It is the return to centralized purchasing of vaccines, Prime Minister Modi announces
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-06-2021; Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Monday that the nation would return to the centralized purchasing system of Covid-19 vaccines, with 25% of purchases open to the private sector, and that the system would be operational as of June 21.
- On a nationwide television program, Modi cited several letters from senior ministers demanding the same.
- He said a 150 limit on the amount private hospitals could charge on the cost of buying the vaccine from the manufacturer.
- He also announced the extension of the program to distribute free rations to 80 million beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana until November.
- Modi expressed optimism that more candidate vaccines will be available in the country in the future, including a nasal vaccine in development.
- Trials of childhood vaccines are also underway in the country, he said, urging people to generate rumors about vaccines and encourage as many people as possible to get vaccinated.
- The Center’s vaccination policy had been the subject of strong criticism, and the Supreme Court described it as “arbitrary and irrational”.
- It remains to be seen how state governments view this policy change.
The Supreme Court is urged to end the illegal adoption of children orphaned by Covid-19
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-06-2021; On June 7, the Supreme Court agreed to intervene after the National Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (NCPCR) sounded the alarm about a series of complaints about the illegal adoption of orphaned children from Covid-19 through of individuals and organizations.
- The NCPCR informed a Chamber headed by Judges L. Nageswara Rao and Aniruddha Bose that it had received numerous complaints in May that individuals and organizations had actively collected data on these children while claiming to want to help families and children for adoption.
- Statistics from the NCPCR show that 3,621 children were orphaned, 26,176 children lost a parent, and 274 children were abandoned during the period from April 1, 2021 to June 5, 2021.
- The second wave of the pandemic was the worst during this period, leaving a trail of death across the country.
- Judge Rao said the court will issue the necessary orders on the issue of illegal adoptions. The national children’s rights body said information about these children, including their personal data, was leaked from government sources to private bodies, which released it.
- The provision prohibits disclosure of children’s identity with respect to name, school, age, address, or any information that reveals essential details of the child.
- NCPCR urged the court to order the states and territories of the Union not to place any confidential information about children in the public domain, which would make them vulnerable to trafficking.
- The Commission asked the court to order states and UT to establish State Juvenile Justice Funds to allow crediting of donations / contributions / subscriptions directly to the notified account.
CBSE schools must complete internal assessments and online practices by June 28
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-06-2021; Schools that have pending internal and practice assessments for Class 12 must complete them via online-only mode and submit scores by June 28, the Central Council on Secondary Education (CBSE) said in a notice Monday.
- It comes as a CBSE panel deliberates on how to determine Class 12 scores in lieu of canceled board exams. For the practical reviews of the project evaluations, the CBSE had appointed an external reviewer who would decide on a date and conduct oral defense online.
- For the internal assessment, the subject teacher would test the students on the basis of the instructions provided by the CBSE.
- The policy for conducting such evaluations for private applicants will be published shortly, Dr. Bhardwaj said. Examiners were cautioned to “keep in mind that grades awarded should not be accumulated toward maximum grades, which is highly unlikely given different levels of students.”
- Dr. Bhardwaj is part of the 12-member panel established by CBSE last week to decide the objective criteria that will be used to determine Class 12 results after exams are canceled.
- One of the options being considered is to use the scores from internal assessments, unit tests, projects, and practices that students received during the year to determine their final results.
Domestic air travel is likely to be easier for those who are fully immunized
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-06-2021; The Civil Aviation Ministry is “considering” a proposal to waive the need for a negative RT-PCR test report for fully vaccinated passengers for domestic air travel, a senior government official said.
- Further added that the proposal to exempt passengers who received the two doses of vaccines has not yet been discussed with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
- The rules applicable to incoming passengers vary from one State or Union territory to another.
- While states like Odisha, Punjab, and Rajasthan require all incoming passengers to have a negative RT-PCR test, others like Delhi and Maharashtra only have this requirement for passengers from select states.
- Some states want a report no earlier than 48 hours, while others accept reports up to 72 hours before the trip. So far, only Rs 4.49 million Indian citizens have received the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, and Rs 18.55 million have received a single dose.
- The idea is inspired by “vaccine passports”, which are documents that prove that a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and will facilitate entry into a country.
- Although it explored the concept of traveling within the country, the Indian government strongly opposed the adoption of Covid-19 vaccine passports at the G7 health ministers meeting last week on the grounds that it was “extremely discriminatory” against developing countries. they have lower vaccination rates.
BJP funneled unregistered money to Kerala during election campaign: Pinarayi reports to Assembly
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-06-2021; Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the Kerala Legislative Assembly on Monday that the BJP funneled unregistered money to the state during the 2021 Assembly election campaign.
- Chief Minister was responding to a postponement motion proposed by Congressman Shafi Parambil. Parambil had demanded that the House discuss the case to ensure a truthful police investigation into the alleged move and the subsequent road robbery of “unaccounted for BJP election funds” from Kodakara in Thrissur on April 3, just three days before the election. . 6..
- Vijayan said the BJP had put up a smokescreen of lies against the former Democratic Left Front (LDF) government to cover up its illegal influence-building operation fueled by unregistered money.
- Congress had amplified bogus messages from the BJP, repeating lies spread by “secular” central researchers, Vijayan said, without specifying the controversy over the smuggling of gold to the UAE that plagued the former LDF government at the end of his term.
- The state police arrested 20 people and recovered 1.12 million rupees of the approximately 3.5 million rupees stolen in the highway robbery.
- They also seized 347 grams of gold purchased with the loot and recorded the testimony of 96 witnesses.
- The Compliance Department (ED) had requested details of the case. State police complied on June 1.
- Leader of the Opposition V.D. Satheesan has warned the ruling front not to use the Kodakara affair as a détente with the BJP.
- He said the central gold case investigation, focused on the previous LDF government, failed and was halted after the hawala heist emerged that “implicated” BJP leaders, Satheesan said.
- The spokesperson rejected the opposition’s motion after considering the Chief Minister’s response satisfactory.
12-hour hunger strike in Lakshadweep as locals demand removal of Praful K. Patel
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-06-2021; Residents of islands under Lakshadweep‘s administration went on a 12-hour hunger strike on Monday.
- The protests, which started at 6 a.m. m., were carried out from inside the homes of islanders in compliance with Covid-19 protocols, while the number of cases continues to increase in the archipelago.
- Residents held up banners demanding that the Center immediately recall the Islands Administrator, Praful K. Patel. Protesters also held banners underwater in the Arabian Sea and outside their homes with slogans such as “Revoke LDAR” (Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation) and “Justice for Lakshadweep” and issued images on social networks.
- They also demanded the withdrawal of Lakshadweep collector Asker Ali.
- As people demonstrated at their homes, members of the Kavaratti panchayat council gathered at the panchayat office to record their protest “peacefully”.
- However, police intervened and the protesters were pushed back, said a spokesperson for the Save Lakshadweep Forum (SLF), which organized the protests.
Jeff Bezos to fly to space on July 20
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-06-2021; Billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos will fly into space with his brother Mark during Blue Origin’s first human flight on July 20, the aerospace company said in a statement. “Since the age of five, I have dreamed of traveling in space. On July 20, I will start this trip with my brother.
- The greatest adventure, with my best friend, ”Bezos wrote in an Instagram post. The Bezos brothers will join the winner of the auction for the first seat in New Shepard, for which the three-phase auction began on May 5 with sealed online bids.
- It will end on June 12 with a live online auction on the company’s website. The aerospace company said the auction was already worth $ 2.8 million with nearly 6,000 attendees from 143 countries.
- The amount of the winning bid will be donated to the Blue Origin foundation, Club for the Future, he said. Blue Origin’s first human flight will be a major milestone for the company as it competes with other aerospace companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic in the commercial space industry.
Covid Updates: The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 2,89,47,105 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 3,50,063.