IBPS SO Prelim Result Announced; What’s Next.

Source – ndtv.com

New Delhi: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) released the prelim exam result for Specialist Officer recruitment yesterday. The result is available on the Official IBPS website. Candidates can view and download their result till January 13. Candidates who have qualified the IBPS SO prelim exam will have to appear for the IBPS SO Main exam.

The IBPS SO Main exam is scheduled on January 25, 2020. The main exam will also be computer-based and objective in nature.

The main exam will be held separately for Rajbhasha Adhikari post and all other posts separately. IBPS is conducting this exam for selection of eligible candidates for six designations – Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer, and Rajbhasha Adhikari.

The IBPS SO Main exam for Rajbhasha Adhikari will also have a descriptive element. The exam will be of 60 minutes duration in which 30 minutes are allotted to Objective and 30 minutes are allotted to Descriptive part. The objective part will have 45 questions and the descriptive part will have 2 questions.

For all other posts, the main exam will be of 45 minutes duration. There will be 60 objective questions to test a candidate’s professional knowledge. The medium of the exam will be English and Hindi.

“Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in the test of Online Main examination and also secure sufficiently high scores to be considered to be shortlisted for interview. Depending on the number of vacancies available, cut-offs will be decided and candidates will be shortlisted for interview. Prior to the completion of the interview process, scores obtained in the online Main examination will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for interview,” says IBPS SO recruitment notice.

UPSC CDS 1 Admit Card 2020 Soon @upsc.gov.in: CDS Exam on 2 Feb, Check Details Here.

Source – jagranjosh.com

UPSC CDS 1 Admit Card 2020: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release the admit card of Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2020 (CDS 1 Exam 2020). As per the official notification, the UPSC CDS 1 Admit Card shall be issued three weeks before the commencement of the exam. Hence, CDS Admit Card is expected to release by next week.

UPSC CDS exam is scheduled to be held on 02 February 2020 (Sunday). Candidates who are appearing in the exam can download UPSC CDS Admit Card from UPSC official website www.upsc.gov.in. No Admit Card will be sent by post. All the applicants are required to provide valid & active e-mail id while filling up online application form as the Commission may use electronic mode for contacting them.

UPSC CDS 1 Exam, for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy, will have questions on English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics. Each subject is of 100 marks and to complete in 2 hours.

For admission to Officers’ Training Academy, there will be questions from 2 subjects i.e. English and General Knowledge of 100 marks each. The time duration allotted to each section is 2 hours.

There will be Negative Marking for each wrong answer. The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. The question papers (Test Booklets) of General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.

UPSC is conducting the Combined Defence Services Examination for admission to Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Air Force Academy, Hyderabad, Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai (Madras) and Officers Training Academy, Chennai.

The Public Service Commission shall prepare a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the CDS 1 written exam as fixed by the Commission in their discretion.

Uproar in Jharkhand House as MLA drags RSS into lynching case.

Source – outlookindia.com

Ranchi: The Jharkhand Assembly on Wednesday witnessed uproarious scenes when a Congress legislator Irfan Ansari dragged the RSS into the lynching of Tabrez Ansari last year.

Irfan Ansari, speaking on the motion of thanks to the Governor”s address, said “BJP and RSS are responsible for the killing of Tabrez Ansari”. The Congress legislator”s remark invited a sharp reaction from the BJP MLAs.

Tabrez Ansari was thrashed by a mob in the Seraikela-Kharsawa district of Jharkhand on June 17, 2019 resulting in his death a few days later.

The BJP legislators started demanding that the ”unsavoury” remark made about the BJP and the RSS should be expunged and said that the Congress legislator should express regrets about making such a comment. The legislators came to the well of the House demanding an apology and expunging of the remark.

“What is the proof of the Irfan Ansari allegation,” said BJP legislator C.P. Singh.

Assembly speaker Rabindranath Mahto pacified the BJP legislators and asked them to return to their seats. The Speaker later expunged the Congress legislator”s remark.

The BJP legislators however stuck to the demand for an apology by Irfan Ansari and again came to the well of the House. ”Dismiss Irfan Ansari from House” and ”Irfan Ansari must tender apology” were some of the slogans raised by the BJP legislators.

The Assembly Speaker”s move to pacify the BJP legislators however failed. He left the apology issue to the conscience of the Congress legislator, who categorically said that he would not apologise.

The BJP legislators then raised more slogans forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House.

When the House reassembled, the BJP legislators again demanded an apology from the Congress and came to the well of the House. The issue got further aggravated when CP Singh said, “What if I say Irfan Ansari was a terrorist who attacked Mumbai, he was a sleeper cell of the ISI and agent of Pakistan, then what”?

Singh”s remark triggered heated exchanges between the treasury and opposition benches as MLAs stood on their seats and yelled at each other.

The Speaker tried to pacify those BJP legislators who were in the well of the House.

Amid the BJP legislators” protest in the well, the Speaker allowed Chief Minister Hemant Soren to speak on the motion of thanks.

AJSU president Sudesh Mahto objected to this and said his party should be allowed to speak on the motion of thanks. The Speaker ignored his plea.

The Chief Minister gave his speech and the motion of thanks was passed by a voice vote amid protests by the BJP legislators in the well.

Jharkhand: 3,000 Anti-CAA Protesters Booked, Govt Promises to Remove Sedition Charges.

Source – thewire.in

New Delhi: Dhanbad Police of Jharkhand has registered a case against more than 3,000 people on Tuesday under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including the law against sedition (124 A) for their involvement in a protest against the the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens.

According to a copy of the FIR seen by The Wire, the protesters have been charged under sections 143, 145, 149 (sections related to unlawful assembly), 186, 188 (obstructing a public servant), 290, 291 (creating public nuisance), 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others), 153- A and 153-A (attempts to promote disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different reli­gious groups) and 124 A (sedition).

The FIR was registered on the basis a of complaint filed by the circle officer Prashant Kumar Laiq on Tuesday against thousands of protesters who allegedly blocked a road and raised inflammatory slogans. Based on the complaint, the local police registered an FIR against seven named and three thousand unnamed protesters for allegedly blocking traffic, creating chaos and shouting anti- government slogans, along with hurting religious sentiments and organising a protest without permission.

City superintendent of police R. Ramkumar confirmed that an FIR has indeed been filed against the protesters. Speaking to a news portal, Ramkumar said, “On the instructions of the district administration, a case has been registered under different sections, including treason.”

The news portal further reported that the police is investigating the case and making full efforts to identify the unknown by watching the video. However, no arrests have been made so far.

Notably, no violence and obstruction was reported during the protest. In fact, there is no mention of the same in the complaint.

While there is a mention of inflammatory slogans, it does not go into what those slogans were. Similarly, there is nothing written in the complaint as to what attracts a serious charge like sedition. There is only a mention that the protesters raised anti-government slogans.

Commenting on the case, high court lawyer and a resident of the city,  Shadab Ansari said there is no merit in the case. “The sections used in the FIR are not applicable,” Ansari told The Wire, adding he is planing to move an appropriate court to quash the FIR.

He also said that there was no need for permission to organise protests as it is the constitutional right of every citizen. “Moreover,” said Ansari, “as far as I know there was no imposition of 144 in the city. So, there is hardly any merit in the police case.”

According to a news report on The Telegraph, on Tuesday, more than 4,000, people, mostly from Wasseypur area of the city took out a march from Ara Mor amid heavy police deployment.

They raised slogans like “Na Hindu jalega, na Mussalman jalega, tum aag lagaoge to insaan jalega (Neither Hindus nor Muslims will burn, if you light a fire humanity will burn).”

As per the newspaper, the protesters held placards, banners and posters with slogans such as “Jahan paida hue hain wahin dafan bhi honge (Where I was born I will die there)”, “Divide karke chalate hain rajya kya? Logon ko pitne se thamti hai awaz kya? (Can one divide and govern? Can one beat people to gag voices?), “India needs better economy, better healthcare, not religious hatred”, and “Reject CAA”.

They also shouted slogans such as “Hum leke rahenge azadi, CAA se azadi, NRC se azadi, NPR se azadi” and “Ekta ka raj chalega, Hindu-Muslim saath chalega.”

Meanwhile, reacting to the case, the Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha, a group formed defend people’s rights and save democracy in Jharkhand, tweeted that the new “Hemant Soren administration needs to be clearly instructed to stop using sedition charge.” The group also noted that the governor Draupadi Murmu, addressing the newly elected Vidhan Sabha on January 7, said that the government was committed to protecting secularism and freedom of expression. On the same day, the administration slapped anti-CAA protesters with sedition charges.

Demanding that people’s right to freedom of expression be respected, the Mahasabha further said, “Hope your (Hemant Soren’s) government, unlike the previous dispensation, will respect people’s freedom of expression and the right to dissent.”

On Wednesday evening, as per Indian Express reporter Abhishek Angad, Jharkhand additional Chief Secretary (Home) Sukhdev Singh has said that the sedition charges will be removed. And Director General of Police (DGP) KN Choubey said, there was no element of sedition. Moreover, SSP Dhanbad has said that City SP has been directed to send a correction letter to the court removing IPC 124A.

It can be recalled that during the Pathalgadi movement (which started in 2017), more than 170 people were charged under sedition in a total of 19 cases by the previous BJP government. The new government, which came to the power in December and is headed by Hemant Soren of JMM in its first cabinet meeting dropped all cases (including sedition) registered against people during the Pathalgadi movement in 2017-2018.

Woman Kidnapped from Patna Mall, Raped at Gunpoint.

Source – news18.com

Patna A woman was allegedly raped at gunpoint after being kidnapped from the parking lot of a mall here on Monday, police officials said.

One person has been arrested out of four persons named in the FIR.

“We have identified the four accused persons who were the (rape) victim’s acquaintances. One man raped the girl while others were part of the conspiracy,” City Superintendent of Police (Central), Patna, Vinay Tiwary told PTI.

Asked whether it is a case of gangrape, Tiwary said, “No, it is not gangrape. It is rape but others were part of the conspiracy.”

One person has been arrested in connection with the case while raids are being conducted to nab other culprits, the City SP said.

The victim’s medical examination was conducted on Tuesday, police sources said.

While talking to reporters, the rape survivor, who had covered her face with a mask, said she was kidnapped by four men at gunpoint from GV Mall on the busy Boring road intersection around 7:30 pm on Monday while she was coming out of an eatery.

As she stepped out of the eatery, one of the four men, who raped her later, told her at gunpoint to sit in his car in the parking lot of the mall.

The four then allegedly took her to a flat located near P&M Mall in Pataliputra colony where one person raped her while three others stood with a pistol, the rape survivor said.

The woman said the four made a video of the incident and threatened to post it on social media.

The woman escaped from their clutches and narrated the incident to her room mate and brother over phone who informed the police.

The woman said the main accused had once come to her residence and had insisted on having physical relations with her.

Bihar: Labourers, Women Scheme Workers Hit the Streets on Bharat Bandh.

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Patna: The countrywide strike, called by 10 central trade unions and independent forums, was seen in nearly all districts of Bihar.

Unions that participated in the strike included All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC), and Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS).

Workers and activists gathered at Patna’s Dak Bungla Chowk and raised slogans against the government’s anti-people policies.

The protesters included midday meal workers, ASHA workers, non-gazetted employees, contractual workers, MGNREGA workers and transport unionists.

Bihar State Auto Union general secretary Raj Kumar Jha, told The Wire that the strike went well thanks to the presence of lorry and bus drivers, auto rickshaw drivers and also petrol pump workers. “Our focus was to put up resistance against the anti-worker polices of both state and central government which includes ban of diesel auto from March 31, 2020,” he added.

Saroj Chaubey, state secretary of the Bihar Mid Day Meal Workers organisation, said districts of Patna, Samastipur, Ara, Munger, Saharsa, East Champaran, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Nawada and Jehanabad saw good mass mobilisation. “People raised slogans such as pandrah sau main dum nahin, ikkis hazaar se kam nahi which means that there is no strength in Rs 1,500 and we demand no less than Rs 21,000,” he said.

Accredited Social Health Workers (ASHA) workers and Anganwadi workers demanded ‘worker’ status to all scheme workers who by virtue of not being officially categorised as ‘workers’, do not come under most of the labour laws in the country.

CITU state leader Arun Kumar Mishra said, “The Bihar chapter of all India strike went extremely well with coordination of all the trade unions and the support from the common man. The outburst against policies such as CAA-NRC of the government was visible. Issues of massive unemployment, price rise, distortion of labour laws and unprecedented sale of public sector and mergers of banks have led to mass eruption.”

All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) Bihar leader Ashok Singh said the rural workforce showed full participation with no supply or restricted supply of vegetables to the mandis of local areas and nearby towns. Construction workers were also seen in huge numbers statewide.

MGNREGA workers claimed to not have been given their wages since months. Nor are there enough jobs for them, they said.

Premchand Kumar Sinha, a leader of Bihar Non-Gazetted Employees Federation (Gope Group), said government employees joined the workers’ strike in large numbers to express their anger in districts of Darbhanga, Buxar, Gaya, East-West Champaran, Ara, Samastipur, Saharsa, and Muzaffarpur,

Rannvijay, general secretary of the AICCTU, claimed that Patna town alone had participation of more than 10,000 people and statewide more than 2 crore workers participated. “Patliputra Industrial area, Nalanda Biscuit factory and Sudha Dairy factory located at Phulwarisharif saw large protests,” he added. 

The strikes were notable for the participation of women scheme workers and their entirely non-violent nature in the state.

Centre Keeps Bihar Waiting For Flood Funds Again, Opposition Slams Amit Shah.

Source – ndtv.com

Patna: With less than a year to go for the assembly polls, the centre has yet again kept Bihar’s Nitish Kumar government waiting for the Rs 4,000 crore it has demanded in flood damages.

Flood claims made by Bihar and Kerala were not given much credence in the Rs 5,908-crore relief fund released by the central government to seven states recently. According to a press release, Karnataka got Rs 1,869.85 crore (totalling over Rs 3,000 crore when taken together with the first instalment of Rs 1,200 crore) while Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra received Rs 1,749.73 crore and Rs 1,500 crore respectively. Bihar, however, had to make do with just Rs 400 crore.

When upset Bihar officials questioned the reason for more funds not being allotted despite the state getting hit by floods two times in a row last year, resulting in the death of over 200 people, they were told that one more visit by a central team would be required. The opposition, however, was far from convinced.

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Shivanand Tiwari termed it as a “clear-cut case of partisanism” by the central government, recalling how it had granted just Rs 1,700 crore as compared to the state’s demand for Rs 7,000 crore even the previous year. He also claimed that the BJP knows Chief Minister Nitish Kumar won’t make a big issue of it, given that he is “more interested in striking a favourable seat-sharing deal than the people”.

Congress legislator Shakeel Ahmed Khan termed it as proof that the plight of the poor in Bihar does not move Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. “What else can you expect from a Finance Ministry under the BJP?” he exclaimed.

Janata Dal United spokesperson C Tyagi admitted to being shocked by the low figure, but hoped that the central government would “walk the talk” soon. Last year, the Bihar government had disbursed Rs 2,000 crore among flood victims.

‘No proof of girls being killed inside Bihar home’.

Source – indiatoday.in

More than a year after two skeletons were recovered from a shelter home for girls in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, amidst allegations of several of the inmates being sexually assaulted, drugged and some disposed of, the CBI has on Wednesday said that the remains were not of the inmates.

Girls recovered from the shelter home had given statements to counsellors from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences that they believed that some girls had been killed and buried in the shelter home campus.

The CBI in an earlier status report to the court had said that the names of the allegedly missing girls were being verified, as about 35 girls had similar names. On Wednesday, Attorney-General KK Venugopal informed the bench headed by CJI SA Bobde that the CBI had traced all the inmates who had been sent to the shelter home and none of them were dead.

The A-G also informed the bench that the skeletons could not have been those of the girls sent to the shelter home, as one was found to be of an adult male, while the other was of an adult female.

The probe is underway, said the A-G. The apex court had transferred the trial of the sexual assault and drugging case to Delhi, where the special court is scheduled to pronounce its verdict against Bihar strongman Brajesh Thakur and 20 others, including the government officials of the social welfare department and the Child Welfare Committee’s members.

The A-G said the testimony given by the girls was due to the traumatised condition of the victims, who had been repeatedly drugged, sexually assaulted and physically beaten by the shelter home staff and others. There is no evidence of any murder of any of the inmates. The children were under tremendous trauma. The NIMHANS teams have counselled and spoken to the children and found that there was no murder, said the A-G. The apex court has taken note of the submissions made by the CBI and will hear the matter after two weeks.