Supreme Court Rejects Six-State Claim Against JEE / NEET’s Conduct
A three-judge Supreme Court, led by Justice Ashok Bhushan, rejected an allegation jointly presented by ministers from six ungoverned states by the BJP against the conduct of JEE Mains and NEET-UG in the midst of the pandemic. The bench, which also includes Justices BR Gavai and Krishna Murari found no basis in the petition for review of an August 17 Supreme Court order refusing to consider a students’ request to postpone the NEET and the JEE:
- “Fortuitous plans”: The ministers had affirmed that thousands of students should not be victims of the “instinctive” and “fortuitous” plans of the Center, which will prove “worse than the disease itself”.
- The National Testing Agency (NTA) notified the JEE between September 1 and 9.
- NEETs for medical posts are scheduled for September 13. Ministers said the months of April to September 2020 were characterized by government inaction, confusion, lethargy and inertia.
- The Union government suddenly woke up to hastily set exam dates.
- ‘The cure will prove to be worse than the disease itself,” the petition said, adding that the situation was serious enough to call back or postpone testing.
Preventive Deployments Across LAC – Army Chief
The situation along the Royal Line of Control (LAC) was tense and the military had conducted preemptive deployments, the Army Chief said today , Manoj Naravane, on the second day of your visit to Ladakh.
- He said the situation was tense over the past two to three months, but there had been continued engagement with China at the military and diplomatic levels.
- The visit to Leh comes amid intense tensions on the southern shore of Pangong Tso following “provocative movements” by Chinese troops in the region, in response to which the Indian army has seized some vacant heights in the region Chushul sector to get ahead of them.
Bihar’s elections and by-votes will be held together, EC said
- The Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to hold 65 by-elections in various states alongside the Bihar Assembly elections. Election times will be announced at the appropriate time, he said.
- Farewell elections were scheduled for 64 Assembly constituencies and one parliamentary seat, the ECI said at a meeting today.
- The Commission considered the reports and contributions of the Chief Registrars / Chief Electoral Officers of many of the States concerned.
- They had called for the postponement of the by-elections due to several factors, including extremely heavy rains and limitations linked to the pandemic.
- Considering that the Bihar Assembly elections are due to be completed by November 29, the ICE will hold the by-elections at around the same time.
The explosion at the Cuddalore firecracker factory leaves seven women
- Seven women were killed and two others seriously injured in an explosion at a firecracker manufacturing unit in Kurungudi, near Kattumannarkovil in the Cuddalore district on Friday. While five women died at the scene, two others died of burns at the government hospital in Kattumannarkovil. It is said that the condition of two women is critical.
- The licensed unit, which recently resumed operations, had nine women at the time of the accident. When a fire broke out, locally made cookies stored at the facility exploded. The concrete structure, including the roof and walls, collapsed.
The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 40,11,515 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 69,605. All parliamentarians who attend the parliamentary session in Monsoón, from September 14, must bring a negative test certificate for Covid-19 to enter the room.
- This requirement is part of a set of guidelines issued by the Secretariat of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in accordance with the recommendations of the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Union Ministry of Health.
Patients who participated in the first trials of a Russian coronavirus vaccine developed antibodies without “serious side effects,” according to a study published in The Lancet on Friday, but experts said the trials were too small to prove the safety and efficiency.
- It has also raised concerns among Western scientists about the lack of safety data, with some warnings that acting too quickly on a vaccine could be dangerous.
- Russia has denounced the criticism as an attempt to undermine the Moscow investigation.
- In the Lancet study, Russian researchers reported on two small trials, each involving 38 healthy adults between the ages of 18 and 60, who received a two-part immunization.
- Each participant received a dose of the first part of the vaccine, then a booster with the second part 21 days later. They were monitored for 42 days and all developed antibodies within the first three weeks.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that female police could play a vital role in preventing children in Jammu and Kashmir from taking the “wrong path”. Addressing the “ Dikshant ” ceremony, or fainting parade, of Indian Police Service (IPS) members on probation at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) via video conference, he said: “We have to work to prevent children from taking the wrong path. Women officers could counsel their mothers and bring children back into the mainstream ”.
Peace and security in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) region requires a climate of trust, non-aggression, respect for international rules and peaceful dispute resolution, the defense minister said on Friday, is seen as an indirect message to China. Rajnath Singh in his speech at a SCO ministerial meeting in Moscow, Singh also referred to World War II, saying his memories taught the world about the “follies of aggression” from state to state. India and China are both members of the SCO, a regional grouping of eight countries that focuses primarily on security and defense issues.