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Centre to conduct NEET examination in Urdu from academic year 2018-2019: Supreme Court

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New Delhi, April 13, 2017: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to conduct NEET examination in Urdu from academic year 2018-2019 onwards but ruled out holding the entrance exam in the language this year.

The bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar directed that NEET entrance exam be held in Urdu this year after CBSE told the court that it was extremely difficult to hold the exam in Urdu this year.

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“We direct the Union of India to include Urdu as a language in NEET examination from academic session 2018-19 onwards,” the bench said in its order, which came on a petition by filed by the Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO).

The possibility of holding a supplementary exam for admission to the current academic year too was ruled out.

At present the NEET is conducted in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Telegu, Tamil, Bengal, Oriya and Assamese.

It was in March this year that the top court had asked the Centre, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Dental Council of India (DCI) to respond to a plea by the SIO for holding NEET examinations in Urdu also.

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The government on Thursday told the court that the brochure for NEET 2017-18 was issued in January and the SIO approached the court in the February thus, making it difficult for the language to be introduced this year.

“In the first hearing we had said that it will be difficult this year and we will do it from next year”, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told the court. (IANS)

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Researchers Develop New App to Detect Twitter Bots in Any Language

According to the researchers, the app is light, making it possible to classify vast amounts of data quickly and relatively efficiently

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Researchers have developed a new application that uses Machine Learning (ML) to detect Twitter bots in any language.

The study presented at the fourth conference of Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries shows that the application is able to detect auto-generated tweets independent of the language used.

“This enhances the quality of data and paints a more accurate picture of the reality,” said Mikko Laitinen, Professor at the University of Eastern Finland.

In recent years, big data from various social media applications have turned the web into a user-generated repository of information in the ever-increasing number of areas, said the researchers.

Twitter has become a popular source of data for investigations of a number of phenomena Because of the relatively easy access to tweets and their meta-data.

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Twitter Bots are non-personal and automated accounts that post content to online social networks.

It has been estimated that around 5 to 10 per cent of all users are bots and these accounts generate about 20-25 per cent of all tweets posted.

For the study, the researchers analysed 15,000 tweets in Finnish, Swedish and English. Finnish and Swedish were mainly used for training, whereas tweets in English were used to evaluate the language independence of the application.

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According to the researchers, the app is light, making it possible to classify vast amounts of data quickly and relatively efficiently.

“Bots are relatively harmless, whereas trolls do harm as they spread fake news and come up with made-up stories. This is why there’s a need for increasingly advanced tools for social media monitoring”, said Laitinen. (IANS)