[Breaking] Karnataka HC Refuses To Postpone COMEDK Exam Scheduled On August 19

first_imgTop Stories[Breaking] Karnataka HC Refuses To Postpone COMEDK Exam Scheduled On August 19 Mustafa Plumber13 Aug 2020 4:40 AMShare This – xThe High Court of Karnataka on Thursday refused to postpone the COMEDK test scheduled to be conducted by Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) on August 19.The Court dismissed a PIL filed by Advocate Abdulla Mannan Khan, which voiced the apprehension that conduct of the test would expose students to the risk of COVID-19.While giving a go-ahead to COMEDK,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe High Court of Karnataka on Thursday refused to postpone the COMEDK test scheduled to be conducted by Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) on August 19.The Court dismissed a PIL filed by Advocate Abdulla Mannan Khan, which voiced the apprehension that conduct of the test would expose students to the risk of COVID-19.While giving a go-ahead to COMEDK, the Court directed the authorities to take all precautions for the safe conduct of the exam.  The bench of Justices BV Nagarathna and Ravi Hosmani observed in the as follows:”At the outset we find that there is a delay in the examination being conducted. In normal times the exam would have been conducted in April-May.State Government has conducted SSLC exam and KCET. It is on that basis that COMEDK, which is a consortium of private professional colleges, has decided to conduct the exam on August 19. This court in its order of July 29 has also taken note of SOP that was made available for the conduct of said exams (KCET) and thereafter rejected the interim prayer to stay KCET”.The Court further added :”It is no doubt that the pandemic has affected everybody not only in this country but world over. But at the same time with the passage of time Central/state govt as well as citizens have now got accustomed to carry on with life/administration etc, by taking all precautions it is in that light that we have to view the conduct of examinations for entrance test for various professional colleges or such other entrance test”.The Court recorded that COMEDK exam is being conducted across India in 342 centres for 20,000 seats and seven universities. At the beginning of the hearing, the bench of Justices BV Nagarathna and Ravi Hosmani pointed out that no student has approached the HC seeking the cancellation of the test, and asked why an advocate has filed the petition.”Why do advocates become parties. Ask the students to become petitioners and you become their Advocate”, the bench told the petitioner.The bench also pointed out that the Court has already permitted the State Government to conduct the Karnataka Common Entrance Test on July 30.”If we stay this exam the candidates will suffer”, the bench remarked.The counsel for the COMEDK submitted that exam was sought to be stayed at the instance of about ten students and that the case was not in “public interest” but was only a “publicity stunt”.  He told the bench that Tata Consultancy was conducting the exam and they are best in following all the safety guidelines. Test is only conducted for 119 professional private colleges, with 20,000 seats, he submitted.  The PIL stated that around 70,000-80,000 students will be writing the exams, and the decision to hold the test on August 19 will result in putting the students to the grave danger of COVID19. It is stated that “there is no immediate urgency to conduct the COMEDK 2020 as it will not have any effect on the students’ academic future.””India is raging with the pandemic situation of COVID 19 having cases almost 21,70,688 cumulatively with an addition of almost forty thousand cases per day,Karnataka alone having 1,78,087cases with Almost 3198 deaths and with daily addition of almost 4000 new cases”, states the petition. COMEDK has 300 Centres spread all over India, with students appearing for the examination from various States.The petitioner alleges that there were lapses in maintaining social distancing during the recently.held KCET exam. It is also pointed out that the National testing agency has already postponed the national level entrance tests like JEE, NEET, AIBE, CLAT owing to the dreadful COVID-19 prevailing in the country, “It is submitted that Article 21 of the Constitution of India ensure one’s right to life which also includes to protect one self, and also government itself if asking the individuals to stay home unless it is very important and this COMEDK is a Manufactured Event for the Student to them in a havoc”, the plea states.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Alien world is blacker than coal

first_imgAstronomers have discovered the darkest known exoplanet —  a distant, Jupiter-sized gas giant known as TrES-2b. Their measurements show that TrES-2b reflects less than 1 percent of the sunlight falling on it, making it blacker than coal or any planet or moon in our solar system.“TrES-2b is considerably less reflective than black acrylic paint, so it’s truly an alien world,” said astronomer David Kipping of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), lead author on the paper reporting the research.In our solar system, Jupiter is swathed in bright clouds of ammonia that reflect more than a third of the sunlight reaching it. In contrast, TrES-2b (which was discovered in 2006 by the Trans-Atlantic Exoplanet Survey, or TrES) lacks reflective clouds due to its high temperature.TrES-2b orbits its star at a distance of only 3 million miles. The star’s intense light heats TrES-2b to a temperature of more than 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit — much too hot for ammonia clouds. Instead, its exotic atmosphere contains light-absorbing chemicals such as vaporized sodium and potassium, or gaseous titanium oxide. Yet none of these chemicals fully explain the extreme blackness of TrES-2b.“It’s not clear what is responsible for making this planet so extraordinarily dark,” stated co-author David Spiegel of Princeton University. “However, it’s not completely pitch black. It’s so hot that it emits a faint red glow, much like a burning ember or the coils on an electric stove.”Kipping and Spiegel determined the reflectivity of TrES-2b using data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. Kepler is designed to measure the brightness of distant stars with extreme precision.The team monitored the brightness of the TrES-2 system as the planet orbited its star. They detected a subtle dimming and brightening due to the planet’s changing phase.TrES-2b is believed to be tidally locked like our moon, so one side of the planet always faces the star. And like our moon, the planet shows changing phases as it orbits its star. This causes the total brightness of the star plus planet to vary slightly.“By combining the impressive precision from Kepler with observations of over 50 orbits, we detected the smallest-ever change in brightness from an exoplanet: just 6 parts per million,” said Kipping. “In other words, Kepler was able to directly detect visible light coming from the planet itself.”The extremely small fluctuations proved that TrES-2b is incredibly dark. A more reflective world would have shown larger brightness variations as its phase changed.Kepler has located more than 1,200 planetary candidates in its field of view. Additional analysis will reveal whether any other unusually dark planets lurk in that data.TrES-2b orbits the star GSC 03549-02811, which is located about 750 light-years away in the direction of the constellation Draco. (One light-year is about 6 trillion miles.)This research has been accepted for publication in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and is available online.last_img read more

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Spinks fighting a different battle

first_imgFILE – In this June 12, 2011, file photo, former heavyweight boxing champion Leon Spinks waves during a Boxing Hall of Fame parade in Canastota, N.Y. Leon Spinks is in a Las Vegas hospital after a second operation for abdominal problems. The 61-year-old boxer who catapulted to fame by beating Muhammad Ali in 1978 had the second surgery in recent days after complications from the first emergency surgery. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) – Mr. T was his bodyguard, which right away tells you something about Leon Spinks and his brief yet wildly entertaining stint as the heavyweight champion of the world.Someone had to keep watch over Leon and his full length fur coat. Someone had to know where his false front teeth were, and Mr. T and his gold chains had yet to make it big in television.Ah, yes, the teeth. His ex-wife once had custody over one set of them during their divorce proceeding, and Leon lost another in a mugging in Detroit that also cost him the $45,000 fur coat.“I was trying to bite the guy and they came out and he stole them,” Spinks would say years later. “It’s so damn weird, people taking my teeth.”A lot of weird things happened to Spinks on his meteoric rise to the top and equally quick fall back down. So many that Spinks could be excused for not always flashing the gap-tooth smile that even Muhammad Ali found so endearing.He was still smiling just two years ago, as he went to find out the results of tests on his brain at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in this fighting town.“If it’s gonna be bad, don’t show me,” Spinks told the doctor, chuckling at the thought.It was bad, though that was probably little surprise to anyone around Spinks in recent years. The mood swings and worsening speech were caused by a shrinking of the brain, which was in turn likely caused by the punches Spinks took in the ring and the alcohol he drank outside of it.What was perhaps more surprising was that it wasn’t the punches to the head that finally put him in a Las Vegas hospital. He is there at the age of 61 trying to come back from not one, but two, emergency abdominal surgeries that had friends fearing the worst.“It’s going to be a long road ahead, but he’s strong and he’s starting to recover,” his wife, Brenda, said this week.Back when the heavyweight title really meant something, Spinks was perhaps the most unlikely story in a sport where unlikely stories abound. He was an Olympic gold medalist but had only seven pro fights when Ali – looking for a soft touch late in his career – picked him to challenge for the heavyweight title at the Las Vegas Hilton on Feb. 15, 1978.Spinks swears the story isn’t true, but it has become part of the Spinks lore. In the week before the fight, Ali rose early one morning as usual to do his roadwork. As the elevator door opened into the hotel lobby, there was Spinks, coming in from a night on the town with a woman on each arm.In his dressing room before the fight, a CBS executive asked Ali to let the bout go a few rounds so the prime-time television audience would have something to watch. They ended up getting 15 rounds of an energetic young Spinks wearing Ali down to win the heavyweight title in one of the great upsets in boxing history.Of course, it couldn’t last. Spinks wasn’t prepared for title or the lifestyle, and lost a decision to Ali in the rematch just seven months later before 63,350 at the Superdome in New Orleans.He got $125,000 for the first fight, $3.5 million for the second. The figures were just abstract numbers to Spinks, who blew through his big paydays and kept leaking cash in a career that went far too long before he finally retired in 1995 at the age of 42.Spinks ended up in Nebraska, working as a custodian at a YMCA and at McDonalds, where he earned minimum wage and 50 percent off all the Big Macs he could eat. He and Brenda moved to Las Vegas three years ago so he could try and make a living signing autographs at boxing shows.On that day at the clinic, Spinks shuffled slowly out of the facility and lit up a cigarette. No one walking by seemed to recognize him, despite the hat he was wearing that read “Leon Spinks, World Champ, 1978.”He had promised to do exercises for his balance and brain, though he wasn’t quite as forthcoming on cutting back on the alcohol.“My brain has got to let me know I’m doing all right,” Spinks said. “I’ve got to do things to help my brain now.”The words were hard to understand, even with his teeth in. But Spinks hadn’t really changed much since the night he shocked the world by beating the world’s greatest fighter.About the only thing different was Mr. T was nowhere to be seen.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http://twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more

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Five ‘Outstanding Saints’ to be Inducted into the Saint Martin’s Athletics…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s University will induct five people, including two former coaches, a pair of former basketball players and a longtime supporter, into the Athletics Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor on Saturday, Feb. 8, as part of the University’s Homecoming 2014 festivities scheduled for Feb. 7-9.The Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor Celebration is an annual event that recognizes those who have contributed to the excellence of the Saint Martin’s athletics program.A reception for the inductees will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference Center, in advance of the 5:15 p.m. start of the women’s basketball game in Marcus Pavilion against the University of Alaska.  A formal presentation will take place during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Central Washington University. That game begins at 7:30 p.m. in Marcus Pavilion.The 2014 inductees are as follows:Hall of HonorJoe Alongi (HS ’62, ’66 ) A dedicated supporter of Saints Athletics, Alongi has worked tirelessly to support Saint Martin’s in its efforts to strengthen intercollegiate athletics. He has chaired the Saint Martin’s University golf tournament for 27 years. In 1985, Alongi helped found the Saint Martin’s Athletic Foundation, which established funds for athletic scholarships and other needs of the athletic department. He also played an integral role in the development of Marcus Pavilion, purchasing 120 seats for the Pavilion’s remodel while his efforts allowed for the completion of the upstairs offices, which now house athletics staff, coaches and administration personnel.High School Hall of FameDale Behles (Head Boys’ Basketball Coach)Behles served as a teacher and coach at Saint Martin’s High School. During his first two years, he was an assistant coach under Monte Walker for both the football and basketball team while also coaching junior varsity basketball. In 1962, he became the varsity basketball coach and posted a record of 9-10. In his second season, his team finished with a record of 17-8 and earned a fourth-place finish at the state tournament. Behles’ third, and most successful, season ended with an 18-10 record and a third-place finish at the state tournament. In four seasons as head coach (1962-65), he posted a record of 51-41. Behles has the distinction of being the only coach at Saint Martin’s High School to guide a team to the state tournament. His teams were also the first in school history to win a league and regional championship.Hall of FameBeth (Layton) Jochim ’06  (Women’s Basketball)Layton was a three-year starter from 2003 to 2006, after transferring from the University of Texas-San Antonio. During her career, she scored 1,425 points, which ranks her second all-time at Saint Martin’s University and 11th in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. In the GNAC career record books, she holds the fourth-best scoring average (17.17 points per game), ranks third in three-point field goals made (228) and second in three-point field goals made per game (2.75). Beth was a three-time All-GNAC selection, earning first team honors as a senior, second team honors as a junior and honorable mention accolades as a sophomore. As a senior, she was named Daktronics second team all-region. She was also named CoSIDA first team academic all-district, as she led the conference in scoring at 20.3 points per game, which also ranked 14th in Division II. Beth has the distinction of holding SMU’s single-game record for three-point field goals made in a game (8).Brad Hooper (Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country / Track and Field Coach)Hooper introduced the cross country and track and field programs at Saint Martin’s, serving as head coach from 1996 to 2006, putting together an impressive résumé. He coached four Saints who have been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, including All-Americans Andy Prentice and Nate Carlson, as well as 12 GNAC individual champions, 46 All-GNAC athletes, the 2006 NCAA West Region Athlete of the Year, a GNAC Athlete of the Year, GNAC Championships Athlete of the Meet, Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Under Hooper’s guidance, the men’s track and field team placed 24th at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships. Academically, his teams were strong performers, yielding two NCAA post-graduate scholarship award winners, 10 top-five coaches association academic finishes, 11 coaches association Academic All-Americans and a CoSIDA Academic All-American. He also had 11 athletes on the GNAC all-time best list, four All-GNAC performers in cross country and two all-region performers.Chris McGee (Men’s Basketball)McGee was a member of the Saint Martin’s College men’s basketball team for three seasons, from 1978 to 1981. In his first season with the Saints he ranked third in the district in rebounding (9.4) and shot 52.9 percent from the field. As a junior during the 1979-80 season, McGee was named all-league and all-district, and finished the season ranked second in the district in rebounding (9.5), sixth in scoring (17.0) and seventh in field goal percentage (.592). That same season, he was named honorable mention Little All-Northwest. In his final season, McGee averaged 14.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, earning all-league, all-district and second team Little All-Northwest honors. He finished his career with 1,158 career points, 725 career rebounds and a 56.1 percent field goal percentage, which at the time of his induction ranks him 15th in all-time scoring, third in rebounding and fourth in field-goal percentage.Those wishing to attend the reception are asked to register in advance.last_img read more

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