Government likely to ease medical college norms

Government likely to ease medical college norms

Government may ease medical college norms(HT File Photo)

In a move likely to dilute the norms for setting up medical colleges, the Union health ministry is set to notify a regulation giving institutions the licence to function with fewer students if they do not meet the eligibility criteria for clinical work and faculty strength.

Ministry officials privy to the matter said the new norms, expected to be notified within 10 days, propose to grant such medical colleges the approval to function with the condition that the number of students can be increased when the institution meets infrastructure requirements.

Under the Indian Medical Council (MCI) Act, 1956, licences to run a medical college or add seats are denied when institutions do not meet the minimal requirements for infrastructure, faculty and clinical work, among others.

Dr VK Paul, chairman, board of governors, MCI, confirmed the proposed change in norms. “We have modified the rules. It can be called ease of business, as we aren’t flouting norms but only asking colleges falling short at, say, one level to admit students in proportion to their standards. We are allowing them to function the same year, rather than asking them to come back again the next year,” he said.

Several private medical colleges are found to be deficient in clinical requirements, having an inadequate number of patients visiting the out-patient department (OPD) and not enough occupied beds in the associated hospital where students get mandatory hands-on skill training in treatment and care.

“While private colleges struggle to get adequate number of patients, government colleges get rejected mostly because of faculty shortfall. But around 90% of licences rejected are for private colleges because they apply hoping that by the time of inspection, they would have things in place,” said a health ministry official requesting anonymity.

“Last year, only 21 of 80 applications were approved as the others didn’t meet the required criteria of proportion of patients treated in the attached hospital to the number of students they wanted to admit,” said another senior health ministry official not authorised to speak to the media on condition of anonymity.

Once the new norms are notified, colleges with adequate infrastructure to run the first-year undergraduate course will get approval for one year. Approval for the remaining years will come once they have added the required infrastructure.

“What is the point of wasting resources? We have a shortage of colleges, so if a college is functional, we should give it a chance to improve while it’s running. The norms, however, will apply only if the college agrees to it,” said Dr Paul. Reacting to the proposal, Dr KK Talwar, former chairman of the board of governors, MCI, said, “It’s not a bad move as it makes efficient use of the existing system, but the evaluation process has to be thorough and transparent.”


West Bengal Class 12 exams: Students’ registrations to be cancelled if they carry mobiles

West Bengal Class 12 exams: Students' registrations to be cancelled if they carry mobiles

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KOLKATA: After question papers of class 10 state board examination were “leaked” on social media, the authorities holding the class 12 examination Saturday warned students that their registration number could be cancelled if they carry mobile phones in examination halls.

The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) said examinees would also be checked with mobile detectors at the entrance of the hall and inside it.

The WBCHSE conducts the Higher Secondary (class 12) examination which will begin from February 26 and continue till March 13 across the state.

“We will take strong action if any mobile phone is found with students. We may even consider cancelling the student’s registration altogether, and not just stopping him or her from writing the respective paper,” WBCHSE president Mahua Das told a press meet here.

She said the venue supervisor and the special council nominee will carry mobile detectors at the entrance to check if anyone was entering the examination hall with mobiles.

In addition, there will be a special invigilator who will check if any candidate was carrying mobile inside the hall, Das said.

None will be allowed to go to the washroom within one hour of commencement of the examination at 10 am, and no candidate can leave the venue before 12.45 pm, Das said.

The duration of each examination will be 3 hours and 15 minutes including the time given to candidates to read question papers.

Das said there will be videography inside examination halls and bar code on every packet of question papers for tracking before opening the seal in front of venue-in-charge and venue supervisor in the respective centre.

There were reports that images of question papers were circulated on a social media platform within 30 minutes of start of examinations on all seven days of the just-concluded class 10 state board examinations (Madhyamik).

Images of six of the seven question papers tallied with the original.

Madhyamik examinees had also been barred from carrying mobile phones in the examination hall.

State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee earlier denied that there was question paper leak during Madhyamik, saying a question paper was considered leaked when it comes out before the commencement of the examination and not after.

The WBCHSE president called upon students and guardians not to be swayed by any rumour either on social network or in any other way during the examination.

A total of 8,16,243 students will appear for the Higher Secondary examinations this year.

Janhvi Kapoor looks very bold in gym clothes

Today we are going to tell you about an emerging beautiful bollywood actress. We are going to talk about Janhvi Kapoor who looks very bold in gym clothes.

Janhvi Kapoor looks very bold in gym clothes

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Janhvi Kapoor, the daughter of late actress Sridevi, has done a fabulous debut from the film ‘Dhadak’. Everyone liked her performance and she has become a well-known face of the Bollywood industry.

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Janhvi Kapoor often remains in discussion because of her dressing sense. She looks very bold in tshirts and shorts.

Recently she appeared in a yoga Center. During this time, she was wearing white offshield T-shirt and shorts, in which she was looking very bold. Her pictures went viral on the people. Many people liked her pictures but some people also trolled her for her dressing sense.

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Bhopal: When a buffalo moo-ved over to replace bribe

Bhopal: When a buffalo moo-ved over to replace bribe

Bhopal:  Upset with a nayab tehsildar’s bribe demand of Rs 50,000 for the mutation of a plot, a farmer in Tikamgarh district tied his buffalo to the officer’s official vehicle at the Khargapur tehsil office on Saturday. Nayab tehsildar Sunil Verma clarified that there were two cases of mutation and one was disposed of in Lok Adalat and the farmer was putting pressure for settlement of both the cases in same proposal, so his request was denied. Tikamgarh collector Saurav Kumar Suman has ordered a probe.

Laxmi Yadav, 50, alleged that the nayab tehsildar Sunil Verma had demanded Rs 1 lakh as bribe for mutation and he had already paid Rs 50,000 to get the land transferred to his name. “As I did not have any more cash left, I gave him my buffalo,” he complained to SDM Vandana Rajput who has been assigned the investigation.

SDM Baldevgarh Vandana Rajput, talking to Free Press, said, “complainant Laxmi Yadav alleged that Nayab Tehsildar Sunil Verma demanded a bribe of Rs1 lakh—Rs 50,000 for each case of transfer of land.

I then contacted nayab Tehsildar Sunil Verma who clarified that Yadav had applied for mutation of two cases of land. First case of his Guna village and it was disposed of in Lok Adalat. And he pressurized for disposal of both the cases in the same proposal.

Verma told me that he had told Yadav in a proper manner but instead of following his directive, he levelled allegations and created drama. When I contacted Yadav, he gave his written complaint.”

‘Atrocious, arrogant’: Mayawati slams Modi govt’s cash scheme for farmers

‘Atrocious, arrogant’: Mayawati slams Modi govt’s cash scheme for farmers

Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference on the occasion of her 63rd birthday, in Lucknow, Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019. (PTI Photo/Nand Kumar)(PTI1_15_2019_000062B)(PTI)

Minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a Rs 75,000 crore cash transfer scheme for farmers, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati slammed it as “atrocious, arrogant” and an “insult” to farmers.

The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme is meant to benefit 12 crore farmers transferring Rs 6,000 to farmers in three instalments annually.

Mayawati said the annual payout of Rs 6000 to the farmers translated to Rs 500 per month and Rs 17 per day. This she said was a “pittance” and accused the BJP of merely doing lip service to the farmers.

“Rs 500 a month to poor farmers under is an insult. Farmers believe in their labour and want remunerative price of their produce but BJP mentality to give them little monetary help is atrocious and arrogant. BJP has failed to fulfil their promise,” Mayawati tweeted.

PM Modi launched the PM-KISAN scheme in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur on Sunday and slammed the opposition for not doing enough for farmers. He said they were all the same and were scared when the BJP announced the scheme during the interim budget. “They turned pale when we announced the PM-Kisan scheme in Parliament,” he said.

Mayawati’s BSP has entered into an electoral alliance with the Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The BSP will contest 38 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh while the SP would field candidates in 37 constituencies.

Akhilesh Yadav had termed the alliance with BSP as a political revolution and said it was necessary to bring down the soaring arrogance of the BJP.

On Sunday, Mayawati described the Modi governmen’t Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme as “half baked” comparing it with Modi government’s previous decisions like demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST). She said the scheme was an election year stunt which the people have seen through.

Top 5 Awesome Vehicles for your Kids

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Arrow Smart Kart

This is the special car designed for the children from 5-9 years old. It can managed remotely and can control even with your smartphone.

Top 5 Awesome Vehicles for your Kids

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Auto Fabrica Type 0.1

It features a single speed 50cc two stroke Italian Franco Morini Engine. It also contains a vintage tank, custom fabbed exhaust, modern mini telescopic forks and custom rear shocks.

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Camatte 57s

It is the perfect toy vehicle for your kids which helps your kids to learn basics of driving. it allows for both the children and adults to control the steering wheel, accelerator and brakes of the car.

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Powerwheels f150

It is specially designed to drive on the toughest backyard conditions Including wet grass, mud and more.

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Mini McLaren P1

It is an electric car which can reach a max speed of 3 mph and it is specially designed for the children under 3-6 age group.

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Glam Up in Style with Tassel Heels

Glam Up in Style with Tassel Heels

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Get yourself an impeccable glamorous look with tassel heels. Tassels are in trend since a long time now and they are very popular and fashionable.

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You can get tassel earrings, necklaces and many more to get yourself a voguish look. The tassels can also be added to the heels and get you a stylish look.

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The tassels can be attached to the shoes and match with the color trends. These tassels are available in alluring colors and designs in all local markets.

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You can get the matching ones and fix them to the shoes to add stylish to your footwear.

10 Actors We Bet You Didn’t Know Had Strong Bollywood Connections.

10 Actors We Bet You Didn’t Know Had Strong Bollywood Connections.

We already knew but we got to hear, bold and clear for the first time when Kangana Ranaut said to filmmaker Karan Johar on his chat show that he is the ‘Flag bearer of Nepotism’. It didn’t quite went well with everyone in the industry though.

So, we have many star kids making stunning debuts throughout the years and then we also have actors and actress whom we never knew to be from a lineage, strongly connected to Bollywood. So, here are some stars whom you’ll get to know all over again.

1.Ajay Devgn
We all know that how his wife Kajol holds a very filmy lineage with both of her parents. But little did we know that Ajay Devgan’s father Veeru Devgan was a famous action choreographer and his mother, Veena Devgan was also a famous producer.

2.Ameesha Patel
We first saw this beautiful actress opposite Hrittik Roshan in Kaho na Pyaar Hein. We knew that she had no Bollywood lineage but her grandfather, Barrister Rajni Patel was the Committee President of Congress Pradesh in Mumbai.

3.Ruslaan Mumtaz
We first saw Ruslaan in the film Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar Hai, where he was quite promising enough. He is the son of Anjana Mumtaz whom you’ll remember as Shilpa Shetty’s mother in the film Dhadkan.

4.Harman Baweja
He made his debut in Love Story 2050 opposite Priyanka Chopra. He is not an outsider in this film industry, as his father Harry Baweja is a notable film director. He directed films like Imtihaan and Commando.

5.Neil Nitin Mukesh
He debuted in 2007 with his film Johny Gaddar. He has a very strong Bollywood connection with both of his father, Nitin Mukesh and grandfather Mukesh, being playback singers.

6.Shreyas Talpade
He made quite a debut in 2005 with the film Iqbal. His aunt Jayashree t worked in many regional as well as Hindi language films in the ’70s and ’80s. Her last was Chalte Chalte.

We never got to know about his filmy lineage. His father, Arun Ahuja was a known face in the Bollywood Industry in the ’40s. His career almost stopped after his film Aulad tanked at the box office.

8.Anil Kapoor
We know so much about this Kapoor family of Bollywood, be it Sonam, Arjun or Jahnvi. We even know Anil Kapoor’s brothers, Sanjay and Boney Kapoor. What we don’t know is that Anil Kapoor’s father, Surinder Kapoor was a famous producer.

9.Yami Gautam
When she made her debut with Vicky Donor in 2012 opposite Ayushmaan Khurana, very few knew that her father, Mukesh Gautam is a Punjabi film director and also the president of PTC Punjabi Networks.

10.Vivek Oberoi
His father Suresh Oberoi was quite a famous actor in Bollywood during the ’80s and ’90s. He last appeared on screen with the Kannada film, Attahasa.

So, did you knew about them?

Koffee with Karan: Kareena Kapoor says the Taimur doll looks like Chucky from Child’s Play

Koffee with Karan: Kareena Kapoor says the Taimur doll looks like Chucky from Child’s Play

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Priyanka Chopra pose with Koffee with Karan host Karan Johar.

Koffee with Karan will conclude its sixth season with a finale episode featuring Kareena Kapoor Khan and Priyanka Chopra. Quick to dismiss rumours of any kind of rivalry between them, the actors will speak about their mutual admiration for each other, and unexpected realisations about things they have in common.

Kareena addresses the fascination the public seems to have with her child, Taimur Ali Khan. Taimur is often snapped on his way to and from school, and has even started reacting to the paparazzi. Admitting that there is little she and husband Saif Ali Khan can do to protect him from the photographers’ lenses, Kareena says, “We are just going to do our best, that’s all I can say. I can’t stop him from going out or going to the play school but I can request the paps to not take his pictures and yeah, that’s about it.”

Tata 45X Hatchback (Maruti Baleno Rival) To Be Named Altroz, Not Aquila

  • World debut to be held in Switzerland at the Geneva Motor Show
  • India launch is expected to happen in June 2019
  • Will rival Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and Honda Jazz
  • Underpinned by the all-new, in-house developed ALFA-ARC platform
  • Likely to share powertrains with Tata Nexon
Tata 45X Hatchback (Maruti Baleno Rival) To Be Named Altroz, Not Aquila

The 45X Concept-based premium Tata hatchback, which is set for its official unveil in March, will be known as Altroz, and not Aquila. India launch of the Altroz is expected in June 2019.

The Altroz will be a premium hatchback, positioned above the Tiago in Tata’s portfolio. It is based on a new platform — ALFA ARC — indigenously developed by Tata. It will be the first car based on this platform.

Pictured:Tata 45X concept

Being a sub-4m offering, it safe to assume that the 45X-based hatchback would borrow its powertrains from the Nexon and the Tiago/Tigor. So, Tata has three engine options to choose from its portfolio, two petrols and a diesel engine. The petrol-powered 45X could get Tata’s 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine from the Tiago or its turbocharged version that is offered with the Nexon.

The diesel engine is likely to be the Nexon’s 1.5-litre unit. Since these engines are already available with an AMT (automated-manual transmission) option as well, it is safe to assume that the 45X will also offer the same apart from a manual transmission. Specifications of the engines are given in the table below.

1.2L NA (Tiago)1.2L T (Nexon)1.5-litre diesel (Nexon)
Engine1.2-litre1.2-litre Turbo1.5-litre
No. of cyl3-cyl3-cyl4-cyl
Transmission5-speed MT/AMT6-speed MT/AMT6-speed MT/AMT

Previously spied test mules suggest that the Altroz’ silhouette will be similar to the 45X Concept. The sharpy styled front and rear profiles of the concept appear to be intact in the series production model. Its cabin will be inspired by that of the Harrier and the Nexon, with a low-set design minimalistic dashboard design dominated by a free-floating display.

The Altroz is also expected to be more feature-rich in comparison to its competition. As per the spied test mules, the Altroz will have a segment-first analog+digital instrument cluster, similar to the one in the Harrier. Other expected features include a 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 8-speaker Harman-borrowed sound system and auto climate control. There are chances that it might even get a sunroof as an option.

Positioned above the Tiago, the Altroz is expected to be priced from around Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 8.5 lakh and will rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo.

Tata Altroz (expected)Maruti BalenoHyundai Elite i20Honda JazzVW Polo
Price (ex-Delhi)Rs 5.5 lakh – Rs 8.5 lakhRs 5.45 lakh – Rs 8.60 lakhRs 5.49 lakh – Rs 9.31 lakhRs 7.39 lakh – Rs 9.33 lakhRs 5.70 lakh – Rs Rs 9.14 lakh