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6.67 lakh to take  NEET-1 today

6.67 lakh to take NEET-1 today

Must avoid shoes, full-sleeved shirts01 May 2016 | 1:47 AM

NEW DELHI:The Central Board of Secondary Education is all set for the first phase of the historic National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) to be conducted tomorrow and has asked aspirants to adhere to a strict dress code to help ensure a fair exam.

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Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 30

The Central Board of Secondary Education is all set for the first phase of the historic National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) to be conducted tomorrow and has asked aspirants to adhere to a strict dress code to help ensure a fair exam.

NEET-Phase 1, which is a rechristened All India Pre-Medical Entrance Test (AIPMT), will be held tomorrow across India, with exactly 6,67,637 students registered to take it.

Ahead of the exam, top CBSE officials have asked students not to turn up at the centres in full-sleeved shirts and shoes. "Candidates are advised to wear half sleeves not having big buttons or badges or brooches which can be used to hide communication devices. Candidates are advised to wear slippers and sandals and not shoes,” a CBSE instruction said.

Aspirants have also been asked to wear light clothes and avoid metallic and electronic items. No bar has however been placed on wearing customary dresses but those sporting veils, hijabs and turbans need to come to the centre ‘at least by 8.30 am’ to enable frisking, a board advisory insisted.

The Board is keeping its fingers crossed this year and said everything is in place to ensure NEET-1 is fair. Last year, 44 candidates had been barred from taking the retest after Rohtak police found they had benefitted from the leak.

A CBSE official stressed that only those students can sit for NEET Phase 1 tomorrow who have applied for AIPMT and have been issued admit cards. “For those who did not apply for AIPMT, we will conduct an NEET second phase on July 24,” the official said.

Fazilka gangster-turned-politician shot dead

Fazilka gangster-turned-politician shot dead

01 May 2016 | 2:24 AM

SOLAN:Jaswinder Singh Bhullar alias Rocky, a resident of Fazilka in Punjab who unsuccessfully contested the last Vidhan Sabha elections, was shot dead by two members of a rival gang near Parwanoo at 10.

27, 000 diesel taxis off road

01 May 2016 | 1:47 AM

New Delhi: Nearly 27,000 diesel-run taxis will not be allowed to ply on the national capital’s roads from Sunday after the Supreme Court on Saturday refused to extend the April 30 deadline fixed for their conversion to the CNG mode.

Forest fires rage  across U’khand

Forest fires rage across U’khand

01 May 2016 | 1:47 AM

Dehradun: Major forest fires raged across Uttarakhand on Saturday even as three National Disaster Response Force teams were deployed in Almora, Gauchar and Pauri and a state team in Nainital to extinguish the flames. Since February, 922 fires have been reported, killing seven people and blighting 1,890 hectares.

Nosey welcome for the President

Nosey welcome for the President

01 May 2016 | 1:47 AM

Auckland: President Pranab Mukherjee rubbed his nose with the Maori chief and his wife as part of the traditional welcome on a three-day visit to New Zealand.

Kingfisher goes unsold again

01 May 2016 | 1:47 AM

Mumbai: Auction of brands and trademarks of Kingfisher Airlines turned out to be a damp squib on Saturday as lenders failed to attract any bidder for these pledged assets at a reserve price of Rs 366.70 crore in their efforts to recover unpaid loans from the beleaguered Vijay Mallya.

Realty Act is reality finally

01 May 2016 | 1:47 AM

New Delhi: The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 comes into force from Sunday, setting in motion rules and institutional infrastructure for protecting consumers and promoting the sector’s growth.

Ex-IAF Deputy Chief Gujral quizzed

Ex-IAF Deputy Chief Gujral quizzed

01 May 2016 | 1:27 AM

NEW DELHI:The CBI today questioned former Indian Air Force Deputy Chief JS Gujral in connection with the alleged irregularities in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland.


Electricity Dept staff lose ‘power’

01 May 2016 | 2:10 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has put an end to providing free power to employees of the Electricity Department at the cost of consumers.

Post-SC order, Faridkot varsity cancels PMET

01 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

FARIDKOT: Confusion over the fate of the Punjab Medical Entrance Test (PMET) ended this evening as the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) and the Department of Medical Education and Research decided not to conduct the test scheduled for May 15.


Shiv Sena leader loses security for faking attack

01 May 2016 | 1:49 AM

JALANDHAR: The security cover of Shiv Sena leader Deepak Kamboj has been withdrawn by the Jalandhar Commissionerate after police exposed the tale behind deadly attack on him.


Slain gangster Rocky was liquor baron Doda’s aide

01 May 2016 | 1:41 AM

FAZILKA/ABOHAR: Gangster-turned-politician Jaswinder Singh Rocky (39) who was gunned down near Timber Trail in Himachal Pradesh today was an alleged associate of SAD leader and liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda, an accused in the Abohar Dalit Bhim Tank’s murder case.

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Cottonseed, oilcakes exempted from VAT

01 May 2016 | 1:02 AM

CHANDIGARH: The state government’s decision to exempt cottonseed (binola) and oilcake (khal) from Value Added Tax (VAT) has not gone down well with the cotton ginning industry.

Gandolas on UT-Shimla route on cards

Gandolas on UT-Shimla route on cards

01 May 2016 | 1:17 AM

SHIMLA: To cut down traffic congestion on the choked Shimla-Chandigarh route, the Himachal Government is planning gandola services with stations at Parwanoo, Barog, Kasauli and Tara Devi with the assistance from the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

Leh highway thrown open to traffic

Leh highway thrown open to traffic

01 May 2016 | 12:53 AM

JAMMU: The Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road connecting the Kashmir valley with the frontier region of Ladakh, was thrown open to traffic today after remaining closed for about four months due to heavy snowfall during winter.

Sadr followers storm into Baghdad’s ‘Green Zone’

Sadr followers storm into Baghdad’s ‘Green Zone’

01 May 2016 | 1:59 AM

BAGHDAD:Hundreds of supporters of Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed into Baghdad’s Green Zone and entered parliament on Saturday after Sadr denounced politicians’ failure to reform a political quota system blamed for rampant corruption.

ICICI profit plunges 87% to over 11-year low

30 Apr 2016 | 12:55 AM

MUMBAI:ICICI Bank today reported its worst numbers in over a decade with consolidated net profit plunging 87% in the March quarter at Rs 406.71 crore due to a spike in provisioning for bad loans.

NoDutee Chand (R) set the national record in the 100m by clocking 11.33s. She was unlucky to miss the Olympics qualification mark by one-hundredth of a second. afp

Federation frustration

01 May 2016 | 2:00 AM

NEW DELHI:The Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championship had 42 Olympics quota places on offer in the track and field events but only one athlete, Sudha Singh (UP) in the women’s 3000 steeplechase, managed to book the Rio berth in the three-day competition.


Daredevils beat KKR, rise to joint 2nd

01 May 2016 | 2:00 AM

NEW DELHI:Delhi Daredevils recovered from a horror start — 2/2 after the first over — to post 186/8, and then bowled out Kolkata Knight Riders for 159 to win by 27 runs and climb to joint second on the points table.

BCCI resumes ties with WICB

01 May 2016 | 2:00 AM

NEW DELHI:Claiming to have resolved all outstanding issues with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the Indian cricket board (BCCI) today announced the resumption of bilateral cricket ties between the two teams, starting with a four-Test series in July-August.

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