Indian Railways to conduct online recruitment exams
The Indian Railways is conducting online recruitment exams for the vacancies of senior section engineers and junior engineers starting the 26th of August till the 4th of September, reports the Better India. Overall, there are 3,273 vacancies for these posts.
The exams are being held in 242 cities across the country including the Northeast and Jammu and Kashmir. The organization mentions that having the exams online will help increasing transparency and credibility of the exam. The application process for the exam was also conducted online for which over 18 lakh candidates had applied. The agency did not mention any plans for providing facilities to take exams for other posts online. Our Indian Railways coverage here.
Delhi cops to track social networks and internet chat rooms
The Delhi Police has finalized a proposal inviting global firms for a pre-bid meeting of its Open Source Intelligent Solution (Osint), reports the Times of India. The project, which was first conceptualized two years ago, will focus on gathering ‘actionable intelligence’ and ‘sentimental analysis’.
The entire project is being supervised by senior special commissioner of police Dharmendra Kumar, and will focus on analysing content on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter. This will include psychological analysis of sentiments from conversations that can help police prevent ‘unwanted situations’. While the initiative is interesting and not overreaching (not accessing data that isn’t otherwise publicly available), we hope it doesn’t derail down into ‘thoughtcrime’ punishments.
NITI Aayog launches online national energy scenario calculator
NITI Aayog has launched the second version of its Indian Energy Security Scenarios 2047 calculator (IESS 2047), an open source web based tool. The tool lets users explore potential future energy consumption/generation scenarios in India, leading up to 2047.
The tool explores energy scenarios using multiple energy sources including solar, wind, bio fuels, oil, gas, coal and nuclear and accounts for energy consumed by sectors such as transport, industry, agriculture, cooking and lighting appliances. The model allows for making interactive energy choices and checking the resulting outcomes from a carbon dioxide emissions, import dependence and land use perspective. The tool is aimed at helping policy makers create energy plans and facilitate informed decisions.