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Woman falls prey to medical seat scam

By Shameen Alauddin and Mohammed Rumman

BANGALORE (Dec. 10)—A seat-buying scam has come to light at M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, in which a girl paid Rs.3.7 million to a consultancy company to pass the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT), but got duped even after clearing her secondary board exams and demanding her money back.

Piyali Ghoshali, a student from West Bengal, allegedly was promised by the accused, Chaitanya, that his coaching center, The Princeton Review, could help her pass the AIPMT, which would earn her a place in M.S. Ramaiah College.

Princeton Review is based in Malleswaram.

According to the norms of the medical entrance examinations held in India, one needs to first score a minimum of 60 percentage, in one’s 12th board exams, which are taken by 17-year-olds, and only then the person is eligible to sit for the AIMPT entrance.

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'Monetization of online content is a global problem'

By Supriya Kumarswamy

Amish Tripathi is an Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata (IIM-C) alumnus who wanted to be a historian. he won the Communicator of the Year Award 2014, instituted by the Public Relations Council of India (PRCI).

Author of the Shiva Trilogy (The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras), his first book series became the fastest selling in the history of Indian publishing.

Amish spoke to The SoftCopy on the relationship between religiosity and liberalism, unorthodox book promotional techniques, monetizing of digital content and a lot more.

   

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A Japan jaunt

Twelve students from the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media visited Japan from Dec. 1 to 9 as part of a cultural program sponsored by the Japanese government called Jenesys 2.0. A total  of about 150 journalism students and mentors from India and the Philippines were invited for the latest edition of the program.

The students stayed in Tokyo for a total of three days and in Oita Prefecture for four days. The trip included a home stay for two days with host families in Oita.

 

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