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PMC to give grace marks to MDCAT candidates

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  • Grace marks to be given for wrong and out of course wrong questions.
  • Commission conveys instructions to VC of all universities taking test.
  • PMC to release results in a week.

KARACHI: After having mistakes identified, the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) Tuesday decided to give grace marks to candidates who gave the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT).

Dr Noshad Ahmad Shaikh, the president of Pakistan Medical Commission, said that complaints by candidates were analysed during the PMC’s meeting in which it was decided that grace marks will be given for wrong questions as well as those out of course.

The PMC has conveyed the instructions to vice-chancellors of all universities taking the test.

The commission will release complete MDCAT results in a week’s time.

A day earlier, over 0.204 million candidates sat for MDCAT through the federal and provincial public sector universities, the PMC said.

According to Dr Noshad, 204,253 youth appeared in the test, including 203,791 across the countrywide centres and 461 in those of the UAE and Saudia Arabia.

The minimum passing percentage in the paper-based MDCAT is 65 for admission to medical colleges and 55 for admission to dental colleges.

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Train hits dumper at Gojra level crossing

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At an unmanned level crossing in Gojra late on Sunday night, a train carrying two Rehman Baba Express drivers was injured when it struck a dumper.

Rehman Baba Express struck a dumper at Gojra level crossing No. 99 while traveling from Peshawar to Karachi, according to details. Two train drivers were stranded inside the debris, and the train’s engine sustained significant damage in the crash.

When rescue personnel arrived, they broke the engine’s body to free the drivers who were still in critical condition. All of the passengers were safe throughout the collision, according to railway authorities.

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PTI to abstain from voting in Senate chairman and deputy elections

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The election of the Senate’s chairman and deputy chairman is going to be boycotted by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The PTI’s political and core committee declares that it is unlawful to elect the Senate’s chairman and deputy chairman. The party has chosen to file a legal challenge to the election.

The sources from the core committee claimed that the election of the chairman and deputy chairman was unlawful and that the House of Federation was incomplete.

The constitutional plan was also violated by the Senate election that took place without Khyber Pakhtunkhwa senators being elected. According to sources, the Senate was not operating without a chairman.

The Senate Secretariat was only able to make administrative decisions. The source stated that the Senate secretary was not authorized to interpret the Constitution on his own while under duress and that the Upper House was only able to function as one department in the absence of the Senate chairman.

They said that this was the first time in a democratic regime that the Senate had stopped operating.

The PTI claimed that individuals responsible for the upper house’s non-functioning should face consequences for trampling on the constitutional structure.

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There won’t be a total solar eclipse today in Pakistan.

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This Wednesday will be the first full solar eclipse of the year. But it won’t be visible in Asia.

Around 11:07 am PDT, or 9:07 pm local time in Pakistan, the eclipse will initially be visible near the Pacific Coast of Mexico. After that, the eclipse will pass through a large region of the United States, from Texas to Maine, and into Canada.

The total eclipse will last for four minutes, and the eclipse will continue for five hours and ten minutes.

The eclipse will proceed into Texas, passing through over a dozen states before reaching southern Ontario in Canada, according to NASA. At around 5:16 p.m. NDT, the eclipse will leave mainland North America and go out of Newfoundland, Canada.

According to NASA, there is a path where the eclipse will be visible in its entirety, and outside of this area, spectators may notice a partial eclipse, in which the moon covers part of the sun but not all of it.

In the ensuing two decades, there won’t be another full solar eclipse. On October 2, South America will witness the second solar eclipse of the year. Yet it will just be a portion of it.

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