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.
“In the last two years, more children have died from preventable diseases than those killed in the violence,” said Meritxell Relaño, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Yemen, in a press release. “This is why vaccination campaigns are so crucial to save the lives of Yemen’s children and to secure their future.”In the first campaign of its kind this year, 40,000 vaccinators spread across Yemen to provide children with polio vaccine and vitamin A supplements. Mobile health teams have reached children wherever they are, including in places where access to health services has been cut off by the fighting. Health workers have shown heroic resolve in crossing frontlines, mountains and valleys to vaccinate children.UNICEF says that the campaign comes at a critical time. Children in Yemen are living on the brink of famine and widespread malnutrition has drastically increased their risk of disease. More than half of Yemen’s medical facilities are no longer functional and the health system is on the verge of collapse.UNICEF is scaling up its humanitarian response, including support for the treatment of 323,000 children against severe acute malnutrition, and the provision of basic healthcare services to one million children and over half a million pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.“Children are dying because the conflict is preventing them from getting the health care and nutrition they urgently need. Their immune systems are weak from months of hunger,” said Dr. Relaño, calling on all parties to the conflict to find a political solution to this crisis. read more