companies several years ago. Citing several internal emails from 2012 to 2014 and an unredacted court document, the media reports that Facebook employees encouraged advertisers to spend more bucks in return for more deatiled user information.

But right now; Facebook which is largest social media company with over 1.5 billion users has a policy of not selling such data.

Banks may soon charge you for free services, 

In a new update; Banks like SBI, HDFC, PNB and other may levy 18% GST on free services to costumers such as issue of cheque book, ATM cards, Credit Cards and Cashbacks. It come after a notice sent to Banks from tax department to levy tax on such services.

The Banks were giving these free services to customers who were maintaining a minimum balance.

Income tax department claims that free services have a “deemed value” equivalent to the charges paid by customers who do not maintain such a balance and are, therefore, liable to tax.

US offers $5 million bounty for 26/11 Mumbai attacks culprits information

Yesterday was 10th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai Attacks which led to death of many Indian security personnel, 26 foreign nationals and left around 300 injured. During this terrorist attack in 2008; many prominent locations in Mumbai were attacked by heavily armoured 10 terrorists who breached Indian security and entered the territory of India through Arabian Ocean.

Later investigations found Lashkar-e-Taiba responsible for the terrorist attacks. All 9 out of 10 terrorists were killed by security personnel; only one was captured alive that was Ajmal Kasab. He was prosecuted to hang till death. Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley, who was sent by the LeT to spy India to prepare for the attacks is serving a 35-year prison sentence in the US.

US investigations found Hafeez Saeed, Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, Sajid Mir, Major Iqbal, Abu Qahafa and Mazhar Iqbal along with many others responsible for the attacks.

Hafeez Saeed has been declared as Global terrorist by UN Security Council.

In 2012, the RJF Department put a bounty of $10 million on LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and $2 million on his deputy, Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki.

And now again in 2018; a $5 million bounty has been declared for information on culprits of 26/11 Mumbai Attacks.

Ind vs Aus T20I : Ready To Win




After losing first T20I India ready for comeback in second T20I.

The India vs Australia second T20I in Melbourne holds prime importance for the Men in Blue who were considered the favorites to win the limited overs series ahead of the 1st T20I. However, the series did not start as expected from India and thus the second game now becomes that much more important. India narrowly missed a win in Gabba, however, would want to have things planned in place for Aaron Finch and Co. Australia on the other hand, will see this match as a huge opportunity to turn the tables on India and bag an unexpected series victory sans their talismanic players Steve Smith and David Warner.

It was a good win for Australia, who were asked to bat first on a wicket on which chasing was preferred. Rain interrupted just when their batsmen had got some momentum going and they had to contend with defending 174 in 17 overs. Adam Zampa’s spell of 2 for 22, accounting for Virat Kohli and KL Rahul pegged India back with Shikhar Dhawan forging a lone battle.

In the second T20I, A list of 5 players who are expected to play a big role in the outcome of the result and decide as to who will win the series. 

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Aaron Finch, Adam Zampa, Jasprit Bumrah

While the win was vital in raising Australia’s spirit, India are faced with the challenge of getting their combination right for the second T20I in Melbourne. Given that there is a possibility of rain, and the playing overs may be affected, they would’ve realised that they still can bank on their wrist spinners to succeed irrespective of the conditions.

When: Friday, 23 November 2018, 6:50 PM local time

Location: Melbourne Cricket Ground

Team news:

Australia: Australia are unlikely to make a change to a side that delivered as expected in the first T20I. Although Tye was taken for 47 runs in three overs, Australia will in all likelihood stick to the same XI.

Probable XI: Aaron Finch (c), D’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (wk), Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Billy Stanlake

India: India’s apprehension in playing three spinners, or leaving out an extra batting option in Krunal Pandya meant that Yuzvendra Chahal was left out. He is likely to return into the playing XI. While Pandya may not be dropped given the extra batting option, Khaleel may have to make way for the legspinner. India could also consider bringing in Washington Sundar for Krunal, who is also a decent bat, in addition to having had proven himself with the new ball to negate Short’s left-handed threat at the top.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya/Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed/Yuzvendra Chahal

Other news of Cricket

  1. Ranji Trophy: Delhi 245/6 against Hyderabad after Hiten Dalal, Nitish Rana half centuries
  2. ICC’s judgement on PCB’s compensation claim against BCCI is absurd: Najam Sethi



Who will succeed $44 billion Aditya Birla Group?

Who will be succeed $44 billion Aditya Birla Group headed by the scion and billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla?

Kumar Mangalam Birla said that his son Aryaman is a professional cricketer and his daughter is a singer and associated with micro-financing and affordable housing. They are chasing their passion.

Daughter of KM Birla; Ananya is a singer. At age of just 17; She has founded Svatantra Microfin to deliver microfinance to women in rural India.

She is the Chairperson of Micro Housing Finance Corporation (MHFC) and co-chairperson of Assocham’s Microfinance Council of India.

The 21-year Aryaman Birla who is son of KM Birla, is a professional left-hand batsman and a slow left-arm bowler. He has got very less time for anything else.

Kumar Mangalam Birla is Chairman of Aditya Birla Group who has earned $6 billion in wealth and is the world’s 246th richest person (Bloomberg Billionaire Index).

The Aditya Birla Group is valued at $44 billion which has eight publically listed companies:

  1. Vodafone Idea
  2. Grasim Industries
  3. UltraTech Cement
  4. Hindalco Industries
  5. Aditya Birla Money
  6. Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail
  7. Shree Digvijay Cement
  8. Tanfac Industries

So, in future we will get to see a singer or a cricketer heading the huge empire.

ICC Women's World T20 World Cup: In-form India to face England in semifinal

India have been invincible so far in the tournament, winning all their four game in group stage.India will face a England in the second semifinal on Friday.Young India’s all-round performance against Australia gives team confidence heading into semis.

Just like their victory over New Zealand in the very first game of the tournament, India’s win against Australia was a statement of intent. In a dead rubber, instead of easing up as they had done against Ireland, India bounded in with energy and enthusiasm, ready to take down the opposition. Smriti Mandhana led the team’s charge with a career best score of 83. Over her 55-ball knock, the left-hander, was at her fluent best, hitting nine fours and three sixes as she took the Australian bowlers to the cleaners. In the company of Harmanpreet Kaur, who smashed a 27-ball 43, she put on 68-runs for the third wicket as India cantered to 167 for 8.

After a rather quiet tournament so far, Mandhana finally found her timing and caressed the ball through the gaps with ease. She played on the bowler’s mind, stepping out and lofting them over the boundary, before hanging back to use the pace of the shorter, faster delivery that came next. Another impressive aspect of her innings was the newly developed and now, often played sweep shot with which she brought up her half century.