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# BSF, Rangers meet amid fire along border
The sector commanders of the Border Security Force and the Pakistan Rangers met on Monday amid continuous shelling and firing along the International Border in Jammu. A BSF statement said the meeting was likely to bring a “firing-free” environment for villagers on both sides of the border.

# Nirav scam limited to one branch, PNB chief tells MPs
Parliamentary panel questions lack of oversight; IBA chief grilled on ICICI head
Managing director of Punjab National Bank (PNB) Sunil Mehta on Monday told parliamentarians that there was no systemic failure in the Nirav Modi fraudulent Letters of Undertaking (LOU) case, terming it as just ‘operational failure’ of a single branch of the bank in Mumbai.

Mr. Mehta and the Deputy Chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and Chairman of State Bank of India Rajnish Kumar were questioned on the PNB scam and the issue of conflict of interest involving ICICI CEO Chanda Kochhar at a three-hour meeting by members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance. The panel is chaired by Congress MP M. Veerappa Moily.

Nirav Modi, along with his uncle and co-accused Mehul Choksi, defrauded the PNB of over Rs. 13,500 crore. The fraud was committed at the Brady House branch of the bank in Mumbai. Three PNB officials are among 19 persons arrested so far.

Leeway to branches

According to sources, BJP members on the panel — Nishikant Dubey and Kirit Somaiya — raised questions on how the bank allowed such a massive fraud to go undetected.

Sources said another member questioned Mr. Mehta’s explanation and asked whether the bank allows branches to deal with such huge amounts without the supervision of its board.

Mr. Mehta, in his response said no credit was given, only LOU, was issued to him [Nirav Modi]. And the fraud could not be detected because it went through the fast approval system. Mr Mehta termed it an “operational failure” of a single branch, sources said.

# Rajasthan, A.P., Kerala record top performances in NEET
Tamil Nadu fares poorly with only one candidate in the top 50; Kalpana Kumari from Bihar comes first with a perfect score of 360 in biology
Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, among States with a high number of candidates, have performed well in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) examinations, the results for which were announced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday.

However, Tamil Nadu fared relatively poorly, with just 45,336 candidates among the 1,14,602 (close to 39.6%) who appeared making the cut. Maharashtra also had a poor qualification rate (39.6%).

Rajasthan accounted for the highest qualification rate with 58,738 candidates from among 79,057 clearing it.

Kerala’s qualification rate was 66.74% and Andhra Pradesh’s was 72.55%. In Delhi, 73.5% of candidates made the cut.

AIIMS, JIPMER excluded

Candidates for admission to all medical programmes in private and government medical colleges, barring AIIMS and JIPMER, Puducherry, are selected through NEET. Among the top 50 are eight candidates from Delhi, seven from Gujarat, five from Andhra Pradesh, four from Uttar Pradesh, three from Punjab, two from Telangana, and one from Tamil Nadu.

While 79.96-% of the candidates wrote the exam in English, 11.04% did so in Hindi, 4.31% in Gujarati, 3.02% in Bengali, 2.06% in Kannada, 1.86% in Tamil and 0.13% in Urdu.

Cut-offs

The cut-off percentile – a method of knowing what percentage of candidates a particular candidate has done better than — for the general category is the 50th percentile and that for OBC, SC and ST candidates is the 40th percentile.

As for cutoff scores, the cut-off for general category is 691-119 and that for OBCs, SCs and STs is 118-96.

A total of 6,34,897 general category candidates are above the cut-off percentile. The numbers for OBCs, SCs and STs are 54653, 17209 and 7446, respectively.

With a perfect score in biology (botany and zoology), Kalpana Kumari from Sheohar in Bihar has emerged as the all-India topper.

She secured 691 marks out of 720, securing 360 out of 360 in biology (botany and zoology), 171 out of 180 in physics and 160 out of 180 in chemistry.

“She studied so hard that she even skipped meals, and we had to tell her not to study so much,” her father Rakesh Mishra, a lecturer at the District Institute of Education and Training at Sitamarhi, told The Hindu over phone.

# ‘Post-mortem, FSL reports awaited’
Superintendent of Police Laxman Nimbargi said on Monday that the post-mortem and Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) reports were still awaited in the death of the cattle trader, Hussainabba (62), at Shenarbettu near Perdoor in Udupi district on May 30.

After Hussainabba was found dead under mysterious circumstances under Hiriyadka police station limits, the police registered a case of unnatural death. However, this was challenged by Mohammed Ismail, younger brother of Hussainabba, who filed a complaint alleging that the latter and two others, who were transporting cattle in a multi-utility vehicle, were waylaid by activists of Bajrang Dal headed by Surendra Mendon alias Suri.

He said in his complaint that Hussainabba was assaulted by the activists and later died in the presence of the Sub-Inspector of Police, Hiriyadka police station, D.M. Kumar.

# Officials delaying implementing free bus pass order: AIDSO
The Dharwad district unit of the All India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO) has urged the State government to immediately take steps to issue free bus passes as announced by the previous Congress government.

Submitting a memorandum, which was addressed to Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, to the officials of the district administration here on Monday, AIDSO office-bearers and members accused the officials of Transport Department of being apathetic towards the needs of students. They said the officials were unnecessarily delaying implementation of the Government Order.

Although last year, the State government had streamlined the process of issuing bus passes to students in June, this year again confusion had been created by the officials saying that there had been no clear guidelines on free bus passes for students.

AIDSO office-bearers Sharanu Gonwar, Mahantesh Bilur, Ranajeet Dhupad and others, who staged a protest, said that instead of streamlining free bus passes, the Transport Department officials were complicating the issue and were charging fees for student bus passes. They said that due to lack of higher educational facilities in the taluk level, scores of students come to district headquarters for education and they were not getting the benefit of the scheme announced by the government.

# Three struck dead by lightning in Vizag
Victims include two students
At least three persons, including two youngsters, died and two were injured during thunderstorm and lightning activity in Visakhapatnam district on Monday evening.

P. Hemanth and N. Pawan Kumar, both 18 and residents of Vissannapeta under Kasimkota mandal along with a few others had gone to Sampathpuram area under the Anakapalle Rural police station limits to play cricket when thunderstorm lashed the area.

Hemanth and Pawan Kumar took shelter under a tree and were struck by lightning.

Two persons received injuries.

The Telangana police and the revenue officials said both the deceased were senior Intermediate students.

In another incident near Govada area under the Chodavaram police station limits, a shepherd was struck dead by lightning while he was returning home from the farm.

The police shifted the bodies to the government hospital for post-mortem.

# Won’t be surprised if BJP loses in 2019: Naidu
‘The party is weakening day-by-day’
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday said the BJP was getting weakened day by day and it would not come as a big surprise for him if it loses the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. In contrast, regional parties were gaining strength and would call the shots in the formation of the next government in Delhi, he predicted.

In an interview with The Hindu aboard his special aircraft from Vijayawada to Visakhapatnam on completion of his four years in office, Mr. Naidu said the BJP’s by-poll reverses indicated it was losing its grip. “With what hope will a party that has become arrogant and let down farmers and unemployed youth and showed no respect to sentiment of the people face elections, it is bound to lose”.

To a question, he said there was no dearth of leaders among regional parties who could be counted as Prime Ministerial candidates. “There are many and they have been doing so well in their respective States. Leadership is not an issue and it will emerge when elections are round the corner”. He again ruled out his possibility of accepting the leadership mantle, saying he had already rejected such offers twice in the past.

# Caught at toll, Minister orders free rides
Caught in a traffic jam at the Badarpur toll plaza for more than 15 minutes, Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister Vipul Goel directed the staff to open all booms at the toll and allow free ride to commuters.

# Pre-monsoon rain brings relief to Kalaburagi
Widespread pre-monsoon rainfall has brought the much-needed relief to the people of Kalaburagi by bringing down day and night temperatures substantially, as per the observations made by India Meteorological Department at 8.30 a.m. on Monday. The mercury level, which had shot up to 42 degrees Celsius during the last week, came down to 37.4 degrees Celsius after Sunday’s showers.

Source:- The Hindu

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