In 2 weeks, government gets 50,000 suggestions regarding the draft New Education Policy

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A human resource development (HRD) ministry official said they have so far received nearly 50,000 suggestions and inputs from across the country.(HT Photo)

3-language policy: National Education Policy draft revised, 2 members object

3-language policy: National Education Policy draft revised, 2 members object

The criticism forced the HRD Ministry to issue a statement Saturday clarifying that the policy was only a draft and will be finalised after incorporating public feedback and views of the state governments. (Representational image)

Two members of the government-appointed committee led by scientist K Kasturirangan are learnt to have objected Monday to their chairperson’s decision to revise a contentious paragraph in the draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2018, dropping a reference to Hindi and English in the recommendation on the three-language formula.

Following protests by political parties, mainly in Tamil Nadu, on what they called the “imposition” of Hindi, the HRD Ministry, at Kasturirangan’s behest, has shared a revised document on its website, which dropped the recommendation that stipulated the languages that students must choose to study from Grade 6.

Committee members Ram Shankar Kureel, former founder vice-chancellor of Baba Saheb Ambedkar University of Social Sciences in Madhya Pradesh, and K M Tripathy, former chairperson of Uttar Pradesh High School and Intermediate Examination Board, are learnt to have registered their opposition to the revision of the draft with the government.

Responding to an email sent by an HRD Ministry official, informing all committee members of the change effected at the behest of Kasturirangan, Kureel is learnt to have called the move unfortunate, while Tripathy objected to the changes made without consulting the committee members — especially since the changes had been discussed and decided against during the panel’s deliberations. The panel has a total of 11 members.

When contacted, Tripathy refused to comment on the matter. Kureel told The Indian Express: “The committee had submitted the hard copy to the HRD Minister (on May 31) and that is the report of the NEP. I stand by that report. The three-language formula is in the interest of national integration.” He did not wish to comment any further.


The formula, the opposition

The three-language formula, dating back to 1968, means students in Hindi-speaking states should learn a modern Indian language, apart from Hindi and English and, in non-Hindi-speaking states, Hindi along with the regional language and English. Tamil Nadu has always opposed this policy, and the new row is over the draft NEP proposing its continuation.

Advocating for bringing in flexibility in the implementation of the three-language formula, the earlier version of the draft NEP, uploaded on the ministry’s website on May 31, read: “In keeping with the principle of flexibility, students who wish to change one of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6, so long as the study of three languages by students in the Hindi-speaking states would continue to include Hindi and English and one of the modern Indian languages from other parts of India, while the study of languages by students in the non-Hindi-speaking states would include the regional language, Hindi and English.”

The revised version states: “In keeping with the principle of flexibility, students who wish to change one or more of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6 or Grade 7, so long as they are able to still demonstrate proficiency in three languages (one language at the literature level) in their modular Board Examinations some time during secondary school.”

The draft NEP was submitted to the new HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on May 31, following which it was made public for feedback and suggestion.

The earlier version of the draft’s pitch for the proper implementation of the three-language formula in schools across the country drew strong reaction from the DMK, which dubbed the suggestion as an effort to “thrust” Hindi on Tamil Nadu.

The criticism forced the HRD Ministry to issue a statement Saturday clarifying that the policy was only a draft and will be finalised after incorporating public feedback and views of the state governments.


Share market update: IT shares mixed; Tech Mahindra down 2%


NEW DELHI: IT shares were trading on a mixed in Monday’s morning session.

Shares of Infibeam AvenuesNSE 7.39 % (up 5.16 per cent), NIIT Technologies (up 0.93 per cent), Wipro (up 0.87 per cent) and Tata Elxsi (up 0.58 per cent) were trading higher.

Tech Mahindra (down 1.98 per cent), InfosysNSE -0.21 %(down 0.88 per cent), HCL Technologies (down 0.02 per cent) and Oracle Financial Services Software (down 0.10 per cent) were trading with losses.

The Nifty IT index was trading 0.14 per cent down at 15,821.90 around 10:06 am.

Benchmark NSE Nifty50 index was up 266.65 points at 11,673.80 while the BSE Sensex was up 901.59 points at 38,832.36.

Among the 50 stocks in the Nifty index, 45 were trading in the green, while 5 were in the red.

Shares of Vodafone Idea, YES Bank, SBI, Ashok Leyland, Adani Power, DHFL, Federal Bank, PNB, IDFC First Bank and PC Jeweller were among the most traded shares on the NSE.


Black Shark 2 TENAA Listing Showing Display Size, Battery Capacity, Dimensions Leaked

Black Shark 2 TENAA Listing Showing Display Size, Battery Capacity, Dimensions Leaked

Black Shark 2 has two vertically-placed camera sensors at the back


  • Black Shark 2 has received TENAA certification
  • The smartphone comes with AWM-0 model number
  • The original Black Shark smartphone was launched in China in April

Black Shark debuted as the first gaming smartphone from Xiaomi-backed Black Shark back in April. But just months after the arrival of its first generation, the Chinese company has apparently started preparing its successor that could launch as the Black Shark 2. The new offering has received a TENAA certification with model number AWM-0. This is notably the same model that was assigned to the original Black Shark smartphone. However, there are certain design-level changes on the new model. The dual rear camera setup that was horizontally-aligned on the original model is now appeared to be vertically aligned. Similarly, the fingerprint sensor that was sitting on the front panel of the first-generation Black Shark has now been moved to the back of the Black Shark 2. The original Black Shark arrived in China with a starting price of CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 31,700). The Black Shark 2 is likely to carry a similar price tag for its base variant.

As per the TENAA listing, as reported on SlashLeaks, the Black Shark 2 has a 5.99-inch display that could come with an FHD+ resolution – identical to the original model. The listing also highlights the presence of a 4,000mAh battery, which is the same as the predecessor. Further, the dimensions of the smartphone come at 160×75.26×8.7mm. These show that the new model is slightly thinner and compact in size than its previous generation that 9.25mm of thickness and 161.62mm of height. However, the width of the original model was almost the same as its new generation with 75.4mm of measurement.

SlashLeaks has also provided a total of four images of the new Black Shark smartphone sourced from TENAA. While the side view of the new model looks similar to its predecessor, its back view shows some notable differences in the form of a vertically-placed dual rear camera setup and a fingerprint sensor. Since the fingerprint sensor is now at the back, the front view of the new model looks quite plain. Furthermore, the Black Shark branding along with the S-shaped logo can be seen on the back.

The source at SlashLeaks wasn’t able to provide any further details about the Black Shark 2. Similarly, the link to the TENAA listing on the SlashLeaks page was showing a “no record” page at the time of filing this story.

If we look at the hardware of the original Black Shark smartphone, its successor is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with Adreno 630 GPU and up to 8GB of RAM. The smartphone could also have a dedicated liquid cooling technology to offer out-of-the-box thermal management for an enhanced gaming experience.

Details about the price and availability of the Black Shark 2 are yet to be revealed. Nevertheless, considering the listing on TENAA, some more information about the developing model is likely to emerge in the coming future.


Realme 2 Pro Video Teaser Shows Waterdrop Notch Display, Dual Rear Camera Setup

Realme 2 Pro Video Teaser Shows Waterdrop Notch Display, Dual Rear Camera Setup

Realme 2 Pro video teaser claims a “game-changing” experience


  • Realme 2 Pro has been teased in a video
  • The video teaser shows a waterdrop notch design
  • It also confirms a matte back version

Realme 2 Pro, the next model from the house of Realme, is set to debut on September 27. But ahead of its formal launch, the smartphone has now been teased in an official video. The teaser video, titled “Proud to be Young”, confirms the presence of a waterdrop notch design as well as a vertically-placed dual rear camera setup. The video also suggests more power and better performance on the upcoming handset than that of the Realme 2. Further, it highlights a “game-changing” experience. The Realme 2 Pro is expected to come with a new SoC to could help deliver faster results than the Snapdragon 450-backed Realme 2 that was launched in the country late last month.

As per the shots featured in the teaser video that lasts for over a minute, the Realme 2 Pro has a waterdrop notch that already came on various handsets by Oppo and Vivo, including the Oppo A7X and Vivo V11 Pro. This is unlike the Realme 2 that has a regular, rectangular notch, similar to the one arrived on the iPhone X last year. Also, there are thinner bezels and a slimmer chin than what Realme 2 presently has.

In addition to showing the front panel, the teaser video shows the back of the Realme 2 Pro. The back panel seen in the video doesn’t have the company’s notable diamond-cut design that was a part of the Realme 1 and Realme 2. Instead, there is apparently a simple glass panel that has curved edges and includes the Realme branding. The rear view of the Realme 2 Pro also highlights its all-new rear camera setup that is likely to include two sensors larger than the ones on the Realme 2. Plus, you can easily spot the LED flash module as well as the rear fingerprint sensor. There is a circular fingerprint sensor instead of the oval fingerprint sensor featured on the Realme 2.

Apart from the glossy back version, the teaser video also highlights a matte back variant of the Realme 2 Pro. The smartphone also appears to have a 3.5mm headphone jack that sits alongside the USB port and the loudspeaker grill. Furthermore, it is safe to expect some new colour options, too.

We can speculate that since the launch date of the Realme 2 Pro is still some days away, the company could bring new teasers. Price of the new Realme handset hasn’t been revealed formally, though it won’t be as affordable as the Realme 2 that starts at Rs. 8,990.


Nokia 2 Android 8.1 Oreo Beta Update Now Available, Announces HMD Global

Nokia 2 Android 8.1 Oreo Beta Update Now Available, Announces HMD Global

HMD Global, the licensee the Nokia mobile brand, back in May 2018 at its product launch event promised an Android 8.1 Oreo update for its affordable Nokia 2 handset. Now, the Finnish phone maker has fulfilled its promise and the latest version of Android Oreo is now available for the Nokia 2 as part of the Nokia Beta Labs. With this update, the Nokia 2 becomes the last one in the current lineup to run Android 8.1 Oreo software, albeit, still in beta.

Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that the Nokia 2 would be getting the Oreo update as part of the beta programme that the company runs. This development comes after HMD’s promise to bring this update to the phone. At the same event, the manufacturer had also stated that all Nokia phones launched till date would eventually receive the Android P update, with the Nokia 1 and Nokia 2.1 getting the relevant upgrade to the current Android Oreo (Go edition). Notably, Android P Beta is currently available for the Nokia 7 Plus.

If you have a Nokia 2, and want to get onto the new Android 8.1 Oreo beta for the smartphone, visit the Nokia Beta Labs page and register yourself for the beta update.

Nokia 2 specifications

Launched in October of last year, the Nokia 2 is a fairly budget-oriented handset with entry-level specifications. It sports a 5-inch LTPS HD (720×1280 pixels) display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The handset is powered by the modest quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 SoC, along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. There is an 8-megapixel camera sensor at the back, and a 5-megapixel sensor on the front for selfies and video calls. A 4000mAh battery powers the internals from underneath the hood, said to provide a 2-day battery life.

The Nokia 2 measures 143.5×71.3×9.3mm, and is IP52-rated (for drip protection). It comes in three colour options – Pewter Black with black face and frame, Pewter White with white face, black frame, and Copper, with black face, black back, and copper frame.





Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Available at Rs. 9,900 Down Payment With Airtel Rs. 2,499 Postpaid Plan

Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Available at Rs. 9,900 Down Payment With Airtel Rs. 2,499 Postpaid Plan

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ went on sale for the first time in India on Friday. While the handsets are available across various channels, Airtel has also introduced the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones on its online store with down payment options along with bundled monthly plans. After Samsung unveiled its latest flagship smartphones at MWC 2018 last month, Airtel had opened pre-registrations for the handsets on its online store. Now, Airtel is offering customers the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ with down payment options starting at Rs. 9,999 under the new plan. On top of the down payment, Airtel requires customers to subscribe to its postpaid plans for 24 months to get their hands on the handsets.

Under the Airtel offer, the Samsung Galaxy S9 (64GB variant) is available on the online store at a down payment of Rs. 9,900 and 24 monthly instalments of Rs. 2,499. The Galaxy S9+ (64GB variant) is also available with a down payment of Rs. 9,900 but the buyer has to go for 24 monthly instalments of Rs. 2,799. To note, the monthly instalments comes with a postpaid plan that offers 80GB data (with rollover), unlimited calling, subscription to one-year of Amazon Prime membership, Airtel Secure, Airtel TV, and Wynk Music.

Similarly, the Galaxy S9 (256GB variant) is available on the Airtel online store at a down payment of Rs. 17,900 and 24 monthly instalments of Rs. 2,499. Further, The Galaxy S9+ (256GB variant) is available with a down payment of Rs. 17,900 and 24 monthly instalments of Rs. 2,799.

The Airtel Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ offer is open to both postpaid and prepaid subscribers, however, prepaid subscribers will need to “get a new Postpaid connection or shift their current Airtel Prepaid connection to Postpaid,” the terms and conditions specify.

Airtel is also offering a free handset protection plan with the purchase of Samsung Galaxy S9 series. It is worth noting that Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are also available to buy via Flipkart, Samsung Shop, and retail outlets in India.


Huawei Nova 2 Lite With 5.99-Inch Display, Snapdragon 430 SoC Launched: Price, Specifications

Huawei Nova 2 Lite With 5.99-Inch Display, Snapdragon 430 SoC Launched: Price, Specifications


  • Huawei Nova 2 Lite launched in the Philippines
  • The phone comes with 5.99-inch FullView display
  • It also sports a dual-camera setup

Huawei Nova 2 Lite is the company’s latest smartphone which it has launched in the Philippines. The smartphone is Huawei’s new mid-range offering and comes with up to 3GB RAM, bears a 5.99-inch 18:9 bezel-less display, and sports a dual-camera setup. The smartphone is currently up for pre-order in the country, and will go on sale on March 23 at PHP 9,990 (roughly Rs. 12,500).

The Huawei Nova 2 Lite runs Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0. As mentioned, it sports a 5.99-inch HD+ IPS (720×1440 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC, coupled with 3GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, Huawei Nova 2 Lite comes with a dual camera setup. Huawei has added a primary 13-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. The smartphone also sports an 8-megapixel selfie camera, without LED flash support. As mentioned, the smartphone also comes with Face Unlock support.

The smartphone comes in only one inbuilt storage option – 32GB, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Notably, the Huawei Nova 2 Lite sports a metal unibody design and comes in two colour variants – Black and Blue. Also, the phone is fuelled by a 3000mAh battery.

Connectivity options include 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and a Micro-USB port. Sensors on board the Huawei Nova 2 Lite include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. As mentioned, it also has a fingerprint sensor. In terms of dimensions, the smartphone measures 76.7×158.3×7.8mm and weighs 155 grams.

Meanwhile, there are no details available about the global availability of the Huawei Nova 2 Lite as of now. Huawei is currently set to launch its flagship smartphone series – Huawei P20 – on March 27 in Paris, France. Several leaks, rumours, and teasers have already revealed many specifications and price details of all the three smartphones – Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei P20 Lite – in the lineup.

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Google Pixel 2 Receives Out-Of-Cycle OTA Update, Some Users Report

Google Pixel 2 Receives Out-Of-Cycle OTA Update, Some Users Report

Days after releasing the January Android security patch for Pixel and Nexus devices, Google has now ostensibly pushed a new OTA (over-the-air) update for its Pixel 2 devices. Some users have confirmed the rollout of the new update that brings build number OPM2.171019.016. However, Google hasn’t yet listed the same version on its factory images or OTA downloads pages.

Some Google Pixel 2 users have reported the rollout of the new Android update on Reddit, as spottedby folks at 9to5Google. “I got it too, new build number, OPM2.171019.016. Maybe bug fix, I know we need some of those,” one of the Redditors wrote in response to the first source who also provided a couple of screenshots evidently showing the latest build. The provided screenshots highlight that the new OTA update doesn’t make any changes to the Android security patch. Also, the Android version is 8.1.0 (Oreo) that was released last month.

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The list of changes that come through the fresh out-of-cycle OTA update is mysterious so far. But one of the users on Reddit points out that the update fixes Google Assistant to enable shuffling of tracks from the native music library. Contrarily, another user on the same thread claims that the update brings a battery draining issue.

If we take a look at some of the recent reports, there are issues with third-party mesh routers and the default ‘Now Playing’ song recognition feature are yet to be addressed. The new update might resolve some of them.

We’ve reached out to Google to get more clarity on the new OTA update for the Pixel 2 devices and will update this space accordingly.

Earlier this month, Google released the January Android security update as its next big OTA rollout for compatible Pixel and Nexus devices, including the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, and Pixel XL among others. The update mainly resolved 38 issues through two different patches dated 2018-01-01 and 2018-01-05. Amongst other vulnerabilities, the security update also patched the vulnerability related to the media framework that could let a remote attacker execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process.


Microsoft Surface Book 2 With Eighth Generation Intel Core Processors Launched: Price, Specifications

Microsoft Surface Book 2 With Eighth Generation Intel Core Processors Launched: Price, Specifications


  • Microsoft has launched the Surface Book 2 hybrid laptop
  • It comes in some variants that have eighth generation Intel Core i7 CPU
  • There is no word on when Microsoft will bring the laptop to India

Alongside making the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update available to the general public on Wednesday, Microsoft also announced the Surface Book 2, the successor to the Surface Book it had launched two years ago. The Surface Book 2, which doubles as a tablet, packs in Intel’s eighth generation Core i7 processors (there are variants with seventh-generation Core i5 processor as well) and is the “most powerful” Surface device yet, the company said.

The Surface Book 2 is a result of Microsoft managing to integrate the silicon (hardware) with the software in a more cohesive way, the company said. It is “powerful enough” to fuel the next wave of computing, the company claims. Whether you want to dapple with mixed reality, or with artificial intelligence, or play immersive games, the Surface Book 2 will be able to handle that. It is a hybrid laptop that “empowers the designers, developers, artists, and scientists to imagine and build without limits and without compromises. To achieve more,” the company writes.

As for the specifications, the Surface Book 2 comes in two sizes: one with a 13.5-inch display, the other with a 15-inch screen. In total, there are seven different variants of the Surface Book 2, offering different processor, RAM and screen sizes. The configurations are: 13.5-inch, 256GB SSD, and Intel Core i5 processor; 13.5-inch, 256GB, Intel Core i7; 13.5-inch, 512GB SSD, Intel Core i7; 13.5-inch display, 1TB SSD, Intel Core i7; 15.inch display, 256GB SSD, Intel Core i7; 15.inch display, 512GB SSD, and Intel Core i7; and 15-inch display, 1TB SSD, and Intel Core i7.

The 13.5-inch PixelSense Display has a screen resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels (267PPI) with an aspect ratio of 3:2. The 15-inch PixelSense Display has a screen resolution of 3240 x 2160 pixels with aspect ratio of 3:2. The company is claiming 17-hours of battery life (on continuous video playback). The company says it has also improved the Surface Pen.

On the processor side, the models with eight generation Intel Core i7-8650U processors have quad-core and are clocked up to 4.20GHz on Max Turbo. The models with seventh generation Intel Core i5 Core i5-7300U processor are clocked up to 3.50GHz. As for graphics, the 13.5-inch models come with Intel HD Graphics 620 integrated GPU, Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated GPU, or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 discrete GPU w/2GB VRAM across their available SKUs. The 15-inch models have Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated GPU or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete GPU w/6GB VRAM.

All the variants support Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth BT4.1 LE, Xbox Wireless built-in (in 15-inch models). The Surface Book 2 have two USB 3.0 Type A ports, and one USB Type-C port. There is a UHS-II SDXC card reader, one 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 Surface Connect, a 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video, and a 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p Full HD video, dual microphones, and front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium.

The Surface Book comes in magnesium casing, and in silver colour option. The base 13-inch model starts at $1,499, and $2,499 for the 15-inch. Preorders of it in the United States will start on November 9, with shipping starting November 16. There is no word on India availability yet.