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Headlines: Supreme Court Gives Nod For NEET-PG Admissions

Supreme Court Gives Nod For NEET-PG Admissions

In a big relief to medical students, the Supreme Court of India cleared the 27% reservation for OBC (Other Backward Classes) and 10% for EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) categories paving the way for the resumption of medical admissions after a four-month delay. After the top court’s decision, over 45,000 junior doctors can join the workforce at a time when the nation is already preparing to fight against the potential third wave of the covid-19 pandemic. The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (Post-Graduate) or NEET-PG counselling was to begin in October 2021, but it was delayed due to multiple petitions filed in the top court challenging the government’s decision of 27% and 10% reservations for OBCs and EWS categories. The court said: “You must have some demographic or socio-economic data. You can’t just pluck the 8 million figure out of thin air,” However, the government said that changing norms at this time can lead to complications in the admissions and allocation of colleges for NEET students. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Records 1,17,100 New Covid-19 Cases; Total Omicron Cases At 3,007

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 1,17,100 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 3,71,363. Meanwhile, the nation has recorded 30,836 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries have reached 3,43,71,845. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 7.74% and 4.54%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 68.68 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 149.66 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. The union health ministry also released the statewise status of Omicron cases, and the total cases have reached 3,007. Maharashtra (876) and Delhi (465) have recorded the most number of Omicron cases so far, followed by Karnataka (333), Rajasthan (291) and Kerala (284). 

Home Ministry Forms 3-Member Probe Committee For PM Modi’s Security Breach 

After the security breach incident during prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab’s Ferozepur, the Ministry of Home Affairs have constituted a 3-member committee to inquire into the matter. The MHA released an official statement that read: “Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has constituted a committee to enquire into the serious lapses in the security arrangements during Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visit to Ferozepur, Punjab on 05.01.2022, which led to the exposure of the VVIP to grave security risk.” The committee will consist of Secretary (Security), Cabinet Secretariat Sudhir Kumar Saxena, Intelligence Bureau Joint Director Balbir Singh and Special Protection Group Inspector General S Suresh. Meanwhile, the Punjab government has also constituted a high-level committee to conduct a probe into the matter. 

Bulli Bai App Controversy: App Creator Neeraj Bishnoi Arrested

After Shweta Singh’s arrest, the Delhi Police’s Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit have arrested the creator of the Bulli Bai app. The accused’s name is Neeraj Bishnoi, who is a resident of Jorhat, Assam. During police interrogation, Neeraj Bishnoi disclosed that he is the person behind creating the controversial app on GitHub. The accused is a B.Tech (Computer Science) from Vellore Institute of Technology, Bhopal. As per reports, the accused said that he is against Muslim women and people active on social media and also mentioned that he has no regrets for his actions. Neeraj Bishnoi has been sent to 7-day police custody. 

Breaking: Swara Bhasker Tests Positive For Covid-19 

Bollywood actor Swara Bhasker has tested positive for covid-19. Taking to social media, Swara revealed her diagnosis result and wrote: “I have tested positive for Covid. I developed symptoms on 5th January 2022, and RT-PCR test results just confirmed the same. I and my family have been isolating since 5th Jan evening.. and I’m taking all the necessary precautions. I’ve informed everyone I met in the week prior about my having Covid; but if anyone else did come into contact with me, please get yourself tested. Double mask up and stay safe y’all (sic),” Apart from Swara Bhaskar, Rhea Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, John Abraham and his wife Priya recently tested positive. 

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