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Delhi: Minor boy kills senior schoolmate over petty issue, held

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New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) A Class 6 student was apprehended for killing his senior schoolmate after an argument over a petty issue in northeast Delhi, police said on Saturday.

The 14-year-old boy, a Class 8 student, was thrashed to death on Friday in Brahmpuri area.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (northeast), Joy Tirkey, said that the incident occurred at 2:15 p.m. on Friday and information regarding the incident was received at 4:04 p.m. from JPC Hospital, following which the police teams were dispatched to the hospital and spot.

The DCP said that the deceased, a resident of Brahmpuri, was a student in a private school.

On reaching the hospital, it was found that the boy had sustained injuries to the head, face and left hand.

“Blood spots were found at several places on the road. He was declared brought dead at JPC hospital,” said the DCP.

During the probe, the 12-year-old boy, a resident of Gautam Vihar, was apprehended.

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“It was found that both boys fought over a petty issue after school. Victim sustained injuries in the fight and succumbed to his injuries. Further investigation is in progress,” the DCP added.

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NEET-PG postponed amid paper leaks row

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New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The Centre on Saturday announced the postponement of NEET-PG, which was scheduled to be held on June 23, amid the recent allegations regarding the integrity of certain competitive examinations.

The fresh date of the examination will be notified at the earliest, the Union Health Ministry said.

“Taking into consideration, the recent incidents of allegations regarding the integrity of certain competitive examinations, Ministry of Health has decided to undertake a thorough assessment of the robustness of processes of NEET-PG Entrance Examination, conducted by National Board of Examination for medical students,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said that the decision has been taken in the “best interests of the students and to maintain the sanctity of examination process”.

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Dreaded Maoist couple with Rs 41 lakh bounty lays down arms in Gadchiroli

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Gadchiroli (Maharashtra), June 22 (IANS) A hardcore Maoist from Gadchiroli, considered to be a top leader of the movement in the district, surrendered along with his wife in the presence of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here on Saturday.

Nangsu Manku Tumretty alias Giridhar carried a bounty of Rs 25 lakh, while his wife carried a reward of Rs 16 lakh.

Deputy CM Fadnavis, who also holds the home portfolio, said that the Maoist network in Gadchiroli has been broken due to the sustained efforts of the police.

He also presented the couple with a copy of the Constitution along with Rs 25 lakh for their rehabilitation.

“The C-60 team of the police have made their stand clear, either the Maoists have to surrender or face the gun. The police have broken the back of the Maoist movement, while several schemes of the government have also reached the grassroots. This is a big success as the Maoists tried to prevent development from reaching the last man. Today, development is visible in the remote areas,” Fadnavis said.

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Centre sacks NTA chief amid NEET, UGC-NET row

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New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The Centre on Saturday sacked National Testing Agency (NTA)’s Director General (DG) Subodh Kumar Singh amid the ongoing row over alleged irregularities in the NEET and UGC-NET.

India Trade Promotion Organization’s Chairman and Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola, a retired IAS officer, has been given the additional charge of the post of the DG, NTA.

The decision was taken by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

The services of Singh have been placed on compulsory wait in the Department of Personnel and Training, according to a notification issued by the Appointments Committee.

Earlier in the day, the Education Ministry constituted a high-level committee of experts to make recommendations on reform in the mechanism of the examination process, improvement in data security protocols, structure and functioning of the NTA.

Recently, the UGC-NET was cancelled just a day after the examination were conducted. Also, the NTA on Friday announced the postponement of Joint CSIR-UGC-NET, which was scheduled for June 25-27.

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Raj Bhavan's communique on oath ceremony of 2 Trinamool MLAs creates confusion

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Kolkata, June 22 (IANS) Confusion has been created over the swearing-in ceremony of two newly elected Trinamool Congress MLAs in West Bengal following a communique from the office of Governor C.V. Ananda Bose.

In the communique sent by the Raj Bhavan to the two Trinamool MLAs, Reyat Houssen Sarkar and Sayantika Banerjee, June 26 has been mentioned as the date of the swearing-in ceremony, but there is no clear mention as to who will administer the oath.

West Bengal Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sovandeb Chattopadhyay claimed the fresh communique breaches the tradition followed for the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected MLAs.

“The message just says that anyone nominated by the Raj Bhavan will administer the oath. This is not only insulting, but also against the protocol,” Chattopadhyay said.

He also questioned the process of forwarding the communique directly to the two MLAs instead of sending it to the Assembly Speaker.

“We will discuss the matter and take decisions as per the directive of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” Chattopadhyay said.

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Although 18 days have passed since Sarkar and Banerjee got elected in the bypolls, their oath ceremony is caught in the middle of a communication gap between the state secretariat and the Raj Bhavan.

Earlier, two communiques were sent from the state Assembly to the Governor’s office for quick completion of the swearing-in process, but Raj Bhavan sources said there was a procedural error as such messages should come from the office of the state Parliamentary Affairs Minister.

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Webcasting in all booths to ensure fair elections during Bengal bypolls

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Kolkata, June 22 (IANS) In an attempt to ensure free and fair polling during the Assembly bypolls in four seats in West Bengal on July 10, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to have webcasting facilities at all the polling booths across the four constituencies.

Sources in the office of the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said that in the recent Lok Sabha polls, complaints were received regarding malfunctioning of the webcasting system from some booths.

“Strict instructions have been received to make proper preparations so that the webcasting system remains full-proof at all the booths this time,” said an official in the CEO’s office.

The Election Commission also wants the entire polling process to be conducted under blanket security cover of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), for which 55 companies of CAPF are being deployed.

“The number is quite high considering that only four Assembly constituencies are going to the polls on July 10,” the official said.

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Of the 55 companies, 51 will be deployed at the polling stations while the remaining companies will be kept on reserve.

The maximum deployment (15) will be made in Bagda in North 24 Parganas district, followed by 12 each in Maniktala in Kolkata, Raiganj in North Dinajpur district, and Ranaghat Dakshin in Nadia district.

The results of the bypolls will be announced on July 13.

–IANS

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