HC seeks Centre, CBI response on reinvestigation of SSC exam leaks

A plea field by several job aspirants alleged that the officials of the SSC, private vendors and others were a part of the syndicate selling seats for Rs 10-20 lakh per candidate.

The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Centre and CBI to file their response on a plea by several job aspirants seeking reinvestigation into the cases of Staff Selection Commission (SSC) paper leaks.

Justice S P Garg listed the matter for July 26 on the plea filed by 44 people.

The job aspirants also sought setting up of an enquiry commission headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court or the High Court in connection with the repeated offences such as cheating in the SSC exam.

The petition said that multiple FIRs are lodged every year over leaks of question papers and several persons are arrested for allegedly aiding the aspirants to cheat for money, but in none of the cases, the probe agencies have been able to bust the racket and arrest the main persons involved in the organised crime.

Advocate Anurag Ahluwali accepted the notice for the Central government and the SSC, while advocate Narender Mann did so on behalf of the CBI.

The plea claimed that the syndicate was still operating as officials from the department of SSC have never been arrested. It alleged that the probe agencies have failed to identify the source of the leaks and the main perpetrators of the crime were still untouched.

“The modus operandi of the syndicate is supported by ultra-modern technologies and the commission of the crime gets detected at very few places as the local police agencies are not well equipped technologically,” it said.

The plea alleged that the officials of the SSC, private vendors and others were a part of the syndicate selling seats for Rs 10-20 lakh per candidate.

The plea said that the exams are conducted for sensitive posts such as inspector, sub-inspector, constables of para-military organisations, National Investigating Agency, Central Bureau of Investigation, Intelligence Bureau, Income Tax, Central Excise, Delhi Police and various coveted post across the government ministries.

“These posts are so sensitive in nature that selection of a tainted candidate can jeopardise the national security of the country,” it said, adding that the future of many deserving candidates has been ruined because of the inaction of authorities to stop the offences since 2013.

The Supreme Court had in March this year dismissed a PIL seeking a CBI probe into the SSC paper leak case after the Centre informed it that the probe agency has already started investigating it.

Amid protests over alleged paper leak, the SSC had recently recommended a CBI probe into it.

 

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Brazil artists turn former government building into creative centre

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Creativity is blooming in one of the least likely of places in Brazil.

The 13-storey Ouvidor building in the heart of Sao Paulo used to be a local government building before it fell out of use.

Empty and derelict, the site was wasted until 300 painters, sculptors, circus performers and musicians moved in, transforming it into an artistic hub.

Now, they want the house officially declared a creative centre.

Al Jazeera’s Daniel Schweimler reports from Sao Paulo.

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Spider-Man Is the Best Character to Replace Iron Man at the Centre of the MCU

Spider-Man Is the Best Character to Replace Iron Man at the Centre of the MCU

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige says Avengers 4 the end of a 22-movie arc
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming’s sequel will be a fresh start for the franchise
  • The contracts of most of the existing stars would have expired by then

Spider-Man: Homecoming is out in the cinemas now, and as we noted in our review, it’s an exuberant film that brings a fresh flavour to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland played a brief but memorable part in Captain America: Civil War, and with Spider-Man: Homecoming, you’ll be happy to know that he’s able to sustain the viewers’ interest over the course of an entire film as well.

But as it turns out, Spider-Man has a much bigger part to play in the canon that Marvel has been building ever since it first came out with Iron Man in 2008. Talking to the Toronto Sun, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, the architect of the MCU, said that Avengers 4 (which will release in 2019, and doesn’t have a title as yet) will be the last of the current MCU films. And after that, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming will come out, starting off a new era for the MCU. To appropriate Star Wars a little – he’s not the last of the old Avengers, he’s the first of the new.

When you consider the ownership of the Spider-Man franchise – created by Marvel Comics, owned by Sony Pictures, with merchandising rights in Disney’s hands – that’s a weird place to rest the future of your cinematic universe, particularly as it will come at the end of an arc that Feige said spans 22 movies.

But it makes sense too – after all, Spider-Man was always one of Marvel’s top-tier characters, which is why he was much more saleable back when Marvel was bankrupt, before it was acquired by Disney.

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By the time this new “arc” beings for the MCU, many of the actors’ contracts would have expired. Almost all the Avengers, from Iron Man to Captain America to Black Widow to Thor would either have to be recast, or the character retired in some manner. Perhaps we’ll finally see some stakes emerge in the Avengers movies, as so far, the films have actively shied away from killing off characters.

That’s because, thanks to the “shared Universe” concept, writers had some limits on their freedom. It might have been narratively sound to have the Vision accidentally kill War Machine in Civil War, but if he has a part to play in one of the upcoming movies, then you can’t really take that plot line forward.

There’s a lot of new characters in the mix now, such as Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, which will allow Marvel to ease off the earlier characters without thinning the ranks too much, and over the course of the next two years as we move towards the new MCU, perhaps the company can start looking at new characters to spotlight.

For one, the company has two new movies lined up that a lot of people are excited about, with Black Panther and Captain Marvel planned for February 2018 and March 2019 respectively. Beyond that, perhaps the MCU will also take a page from the comics again, and start finding new characters to take up old mantles.

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Some of the most interesting characters that Marvel has right now are young enough that they can look up to Holland’s Spider-Man as a mentor figure of sorts, such as Moon Girl, or Ms Marvel, or even Amadeus Cho’s Totally Awesome Hulk.

In the new phase of the MCU that Feige talks about, Spider-Man could well occupy a role similar to that of Tony Stark today, as a leader who brings the whole team together.

Whether this will be possible with the deal that Marvel has in place with Sony is of course a different matter, but with the lineup that’s on hand, there’s a real risk that the MCU could lose the vibrancy that made it so successful to begin with, and that’s why Feige’s comments about basing the future of the MCU on Spider-Man makes us hopeful.

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DU Admissions: Cluster Innovation Centre has many choices for you

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Delhi University offers unique courses at the Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC), with a keen focus on innovation.

The courses are not just aimed at preparing students for a fast-changing innovative world but they also use unique concepts such as ‘meta college’ and ‘meta university’ to allow them to experience multiple colleges and universities during the course.

The CIC offers two undergraduate programs, BTech in Information Technology and Mathematical Innovation and BA (Hons) in Humanities and Social Sciences, and a postgraduate course, MSc in Mathematical Education.

BTech in Information Technology and Mathematical Innovation:

This four-year undergraduate degree course, which has been on offer in DU since 2012, is open to all who have studied Mathematics and have secured a best four score of at least 60%.

The course looks to provide students with practical knowledge, in addition to theoretical prowess, when it comes to innovation and technology. The curriculum is evaluated on the basis of both projects that students are expected to complete and theoretical exams.

“The course was designed keeping innovation in mind. DU is the only Indian university that provides a course of this kind,” said Jogeswar Purohit, an assistant professor for the course.

Admission to the 40 seats for this course will be on the basis of an entrance test expected to be conducted early next month. The entrance exam will be based on mathematics and science subjects.

Interested students can apply to the course on the DU online admission portal, under the entrance-based undergraduate programs application.

However, the CIC does not have a placement cell and does not invite companies and others for recruitment. “Almost all of our students have been placed but we do not have a placement cell,” he said.

“We encourage students to link up and think of their own start-ups. In fact, after they complete their degree, a selected few students are allowed to incubate their projects up to one year at the centre. Students even get funding up to two lakh rupees from ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises,” said Purohit, while explaining how the course nurtures an entrepreneurial spirit.

BA (Hons) in Humanities and Social Sciences:

This three-year undergraduate programme is one of its kind, as it is a ‘meta college’ programme. “Students will be able to choose classes from different DU colleges and design their own degree,” explained Geetanjali Kala, an assistant professor at DU and the woman behind the course.

Students can tailor their degree to their needs, as they are allowed to take courses from any of the DU colleges, other than St Stephen’s college. If admitted to one of the 40 seats available for the course, students will be assigned a mentor, who will help them ascertain their interests and pick courses best suited to their passions.

In the first and sixth semester, the students will be expected to attend classes at the CIC.

Anyone who has a 60% best four score, which includes a modern Indian language or English, are eligible to apply, and will be selected based on an entrance test.

“The entrance exam will look at subjects like history, geography, political science and include some general science and mathematics. We take current affairs seriously here, and students should expect a few questions related to this, especially news related to marginalized communities,” she said.

Question papers from previous years’ entrance exams are also available on the centre’s website for any who may want to peruse it.

MSc in Mathematics Education:

This two year inter-disciplinary course would be best suited for those who are looking to teach mathematics in the future.

“Degrees usually teach you one or the other, how to teach or mathematics. This course is tailor-made to ensure students not only learn mathematics but also know how to teach it,” explained Pankaj Tyagi, the coordinator for the course.

The meta university course, jointly run by Delhi university and Jamia Milia Islamia, allows students to utilise resources available at both colleges. Graduates can apply to one of the 20 seats available through DU’s online PG application, before registrations close on Wednesday.

The course is evaluated with 60% for projects and 40% for theory, and works in tandem with JMI’s AJK Mass Communication Research Centre. “This is where the inter-disciplinary aspect of the course comes in. Students are trained in how to use media to teach mathematics as well,” said Tyagi.

 

 
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