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CBI books 2 ex-army generals for wrongful promotion of Survey of India candidates

“Based on the inquiry findings, the CBI FIR states that there was wrongful selection of 44 candidates based on the manipulated mark sheets,” the FIR stated.

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New Delhi, May 19 : In a major development, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against two retired Major Generals and two others for allegedly tampering with the Limited Departmental Competitive Examination marks in 2002, for wrongful selection of 44 candidates for promotion.

According to the CBI FIR, accused Major General (retired) M.V. Bhat was then a Brigadier and was posted as the Director of Survey Training Institute, Hyderabad, while Major General (retired) K.R.M.K. Balaji Rao was also a Brigadier and worked with the Institute as the Deputy Surveyor General. The CBI has also named J.K. Rath, who was the Deputy Director and R. Rama Singh was the Establishment and Accounts Officer of the institute.

The CBI had launched an inquiry into the allegation that the examination marks were tampered with, after the complaint was forwarded by the Ministry of Science and Technology in October 2018. The Survey of India employees had alleged malpractices in the compilation of marks for which exam conducted in October 2002 for promotion of Group “D” employees to Group “C”.

According to the FIR, a total of 384 candidates applied for the examination and 298 appeared. The FIR states that in August 2002, the institute constituted an examination board of four officers, with the then Brigadier Bhat as Chairman, then Brigadier Rao as Member Secretary, Rath as STI (Member), and Singh.

The FIR alleged that responsibility to set the papers was of the Chairman, evaluation of answer sheets was to be done by the Chairman or the board members. It said that the examination was conducted at 10 centres across the country and answer sheets were evaluated by the board members in Hyderabad.

The FIR stated that the marks were also compiled by the board, after which 74 employees were promoted from Group D to C. “The compilation of marks was done in the Director’s handwriting and it was signed by him and other members,” it said.

“Based on the inquiry findings, the CBI FIR states that there was wrongful selection of 44 candidates based on the manipulated mark sheets,” the FIR stated.

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India, China are partners not rivals: Chinese Ambassador

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New Delhi, July 10 : Amid ongoing tension along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, Chinese Ambassador to India, H.E. Sun Weidong, on Friday said that India and China should be partner and not rivals.

Weidong released a video message talking about the recent stand-off between the two countries in Galwan region in eastern Ladakh.

The Ambassador said that the June 15 violent clash in Galwan Valley, which caused casualties on both sides, was not seen as coming by either China, or India.

Weidong also said that Chinese frontline troops were disengaging from the ground in accordance with the consensus reached.

On July 5, China”s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and India”s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had talked over the phone and reached a positive consensus on easing the border tension.

The Ambassador added that some quarters in India have raised doubts about the consensus reached by the leaders and have a wrong perception about China-India ties.

These have brought disruptions in the bilateral relations. “In this regard, it is imperative for us to clarify some fundamental points,” he said.

He pointed out that India and China should be partners rather than rivals, and both the countries have a history of friendly exchanges of more than 2,000 years.

He also said that during the Wuhan Informal Summit in 2018, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stressed that the two countries provide each other with development opportunities instead of posing threats, which the two sides should adhere to.

“This is the fundamental judgment on China-India relations charting the course for the development of our bilateral relations,” he said.

The Ambassador pointed out that he has noticed some emerging opinions in recent days, which repudiate the essence of China-India relationship due to the border-related incidents, make false assumptions about China”s intentions, exaggerate conflicts and provoke confrontation.

He said, “It is not the fact. It is harmful indeed and not helpful. China and India have jointly advocated the five principals of peaceful coexistence and uphold independent foreign policies. We should naturally see each other as positive factor in the changing global landscape and as well as partners in realising our respective dream of development.”

The Ambassador said that the two countries should not allow differences to interfere with bilateral relations.

He added that since the boundary question has been left by history, it is now necessary to find a fair and reasonable solution that is acceptable to both countries through consultation and negotiations.

“In the absence of the ultimate solution, both the countries agreed to maintain peace and tranquility in the border area,” he said.

The Ambassador pointed out that for China, peace was of paramount importance.

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Jr resident doctor jumps to death in AIIMS

Sources said the doctor was suffering from depression for some time. Inquest proceedings have been initiated by the police.

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Ajunior resident doctor in the Department of Psychiatry at the AIIMS allegedly died by suicide by jumping from the 10th floor of the doctors hostel at about 5 p.m., here on Friday.

“At about 5 p.m., he jumped from the building. He was immediately rushed to the emergency but could not be saved,” said a senior police officer.

Sources said that the doctor, identified as Anurag, about 25 years old, was suffering from depression for some time. Inquest proceedings have been initiated by the police.

Earlier on Monday, a 37-year-old journalist undergoing treatment for Covid-19 had allegedly killed himself by jumping off the fourth floor of the AIIMS Trauma Centre.

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Etihad Begins Special Flights From 6 Indian Destination Between July 12-26

All passengers must have ICA approval from the government of Abu Dhabi before they travel and will not be permitted to check-in without the necessary approvals.

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New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Etihad Airways will resume a limited number of special flights from six Indian gateways to Abu Dhabi from July 12 to 26.

The announcement comes a day after partial lifting of international flight restrictions by Indian authorities to allow outbound travel.

“During this period, the airline will operate services to Abu Dhabi from Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai to Abu Dhabi,” the company said in a statement.

“All passengers must have ICA approval from the government of Abu Dhabi before they travel and will not be permitted to check-in without the necessary approvals.”

On Thursday, the Centre announced civil aviation authorities of India and the UAE have agreed to operate special repatriation flights between the two countries during July 12-26.

As per the arrangement, chartered flights operated by UAE carriers to bring back Indians from the UAE will be allowed to carry ICA (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship) approved UAE residents to their native country on their return leg.

Further, Indian carriers operating repatriation flights to bring back Indians from the UAE will be allowed to carry the ICA-approved UAE residents on their onward journey from India to the Gulf country.

“As part of the close strategic partnership between the governments of India and UAE , and with a view to assisting UAE residents who are presently in India to return to UAE, the Civil Aviation Authorities of both countries have agreed to operationalise a special arrangement,” Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had tweeted.

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