After CBSE, CISCE scrapped Class 12 board examinations, several states including Haryana, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh followed suit and cancelled the exams for Class 12 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (June 1), it was decided to call off the Class 12 examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Taking the cue, CISCE also decided to cancel Class 12 board exams.
Here’s list of all states that have called off the board exams:
The Haryana government on Wednesday (June 2) cancelled its state board examinations for Class 12. Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal told ANI, “The state government will follow the directions of the Central government in regarding the Class XII examination of Haryana School Education Board, Bhiwani and will conduct an internal assessment based on which the results will be declared soon.”
Rajasthan scrapped the Rajasthan Board of School Education (RBSE) Class 10 and 12 board exams 2021. Rajasthan Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra announced the decision during a press conference on Wednesday.
Uttarakhand cancelled the UBSE Class 12 board examinations in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. “Uttarakhand Intermediate Board Examination has been cancelled on the lines of CBSE and ICSE Board. Students will also be given promotion accordingly,” state Education Minister said.
4. Madhya Pradesh
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan informed that the government has decided to cancel Madhya Pradesh Board Class 12 Examination 2021. “The class 12 board exams (organised by the MP Board of Secondary Education) for the year 2020-21 will not be held this year. The life of students is precious for us. We can take care of their career later,” the MP CM said in a video posted on Twitter.
Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama announced that the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSEB) has decided to cancel the GSEB class 12 board examination 2021.
Goa CM Pramod Sawant tweeted, “After extensive consultations, it has been decided that the Class 12 Exams shall be cancelled as the health and safety of our students is of utmost priority.”
Meanwhile, states including West Bengal, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh are yet to take a decision on the matter. While Assam government is likely to conduct Class 10 and Class 12 board exams in the state when conditions are conducive.
India reports lowest one-day rise in COVID-19 cases after 71 days
India on Sunday (June 13, 2021) reported its lowest one-day rise in the COVID-19 cases after 71 days. The country recorded 80,834 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the figures by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed.
India’s active caseload has now declined to 10,26,159, while the weekly positivity rate has dropped to 4.74% and the daily positivity rate stands at 4.25%.
There were also 3,303 coronavirus-related deaths between Saturday and Sunday morning.
So far, there have been 2.94 crore cases and 3.70 lakh fatalities across the country.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also informed that 1,32,062 patients recovered in the last 24 hours. India now has registered 2.80 crore recoveries and the recovery rate has improved to 95.26%.
Meanwhile, more than 25.31 crore coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered across the country.
Several BJP leaders resign from party in Union Territory
After Lakshadweep filmmaker Aisha Sultana was named in a case of sedition and hate speech for her comments criticising Administrator Praful Khoda Patel’s Covid handling, 15 leaders and party workers of the BJP have submitted their resignations to mark their protest. The FIR was filed on the complaint of the BJP’s chief in the union territory.
In a letter signed by 12 leaders and workers to C Abdul Khader Haji, the party’s Lakshadweep chief, they said: “The BJP in Lakshadweep is fully aware of how the present Administrator Patel’s actions are anti-people, anti-democracy and causing extreme suffering among people.”
They reminded Mr Haji of having met Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the issue and “submitting a complaint”. “You also know that several BJP leaders of Lakshadweep have already spoken on the various wrongdoings of the administrator and the district collector,” the letter read.
Backing Aisha Sultana, the leaders further said: “It’s just in the same manner, that Chetlat resident Aisha Sultana also shared her opinion in the media. Based on your complaint to the police, there has been a case registered against Aisha Sultana who, during a discussion, talked about from not having any Covid cases to rampant cases with the arrival of the present Administrator in Lakshadweep and his unscientific, irresponsible decisions.”
“You have filed a false and unjustified complaint against Chetlath sister, and ruining her family and her future. We convey our strong objection and submit our primary membership from BJP,” they said. The letter has been signed by BJP state secretary Abdul Hameed Mullipuzha among others.
Aisha Sultana had, during a news debate on a regional channel, blamed Covid cases in the island on Praful Patel’s decisions and remarked that the Centre had used “bio-weapon” against Lakshadweep. The Administrator has been accused by protesters including Lakshadweep Parliamentarian Mohammed Faizal in the past of doing away with quarantine protocols that were a must for people to enter Lakshadweep.
“Lakshadweep had zero cases of COVID-19. Now it is reporting a daily spike of 100 cases. What the Centre has deployed is a bioweapon. I can say this clearly that the central government has deployed bioweapon,” she had said on a Malayalam TV debate earlier this week.
The comment had BJP workers protesting on the streets; C Abdul Khader Haji, the BJP’s Lakshadweep chief, complained to the police accusing her of “anti-national” comments “tarnishing the patriotic image of the central government”.
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A fire broke out at a showroom in south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar Central Market area on Saturday morning, Delhi Fire Service officials said.
According to the fire department, a call about the blaze was received around 10.20 am, following which 16 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
Fire-fighting operations are underway and the cause of the fire is not known yet, they said.
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