CBSE Class 12 Exams Canceled, Government Says
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-06-2021; Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) class 12 exams canceled, following an exam meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Given the uncertain conditions due to COVID and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders, it has been decided that the Class XII Council examinations will not take place this year. It was also decided that the CBSE would take steps to collect the results of the students in class XII according to well-defined objective criteria within a limited time, ”said the statement from the Prime Minister’s office issued after the meeting.
- However, in the event that some students wish to sit for the exams, the CBSE will offer them such an option, as the situation turns favorable, the statement said. The same option was also offered last year.
- At the meeting, in the presence of senior cabinet ministers and senior officials of the Ministry of Education, a detailed presentation was made of the consultations carried out so far and the opinions received from all stakeholders, including state governments.
- The reviews, originally scheduled for May, have been postponed due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Around 14 lakh students have registered to take the exam this year.
Before retiring, the Center gave a show cause notice to the former Bengal chief secretary under the Disaster Management Act
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-06-2021; A few hours before his retirement, the former West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay received a justification notice from the Union Ministry of the Interior under Article 51 of the 2005 Punishable Disaster Management Act (DM Act) with prison sentence up to two years or a fine or both.
- The article refers to “punishment for obstruction” for refusing to comply with a directive issued by the central government. Bandyopadhyay was asked to “explain in writing” to the Home Office within three days “why no action should be taken against him” under article 51 of the DM Law.
- A notice was delivered to him a few hours before he retired on May 31. He had rejected a three-month extension that had been sanctioned by the state and the central government.
- On May 31, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) also sent him a letter asking him to comply with its order of May 28 to report to the central government office in Delhi.
- The notice to Bandyopadhyay said that since the prime minister was the head of the NDMA and had traveled to West Bengal to examine Cyclone Yaas, the officer’s act of “abstaining” from the meeting was a violation of the law.
- This article prescribes a “penalty for obstruction” for refusing to comply with any instructions given by the central government or on its behalf under the law.
- He says the violation will carry a prison term of up to one year or a fine or both if he is found guilty. It adds that if “such refusal to comply with the instructions results in death or imminent danger of death, he will be liable, at the time of conviction, to imprisonment of up to two years.”
Congress CMs Protest Panel Exclusion on GST Exemption for Covid-19 Products
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-06-2021; Top ministers of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, led by Congress, questioned the Union government’s decision not to include finance ministers from the congressional-led states in the group of ministers (GoM) formed to examine the issue of GST exemption on Covid-19 relief team.
- Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma, is the chair of this eight-member committee. The other members are ministers from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, Odisha, Telangana and UP.
- Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal was one of the first leaders to speak about the need for a GST Council meeting to rationalize the tax on supplies needed for the pandemic.
- West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra also raised this issue. The two did not find a place on the committee.
- At the recent GST Council meeting, the ministers of the states governed by Congress proposed that for all goods needed to deal with Covid-19, the GST should only be 0.1%. Government of Mexico to Consider Need for GST Exemption for Covid-19 Vaccines, Drugs, Medical Grade Oxygen, Pulse Oximeters, Test Kits, Hand Sanitizers , oxygen therapy equipment, ventilators, etc. You must file a report by June 8.
Rise in Covid-19: 10,000 children in the country need immediate protection
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-06-2021; Bal Swaraj, an online tracking portal of a national children’s rights body, shows details of nearly 10,000 children in the country who need immediate care and protection. They include children aged 0 to 17 who were orphaned or abandoned during the Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020.
- National Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (CNPCR) informed the Supreme Court that these children are at high risk of being pushed into trafficking and trade in meat.
- The Commission said it had already received several complaints from government authorities illegally transferring information about children to private entities and NGOs.
- A bench of Judges L. Nageswara Rao and Aniruddha Bose examines suo motu means to protect children who have suffered personal loss and trauma caused by the pandemic.
- “The catastrophic Covid-19 pandemic has devastated vulnerable sectors of society there are a number of children who have been orphaned due to the disappearance of the breadwinner or both parents,” said declared the court’s amicus curiae, lawyer Gaurav Agrawal.
- On May 28, the Bench ordered the NCPCR, represented by advocate Swarupama Chaturvedi, and states to collect data identifying children in need of immediate attention.
- “The district authorities are ordered to put online the information of children orphaned after March 2020 on the portal” Bal Swaraj “before tomorrow evening [May 29]”, had ordered the magistracy.
- CNPCR’s Bal Swaraj records details of 9,346 children in need of care and protection as of May 29. Of these, the children who have lost either parent are 7,464, while those who have been orphaned and abandoned are 1,742 and 140, respectively.
- The portal shows that children between the ages of eight and 13 years is the oldest age group for those in urgent need of help. There are 3,711 of them.
Swapan Dasgupta in Rajya Sabha; embarrassing, says TMC
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-06-2021; A month after his resignation from the Rajya Sabha to run for office in West Bengal with the BJP ticket, Swapan Dasgupta was re-elected to the House by President Ramnath Kovind to fill the seat left vacant due to his resignation for his remaining term.
- Dasgupta lost the constituency of Tarkeshwar to his rival TMC, Ramendu Sinharay, by a margin of over 7,000 votes.
- He was forced to step down from Rajya Sabha ahead of the election after the TMC forced legal action because a designated member cannot compete on any party ballot as long as he continues to serve in the House.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) now expects more rain during the monsoon months from June to September than its previous estimate in April.
- On Tuesday, IMD said monsoon rains would be 101% of the long-term average (LPA) of 88cm. On April 16, he said rain would account for 98% of the LPA.
- In agency jargon, this still constitutes “normal” rainfall, which is between 96% and 104% of the LPA. Monsoon was due to hit Kerala on May 31, but IMD on May 30 said its arrival would be delayed until June 3 as wind speed and cloud formation on the Kerala coast did not still been observed.
Daily NEWS Summary | 01-06-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 2,82,796,966 at the time of this report, with a death toll of 3,34,457.