U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes ‘Distraction’ Guidelines for Automakers

February 29, 2012

Proposed recommendations would encourage manufacturers to develop ‘less distracting’ in-vehicle electronic devices

The proposed voluntary guidelines would apply to communications, entertainment, information gathering and navigation devices or functions that are not required to safely operate the vehicle.

The announcement of the guidelines comes just days after President Obama’s FY 2013 budget request, which includes $330 million over six years for distracted driving programs that increase awareness of the issue and encourage stakeholders to take action.

The proposed Phase I distraction guidelines include recommendations to:

  • Reduce complexity and task length required by the device;
  • Limit device operation to one hand only (leaving the other hand to remain on the steering wheel to control the vehicle);
  • Limit individual off-road glances required for device operation to no more than two seconds in duration;
  • Limit unnecessary visual information in the driver’s field of view;
  • Limit the amount of manual inputs required for device operation.

The proposed guidelines would also recommend the disabling of the following operations by in-vehicle electronic devices while driving, unless the devices are intended for use by passengers and cannot reasonably be accessed or seen by the driver, or unless the vehicle is stopped and the transmission shift lever is in park.

  • Visual-manual text messaging;
  • Visual-manual internet browsing;
  • Visual-manual social media browsing;
  • Visual-manual navigation system destination entry by address;
  • Visual-manual 10-digit phone dialing;
  • Displaying to the driver more than 30 characters of text unrelated to the driving task.


Reference: -http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2012/U.S.+Department+of+Transportation+Proposes+%27Distraction%27+Guidelines+for+Automakers


Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Exam (UPSEE) 2012

February 27, 2012

Uttar Pradesh Technical University  (UPTU) was set up by the Government of Uttar Pradesh on May 8, 2000 to provide engineering education to science stream students. At present UPTU had 637 Colleges (approx) under it till now. It is the biggest technical university in Asia. UPTU was located in IET Lucknow campus in Capital of Uttar Pradesh. From the year 2008. IET Lucknow has been declared as a constituent college of UPTU.

In order to reduce workload and to ensure proper management, U.P Government has ordered bifurcation of UPTU into 2 separate universities namely Gautam Buddha Technical University (GBTU) situated at Lucknow and Mahamaya Technical University (MTU) situated at Noida with effect from 1st of May, 2010. The task of the UPTU at the moment includes conducting the State level Entrance Examination U.P.S.E.E. for admission to various programs affiliated to UPTU University. The main motif behind its foundation was to provide a single platform for imparting education in wide array of professional and technical courses including Architecture, Engineering, Technology, Town Planning, Management studies, IT, Pharmacy, Applied Arts & Crafts and several other programs. UPTU university covers the affiliation of colleges/institutions/universities of the entire state of Uttar Pradesh. Its educational sphere is not up to the undergraduate degree programs but is extended to Post graduate, research and developmental and doctoral programs as well. The University conducts central examinations each semester for all the affiliated colleges and institutions and declares results quickly using technology-enabled systems.

Coures Offered @ UPTU University:

Uttar Pradesh Technical University (GBTU, Lucknow and MMTU, Noida) offered following list of degree courses in its affiliated government/private colleges within the state.
Undergraduate Courses @ UPTU:
1.) 4 Year B.Tech & B.Tech(Ag); 2.) 5 Year B.Arch; 3.) 4 Year B.Pharma; 4.) 4 Year B.H.M.C.T.; 5.) 4 Year B.F.A.D.
Post-graduate Professional Courses @ UPTU:
1.) 3 Year M.C.A.; 2.) 2 Year M.B.A.; 3.) M.Tech. and 4.) Ph.D. programmes

These are the degree courses offered by Uttar Pradesh Techical University. For more detail of B.Tech engineering branches in U.P.T.U. 

UPSEE Eligibility Criteria:

Candidate seeking admission through UPSEE conducted by Uttar Pradesh Technical University which is separated in two universities named as Gautam Buddha Technical University (GBTU) in Lucknow & Mahamaya Technical University (MTU) situated in Noida, go through upsee engineering eligibility criteria .

UPSEE/SEE Paper Pattern:

Candidate seeking admission in any undergraduate courses or in postgraduate courses through UPSEE or UPTUSEE must successfully fulfill respective entrance criteria as decribed given below as per entrance exam ..

Entrance pattern for B.Tech: Physics & Chemistry (150 objective types of questions), Mathematics (75 objective types of questions)

Entrance pattern for B.Pharma: Physics & Chemistry (150 objective types of questions), Mathematics (75 objective types of questions), Biology (75 objective types of questions)

Entrance pattern for B.Arch: Mathematics (75 objective types of questions), Aesthetic Sensitivity and Drawing Aptitude – 50 objective types of questions

UPSEE Admission Procedure:

How to apply: UPSEE/SEE UPTU online application form inclusive of examination fee Rs 1000/- for general/OBC candidates and Rs 500/- for SC/ST and female candidates of all categories.

Important Dates UPSEE Entrance:

UPSEE 2012 Entrance Date: will be held on 21st & 22nd April, 2012 (Saturday & Sunday)

Reference: http://www.uptu.ac.in/

Top 10 Corruption Scams in India

February 3, 2012

1) 2G Spectrum Scam

We have had a number of scams in India; but none bigger than the scam involving the process of allocating unified access service licenses. At the heart of this Rs.1.76-lakh crore worth of scam is the former Telecom minister A Raja – who according to the CAG, has evaded norms at every level as he carried out the dubious 2G license awards in 2008 at a throw-away price which were pegged at 2001 prices.

2) Commonwealth Games Scam

Another feather in the cap of Indian scandal list is Commonwealth Games loot. Yes, literally a loot! Even before the long awaited sporting bonanza could see the day of light, the grand event was soaked in the allegations of corruption. It is estimated that out of Rs. 70000 crore spent on the Games, only half the said amount was spent on Indian sportspersons.

The Central Vigilance Commission, involved in probing the alleged corruption in various Commonwealth Games-related projects, has found discrepancies in tenders – like payment to non-existent parties, will-ful delays in execution of contracts, over-inflated price and bungling in purchase of equipment through tendering – and misappropriation of funds.

3) Telgi Scam

As they say, every scam must have something unique in it to make money out of it in an unscrupulous manner- and Telgi scam had all the suspense and drama that the scandal needed to thrive and be busted.

Abdul Karim Telgi had mastered the art of forgery in printing duplicate stamp papers and sold them to banks and other institutions. The tentacles of the fake stamp and stamp paper case had penetrated 12 states and was estimated at a whooping Rs. 20000 crore plus. The Telgi clearly had a lot of support from government departments that were responsible for the production and sale of high security stamps.

4) Satyam Scam

The scam at Satyam Computer Services is something that will shatter the peace and tranquillity of Indian investors and shareholder community beyond repair. Satyam is the biggest fraud in the corporate history to the tune of Rs. 14000 crore.

The company’s disgraced former chairman Ramalinga Raju kept everyone in the dark for a decade by fudging the books of accounts for several years and inflating revenues and profit figures of Satyam. Finally, the company was taken over by the Tech Mahindra which has done wonderfully well to revive the brand Satyam.

5) Bofors Scam

The Bofors scandal is known as the hallmark of Indian corruption. The Bofors scam was a major corruption scandal in India in the 1980s; when the then PM Rajiv Gandhi and several others including a powerful NRI family named the Hindujas, were accused of receiving kickbacks from Bofors AB for winning a bid to supply India’s 155 mm field howitzer.

6) The Fodder Scam

If you haven’t heard of Bihar’s fodder scam of 1996, you might still be able to recognize it by the name of “Chara Ghotala ,” as it is popularly known in the vernacular language.

In this corruption scandal worth Rs.900 crore, an unholy nexus was traced involved in fabrication of “vast herds of fictitious livestock” for which fodder, medicine and animal husbandry equipment was supposedly procured.

7) The Hawala Scandal

The Hawala case to the tune of $18 million bribery scandal, which came in the open in 1996, involved payments allegedly received by country’s leading politicians through hawala brokers. From the list of those accused also included Lal Krishna Advani who was then the Leader of Opposition.

Thus, for the first time in Indian politics, it gave a feeling of open loot all around the public, involving all the major political players being accused of having accepted bribes and also alleged connections about payments being channelled to Hizbul Mujahideen militants in Kashmir.

8) IPL Scam

Well, I am running out of time and space over here. The list of scandals in India is just not ending and becoming grave by every decade. Most of us are aware about the recent scam in IPL and embezzlement with respect to bidding for various franchisees. The scandal already claimed the portfolios of two big-wigs in the form of Shashi Tharoor and former IPL chief Lalit Modi.

9,10) Harshad Mehta & Ketan Parekh Stock Market Scam

Although not corruption scams, these have affected many people. There is no way that the investor community could forget the unfortunate Rs. 4000 crore Harshad Mehta scam and over Rs. 1000 crore Ketan Parekh scam which eroded the shareholders wealth in form of big market jolt.


Source: http://trak.in/tags/business/2010/11/25/top-10-corruption-scams-scandals-india/