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The exam dates are May 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 17. There are many students who have to register themselves to appear for the UGCNET and other examinations. The convenience of such students has been kept in mind while formulating the UGC-NET examination schedule. The National Testing Agency will conduct UGC-NET in two shifts -- 9 am to 12 pm and from 3 pm to 6 pm. The exam will consist of 2 question papers - one with 100 marks and 50 multiple choice questions and second of 200 marks and 100 multiple choice questions to be attempted through computer-based CBT method. Candidates desirous of sitting in the NET can access the information brochure on the NTA website. The forms will be available online from February 2. Candidates can submit online applications by March 2. The application fee can be paid by March 3. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 10,767,206 TOTAL DEATH: 154,522 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 104,026,374 TOTAL DEATH: 2,250,186 NEW DELHI : Amid protest by opposition members in Lok Sabha over the new farm laws, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday that the government is ready for debate inside and outside the parliament on the issue. Members of the opposition were on their feet as the House met for the day over the issue and forced two adjournments. When the House reassembled at 5 pm after the first adjournment, members of Congress, DMK, BSP, AAP, and TMC resorted to sloganeering over the new farm laws against which farmer unions are protesting on Delhi borders. Amid the din, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said half the discussion would have been over if the opposition members had begun it. "If members are ready to discuss the laws and issues related to farmers, the government is ready for debate inside and outside parliament. Had you started discussing and debating, half of the discussion would have completed by now," he said. He asked opposition members to let the parliament function for sake of the poor. "Parliament has been convened to discuss various Tikait warns farmers' stir will not conclude before Oct issues related to farmers, villages and poor people," he said. "I would reiterate that the option of discussion with farmers is still open," he said amid sloganeering. Speaker Om Birla asked members to take their seats and not shout slogans. Parliamentary Affairs minister Pralhad Joshi had a word with Tomar who then made the remarks. As the din continued, the Speaker adjourned the House till 7 pm. Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 9 am tomorrow, after facing repeated adjournments on Tuesday amid ruckus by Opposition MPs. Earlier today, the Opposition parties staged a walkout of the Rajya Sabha after their demand for suspension of business of the day to take up a discussion on the ongoing farmers' agitation against three farm laws was rejected by Chairman Venkaiah Naidu. However, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked opposition parties to hold the dis- GHAZIABAD : Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Tuesday warned the farmers' agitation will not conclude unless government repeals the three newly enacted agriculture laws and it may go on till October. "Our slogan is 'Kanoon Wapsi Nahi toh Ghar Wapasi Nahi'. This agitation will not conclude before October, it will not end anytime soon," said Tikait while addressing a rally at Ghazipur border. Reacting to the heavy deployment of security personnel and fencing at the borders of Delhi, he said, "The government's strategy to stop the farmers is going to backfire as it will restrict movements of farm produces to various places and in turn harm common people. I urge all of you to be prepared to carry this movement till October/November. Let the government do as much fencing as they want to do." Tikait said the youth who hoisted the flag at Red Fort was given way by the authorities themselves. "All this was done to malign the image of Punjabi community and paint the image of farmers as anti-national," he added. Security has been beefed up at Ghazipur, Singhu and Tikri borders, as farmers continue to make their way to the protest sites for the past two to three days. The Delhi Police have blocked roads near Akshardham and vehicular movement has been restricted between Delhi and Ghaziabad on National Highway-24. Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. cussion on Wednesday. Several opposition leaders in Rajya Sabha gave suspension of business notices over new farm laws. The leaders gave notice for suspension of business under Rule 267 of Rules and Procedure and Conduct of Business. Speaking to ANI, Sanjay Singh said, "What's the use of running the parliament when we cannot raise the issues of farmers." The opposition members were not happy with Chairman Venkaiah Naidu's explanation that the discussion should be held tomorrow. He added, "The Chairman wanted that we should raise farmer's issue when there will be discussion over President's speech but opposition wanted to discuss it on priority." Claiming that the farm laws were forcibly passed in Parliament with a minority vote, he said that the government is responsible if Parliament doesn't run. At least 122 people have been arrested so far, including elderly ex-servicemen and farmers by Delhi Police in Republic Day violence, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP said. Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws - Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. Jharkhandi leaders have struggled through ages: CM SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Leaders of Jharkhand have struggled for their rights and culture for ages and it was the result of their efforts that a separate state of Jharkhand was formed, said Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday. In a programme held in honour of the martyrs in Seregasia village in Toto block in West Singhbhum, the CM said that a large number of people have sacrificed their lives for Jharkhand. He stated after the formation of the state too the people of the state have to struggle on various issues, including domicile policy. "JMM supremo Shibu Soren became the Chief Minister but he was not allowed to run the state peacefully. Whenever our government came to power one force or another pulled our legs," he added. The CM stated that after continuous efforts his government came to power but its works were also affected by the Covid Chief Minister Hemant Soren speaking at a function in Chaibasa on Tuesday. pandemic. He mentioned that all sectors of the economy closed down, adding people of the state were stranded in different parts of the country. He said the state government stood by its people and Jharkhand was the first state to bring the migrants through the air. The CM inaugurated 19 schemes worth Rs 19.28 crore and also unveiled the foundation stone of schemes worth Rs 12.77 crore on the occasion. The schemes inaugurated in the function included 5500 feet PCC road in Khuntipani block, solar handpumps in Toto block, water scheme in Saliburu, water supply scheme in Gundiburu, paver block and PCC road in different wards of Chaibasa Nagar Parishad, construction works of four additional classes in upgrad- ed high school, five new classes in middle school Karampada, three classes in primary school Novagaoan, four classrooms in primary school Potka, six rooms in GC Jain college Chaibasa, renovation of a health centre in Manjhgaon and Khuntpani, upgradation of six classrooms in high school Jhinkpani and building of a bridge in Salikuti Women and child development minister Joba Manjhi and local MLAs were present at the function. Meanwhile, criticizing the BJP for the problems of the state, Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Tuesday said that if he starts detailing on the illeffects of the BJP rule then it would take many days. The CM was addressing the JMM 42nd annual convention in Dumka. He said that the BJP ruled the state for a large part of the 20 years since creation of Jharkhand, adding the JMM government which was formed earlier could not function for long due to conspiracy. ‘65% working women feel Covid impacted their careers negatively’ NEW DELHI : The impact of the pandemic has been disastrous for many, including women, as 65 per cent of working women feel that Covid-19 has impacted their careers negatively, a survey said on Tuesday. In the survey, 4 in 10 women reported job losses in 2020. In April and May alone, 17 million women reported losing jobs. "Our survey has highlighted that the impact of Covid-19 on the Indian workforce has been detrimental, and female workers have suffered the brunt of this disproportionately, especially at junior levels," said Anuranjita Kumar, Founder and CEO, Women in Technology (WiT), India. According to the survey, there is also a consensus that women have been more negatively impacted than men during this crisis, with 74 per cent agreeing to the view. Interestingly, the view is more mixed when it comes to sharing of household responsibilities, with 49 per cent of the view that both genders had to step up equally, and 49 per cent feeling the burden was more on women. On the issue of the pandemic impacting mental health and productivity, 73 per cent of the respondents agreed that the impact was highly negative. In the survey, 12 per cent of the respondents also highlighted that lesser in person interactions could have a negative impact on women employees and their growth prospects, but there were less concerns that subconscious biases around men being primary breadwinners could impact them. "The impact is differentiated across sectors and experience levels but is undeniably present. However, we do see the silver lining emerging in 2021 with numbers of hires looking up gradually," Kumar said. The survey, conducted by online mentoring platform WiT, focused on 350 female professionals, based in India, within the ages of 21-55. IIFCL may be subsumed in Development Infrastructure Fund NEW DELHI : The government may subsume the India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL) with the proposed Development Infrastructure Fund (DFI) to boost financing in the infrastructure segment. During a post-Budget interaction on Tuesday, Secretary for Department of Financial Services, Debasish Panda noted that given the domain expertise and the trained manpower of IIFCL, the the government may consider subsuming the company into the proposed DFI. "IIFCL may be considered for a quick start. It could be subsumed in this new financial institution, as they already have domain expertise. They have some manpower who are already trained and experience in this field...so that can could be a way of looking at it," he said. IIFCL was established in January 2006 as a wholly owned Government of India company and commenced. CBSE announces datesheet for Board exams NEW DELHI : The schedule for the class 10 and class 12 Board exams has been finalised with the issue of the datesheet by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday. The exams will begin on May 4 and culminate on June 10. Results for both the classes will be declared by July 15. According to the datesheet, exams for some of the main subjects for class 10 will begin with the English exam on May 6, followed by Hindi on May 10, Urdu on May 11, Science on May 15, Home Science on May 20 , Maths on May 21 and Social Science on May 27. Similarly, class 12 students will appear for the English exam on May 4, the Taxation exam on May 5, the Physical Education exam on May 8, Engineering Graphic on May 10, Business Studies on May 12, Accountancy on May 17, Chemistry on May 18, Political Science on May 19, Biology on May 24, Economics on May 25, Hindi on May 31 and Mathematics on June 1. For details and the complete datesheet, students can log on to the CBSE web site, where the entire schedule has been upload on Tuesday evening. Speaking on the occasion, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said: "While fixing the datesheet, we have tried that students get a lot of time between exams of important subjects. Students must remain relaxed. We have tried to get connected with students so that students can happily prepare for their exams." The minister further said on Twitter: "I hope now that the students have the datesheet, they can prepare well for the exams. They have already proved themselves in difficult circumstances. I extend my gratitude to our teachers, who have acted like warriors and nurtured their students along with the parents." Nishank further added: "Gradually the entire country is attaining freedom from the Corona pandemic. The people of the country have turned this crisis into an opportunity. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we have got two vaccines. Still, we must stay alert till everything returns to normal and also help others stay vigilant," added the minister. PGIMER Chandigarh launches India’s 1st amputee clinic CHANDIGARH : A first of its kind in India, the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has launched an amputee clinic, Director Jagat Ram said on Tuesday. Formally inaugurated on Monday, the clinic has been set up to improve amputation patient care by providing collection of services under one roof and with significant coordination. Lauding the initiative, the Director said its basic intent is to unify all diverse sections in the hospital with some upgradations where needed, to provide appropriate management to amputees to guide them in their path to rehabilitation in society. He also ensured that some modalities would be worked out under the initiative to extend financial support for the medical as well as rehabilitation of the deserving and destitute amputees. Orthopaedics Department Head, M.S. Dhillon, who spearheaded the initiative, said: "This is the first-of-its-kind clinic in the country and no such clinic exists elsewhere. Over the last few years, it has been our endeavour to provide comprehensive care to post-trauma amputees, with various aspects of multidisciplinary care. "We have combined all the specialities that help in patient care and rehab under one roof, we have now formalized this as PGI amputee clinic comprising specialists from various departments that is, orthopaedics, PMR (physical and medical rehabilitation), occupational physiotherapy, prosthetists, psychologists and nursing departments, who had already been providing care but as individual entities." Rajnath calls Light Combat Aircraft pride of India BENGALURU:Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday lauded efforts by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to increase the production capacity of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), which he said is going to be the backbone of Indian Air Force fighter fleet in coming years. The Minister's inaugurated the second plant HAL's LCA division in Bengaluru today. "HAL's new LCA facility is an example of how 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' is shaping and HAL deserves the largest indigenous order of 83 LCA Mk-IA. LCA is the pride of India and sends the right message to others that India can make fighters of class in-house. The fighter is superior in many ways when compared to other fighters in its category besides being cost-effective," said Singh. He complimented HAL for working throughout the COVID pandemic and bringing out the new facility. "The Company has a lot of talent and more orders should come in its way in future. We cannot depend on others on security issues and therefore will make HAL stronger, whatever it takes", he added. Speaking during the event, Raj Kumar, S e c r e t a r y, D e f e n c e Production said HAL has taken timely steps proactively to set up the facility well ahead of receiving the order. Chairman and Managing Director of HAL R Madhavan, called the Defence Minister's visit a great morale booster to HAL. "The phase -1 of the facility getting ready on 35 acres of land will enable HAL to enhance its production capacity to 16 from the current eight aircraft every year," said Madhavan. Karnataka Minister Aravind Limbavali, Air Marshal Sandeep Singh and many other senior officials from the defence fraternity were also present on the occasion. According to the HAL, the state of the art machines such as CNC profilers, and fiveaxis machining centers for producing technologically challenging, high-pressure fluid cell press machine, test rigs, specialized facilities for heat treatment, special processes, and hangars for structural assembly of aircraft are being created in new LCA Complex.