India Won 1st Test Match Against Sri Lanka by 304 runs at Galle

India won the first test match by beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs at Galle. By setting a target of 550, Sri Lanka crumbled for 245 with only Dimuth Karunaratne offering any resistance with a well-made 97.

Ravichandran Ashwin (3/65) ended his wait for a first wicket in the second innings by inducing an edge from Dickwella and then cleaned up a well-settled Karunaratne, who was nearing a deserved century, to bring India on the brink of wrapping the Test on the penultimate day. He added one more scalp to his name before Ravindra Jadeja (3/71) removed the last man Lahiru Kumara to end Sri Lanka’s ordeal.

Jadeja took both the wickets, he removed Mendis who feathered an edge to wicketkeeper and then Angelo Mathews (2), who played a loose shot to offer a leading edge.Earlier in the day cricket score of India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 4 from Galle Virat Kohli slammed his 17th century as India declared at 240/3.

Needing 550 runs to win, Sri Lanka were all out for 245 with two batsmen absent-hurt.The end was swift for Sri Lanka as India razed their lower order in the final session to register a massive 304-run win on Day 4 of the Galle Test and take 1-0 lead in the three-match series. India recorded their biggest away win, in terms of run-margin, while it’s Sri Lanka’s biggest defeat at home.

Sri Lanka would have hoped for taking the Test in to the final day after being 192/4 at tea-break with Dimuth Karunarantee and Niroshan Dickwella, each team dominated one-half of the first two sessions. India picked two wickets in the first half of both the sessions while Sri Lanka resisting in the latter.

In the morning only Sri Lanka lost two wickets quickly in quick succession. The pitch lacked venom was evident from the way Karunaratne stonewalled the Indian attack for the better part of the day.

The India captain Virat Kholi (103*) hit his 17th Test century – 10th as captain – with the visitors declaring at 240/3 and thus accumulating a huge 549-run lead. With Ajinkya Rahane (23*), Kohli added 51 runs in quick time for the 4th wicket. After opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne had been dismissed for 97. Asela Gunaratne, who had fractured his thumb and was ruled out, and stand-in captain Rangana Herath, who suffered a hand injury and did not bat in the second innings for Sri Lanka.

Burdened increased for Sri Lanka as they needed a solid opening stand but their hopes were dashed when Mohammed Shami bowled Upul Tharanga for 10, a relief for for the Indian captain Kohli who had dropped the batsman at second slip in the same over.

Hitting Umesh Yadav straight into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara at square leg, Debutant Danushka Gunathilaka did not last long either and was out for two. the duo made India wait and ensured the match went to the final session, as the with Mathews’ dismissal brought Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella together. The pair added 101 for the fifth wicket before Dickwella was caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to become Ashwin’s became the first victim of the innings. Ashwin, who took 3-65, also dismissed Nuwan Pradeep without scoring before Jadeja (3-71) wrapped things up when Lahiru Kumara skied an attempted slog to become the last man to fall for the hosts.

India this time came back strongly after lunch with two quick wickets from left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, ranked number one in the world in the longest format.The second Test will be played from Thursday in Colombo.

Mumbai University Results 2017 to be Announced Soon

From, Mumbai University has changed its procedure to check answer scripts; It has shifted from the manual, pen-and-paper process of checking answer scripts of the examinations to an online system. But shifting towards such big reform without proper planning was not so smart. Due to a series of problems brought on by poor planning, under-resourced colleges and technical glitches, the exam results have been delayed by about two months. In past years, the results have been declared in late May or by early June. But now, at the end of July, the university is still scrambling to complete the evaluation process.

To save the future of the enrolled children Governor, Ch Vidyasagar Rao in his capacity as Chancellor of all universities in the state has stepped in. He instructed the Vice Chancellor to make sure that all results have been declared by July end.  The university has already seen four “non-instructional days” – July 23 to July 27 – to free up time for teachers to correct papers. This has been extended till July 31 for the departments of law, management and commerce. Examiners from other universities in Nagpur, Pune and Aurangabad are helping too.

But the question is till the evening of July 27, four lakh scripts remained unchecked. Will they be corrected in just four days’ time which means one lakh copies per day? Of these, 3.15 lakh are from the commerce stream alone. On this, the registrar of the Mumbai University said “If we can have a full working day on Sunday, we may be able to finish.”

Mumbai University has over 750 affiliated colleges, many in semi-urban areas, and instructs over 5 lakh students. Hence, a reformation in a fortnight is next to impossible!!

Although at the undergraduate level, only final-year exams are conducted and evaluated centrally, the exams held in March-April generated about 18 lakh undergraduate and postgraduate answer scripts. The commerce stream alone had 8.3 lakh papers, while law had 85,000, which have now been whittled down to about 34,000. Management had about 1 lakh scripts, down to 8,500 now.

Till last year when exam papers were checked as soon as the examinations ended, results were typically declared within 45 days of the examinations, in late May or early June.

The university needed the help of an external agency to manage the technical aspects of online correction. However, even by March 4 – when exams began, and two months after the university announced that it was shifting to the online system – it did not have one. By April 27, the university managed to get an agency on board.

The first step, scanning of answer scripts, began around May 15. Assessment commenced in the first week of June, well over two months late. On the other hand teachers hold the view that they were kept out of this decision making process. Faltering internet connectivity slowed downloads of answer scripts by assessors. It even caused some of them to lose the progress made on a paper because the connection snapped in the middle, forcing them to start from scratch.

Earlier, teachers corrected 30 answer-scripts in a day. In the early days of online correction, they could manage only eight or nine. As of now only 20 scripts can be corrected in day by a teacher.

The online system exposed other gaps too, such as:

  • In programmes like commerce and management in aided colleges, the government funds up to two sections of 120 seats each. But since 2000, the university has allowed college managements to run additional sections that they would finance themselves by raising funds through fees. To keep costs low, most of the teaching positions for these extra seats were staffed with ad hoc and temporary staff.
  • If the university regulations are taken into consideration, only government-approved permanent teachers are permitted to check papers. This rule has become the thing of the past, in the manual system ad hoc teachers were enlisted unofficially to assess papers.
  • Twenty-five teachers from Nagpur University are already on the job. Another 50 from Aurangabad University will check law papers because many of Mumbai University’s law teachers are “practicing advocates” and not free before evening.
  • Since past two months, the university’s students protested against the delay in assessment, met State Governor and made several trips to the university offices. The Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union submitted representations on July 4 and July 17. The former vice-chancellor called for the resignation of the present one, Sanjay Deshmukh, and even political parties like Shiv Sena waded in.
  • To control the damage due to the delay in completing evaluation, Mumbai University pushed back its own admission deadlines. Some private universities followed.
  • All this is ultimately running the carrier of the students thus making them see the dark clouds in future!!

Railway will Soon Stop Providing Blankets in AC Coaches

According to a Business Standard report, the Indian railways are most probably to stop providing blankets in their air-conditioned (AC) coaches, following an inspection of the Comptroller Accounts General (CAG) it over cleanliness and hygiene issue. Finding its alternative, the Indian railways will set the AC temperature at 24 degree Celsius, escalating from the ongoing 19-degree Celsius.

There was a more inexpensive option to remove the blankets, noticing the fact that it takes Rs 55 to clean the bedroll whereas passengers are just charged Rs 22 for its use, said an official to the Business Standard.  Talking about the guidelines specified by the Indian railways, the bedrolls were required to be washed after every one to two months, but it wasn’t being really followed. The CAG, on the other hand, also stated that it was due to the outsourcing of washing the linen as it was becoming difficult for the railways to bear the presented load. Interestingly, there was no quality control for the washing as there were no departmental mechanized laundries available.

The report said, “A robust system for procurement, washing, and distribution of linen is necessary to provide clean, hygienic, well-ironed and good quality linen to all passengers traveling in AC classes of the Indian Railway.” “Necessary clearances for operating 26 of 30 mechanized laundries were not obtained from respective state pollution control boards. Effluent Treatment Plants were not installed in case of 15 of the 30 laundries,” the CAG report continued. However, the Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu made to order for the disposable bedrolls for the passengers a previous year, but they are yet it has to come on the full swing on ground level.

31st July to be the Last Day to file Income Tax Returns

Three additional days are left for taxpayers to file their income tax returns for this year. Although there are no penalties, individuals are suggested to avoid missing the point in time since the delay could lead on to a loss of cash. The penalty planned for folks missing the deadline doesn’t apply until next year. Therefore it’s not applicable on ITRs filed for the year 2016-17.

If one wants to claim refunds on advance taxes paid or on tax deducted at source, one will lose the interest payable to them by the IT department on the said amount. The IT department calculates the interest on refund from the start of the assessment year i.e. April 1 till the date of granting of refund.

If one files the return on July 31, the interest will be calculated from April 1. However, if they filed the return on August 1, the calculation will be done from August 1, meaning a delay of one day could result in a loss of four-month interest (April-July).

One must pay penal interest of 1 per cent per month from the due date of return filing till the actual day of filing if they file the IT return after due date with unpaid tax liability. The fine can be accompanied by prosecution by the IT department if the return is filed later than the assessment year and if it exceeds Rs 3,000. In case one fails to file tax returns by the end of the assessment year (for financial year 2016-17, assessment year is 2017-18) and has paid all the tax liabilities, the tax department will impose a penalty of Rs 5,000 if one fails to convince them that the delay was justified or due to an unavoidable/uncontrollable circumstance.

It is necessary to report money deposits higher than Rs. 2 lakh during the demonetisation period, that was from  November 9, 2016 to December 30, 2016 It’s possible that the IT department might contact one via written correspondence asking them to file their return in time.

Child Trafficking Case: CID Sleuth Roopa Ganguly House BJP MP

On Saturday, the West Bengal CID visited the house of BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly to interrogate her on alleged links with a high-status Jalpaiguri child trafficking case, a senior official revealed. A senior CID official also said that a team of the agency’s officers went to BJP’s leader’s house to scrutinize her over her alleged meeting with previous BJP women wing general secretary Juhi Chowdhury.

The Crime Investigation Department (CID), on the other hand, had uncovered a child trafficking racket earlier this year under which infants and children were professedly sold, some to foreigners, through illegal adoption agreements. The officer said that “We will question her about her links to Chowdhury and also we need answers to a few more questions”. On the other hand, the state CID had additionally summoned BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and two other party persons in the same case. The CID had arrested several people in the case, including the leader of the child protection agency in Darjeeling and an individual from a child welfare committee, on the charges of child trafficking.

Those detainees were part of a broadening probe into the adoption racket at the Bimala Shishu Griho, a kids’ home in Jalpaiguri town. The chief adoption officer of the children’s home, Sonali Mondal, the home’s chairperson Chandana Chakraborty and her brother Manas Bhowmik, and Chowdhury were arrested earlier. Talking about the charges against them, they have been charged with transacting about 17 children, aged between one and 14 years, to foreigners while dishonestly asserting that the kids were given over for legal adoption to the couples who require the same after due screening and official procedures. The CID, on the other hand, had uncovered the child trafficking amid raids at homes and nursing homes in the Baduria area of North 24 Parganas locale, in Behala in the southern edges of Kolkata and some different parts of South Bengal in November a year ago.

BJP is Doing Political Corruption, said SP Leaders Akhilesh Yadav

Few moments after Amit Shah set his foot in Lucknow; two MLC leaders from opposition have resigned from the Samajwadi Party and one leader from the BSP has also resigned from the party. Amit Shah has landed in Lucknow for the 3 day organizational visit.

The leaders who have given their resignation are Bukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh from Samajwadi Party and Thakur Jaiveer Singh from BSP.  Speculations are being made that SP MLC Madhukar Jately might also resign from the party but no official news has come out.

The leaders gave explanation to why they have left their respective parties:

Mr. Yashwant Singh, used the nationalism plank to justify abandoning Samajwadi party  and said that, “Since that day I developed a feeling that it would not be morally right for me to continue in the party whose national president called India weak, and does not have desh prem, but love for China.

Mr. Nawab said he resigned as he was feeling “suffocated” in the SP over the last one year. Criticizing the functioning of the party in recent times, he said the SP reflected an arena more than a party with an organization. “They should not call it the Samajwadi Party but Samajwadi Akhara (people’s wrestling arena),” he said.

Amid of all the resignation game in UP, Former CM and SP President Akhilesh Yadav made several allegations against BJP. Akhilesh said that efforts are being made to buy legislators, councilors. While expressing his views on the resignation of the leaders, Akhilesh Yadav said that, “Political corruption has taken place in Bihar. NDA used to talk about DNA, you see yourself. DNA and NDA have same letters. While passing Sarcastic comment on Nawab’s decision Akhilesh said that, not many days had passed since the Shia leader had treated him with sewai on Eid. “Bahut mithi thi sewai. Abhi Eid gaye kitne din guzre.”

Akhilesh blamed BJP for doing political corruption and has said that, BJP is trying to lure the leaders to come into their party. Akhilesh Yadav has said that, Modi government will get an answer for their doings from the public, as this government is failing in fulfilling the promises that they have make during the elections.

On the other hand Mayawati also expressed her grief on the resignation of MLC leader of their party and said that, “After Goa and Manipur, and most recently in Bihar and Gujarat, the BJP was now trying the same manipulative tactics in UP through misuse of State agencies like CBI and Income Tax department to run a campaign to paint its opponents as corrupt.”

IIM Lucknow, CAT Examination Admit Card 2017 Will Be Released Tomorrow

2017 CAT will be released soon in the official website, as per the notification IIM Lucknow will release the 2017 CAT result on Sunday (July 30) and after that the online registration process for the students will begin by a week following the release of official notification for Common Admission Test.

Students after release can download their respective admit card from the official website, Students by entering into their personal panel and entering their roll number/ reference ID and date of birth can easily know about their admit card.

On July 30, CAT 2017 notification will be published in the leading newspapers of India, which will contain all the information related to CAT 2017 exam schedule like:

  • CAT exam eligibility
  • CAT test centers
  • CAT exam pattern
  • CAT 2017 registration dates and IIMs’ admission process

CAT 2017 will be a single day exam and will be held over two sessions on the same day, most probable date of CAT 2017 is on Sunday, November 26. The number of CAT exam centers proposed has been reduced this year, IIM Lucknow is expected to reduce the already increased number of test centers in the states of Bihar, U.P. and others in hinterlands. Last year, IIM Bangalore had increased CAT exam centres to 138 with even more testing venues and focused more on small towns.

Last year CAT allowed the candidates with 2 years of university recognized graduate degree in old pattern as eligible to appear in the exam. It is also expected that the session time of the exam might also undergo change. Change in reporting time at test center. It used to be one and a half hour earlier but was increased to two hours before the scheduled time of beginning of the CAT exam. It may be reduced this year.

It is possible that Exam Pattern Also Change – The total overhaul of CAT began in 2015, However, the same was not implemented in the year 2016 by IIM Bangalore. But, it is expected that CAT 2017 exam may have different structure and content with more aspirant friendly features. The difficulty level fluctuates and accordingly the percentile score based on raw score in CAT also goes for ups and downs. It implies that the problem is not to score high in CAT but to score balanced sectional percentile and get through the tough competition among more than 2 lakh IIM aspirants. There were 72% MCQs and 28% Non-MCQs in CAT 2015 exam. Number of sections got increased to 3 from 2 in CAT exam.

IIM Bangalore improved the quality of test and rationalized the share of MCQs and Non-MCQs without increasing or decreasing the total number of questions. So this year IIM Lucknow is equally benevolent and is expected to bring about more aspirant friendly changes in CAT 2017 that can help to score high percentile in the exam.

IIM Lucknow is convening CAT 2017 exam for admission to MBA/PGDM 2018-20 programmes in all the 20 IIMs

  • FMS Delhi
  • SPJIMR Mumbai
  • MDI Gurugram
  • IMI New Delhi
  • IMT Ghaziabad
  • JBIMS Mumbai
  • TAPMI Manipal

And other hundreds of highly ranked B-schools in India. CAT has taken absolutely different shape as the testing partner of CAT exam was also changed in CAT 2014 from Pro-metric to TCS. This change has also prompted IIMs to change the CAT testing window.

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