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Govt to hold exam for National Science talent search on app: KJ Alphons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to boost science and technology learning among students, the government will hold a nationwide science talent search examination through mobile application, Union minister Alphons Kannanthanam said today.”91,000 students have registered (for national science talent examination) and we will be having examinations in 2078 centres across the country. For the first time in the world, we are going to have app based examination with such a large number of people,” minister of state for electronics and IT Alphons Joseph Kannanthanam said while launching the mobile app Vidhyarthi Vigyan Manthan (VVM).The app will be used for National Science Talent Search examination to be held on November 26.Alphons, who also holds portfolio of MoS (independent charge) for Tourism, said the children at present study by heart every word and reproduce the same in examination to get full marks which will not result in making India a country of “young bright and talented children”.”We want to change all that. We want students to use digital technology, to learn science, about India and famous people who have made science popular. Understand, analyse, use your brains to come to conclusion. That is why we are having this science talent examination across country,” Alphons said.The VVM app will be available on Android and Apple’s iOS platform.Students appearing for the examination will have to register on the mobile app and will need to visit authorised centre to take the test.The app will disconnect and free other applications of mobile or laptop once the examination starts.”The examination will be conducted in two sections – junior classes which is class 6-8 and senior classes comprising students from class 9-12. The syllabus for the test is available online. Every student will be assessed based on class based performance,” Vigyan Prasar, Scientist Arvind C Ranade said.He said that the app will assess students knowledge as well as their intelligence.”If a class 6 students answers question meant for class 8 students than that will be used for assessing his intelligence. Winners will get recognition, cash prize and government sponsored trip to science labs in the country and even abroad,” Ranade said.Winners at state level from each class will get cash prize of Rs 10,000, runner up Rs 7,000 and second runner up Rs 5,000 and at national the amount will be Rs 25,000 for the winner, Rs 15,000 for runner up and Rs 10,000 for second runner up.”There will be certificate given to winners at all levels starting from the district level and mementos will be given at state and national level,” Ranade said. PTI PRS BAL10311816NNNNPTI

Two held for duping 50 people by issuing fake visa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Police has busted a fake visa racket and arrested two persons, who allegedly cheated nearly 50 people by issuing them bogus visa and air tickets, police said today. Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime), Makarand Ranade told a press conference yesterday, two persons have been held during a raid at the house of one of the accused in Mumbra here, and seized 89 passports, 62 visas, a laptop and two mobiles from them. According to police, the six members of the racket ran a fake job recruitment centre in Mumbra and told the victims that they would get them job as ground staffers at Dubai and Kuwait airports. Thane police on Saturday received a complaint from one of the victims, stating that she was cheated by a job recruitment firm, which extracted Rs 50,000 from her and assured visa and air ticket. But later, she found after reaching the airport in Mumbai that the visa and air ticket was fake. The complainant said many people from Thane, Mumbra and nearby places have been duped in a similar fashion by the accused. The senior officer said police has launched a hunt to nab the four members of the racket. The gang began operation in March 2016 and since then, they have so far cheated nealry 50 people. They collected Rs 50,000 from each person and gave them fake visa and air tickets to Dubai and Kuwait, Ranade said. The accused in this manner collected Rs 24.71 lakh, he said. The accused were identified as Salauddin alias Bablu Nepali (44), a Mumbra resident, and Ajgar Ali alias Javed Sayyed (51), who is from Powai in neighbouring Mumbai. A case has been lodged under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using a forged document as genuine), rw 34 (common intention).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MCOCA slapped against accused in Manoj Mhatre murder case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have invoked charges under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the 19 accused allegedly involved in the murder of a Congress leader in Bhiwandi. “The accused were already charged under the provisions of the IPC and the Arms Act for the murder of Congress leader Manoj Mhatre and now we have added provisions of MCOCA,” Thane Additional CP (Crime) Manoj Ranade confirmed today. “The alleged accused indulged in organised crime and let loose a reign of terror in the locality for political and personal gains and this has been revealed during the probe,” the order by Thane police stated. DCP Crime Parag Manere said of the 19 accused allegedly involved in the crime, seven have been arrested and hunt is on for the remaining suspects. Congress leader of the house in Bhiwandi-Nizampur civic body Manoj Mhatre was shot dead on February 14 over political rivalry.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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