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People’s Choice – Top Schools of Meerut in year 2018

As per the survey conducted by Radio Nageen ( http://radionageen.com  )  the recent top schools list by 5429 voters are  :

  1. CJDAV PUBLIC SCHOOL (19%, 1,043 Votes)
  2. K L International School (11%, 616 Votes)
  3. Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth (9%, 504 Votes)
  4. Sophia Girls School (7%, 363 Votes)
  5. Meerut Public School Boys (6%, 328 Votes)
  6. St. Mary’s Academy (6%, 318 Votes)
  7. Tej Public School (6%, 314 Votes)
  8. Gargi Girls School (5%, 282 Votes)
  9. Dewan Public School (5%, 248 Votes)
  10. MIET Public School (3%, 177 Votes)
  11. International public school (3%, 148 Votes)
  12. Gandhi International Public School (2%, 105 Votes)
  13. Mount Litera Zee School (1%, 70 Votes)
  14. Translam Academy International (1%, 68 Votes)
  15. Dayawati Modi Academy (1%, 67 Votes)
  16. J.P.Academy (1%, 65 Votes)
  17. BDS International (1%, 56 Votes)
  18. Gargi kidz (1%, 55 Votes)
  19. St. Xavier’s World School Kids at W.K.Road (1%, 54 Votes)
  20. Darshan Academy (1%, 52 Votes)
  21. St. Xavier’s World School for Girls (1%, 47 Votes)
  22. St. Xaviers World School Ganga Nagar (1%, 43 Votes)
  23. MPS Girls West End Road (1%, 42 Votes)
  24. MPS Girls Shastri Nagar (1%, 39 Votes)
  25. Guru Teg Bahadur (1%, 35 Votes)
  26. Baleraam Brijbhushan Saraswati Shishu mandir (1%, 32 Votes)
  27. Meerut City Public School (1%, 31 Votes)
  28. Satyakaam international school (1%, 28 Votes)
  29. St. Xavier’s World School Kids at Shatabdi Nagar (0%, 25 Votes)
  30. Delhi Public School (0%, 19 Votes)
  31. Army Public School (0%, 19 Votes)
  32. Rishabh Academy (0%, 15 Votes)
  33. Karan Public School (0%, 15 Votes)
  34. St. Johns School (0%, 15 Votes)
  35. Millennium Kids School Rakshapuram (0%, 14 Votes)
  36. City Vocational Public School (0%, 13 Votes)
  37. St. Xavier’s World School Kids at Shastri Nagar (0%, 12 Votes)
  38. iPS Meerut Cantt. (0%, 11 Votes)
  39. Sunningdale school (0%, 10 Votes)
  40. The Adhyan (0%, 6 Votes)
  41. Annie Basent School (0%, 5 Votes)
  42. Aim Public School (0%, 5 Votes)
  43. Tasxila Public School (0%, 5 Votes)
  44. Blossoms School (0%, 4 Votes)
  45. Oxford International School (0%, 3 Votes)
  46. American Kids (0%, 1 Votes)
  47. Vardhman Academy (0%, 1 Votes)
  48. Ved International School (0%, 1 Votes)

Government to change base years for GDP, retail inflation calculation

NEW DELHI: The government will change the base year for calculation of GDP and retail inflation to 2017-18 and 2018 respectively, which is likely to come to effect by 2019-20.

The last base year for GDP, IIP and consumer price index was revised to 2011-12 and 2012 (for inflation), minister of statistics and programme implementation Sadananda Gowda said here on Tuesday.

“The revisions facilitated more accurate assessment of the progress of the economy and the society. Steps are being initiated for the next round of revision also, for GDP we would like to revise the base year to 2017-18 and base year for consumer retail inflation to 2018,” Gowda told reporters here.

Enlisting the achievements of the NDA government in past four years, Gowda said fundamental principles of the United Nations were adopted in 2016 to calculate official statistics.

The minister sought to discredit the debate that the government has changed the GDP and CPI calculation methodologies among others to suit its needs.

“These principles are aimed at promoting good practices and professional ethics in production and dissemination of official statistics,” he said further.

Munjal-Burman stays away from fresh bidding for Fortis

NEW DELHI: Malaysia’s IHH Healthcare and Manipal-TPG combine have put in fresh binding bids for cash-strapped healthcare chain while Munjal-Burman combine, which had earlier emerged as the preferred suitor for Fortis Healthcare, has backed out from the race.

In a regulatory filing, Fortis Healthcare said it has fresh binding bids without specifying details.

While Malaysia’s IHH Healthcare stated that it has put in binding bid, sources said Manipal-TPG combine have also put in their bid.

The Munjal-Burman combine has, however, not submitted fresh binding bids on the last day, a source said.

“The Board of Directors of the company has received Binding Bids on July 3, 2018,” Fortis Healthcare said in a BSE filing today.

The binding bids will be evaluated by the board in consultation with its advisors, it added.

As per the fresh criteria, that was put up by the Fortis board on May 29, the potential buyer had to make a minimum investment of Rs 1,500 crore into Fortis Healthcare by way of preferential allotment.

Apart from having a plan for funding the acquisition of RHT Health Trust (RHT), suitors should also have a plan for providing exit to private equity investors of diagnostic arm SRL.

Among others key criteria, the bids had be unconditional as well as mention about the source of funds for the transaction and elaborate on the plans for retention of current management and employees.

The backing out of Munjal-Burman combine from the race comes days after Fortis Healthcare announced that it has initiated legal action to recover about Rs 500 crore of funds given as inter-corporate deposits (ICDs) to the firms contolled by Malvinder and Shivinder Singh. The loans were given without board approval and enough collaterals.

The company had also stated that market regulator SEBI has also ordered a forensic probe into the company’s matters.

The race for Fortis has witnessed several twists and turns over the past few months.

The Manipal-TPG combine was the first to make an unsolicited non-binding offer for the cash-starpped healthcare chain on March 23, 2018.

Subsequently, Fortis board approved demerger of its hospitals business to be acquired by Manipal Hospitals and TPG Capital, along with the sale of 20 per cent stake in diagnostics chain SRL Ltd in a Rs 3,900-crore deal.

Following the announcement, others suitors jumped into the fray with Munjal-Burman combine, Malaysia’s IHH Healthcare Berhad and KKR-backed Radiant Life Care also making binding offers.

China’s Fosun Healthcare which had also joined the race however did not make binding bid for the company.

The process saw the suitors revising their bids.

In April, Manipal-TPG combine raised the offer for Fortis Healthcare Ltd by valuing the hospital business higher at Rs 6,061 crore from the earlier equity valuation of Rs 5,003 crore.

The combine finally sweetened their offer with a proposal to invest in the company at Rs 180 per share in the cash-strapped healthcare chain with a proposal to invest in the company, thereby increasing valuation of the company to Rs 9,403 crore.

Malaysian firm IHH Healthcare Berhard had also revised its offer to directly invest in Fortis at Rs 175 per share on May 1 from an initial non-binding offer to invest in Fortis at Rs 160 per share.

KKR-backed Radiant Life Care had also revised bid for Fortis with a binding offer to acquire its Mulund hospital for an enterprise value of Rs 1,200 crore and a proposal to acquire stake in hospital business.

The fifth bidder, Fosun Health Holdings, an arm of Fosun International, which made a non-binding proposal to invest a total of USD 350 million (over Rs 2,295 crore) at a price up to Rs 156 per share, had not revised its offer.

The erstwhile board of Fortis accepted the offer by the Munjal-Burman combine to invest Rs 1,800 crore in the company.

However, when a new board was reconstituted after a group of institutional shareholders sought removal of four directors, the company decided to call for fresh bidding.

From its first hospital at Mohali in 2001, Fortis Healthcare has grown to be a leading integrated healthcare delivery service provider in India.

Currently, the company has 45 healthcare facilities, including projects under development, around 10,000 potential beds and 314 diagnostic centres in India, Dubai, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.

Tom Curran ruled out of India T20 and ODI series

England allrounder Tom Curran has been ruled out of this month’s limited-overs matches against India after suffering a side strain, the England and Wales Crickert Board said on Tuesday.

UN urges Jordan to open borders to fleeing Syrians

GENEVA: The United Nations human rights office and refugee agency UNHCR urged Jordan on Tuesday to open its border to Syrians trying to escape an escalating conflict in the southwest region of Deraa.

An estimated 270,000 people have fled air and ground attacks over the past two weeks, the United Nations said on Monday

“We call on the Jordanian government to keep its border open and for other countries in the region to step up and receive the fleeing civilians,” UN human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell told a news briefing.

UNHCR spokesman Andre Mahecic said an estimated 40,000 Syrians were massed near the border with Jordan, which already hosts 650,000 registered Syrian refugees.

Shouting CEO, changing rules: Inside Tesla's Model 3-building sprint

SAN FRANCISCO: A tense and short-tempered chief executive Elon Musk barked at engineers on the Fremont, California assembly line. Tesla Inc pulled workers from other departments to keep pumping out the Model 3 electric sedans, disrupting production of the Model S and X lines. And weekend shifts were mandatory.

Tesla pulled out all the stops in the final week of June to meet its goal of making 5,000 Model 3s in a week, according to employees who spoke to Reuters.

Whether Tesla can do it week in and week out – and without relying on overtime and extra hands – is another question, and one that weighed on investors Monday, as shares slumped 2.3 per cent.

Leading up to Sunday morning’s production milestone, Musk paced the Model 3 line, snapping at his engineers when the around-the-clock production slowed or stopped due to problems with robots, one worker said. Tesla built a new line in just two weeks in a huge tent outside the main factory, an unprecedented move in an industry that takes years to plan out its assembly lines, and said the tented production area accounted for 20 per cent of the Model 3s produced last week.

“They were borrowing people from our line all day to cover their (Model 3) breaks so the line would continue to move,” said a Model S worker on Sunday.

Because of the focus on the Model 3, the S line is about 800 cars behind, the worker said.

“They’ve been throwing Model 3s ahead of the S to get painted to try to assure that they make their goal of 5,000,” the worker said. “The paint department can’t handle the volume.”

Disruption of the Model S and X lines could threaten Tesla’s target of building 100,000 of those vehicles in 2018. Tesla built 49,489 of those cars in the first half of this year.

Asked about the potential S and X impact, Tesla said it also produced 1,913 of those vehicles during the last week of the quarter along with its Model 3s.

Tesla said it built a total of 28,578 Model 3s in the second quarter, and 40,989 since production began last July.

Last week’s big push also brought a rewrite of the employee attendance policy. After mandatory weekend shifts were assigned, two workers said, Tesla rescinded a policy promising workers at least one week’s notice before weekend work.

“The manager and supervisor are verbally going around and saying: ‘If you don’t come in, you’ll be written up’,” one of the workers told Reuters last week.

Some employees are worried the frenetic pace plus long hours could burn out workers. One employee said they were told to keep working until they met their daily production mark, not when their shifts ended.

“They said starting tomorrow be prepared to work up to 12 hours,” said the Model S employee on Monday. “It’s gonna be basically 12 hours from now on and I’ve got a feeling it’s gonna be six days a week.”

To make its number, Tesla was willing to “spend any kind of money,” a Gigafactory worker said, pointing to the new battery assembly-line flown in from Europe via cargo planes to the Gigafactory in May.

In the morning of Sunday, July 5, about five hours after the self-imposed second-quarter deadline had passed, the number 5,000 flashed on a countdown screen viewed by Tesla’s Model 3 assembly-line workers. The Model 3 itself bore a “5,000” sign in its front window.

Tesla said on Monday that some of its Model 3 production would be on break as part of the July 4 holiday, with production to resume on Thursday. Tesla plans to build 6,000 Model 3s per week by August.

But the worker told to expect longer shifts warned that pushing assembly-line workers too hard could backfire.

“He (Musk) is gonna go through an awful lot of people because people are gonna start getting hurt left and right,” by the fast-moving assembly line, the worker said.

“There’s only so fast a person can move.”

Prannoy stuns Lin Dan at Indonesia Open

HS Prannoy stunned the legendary Lin Dan of China while compatriot Sameer Verma pipped Rasmus Gemke of Denmark to advance to the second round of the Indonesia Open badminton event on Tuesday.

SC has asked to explore but can Delhi afford hydrogen fuel?

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court (SC) has asked the Delhi government and Environment Pollution Prevention & Control Authority (EPCA) to explore the feasibility of introducing hydrogen-run public transport buses in the city—as against regular electric buses, in the wake of the capital city’s foul air problem.

With the Delhi government informing the court that it had initiated the process of purchasing 1,000 electric buses, the court said it was better to leapfrog from Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to hydrogen fuel .

The SC cited the western US state of California as an example to look up to. Here is a look at how viable hydrogen fuel cells are:

What are hydrogen fuel cells?

In simple terms, hydrogen-fuel cells produce electricity by combining hydrogen with oxygen—two elements abundant in the world.

Who uses it?

California has a little over 4,000 hydrogen-fuel cell cars on the road and 33 hydrogen fuel stations. The technology was first introduced in California in 2015. Rockets have been using fuel cells for decades.

So what’s the problem?

Hydrogen and oxygen are cheap—breaking up water will yield them—but the fuel cell technology is not. Each of California’s refilling station cost around $2.5 million, or Rs 17.1 crore, even after heavy subsidies. The company that set up 16 refilling stations got a grant of $28 million.

Moreover, a hydrogen fuel station needs a ‘cooling down’ period after filling each vehicle and stations in California can fill only 50-60 tanks a day.

To make hydrogen fuel cell one needs platinum—a precious metal that trades for $839 an ounce. The metal is only found largely in South Africa and Russia, which will mean further fattening of the import bill, if hydrogen fuel is to be used.

SC has asked to explore but can Delhi afford hydrogen fuel?

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court (SC) has asked the Delhi government and Environment Pollution Prevention & Control Authority (EPCA) to explore the feasibility of introducing hydrogen-run public transport buses in the city—as against regular electric buses, in the wake of the capital city’s foul air problem.

With the Delhi government informing the court that it had initiated the process of purchasing 1,000 electric buses, the court said it was better to leapfrog from Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to hydrogen fuel .

The SC cited the western US state of California as an example to look up to. Here is a look at how viable hydrogen fuel cells are:

What are hydrogen fuel cells?

In simple terms, hydrogen-fuel cells produce electricity by combining hydrogen with oxygen—two elements abundant in the world.

Who uses it?

California has a little over 4,000 hydrogen-fuel cell cars on the road and 33 hydrogen fuel stations. The technology was first introduced in California in 2015. Rockets have been using fuel cells for decades.

So what’s the problem?

Hydrogen and oxygen are cheap—breaking up water will yield them—but the fuel cell technology is not. Each of California’s refilling station cost around $2.5 million, or Rs 17.1 crore, even after heavy subsidies. The company that set up 16 refilling stations got a grant of $28 million.

Moreover, a hydrogen fuel station needs a ‘cooling down’ period after filling each vehicle and stations in California can fill only 50-60 tanks a day.

To make hydrogen fuel cell one needs platinum—a precious metal that trades for $839 an ounce. The metal is only found largely in South Africa and Russia, which will mean further fattening of the import bill, if hydrogen fuel is to be used.

BCCI issues advisory to state units for hosting T20 events

The BCCI on Tuesday issued a 10-point advisory to its affiliated units for conducting T20 tournaments. State associations staging these tournaments are now required to ensure strict compliance with this advisory, which, at the moment, seems to have been devised by the members in the Special General Meeting (SGM) on June 22.