Current Affairs, News & Facts of 20 Jan 2016

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  • Senior journalist and scholar Aroon Tikekar passes away

     

      India Slips to 89th Rank on Global Talent Competitiveness Index

    Senior journalist and scholar Aroon Tikekar (72) passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Tikekar was a man of expertise in Marathi  and English writing and was associated with different various newspaper groups. He has authored over 20 books.

     Know more about Aroon Tikekar

    • He was born in a renowned family of litterateurs and journalists in 1944. Before starting his  jornalistic career he worked as a college  teacher for some years. He has also worked as a Language and Literature Expert and  Acquisitions Specialist at the US Library of  Congress Office, New Delhi. 
    • He was the Editor of Loksatta, Marathi newspaper of the Indian Express Group Newspaper, for over a decade (1992-2002). He was also reference chief of the Times of India and a senior assistant editor for Maharashtra Times.
    • He had authored over 20 books in Marathi as well as in English  including The cloister’s pale: A Biography of the University of Mumbai .He is the recipient of several literary and journalism awards, and was a adjunct professor in the Department of Journalism and Communications, University of Pune.
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  • Bihar cabinet approves 35 per cent job reservation for women

     

    Bihar cabinet approves 35 per cent job reservation for women

    The Bihar Government has formally approved 35 percent reservation for women in all government jobs in the state including reserved and unreserved category. Decision in this regard was taken by state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna.

    It should be noted that Bihar is already providing 35 percent reservation for women in recruitment as police constables and sub-inspectors. There women in the state also have 50 percent reservation in recruitment as primary school teachers and in the Panchayati Raj system.

    The government’s scheme to promote education among girls by providing them free cycles has increased school enrolment in rural areas. In the last assembly polls a large number of women cutting across caste and religion had voted for Nitish Kumar and in fact women voters outnumbered male voters in the five-phase Bihar assembly poll.

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  • Maharashtra government signs MoU with Tata Trust for skill training of youth 

     

    Maharashtra government signs MoU with Tata Trust for skill training of youth

    The Maharashtra government and Tata Trust have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a skill training programme for the youth in the state. The programme has been undertaken under the state government's "Kushal Maharashtra, Rojgaryukt Maharashtra" initiative.

    Under the programme, skill development and vocational training centres will be set up in 10 districts in the state. Virtual classrooms will also be set up in 100 ITIs in Maharashtra. The Trust will improve infrastructure in Industrial Training Institutes. 

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  • India Slips to 89th Rank on Global Talent Competitiveness Index 

     

    India Slips to 89th Rank on Global Talent Competitiveness Index

    In the annual Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2015-16  realeased recently India has slipped 11 places to rank 89th among 106 assessed countries in terms of talent competitiveness of its human resource. Last year, India was ranked 78th on the index.

    GTCI list was compiled by INSEAD business school in partnership with Adecco and Human Capital Leadership Institute of Singapore (HCLI). It measures the nation’s competitiveness based on the quality of talent it can produce, attract and retain.

    India’s ranking is worst among the five BRICS countries, while China has been positioned with a global rank of 48 which is highest among the BRICS nations.

    Top 10 countries : Switzerland (1st), Singapore (2nd), Luxembourg (3rd), United States (4th), Denmark (5th),Sweden (6th),United Kingdom (7th), Norway (8th), Canada (9th) and Finland (10th).

    Countries at the bottom :  Mali (105th), Tanzania (106th), Ethiopia (107th), Burkina Faso (108th) and Madagascar (109th).

    Comment : Lower ranking of India on Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI ) reflects the acute shortage of skilled labour force and difficult business condition. India is facing the challenge of attracting talent from abroad, particularly in the context of large emigration rates of high-skilled people in the past.

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