NEET 2019: NTA declares results

NEW DELHI: The National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced the results and score cards of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (UG) results on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Rajasthan’s Nalin Khandelwal has topped the exam.

Candidates, who appeared for the examination can check their result from the official website –

The NTA will now provide All India Rank to the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India for counselling of 15% All India Quota Seats and all seats of Deemed Universities/Central Universities/ESIC & AFMC including Delhi University (DU), BHU & AMU and providing the result to the State Counselling Authorities and Admitting Institutions.

The NTA has declared the result based on the qualifying criteria provided by Medical/Dental Council of India and All India Rank based on the marks obtained in NEET (UG) – 2019.



States will prepare their own merit list based on All India Rank keeping in view the category of candidates.

Out of 1.23 lakh students, 59785 have qualified in NEET from Tamil Nadu. 48.57 % qualified this year. No student from state among the top 50 candidates. Shruthi K is the Tamil Nadu state topper with 57th rank.

Madhuri Reddy G from Telangana secured All India 7th rank in NEET 2019 examination. She is the only one from the Telangana state to feature in all india top 50 list.

Of the 2.16 lakh students who appeared in the test, 39.2% students qualified this year – similar to last year. Maharashtra had the highest numbers of test takers. Three students from the state made it to the top 50 ranks. Bhat sarthak raghvendra is the state topper at AIR 6. Girl topper from the state – Disha Agrawal stood at AIR 52.

The NEET 2019 was conducted on Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 02:00 p.m to 05:00 p.m. across India except Odisha, Karnataka and Siliguri. Nearly 13 lakh candidates appeared for the examination.

NEET exam for Odisha, Karnataka and Siliguri was held on May 20. In Odisha, the exam was postponed in the wake of Cyclone Fani which had left the State massively devastated, in Karnataka the exam was conducted for the students who had missed the examination due to a train delay, while Siliguri students appeared for the exam on May 20 as they did not get the question paper in their preferred language – Hindi.

The answer key for the NEET examination was released on May 29. Candidates were given the time up 11:50 on June 1, 2019 to raise the objection against the tentative official answer key.

A total of 15,19,375 students had registered for the exam held across the country. The exam consisted of one paper with 180 objective type questions from physics, chemistry and biology.

What is All India quota seats

15% seats surrendered by Government Medical/Dental Colleges run as per the approval of MCI/DCI are filled through the counselling conducted by DGHS are known as All India Quota seats. The merit list of the eligible and successful candidates who have opted for 15% All India quota seats will be prepared by the NTA on the basis of marks obtained in the NEET (UG) – 2019.

The list of successful candidates will be forwarded to the Directorate General of Health Services (Medical Examination Cell), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India for the purpose of allotment of seats by Online Counselling to 15% All India Quota Seats.

Admissions to all seats of MBBS/BDS will be done through NEET (UG) -2019. Following are the seats available under different quotas:

• All India Quota Seats

• State Government Quota Seats

• Central Institutions/Universities/Deemed Universities

• State/Management/NRI Quota Seats in Private Medical / Dental Colleges or any Private University

• Central Pool Quota Seats

#MenToo: Oberoi’s lawyer asks 8 questions to cops

Fourteen days after a 34-year-old woman had in early May accused actor Karan
Oberoi of rape, was accused by her own lawyer of staging an attack on herself, and 10 days after the Bombay high court reprimanded the police for conducting a shoddy investigation, she was finally arrested on Monday (June 17). Here are eight questions about the delay where answers are still not forthcoming.

1. The woman’s lawyer Ali Kaashif Khan, named by the four accused held for the attack on her in Andheri on May 25, surrendered on June 3 and told police the woman had plotted the attack on herself. For this she had roped in his cousin and three others, he said. His surrender took place on a Monday morning. Why was the woman not called for questioning the same day that he named her? Why the special treatment for her?

2. The Bombay HC on June 7, while granting bail to Oberoi, asked police during hearing why they had not arrested the woman for the “false FIR” of assault. “It is a serious matter. What is preventing you from arresting her?” Justice Revati Mohite-Dere was assured by police of taking “appropriate steps against the woman as mastermind of the attack.’’ Why, then, was the woman still not summoned for questioning straightaway and arrested? What greater legal sanction did they need to obtain in order to take action?

3. The actor’s lawyer Dinesh Tiwari had argued in sessions court that cops needed to look at texts exchanged between Oberoi and the rape accuser, saying that would make clear the woman had “no case” of rape to make. The sessions court didn’t agree with this contention but HC on June 7 took it into account while granting Oberoi bail and asked cops during his bail hearing, “Why have you not taken the phones yet?” The “The officer is expected to investigate impartially and fairly… What kind of investigation is this?” Why then were her phones taken only on June 10, three days after the HC reprimand, and not immediately allowing ample time to delete possibly incriminating evidence, if any, in such cases?

4. The HC even doubted the veracity of the rape FIR and observed, “In fact, investigation reveals that the complainant herself staged her own attack, the obvious reason being to ensure that the applicant (Oberoi) is not released on bail.” How is it that no urgency was shown by the police at least at this stage to call her for questioning?

5. The HC said police could investigate allegations by the woman’s lawyer that she was into black magic and voodoo. Practising black magic is a punishable offence in Maharashtra. Why was this not probed?

6. How does any probe get carried out at all without interrogating the woman accused of filing a false FIR?

7. Oberoi was arrested on a Sunday, barely 24 hours after the woman filed her complaint, thus ensuring he had to spend at least a night in lock-up before he was produced him in court for remand next day (he eventually spent a month in jail). Isn’t this promptness at odds with their slow approach later?

8. Oberoi had filed noncognizable complaints against the woman in October 2018 for allegedly threatening to file a false case against him. Why was this not taken into account by the police at any stage of the probe, especially after the HC categorically observed: “The officer was also aware of the NC lodged by the woman in 2018, against Oberoi, where there was no mention of rape etc. With all this material before him, the officer ought to have examined her rape FIR fairly and impartially, before mechanically effecting the actor’s arrest.”

Nirav Modi will be Vijay Mallya’s roomie at Arthur Road prison




Barrack No 12 of Arthur Road jail may well be renamed as Billionaires’ Barrack if the Centre’s extradition attempts go to plan. The state prisons department has informed the Centre that, if extradited to the country, jeweller Nirav Modi will be lodged in Barrack 12 of Arthur Road jail in Mumbai, the same barrack where Vijay Mallya will be lodged in case the former liquor baron is also extradited to India.

The state provided the information about the proposed lodging plans for Nirav Modi after the government of India recently informed the state that extradition proceedings for Nirav Modi had advanced before the Westminster Magistrate’s Court in United Kingdom. The Centre had asked the state home department about the prison facilities in case Modi is lodged at Arthur Road jail. Following this, the Maharashtra Prison Department gave a letter of assurance on the facilities it can provide. The Government of Maharashtra had earlier furnished a similar letter of assurance to the central government in respect of extradition of Vijay Mallya.

A state home department official told Mirror, “On June 4, Ministry of Home Affairs had sought extradition of Nirav Modi from UK to face trial in India in a Central Bureau of Investigation and an Enforcement Directorate case. The government has learnt that extradition proceedings for surrender of Modi has advanced in the UK court.”

According to state government sources, the prison department in their letter of assurance issued on Monday, has stated that Modi will be held at Barrack No 12 of Arthur Road jail complex if extradited. The prison department has assured that Modi will be kept in a cell in which (either without other detainees or, alternatively, with sufficiently few detainees) he will get a minimum of 3 square metre of personal space (not including furniture) through the period of his prospective detention (pretrial and post conviction in case he is found guilty).

“The detention cell in which he is to be kept has provision of providing clean thick cotton mat, pillow, bedsheet and blanket. A metal frame/ wooden bed can be provided on medical grounds. Adequate light, ventilation and storage for permitted personal belongings is available. In detention, Modi will have access to clean drinking water supply each day and adequate medical facilities are available round-the-clock. Modi will have access to adequate toilet and washing facilities each day,” said an official.

Modi will also be permitted to leave his cell for exercise and recreation for a reasonable amount of time (more than one hour) each day.

Speaking about the security at Barrack No 12, an official said, “There is a high level of security at the entrance to Barrack No 12 and further with several CCTV cameras which are monitored 24/7 from the control room. A prison officer and a prison guard are on duty at this barrack 24/7. In Barrack no 12, inmates can exercise and socialise only in area provided within the barrack and are not exposed to any issues of the larger Arthur Road jail complex outside of the barrack. Thus, security is not an issue in Modi’s case.” He added that the Barrack No 12 has two rooms and three persons can be lodged in each room. “While one room is occupied with three persons already, in the other room we can accommodate Mallya, Modi and Mehul Choksi if they are extradited.”

Modi, Choksi and others are being investigated by the CBI and ED after a fraud came to light, following a complaint by the Punjab National Bank that they allegedly cheated the bank to the tune of approximately Rs 13,300 crore, with the purported involvement of a few employees of the bank.

Choksi was granted citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda on January 15, 2018. On March 22, Choksi had moved an application before the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court, stating his long history of heart ailment and a blood clot in the brain as the reason for not being able to appear before it.

Learn from RSS workers’ about perseverance: Pawar

Pune: NCP chief
Sharad Pawar Thursday asked his party workers to take a leaf out of
RSS volunteers’ book and show perseverance in reaching out to voters.

He was speaking at a meeting of party leaders and workers from Pimpri-Chinchwad area near here.

“I do not say we have to follow everything the RSS workers do, but we can certainly learn from their determination and persistence while visiting voters,” he said.

Party workers should not feel dejected because of the results of the Lok Sabha elections and start preparing for the Maharashtra Assembly elections which are due in October- November, Pawar said.

Recalling his conversation with a BJP leader, Pawar said, “He told me that your party workers go to peoples’ houses and if nobody is home, they drop the party’s pamphlet at the doorstep and leave.

“But if an RSS worker working for the party (BJP) finds the door closed in the morning, he will visit that house again in the evening. If it is still closed, he will go to the same house the next morning and will ensure that he meets the peole living there and hand over the pamphlet,” he said.

“We need not follow them entirely, but the way they show persistence in developing public relations, I feel that persistence is very important,” the veteran politician said.

NCP workers should aim to meet every voter in their respective areas, he said.

Pawar also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meditation in a cave at Kedarnath before the last phase of Lok Sabha polls.

“We should see where the entire world is heading, where science is heading, but our Prime Minister (instead) prefers to go to a cave and meditate,” the former Union minister said.

At a press conference later, Pawar was asked about his refusal to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Modi government, reportedly because he was offered a seat in the fifth row.

“My secretary went to the President’s office twice and both the time, he was told that the ‘V’ on the pass meant the fifth row. Now a clarification has come (from the president’s office) that it meant the VVIP row….for me, the chapter is closed,” he said.

BMC Commissioner introduces a dose of transparency

The newly appointed
Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi is considered one of the most powerful bureaucrats of the state. As additional chief secretary to the
Maharashtra CM, he has handled several difficult issues ranging from farm loan waiver to looking after the War Room, which oversees several important infrastructure projects in the state such as construction of dams and various Metro projects in the city.

But what awaits him now will perhaps be his toughest challenge: to ensure that the financial capital of the country doesn’t go under water this monsoon.

Each year, as rains lash the Maximum City, Mumbai comes to a standstill for a few days with no trains and buses, people fail to get back to work and hundreds of crores are lost in business. But Pardeshi is determined to change all that.

For starters, he is keen to make the functioning of BMC — the richest municipal body in the country — transparent, so that people know what the civic body is doing and are even welcome to give their feedback.

“We have finalised an app, where photos of every drain that has been cleaned will be uploaded by the officer and would be geo-tagged. But if people feel that the drains have not been cleaned, then they can post their own photos. If we find that there is repeated instance of misreporting of cleaning of drains, then action would be taken against the erring official,” said a civic official.

The official said that for the first three to four days, the access to the app would be only given to BMC officers so that they get used to it, and then it will be made available to the public.

The officials said that the purpose of the app is to ensure transparency in BMC’s working and to keep civic officials on their toes.

One of the main reasons why the city gets flooded is because storm water drains get blocked due to dumping of plastic and thermocol, so nets have been fitted in all such drains to stop floating matter from obstructing the water flow.

Similarly, nets have also been fitted in drains near slums to make sure that slum dwellers do not throw garbage in them. The slum dwellers have also been warned that the civic body will cut off their water supply if they throw rubbish in the drains.

The next few months will tell whether Pardeshi will be able to walk the talk.

SAJM to write to PM Modi on Monsanto ‘violations’

NEW DELHI: The government may have come back with a resounding majority that frees up its arm considerably but there is unlikely to be any let-up in the persistent nudges from the RSS-affiliated
Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM).

The new Narendra Modi government has just taken charge and the SJM is preparing to write its first letter to the prime minister pointing out the violations of rules by ‘powerful MNCs’ like Monsanto, the slow pace with which the Competition Commission of India (CCI) is allegedly deciding on cases against them and the negligent attitude of the agriculture ministry. While the Manch’s first communication to the new government will go out this week on the CCI and Bt Cotton issue, a bigger agenda is being set. ET has learnt that next on SJM’s target is the strategic disinvestment plan for Air India and the increasing tendency of government departments to deploy big foreign consultants.

Both are issues that the Manch is preparing to take up strongly with the government at all levels over the next few months. The SJM is already using social media to alert the government and its new ministers against the alleged ‘business’ rather than philanthropic interests of top global charities in India, deep discounts by Amazon and Flipkart hurting Indian e-commerce start ups and US ‘bullying’ the new government through withdrawal of special trade status.


The RSS-affiliate was unsparing to the first Modi stint as well. It strongly criticised the Niti Aayog and its first chairman Arvind Panagariya for its approach and kept the pressure lobbying for price control of medicines and medical devices, red flagging the Gates Foundation in India and the impact of global e-commerce giants on the Indian retailers. Under Modi 2.0, first up on the Manch agenda, however, is Monsanto and the delay in action against it. SJM is likely to seek PMO’s intervention to ask CCI to expedite the process and punish the company for its violations. ET first reported how CCI had recently submitted a confidential report confirming that Mahyco Monsanto Biotech Ltd (MMBL) had abused its dominant position in the market for Bt Cotton technology by charging unfair licence fee and entering into pricing agreements directly aimed at overcharging farmers who use Bt Cotton seeds.MMBL is an equal joint venture of Maharashtra-based seed company Mahyco and Monsanto Holding Pvt Ltd which has been acquired by German drugmaker Bayer.

Uddhav’s gamble pays off, Sena to cooperate with BJP

The Shiv Sena’s unexpected performance in the Lok Sabha polls where it looks to repeat its 2014 performance — 18 seats — would come as a shot in the arm for the party and its president
Uddhav Thackeray. The Sena chief had, in fact, gone against the wishes of many senior party leaders of fighting the Lok Sabha polls alone, and his gamble has paid off.
Shiv Sena will be cooperating with the
BJP at the Centre in the near future.

The elections have shown that the Shiv Sena is still a force to reckon with despite the fact that it came back riding the Modi wave. But its equations with the BJP would largely depend on the election results of the Maharashtra polls later this year : while the Shiv Sena knows that the BJP needs it, it also knows that it can’t fare well on its own, which makes it a bit more pliable and vulnerable. Sena leaders, who have always maintained that they are the ‘bigger brother’ in the alliance, have changed tack and have accepted the BJP as its boss at least at the national level. The Sena would, however, try to get a better seat sharing deal in the forthcoming state assembly polls, and would also seek better portfolios if the BJP-Sena comes back to power in the state.

The Shiv Sena’s relationship with the BJP may not be the same as it was in the first five years of the Modi government’s rule; this is because there is a realisation in the party that it is in their interest to be aligned with the BJP. But two things could change this: if the Sena feels that the BJP is growing at its expense, or is not giving the ‘respect’ it deserves, then the Sena could return to its old ways of slamming the government. The other thing would be that if the BJPSena combine comes back to power in the state assembly polls, then Sena would be loath to take on the Modi government as it did earlier since more of its MLAs would be sharing power in the central government.

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is a pragmatic leader who is not prone to taking too many political risks like a Chandrababu Naidu who had snapped ties with the BJP before the 2019 polls. The Sena has survived after the death of Bal Thackeray because Uddhav has been very calculating; he would prefer to remain with the BJP as it helped his party remain in power both in the state as well as run the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Chicken may get cheaper as soya meal prices fall

Chicken is set to become cheaper in the domestic market as the price of
soya meal, a key
poultry feed, is expected to ease off on increased availability.

Industry executives said soya meal exports plunged 75.7 per cent year-on-year in May as shipments to Iran fell sharply because of the US sanctions. This has increased supply of soya meal in the domestic market, which in turn is expected to push its prices down. Soya meal constitutes 45 per cent of the poultry feed. “Since, the soya meal availability has increased in the market, prices too will fall,” Madan Mohan Maity, secretary at West Bengal Poultry Federation, told ET. “This will bring down chicken prices by 10 per cent. We are hoping price of chicken to decline from end June.” Retail chicken prices soared nearly 30 per cent to Rs 220 per kg in May from Rs 170 in January. But Amit Saraogi, managing director at Anmol Group, said non-availability of one-day old chicks had led to a rise in chicken prices. “Some companies are artificially controlling broiler production through lesser production of chicks,” he said.

The poultry industry in India mainly consists of broiler meat and table egg with other poultry meats forming a marginal proportion of the overall market. The broiler chicken market is pegged at 4.2-4.5 million tonnes. The per capita consumption of chicken in India is around 4 kg. Soya meal prices have already begun to slide, according to industry executives. From Rs 3,800 per quintal in mid-May, prices have dropped to Rs 3,600. However, the industry is still concerned about rising maize prices, which constitute about 55 per cent of the poultry feed. “In January, price of maize was Rs 13 per kg, which reached a high of Rs 19.95 per kg in the second week of May. At present, it is hovering around Rs 17.80 per kg,” said Ritesh Sahu, senior commodity analyst at Angel Broking. Maize production in the rabi 2018-19 season was hit by a drought in Bihar and parts of Andhra Pradesh. Earlier, a weak monsoon and infestation of Fall Armyworm had impacted the output in the kharif 2018-19 season in the main producing states of Karnataka, Telangana and Maharashtra.

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to deliver major policy speech on India and US

Washington: US Secretary of State
Michael Pompeo will deliver a major policy speech next week on how
India and the US lay a economic foundation for a free and open
Indo-Pacific region, an official announcement has said.

Pompeo will deliver the keynote address on “The US and India: An Economic Foundation for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific” at the US-India Business Council’s India Ideas Summit on Wednesday, June 12, the State Department said on Friday.

This will be Pompeo’s major foreign policy speech on India.

US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross is also scheduled to address US-India Business Council’s (USIBC) India Ideas Summit on June 12 and June 13.

Among other speakers at the conference are Matthew Bevin, Governor of Kentucky; Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra; Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion; Deepak Bagla, CEO, Invest India; James Taiclet, CEO, American Tower Corporation and Milind Pant, CEO, Amway.

Indian-origin Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google; Pawan Goenka, managing director, Mahindra & Mahindra; Adena Friedman, CEO, Nasdaq; Ritesh Agarwal, CEO, OYO Rooms and Meg Gentle, CEO, Tellurian are other prominent speakers.

Indian Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla, his American counterpart Ken Juster; former Supreme Court Justice Shiva Kirti Singh; Lockheed Martin Executive VP Rick Edwards; Rajasthan’s Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot; and Intel India Managing Director Nivruti Rai are other prominent speakers at the two-day conference.

Coming on the heels of SelectUSA, the India Ideas Summit will highlight the critical role cities and states play in growing the U.S.-India commercial relationship, the USIBC said.

India Ideas conference will be one of the first opportunities where both governments can really amplify this relationship after the election, USIBC president Nisha Desai Biswal told PTI in a recent interview.

The first edition of the USIBC’s India Ideas summit was held in Mumbai last year.

The US has been pushing for a broader role by India in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region.

India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s rising military maneuvering in the region.

In November last, India, the US, Australia and Japan had given shape to the long-pending Quadrilateral coalition to develop a new strategy to keep the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of Chinese influence.

ED attaches over 6,000 vehicles in bank fraud case

NEW DELHI: The ED Tuesday said it has attached more than 6,000 vehicles worth about Rs 1,610 crore in connection with a bank loan fraud and
money laundering case against a Surat-based company and its promoters.

The agency issued a provisional order for attachment of assets under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Siddhi Vinayak Logistics Ltd (SVLL) and its Director Rupchand Baid.

Baid was arrested in the past by the agency in this case for his alleged role in “aiding and laundering of tainted money in the Bank of Maharashtra loan fraud case” to the tune of Rs 836.29 crore.

A total of 6,170 vehicles worth Rs 1,609.78 crore have been attached as part of the latest order, it said.

The central probe agency had similarly attached assets of the company worth over Rs 19 crore in June, 2017.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said it filed the money laundering case against the company and its directors on the basis of a CBI FIR.

“Investigation made so far revealed that the loans were availed on the basis of forged or fabricated documents and in the name of employees and drivers who were kept in dark by SVLL. Investigation also revealed that Baid routed these loans through accounts of various related entities,” the ED said in a statement.

It said funds were raised from banks in the form of loans or credit facilities under various schemes, including the ‘Chalak se Malak’ scheme, in which the loans were availed in the name of drivers and employees of SVLL for purchase of old and new vehicles, it said.

The ED said the loans were not used for intended purpose and were routed through the accounts of SVLL and its related entities and finally were diverted for personal gains, company expenses and repayment of old pending loans.

The agency alleged Baid was the played “main conspirator” in the bank loan fraud case.

It had said in the past that investigation revealed that the loan amount of Rs 836.29 crore was disbursed for the purchase of vehicles to various companies on Baid’s directions to bank authorities the ‘Chalak se Malak’ scheme (driver to owner) for drivers by Baid.

“After disbursement of the loan to these companies, the loan money was circulated through a chain of group associate companies through a series of unsecured loan and fraudulent transactions,” the ED had earlier said while describing the role of Baid in the case.