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JEE Main exam topper arrested for using proxy; scores 99.8%

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A student from Assam, who topped the Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE) Main by securing 99.8 percent marks, has been arrested by the Assam police for using proxy to write the exam.

The Guwahati Police, on Wednesday, arrested the candidate and his father on whom charges were pressed for cheating by impersonation, criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust. Three employees ? identified as Hirulal Pathak, Pranjal Kalita and Hemendra Sharma ? of the agency that conducted the test were also booked. 

As per a report in DNA, police made the arrests after a complaint was lodged by Mitradev Sharma, on October 23, who alleged that the candidate did not appear for the test held on September 5 and had someone else write the test for him. 

The topper identified as, Neel Nakshatra Das and his father Dr Jyotirmoy Das, have been taken into custody and will be produced in a local court on Thursday. 

During investigation, it was revealed that Neel had committed fraud by using proxy to appear in JEE Main 2020 exam via phone call to a friend, the police informed. But the relationship between the duo wasn’t made clear.

Sharma alleged that on the day of the exam, the candidate entered the specified centre at Borjhar area, but came out just after completing the biometric attendance. Then with the help of an invigilator, an unidentified person took the test for him. 

Guwahati Police Commissioner MP Gupta, told NDTV that the case may be part of a bigger scam. The staff of the testing centre in Guwahati is also involved. We are searching for more people [suspects in the case]. This might not be a one-off case but may be part of a larger scam, he said.

The police have now approached the National Testing Agency, which conducted the test across the country, and sought information related to the JEE Main to help them conduct further investigations.


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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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