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Kerala rains: Toll rises to 15 in Idukki landslide, 50 people feared trapped; govt to foot medical bills of injured

Kerala's Idukki, Wayanad, Palakkad get heavy rainfall; IMD issues orange alert for six districts

Kerala’s Idukki, Wayanad, Palakkad get heavy rainfall; IMD issues orange alert for six districts

Chief Minister Pinarayi VIjayan has urged citizens to remain vigilant after the IMD issued orange alerts for Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, Kasaragod, and Idukki districts from 4 to 8 August

Centre tells 16 districts in Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana to raise COVID-19 testing amid high mortality rate

COVID-19 as fatal as ever, warns Narendra Modi; despite increased testing, curbing spread remains tricky

COVID-19 as fatal as ever, warns Narendra Modi; despite increased testing, curbing spread remains tricky

India’s grim situation COVID-19 was underlined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann ki Baat speech on Sunday, when he said, “COVID-19 is as fatal as it was in the beginning.”

Kozhikode plane crash: 16 dead, several injured as Air India Express flight IX-1344 bringing Indians home breaks into two while landing

Kerala's Idukki, Wayanad, Palakkad get heavy rainfall; IMD issues orange alert for six districts

Kerala’s Idukki, Wayanad, Palakkad get heavy rainfall; IMD issues orange alert for six districts

Chief Minister Pinarayi VIjayan has urged citizens to remain vigilant after the IMD issued orange alerts for Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, Kasaragod, and Idukki districts from 4 to 8 August

Air India Express flight from Dubai skids off runway after landing at Kozhikode airport; list of 190 passengers onboard



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Air India Express flight from Dubai skids off runway after landing at Kozhikode airport; list of 190 passengers onboard

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Plus One Result 2020 Kerala: DHSE Kerala declares +1 results; check at keralaresults.nic.in

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Plus One Result 2020 Kerala: DHSE Kerala declares +1 results; check at keralaresults.nic.in

Plus One Result 2020 Kerala | 400,000 students appeared for the DHSE Kerala Board Plus One examinations 2020. Students can check their marks on alternative websites like dhsekerala.gov.in and examresults.net.


Kerala's Idukki, Wayanad, Palakkad get heavy rainfall; IMD issues orange alert for six districts

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Kerala’s Idukki, Wayanad, Palakkad get heavy rainfall; IMD issues orange alert for six districts

Chief Minister Pinarayi VIjayan has urged citizens to remain vigilant after the IMD issued orange alerts for Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, Kasaragod, and Idukki districts from 4 to 8 August


Remote village in Kerala's Wayanad emerges as COVID-19 hotspot with nearly 200 cases

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Remote village in Kerala’s Wayanad emerges as COVID-19 hotspot with nearly 200 cases

The origin of the outbreak has been traced to seven members belonging to two families, related to each other. All had tested positive after attending a funeral of a relative who died of COVID-19 recently

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SC rejects Centre’s plea to end trial of Italian marines who killed two Indian fishermen in 2012

SC rejects Centre’s plea to end trial of Italian marines who killed two Indian fishermen in 2012

Chief Justice of India SA Bobde told solicitor general Tushar Mehta to let Italy pay compensation to the victims’ families, after which the court (may or will?) allow the withdrawal of case against the marines



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Kerala plane crash: 16 dead after Air India plane breaks in two at Calicut

The flight was repatriating nearly 200 people stranded by the coronavirus crisis in the Middle East.

Karnataka govt issues revised guidelines for international returnees: Here’s what you need to know

Karnataka government on Friday issued revised guidelines for international returnees. According to the revised guidelines, travellers are required to submit a self-declaration form at least 72 hours before the date of travel. The state government has also asked passengers to follow physical distancing of two metres while deboarding the plane.Revised guidelines:1. All travellers shall submit a self-declaration form on the Yatri Karnataka online portal (http://www,covidwar.karnataka.gov.in or http://parihara.kaarnateka.gov.in/service38/) at least 72 hours before the scheduled date of travel.2. Business/short term travellers who come with a negative RT-PCR test report to be exempted from quarantine. The report should be produced upon arrival.Also readKarnataka rains: CM Yediyurappa asks ministers to tour rain-hit areas, sanctions Rs 50 crore3. All passengers shall download the Aarogya Setu app, Quarantine Watch app and Apthamitra app on their mobile devices.4. At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board after thermal screening.5. During boarding, all possible measures for physical distancing and provision of hand sanitisers shall be ensured.6. Deboarding should be done by ensuring physical distancing of two meters.7. The self-declaration form shall be obtained from each passenger in duplicate.Karnataka has 77,686 active cases of the virus with 84,232 recovered and 2,998 deaths so far.
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NIA court in Guwahati rejects bail plea of activist Akhil Gogoi

A Special NIA Court in Guwahati on Friday rejected the bail plea of activist Akhil Gogoi who has been jailed for allegedly inciting people during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Assam. According to NIA, the case pertains to a larger conspiracy hatched by CPI (Maoist) wherein Akhil Gogoi and other accused persons intentionally conspired, and incited acts preparatory to the commission of terrorist acts.”The conspiracy included disrupting supplies & services essential to the life of the community and causing damage and destruction of public & private property aimed at striking terror in a section of people of India. Accused Akhil Gogoi and others have used the passage of Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament as an opportunity to further the Maoist agenda and to promote enmity between different groups and to do acts, prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, thus endangering security & sovereignty of the State.” the NIA claimed. A charge-sheet was filed against Akhil Gogoi and other accused persons on May 29, 2020. Gogoi had applied for bail in NIA court on July 9. After hearing the arguments on bail petition for 10 days, the NIA court, in its 45-pages order, rejected the bail petition.The court said in its order that it cannot be said that the accusations against Akhil Gogoi are wholly improbable. Akhil Gogoi will now move the Gauhati High Court, his lawyer told reporters. A peasant leader, Gogoi was arrested on December 12 last year as a preventive measure amid protests against the CAA in Assam. Later, a case was registered against him and he was subsequently handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The NIA, which is probing the cases related to violence in the northeastern state, had earlier also conducted raids at Gogoi`s residence in Guwahati.Akhil Gogoi is an active leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) which is a peasant organisation based in Assam.
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Noida Police bans drones in city for two days in view of Yogi’s visit

Gautam Buddh Nagar has banned the flying of drones in the district for two days – August 7 and 8 – in view of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s visit to Noida on Saturday. Yogi will inaugurate a new COVID-19 government hospital in Sector 39 amid the rising cases of coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh. According to an order issued by the district police, any person found flying an aerial object like drone will be prosecuted under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Section 188 IPC covers offences related to “contempt of the lawful authority of public servants” and deals with the offence of disobedience to an order duly passed by a public servant.Yogi reached Noida on Friday evening. The visit by the chief minister comes as 4,404 fresh cases pushed the infection tally in the state to 1,13,378. The death toll due to COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh reached 1,981 on Friday after a record 63 people succumbed to the disease. Earlier on Friday, Yogi held a meeting with senior officials on the issue. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said directions have been issued to activate integrated command and control centres in districts and DMs have been asked to take regular meetings twice a day with their CDOs, CMOs, SPs for reviewing the ongoing work.The CM has directed director general fire services to ensure fire safety measures in all COVID hospitals.The chief minister has also asked for maintaining special vigil in Lucknow, Kanpur Nagar, Varanasi, Azamgarh, Prayagraj, Gorakhpur and Bareilly districts.
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Indian Army denies conducting flag march in Assam’s Sonitpur after clashes over Ram temple celebration

Ayodhya Ram Mandir bhumi pujan: Narendra Modi likens fight for temple to freedom struggle, says Ram belongs to all

Ayodhya Ram Mandir bhumi pujan: Narendra Modi likens fight for temple to freedom struggle, says Ram belongs to all

Ram temple will be the harbinger of a prosperous India, said Narendra Modi during the foundation stone laying ceremony in Ayodhya

At least 16 including pilot dead, over 100 injured in Kozhikode plane crash

Fourteen people including the pilot of the aircraft were killed while 123 when injured when an Air India Express plane skidded off the runway at Karipur airport in Kerala on Friday evening, a police official said. Malappuram district police chief told ANI that 15 among those are in serious condition. The Air India Express plane fell into a valley and split into two parts after skidding off the runway at Kozhikode airport, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said. The flight was coming from Dubai and landed at Calicut International Airport, also known as Karipur Airport, in Kozhikode at around 7.40 pm. A control room has also been activated for those seeking any information. Here is the phone number of control room for information on the accident at Karipur Airport:Also readKozhikode Crash: Plane splits into two after skidding off runway, pilot deadThe control room at the airport opened. Phone 0483-2719493Relatives of passengers can contact the following Helpline Number for enquiries – 0495-2376901: Kozhikode CollectorHere are the live updates of the Kozhikode Plane Crash: 23:58 IST Friday, 7 August 2020Malappuram collector has informed that rescue operations at site have been completed. All have been transferred to hospitals in Malappuram and Kozhikode: Kerala CM 23:36 IST Friday, 7 August 2020Death toll in the Air India Express flight crash landing incident at Kozhikode rises to 16: Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)22:49 IST Friday, 7 August 2020MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava tweets helpline numbersWe are deeply saddened by the tragedy of Air India Express Flight No IX 1344 at Kozhikode.MEA helplines are open 24×7:Telephone receiver 1800 118 797Telephone receiver +91 11 23012113Telephone receiver+91 11 23014104Telephone receiver+91 11 23017905Fax: +91 11 2301815822:37 IST Friday, 7 August 2020Deeply distressed to hear about the tragic plane crash of Air India Express flight at Kozhikode, Kerala. Spoke to @KeralaGovernor Shri Arif Mohammed Khan and inquired about the situation. Thoughts and prayers with affected passengers, crew members and their families: President Ram Nath Kovind22:31 IST Friday, 7 August 2020Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to CM Vijayan regarding the situation. “Pained by the plane accident in Kozhikode. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest. Spoke to Kerala CM @vijayanpinarayi Ji regarding the situation. Authorities are at the spot, providing all assistance to the affected,” Modi said in a tweet. 22:30 IST Friday, 7 August 202014 dead, 123 injured and 15 seriously injured in Kozhikode plane crash incident at Karipur Airport: Malappuram SP to ANI22:30 IST Friday, 7 August 2020Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed to take immediate rescue measures in the crash. The Chief Minister directed Local Self Government Minister AC Modi to immediately rush to the spot and lead the rescue operation. A police team led by IG and fire and rescue team from two districts are carrying out rescue operations. NDRF teams have also rushed to the crash site. 22:29 IST Friday, 7 August 2020NDRF Director General SN Pradhan said teams of National Disaster Response Force are being rushed to Karipur Airport where the Dubai-Kozhikode flight skidded off the runway, for search and rescue. “We must remember that it is a tabletop runway at Kozhikode. There seems to have been injuries among all the passengers & some of them are unconscious. An NDRF team has been rushed to the spot & should be reaching any time there to join search &rescue operation,” Pradhan said. 22:27 IST Friday, 7 August 2020A pilot of the flight is said to have succumbed in the incident. The deceased pilot has been identified as Deepak Vasant Sathe, a former Wing Commander in the Indian Air Force who retired from the service in 2003. 22:25 IST Friday, 7 August 2020″A Dubai-Kozhikode Air India Express flight fell down into the valley after landing at Runway 10 of Karipur Airport & broke down in two pieces. There were 191 people on board. Visibility was 2000 meter at the time of landing,” the DGCA said in a statement. The flight — IX 1344 — had 191 people, including 174 passengers on board. There were 174 passengers, 10 Infants, 2 Pilots and 5 cabin crew on board the aircraft, the airline said.
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Aftermath of Kerala plane crash shows plane broken in two

An Air India Express plane with nearly 200 people on board has crashed at an airport in the southern state of Kerala.

"You are spreading obscenity": SC dismisses activist Rehana Fathima’s anticipatory bail plea

Kerala activist Rehana Fathima’s request for anticipatory bail was rejected by the Supreme Court today. Rejecting her application, the Supreme Court said: “Why do you do all this? It is obscenity you are spreading. It will leave a very bad taste in society.”The bench led by Justice Arun Mishra also questioned: “What impression will growing children get from this act?”Fathima has been facing backlash over a controversial video she shared where her children were seen painting on her semi-naked body. She posted it with the hashtag #Bodyart and #Politics.Also readSabarimala row: Rehana Fathima suspended by BSNL after arrest for hurting religious sentimentsThe Kerala activist was booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO) and Information Technology Act, 2000 after the video of her minor children painting on her went viral.Fathima, who made headlines in September 2018 after she made an attempt to enter the Sabrimala temple in Kerala, approached the Supreme Court after the Kerala High Court rejected her anticipatory bail.The Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights directed the police to register a case against her. After the complaint, Fathima sought anticipatory bail in the Kerala High Court, which the court dismissed on Friday and directed the police to proceed with their investigation.
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Kozhikode Crash: Plane splits into two after skidding off runway, pilot dead

An Air India Express plane that skidded off the runway at Kozhikode airport in Kerala on Friday evening fell into a valley and split into two parts, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said. The flight coming from Dubai and landed at Calicut International Airport, also known as Karipur Airport, in Kozhikode at around 7.40 pm. A pilot of the flight is said to have succumbed in the incident. The deceased pilot has been identified as Deepak Vasant Sathe, a former Wing Commander in the Indian Air Force who retired from the service in 2003. “A Dubai-Kozhikode Air India Express flight fell down into the valley after landing at Runway 10 of Karipur Airport & broke down in two pieces. There were 191 people on board. Visibility was 2000 meter at the time of landing,” the DGCA said in a statement. The flight — IX 1344 — had 191 people, including 174 passengers on board. Also readAir India Express plane skids off runway at Kozhikode airport, passengers being evacuated”Air India Express flight IX 1344 operated by B737 aircraft from Dubai to Calicut overshot runway at Kozhikode at 1941 hrs tonight. No fire reported at the time of landing,” an airline spokesperson said.There were 174 passengers, 10 Infants, 2 Pilots and 5 cabin crew on board the aircraft, it said. As per the initial reports, rescue operations are on and passengers are being taken to hospital for medical care, Air India said. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed to take immediate rescue measures in the crash. The Chief Minister directed Local Self Government Minister AC Modi to immediately rush to the spot and lead the rescue operation. A police team led by IG and fire and rescue team from two districts are carrying out rescue operations. NDRF teams have also rushed to the crash site. NDRF Director General SN Pradhan said teams of National Disaster Response Force are being rushed to Karipur Airport where the Dubai-Kozhikode flight skidded off the runway, for search and rescue. “We must remember that it is a tabletop runway at Kozhikode. There seems to have been injuries among all the passengers & some of them are unconscious. An NDRF team has been rushed to the spot & should be reaching any time there to join search &rescue operation,” Pradhan said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to CM Vijayan regarding the situation. “Pained by the plane accident in Kozhikode. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest. Spoke to Kerala CM @vijayanpinarayi Ji regarding the situation. Authorities are at the spot, providing all assistance to the affected,” Modi said in a tweet. A control room has also been activated for those seeking any information. Here is the phone number of control room for information on the accident at Karipur Airport:The control room at the airport opened. Phone 0483-2719493Relatives of passengers can contact the following Helpline Number for enquiries – 0495-2376901: Kozhikode Collector
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CBSE to hold compartment exams, says cancelling papers will adversely impact students’ future

CBSE to hold compartment exams, says cancelling papers will adversely impact students’ future

The Central Board of Secondary Education or CBSE has decided against cancelling the CBSE compartment exams for Class 10 and Class 12 students this year



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CBSE to hold compartment exams, says cancelling papers will adversely impact students' future

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Air India Express plane skids off runway at Kozhikode airport, passengers being evacuated

An Air India Express plane coming from Dubai skidded off the runway at Kozhikode airport in Kerala on Friday evening. There were 191 passengers and crew members on board the flight. The flight — IX 1344 — landed at the airport at around 7.40 pm while it was raining heavily. According to reports, the aircraft apparently overshot the runway and split into two parts. “A Dubai-Kozhikode Air India Express flight fell down into the valley after landing at Runway 10 of Karipur Airport & broke down in two pieces. There were 191 people on board. Visibility was 2000 meter at the time of landing,” Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement. BJP MP and former Union Minister KJ Alphons tweeted that the pilot of the plane has died while some passengers are injured in the incident. “Second tragedy of the day in Kerala: Air India Express skids off the runway at Kozhikode, front portion splits, pilot dies and lots of passengers injured. All passengers evacuated. Very lucky the aircraft didn’t catch fire,” he said in a tweet. NDRF Director General SN Pradhan said teams of National Disaster Response Force are being rushed to Karipur Airport where the Dubai-Kozhikode flight skidded off the runway, for search and rescue.
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AICTE CET 2020: Registration for MBA in Innovation, Entrepreneurship begins, apply at aicte-india.org



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In lockdown, tennis players pursue online business and management courses to aid their careers off court

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In lockdown, tennis players pursue online business and management courses to aid their careers off court

With the coronavirus outbreak forcing a suspension of tennis tours since March, players have some time on their hands to widen their horizons.


ATMA 2020: Online entrance exam to be held on 7 Aug, admit card released today at atmaaims.com

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ATMA 2020: Online entrance exam to be held on 7 Aug, admit card released today at atmaaims.com

ATMA 2020: The national-level test is conducted for admission to various MBA courses in business schools across the country.


Narendra Modi to deliver inaugural address at conclave on new NEP at 11 am through video conferencing

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Narendra Modi to deliver inaugural address at conclave on new NEP at 11 am through video conferencing

The conclave is being organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the University Grants Commission.

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Serum Institute partners with Gavi, Gates Foundation; to produce up to 10 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses

Serum Institute of India (SII) on Friday said it has entered into a new partnership with international vaccine alliance Gavi and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to accelerate manufacturing and delivery of up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for India as well as other low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

“The collaboration will provide upfront capital to SII to help them increase manufacturing capacity now so that, once a vaccine, or vaccines, gains regulatory approval and WHO prequalification, doses can be produced at scale for distribution to India and LMICs as part of the Gavi COVAX AMC mechanism as early as the first half of 2021,” SII said in a statement.

The company has set an affordable ceiling price of $3 (around Rs 225) per dose, it added.

The funding will support at-risk manufacturing by SII for candidate vaccines from AstraZeneca and Novavax, which will be available for procurement if they are successful in attaining full licensure and WHO prequalification, the statement said.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, via its Strategic Investment Fund, will provide at-risk funding of $150 million to Gavi, which will be used to support the SII to manufacture the potential vaccine candidates and for future procurement of vaccines for low- and middle-income countries via Gavi’s COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), the statement said.

“In an attempt to make our fight against COVID-19 stronger and all-embracing; SII has partnered with Gavi and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the manufacturing and delivery of up to 100 million doses of future COVID vaccines for India and low- and middle-income countries in 2021,” Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla said.

Through this association, SII seeks to ramp up constant efforts to save the lives of millions of people from this dreadful disease, he added. Serum Institute has a long history of partnerships with Gavi and pharmaceutical companies to manufacture vaccines that protect against meningitis, severe diarrhoea, pneumonia and measles, the statement said.

“We are very happy to see SII enter this global partnership to respond to the global health crisis posed by COVID-19,” Renu Swarup, secretary in the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, said.

India has a proven track record of manufacturing safe and cost-effective vaccines not only for India, but for the world, she added.

In a similar vein, Indian Council of Medical Research Director General Balram Bhargava said: “ICMR is deeply supportive of our cutting edge vaccine research and manufacturing prowess, of which SII is one prominent example. This partnership signifies yet another step in India’s efforts to bolster the fight against this global pandemic.”

Vaccines will be priced at maximum $3 per dose and made available to the 92 countries included in Gavi’s COVAX AMC, it added.

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OFSS Bihar First Merit list 2020 for Class 11 admission released, check at ofssbihar.in



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OFSS Bihar First Merit list 2020 for Class 11 admission released, check at ofssbihar.in

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No respite from floods in Assam, Bihar; thunderstorm warning issued in Himachal Pradesh

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No respite from floods in Assam, Bihar; thunderstorm warning issued in Himachal Pradesh

The number of people affected by the deluge in Assam increased to nearly 26.38 lakh people while the toll due to floods and landslides reached 123 with one more person dying on Saturday


Sushant Singh Rajput death: Bihar's CBI probe move politically motivated, says Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab

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Sushant Singh Rajput death: Bihar’s CBI probe move politically motivated, says Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab

Accusing political opponents of engaging into conspiracy, Parab also alleged that the BJP was questioning the ability of the Mumbai Police by pushing for CBI probe


No discrimination or wrong identification of NFSA beneficiaries in Bihar, says Ram Vilas Paswan

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No discrimination or wrong identification of NFSA beneficiaries in Bihar, says Ram Vilas Paswan

The food minister said that the responsibility to identify beneficiaries under the National Food Safety Act rests with state governments

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Dummy mobile no, hospital address can be used for testing mentally ill homeless people of COVID-19, ICMR tells Delhi HC

Dummy mobile no, hospital address can be used for testing mentally ill homeless people of COVID-19, ICMR tells Delhi HC

The ICMR proposed the solution as mentally ill homeless persons were not being tested for COVID-19 for the lack of a government issued identity card, an address proof or a mobile number as required under the testing guidelines issued by the ICMR



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‘One Nation One Health Card’ to be reality soon, PM Modi likely to make announcement on August 15

After the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme, the Government is now preparing to bring ‘One Nation One Health Card’ scheme. According to the sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to make the announcement on August 15, during the Independence Day celebrations. This is being done to keep the health records of every citizen of the country in a digital format. Under the ‘One Nation One Health Card’ scheme, a person’s medical history records, including all the treatments and tests that the person has undergone, will be digitally saved in this card.Hospitals, clinics, and doctors will all be linked to a central server. However, it is completely up to hospitals and citizens, whether they want to opt for the ‘One Nation One Health Card’ scheme or not. A unique ID will be issued to every citizen who opts for this card, through which he/she will be able to log in to the system.Also readBJP to launch ‘One Nation One Constitution’ campaign from September 1The scheme will be implemented in a phase-wise manner. A budget of Rs 500 crore has been allotted for the first phase of the plan. The biggest advantage of this scheme is that any person who visits a doctor or a hospital in India, won’t have to take all his/her prescriptions or reports together. The doctor will be able to see the patient’s records through a unique ID.Health Card will be made on the lines of Aaadhar Card. It will, however, not be mandatory and beneficiaries can choose to opt out. Full measures will be taken to keep people’s personal information secure. Through this scheme, an attempt is being made to change the health scenario of our country.According to the sources, the scope of the ‘One Nation One Health Card’ scheme will be gradually extended so that not only clinics and hospitals, but medical stores and medical insurance companies can remain connected on the server through this scheme.The privacy of the people will be of utmost importance. A doctor or a hospital will be allowed to access a person’s records only when he will give permission for the same.
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Kerala: Death toll in Idukki landslide rises to 15, state govt announces Rs 5 lakh ex gratia

At least 15 people were killed and around 50 others are missing after a landslide triggered by heavy rains in Kerala’s Idukki district early Friday, officials said. The incident is said to have taken place in the wee hours on Friday when a huge mound of earth fell on the “row houses” belonging to tea estate workers at Pettimudi in Rajamala following heavy rains. Most of the deceased are said to be plantation workers from neighbouring Tamil Nadu.At least two children and five women were among the deceased. heavy rains flattened a row of dwelling units of tea estate workers at Pettimudi in Rajamala in this high-range districtKerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to kin of the deceased, said the death toll in Idukki landslide has risen to 15. Addressing a press conference here, he said that the state govt has sought the help of the Air Force but adverse weather condition is not conducive for airlifting people.”The death toll in Idukki landslide rises to 15. Ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs each would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a landslide in Rajamalai, Idukki. The state government will bear the expense of treatment of those injured due to the landslide,” Vijayan said. “Adverse weather condition is slowing down the operations to rescue people affected by landslide in Rajamala, Idukki. The state govt has sought the help of Air Force but adverse weather condition is not conducive for airlifting people,” he added. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences over deaths and announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from Prime Minister`s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to the kin of deceased.”Pained by the loss of lives due to a landslide in Rajamalai, Idukki. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. NDRF and the administration are working on the ground, providing assistance to the affected,” Modi tweeted.”Ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a landslide in Rajamalai, Idukki. Rs 50,000 each would be given to those injured due to the landslide,” PMO India tweeted.Heavy rains in several parts of Kerala have triggered floods and landslides which have wreaked havoc in the region over the past few days. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued red and orange alert for heavy rainfall for various districts in Kerala.It issued a red alert in Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki and Wayanad districts for today.(With ANI inputs)
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‘Modi govt has gone missing’: Rahul Gandhi takes jibe at Centre as COVID-19 cases cross 20 lakh



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Chidambaram slams Centre over state of economy, says telecom and aviation sectors on 'verge of collapse'

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Chidambaram slams Centre over state of economy, says telecom and aviation sectors on ‘verge of collapse’

The former finance minister’s remark comes a day after telecom company Bharti Airtel posted a net loss of Rs 15,933 cr in the first quarter of FY 2020-21


Coronavirus Updates: BMC sero-survey in three wards shows 57% prevalence of COVID-19 in slums, 16% in other areas

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Coronavirus Updates: BMC sero-survey in three wards shows 57% prevalence of COVID-19 in slums, 16% in other areas

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The BMC on Tuesday said that a serological surveillance for COVID-19 infection was commissioned by NITI-Aayog, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.


Rafale lands in India: BJP leaders hail arrival of Dassault fighter jets, experts question 'wall-to-wall coverage'

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Rafale lands in India: BJP leaders hail arrival of Dassault fighter jets, experts question ‘wall-to-wall coverage’

In a tweet, the Indian Air Force described the arrival of the Rafale jets with the words ‘Golden Arrows reach home!’

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Landslide in Kerala LIVE Updates: Rescue ops to continue overnight, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan; NDRF team arrives at spot

Landslide in Kerala LIVE Updates: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the rescue operations for those stuck in the debris of the Idukki landslide will continue during the night.

Landslide in Kerala LATEST Updates: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the rescue operations for those stuck in the debris of the Idukki landslide will continue during the night.

“All arrangements have been made to provide enough light at the landslide site in Rajamala, Idukki,” he said.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh each for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a landslide in Rajamalai, Idukki. The state government will bear the expense of treatment of those injured due to the landslide, he added.

The Prime Minister’s Office on Friday said that an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a landslide in Rajamalai, Idukki. Rs. 50,000 each would be given to those injured due to the landslide.

At least 14 people were killed and over 50 others feared trapped in debris after a landslide triggered by heavy rains flattened a row of dwelling units of tea estate workers at Pettimudi in this high-range district in Kerala early on Friday.

Twelve people have been rescued and efforts were underway amid continuing rains to locate at least 52 others missing in the first major rain-related mishap since the onset of South West monsoon last month that brought back memories of havoc caused by floods in the previous two years in the state.

Meanwhile, ANI quoted eyewitnesses as saying that they heard a loud sound when the landslide occurred in the Rajamalai ward of the Munnar gram panchayat. “People were running to safety and water was gushing in,” one eyewitness said.

Over 70 people were feared trapped soon after the landslide was reported early on Friday. At least 20 houses were buried under the debris, police informed.

The landslide took place at the Pettimudi Division of Kannan Devan’s tea estate at Neymakkadu, Onmanorama reported.

The area has been witnessing torrential rains and waterlogging since Tuesday, reports suggested.

The Periyavarai bridge which collapsed in the rain has been repaired temporarily to facilitate the rescue operations.

Forest Minister K Raju said instructions have been given to forest officials and other emergency services to reach the spot and begin rescue operations.

Communication links to the area have, however, been affected as power lines have snapped because of the rains.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted that an NDRF team had been deployed. The Chief Minister’s Office has also requested the Indian Air Force to provide helicopters to help in the rescue efforts.

“An NDRF team has been deployed to rescue landslide victims in Rajamalai, Idukki. Police, Fire Force, Forest & Revenue officials have been instructed to join rescue efforts. Another team of NDRF, based in Thrissur, will soon reach Idukki,” the Chief Minister said.

The India Meteorological Department(IMD) said a red alert was issued to Malappuram district for 7 August and an orange alert in nine districts of Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod till 9 August.

On Thursday heavy rains caused a temporary bridge in Idukki district to collapse, state authorities said.

The district also saw floods in low-lying areas like Munnar, which is near Rajamalai, because of rising water levels of the Muthirapuzha River.

Night travel has been banned in Idukki district, the state disaster management authority was quoted by news agency PTI, adding that several roads and highways had been closed due to rains.

Malappuram district officials have opened nine camps, seven of which are in Nilambur town that was briefly flooded after the Chaliyar River overflowed.

“A total of 410 people are in the seven camps with adherence to COVID-19 protocol,” a district disaster management authority official told PTI.

Wayanad district administration has opened 12 camps and shifted at least 560 people. “People from containment zones are kept separately,” District Collector Dr Adeela Abdulla said.

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West Bengal: Refused admission, two COVID-infected SAIL staffers stage dharna before hospital

In a bizzare incident, two COVID-19 positive staff members of Steel Authority of India Limited in Asansol, staged a dharna in front of a hospital after being refused admission.The patients allege that the hospital refused to admit them even though they tested positive for the deadly virus. They are sitting in protest in front of SAIL’s Burnpur hospital’s main gate. The two staff members of Steel Authority of India Limited had tested positive but were asymptomatic. As the patients showed no symptoms, the hospital authorities asked them to home quarrantine themselves.However after spending a day in home quarantine, they felt that they cannot be taken care of at their homes and should be admitted in the hospital. In West Bengal, there are 24,666 active COVID-19 cases, with 63084 recoveries, and 1958 deaths.There has been an increase of 2061 COVID-19 cases, and 56 deaths in the last 24 hours.India’s COVID-19 cases tally crossed 20 lakh mark with the highest single-day spike of 62,538 cases on Friday, said Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.The COVID-19 tally rises to 20,27,075 including 6,07,384 active cases, 13,78,106 cured/discharged/migrated and 41,585 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
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GATE 2021 registration date announced, apply from 14 September on gate.iitb.ac.in 



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AAI notifies 180 vacancies for posts of Junior Executive; selection to be based on GATE 2019 scores

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AAI notifies 180 vacancies for posts of Junior Executive; selection to be based on GATE 2019 scores

Candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria can apply at aai.aero from 3 August to 2 September


SC pulls up IIT-Bombay for backing out of smog tower project in Delhi, warns of action

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SC pulls up IIT-Bombay for backing out of smog tower project in Delhi, warns of action

The top court had directed IIT-Bombay to take responsibility for the project — a large air purifier in Delhi’s Connaught Place to tackle air pollution

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Sarkar Company announces financial plan to support hustlers to make it big in Bollywood

The life of a Bollywood hustler is a case study in alternate reality. Their lives are stuck between auditions and their dreams are hanging by the tiny rope of hope, ready to be shattered in the next minute. This fact will resonate only with someone who has either lived this life or observed it very closely.Mr. S.N.M.D.Sarkar, owner of the newly-launched ground-breaking venture “Sarkar Company” belongs to the latter category. His production company has had a long history of financing Bollywood projects. He has seen, from close quarters, what it means to be a struggler in Bollywood – To hope against hope every day and to eventually fall prey to the big, bad world of usurpers.With the Sarkar Company, this noted entrepreneur is going to provide a unique platform to the struggling aspirants to Bollywood and help them make it big in the world of cinema. Speaking about this new endeavour, Mr. Sarkar says, “Usually, newcomers face a lot of problems while creating a place for themselves, in the movies. More often than not, these talented youngsters face rejection, heartbreak, but most of all, a lot of deserving people don’t even get a chance to showcase their talent properly. Sarkar Company is keen to provide that platform to them, without any hang-ups attached.”The platform is meant to explore as well as promote new talent, with a back-up of sorts to help it take its first steps towards their future. The idea to launch Sarkar Company emerged sometime in November-December 2019, when Mr. Sarkar was thinking of reshaping his production company into an innovative form. With words like nepotism, sexual exploitation, casting couch, etc being thrown around with regards to strugglers in Bollywood, it is Mr. Sarkar’s ardent desire to help newcomers to the world of cinema with an honest approach to the business.Mr. Sarkar, who is immensely hopeful about bringing a change in the society’s attitude towards these upcoming artistes, says, “There are numerous talented young men and women, who have it in them to achieve stardom, but for want of financial resources, they are unable to do so. As a result, some of these don’t even try to take that first step from their surroundings to Mumbai! Their inability to reach out and showcase their immense talent to the world is a severe loss for the field of entertainment & also for the future of movie business.”The company will provide complete statistics to the newcomers to use while appearing for auditions and it includes personality grooming, transport facility, portfolio building, etc. There are 7 major categories of professionals who form the backbone of the Bollywood film industry. These categories are – direction, male actor, female actor, singer, scriptwriter, music director, cinematographer, and choreographer. And, of course, the producer, a role which Mr. Sarkar is quite familiar with himself. Speaking about the process, he explains, “We are going to select talented artists and measure them against the required norms of a project. Usually, strugglers are often asked to go for coffee, lunch or dinner but nothing materializes for them. Nothing happens as far as work is concerned. We are going to remove this wastage of time from the equation and give them work in the multiple projects that our group of companies are already involved in. Be it advertisements, short films, corporate videos, etc, we will start by giving the struggler a chance with our own business first.”To be honest, there is no dearth of people looking for talented professionals for their projects, be it in acting, singing, writing, direction or choreography. Sarkar Company will act as a bridge between these project owners and the strugglers. Such aspiring youngsters who come to Mumbai with a thousand dreams to fulfil, may have talent, skills and the zest to succeed, but they may not have enough money to sustain themselves till they get that first golden chance. Sarkar Company will be an investor in these strugglers, who need the monetary back-up to go from one day to another.Elaborating on this, Mr. Sarkar says, “Usually transportation is an issue for the strugglers, who can hardly afford it. So, we send them to auditions in the company car, with their own bodyguards in tow.” Basically, the Sarkar Company will feed the need of the aspirant to enjoy a completely luxurious life and make them feel like a celebrity to boost their confidence. That is not all. If an aspiring artist needs grooming of any sorts, the company will finance that too. As a newcomer, you need a well-designed portfolio to present to the producer. Sarkar Company will take care of it.Theirs is an honest arrangement, which doesn’t take advantage of the strugglers, who usually face calls for compromise, casting couch, and what not in their struggling days! Mr. Sarkar insists, “We want to do clear, transparent, honest, end-to-end business and keep everything professional.” All they need in return is that the artiste must sign an agreement with the Sarkar Company that they will take up a job only through the company negotiations. Sarkar Company means business in the most professional sense and that is what it also expects from the struggling aspirants to Bollywood. In this regard, he doesn’t hesitate to clarify that if any artiste, who has signed up with them, is found flouting the company rules or agreement, will face termination of the agreement as well as legal action.The Sarkar Company’s helping hand isn’t restricted to just Bollywood or its strugglers, it is ready to help artists belonging to any nationality, religion or region in India and the world, who want help with financing their dream journey into tinseltown. In fact, Mr. Sarkar has announced that they will help even Hollywood actors and actresses in other Asian countries who want to make it big in Indian cinema. This is a featured article
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Bobby Kataria setting an example by his acts of humanity

The society that we live in forgives the privileged. Those who survive the battle for wealth and fame, have their names edged in the history books as ‘Good Men,’ while the ones who have nothing but were too kind to indulge in such tyranny, did not survive to spread their wisdom. In this society where no one helps anyone, some people are still trying to affect people’s lives positively. Bobby Kataria, better known as Balwant, is one such man who struggles to keep the dying flames of goodness burning in this cruel world.Bobby Kataria, a young man of 34, began his life on the 28th day of November, in the year 1985, in an average Gurugram household at Haryana. To support his High School education, his family migrated to the capital city of New Delhi. Even as a boy, Bobby understood the difference between right and wrong. He realized that pitying the homeless won’t resolve the crisis that his country was going through; he had to take a stern step forward and provide a helping hand to those who craved for it. While turning the pages of his school history books, he was introduced to India’s glorious past; everything he could think of was to revive this bird adorned with gold and help her fly again.Bobby soon realized that there was no time to waste; he began working as a social servant while he was studying for his Higher Secondary graduation. Bobby had little money to offer to the poor; nevertheless, he gave more than he could afford at that time. The poor honestly looked at him in awe, calling him a real savior in the times of darkness; blessing him with happiness, and courage to keep doing the right thing. However, it was only after his Higher Secondary Education that his real journey began, with him establishing the respected Yuvaekta Foundation.Spearheading the organization, with Yuvaekta Foundation’s director and Bobby’s companion in arms, Manju Singh; he was able to best every case that came his way. Several statistical reports have claimed that the reputed Yuvaekta foundation is responsible for solving more than 99% of New Delhi’s ‘missing’ cases! It is under Bobby’s leadership that the foundation solves the most simple and overwhelmingly drastic cases of rape, harassment, accident and Prosco. Bobby’s energy and his steaming desire to never give up has lit his path with the light of success. Bobby’s loving arms embraced even the poor who suffer from diseases that they cannot afford to cure. With his vigilant eyes, he supervises doctors conducting transplant surgeries on the unfortunate, who have no one in the world.While the country is facing one of the worst times, Bobby was standing with those who are suffering the most. He was giving food to around 1500 people twice every day. His aim is to make people smile and that’s why he asks them only what they would love to eat the next day so he can bring those things. He did not provide them with food alone but also helped them with Frooti, milk, chocolates, fruits, curd, bread, toffees, bread fritters, rissoles, soft drinks etc. He provided sanitizers to police personals, security guards and hospitals. When many of us stayed home during lockdown, he and his brothers, Samay Kataria and Manju Singh were helping people from 4am to 10pm. While doing so, continued to follow all guidelines and rules set by government and administration.In his entire career, Bobby’s most astonishing victories might seem almost unbelievable. The situation where he raised his voice against the lying doctors, rescuing the innocent soul of a child who was falsely declared dead right after his birth, is also celebrated. Bobby is still considered a hero amongst the police, and the staff of Shalimar Bagh hospital in New Delhi. His Facebook page is adorned with the tales of his accomplishments!According to Bobby, no matter what, society will become better if we all try! Where a single man fails to make a difference, a million folks together can change the world!This is a featured article
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‘Barred from entering’: Dharavi domestic workers recount the social impact of the COVID 19 pandemic

‘Barred from entering’: Dharavi domestic workers recount the social impact of the COVID 19 pandemic

Domestic workers from Dharavi still face social stigma as many housing societies bar entry for them. The women blame media’s sensational reporting for the unending discrimination.



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Thehinduzone.com – Digital means of education during pandemic, a boon for students –

Covid-19 has changed the human race drastically and the most severe impact has been on the students all over the world. These students are struggling to keep up with their curriculum since all schools, colleges, and learning centers are closed for the past 4 months.For the students getting perfect coaching these days is a much strenuous task than making their mind for preparation of competitive exams. As the students press the search engine on google, a slew of coaching sites appears, everyone claiming to be the best at coaching. This makes the students very much confused about what to choose. Students often get confused about batch sizes, about the technology involved in classes, and due to lack of knowledge sometimes they land up choosing the wrong coaching which not only spoils their time but a huge amount of money as well. And in this confusion The Hinduzone comes as a ray of hope.Realizing the needs of the students, the hinduzone.com is a platform where proper information is provided on different competitive examination institutes.The two counselors, Niyati & Anjali, the brains behind this venture, explain, “Hinduzone basically considers every aspect of the coachings and then compares them based on batch size, study material, fee structure, etc. When a student approaches thehinduzone.com, we help them to compare the best academies. We listen to the requirements of the students, their area of concerns, and then advise them on the top institutes according to their needs.”The online classes on thehinduzone.com portal are completely interactive sessions where students can directly interact with the faculty and learn.”The students can see and listen to their teachers and, similarly, the faculty can also see and listen to its students, lending an almost similar feel to online study as the offline classesThe role of Hindu zones is not just confined to suggesting the coaching only but it will also provide you mentors who will guide you throughout the course for different concerns like in choosing the right study material or in the evaluation of test series or managing your time for each subject. For your, every doubt related to your coaching and examination hinduzone will be there. Throughout the student’s preparation, our mentors will keep an eye on your progress and area of concern.They will take you towards the right path and help you in reaching your goal. Moreover, additional study material will be provided to the students by hinduzone. So in total, the student gets the best of both places, coaching of his choice and extra guidance and material support from the hinduzone.We are taking care of every minute detail related to the student’s comfort zone. Like sometimes students hesitate while asking doubts and queries in the class due to low confidence or due to the fear of being wrong so the Hindu one has provided a private video facility for doubt clearance to such students.This website is not only for students but in this worst time of COVID 19 it is also taking care of the teachers. The website is also working with large and small institutions, with different batch sizes, to ensure that there is no roadblock in the educational process. The Institutes or teachers associated with thehinduzone.com can create a portal and upload their study materials, questionnaires, test assessments, syllabus, video lectures, etc, so that their students can access the same as per requirement. Some of the renowned clients of the portal are career institutes like Plutus IAS, Yojana IAS, etc. This web portal is also available in a free version, for those institutions and students who cannot afford to pay for the education process.This is a featured article
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University of Hyderabad to resume online classes from 20 August amid COVID-19 pandemic

University of Hyderabad to resume online classes from 20 August amid COVID-19 pandemic

The university is also granting a special allowance of Rs 1,000 per month to students from underprivileged background to help meet the cost of the online classes



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Coimbatore issues red alert as water released from Pillur dam sends Bhavani river in spate

Coimbatore issues red alert as water released from Pillur dam sends Bhavani river in spate

The water level in the Pillur dam has reached 97-feet-mark after incessant rains in Coimbatore district and the Nilgiris over the last four days. The maximum water level of the dam in 100 feet



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Pilatus deal: ED searches 14 locations in money laundering case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday raided various premises in various cities in connection with money laundering case linked to corruption in the purchase of 5 Pilatus basic trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2009, an official said.In total, 14 premises including a dozen in Delhi and one each in Gurgaon and Surat were raided.The case involves absconding arms consultant and alleged middleman Sanjay Bhandari. He is already facing seperate ED and CBI probes for corruption and alleged possession of undeclared assets in the country and abroad.The CBI had filed a criminal case in the Rs 2,895 crore Pilatus deal last year in June.The investigative agency had alleged that Pilatus had entered into a criminal conspiracy with Bhandari and Bimal Sareen, both directors of Offset India Solutions Private Limited, and dishonestly and fraudulently signed a Service Provider Agreement with Bhandari in June 2010, which was in violation of the Defence Procurement Procedure, 2008.The ED registered the case on the basis of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR in June last year after a preliminary enquiry (PE).The CBI alleged that kickbacks of up to Rs 339 crore were paid in the deal to influence some unknown IAF and Defence Ministry officials, who were associated with the procurement process.From 2011 to 2015, Pilatus Aircraft allegedly made payments in the bank accounts of Dubai-based company Offset India Solutions FZC, belonging to Bhandari, to obtain the contract.The CBI was probing the kind of services that Offset India Solution Pvt Ltd provided to the Swiss aircraft firm. Bhandari`s companies Offset India Solutions Private Limited and Dubai-based Offset India Solutions FZC, as well as his associates Himanshu Verma, Deepak Agarwal and an unknown man have also been named as accused in the case.On December 12, 2010, Pilatus Aircraft had signed a pre-contract integrity pact with the Defence Ministry by “deliberately concealing” the fact that the company had signed a Service Provider Agreement with Bhandari`s company.Pilatus Aircraft even allegedly concealed the facts about payments made to Offset India Solutions FZC.Last month, the ED filed a money laundering case against Bhandari in connection with the Samsung-ONGC deal during the UPA rule. (With IANS inputs)
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Delhi govt announces registration fee, road tax waivers, incentive up to Rs 1.5 lakh for new electric cars

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said the new EV policy will boost economy while announcing a target of 25 percent electric cars in the National Capital by 2024

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday launched ‘Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy’ under which his government will waive registration fee and road tax, and provide incentive of up to Rs 1.5 lakh for new cars in the National Capital.

Addressing an online media briefing, he said the policy, which aims to boost the economy, create jobs and reduce pollution level, has been notified, adding that he hoped that after five years, Delhi’s name will be taken when there is a discussion on electric vehicle in the world.

The chief minister termed it a “progressive policy” of the country and said it also aims to constitute 25 percent electric vehicles by 2024, which is currently just 0.29 percent in the city.

Under the policy, the Delhi government will give incentive of up to Rs 30,000 for two-wheelers, autos, e-rickshaws and freight vehicles while for cars, it will provide an incentive of up to Rs 1.5 lakh, he said.

He said the AAP government will also give low-interest loan on electric commercial vehicles.

“After launching this policy, we expect five lakh new electric vehicles in the next five years…the Delhi government will set up dedicated ‘EV Cell’ to implement the policy,” Kejriwal said.

He said the government will also set up a ‘State Electric Vehicle Board’, adding that his government will set up 200 charging stations in one year and ensure that people driving these vehicles can get a charging station within the radius of three kilometers.

The Delhi government will give a ”scrapping incentive” under the electric vehicle policy, which will be first-of-its-kind in the country.

“We are also going to give a scrapping incentive for those wanting to exchange their petrol or diesel-run vehicles. In the country, this is the first time that scrapping incentive is being given,” the chief minister said.

Initially, this policy will be for three years and thereafter, the government will review it, he said, adding that if needed, amendments will be made during three years.

The chief minister said that at present, there is already the Centre’s scheme on electric vehicles called ‘Fame India Phase-2’, under which the Union government also provides some incentives.

The Delhi government’s electric vehicle policy will be an addition to the Centre’s scheme and people can also avail benefits under both the schemes, Kejriwal said.

He said youth will be trained so that they get jobs as electric vehicle sector will need them at a large scale after implementation of this policy.

According to him, there has been a 25 per cent reduction in pollution level in Delhi in the last five years and the policy also aims to reduce pollution in the national capital.

“We are not satisfied with it (25 per cent). We do not need such development where pollution level is high,” Kejriwal said.

At present, when there is a discussion about electric vehicles in the world, the name of China is taken, he said.

“I hope that after five years, the name of Delhi will come atop due to this policy when there is a discussion on electric vehicles in the world…

“Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy has been prepared after a detailed discussion in the last two-and-a-half years. It has not been prepared sitting in an AC room,” the chief minister said.

Kejriwal exuded confidence that after five years, Delhi Electric Vehicle Model’ will also be discussed in the country.

He also said in the country, “Delhi Development Model” was being discussed, under which good schools and hospitals were built. Under this model, free electricity and water were being provided to Delhiites.

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‘First let Italy pay compensation’: SC says can’t think of relief to Italian marines before hearing victims’ kin

The Supreme Court on Friday said that it cannot think of granting any relief to the two Italian marines, who are accused of killing Indian fishermen in 2012 off the coast of Kerala, until the victims` families are paid proper compensation.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the central government, submitted before the apex court that it wanted to withdraw the prosecution in India against two Italian marines as Italy is likely to prosecute them there.A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde, said that it will not pass any orders without hearing the family of the two victim fishermen.The Solicitor General told the apex court that Italian marines have filed a petition seeking quashing of the case in India. On this, the CJ-led bench asked how the Centre can move the apex court for a closing case in India instead of filing an application in the trial court for withdrawal of prosecution.”Victims’ families are also party in trial court. They should also get a chance to respond. You must pay adequate compensation to the victims’ families,” the bench said. “Let Italy pay them proper compensation first,” the court said, asking Mehta to file an application seeking impleading of families of victims within a week.”We cannot think of any relief for marines till their prosecution is not withdrawn in Kerala court,” the bench said. Mehta responded by saying that the central government is willing to file a petition for withdrawing prosecution against the two marines.”But the family of victims will have a problem. They will have to be heard,” CJI Bobde said.”First let Italy pay them compensation. Only then we will allow withdrawal of prosecution. Bring the cheques and the kin of victims here,” the bench said. The court then asked the Solicitor General to file an application seeking impleadment of families of victims within a week. The next hearing will take place after a week. Earlier, the central government had sought the closure of the case before the Supreme Court submitting that it had accepted the order of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague in the Netherlands.The Permanent Court of Arbitration had in July given its decision saying that the Italian marines – Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone — will not be tried in India and had ruled that India is entitled to claim compensation from Italy.It had observed that the marines had violated international law and, as a result, Italy breached India`s freedom of navigation under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.On February 15, 2012, two Indian fishermen were killed off the coast of Kerala by the two Italian marines on-board the Italian-flagged commercial oil tanker MV Enrica Lexie. (With ANI inputs)
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Inaugural run of ‘Kisan Rail’ flagged off from Maharashtra’s Deolali

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday flagged off India’s first Kisan Special Parcel Train or Kisan Rail from Deolali in Nashik to Danapur in Bihar, through video-conferencing.Tomar also said that Indian Railways had operated 4,610 trains on 96 routes to ensure suffient supply of food items across the country amidst the coronavirus pandemic.Minister of state for railways Suresh Angadi, Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra assembly Devendra Fadanvis, Maharashtra Minister Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Chhagan Bhujbal were among the dignitaries present to witness the occassion.It is a weekly sevice that will depart from Deolali every Friday at 11 AM and reach Danapur the next day at 6.45 PM.The train will depart from Danapur every Sunday at 12 pm and reach Deolali at 7.45 pm the next day.Kisan Rail will carry fruits and vegetables and will make stoppages at several stations and pickup and deliver them. There will be no seating arrangement in the train as it is not meant to carry regular passengers. The parcel trains will have a composition of 10+1 coaches.”In order to serve the purpose of the farming community of the country, Kisan Rail shall be trains with multi commodities, multi-consignors and multi consignees. These trains shall run between fixed Origin–Destination pairs with en-route stoppages, and loading/ unloading shall be permitted at any of the en-route stoppage. The Origin–Destination pairs, routes, stoppages, and frequency of the train shall be decided jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare and Ministry of Railways. Indian Railways will plan to run the trains accordingly,” press release issued by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare stated.The train will cover the routes viz, Devlali – Nasik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Burhanpur, Khandwa, ltarsi, Jabalpur, Satna,Katni, Manikpur, Prayagraj Chheoki, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar and Buxar. Devlali falls under Maharashtra’s Bhusawal division adjoining Nashik which is known for its vegetables, fruits and flowers which are being sent to the entire North Indian region covering Patna, Pryagraj and Katni.The Kisan Rail project was mentioned by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her presentation of the Union Budget 2020-21.
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Toll in Kerala landslide rises to 9, 57 missing; 12 people rescued so far, admitted in Munnar hospital

Over 70 people were feared trapped soon after the landslide was reported early on Friday with the police saying that at least 20 houses were buried under the debris

The toll in the landslide that occurred in Kerala’s Idukki district on Friday rose to nine and 57 people are still missing, while rescue operations are underway, ANI reported.

The report quoted eyewitnesses as saying that they heard a loud sound when the landslide occurred in the Rajamalai ward of the Munnar gram panchayat. “People were running to safety and water was gushing in,” one eyewitness said.

With rescue operations still underway, some reports stated fatalities higher than the official figures.

While Hindustan Times reported that the toll has risen to 15, NDTV said that the toll is now 13. The NDTV report also reported that twelve people have been rescued and have been admitted in the Tata General Hospital in Munnar.

Over 70 people were feared trapped soon after the landslide was reported early on Friday. At least 20 houses were buried under the debris, police informed.

The landslide took place at the Pettimudi Division of Kannan Devan’s tea estate at Neymakkadu, Onmanorama reported.

The area has been witnessing torrential rains and waterlogging since Tuesday, reports suggested.

The Periyavarai bridge which collapsed in the rain has been repaired temporarily to facilitate the rescue operations.

Forest Minister K Raju said instructions have been given to forest officials and other emergency services to reach the spot and begin rescue operations.

Communication links to the area have, however, been affected as power lines have snapped because of the rains.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted that an NDRF team had been deployed. The Chief Minister’s Office has also requested the Indian Air Force to provide helicopters to help in the rescue efforts.

“An NDRF team has been deployed to rescue landslide victims in Rajamalai, Idukki. Police, Fire Force, Forest & Revenue officials have been instructed to join rescue efforts. Another team of NDRF, based in Thrissur, will soon reach Idukki,” the Chief Minister said.

The India Meteorological Department(IMD) said a red alert was issued to Malappuram district for 7 August and an orange alert in nine districts of Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod till 9 August.

On Thursday heavy rains caused a temporary bridge in Idukki district to collapse, state authorities said.

The district also saw floods in low-lying areas like Munnar, which is near Rajamalai, because of rising water levels of the Muthirapuzha River.

Night travel has been banned in Idukki district, the state disaster management authority was quoted by news agency PTI, adding that several roads and highways had been closed due to rains.

Malappuram district officials have opened nine camps, seven of which are in Nilambur town that was briefly flooded after the Chaliyar River overflowed.

“A total of 410 people are in the seven camps with adherence to COVID-19 protocol,” a district disaster management authority official told PTI.

Wayanad district administration has opened 12 camps and shifted at least 560 people. “People from containment zones are kept separately,” District Collector Dr Adeela Abdulla said.

With inputs from agencies

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Madhya Pradesh board to hold special exams for coronavirus positive Class 12 students; check schedule on mpbse.nic.in

Madhya Pradesh board to hold special exams for coronavirus positive Class 12 students; check schedule on mpbse.nic.in

The Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education notified that facilities such as sanitizer, hand-soap and water will be arranged at every examination centre



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Karnataka SSLC Results 2020: Alternative ways to check Class 10 scores if official website is down

Karnataka SSLC Results 2020 | Students can their scores either via SMS if internet connectivity is slow or alternative platforms like examresults.net and indiaresults.com.

Karnataka SSLC Results 2020 | The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) is likely to announce the Class 10 results on Monday, 10 August 2020, the state’s education minister S Suresh Kumar said.

Once the results are declared, students can check their scores online at kseeb.kar.nic.in or karresults.nic.in. The board, however, has not confirmed the date and time of the result.

According to reports, over 8 lakh students, who appeared in the exam will be checking their scores once the result is announced.

As it has been seen in the past, students may face issues with accessing the official websites due to heavy traffic or poor internet connectivity. In such a situation, students should not worry and try alternative ways to check their results.

Students can their scores either via SMS if internet connectivity is slow or alternative platforms like examresults.net and indiaresults.com.

Steps to check Karnataka SSLC Result 2020 on examresults.net:

Step 1: Log on to examresults.net

Step 2: Click on the link which reads “Karnataka Secondary Education Board Exam Results 2020 – Karnataka Examination Results 2020” on the homepage or click on Karnataka in the list of the states

Step 3: In the state page, look for the link which says “Karnataka SSLC (Class 10) Exam”

Step 4: Click on the link and fill in all the details to get your Karnataka SSLC Examination 2020 result

Steps to check Karnataka SSLC Result 2020 on indiaresults.com:

Step 1: Visit the website indiaresults.com

Step 2: Click on Karnataka in the list of the states or type the URL karnataka.indiaresults.com on your browser and press Enter.

Step 3: Search for the link that says “Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board” with “Karnataka SSLC (10th) Results 2020” written under it.

Step 4: Click on the link. It will take you to a new page. Fill in all the details to get your results.

Steps to check Karnataka SSLC (10th) Results 2020 via SMS

To check KSEEB Class 10th 2020 result via SMS, students are required to send an SMS in the format KSEEB10ROLLNUMBER to 56263. The result will be delivered on their phone in the form of an SMS.

How to check results on official websites:

Step 1: Visit the official websites — karresults.nic.in or kseeb.kar.nic.in

Step 2: Select ‘SSLC result’ on the homepage

Step 3: Key in your login details such as roll number or hall ticket number

Step 4: Your result will be displayed on the screen

Step 5: Download the KAR SSLC result sheet and take a printout

The SSLC exams, which were slated to be held from 27 March to 9 April, had to be postponed due to coroanvirus and and were conducted between 25 June and 4 July. The examination for English paper of Pre-University Course (PUC) was held on 18 June.

Last year, the results were announced on 30 April.

According to a NDTV report, 8,48,203 students appeared for the exams at 2,879 centres across the state. The exams were conducted following procedures such as thermal screening of candidates and allowing one student per bench.

About KSEEB

The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB)  was formed in 1966. Besides the Class 10 exmas for schools affiliated with it, it also conducts 12 other examinations such as the Karnataka open school exam, Diploma in Education, Music and so on. It also governs other activities such as devising courses, prescribing syllabus and granting recognitions to schools. The Board is headquartered at Bengaluru.

Disclaimer: As has been observed over the course of the past few weeks, the dates and times of result announcements have been frequently changed around. The information above has not been independently verified. However, this article will continue to be updated to reflect official updates as and when they come in.​

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Serum Institute of India to get $150 million funding from Gates Foundation for COVID-19 vaccine

Serum Institute of India stated on Friday that it has entered into a partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the GAVI vaccines alliance to make 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for India and other emerging economies as early as 2021.The funds will be provided to GAVI which will be used to support Serum Institute. “The collaboration will provide upfront capital to SII to help them increase manufacturing capacity now so that, once a vaccine, or vaccines, gains regulatory approval and WHO prequalification, doses can be produced at scale for distribution to India and LMICs as part of the Gavi COVAX AMC mechanism as early as the first half of 2021,” SII said in a statement.”In an attempt to make our fight against COVID-19 stronger and all-embracing; SII has partnered with Gavi and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the manufacturing and delivery of up to 100 million doses of future COVID vaccines for India and low- and middle-income countries in 2021,” Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla said.”The candidate vaccines, including those from AstraZeneca and Novavax, will be priced at $3 per dose and will be made available in 92 countries in GAVI`s COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC),” the company stated in a statement.GAVI, the Gates-backed organisation, coleads a scheme called ‘COVAX’ designed to provide fast and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. The scheme aims to deliver billion doses of approved and effective COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2021.India’s COVID-19 cases tally crossed 20 lakh mark with the highest single-day spike of 62,538 cases on Friday, said Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.The COVID-19 tally rises to 20,27,075 including 6,07,384 active cases, 13,78,106 cured/discharged/migrated and 41,585 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.(With news agency inputs)
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Delhi HC allows DU to conduct online open book exams for final year UG courses

Delhi HC allows DU to conduct online open book exams for final year UG courses

The court said question papers have to be uploaded on Delhi University’s portal and sent to students through email



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NEP’s private participation push, disregard for caste and gender show it as little more than echo of past policies

All our education policies have been reflective of Macaulay’s idea of creating a class of people willing to serve a larger authority.

Last week, the MHRD minister Ramesh Pokriyal ‘Nishank’ along with the former MHRD minister Prakash Javadekar announced the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 at a press conference. The draft NEP 2019, which serves as the base to this document, was formulated by a nine-member team, all belonging to upper castes, headed by the former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan. The draft was first submitted to the MHRD on 18 December, 2018.

The Kasturirangan committee report states the vision of the policy as “creating an India–centred education system which would help in transforming a nation into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society.”

All our previous education policies too have been centered on the very idea of nation.

This trend was set in the 19th Century by the British Education commissioner, Thomas Babington Macaulay, popularly known as Lord Macaulay. In some way, Lord Macaulay led the premise of an organised/formal ‘Indian education system’ in his infamous Macaulay’s Minute on education in 1835. It was his idea of centralising the education towards a common entity to create a class of people willing to serve in occupational capacities to larger authority.

Based on the Reports of Kothari commission (1964-66),the then prime minister Indira Gandhi announced the national policy on education (NPE). The document claimed to maintain and protect the inclusivity and diversity of India by introducing the three-language formula (Hindi, English and regional language). The goal was to strengthen the idea of India. Whereas in 1986, National Policy of Education introduced by the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi promised social integration of women, STs and SCs , to ensure the participation of all communities in building of the nation.

In 1992, NPE(2) was modified by the PV Narasimha Rao government. The idea was to centralise academic framework of education towards India. Therefore, a three-exam formula for engineering was formulated: JEE, AIEEE at the national-level and state-level entrances at the regional level.

The NPEs mentioned above were clearly ‘India centered’ in their approach. Yet their failure in creating a vibrant and equitable knowledge system is clearly evident through the data mentioned in the new Kasturirangan report.

The report cites that approximately “26 percent of the Indian population is illiterate (2011 Census).” This 26 percent is constituted of the economically disadvantaged and socially disadvantaged classes (SCs, STs, ,OBCs and BPLs).The committee though aware of this fact, has still contextualiSed its new patterns of education based on the archaic notion of ‘for India’. These patterns root for the inclusivity of a particular class of people, thus achieving little or non-useful success in their attempts.

The new policy mentions as an objective, the fact, that “education must thus move towards less content and more learning, about how to think critically and solve problems, how to be creative and multi-disciplinary, to innovate, adapt and absorb new material in novel and changing fields.” This indicates an intent of inculcating a practice of ‘perceiving things’. But the policy also clearly states a decrement in the base, on which things will be perceived, i.e., ‘content’ and does not compensate for it in any other form. With scarce and selective content the students would only innovate, adapt and absorb things based on a limited access and a fixed rigid pattern.

This policy boldly claims to be a first of its kind in 21st Century. It addresses the growing developmental imperatives of this country. Further, it points to the rich heritage of ancient Indian knowledge as the guiding light of this policy.

It may have been the guiding light for the policy but it does not have any scope of reflection in it.

Increased participation of non-educational stake holders under the categories of ‘business venture’ and introduction of foreign universities’ localised campuses hint at ‘colonial submission’ rather than deriving inspiration from our ‘ancient education system.’

The teachers and their conditions have been central to these changes as mentioned in the policy .Even though teachers are one of the most important elements of the education process, they have not been given special attention. Education is first and foremost for the receiver i.e., the student. If teachers’ position is compromised to the extent of non-existence, one ought to admit that the NEP is designed just to smoothen the operationalism of academia and not for the improvement of education.

The NEP in its structure is very reflective of the previous NPEs.

NEP 2020 extends itself as form of NPE 1986 by introducing the concept of ‘early childhood care and education.’

Under this concept MHRD, now Ministry of Education (still to be enacted) recognises children of 3 to 5 years as students and has instructed NCERT to form a curriculum for them. The policy classifies the children belonging to 3 to 8 years as primary receivers of education and has divided them into two categories, Pre Primary 3 to 5 years and primary 6 to 8 years.

The reason cited by the policy for this early education is a research which states that ‘85 percent of a child’s cumulative brain occurs prior to the age of 6.’ While infusing a sense of institution in the mind of the child during its development, the initiative will remain successful till the institution has educational instincts, or else the development of the child can be manipulated and compromised. This process will have to be executed very carefully, keeping in mind the vulnerability of children.

Last time, this research mentioned in the policy gained space in public forum was when a milk supplement, then available for elder children, tried to make a market among younger children. They claimed on account of this research that their supplement (a new one, specifically for 3 to 6 years old) will increase the efficiency of the child’s development.

The Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, came into effect on April 2010 and almost 10 years later covers the entire school education system. Under the new academic circuit, the old 10+2 system is rejected and a new pattern of 5+3+3+4 (15 years) will be adopted. RTE will now cover this whole education spectrum.

The report states that under ECCE, student up to Class 5 will be inculcated with ‘foundational literacy and numeracy.’ Elaborating this concept, the 2019 draft covers reading, writing and speaking of languages under foundational literacy, whereas ‘mathematical thinking and ideas are covered under ‘Numeracy’.

This process is being portrayed as an activity whose primary aim is to inculcate ‘reading habits’ and ‘mathematical understanding’ among the children up to age eleven. Though the policy states the methods, it fails to mention the content that will be provided. For example, the kind of literature that will be provided to the students for ‘reading’ has not been revealed or discussed, not even as an example.

One of the significant problems pointed out in the draft is that of non-willing dropouts. The gross enrollment rate for classes 6 to 8 is at 90.7 percent, but it drastically falls to 51.3 percent in classes 11 and 12.

This trend of dropping out from school starts from Class 5 and increases drastically after Class 8. Unsurprisingly, the solutions stated in the policy echo its ancestors by pointing to ‘strengthening of infrastructure’.

‘Enlarging schools’ and ‘conveyance for girls’ are among examples listed as what constitutes ‘strong infrastructure’. Policymakers have discarded the impressively potent causes such as caste-based discrimination, financial setbacks and gender which come in the way of uninterrupted education.

Another aspect on which the policy lays emphasis is ‘alternative education’.

‘Gurukuls, pathshalas, madrasas, home-schooling’ are cited as examples. Great move, one would think, unless the realisation of how the stake of the State is being compromised strikes. To cover the financial needs of this ‘alternative education’, the policy suggests corporate ventures such as philanthropic- public and public-private partnerships that will help the State share the ‘student boom’.

But the policy does not define the contributions and dynamics of this ‘sharing’, especially on the states’ part.

According to the eighth All India School Education Survey, alternative schooling in India has been a fad lately, with as many as 30,000 schools catering to almost 19 lakh students in the primary classes from 1 to 5. This comes to almost sixty students per school, and this is where the reason behind its success lies.

The teachers have to handle fewer students and are therefore more comfortable and confident in the environment, resulting in effective teaching. The teachers are also paid well owing to the grand fee structures of such schools, with many K-schools demanding as much as 4 lakh per year from resident students and around 1 lakh per year from day scholars.

Such a system is being desired for these partnership-based schools, but despite being teacher-strengthening, the policy hardly cares to address the large teacher-pupil ratio in the public schools, which tends to put more burden on a single teacher.

The policy calls for a compulsory ‘fun year-long courses to be undertaken any time between classes 6 and 8’. The courses can be carpentry, electric work, metal work as mapped by the needs of the local community. The policy also makes much of setting the ground for ‘internships for Class 6 children.’

NEPs private participation push disregard for caste and gender show it as little more than echo of past policies

Policymakers have discarded potent causes such as caste-based discrimination, financial setbacks and gender which come in the way of uninterrupted education. AkshayaPatra Foundation at Pixabay

Corporate culture has wanted internships since its inception but the absence of any laws on the amount of work and stipends have resulted in constant complaints by the undergrads who often term it ‘free labour’.

In such a scenario, it is doubtful that teens would be able to stand up for themselves and protect their rights. Questions of safety, especially of young girls, also loom large.

In conclusion to the school education segment, the policy declares the establishment of ‘National Assessment Centre for school Education (NACSE)’ under the Ministry of Education (MOE) for a more holistic evaluation.

Following which the policy proclaims that henceforth board exams will allow students to choose from a wide range of subjects. Interestingly, one might point to a fact that wide ranges of subjects are already available to the students of ICSE or CBSE.

For example, ‘graphic designing, carnatic music, bharatnatyam’  are all part of the many theory papers available to ICSE students. But they are much less relevant compared to history, physics or maths paper.

Because of a general stigma attached to such subjects, there is a massive dearth of elements required for provision of such courses in schools, which often term them under the umbrella of ‘extra-curricular’. The responsibility of the interest in such a case is on the student and not on the organisation. Therefore, the conversation ought to move towards changing the fundamental viewpoint and setting the stage for ‘providing’ rather than widening the choices.

Foundational pillars for the policy as mentioned in it are 1) access 2) equality 3) equity 4) affordability and 5) accountability. The policy in itself lacks newness. ‘Education for all’ and creation of bodies responsible for providing it has been the principle of NEPs since the Kothari Commission.

The policy clearly refrains from finding contextual contemporary foundations and searches for them in the previous century. In aforesaid statement, the policy states that education is a great leveler, but it leaves it there in ambiguity. Neither does it define the ‘level’ nor does it care to mention ‘ who has to be leveled.’

All our education policies have been reflective of Macaulay’s idea of creating a class of people willing to serve a larger authority.

They all have attempted to reiterate his ways that which about the Western codes and morals. The appreciation of western ideals is still evident in how we perceive our education. Be it science, English or any other subject, we are very much dependent on the same Macaulay model, which although criticised, is never tackled.

There’s no attempt by these policies to either acknowledge or move towards improving it. It is not a right-wing or left-wing problem per se. Be it Congress or BJP, both have followed the same model. These tendencies must be extinguished and fundamental questions about the philosophy of our education addressed before these policies can be anything more than just for show.

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SSLC Result 2020 Karnataka: Class 10 exam results to be out on 10 August at karresults.nic.in

SSLC Result 2020 Karnataka: Class 10 exam results to be out on 10 August at karresults.nic.in

Students can check Karnataka SSLC Result 2020 on the official website karresults.nic.in once the results are out



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Karnataka SSLC Results 2020: KSEEB to declare Class 10 scores on 10 Aug; steps to check results via SMS

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Karnataka SSLC Results 2020 | The Karnataka board will declare results of Class 10 exams for over eight lakh students on Friday



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WBJEE 2020 result: West Bengal joint entrance exam board declares result on wbjeeb.nic.in

WBJEE 2020 result: West Bengal joint entrance exam board declares result on wbjeeb.nic.in

WBJEE 2020 result: Souradeep Das from the Uttar Dinajpur district secured the first rank and Subham Ghosh from the Paschim Burdwan district stood second.



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SC issues notice to Centre seeking directions to define press freedom

The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the Central government seeking a reply on a petition asking directions to define the parameters of freedom of press so as to”restrict assassination of dignity” of individuals, communities, religious saints, religious and political organisations by elctronic media channels.A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde sought a reply to the notice within four weeks.The petition sought appropriate order directing the respondent, Union of India, to prevent the misuse of airwaves by the broadcasting electronic channels in the name of press freedom.The petition sought intervention by the Supreme Court to control the “uncontrolled and unregulated” broadcasting electronic channels, who are involved in such kind of alleged activities.Reporting intended to hurt the sentiments of saints, religious and political organizations in the name of freedom of press should be prohibited, the petition demanded.The plea sought the issuance of appropriate order directing the Central government to restrict the media trial, parallel trial, judgmental views and interfering in the administration of justice.The petition stated that the apex court should direct the government to set up an independent body called the Broadcasting Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) to monitor the news broadcast.”The top court should issue appropriate order directing the Central government to constitute an independent authority to be known as the Broadcast Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) for the purpose of regulating and facilitating the development of broadcasting services in India,” the plea said.
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Coronavirus: How India breached the two million mark

Experts blame a hastily enforced lockdown, patchy testing and ineffective safety measures.

West Bengal WBJEE 2020 exams: Results declared, check @wbjeeb.nic.in.

The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations (WBJEE) Result 2020 have been announced by the WBJEE Board on August 7. The results was declared on the official website-wbjeeb.nic.in. 51% of students from West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) has passed state JEE this year. The percentage of successful candidates from other boards are, CBSE- 31%, ISC- 3%, other boards- 15% 71% students from West Bengal passed in state JEE.Apart from the state students, 29 per cent from other state cracked state engineering entrance exam this year Souradeep Das from Uttar Dinajpur ranked 1st in WBJEE 2020. He is the student of Ramkrishna Mission, Deogarh.Earlier, West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee confirmed the news regarding West Bengal WBJEE Result 2020. Around 2,053 seats are vacant in total 10 government run engineering colleges. The admission process will be conducted for around 28,493 seats in 86 private engineering collegesThe counselling process for the WBJEE will begin next week. Candiadtes are requested to check the dates for counselling on the official website.Candidates awaiting the West Bengal WBJEE Exam 2020 results can check their performances at the official website of the board — wbjeeb.nic.in.West Bengal WBJEE 2020: How to check engineering results Step 1 Visit wbjeeb.nic.inStep 2 Click on the link-‘Download Rank Card for WBJEE-2020’.Step 3 Enter the application number.Step 4 Enter the password.Step 5. Enter the security pin.Step 6 Click on sign in.Step 7 The results will be displayed on the screen.Step 8 Download and take a printout of the result for futre referenceWBJEE 2020 was conducted on February 2, 2020. From this year onwards the Board has fixed a day to conduct the exams every year. The exams would be held on the first Sunday of February every year.The counselling would be held online this year due to the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic. The board has already announced the list of provisional institutes providing admissions to the undergraduate courses in Engineering, Pharmacy or Architecture in the next academic session. The list of government and private colleges are available on wbjeeb.nic.in. The entire counselling process will be online taking note of the COVID-19 pandemic situations, according to a board official. The board earlier announced the list of provisional institutes for admission to undergraduate courses in Engineering/Technology, Pharmacy and Architecture for the new academic session. The list of government, private institutes are available at the website- wbjeeb.nic.in.
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Delhi govt extends timings for opening liquor shops by one more hour

The Delhi government has extended the timings for liquor shops to stay open by one hour.The move was taken with an intention to increase thegovernment’s revenue, an official said to a news agencyThe liquor ships will be open in the national capital from 10 am to 10 pm , accrding to the new order issued by the excise department on Thursday.”In pursuance to guidelines issued by chairperson, state executive committee, Delhi Disaster Management Authority, Government of NCT of Delhi vide order no..Dated 31.07.2020, all L-6, L-7, L-8, L-9 and L-10 liquor vends are allowed to open from 10 am to 10 pm instead of 10 am to 9 pm with immediate effect till further orders,” the order stated.There are 863 liquor shops in Delhi. out of which 475 are run by the four government corporations – the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation, Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation and Delhi Consumer”s Cooperative Wholesale Store.Other 389 liquor shops are privately-owned.
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BSEB awards grace marks to over 2.14 lakh Class 10, 12 students to avoid compartment exam amid pandemic

The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has passed more than two lakh students of Class 10th and Class 12th who could not clear one or two papers of the annual examination by awarding them grace marks. The new list has been uploaded at onlinebseb.in.

According to a report by Hindustan Times, the decision to promote students was taken to avoid compartmental exam amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 3,40,633 students were unable to qualify the BSEB Class 10th and 12th exams. Out of these, 2,14,287 have been promoted. Only those students closer to the pass marks have been benefited with the board’s move. The Bihar Board had declared the Class 12th results on 23 March, while the Class 10th results were released on 26 May.

A total of 1,32,486 students including 46,005 in one subject and 86,481 in two subjects – had failed in Class 12 exam.

In Class 10th exam, a total of 2,08,147 students including 1,08,459 in one subject and 99,688 in two subjects had failed.

A report by Times Now quoted BSEB secretary Anand Kishore as saying that waiting for the situation to get normal and then conducting compartment examination would have delayed the results to November-December.

“The decision has been taken entirely in students’ interests. Some other boards also did the same to avoid the risk of taking the examination in the midst of pandemic,” he added.

After awarding grace marks to students, 72,610 more students or 54.81 percent have passed in intermediate exams, while 1,41,677 more pupils or 68.07 percent have cleared in matriculation exam in the state.

Steps to check results:

Step 1: Go to the official website – onlinebseb.in

Step 2: Click on the link that reads “Result Updated – Annual Senior Secondary Examination Result 2020” or “Result Updated – Annual Secondary Examination Result 2020”

Step 3: Enter your roll number and other log in credentials

Step 4: Result will be displayed on the screen.

Direct link to check updated Annual Secondary Examination Result 2020 – http://matricspl.onlinebseb.in/

Direct link to check updated Annual Senior Secondary Examination Result 2020 – http://inter.onlinebseb.in/

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Kerala rains: At least five killed in landslide in Idukki district, 80 tea estate workers feared trapped

At least five people were killed, and many feared trapped after a landslide initiated by torrential rains swept through a residential area in Rajamala of Kerala’s Idukki district on Friday (August 7).According to sources,80 tea estate workers are reportedly trapped in the area.Here is the video of the landslide as taken by ANI:Superintendent of Police, Idukki said that the landslide occurred at a place where tea plantation workers reside and as many as three families are stranded there.Uptil now, 10 people have been rescued from danger.”National Disaster Response Force has been deployed to rescue the landslide victims in Idukki’s Rajamala. Police, fire, forest and revenue officials also instructed to intensify rescue operation,” Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.A 50-member strong special task force team of the fire Force has also been dispatched to Rajamalai in Idukki for rescue efforts, he added. The chief minister of the state has also requested Indian Air Force (IAF) for the rescue operation.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for heavy rainfall in Idukki, Malappuram and Wayanad districts of the state.The alert for ‘extremely heavy rainfall’ has been issued till August 11.
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Manoj Sinha, the man who almost became UP CM in 2017, now takes oath as L-G of Jammu and Kashmir

Former Union minister Manoj Sinha on Friday took oath as the new lieutenant governor of Jammu and Kashmir. The 61-year-old politician was administered the oath of office by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Justice Gita Mittal in Raj Bhavan.Sinha became the first political leader to take charge of the union territory and replaced Girish Chandra Murmu, who resigned as the J&K L-G exactly one year after the Centre in 2019 abrogated Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two union territories.Among the many things he is known for, this Bhumihar face of the BJP was speculated to be an almost certain choice of the BJP as UP Chief Minister before the party sprang a surprise with Yogi Adityanath. But Sinha never complained and that, many believe, has weighed in.Sinha wore many hats – a former Minister of State for Railways, an IIT graduate, a man who transformed Ghazipur with his developmental initiatives. Sinha climbed the organisational ladder from the ABVP during his student days at Benaras Hindu University to the man in 2017 who was followed vigorously by TV cameras, almost certain to be UP Chief Minister. In fact, his journey from being a member of the BJP’s National Council in 1989 to J&K Lieutenant Governor has been a fascinating ride.Many believe that very few lawmakers in the Hindi heartland took Modi’s ‘Vikas’ call as seriously as Sinha. This is why, after winning three times from Ghazipur and confident of a comeback banking high on his reputation as ‘Mr Development’, it stunned many when he lost to Afzal Ansari, the brother of don-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, by a margin of 1.19 lakh votes. It is believed that caste equations contributed to his defeat, despite his admirable track record.But what made the cut this time for the former BHU student leader and IIT alumnus was his perceived clean image. The ex-civil engineer hardly courted controversy nor made any statements to the media that embarrassed his party or the government. But mostly, the man with a mass base is seen as non-corrupt which played a key role in him being picked as J&K L-G at a time when the Centre is keen to flush out corrupt ‘babus’.A UP man, an IIT alumnus, seen as ‘Mr Development’ and a leader close to both Modi and Shah – Manoj Sinha had everything going for him.(With agency inputs)
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COVID-19 lockdown exposes gaps in India’s child protection services and urgent need for collaborative, proactive approach

The lockdown augmented poverty, uncertainty and domestic anxiety; now more children may move toward the streets; away from home or searching for work.

Veer sits on a wooden stool, in a noisy children’s shelter. His bewildered eyes wander around the room as he recounts his journey to Delhi, his words veiled by a thick Rajasthani accent. He says it got too much – all the numbers and the math. He was tired of the reprimands from his teacher and parents, so he left. At seven, he was unaware of where the train led, but knew wherever it went was away from home and school. He ended up in Delhi, where someone — the Railway Police or a do-gooder — found him on a platform and notified the Child Welfare Committee. The officials brought Veer to this shelter, where he is now telling his story to a counselor, while a larger group comprising members of NGOs, the CWC and a juvenile police unit, searches for his family.

“Veer” is fictional, but the circumstances that pushed him — and many other children like him — away from home are not.

As the coronavirus finds over 1.7 million people in India, a small population — in physical stature, not numbers — needs the world’s attention. The June UNICEF report on children and COVID-19 states, “decades of progress on children’s health, education and other priorities risk being wiped out.” The risks include an escalation of India’s vulnerable minors as the country unlocks amidst aggravating poverty and dwindling child protection services.

Pre-pandemic, the number of child labour cases in India was high, and tough to handle. “Child labour includes those children who are trafficked, children who leave intentionally for work or children who are sent by families to the big cities,” says Navin Sellaraju, CEO of Railway Children of India. RCI is a nongovernmental organisation identifying children at risk on railway platforms alongside the Government Railway Police to bring them to safety. In his experience, Sellaraju says most child workers who are restored to their families by NGOs return to the big cities to find work again.

When handling child labour cases, protection is illusory; it’s not only about restoring a runaway child to his or her family but also fighting a longstanding mindset. For a city like Salem in the state of Tamil Nadu, Sellaraju says, children (mainly from Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh or Odisha) leave their homes to find work in the bangle or poultry selling industries. Children believe that once they turn 12 or 13 years old, they become providers for the family and so leave their homes in search of a job in the city. “It creates a migratory or predetermined pattern,” he adds. Per the 2011 census, India’s total child population between 5-14 years was 259.6 million, from this, 10 million children are working, either directly or indirectly, and most as workers in industrial warehouses, rag-pickers or vendors.

The three-month pause on work during the lockdown has depleted the savings of low-income families. RCI reported a surge in single-parent or mother-led families who reached out to the NGO for rations to make it through the day. Children in these families may become more likely to find work, and their restoration and rehabilitation may prove more challenging for protection providers post-COVID. There may be a reverse migration to cities, just as there was one away from cities — along the arduous travels, children may face abuse, uncertainty and stigma, as they did before. Already this month, Childline recorded 17 calls pertaining to children taking up jobs in Noida, Dankaur and Greater Noida between March and June.

Where children aren’t being pushed directly into work, they may be facing stress, abuse, and mental illness due to added pressure on caretakers. Sans pandemic, violence already trailed labour closely in the list of reasons for children running away from home. A 2018 UNICEF study on Indian parenting methods, covering two districts within Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Odisha, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra, interviewed parents, grandparents, frontline workers and children between 8-10 years. In the report, respondents mentioned 30 different forms of violence, including physical (slapping, burning, beating), emotional (restricting movement, denying food), verbal (shouting, criticising), and witnessing domestic violence. Institutional abuse, particularly for children with learning disabilities, is another factor spurring the child’s decision to leave his or her home. “Around 15 percent of children on the street say they have a learning disability,” says Parvati Patni, director of Salaam Baalak Trust, “because schools in smaller parts of India find themselves less equipped to teach children with disabilities,” thereby pushing the children away from education, and even triggering escape from home.

The pandemic heightened the push away from home and the pull of the streets. “Where we were finding 20 or 30 children in Delhi,” says Patni, “we found 1 or 2 children because of lockdown; it makes me wonder where all the other children are,” and what they could be enduring. In the first month of lockdown, India’s ChildLine (1098) recorded 9,000 occasions where frontline workers intervened on ground, 20 percent of these interventions were to prevent child marriage, abuse, abandonment, child labour and more.

On the one hand, “the laws and protocols we have in place are adequate,” says Stuti Kacker, former chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. The NCPCR acts as the primary agent protecting, promoting, and defending child rights in India by ensuring all laws and policies uphold child rights. In 2009, the commission established the Integrated Child Protection Scheme, (ICPS), a centrally sponsored scheme to promote civil society and state partnership in providing child protection to children in difficulty.

We may have our laws, but we lack their implementation. For example, the law stipulates that each state set up Child Welfare Committees, the district-level intervention for all children in need. Nonetheless, a Save the Children report indicates that of seven states reviewed, only Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal had set up CWCs in every district, thereby limiting the grass-roots involvement in the country.

Additionally, though the Union Budget (20-21) increased its allocation towards Child Protection Services from Rs 1,350 crore to Rs 1,500 crore, a report by HAQ Centre for Child Rights, suggests the share for children accounts for 3-4 percent of the total budget, and the allocation for Child Protection Services fell by 1.43 percent from last year (19-20).

The lockdown only exposed the preexisting gaps in India’s protection services. For the first few weeks, when the focus was containing the spread of the virus, the government did not categorise NGOs like RCI as an essential service. Consequently, Sellaraju says RCI intervened at the ground-level, but only where it had local connections. Eventually, NGOs and charities were permitted curfew passes. Such is the pattern of Child Protection Services in India — reactive, but not yet proactive.

For it is not only about the Veers in India, but also the quality of their education, the economic circumstances that drive them to find work at their age, the community where they see it happen all the time. It’s about their friends — who suffer violence at the hands of parents or teachers, who believe violence is tolerable. Various branches divulge into child vulnerability, and so various branches are needed to fight it. The lockdown augmented poverty, uncertainty and domestic anxiety; now more children may move toward the streets; away from home or searching for work. For us to be prepared, India requires a comprehensive intervention policy and a cohesive, multilevel child protective network. It calls for collaboration between civil society and the state. It requires a proactive approach.

When I ask Patni about India’s fight for the safety of vulnerable children, she says “our work is getting there,” but the battle is young, a mere drop in the ocean.

The author works at PVR on the conceptualisation and execution of Cinema Reimagined, a pilot project. She was earlier an assistant to a high-level commissioner at the United Nations. Views are personal.

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HC allows Delhi University to hold online open book exams with certain conditions

Giving green signal to the Delhi University, the Delhi High Court on Friday allowed the varsity to hold online open book examinations for final term students with certain directions.A single-judge bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh allowed the varsity to conduct online open book exams on conditions that the question paper should be available on the portal as well as should be emailed to all the students appearing in the exams.The counsel for the Delhi University has agreed with the conditions.Wishing best luck to students for examination, Justice Singh asked Delhi University and University Grants Commission (UGC) to comply with the directions.Among other conditions imposed by the High Court for conducting the exams, is that the students should be given one-hour extra time for uploading the answer sheets and if they faced some technical glitches then, they should be allowed to email their answer sheets.An auto-generated email shall be sent to students informing that their answer sheets have been received, the court said directing that the common service centre academy shall notify all its centres that are to be used during the exams of the directions.The court order came on petitions filed by several students including one Anupam challenging Delhi University’s decision to conduct online open book examination for final term students.The plea sought quashing and withdrawal of the Delhi University notifications dated May 14, 2020, May 30, 2020, and June 27, 2020, issued in respect of undergraduate and postgraduate students, including students of the school of open learning and Non-Collegiate Women Education Board.It also sought to direct the varsity to evaluate the final year students based on the previous years’ or semesters’ results in the same manner as the respondent university has planned to promote the first and second-year students.(With ANI inputs)
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SC asks Centre to explore possibility of restoring 4G services in certain areas of J&K

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the e Jammu and Kashmir administration to explore the possibility of restoring 4G services in certain areas in the Union Territory. It is to be noted that hig-speed internet has been suspended the valley since August last year when Centre abrogated special status of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.The Jammu and Kashmir administration sought more time, saying thatnew Lt Governor has been appointed in the Union Manoj Sinha has been appointed the new LG of Jammu and Kashmir after G C Murmu resigned from the post.A bench of Justices N V Ramana, R Subhash Reddy, and B R Gavai heard the matter. The bench has adjourned the hearing for August 11.The apex court informed the administration that change of LG has no bearing on the matter as a special committee has been appointed to look into the issue.An NGO filea comtempt plea seeking restoration of 4G internet service in the UT. The plea sought initiation of contempt proceedings against the Union Home Secretary and Chief Secretary of J-K for their alleged “wilful disobedience” in complying with the court’s May 11 order.The bench argued that the court cannot say what the situation is on the ground level but the issue is that the matter should not be delayed.The bench told Mehta that he has to explain as under what circumstances the LG had reportedly said that the 4G internet service can be restored and what was the basis of that statement by the LG.”What is the basis of the decision that has been taken? Is there a possibility that in some areas 4G Internet services can be restored? Is there anything that can be done?” the bench asked.In response, Mehta said that directions for a review of the matter are being complied with. He pointed out that J&K Lieutenant Governor had since been changed.”We need time to get instructions and file a response,” said Mehta.The top court told Mehta there is no question of further adjournments on the matter, and said that the Attorney General must be present on the next date of hearing with the Centre`s stand on this issue.Earlier, Senior Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, representing the Foundation for Media Professional, argued that Mehta had in the last hearing appeared for the Union Territory of J&K. “On the last date of hearing, they said they want to go through the rejoinder filed by the petitioners. It is apparent that they are taking time,” he addedThe bench noted that the petitioners have relied on a statement given by the then LG, but he has since been changed. The bench asked Ahmadi to wait for a few more days.”We need to see what the government has to say. Then we will see if there is any contempt,” noted the bench.The court posted the matter for further hearing in the next week.(With Agency inputs)
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Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K, fires mortar shells

Pakistan army has violated ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir by opening fire at Indian positions along the Line of Control in Kupwara, Handwara, Baramulla and Poonch districts.Since morning, the Pakistan army has been shelling several areas which include Uranbuwa in Uri tehsil of Baramulla, Karnah area of Kupwara, and the Nowgam sector in Handwara, north Kashmir. Several shells have also landed in civilian areas, reports said.”For an hour, ceasefire violation is going on. There are no injures to anyone so far,” Abdul Qayoom, SSP Baramulla told WION over the phone. In Poonch district of Jammu division, at around 0630 hours, Pakistan, according to the Indian army started firing using small arms and shelling with mortars along the LoC in Balakote sector. In Poonch, locals have WION that from the 4th of August, shells have been landing in civilian areas. “Many shells have hit our houses. For years now, we haven’t seen this intense shelling in our village,” Mohammad Ashraf, a village head said. The Indian army said that they are retaliated befittingly to Pakistan’s unprovoked ceasefire violation. Shelling was still going on when the last reports came in.
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KSEEB Karnataka SSLC exams 2020 results: State education minister offers clarification on date, ways to check score

The Karnataka Secondary School Level Certificate (SSLC) results is likely to be released in a few days by theKarnataka Secondary Education Examination Board. However, the results will not be declared today.The state education Minister Suresh Kumar clarified on Friday that the results will not be declared on August 7, contrary to many media reports that has stated otherwise. He had posted the message on facebook in which he said that the result dates are not yet fixed.He had earlier stated that th results will be announced on the first week of August.However, the students are advised to check the official Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board website for any dvelopments on the results.When the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board do declare the results, candidates can check the scores on the official website-karresults.nic.in.Steps to check the Karnataka class 10 results 2020:Step 1. Visit the official website-karresults.nic.inStep 2. Click on the result link-‘Karnataka SSLC results 2020’Step 3. Enter your roll number and other necessary details.Step 4. Click on submit.Step 5. The results will be displayed on the screen.Step 6. Download and take a printout of the result for future reference.Students can also access the results through SMS. Students should type – KSEEB10 ROLLNUMBER – and send it to 56263 to receive their scores.Karnataka government conducted the Class X board exams from June 25 amid COVID-19 fears despite strong opposition from rival parties. Students had to follow the COVID-19 protocols during the examination.One student was seated per bench, and there was a limited number of students alloted in each classroom.Candidates who clear the Class 10 Exams in Karnataka will progress for higher secondary education and have to select their streams for the Class 12 examinations.
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Happy that NEP hasn’t raised concerns of any bias: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that it is a matter of happiness that no section of the country has stated that the National Education Policy (NEP) has any bias. The Prime Minister said that the goal of the NEP should be to empower the present and future generations to be future-ready.”After the National Education Policy came, no section of the country said that the policy has any bias. It is a matter of happiness,” Prime Minister Modi said while addressing a ‘Conclave on Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy’, via video conferencing.”Every country equates education to its national interest and moves forward. The goal is that the education system should keep the present and future generation future-ready. NEP’s basis in India is similar. NEP’s goal is to enable the youth of the country for future challenges,” he added.”NEP was approved after extensive discussions over 3-4 years and deliberation over lakhs of suggestions,” the Prime Minister added.”National Education Policy is being discussed across the nation today. People from different fields and ideologies are giving their views and reviewing the policy. It’s a healthy debate. The more it is done, the more it will be beneficial to the education system of the country,” he added.The new National Education Policy (NEP) approved by the Union Cabinet was announced on July 29 by HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriya Nishank. A single regulator for higher education institutions, multiple entry and exit options in degree courses, discontinuation of MPhil programmes, low stakes board exams, common entrance exams for universities are among the highlights of the new education policy. The government aims to increase Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education to 50% by 2035 and 3.5 crore seats are to be added for the purpose.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled to visit India in October: MEA

The Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit India in October.High level exchanges including the The annual bilateral summit between India and Russia are set to take place.”There is a full calendar of forthcoming high-level exchanges between the two sides. The SCO and BRICS foreign ministers meetings, the NSAs’ meeting, the Defence ministers’ meeting are scheduled. Of course, we have the annual bilateral summit coming up in October when President Putin is expected to visit India,” Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava said.Srivastava further informed that foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Russian deputy foreign minister spoke with each other on all India-Russia recent exchanges.”Yesterday when India’s foreign secretary and the Russian deputy foreign minister spoke, they took stock of all these recent exchanges and the idea is to keep the momentum of these regular exchanges going on because due to the COVID situation, we have not been able to have visits,” he said.He further said that dates are still to be decided for the SCO and BRICS meetings which was scheduled to be held in July. The meetings was postponed due to the COVID-19 situation in participating countries.It is to be noted that on June 24, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attended the Victory Day Parade in Moscow marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.Rajnath Singh termed his visit to the Russian capital a sign of ‘special friendship’ between New Delhi and Moscow. “My visit to Moscow is the first foreign visit from India of an official delegation during the COVID pandemic. This is a sign of our special friendship. Despite all the difficulties of the pandemic, our bilateral relations are keeping good contacts at the various levels,” he said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken to Vladimir Putin on July 2 and congratulated the latter on the successful national vote on constitutional amendments in Russia.
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Rhea’s sole aim was to grab Sushant’s money, painted false picture of his illness: Bihar govt tells SC

The Bihar government on Friday told the Supreme Court that Rhea Chakraborty and her family were in contact with Sushant Singh Rajput with the sole motive of grabbing his money.In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the state government stated that the transfer petition filed by Rhea, who is accused of criminal conspiracy and abetment of suicide in Sushant Singh Rajput death case, is ‘misconceived and not maintainable’.The affidavit names Rhea as the prime suspect in the case and says that she and her family painted a false picture of Sushant’s mental illness. It adds that Rhea used to give an overdose of medicines to Sushant.Also readCBI can’t probe Sushant Singh Rajput’s case without Maharashtra govt’s consent, claims Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyerFurther, the government said that while Mumbai Police did not cooperate with the Bihar Police which had gone to the city to probe Sushant’s death case, the team found several leads in the initial investigation. The government also stressed on the need for CBI inquiry in the matter.Rhea, who was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to record her statement on Friday in a money laundering case, had sought more time from appearance and requested to postpone the recording of her statement till the Supreme Court hears her plea.Also readSushant Singh Rajput death: Rhea Chakraborty, who once called for CBI probe, now questions FIR by probe agencyHowever, the probe agency declined her request. As per sources quoted by Zee News, “the ED has asked Rhea Chakraborty to join the probe. Her request has been denied and no exemption given by ED.”ED is likely to register Rhea Chakraborty’s absence as non-compliance of summons.It has also been learnt from sources that ED will now quiz Sushant’s friend Siddharth Pithani in Hyderabad on Saturday.In an email sent to the probe agency on Thursday night, Rhea sought to defer the inquiry in the case since the matter is still pending in the court. Notably, ED had summoned Rhea for questioning on Friday in connection with a money laundering case related to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.The ED is probing allegations of alleged mishandling of Rajput’s money and his bank accounts, and whether Rajput’s income was used for money laundering and creating illegal assets, reports quoting officials said.
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