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New Delhi, July 17:  Keeping tough competition in mind, India’s largest Employability skills test has been launched for fresh graduates, which will share scores with prospective employers.

The test has been introduced in across 29 states, including seven Union Territories.

To check skills, employability assessment company Wheebox launched the test to mark “World Skills Day” in cooperation with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), UNDP, Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Pearson Education and HR technology outsourcing firm PeopleStrong.

Named the “Wheebox Employability Test (WEST)”, it will be open to students who are final year graduates, post-graduates or diploma holders from engineering, polytechnic, Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), and state-run colleges or management schools, the company stated in a statement.

The test is bilingual, available in both Hindi and English.

The 70-minute long test will measure an individual’s numerical and analytical skills along with English language, basics of computers and behavioral traits.

“WEST” aims to give the students a snapshot of their capabilities and knowledge.

It will also provide an initial transcript and detailed scorecard for each module to the aspirant, showcasing strengths as well as improvement areas.

The scores will be shared with around 110 organisations across 10 sectors to help employers in shortlisting of candidates by using the scores, the statement added.

“In 2016, over 30,000 new employment opportunities were provided to young graduates from campuses as an outcome of the initiative. This partnership brings a new dimension and understanding to the way India and the world looks at hiring skilled talent,” Nirmal Singh, Founder and CEO of Wheebox to IANS.

“The report provides an insight into the future jobs and skills required by employers also the hiring trends of the market while understanding the needs of the job seeker and organisations,” Singh further asserted.

Thus, the findings will be part of India Skills Report 2018 which will be published during the Global Skills Summit.

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Hostel students from SC, ST, OBC families to get subsidised foodgrain

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New Delhi, April 23: Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday said hostel students belonging to SC, ST and OBC families will be entitled to 15 kg of foodgrain per month at subsidised rates.

Under the new PDS scheme, which will be rolled out at the earliest, over one crore students from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes will benefit.

“It is a historic step. Under the scheme, students from these communities, where their strength is two third of the total number of hostel students, will be given 15 kg food grain. If the rice is priced at Rs 30 per kg in open market, the students will get it for Rs 6,” Paswan told reporters here.

“We have asked the states to send us the list of beneficiaries as soon as possible. Also, the states will have to decide the type of foodgrain to be distributed. The Centre will bear all expenses on the subsidy.”

He said 13 lakh tonnes of foodgrain was allotted under the scheme.

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Sushma Swaraj meets Xi Jinping in Beijing

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Beijing, April 23: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Earlier in a day, Swaraj on the 2nd day of her visit called on the Vice President of China Wang Qishan at Zhongnanhai.

Prior to this, EAM met her Uzbekistan counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov and held bilateral talks on a wide range of issues including trade & investment, pharma, IT, tourism and culture, as well as on the regional situation.

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We don’t discriminate: Ola to VHP man who cancelled cab as driver was Muslim

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New Delhi, April 23: Taxi aggregator Ola Cabs on Sunday gave a thoughtful reply to a man, claiming to be associated with a right-wing outfit, who had cancelled his ride after finding the driver assigned to him was a Muslim.

Abhishek Mishra, a man who claims to be linked to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), had posted on Twitter that he cancelled his Ola booking on Friday after finding that the cab driver was a Muslim.

His Twitter account says Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Ideology First, Hindutva Thinker, Digital & Social Media Advisor (Views Personal), said, “Cancelled @Olacabs Booking because Driver was Muslim. I don’t want to give my money to Jihadi People.”

After cancelling the cab, Mishra took a screenshot of the cancellation and tweeted his Ola booking which named the cab driver.

Mishra’s Twitter post soon went viral and triggered a huge debate on Twitter with some siding with him and while others trolling him for inciting hatred and communal sentiments.

Interestingly, Mishra is followed on Twitter by bigwigs like Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Culture Mahesh Sharma and many others; reported Zee News.

With his tweet creating a lot of buzz on the micro-blogging site, Ola also chipped in and tweeted a thoughtful reply to Mishra.

The cab operator put out a statement, saying that the company is a secular platform and doesn’t discriminate between its customers and driver partners and urged everyone not to discriminate on religious lines.

Mishra’s Facebook profile says he is from Ayodhya and works as an IT professional in Lucknow.

He claims he is an active member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal — both affiliates of the BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — and “holds responsibility” of the IT cell of the VHP.

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