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Army to try 5 officers for Pathribal killings

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Army to try 5 officers for Pathribal killings
NC hails decision, victim’s kin disappointed
Majid Jahangir/TNS

12-year battle

March 20, 2000 Unidentified gunmen kill 36 Sikhs in Chattisinghpora village
March 25 Army claims to have killed five foreign militants in Pathribal involved in the massacre. Locals allege the encounter was stage-managed
Oct 31 Justice Pandian asked to investigate killings
July 16, 2002 CFSL finds that the five killed in Pathribal were villagers gone missing
Late 2002 Pathribal case handed over to the CBI. It registers murder case against five men of 7 Rashtriya Rifles. Army resists prosecution of its men
2007 SC stays high court proceedings on an Army plea that it cannot prosecute without the Centre’s nod
May 1 Court directs Army to choose between court martial and criminal trial for its officers
Srinagar, June 29
The Army has decided to try in a military court five of its officers allegedly involved in the Pathribal fake encounter killing of five civilians in Anantnag district of Kashmir in March 2000.
The Supreme Court had on May 1 given the Army eight weeks to decide whether the accused — Brigadier Ajay Saxena, Lt Col Brijinder Pratap Singh, Major Saurabh Sharma, Major Amit Saxena and Subedar Idrees Khan — should be tried under the Army Act or face criminal trial.
The Bench had also directed the Army to communicate its decision to the Srinagar Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM). The Army had moved an application on June 26 before the court of CJM Rajeev Gupta and agreed to the trial of the case in a military court. The Army plea was allowed.
“Within the parameters of the Supreme Court judgment, the case is passed to competent Army authorities,” the court order said. The CJM also directed transfer of case documents and chargesheet to military officials.
The CBI had in 2006 indicted five Armymen for killing five civilians and dubbing them as foreign militants. As per the probe, the civilians were killed and branded as militants days after 35 Sikhs were massacred in the nearby Chattisingpora village. All the Armymen were posted out of Kashmir soon after the incident and the force remained silent on their
present postings.
On March 25, 2000, the Army and the J&K Police claimed to have killed five Pakistani Lashkar-e-Toiba militants who they claimed were responsible for the killing of 36 Sikhs in South Kashmir’s Chattisinghpora. The killing of Sikhs had happened ahead of then US President Bill Clinton’s visit to India.
Local residents alleged the Pathribal encounter was stage-managed and those killed were civilians.
The Army and police had jointly given a detailed briefing of the Pathribal operation to then Union Home Minister LK Advani when he visited Chattisinghpora.
After tremendous public pressure, the bodies were exhumed and the Central Forensic Scientific Laboratory established that the five persons killed by the Army were indeed villagers, who had gone missing from different places in the area.
After the CFSL report, the Pathribal case was handed over to the CBI. In February 2003, the CBI registered a case, charging five Army personnel of 7 Rashtriya Rifles with abduction, murder, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence.
All the Armymen were posted out of Kashmir soon after the incident and the force remained silent on their present postings.
The Army had resisted the CBI’s move to prosecute the accused in criminal courts, arguing they had immunity against prosecution under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and prior sanction from the Centre was required to do so. The CBI approached the apex court against the Army’s stand.
On May 1, the apex court directed the Army to decide whether its men accused in the Pathribal fake encounter would be court martialled or face criminal trial.
The ruling National Conference has welcomed the Army’s decision. “It’s a welcome step but we demand that the proceedings and results be made transparent so that there is no scope for any allegations or feeling of a cover up,” party spokesman Tanvir Sadiq said.
Relatives of victims were disappointed over the development and said there was little hope for justice. "We have never heard what happens inside the court martial proceedings... the results are never made public," Rashid Khan, son of one of the victims, Jumma Khan, said.
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Railway Tatkal Scheme

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Amendment in Tatkal Scheme
With a view to further improve the delivery of Tatkal tickets to passengers, the Ministry of Railways has decided that with effect from 10.07.2012 booking of Tatkal ticket will start at 1000 hours on the previous day of journey from train originating station instead of 0800 hours at present.

No authorised agents, including agents of IRCTC and RTSAs/RTAs will be allowed to book Tatkal tickets from 1000 hours to 1200 hours. The existing restriction of not allowing these agents booking of general tickets on the opening day from 0800 hours to 1000 hours will also continue.

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Salient Features of New All India Time Table ‘Trains at a Glance’

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New Time Table Comes into Effect from 1st July 2012
The Ministry of Railways has released its new All India Railway Time Table known as “TRAINS AT A GLANCE (TAG)” which has come into effect from 1st July, 2012.  In addition to this All India Time table, all the 17 zonal Railways have also released their zonal railway time tables which too have come into effect from 1st July, 2012.   Passengers are advised to refer to the new timings  w.e.f. 1st July 2012 before starting the journey.  The new Trains at a Glance will also be shortly uploaded on Railways’ official website i.e. www.indianrailways.gov.in.

The salient features of Trains at a Glance-2012 are as under:
 1.         Encouraged by the public response over the past few years all the user-friendly features of Trains at a Glance viz. how to read a table, route map, station index,  trains between important stations,  station code index, Train number index,  Train name index, has been retained.
2.         Commercial information of passenger use and interest viz. advance reservation period, reservation through internet, refund rules and rail travel concessions have been suitably updated. New addition to the fare chart is the fare for AC and mixed type of Duronto services.
 3.         Information regarding Vigilance organization, Public grievance machinery, disaster management and catering services have been incorporated.
 4.         Railway Budget 2012-13 announcements: The details of all the train services  announced  and which have been incorporated in the Trains at a Glance are as under:

Name of services
No. of service
·         Fully AC Express
07
·         Double Decker AC
02
·         Shatabdi
01
·         Intercity Express
11
·         Express Services
54
·         Passenger Services
21
·         MEMU
08
·         DEMU
09



 5.         113 new trains, 39 extension and 23 increase in frequency of existing trains have been announced in the Railway Budget 2012-13 and these have been incorporated in the TAG-2012. 
6.         Within the next one month, 37 new trains, 29 extensions of train services and increase in frequency of 7 trains are likely to be introduced.      5.         113 new trains, 39 extension and 23 increase in frequency of existing trains have been announced in the Railway Budget 2012-13 and these have been incorporated in the TAG-2012.
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Oil companies cut petrol prices by Rs 2.46 per litre from midnight

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PTI | Jun 28, 2012, 07.40PM IST
NEW DELHI: In a relief to inflation-battered common man, petrol price was today cut by Rs 2.46 per litre, the second reduction this month. Petrol price in Delhi will cost Rs 67.78 per litre with effect from midnight as compared to Rs 70.24 a litre rate now, state-owned oil companies announced today.
The reduction in rates follows a Rs 2.02 a litre cut in prices from June 3. The two price cuts have wiped out more than half of the massive Rs 7.54 per litre increase in rates, the biggest in the history, effected last month. Even after today's reduction, there exists a scope for cutting rates by a further Re 1 per litre as current revision was done at average international oil rate in the first fortnight of June.
Global oil prices have fallen by 8 per cent since then. In Mumbai, petrol price has been cut by Rs 3.10 to Rs 73.35 per litre, while it will cost Rs 72.74 a litre in Kolkata from tomorrow compared to Rs 75.81 per litre currently. Chennai saw a Rs 3.07 per litre cut in price to Rs 72.74 a litre.
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Army shoots itself in the foot

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Gentleman cadets during their passing-out parade at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. The obstructive, inward-looking conservative approach has to go, times are such. Camaraderie has been the hallmark of defence services but the same is not just meant for the battlefield but for normal day-to-day life too which actually and practically affects personnel and their families
Personnel policies: Army shoots itself in the foot
Military officers are quick to blame bureaucrats, but it is their own arbitrary and parochial attitude and policies, without any understanding or training for administration, that are to be blamed. In the bargain, the military becomes its own greatest enemy
Maj Navdeep Singh
HUMANS are alike. Wearing a uniform may suppress, but not fully insulate them from corruption, greed, power-play et al, vices inherent to human race. But besides grit and courage, what sets military personnel apart from the others is the sharp ability to self-destruct and to invent self-defeatist masterstrokes as far as welfare, manpower and personnel policies are concerned.
Whichever side one may be, what the Army Chief's age row has brought fore is that there is a belief doing the rounds, factual or fictional, that meticulous, surgically incisive processes are constantly at play where careers of those who may pose a future threat are played with crudely and ruthlessly and all this happens behind closed doors under a cloak of secrecy marked 'national security', which is not actually in consonance with the age of transparency we live in. The lucky few in key appointments have their way and others can only pull their hair in despair. The number of cases pending before Benches of the Armed Forces Tribunal and other Courts, and the kind of strictures passed on such matters bear testimony to the chaos at work. It is yet another matter that even in well-rounded verdicts, the system, out of egotism, tries its best to wear out its own personnel by litigating till the highest court.
Arbitrary attitude and policies
While military officers are quick to point fingers at the bureaucrat, it is their own arbitrary and parochial attitude and policies, without any basic understanding or training for administration, that are to be blamed. In the bargain, the military becomes the military's own greatest enemy.
The examples are many. Recently the Supreme Court reportedly reprimanded the Army for creating artificial hurdles for its own officers when an appeal was filed against a lady officer of the Judge Advocate General's Department whose case had been allowed by the AFT granting her promotions and permanent commission. Till date, the Army, based on an internal artificial interpretation by the Military Secretary's Branch, is promoting Short Service Officers commissioned prior to 2006 as Captains in nine years of service while those commissioned after 2006 are being promoted to the same rank in two years. The impediment was not created by with the Ministry of Defence, but by the Army. When the Military's medical establishment was directed by Courts to grant medical facilities to its elderly retired Emergency Commissioned Officers based on an already existing Government Order, the Army itself was quick to challenge it before the Supreme Court. Imagine, the Army approaching the Supreme Court with a prayer that the same Army may be directed to withdraw medical facilities from its own officers, some of them in their 80s.
When the Navy and Air Force vouched for implementation of the Non-Functional Upgradation for the defence services, as already applicable to civil services, which guarantees the pay of a Lieutenant General in a time-bound manner to superseded officers, the Army was the first to oppose putting across the banal argument that if implemented there would be 'no charm for higher ranks'. When all Doctors of the Central Government were granted a 'Dynamic Assured Progression Scheme', the Army itself tooth and nail opposed its implementation for its own doctors on the pretext that doctors would then start getting higher salaries than other officers.
 Faulty interpretation of rules
While the civilian establishment is constantly blamed for degradation of status of military officers, the Army, in the Military Engineering Services (MES) itself places senior promotee military officers of the rank of Major and lady officers of similar rank as Assistant Garrison Engineers, an appointment tenable by Subedar-equivalent civilian officers, while directly commissioned officers of the rank of Major with much lesser length of service are posted on higher appointments such as Garrison Engineers, all again based on an artificial, faulty and forced interpretation of existing rules.
  Recently, based on a decision taken by the Prime Minister, young army officers, both Permanent and Short Service Commissioned, up to 35 years of age with 5 years of service and in fit medical category, were sought for lateral induction into the Indian Police Service through a statutory gazette notification. But rather than moving with the times, the Army Headquarters, based on an outdated policy promulgated in 1987, issued a circular pointing out that only those Permanent Commissioned Officers would be permitted to apply for the IPS who had only two years of service left (that is, who were 50 years old), or who were in low medical category, or who had completed 18 years of service but had not passed their promotion exams. Needless to say, it's a no-brainer that all such categories 'allowed' by the Army HQ were actually ineligible to be inducted into the IPS as per the notification.
Whenever there is a welfare oriented proposal or proactive personnel policy under consideration of the Government which elements in the bureaucracy would not like to see implemented, they simply throw it in the court of the defence services for a consultative process for they know that first the Army, Navy and the Air Force would start struggling between themselves, and then the fight would shift inter-se between the fighting Arms, then it would be fighting arms versus support arms and finally arms versus services. The end product would be zilch resulting in sniggers from the ringside.
Shedding obstructive approach
So where does the fault lie? Is it because of the stiff competition and ACR oriented 'smile up - kick down' culture or is it because of plain lack of understanding of finer aspects of personnel management and lack of administrative acumen or downright foolhardiness? The answer is hard to find. It seems that in a nation with the psyche of public servants deriving power by imposing obstacles, red-tape and impediments in the ordinary life of a common citizen, officers holding key appointments in the military feel powerless when they compare themselves with their civilian counterparts. Hence the only way to feel powerful is by posing hindrances in areas of policy where the pen can be used as an authoritative instrument of damage, and that damage unfortunately is restricted to within the uniformed services. As a sequel, creation of restrictive clauses and provisos becomes a tool of ego empowerment through which the policy writer feels potent. Liberal construal is abandoned for sadism and a sub-culture emerges where cribbing is rampant and peer happiness is not tolerated.
The Army has to wake up and smell the coffee. The obstructive, inward-looking conservative approach has to go, times are such. Camaraderie has been the hallmark of defence services but the same is not just meant for the battle field but for normal day to day life too which actually and practically affects personnel and their families. A recent positive example would be the strong efforts of the Army's Personnel Services Directorate in reducing litigation and convincing the Defence Ministry to withdraw appeals filed against its disabled soldiers bringing succour and kudos to the organisation. The positivity must spread and must spread fast to other spheres, otherwise the self-inflicted injury to the heretofore seemingly strong foundation would make the organisation a laughing stock leading to a spectacular derailment of the only institution every Indian has been unconditionally proud of.
Bare facts
Supreme Court recently rapped the Army for creating artificial hurdles for its own officers in a case related to the promotion and grant of permanent commission to a woman officer.
The Navy and the Air Force vouched for non-functional upgradation,as applicable to civil services, that would grant pay of Lt Gen to superseded officers, but the Army opposed it.
When all central government doctors were granted Dynamic Assured Progression Scheme, Army opposed it for its own officers.
In MES, the Army places Majors and Lt Cols in appointments tenable by Subedar-equivalent civilian MES cadre.
On the PM’s directives, military officers below 35 years were sought for lateral induction into the IPS, but the Army, citing an outdated circular of 1987, put a spanner in the works.

The writer practises in the Punjab and Haryana High Court
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Tatkal website can't keep up with demand, admit officials

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NEW DELHI: Try booking a tatkal train ticket online at 8am when booking counters and the web portal open simultaneously, and you will invariably find the website hanging frequently. Do not expect the situation to improve dramatically as IRCTC, the agency that runs the site, has plainly said it cannot meet the surging demand.
A GM-level IRCTC official said there were simply too many users, especially ahead of festivals and summer vacations.
"We have seen a peak of 13,000 hits per minute during the first 10-15 minutes from 8am. Our capacity is 1,500-2,000 successful transactions a minute. There isn't much we can do at the moment to meet the shortfall," the official said.
"We have ensured our system is as tout-free as possible. For faster usage, we have installed iridium servers, increased bandwidth and worked on ways to increase server capacity. But the demand keeps on rising," said an official. He added that CRIS, the company that set up the website, had been told about the problems.

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Manmohan Singh wants to "restart growth story"

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) talks to reporters during a news conference in Yangon May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/Files
By Matthias Williams
NEW DELHI | Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:15am IST
(Reuters) - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh summoned officials on Wednesday to formulate an economic revival plan in part addressing problems in tax policy and said he also wanted to revive the "animal spirit" of Indian economic growth.
Seeking to overcome pessimism about Asia's third-largest economy, Singh, in remarks released by his office, stressed that improving investor sentiment was a top priority.
A slowdown in the insurance industry must also be addressed and, in a rallying call to assembled officials, he called on them to "revive the animal spirit in the country's economy".
Singh takes the helm of the finance ministry at a time when economic growth has dipped to its slowest pace in nine years, the rupee has hit all-time lows against the dollar, the government is grappling with bloated fiscal and current account deficits and inflation remains stubbornly high.
"I'm glad he's talking about specifics rather than broad-brush issues," said Abheek Barua, chief economist at HDFC Bank in New Delhi. "It's a move forward from what was happening earlier."
Despite being hailed as the architect of landmark economic reforms in 1991, Singh struggled to put his stamp on the economy after becoming prime minister in 2004.
Business leaders and economists have harshly criticised his government's management of the economy, accusing it of complacency in the face of the economic slowdown.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee stepped down on Tuesday to run for president, allowing Singh to step in.
"The growth rate has taken a dip; the industrial performance is not satisfactory; things are not rosy on the investment front; inflation continues to be a problem," he told officials at the meeting in his office.
"On the external front, I am concerned about the way the exchange rate is going. Investor sentiment is down and capital flows are drying up."
RESTART THE GROWTH STORY
Investors have been pushing the Indian government to cut its fuel subsidy bill and implement a shelved reform to open up its $450 billion retail sector to foreign supermarkets. Singh discussed both issues with the officials but no decisions were taken, a source who attended the meeting said.
"We need to work to get the economy going again and restart the India growth story," Singh told the officials, according to his office.
"There are problems on the tax front which need to be addressed," he added.
"The insurance sector has seen a slowing down which is not normal in a country with large unmet insurance needs. This needs to be looked into." he said, without going into specifics.
Earlier this year India put on hold a controversial plan that would retroactively tax some transactions. Meanwhile, implementation of a plan to streamline taxes through a national Goods and Services Tax has been stalled.
In the crowded insurance industry, a long-pending increase in foreign investor holdings is on hold and many joint ventures with foreign partners are losing money.
Singh called for a resolution of problems in the mutual fund sector, where a regulatory change banning distribution fees has squeezed profits.
"I'm glad he actually referred to a couple of sectors which certainly have problems that need to be addressed urgently," HDFC's Barua said.
India's economic growth slipped to 5.3 percent in the first three months of this year compared to 9.2 percent in the same quarter of 2011.
The government's immediate emphasis is to manage its balance of payments, said Singh, who is expected to handle the finance portfolio until September
"In the short run we need to revive investor sentiment, both domestic and international," he added. "Millions of our countrymen look up to the government to throw open channels for their progress, prosperity and welfare."
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Govt likely to seek report on NDA job scam

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Govt likely to seek report on NDA job scam
New Delhi, June 27
Unhappy over alleged involvement of a Colonel in a recruitment scam at the National Defence Academy (NDA), the Defence Ministry has taken cognisance of the issue and is likely to seek a detailed report from the Integrated Defence Staff (IDS).
On Saturday, the CBI had arrested Col Kulbir Singh along with five others for allegedly receiving bribe from candidates during recruitment drive at the National Defence Academy.
The Pune-based training institution in under the purview of the tri-services IDS manned by officers from the Army, Navy and the Air force.
The Defence Ministry is unhappy over the fact that Staff Officer of the Commandant of the prestigious National Defence Academy was allegedly involved in the recruitment scam and may seek a detailed report from the IDS in this regard, sources said here. The Colonel is posted as staff officer to commandant of National Defence Academy, Lt Gen Jatinder Singh.
They said IDS Chief Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha had also met Defence Minister AK Antony in his office today. Another key officer of the National Defence Academy, Suhas Shankar Waghmare, was arrested by CBI on Monday night over allegations that he had taken money from over 15 candidates in the alleged recruitment scam.
The CBI has alleged that Col Singh in conspiracy with the other accused had obtained illegal gratification of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh from each candidate to give them appointment for subordinate staff like cooks, gardeners, lab attendants, library attendants and cadet orderly. The accused persons had allegedly taken signatures of those candidates, who had agreed to pay the bribe, on blank sheets and later filled them with correct answers, it said. — PTI
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Govt-IIT standoff ends; new entrance format from 2013

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Govt-IIT standoff ends; new entrance format from 2013
Only top 20% Class XII students of each board to be eligible for IIT
Aditi Tandon/TNS
New Delhi, June 27
Students aspiring to enter the IITs can no longer afford to ignore their school performance. Ending months of controversy with the Government over the proposed structure of the common engineering entrance test (CET), the IITs today finally agreed to join the one-nation, one-test system from 2013 for admission to undergraduate courses.
Their support, however, came subject to recommendations on how the new exam would look and how a candidate’s eligibility for entering IITs would be determined.
The hallmark of the new compromise formula with the Human Resource Development Ministry, which the IIT Council adopted unanimously today and IIT Senates also seemed to agree to, is increased importance to school-leaving exam marks in admission to IIT. At present, a student who cracks the JEE (IIT admission test) gets admission to IITs subject to 60% in Class XII.
But from 2013, 60% marks won’t do. Only those candidates would be eligible for final admissions to IITs who fall in “the top 20 percentile of the successful candidates in the respective board results that year”. Simply out, it means, all top 20% performers in Class XII in each board would become eligible.
In CBSE, on an average, the percentage of marks scored by the last student in the top 20 percentile in Class XII is around 78%. “Our analysis shows that the last student in this bracket in the Uttar Pradesh Board scored 65% in Class XII and in Tamil Nadu Board he scored 78%. We will soon do a data analysis of Class XII results of all 42 state boards in the country and put them on the CBSE website so students have an idea what percentage they must target to enter IITs,” CBSE chief Vineet Joshi said.
Importantly, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal skipped the IIT Council meeting today to allow institutes to take an independent view on the entrance test. He, however, sent a written message to the Council saying coaching institutes had replaced India’s secondary schools and were creating an army of students who can crack entrance tests but not think critically.
Sibal requested the Council to consider the importance of school marks in admissions and end the multiplicity of exams. Currently, India has 100 engineering entrance tests. But now, as the IITs Council agreed today, there will be only two for entry to all centrally-funded technical institutes. The NITs will meet on July 4 to decide how they would select students.
The new formulation (different from the May 28 Council proposal), which even the All India IIIT Faculty Federation Secretary AK Mittal today endorsed, consists of three parts.
First, the Joint Entrance Examination-Main (JEE-Main) will be held around April 2013. Any student can take this MCQ-type test that the CBSE will conduct. It will look like the current AIEEE.
Second, the top 1.5 lakh scorers of JEE Main will for JEE Advanced that IITs will exclusively design and conduct at a gap of about six weeks from JEE Main. Based on JEE Advanced (whose structure IITs will decide) results, All India Ranks for all 1.5 lakh candidates will be prepared. Any institute (NITs/IIITs) can use these scores for induction.
Third, securing All India Rank in JEE Advanced won’t guarantee entry to IITs. Rank holders must also be among the top 20% performers of their respective school board in Class XII for final admission to IIT.
“Candidates in the top 20 percentile of their respective board results of Class XII alone will be eligible to enter IITs. A rank holder must, therefore, do well at school as well. If he falls below the critical mark but figures in the All India Rank, he does not enter the IIT,” explained Prof MM Sharma, chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Madras, who chaired the Council meet in Sibal’s absence.
After the IIT Council decision today, Sibal said, “We have achieved two major objectives today — recognition that school performance matters in IIT admissions and end of multiplicity in exams.” Sibal said under the new system, students would have to concentrate at school. “That was the objective,” he said.
The new formula
The Joint Entrance Examination-Main (JEE-Main) will be held around April 2013. Any student can take this MCQ-type test that the CBSE will conduct. It will look like the current AIEEE
The top 1.5-lakh scorers of JEE Main will qualify for JEE Advanced that IITs will exclusively design and conduct about six weeks after JEE Main
Based on JEE Advanced results, All India Ranks for all 1.5 lakh candidates will be prepared. Any institute (NITs/IIITs) can use these scores for induction
Securing All India Rank in JEE Advanced won’t guarantee entry to IITs. Rank holders must also be among the top 20% performers of their respective school board for final admission
This formula replaces the proposed format of giving weightage to Class XII board results, which was vehemently opposed by the IITs
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Relief for ex-servicemen

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Kalyan Ray, New Delhi:
After years of struggle, some relief has finally come for 12 lakh ex-servicemen on Monday when Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced rationalising the pension benefits of retired jawans and Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO) in accordance with their “One Rank One Pension” (OROP) demand.
Despite demands from ex-servicemen, successive governments in the past had claimed that OROP was untenable and meeting it would cost a bomb. The anomaly was created by the Fifth and Sixth Pay Commissions. The Congress had promised OROP in its poll manifesto in 2004. However, the UPA government rejected the OROP demand in December 2008, after which ex-servicemen returned their gallantry medals to the President and made open overtures towards the BJP. Following protracted protests, a committee was set up under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar to review the OROP issues. Interestingly, it was announced ahead of the Parliamentary polls in Punjab, Haryana, Uttaranchal and Rajasthan, which contribute  thousands of soldiers to the three services.
On the basis of the panel’s suggestion, the Centre has now agreed to substantially hike the pension of Personnel Below the Officer Rank (PBOR) and JCOs.
The pension of PBOR and JCOs who retired before October 10, 1997, (implementation date for the Fifth Pay Commission recommendations) will be brought at par with the pension of those retired after that date.
The pension of those retired before January 1, 2006 –– including the 1997 group –– will  be substantially hiked to come close to those who retired after the cut-off date of January 1, 2006 (implementation date for the Sixth Pay Commission).
Once realised, the new pension scheme will lead to creation of two groups of pensioners in the armed forces with January 1, 2006, serving as the cut off date.
“This is not OROP. Those who retired after January 1, 2006, will get higher pension. The government has just bridged a gap for the JCOs and PBORs,” Maj Gen Satbir Singh, vice chairman of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement told Deccan Herald. Both decisions would be implemented from July 1, 2009, resulting in enhanced pension for more than 12 lakh jawans and JCOs.
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AC, first class rail fares may rise from July

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AC, first class rail fares may rise from July
New Delhi: Railway passenger fares in all Air Conditioned classes and first class may rise by 3.6 per cent from July 1 as there are little indications that Finance Ministry would extend service tax exemption to Railways beyond this month.
Highly placed sources in the Ministry conceded that the fare hike looks imminent as Railways could ill-afford to absorb the additional burden of Rs. 5,500 to Rs. 6,000 crore given its financial condition.
The sources said Railway Minister Mukul Roy had written a letter to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee last week requesting exemption for Railways from paying service tax, but the request has gone unheeded so far.
While the Railway Board is believed to be finalising the modalities for increase in fares, they said a fresh request was made by the Board on Tuesday to the Finance Ministry for a review.
The hike would put an additional burden on travellers on AC classes. Fares in AC-I and AC-II was increased by about 20 per cent in this year's Rail Budget.
Service tax on passenger travel and freight was introduced in the general budget for 2009-10, but was kept on hold due to the then Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee's opposition.
The exemption has been extended since then on quarterly basis but this time the Finance Ministry has decided to exclude freight charges and AC rail travel from the negative list, which gets service tax exemption.
With freight and passenger fares enjoying a 70 per cent subsidy, the impact on the increase in freight charges and fares of First Class and AC-I, AC-II and AC-III will be 3.6 per cent.
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A letter by Lt Gen Raj Kadyan Chairman IESM

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Dear Veterans,
A letter written by Lt Gen Raj Kadyan Chairman IESM is enclosed for your information and wide circulation please.
Jai Hind
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Dear Colleagues,
I met the Defence Minister today to discuss progress of some ongoing cases. Issues covered ensue.
OROP
He repeated the by-now-well-known government stand that OROP cannot be given in one go for fear of evoking a similar demand from civilian employees and that we are gradually moving towards narrowing the gap. I clarified that we have no objection to the term OROP being changed for record purposes by some other term like ‘military service pension’ as long the old and new pensioners are equated. I cited the example of the Military Service Pay that was granted exclusively for defence forces and there was not a whimper from others.
Widows’ Pension Enhancement
I stressed that after the Defence Minister confirmed over four months ago that he had cleared the proposal, the file is still on the bureaucratic circuit and that this does no good to the credibility of the high office. I gave my interpretation that it was part of the same Cabinet Secretary’s Committee report where the widows had been erroneously left out and hence it should not need any fresh financial approval. He said it would. I nudged him to take up the matter with the Finance Minister and he made a note.
The Defence Minister clarified that he has already had an official meeting with the three Services and that they would send a comprehensive proposal (including ESM problems). He would then take it personally to the PM soon after the Parliamentary session gets over on 20 May 2012. By that time the new budget would also be in effect.
Miscellaneous Points
Not unexpectedly, the discussion became wide ranging. Some points that could be of interest are:
• Reducing government doggedness in pursuing court cases involving serving personnel and the veterans that the government loses at lower courts. He reiterated his already having issued directions that each case be examined on merit.
• Need to control the bureaucracy that enjoys unbridled power with no accountability. Having cited concrete examples from history I repeated the term I had coined in a TV debate on 30 March, “We are a democracy ruled by the bureaucracy”.

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Colonel held for recruitment scam in NDA

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An army officer of the rank of Colonel along with five civilians was arrested by anti-corruption bureau of the CBI on Saturday for allegedly receiving bribe from candidates during recruitment drive at National Defence Academy. The Colonel is deployed as staff officer to commandant of NDA, Lt Gen Jatinder Singh.
Besides Col Kulbir Singh (45), others arrested are Balkishan Charan Lal Kanojia (35), Vishnu Prasad Sharma (42), Ramesh Dilip Gaikwad (32), Dattaraya Eknath Shitkal (52) and his cousin Manoj Maruti Shitkal (32). The civilians are local residents.
The CBI has registered a case under the relevant sections of the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.
Acting on a tip off, CBI officials raided 14 places in Pune, Mumbai, Gurgaon and Sonepat, and recovered huge cash, which was allegedly taken by officials and their touts for recruiting subordinate staff like cook, gardener, library and laboratory attendants, cadet orderly and lower division clerks.
During the CBI raids, huge cash and documents like leaked question papers and list of candidates were seized.
As per the complainant, examination for recruitinglower division clerk, others was held on June 15. During investigation it was revealed that suspects entered into a criminal conspiracy to cheat the government and obtain illegal gratification from job aspirants for which the Colonel misused his position.
“Singh and Kanojia asked the candidates to only sign the answer sheets and leave them blank which could be filled in with correct answers by suspects so that the candidates could be recuited by the NDA.”
The team by Rajpal Singh, deputy superintendent of police (CBI-ACB), informed the court that, “the arrested persons are in possession of lists of persons who were to be appointed on account of gratification obtained from them. They also have fake answer sheets of such candidates.”
On Sunday, the six accused were produced before the court of special judge DR Mahajan who remanded them to police custody till July 2. Special public prosecutors of CBI Vivek Saxena and Ayub Pathan said the CBI has recovered cash to the tune to Rs83 lakh from Singh’s house and Rs92 lakh from other suspects.
Meanwhile, NDA has said that it has not received any official communication from the CBI on this issue. NDA maintained that Col Singh was detained by CBI when he was in Mumbai and was being questioned for certain irregularities during the recruitment of lower division clerks and Group C employees.
NDA has made it clear that it has not received any complaint about the recruitment process but was investigating the chain of events that led to detainment of Col Singh.
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Five big changes introduced by Facebook

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NDTV CorrespondentJune 25, 2012
There's not much buzz coming out of Facebook headquarters off-late. Maybe the disastrous IPO has forced the company to quieten down a bit publicly, but that hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of company's developers.
Quietly, Facebook has rolled out quite a few features in the last week or so. While some of them are big changes which could have far-reaching consequences in the industry, others have more humble targets. Here are five changes introduced by Facebook the past week.
1) Facebook ads on third-party websites
Perhaps the biggest change since its IPO, Facebook ads have made their first-ever appearance on a website outside of Facebook. Zynga, Facebook's long-time partner, became the first website to show Facebook ads to its customers. Since players use Facebook to login to the popular gaming website, Zynga will be able target ads based on information users have already shared with Facebook.
 The move is being seen as the first step towards Facebook setting up its own ad-network, competing directly with the likes of Google. It has also reignited the privacy debate, since users are worried that information they've shared with Facebook may be passed on to third-party websites for a few advertising dollars.
 See: Zynga.com to show Facebook ads
 2) Find Friends Nearby
Announced without any fanfare or even so much as a blog post, Find Friends Nearby allows users to find other site users present nearby. The new feature locates Facebook users in the vicinity via geo-location and displays them in a list. Though it has not yet been officially announced, Find Friends Nearby is already available for mobile web users on iOS and Android via m.facebook.com/friendshake.
 See: Facebook's 'Find Friends Nearby' helps locate people around you
 3) Comment Editing
Until Facebook started rolling out comment editing, late last-week, the only way to fix a typo was to delete the entire comment and repost the 'fixed' comment. With the new comment-editing feature, users can go back and edit or delete their comments even on existing status messages. They can also view the edit history by clicking on the option "edited" that appears right below the comment, so that everyone involved in it can view full context of the conversation.
 See: Facebook starts rolling out comment editing
 4) Pay in local currencies instead of Facebook Credits
Facebook is rolling out changes that will let users pay developers using their preferred currency, rather Facebook Credits. Presently, Facebook developers can accept payments for their apps only in the form of Facebook Credits. In 2009, Facebook, introduced a payment system Facebook Credits or a virtual currency was mainly used to buy virtual goods in games like FarmVille. Last year, 15 million users bought virtual goods on the site using its payments se  rvice.
"We will release local currency support for in-app payments in the next few months. Any apps or games that sell virtual items will be required to use local currency by the end of the year," Facebook said.
See: Facebook to allow users to pay in local currencies soon
5) Developers can charge subscriptions
Facebook will let app developers charge subscription fees, in addition to existing one-time payments, for games and other applications on its site. The change is expected to be rolled out as early as July. This will enable developers to charge users a monthly or quarterly fees for their premium products or services. Until now, users could only make a one-time payment for applications.
This, combined with ability to pay directly in currencies instead of Facebook Credits, is likely to renew interest of developers in the Facebook platform.
See: Facebook to let developers charge subscriptions starting July
(With Agency Inputs)
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CBI busts job scam in NDA; serving Col among 6 held
Mumbai, June 24
Busting a major recruitment scam in the prestigious National Defence Academy, the CBI has arrested six persons, including a serving Colonel, for allegedly receiving bribe for jobs and claimed to have recovered Rs 1.76 crore from different locations in connection with the case.
Acting on a tip-off, CBI officials raided 14 places in Pune, Mumbai, Gurgaon and Sonepat, and recovered large sums in cash, which was allegedly taken by officials and their touts for recruiting subordinate staff like cook, gardener, library and laboratory attendants, cadet orderly and lower division clerks, officials said.
Among those arrested were Colonel Kulbir Singh, staff officer to NDA Commandant Lt Gen Jatinder Singh, NDA employee Ramesh Gaikwad, Bal Kishen Kanojia - who runs a food stall in Pune, Vishnu Sharma and two alleged touts Manoj Sheetal Kar and Dattatre Sheetal Kar.
Col Singh, who belongs to the Guards regiment, was arrested from the Colaba military station.
All the six arrested were produced before a CBI court in Pune which remanded them in custody till July 2.
"The staff officer in conspiracy with the other accused obtained illegal gratification of Rs three to four lakh from each candidate to appoint them cooks, gardeners, lab attendants, library attendants and cadet orderly," a CBI spokesperson said today.
The accused had allegedly taken signatures of those candidates, who had agreed to pay the bribe, on blank sheets and later filled them with correct answers through fraudulent means, he said. — PTI
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Defence Pension Adalat

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Defence Pension Adalat
As per the Annual action Plan of Controller General of Defence Accounts, New Delhi in consultation with the Ministry of Defence, the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions) Allahabad will be organising a Defence Pension Adalat at Lucknow (UP) during the month of August, 2012 for redressal of grievances of Defence pensioners including Defence Civilians drawing pension through PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS, TOs’ and DPDOs in the State of Uttar Pradesh and adjoining areas.
                             
Objective
 Any Defence Pensioners / Defence Family Pensioners / Defence Civilian and their families having any specific grievances relating to sanction or disbursement of Defence pension are requested to submit their representation, in writing, in duplicate to :

Sri K D S Parmar,
Pension Adalat Officer 
O/o Principal CDA (Pensions),
Draupadi Ghat, 
Allahabad-211014, 

A format of the representation is given on this website. Applicants are advised to apply as per the format, for easy processing of their applications.

Kindly Note
Applications can either be sent by post or by E-Mail
Two copies of the applications should be sent
Photocopies of Pension payment order, Corr PPO, discharge certificate (wherever required) and other documents must be enclosed
Each application will be allotted a unique Adalat Registration Number. The same should be quoted in all future correspondence.
Individual call letters notifying the date and venue of the Adalat will be sent in due course
Incomplete and unsigned representations will be rejected.
The Venue & Date of the Adalat will be notified in electronic and print media shortly.
TA/DA will not be reimbursed to pensioners/individuals attending the Adalat for redressal of their pension related problems.
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Pak SC disqualifies PM Gilani

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Pak SC disqualifies PM Gilani
President Zardari weighs options on electing new premier; House may meet today
Afzal Khan in Islamabad
The Pakistan Supreme Court on Tuesday declared that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani stood disqualified since April 26 and ceased to be the premier since that date. The court also asked President Asif Ali Zardari to take steps for continuity of the democratic process, an apparent reference to the election of a new prime minister. Gilani was elected Prime Minister in March 2008 and has remained in that office longer than any other elected leader in the country’s history.
Capping nearly 30 months of bitter feud between the judiciary and the government, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry held that Gilani, 60, “ceased” to be the Prime Minister from April 26 this year.
Gilani was then convicted and sentenced for not obeying court orders to reopen graft charges in Switzerland against President Zardari.
Contrary to expectations that the PPP will back him to the hilt, the ruling party said it would abide by the verdict and set in motion the process of selecting Gilani’s successor.
The Election Commission also issued a formal notice disqualifying Gilani as a Member of Parliament, hours after the Supreme Court ordered it to do so.
A session of the National Assembly or lower house of Parliament is likely to be convened on Wednesday for the formal election of the new premier.
Today’s verdict came in response to several petitions that had challenged National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza’s decision not to disqualify Gilani following his conviction.
“Since no appeal was filed against this (April 26) judgment, the conviction has attained finality. Therefore, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani has become disqualified from being a Member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) in terms of Article 63(1)(g) of the Constitution on and from the date and time of pronouncement of the judgment of this court dated April 26, 2012, with all consequences,” the court said.
It added, “He (Gilani) has also ceased to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan with effect from the said date and the office of the Prime Minister shall be deemed to be vacant accordingly”.
The bench directed the Election Commission to issue a notification stating that Gilani was no longer a member of Parliament.
Amid intense activity in the capital following Supreme Court’s decision disqualifying PM Yousaf Raza Gilani, President Asif Zardari remained huddled with senior PPP leaders to discuss his options and convened another meeting of coalition partners.
There was no official words from the Presidency after party meeting but media reports said the party leadership authorized Zardari to take final decision after due consultation with allies. A predominant view within the PPP and coalition, however, appeared to be favouring acceptance of the court’s judgment.
What next?
  • Federal ministers Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Khursheed Shah and Hina Rabbani Khar are among those being considered for the post of premier
  • Legal experts said the new PM would face the same challenge of implementing the court’s directive to write to Swiss authorities for reopening the money-laundering case against President Zardari or be disqualified in case of refusal to do so
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Pension for widowed mother, destitute sisters

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For years, a widowed Nirmala Gupta supported her two daughters and a grandson without any regular source of income. Social Welfare Department of the Delhi Government moots a helpline for such distress cases
Widowed Nirmala Gupta lives with her two daughters and a grandson. While none of the three women was getting the widow or destitute pension, the Delhi Government has now stepped in and come to their aid. It is also contemplating a helpline for all such cases in future.
After Ms. Gupta’s daughters, 40-year-old Mamta and 29-year-old Neerja were found in their Sector 8 house in Rohini in an extremely malnourished state by the para-medical staff and rushed to a city hospital, the incident had stirred the conscience of the city.
On Monday, the Delhi Government decided to provide 70-year-old Ms. Gupta with widow’s pension of Rs 1,500 per month and her two daughters with a destitute pension of Rs 1,000 each.
Social Welfare Minister Kiran Walia visited the two sisters at Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital and also met Ms. Gupta and her grandson. She has also appealed to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to provide them financial assistance through the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
“I was told that Ms. Gupta had once applied for widow’s pension from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and it had probably also started. But then it was abruptly discontinued and the family had no regular source of income for many years,” she said.
Prof. Walia said the problem with the pension provided by the MCD lies in that its beneficiaries change as per the whims of the councillors. “But now we will have a reliable pension for these women through the Delhi Government,” she assured.
The Minister said she had also taken up the issue of education of Mamta’s teenaged son, Shubham, with the Education Department, as he had been forced to drop out of school because of the family circumstances.
“The boy used to support his grandmother Ms. Gupta in all the household chores and in taking care of his mother and aunt. He was also under a lot of mental strain and always feared for the well-being of his grandmother. So we want the school to be considerate and help him out with his studies,” she said.
The Minister said a Delhi Government doctor has also been deputed to provide counselling to all the four family members. The sisters would be counselled once they are physically fit to take it.
Following this episode, which was on the lines of a similar case reported from Noida last year, Prof. Walia said the Social Welfare Department is working on starting a helpline for all such cases. “We will advertise a number which people, including neighbours, would be able to call for informing us about any destitute or widows who may be in need of help.”
“The Government can only act if it comes to know of such people, and this helpline would seek to bridge that gap,” she said.
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Microsoft unveils 'Surface' tablet with Windows RT, Windows 8 Pro

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Microsoft unveiled a new tablet computer, Surface, that attempts to take advantage of one of the few criticisms of Apple's iPad - that it is better for consuming content than creating it.
The software maker said Monday that its device will attach to a removable rubberized keyboard that also acts like a book cover. CEO Steve Ballmer said Surface will be an entertainment device "without compromising the productivity that PCs are uniquely known for."
Microsoft Corp.'s broadside against the iPad is a dramatic step to ensure that its Windows software plays a major role in the increasingly important mobile computing market.
"They are saying it's a different world now and are trying to put the sexy back into the Microsoft brand," said Gartner Inc. analyst Carolina Milanesi.
Microsoft is linking the Surface's debut with the release of its much-anticipated Windows 8 operating system, which has been designed with tablets in mind. The company hasn't specified when Windows 8 will hit the market, but most analysts expect the software to come out in September or October.
One version of the Surface, which won't go on sale until sometime in the fall, is 9.3 millimeters thick and works on the Windows RT operating system which was made for tablets that run on low-power chips designed by British chipmaker ARM Holdings PLC.
It comes with a 0.7-millimeter thick kickstand to hold it upright and a 3-millimeter-thick touch keyboard cover that snaps on using magnets. The device weighs under 1.5 pounds.
The size is similar to the latest iPad, which is 9.4 millimeters thick and weighs 1.3 pounds.
Surface has a screen that measures 10.6 inches diagonally, compared to 9.7 inches for the iPad, but it comes in the 16:9 aspect ratio, which is suited to watching video in the widescreen format. The iPad's screen size ratio is 4:3.
Microsoft said the Surface's price tag will be similar to the iPad, which sells for $499 to $829, depending on the model.
A slightly thicker version - still less than 14 millimeters thick and under 2 pounds - will work on Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 Pro operating system and cost as much as an Ultrabook, the company said. The pro version comes with a stylus that allows users to make handwritten notes on documents such as PDF files. It will be released about three months later.
The touch keyboard resembles the lightweight "Smart Cover" that Apple Inc. sells for $38, but comes with a full QWERTY keyboard. It is rigidly flat instead of foldable. A slightly thicker keyboard with depressable keys will also be available.
Although the Surface looks like an elegant device, Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps criticized Microsoft for not using attention focused on Monday's announcement to highlight some of the reasons that it might be a better option than the iPad. For instance, she thinks Microsoft could have shown how its video calling service, Skype, will work on Surface or how people might be able to use its motion-control sensor, Kinect, on the tablet.
"I am excited about this product, but it felt like Microsoft was pulling punches with this announcement," Epps said. "Hardware is only part of the dynamic. They need to explain how Microsoft manufacturing this device will change people's experience with a tablet."
Microsoft also may be limiting the Surface's impact by limiting the initial sales to its own stores and online channels.
The foray into hardware is unusual for Microsoft, which relies on manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard and Dell, and could cause friction. Ballmer said the company, at times, needs to push hardware makers "in ways even that the makers of the hardware had yet to envision."
He said the tablet was as essential to the upcoming Windows 8 operating system as the mouse was for the first version of Windows.
"Much like Windows 1.0 needed the mouse to complete the experience, we wanted to give Windows 8 its own companion hardware innovation," he said.
The more hands-on approach may upset some manufacturers.
Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund said Microsoft will have to assure longtime manufacturing partners that it is competing fairly with them.
"Microsoft will need to assure them it's a level playing field," he said. "I think this sets a high bar for their partners."
Microsoft has been making software for tablets since 2002, when it shipped the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Many big PC makers produced tablets that ran the software, but they were never big sellers. The tablets were based on PC technology, and were heavy, with short battery lives.
Microsoft didn't say how long the Surface would last on battery power.
It won't be the first time Microsoft has ventured into hardware. And the Surface won't be its first computer, in the broad sense. The successful Xbox game console is essentially a PC designed to connect to a TV and play video games.
Microsoft has also made its own music player, the Zune, and a line of phones, the Kin. In both cases, it produced these products after hardware partners had failed to produce competitive products with Microsoft's software.
Both products were failures. The Zune gained favorable reviews when it launched in 2006, but still couldn't hold its own against the iPod, and was discontinued last year. The Kin phones were panned and pulled from shelves within two months of their launch in 2010.
The Xbox, on the other hand, didn't tread on the toes of any Microsoft partners. Launched in 2001, it has made Microsoft a major player in console gaming, alongside Sony and Nintendo. But it was a money-loser for many years, and while it's been profitable more recently, it's only marginally so, especially when compared to Microsoft's lucrative software business

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