Many In IIT-Delhi Get Fat Offers From Abroad
- NEW DELHI: The first week of placements at IIT-Delhi saw a surge in international job offers with over 20 students bagging over $100,000 base pay offers, though some of the students preferred the domestic offers. In the first six days of placements, 70% of the students opted for core technical jobs. However, this year, the institution saw fewer start-ups registering for placements, even as its students received 500 job offers.
- IIT began its placement season in August and held pre-placement talks till November. It was followed by interviews, to be conducted in two phases - Phase I began on December 1 and will go on till December 20, while Phase II will commence in the first week of January and will go on till end of May.
Junior Hockey World Cup : India Blank Canada 4-0 In their Opening Match
- LUCKNOW: Rated as strong favourites for the title, hosts India started their campaign on a resounding note spanking Canada 4-0 in their opening Pool D match of the Junior Hockey World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium on Thursday. India were by far the better side on display and scored through Mandeep Singh (35th minute), Harmanpreet Singh (46th), Varun Kumar (60th) and Ajit Pandey (66th) to garner full three points from the encounter. There was always uncertainty about the conduct of the match late in the evening due to dense fog, which forced the International Hockey Federation to start the game 15 minutes early.
- Going by form and expectations, India were considered as overwhelming favourites against Canada and the hosts started on expected note even though they were little shaky and nervous to start with. But as time progressed, the Indian colts got their acts together and started attacking the Canadian defence relentlessly. Canada, who has 13 Indian origin players in its 18-member squad, on the other hand were pretty happy to sit back and defend and rely on counter attacks to surprise the Indians. The hosts had the first chance in the fourth minute but Armaan Qureshi reverse hit from close range struck the side netting.
- India earned two back-to-back penalty corners in the 12th minute but on both occasion Harmanpreet Singh's tries were saved by Canadian custodian Iqwinder Gill. Injury-return Mandeep Singh, who played for the senior side on many occasions in the past, then came close to giving India the lead but his reverse shot from a goal mouth melee was saved by Canadian goalkeeper Gill. It continued to be a story of missed chances for India, this time Parvinder Singh, who hit the left wood work from Sumit's pass from inside the circle. India finally tasted success in the final minute of the first half through Mandeep, who found himself in the right position at the right time to hand India the lead from a move that was initiated by Harmanpreet. India stepped up the pressure after the change of ends and missed a few chances in the initial periods of the second half. In the 44th minute skipper Harjeet Singh missed when he shot wide from inside the circle.
'No progress' As Kerry, Lavrov Meet On Syria : US
- HAMBURG : US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov failed to make progress on a Syria truce in talks in Germany early Thursday, an American official said. Kerry and Lavrov met twice Thursday on the margins of a foreign ministers' meeting of the 57-member Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said a US official. Their meetings lasted 10 minutes each and "no progress, no conclusion were reached on Aleppo", the devastated north Syrian city where Russia-backed regime troops are battling rebel forces, the official said. However, leaving the talks with Lavrov in the northern German city of Hamburg, Kerry told Russian journalists that he remained hopeful and would continue to work for a solution.
- Moscow launched an air war in support of Assad's forces last year, while Washington has supported rebel forces battling the regime. On Wednesday the United States, Britain and France led a joint call for an immediate ceasefire to allow aid to reach Aleppo, in an appeal backed by Canada, Germany and Italy. Kerry said at a meeting of Nato foreign ministers in Brussels on Tuesday that he would work for a relaunch of peace talks between the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition, with the help of Russia.
- "Russia says Assad is ready to come to the table ... and I am in favour of putting that to the test," Kerry said in Brussels. Lavrov said in Hamburg on Wednesday, before a meeting with Kerry, that Russia backed a US proposal made on December 2 involving a rebel withdrawal from eastern Aleppo, which Moscow has accused Washington of since backtracking on. Kerry has denied any change of plans and Washington itself has accused Moscow of stalling after Russia and China blocked a UN Security Council resolution on Monday calling for a seven-day ceasefire. Kerry will on Saturday take part in a Paris meeting on Syria organised by his French, German and Qatari counterparts, the State Department said.
Who Knew? How PM Modi Kept Note Ban A Closely Guarded Secret
- NEW DELHI : Prime Minister Narendra Modi handpicked a trusted bureaucrat, little known outside India's financial circles, to spearhead a radical move to abolish 86 per cent of the country's cash overnight and take aim at the huge shadow economy. Hasmukh Adhia, the bureaucrat, and five others privy to the plan were sworn to utmost secrecy, say sources with knowledge of the matter. They were supported by a young team of researchers working in two rooms at Modi's New Delhi residence, as he plotted his boldest reform since coming to power in 2014.
- When announced, the abolition of high-value banknotes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 rupees came as a bolt from the blue. The secrecy was aimed at outflanking those who might profit from prior knowledge, by pouring cash into gold, property and other assets and hide illicit wealth. Previously unreported details of Modi's handling of the so-called "demonetisation" open a window onto the hands-on role he played in implementing a key policy, and how he was willing to act quickly even when the risks were high. While some advocates say the scrapping of the banknotes will bring more money into the banking system and raise tax revenues, many Indians are furious at having to queue for hours outside banks to exchange or deposit their old money.
- Moreover, not enough replacement notes were printed in preparation for the upheaval, and it could take months for things to return to normal. With Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, holding an election in early 2017 that could decide Modi's chances of a second term in office, there is little time for the hoped-for benefits of his cash swap to outweigh short-term pain. Modi has staked his reputation and popularity on the move. "I have done all the research and, if it fails, then I am to blame," Modi told a cabinet meeting on November 8 shortly before the move was announced, according to three ministers who attended.
Narendra Modi Greets Sonia Gandhi On Her Birthday
- NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted Congress President Sonia Gandhi on her 70th birthday wishing her a long life filled with good health. "Birthday wishes to Smt Sonia Gandhi. May Almighty bless her with a long life filled with good health," Modi tweeted.
- The Prime Minister's birthday wishes to Gandhi came even as her party has mounted an intense attack on him over demonetisation. Gandhi's son and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has been leading the attack. On Thursday, while targeting Modi, Rahul described demonetisation as a "foolish decision".