IIMs To Get Full Autonomy, Will Award Degrees, Not Diplomas
- NEW DELHI : The Cabinet cleared on Tuesday a bill to grant the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) complete autonomy to run their affairs and award degrees to their graduates.Once the bill is passed by Parliament, IIMs will also be declared `institutions of national importance'. The Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017, does away with the government's role in running premier business schools. All powers will be vested in 15-member boards at every IIM. Also, the bill has no provision of reservation in faculty jobs except stating that the recruitment policy should be inclusive.However, reservation in admission for SCsSTsOBCs will be as per existing norms.
- The move comes after months of wrangling between the HRD ministry and the Prime Minister's Office on the bill's autonomy provisions. The Cabinet cleared the bill in the absence of HRD minister Prakash Javadekar. Sources close to him said Javadekar had a phone conversation with PM Narendra Modi and had taken leave of absence for his son's wedding in Pune. However, a former cabinet secretary said, "I have never seen the subject of a ministry being taken up in the absence of the minister. The entire Cabinet should be briefed." Shortly after the decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "The IIM Bill focuses on complete au tonomy , effective administration, more alumni participation and many other areas."
- Javadekar hailed the decision as a "historic one" which would give IIMs real autonomy and power to grant degrees. "We trust excellence and quality . This reflects vision of the Modi government for higher education," he tweeted. According to the bill, the responsibility of running each IIM will be vested in its board headed by a chairperson who will be an eminent person from the field of educationindustryscience or technology . Apart from the chairperson, each board will have a representative of the HRD ministry , one of the state government, four eminent persons, four alumni, one member of the IIM society, two faculty members and a director who will be ex-officio member. At least one member of the board should be either from the SCs or STs and three members should be women. The board will have the power to select the director.
Nikki Haley Confirmed As New US Envoy To UN
- WASHINGTON : The US Senate has confirmed Nikki Haley as the next Ambassador to the United Nations, making her the first Indian-American to serve on a Cabinet rank position in any presidential administration in the US. Senate Foreign Relations Committee had yesterday overwhelmingly approved the nomination of The South Carolina Governor as the next US Ambassador to the United Nations. With this, Haley, 45, becomes the first Indian-American to serve in a presidential administration at a Cabinet level position. Haley was approved by the Senate on a 96-4 vote.
- She is expected to be sworn in shortly. Haley, who will replace Samantha Power at the UN, has already created history by becoming the first women Indian-American Governor of a US State. After Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, she is only the second ever Indian-American to be elected as the Governor of a State. Haley would now be replaced by Lt Gov Henry McMaster as governor and will complete her term that ends in 2018. Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had said that Haley is a fierce advocate for American interests.
- "Governor Haley appears up to the task and seems to understand this as well," said Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as he voted to approve Haley's nomination as the next US Ambassador to the UN. "What Governor Haley lacks in foreign policy and international affairs experience, she makes up for in capability, intelligence, and a track record of building coalitions in South Carolina," Cardin said. Once a fierce critic of Trump, Haley in November was selected as the first woman and first minority to serve in the Trump Administration.
'Conversation With Donald Trump Was Warm, Invited Him To India,' PM Modi Says
- NEW DELHI : After US President Donald Trump told PM Narendra Modi India is "a true friend" and invited him to visit the US, Modi tweeted today to say their conversation was "warm" and that he also urged the US President to visit India. "Had a warm conversation with President Donald Trump late last evening. President Trump and I agreed to work closely in the coming days to further strengthen our bilateral ties. Have also invited President Trump to visit India," the PM tweeted this morning. Trump's call to Modi came four days after he was sworn in as the US's 45th President.
- It was also only his fifth call since then to a world leader - ahead of calls to Russia, China or Japan - underscoring the importance of India in US foreign policy. Late last night, the White House said the two leaders discussed several issues including trade, defence and terrorism. "They also discussed security in the region of South and Central Asia. President Trump and Prime Minister Modi resolved that the US and India stand shoulder to shoulder in the global fight against terrorism," the White House said in a readout of the call. Trump also emphasised that the US considers India "a true friend and partner in addressing challenges around the world," the White House readout added.
- During his gruelling election campaign, India is among the few countries - in addition to Israel - with whom Trump spoke of strengthening ties if elected to power. "Under a Trump Administration, we are going to become even better friends, in fact I would take the term better out and we would be best friends," Trump told a largely Hindu-American gathering in Edison, New Jersey, during a campaign speech last year. "We are going to have a phenomenal future together," he said, and also praised Modi as "a very energetic leader he looked forward to working with."
Dabang Mumbai Come From Behind To Defeat UP Wizards 4-3
- MUMBAI : Dabang Mumbai scored a stunning come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Uttar Pradesh Wizards to earn their first victory in two games in the Hockey India League, here on Tuesday. The match-winner for the home team, when they were down 2-3 with just over a minute of play left on the clock, was scored by Dutchman Robbert Kemperman through a deflection off a cross from right. Just a minute earlier, UP had taken the lead again through India international Ramandeep Singh that put them 3-2 in front before Kemperman spoiled their chances. It was the second time that Mumbai got a last-minute field goal, after the first one two days ago by Nikin Thimmiah which earned them a 3-3 draw against Ranchi. UP had gone 2-0 ahead early in the match in the first quarter through Augustin Mazzili's field strike before the hosts drew level through two penalty corner goals from their drag-flick expert Harmanpreet Singh, one each in the second and third quarter of the game, at the MHAL Stadium. The victory for Mumbai in their second match of the season and second one at home took their points tally to seven, three behind league leaders Kalinga Lancers.
- Mumbai will stay at home for the third match running and take on defending champions Punjab Warriors on January 27, and UP will clash with Kalinga Lancers at Bhubaneswar in their second match on January 29. Mumbai dominated for the first ten minutes without managing to score and then conceded a field goal that counts for two in the League in the 13th minute. Australia's Edward Ockenden found Argentina's Augustin Mazzili with a short diagonal pass to his right and the latter slipped the ball under custodian David Harte's outstretched leg into the goal even as Ockenden made a forward dive for a timely deflection. But by the time his stick connected the ball it had crossed the line and the goal was awarded to Mazzili.
- Down by two goals at the end of the first quarter, Mumbai continued to hold a slight edge in proceedings in the second quarter and were rewarded for their perseverance when they earned the first penalty corner of the game in the 24th minute Harmanpreet Singh's drag-flick beat UP and India custodian P R Sreejesh all ends up to his left. UP also earned a short corner but Argentina's Rio Olympics gold medal winner and top scorer Gonzalo Peillat could not score off it and at half time UP led Mumbai 2-1. Harmanpreet, who was a member of the Junior World Cup-winning Indian squad, got the equaliser one minute into the third quarter, in the 31st minute of the match, as his high drag-flick off the team's second penalty corner award found the roof of the net. Mumbai had the upper hand with repeated raids into the rival half for the remainder of the quarter but could not take the lead and the teams went into the fourth and final quarter with the score level at 2-2.
- UP showed urgency to take the lead again and attacked from both flanks without succeeding to score and it was Mumbai who earned their third penalty corner which was reviewed by the visitors before the decision stayed. However, this time Mumbai opted for a variation to get a field goal and the gamble failed. At the other end, Ockenden sent a lovely cross from the right and Ramandeep connected only to see Harte block the try. But with just over a minute left on the clock, UP forced their second penalty corner which was reviewed by the home team, only to see the decision of the on-field umpire being proved correct. Ramandeep made no mistake as he lay in wait near the left post to deflect in the drag-flick of Peillat that came to him via the stick of teammate Van Aubel Florent that put UP ahead 3-2. It looked curtains for Mumbai after this goal, but not to be cowed down they attacked immediately and got the match-winning field goal through Kemperman who dived to deflect in a cross from the right by Gurmail Singh into the crowded goal area.
Olympic Champion Braz Wary Of Entering Lavillenie's Den
- PARIS : Brazilian pole vault champion Thiago Braz makes his debut in France next week hoping that a vengeful local crowd don't mete out the same punishment Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie received in Rio. World record holder Lavillenie arrived at the 2016 Games last August as hot favourite to retain his London 2012 title. But the Frenchman was reduced to tears as the raucous, partisan crowd got behind local hero Braz and jeered the champion both during competition and when he collected his silver medal on the podium. "I hope I won't be booed in France," Braz told Saturday's L'Equipe "We don't have anything against each other, it's the opposite," insisted Braz, who will face Lavillenie again at an indoor meet at Rouen next Saturday. "I have great respect for Renaud. I've always wanted to be as good as him." The pair's duel, and the aftermath with Braz's broad beam on top of the podium contrasting with Lavillenie's dejected crumpled face, was one of the abiding images of Rio 2016.
- Lavillenie did not help his case by comparing the Rio jeers to the treatment received by Jesse Owens at Hitler's 1936 Olympics in Berlin "In 1936 the crowd was against Jesse Owens. We've not see this since. We have to deal with it," he said after the competition. The ill-judged comment stirred up partisan locals even further. He was roundly booed again during the medal ceremony the next night. After stepping down from the podium he was consoled, among others, by IOC president Thomas Bach and IAAF chief Sebastian Coe. Braz told L'Equipe: "After the Games, I appeared on television and said that he had to be respected, and that I held him in high regard. "People have asked me if I think I'll be jeered when I jump in France. I've no idea, but I hope I won't be booed." In a thrilling competition in which Lavillenie was booed every time he vaulted, Braz won gold with an Olympic record of 6.03 metres. Lavillenie pitched everything on a last-gasp vault at 6.08m, but failed and had to be content with silver with a best of 5.98m.
- Reflecting further on his life-changing night at the Olympic stadium -- Braz had not even managed to qualify for the final at the World Championships in Beijing last year - the Brazilian said: "At the start of the competition the fans were encouraging everyone. "When I heard supporters booing I felt bad for Renaud. He's a great champion, it can't have been easy for him." The 23-year-old added that he didn't agree with the Rio crowd's behaviour. "It's the style in Brazil, in football fans have this sort of rivalry, they boo their rivals. It shouldn't have been like that at the Games but they did it. "As far as I remember they didn't boo every jump Renaud took but at the end, when I overtook him, they went crazy, as if they wanted to push the Frenchman out." He said that there was no justifiable reason to behave in that manner "just over winning a medal".
- "It wasn't the way I wanted to win," he explained. Already upset by the jeering during the competition, he said he felt even worse when jeers rang out at the medal ceremony. "There, I was very uncomfortable, as if I was paraylsed. All I wanted to do was pick up my medal, and get out of there." The booing brought widespread condemnation of Brazilian fans, with Rio 2016 chief spokesman Mario Andrada revealing that organisers were using social media to try to sensitise fans more used to football rivalries than the Olympic spirit.