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Gujarat officer set to become higher education secretary

Another civil servant from Gujarat is likely to get an important posting in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Dr Hasmukh Adhia a 1981 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of the Gujarat cadre and currently the additional chief secretary (finance) in the state is the front-runner for the Secretary Higher Education’s post as Ashok Thakur retires this month. Dr Adhia has been a member of Modi’s core team for almost a decade. He has a PhD and is considered an expert in human resources management. He is one of the most competent and efficient bureaucrats from Gujarat and can handle any important ministry at the Centre is what has been the recommendation bestowed upon him. His proximity to Modi is because of his efficiency, impeccable integrity and belonging to...

NDA government’s act to be eagerly watched

Hawk eyed economists and the expectant public in general are awaiting the government to perform for they have burdened its shoulders with responsibilities galore. The extensive mandate by the people has put a gigantic pressure on the new NDA government to perform towards fulfilling the promises it had made to them during the elections. During elections Mr Modi had promised to revive growth of the country that has fallen below 5 per cent choking off job opportunities. The government has to look into the vital aspect of creating job opportunities for the massive workforce that is ready for work in a under developed nation like India. Mr Modi must also address the prospect of new roads, factories, power lines, high-speed trains and 100 new cities that were highlighted to be in the pipe line to take India onto the next orbit. Mr Modi’s government has not touched the costly subsidy program that accounted for 2.4 per cent of GDP last fiscal. Mr Modi needs to layout a convincing five-year vision for India. The government strategy to create jobs is a most critical area since BJP promised job for all consistently during elections. The government must also focus on reviving the manufacturing sector which will be the key to large-scale job...

Manjul Bhargava awarded the prestigious Fields Medal

Manjul Bhargava the first India-origin mathematician to win the coveted Fields Medal hopes his endeavor will act as a source of encouragement for more Indians to take up mathematics. The 40 year old Princeton University professor has dedicated the award to his students, collaborators, and colleagues. He said that he was indeed much honored to receive the Fields Medal. He also added that it would definitely inspire him, his students, collaborators, and colleagues. He felt that this instance would instigate more Indians to take up mathematics and scientific research in general. Bhargava was awarded for his contribution to number theory. He was awarded in Seoul in South Korea where the International Congress of Mathematics is currently underway. He has developed powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers, which he applied to count rings of small rank and bound the average rank of elliptic curves. He had received the Mathematical Association of America prize in 2003, the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize in 2005, the Cole Prize in Number Theory of the American Mathematical Society in 2008 and the Infosys Prize in 2012. Other three winners of the Fields Medal are Maryam Mirzakhani, the first Iranian and the first woman to win the medal, and Artur Avila, the first Brazilian, and Martin Hairer, the first Austrian to win a Fields...

Sunil Gavaskar Escapes car crash narrowly

A last minute scream from Sunil Gavaskar alerted a drowsy driver who managed to turn the car before what could have been a head-on collision in London. The former India cricketer had a narrow escape when his car crashed into another vehicle while he was traveling from Manchester to London. The driver at the wheel of the Jaguar had reportedly dozed off and been woken by Gavaskar when he screamed moments before the crash. Gavaskar was traveling with fellow television commentator Mark Nicholas and friend Chandresh Patel when the road accident happened. Incessant rain had reduced visibility and the car was traveling very fast. Gavaskar was on the left of the back seat while Nicholas was seated right behind the driver. All the passengers managed to escape unhurt. Gavaskar claimed that God has saved them. Though no one was hurt the accident was very, very scary. The Jaguar was badly damaged in the crash and the visibly shaken trio took a train from East Midland Park for...

Google’s Doodle for celebrating the 68th Independence Day of India

On 15th August 2014 the flag hoisting ceremony was presided over by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi at the Red Fort in New Delhi at 6:25 AM IST. The Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee had as per ritual addressed the nation on the eve of 68th Independence Day of India, on 14 Aug 2014. Independent India’s first stamp is the subject of Google’s doodle on the occasion of the country’s 68th Independence Day. The first stamp of independent India was issued on 21 November 1947. The stamp depicted the Indian tricolour flying high in the clouds along with the slogan Jai Hind etched on the top right with a blue background. It was valued at three and one-half annas. Though India had in place a long and proud history of postal systems long before the arrival of Europeans it was the British administrative system that brought the current Indian postal system into...

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