‘I am also a driver’: Assam teachers protest against education minister’s ‘driving license’ remark

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Irked by a recent remark by Assam’s Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya, teachers in the state are protesting by prefixing their names with ‘driver’ on their social media handles, taking a page out of the books of BJP leaders and supporters who prefixed theirs with ‘chowkidar’ while campaigning in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

On June 13, while taking a live question from a teacher in Barpeta on All India Radio, Bhattacharya had said that those teachers who had gotten their teaching certificates more than five years ago need to have their documents renewed, just like driving licenses. For this, they will have to sit for the Teacher’s Eligibility Test (TET) again.

The first general TET exam was held in Assam in 2012. Those who have qualified this exam are eligible to seek employment at government-backed primary schools in the state.

In 2012, over 52,000 people had passed the exam, of which around 26,000 were granted employment in a phased manner, as per a Times of India report. The last exam was held in Assam in 2014 with over 90,000 candidates having cleared heir exam.

However, a TET certificate lapses every seven years, warranting those who haven’t been able to procure a job in that period to sit for the exam again. As a result of this, around 40,000 teachers, who were working on a contractual basis, are left in the lurch because their jobs haven’t been regularized by the government.

The vexed teachers have given their social media mobilisation the form of a state-wide protest, demanding Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to regularise the jobs of TET qualified teachers who are working on a contractual basis for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan.

Teachers point out that it was the government at fault here that has not regularised them despite vacant posts.

Mirajul Rasid, general secretary of an organisation that represents TET qualified teachers, said as per a report by The Indian Express, “This is not out of disrespect for drivers in any way. But the comparison makes no sense. Do we have to sit for a driving test at the DTO every time we renew our driving licenses?”

“Our social media campaign is not derogatory but actually a mark of respect to drivers — us teachers are drivers of schools, of educating children, just like Sarbananda Sonowal is the driver of Assam,” Rasid added.


MapmyIndia Is Now Map Also Launches Hey Map Keyboard With Mapping Function

MapmyIndia Is Now Map; Also Launches Hey Map Keyboard With Mapping Function

MapmyIndia has long been associated with its GPS devices that you put in your cars, but it also has apps for smartphones, and at a press conference in Delhi on Monday, the company announced a new keyboard with access to its digital map data, called Hey Map. It has also announced a revamping of its main app, now known simply as Map.

The Map app benefits from a number of partnerships that MapmyIndia has made, including with ISRO for satellite images, and with Bengaluru-based Reverie to offer a fully localised map experience in Indian languages, starting with Hindi. The app will soon allow for multilingual search as well, it added in a mailed statement.

The Hey Map keyboard comes with a built in local assistant that lets you type in multiple Indian languages, and pulls up the relevant local information based on what you typed. You can also explore nearby places through the keyboard – useful if you’re messaging someone and want to quickly find a convenient location to meet, for example.

Typing in a word like Basket (in English, or doing the same in Hindi to get बास्केट, or similarly in other Indian languages) will show you results for locations such as Godrej Nature’s Basket, and Big Basket. You can get the results on a list, or on the map view. And by simply pressing the ‘flip’ button on the keyboard, you’re back to typing as usual. This also works with speech-to-text.

With the new app, you can also create and search for MapmyIndia’s eLocs – short codes for physical addresses. It has other features such as real time location sharing, tracking your journey, and giving you traffic information as well.

“Our new Hey Map keyboard assistant, and new flagship Map app, will allow all billion Indians to benefit from our map of the future by allowing powerful map, navigation, tracking, and analytics features to be accessed across all interfaces, such as mobile, keyboard, voice, VR, across all apps, websites, phones, and IoT platforms and the data and APIs that underlie our map will be power a whole host of consumer, automotive, business and government solutions,” said Rohan Verma, Chief Technology Officer, MapmyIndia.

As mentioned above, MapmyIndia has partnered with ISRO’s satellite mapping portal Bhuvan, and it has also been integrated with the soon-to-launch Navic, India’s indigenous satellite navigation system. This enables tracking and geofencing features in the new Map app, apart from features such as searching for brands, reporting issues for other users to see, and information and reviews on locations in the maps.

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SimpliSafe Home Security Service May Also Provide Small Business Solution

As the name implies, it is very easy to install the SimpliSafe security system and using it for your small business will save you lots of money.

Securing the place we live and work in used to be a task best left for professional, but like almost every other industry, digital technology is also democratizing security. SimpliSafe Home Security lets you install a wireless security system with all the bells and whistles, without needing an expert and paying an arm and a leg for it.

The SimpliSafe System

As the name implies, it is very easy to install the SimpliSafe system. It comes pre-programmed to work out of the box, and you won’t need to drill any holes or use wires, which saves hundreds on installation alone.

The Packages and Custom Build

You have the option of getting different business packages or you can custom build one for the perfect system. A business 5 piece package is as little as $229.96. You can get some that have as many as 13 components and you can even add more pieces to them for a total of up to 41.

If you decide to build your own, it starts with a core unit that includes the base station, wireless keypad and master keychain. From here, you can add all of the sensors, panic button, keypad, keychains, as well as the siren the company offers. This includes entry, motion, glass break, water, and freezer sensors.

SimpliSafe Security Monitoring Plans

One of the biggest drawbacks of traditional security systems is the monthly fees of the contracts that lock you in with multi-year commitments. With SimpliSafe, you get 24/7 professional alarm monitoring for less than 50 cents per day without annual contracts, and you can cancel anytime.


Once the system is installed, you will have access to your business with your smartphone no matter where you are. The base houses a SIM card for cellular connectivity, and it has a backup battery that works in the event of a power outage.

As the name implies, it is very easy to install the SimpliSafe security system and using it for your small business will save you lots of money.


The system is easy to set up, wireless, without a long term contract allowing you to cancel anytime. It has a 100 percent guarantee with paid shipping for return after 60 days. The company says that this gives customers complete control. What do you think?

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Indian Banks’ Terrible Loans Might also Upward thrust to 8.5% By means of March 2017: RBI

Indian Banks' Bad Loans May Rise to 8.5% By March 2017: RBI

Mumbai: Gross Horrific loans at Indian banks Might also Upward push to 8.five per cent of generalproperty By way of March 2017 from 7.6 percent in March 2016 if the significant financial institutionorders them to conduct a 2nd round of asset excellent evaluations, a Reserve financial institution of India (RBI) record said on Tuesday.

In the meantime, underneath a “severe pressurescenario, overall Bad loans may want to Upward thrust to nine.3 percent in March 2017, the RBI said in its semi-annual Financial Balance file.

The RBI brought that the assessments, though “stringent and conservative”, had been additionallyhypothetical, pronouncing “the intense negative monetary situations mentioned here must not be interpreted as forecast or anticipated effects.”

The RBI ultimate 12 months instructed banks to conduct an asset quality evaluation (AQR) in a bid to get a better photo of the extent of potentially soured property held inside the quarter.

Outgoing RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan had made cleansing up banks a priority in the course of hisalmost threeyear tenure given the arena is saddled with $120 billion of sour loans, that’s constraining new lending and company investments.

Nonetheless, the RBI has no longer ordered a second spherical of formal tests, even though it hasstated it might continue reviewing asset exceptional at banks.

“The stress within the banking sector, which mirrors the pressure within the corporate region, needs to be dealt with so as to revive credit score increase,” Mr Rajan wrote in the record.

The first AQR led banks to understand around $35 billion of latest Awful loans on account thatSeptember, pushing gross Awful loans to 7.6 in step with cent in March from five.1 in keeping with cent in September 2015.

In the meantime, usual burdened belongingswhich include Terrible loans in addition to restructuredassets – rose to 11.five percentage in March from 11.three percent six months in advance.

even though analysts agree with the evaluate has presented a more correct picture of Terrible debt in the area, it has dented profit and restrained credit growth over the past months.

That is the final Economic Stability file beneath Mr Rajan, after the previous Global Financial Fundchief economist greatly surprised the us of a this month By pronouncing he would depart whilst his tenure ends on September 4.

But analysts broadly assume the next RBI Governor to hold the push to smooth up the banking quarter.

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