Monday, August 28, 2017


Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today won the Panaji Assembly by-election, defeating his nearest rival, Girish Chodankar of the Congress, by 4,803 votes.
The counting of votes for by-election in remaining three Assembly constituencies, one each in Goa, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh is still on. Counting for Valpoi seats in Goa is going on.Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane today won Valpoi by- election defeating his nearest rival Roy Naik by 10, 066 votes. Vishwajit Rane polled 16,167, Roy Naik of Congress- 6101, Rohitas Gaonkar, Independent candidate, 316 votes. Four hundred fifty four voters opted for none of the above (NOTA ) option.
In Delhi’s Bawana constituencies, after seventh round of counting Sandeep Kumar of Congress is leading over Aam Aadhmi Party’s candidate Ram Chander by more than two thousand votes. But latest report reveals Bawana seat goes to AAP Ram Chander wins 36878 votes INC Surinder kumar 24648 votes BJP ved parkash 21992
In Andhra Predesh’s Nandyal Assembly seat, TDP candidate is leading over YSRCP candidate by more than six thousand votes.
Panaji, Valpoi and Nandyal had recorded more than 70 percent voter turnout while in Bawana, voter turnout was 45 per cent. By-poll on all the four seats were held on 23rd August.
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Another person has been arrested in connection with Friday’s terrorist incident at Buckingham Palace, during which three police officers were injured by a man armed with a sword.
As per the  Metropolitan Police say a 30-year-old man was arrested on Sunday at 10.15am local time. It came as officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command unit swooped on an address in West London.
A search is now being carried out at the property, while the unidentified male remains in police custody.
A 26-year-old man arrested on Friday night following the confrontation outside the residence of the British monarch is still being questioned by police.
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After introducing characters, Luvkush Ramleela took a head start with Bhoomi Poojan!
Finally, after revealing all the characters of celebrities as well as politicians for this year’s Ramleela, the Luvkush Ramleela committee took a head start with a ritual of Bhoomi Poojan. The function was held in Lal Qila Maidan, Delhi.
The ritual ceremony was graced by the presence of very well known guests of the film industry and politicians too, such as Dr.Harshvardhan the senior BJP leader, Manoj Tiwari an actor and BJP president), Parvesh Verma the Member of Parliament and Satish Upadhaya the Former BJP President. Along with them, the president of LuvKush Ramleela Ashok Aggarwal was also present for the same.
Well, if we recall the last information revealed in the Press Conferences as per Ashok Aggarwal, this year Ramleela will take place in a big way, as several celebrities and politician are part of the same. And as per the characters showcased, Union Minister of State Vijay Sampla will portray the character of Nishad Raj. Asrani will be playing the character of Ahiravan, And for the very first time taking part in LuvKush Ramleela, Aman Verma will also entertain the audience as Bharat, Anupam Shyam Ojha will Guru Vashishth, Prerna Trivedi as Mandodari, Sabu will play the character of Vibhishana, Shobha Vijender will be Ahalya and Deepak Raj will play Bhringi Rishi. Avtar Gill will be Khar, Meghnad will be played by Shahbaz Khan. Rupa Dutta, playing the role of Kekai. Vishal Kawar will be Ram, Sita will be Shubhi Sharma, Manoj Tiwari will be seen as Angad, Anup Jalota as Kevat, Shankar Sahni as Raja Dashrath. Raza Murad as Kumbhkaran, Surendra Pal will be Raja Janak, Jagdish Kaliraman will be playing Hanuman this year. Mukesh Rishi will play the role of Raavan, whereas Vindu Dara Singh will be Parshuram. As well as Ravi Kishan will be Narad, Amita as Sumitra, Sheeba as Kaushalya, Manini will play the role of Kekai.
So, finally the preparation of this year’s Ramleela is on hype, as the celebs are already witnessed excited for the same. Therefore, the 40-year-old LuvKush Ramleela will be showcased from 21st September till 1st October 2017.
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In an event to mark the 30 anniversary of the EU’s scholarship and education mobility programme Erasmus, and felicitate the outgoing scholars of 2017, H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union to India congratulated Indian students for their excellent showing. “Since 2004 Erasmus was thrown open to third countries, Indian students have been the number one beneficiaries of this scholarship” he remarked, adding that there is growing interest on both sides to expand number of Indian students. “Europe”, the Ambassador emphasised “is an excellent destination for international  students on account of the high quality and wide variety of courses on offer, the richness of campus life and the proximity to Asia”.
Students of the outgoing batch as well as Erasmus scholars from previous batches were present at the function, together with education administrators and diplomats from India and the European Union.
This year, the European Union is celebrating 30 years of the Erasmus exchange programme, one of its most successful initiatives, and with it 13 years of Erasmus Mundus – now Erasmus+ – which has supported for academic exchanges between Indian and European higher education institutions.
The 1345 recipients of the Erasmus + Master’s scholarship in 2017 were chosen from over 24,000 applicants worldwide.
With over 5,300 Indian students from all parts of India having received Erasmus Mundus or Erasmus+ Masters scholarships between 2004 and 2017, India is the overall single largest beneficiary of the Programme. Moreover, numbers are rising. While India ranked second in 2016 with 62 approved scholarships for joint Master/Doctoral degrees after Brazil with 79, the number of these competitive scholarships allocated to Indian applicants in 2017 has risen by 20% to 74, representing 25% of the overall mobility flows selected for funding in the period 2008-2012 in Asia.
A significant development during this period is the increase in the percentage of women participants by 30% from 33% in 2008-2012 to 43% in 2017.
Scholarship recipients have access to host institutions in a broad selection of EU Member States, with larger economies such as Germany, France, the UK, Spain, Italy and Poland being particularly popular. While scholars acknowledge the benefit from academic and professional development, they also cite their increased awareness of the EU and intercultural competences acquired in the multicultural environment of European universities and towns as valuable outcomes. The Erasmus + programme is therefore increasingly contributing to strengthening EU-India ties.
In addition to the individual scholarships, 4 capacity building projects involving 32 Indian institutions of higher education have been awarded grants under Erasmus, adding to the 45 projects from previous years. These will not only send students in exchange programs but also allow Indian universities to strengthen their curriculum, receive technical material helpful for their students, and increase their internationalization.
Erasmus is one of the most successful programmes of the European Union. For three decades, it has been offering in particular young people opportunities to gain new experiences and broaden their horizons by going abroad. What started as a modest mobility scheme for higher education students back in 1987, with only 3,200 students in its first year, has developed over the last 30 years into a flagship programme benefiting almost 300,000 higher education students per year. At the same time, the programme has become much broader, providing opportunities for study periods and traineeships/apprenticeships for both higher education and vocational education and training,, youth exchanges, volunteering and staff exchanges in all fields of education, training, youth and sport. Erasmus+ is also more open to people from disadvantaged backgrounds than any of its predecessors.
The geographical scope of the programme has expanded from 11 countries in 1987 to 33 currently (all 28 EU Member States as well as Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein).
The current Erasmus+ programme, running from 2014 to 2020, has a budget of €14.7 billion and will provide opportunities for over 4 million people to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. The programme also supports transnational partnerships between education, training and youth institutions as well as actions in the area of sport to contribute to developing its European dimension and tackle major cross-border threats. Moreover, the programme promotes teaching and research activities on European integration through Jean Monnet actions.
Currently, there are 100 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s degree programmes on offer, involving 513 institutions. Each programme is offered by a consortium of at least two higher education institutions, though most are larger.
The Erasmus Mundus/Erasmus+ programme helps developing professional and academic qualifications and skills of the scholarship holders, most of which is available to the EU’s partner countries subsequently. Around 90% of Indian scholars have returned to India.
Subject-wise, engineering has been the largest area of study (25%), followed by natural sciences (13%), and business, economics and management (10%).
Asia takes up about 25% of the Erasmus+ budget and accounts for 25% of the projects and 21% of the mobility flows. 25% of individual mobility flows in Asia are accounted for by India.
The Erasmus+ programme helps to integrate Higher Education Institutions into a network of international cooperation. Ultimately, the internationalisation of higher education leads to sharing of best practices, and the increasing harmonisation of education systems, leading to joint programmes of study and mutual recognition of degrees.
Jean Monnet Actions: Jean Monnet Actions support academic teaching and research (Chairs, Modules and Centres of Excellence), cooperation projects, conferences and publications in the field of EU studies. The establishment of postgraduate-level courses on European Union issues or organization of debates and exchanges on EU policy priorities are examples of activities that can be supported in this action. HEIs, as well as organisations and associations from all over the world can apply for Jean Monnet activities.  Jean Monnet Chairs in India are held by Prof. Gulshan Sachdeva and Prof. Ummu Salma Bava of Jawaharlal Nehru University and Prof. Neeta Inamdar at Manipal University. Three teaching modules have also received support under the programme.
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