NITI Aayog launches ranking of ‘aspirational’ 101 districts in India

NITI Aayog has come up with a mechanism under which 101 most underdeveloped districts of the country termed as ‘aspirational’ would be competing with each other in terms of performance and they will be ranked on 49 indicators based on various data points.

The 49 indicators on 81 data points will cover five development areas of health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, financial inclusion and skill development and basic infrastructure.

 

From the beginning of next fiscal year from April 1, this real-time data collection and monitoring will be open for public viewing.

India cannot grow at a high rate on a long run until these districts catch up, whatever high are the GDP number, it has no meaning until the benefit of growth percolates down to very basic level, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said while announcing the launch of ranking for the “Aspirational Districts’.

The ranking of districts follows the launch of ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January with an aim to quickly and effectively transform some of the most underdeveloped districts in the country.

This will converge the central and state schemes, collaborate central, state and district collectors to strengthen these districts by identifying the low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement, measure progress and then rank the district by getting the data on a real-time basis.

All the states — except West Bengal and Kerala — are on board in this ranking initiative; however, these states are expected to join soon, Kant said.

As per the baseline ranking, Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh is ranked highest with score of 48.13 per cent while Mewat in Haryana tails at the end with 26.02 per cent.

Among others, Asifabad (Telengana), Singrauli (Madhya Pradesh), Kiphire (Nagaland), Shrawasti, Siddarthnagar and Balrampur (Uttar Pradesh), Namsai (Arunachal Pradesh), Sukma (Chattisgarh) are ranked at bottom of the list.

While on top of the list among others include Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh), Osmanabad (Maharashtra), Cuddapah (Andhra Pradesh), Ramanathapuram (Tamil Nadu), Udham Singh Nagar (Uttarakhand), Mahasamund (Chhattisgarh), Khammam (Telangana), Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh).

NITI Aayog and the Andhra Pradesh government have created a dashboard for monitoring the real-time progress of the districts.

From April 1, these 101 districts will start entering data and from May onwards, they will be ranked based on progress made (delta ranking) on a real-time basis.

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NITI Aayog launches ranking of ‘aspirational’ 101 districts in India

Smith ball-tampering scandal: Cricket Australia loses sponsor Magellan; updates

 

The ball-tampering scandal involving the then Australian cricket team captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft saw another revelation on Friday, with reports emerging that the foul play should have come as no surprise. According to an AFP report, a match referee had, way back in 2016, warned Smith and Warner of “being involved in a ball-tampering incident” in the domestic Sheffield Shield.

The report came after Smith and Warner were stripped of their captaincy and vice-captaincy of the Australian cricket team and banned for a year from the sport after being caught up in a plot to alter the condition of the ball on the third day of their team’s third test match against South Africa in Cape Town.

Daryl Harper said the pair were not engaging in fair play while representing New South Wales in a match against Victoria in November 2016, according to an email he sent to Cricket Australia’s match referee and umpire selection manager Simon Taufel, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

“When David Warner repeatedly bounced his returns in to (NSW wicket-keeper) Peter Nevill on the first day, the umpires appealed to Smith to support their calls for fair play,” the former Australian Test umpire reportedly wrote in the email, AFP reported.

 

On Thrsady, a tearful Darren Lehmann said he would quit as coach of the scandal-tainted Australia cricket team after the fourth and final test match of the ongoing series in South Africa.
Saying goodbye to players was the toughest thing he had ever done and he felt really bad for Smith, Lehmann said.

“I really felt for Steve and, as you see, I’m crying in front of the media. All the players are really hurting,” he said.
Earlier, Steve Smith on Thursday took full responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that left the reputation of the Australian team in tatters. The Australian captain could not control his emotions during the interview and said, “If any good is to come from this it can be a lesson for others and I hope I can be a force for change.”

Steve Smith, Ball tampering scandal, david warner Disgraced Australian Cricket Vice Captain David Warner, second right, arrives with his wife Candice, second left, and their children at Sydney Airport | Photo: AP/PTI His teammate Cameron Bancroft also apologised for his role in the scandal. “I want to say that I’m very sorry … I’m very disappointed and I regret my actions … It is something I will regret for the rest of my life,” the opener stated.
Australian batsman David Warner also apologised for his role in the ball-tampering scandal.

Warner took to Twitter to apologise to his fans, saying he understood the distress that was caused due to the scandal. Apart from that, questions about Cricket Australia’s chief James Sutherland resigning from his post was scrapped off by the chief himself. James Sutherland, during a press conference, pressed on the fact that he was not resigning from his post.

“I’m not resigning. What has happened the last few days have only strengthened my resolve to ensure that the Australian cricket and the Australian cricket team get back on track and back in a place where it has not only the full respect but the pride of the Australian community,” Sutherland said in a press conference.

ALSO READ: Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland not resigning
Moreover, when asked about the probable suspicion that might have occurred during the game, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said he did suspect that Australians may have been engaging in ball-tampering plans before the third Test in Cape Town, reported cricket.com.au

According to the news website, Plessis said, “I thought so, yes. The series the ball has been reversing quite a bit. I joked about it this last Test match, (saying) I’ve never seen so many guys put up their hand to open the batting.”

Multiple players from the cricket fraternity had mixed reactions to the measures taken against the disgraced trio. Indian players like Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar came in support of Smith saying that measures taken by the Cricket Australia against the trio were ‘harsh’ and raised questions whether the imposed sanctions on Smith and Warner paid the price for revolting against Cricket Australia on pay hike issue.

ALSO READ: Ball tampering row: Steve Smith & company deserve punishment, not vengeance

Former Indian player, Sachin Tendulkar also urged the media to ‘step back and give them space’ as they suffered from the ongoing scandal. He tweeted saying: They are regretting and hurting and will have to live with the consequences of their act. Spare a thought for their families as they have much to endure along with the players. Time for all of us to take a step back and give them some space.
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Here are the top developments related to the ball-tampering scandal involving Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft:

1.Referee warned about Smith, Warner in 2016:

Referee Daryl Harper said, “When David Warner repeatedly bounced his returns in to (NSW wicket-keeper) Peter Nevill on the first day, the umpires appealed to Smith to support their calls for fair play,” the former Australian Test umpire reportedly wrote in the email, revealed AFP.

“They weren’t encouraged by his response. I assisted the umpires on the second morning by suggesting to (NSW coach) Trent Johnston that CA didn’t need an issue with the national captain being involved in a ball-tampering incident.” Harper also added that Smith “gave the impression that he wasn’t happy to be playing the Sheffield Shield match”.

“This was at the same time that the South African captain (Faf du Plessis) was under scrutiny (for ball tampering) and before he had been charged,” said Harper, as reported by AFP.

“As it transpired, there were no further errant throws for the final three days of the game from either team. Steve’s participation in the post-match meeting was quite limp, and not as I would expect from our national captain.” Cricket Australia has announced a review into team culture in the wake of the South Africa ball-tampering scandal.

2. Proteas captain suspected the engagement of Australian team in ball-tampering during the Third Test match:

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said that he suspected the Australians may have been engaging in ball-tampering practices prior to the third Test in Cape Town.

According to cricket.com.au, on being questioned on whether he suspected the Australians of any tampering plans, he said, “I thought so, yes”.

ALSO READ: ‘Smith’s Shame’: Australian media slams cricket team over ball tampering

“The series the ball has been reversing quite a bit. I joked about it this last Test match, (saying) I’ve never seen so many guys put up their hand to open the batting,” he added.

However, after Cricket Australia slapped charges of ball-tampering on the disgraced trio, du Plessis came out in support of Smith and Warner. Addressing a media conference ahead of the fourth Test in Johannesburg, du Plessis acknowledged that he had texted Smith a message of support, according to ANI.

“I did send him a text,” du Plessis said in the press conference. “I just sent him a message of support saying that he’ll get through this, he must just be strong. He appreciated the message. There is a lot of respect between the two of us. He’s a good leader for Australia,” he added.

3. James Sutherland denies news of resigning as chief of Cricket Australia:

Questions about Cricket Australia’s chief James Sutherland resigning from his post was scrapped off by the chief himself. James Sutherland, during a press conference, pressed on the fact that he was not resigning from his post.

“I’m not resigning. What has happened the last few days have only strengthened my resolve to ensure that the Australian cricket and the Australian cricket team get back on track and back in a place where it has not only the full respect but the pride of the Australian community,” Sutherland said in a press conference.

Sutherland also expressed his feelings for Smith Warner and Bancroft who are right now going through harsh times.

Speaking at the press conference, he said, “I haven’t seen Steve Smith’s press conference but I have had a lot of messages and will watch it,” he said. “I know how sad and remorseful he is. Our hearts go out to the three suspended players right now,” he said.

4. Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar come out in support:

Several Indian players from the Indian cricket team came out in support of the disgraced trio. Former India opener Gautam Gambhir came in support of Smith saying that measures taken by the Cricket Australia against the trio were ‘harsh’ and raised questions whether the imposed sanctions on Smith and Warner paid the price for revolting against Cricket Australia on pay hike issue.

He went on Twitter to express his feelings about the Smith and Warner:

 

Gautam Gambhir

@GautamGambhir
While cricket needs to be corruption-free but feel sanctions on Aussies bit harsh. Are @stevesmith49 & @davidwarner31 paying for revolt for pay hike? History has it administrators deride those who standup for players’ cause. Classic case: Ian Chappell #BallTampering #StevenSmith

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Feel sorry for @stevesmith49 dad (in pic) other family members. Hope media n Aussie public go easy on them as families can be soft targets. More than d ban living wid this feeling of being called a cheat is a bigger punishment. #BallTamperingRow

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Moreover, former Indian player, Sachin Tendulkar also urged the media to ‘step back and give them space’ as they suffered from the ongoing scandal. He also tweeted in support of the Australian players saying:

Sachin Tendulkar

@sachin_rt
They are regretting and hurting and will have to live with the consequences of their act. Spare a thought for their families as they have much to endure along with the players. Time for all of us to take a step back and give them some space.

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5. Darren Lehmann to quit as Australia coach: Darren Lehmann on Thursday said he would quit as coach of the scandal-tainted Australia cricket team after the fourth and final Test of a series in South Africa.
“This will be my last Test as head coach of the Australian cricket team,” Lehmann told a press conference on the eve of the match.

“Saying goodbye to the players was the toughest thing I have ever had to do.

“After seeing events in the media today with Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, the feeling is that Australian cricket needs to move forward and this is the right thing to do.

“I really felt for Steve and as you see I’m crying in front of the media. All the players are really hurting.”

Lehmann, who was due to leave the job after the 2019 Ashes series in England.

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6. Smith, Bancroft seek forgiveness: Banned Australian players Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, on Thursday, pleaded forgiveness for their role in the ball tampering scandal.

“I am sorry. I want to make it clear that as captain of the Australia Cricket team I take full responsibility. I made a serious error of judgment and I now understand the consequences,” an emotional Smith told reporters in Sydney.

“I want to say that I’m very sorry … I’m very disappointed and I regret my actions … It is something I will regret for the rest of my life,” Bancroft said.

7. David Warner apologises on Twitter:

David Warner apologised for his role in the ball-tampering scandal on Thursday. The left-handed batsman has recently been banned for a year by Cricket Australia (CA) after his ball-tampering plans came into limelight during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

He tweeted:

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8. Cricket Australia loses major sponsor Magellan: Magellan terminated its contract with the governing body over the ball-tampering scandal. The major sponsor had inked a three-year partnership in August 2017 for Australia’s domestic Tests in a deal estimated at the time to be worth Australian dollar 20 million. It began with the recent Ashes series against England. 9. Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland defends team coach Lehmann: James Sutherland came in defence of team’s coach Darren Lehmann. According to Reuters, Sutherland said that Lehmann was as surprised as spectators watched images on big screens showing Bancroft shamelessly cheating.

“In Darren’s defence, I do want to clarify that matter,” Sutherland told reporters in response to a question about what Lehmann told 12th man Peter Handscomb via walky-talky before he ran on the field to pass the coach’s message onto Bancroft.”

Reuters reported that Lehmann had sent a message to say: ‘What the hell is going on?’ He didn’t use ‘hell’, he used another word. Darren wasn’t involved and didn’t know of the plan.” had no knowledge of a ball-tampering plot by his two most senior players and allegations that he then led a cover-up are false, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday.

10. IPL 2018 ban for Smith, Warner: Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner have been banned from the upcoming edition of IPL starting from April 7 due to their involvement in the ball-tampering case with their national team.

“The CoA, in consultation with BCCI Acting President C K Khanna, IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and BCCI Acting Hon. Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, has decided to ban Smith and Warner with immediate effect from participation in IPL 2018,” BCCI said in a statement on Wednesday.

ALSO READ: Ball tampering row: BCCI bars Steve Smith, David Warner out of IPL 2018

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hopes that the cricketers participating in the IPL hold the highest regard for the Spirit of Cricket and Code of Conduct for Players and match officials,” it added.

The statement also clarified that the concerned IPL teams will be allowed replacement players.

Shukla told reporters that they were waiting for action by the ICC and the CA against these players before the BCCI decided on them.

 

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Smith ball-tampering scandal: Cricket Australia loses sponsor Magellan; updates

Data scandal hots up: Congress ‘hand’ emerges in Cambridge Analytica office

After Chris Wylie, the whistleblower in the Cambridge Analytica (CA) data-breach scandal, said that Congress had hired the company, the party refuted the claims. However, a video screen grab of Cambridge Analytica’s suspended Chief Executive Officer Alexander Nix’s London office shows a poster with Congress’ hand symbol.
The image, which surfaced on social media on Wednesday, clearly shows Congress’ hand symbol with the party slogan — ‘Development for all’.
Christopher Wylie, a former employee of CA, had told MPs during his evidence before the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee yesterday that the company had worked “extensively” in India and that he believes Congress was one of its clients.
In a post on Twitter today, the 28-year-old also named the Janata Dal (United) as a client during the 2010 Bihar elections and brought up some caste surveys carried out in Uttar Pradesh by SCL India the parent company of CA.
“I’ve been getting a lot of requests from Indian journalists, so here are some of SCL’s past projects in India. To the most frequently asked question yes SCL/CA works in India and has offices there. This is what modern colonialism looks like,” Wylie tweeted.
His message includes documents which indicate that SCL India boasted a database of “over 600 districts and 7 lakh villages, which is constantly being updated”.
Its reach in India is said to include a head office in Ghaziabad, with nine regional offices in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Cuttack, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Patna and Pune.
Here are the top developments in the Cambridge Analytica and Indian elections row:
1. Congress ‘hand’ symbol in Cambridge Analytica’s office: The Persuasion Machine, the last of the two-part documentary series ‘Secrets of the Silicon Valley’, which was released last year shows journalist and technology blogger Jamie Barlett meeting Cambridge Analytica’s now-suspended CEO Alexander Nix in his London office. The background of the office shows the ‘hand’ symbol of the Congress along with the party slogan ‘Development for all’, according to Economic Times.
The documentary had investigated the role of technology in the election campaign of the United States President Donald Trump. Barlett had met Nix to talk about Trump’s election campaign.
Cambridge Analytica, Congress Congress hand symbol can be seen in Cambridge Analytica’s London office
2. Cambridge Analytica employee on India project may have been poisoned
A Romanian employee of Cambridge Analytica (CA), who worked on its project in India, may have been “poisoned” in Kenya, an ex-employee has told a British parliamentary select committee.
Christopher Wylie told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on Tuesday that Dan Muresan, who had worked on the Indian project, was suspected to have been poisoned in his Kenyan hotel room in 2012 after a deal went sour.
Wylie said that CA worked “effectively” in India with an office and staff there and “I believe their (CA’s) client was Congress”.
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3. Cambridge Analytica-JD(U) link: Christopher Wylie on Wednesday said his former employer Cambridge Analytica had an Indian arm and conducted election research on behalf of some parties including the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), now a BJP ally, for “desired outcome”.
Wylie said SCL Group, the parent organisation of Cambridge Analytica, has its office headquartered in Indirapuram in Ghaziabad and its regional offices in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cuttack, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Patna and Pune.
This is what he tweeted:
I’ve been getting a lot of requests from Indian journalists, so here are some of SCL’s past projects in India. To the most frequently asked question – yes SCL/CA works in India and has offices there. This is what modern colonialism looks like. pic.twitter.com/v8tOmcmy3z
— Christopher Wylie (@chrisinsilico) March 28, 2018
He posted two pictures of what looks like slides of a pitch presentation of SCL India explaining its national experience in the country.
It said the company has a database of over 600 districts and seven lakh villages. But it didn’t identify the source of the database or whether it was collected from any social media sites.
In the 2010 Bihar elections, SCL India was asked to provide electoral research and strategy for the JD-U of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
The whistleblower while testifying before the UK Parliament on Tuesday said Congress was a client of the firm and that SCL/CA works in India and has offices there. “This is what modern colonialism looks like.”
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In 2009 general elections, SCL India managed the campaigns of a number of Lok Sabha candidates, and its research and campaign data collection methodologies formed strategies to give the clients successful campaigns.
It mentioned the CA also undertook various other projects including Psephological studies and behavioural poling in Delhi and Chhattisgarh; electoral research and strategy for Janata Dal (United) in the 2010 state elections; research-based campaigns to support a trans-national programme for countering the Non-Desired Behaviour (NDB) of recruitment into, and support of, violent Jihadism in Kerala, West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh in 2007.
He revealed the firm also worked on psephological studies and opinion pollings for a national party in 2003 Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan elections.
4. JD(U) refutes allegations: The Janata Dal (United) on Wednesday rejected allegations that it had used caste analysis provided by Cambridge Analytica, accused of data breach, saying the party does not believe in using such means for electoral politics.
The party’s reaction came after Christopher Wylie, who blew the lid off the alleged scam involving mining of Facebook user data to manipulate elections, tweeted details that claim to expose the British consultancy’s work in India dating back to 2003.
Wylie, 28, has claimed that SCL India was asked to provide electoral research and strategy for the 2010 Bihar elections for the JD (U).
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But JD (U) leader K C Tyagi rejected the allegation, saying his party does not believe in using data for electoral politics.
“I have said this in the past. I repeat again that the JD (U) does not believe in such means. We fight elections the way it should be contested,” he said.
5. Congress shows BJP- Cambridge Analytica links: Tuesday’s revelations have already initiated a blame game between the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party, with the BJP demanding an apology from the grand old party and the Congress hit back by denying the allegations and asking Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to initiate a probe into the matter as it would only expose the ruling party.
At a press conference, the Congress alleged links between the BJP and Cambridge Analytica. As an evidence, it shared that the former BJP IT data head and current head of MyGov website Arvind Gupta tweet praising Cambridge Analytica in 2017. It also claimed that Union minister Smriti Irani follows Cambridge Analytica on Twitter.
6. Ex-Cambridge Analytica employee names Congress as a client: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie on Tuesday told British Parliament that his company worked in India and that he “believes” Congress was a client.
“I believe their (Cambridge Analytica) client was Congress but I know that they have done all kinds of projects. I don’t remember a national project but I know regionally. India’s so big that one state can be as big as Britain,” he said as part of his deposition.
Wylie also told the lawmakers that Cambridge Analytica has offices in India and employed staff. “I believe I have some documentation on India which I can also provide to the committee if that’s something of interest.”
In a disposition to UK House of Commons, Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower in Cambridge Analytica case, names Rahul Gandhi’s Congress as one of Analytica’s clients in India. Will Rahul answer what was discussed with Alexander Nix and how much data of Indians has been stolen? pic.twitter.com/s3V81GO5zd
— Amit Malviya (@malviyamit) March 27, 2018
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Data analytics expert and formerly an employee at Cambridge Analytica, Wylie, alleged that the political consultancy firm used personal information harvested from more than 50 million Facebook users to influence elections.
7. BJP seeks apology from Rahul Gandhi: The BJP on Tuesday attacked the Congress over Chris Wylie’s deposition naming the Opposition party. The BJP demanded an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi. “Rahul Gandhi has been trying to divert attention.
Today, he stands exposed. The Congress and he must apologise to the nation,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, adding the Congress’ allegations against the BJP were full of lies.
8. Congress dubs links with Cambridge Analytica ‘ all false’: The Congress did not shy away from responding to the allegations against it. Its spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala, pointed to the disclosure that a non-resident Indian billionaire from Gujarat was funding campaigns so that the Congress could be defeated in the elections. “It is all false. Why is India’s perpetually lying Law Minister (Ravi Shankar Prasad) throwing allegations in the media. He is in power. Why doesn’t he show all proof and then register an FIR? We challenge you (Bharatiya Janata Party). They fear they will be exposed if they probe,” said party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.
दो दिन पहले ही Cambridge Analytica के पार्टनर श्री अवनीश राय जी द्वारा माना गया कि CA को कांग्रेस के ख़िलाफ़ 2014 के चुनाव में इस्तेमाल किया गया,किसके द्वारा किया गया? 2/https://t.co/cX6EUzu0SK
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) March 27, 2018
विदेश से आये एक NRI गुजराती व्यापारी के द्वारा जो इस बात के लिए करोड़ों रुपये CA को दे रहे थे कि किस प्रकार से कांग्रेस के खिलाफ षड्यंत्र किया जाये!
उसके बाद भाजपा की कलई खुल गयी!
कांग्रेस के खिलाफ षड्यंत्र कौन करवा रहा था?
स्वाभाविक तौर से भारतीय जनता पार्टी ! 3/
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) March 27, 2018
रवि शंकर प्रसाद जी यह भूल गए कि House of Commons में एक सांसद ने उसी व्यक्ति से खड़े होकर यह पुछा कि Cambridge Analytica किस प्रकार से कांग्रेस के खिलाफ एक षड्यंत्र कर रही थी और एक NRI उसको पैसे दे रहा था।
इसके बारे में भी कानून मंत्री अब सफाई देने से पूरी तरह से बच गए। 4/
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) March 27, 2018
देश के सामने गंभीर समस्याएं है, समेत Date और Data चोरी की,भाजपा ने तो चुनाव आयोग की Date भी चोरी कर ली और Data तो इस देश का हर रोज़ चोरी हो रहा है वह “AADHAAR” हो या NaMo App हो!
तो इसलिए ध्यान मत भटकाइये,जवाब दीजिये,क्या आपको इस देश के खुद के नागरिक अवनीश राय पर विश्वास नहीं?5/
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) March 27, 2018
रवि शंकर प्रसाद जी,आप कानून मंत्री है, आपकी पार्टी के प्रधानमंत्री है,आप क्यूँ सारे सबूत, क्यूँ सारे साक्ष्य,क्यूँ सारे तथ्य सार्वजनिक पटल पर नहीं रख देते?
किसने किसको engage किया,कौन कहाँ से कितना पैसा लाया-इस सारे घालमेल का सच देश के सामने आ जायेगा। 6/https://t.co/cX6EUzu0SK
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) March 27, 2018
9. Chris Wylie had no direct knowledge of company’s work since 2014: Cambridge Analytica
Cambridge Analytica (CA), which is in the midst of the Facebook data privacy storm, has come to the fore and responded to the hearing of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, saying that whistleblower Chris Wylie had “no direct knowledge of the company’s work or practices since 2014.”
“Chris Wylie was a part-time contractor who left Cambridge Analytica in July 2014 and has no direct knowledge of the company’s work or practices since that date. He was at the company for less than a year, after which he was made the subject of restraining undertakings to prevent his misuse of the company’s intellectual property while attempting to set up his own rival firm. He was not, as he claims, a founder of Cambridge Analytica,” the firm, said in a statement.
ALSO READ: Cambridge Analytica has office, staff in India: Whistleblower to UK panel
“Wylie has misrepresented himself and the company to the committee, and previously to the news media. He admits himself that what he says is speculation,” the statement added.
10. Indian billionaire paid Dan Muresan to make Congress lose elections: Wylie said that his predecessor, Dan Muresan, Head of Elections at SCL Group, had also been working in India before he died in Kenya under mysterious circumstances. Paul-Olivier Dehaye, co-founder of PersonalData. IO, a service that helps individuals regain control over their personal data, also giving evidence to the committee, added that he had heard reports that Muresan was being paid by an Indian billionaire who wanted Congress to lose elections.
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“So he was pretending to work for one party but actually paid underhand by someone else,” said Dehaye. He added that it would be for Indian and Kenyan journalists to get together to investigate the matter further.
11. Cambridge Analytica has details of 50 million Facebook users: Wylie has accused his former employer, Cambridge Analytica, of gathering the details of 50 million users on Facebook through a personality quiz in 2014. He alleges that because 270,000 people took the quiz, the data of some 50 million users, mainly in the US, was harvested without their explicit consent via their friend networks.
Wylie claims the data was sold to Cambridge Analytica, which then used it to psychologically profile people and deliver material in favour of Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential elections. He also criticised Cambridge Analytica for running campaigns in “struggling democracies”, which he called “an example of what modern-day colonialism looks like”.
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“You have a wealthy company from a developed nation going into an economy or democracy that’s still struggling to get its feet on the ground and taking advantage of that to profit from that,” he told MPs.
Cambridge Analytica denies any of the data acquired was used as part of the services it provided to the Trump campaign.
12. French vigilante says NaMo app shares its data with third-party illegally: Meanwhile, the Narendra Modi government is now facing the ire of privacy vigilantes for illegally sharing data from the “official app of the Prime Minister of India” with a third party company in the US. A French vigilante hacker in a series of tweets alleged that the personal data including email IDs, photos, gender and names of the users of Modi’s mobile app were being sent to a third party domain without their consent.
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“When you create a profile in the official @narendramodi #Android app, all your device info (OS, network type, Carrier …) and personal data (email, photo, gender, name, …) are sent without your consent to a third-party domain called http://in.wzrkt.com,” the privacy vigilante who goes by the name Elliot Alderson tweeted on March 23. Alderson claimed that this domain belongs to a US-based company called CleverTap, a mobile marketing solution provider with offices in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
In an undercover report last week, Cambridge Analytica executives had been caught boasting that they, along with parent company Strategic Communications Laboratories, had worked in more than 200 elections around the world, including India, Nigeria, Kenya, the Czech Republic and Argentina.
Data scandal hots up: Congress ‘hand’ emerges in Cambridge Analytica office

Amid Videocon loan rumours, ICICI Bank says it has full faith in Kochhar

India’s ICICI Bank moved to put to rest rumours that its Chief Executive Chanda Kochhar allegedly favoured Videocon Group in its lending practices, calling the rumours “malicious and unfounded”.

The bank’s board “has come to the conclusion that there is no question of any quid pro quo/nepotism/conflict of interest as is being alleged in various rumours,” the third-biggest Indian lender by assets said in a stock exchange filing on Wednesday.

 

The board has “full confidence and reposes full faith” in Kochhar, the statement said.

ICICI Bank has lent to Videocon, a consumer electronics and oil and gas exploration company, as part of a group of lenders and is not the leader of the group, the bank said.

Multiple reports circulated in online blogs and social media in India last week, alluding to an alleged conflict of interest in ICICI’s lending to Videocon, alleging that the conglomerate was favoured by the bank’s CEO.

The rumours emerged at a time when the Indian banking sector is on edge, after state-run Punjab National Bank said last month that it had unearthed a roughly $2 billion fraud. The case has stunned financial markets and led to heightened levels of investor concern around any wrongdoing at Indian banks. It also comes at a time when Indian banks are struggling to tackle problems of record levels of bad loans on their books.

Amid Videocon loan rumours, ICICI Bank says it has full faith in Kochhar

Mamata Banerjee’s anti-BJP front with Cong takes shape: Top 10 developments

West Bengal Chief Minister and All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and made it clear that the Congress was a must for any one-on-one fight with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and that the Opposition party could not be excluded from any anti-BJP alliance in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. The view is that parties dominant in a state will take the lead in putting up a one-to-one fight against the ruling alliance in the general elections 2019. Banerjee also met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and received the backing of BJP rebels Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie, and Shatrughan Sinha. Meanwhile, the BJP hit out at the TMC supremo over incidents of violence during the Ram Navami processions in West Bengal. Amid all this, Banerjee’s proposed federal front seems to be taking shape.

Banerjee had been camping in New Delhi for two days as she made efforts to forge a broad coalition of political forces for a one-on-one fight with the BJP. The TMC chief drove to the 10 Janpath residence of Sonia Gandhi and inquired about her health and discussed the political situation. The West Bengal Chief Minister reiterated the need to have “one-on-one” fights to defeat the BJP in the general elections 2019.

Meanwhile, hitting back at the TMC supremo over incidents of violence during the Ram Navami processions in West Bengal, the BJP said that while the West Bengal Chief Minister’s state was “burning”, she was “doing politics” in the national capital. Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar blamed the TMC for the ruckus created in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas that claimed one life and injured a police officer.
Not limiting her opposition to the Narendra Modi government to politics, Mamata Banerjee also strongly opposed the Centre’s move to disinvest its stake in Air India, and TMC leader Derek O’Brien questioned the decision.

On the political front, while Kejriwal, who met the TNC supremo for about half an hour, did not reveal the details of the meeting to the media, the BJP rebels expressed their support to Banerjee’s endeavours.

Here are the top 10 developments around Mamata Banerjee’s efforts to forge a political alliance including the Congress and AAP against the BJP for the Lok Sabha elections 2019:

1) Mamata Banerjee hopes for a Congress victory in Karnataka election 2018: Having met Sonia Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee said that she hoped for the Congress to win in the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018. “We want a strong political party in any region to take on the BJP one-on-one, so that it is ousted,” she said.

2) Mamata Banerjee says Congress needed for a one-on-one fight with BJP: Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday made it clear that the Congress cannot be left out from an anti-BJP alliance in the Lok Sabha polls 2019 in which parties that are dominant in a state will take the lead in putting up a one-on-one fight against the BJP. Banerjee, who had been camping in the national capital for the past two days, drove to the 10 Janpath residence of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and inquired about her health. The two leaders discussed the political situation in the country.

3) Mamata Banerjee says she’s always had a ‘good relationship’ with Sonia: Praising Sonia Gandhi, Banerjee said that the UPA Chairperson is a senior leader of the country and that she continues to play a role in its politics. “There has always been a good relationship. Whenever I come to Delhi, I always meet her. I came to see her. She is fine now,” said Banerjee.

“I told her that in 2019 elections there should be one-to-one (contest) from everywhere. In all states those parties which have stronghold in their own area they should fight from there,” said the TMC supremo, adding, “We want Congress to be with us. Congress should also help in this one-to-one fight. We have spoken to other parties. All states regional parties, in a kind of conclave, should work together.”

 

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4) Mamata pitches for Lalu and Congress in Bihar, Akhilesh and Mayawati in UP: Mamata Banerjee has envisioned a federal front against the BJP across the nation. The TMC supremo said: “…In Bihar, (RJD chief) Laluji (Prasad) and Congress will fight together. In Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh and Mayawatiji should do it.”

Banerjee said that the BJP should be voted out of power in the country and that it would be defeated if Opposition parties come together. “BJP will be removed only if there is one-to-one (contest). I am 100 per cent sure. We want that whichever party is stong in a state, they should fight one-is-to-one to defeat the BJP,” added the TMC chief.

ALSO READ: Mamata meets Sonia, asks Cong to be part of united oppn front

5) Mamata Banerjee meets Arvind Kejriwal: In her efforts to forge a broad coalition of political forces for a one-to-one fight with the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls 2019, Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal, who met Banerjee for about half-an-hour, did not speak to the media about the meeting.

6) Shatrughan Sinha and Yashwant Sinha say they met Banerjee ‘to save the country’: Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday got the backing of BJP rebels Shatrughan Sinha, Yashwant Sinha, and Arun Shourie for her efforts to forge a broad coalition of forces against the BJP. The BJP rebels expressed their support for her endeavours.

Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha met Banerjee along with BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha. They said that they came to meet the TMC supremo because there was a need to save the country. “We worked together for a long time in the (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee government and you are all familiar with her personality,” he said. “The role she has played in this direction is admirable. We came to thank her and she should continue discharging the role strongly in the future. She has our full support and cooperation,” Yashwant Sinha said.

Shatrughan Sinha, for his part, said that Banerjee was a mass leader who was connected to the grassroots. “We are with her in her struggle for the country. Nation is bigger than the party. All this work is not anti-party but pro-nation. We have come to give her support for the sake of the country,” he said.

ALSO READ: Mamata Banerjee meets senior BJP leaders in Delhi

7) Shourie hails Mamata, says Modi is ‘very tired’: Shourie hailed Banerjee’s push for a one-on-one contest against the BJP across states in the 2019 elections. “If this one-to-one formula is adopted, the Opposition parties start with 69 per cent of the votes. Because even at the height of his popularity, Modi got only 31 per cent of the votes,” he said.

Supporting the TMC supremo, Shourie said that coordination in each state should be left to the dominant leader’s wisdom. “He should distribute tickets in such a way that everybody can come together in that particular region,” Shourie said.

He also hoped that the principal Opposition party, the Congress, “will see the good sense for everybody to be together”.

“Because if this momentum (of BJP’s victories) is not broken, there will be no Congress and nobody even among them personally in the second round,” Shourie said.

Targeting the NDA government, Shourie said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had become “very tired now” and had lost his grip on the government. “It seems he is strong, but actually he is busy only with ceremonial stuff. And the government is paralysed,” said Shourie, adding, “He is, as Mr Advani said, a very good event manager but he, it is turning out, is only an event manager. He is announcing schemes but not seeing what is happening to schemes. And the people are now seeing that his pronouncements and the results are very different.”

ALSO READ: Bengal burning, Mamata doing politics in Delhi: BJP

8) Mamata opposes Modi government’s Air India stake sale: Mamata Banerjee also opposed Modi government’s move to disinvest its stake in Air India. Further, TMC leader Derek O’Brien questioned the decision, saying that a parliamentary panel was still examining the issue.

Hours after the government released the preliminary information memorandum on the strategic disinvestment of the national carrier, Banerjee took to Twitter to express her objections. “I’m sorry to read in the media about the government inviting expression of interest for selling Air India, the jewel of our nation. We strongly oppose this and want this order to be withdrawn immediately,” said the TMC chief. “This government must not be allowed to sell our country,” she added.

 

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I am sorry to read in the media about the Govt inviting expression of interest for selling Air India, the jewel of our nation. We strongly oppose this and want this order to be withdrawn immediately. This Govt must not be allowed to sell our country

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O’Brien also slammed the Centre’s move. “The proposed disinvestment of Air India is being examined by the panel. Stakeholders are being called. Views heard. Report still some time away. How come these moves from government?,” he tweeted.

 

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The proposed disinvestment of Air India is still being examined by the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Transport Tourism & Culture. Stakeholders are being called. Views heard. Report still some time away. How come these moves from Govt? https://twitter.com/mamataofficial/status/978966367062786048

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9) BJP says Mamata Banerjee akin to Nero: The BJP hasn’t remained silent through all of this, with the ruling party hitting out at the TMC supremo over incidents of violence during Ram Navami processions in West Bengal. The BJP said that while Banerjee’s state was “burning”, she was “doing politics” in the national capital.

BJP leader Prakash Javadekar told reporters that Ram Navami processions were attacked by TMC “thugs” in the state. “Bengal is burning and Mamata is doing politics in Delhi. It is like Nero fiddled while Rome was burning,” he said, while displaying pictures of the alleged violence that took place during the processions.

Javadekar alleged that people associated with the TMC were not only targeting innocent devotees of Ram, but that they also attacked police personnel.

The government also took potshots at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, saying that Parliament proceedings had slowed down since he became the chief of the Opposition party.

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10) Mamata Banerjee meets NCP, Shiv Sena, DMK and TRS leaders: Arriving in Delhi on Monday, Banerjee had met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and MPs of BJP’s ally Shiv Sena on Tuesday. She had also met Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K Kavitha and Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti besides MPs from Biju Janata Dal, Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).

 

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Seema Nazareth Award: Media should self-regulate, says Delhi LG Anil Baijal

The media fulfils several basic roles in the society, be it entertainment or providing information and education, which makes it difficult to separate entertainment and news, said Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal.

As former CEO of Prasar Bharti, Baijal spoke at length about the evolving definition of media and the various platforms that have made it all-pervasive. He was speaking at a function organised to confer the Business Standard-Seema Nazareth Award for Excellence in Print Journalism 2017.

 

Baijal emphasised the importance of social media and its power to be interactive. “Today newspapers, news-oriented television and radio programmes make available stories from across the globe, allowing readers and viewers from anywhere to access voices from any part of the world,” he said. While the print media adapted well to the challenge posed by electronic media, the newer challenge comes from social media. He cited the instance of US President Donald Trump tweeting about the nuclear “button”, which became a part of the news media sphere. “Social media is a unique space where an individual is both the provider and the distributor of content,” he said. Within this ecosystem, Baijal said it was then important for self-regulation on the part of the media rather than instituting a watchdog authority. “We need to follow a liberal code of ethics,” he said.

Earlier in the evening, Baijal presented the Business Standard-Seema Nazareth Award to Senior Feature Writer Dhruv Munjal who joined Business Standard in July 2014.

The award, given every year to a journalist under 30 years, carries a prize of Rs 50,000, a silver pen and a citation. Munjal, who is based in New Delhi, is the 19th recipient of the award, instituted by Business Standard and the Nazareth family in memory of Seema Nazareth, a young Business Standard journalist who died in March 1999.

This year, a Special Mention award was conferred to Staff Reporter Sree Veena Mani who is also based in New Delhi and joined Business Standard in 2016. The award carries a citation and a prize of Rs 10,000.

Delivering the vote of thanks, Nazareth’s sister, Premila Satyanand, read out passages from her late sister’s diary, several of which captured the exuberance of being a young journalist in an exciting newsroom.

Satyanand concluded her vote of thanks by thanking Business Standard for offering Nazareth “a home away from home” and becoming her professional family.

Seema Nazareth Award: Media should self-regulate, says Delhi LG Anil Baijal

CBSE paper leak: Students protest in Delhi, want re-exam for all subjects

CBSE paper leak, re-examinations, student dejection: These are some of the words hanging fire over students and their parents as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced re-examination for the Class 10 maths and Class 12 economics subjects amid reports of paper leaks. Students on Thursday protested the CBSE paper leak at Jantar Mantar, raising slogans of “we want justice”. The fresh dates for the two re-examinations shall be announced before the end of the week. The CBSE complaint to the Delhi police has named a Rajinder Nagar coaching institute head as a possible source of the paper leak. Meanwhile, the Delhi police has been carrying out raids over the CBSE paper leak.

Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar has said a new leak-proof system would be put in place for conducting board exams. Seeking to reach out to parents and students worried over the alleged incidents of repeated leaks, Javadekar said he had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised him of the developments. With the help of technology, the government would put in place a system “which is so foolproof that there is no leak”, Javadekar added.

He also said that the HRD ministry had initiated an internal probe into the matter.

The Delhi Police’s Crime Branch has also begun investigating the alleged leak of the CBSE’s Class 12 economics paper and registered a separate case in connection with the alleged leak of the Class 10 mathematics paper.

On March 26, Class XII CBSE students were left appalled following the rumours of their Economics paper being leaked on social media hours before the examination. Reports of the question paper being leaked circulated through social media and WhatsApp several hours before the time of the exam.

However, CBSE had denied the claims, saying “We have checked with all examination centres and the paper was not leaked.”

 

According to a news channel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed unhappiness about the leak of Class 10 and 12 CBSE papers. Modi called HRD minister Prakash Javadekar after the Central education board decided to reschedule the exams following reports of a leak of question papers. The CBSE conducts 24 exams annually for 120 million (1.2 crore) students. This year, 16,38,428 students registered for Class X and 11,86,306 for the Class XII board examinations.

Students can check out details on cbse.nic.in. The general enquiry CBSE (HQ) contact numbers listed on their site are: 91-11-22509256, 22509257, 22509258, 22509259.
Top 10 developments around CBSE Class 12 Economics paper, CBSE class 10 Mathematics paper leak:

1) Students protest CBSE paper leak at Jantar Mantar: Students affected by CBSE’s decision to hold re-examinations for the Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics subjects on Thursday protested the CBSE paper leak at Jantar Mantar. Raising slogans of “we want justice”, the students told news agencies that “either there should be re-examination for all subjects” or none.

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2) Rahul Gandhi slams PM Narendra Modi over CBSE paper leak: Congress President Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the CBSE paper leak, saying that the “chowkidar was weak”. Taking to Twitter, Gandhi slammed the government over various leaks — from Aadhaar data leak to the CBSE paper leak.

3) Rajinder Nagar coaching centre head leaked paper? Reeling from the leak of the Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics board exam papers, the CBSE told Delhi Police in a complaint that it received a fax on March 23 naming a person from Rajinder Nagar behind the CBSE paper leak. According to the complaint, this person runs a coaching institute, reported news agency ANI today.

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CBSE in a complaint to Delhi Police says it received a fax on March 23 naming a person from Rajinder Nagar behind CBSE paper leak. This person, as per the complaint, runs a coaching institute.

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4) Two schools also named as the potential source of leaks: The complaint sent by an unknown source on March 23 also named two schools from the same vicinity as complicit in the leakage, the CBSE conveyed to the Delhi Police on Thursday. In the letter to the Delhi Police, the CBSE stated that the complaint copy was forwarded to the regional office of CBSE on March 24 and to Inspector Sushil Yadav on his Whatsapp.

“On March 26, CBSE academic unit received an unaddressed envelope containing four sheets of hand written answer papers of economics paper held on that day. It was indicated in the papers kept inside the envelope that the question paper was leaked and circulated through four WhatsApp numbers,” the letter read.

5) When will the CBSE class 10 maths and CBSE class 12 economics board re-examinations be re-conducted? According to CBSE’s official release, “the fresh dates for the reconduct of the two exams shall be announced before the end of the week, after taking into consideration the dates of other professional exams and logistics.”

6) Delhi police carrying out raids over CBSE paper leak: Investigating the CBSE paper leak, the Delhi Police Crime Branch is conducting raids at various locations across Delhi, reported news agency ANI on Wednesday.

 

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7) AAP slams Modi government over CBSE paper leak: With 2.8 million students affected by the CBSE Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics paper leak, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) slammed the Narendra Modi-led central government for the leakage of various examination papers in the country. Raising the issue of the paper leak in the Delhi Assembly, AAP’s Alka Lamba said that Prime Minister Modi “gave big lectures to the students on the examination” but the students were “suffering as they will have to reappear”. She added that the Centre was “answerable for this”.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who holds the education portfolio in the state government, said that the Modi government has become a “leakage government”.

“First SSC, now CBSE, they also leaked the dates of polls before the Election Commission’s official announcement. I am not raising any questions against CBSE’s efficiency but the recent leakage is unfortunate…,” he said.

8) People tweet frustration over CBSE leaks: People on Wednesday vented their anger and frustration on Twitter after the announcement of re-examination came.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken tweeted how his son and many other students were feeling dejected following the reports.

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My son Aujaswi studied really hard for #CBSE Class X Board Math Exams held today

His joy of finishing Board Exams was short lived.

He is extremely dejected as the Math paper got leaked& this #LeakingGovt will hold the Exam again

I feel sorry for him as lakhs of other students!

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Lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan questioned whether any exam or selection process is “scam-proof” in India.

 

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#Vyapam,AIIMS, #SSC & now #CBSE exam leak through WhatsApp. Is there any exam or selection which is safe&scam proof in India? Even after PM’s app leaks our personal data to US firm, our govt tells us that Aadhar data is safe behind thick walls! Incredible!https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/cbse-to-conduct-re-exam-for-class-x-maths-and-class-xii-economics-1829751

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CBSE Board: Re-exam For Class 10 Maths, Class 12 Economics After Alleged Paper Leak
Education body CBSE will conduct re-examination for the Class X Maths and Class XII Economics papers.

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Several other students also took to social media to express their displeasure.

9) ‘I don’t know what my fault is’: Akanksha Sharma, 15, a Class 10 student from south Delhi said: “I don’t know what my fault is. Why should I write my math exam again? Just tell me why. It is not my fault. I should not be punished for the paper leak,” reported news agency IANS.

Sharma said she was confident of having done well in her maths exams but is “already stressed and uncertain how it is going to be in a fresh exam”.

Ironically, she said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed CBSE students in a televised address, asking “us not to fear exams”.

“Is this what he meant we should not fear about,” she said, urging the government to revoke the decision and “not make our lives miserable”.

“Are we supposed to keep our faith in the system, on the board, which has failed us before we could have failed in our exams,” she added.

10) ‘My faith in CBSE has been shaken’: Wahid Sultan, a Kashmiri student studying in Delhi Public School, said whatever the reasons may be “my faith in the professional conduct of the CBSE is shaken”.

“Obviously, the leak may have happened on their front but why punish us. How is it going to help us? Don’t they understand a simple logic that leaked paper would have reached a select few but punishment is given to all. This is like acting greater than God.”

A student of Sardar Patel School in Delhi, Ojas, charged the board with acting like an “absolute authority” and felt “completely helpless” at the situation.

“We were shocked to hear of the news. CBSE knew of the rumours earlier of the paper leaks but it issued a note saying there was no paper leak and went ahead with the exam”

“It reacted very casually then. When a government authority issues a statement we take it very seriously… this is how it (CBSE) is ruining the future of students,” Ojas told IANS.

11) SIT set up to probe Class 12 Economics paper, CBSE class 10 Mathematics paper leak: Delhi Police set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of its Crime Branch to probe the alleged leak of CBSE Class 12 Economics paper, CBSE class 10 Mathematics papers.

“The SIT is headed by Joint Commissioner Alok Kumar. It will also have DCP and ACP rank officers conducting the probe,” Special Commissioner of Police R P Upadhyay said.

The SIT was formed after the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) registered two cases with the Crime Branch.

Alok Kumar, joint commissioner of police, crime, confirmed a case was registered on Tuesday following a complaint by the Board.

The first case was registered on Tuesday evening about the Class 12 economics question paper leak and the second, related to the leak of the Class 10 maths paper, was filed on Wednesday.

Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) R P Upadhyay and Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar also held a meeting with Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik in the evening to discuss the future course of investigation.

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12) Govt conducting internal probe: A new system would be put in place from Monday to ensure no leaks take place and the government would ensure that there is no injustice, Javadekar said.
He said he was “saddened” by reports that the papers had leaked and asserted that he was confident that the police would investigate and nab the culprits.

“CBSE had a very solid system in place. But if someone is leaking it or there is some loophole in it, taking that into consideration, a new system will be put in place from Monday which will ensure there is no such leakage.This I want to assure parents and students. I am confident that police will investigate and nab the culprits,” Javedkar said, according to PTI.

13) CBSE Class 12 Economics paper, CBSE class 10 Mathematics paper leak: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to re-conduct the examinations for Economics (Class 12th) and Mathematics (for Class 10). Earlier, the board had denied any leak and urged students and parents not to panic.

“We have checked with all examination centres and the paper was not leaked. The source of the circulation of this information is not known yet. We want to urge the students and parents to not panic and assure them that the board is doing its best to ensure the sanctity of the examination,” a senior CBSE official said.

On Sunday, a day before the Class XII Economics exam, a hand-written question paper was making the rounds on WhatsApp, students said.

ALSO READ: Their faith in CBSE shaken, students fume over re-exam decision

This is what Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) notice said: The board has taken cognizance of certain happenings in the conduct of certain examinations as are being reported. With the view to uphold the sanctity of the Board Examinations and in the interest of the fairness to the students, the Board has decided to re-conduct the examinations. Dates for fresh examinations and the other details shall be hosted on the CBSE website within a week, a CBSE notice said.

14) Students, teachers to approach Delhi High Court for CBSE exam paper leak: Meanwhile, some teachers, parents, and students are planning to move the Delhi High Court seeking re-exam and an independent probe on the leaks. The parents and students claim that even the class X Social studies and class XII biology exam were leaked, among others.

15) CBSE Maths exams to be held across India? CBSE is yet to clarify if the re-exam will be for the Delhi region or all India.

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16) Delhi govt orders probe into complaints of CBSE Class 12 accountancy paper leak: The Delhi government said that it had received complaints of class 12 CBSE accountancy paper being leaked, after which a probe was ordered, even as the board denied any leak.

DoE officials, who were asked to probe the issue, said the question paper being circulated on Whatsapp matches the original paper but the suspected leak has not been ascertained yet.

“The question paper circulating on Whatsapp matches the set 2 of the question paper but since the exact time at which it was circulated first is not yet known, the leak cannot be ascertained. We are looking into it,” a senior DoE official said, on condition of anonymity.

Manish Sisodia asked CBSE to investigate Class XII accountancy question paper leak: The news came to light after Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted asking officers of Directorate of Education to investigate the alleged leakage.

“Received complaints of Class 12 CBSE Accountancy paper being leaked.Asked officers of Directorate of Education to investigate&lodge complaint with CBSE.Swift action must be taken, so that hard-working students don’t suffer due to the negligence of CBSE,” tweeted Sisodia.

Purported copies of the paper were doing round on Whatsapp and social media.

The paper was reportedly leaked in Rohini and later circulated in the national capital via WhatsApp.

17) ‘CBSE Class XII accountancy question paper was not leaked’: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) earlier denied the reports of alleged leakage of Class XII accountancy question paper. In a statement, the Board informed that some miscreants tried to play mischief by circulating messages through WhatsApp, however, strict actions will be taken against such activities.

“There has been no leakage of the question paper. All the seals have been found intact at all the exam centres. During the process of exam, however, at local level some miscreants have tried to play mischief by circulating messages through WhatsApp and social media to disturb the sanctity of examinations.CBSE has decided to take strict action against such activities.FIR is being lodged by CBSE,” read an official statement.

Controversy continued to court the CBSE board.

No decision yet on compensating students for “error” in class X English paper, says CBSE: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on March 19 said it was undecided on providing compensation to Class X students for an alleged error in the English question paper.

Teachers and students have been claiming that the paper held on March 12 had certain errors in the comprehension passage section.

The passage section of the paper where students were expected to find synonyms of ‘endurance, obstruction and motivation’ in paragraphs two, four and five, respectively had its answers in paras three and six. Certain typos also led to confusion among students, an online petition started by a group of students said.

Reports were doing round that the board has decided to compensate students for the “error”, however, the board officials clarified that no decision has been taken yet.

CRITERIA FOR PASSING MARKS (CLASS 12):

In order to be declared as having passed the examination, a candidate shall obtain a grade higher than E (i.e. at least 33 per cent marks) in all the five subjects of external examination in the main or at the compartmental examinations. For the subject related to practical work, 33 per cent marks in theory and 33 per cent marks in practical, along with 33 per cent marks in aggregate is required.

No overall division/distinction/aggregate shall be awarded

A candidate will be eligible to get the pass certificate of the Board if he/she gets a grade higher than ‘E’ in all subjects of internal assessment unless he/she is exempted. Failing this, the result of the external examination will be withheld but not for a period of more than one year.

A language offered as an additional subject may replace a language in the event of a candidate failing in the same provided after replacement the candidate has English/Hindi as one of the languages.

CBSE was established in 1962. CBSE affiliates all Kendriya Vidyalayas, all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, private schools and most of the schools approved by central government of India. Every year, the board conducts the class 10 and class 12 exam in the month of March.

 

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