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PM Modi to address rally in West Bengal's Krishnanagar on May 3

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Kolkata, April 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address an election rally at Krishnanagar Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal’s Nadia district on May 3.

Earlier, the Prime Minister had addressed a rally in Krishnanagar on March 2.

However, at that time, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was yet to announce the name of Amrita Roy — who hails from a Royal family — as the candidate for Lok Sabha polls from that constituency.

Trinamool Congress has named Mahua Moitra, who was expelled from the Lok Sabha because of her alleged involvement in the cash-for-query scam, from the Krishnanagar LS seat.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s scheduled rally in Krishnanagar on Tuesday has been cancelled at the last moment.

West Bengal unit BJP sources said that the Union Home Minister was expected to address two rallies in West Bengal on Tuesday, one at Krishnanagar and the other at Bardhaman-Purba constituency. However, as per the latest schedule, HM Shah will address only the Bardhaman-Purba rally.

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Krishnanagar, one of the two Lok Sabha constituencies from Nadia district in West Bengal, is one of the most discussed constituencies in the state at this time for multiple reasons.

Amrita Roy had received a telephone call from PM Modi after her name was announced as a BJP candidate.

Besides, the Trinamool Congress has been targeting Late Raja Krishnachandra Roy, the most iconic name from the Royal family of Krishnanagar.

Trinamool Congress has started a campaign against Amrita Roy of carrying the lineage of Late Raja Krishnachandra Roy, who was responsible for conspiring with the British against Nawab Siraj-ud-Daula.

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BRS demands thorough probe into NEET exam fiasco

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Hyderabad, June 16 (IANS) Slamming the Centre over its handling of the NEET exam, Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) Working President K.T. Rama Rao on Sunday demanded a thorough investigation into the incident.

He said the confusion surrounding the examination has dashed the hopes of students and parents who dream of seeing their children become doctors.

He condemned the Union government for its inaction despite reports that NEET question papers were sold in Bihar for up to 30 lakh each, with several arrests already made.

He accused the Union government of neglecting its responsibility and adopting a lackadaisical attitude towards the NEET entrance exam from the start.

KTR said that despite numerous allegations and suspicions surrounding the prestigious NEET exam, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has not yet responded, which he found unacceptable.

He questioned why the Prime Minister, who frequently holds discussions with students about exams, has remained silent on the critical issue of NEET.

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In his open letter to the NDA government, KTR demanded a thorough investigation into the entire matter and strict action against those found responsible.

He also called for reassurance to be given to students and their parents.

KTR highlighted the unprecedented scenario of 67 students achieving the first rank in NEET, which raised numerous suspicions.

He noted that eight students from the same centre scored 720 marks each, suggesting a significant level of paper leakage.

He reminded that even a single mark difference can change students’ rankings and result in many losing opportunities.

KTR questioned how so many students from one centre could score such high marks and criticised the announcement of results 10 days early, coinciding with the election results day, which added to the suspicion.

He demanded an explanation from the Union government for not taking action despite the gravity of the situation coming to light.

He also criticised Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan for attempting to cover up the issue by claiming everything was in order.

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The BRS leader emphasised that despite numerous complaints from students, the Union government has not responded.

Even prominent individuals filing cases in the Supreme Court did not prompt a clarification from the Centre.

He expressed surprise that the Union government ignored the issue until the Supreme Court intervened and noted that the National Testing Agency (NTA) provided unusual responses when questioned.

The awarding of grace marks in NEET this year to 1,563 students was also criticised by KTR, who pointed out that the practice of grace marks is not typically applied in exams like NEET.

He demanded clarity on the criteria used for awarding these marks and questioned the NTA’s handling of the matter.

KTR called for a comprehensive investigation into the allegations of paper leakage and demanded strict action against those involved.

He emphasised that the issue is not limited to NEET but affects several competitive exams conducted under the NTA’s supervision, which could lead to a loss of trust among students.

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KTR called for stringent measures to prevent such incidents in the future and reassured that the BRS would fight for the rights of students affected by these irregularities.

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Assam: Father kills 4-month-old daughter, arrested

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Guwahati, June 16 (IANS) A man has been arrested in Assam’s Tinsukia district for killing his four-month-old daughter owing to a quarrel with his wife, officials said on Sunday.

The incident happened in Mugongpathar village which comes under the Pengaree police station area of Tinsukia district. The accused has been identified as Binod Karmakar.

A senior police officer said that the deceased infant and her mother were living in Mugongpathar village in the in-laws’ house of Karmakar. On Sunday, he went to visit them and an altercation broke out between the husband and his wife.

“As per the preliminary investigation, the accused hit his daughter with an object and the victim passed away due to head injury. However, the matter needs to be further investigated,” police said.

The accused Binod Karmakar was arrested by the police and a case under relevant sections has been registered against him.

Meanwhile, the body of the baby has been sent to Tinsukia civil hospital for a post-mortem examination.

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A pall of gloom has descended in the Mugongpathar village following the incident.

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Bihar: Two accused confess their role in NEET paper leak

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Patna, June 16 (IANS) Two accused including an examination mafia confessed their role in the question paper leak in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), an official of the Economic Offences Unit (EOU) of Bihar Police said on Sunday.

EOU has constituted a 9-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the NEET question paper leak case. Thirteen persons including six examination mafias, four students and three parents have been arrested in connection with the alleged question paper leak case.

Now, one of the arrested exam mafia, Sikandar Yadvendu (56) who is a Junior Engineer in Danapur Municipal Council, confessed his role in the paper leak. Besides him, a candidate named Ayush Kumar also confessed that he was made to memorise the question paper a day before the exam.

NEET was held on May 5 and examination mafias obtained the question paper a day earlier on May 4.

As per the confession of Sikandar Yadvendu, he said that two persons named Amit and Nitish had obtained the question paper on May 4. They went with the question papers and answers to a playschool located in the jurisdiction of Ramakrishna Nagar police station area. At least 25 to 30 NEET candidates were already there. All were made to memorise the question paper and its answers till 9:00 a.m. on May 5.

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He also confessed that all the candidates were dropped off directly at the exam centres by car after 9:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, the EOU officials claimed that new facts were coming to light every day during the investigation. The SIT is looking for exam mafia Sanjeev Mukhiya of Nagarnausa in Nalanda district, Pintu of Hilsa in Nalanda district, Rakesh Ranjan alias Rocky, Chintu alias Baldev of Karai Parsurai of Nalanda district, Ashutosh of Didarganj of Patna district, Nitish Yadav, Manish Prakash and Nitish Patel alias Abhimanyu. SIT is conducting raids at their premises to nab them.

It also emerged during the investigation that the NEET question paper with answers was available on the mobile phone of Chintu, one of the accused.

Earlier on Saturday, the National Testing Agency (NTA) provided information about 11 candidates including seven girls to EOU. Accordingly, EOU served notices, asking them to join the probe on Monday and Tuesday.

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Communicable disease control, Dastak Abhiyan to begin on July 1 in UP

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Lucknow, June 16 (IANS) To tackle health challenges due to water-borne diseases and other seasonal vagaries ahead of the monsoon season, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh will initiate the Communicable Disease Control Campaign statewide from July 1 to 31, a government spokesman said.

Concurrently, the Dastak Abhiyan will be conducted from July 11 to July 31.

A detailed action plan has been prepared, with officials instructed to implement it effectively.

The Urban Development Department is actively supervising the initiative and issuing directives to urban bodies for seamless execution of the plan, said a government spokesman.

The Urban Development Directorate has instructed all Municipal Commissioners, General Managers of the Water Institute, and Executive Officers of the Municipal Council to implement action plans following the directives provided.

Additionally, sensitisation meetings have been scheduled for Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils, and all Nagar Panchayats.

Instructions have been issued to provide the District Chief Medical Officer with a micro-plan detailing ward-wise and area-wise activities to be completed by June 28 for the special Communicable Disease Control Campaign.

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Urban bodies are also directed to submit consolidated reports to the government regarding the activities conducted and completed during the campaign as per this micro-plan.

Urban bodies have also been directed to collaborate with the Health Department to educate officials and staff about preventing encephalitis and other vector-borne and waterborne diseases, as well as maintaining cleanliness.

Continuous awareness campaigns through Mohalla Committees will be conducted to address these health concerns.

Urban areas will also see regular fogging and targeted vector control activities in high-risk areas identified by the Health department. Additional instructions include promoting environmental and personal hygiene, preventing open defecation, ensuring the use of clean drinking water, and controlling mosquito population.

Guidelines have also been provided for waterlogging and water supply.

Mini public water supply systems and tank-type stand posts must be installed and monitored according to standards.

Roads and pavements will be constructed to prevent waterlogging and vegetation growth.

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Vegetation along roads will be regularly cleared, and activities will be focused on sensitive urban population and slum areas.

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164 kg ganja seized in Hyderabad, six held

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Hyderabad, June 16 (IANS) The Hyderabad Police have seized 164 kg of ‘ganja’ (cannabis) and arrested six inter-state drug peddlers.

Acting on credible information, the sleuths of the Commissioner’s Task Force, South West Zone Team, apprehended drug peddlers who were found in possession of a huge quantity of narcotic substance weighing 164 kg in Humayun Nagar and Bhavani Nagar police station limits.

S. Rashmi Perumal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Commissioner’s Task Force, told mediapersons on Sunday that property worth Rs 60 lakh was seized in both cases.

In the first case relating to Humayun Nagar police station, three drug peddlers were caught in the Paramount colony in the Tolichowki area and 100 kg of ganja was seized from them.

Dharavath Ravi, a native of Kamareddy district was previously arrested in a NDPS case in Maharashtra.

Recently, he travelled to Muchumput, Odisha, where he purchased 32 packets of ganja worth 100 kg from one ganja cultivator named Govind.

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Ravi, along with his friends Syed Bahadur and Ananda Ramji Kadam, both from Nanded in Maharashtra, loaded the same ganja into a Hyundai Accent car and travelled towards Hyderabad.

Acting on credible information, the Task Force apprehended the accused persons near Paramount Colony, within the limits of Humayun Nagar police station.

In the second case, the Task Force arrested three persons and seized 64 kg of ganja under the limits of the Bhavani Nagar police station.

The accused were identified as Shaik Parvez, Abdul Rawoof, and Mohammed Anwar.

Shaik Parvez, a native of Hyderabad, was previously involved in two NDPS cases, including one in Ravulapalem, Andhra Pradesh.

According to the police, when Parvez was in Rajahmundry Jail, he met one ganja cultivator and peddler Deepak, who is a native of Kalimela, Odisha.

Upon his release from jail in April 2024, he hatched a plan to peddle ganja and make easy money.

He contacted Deepak who transported the ganja through his associates to Hyderabad in RTC buses.

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Acting on credible information, the Task Force team apprehended the accused persons in two cars and a two-wheeler.

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