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Bihar police arrests five persons in connection with NEET-UG 'paper leak' case

PATNA: The Economic Offences Unit (EOU) of Bihar Police stepped up its investigation into the NEET paper leak by arresting five more suspects on Sunday, a day after their detention in Jharkhand's Deoghar, taking the total number of those apprehended to 18. The development comes on a day the CBI filed an FIR in connection with alleged irregularities in the medical entrance exam NEET-UG held on May 5 on a reference from the Union education ministry, amid countrywide protests and litigation by stud

24 Jun 2024 12:59 am
MLC Suraj Revanna, accused of sexually abusing man, remanded in judicial custody for 14 days

MLC Suraj Revanna, who has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a 27-year-old man in Hassan district, was produced before a magistrate court judge here on Sunday, who remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days. The investigation into the case was handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) earlier in the day, following which Suraj was shifted to Bengaluru from Hassan, and produced before the 42nd Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court (ACMM) judge, at his residen

23 Jun 2024 10:55 pm
1985 Kanishka bombing one of worst acts of terrorism in history: Jaishankar

The 39th anniversary of the bombing of Air India flight Kanishka, which claimed 329 lives on June 23, 1985, was one of the worst acts of terrorism in history, External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar said. Today marks the 39th anniversary of one of the worst acts of terrorism in history. I pay my homage to the memory of the 329 victims of AI 182 Kanishka who were killed this day in 1985. My thoughts are with their families. The anniversary is a reminder why terrorism should never be tolerated,

23 Jun 2024 10:36 pm
NEET-PG: Students slam last-minute exam cancellation, say medical education is a mess

NEW DELHI: Travelling from Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh to take her NEET-PG exam in Jaipur, Seetha (name changed) received the devastating news just 10 hours before the prestigious exam that it had been cancelled. The 23-year-old, who had invested a year of hard work, is in deep shock. She cant speak. We are trying to motivate her. My parents are very concerned, said her brother, a doctor in Rajasthan. My cousin, also taking the NEET-PG exam in Kurnool, burst into tears upon hearing the postponemen

23 Jun 2024 10:16 pm
17 NEET-UG candidates from centres in Bihar debarred for malpractice, says NTA

New Delhi: A total of 17 students, who gave the NEET-UG examination from centres in Bihar on May 5, have been debarred based on Bihar governments Economic Offences Unit (EOU) report. The Bihar Police's Economic Offences Unit (EOU) handed over a report to the Education Ministry on Saturday following which the probe was handed over to CBI for comprehensive investigation. Based on the inputs received 17 candidates who appeared from centres in Bihar were debarred. This takes the number of total cand

23 Jun 2024 9:52 pm
Why Mahtab chosen LS pro-tem speaker over BJP's Jigajinagi also in his 7th term, asks Jairam Ramesh

NEW DELHI: Amid a row over the appointment of pro-tem speaker of the Lok Sabha, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Sunday asked why BJP MP Bhartruhari Mahtab was chosen for the post over his party colleague Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi, who is also in his seventh consecutive term. The Congress has accused the government of destroying parliamentary norms by choosing seven-term BJP MP Bhartruhari Mahtab as pro-tem Speaker instead of eight-term Lok Sabha member Kodikunnil Suresh who should have got it

23 Jun 2024 9:45 pm
750 of 1,563 candidates skip NEET-UG re-test: NTA

The NEET-UG Re-Examination for 2024, conducted on Sunday across seven test centres in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Meghalaya, and Chandigarh (UT), saw nearly half of the eligible candidates as no-shows. Of the 1,563 candidates eligible to appear, only 813 (52%) attended, while 750 (48%) were absent. The Education Ministry has taken a firm stance against cheating, debarring 17 NEET-UG candidates from Bihar who appeared in the May 5 exam due to detected malpractice. A high-level source in the e

23 Jun 2024 9:19 pm
CBI team probing UGC-NET case attacked in Bihar, four arrested

NEW DELHI: A CBI team probing alleged irregularities in the conduct of the UGC-NET examination was allegedly attacked by locals in Bihar's Nawada after which four persons were arrested by police on a complaint from the central agency, officials said Sunday. The incident occurred on Saturday evening when a team of CBI had gone to Kasiadeeh village in the area, they said. A mob gathered around the CBI vehicles and heckled the officers, they said, adding a call was made to the local police station

23 Jun 2024 8:54 pm
Madhya Pradesh: Seoni district collector, SP removed after recovery of over 50 slaughtered cow

BHOPAL: Slaughter of more than 50 cows in the tribal-dominated Seoni district has led to the removal of the southern Madhya Pradesh district's collector and police superintendent. In a late-night action on Saturday, Chief Minister Dr Mohan Yadav ordered the removal of District Collector Kshitij Singhal and Police Superintendent Rakesh Singh. Sanskriti Jain and Sunil Kumar Mehta have been appointed as the new collector and SP, respectively. Chief Minister Yadav has also directed ADG-CID Pawan Sri

23 Jun 2024 8:24 pm
NEET-UG: Fresh plea by 10 students in SC seeking CBI, ED probe

NEW DELHI: A fresh petition was filed by a group of 10 students who had appeared for the NEET-UG exam in the Supreme Court, seeking directions for the CBI and ED to investigate the alleged irregularities in the medical entrance exam held on May 5. The petition also sought a directive from the top court for the Bihar Police to expedite their investigation and file a report. The petitioners are fully aware of the ramifications of the cancellation of the examination but there is absolutely no other

23 Jun 2024 8:05 pm
Blame game erupts between BJP and NDPP after Nagaland poll defeat

GUWAHATI: Stung by their shock defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, allies BJP and the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) in Nagaland are now washing their dirty linen in public. It all started after an NDPP MLA blamed Hindu fanatics and anti-Christian forces for the defeat of NDPPs Chumben Murry, the consensus candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Alliance (PDA), to Congress Supongmeren Jamir in the states lone seat. The BJP and the NDPP are two key components of the PDA. The re

23 Jun 2024 7:45 pm
813 of 1,563 candidates awarded grace marks in NEET-UG appear for retest

NEW DELHI: As many as 813 of the 1,563 candidates who were earlier awarded grace marks in NEET-UG appeared for a retest on Sunday, officials said. The retest was conducted at seven centres following an order from the Supreme Court. The grace marks were awarded to make up for the loss of time at six centres where the examination started late on May 5. At least 52 per cent -- 813 out of 1,563 candidates -- appeared for the retest on Sunday, a senior National Testing Agency (NTA) official said. Ami

23 Jun 2024 7:32 pm
Excise policy case: Kejriwal moves SC against HC's interim stay on bail order in ED case

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday approached the Supreme Court challenging Friday's Delhi High Court order that stayed his bail in the Delhi liquor case. The Delhi High Court's Vacation Bench of Justice Sudhir Kumar Jain had on Friday stayed the trial court's order granting Kejriwal bail and reserved judgment on the ED's appeal, stating he would pass the order in 2-3 days, possibly on Tuesday, June 25. This prompted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convenor Kejriwal to move the top

23 Jun 2024 6:59 pm
NHRC seeks report on untraceable, deceased manual scavengers in Gujarat

NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has requested a detailed report on the un-compensated and untraceable deceased manual scavengers (Safai Karamcharis) in Gujarat from the Joint Secretary of the State's Social Justice Department. Acting on a petition filed by human rights activist and Supreme Court lawyer Radhakanta Tripathy, the NHRC has given the authority three months to respond with a detailed reply. The NHRC has also sought details on the compensation paid to each family

23 Jun 2024 5:58 pm
Two CRPF personnel killed in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district

SUKMA: Two personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force's jungle warfare unit CoBRA were killed after Naxalites blew up a truck with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgah's Sukma district on Sunday, police said. The Naxal blast took place around 3 pm near Timmapuram village between Silger and Tekalgudem camps of security forces, over 400 km from the state capital Raipur, a senior police official said. An advance party of the 201st unit of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (Co

23 Jun 2024 5:39 pm
Terrorism breathing its last in J-K, says Lt Governor Sinha

REASI: Terrorism is breathing its last in Jammu and Kashmir, and recent acts of terror are signs of the enemy's desperation, Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said on Sunday. We must hunt down the terrorists and their aides harbouring them, Sinha stated at the passing out parade of the Jammu and Kashmir Police's 16th Basic Recruit Training Course batch at the subsidiary police training centre in Talwara, Reasi district. A total of 860 recruit constables of the border battalion participated in the parade,

23 Jun 2024 4:25 pm
Security forces bust Maoist fake currency operation in Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: Security forces uncovered an operation printing counterfeit Indian currency notes by the outlawed CPI (Maoist) near Korajguda forest in Sukma district, south Chhattisgarh, on Sunday. In a joint operation, forces tracked down a Maoist camp using printers and related tools to produce fake currency. On a tip-off, a search operation was launched by a joint team of troopers comprising CRPF, District Reserve Guards and Bastar Fighters to hunt through the Maoist camp where the Konta Area Commit

23 Jun 2024 3:50 pm
BSP supremo Mayawati reinstates nephew Akash Anand as her successor

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Sunday has reinstated her nephew, Akash Anand, as the party's national coordinator and declared him her political successor. The decision was announced during a meeting with the party's office bearers in Lucknow. In May this year, Mayawati had removed her nephew from the post of the partys National Coordinator and also as her successor in the larger interest of the BSP. #WATCH | Uttar Pradesh: BSP leader Sarvar Malik says ...BSP chief Mayawati has announced

23 Jun 2024 2:53 pm
Buck stops at top echelons of Modi govt in NEET 'scam': Congress

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday hit out at the Modi government over the bureaucratic reshuffle in the National Testing Agency after alleged irregularities in NEET-UG, saying the buck stops at the doorstep of the top echelons of the regime. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge alleged that the National Testing Agency (NTA) was projected to be an autonomous body, but in reality was made to serve the devious interests of the BJP/RSS. In the NEET Scam, the buck stops at the doorstep of the top ec

23 Jun 2024 1:54 pm
Former PM Devegowdas family faces multiple sexual abuse allegations

The family of former Prime Minister HD Devegowda has been embroiled in a series of sex scandals, with multiple members facing serious allegations. The most recent incident involves MLC Dr Suraj Revanna, who was arrested by the Holenarasipur police on Saturday night on charges of sodomising a youth. Dr. Suraj Revanna, the grandson of HD Devegowda, was apprehended after a complaint by a youth from Arkalgud taluk in Hassan district. The victim alleged that Dr. Suraj forced him into homosexual acts

23 Jun 2024 1:33 pm
Final decision on pulling out from Pro tem speaker panel after INDIA bloc meeting: Senior Congress leader K Suresh

NEW DELHI: As the row over the appointment of pro- tem Speaker escalates, senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Kodikunnil Suresh on Sunday said that a meeting of the INDIA bloc leaders will decide whether to pull out from the panel to assist pro-tem speaker Bhartruhari Mahtab. Suresh is also a part of the panel, appointed by President Droupadi Murmu to assist the pro-tem Speaker in administering the oath of affirmation to the newly elected MPs. The Oppositions move to boycott the panel is to

23 Jun 2024 1:03 pm
Hoarding crash: Ad firm paid Rs 46 lakh to company of IPS officer's wife, claims Somaiya

MUMBAI: BJP leader Kirit Somaiya on Sunday alleged that ad firm director Bhavesh Bhinde had paid Rs 46 lakh as bribe to a company of the wife of then GRP commissioner, who gave permission to install a hoarding which collapsed here last month. Somaiya in a series of post on X also claimed that Rs 5 crore was paid by the Ego Media Pvt Ltd (where Bhinde was the director) to various railway police and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials for wo dozen illegal hoardings in Ghatkopar and

23 Jun 2024 1:02 pm
Priyanka Gandhi criticizes Modi government over exam irregularities

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday criticized the Narendra Modi government over alleged irregularities in national competitive exams, including NEET-UG, claiming it has handed over the entire education system to the mafia and the corrupt. Her remarks came a day after the Union Education Ministry set up a panel to review the functioning of the National Testing Agency (NTA) the body responsible for conducting these exams and to recommend reforms. The Centre also replaced

23 Jun 2024 12:19 pm
Flood situation remains grim in Assam, over 1.17 lakh people still affected

GUWAHATI The flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim on Sunday, with over 1.17 lakh people still reeling under the deluge across 10 districts of the state, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The flood waters have inundated 968 villages in 27 revenue circles in these districts, he stated in a post on X. The authorities are presently running 134 relief camps and 94 relief distribution centres, where a total of 17,661 people are taking shelter currently, he added. Sarma also mentio

23 Jun 2024 11:50 am
ISRO achieves third consecutive success in Pushpak safe landing

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has achieved a third consecutive success in the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) or Pushpak Landing EXperiment (LEX) on June 23, 2024. The third and final test in the series of LEX (03) was conducted at 07:10 IST at the Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) in Chitradurga, Karnataka, said a statement issued by ISRO. According to Wion , in a span of 15 months, the Indian space agency (ISRO) has completed all three autonomous landing tests of its spaceplane 'Push

23 Jun 2024 11:39 am
Yoga for All unites hearts in Dehradun

DEHRADUN: People from all age groups participated with enthusiasm in Yoga for All organized by Event Express, a division of The New Indian Express Group, at the picturesque Sky Garden in Dehradun, on the 10th International Yoga Day on Thursday. Ringed in by majestic Himalayan ranges, and nestled in the serene Doon Valley, the morning event saw Mayor Sunil Uniyal Gama, the chief guest, reintroducing the significance of the day to the participants. It is a matter of pride for us that with the insp

23 Jun 2024 9:22 am
CCPA, electronic manufacturers mull change in policy on warranty periods

NEW DELHI: The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) on Saturday held a meeting with electronic appliance manufacturing companies to discuss the issue of warranty periods starting from the date of purchase instead of date of installation. Since the warranty period, as per the policies set by manufacturers, commences from the purchase date, and not the date of installation, there is shortfall in the warranty period available to the consumers. A consumer can only begin using the product aft

23 Jun 2024 9:21 am
Shivrajs son says Delhi bowing to dad, Congress asks why not made PM

BHOPAL: Enthused by his fathers landslide Lok Sabha polls win and subsequent debut in the union cabinet, union agriculture minister Shivraj Singh Chouhans elder son Kartikey Singh Chouhan believes that Delhi is bowing to the ex-Madhya Pradesh chief minister. Ive just returned after staying in Delhi. Earlier also our leader (Chouhan) was quite popular as the CM. But I dont know why it seems that he became more popular when he was not the CM. But now after the colossal win, the entire Delhi is nat

23 Jun 2024 9:16 am
Modi visit sets tone for BJPs J&K poll plank

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modis two-day visit to Srinagar on June 20-21 marks a significant step in the BJPs strategy for assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, where the saffron party aims to secure maximum seats, party leaders said. The PMs visit, the first since securing a third consecutive term at the Centre, was planned to enhance BJPs electoral prospects in J&K. It was a calculated move to normalise the situation, which the Opposition projected as not well in the wake of recent

23 Jun 2024 9:10 am
Changing Lives on the margins

MAHARASHTRA: Ramabai Chavan, a 16-year-old girl from the Nathjogi community, a gypsy tribal group, has become the first person from her community to pass the class 10th examination. Living in a modest hamlet, a life frought with numerous challenges, in Bhandara district of Maharashtras drought-prone Vidarbha region, Ramabai says her community primarily survives through begging. The Nathjogi people are nomadic, constantly traveling in search of sustenance. My parents go to Madhya Pradesh, Chhatti

23 Jun 2024 9:07 am
Riverside respite

UTTAR PRADESH: In an area once known for its difficult, deserted terrain and notorious for being a haven for outlaws and miscreants, a remarkable transformation has taken place. This barren land, now emerging as a green oasis, owes its revival to the diligence and vision of Vikas Nayak, an IFS officer of the 2019 batch. Vikas Nayak, a dedicated Indian Forest Service officer from the Uttar Pradesh cadre, saw potential in the ravines of Firozabad, a region along the banks of the Yamuna. These ravi

23 Jun 2024 9:04 am
Mumbai Diary: Senior BJP leaders seek shot at fame

During his tenure as the Chief Minister and later as the Leader of Opposition, Devendra Fadnavis had cut to size other Maharashtra BJP top brass seeking to lay claim on the Chief Ministers Office. Now, after a BJP debacle in the Lok Sabha polls, these sidelined leaders see a window of opportunity to make a return into active politics. One such leader, Ekanth Khadse, who joined NCP following a fiery exchange with state BJP leadership, wants to return to his former party. Pankaja Munde, who lost a

23 Jun 2024 8:32 am
Irony flows as police use water cannons on BJP protestors amid Delhi's water crisis

NEW DELHI: The BJPs stridency on Saturday over the water shortage plaguing the capital city struck all the three levels of irony: verbal, situational, and dramatic. The police came charging in to disperse BJP workers gathered before a Delhi Jal Board office. The police used water cannons at a time when Water Minister Atishi has been on an indefinite hunger strike to draw attention to the crisis-like situation in the city. On the other hand, Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena held the AAP government r

23 Jun 2024 8:30 am
Climate change makes Indias monsoons erratic. Can farmers still find a way to prosper?

BENGALURU, India: Each year from June to September, a heavy band of rain makes its way from Indias southwest coast to its northeastern borders, quenching farmers thirsty fields. Indias monsoon season is arguably the single most important weather phenomenon for the country, and a good monsoon can noticeably boost the nations economy and the livelihoods of its 120 million farmers. But human-caused climate change is making the rainfall more erratic, making it difficult for farmers to plant, grow an

23 Jun 2024 8:25 am
L-G slams AAP government over Delhi water crisis, says not a single litre of water added to supply in 10 yrs

NEW DELHI: A day after Atishi sat on an indefinite strike over the water crisis, L-G VK Saxena on Saturday came down heavily on the AAP government for trying to gain political mileage. Saxena accused the AAP government for the water scarcity and said that not even a litre of water treatment capacity has been added since Kejriwal took charge from Sheila Dikshit. Referring to Delhis inability to get water from Haryana, the L-G sought to blame the city government for the fiasco. This polemical exer

23 Jun 2024 8:22 am
States raise issue of borrowing limit in pre-budget meeting

NEW DELHI: Opposition-ruled states such as Tamil Nadu and Kerala have again raised the issue of borrowing limits imposed by the Centre depriving them of necessary funds leading to liquidity crunch. In a pre-budget consultation with the Centre here, Kerala finance minister K N Balgopalan requested that a special package of at least Rs 24,000 crore be announced in the Union budget 2024-25 to tide over the current liquidity stress the state is facing due to borrowing limits imposed by the Centre. T

23 Jun 2024 8:14 am
Finance Minister Sitharaman promises easier compliance at GST Council meeting

NEW DELHI: In her first GST Council meeting after assuming the role of finance minister in the new government, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was in a conciliatory mood as she reiterated that the Central government does not intend to send GST notices to businesses left, right and centre. I want to reassure assessees that our intent is to make the GST assessees life easier. We are working towards less and less compliances, she said at the fag end of the press briefing called to announce the

23 Jun 2024 8:10 am
Three killed in Gurugram factory fire, one critical

CHANDIGARH: Three people were killed and at least 10 left injured when a fire broke out in a fireball factory in the Daulatabad industrial area of Gurugram in the wee hours of Saturday. The incident occurred around 2:35 am in a factory manufacturing auto fire-off (AFO) balls, which are used as fire extinguishers. The deceased have been identified as Kaushik (28), Arun (26), and Ram Awadh (59), who worked as guards. Among the injured, eight are in Sector 10 civil hospital, one at a private hospit

23 Jun 2024 8:00 am
Climate change: Volcanic eruption of heatwaves

NEW DELHI : This summer has seen among the longest prolonged heatwave periods in Indias meteorological history. Soaring temperatures of 45-50C - some places reported over 50C - continued for over a month in May and June in the Northwest region. Multiple fire accidents during the same period added to the distress, severely taking its toll on the health and medical infrastructure of the country. The record breaking spell of excess heatwaves created a domino effect and a perfect storm for a series

23 Jun 2024 7:49 am
JD(S) MLC Suraj Revanna booked on charge of sodomising party worker

HASSAN (Karnataka): JD(S) MLC Suraj Revanna was booked on Saturday for allegedly sodomising a party worker a few days ago, police said. Chethan K S (27) had complained to the police that Suraj Revanna, the eldest son of Holenarasipura MLA H D Revanna, sodomised him at his farmhouse in Ghannikada in Holenarasipura Taluk on June 16 evening. Based on the complaint, the Holenarasipura police registered a case against the JD(S) MLC under IPC sections 377 (unnatural sex) and 506 (criminal intimidation

23 Jun 2024 7:44 am
UP government shifts 16 IPS officers in a post-poll major reshuffle

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday transferred 16 senior IPS officers, including the police commissioners of Lucknow and Prayagraj which is set to hold Mahakumbh next year. The cybercrime wing of UP police have been handed over to Binod Kumar Singh as ADG. Singh is UP cadre IPS officer of 1994 batch. He has come back from deputation as ADG CRPF. He has also served with the National Security Guard as DIG and IG from 2009 to 2014. He was Officer on Special Duty to the Rajnath Singh

23 Jun 2024 7:44 am
A marvel in steel

JAMMU&KASHMIR: A historic feat of engineering takes shape; trains will soon begin traversing the worlds highest arch railway bridge, the Chenab Bridge, in Jammu and Kashmir. The awe-inspiring structure not only a milestone in engineering but also represents a monumental step towards realising the long-held dream of connecting Jammu and Kashmirs rail network with the rest of India. The Chenab Bridge, constructed over the Chenab River in the Reasi district, stands as a testament to human ingenuity

23 Jun 2024 7:37 am
NEET-UG 2024: Former ISRO chief to lead 7-member panel to amend exam process

NEW DELHI: Amid paper leak controversy, the Ministry of Education on Saturday announced the formation of a high-level committee of experts to ensure transparent, smooth and fair conduct of examinations through the National Testing Agency (NTA). Led by former ISRO chief K Radhakrishnan, the seven-member panel will submit its report to the ministry within two months. According to the Department of Higher Education under the ministry, the panel has been tasked with recommending reforms to the exami

23 Jun 2024 7:36 am
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra: Primed to be the inheritor of Indiras legacy

Flush with a renewed sense of panache post-Lok Sabha election results, she is being described as a star campaigner, a backroom strategist, troubleshooter, and a talisman for the Congress. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is perceived as the real crisis manager for her elder brother Rahul Gandhi after he relinquished the Wayanad seat to retain Rae Bareli one of the most difficult choices of his life. Priyanka will now contest the Wayanad bye-election after resisting to take the poll plunge since she entere

23 Jun 2024 6:22 am
Communal clashes erupt in Jodhpur over Eidgah gate construction; several injured, 50 arrested

JAIPUR: Violent communal clashes erupted in Jodhpur's Sursagar area on Friday over the construction of an Eidgah gate, resulting in injuries to several individuals, including two police officers. Tensions escalated after residents of the locality opposed the construction of the gate on the backside of the eidgah, saying that it would increase the movement of people in that area. The situation quickly intensified as stone-pelting, arson and vandalism ensued, leading to the burning of a shop, trac

23 Jun 2024 12:22 am
NTA chief Subodh Kumar Singh removed amid paper leak row; CBI to probe NEET-UG irregularities

NEW DELHI: Subodh Kumar Singh, head of the National Testing Agency (NTA), has been removed from his post on Saturday night due to misconduct accusations related to the NEET-UG and UGC-NET exams. He has been kept on compulsory waitat the Department of Personnel and Training. Retired 1985 batch officer Pradeep Singh Kharola has assumed the role of interim chief of the NTA until a permanent replacement is appointed or further instructions are issued. Meanwhile, the Education Ministry has decided to

22 Jun 2024 10:50 pm
NTA chief Subodh Kumar Singh removed amid NEET-UG, UGC-NET paper leak allegations

NEW DELHI: Subodh Kumar Singh, head of the National Testing Agency (NTA), has been removed from his post on Saturday night due to misconduct accusations related to the NEET-UG and UGC-NET exams. He has been kept on compulsory waitat the Department of Personnel and Training. Retired 1985 batch officer Pradeep Singh Kharola has assumed the role of interim chief of the NTA until a permanent replacement is appointed or further instructions are issued. The issues within the NTA have been long-standin

22 Jun 2024 10:50 pm
Centre postpones NEET-PG entrance exam amid row over paper leaks

NEW DELHI: The Union Health Ministry on Saturday said it has decided to postpone the NEET-PG entrance examination, scheduled to be held on June 23, as a precautionary measure. The new date for the entrance examination will be announced soon. In light of recent allegations questioning the integrity of several competitive examinations, the Ministry of Health has decided to conduct a comprehensive review of the NEET-PG entrance examination processes, conducted by the National Board of Examination (

22 Jun 2024 10:32 pm
Bangladesh PM Hasina hails 'trusted friend' India amid flurry of measures to boost ties

NEW DELHI: The modernisation of Bangladesh's armed forces, conservation of Teesta water and e-visas for medical patients are among the slew of new initiatives announced during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinas official visit to India. Glad to have welcomed PM Hasina to Delhi, over the year we have met over ten times but this visit is special because we she is our first state guest after our government returned to power for the third term, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. In line with t

22 Jun 2024 9:38 pm
Does world's first 'Miss AI' pageant spell the end for human models?

The world of modeling and social media influence is getting a robotic makeover. The first-ever AI beauty pageant, organised by Fanvue, has introduced its Indian contestant Zara Shatavari recently. But the question is: Will AI models spell the end for human influencers and modeling agencies? The jury's still out. Industry insiders offer mixed reactions. The Indo Modelling Fashion Association (IMFA) General Secretary Neeraj KN believes audiences prefer the original human ramp walks over AI models,

22 Jun 2024 9:13 pm