Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug) HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgUmeme Limited (UMEME.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug)  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileUmeme Limited supplies and distributes electricity in Uganda. It is the main electricity distribution company in the region; operating and maintaining a distribution network of some 31 790 kilometres of medium and low voltage electricity lines as well as providing after-sales services to its customers. Umeme Limited supplies electricity for domestic, commercial, industrial and public works usage, and is responsible for the purchase of electricity for Independent Power Producers. Umeme Limited is a subsidiary of Umeme Holdings; which is a subsidiary of Actis Infrastructure 2LP. Umeme Limited took over the supply and distribution of electricity in Uganda from UEDCL under a 20-year concession period. Umeme Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Forget Bitcoin! I’d buy FTSE 100 bargains to get rich and retire early

first_img Peter Stephens has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Peter Stephens | Sunday, 12th April, 2020 See all posts by Peter Stephens The FTSE 100’s crash in recent weeks means now could be the right time to buy high-quality stocks for the long run. In many cases, they’re likely to survive the prospective global recession caused by coronavirus. In the coming years, they look set to deliver share price recoveries. 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Loma House / Iván Quizhpe Arquitectos

first_imgSave this picture!© Sebastián Crespo+ 21 Share Loma House / Iván Quizhpe ArquitectosSave this projectSaveLoma House / Iván Quizhpe Arquitectos Loma House / Iván Quizhpe Arquitectos ArchDaily Photographs Architects: Iván Quizhpe Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/562348/loma-house-ivan-andres-quizhpe Clipboard Houses CopyHouses•Cuenca, Ecuador Ecuador Projects Area:  540 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” 2013 “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/562348/loma-house-ivan-andres-quizhpe Clipboard Photographs:  Sebastián CrespoSave this picture!© Sebastián CrespoText description provided by the architects. The building involved is a rural traditional house of the twentieth century. It was inventoried by the National Institute of Cultural Heritage (Instituto Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural, INPC). It’s situated in the highest part of a property with a steep angle in the area of San Joaquin. This is a historically known farming place that provides with vegetables to the city of Cuenca.Save this picture!© Sebastián CrespoThe proposal is based on the reuse of the existing structure and the re-functionality of the areas in order to generate habitability and comfort conditions that modern living style demands.Save this picture!© Sebastián CrespoThis project rescues the traditional construction in adobe by applying traditional techniques that start from the experience and is supported by its unceasing recurrence. Existing materials such as rock, dirt, eucalyptus wood, hay and reed have been reutilized in order to rehabilitate the original structure. At the same time, for the re-functionality of the areas, new elements are incorporated.  These are industrialized materials such as steel and glass, able to show the new from the existing one. The consolidation of platforms outstands in the intervention of the exterior areas. These are built with the rock extracted from the same property generating its own raw material. Elements such as walls and native vegetation respect the collective memory and contribute to the landscape.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe program is divided into two main areas defined by the privacy grade and connected through the patio. The single-storey block holds more social areas, living rooms; dining room and barbeque are in the porch. Meanwhile, the woodstove and wood oven are situated in the old kitchen that outstands for its pre existing patina. The two-storey block contains more private areas such as living rooms, dining room, kitchen, office, library, bedrooms and service. Almost all of the furniture is specially designed for this house.  Save this picture!© Sebastián CrespoA glass façade is placed before the interior galleries in order to increase thermal comfort in the areas as well as to protect the wooden structure from the rain and wind. These are the main atmospheric phenomena that were responsible of the deterioration stage which this house presented before it was renovated.Save this picture!SectionThe patio is defined by a water mirror which contains river rock and from where an Arupo tree outstands. Since this is an area where the house visually opens up, this is considered as an element that evokes nature and inserts it in the home.Save this picture!© Sebastián CrespoProject gallerySee allShow lessAustralian Institute of Architects Announce 2014 National AwardsArchitecture NewsVideo: Bjarke Ingels on the Power of ArchitectureVideos Share CopyAbout this officeIván Quizhpe ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCuencaEcuadorPublished on November 05, 2014Cite: “Loma House / Iván Quizhpe Arquitectos” 05 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Aquno Select M81Vinyl Walls3MVinyl Finishes in HealthPartners Regions HospitalPartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD19SkylightsLAMILUXFlat Roof Exit Comfort DuoMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Atelier Zimmerlistrasse OfficeStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Iron Moss – Iron CollectionCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Facade in Manchester HospitalWoodBlumer LehmannConsulting and Engineering in Wood ProjectsGlassBendheimLuminous Mirrored GlassWire MeshTwentinoxMetal Mesh – Golf Romeo 7More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Charity launches loyalty card

first_imgCharity launches loyalty card The £5 is redeemable against any merchandise within our shops, including clothes, furniture, CDs and books and can be used at any of our shops across Northern Ireland.  16 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF) is introducing a new Loyalty Card Scheme for customers who use the charity’s network of shops across Northern Ireland. UCF has ten shops, with a further two shops planned to open before the end of the year.Hilary Scott, UCF Shops Co-Ordinator said, We have many loyal shop customers who have supported us over the years. We wanted to say a big thank you to them so we’re introducing a Loyalty Card Scheme which will reward them every time they shop with us.Loyalty Cards are available at all our shops from the end of June and we would encourage customers to pick one up as soon as possible. For every £2 spent in one of our shops, customers will collect a Loyalty Card stamp and once a customer collects 20 stamps, they will be entitled to £5 off their next purchase. Advertisement Tagged with: Irelandcenter_img Howard Lake | 19 June 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

NESTA offers £1 million for groups tackling climate change

first_imgNESTA offers £1 million for groups tackling climate change AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis One overall winner will then be announced. NESTA expect the majority of the prize fund to go to this winner, with the remaining prize money distributed to runners-up at the discretion of the judges. The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) is offering £1 million for organisations that can demonstrate new ways to tackle climate change. The Big Green Challenge will run over two years and aims to “encourage new approaches and solutions to climate change”.The £1 million prize fund is open only to organisations or groups of people. Each group or organisation entering the competition will need to be formally constituted as not-for-profit.The competition will be open for applications from January to the end of February 2008. Ten shortlisted organisations will then be selected, and they will have a year to put their approach into practice to demonstrate the reduction in CO2 emissions, from October 2008 to October 2009. Finalists will receive up to £20,000 each plus advice. Advertisement Howard Lake | 9 November 2007 | News  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Brooklyn, N.Y., organizers fight gentrification

first_imgA forum on Nov. 17 at Brooklyn’s Central Library was packed with at least 120 supporters of the anti-gentrification fight. It was the second in a series of discussions on this topic. The speakers included Alicia Boyd, Imani Henry, Nicole Marwell and Morgan Mumsey. They recalled decades of civil rights struggles against racist Brooklyn landlords and redlining battles regarding housing, as well as discrimination in jobs and schools.The speakers offered relevant information, including the complicated steps the ruling class takes to obtain gentrification, which has left downtown Brooklyn and other communities infested with luxury high-rises. The low-to-middle-income residents are priced out of the neighborhood as wealthy corporations, real estate developers and landlords favor renting, selling and catering to high-income people. Their luxury means displacement of poor and working-class families, leaving them without available, affordable housing. It is a great loss, especially for communities of color who have called their Brooklyn neighborhoods home for generations.Two of the community organizers encouraged all to join the fight to maintain affordable housing. Boyd, of the Movement to Protect the People, organizes weekly meetings, along with door-to-door outreach to explain and expose gentrification and the local politicians who allow it. The group uses town hall meetings, protests and legal means for their popular struggle.Imani Henry, of Equality for Flatbush, a grass-roots group that has multiple campaigns to fight for affordable housing and against police repression, told the gathering: “We are building a gentrification resistance movement. We encourage and will fight alongside residents to sue their landlords to win justice for people, to surround a neighbor whose family is being evicted and help put their things back in the house, to have marches and rallies and do whatever it takes to keep people in their homes. The 1% want to turn our community into playgrounds for the rich, but we say we’re not giving up Brooklyn without a fight!”Both Boyd and Henry received strong, enthusiastic support in the anti-gentrification fight.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Fight to save Milwaukee public schools

first_imgPhoto: weac.orgParents, students, educators and community members held a school defense action at Milwaukee’s Auer Elementary School on May 27. Hundreds locked arms and surrounded Auer, saying, “Hands off our locally controlled public schools and public education!”The right-wing Wisconsin State Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker are now allegedly debating the 2015-17 state budget. This legislation contains some of the most vicious attacks in the history of the state in many areas, particularly public education. Hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts for K-12 and higher education and expanding voucher schools statewide are top budget austerity goals.The proposed Milwaukee plan would take over so-called “failing” schools in the Milwaukee Public School system and hand them over to capitalist corporations to operate. The “Opportunity Schools Partnership Program” (OSPP) would be run by a commissioner to be appointed by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, a leading capitalist in the Wisconsin Democratic Party. The commissioner would have parallel authority with the elected Milwaukee Public School Board and would be accountable only to the county executive.The 55 schools listed as potential targets have predominantly Black or Latino/a student populations and are in parts of the city devastated by decades of deindustrialization and lack of social-safety nets.All MPS workers at schools taken over would be fired and forced to reapply for their jobs. They would have to waive their right to be represented by a union in order to be considered for rehire. (fightbacknews.org, May 20)In Milwaukee, a city with a majority of people of color, the proposed state budget contains provisions modeled after austerity legislation and policies enacted in other cities with large African-American populations, such as Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia.Right-wing think tanks like Americans For Prosperity, Heritage Foundation, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, MacIver Institute and other Wall Street forces are behind the attacks on public education.The Milwaukee Teacher Education Association is a leading force in the fight against the OSPP plan, as are the Schools and Communities United Coalition and youth organizations such as Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES). The week of June 1 these and other supporters of public education are joining together in a series of mass direct actions to demand the OSPP and all other austerity provisions be taken out of the state budget.Organizers are also asking supporters to sign a petition targeting State Senator Alberta Darling. The senator, a longtime suburban politician and opponent of poor and working people, is a supporter of the scheme to take over the Milwaukee Public Schools. She will be getting a visit June 4 from Milwaukee residents who will have a mass protest where they will deliver the petitions to her. Sign the petition here: bit.ly/1GxcDXB.For more information, facebook.com/pages/Stop-the-Takeover-of-MPS; facebook.com/YESstudents; and wibailoutpeople.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

RSF explains withdrawal of release about Jumpei Yasuda

first_img Receive email alerts RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News News February 3, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa On 28 December, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) removed a six-day-old press release from its website that was about Jumpei Yasuda, a Japanese journalist held hostage in Syria since July. RSF posted a brief note the same day saying the release “was not drafted according to normal procedure and was not sufficiently verified.”An investigation had established that, contrary to RSF’s internal rules, information in the release was unfortunately based on a single source in the absence of certainty that the source obtained the information at first hand. Some of the statements made in the release should therefore not have been published.“On behalf of RSF, I offer my most sincere apologies to Jumpei Yasuda’s family, friends and colleagues, and to the Japanese media and public,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.RSF would also like to deny the far-fetched claims that the release was withdrawn at the request of the Japanese authorities or as a result of pressure from them.RSF believes that Yasuda’s situation deserved to be brought to the public’s attention. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria to go further Organisation center_img Help by sharing this information March 8, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News Follow the news on Syria January 6, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF explains withdrawal of release about Jumpei Yasudalast_img read more

Court upholds withdrawal of ABC’s licence, says group’s president tried to mislead it

first_imgNews Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Receive email alerts Organisation July 15, 2020 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific November 2, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court upholds withdrawal of ABC’s licence, says group’s president tried to mislead it Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Reporters Without Borders condemns the Sri Lankan supreme court’s decision yesterday upholding the withdrawal of the Asia Broadcasting Corporation’s licence on the grounds that its president, Reno Silva, gave the court false information with the aim of misleading it. The court also ordered the information ministry not to give ABC a new licence.After being found in contempt of court, Silva was released on bail of 250,000 Rupees (1,600 euros) and was ordered to present arguments, under oath, by 26 November as to why he should not be sentenced.___________________________________________________________26.10.2007Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the information ministry’s decision last night to suspend the licence of five radio stations (Sun FM, Gold FM, Hiru FM, Shaa FM and Sooriyan FM) belonging to the Asia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), an independent media group, for broadcasting an erroneous report.“We strongly condemn the government’s punitive measures against the ABC group and we call for the immediate reinstatement of its licence,” the press freedom organisation said. “We regret that the ABC network did not take more care with its sources, but that should under no circumstances be used by the government as a pretext for a form of censorship.”ABC’s licence was suspended after it broadcast a report that residents in the village of Ranminitenna, in the southern Tissamaharama area, had panicked on hearing that Tamil rebels were about to arrive. The report turned out incorrect, and ABC apologised as soon as it discovered this.The group’s license was suspended after the information ministry carried out an investigation at President Mahinda Rajapakse’s behest.ABC has reputation for reporting and editorials critical of the government. N. Kurupharan, the director of one its stations, Sooriyan FM (one of the two most important Tamil-language radio stations in Sri Lanka), was kidnapped for 13 hours in August 2006. At the beginning of last year, ABC was threatened by members of the government to stop it broadcasting interviews with rebel chiefs.Meanwhile, reporter Arthur Wamanan of the Sunday Leader newspaper has been detained since 24 October after reporting that enterprise development minister Mano Wijeratne got the National Gem Authority to pay his wife’s mobile phone roaming charges. The minister claimed that Wamanan tried to blackmail him before writing the story. The newspaper’s editor said Wamanan simply called the minister to get his comments before completing the report, which was published on 21 October. Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img News July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific January 13, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en News Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Follow the news on Sri Lankalast_img read more

Supreme Court Lowers NEET 2020 Qualifying Cut Off By 10 Percentile For Admission To First Year BDS Course For Year 2020-2021

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Lowers NEET 2020 Qualifying Cut Off By 10 Percentile For Admission To First Year BDS Course For Year 2020-2021 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 Feb 2021 6:45 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court directed that the vacant seats in first year BDS course for the year 2020-2021 shall be filled up from the candidates who have participated in the NEET (UG) courses for the year 2020-2021 after lowering the percentile mark by 10 percentile.The bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Krishna Murari observed that lowering the minimum marks and reducing percentile…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 Supreme Court directed that the vacant seats in first year BDS course for the year 2020-2021 shall be filled up from the candidates who have participated in the NEET (UG) courses for the year 2020-2021 after lowering the percentile mark by 10 percentile.The bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Krishna Murari observed that lowering the minimum marks and reducing percentile for admission to the first-year BDS course would not amount to lowering the standards of education.National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test (NEET) examination 2020 for admission to the first year of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) conducted on 13-09-2020. Dental Council of India, recommended the lowering of qualifying cut off percentile for admission to BDS course for the academic year 2020-2021. The candidates who did not obtain the minimum marks prescribed by Sub-Regulation (ii) of Regulation II of the Dental Council of India, Revised BDS Course Regulations, 2007 approached the Apex Court aggrieved by non-acceptance of their representation seeking a lower cut-off.While considering their plea, the court noted that in 2019, the Centre had lowered the qualifying cut off percentile for NEET (UG) 2019 for admission to BDS course by 10.00 percentile for each category. The court also noted the three reasons given for the decision not to lower minimum marks: 1) the ratio of available seats vis-à-vis eligible candidates is 1:7 and therefore there is no dearth of eligible candidates.2) there is no need to reduce the minimum mark is that there are sufficient number of Dentists in India. 3) Lack of keenness of students to join BDS, especially in private colleges which charge exorbitant fee, as they are interested in MBBS course. Disagreeing with these reasons given by the Centre, the bench observed thus:”The stand of the Central Government is that there are seven candidates available for each seat and, therefore, there is no need to lower the minimum marks. This calculation of the first Respondent is without taking into account the fact that NEET (UG) 2020 is conducted for admission into different courses like MBBS, BDS, UG AYUSH and other medical courses. Admissions for UG AYUSH and other UG medical courses are included in the NEET for the first time from this year. That apart, it is clear from the letter of the Dental Council of India that NEET has been made mandatory for admission to AIIMS and AIIMS like institutions and ZIPMER. Hitherto, AIIMS and AIIMS like institutions and other institutions like ZIPMER were conducting their own separate entrance test. The total number of seats available for the academic year 2020-2021 for MBBS are 91,367, BDS are 26,949 and AYUSH are 52,720 making it a total of 1,71,036 seats. Whereas, the NEET qualified candidates are 7,71,500. The ratio of seats available vis-à-vis eligible students is 1 : 4.5 and not 7. The basis for the decision to not reduce minimum marks that there are sufficient eligible candidates is without considering the above vital facts. The decision which materially suffers from the blemish of overlooking or ignoring, wilfully or otherwise, vital facts  bearing on the decision is bad in law4 . The decision of the first respondent was propelled by extraneous considerations like sufficient number of Dentists being available in the country and the reasons for which students were not inclined to get admitted to BDS course which remits in the decision being unreasonable. Consideration of factors other than availability of eligible students would be the result of being influenced by irrelevant or extraneous matters. There is an implicit obligation on the decision maker to apply his mind to pertinent and proximate matters only, eschewing the irrelevant and the remote. The first Respondent reduced the minimum marks for admission into first-year BDS course for the year 2019-2020 in consultation with the second Respondent. In spite of the recommendation made by the second Respondent to reduce the minimum marks for the year 2020-2021, the first Respondent deemed it fit not to lower the minimum marks for the current year. While arriving at a decision on 30.12.2020 not to lower the minimum marks it does not appear that the first Respondent has consulted the second Respondent in accordance with the proviso to Sub-Regulation (ii) of the Regulation II. There is no dispute that the minimum marks have been reduced by the first Respondent for the super speciality courses for the last year and AYUSH courses for the current year. If reducing minimum marks amounts to lowering the standards, the first Respondent would not do so for super speciality courses. We are in agreement with Mr. Maninder Singh, learned Senior Counsel for the Petitioners that lowering the minimum marks and reducing percentile for admission to the first-year BDS course would not amount to lowering the standards of education.”Managements of private Dental Colleges shall consider reducing the fee charged by them to encourage students to join the CollegesThe Court agreed with the Centre’s contention that fee charged by the private dental colleges is a deterrent for the seats not being filled up. “Only 265 out of 7,000 seats are vacant in government colleges. All the other unfilled seats are in private Dental colleges. The Managements of private Dental Colleges shall consider reducing the fee charged by them to encourage students to join the Colleges”, the court said.In this context, the bench observed that the Judicial review of administrative action is permissible on grounds of illegality, irrationality and procedural impropriety and an administrative decision is flawed if it is illegal. The court said:”A decision is illegal if it pursues an objective other than that for which the power to make the decision was conferred . There is no unfettered discretion in public law . Discretion conferred on an authority has to be necessarily exercised only for the purpose provided in a Statute. The discretion exercised by the decision maker is subject to judicial scrutiny if a purpose other than a specified purpose is pursued. If the authority pursues unauthorized purposes his decision is rendered illegal. If irrelevant considerations are taken into account for reaching the decision or relevant considerations have been ignored, the decision stands vitiated as the decision maker has misdirected himself in law.”Allowing the writ petition, the bench issued the following direction:”We direct that the vacant seats in first year BDS course for the year 2020-2021 shall be filled up from the candidates who have participated in the NEET (UG) courses for the year 2020-2021 after lowering the percentile mark by 10 percentile. The candidates belonging to the general category who have secured 40 percentile shall be eligible to be considered for admission in the first year BDS course for the year 2020-2021. Likewise, students belonging to the SC/ST/OBC categories shall be qualified if they have secured 30 percentile. In so far as General candidates with bench mark disabilities specified under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, they would be eligible if they have secured 35 percentile. The admissions shall be made strictly in accordance with merit and the admission process shall be completed by 18.02.2021. Any other student who has qualified in NEET (UG) – 2020 even without lowering the minimum marks and is willing to participate in the admission process shall also be considered for admission to BDS course.”CASE: Harshit Agarwal vs Union of India [Writ Petition (C) No.54 of 2021]CORAM:  Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Krishna MurariCOUNSEL: Sr. Adv Maninder Singh, Adv Krishna Dev Jagarlamudi, ASG Aishwarya BhatiCITATION: LL 2021 SC 69Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more