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Indian Railways begins mega recruitment drive to fill 1.4lakh job vacancies

The Indian Railways under 21 Railway Recruitment Boards (RRB) has begun a mega recruitment drive starting from December 15 to fill up about 1.4 lakh job vacancies in various departments. In a document released by the Ministry of Railways on December 11, it stated that more than 2.44 crore candidates from various cities across the nation will take part in the recruitment drive. 

The first phase of the exam has already commenced from December 15 and will last till December 18 for isolated and ministerial categories. This will be followed by NTPC categories from December 28 to tentatively till March, 2021 and the third recruitment for Level-1 will start from tentatively April onwards and will last till June end. 

Keeping in mind the COVID-19 guidelines, the RRB has laid down SOPs adhering to social distancing, compulsory use of masks, sanitisers, etc. 

Here COVID-19 guidelines for RRB exam:

1) Applicants will have to wear masks at the examination centre.

2) COVID-19 self-declaration form compulsory at exam centre.

3) Temperature check of candidates will happen at the entry gate. Candidates having a temperature more than the prescribed limit will not be allowed inside the exam hall.

4) The number of candidates to be booked in an exam centre will be cut down to enable the social distance between two candidates.

5) To curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, sanitization of exam centres after each shift will be done.

6) The candidate’s biometric impressions will not be captured at the examination centers in view of COVID-19. 

7) RRB NTPC admit card and photo-identity proof will be checked at the entry gate before allowing students to enter the exam centres.

As per reports, around 1.03 lakh candidates have applied against 1663 vacancies of RRB isolated and ministerial categories exam while 1.15 crore applicants have applied for 1,03,769 vacancies of RRB NTPC recruitment 2020 for Level 1.

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

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