Admissions 2020: TISS to conduct online personal interviews

Admissions 2020: TISS to conduct online personal interviews

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai, has started conducting online personal interviews for the admissions of this academic session.

As per the report published in HT, TISS will also assist the aspirants with limited internet resources for the interview. The institute has made special arrangements to tackle this difficulty. The step was taken considering the restrictions and the ban on inter-state travel, due to to the Covid-19 outbreak.

All selected candidates will have to first register with the institute and then a schedule for the personal interview will be given to them reported HT.

The institute, in case of the candidates who do not have internet access, will also help them to get e-pass to move to the place where they can access the internet.

The Progressive Students’ Forum, one of the student bodies in TISS demanded to make the online process accessible to all applicants. They had also demanded that candidates be given the option to reschedule their interview schedules owing to the lack of availability of the internet, COVID-19 and natural disasters.

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The Official Twitter handle of TISS, Mumbai Human Resource Management & Labour Relations which is maintained by the Aspirants Relations Committee is also helping students to prepare for the online personal interviews. Recently, they posted an article with important tips for an online interview. Check it out here:

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As the Online Personal Interviews are going to begin for the admission process, the article below has important tips to keep in mind while giving an online interview! 

Link to article: … #InterviewTips #OnlineInterview #Admissions2020

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The Personal Interview (PI) at TISS is going online for the first time due to COVID. If you find yourself facing an online interview for the first time, part 1 and 2 of the article are for you. For...
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Mama sloth bear mauls 2 men to death after her cubs were killed with an axe

Mama sloth bear mauls 2 men to death after her cubs were killed with an axe

Akola: Two persons were killed in a sloth bear attack on Thursday morning in compartment no 357 in Akot Wildlife division of Melghat Tiger Reserve, forest officials said.

A press release by Deputy conservator of Forest (DCF) Melghat Tiger Reserve informed that Ashok Gavte (52) and Mana Gavte (42), residents Nimkhedi, were attacked by sloth bear around 7.30 am and killed on the spot.

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A mommy sloth bear reportedly mauled  two people to death on Thursday after it found her two small cubs axed to death inside Ambabarwa wildlife sanctuary, which is part Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR). #wildlife  reports @vijaypTOI

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According to a report by, the two men had ventured deep inside the core area of tiger reserve with an intention of poaching.

Forest officials found a pair of 6-to-8 months old bear cubs nearby. The cubs had marks of axe injuries on their bodies, the release added, saying that investigation into the incident is underway.

Bookmycab Car Rental receives approval from Pune Police for Pune domestic airport pick up and drop service along with other regions In Pune

Bookmycab Car Rental receives approval from Pune Police for Pune domestic airport pick up and drop service along with other regions In Pune

Company goes digital launches “book2ride” app to cater to the demands

BookMycab Car Rental received approval from the Pune police for the city’s domestic airport pick and drop service along with other regions in Pune. The company has gone digital and launched a World class app, Book2Ride to make the process easy for travellers along with the taxi and rickshaw drivers. The approval has been received from Surendranath Deshmukh, Assistant Commissioner, Traffic Police Department. The application Book2Ride is available for download on IOS and Android phones and is backed by a 24 x 7 call center 020-66100100. This simple one tap booking app is a “Make In India” initiative which will try and ease the stress of Punekars during this global pandemic  where commuting To and Fro within the city  is currently challenging. There will be no surge pricing for the users and the riders will be charged a flat rate of Rs. 18 per km for the taxis and the night tariff would be just 25 % higher than the standard tariff. 

The current fleet size available in phase one is around 250 plus vehicles, which includes a combination of both rickshaws and cars. The second phase will have around 1000 plus vehicles added as per the bookings. The company would be giving an equal opportunity to ladies and LGBT community drivers to be a part of this service.

This app will be used by the cab and auto-rickshaw drivers to receive the bookings. Customers can download the app on their smart phones and use this service. The app provides “Go-home” option for the drivers and remote area access where the vehicle will always have a pick up and will never ply empty. Another feature is the drivers directly get paid by the customer as per the fare meter and not through any booking agency where they driver fears deductions like service charges, higher percentage commissions etc.  For the customers, the app has safety features with panic alerts and emergency number.,The vehicles are sanitized after every trip and drivers will wear masks and hand gloves. Sanitizers would be available in the vehicles and social distancing norms would be followed.

Kunal Kharat, Founder, Book2Ride says, “ We are always ready to serve India. Our vision is to be a trusted travel partner enabling secure and safe travel within the city. This service am sure would be a big relief considering the domestic flights have resumed. Corona has created havoc and we thought of launching the first phase of our service where customers could commute using the app and elderly people could call the helpline no and request for the cab. We are also working on developing an AI based algorithm to maximize the benefits to the driver.”

Ahead of Rajya Sabha elections, Rajasthan Congress moves all its MLAs into luxury resort fearing horse-trading

Ahead of Rajya Sabha elections, Rajasthan Congress moves all its MLAs into luxury resort fearing horse-trading

Ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls, the Rajasthan Congress, in an effort to prevent poaching, has moved all its MLAS to a luxury resort on the Jaipur-Delhi highway. The MLAS had been called for an urgent meeting at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s residence on Wednesday evening they were told they were being directly moved to Shiv Vilas resort on Kukas and they would be staying there till the Rajya Sabha elections on June 19.

None of the MLAs who attended the meeting were aware that they would be sent to the resort to prevent possibility of poaching. They were told to call up and arrange for whatever essentials they needed during their stay. Some trusted MLAs had gone home in the night and promised to return on Thursday.


Ahead of Rajya Sabha elections, Rajasthan Congress moves all its MLAs into luxury resort fearing horse-trading

Gehlot too reached the resort and had dinner with the MLAS. Speaking to the media, Gehlot came down heavily on the BJP terming it a ‘fascist party engaged in horse trading’. "The BJP has been engaged in horse trading in Gujarat. It is playing a very dangerous game. How long can they indulge in the politics of horse trading? Such people need to be given shock treatment and the public will do it in coming times. We had a very fruitful meeting. Our leader Randeep Singh Surjewala was also present. Our candidate K C Venugopal and state in-charge Avinash Pande will be arriving on Thursday," said Gehlot.

The chief minister further said, "We have been engaged in saving lives and livelihoods during the pandemic, but this election has been announced. It could have taken place earlier, but they were delayed by exerting pressure on the election commission. Unlike those who defected in Madhya Pradesh, our MLAs are very intelligent. They have been given hefty offers but have resisted them to stay with us. All 13 independents who have expressed support to us are with us."

Earlier on Wednesday evening, the chief whip in Rajasthan assembly Mahesh Joshi wrote to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and accused the BJP of making offers to their MLAs and demanded a probe. In a letter to the DG, ACB Joshi wrote, “We have come to know through reliable sources that on the lines of Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat; in Rajasthan our MLAs and those independents supporting us are being offered huge offers. This is an effort to destabilise a democratically elected government. It is not just a violation of democratic values and aspirations of the people; it is also unconstitutional, immoral and illegal.” Joshi demanded that these people be identified and legal action be taken against them.

Responding to the allegations state BJP chief Satish Poonia said, “These are baseless allegations and if they have such evidence then they should come out in the open with proof.”

How the numbers stand – In the 200 seat assembly of Rajasthan, Congress has 107 MLAs. It has the support of 1 RLD MLA and 13 independents. Three seats are coming up for election in Rajasthan. BJP can win only 1 unless it poaches into Congress votes. Both Congress and BJP have fielded two candidates each. If party sources are to be believed, the state leadership has assured the national leadership of BJP that they will ensure victory of both candidates. The three seats that have been vacated had been held by BJP.

After elephant and cow, a 6-year-old boy dies by biting into an explosive

After elephant and cow, a 6-year-old boy dies by biting into an explosive

After the gruesome death of a pregnant elephant whose mouth exploded by eating a pineapple filled with firecrackers, the case of a young boy dying after biting into an explosive surfaced recently in Tamil Nadu, sending social media into shock.

According to a report by India Today, a 6-year-old boy died at Alagarai village near Tiruchirappalli after he took a bite of a country-made explosive thinking it was something to eat.

The explosives were bought by three men who used them for fishing near the banks of Cauvery. They used two of the explosives and took the remaining one back to their friend Boopathy’s house, whose son mistook them for food items and tried to eat. The explosive went off in the kid’s mouth, and died before receiving any medical help.

The trio fearing consequences, conducted final rites the same night. Police however, was tipped off and an investigation was ordered leading to the arrest of Boopathy and his friends.

Over the past couple of weeks, social media witnessed an outrage over the death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala, who died after eating a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers. According to reports the fruit was used as a snare for wild boars in the region. From celebs to government officials, many took cognisance of the incident, which led to a probe.

Recently, the Tamil Nadu Forest Department arrested 12 gypsies for killing a jackal in a Trichy village by packing explosives in meat and blowing up its mouth when it took a bite.

Earlier, the Himachal Pradesh Police arrested a person for causing injuries to a cow by feeding her a wheat flour ball laced with firecrackers. It caused grievous injuries to cow in mouth. The incident was reported in Bilaspur town on May 26.

Bill Gates' imaginary letter to Lalu Prasad Yadav after latter applied to Microsoft

Bill Gates' imaginary letter to Lalu Prasad Yadav after latter applied to Microsoft

Lalu Prasad Yadav, former Bihar CM, post-Mandal leader and fodder scam convict was born on June 11, 1948. A talented orator, his era in Bihar was known as the Jungle Raaj with absolute no law and order.

These days his son Tej Pratap Yadav is more in the news for dressing up as Krishna and Radha. There was a time when Lalu was at the epicentre of Bihar politics to the extent that the saying went: “Jab tak rahega samosa mein alu, tab tak rahega Bihar mein Lalu.” While Bihar residents might not have a very fond memory of the Bihar CM’s rule, his rustic raconteur act found great favour with Delhi journalists.

Incidentally, long before WhatsApp forwards were the norm, there was a hilarious email that used to do the rounds. It imagined Lalu Prasad Yadav – whose rustic charm had taken the nation by storm – sending his biodata to Bill Gates (then Microsoft Chairman) for a job.

Here was the completely imaginary letter:

Lalu Prasad sent his Bio Data - to apply for a post in Microsoft Corporation, USA.

A few days later he got this reply:

Dear Mr. Lalu Prasad,

You do not meet our requirements. Please do not send any further correspondence.

No phone call shall be entertained.


Bill Gates.

Lalu Prasad jumped with joy on receiving this reply.

He arranged a press conference : "Bhaiyon aur Behno, aap ko jaan kar khushi hogee ki hum ko America mein naukri mil gayee hai."

Everyone was delighted. Laloo prasad continued...... "Ab hum aap sab ko apnaa appointment Letter padkar sunaongaa ? par letter angreeze main hai - isliyen saath-saath Hindi main translate bhee karoonga.

Dear Mr. Lalu Prasad ----- Pyare Lalu Prasad bhaiyya

You do not meet -----aap to miltay hee naheen ho

our requirement ----- humko to zaroorat hai

Please do not send any furthur correspondence ----- ab Letter vetter bhejne ka kaouno zaroorat nahee.

No phone call ----- phoonwa ka bhee zaroorat nahee hai

shall be entertained ----- bahut khaatir kee jayegi.

Thanks ----- aapkaa bahut bahut dhanyavad.

Bill Gates. ---- Tohar Bilva.

QS World University Rankings: No Indian university in top 150

QS World University Rankings: No Indian university in top 150

No Indian universities made to the top 100 universities in the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings released on Wednesday.

In India, The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay) is highest-ranked institute according to the rankings. Among top universities, IIT Bombay is ranked 172nd in the 2021 global ranking.

It is followed by IIT-Delhi(182), IISc-Bangalore (184), , IIT-Madras (281), IIT-Kharagpur (281), IIT-Kanpur (291).

Prestigious Delhi University is at 474th rank globally and stood 7th in India.

Other universities like Jamia Millia Islamia and Savitribai Phule Pune University remained in the 751-800 and 800-1000 ranking range respectively.

QS World Rankings for Universities has ranked the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as world’s best university, MIT is followed followed by Stanford University and Harvard University.

The rankings are based on six indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty/student ratio, international faculty ratio and international student ratio.

Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu: DMK MLA J Anbazhagan dies of COVID-19 on his birthday

Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu: DMK MLA J Anbazhagan dies of COVID-19 on his birthday

The 62-year-old legislator was admitted at the Dr Rela Institute and Medical Centre in the city on 2nd June.

As per the report in ToI DMK MLA J Anbazhagan died because of COVID-19 in Chennai today. The 62-year-old legislator was admitted at the Dr Rela Institute and Medical Centre in the city on 2nd June after testing positive for coronavirus.

It was Anbazhagan's 62nd birthday today.

DMK President MK Stalin tweeted about the death of the leader in which he said, "The thunder and the lightning went down!"

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இடியும் மின்னலும் ஒருசேர இறங்கியது!

மக்கள் பணியில் அர்ப்பணித்துக்கொண்டு, தியாக தீபமாக சுடர்விட்டொளிரும் சகோதரர் @JAnbazhagan ஐ எப்படி மறப்பேன்? நானே தேம்பி அழும் நிலையில், அன்புவின் குடும்பத்தார்க்கும், உடன்பிறப்புகளுக்கும் எப்படி ஆறுதல் சொல்வேன்? இனி எப்போது பாச முகம் காண்பேன்?

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J Anbazhagan was the MLA from The Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni constituency. According to the hospital, his condition started deteriorating by Monday evening.

He was 3 A three-time MLA. Anbazhagan was elected to the assembly in 2001, 2011 and 2016. He was elected from T Nagar constituency in Chennai in 2001 but moved to Chepauk in 2011 after he lost in 2006.

He was quite active in the relief work during the pandemic and is said to have contracted the virus while distributing COVID-19 relief measures under the ‘Ondrinaivom Va’ initiative of the DMK.

Tamil Nadu's CM Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami condoled his death in a tweet.

Edappadi K Palaniswami

திமுக சட்டமன்ற உறுப்பினரும் அக்கட்சியின் முன்னோடி நிர்வாகிகளில் ஒருவருமான திரு.ஜெ.அன்பழகன் அவர்கள் இன்று சிகிச்சை பலனின்றி உயிரிழந்தார் என்ற செய்தி மிகுந்த வருத்தமளிக்கிறது. அன்னாரது குடும்பத்தினருக்கும் அவர் சார்ந்த இயக்கத்தினருக்கும் எனது ஆழ்ந்த இரங்கலை தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறேன்.

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Anbazhagan was one of Stalin's loyalists. He graduated from the DB Jain College, Madras University in 1980. He was also a well-known film producer and distributor. The leader is survived by his wife and two children.

Deve Gowda to contest Rajya Sabha elections

Deve Gowda to contest Rajya Sabha elections

Bengaluru: Former prime minister and JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda, who had on multiple occasions declared he would not contest any election, on Monday changed his mind and decided to contest the June 19 Rajya Sabha polls from Karnataka. He will be filing his nominations on Tuesday, his son and former CM HD Kumaraswamy said.

He said his father took the decision to once more contest following a request made by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, several national leaders and party legislators.

HDK tweeted: “Thanks to Sri Deve Gowda for agreeing to everyone’s consensus. From the people, former prime minister Deve Gowda has seen successes and defeats. By the people, he has acquired higher positions. It was not an easy task to persuade DeveGowda to enter the RS fray,” he said.

The JD(S), which has 34 seats in the assembly, is not in a position to win a seat in Rajya Sabha on its own. But in a tactical move, the Congress decided to give its surplus votes to the former PM. The BJP, which too has surplus votes, decided not to put up a third candidate, making his victory easy.

If he wins, this will be the second Rajya Sabha entry for 87-year-old Gowda, the first time being in 1996 as PM.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha poll, Gowda was defeated in Tumakuru constituency by BJP’s GS Basavaraj by over 13,000 votes.

BJP fileds Kadadi, Gasti

Meanwhile, the BJP sprang a surprise by confirming the names of Eranna Kadadi and Ashok Gasti as the party’s nominees for the two Rajya Sabha seats. The announcement shocked senior leaders as several prominent front-runners were sidelined to pave way for second-rung leaders within the party.

Eranna Kadadi, 55, who began his political career in 1989, has strong roots in the RSS and worked his way up the BJP ladder.

Ashok Gasti, 55, hails from Raichur and also came through the ranks in the BJP after a stint with the ABVP.

The Congress has fielded veteran leader and a former leader of the opposition in the 16th Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, who on Monday filed his nomination as the party’s candidate for the June 19 Rajya Sabha polls from Karnataka.


Highest Coronavirus single-day jump, just 17 short of 10,000

Highest Coronavirus single-day jump, just 17 short of 10,000

New Delhi: The recovery rate improved just a bit from 48.34% to 48.35% as 4,171 persons were cured and discharged in the last day, raising the total number of those cured in the country to 1.24 lakh as against 1.25 lakh still in hospitals. The testing of the patients dropped from 1.42 lakh a day earlier to 1.08 lakh while the total tests carried out so far since March increase to 47.74 lakh.

The COVID-19 death toll rose to 7,200 with 271 more deaths and the number of infections swelled to 2,56,611 in India on Monday after a record single-day spike of 9,983 cases, the Health Ministry said in its revised data.

The country has been registering over 9,000 corona cases for the fifth day in a row. According to the ICMR, a total of 47,74,434 samples were tested till Monday morning, with 1,08,048 samples been tested in the last 24 hours.

The Ministry has revised the figures of death and cases for Delhi and Telangana.

Of the 271 more deaths, 91 were in Maharashtra, 51 in Delhi, 30 in Gujarat, 18 each in Tamil Nadu and UP, 14 in Telangana, 13 each in West Bengal and MP, 9 in Rajasthan, 4 in Haryana, 2 each in Andhra, Karnataka, J&K and Uttarakhand, and 1 each in Odisha and Punjab. India is the fifth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK, as per the Johns Hopkins University data.

Of the total 7,200 fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 3,060 deaths followed by Gujarat with 1,249 deaths, Delhi with 812, MP with 412, Bengal with 396, UP with 275, TN with 269, Raj with 240 and T’gana with 137 deaths, 75 in Andhra, 61 in K’taka and 51 in Punjab, 41 in J&K, 30 in Bihar, 28 Haryana, 15 from Kerala, 13 from Uttarakhand, 9 from Odisha and 7 J’khand.


Cases at Telangana Secretariat, GHMC

Hyderabad: Two coronavirus cases sent employees at Telangana Secretariat and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) into a panic on Monday. Officials and other employees in the Finance Dept on the seventh floor at BRK Bhavan went into home quarantine after an employee tested positive. The man was reportedly infected by Covid-19 after attending the funeral of a relative. As the word spread about the man testing positive, the staff in the Finance Dept stayed away from office on Monday and went into home quarantine as a precautionary measure.

Meanwhile, panic also gripped the head office of GHMC adjoining BRK Bhavan as one of the employees tested positive for Covid-19. The employee working in the Engineering Dept on the fourth floor had not been coming to the office since last week. Meanwhile, other employees learnt that he tested positive.