Submit objections to questions asked by evening: HC

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday directed all petitioners to submit their objections regarding questions asked in the preliminary examination of general studies and Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT) to the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) by evening.

The directions came from Justice A G Masih, who was hearing a bunch of petitions filed against PPSC preliminary examination. The bench added that those who fail to submit their objections, would not be heard on the next date of hearing February 11.

PPSC had issued advertisement on September 14, 2012 inviting online applications for 160 PCS posts. It conducted the preliminary exam on November 25 and declared the results on December 7. On November 27, PPSC had uploaded the questions and answer keys on its website and on November 29, issued notice inviting objections.

A counsel for the petitioners, D S Patwalia, told the court there was ambiguity as to how PPSC considered objections and observations received through 1,045 emails and 40 mails. Patwalia added that there are no rules that empowers PPSC to grant grace marks to students, as it did in six wrong questions.

On perusal of the emails and mails, it was found that there were queries related to 83 questions in Paper I and 81 in Paper II.

Auction of mines in Punjab on February 14

The Punjab government Thursday told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that it is going to hold auction of 13 mines of sand and gravel on February 14 but sought more time to decide on brick earth and ordinary earth mines. Meanwhile, the Haryana government apprised the court that it had modified rules under Section 15 of Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act. The court also asked the NHAI if it wanted to participate in the auction process.

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