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NEET rethink: SC says open to other options

NEET rethink: SC says open to other options

But pvt institutes can’t hold own tests06 May 2016 | 2:10 AM

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court today said it was open to considering various options for medical admissions this academic year (2016-17), but ruled out the possibility of allowing private educational institutions to conduct their own tests.

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R Sedhuraman

Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, May 5

The Supreme Court today said it was open to considering various options for medical admissions this academic year (2016-17), but ruled out the possibility of allowing private educational institutions to conduct their own tests.

A Bench headed by Justice Anil R Dave asked the Centre to give its views by Friday on the feasibility of giving another chance to the candidates who had appeared for the first phase of the National 

Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) conducted on May 1. This could be done by letting them take the second phase of NEET scheduled for July 24.

The Bench was also willing to consider the plea for permitting the state governments to conduct the state-level entrance tests for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses.

On April 29, the Bench had refused to modify its previous day’s order for medical admissions only through NEET. Today, the court said it was revisiting the issue in view of the practical difficulties in the admission process this year due to paucity of time and the fact that several states had already conducted their own tests or were in the process of doing so.

The Bench was also informed that more than 50,000 students who had applied for phase one of NEET did not appear for the test as some state-level examinations were also conducted the same day — May 1.

The Centre also pleaded that the students opting for the July 24 test would have an advantage as they had more time to prepare for NEET. Today, the government told the court it would be difficult to give another chance to around six lakh students who appeared in phase one, as this would increase the number of candidates for the July 24 exam to 30 lakh, which would be unmanageable.

Appearing for Jammu and Kashmir, senior advocate Gopal Subramanian pleaded for exempting the state from NEET as it enjoyed a special status under Articles 370 and 35A.

The Bench is hearing objections to NEET by several states and private institutions, including deemed varsities and minority bodies.

Forget rules, Joshi picks his own for medical colleges

Forget rules, Joshi picks his own for medical colleges

06 May 2016 | 2:17 AM

CHANDIGARH:Making a mockery of rules, Punjab’s Minister for Medical Education and Research Anil Joshi has made arbitrary appointments to the top posts in the Department of Medical Education.

Cmdt, 8 Assam Rifles men held

Cmdt, 8 Assam Rifles men held

06 May 2016 | 2:11 AM

AIZAWL:An Assam Rifles Commandant, Col Jasjit Singh, was today arrested for allegedly being involved in a highway robbery in which his men allegedly decamped with Rs 14.5 crore worth of gold bars smuggled from Myanmar.

Pakistan’s ‘solar kids’ baffle medical community

Pakistan’s ‘solar kids’ baffle medical community

06 May 2016 | 2:10 AM

KARACHI:The mystery illness of three Pakistani brothers has baffled the medical community, which is trying to diagnose the ailment that leaves them paralysed after sunset.

SP ‘cowardness’ was on display: Jhajjar DC

06 May 2016 | 2:10 AM

CHANDIGARH:While she faced the mob in Jhajjar, the SP remained seated with IPS officer KK Rao in the secretariat during February’s Jat agitation, Deputy Commissioner Anita Yadav has submitted in her report to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in connection with the law and order situation during the stir.

Sunil Lanba to be new Navy Chief

Sunil Lanba to be new Navy Chief

06 May 2016 | 2:10 AM

New Delhi: Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, who heads the Western Naval Command, has been appointed the next Navy Chief.

Kanhaiya in AIIMS, 5 call off fast in JNU

Kanhaiya in AIIMS, 5 call off fast in JNU

06 May 2016 | 2:18 AM

NEW DELHI:JNU students’ union chief Kanhaiya Kumar, who is on an indefinite fast, was taken to AIIMS on Thursday after his condition deteriorated even as five students withdrew from the fast against punishments by the university in connection with the February 9 event.

Ex-Ranbaxy promoters fined Rs 2,500 crore

Ex-Ranbaxy promoters fined Rs 2,500 crore

06 May 2016 | 2:24 AM

NEW DELHI:The erstwhile promoters of Ranbaxy Laboratories, Malvinder and Shivinder Singh, have been asked by an arbitration tribunal in Singapore to pay damages of Rs 2,562.78 crore to Daiichi for concealing and misrepresenting information during their stake sale to the Japanese firm.

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Sting CD: Rawat summoned by CBI

06 May 2016 | 2:26 AM

New Delhi: The CBI on Thursday summoned former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat for questioning in connection with its inquiry into the controversial sting operation CD in which he was allegedly shown talking to a middleman for offering money to some rebel Congress MLAs.

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BJP to stick to ‘name no one’ plan

06 May 2016 | 1:58 AM

NEW DELHI: Put everything about AgustaWestland scam on Parliament record, but without naming the Gandhis. This strategy was used by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar while speaking in the Rajya Sabha as he used words like “invincible hand” to refer to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.


Non-functional tubewells add to water crisis in city

Non-functional tubewells add to water crisis in city

06 May 2016 | 1:23 AM

CHANDIGARH:While the city is reeling under a water crisis, the “non-serious approach” of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation can be gauged from the fact that 20 per cent of the tubewells are either non-functional or have been abandoned.


Need arms licence? Akali CPSs can help

06 May 2016 | 1:10 AM

JALANDHAR: A section of Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPSs) of the ruling SAD is issuing recommendation letters to help applicants from their areas get an arms licence. Earlier, legislators used to make calls for the purpose to the officers concerned.


Four arrested with arms at Attari check post

06 May 2016 | 1:08 AM

AMRITSAR: The customs authorities seized four pistols and seven magazines from four Indian passengers who returned from Pakistan at the Attari check post here today.


Tytler offers ‘apology’ for 1984

06 May 2016 | 2:50 AM

CHANDIGARH: Reacting to a statement by senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, wherein he reportedly said that he wished to appear before Akal Takht, senior Supreme Court lawyer HS Phoolka said it was shocking and surprising on the part of the “main mastermind” of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

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Woman consumes poison over ‘police inaction’, dies

Woman consumes poison over ‘police inaction’, dies

06 May 2016 | 12:45 AM

KARNAL: Depressed over alleged police inaction on her complaint against her husband, a woman of district’s Uncha Samana village consumed poison near the SP office in the Mini-Secretariat today.

State govt files reply to Sanan’s plea to President

06 May 2016 | 1:20 AM

SHIMLA: The government today sent its reply to the information sought by the Office of President of India on the issue of charge-sheet issued to Additional Chief Secretary Deepak Sanan who had submitted a Memorial to Pranab Mukherjee, requesting dropping of charges against him.

Labour set to recapture London

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06 May 2016 | 1:38 AM

LONDON:Labour candidate Sadiq Khan was set on Thursday to become the first Muslim to be elected mayor of London, loosening the ruling Conservatives' hold on Britain's financial centre after a campaign marred by charges of anti-Semitism and extremism.

No rollback of 1% excise duty on jewellery: Jaitley

06 May 2016 | 12:42 AM

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today refused to rollback the levy of 1% excise on non-silver jewellery by stating that the levy was not applicable on small traders and artisans.

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Rahane rises to the occasion

06 May 2016 | 1:46 AM

NEW DELHI: Call it over-confidence or the need to test their bench strength, Delhi Daredevils went for a big gamble against Rising Pune Supergiants in their last home game here today. They made four changes to their playing XI to include Pawan Negi, Carlos Brathwaite, Jayant Yadav and Imran Tahir in place of skipper Zaheer Khan, Quinton de Kock, Chris Morris and Shahbaz Nadeem.

SC hears how cricket’s funds are siphoned off

06 May 2016 | 1:46 AM

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today had a glimpse of just how the officials of India’s cricket bodies siphon off the associations’ funds. First, the counsel of former Goa Ranji Trophy player Hemant Angle revealed the methods adopted by the Goa Cricket Association’s (GCA) office-bearers to misappropriate its funds.


Indian duo swims closer to Rio mark

06 May 2016 | 1:46 AM

New Delhi: Swimmers Sandeep Sejwal and Supriya Mondal have surpassed the 'B' qualification mark for the 2016 Olympics at the 59th Malaysian Open Swimming Championships in Selangor, Malaysia. Competing in their first international event this year, both the swimmers won gold medals in their respective events.

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