NTPC blast shows how health safety, environment standards are lacking

So far, the explosion at NTPC’s Unchahar plant has claimed over 29 lives

The explosion in a boiler at NTPC’s Unchahar plant in Rae Bareli district has to this point claimed more than 29 lives.

For a rustic like India, which has commercial disasters like the Bhopal fuel leak, this incident another time shows how health

Ntpc boiler blast : safety and surroundings requirements are lacking. Incidents just like the chlorine gasoline leak at Jamshedpur (2008), a toluene fireplace at a Ranbaxy manufacturing facility in Mohali (2003) and a chlorine fuel leak in Vadodara (2002) are a number of the black spots in India’s business records.

according to the countrywide Crime information Bureau, 831 have been killed during 2014-15 in industrial explosions on my own.


June 27, 2014: A fire after a blast at a GAIL (India) underground gas pipeline in Nagaram, Andhra Pradesh, kills 18 and injures 40

October 29, 2009: Fire at IndianOil’s oil depot tank holding 8,000 kilolitre in Jaipur kills 12 lives and injures 200

September 23, 2009: Collapse of a 275-metre chimney being constructed at Vedanta’s Bharat Aluminium plant kills at least 45

July 27, 2005: An offshore platform of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation in Bombay High gutted, killing at least 4

December 3, 1984: A methyl isocyanate leakage from a Union Carbide India plant claims more than 2,500 lives and affected more than 100,000

December 27, 1975: A blast at Chasnala Colliery in Dhanbad kills 372 miners

May 28, 1965: Explosion at Dhori colliery near Dhanbad kills close to 300 miners

December 10, 1954: One of the first major industrial disasters of Independent India; flooding at Newton Chikli Colliery in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh, kills 63

April 14, 1944 (Bombay Explosion): Fire after an explosion on a freighter carrying gold, ammonium and 1,400 tonnes of explosives kills around 800


iPhone X debut: Will slow supply dampen Apple’s hopes in India?

iPhone X, which marks the 10th anniversary of the device, costs Rs 89,000 for a 64 GB model

After facing a lacklustre response to iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus globally, including in India, Apple has now placed its bet on successful delivery of “super premium” iPhone Xthat aims for a scheduled arrival on November 3.

In the past few days, several media reports have claimed that Apple is facing a huge supply gap primarily for two reasons: difficulties in assembling the new facial identification software and 3D camera, and “off the charts” pre-orders for iPhone X after the Apple fraternity didn’t make the expected beeline for iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

The scenario suggests that people will have to wait long before they can grab an iPhone X. Analysts have already warned that the stock on hand is scarce, owing to constrained supply of key iPhone X components. The advanced depth-sensing camera system in iPhone X requires parts that only a few manufacturers can produce.

The iPhone X, which marks the 10th anniversary of the device, costs Rs 89,000 for a 64 GB model and Rs 1.02 lakh for the 256 GB variant.

According to Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Mobile Devices and Ecosystems, Counterpoint Research, supply issues will have three main implications for Apple.

“Either the demand for iPhone X will shift to subsequent quarters or some part of the demand will be absorbed by iPhone 8 series if supply is delayed for long. In both the cases, it won’t have much impact on Apple as its user base will remain within the iOS ecosystem,” Pathak told IANS.

However, there is another scenario – where an Android premium user who wishes to shift to iPhone X decides instead to upgrade within the Android ecosystem due to unavailability of iPhone X. (more)

Indian IT firms to generate fewer jobs in next 6 months: Report

Professionals asked to upskill themselves as the industry gradually turns to automation

Indian IT services companies would create fewer jobs over the next couple of quarters as more companies are focusing on shifting towards digital technologies, said a survey report released by human resource firm ManpowerGroup on Tuesday.

The report, Experis IT Employment Outlook Survey, stated that 50 per cent of the IT services companies expressed their interest to hire people during the period between October 2017 and March 2018, since the industry is re-inventing itself to automate a lot of processes using artificial intelligence and machine-learning technology.

In fact, the survey report said India would see pink slips being handed over to an increased number of senior-level professionals across Indian IT firms, on account of digitisation and a surge in recruitment of junior and mid-level professionals.

A slower job growth in the $154-billion services industry is, however, in stark contrast to other sectors in the country and captive IT units of global businesses will hire more people during this period, said the report, which surveyed around 500 Indian IT employers.

The industry has been witnessing a slowdown in traditional software maintenance services- a segment that has been acting as a core revenue generator for nearly three decades now. The slowdown was attributed to the increased demand of digital technology-based services on the part of the businesses.

“Net layoffs that are being contemplated by the IT giants are way higher than what the Indian IT industry has ever witnessed and this trend is likely to continue for the next 6-12 months,” said ManpowerGroup India.

IT professionals should look for opportunities to upskill themselves during this period, noted the report.

“Today technologies continue to rapidly shape the business landscape. A rise in new enabling technologies, such as software as a service (SaaS) offerings and cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, along with artificial intelligence’s (AI) unprecedented speed, accuracy and cost efficiency are significant in terms of maintaining a competitive edge that are driving businesses now. (more)


IBPS Clerk 2017: Registration Ends In First Week of October

Registration for IBPS Clerk 2017 examination began on September 12, 2017 Tuesday and is open till October 03, 2017 (Tuesday).


Registration for IBPS Clerk 2017 examination began on September 12, 2017 Tuesday and is open till October 03, 2017 (Tuesday). The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is set conduct the IBPS Clerk Exam 2017-18 at two levels; Preliminary and Main. The prelim exam will be conducted in the first week of December 2017 i.e. 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th and the Main on January 21, 2018. The IBPS conducts these exams every year to recruit the capable candidates for clerical posts in the banks (Participating Organizations) that participate in this recruitment program. Those students who score minimum qualifying marks in the prelim become eligible for the Main exam. Participating Organizations include Allahabad Bank, Canara Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, UCO Bank, Andhra Bank, Central Bank of India, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Union Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Corporation Bank, Punjab National Bank, United Bank of India, Bank of India, Dena Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Vijaya Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, Indian Bank and Syndicate Bank.

Candidates who will qualify in Preliminary examination and shortlisted will have to appear for Main examination. Depending on the vacancies to be filled in during the financial year 2018-19 based on the business needs of the Participating Organizations and as reported to IBPS, candidates shortlisted will be provisionally allotted to one of the Participating Organizations keeping in view the spirit of Govt. Guidelines on reservation policy, administrative convenience, etc. The validity for CWE Clerks-VII will automatically expire at the close of business on 31.03.2019 with or without giving any notice.

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Following is the step-by-step procedure of applying online.

  • Candidates are first required to go to the IBPS’s website www.ibps.in and click on the Home Page to open the link “CWE Clerks” and then click on the option “CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE FOR CWE- Clerks (CWE-Clerks-VII)” to open the On-Line Application Form.
  • Candidates will have to click on “CLICK HERE FOR NEW REGISTRATION” to register their application by entering their basic information in the online application form. After that a provisional registration number and password will be generated by the system and displayed on the screen. Candidate should note down the Provisional registration number and password. An Email & SMS indicating the Provisional Registration number and Password will also be sent. They can reopen the saved data using Provisional registration number and password and edit the particulars, if needed.
  • Candidates are required to upload their photograph (4.5cm × 3.5cm) and signature. (more)

Doklam standoff ends: MEA says troops begin ‘disengaging’

A press statement by the Ministry of External Affairs on Monday announced the development

Troops involved in the border standoff between India and China at Doklam have begun disengaging, a press statement by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Monday.

Shortly after the MEA statement, China’s Foreign Ministry said that Indian troops had withdrawn to the Indian side of the disputed border at Doklam, where the two countries’ soldiers had been locked in a standoff for more than two months, news agency Reuters reported.

Speaking at a daily news briefing, ministry spokes woman Hua Chunying said Chinese troops would continue to patrol the disputed Doklam region, the report added.

New Delhi and Beijing have reached an understanding for disengaging troops involved in the Doklam standoff, the MEA press statement said.

According to the statement, “expeditious disengagement” of border personnel at the face-off site has been agreed to and “is ongoing”.

The MEA statement said that during bilateral communications, “we were able to express our views and convey our concerns and interests”. It was on the basis of these communications, according to the statement, that the agreement to disengage was reached.

The People’s Daily has also tweeted that India has withdrawn its troops.

The decision to disengage troops comes ahead of a crucial BRICS summit being hosted by China in September, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend.

Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a standoff since June at Doklam, located at the Sikkim section of the Bhutan-China border.

This is the longest standoff between the two armies since 1987 when they faced a similar situation at Somordong Chu Valley in Arunachal Pradesh. Read more


Amid Doklam standoff, India-China trade war looms: Chinese media

The article said that China ‘could easily retaliate’ with restrictions on Indian products

A trade war seems to be looming between India and China after New Delhi imposed anti-dumping duties on 93 Chinese products amidst a military standoff in Doklam area, two state media reports here said on.

An article in The Global Times, part of the ruling Communist Party’s publication group, urged Chinese firms to “reconsider the risks” of investing in India and warned New Delhi to be “prepared for the possible consequences for its ill-considered action.”

The article said that China “could easily retaliate” with restrictions on Indian products, but added that it “doesn’t make much economic sense” for the country.

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It cited figures from the Indian embassy in China to show that Indian exports fell by 12.3 per cent year-on-year to $11.75 billion while India’s imports from China rose by 2 per cent to $59 billion, resulting in a trade deficit of $47 billion.

According to the Indian Commerce Ministry, the trade deficit with China last year mounted to over $52 billion when the bilateral trade stood at $70 billion.

“A trade war between China and India seems to be looming after the latter moved last Wednesday to impose anti-dumping duties on 93 products from China,” the report said.

“If India really starts a trade war with China, of course China’s economic interests will be hurt, but there will also be consequences for India,” it said.

The report on trade comes as India and China have been locked in a tense military standoff in Doklam in the Sikkim sector. Read more


Qatar offers visa-free entry to India, 79 other nations amid Gulf crisis

Energy-rich Qatar’s economy took a hit since Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain moved to isolate it

Qatar announced on Wednesday it was scrapping visa requirements for visitors from 80 countries as it weathers a boycott by four Arab states and gears up to host the World Cup in 2022.

Under the new policy announced by Qatar Airways and authorities, citizens of 33 mostly European countries can enter without a visa for 90 days in single or multiple trips during a 180-day period.

Americans, Britons, Canadians and citizens of 44 other countries can enter visa-free for an initial 30 days on single or multiple trips, and can extend that for a further 30 days.

Energy-rich Qatar’s economy has taken a hit since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain moved to isolate it two months ago over allegations it supports extremists.

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The quartet of Arab nations is particularly irked by Qatar’s ties with Iran and its support of Islamist opposition groups. Qatar denies it backs terror groups and says the allegations against Doha are politically motivated.

The four countries cut diplomatic and transport links with Qatar in June, and barred Qatar from using their airspace and shipping lanes.

In a related development, the UAE and Bahrain today sought to clarify a statement made the day before by the International Civil Aviation Organization, which said both countries had agreed to open up some of their airspace, including new “temporary or contingency” routes, for Qatar Airways.

The two, in statements carried on the UAE’s and Bahrain’s state-run news agencies, said that they had not agreed to open up their airspace in full to Qatari flights but to only allow Qatari aircraft to use their airspace located above international waters.