New Delhi: Bhaskar Choudhary, the managing director of Delhi-based Pathway Education Services who was arrested on Saturday for rigging the 2019 BITS, Pilani online entrance test, may also be involved in rigging exams like the NEET UG, NEET PG, and even the JEE Advanced, through their remote desktop technology.According to the FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation on May 22, the complainant in the case had recorded a conversation with one of Choudhary’s accomplices in Ahmedabad, revealing details of the exam manipulation nexus. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarIn the covertly recorded conversation, Choudhary’s accomplice and owner of Disha Education in Ahmedabad, Ketan Barot, had allegedly said that their “real work” lies in rigging exams like NEET UG, NEET PG, and even the JEE Advanced. Barot also mentioned that they charge somewhere between Rs 80-90 lakh per applicant for rigging the NEET PG and up to Rs 2- 2.5 crore per applicant for helping them clear the JEE Advanced test. During the conversation, Barot also allegedly boasted to the complainant, saying that manipulating entrance examinations for these institutes “is a small matter” for them and that their “real work” lies in rigging exams like NEET UG, NEET PG, and JEE Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceAdvanced. Further, Barot also mentions how easy it is for them to manipulate the BITS, Pilani online entrance test also known as the BITSAT. He allegedly said that exam centre owners in Ahmedabad and Vadodara were also in on the scheme and that they had cyber experts who had designed a way to help applicants through a remote desktop technology. Barot is also heard explaining that while the applicant appears for the exam at the centre, “expert scholars” would access their computers from a remote location and then answer on behalf of them. He had also allegedly told the complainant that they would be able to tell him the exact score of his daughter if he chose to pay for the service, for which he had demanded Rs 10 lakh. The CBI on Saturday arrested six key members, part of the organised operation and carried out searches in Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Vadodara, seizing Rs 33 lakh in cash, several blank signed cheques, and other incriminating documents.
Kolkata: Police officials of and below the rank of Deputy Superintendents/Assistant Commissioners of police will now be entitled to get 52 days extra salary apart from their entitled yearly salary. The step is in recognition of their services even on weekly off days and holidays. Till date, these officials got 30 days extra pay. The state Home and Hill Affairs department brought out a notification regarding this on Friday, stating that the Governor has approved “proposal of payment in one lump of cash compensation equivalent to 52 days pay and DA to police officers or personnel of or below the rank of Deputy Superintendents/Assistant Commissioners of police, for deprivation of weekly off days and gazetted holidays, for every completed year ending on June 30 every year.” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced this at the state Assembly on Wednesday. The notification will come into effect on an immediate basis. MPOST
Environmental Scientifics Group, to be commonly known as ESG, is the new name for the combined expertise of Scientifics and the Environmental Services Group encompassing brands such as Soil Mechanics, TES Bretby, PMC and CL Voelker. The group of companies, initially brought together by Inspicio (a testing and inspection services company), offer a complete solution for all legislative and regulatory environmental compliance from the ground up. The companies operate in areas such as geotechnical and energy testing, environmental safety compliance and laboratories and analytical services.With a history dating back more than 100 years, and with more than 1,000 employees working in 26 offices nationwide, the ESG group was formally launched a week ago by Sir Steve Redgrave at the Churchill War Rooms, London, UK.The launch, ‘The New Gold Standard,’ signals the development of a new framework aimed at making it easier for customers to use ESG’s diverse range of services. The businesses will work together ‘as one’ for the benefit of clients, rather than as a collection of individual business units. The launch shows ESG’s strong commitment to customer service and continued investment to achieve excellence. The brands, Soil Mechanics, Scientifics, TES Bretby, PMC and CL Voelker, known and respected in their respective sectors, will remain.ESG provides expert test, analysis and advice that is UKAS accredited and fully industry and legislatively compliant, providing customers with a high quality and timely service. Alex Sleeth, CEO, ESG said: “Our aim with ESG is to have a business which works in partnership with our customers to provide a total solution across a unique range of environmental inspection, testing and consultancy services. We pride ourselves on the levels of accreditation standards the businesses hold which ensure our standards are at the forefront of our industry.”ExpansionESG is expanding already. It announced today that it intends to acquire the Geotechnical and Testing Services Division (GTS) of Bureau Veritas UK Holdings, a provider of testing services. The acquisition will strengthen each of ESG’s divisions – Geotechnical and Energy, Laboratories and Analytical and Environmental Safety Compliance by expanding its national coverage and UKAS accredited laboratory network. With nine locations across England and Scotland, GTS offer a range of expertise, including geotechnical engineering; structural investigation; materials testing; soil testing; specialist metallurgy engineering and analytical chemistry. It has more than 2,000 customers and all GTS’s laboratories are UKAS accredited and the Consultancy Services business is accredited with BS 9000:2000 and 14001:2004. The deal is expected to complete in December 2009.Robin Hastie, Managing Director, GTS: “Inspicio is a well respected name in the inspection and testing market and its businesses have a reputation for quality and data integrity. GTS is a niche business with an excellent reputation and we are confident that its new home within the Environmental Scientifics Group will be good for both customers and employees alike.”