UPSC civil services exam: How to get high scores in personality test/interview

Candidates often make the mistake of overburdening themselves with the mains exam result and do not start preparing for the interview until it is announced. It’s advised to start preparing for your interview as soon as you the mains exam phase is over. Contrary to the myth that it’s easy to score in the interview without much preparation, there are an astounding number of double-digit scores in the Interview. It is highly recommend to go for a mock interview, to get a first-hand experience of what it is like to go for an UPSC interview. Through the personality test, UPSC wants to check your decision-making skills, your ability to handle different situations while managing your stress.

February 20, 2017 14:37 UTC

TCS names V Ramakrishnan as CFO

V. Ramakrishnan joined TCS Finance in 1999, and served as the finance head of TCS North America for seven years. Photo: BloombergNew Delhi: India’s largest software services firm Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) on Monday appointed V. Ramakrishnan as chief financial officer (CFO). Also read: TCS announces Rs16,000-crore share buybackRamakrishnan, or Ramki as he is popularly known, joined TCS Finance in 1999, and served as the finance head of TCS North America for seven years. “Ramki has been a key member of the TCS finance team for more than 17 years and has worked closely with me over the last nine years. I am confident that under Ramki’s leadership, TCS Finance will continue to extend its leadership position,” Gopinathan said.

February 20, 2017 14:26 UTC

Panneerselvam's nameplate outside his residence in Chennai covered with masking tape

While former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam continues to live in his alloted government house, one thing has changed - his name plate outside his residence on Greensway Road, Chennai. O. Panneerselvam served as Tamil Nadu's caretaker chief minister for more than two months but his nameplate never suggested he was the chief minister. The Tamil Nadu Assembly witnessed violence during during the confidence vote sought by Chief Minister E Palaniswami on Saturday (February 18). Stalin even rushed to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and demanded the trust vote to be postponed. ALSO READ:Edappadi Palaniswami vs O Panneerselvam: 11 Tamil Nadu MLAs face disqualification

February 20, 2017 14:03 UTC

Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu to be sworn in as Nagaland CM on Wednesday

GUWAHATI: The political drama of Nagaland ended on Monday with 59 MLAs of ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) electing 81 year leader Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu as its leader. The new chief minister will be sworn in on Wednesday.Agitating tribal bodies which were against 33 percent women reservation in urban local bodies (ulbs) ensured that T.R Zeliang steps down. "He has done this with a big heart and I want all to recognize this sacrifice," Dr Shurhozelie said. "What was supposed to be a social movement took strange directions when politically-vested interests started to steer the movement. "He mentioned Neiphiu Rio for his efforts to bring normalcy in the Naga society at this moment when various organisations have brought the entire society and the functioning of the Government to a grinding halt."

February 20, 2017 13:52 UTC

Exclusive: Sacking Mahendra Singh Dhoni as Pune captain a third-rate decision, says Mohammad Azharuddin

Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin has lashed out at the Rising Pune Supergiants franchise for sacking Mahendra Singh Dhoni as captain of the team for the upcoming tenth season of the Indian Premier League. (Dhoni was cooperation personified with captaincy change: Pune Supergiants owner Sanjiv Goenka to India Today)Azhar came down heavily on the Pune owners for shifting all the blame to Dhoni. If Dhoni wasn't a good and an inspirational captain would he have won two IPL titles (leading Chennai Super Kings)? Belittling Indian sporting legends like Dhoni through corporate board rooms is stooping down to the lowest," Azhar said. (Dhoni, IPL's most celebrated and successful captain)Azhar agreed he was hurt more at the manner the decision was announced than the decision itself.

February 20, 2017 13:52 UTC

Shahabuddin: Bihar minister says he will not hesitate to meet Shahabuddin in Tihar jail

"I will definitely call on him (Shahabuddin) whenever I will go to Delhi. "The minister also denied any partial role of Bihar government in Shahabuddin-related judicial matters. He said, the former RJD MP was recently transferred to Tihar jail at the directive of the Supreme Court and the state government didn't play any partial role in it. "The minister avoided a direct reply on being asked whether RJD should remove Shahabuddin from its national executive after his conviction in a murder cases. She is still with party," the minister said.

February 20, 2017 13:52 UTC

China’s CNPC buys stake in $22 billion Abu Dhabi oil venture

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. awarded CNPC an 8% stake in the onshore venture in return for a $1.8 billion signing bonus, Adnoc said in a statement. Abu Dhabi is among Persian Gulf oil producers including Saudi Arabia and Iraq that are tapping Asia for energy investments. Export pipelineJapanese companies are partners in at least four other oil-production ventures in Abu Dhabi, the largest sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates. CNPC’s engineering arm also helped build an export pipeline in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is seeking to boost production capacity to 3.5 million barrels a day by 2018.

February 20, 2017 13:41 UTC

Soccer-Real Madrid expect Ramos boost for Valencia trip

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is expected to return from injury when his team plays at Valencia on Wednesday, looking to move four points clear at the top of La Liga. Ramos missed Saturday's 2-0 home win against Espanyol with a hip injury sustained in last week's 3-1 home win over Napoli in the last 16 of the Champions League. Real have an opportunity to keep the pressure on Barcelona, whom they lead by a point at the top of La Liga. "We have a lot of games ahead and we need all the players," Zidane told his club's website after Saturday's win. The Valencia match was originally scheduled for December but was moved due to Real's involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup, which they won.

February 20, 2017 13:40 UTC

Once again, harvest songs from Aranmula

more-inAranmula village is once again resonating with rhythmic harvest songs from paddy fields. Sunil Kumar and Works Minister G. Sudhakaran joined hands with farm workers to launch paddy harvest at the Aranmula Puncha after a gap of 15 years. Local MLA Veena George and other people’s representatives too took part in the harvest festival that marked the success of a people’s movement to protect the paddy fields and wetlands of Aranmula. Aranmula RiceMr. Sunil Kumar said the organically produced rice at Aranmula Puncha would be labelled Aranmula Rice and marketed through Oil Palm India Ltd. Aranmula Rice would be sold at a price lower than the market price in Aranmula. Mr. Sudhakaran released the logo of Aranmula Rice on the occasion.

February 20, 2017 13:38 UTC

Khadi and Village Industries Commission: Don't publish PM's photographs without PMO's approval, government tells Khadi commission

kicked off a row +PM Modi a better brand than Gandhi: Haryana minister Haryana minister Anil Vij kicked up a storm on Saturday by saying that Mahatma Gandhi’s image was “responsible” for the rupee’s devaluation over the years and Narendra Modi is a “better brand”, drawing flak from various quarters and prompting an embarrassed BJP to disown the remark. NEW DELHI: The government has sent a memorandum to Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), making it mandatory for the body to approach the PMO through MSME ministry to seek approval before publishing photographs of the Prime Minister.The move comes over a month after the photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Khadi and Village Industries Commission 's diary and calendarThe memo has debunked the claims made by KVIC's top officials that it had sought the PMO clearance before replacing Mahatma Gandhi 's picture with Modi's in its 2017 wall calendar and diary.The detailed memorandum issued by the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) ministry outlines that the "issue pertaining to publishing the photographs of Prime Minister in the diary and calendar of KVIC has raised the following points which need to be followed by KVIC in the future".According to the guidelines, "the KVIC has to send proposals for approval of Prime Minister's Office through the Ministry of MSME which is the administrative ministry of KVIC".Moreover, KVIC has to ensure that the office of minister/secretary is kept informed of any such major event/activities which are undertaken by the body as a part of its promotional activity.The ministry has also stressed upon the use of only official email ids for correspondence purposes and not private email ids, saying the necessary instructions in this regard may be issued to the officers concerned to scrupulously follow the same.When contacted, KVIC chairman VK Saxena refused to comment on the issue.Saxena had earlier said there is "no rule or tradition" that only Mahatma Gandhi's picture can be published on these items.The explanation came amid protests from various sections of society especially Gandhians and from opposition political parties, who alleged that KVIC is trying to "replace" Mahatma Gandhi with Modi through such acts.

February 20, 2017 13:27 UTC

Demonetisation hit our sales by Rs100 crore, says Nestle India chairman

The FMCG segment would take at least two more quarters to recover, says Nestle India chairman Suresh Narayanan. Photo: MintNew Delhi: FMCG major Nestle on Monday said it has taken Rs100 crore hit on sales due to demonetisation and the sector will take another six months to overcome the impact of the government’s move to scarp old high value notes. “As far as we are concerned, in November we took a hit and December was much better. On 15 February, Nestle, which follows January-December financial year, had reported a decline of 8.66% in its standalone net profit to Rs167.31 crore for the fourth quarter, while its net sales was up 16.17% to Rs 2,261.28 crore. Things are shaping up well for Nestle India, Narayanan said, pointing to a decent monsoon, 7th Pay Commission and income tax relief provided in Budget for the next fiscal.

February 20, 2017 13:27 UTC

IPL 2017 auction: 2017 IPL auction: Reality check for Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan as they find no takers

Ishant Sharma suffered for a huge base price of Rs 2 crore as he went unsold during both the rounds. "Ishant Sharma shouldn't have kept his base price at Rs 2 crore. Ideally, he should have shed his ego and kept his base price in the range of Rs 30 lakh. Natarajan got Rs 3 Crore from KXIP while Gowtham Rs 2 Crore from Mumbai Indians. Pawan Negi and Karn Sharma not even close to selection in Indian team got the deals purely being specialists in the shortest format.

February 20, 2017 13:18 UTC

Ganajagaran Mancha blogger Ahmed Rajib's killer held in Dhaka

A team of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of Bangladesh has arrested two people including a death row convict in the murder of blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider on Monday. Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Media Wing Masudur Rahman told India Today that Rana and his associate Ashraf were detained around 2 pm today. Blogger and activist of Ganajagaran Mancha Ahmed Rajib Haider was hacked to death near his residence in Dhaka's Mirpur area on February 15, 2013. Haider was killed within 10 days of the Ganajagaran Mancha's movement demanding capital punishment to the war criminals. Earlier, a Dhaka court awarded death sentences to Rana and Faisal Bin Noim Deep for Haider's murder in December 2015.

February 20, 2017 13:07 UTC

Reliance Jio, Uber forge a strategic partnership to boost JioMoney

As part of the partnership, Jio and Uber will work together and explore various opportunities to progressively enrich and enhance the experience of their users through complementary programmes. Photo: Hemant Mishra/MintMumbai: Reliance Jio on Monday announced a strategic partnership with cab aggregator Uber, which will start with allowing users to pay for their rides through a prepaid wallet launched by the telco’s parent company, Reliance Industries. The users of JioMoney, the wallet offered by Reliance Payment Solutions, will soon be able to request and pay for Uber rides from within the JioMoney app, it said in a statement. As part of the partnership, Jio and Uber will work together and explore various opportunities to progressively enrich and enhance the experience of their users through complementary programmes, it said. JioMoney and Uber will offer exclusive incentives to every user paying for Uber rides through JioMoney, it said.

February 20, 2017 13:07 UTC

Zendesk invests in Manila; opens new APAC 'Customer Experience Hub'

MUMBAI: Zendesk has launched a new office in Manila , Philippines with a capacity for over 200 people, creating a ‘Customer Experience Hub’ for the APAC region. The APAC region is a key focus for Zendesk with paid customer accounts growing by over 35% year-over-year as of 2016 end. The number of employees grew by over 50% during the same period.Manila offers access to a local pool of highly skilled, technical talent with strong English language ability thereby making it the ideal fit for Zendesk’s regional customer experience hub.“The launch of the new office in Manila shows our commitment to grow in what is an important market for us for both customer experience and sales,” said Mikkel Svane, founder and CEO, Zendesk. “We’re expanding into a space four times bigger than our previous location in Metro Manila. This investment also means we are able to contribute to local job creation,” he added.Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, the Zendesk Manila office is now made up of a talented and skilled workforce that has expanded to five times the size since the initial launch in 2014.As part of the office launch, the firm also launched the Zendesk Neighbour Foundation in-region partnering with ‘Hands on Manila’ - an umbrella organisation that works to connect volunteers with a variety of nonprofit organizations.“This year, the Zendesk Neighbour Foundation is planning to give approximately 4,000,000 PHP in grants in Manila, and the local team has committed to 1,000 volunteer hours to support local causes,” said Tiffany Apczynski, Vice President of public policy and social impact, Zendesk.The new Asia Pacific headquarters joins four other Zendesk offices in the region including Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Bengaluru.

February 20, 2017 13:07 UTC

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