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Civil Services Examination 2013 - Notification


Civil Services Examination 2013 notification released. As expected, there's a change in the pattern of Mains examination. But UPSC has infact went steps further. 

1) Increased weightage of General Studies, 
2) reduced weightage of Optionals and Personality Test, 
3) English paper is no more just a qualifying paper. Now Comprehension and Precis will have a weightage with the essay paper.
4) No mention of any language paper.
5) Now there will be 4 papers of General Studies, implying weightage to all the sections. The expectations from aspirants have certainly been pushed uphill by the UPSC.

Al the best aspirants..

Since the UPSC website is down with traffic, here's a mirror of the notification

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - , 0 comments

National Water Mission Discussed in the Consultative Committee meeting of Water Resources Ministry

The Parliamentary Consultative Committee of Water Recources Ministry today held its meeting under the chairmanship of Union Water Resources Minster Shri Harish Rawat. The meeting was centred on the National Water Mission established under the National Action Plan on Climate Change. 

In his address the minister said water is essential for sustaining life & environment and is an important component for almost all developmental plans. He said various programmes for development of water resources for beneficial use of the society have been taken up since the time immemorial. There is a considerable progress in respect of water resources development in India after independence through various Plans. Total created irrigation potential at pre-Plan period was about 22.6 million hectares (Mha) which now has increased to 108.2 Mha with almost five fold increase. There has also been appreciable development in the areas of drinking water supply and other uses. However, growing population, urbanization and industrialization has led to considerable increase in demand of water for various purposes such as irrigation, domestic and industrial needs. 

The adverse impact of such unplanned development is evident from the alarming decline in water table in some areas. The utilization of the created facilities is far from optimal as the water sector in India suffers from relatively low water use efficiency. To address the two serious issues namely “food security” and “impact of climate change”, various initiatives have been taken by the Ministry of Water Resources to identify the most appropriate approach for water resources management. 

The National Action Plan on Climate Change envisages institutionalization of eight national missions including the National Water Mission. Realizing that there are large number of stakeholders in water sector as it involves many Ministries / Departments, key role in implementation is to be played by States, and there are numerous cross cutting issues, Ministry of water resources has carried out very detailed exercise for identifying the strategies to achieve the goals of the National Water Mission. The main objective of National Water Mission is conservation of water, minimizing wastage and ensuring its more equitable distribution both across and within States through integrated water resources development and management. 

The Mission Document for National Water Mission envisages various issues related to water resources and five goals have been identified to address the problems. Various strategies for achieving the five goals have also been identified along with the actions which are required to be taken by the State Governments and also the Central Ministries / Departments concerned. 

Increasing water use efficiency by 20% over the existing is a very important goal for the National Water Mission. It has been observed that the irrigation infrastructures are not operating at desired efficiency. Efficiency of surface water projects has been assessed to be about 30-40%, which can be increased up to 60% by adopting efficient management practices, proper maintenance and modernization of existing infrastructures, command area development, participatory irrigation management and efficient irrigation and agricultural practices. Similarly, the efficiency of ground water facilities can be increased from the present level of about 65% to about 75%. 

An autonomous Authority, National Bureau of Water Use Efficiency (NBWUE) is proposed to be set up in the XII Plan under Article 3(3) of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to increase water use efficiency by 20% by March 2017. The Bureau will have the overall responsibility of improving water use efficiency across various sectors namely irrigation, drinking water supply, power generation and industry in the entire country. The Bureau will engage with various stakeholders in developing standards, preparing case studies, showcasing national and international best practices to evolve and implement innovative mechanisms. 

Shri Rawat urged the members give their valuable suggestions for effective implementation of the National Water Mission to achieve the twin objectives of climate change mitigation and food security. 

A Presentation on the National Water Mission was made by the Secretary Water Resources Shri Dhruv Vijay Singh on the occasions. 

The members expressed concerns on the issue of water pollution by industrial as well as mining activities especially in the tribal areas of the country. They also raised voice for ensuring availability of safe drinking water and also appropriate amount of water for agricultural activities. The issue of non-utilisation of funds by state government also came up during the discussion. The following members participated in the meeting: Shri Gajender Singh Rajukhedi (INC), Shri Mohan Jena (BJD), Dr. Prabha Kishor Taviad (INC), Shri Prataprao N. Sonawane (BJP) (all from Lok Sabha) and Dr. Prabha Thakur (INC) (from Rajya Sabha). Senior Officials from the Ministry of Water Resources was present during the meeting. 

Monday, November 19, 2012 - , , , 0 comments

Union HRD Minister to Release NBT-NCAER Study on Reading Habits of the Literate Youth of North-East India

Youth of North-East India: Demographics and Readership (Highlights)

Union Human Resource Development Minister Dr M M Pallam Raju, will release a report Youth of North-East India: Demographics and Readership in New Delhi tomorrow, 20th November, 2012. Ministers of State for HRD, Sh Jitin Prasada and Dr Shashi Tharoor would also be present on the occasion.
This focused Report attempts to give an analytical and detailed account of the reading habits of the literate youth in the north-eastern states and their exposure to different forms of media, and how diverse socio-economic and motivational factors impact their reading habit. The reading of ‘leisure or non-text books’ among the literate youth is the special focus of the study.
The Report is a follow-up study of the National Youth Readership Survey (2009-10) assigned to National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) by the NBT under the National Action Plan for the Readership Development among the Youth (NAPRDY) mooted by NBT. In order to have a better understanding of the status of the North-Eastern (NE) states as compared to the rest of country in this sector, the findings are compared with the similar result for one developed state (Maharashtra) and one economically backward state (Bihar), chosen on the basis of their per capita gross domestic product. This is over and above the comparison of the findngs in respect of the NE states with the overall Indian situation.

IFFI-2012: Showcasing the Best of Indian and World Cinema



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IFFI-2012 is an ideal opportunity for filmmakers and film lovers to watch, appreciate and learn the art of film making in sylvan surroundings and a relaxed creative environment of Panaji, Goa. The Festival also provides a platform for networking with some of the best film industry professionals from India and abroad.

This year IFFI-2012 will be inaugurated by Cinestar, Shri Akshay Kumar in the presence of Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Shri Manish Tewari, the Minister of Culture for Republic of Poland and Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar.

Started in 1952, the International Film Festival of India has evolved into a major forum for Cinema from across the world. From Satyajit Ray to Akira Kurosawa, from Marcello Mastrioni to Roman Polanski and Gurinder Chadha to Mira Nair, the International Film Festival of India has become a landmark destination for established and young filmmakers and directors from every continent.

In a first of its kind event, the International Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Academy Award Winning Director Ang Lee’s much awaited film ‘Life of Pi’ which is based on an adapted screenplay of a novel by the same name by Yann Martel,  a 3D adventure film telling the story of a 16 year old Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi) of Pondicherry (Puducheri), who survives a shipwreck along with animals like an orangutan, a zebra, a hyena and a Royal Bengal Tiger. The film explores the issues of spirituality, religion and life as a whole.
Director Ang Lee is the man behind some of the most prestigious and acclaimed films such as Sense and Sensibility (1995),  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Hulk (2003) and Brokeback Mountain (2005). His latest film, Life of Pi, besides providing a global platform for Indian artistes, also explores some of the scenic spots in India, including the countryside of Munnar and the French elegance of Pondicherry.  During his interaction with the  media,  Ang Lee admitted that experiments like his, are helping change the stereotype perceptions about Indians and the Asians in mainstream Hollywood.
Celebrating the hundred years of Indian cinema, the 43rd International Film Festival of India will showcase a special section – ‘Centenary Celebrations’, which will screen a selection of the best movies from Indian Cinema’s glorious hundred year history. The centenary year of Indian Cinema will also be celebrated by bestowing the ‘Centenary Film Award’ to a competition film selected by a special jury panel which deftly showcases the glory of cinema as a medium.
Providing an opportunity to cine lovers to experience the best of Indian and world cinema, the marquee event of the Indian cinema industry will pay a special tribute to the completion of a hundred years of Indian cinema, where a jury choice of cinema will be cited with a special ‘Centenary Award’ comprising a Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 10,00,000/-, which is to be given to a feature film that reflects a new paradigm in motion pictures in terms of aesthetics, technique or technological innovation.
            One of the key highlights of this year’s IFFI will be honouring of the eminent Polish film Director, Mr. Krzystof Zanussi who will be conferred with the Life Time Achievement Award.
The 43rd International Film Festival of India will also give away popular jury awards which recognize the best of cinematic creativity on display at the festival. The awards will be given in the categories of Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Male), Best Actor(Female), Special Jury Award etc,.
Bringing to the cinema lovers a selection of hand-picked movies, the ten day festival will have sections such as Indian Panorama which includes Feature and Non-Feature cinema selections, Indian Retrospectives, Homage, Their Firsts, Masterclasses, Student Films and more. There will also be special segments such as Festival Kaleidoscope, Cinema of the World, Foreign Retrospectives, Homage, Country Focus, Sketches on Screen (Animation & 3D cinema), Masterstrokes, Documentaries which form a part of International Screening section.
 The Festival will in total screen more than two hundred movies. Closing with the screening of Mira Nair’s ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’.
Thus IFFI has truly become the harbinger of creating a film culture among the people of the country and an agent of the growing acceptance of Indian Cinema the world over.


  • Topic of Discussion: Interview : Uday Kumar Verma (Sectary Ministry of Information Broadcasting on International Film Festival of India - 2012)
  • Interviewer: Santosh Mehta (Film Journalist)

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Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 0 comments

A Glimpse of Wonderful Public Servants ! ! !: Pride of Bharat - Dr.Samit Sharma, IAS

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World Energy Outlook Report 2012 and India

In The 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook (by The International Energy Agency) was released on 12 November 2012 and there were a lot of lessons for India in it. Drawing on the latest data and policy developments the report presents analytical insights into trends in energy markets and what they mean for energy security, environmental protection and economic development. It sets out updated projections of energy demand, production, trade, investment and carbon-dioxide emissions, broken down by country.

According to the report, taking all new developments and policies in to account, the world is still failing to put the global energy system onto a more sustainable path. Global energy demand grows by more than one-third over the period to 2035. Despite the growth in low-carbon sources of energy, fossil fuels remain dominant in the global energy mix, supported by subsidies. Emissions in the New Policies Scenario correspond to a long-term average global temperature increase of 3.6o C.

The outlook highlights the growing role of developing economies in global energy consumption, and the increasing share of non-fossil fuels in global energy supply. It emphasizes the central role markets and well-designed policy can play to meet the dual challenge of solving the energy needs of billions of people who aspire to better lifestyles, and doing so in a way that is sustainable and secure.
Other study aspects can be better seen by graphs. First graph is showing the growth in primary energy demand in different countries including India.

Here is a graph showing net oil imports by different countries including India and with future forecast as related with current situation

Here graph is showing the effect on environment related with Carbon Dioxide emissions

(Sources:International Energy Agency)

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