CBSE Postpones Class 12 Exams, Cancels Class 10 Exams Due to Rise in COVID-19 Cases
Daily NEWS Summary |14-04-2021; Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, class 12 CBSE exams have been postponed while class 10 exams have been canceled, this decision was taken after a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take stock of the situation.
- Both exams were scheduled to take place from May 4 to June 14. With the results of class 12 being the basis for admission to higher education institutions, it was decided to postpone the exams.
- The CBSE will review the situation on June 1. At least 15 days’ notice will be given before the exams start, according to the ministry’s statement.
- For the pupils of class 10, the results will be prepared on the basis of objective criteria to be developed by the council.
- Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks awarded will be able to take an exam when conditions permit, the ministry said.
- Today Prime Minister’s review meeting came amid growing demands from students, parents and state governments for exams to be canceled or postponed as the daily rate of infections regularly crosses the 1.5 lakh mark.
- Schools have been closed in 11 states due to the second wave of the pandemic.
- For many classes, schools have not reopened since the initial closure in March 2020.
- At least four state school boards that are due to take exams in April have announced a postponement.
Access to vocational training is not a generosity of the government, says Supreme Court
Daily NEWS Summary |14-04-2021; Access to vocational training is not “government generosity” and the state has an affirmative obligation to facilitate its reach at all levels, the Supreme Court said.
- This obligation takes on much greater importance for students whose backgrounds pose formidable barriers to accessing quality education, the Superior Court said.
- A bench by D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah made the remarks in a verdict on separate allegations made by two Ladakh students who were not admitted to M.B.B.S. course in New Delhi medical schools despite appropriate appointment by Union territory and in terms of places notified by the Center.
“Although the right to pursue higher [vocational] education has not been specified as a fundamental right in Part III of the Constitution, it is stressed that access to vocational training is not a generosity of the government. Instead, the state has a positive obligation to facilitate access to education, at all levels, ”
“This obligation is of much greater importance to students whose origin [by virtue of characteristics such as caste, class, sex, religion, disability and geographic region] imposes formidable obstacles in their path to access quality education, ”the court said in its April 9 judgment.
- While allowing the petitions presented by the two students, the higher court ordered that the admission procedures be completed immediately and, in any event, within a week.
- The Court noted that the two petitioners had been nominated by the administration of Ladakh for admission to M.B.B.S. courses within the framework of the headquarters of the “central group” established by the Union Ministry of Health and Family.
- Further it noted that one of them was assigned a seat at Lady Hardinge Medical College, while the other was assigned a seat at Maulana Azad Medical College.
“During this trial, we will of course address the grievance of the two students. But we intend to address the problem in a systematic way so that other students who may lack resources, or just knowledge about legal resources, are not deprived of education, ”the Bench said.
- He noted that Additional Attorneys General RS Suri and KM Nataraj, on behalf of Center and Ladakh, said that, given that the necessary allowances have been made in favor of the petitioners, there is no reason or justification for deny them the benefit of admission.
Hope India reconsiders position on RCEP, says Singaporean foreign minister
Daily NEWS Summary |14-04-2021; Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said he expected India to “reassess” its position on regional trade agreements, such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which India has signed, withdrawn and that Delhi the region has “a crucial role” to play during a period of increasing global instability.
- Speaking on Wednesday at the Raisina Dialogue, organized almost this year and hosted by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in partnership with the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Balakrishnan said he was “advocating” for India to review its position on the trade front. .
- RCEP came into force in November 2020 and is the world’s largest trade agreement, covering all ten ASEAN countries, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.
- The CPTPP, the successor to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) from which the United States has withdrawn, includes Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam from ASEAN, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru.
- India pulled out of RCEP in large part because it feared opening India to Chinese goods amid already large trade imbalances with China and the failure of the deal to adequately open up to services.
- Balakrishnan said Singapore hoped India could help build an “open” and “inclusive” regional architecture.
- The growing tensions between the United States and China, he said, were “of deep concern” for the region, as the pandemic caused “increased tension” that had “implications for all of us,” with a contest on emerging technologies, differences on humans rights, too. as tensions related to defense and cybersecurity issues.
India Will Raise Climate Action Goals, But Not Under Pressure: Prakash Javadekar
Daily NEWS Summary |14-04-2021; Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said India would step up its climate ambitions, but not under pressure. He said India will also continue to seek funding and support from developed countries, as well as its own climate actions.
- Javadekar made the remarks during a speech after a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the French Embassy.
- He said India was the only G20 country advocating for the Paris climate agreement and “we have done more than we promised.” Many countries have forgotten their pre-2020 commitments and are now talking about 2050, he said.
- Further he stated, many countries now say they don’t use coal, but the alternative has to be much cheaper than coal, only then will people get rid of coal. He said that India was suffering from the actions of others.
- The United States, Europe and China have emitted (greenhouse gases) and as a result the world is suffering, further that the historical responsibility is a majesty aspect of the climate debate .
- We must also consider climate justice for poor countries. They have the right to develop. Developed countries must finance what they are committed to, ”he said.
Daily NEWS Summary |14-04-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stands at 1,4,00,437 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,74,201.
- More than 1,000 people at Kumbh Mela tested positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours, the agencies reported. Despite the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, there are no plans to disrupt the mass religious gathering of mostly unmasked pilgrims, which will continue until April 30, state government officials told the media.
- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav said on Wednesday that they tested positive for COVID-19. The Chief Minister recently campaigned in the West Bengal elections. Several officials in his office tested positive.
- The former U.P. CM Akhilesh Yadav also took to the social media site to announce that he had tested positive. He said that he had isolated himself and was receiving treatment at his home.
- Former Chief Election Commissioner G.V.G. Krishnamurty passed away on Wednesday due to age-related ailments, the Election Commission of India said in a statement. He was 86. The former CEC is survived by his wife, son and daughter.
- Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra recalled Krishnamurti’s contribution during his tenure from October 1, 1993 to September 30, 1996, the statement said.