The central government has decided that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana will now be extended till Diwali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on June 7.
“In this time of pandemic, the government is standing by the poor with every need, as their partner,” the Prime Minister said in an address to the nation.
“Till November, free food grains will be available in fixed quantity every month to more than 80 crore countrymen,” Modi added.
Horror! One-and-a-half-year-old abducted, Raped and murdered
A one-and-a-half-year-old girl died after she was abducted and sexually assaulted by a man in a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich district. According to report, the accused was caught by locals from the crime scene and thrashed before being handed over to the police. He tried to escape from police custody while being taken to court but was overpowered after being shot in the leg, police said.
According to reports, the toddler was sleeping in an open courtyard on Monday night when the accused (30) picked her up and took her to a deserted school building nearby, where he raped her. When the parents did not find their girl early morning on Tuesday, a search began and she was found profusely bleeding. The accused, who was also with the victim, was caught by the villagers and handed over to the police.
The girl was admitted to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries during the treatment.
A case under charges of murder and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has been lodged against the accused. While being taken to court in the afternoon for remand, the 30-year-old attacked the police team and tried to escape from the spot, SHO of the area police station Sanjay Singh said.
Police fired in the air but the accused did not stop and got shot in the leg, the SHO said, adding that he was arrested and sent to court for remand following a medical examination. The ASP said charges under the National Security Act will also be invoked against the accused.
The girl’s father said he frantically searched for his missing daughter along with other villagers only to find her in such a bad state in the nearby school.
CBSE, CISCE Class 12 Board Results 2021: Check Latest Update
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) have told the Supreme Court that the results for Class 12 board examination 2021 would be declared by July 31 and the students, desirous of taking up the board examination physically of CBSE can do so between August 15 to September 15, subject to conducive pandemic situation.
The CISCE said its students can take improvement examinations which may commence from September 1, subject to the situation remaining conducive.
In affidavits filed by both the boards before the top court, they have said that as per the scheme the results for Class XII Board Examination 2021 shall be declared by July 31.
The apex court was told by both CBSE and CISCE that they have amended their respective evaluation scheme to assess Class 12 students and incorporated a dispute resolution mechanism for the candidates who have any objections with regard to the results.
“I further say that regarding the date before which the optional examination for the candidates who are not satisfied with their assessment with the policy, the examinations for such candidates shall be conducted any time between August 15, 2021 to September 15, 2021, subject to conducive situation,” said the affidavit filed by Sanyam Bhardwaj, controller of examinations in CBSE.
The CISCE in its affidavit said, “The CISCE will endeavour to hold the improvement examinations as expeditiously as possible after the declaration of the results. Subject to the situation remaining conducive and stable and declaration of results in a timely fashion, the improvement examinations should commence before September 1, 2021”..
The CBSE said it has incorporated a clause which said that the dispute with regard to computation of results will be referred to a Committee constituted by the board.
It said that the scheme has been further amended to say that after declaration of result, if the candidates are not satisfied with their result, CBSE will provide online facility for registration for the examination.
The CBSE said that it has complied with the direction given on June 17 by the top court which asked it to provide for a dispute resolution mechanism, in case the students apply for correction of the final result declared by the CBSE.
The apex court had also directed the CBSE to specify the timeline for declaration of the result and the date before which the optional examination will be conducted, subject to conducive situation and logistical constraints.
“Examination will be conducted by the board only in the main subjects as and when conditions are conducive for holding the examinations. However, the marks obtained by a candidate in this examination will be treated as final for those who opt to take this examination,” the CBSE said in its affidavit.
With regard to private or second chance compartment candidate, the CBSE said that there examinations shall be conducted in such a manner so that they will fall within the assessment policy for the academic year 2019-2020 as approved by this the top court last year and, their results shall be declared in accordance with the said assessment policy.
“Their examinations shall also be conducted anytime between August 15, 2021 to September 15, 2021, subject to conducive situation,” the affidavit said. Similarly, CISCE has also filed an affidavit in the top court saying that it has complied with the direction and amended its assessment scheme for Class 12 students.
It said that the CISCE will endeavour to publish the results as expeditiously as possible, subject to the situation remaining conducive and stable, the results will be published on or before July 31, 2021.
The CISCE said that in the event of a student having objection(s) regarding computation of marks in the result; she/he may make a written application to the school concerned, stating the objection in detail along with reasons thereof.
“The Head of the School concerned will review the application, and only upon being satisfied with the contentions made therein, forward the same to the CISCE along with her/his comments/remarks endorsing the contentions made and documents supporting the opinion regarding the computation of marks”, it said.
It added that no application will be entertained by the CISCE unless it is forwarded by the Head of the School concerned and is being sent to the CISCE within seven days of declaration of results.
“Applications sent after the expiry of 07 days from the day of declaration of results will not be entertained,” the affidavit filed by Gerry Arathoon chief executive and secretary of CISCE clarified.
It said that the CISCE will then review the application, the supporting documents and the Head of School’s comments/remarks and convey its decision to the concerned School, in writing. “In case the result needs to be altered, the CISCE will notify the Head of the School concerned”, it said, adding that the CISCE will appropriately appoint an in-house committee for the dispute resolution mechanism.
“It is made clear for the avoidance of doubt that the Recheck of Answer Scripts is not applicable for the ICSE/ISC Year 2021 Examinations. This dispute resolution mechanism is only for the correction of calculation errors,” the affidavit said.
Does COVID vaccine affect fertility in men and women? Check what Health Ministry has to say
Amid recent reports claiming infertility due to COVID-19 vaccination amongst the population of reproductive age, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday (June 21, 2021) issued a clarification. Busting the myth, it said that none of the available coronavirus vaccines affects fertility as all vaccines and their constituents are tested first on animals and later in humans to assess if they have any such side effects.
“Vaccines are authorized for use only after their safety and efficacy is assured,” the Ministry said in a press statement.
It said that in the past few days, certain media reports have highlighted the prevalence of various superstitions and myths in a section of healthcare and frontline workers including the nurses.
“Such misinformation and rumours were observed to be spreading in the community during the vaccination drives earlier too e.g. polio and measles-rubella,” the Health Ministry added.
The Centre stated that there is ‘no scientific evidence’ suggesting COVID-19 vaccination can cause infertility in men and women.
#COVID19vaccines DO NOT affect fertility in men & women!
There is no scientific evidence linking the 2 and any claims to the contrary lack merit.
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) June 21, 2021
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