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  • By Christine

    Farmers from all over the world regularly struggle to protect the crops that they grow from various forms of local wildlife and while this an issue that has plagued farmers for centuries, these agriculturalists are finally fighting back. In the nation of Kenya, there are several issues related to this problem that have caused farmers to completely reassess the manner in which they conduct themselves.


    While it is understandable for an endangered and hungry elephant to destroy a farm in their search for food, these elephants are often unaware of the fact that they are unknowingly consuming plants that contain poisonous compounds. We cannot blame an animal for their need to eat and we cannot blame farmers for wanting their crops to produce the necessary yield so that they can continue to survive.

    Luckily, there is a solution available that allows the farmers and the elephants to coexist in perfect harmony. Did you know that elephants just so happen to be terrified of African honey bees? This is very understandable, as many of us humans tend to share the same fear. As such, the farmers of the region have finally decided to put these bees and allow them to protect their crops.


    The elephants also need to be protected from themselves and by keeping them away from potentially dangerous plants, these animals will no longer be compelled to consume items that may lead to their own demise. A program has been created to ensure the continued prosperity of farmers and the continued safety of elephants, a program that is known as the Elephants and Bees Project.

    If you would like to learn more about this amazing initiative and the myriad of awesome ways that it will help elephants and bees that reside in the proud nation of Kenya, then be sure to check out the video below to find out more. Not only do the elephants leave the area as soon as they hear the buzzing of bees, but they even take these opportunities to send off warnings to their friends and loved ones as well.


    This is one of the most genius plans that we have ever had the privilege of enjoying and we had a fun time learning more about the proper methods for ensuring the protection of crops. If you enjoyed this clip as much we did, then please do not hesitate to share away.

     

    http://goodfullness.com/elephants-terrified-whats-inside-dangling-yellow-boxes-saving-lives/

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  • Moncler has renewed for the second season its partnership with Liu Bolin and Annie Leibovitz for the brand’s fall advertising campaign. In particular, the Chinese performance artist and photographer, known in the art world as “the Invisible Man,” immersed himself in nature once again to offer another of his signature “camouflage” installations, which was captured by the American photographer.

    For the fall season, Bolin, sporting a padded jacket with coordinated pants, “disappeared” into an impressive sculptural ice formation located in Iceland. Cold tones of gray and blues dominate the images, which are infused with a dramatic, theatrical feel expressing the indomitable power of nature.


    https://designyoutrust.com/2017/09/artist-liu-bolin-disappears-in-an-iceberg-for-moncler-fall-ads/

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  • MICROSOFT SAID LAST week that it had achieved a new record for the accuracy of software that transcribes speech. Its system missed just one in 20 words on a standard collection of phone call recordings—matching humans given the same challenge.

    The result is the latest in a string of recent findings that some view as proof that advances in artificial intelligence are accelerating, threatening to upend the economy. Some software has proved itself better than people at recognizing objects such as cars or cats in images, and Google’s AlphaGo software has overpowered multiple Go champions—a feat that until recently was considered a decade or more away. Companies are eager to build on this progress; mentions of AI on corporate earnings calls have grown more or less exponentially.
    Now some AI observers are trying to develop a more exact picture of how, and how fast, the technology is advancing. By measuring progress—or the lack of it—in different areas, they hope to pierce the fog of hype about AI. The projects aim to give researchers and policymakers a more clear-eyed view of what parts of the field are advancing most quickly and what responses that may require.
    “This is something that needs to be done in part because there’s so much craziness out there about where AI is going,” says Ray Perrault, a researcher at nonprofit lab SRI International. He's one of the leaders of a project called the AI Index, which aims to release a detailed snapshot of the state and rate of progress in the field by the end of the year. The project is backed by the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, established at Stanford in 2015 to examine the effects of AI on society.
    Claims of AI advances are everywhere these days, coming even from the marketers of fast food and toothbrushes. Even boasts from solid research teams can be difficult to assess. Microsoft first announced it had matched humans at speech recognition last October. But researchers at IBM and crowdsourcing company Appen subsequently showed humans were more accurate than Microsoft had claimed. The software giant had to cut its error rate a further 12 percent to make its latest claim of human parity.
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which campaigns to protect civil liberties from digital threats, has started its own effort to measure and contextualize progress in AI. The nonprofit is combing research papers like Microsoft’s to assemble an open source, online repository of data points on AI progress and performance. “We want to know what urgent and longer term policy implications there are of the real version of AI, as opposed to the speculative version that people get overexcited about,” says Peter Eckersley, EFF’s chief computer scientist.
    Both projects lean heavily on published research about machine learning and AI. For example, EFF’s repository includes charts showing rapid progress in image recognition since 2012—and the gulf between machine and human performance on a test that challenges software to understand children’s books. The AI Index project is looking to chart trends in the subfields of AI getting the most attention from researchers.
    The AI Index will also try to monitor and measure how AI is being put to work in the real world. Perrault says it could be useful to chart the numbers of engineers working with the technology and the investment dollars flowing to AI-centric companies, for example. The goal is to “find out how much this research is having an impact on commercial products,” he says—although he concedes that companies may not be willing to release the data. The AI Index project is also working on tracking the volume and sentiment of media and public attention to AI.
    Perrault says the project should win a broad audience because researchers and funding agencies will be keen to see which areas of AI have the most momentum, or need for support and new ideas. He says banks and consulting companies have already called, seeking a better handle on what’s real in AI. The tech industry’s decades-long love affair with Moore’s Law, which measured and forecast advances in computer processors, suggests charts showing AI progress will find a ready audience in Silicon Valley.
    It’s less clear how such measures might help government officials and regulators grappling with the effects of smarter software in areas like privacy. “I’m not sure how useful it’ll be,” says Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington who recently proposed a detailed roadmap of AI policy issues. He argues that decisionmakers need a high-level grasp of the underlying technology, and a strong sense of values, more than granular measures of progress.
    Eckersley of the EFF argues that AI tracking projects will become more useful with time. For example, debate about job losses might be informed by data on how quickly software programs are advancing to automate the core tasks of certain workers. And Eckersley says looking at measures of progress in the field has already helped convince him of the importance of work on how to make AI systems more trustworthy. "The data we've collected supports the notion that the safety and security of AI systems is a relevant and perhaps even urgent field of research," he says.
    Researchers in academia and at companies such as Google have recently investigated how to trick or booby-trap AI software and prevent it from misbehaving. As companies rush to put software in control of more common technology such as cars, measurable progress on how to make it reliable and safe could be the most important of all.

     

    (https://www.wired.com/story/do-we-need-a-speedometer-for-artificial-intelligence?mbid=social_twitter)

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  • It’s a charged question about an intensely private topic, but chances are good that it will arise at some point when a person embarks on a new relationship: How many people have you had sex with? The number of sexual partners a person has had is a personal detail, and it is up to each person to decide whether or not to share that information.

    However, honesty about certain aspects of your sexual history can be vital. For instance, for those who neglect to utilise protection during sexual encounters, a higher number of partners can translate into greater exposure to sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Regardless of past number of partners, taking proper precautions is key to preventing the spread of STIs. Disturbingly, according to the most recent data, between 2013 and 2014, England saw a 33 percent increase in diagnoses of syphilis and a 19 percent increase in diagnoses of gonorrhoea.

    To gain a better understanding of sexual trends among men and women in various parts of the world, we surveyed over 2,000 people in the U.S. and Europe to understand their experiences and gauge their feelings on this sensitive subject. Who’s most likely to lie about their sexual history? When do people believe is the best time to disclose their sexual history to a partner? What number of partners do people perceive as ideal – and how many have they actually had? Who’s most likely to break up based on sexual history? And how do STIs factor into the equation? Read on for an uncensored look into the hot topic of people’s sexual histories.

    BEING DISHONEST ABOUT SEXUAL HISTORY

    When discussing their number of previous sexual partners, people have three options: tell the truth, inflate the number, or deflate the number. We asked respondents which route they have taken when tackling the topic. Hearteningly, the majority of both genders (67.4 percent of women and 58.6 percent of men) reported that they always tell the truth. Another 5.8 percent of women and 10.1 percent of men admitted to both increasing and decreasing the number, presumably depending on the situation.

    Our male respondents were more likely than our female survey participants to inflate their number of sexual partners: 17.5 percent of male respondents reported claiming more partners than they’ve had, while only 8.2 percent of women did the same. On the other hand, 18.6 percent of women said they’ve divulged a decreased number of partners compared with only 13.7 percent of men who have done so. It’s possible that men and women may be altering their respective numbers because they are influenced by certain outdated perceptions – for instance, that a woman with an extensive sexual past may be regarded as promiscuous or that a man with a high number of partners feels he possesses virility and sexual prowess.

    HOW PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT THEIR PARTNER’S NUMBER

    Next, we dug deeper on the subject of each gender’s feelings about sexual histories. When it comes to number of partners, our female respondents averaged seven sexual partners during their lifetimes, while men averaged 6.4. Intriguingly, men and women closely agree on the ideal number of lifetime sexual partners – and their opinions weren’t too far off from the reality. Women said 7.5 is the ideal number of partners – only 0.5 partners above their actual average. Men cited 7.6 as the ideal number of partners, which is 1.2 fewer than their own actual average.

    However, women are more flexible in their viewpoints regarding the thresholds for rating a person either too promiscuous or too sexually conservative based on their number of partners.

    Our female respondents said they perceive the threshold for being too promiscuous is 15.2 partners, while men consider 14 the defining number when it comes to promiscuity. On the other end of the spectrum, men believe 2.3 partners is too conservative, while women think 1.9 is the threshold for too few.

    NUMBERS BY COUNTRY

    We also wanted to discern how opinions of sexual histories vary in different countries, so we asked respondents from each region to designate the number of partners they consider too conservative, ideal, and too promiscuous. People from Spain reported the lowest average threshold for what they considered too conservative: one partner. Respondents from Austria reported the highest threshold for too conservative, at seven partners.

    How many partners is too many? For our respondents from France, Belgium, and Portugal, 16 is the magic number. But for survey participants from the Netherlands, 11 partners is the promiscuity threshold. As for how many partners is ideal, respondents from France pinpointed the highest (10), while people from the Netherlands stated the lowest (six). Interestingly, the Netherlands is generally perceived to be a sexually liberal location by outsiders.

    People from the U.K. and the U.S. agreed that two partners mark the threshold for being too sexually conservative; however, U.K. participants said eight is ideal (compared with seven for the U.S.) and rated 14 as the promiscuity threshold (compared with 15 for the U.S.).

    HOW FAR INTO A RELATIONSHIP SHOULD YOU DISCLOSE SEXUAL HISTORY?

    Along with covering the topic of protection, it is advisable to discuss various aspects of your sex life with a potential partner before having intercourse. One important reason: to discover whether your intended partner could have any STIs that could put you at risk as well as to disclose any STIs you have to avoid putting them at risk. As the NHS puts it, “You only have to have sex without a condom once to catch an STI that could affect you for life.” Of our survey participants, 31.2 percent of women and 33.8 percent of men said they believe it’s appropriate to share details about sexual history within the first month of meeting a potential partner.

    But surprisingly, a large number of both male and female survey respondents believed it is appropriate to wait much longer to disclose their sexual history. The top response was one to four months: 36.3 percent of women and 35.3 percent of men said cited this time frame as the ideal. The percentage of respondents who selected each answer decreased as time frames grew longer, with only 3.8 percent of women and 2.6 percent of men citing over a year as the appropriate time. However, a full 10.9 percent of women and 11.3 percent of men said they believe it’s not important to ever disclose sexual history.

    LOOKING AT EUROPE’S AVERAGE NUMBER OF PARTNERS

    Once we’d assessed our survey respondents’ feelings about sexual histories, we decided to inquire about their own sexual histories. People from the U.K. lead the way with the most partners, averaging seven sexual partners. Those from the Netherlands follow closely, with 6.9.

    On the other hand, respondents from Italy averaged only 5.4 sexual partners, and people from Belgium had just slightly more (5.41). The average for the European Union was 6.2, which was also the average number of partners for people from Germany.

    LOOKING AT THE U.S.’S AVERAGE NUMBER OF PARTNERS

    Over the years, Americans’ attitudes regarding sex outside of marriage have evolved. Currently, nearly 7 in 10 people in the U.S. believe that sex between unmarried partners is morally acceptable. Within the U.S., breaking down the number of sexual partners by each of the 50 states reveals a wide disparity. People in first-place Louisiana averaged nearly six times as many sexual partners as residents of bottom state Utah: 15.7 compared with 2.6. People from Mississippi, Kansas, and West Virginia all ranked on the low end with fewer than five sexual partners on average. On the high end, residents of Oklahoma, Nebraska, and South Carolina average more than 10 partners.

    In Louisiana, the No. 1 state for sexual partners, the reported rate of STIs was also higher than average. In fact, in 2014, Louisiana (per capita) ranked first for gonorrhoea, second for primary and secondary syphilis, and third for chlamydia. In last-place Utah, on the other hand, the rate of STIs was markedly lower: Utah ranked 43rd for gonorrhoea, 43rd for primary and secondary syphilis, and 47th for chlamydia. Why is the average number of sexual partners so low in Utah? One possible reason is the high proportion of residents who are Mormons. In fact, 60 percent of Utah residents say they belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which subscribes to the belief that sex outside of marriage is a sin.

    TOO MANY PARTNERS

    We also tackled a more difficult topic: how a person’s sexual past can affect a current relationship. We asked respondents how likely they would be to break off a relationship due to their partner’s having what they felt were too many previous sexual partners. Thirty-seven percent of people said they would be somewhat unlikely or very unlikely to end a relationship based on this, while 33 percent reported having a neutral opinion. Thirty percent said they would be somewhat likely or very likely to end a relationship over the issue.

    TOO FEW PARTNERS

    We then posed a different question: Who would be likely to end a relationship due to what they perceived as their partner’s having had too few past sexual partners? Over half of respondents said they would be very unlikely to walk away due to a partner’s conservative past, and another 15 percent said they would be somewhat unlikely. Only 8 percent reported they would be somewhat or very likely to end a relationship due to this issue.

    SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS

    Across the world, more than 1 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day. Engaging in any sort of sexual activity (including oral sex) can put a person at risk for an STI, and in some cases these can lead to serious reproductive health consequences.

    To investigate the correlation between sexual history and STI diagnoses, we asked survey respondents to provide their number of partners and disclose whether they had been diagnosed with an STI. Of people with 15 or more sexual partners, 13 percent reported having ever been diagnosed with an STI – the highest proportion. Eight percent of respondents reported having been diagnosed with an STI for both the five to nine partner bracket as well as the 10 to 14 bracket. Of those with the fewest number of partners, only three percent indicated they had ever been diagnosed with an STI. Of all respondents surveyed, a total of 6.2% reported that they had been diagnosed with an STI.

    For people in the U.K., numerous options for STI testing are available. Sexual health clinics, some contraceptive clinics, some sexual health services, and some GP surgeries can perform tests, and certain pharmacies can provide chlamydia screenings. Additionally, at Superdrug Online Doctor, you can order a wide range of STI test kits and treatments from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

    TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR SEXUAL HEALTH
    Perceptions and attitudes toward people’s sexual histories have evolved over the years. Our survey revealed that the majority of men and women are honest about their sexual pasts. However, when disclosing details to a partner, men are more prone to inflating their number of sexual partners, while women are more likely to report fewer than their true number.

    Perceptions of promiscuity vary by country. Our respondents from France, Belgium, and Portugal were more liberal with the number of partners they would deem a person promiscuous, while those in the Netherlands had a lower threshold.

    Among European nations, people from the U.K. averaged the highest number of sexual partners, while those from Italy averaged the fewest. The discrepancy within U.S. states was even greater than that among countries: Louisiana was the top state for sexual partners, while Utah residents averaged the fewest. Over 44 percent of our respondents who reported an STI diagnosis related they’d had 11 or more past sexual partners.

    Regardless of your number of past partners, what’s most important in any sexual relationship is taking precautions to prevent the spread of STIs. If you want to protect your sexual health and the health of your partners, visit Superdrug Online Doctor for a wide range of STI test kits and treatments. You’ll enjoy discreet delivery from the privacy of your own home – with no need to visit a GP, pharmacy, or clinic.

    METHODOLOGY
    We surveyed 2,180 respondents on questions relating to sexual history. 1,263 respondents identified as male with 917 respondents identifying as female. Of these respondents, 1,058 were from the United States and another 1,122 were located within Europe. Countries represented by fewer than 10 respondents and states represented by fewer than five respondents were omitted from results.

    SOURCES
    http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats14/surv-2014-print.pdf
    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/437433/hpr2215_STI_NCSP_v6.pdf
    http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Premarital_Sex
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/12/where-is-it-legal-to-buy-sex/
    http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Talkingaboutsex/Pages/Talkingtoyourpartner.aspx
    http://www.statista.com/statistics/225947/americans-moral-stance-towards-intercourse-between-unmarried-partners/
    http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/mormon-population-60-percent-utah-4-5-percent-nevada
    http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs110/en/
    http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/STIs/Pages/STIs.aspx
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  • December 28, 2016

    The UPSC civil services exam is considered one of the toughest exams in the country. Lakhs of people take the exam and only a few hundred make the cut in the end. Only a proper combination of hard work, guidance and tenacity can help UPSC aspirants crack these exams. Many candidates, despite having all the comforts and coaching that money can buy, fail to clear the IAS exam. But some determined and zealously diligent candidates achieve success despite all odds stacked against them. One such inspiring person is Ansar Ahmad Shaikh, who cleared the UPSC civil services exam, 2015 in his very first attempt. He secured AIR 361and he was just 21; beating Roman Saini who was 22 when he became an IAS officer.

    Ansar is the son of Yonus Shaikh Ahmad, an autorickshaw driver from Jalna’s Shedgaon village in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra. His mother worked in fields. His younger brother, Anees dropped out of school in standard VII. Anees worked in a garage to support the family and help his brother prepare for the IAS exam.

    Ansar worked 12 hours a day for three years to achieve his IAS dream. His success is especially commendable counting the fact that education wasn’t a priority in his family. In his own words Ansar describes his domestic situation, “Education has never been a watchword in my family. My father, a rickshaw driver, has three wives. My mother is the second wife. My younger brother dropped out of school and my two sisters were married off at an early age. When I told them that I had cleared the UPSC and in all likelihood will be an IAS officer, they were stunned shocked.” Ansar had been given West Bengal cadre.

    Even though Ansar’s large family struggled to make ends meet, he remained a bright student throughout. He had secured 91% in his X board exams (SSC Board). He has a degree in political science from Fergusson College, Pune.

    Ansar has said, “I was marginalized by three different categories. I am from a backward undeveloped region, I hail from a poor economic background and I belong to a minority community. I will tackle all these issues as an administrator since I have witnessed these issues at close quarters.”

    Ansar had attended a private coaching class for his UPSC civil services preparation. His family had to bear great expenses in this regard but were more than delighted when they got the result they all had awaited. He thanked Rahul Pandve, his 30-year-old teacher for giving him guidance and support. (Pandve had also cleared the UPSC civil services exam that year with AIR 200).

    Ansar said on his success “There is no alternative to hard work. During my struggle, my friends helped me a lot mentally and financially and even my coaching academy waived a portion of fees due to my poor financial condition”.

    Hard work, family and friends – played their part in leading Ansar to his dream job. But more than anything, it is attitude that sets him apart from others – the attitude to never back down and be steadfast in trying to achieve your dream.

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  • फोर्ब्स पत्रिका के एडिटर-इन-चीफ स्टीव फोर्ब्स ने भारत के नोटबंदी अभियान को अनैतिक करार देते हुए कहा है कि यह लोगों की संपत्ति की चोरी के समान है। पत्रिका ने कहा है कि बीते आठ नवंबर को 500 रुपये तथा 1,000 रुपये के नोटों को अमान्य करार देने से भारत की अर्थव्यवस्था व भविष्य में होने वाले निवेश को नुकसान पहुंचा है तथा सरकार के अधिकाधिक नियंत्रण से आम आदमी की निजता को आघात पहुंचा है।

    फोर्ब्स ने कहा, "भारत ने एक ऐसी अप्रत्याशित घटना को बढ़ावा दिया है, जो न केवल उसकी अर्थव्यवस्था और पहले से गरीब करोड़ों नागरिकों को तबाह कर रहा है, बल्कि उसकी अनैतिकता को भी बढ़ा रहा है।"

    नोटबंदी से पूरे देश में नकदी की अप्रत्याशित कमी हो गई है, जिसके कारण करोड़ों लोगों को अपने पैसे निकालने के लिए एटीएम के बाहर घंटों कतार में खड़ा होना पड़ रहा है।

    पत्रिका ने कहा, "बिना किसी चेतावनी के भारत ने अचानक देश की 85 फीसदी करेंसी को अवैध घोषित कर दिया। इस फैसले से हैरान देशवासियों को बैंकों में पुराने नोट जमा करने और उन्हें बदलकर नए नोट लेने के लिए केवल कुछ सप्ताह का वक्त दिया।"

    फोर्ब्स ने इशारा किया कि संसाधन का निर्माण सरकार नहीं लोग करते हैं।

    पत्रिका के मुताबिक, "भारत ने जो भी किया वह गैरकानूनी और लोगों की संपत्ति की व्यापक तौर पर चोरी है। लोकतांत्रिक तरीके से चुनी हुई सरकार द्वारा यह हैरान करने वाला कदम है।"

    फोर्ब्स ने नोटबंदी की तुलना सन् 1975-77 के आपातकाल के दौरान तत्कालीन प्रधानमंत्री इंदिरा गांधी की नसबंदी के कदम से की।

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  • ग्राम पंचायतों में हर वर्ष होने वाले ऑडिट में पंचायत विभाग को लगभग 100 ग्राम पंचायतों में गंभीर अनियमितता मिली है इसके लिए पंचायत को खर्च की गई राशि का ब्यौरा देने को कहा गया है। वहीं पंचायत विभाग ने फरमान जारी किया है कि जिन ग्राम पंचायत का ऑडिट नही हो पाया है वे 31 दिसम्बर 2016 तक ऑडिट करवाएं अन्यथा पंचायत सचिव को निलंबित किया जा सकता है। क्रय नियम का पालन नहीं किया जाना, शासन की गाईड लाईन के अनुसार कार्य नहीं होना व अन्य फिजूल खर्चे जैसी अनियमितता सामने आई है।
    गौरतलब है कि जिले में 645 ग्राम पंचायतें हैं जिनका सालाना आय-व्यय व अन्य कार्यों में की गई खर्च का ऑडिट किया जाता है। इस वर्ष अब तक 90 फीसदी ग्राम पंचायतो की ऑडिट हो चुकी है जिसमें करीब 100 पंचायतों में कई प्रकार की गड़बड़ी सामने आई है और शासन पालन प्रतिवेदन लेकर सिर्फ खानापूर्ति में ही जुटा है। क्रय-विक्रय संबंधित कोटेशन भी पंचायत नहीं लगाती है। साथ-साथ निर्धारित राशि से भी ज्यादा खर्च की जाती है। कई पंचायत पदाधिकारियों ने बताया कि कई शासकीय आयोजन पर किए खर्च में भी ऑडिट आपत्ति आती है जिसे हमें किसी तरह समायोजन करना पड़ता है। वहीं पंचायत विभाग द्वारा 31 दिसम्बर को जिले में ऑडिट पूर्ण कर लेने का लक्ष्य रखा गया है।
    कर वसूली पर जोर
    जिला पंचायत द्वारा ग्राम पंचायतों में कर वसूली पर विशेष जोर दिया जा रहा है। वर्ष 2012-13 से लेकर वर्ष 2015-16 तक लगभग 5 करोड़ 80 लाख रूपए से भी अधिक की वसूली की जा चुकी है जिसमें सम्पत्ति, प्रकाश, बाजार पशु, पंजी, भवन किराया व अन्य खर्च शामिल है। यह भी समस्या सामने आ रही है कि लोग कर देने से आनाकानी कर रहे हैं। हालांकि वसूल की गई राशि पंचायत खाते में ही जमा करना होता है जो गांव के विकास में खर्च की जाती है।
    ये हैं नियम
    पंचायत राज अधिनियम 1993 की धारा 29 के तहत सभी ग्राम पंचायतों में वर्षवार ऑडिट की जाती है। वर्तमान में पंचायत विभाग द्वारा आंतरिक ऑडिट की जाती है। गंभीर आपत्ति पर पालन प्रतिवेदन सहित कई अन्य अनुशासनात्मक कार्रवाई की जाती है। छोटी-मोटी गड़बड़ी पर पंचायत स्तर में भी निराकरण करवाने का प्रावधान है। मूल अंकेक्षण भी शासन के निर्देशानुसार किया जाता है।
    प्रशिक्षण की जरुरत
    ग्राम पंचायतों के सचिवों को ऑडिट व अन्य क्रियाकलापों से संबंधित अभी और भी प्रशिक्षण देने की आवश्यकता है। अनियमितता पाए जाने पर पालन प्रतिवेदन लिया जाता है।
    जे पी मौर्य
    सीईओ जिला पंचायत
    4 नोटिस के बाद कार्रवाई

    ऑडिट का मुख्य उद्देश्य अभिलेख को दुरुस्त करना होता है, गड़बड़ी पर लगातार चार नोटिस देने के बाद ही शासन के निर्देशानुसार कार्रवाई की जाती है।
    अशोक धीरही
    जिला अधिकारी अंकेक्षण
    नियमानुसार कार्य

    पंचायत राज अधिनियम के अनुसार ही कार्य करवाए जाते हैं। सभी प्रकार के दस्तावेज सचिव के जिम्मे में रहते हैं। पंचायत के सभी कार्यों का मूल्यांकन सत्यापन होता है। इसमें कोई गड़बड़ी नहीं होती है।
    राजकुमार पटेल
    सरपंच, खाड़ा (बिल्हा)
    बैठक में निराकरण
    ऑडिट आपत्ति जब
     गंभीर होती है तब ग्रामसभा व पंचायत की बैठक आयोजित कर निराकरण किया जाता है। फिर पालन प्रतिवेदन जनपद में जमा कर दिया जाता है।

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  • मुंबई।  प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी मुंबई और पुणे के एक दिवसीय दौरे पर आज यहां पहुंच गये।  मोदी अरब सागर में बने छत्रपति शिवाजी स्मारक समेत कई परियोजनाओं का उद्घाटन करेंगे।
    प्रधानमंत्री सबसे पहले रायगढ़ जिले के पातालगंगा क्षेत्र में बनाये गये सेबी के राष्ट्रीय प्रतिभूति बाजार संस्थान के नवनिर्मित परिसर का उद्घाटन करेंगे।

    बाद में वे राज्य के 36 जिलों से लाये गये जल और मिट्टी से गेटवे ऑफ इंडिया के समीप अरब सागर में छत्रपति शिवाजी स्मारक का भूमिपूजन करेंगे। प्रधानमंत्री इसके बाद बांद्रा- कुर्ला परिसर में मेट्रो परियोजना का उद्घाटन करेंगे जिसके बाद वह पुणे रवाना हो जाएंगे जहां वह पुणे मेट्रो परियोजना का उद्घाटन करेंगे।

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  • सीबीआई ने कालेधन को सफेद करने के आरोप में डॉक्टर सुरेश आडवाणी के खिलाफ केस दर्ज किया है। उनका नाम देश के नामी कैंसर स्पेशलिस्टों में गिना जाता है। आडवाणी को प्रतिष्ठित पद्मश्री और पद्मभूषण अवॉर्ड भी मिल चुका है। घाटकोपर में एक कार से 10 करोड़ की पुरानी करंसी मिलने के बाद सीबीआई ने डॉक्टर के अलावा बीजेपी सांसद की को-ऑपरेटिव बैंक के 4 अफसरों को भी आरोपी बनाया है। आरोपियों के 11 ठिकानों पर हुई छापेमारी...
     
     
    - मीडिया रिपोर्ट्स के मुताबिक, एफआईआर में आडवाणी के अलावा योगेश बी. शिरोय, धर्म राज थिगले, कृष, गजानंद सोमनाथ, बीएम शाह के नाम शामिल हैं।
    - सीबीआई स्पोक्सपर्सन ने कहा, ''4 आरोपी वैद्यनाथ को-ऑपरेटिव अरबन बैंक लिमिटेड के अफसर हैं। जिसकी डायरेक्टर दिवंगत बीजेपी नेता गोपीनाथ मुंडे की बेटी प्रीतम मुंडे हैं. वे बीजेपी सांसद हैं।''
    - ''पूछताछ में मिली जानकारियों के आधार पर शुक्रवार को आरोपियों के 11 ठिकानों पर पुणे, मुंबई, औरंगाबाद और बीड़ में छापेमारी की गई।''
    - ''डॉक्टर को कैश डिपॉजिट में गड़बड़ी का आरोपी बनाया है। जांच के बाद ही उनका असली रोल सामने आएगा। वह औरंगाबाद के CIIGMA हॉस्पिटल से जुड़े हैं।''
     
    घाटकोपर में 9 दिन पहले पकड़ी गई कार
     
    - सीबीआई के मुताबिक, 15 दिसंबर को केस के तीन आरोपियों को मुंबई पुलिस ने घाटकोपर इलाके में चेकिंग के दौरान पकड़ा था। उनकी कार से 10 करोड़ के पुराने नोट मिले थे। 
    - पूछताछ में उन्होंने खुद को बैंक अफसर बताया और कहा कि ये करंसी बैंक के बीड़ स्थित हेड ऑफिस ले जाई जा रही है। जांच एजेंसियों का दावा है कि ये रकम मनी लॉन्ड्रिंग में इस्तेमाल होने वाली थी।
    - अफसरों ने कहा कि आरोपियों ने करीब 15 करोड़ रुपए महाराष्ट्र स्टेट अर्बन को-ऑपरेटिव बैंक में जमा कराए। बाकी 10 करोड़ वापस बैंक के बीड़ हेडक्वार्टर ले जाए जा रहे थे।
     
    को-ऑपरेटिव बैंक ने क्या कहा?
    - को-ऑपरेटिव बैंक के एक सीनियर अफसर ने सीबीआई के दावे को खारिज किया।
    - उन्होंने कहा, ''जांच एजेंसी को गलत जानकारी मिली। कार से मिले 10 करोड़ रुपए 25 करोड़ का हिस्सा है, जिसे घाटकोपर ब्रांच में जमा कराना था। पूरा मामला सीबीआई के गलत मैनेजमेंट का नतीजा है।
     
    कौन हैं आडवाणी?
    - सुरेश का नाम देश के नामी कैंसर स्पेश्लिस्ट में गिना जाता है। उन्हें 2002 में पद्मश्री और 2012 में पद्मभूषण अवॉर्ड से नवाजा जा चुका है। 
    - भारत में पहली बार बोन मेरो ट्रांसप्लांट करने का श्रेय भी डॉक्टर आडवाणी को ही जाता है।
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  • मुंबई। बॉलीवुड के मिस्टर पर्फेक्शनिस्ट आमिर खान की मोस्ट अवेटेड मूवी 'दंगल' रिलीज हो चुकी है। रिपोर्ट्स के मुताबिक दंगल देशभर में करीब 4300 स्क्रीन्स पर रिलीज की गई है। हालांकि यूएस-कनाडा में दंगल दो दिन पहले ही रिलीज की जा चुकी है और फिल्म का फर्स्ट डे कलेक्शन भी बेहतरीन रहा है। ट्रेड एनालिस्ट तरण आदर्श ने दंगल के फर्स्ट डे कलेक्शन को लेकर ट्वीट किया है। इसके मुताबिक फिल्म ने यूएस, यूएई और यूके समेत ओवरसीज में करीब 11.41 करोड़ की कमाई की है। इंडिया में कर सकती है 400 करोड़ की कमाई...

     
     

    ट्रेड एनालिस्ट कोमल नाहटा के मुताबिक, अच्छी ओपनिंग की बदौलत यह फिल्म इंडिया में 400 करोड़ रुपए तक की कमाई कर सकती है। एक और ट्रेड एनालिस्ट अमूल मोहन के मुताबिक, फिल्म की शानदार ओपनिंग से लगता है कि यह ‘सुल्तान’ की कमाई को पीछे छोड़ देगी। बता दें कि इससे पहले आमिर की गजनी इंडिया में 100 करोड़ क्लब, 3 इडियट्स ने 300 करोड़ क्लब और पीके ने 400 करोड़ क्लब में एंट्री ली थी।
     
    भारत में फर्स्ट डे कमा सकती है 30 करोड़...
    ओवरसीज में दंगल करीब 1000 स्क्रीन्स पर रिलीज की गई। यूएस और कनाडा में फिल्म बुधवार को ही रिलीज हो गई थी। एक अनुमान के मुताबिक भारत में फिल्म का फर्स्ट डे बॉक्स ऑफिस कलेक्शन 25 से 30 करोड़ रुपए तक हो सकता है। हालांकि अभी इसके आंकड़े नहीं आए हैं। इससे पहले आमिर की फिल्म 'पीके' भी 2014 में दिसंबर में ही रिलीज हुई थी। 'पीके' ने वर्ल्डवाइड करीब 735 करोड़ रुपए की कमाई की है। बता दें कि दंगल हरियाणवी पहलवान महावीर सिंह फोगाट की बायोपिक है। इसमें महावीर सिंह अपनी बेटियों को इंटरनेशनल लेवल का रेसलर बनाते हैं।
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