April, 2012

Rules to define international schools soon

The Central Govt. is coming up with a set of rules and regulations to define an international school. The standardisation is essential to regulate the increasing number of schools with the tag international to them. The rules would define criterion such as percentage of international students, infrastructure facilities offered, syllabi followed and accreditation. So far, the affiliation process has been very lengthy and time consuming. Now, the council will have it cleared within a month, provided the management cooperates,” adding that the process would even be introduced online.

Madras Universities goes online with degree certificates

The Madras University will soon have an online student information portal launched by the Department of Journalism that will respond to text messages sent by students and alumini. Students now will just need to register with the system and than send a message asking for the required certificate. The system will respond with a “yes” if the degree certificate is in the department a “no” in case it is not there. Reasons for the unavailability will also be messaged to the student. Former students repeatedly throng the administration for their degree certificates and many are asked to come back later, because the University database does not have their certificate.

Asian weightlifting championship

Japan top the mens standings and Uzbekistan win the womens title at the Asian weighlifting championship in Pycongtaek, South Korea.

UN-backed Syria ceasefire

The fate of the UN-backed Syrian ceasefire continues to hang in balance, with a string of blasts rocking the city of Idlib and some other locations and killing a sizeable number of people.

India-Japan civil nuclear agreement

At the sixth India-Japan Foreign Minister-level strategic dialogue held in New Delhi, the two sides agree to come up with a master plan for industrial development of south India. External Affairs Minister Mr. S.K. Krishna and his Japanese counterpart. Mr. Koichiro Gemba also decide to re-open talks on a bilateral civil nuclear agreemet.

Barcelona Open tennis title

Rafael Nadal of Spain beats his compatriot David Ferrer in the final to win the Barcelona Open tennis title in Barcelona, Spain.

India Open badminton championship

South Koreas Wan Ho Shon wins the mens title at the India Open badminton championship in New Delhi, beating Malaysian World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the final. The women`s title is clinched by Li Xuerui of China, who beats Julianne Schenk of Germany in the final.

Asian Snooker Championship

Indian cueist Aditya Mehta stuns fancied compatriot Pankaj Advani in the final to lift the title at the Asian Snooker Championship in Doha, Qatar.

Deep-sea drilling probe

Chikyu, a Japanese deep-sea drilling probe, sets a world record for depth, reaching 25,400 feet below the sea surface. US probe Glomar Challenger had the previous record of 23,130 feet.

Green Channel Scheme

With some States defaulting on payment of their share of funds for providing mid-day meal in government schools, the Centre asks all States to adopt Andhra Pradesh model “Green Channel Scheme”. It may be mentioned here that this specific model makes funds available throughout the year.