Stay Connected & Stay Safe

Stay Connected–the very first thing that comes to our mind is, Social Networking Sites which no doubt is a great way to stay connected and reach out to the people around the world. However, it can be troublesome, if not used carefully and correctly. One wrong click or input on LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or Google+, may risk our personal information security. So what can be done? Shall we stop using Social Networking sites? The answer is “No”, but yes we have to be more careful.

Here are five major things to be kept in mind while using social networking sites:
1. Avoid third party links: You have to be conscious about what has to be clicked or followed on the social networking sites. You must have seen the links Like: “Jaaniye Apne Naam Ka Matlab”, “Know your Twins”, “Jaaniye Apna Bhavishya”, “Who is your best Friend” etc. When you click on these links, they first ask permission to see your personal information and generally people allow them, in the excitement of getting results. But actually these links are made specially to fetch the personal information of the users.

2. Never Share your confidential numbers: Never share your secret numbers like Bank Account Number, Adhaar Card Number, PAN number, Credit card number, Mobile No. etc, on social networks. The hackers continuously keep an eye on such numbers and they can invite trouble for you by using your secret numbers in a negative way.

3. Sharing organization details– Be Conscious: One has to be alert if he/she shares work place details on social networks. The intruder can hack your official email id (that generally includes the server name of the organization) and can use the same to circulate false information or fetch any kind of secret details.

4. Don’t make everything Public: Social networking sites provide the privacy settings in the user’s hands only. You are advised to use the feature of “Customize Privacy Settings” for your social accounts. Don’t go with the default privacy settings; always change the privacy settings as per the security measures you want to incorporate.

5. Don’t always share your location: Avoid sharing your current location on social networks. Don’t post or comment, like “Away from home, returning back on ____”. Sharing such kind of information, may call for trouble.

Your security is in your hand. So be conscious and surf safe!!!!

Kuala Lumpur school fire kills at least 25, including 23 students

A fire at an Islamic boarding school killed at least 25 people, most of them students, in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur after breaking out in a dormitory early on Thursday morning, officials said. The fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a “tahfiz” boarding school where students learn to memorise the Koran, was reported around 5.40 am local time (2140 GMT Wednesday), according to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department.

The blaze began in the sleeping quarters on the top floor of the three-storey school building, the statement said. Two wardens and 23 students died in the fire, fire department officials said in a notice put on a whiteboard at the school. Seven people were taken to a nearby hospital for injuries, while 11 others were rescued, the notice said. Tahfiz schools usually teach students between the ages of 5 and 18.

Such schools, which are unregulated by the education ministry and fall under the purview of the religious department, have been under scrutiny since earlier this year when an 11-year-old boy died after reported abuse in Johor, north of Singapore.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Pakistan army chief advocates dialogue on Kashmir issue

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has called for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute through political and diplomatic means , a stance divergent from the approach the country’s army has employed so far.

Bajwa’s statement at his annual ‘defence day’ speech this week comes two days after Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif admitted for the first time that internationally proscribed terrorist organisations such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad were operating from within the country.

Emphasising that peace is essential for prosperity, Bajwa added, “The welfare of millions of people of these two countries is linked with permanent peace. Instead of insulting Pakistan and using force against Kashmiris, it is in India’s favour to seekresolution of the dispute through diplomatic and political means+ .”

Without naming India but referring to it as a “neighbouring country”, Bajwa said, “We did not bring nuclear weapons to South Asia. And even now these weapons are simply a guarantee of peace in answer to a neighbouring country which is high on power. It is this country which has brought unconventional war to the South Asian region.”

The General said, “We have paid the price for the wars started by super powers, in the form of terrorism, extremism and economic loss. We are abiding by our policy that we will not allow our soil to be used against any country, and expect the same of other countries.” The Pakistan military leadership’s change of approach gains significance in light of a consolidated global fight against terrorism. Pakistan has recently come under fire from all quarters, including the US, for harbouring terrorists.

(Source: The Times Of India)

Delhi School Education News: What Improvements can be Brought About?

While elementary school admission in Delhi has augmented severely to nearly 97% today, it’s not complete sure how their actual performance is. There is a great paucity of information when it’s regarding learning outcomes. The Annual Status of Education Report measures learning results of the country, but only in rural areas and not Delhi. Other sample surveys like the National Achievement Survey done by the National Council for Educational Research and Training, the Quality Education Study conducted by Educational Initiatives etc., are beginning to create their own surveys. However, no data actually verifies how much a student is actually learning.

Making investments in standardized assessments should be a priority if India wants its education system to be operational. Every child has to be adequately fortified with pertinent education material for the future. It also include all the significant stakeholders—parents, teachers and policymakers—in improving the quality of imparting education. Then only Delhi school education news will be globally well-known.

Furthermore, there are other interventions which can bring the Delhi education system in the forefront in the global education system. Associating school credit to learning outcomes will hold the schools liable of every student’s achievement records. Nearly 2,200 private Delhi schools catering to low-income communities’ children are at the threat of shutting down for non-compliance issues with either teacher salary, infrastructural or pupil-teacher proportion requirements under RTE or Right to Education Act, based on the reports by National Independent Schools Alliance.

School management committees (SMCs), mandated under this RTE Act should further introduce enhanced governance practices through more parental involvement. However, according to a city-based survey done by JOSH or Joint Operation for Self Help, merely 2% of Delhi schools engage in these committees. JOSH is therefore, directing SMC preparation for over forty Municipal Corporation schools in East Delhi in order to augment capacity building for parents and teachers alike. Boosting such initiatives will further influence parent participation to hold their kids’ schools liable for whatever student performance.

Transforming our school education system thus is a multi-layered process. It requires proper investments in standardized assessments, better governance, better school leadership policies etc. for an all-rounded development of children.

An Encouraging News for women news in Delhi

The brutal gang-rape of a woman on a moving bus highlights how women are routinely subjected to abuse and violence in India. It also signifies how the country’s surge towards development has left thousands struggling behind on the margins. There are several ongoing debates about the actual status of safety of women, especially in the national capital. It became rather alive in the Chittaranjan Park D Block Durga Puja celebration this year.

This year it was decided that the Durga puja celebration there will lend its strong voice to the status of women’s safety, as well as an urgent need of the city with a woman as its chief minister to give some power and respect to its common women as well. “What better platform than a festival to engage people in thinking about the problems facing women vis-a-vis their rights and empowerment… a lot of that boils down to the physical fact of how safe this city is for women,” argued Debajyoti Basuroy, an associate in organizing this puja. He added, “Durga puja is about celebrating womanhood. It is about the strength of a woman. We are trying to place the symbolism in today’s context.

It’s positive News for women news in Delhi and seeing how the puja will be organized, it provides a ray of hope for the ‘inferiors’ of our nation. There will be street plays performed by noted performers Arvind Gaur and Asmita, his theatre group. Gaur argued, “We are trying to link the call for women’s rights with the Durga puja. The message is that you worship her but do you give her the same place in society.”

The play is entitled ‘Dastak’ and is an attempt to highlight every aspect of women empowerment through the exploration of important themes like rape, domestic violence, sexual abuse, workplace harassment etc. There will also be women-centered quizzes for people to participate in and win prizes.

Six-fold Strategy to Women Empowerment in Delhi

The metamorphosis of Women Empowerment in Delhi has been rather fascinating. With different personalities exhibiting their empowered characters, there are on the other hand, cases of untold stories of negligence too. Bound in a false sense of tradition and security, Indian women have always remained in a much neglected state.

The problem begins with the state of the illiterate underprivileged women battling over rudimentary issues like child marriage, dowry, women trafficking, malnourishment and female infanticide. Though they form 88.5% of the labor force in India, they are paid less than men. With no representations, they are exploited monetarily and even if they are the sole breadwinner of their homes, they possess no right to take decisions.

Women Empowerment in Delhi requires a six-fold strategy to be brought into the forefront–

• They should be provided vocational market oriented training.

• Education for women is the cornerstone of developed nations. So, through systematic procedures such as computer training, handicrafts, stitching, etc. they can avail a way to uplift themselves both financially and socially.

• There should be more degree of commitment towards working mothers with children, who are involved in educational classes. They should be trained in saving, credit and thrift, skill training as well as income generation activities.

• There should be integration of literacy and professional training so that they can take part in more income generation activities.

• There should be focus on the development of women leadership within all communities.

• Last but not the least, there should be more awareness generation among common masses through projects and IEC materials.

Delhi University News creating Turmoil in Colleges

The new FYUP courses has not only made it terribly hectic for the teachers but for the students as well. Teachers are confounded as to what to teach, especially in the case of “Mathematical Awareness.” It has put the students in a great bind too. Initially designed for the blind candidates as a replacement of “Building Mathematical Ability” to be studied in the 2nd semester, some colleges have already been teaching it in the first semester. It has been found on the date-sheet of several colleges’ semester-end exams. This Delhi University News is creating quite some turmoil among all the colleges of the University.

Bipin Tiwary, OSD-EOC and deputy dean of the Delhi University’s Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) said that he had issued strict instructions to all the colleges forbidding them from teaching it in the 1st semester. He said, “It’s a clear no from us. Nobody will be appearing for the exam this semester. We have issued clear instructions saying the course for blind people is to be taught in the next semester. Nobody will be appearing for the exam this semester.”

The issue has further been perplexed by the fact that first year candidates have been separated into different groups-A and B so that the can be taught four of eight foundation courses in the 1st semester. Group B are being taught the math course along with Literature and Creativity II, Language, Business, Entrepreneurship and Management and Indian History and Culture in the 1st semester. Confusion arises because some colleges have students opting for Mathematical Awareness in the 2nd Semester as well. This will surely interrupt this group-system, particularly at the end of 2nd semester.

Recent Results in DU and JNU Polls

Recently the students’ union polls were held in Delhi’s two prestigious central varsities —Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University — amidst high security. While the polling at Delhi University started at 8.30 am and continued till 12.30 pm, in JNU it started at 9.30 am and continued till 6 pm. The students casted their votes through the Electronic Voting Machines whose counting took place the next day.

In Delhi University, twelve candidates fought for the posts of vice president and president, 17 fought for the post of general secretary and 10 fought for the post of joint secretary. These posts are the four major powerful ones in DUSU. Among the political parties running in this election are National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), All India Students Association (AISA) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Meanwhile in JNU, there were eight struggling for the post of its president, five fighting for the vice-president, six vied for secretary and three came up for joint secretary. The major players were certainly All India Students Association (AISA) and Students Federation of India (SFI). The National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) too played a big part.

Results in DU and JNU were declared soon after. The mega-left All India Students Association swept the elections in Jawaharlal Nehru University, capturing for all the top four positions. AISA contender Akbar Chowdhary overpowered DSF’s contender Ishan Anand, NSUI’s contender Pran Veer Singh, SFI’s contender Rahul N, Concerned Students’ contender Chandrasen and ABVP’s contender Alok Kumar Singh for the post of president.

AISA contenders Anubhuti Agnes Bara, Sarfaraz Hamid and Sandeep Saurav were choosen as vice president, joint secretary and general secretary respectively. These results weren’t at all unexpected, seeing from the support AISA gathered during rallies. In the Delhi University polls, the BJP-allied Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad was chosen for three major posts.

Beneficial Education News from Top Colleges in Delhi

There are a number of prestigious Universities and colleges in India, hot favorite amid the corporate sector. This sector is pretty choosy when it comes to hiring employees because their work involves skilled expertise. They choose colleges based on their merit, quality and reputation. That is the reason why students take enormous pressure to get into a highly meritorious one so that they can secure a good job later.

Education News from Top Colleges in Delhi can be found now on educational magazines and websites. For commerce students, Shri Ram College of Commerce is one of the top colleges in India. Here companies search for young graduates skilled in commerce, chartered accountancy, accounting, investment planning, financial planning, auditing as well as stock market analysis. Loyola College of Chennai is another prestigious college for commerce students.

St. Stephen’s College in Delhi ranks high among the top colleges for arts studies. Followed closely by Lady Shri Ram College and Miranda House, both in Delhi, they attract recruiters from different sectors. As far as the topic of engineering is concerned, you will witness a huge competition here in Indian colleges. There are a lot of them, both private and Government for all aspiring engineers. However, the leading colleges are definitely the IITs located in different parts of India. They are famed all across the globe for their meritorious and advanced syllabus, which is of rather equivalent status with other best engineering colleges of the world, including MIT, California Institute of Technology (CIT) and Stanford etc.

An Enriching List of Tourist Attractions in Delhi

A popular place since time immemorial, Delhi occupies an important rank among different tourist spots of the world. This city is an amazing blend of new and old; from the narrow lanes of Old Delhi to the magnificent malls of New Delhi, you will be astounded by the contrasts Delhi flaunts. It’s also the melting pot of various cultures, traditions, religions and ethnicities of India. So, if you want to experience its rich heritage, here is a List of tourist attractions in Delhi.

Red Fort

Built by Shah Jahan at the time when he relocated his capital city to Shahjahanabad, Red Fort represents the splendor of Mughals and displays their structure of governance. There are different halls meant for stately meetings with the public as well as the nobility, called as Diwan-e-Khas and Diwan-e-Aam. Rang Mahal is a popular attraction of this fort, known for its copious lotus-shaped fountains.

Humayun’s Tomb

This was built by the Mughal emperor Humayun during the rule of great King Akbar. It is supposedly the very first royal architectural structure of that epoch. Quite inimitable and majestic, this garden tomb was constructed on the banks of the river Yamuna, besides the shrine of Nizamuddin Auliya. Humayun’s Tomb displays Persian architecture and inspires the architectural manner of many buildings during the Mughal era.

Qutub Minar

It is one of the highest brick towers of the world and was built wholly out of red sandstone. Its construction was initiated by Qutub-ud-din Aibak but was finished by his heir Iltutmish. You can see several intricate carvings as well as Quranic verses in this minaret, adding more to its splendor.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid is the biggest mosque of India and was built during the rule of the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Being named after Jummah, the Friday prayer which is still done here, its patio can hold atleast 25000 people together at a time.

Lotus Temple

A Bahai’ place of worship, this temple was finished in the year of 1986. It is distinguished mostly for its attractive flower-like shape and is also registered as a UNESCO heritage site. This List of tourist attractions in Delhi will certainly give you an insight into its rich cultural heritage.