SC Directs A UP Medical College To Deposit Five Crores For Intentionally Violating Medical Council Regulations While Admitting Students

first_imgTop StoriesSC Directs A UP Medical College To Deposit Five Crores For Intentionally Violating Medical Council Regulations While Admitting Students Srishti Ojha24 Feb 2021 7:19 AMShare This – x]Supreme Court has on Wednesday directed Saraswati Medical College to deposit an amount of Rupees Five Crores to the Supreme Court’s Registry for intentionally violating the Medical Council Regulations by granting admission to students not allotted by the Director General Medical Education. The Court refused to condone the violation made by College in providing admission to 132 students…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login]Supreme Court has on Wednesday directed Saraswati Medical College to deposit an amount of Rupees Five Crores to the Supreme Court’s Registry for intentionally violating the Medical Council Regulations by granting admission to students not allotted by the Director General Medical Education. The Court refused to condone the violation made by College in providing admission to 132 students on its own and permitting them to continue despite Medical Council of India’s direction to discharge them. The Court has directed the National Medical Commission to constitute a Trust, including the Accountant General of the State of UP, an eminent educationist and a representative of the State as Members of the Trust to manage the amount of Rupees Five Crores to be deposited and utilise it to extend financial assistance to needy students seeking admission to medical colleges in the State of Uttar Pradesh. An Action Taken Report has to be filed by the National Medical Commission within a period of 12 weeks from today. A division Bench of Justice Nageswara Rao and Justice Ravindra Bhat issued the directions in plea filed by Saraswati Educational Charitable Trust challenging 2017 notice issued by the Medical Council of India directing Saraswati Medical College to discharge 132 out of 150 students admitted in the first year of MBBS course for the academic year 2017-2018. The Court also considered another plea filed in 2019 by 71 students in first year MBBS course for the academic year 2017-2018 in Saraswati Medical College seeking permission to continue with their studies and direction to the Uttar Pradesh Medical Council, to declare their results of the first year MBBS course. The Court held that the College should not to have admitted 132 students by conducting a selection on its own without requesting the Director General Medical Education to send more candidates, and the Director General could not be blamed for any delay on his part in carrying out the directions issued by the Supreme Court . The Court rejected the College’s submission that there was no other alternative, except to make admission from the list of 735 students who have applied on notice issued by the Director General. The College should not have issued a notice at 7:30 p.m. on 5th September, 2017 and admitted 132 students in four hours. The top Court has observed that even the students who secured admission cannot be said to be innocent as they knew fully well that their names were not recommended by the Director General Medical Education. “The college did not discharge the students even after a notice directing the same was issued by the Medical Council of India, and the students also continued their first year MBBS course and managed to write the first year MBBS course examinations after being permitted by the University. “- the judgement reads. While observing that the admission of these 132 students in the College was completely contrary to the Regulations, the Court considered that as the students have completed the second year MBBS course, cancelling their admissions at this stage would not serve any useful purpose. Therefore the court has directed the students who joined the College knowing that their admissions were contrary to the Regulations, to do community service for a period of two years after completing their MBBS course. The National Medical Commission has been asked to decide the details of the community service to be rendered by the 132 students and workout the modalities. The Court has directed the University to conduct the second year MBBS examination for 126 students admitted in the College and who completed their second year course at the earliest and declare their results. The Court has clarified that these directions have been passed only to save the students from losing three academic years in the peculiar facts and circumstances of this case and shall not be treated as a precedent. FactsSaraswati Medical College, established by Saraswati Educational Charitable Trust applied for grant of renewal of permission for admission of 150 students for the academic year 2017-2018. However, after inspections were conducted, renewal of permission was not granted by an order dated 10th August, 2017. Supreme Court through its order dated 1st September, 2017 directed the respondents, including Union of India and Medical Council of India to permit the College to take part in the counselling process for the year 2017-2018, and extended the cut-off date for completion of admission in respect of the College till 5th September, 2017. The Court also directed the respondents to make available students willing to take admission in the College through central counselling in order of merit. The Director General of Medical Education and Training was requested by the college to provide a list of students from NEET 2017 merit list to enable the College to make admission before deadline. The Director General of Medical Education informed all eligible students about the order passed by the Supreme Court allowing Saraswati Medical College to participate in counselling, asking them to register themselves for admission to first year MBBS course in the College . This was followed by 735 students applying within the time schedule for admission to 150 seats in the College. After receiving applications from the students, the Director General forwarded a list of 150 students on the basis of their merit amongst 735 students, but only 9 out of those 150 students reported and completed their admission formalities by the last date. The college then wrote to the Director General asking for more names from the list of 735 students and issued an urgent notice itself to all the 735 students to avail the opportunity of admission in the college that would be made on the basis of merit. The College filled up total of 132 seats on 5th September on its own and without being recommended by the Director General. The Medical Council of India then wrote a letter and directed the Principal of the Saraswati Medical College to discharge the 132 students who were admitted in violation of the Medical Council of India Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997. Thereafter , a writ petition was filed by the college challenging the Medical Council of India’s direction through its letter dated 29th Sept 2017. Meanwhile the students were permitted to take the examinations for the first year MBBS course by the Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The Supreme Court on 22th July, 2019 directed the result of the first year MBBS course to be declared provisionally, but subject to the outcome of the Writ Petition. The Court had clarified that the students can not claim any equities on the declaration of the result. The students thereafter approached the Court in 2021 seeking a direction to permit them to appear in the second year MBBS examinations. Contentions of the PartiesThe College in the present case contended before the top Court that the 132 students that it admitted was strictly on the basis of merit amongst those who approached the College under extraordinary circumstances. The Director General was lethargic in not allotting sufficient number of students for admission to first year MBBS 2017-2018 till 4th September and 5th September was the last date as per Supreme Court’s order. Out of the students allotted only a few students took admission. The College was therefore left with no alternative but to make admissions from the list of 735 candidates who applied. The students on the other hand pleaded ignorance about any illegality or irregularity in the matter of their admission to the first year MBBS course, and requested the Court to permit them to complete the course as they are all NEET qualified candidates. According to the students, they cannot be held responsible for any violation of the Regulations as they only responded to notice that was issued for admission and participated in the the selection process conducted by the College. The Medical Council of India argued before the Apex Court that in terms of Regulation 5 A of the Medical Council Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997 all admissions to the MBBS course should be made on the basis of the merit list of the NEET and from the list sent by the Director General Medical Education based on students’ ranking. The College can make admissions of students allotted by the Director General Medical Education. Therefore, the students who were admitted contrary to the Regulations would not be entitled to claim any equity and the College which acted in blatant violation of the Regulation is liable to be penalised suitably.Last week Supreme Court directed the Kannur Medical College, Kerala  to deposit Rs.15,72,89,020/- with the Admission Supervisory Committee for Professional Colleges in Kerala along with full details of the guardians/students to whom the amounts have to be refunded within a period of one month.The bench comprising Justices S. Abdul Nazeer and Sanjeev Khanna also directed it to make a deposit of Rs.25 crores with the Admission Supervisory Committee as a pre condition to claim affiliation.CASE: Saraswati Educational Charitable Trust vs. Union of India  [Writ Petition (C) No.40 of 2018]CITATION: LL 2021 SC 112Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Through community organizations, Iovine and Young student hopes to break ‘narrow societal norms’

first_imgStudent Samantha Broxton looks to incorporate her degree with activities she’s involved in including her natural hair and lifestyle community. (Photo courtesy of Samantha Broxton) Growing up watching her mother take on long shifts, late nights and earn low wages despite her hard work, Samantha Broxton’s determination and work ethic was practically ingrained in her since the beginning of her childhood. Now, it’s made evident when looking at all she is juggling while pursuing her master’s degree in integrated design, business and technology.  “I want to help build out a company that is holistic and has [a] positive presence in whatever community they’re doing work in,” Broxton said. “I do think in the latter years of my working life, I would love to help launch micro-businesses in small towns and small communities.” Raising Self and Broxton’s other multifaceted endeavors are just some things that she hopes to continue. In the future, she said she envisions herself as a leader in the finance industry and a volunteer within her community for years to come, but she also wants to build out her own dreams and launch her own businesses. “She’s already done so much,” Polonio said. “If she’s run this fast in her life, I just can’t wait to see the rest of her life unfold and the amazing things that she will continue to do that benefit the world around her.” When her 10-year-old daughter Sophie,  expressed curiosity in robotics, Broxton was committed to finding a program that would cater to her interests. After searching through several programs that worked primarily with older children, Broxton stumbled across Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization that aims to provide Black girls from ages 7 to 17 with the technology and education to excel in STEM-related fields.  Jasmine Moore, the volunteer lead for BGC L.A., works with Broxton on projects to increase community engagement. Together, they build connections between the organization and companies such as Google, as well as other potential partners and sponsors. Moore said Broxton brings a unique perspective to the organization since she has two children ages 9 and 10. From the start of her involvement with Black Girls CODE, Broxton, who now serves as the community outreach lead for the organization’s L.A. chapter, noticed the impact the organization was having on her daughter. As compared to where Broxton grew up in South Florida, the area where she and her family live in Irvine, Calif. is much less ethnically and culturally diverse, which impacted her daughter’s attitude toward herself, Broxton said.  “I do think anything’s possible in the near future,” Broxton said. “I do think there’s a lot of really great, cool things happening as far as STEAM and STEM and inclusivity in Southern California, and organizations like USC are natural partners for that kind of work.” “She’s very good at being relatable,” Moore said. “She knows what that demographic needs. So Samantha’s always been really passionate and excited about the work we’re doing and really getting out there and being part of the community.”  In many of her endeavors, Broxton works on increasing inclusivity in predominantly white industries. Similar to the work she does with BGC, she also encourages inclusivity in other professional sectors, such as finance. It was during her experience in finance that Broxton was influenced to create SisterLocked, an online community focusing on natural hair, lifestyle, beauty and fashion.  Keisha Polonio, former executive director of Created Tampa, met Broxton through the organization when she volunteered to help women who have been sex trafficked or sexually exploited. From the minute the two met, Polonio said she was impressed with all that Broxton had already accomplished and is eager to see what else Broxton will achieve. center_img “She became more aware of her otherness,” Broxton said of Sophie’s experience in their community. “It was really important for her to have a space in which she was around other girls that she could see herself in and other teachers and support groups that were talking about science and about the things that she was interested in, but also looked like her.”  “I’ve always loved storytelling, I’ve always loved communicating,” Broxton said. “It was a really good outlet during a time where it’s super scary to frame my narrative and document my journey and form community with other interesting people all around.”  Not only is she a full-time student, but Broxton is also the founder of her own natural hair and lifestyle community, the creator of a blog centered on her personal home life and the community outreach lead for Black Girls CODE L.A. “Sometimes Black women are risking it all to fit a narrow societal norm, so I wanted a space to talk about natural hair [and] natural living,” Broxton said. “It doesn’t matter what your hair looks like as long as you feel good, you feel confident [and] you don’t feel forced to have it.”  Broxton and her daughter attended the first event for the organization’s newly launched Los Angeles chapter in 2016. Immediately after, both of them looked to become thoroughly involved in BGC. As Sophie was learning about topics including coding and 3D printing as a student, Samantha was spreading information about the organization’s missions and opportunities to other parents and caretakers as a BGC volunteer. Broxton said she hopes to help expand the organization throughout L.A. County. Bringing the group to USC’s campus is a possibility, she said.  Before seeking a degree at USC, Broxton was working in commercial finance. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in 2008, Broxton pursued commercial banking at companies such as BB&T. On the side, however, she was also working on her own passion projects, such as her blog and her natural hair and living community. Knowing the value of following one’s dreams, it was obvious to Broxton that she needed to encourage her children to explore their own interests and passions as well.  In addition to creating SisterLocked, which now has about 35,000 followers across several social media platforms, Broxton also made her own blog, Raising Self. The blog — where Broxton writes about her personal life — was made as a creative avenue during a fluctuating time in her life. Becoming a mother so soon after starting her career, Broxton said she had lots of thoughts about motherhood, work life and relationships that she wanted to express.   In hopes of ultimately piloting her own startup, Broxton said she wants to incorporate her future Iovine and Young Academy degree with her previous experience in finance to truly create something that aligns with endeavors she has been involved in. Broxton wants to use the degree to build connections with entrepreneurs and other like-minded individuals who she can work with on future business ventures.  In many traditional industries, Black women are pressured to wear hairstyles that are not always attainable or natural for them in order to look “more professional,” Broxton said. While Broxton had locs during her corporate career, she observed that other Black women were not able to wear natural styles during their professional life. After receiving numerous questions on Facebook from women asking about her hair, Broxton founded the online community.last_img read more

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Safet Susic exit leaves Bosnia-Herzegovina facing an uncertain future

first_imgby Sasa IbruljIn the absence of Edin Džeko, Stoke City’s keeper captained his country for the first time. Instead, it proved to be a disaster as the Dragons were scattered 3-0 by a motivated Israel. Despite conceding three times, Begovic was still the best Bosnian player on the night.“Disgrace. Everyone is at fault for this loss. The whole team, the coach, the people from the FA,” he shouted into the national TV’s microphones, sending the nation a loud and clear message. “It’s embarrassing to play like this. I’ve never seen a team to give up so easily. I’ve never expected to see that in my life. It’s OK to lose, but to play like we played; I just don’t have words to describe how I feel. It can’t go on like this. It just can’t.”Defeat to Israel means that Bosnia and Herzegovina sit second-from-bottom, just above Andorra, with two points from four matches played in Group B. Even though this year they played at their first-ever major tournament and entered the Euro 2016 qualifiers as the top-seeded team for the first time, the Bosnians are lagging seven points behind leaders Israel, Wales, Belgium and Cyprus, failing to beat any of those four teams so far.“We’ve been outplayed,” Bosnian manager Safet Sušic said after he and his team returned to Sarajevo on Monday. “At some moments of the match we looked ridiculous. I don’t know what happened. But, I do not see the reason to resign. I do not feel responsible.”A couple of hours later, the NFSBiH (Bosnian FA) sacked him.Sušic may be the most successful Bosnia-Herzegovina manager in recent history but he sacrificed himself on Sunday. After months of stubborn and delusional decisions that undermined his own team and ruined the impression he left in the World Cup qualifying campaign, this was just his nadir — the end of a journey that turned him from a national hero to being despised by the very same nation. Now, Bosnia are further away from Euro 2016 than anyone could have imagined, and with a team in chaos.While the next big challenge for unemployed Sušic will be to figure out his next move, his legacy is causing a serious headache to the NFSBiH, who must now quickly find his successor.Bosnia has more than 120 days before their next qualifier (March 28 in Andorra) and it is more likely that the manager’s position will be vacant for at least the next month. Of course, speculation started even before Sušic was sacked — media and fans currently seem to favour Vahid Halilhodžic as the next Bosnia boss.Halilhodžic, who played for Velež Mostar before he moved to France to represent Nantes and Paris-Saint Germain, left his most recent post at Trabzonspor after only two months in charge. He made his name in Ligue 1 with Lille, PSG and Rennes, was the manager of Ivory Coast and impressed with Algeria in Brazil last summer. However, with his quality and reputation comes a high price that Bosnia is probably not able to pay.Other names being mentioned range anywhere from Mehmed Baždarevic (who also worked in France with Istres, Grenoble and Sochaux), Faruk Hadžibegic (Betis, Troyes, Bastia, Arles-Avignon), who briefly managed Bosnia back in 1999, and former captain Sergej Barbarez, whose critics highlight the fact that he has yet to coach a senior team.According to reports in Bosnia, the most serious contender could be Robert Prosinecki, a former Croatian international who assisted Slaven Bilic in Croatia for years before he took over Red Star Belgrade and worked in Turkey with Kayserispor. Regardless of whoever gets to be the chosen one, the fact that Bosnians are already far behind their opponents in Group B and have a slim chance of qualifying won’t actually be the biggest issue to tackle in the job. (Source: espnfc)last_img read more

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TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA CLINCHES STEEDEN DEAL

first_imgTouch Football Australia have confirmed a new three year deal with Steeden as the signatory ball supplier for the sport in a new arrangement that will benefit the game immensely from a marketing and operational perspective.The deal announced by Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer Kevin Thompson today, encompasses all States of Australia, with the exception of Western Australia who have existing arrangements with an alternate supplier.New South Wales Touch Association already have a long-term partnership with Steeden and the endorsement of the Steeden branded footballs by other States is viewed positively and gives the sport a united niche in the corporate sector.“Steeden were chosen after a competitive tender process and the scope of the new deal involving the majority of Touch Football playing States gives us an accepted official ball for the game that is of the highest quality.The  use of the “Classic Touch” ball will mean extensive and consistent Brand identification for our sport and Steeden. The unitary structure has allowed us to increase the sponsorship benefits for both parties” Mr. Thompson said. Steeden Football Brand Manager Scott Bradford, is excited by the renewal of the company’s partnership with Touch Football Australia.“It is a great step and a strengthening of ties, and with use of the Steeden “Classic Touch” ball as the official ball of the sport in most areas of Australia, it enables us to reach a wider audience. We are excited and delighted to consolidate our partnership with Touch Football Australia.” Mr. Bradford said.Steeden was founded in 1958 by Queenslander Ray Steeden.The company manufactured Football, cricket, and boxing products before becoming a World wide subsidiary in 1995 of Gray-Nicolls Sports.Steeden has been the official football of the Australian Rugby League since 1974, and holds exclusivity deals with the English Super League, the Queensland Rugby League, the New South Wales Rugby League, and the National Rugby League.Through continuous introduction of new innovative products and categories, the brand continues to go from strength to strength with a proven record of excellence in the production of sporting equipment. Steeden is working diligently with prominent Touch Football Australia technical officials on refining the product mix to ensure a harder wearing outer surface on their touch footballs.Steeden’s “Night Vision” ball with florescent orange paneling for improved visibility and a heavyweight skills ball specific to Touch Football, are just two of the initiatives Steeden and Touch Football Australia will be consolidating in the near future.Steeden will continue to supply Touch footballs to affiliated National tournaments and programs such as the National Touch League, The Austouch Program, and the National High Performance Program.Steeden Footballs can be ordered and purchased through the Touch Football Australia National office and supporting State offices around the nation.last_img read more

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Baker Mayfield Calls It “Ridiculous” That Buddy Hield Didn’t Win Player Of The Year

first_imgA closeup of a helmetless Baker Mayfield.NORMAN, OK – DECEMBER 3: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game Oklahoma State Cowboys December 3, 2016 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 38-20 to become Big XII champions. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Thursday afternoon, it was announced that Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine – not Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield – had won the AP’s Player of the Year award in college basketball. Valentine had a fantastic season, leading MSU to a Big Ten Tournament title and a 2-seed in the NCAA Tournament, but there is certainly a faction of fans who believe that Hield, whose dominance has been on display the past two weeks, was the most deserving player.Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield – who is probably a little biased – is one of them. Mayfield took to Twitter this afternoon to call it “ridiculous” that Valentine won the award over Hield. He even went as far as to say that Hield got “robbed.”This is ridiculous, POTY is supposed to go to the best player. Our man got robbed. Plus who’s team is still playing? https://t.co/k0uiq17kur— Baker Mayfield (@baker_mayfield6) March 31, 2016Whoever voted on this should be ashamed of themselves. We know who the real POTY is. Buddy deserves it, and he’ll show us why these next 2— Baker Mayfield (@baker_mayfield6) March 31, 2016Mayfield also noted that it’s Hield’s OU squad, not Valentine’s MSU, that is still playing.We imagine that Mayfield’s opinion will be popular in Norman.last_img read more

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Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh resigns seat in Ontario legislature

first_imgTORONTO – Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has resigned his seat in Ontario’s legislature.Singh, 38, had served as a member of provincial parliament since 2011, representing the riding of Bramalea-Gore-Malton.He was elected leader of the federal New Democrats on Oct. 1 and became the first visible minority to claim the leadership of a federal party.He does not yet hold a seat in the House of Commons and has indicated he may not seek one until the next election in 2019.Singh is expected to meet with Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath Monday at Queen’s Park.last_img

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Three RCMP officers injured arresting Trans Mountain pipeline demonstrators

first_imgAt least 28 demonstrators were arrested at the site over the weekend after they zip-tied themselves to a gate.A B.C. Supreme Court judge issued an order preventing protesters from being within five metres of two works sites at Trans Mountain terminals in the Metro Vancouver city.The injunction is indefinite, allowing Trans Mountain to continue work that was approved by the federal government to twin the existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby. BURNABY, B.C. — The RCMP say three officers suffered minor injuries while making arrests Monday evening at demonstrations against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline in Burnaby, B.C.The Mounties say one officer suffered a head injury after being kicked, another suffered a knee injury and a third injured a hand.The four arrests between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday evening were in addition to 15 made earlier in the day.last_img read more

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Heat no bar 45 percent polling between 9 am and 1 pm

first_imgKolkata: There is something interesting to note if somebody delves deep into the voting percentage of Bengal in the sixth phase of elections on Sunday.Seven of the eight constituencies in the state recorded more than 80 percent voter turnout and interestingly, 45 percent of the total votes were cast from 9 am to 1 pm when the afternoon heat was almost unbearable with temperature shooting up over 35 degrees, coupled with the high humidity level causing profuse perspiration and discomfort. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe overall polling percentage in the state stood at a whopping 83.46 percent, which is far ahead of Haryana that ranked second with 70.31 percent and Madhya Pradesh at third that recorded a polling percentage of 65.25. Kanthi recorded 85.81 percent polling – the second highest in the state as well as in the country after Bishnupur. The figures of the Commission revealed that from 9 am to 1 pm, the East Midnapore constituency witnessed 45.9 percent voting. In the first two hours (7 am to 9am) Kanthi recorded 12.50 percent voting, which rose to 57.09 percent at 1 pm. More than half of the total votes in Kanthi were cast during these four hours. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPurulia, which recorded a polling of only 16.92 percent in the first two hours, had a jump 39.68 percent taking the total percentage to 56.60 percent at 1 pm. This was an increase of 48.22 percent on the total polling in the constituency. The Jhargram seat recorded an increase of 46.51 percent and Tamluk had an increase of 46.55 percent of the total votes polled in the respective constituencies. Even Bankura with 78.50 percent – the lowest voting percentage among the eight constituencies in the state, witnessed a jump of 52.48 percent on the basis of the total number of votes cast in the constituency in these four hours. The district that had a voting percentage of only 11.62 percent in the first two hours of polling, recorded an increase of 41.2 percent taking the voter turnout to 52.82 percent in the next four hours. Bishnupur is the only constituency that had an increase of 33.95 percent in these four hours. The percentage calculated on the total number of votes polled revealed that this parliamentary constituency in Bankura had an increase of only 38.36 percent – the lowest increase among the eight constituencies. Interestingly, among the 59 constituencies that went to polls on Sunday, all the top spots were bagged by the eight LS seats in Bengal. Bishnupur topped with 87.36 percent, followed by Kanthi (85.81 percent), Jhargram (85.39 percent), Tamluk (85.32 percent) and Bankura (78.50 percent).last_img read more

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Concerned over reports of alleged tampering of voters verdict Pranab

first_imgNew Delhi: Joining the ongoing controversy over EVMs, former President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday expressed concern over the alleged tampering of voters’ verdict saying the onus of ensuring institutional integrity lies with the Election Commission, which should put all speculation to rest. He also said there can be no room for speculation that challenge the very basis of Indian democracy. “I am concerned at reports of alleged tampering of voters’ verdict. The safety and security of EVMs which are in the custody of ECI is the responsibility of the Commission,” he said in a statement posted on his Twitter handle. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework People’s mandate is sacrosanct and has to be above any iota of reasonable doubt, he said. “The onus of ensuring institutional integrity in this case lies with the Election Commission of India. They must do so and put all speculation to rest,” he said. Mukherjee said as a firm believer in the country’s institutions, it is his considered opinion that it is the ‘workmen’ who decide how the institutional ‘tools’ perform. Protests broke out in some parts of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday after videos of alleged movement and tampering of EVMs went viral on social media, a charge dismissed by the EC as “frivolous” and “unfounded”. The Congress said the EC should take immediate and effective steps to address the complaints of movement of EVMs from strongrooms from various parts of the country. Top opposition leaders, who met here on Tuesday, also decided to move the EC to press for their demand of tallying the paper trail of votes (VVPATs) with the EVM figures.last_img read more

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World Cup Crib Notes Day 10

After thrashing Portugal 4-0 in its first game, Germany has seen its probability of winning the World Cup steadily rise, to 13.4 percent from 10.7 percent. That increase is more than any team’s since the tournament began, except the Netherlands’. The Germans face Ghana in the second game of the day.Argentina vs. Iran: 12 p.m. EDTGermany vs. Ghana: 3 p.m. EDTNigeria vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina: 6 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHThe odds are stacked in favor of Germany (71 percent to Ghana’s 10 percent) in our Game to Watch, so Ghana will need an unlikely win or draw against if it has any hope of seeing the knockout stage of the tournament. Germany is sitting pretty atop Group G with a 97.9 percent chance of advancing.Despite the apparent mismatch, Germany and Ghana still had the highest harmonic mean between the Soccer Power Index (SPI) scores of any two teams playing each other Saturday (82.0, compared with Argentina vs. Iran at 78.4 and Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Nigeria at 76.9). Both Germany and Ghana are powerful defensively, but it’s Germany’s offense — the strongest in the tournament, according to ESPN’s SPI — that poses the biggest threat to Ghana.Ghana outplayed the U.S. on Monday, controlling 60 percent of the possession and outshooting (both on goal and otherwise) the Americans in a game that probably should have ended in its favor. But of its 21 shots, only one managed to find the back of the net. So, if Ghana hopes to dig itself out of the hole it’s in in Group G, it must score against Germany. Its best hopes lie in the Ayew brothers — Andre scored in the 82nd minute against the U.S., and his younger brother, Jordan, has scored 16 goals for Sochaux in the top French league this season.Ghana has a 89 percent chance of being eliminated from the Cup, but a win or draw against Germany and an unfavorable outcome for the Americans against Portugal on Sunday could drastically change the dynamics of Group G.YESTERDAYIn Costa Rica’s 1-0 victory over Italy, the losers had the advantage in possession, with 731 touches to Costa Rica’s 508. But Costa Rica had 91 touches in the attacking third compared with Italy’s 83, and it created nine chances to Italy’s six. The Italians’ 83 touches in the attacking third were their fewest in a match in the past five World Cups.Italy’s offensive futility was reflected in other stats as well. Of its 10 shots, only two were in the attacking penalty area, which ties for its fewest in a World Cup match since the 1966 tournament (as far back as ESPN Stats & Info’s data set goes). The team was called offside 11 times, tied for the most in a World Cup match since 2002.Costa Rica also shut down two of Italy’s biggest stars. Andrea Pirlo completed one of four passes in the attacking third; he was 12 for 12 on such passes in Italy’s first match, against England. Mario Balotelli had 24 touches, the fewest of any Italian starter, including seven in the second half. That tied for the fewest of anyone on the pitch.The victory advanced Costa Rica to the knockout stage for the first time since 1990 (it was eliminated in the group stage in 2002 and 2006 and didn’t qualify in the other years) and eliminated England in the process. It is the first time since 1958 that England has failed to reach the knockout round.In the match between Switzerland and France, Switzerland had more overall touches, 636 to 532, but France more than doubled the Swiss in the attacking penalty area, 23 to 10. Led by Karim Benzema, whose match-high seven touches in the penalty area gave him a tournament-high 16, France is averaging 25.5 penalty-area touches per match (the best in the tournament).France scored in the 17th and 18th minutes with two of its first three touches in the attacking penalty area — the quickest back-to-back goals in French World Cup history. The first goal was France’s 100th at the World Cup, making it the fifth team to reach that milestone. Benzema had a goal and two assists, giving him a hand in five of France’s eight goals in the tournament (three goals, two assists). He created six chances Friday, the most by a player in a match to that point in the tournament. The two teams combined for 29 chances, the most in a match this tournament. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst, ESPN OFF THE PITCHGermany and Ghana have had significant relations since Ghana gained its independence from Britain in 1957. One of the most striking examples is their plan for economic development cooperation, which they updated in 2012. The plan includes facets of cultural and academic exchange, but the most tangible aspect is aid. The plan itself doesn’t provide data on Germany’s aid to Ghana, but AidData shows that Ghana received $2.5 billion in aid from Germany between 1973 and 2011 for 1,100 projects, including water supply improvements and forestry development. Most of the aid (about $611 million) has been aimed at debt alleviation, but that mostly ended in 2006. By 2011, a majority of the German aid was geared toward government, civil society and agriculture.  — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGIt’s Been the Americas’ World CupThe Reducer: World Cup Winners and Losers read more

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