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PM Modi takes on Opposition, says ‘India first’ is only religion of his govt

PM Modi takes on Opposition, says ‘India first’ is only religion of his govt

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a statement in Lok Sabha to conclude a two-day discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President Pranab Mukherjee’s Budget speech. During an hour-long speech in the Lok Sabha the Prime Minister attacked the Opposition for opposing the crucial land bill and other major initiatives of the BJP government and reiterated that growth and development of all will always remain his top priority. The PM made the statement in Lok Sabha in this regard. Here are the LIVE Updates: PM concludes his speech I thank President for constant guidance and suggestions: PM ‘India first’ is the religion of my govt, says PM We all must join hands together to fight against poverty, irrespective of our religions: PM Modi Possibility of every community blossoming is something possible in India, we are unity in diversity: PM Do we want to fight each other or poverty. I said, enough is enough we have fought a lot. Let us unite and fight poverty: PM We must develop the States for development of nation, we must empower states for the strength of the nation: PM To make our Nation prosperous we will have to make the States prosperous: PM This has never happened before: PM For the first time after Independence,the treasury of Centre and States is 38% & 62% respectively, this is empowerment of States: PM Money from coal auctions will go to the states, they will have more money than their budget: PM We need to bring progress to the eastern part of India, to states like Assam, West Bengal and Odisha: PM That’s why I am visiting the Northeast very often: PM There is great scope of development in the North East. It can become organic capital: PM I will publicly give credit to those who proposed the act, It’s just an effort to correct the mistakes: PM Modi on land ordinance In an era of co-operative federalism can we become arrogant? Should we not listen to the Chief Ministers of the States: PM Please don’t politicise the land bill issue: PM Ready to incorporate key changes in land bill for greater interest of farmers: PM We were with you when you passed the Land Bill, we knew you were rushing through it with an eye on political gains: PM Modi There is lot of discussion on land bill. When it was made we walked with you shoulder to shoulder: PM For 60 yrs farmers lived with the law that was made in 1894, if farmers suffered who is to be blamed, asks PM The process for making toilets for 60,000 to 65,000 girls is complete: PM We announced Jan Dhan Yojana on 15th August, we completed the project well in time: PM The deprived, the poor farmer is kept in our minds when we go abroad: PM The country cannot run on whims and fancies of individuals: PM Retired govt employees are supposed to give proof of their living for pension. Can’t we change these systems: PM Modi in Lok Sabha We brought in the system of self-attesation. Things may be small but they are things that inspire the trust of the people: PM You can say Modi talks about small matters when there are so many big issues. The root of big problems lies in small things: PM We believe in optimum utilisation of our infrastructure: PM We need to cap our unnecessary expenditure so the EXTRA MONEY goes to the needy: PM This government is committed to serving the poor: PM We must make our farmers understand that before harvesting crops from mother earth, we must also ensure if our land is in good condition: PM We need to explain to farmers the importance of soil-testing: PM Farmers should check the health of a land before they start farming, why don t we start soil testing labs everywhere?: PM “Per drop, more crop” is what we want to focus on: PM “We talk a lot about farmers, but shouldn’t we find ways to address their issues? ‘Per drop, more crop’ is what we want to focus on”: PM No one should think we are talking about black money because we are vindictive: PM I believe corruption free services can be developed, everyone needs to work together to fight corruption: PM I want you all to guide us and we should together find ways to combat this serious problem (corruption): PM Want to congratulate Arun Jaitley that he coordinated with Swiss banks and now we can get information from them: PM I think its a great achievement that we got the nation talking about black money: PM Our first decision in our first Cabinet meeting was the decision on SIT on black money: PM Why was an SIT not formed in 3 years on black money when SC asked?: PM Modi Corruption has ruined the nation and it shouldn’t be discussed through a political prism: PM Modi MNREGA is the epitome of Congress’ failure: PM in Lok Sabha History is a witness, Congress never lost with such a margin, says PM Modi My political sense says never end MNREGA, because it is a reminder of your (Congress) failure: PM I don’t claim that whatever work has been done was done in 9 months only, says PM. My political instinct says don’t end MNREGA, I will never make that mistake: PM It’s the people that form the nation. Ideologies may change: PM Narendra Modi ‘Governments come and go. Nation is made by the people, their strength': PM When Mulayam ji spoke about Assi Ghat cleanliness, I was confused if he was giving of UP govt’s report or Centre’s: PM I had said at the Red Fort that India has come so far due to the efforts of every government: PM We are trying to address problems we have inherited: PM Cleanliness is a major issue, it is about our mindset, It’s our responsibility to ensure cleanliness: PM Do we not have to integrate every Indian in Swachhata Abhiyaan: PM Cleanliness is also an issue related to the respect & dignity of women, female students drop out of school due to lack of toilets: PM When I speak of Swachta Abhiyaan, I keep in mind the poor who fall sick due to dirty or unhygienic surroundings: PM Names are not important, issue is important: PM Many say that previous projects have been picked up and the name has been changed: PM Expectations are essential because they mean that you believe that a solution is possible: PM I am sure many people think about “what should have been”: PM Many Members would be wishing – what if this happened, what if that happened. I see this very positively: PM Many MPs expressed their thoughts and several MPs sent their views in writing as well: PM The debate so far has been very good: PM PM Modi delivers vote of thanks in Lok Sabha PM Modi begins his speech Confirming the development, PM Modi tweeted this afternoon that he will reply in Lok Sabha on President’s Budget Session speech today.

‘North and South Pole’ come together in J&K; PM Modi to attend Sayeed’s swearing-in ceremony

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed met here on Friday and sealed the alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the PDP to form a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting was held at 7 Race Course, the official residence of the prime minister. According to highly-placed sources, Sayeed will be heading a 25-member cabinet which will have 12 BJP MLAs including a Deputy Chief Minister post. This is the first time that BJP is in the government in the state. Briefing the media after the meeting, Sayeed said, “I had a fruitful meeting with PM Modi and discussed many issues.” “Both BJP and PDP have reached a common ground and have developed consensus on a common minimum program (CMP),” Sayeed said. “BJP and PDP got majority in Jammu and Kashmir areas respectively. Then we thought we should respect people’s mandate and contemplated on giving a stable government to the electorate,” the PDP patron said. Mufti maintained that both the BJP and PDP had held hectic parleys over the past two months and arrived at consensus over the CMP. He termed the BJP-PDP alliance as coming together of ‘North Pole and South Pole’. Sayeed refused to comment on the Cabinet berth sharing in the government saying everybody will get to know on the swearing-in ceremony day, which is scheduled for March 01 (Sunday). “PM Modi will attend the oath-taking ceremony,” Sayeed confirmed. Sayeed asserted the historic coalition is a political alliance first, and then an alliance for governance. “The PM has the mandate of people of the nation today; it is an opportunity for both of us to solve the problems of J&K,” Sayeed asserted. Sayeed, who will be returning to power after a gap of more than nine years, backed Modi’s slogan, saying, “I also want Sab ka saath, sab ka vikas (development for all).” He was the Chief Minister of the state from November, 2002 to 2005. He also laid emphasis on engaging Pakistan in maintaining peace in the Valley and hoped Modi will carry forward the legacy of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “I told PM that I have a dream of making J&K an island of peace and for that we need to engage Pakistan,” Sayeed said. The Modi-Sayyed meeting came after hectic parleys between BJP and PDP leaders, which went on for weeks to reach consensus on sensitive issues like the AFSPA, rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits and Article 370. Sayeed will be sworn-in as Chief Minister at 11 am on Sunday. Highly-placed sources said a document has been prepared by the two sides focussing on development and providing job opportunities to youths. The document also lists ways and means for rehabilitation of nearly 60,000 Kashmiri Pandit families who had left the Kashmir Valley after the onset of militancy in early 1990s, as per PTI. On Article 370, while BJP has given no written assurance as demanded by PDP, the document is expected to say that both parties will respect the aspirations of the people of the state within the Constitution, the sources indicated. The proposed document may also touch upon the issue of more than 25,000 families of West Pakistani refugees by terming it a humanitarian issue. The other issues include handing over of hydel projects to the state government and vacating of land and buildings by the Army in the Valley. On Tuesday, presidents of both the parties, Mehbooba Mufti of PDP and Amit Shah of BJP, had met after which they announced the formation of a coalition government in the state. The December 23 election results saw a highly-fractured mandate with PDP emerging as the single largest party with 28 MLAs followed by BJP with 25. Erstwhile allies National Conference and Congress ended with 15 and 12 seats respectively.
Essar French cruise controversy: Gadkari says no conflict of interest; PIL filed

Essar French cruise controversy: Gadkari says no conflict of interest; PIL filed

New Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who has caught himself in yet another controversy in the wake of reports that he got big favours from the Essar Group, on Friday denied any conflict of interest as he was not a minister then. Calling the Esssar Group-sponsored cruise ‘hospitality’, Gadkari today said, “There was no conflict of interest as I wasn’t a minister then. I will not do so now that I am a minister…but then I wasn’t, neither an MP nor BJP president”. A report published by a leading daily today claimed that the Essar Group favoured Nitin Gadkari, UPA ministers and some journalists, and gave special privileges to them. As per the report, Shashi Ruia-led Essar Group sponsored a trip on a foreign yacht for Nitin Gadkari and his family in 2013. According to the internal company communications of the Essar Group, the company had arranged a French cruise for Gadkari and family in 2013. A helicopter was also arranged for the family in order to transport them to the yacht. The report also said that former UPA minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, Congress leaders Digvijay Singh and Motilal Vora, and BJP’s Varun Gandhi referred candidates for jobs in Essar. As per an Essar official, 200 posts were reserved for recommendations only. A separate data was maintained for the same. Internal e-mails also state that 200 expensive mobile phones were distributed to officers and MLAs, journalists were also provided cab facilities and the company kept a record of all these privileges. The ruling BJP too refused to react to the report about Gadkari taking a French cruise along with his family, which was sponsored by the Essar Group. “This kind of news keeps coming every day. We don’t need to react on this,” BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told the media. The report goes on to mention how the group cultivated individuals in positions of power and influence, showered them with gifts and favours to push its business interests. Meanwhile, noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan’s NGO today filed a PIL in the Supreme Court demanding a probe by the CBI or SIT against the Essar Group for allegedly giving favours to senior politicians and journalists.
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    Online visa for expat families soon

    Online visa for expat families soon

    JEDDAH: MD AL-SULAMI The Interior Ministry will soon activate its online facility where expatriates can apply for visas for their spouses and children. The new service was launched by Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Naif, second deputy premier and minister of interior, last Tuesday. Users must first register for the Abshir services of the ministry, which facilitates online requests from citizens and expatriates in English and Arabic, a source said. The registration process involves choosing the icon for a new user, entering personal data such as iqama number, e-mail address, preferred language and mobile phone number, and agreeing to the terms and conditions. The user should then go to a new page to confirm the application and provide a user identity and password. Fingerprinting at machines installed in different locations activates the account. Alternatively, a user can open an account at an office of the ministry. The source stressed that visas would only be issued to those expatriates who are eligible to bring their families to the Kingdom. Meanwhile, the ministry’s online appointments facility for services offered by the General Administration for Expatriates’ Affairs opened on Sunday. Users should visit the ministry’s portal and follow the instructions.
    Indians in KSA rejoice at Modi’s defeat in Delhi

    Indians in KSA rejoice at Modi’s defeat in Delhi

    Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man’s Party, leaders Arvind Kejriwal, center, and Ashutosh, second left, hug as they celebrate news of their party’s performance in New Delhi, India. (AP)JEDDAH: SIRAJ WAHAB Many Indian expatriates here are rejoicing after the sweeping victory of a little-known Indian political party over the ruling rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Delhi state elections. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or Common Man’s Party, led by anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal, who was ridiculed by Modi during electioneering, won 67 out of 70 Delhi Assembly seats during the polls last week. The results were declared on Tuesday morning. The BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi was among the losers. Muslims overwhelmingly voted for the secular AAP. Four community representatives contesting on AAP tickets won with comfortable margins. They were Amanatullah Khan (Okhla), Imran Hussain (Ballimaran), Asim Ahmad Khan (Matia Mahal) and Mohammed Ishraque (Seelampur). The verdict, coming just nine months after Modi won an overwhelming national vote, indicated that the maverick prime minister has lost considerable appeal. “This is the defeat caused by arrogance,” said Dr. M.S. Karimuddin, a well-known Jeddah-based Indian community elder. “The attacks on churches, the campaign of calumny against Muslims, and the carte blanche given to big corporations resulted in this massive defeat for Modi and his BJP.” Narasimhan Venkat from Hafr Al-Baten said any leader who tries to play with the Indian ethos of pluralism and inclusiveness would pay a heavy price. “Indians voted in large numbers for Modi in the last general elections because he talked of development,” he said. “Nine months later, he was presiding over a country that seemed divided and scared,” said Venkat. “This is the reason why Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs came together to pull the country back from the brink of sectarian disaster,” he added. Longtime Indian expat Nafis Tarin was elated at the results. “The AAP has restored our faith in democracy and secularism,” he told Arab News. “This is the beginning of a new era. The people of Delhi deserve to be given their weight in gold for scripting this spectacular victory for the AAP and puncturing the huge egos of Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.” Expatriates said communal parties should have no place in India’s democracy. “Indians of all hues have rejected parochial parties,” said Mohammed Azeemuddin from Riyadh. “Muslims were especially angry with Ahmad Bukhari, the self-styled imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid who came out in support of the AAP.” “I am very happy that the AAP rejected his offer. These are communal people and Muslims have rejected them. Muslims needed a viable alternative. In the absence of one, they voted begrudgingly for Congress. But now that they had the option they exercised it to the fullest and so the AAP won,” said Azeemuddin. Dr. Saleem Mehkri from Madinah said: “Hopefully this trend continues in all the other states and both the fascist BJP and the hidden devil Congress make way for a balanced non-corrupt secular party.” Arif Shah from Riyadh said it was “spectacular,” while Zahyr Siddiqi, from Jeddah, said that India is “changing for good.” Abdulla Umerkhan from Jubail said all Indians “should salute the people of Delhi. No caste, no creed, no color, no community, no vote bank — this is a message to the world from the people of the Indian capital, that we Indians are one … no force can drive a wedge between us.” “This was the battle between the storm and the candle. The candle has won,” said Yogendra Yadav, a senior member of the AAP. “How could we even think of fighting such big political parties with so much money? But the people have carried us on their shoulders today.” In the last local elections in December 2013, the BJP won 31 seats in the legislature. In May 2014, Modi helped the party take all seven of Delhi’s national parliamentary seats. Observers say the scale of the BJP’s reversal is stunning because voters have unquestionably grown impatient waiting for the “achche din” (good days) that Modi promised them. Modi may regret having raised expectations so high during his candidacy. He promised new jobs, revived growth, lower inflation and an end to corruption and cronyism. His record on all fronts has been patchy, say expatriates. One television news station called the outcome a “tectonic shift in Indian politics.”
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    Six killed in fresh mortar attack in Syria

    At least six people were killed and 10 others wounded by a fresh mortar attack against government-controlled districts of the country’s northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group reported. The rebels fired many mortar shells Saturday that slammed into two districts in the government-controlled part of Aleppo city, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The UK-based watchdog group said Syrian helicopters also dropped crude barrel bombs on rebel-held areas in the eastern part of Aleppo, leaving injuries. The Syrian army has unleashed a wide-scale offensive since last week in the northern countryside of Aleppo, managing to capture a number of key towns, some of which were later recaptured by the rebels after receiving reinforcements. Still, the Syrian troops succeeded to cut the Kastelo road, which is the main supply route for the rebels in the city of Aleppo. It meant that the rebels in the eastern parts of Aleppo city have become deprived from that key supply line that connected them with rebel-held areas in the northern countryside of Aleppo, bordering Turkey.

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    A senior Palestinian official condemned Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman for calls to execute Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails. Issa Qaraqe, chief of the Palestinian corporation for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, told Xinhua that the statements of Lieberman “represent racism, incites for murder and express hatred and hostility.” He added that these statements “give a license for killing the prisoners and using all means against humanity and haphazard practices. This man represents the Israeli government.” The senior Palestinian official also said that Lieberman’s statements “violate all international laws and conventions, mainly 4th Geneva convention, which call on the occupying authorities (Israel) to protect prisoners in its jails.” Israeli radio earlier quoted Lieberman as saying that over the past three decades, Israel freed more than 3,000 prisoners from its jails, including prisoners who committed crimes of murder. ” He added that the release of Palestinian prisoners involved in first-degree murder “weaken the Israeli power of retaliation because it gives hope to those murderers to be released in any prisoners’ swap deal.” “The only way is to execute those prisoners,” he said, according to the radio. There are 6,500 Palestinian prisoners inside the Israeli jails, according to an official statistic made by the end of last year.
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    Medical Entrance test mandatory for NRI students

    Medical Entrance test mandatory for NRI students - Feb 18 2015

    - Mohammed Saifuddin, Yahind.com NRI students seeking admission in medical colleges needs to put extra efforts now as they should pass medical entrance examination. The new criteria for admission in MBBS will be implemented from the next academic year. The new directive of the Medical Council of India (MCI) puts full stop to direct admission under NRI quota. Accordingly, NRI students will be admitted in MBBS course only on merit basis, based on their performance in entrance examination. MCI decision will sharply hit the earnings of private medical colleges. Fifteen percent NRI seats under Management quota was largely misused by the college managements across the country. They used to sell these seats to aspiring candidates at huge amount under the guise of donation and other hidden charges. Some colleges sold MBBS seats for as high as Rs. 90 lakh. Several colleges used to allegedly sell the seats without verifying the credentials of candidates. The only criteria was the money power, more money you offer, higher are the chances for the seat. In many cases MCI norms were also compromised. To stop such malpractices and corrupt activities, MCI has issued this directive in mid-January. It has been issued in accordance to the Supreme Court ruling which held that merit should not be compromised in admission under NRI quota. Dr. Reena Nayyar, Secretary, MCI, issued this circular to Health Secretaries and Directors of Medical Education of all state governments, Vice Chancellors/Registrars of all universities, Dean/Principal of all Medical Colleges and Secretary Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Dr. Reena defended the decision and said in addition to the Supreme Court ruling, Regulation 5 of the Graduate Medical Education Regulation 1997, says that the selection of students to a medical college shall be based solely on the merit of the candidate. She also clarified that there was no discrimination in the council requiring the NRIs to appear in test for the medical admissions as the Indians going abroad for studies have to also pass the entrance test. Following the directive of MCI, several colleges have started to look into the modalities for conducting entrance for NRIs. A group of minority medical colleges in Bangalore held a meeting to discuss the new directive. Fifteen percent NRI seats under management quota had been in several controversies. Several colleges were blamed for misusing this. As this decision aims to tackle corrupt activities it should be welcomed. As MCI decided to reform the admission process of NRIs, it’s a high time it should also look into the long pending demand of Indian workers in Gulf countries to reserve one third of this quota for their children. One third of the fifteen percent NRI quota for children of Indian workers in Gulf countries is not new. AICTE has already reserved one third of the NRI quota for the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries. It has been implemented in Engineering colleges across the country. Moreover, children of Indian workers in Gulf countries are treated on par with local candidates. All they have to pay is only the annual fee of Rs. 35,000 per annum. The educational problems of the children of Indians in Gulf countries were discussed many times. During the first PBD in New Delhi in 2003, then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee promised to solve the educational problems of Indians in Gulf countries. Accordingly AICTE has issued a gazette notification on 26th Feb 2004, in which it reserved one third of the NRI quota (5% seats) for the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries. As per the AICTE notification, one third of the fifteen percent seats are reserved for Children of Indian Workers in Gulf countries in all the institutions/University Departments, approved by AICTE, offering technical courses leading to Diploma, Degree and Post-Graduate Degree in Engineering & Technology, Architecture & Town Planning, Pharmacy, Applied Arts, MBA & MCA, Hotel Management & Catering Technology. It also stated that the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries should be treated on par with the local candidates for admission and that NRI fee should not be collected from them. Since the implementation of AICTE notification in Engineering colleges, it has been demanded to follow the suite in medical and all other courses. We have also raised this issue in these columns. But this issue has never been taken up by the concerned authorities. Now, in view of the fresh directive from MCI about the NRI quota, it should also look into this issue. Indians in Gulf countries did not reacted to the MCI circular as it was not publicized widely. But Indians in Gulf countries are expected to raise their demand once the news spreads in Gulf countries. External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj reached Oman on 17th Feb for two day visit. During this visit she said that the welfare of large Indian diaspora, especially in the Gulf, is one of the top priorities of the Narendra Modi government. In view of Sushma’s claims and the fact that previous BJP government initiated the process of reserving one third of NRI quota for children of Indian workers in Gulf countries in Engineering colleges, it will be interesting to see how the current BJP government takes up this issue. Last year Sushma Swaraj visited Bahrain in September and UAE in Nov. It is also reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to visit Gulf countries later this year. His schedule is much awaited but the educational problems of Indians living in Gulf countries should be taken up as the top most priority. Reservation of one third of the NRI quota for children of Indian workers in Gulf countries which is already available in the Engineering colleges should be extended to all other courses including medical courses. In view of the latest MCI directive, it is high time for the BJP government to take up this issue seriously and take necessary steps to reserve one third seats under NRI quota for the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries in medical and all other courses. – Yahind.com
    KBN College of Engineering Gulbarga Alumni conducted Primavera classes in Jeddah.

    KBN College of Engineering Gulbarga Alumni conducted Primavera classes in Jeddah. - Feb 18 2015

    Left to right: Syed Mohiuddin General Secretary, Syed Nasir Khursheed President, Mohammed Mansour Chief Guest, Ajaz Hussain Parvez Primavera Instructor and Mohammed Yahiya Chief Coordinator.JEDDAH — Five-day course of Primavera P6 organized by KBN Engineering college Gulbarga Alumni Jeddah chapter for Indian engineers recently, concluded with the distribution of certificates to the course attendees at Dallah Trane training hall. Regional Manager Dallah trane Mohammed Mansour attended the function as chief guest while Syed Nasir Khursheed president KBN Alumni presided over the event. Primavera trainer Ajaz Hussain PCS Manager Turner Arabia trained Indian engineers the primavera course, on the occasion speaking to the audience stressed them to get benefit of the courses conducted by the KBNCE Alumni and upgrade in working place. Alumni President Syed Nasir Khursheed said Primavera is an important tool for engineers of all faculties working on different projects.” He advised engineers to continue the learning process by certification courses which are the need of hour. He appreciated the role of President of Khaja Education society Mr. Mohammed Hussaini and Professor Ruksar Fatima for their patronage to the alumni and their continuous support. Chief Guest of the evening Mohammed Mansour appreciated the activities of KBNCE Alumni to help fellow engineers by conducting the courses, he advised all attendees of the course to work hard and get benefited from the services provided by Alumni. Chief coordinator of the Alumni Mohammed Yahiya officially welcomed all the guests while speaking said it is great honor for all of us that we the Alumnus of the KBNCE got this opportunity to conduct technical programs for our engineers here in Jeddah and we are committed to conduct more technical events for fellow engineers. Treasurer of the Alumni Saleh bin Ali said to meet the challenges of current era, team of Alumni executive committee are striving to help other Alumnus by providing training courses which is need of the hour to refine professionalism. Overwhelming response and feedback was given by attendees, they appreciated the teaching method of Ajaz as he explained in a very simple way, since the entire session was interactive, and participants enjoyed it and greatly benefited from it. Engr Abubakr bin Hussain joint treasurer of the alumni said through this platform we would like to inform other KBN Alumnus who have not yet joined our Alumni to kindly contact us and join the Alumni. Syed Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Ali IT Coordinator of the Alumni informed about the annual event of the Alumni which is planned to conduct shortly in which Technical seminar will be conducted and Magazine will be released. He requested Alumni members to send the technical articles for the magazine to email id : kbncealumnijed@gmail.com Tabrez Hussain Cultural Secretary of the Alumni informed that after inaugural function of Alumni, we have organized technical seminar on QA/QC and Iftar program during ramzan which were also appreciated. Earlier, the program started with the recitation of a few verses from the Holy Qur’an by Mohammed Abdul Rasheed, Syed Mohiuddin General Secretary of the Alumni, introduced the guests, highlighted aims and objectives of the alumni and conducted the event. Program concluded with the vote of thanks by Joint Secretary of the Alumni Mohammed Imdad Ali, while delivering vote of thanks he expressed deep sense of appreciation towards Ajaz Hussain for spending his precious time to train fellow engineers also thanked guests and attendees. – Yahind.com
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    Medical Entrance test mandatory for NRI students

    Medical Entrance test mandatory for NRI students

    - Mohammed Saifuddin, Yahind.com NRI students seeking admission in medical colleges needs to put extra efforts now as they should pass medical entrance examination. The new criteria for admission in MBBS will be implemented from the next academic year. The new directive of the Medical Council of India (MCI) puts full stop to direct admission under NRI quota. Accordingly, NRI students will be admitted in MBBS course only on merit basis, based on their performance in entrance examination. MCI decision will sharply hit the earnings of private medical colleges. Fifteen percent NRI seats under Management quota was largely misused by the college managements across the country. They used to sell these seats to aspiring candidates at huge amount under the guise of donation and other hidden charges. Some colleges sold MBBS seats for as high as Rs. 90 lakh. Several colleges used to allegedly sell the seats without verifying the credentials of candidates. The only criteria was the money power, more money you offer, higher are the chances for the seat. In many cases MCI norms were also compromised. To stop such malpractices and corrupt activities, MCI has issued this directive in mid-January. It has been issued in accordance to the Supreme Court ruling which held that merit should not be compromised in admission under NRI quota. Dr. Reena Nayyar, Secretary, MCI, issued this circular to Health Secretaries and Directors of Medical Education of all state governments, Vice Chancellors/Registrars of all universities, Dean/Principal of all Medical Colleges and Secretary Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Dr. Reena defended the decision and said in addition to the Supreme Court ruling, Regulation 5 of the Graduate Medical Education Regulation 1997, says that the selection of students to a medical college shall be based solely on the merit of the candidate. She also clarified that there was no discrimination in the council requiring the NRIs to appear in test for the medical admissions as the Indians going abroad for studies have to also pass the entrance test. Following the directive of MCI, several colleges have started to look into the modalities for conducting entrance for NRIs. A group of minority medical colleges in Bangalore held a meeting to discuss the new directive. Fifteen percent NRI seats under management quota had been in several controversies. Several colleges were blamed for misusing this. As this decision aims to tackle corrupt activities it should be welcomed. As MCI decided to reform the admission process of NRIs, it’s a high time it should also look into the long pending demand of Indian workers in Gulf countries to reserve one third of this quota for their children. One third of the fifteen percent NRI quota for children of Indian workers in Gulf countries is not new. AICTE has already reserved one third of the NRI quota for the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries. It has been implemented in Engineering colleges across the country. Moreover, children of Indian workers in Gulf countries are treated on par with local candidates. All they have to pay is only the annual fee of Rs. 35,000 per annum. The educational problems of the children of Indians in Gulf countries were discussed many times. During the first PBD in New Delhi in 2003, then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee promised to solve the educational problems of Indians in Gulf countries. Accordingly AICTE has issued a gazette notification on 26th Feb 2004, in which it reserved one third of the NRI quota (5% seats) for the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries. As per the AICTE notification, one third of the fifteen percent seats are reserved for Children of Indian Workers in Gulf countries in all the institutions/University Departments, approved by AICTE, offering technical courses leading to Diploma, Degree and Post-Graduate Degree in Engineering & Technology, Architecture & Town Planning, Pharmacy, Applied Arts, MBA & MCA, Hotel Management & Catering Technology. It also stated that the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries should be treated on par with the local candidates for admission and that NRI fee should not be collected from them. Since the implementation of AICTE notification in Engineering colleges, it has been demanded to follow the suite in medical and all other courses. We have also raised this issue in these columns. But this issue has never been taken up by the concerned authorities. Now, in view of the fresh directive from MCI about the NRI quota, it should also look into this issue. Indians in Gulf countries did not reacted to the MCI circular as it was not publicized widely. But Indians in Gulf countries are expected to raise their demand once the news spreads in Gulf countries. External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj reached Oman on 17th Feb for two day visit. During this visit she said that the welfare of large Indian diaspora, especially in the Gulf, is one of the top priorities of the Narendra Modi government. In view of Sushma’s claims and the fact that previous BJP government initiated the process of reserving one third of NRI quota for children of Indian workers in Gulf countries in Engineering colleges, it will be interesting to see how the current BJP government takes up this issue. Last year Sushma Swaraj visited Bahrain in September and UAE in Nov. It is also reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to visit Gulf countries later this year. His schedule is much awaited but the educational problems of Indians living in Gulf countries should be taken up as the top most priority. Reservation of one third of the NRI quota for children of Indian workers in Gulf countries which is already available in the Engineering colleges should be extended to all other courses including medical courses. In view of the latest MCI directive, it is high time for the BJP government to take up this issue seriously and take necessary steps to reserve one third seats under NRI quota for the children of Indian workers in Gulf countries in medical and all other courses. – Yahind.com
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