chennai l sunday l may 8, 2022 l `12.00 l PAGES 28 l late city EDITION Neet-pG to be held as per schedule on may 21: Centre The government said the notice being circulated claiming that the examination has been postponed to July 9 is ‘fake’ Visit NBEMS’ website for correct details The National Board of Examination in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) issued a notice saying, “some unscrupulous elements are circulating false and bogus information”. The NBEMS advised the public to visit its website: https://natboard.edu.in for authentic information on NEET-PG. The NBEMS conducts postgraduate and postdoctoral medical examinations 1.5 lakh Junior docs push for delaying exam ■ The Centre’s advisory comes a day after 15,000 NEET-PG aspirants submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging that the upcoming postgraduate examination be postponed ■ Junior doctors say since the counselling for last year’s exam is still going on, there is not enough time to prepare for this year’s exam Medical students are set to appear for this year’s neet-pg CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Cooking gas on fire as prices go past `1,000 E N S E CO N O M IC B U R E AU @ New Delhi Despite the growing concern over high inflation driven by rising fuel prices, State-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) on Saturday increased the price of 14.2 kg domestic LPG cylinder by another `50, pushing the prices above `1,000 in many cities. While a cylinder now costs `999.50 each in Delhi and Mumbai — just 50 paise short of the `1,000-mark — the prices have crossed that milestone in Chennai and Kolkata at `1,015.50 and `1,026, respectively This is the second . such hike in 2022. On March 22, LPG price was raised by `50. In 2021, the cost of a cylinder went up by `205.50. The latest move also comes barely a week after the 19-kg commercial LPG cylinder price was hiked by `102.50 to `2,355.50. As if to distribute the pain, the price of a 5-kg LPG commercial cylinder was also increased to `655. Domestic cooking gas prices vary from one state to another due to variation in local taxes. express read FM to speak at Thuglak meet in TN Chennai: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will speak at the Thuglak 52nd annual meet to be held at Music Academy auditorium at 6.30pm on Sunday. The event comes against the backdrop of friction in Centre-State relations and Sri Lankan economic crisis ULFA faction ‘executes’ two members for spying Dravidian Model will continue, says Stalin CM recalls achievements of the first year of the DMK rule, says inclusive ‘Dravidian Model’ will continue. AIADMK MLAs skip Assembly, EPS releases a long list of complaints against govt @ Guwahati CM Stalin ends first year with breakfast for kids Announces 4 more schemes to improve education, health, infra Express N e ws Serv i c e @ Chennai CHIEF Minister M K Stalin on Saturday marked the completion of his first year in office with five new schemes, including nutritious breakfast for students of Classes I to V in government schools on all working days. Recalling the achievements of the DMK government over the past one year, the CM asserted that the all-inclusive ‘Dravidian Model’ of development would continue. Converting 25 higher secondary schools run by corporations and State government into schools of excellence at a cost of `150 crore, providing nutrients and medical assist- fessed he joined the organisation to get our members murdered by sharing inputs with The Paresh Baruah faction the enemies after identifying of the United Liberation our internal communication Front of Asom-Independent system and planting modern (ULFA-I), which operates equipment,” ULFA-I said. from Myanmar, on Saturday Founded in 1979, the ULFA claimed it has ‘executed’ two was banned in 1990. Its top of its young cadres for spy- leaders were arrested in ing for the police. Bangladesh in 2009 Message for and handed over to In a statement issued to media, the sympathisers: India. After spendHimanta banned outfit aling months in jail, leged the duo– they were all reAssam Dhanjit Das alias leased. Later, they Chief Minister Roopak Asom and joined the peace Himanta Biswa Sanjib Sarma alias process with the Sarma said the Rishav Asom – were alleged execution Centre, which is still planted by the Asgoing on. of two youths sam police to colHowever, those would be a lect infor mation supporting Baruah message for about the group. those wanting to chose to continue Dhanjit, who the fight. They rejoin the outfit hails from Barpeta christened the group district of Assam, as ULFA-Independtried to flee the camp on April ent. According to police 24 but was caught the next sources, the outfit is now left day. “During interrogation, with 100-200 members. he confessed to have coaxed Poverty and hyper-nationother members to surrender. alism are the main reasons He was also in contact with why youngsters are drawn to some police officers,” the the outfit. Baruah has been statement read. non-flexible on the demand As for Sanjib who hails of Assam’s sovereignty. He from Assam’s Kamrup dis- has stubbornly maintained trict, the terror outfit claimed he would sit across the table he was offered `1 crore by only if sovereignty of Assam some police officers. “He con- is on the agenda. E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e CM M K Stalin pays tributes at former CM M Karunanidhi’s memorial along with DMK leaders and ministers on Saturday | Ashwin prasath ance to children below the age of six to address nutritional deficiency starting 708 , urban hospitals in 21 municipal corporations and 63 municipalities, and extending ‘CM in Your Constituency’ scheme to all 234 constituencies were among the new welfare measures announced by the CM in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday . The nutritious breakfast scheme would initially be rolled out in a few municipal corporations and remote villages. The scheme would be operated by local bodies and would be extended to all parts of the State in a phased manner. Explaining the rationale for the scheme, Stalin said the government had received information that most schoolchildren skip breakfast as they have to go to school early in the morning, and in some cases, due to family background. Under the second scheme, medical assistance and nutrients would be provided to children to address deficiency Quoting a survey the Chief . , Minister said most children below the age of six have nutritional deficiency and some children are underweight. Medical tests will be done periodically for children in the age group to address these issues, the Chief Minister told the Assembly . Continued on: P7 Jab-o-meter May 6 15,44,728 doses Take May 7 17,14,800 doses your shot Total: 1,90,07,40,500 NATIONWIDE may 6 may 7 tamil nadu may 6 may 7 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 3,545 3,805 Fresh cases 3,549 3,168 Recoveries 27 22 Deaths 64 56 0 89 64 0 W I T H T H I S I SSUE SRI LANKA On the Edge PLUS 12 PAGES
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