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NEET 2020: Highest number of qualifying candidates from Uttar Pradesh

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NEW DELHI: The highest number of students qualifying in the medical entrance exam NEET this year are from Uttar Pradesh followed by Maharashtra, according to statistics available with the National Testing Agency (NTA). Over 7.7 lakh out of the over 13.66 lakh candidates have qualified the exam which is used for admission to MBBS courses across the country.

“Maximum number of candidates clearing the NEET exam this year are from Uttar Pradesh at 88,889 while Maharashtra is at the second spot with 79,974 candidates qualifying the exam,” an official said.

Rajasthan is at the third spot in terms of number of candidates qualifying the NEET exam with 65,758 successful candidates followed by Kerala (59,404) and Karnataka (55,009).

A total of 23,554 candidates have qualified the exam from Delhi, while 22,395 successful candidates are from Haryana.

The result for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) was declared on Friday.

As per the initial statistics, Tripura was pegged as the state with highest number of candidates. However, the National Testing Agency had rectified the data later terming it to be a “human error”.

“The number of females qualifying the exam is higher. While 4.27 lakh females have cleared the exam, the number of males qualifying the exam is 3.43 lakh. One out of the 4 transgender candidates who appeared for the exam, has been successful,” the official said.

The NEET was conducted on September 13 amid strict precautions in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From this year, the admissions to MBBS course in 13 All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, will also be made through NEET following the amendment in National Medical Commission Act, 2019, passed by Parliament last year.

The test was offered in 11 languages — English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu — this year. Based on the initial report, more than 77 per cent aspirants took the test in English, around 12 per cent in Hindi and 11 per cent in other languages.

The exam was earlier postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government decided to go ahead with it, despite opposition by a section, to mitigate any further academic loss.



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maratha reservation news: SC adjourns for 4 weeks Maharashtra govt’s plea against stay on Maratha reservation

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned, for four weeks, the hearing on a plea filed by the Maharashtra government seeking the vacation of its stay on the reservation to the people of the Maratha community in education and jobs in the State.

A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao, adjourned the hearing on the matter for four weeks. When the matter came up for hearing, Justice Rao called on Maharashtra state lawyer to argue the case.

“Where is he (the lawyer)?” Justice Rao had asked as there was nobody from the side of the Maharashtra government, after which the judges passed over the matter to hear it later and then adjourned it for four weeks.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, which had earlier granted a stay on the Maratha reservation, was hearing plea filed by the Maharashtra government challenging the stay on the reservation to the people of the Maratha community in education and jobs in the state.

The apex court had last month directed that no quota will be granted to people of the Maratha community in education and jobs in the state this year and referred the hearing on a batch of plea challenging the constitutional validity of a Maharashtra law granting Maratha reservation in education and jobs to a larger bench.

The stay was issued on two appeals, including one filed by J Laxman Rao Patil challenging the Bombay High Court order that upheld the constitutional validity of the quota for the Maratha community in education and government jobs in the state.

The Bombay High Court had on June 27, 2019, observed that the 50 per cent cap on total reservations imposed by the Supreme Court could be exceeded in exceptional circumstances.

Another appeal filed by advocate Sanjeet Shukla, a representative of ‘Youth for Equality’, said the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018, enacted to grant reservation to the Maratha community people in jobs and education, breached the 50 per cent ceiling on reservation fixed by the top court in its judgment in the Indira Sawhney case.



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Unlock 5: MHA extends guidelines till November 30; states to decide on schools

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NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday issued an order extending the guidelines for ‘re-opening’ the country, issued last month, till November 30.

The MHA extended the earlier guidelines keeping in mind the ongoing coronavirus phase.

“There shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements,” the guidelines read.

However, lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones till November 30, 2020.

Further, the states and union territory governments cannot impose any local lockdown outside the containment zones without consulting the Centre.

As per the guidelines, National Directives for Covid-19 management shall continue to be followed throughout the country, so as to enforce Covid-19 appropriate behavior.

Furthermore, states and UTs have been allowed to take the call on reopening of metro rails, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and hospitality services, religious places, yoga and training institutes, gymnasiums, cinemas, and entertainment park, etc.

As of Tuesday, with 36,469 new Covid-19 cases, India’s total cases surged to 79,46,429, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

With 488 new deaths, the toll mounted to 1,19,502, as per the Ministry.

The total active coronavirus cases are at 6,25,857 after a decrease of 27,860 in the last 24 hours. The total cured cases are 72,01,070 with 63,842 new discharges in the last 24 hours.



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Mumbai University IDOL exams go smoothly with 1-hour time slots

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MUMBAI: Mumbai University’s Institute of Open and Distance Learning conducted final exams for arts and commerce students on Monday. The distance education provider segregated students in smaller groups to conduct the exam.

A total of 4,202 or around 84% students appeared for the exams online. In the morning session, BA exam saw 3,049 students and afternoon session (BCom), 1,153. The exams could be taken on any smart phone with a camera, laptop or desktop computer. A four-hour time slot was given for the exam so that all students need not log in at the same time. Students could choose one-hour slots as per convenience. The exams went smoothly, university authorities said.



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