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JEE Mains 2020: Eight students from Telangana among 24 toppers

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The unusually long wait is finally over for the 10.23 lakh students who wrote the JEE Main examination for B.E and B.Tech admissions this year.

The Common Rank List cut-off score for eligibility to attempt the JEE Advanced 2020 examination was 90.37, the National Testing Agency declared in the early hours of Saturday.

In a year when the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the second round of the engineering entrance test by five months, eight students from Telangana were among the 24 students who topped the examination with a 100 percentile score, along with five candidates from Delhi and four from Rajasthan.

Only one girl student, Chukka Tanuja from Telangana, was among the toppers. Anant Vohra scored 99.84 percentile to become the topper among students with disabilities.

Students can check their scores as well as the final answer keys at jeemain.nta.nic.in.

JEE Main is used as an entrance test for admission to undergraduate engineering courses at the National Institutes of Technology, and a number of other central, state and private institutions. Those ranked among the 2.5 lakh candidates are also eligible to appear for JEE Advanced, which is the admission test for the elite Indian Institutes of Technology. It will be held on September 27.

This year’s Common Rank List cut-off of 90.37 is slightly higher than last year’s cut-off of 89.75. For students from economically weaker sections, the cut-off is a score of 70.24; for those from Other Backward Classes, it is 72.88; for those in the Scheduled Caste category, it is 50.17; and for those from Scheduled Tribe communities, it is 39.06. Cut-offs for all these categories are slightly lower than last year.

The computer-based examination is held twice a year, and students are allowed to attempt it both times and then select their best score. Almost 8.7 lakh students wrote the first round of the examination in January, and 8.41 lakh registered to write it in April. Due to the pandemic, the second examination was postponed till September, and more than a quarter of those registered students did not appear for the examination. In total, 10.23 lakh students wrote the examination, with 4.81 lakh choosing to appear both in January and September. Almost 70% of candidates were boys.

A section of students and parents had demanded a further postponement beyond September, pointing to the steep rise in COVID-19 cases as well as difficulties in transportation caused by local lockdowns. Despite widespread social media protests, letters from several State governments and multiple court cases to postpone the examinations, the second session of JEE Main was held last week.

The NTA said sufficient arrangements had been made to disinfect seating areas between shifts of students, provide fresh masks and sanitiser, check body temperatures with thermal guns and isolate students with fever in separate rooms. State governments were asked to help in facilitating travel arrangements for candidates.

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Harsh Vardhan’s comments unfortunate, aim should be to fight the pandemic unitedly: Rahul Gandhi

“It’s an unfortunate comment. The whole nation has to fight this disease together. I don’t think it’s appropriate to blame someone or the other.

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Wayanad (Ker): Describing as “unfortunate” the comments by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on rising COVID-19 cases in Kerala, Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said it was not appropriate to blame others and point fingers, but fightthe pandemic unitedly.

With Kerala witnessing a spurt in infections recently, Vardhan had recently said the state was “paying the price for gross negligence” during Onam festivities when unlocking of services along with an increase in travel for trade and tourism led to the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s an unfortunate comment. The whole nation has to fight this disease together. I don’t think it’s appropriate to blame someone or the other.

The spirit should be to overcome this huge challenge.

I had warned in February that India was facing a huge challenge.However, this is not the time to point fingers and we all should work together,” Gandhi said.

He said Kerala follows a decentralised response to the pandemic and the state was giving out a good, decent result.

“The spirit of the people of Kerala, including the health workers, is giving a good decent result here.Of course there are shortcomings like there are in every situation.

But overall I feel the spirit of the people is going to overcome this disease here.The mitigation work in Wayanad is also good,” the Congress MP said.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has, however, said Vardhan’s comments should not be seen as a criticism of the state government’s COVID-19 management.

The chief minister had said on Monday that the COVID-19 situation in the state was under control during and after the Onam festival season as a strict vigil was enforced.

“Our COVID preventive measures were a success but the massive protests across the state by an irresponsible opposition derailed the efforts of the government,” Vijayan said.

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India’s April-August FDI inflow rises 13%

“FDI equity inflow also increased by 57 per cent from $160.46 billion during 2008-14 to $252.42 billion (2014-20).”

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New Delhi, Oct 21 : FDI inflows into India have increased by 13 per cent during April to August 2020 on a year-on-year basis, official data showed on Tuesday.

According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, $35.73 billion has been received during the period under review.

“It is the highest ever for first 5 months of a financial year and 13 per cent higher as compared to first five months of 2019-20 ($31.60 billion),” the ministry said in a statement.

“FDI equity inflow received during F.Y. 2020-21 (April to August, 2020) is $27.10 billion. It is also the highest ever for first 5 months of a financial year and 16 per cent more compared to first five months of 2019-20 ($23.35 billion).”

Besides, the ministry’s data showed that FDI inflows have risen by 55 per cent during the last 6 years.

“Total FDI inflow grew by 55 per cent, i.e. from $231.37 billion in 2008-14 to $358.29 billion in 2014-20,” the statement said.

“FDI equity inflow also increased by 57 per cent from $160.46 billion during 2008-14 to $252.42 billion (2014-20).”

The ministry said that measures taken regarding FDI policy reforms, investment facilitation and ease of doing business have resulted in increased inflows into the country.

“Continuing on the path of FDI liberalisation and simplification, Government has carried out FDI reforms across various sectors,” the statement said.

FDI is a major driver of economic growth and an important source of non-debt finance for the economic development of India, it added.

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NHPC Board approves merger of Lanco Teesta Hydro Power with it

Shares of NHPC on Tuesday closed at Rs 20.25 on the BSE, higher by 1.25 per cent from its previous close.

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New Delhi : The Board of Directors of state-run hydro power major NHPC on Tuesday approved the proposal to merge Lanco Teesta Hydro Power Ltd with it.

Lanco Teesta Hydro Power is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NHPC. The state-run major had won the bid to take over the 500 MW Teesta VI hydro power project under the corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP).

Lanco Teesta Hydro Power was executing the 500 MW (125 MWx4) Teesta VI hydro project on the Teesta river in Sikkim.

“The Board of Directors of NHPC Limited in its meeting held today i.e. Tuesday, October 20, 2020, has approved the proposal to initiate the process of merger/amalgamation of Lanco Teesta Hydro Power Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of NHPC Limited) with NHPC Ltd under Section 232 of the Companies Act, 2013 subject to approval of Government of India,” NHPC said in a regulatory filing.

Shares of NHPC on Tuesday closed at Rs 20.25 on the BSE, higher by 1.25 per cent from its previous close.

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