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September 26, 2017

IB ACIO Tier I Exam 2017 Call Letters out

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Friends, the Ministry of Home Affairs has released the Call Letters of IB ACIO Tier I Exam 2017. As you know, the organization has invited online applications for filling up 1430 posts of Assistant Central Intelligence Officers (GradeII/Executive) i.e. ACIO-II (Exe) in Intelligence Bureau from 12th August 2017 to 10 September 2017. Now it has came out with the call letters for the Agartala, Aizwal, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Hyderabad, Itanagar, Jammu, Kohima, Kolkatta, Leh, Lucknow, Meerut, Nagpur, Ranchi, Shillong, Shimla, and Siliguri  centers. Admit cards for the remaining centers will be available soon. The exam is scheduled to be held on 15th October 2015. All the Best :)

Essays for IBPS PO VII : Sexual Harassment at Workplace

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Sexual Harassment at Workplace

Main Points to Highlight : Sexual harassment is the expression of male power over women and is closely connected to male attitudes about the ',Proper" role of a MAN in the society. The perception of men about masculinity is being a good provider of his family which is strong. Therefore, the feminist drive for economic equality is seen as a threat to their traditional role and thus takes the form of sexual harassment, may be a tool of self-protection. Lewd remarks, touching, wolf-whistles, looks are now part of any woman's life, so much so that it is dismissed as normal. Tolerance at first instance may be taken as acceptance and that may lead to further harassment. Women have accepted themselves as universal victim of such acts and are hesitant to take any action against it because of apprehension of being ridiculed. Thus, combating sexual harassment involves developing understanding of what is sexual harassment and change of attitudes in all, be it employees, colleagues, friends, administrators, employers or the law makers. The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redresses)Act, 2013 has widened the definition of sexual harassment and its victims. Moreover, the Act of 2013 is more centered on complaint redresses mechanism rather than prevention of such act whereas the major hurdle in combating with this evil is that majority of incidents are not reported. It is very clear that just black and white letters are not enough to provide a safer environment for women at workplace

In India the concern of sexual harassment of women at work place is increasing. Every other day instance of sexual harassment pops up. It is good from one point of view that now more and more instances are being reported so that the issue can be understood with depth. Such instances were taking place before but were not reported. In India the issue is not being treated with gender neutrality and according to the law only a woman can be subjected to sexual harassment. There is a growing consensus among the HR departments of leading firms world over, which deal with the issue more often that even males are being subjected to such harassment by other females or male colleagues. Hence the issue is not limited to the fairer sex. 

It is very important to understand what sexual harassment legally means in India. In the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2013 it is defined as "unwelcome sexual gesture or behaviour whether directly or indirectly, sexually coloured remarks, physical contact and advances, showing pornography, a demand or request for sexual favours, any other physical, verbal/nonverbal conduct being sexual in nature and passing offensive and unacceptable remarks." 

The issue of sexual harassment of women at workplace came into major limelight due to Bhavari Devi Case of 1992. The incident unfolded the traumatic condition through which one woman has to pass even after being subjected to a heinous crime of rape. The poor functioning and passive attitude of the state machineries in handling the issue was exposed. This resulted into issuance of Vishakha Guidelines in a landmark judgment by the Supreme Court of India in 1997 which has to be adhered to, until legislation is passed in the assembly regarding the issue. 

English Vocabulary from "The Hindu News Paper" - 26th September 2017

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Hai Friends I'm Kani. Here I'm sharing English Vocabulary from Editorial section of Today's Hindu News Paper dated 26th September 2017. Happy reading :)

Note : Click on the titles to read the Editorials 

Hindu Editorial Topic 1 : "Merkel’s world — On German polls"
  • Chancellor - the leader of the government in some countries, for example Germany and Austria
  • Domestically - relating to the country being talked about, not other countries
  • Consecutive - following one after another in order and with nothing else in between
  • Mandate - the authority of an elected government or official to do the things that they promised to do before an election
  • Watershed - an event that causes an important change to take place
  • Bracing - shocking or unexpected in a way that is good because it makes people notice or think about something
  • Predominant -  most important or powerful
  • Creed - a set of beliefs
  • Consensus - agreement among all the people involved
  • Instinct - a natural ability to know what to do in a particular situation
  • Caution - careful thought and lack of hurry in order to try to avoid risks or danger

Modi constitutes Economic Advisory Council (EAC) : Highlights

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3 years after coming to power, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set up a 5 member panel of economic advisors to help his government analyse and advise on key issues. The Economic Advisory Council  to Prime Minister (EAC-PM) is an independent body to give advice on economic and related issues to the Government of India, specifically to the Prime Minister. With the economy hitting a rough patch in recent months, Modi has decided to reconstitute the EAC-PM that had been rendered defunct after the previous UPA government demitted office in May 2014. The five-member council consists of economists of high repute and eminence.

Headed of EAC : Bibek Debroy (NITI Aayog Member)

Members :
  • Ratan Watal (Principal Advisor)
  • Surjit Bhalla (Member)
  • Rathin Roy (Part-time Member)
  • Ashima Goyal (Part-time Member)

September 25, 2017

SBI revises service charges on minimum balance

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India's largest bank, State Bank of India (SBI) has reviewed its Monthly Average Balance (MAB) requirement and charges for non-maintenance of MAB. The bank has also announced to exempt the pensioners, beneficiaries of social benefits from the Government and accounts of Minors from service charges.

According to new rules, the bank will treat the metro and urban centres in the same category and the requirement of MAB in metro centres stands reduced to Rs.3000/- . For non-maintenance of MAB, the charges have also been revised downward ranging from 20% to 50% across all population groups and categories. The charges at semi-urban and rural centres range from Rs.20/- to Rs 40/- and at urban and metro centres from Rs 30/- to Rs 50/-. The revised MAB requirement and charges will become applicable from the month of October 2017. 

25th September 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (25th September 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 25th September 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Russia and Pakistan today began the a two-week long joint military exercise titled DRUZBA, in the Russian town of Mineralnye Vody. 
    • Aim of this exercise : To enhance military ties between the two countries and to focus on counter-terrorism, hostage and rescue, cordon and search operations.
  • US President Donald Trump today unveiled new travel restrictions on travellers from North Korea, Iran, Libya, Chad, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen as a replacement to a travel ban signed earlier this year.
  • Angela Merkel today won her 4th term as the German Chancellor after the Opposition conceded defeat in the general elections. 
    • Her conservative CDU/CSU alliance won over 32% of votes, becoming the largest party in the parliament. 
    • Important Note : Merkel, who has led the country since 2005, is only the eighth incumbent since the Federal Republic of Germany was founded in 1949.
National Current Affairs
  • Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport became the first airport in India to offer a wheelchair lift ('verti-lift). 
    • The lift, installed as part of the Accessible India Campaign, aims to minimise the waiting time for wheelchair-bound passengers who usually have to wait for an escort to reclaim their baggage.
  • Egyptian national Eman Ahmed (37), who was once the world’s heaviest woman and underwent a weight-loss surgery in Mumbai earlier this year, passed away in Abu Dhabi due to complications from the underlying comorbid conditions, including heart disease and kidney dysfunction.
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