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Over 10,000 candidates sit for MBBS test, situation generally calm in Valley

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Srinagar, July 31 : No major incident of violence occurred anywhere in the Kashmir Valley Sunday as over 10,000 candidates sat for the common entrance test (CET) for selection to medical course in various colleges of the state.

A senior police officer said the overall law and order situation remained peaceful in the Valley on Sunday although sporadic protests occurred at few places.

“No major incident of violence took place anywhere in the Valley today (Sunday) and the law and order situation generally remained peaceful,” the officer said.

Over 10,000 candidates from 10 districts of Kashmir sat for the CET exam here.

Authorities had made special arrangements of to and fro transport for the candidates from different district headquarters of the Valley to Srinagar city.

An official of the board of professional entrance examination (BOPEE) said on Sunday evening that the exam had successfully concluded with over 92 per cent aspirants for the MBBS course taking the test.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti visited some exam centres in the city and interacted with the candidates and the staff deployed for conducting the test.

At one exam centre, some parents waiting for their children shouted anti-India slogans during the chief minister’s visit.

Speaking to the media, Mehbooba Mufti said the society will have to introspect carefully about the state of affairs in the Valley.

“Our educational system, economic and social fabric is being destroyed through a systematic conspiracy and the people must think about this carefully.

“Many well-to-do parents are sending their children to educational institutions outside the Valley. Our students are excelling in every field, but if the educational system continues to suffer because of the designs of some people then what would happen to our children?”

She also referred to a poster campaign by some stone pelters who have warned girls not to drive scooties, threatening to burn the girls along with the two-wheeler.

“What message are we trying to send across by threatening our girls not to drive scooties and not to wear good clothes while attending marriage ceremonies? Is this the future we are promising our daughters?” she asked.

Meanwhile, authorities continued curfew and restrictions in the Valley to maintain and order on Sunday.

Separatists have extended their protest calendar till August 5 asking people to resume normal activities of life after 6 p.m. each day till August 5.

Senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq have been placed under house arrest in their uptown residences in Srinagar city.

Muhammad Yasin Malik, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), has been shifted to the Central Jail here from a local police station where he had been lodged for the last 19 days.

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Police officer shot dead by terrorists in Kashmir

The police have registered a case in this regard under the relevant sections of law.

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Srinagar, Oct 19 : Suspected terrorists gunned down a police inspector in the Chandpora Bijbehara area in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday.

The police said that terrorists fired upon a police inspector identified as inspector Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, a resident of Chandpora Kanelwan, near his residence.

“The officer received gunshot injuries and was evacuated to a nearby hospital. However, he succumbed to his injuries in the hospital,” the police said.

The police have registered a case in this regard under the relevant sections of law.

A wreath laying ceremony led by IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar was held at DPL Anantnag, where floral tributes were paid to the martyr.

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Unemployment Rate In Bihar Lesser Than Delhi: CMIE

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Patna: While the political temperature in Bihar is high on the issue of unemployment, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) has issued data for September wherein the unemployment rate in Bihar is lower than Delhi and Uttarakhand.

As per the report, the unemployment rate in Delhi is 12.5 per cent, while in Bihar it is 11.9 per cent.

Seizing the opportunity, the BJP tweeted on the report and sought a reply from RJD leader Tejajwi Yadav, who in every political rally claims that the unemployment rate of Bihar is 46 per cent.

The report further said that the national unemployment rate during the lockdown in April was 23.5 per cent, which declined to 21.7 per cent in June. In September, the national unemployment rate declined further to 7.4 per cent.

As far as other states are concerned, Uttrakhand topped the chart at 22.3 per cent, followed by Haryana (19.7 per cent), Tripura (17.4 per cent), Jammu and Kashmir (16.2 per cent), and Rajasthan (15.3 per cent).

The lowest unemployment rate was found in Assam and Chhattisgarh at just 2 per cent, followed by Odisha (2.1 per cent), Karnataka (2.4 per cent), Gujarat (3.4 per cent), Telangana (3.3 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (4.2 per cent) and Maharashtra (4.5 per cent).

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Delhi riots: ED files chargesheet against Tahir Hussain in money laundering case

The ED was probing the allegation that Hussain and his linked persons laundered about Rs 1.10 crore funds by using purported shell or dummy companies to fuel the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the riots.

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The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday filed a chargesheet against former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain for money laundering case related to the communal violence in northeast Delhi in February.

The court has taken cognizance of the chargesheet and ordered that Hussain be produced in the court on October 19. Hussain is currently in jail for allegedly conspiracy in Delhi riots.

Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat took cognisance of the offences under section 3 (money laundering) read with section 70 (offences by companies) punishable under section 4 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, against Hussain and co-accused Amit Gupta.

The ED was probing the allegation that Hussain and his linked persons laundered about Rs 1.10 crore funds by using purported shell or dummy companies to fuel the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the riots.

Communal violence had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after clashes between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control, leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

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