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The New Indian Express | Express News Service  |    21st December 2016 |

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Now onwards, there won’t be separate entrance tests for various professional courses other than engineering. The state Cabinet on Tuesday decided that National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) rank list will be applicable for admissions to all professional courses excluding engineering. As per the Cabinet decision, admissions to various professional courses, including medical, ayush, agriculture, veterinary, fisheries and forestry will be made from NEET rank list from 2017-18 academic year onwards. Last year NEET rank list was made applicable for medical admissions. However later it was cancelled. The State Government will bear the treatment expenses of the two victims of ragging at Nattakom Polytechnic. The treatment expenses of Avinash and Shyju T Gopi will be given from Chief Minister’s distress relief fund.

Permission granted to create 105 posts in connection with opening medical oncology, surgical oncology and onco pathology wings at 5 government medical colleges – T’Puram, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Thrissur and Kozhikode. The posts include that of 50 doctors and 55 staff nurses. It will create an additional expenditure of Rs 8 crore to the exchequer. The Cabinet has decided to extend the moratorium for fishermen’s loans till December 31, 2017. The moratorium on repayment of loans taken by fishermen from various financial establishments was set to end on coming December 31. The government has decided to release three woman prisoners serving life term at the open jail for women. Based on the recommendation by the jail advisory board at the open jail, the Cabinet decided to recommend to the Governor for the premature release of three prisoners – Annamma, Lakshmi and Omana by fixing the period they served in prison as the jail term. –  Courtesy

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