A man shows a flip-flop with concealed bluetooth device (L) and a flip-flop with concealed bluetooth device in this combination photo taken in Rajasthan, India, on Sunday. AFP
Cribbing has long been a problem in India and, for Sunday's government exams involving 1.6 million students in Rajasthan state, police had permission to snap mobile Internet access while the tests lasted.
But one group planned to get around this with devices hidden in the soles of their flip-flops that could receive ordinary calls, which would be transmitted wirelessly to tiny receivers hidden in their ears.
The plan was for accomplices outside to call the hidden contraptions and dictate the correct answers to the exams, said Priti Chandra, a police official in the western city of Bikaner.
But the group of would-be teachers were arrested acting suspiciously outside the examination hall on the evening before the exams and the devices in their footwear were discovered.
"We were aware of the possibility of cheating but we thought it would be a question paper leak or someone would use the Internet, which is why it was restricted in many cities," Chandra said. "But this was a totally new modus operandi. (They) are getting so tech savvy."
Investigations revealed that at least 25 students had bought these flip-flops from a gang for Rs600,000 ($8,100) per pair.
The information was shared with several other districts in time for the exams and many centres asked the students to remove their footwear outside the examination hall.
"In one case we caught a student after the exam and had to take him to a doctor to identify and remove the Bluetooth device from his ear," Chandra said.
Cheating is rife in India's highly competitive government, university and even school examinations and authorities have struggled with ever-more sophisticated methods to help people pass.
These include professionals who earn a living impersonating others and taking exams in their place, to gangs stealing or illegally procuring exam papers and then selling them.
In a shock development, an SUV filled with at least 20 gelatin sticks was found abandoned outside Antilia, the lavish multi-storied home of billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani, on Thursday evening, officials said.
The Delhi Police took the principal on custody of a school in south Delhi on charges of repeatedly raping and threatening the woman for two years.
Vikas Dubey snatched a revolver from officers after their vehicle overturned on a highway near the northern Indian city of Kanpur and tried to flee, said police officer Mohit Aggarwal. He said Dubey died in an exchange of gunfire.
Sources familiar with the details of the accident said that it occurred on Monday afternoon, as a result of a malfunction in the bus's brakes, which led it to collide with a bridge, according to local media.
Mariam Al Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the Arab League, represented the UAE during the signing ceremony.
They prayed to Allah Almighty to perpetuate the blessings of security and stability, and to revisit the fasting month with more goodness, progress, and prosperity for the UAE and its people.
Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter, “Today, I was briefed, accompanied by my brother, the President of the State, may God preserve him, on the ongoing preparations in the country to host the COP28 Conference of the Parties, in which 70,000 people from 198 countries are expected to participate. Our national team is ready. Protect the planet.”