Students fear that the common entrance test to central universities favors those who have already been trained
Daily NEWS Summary | 20-06-2021; A group of students who have just completed Class 12 is opposed to the proposal to use a common entrance test for admission to all core universities, including those such as the University of Delhi, which so far have not used only 12 scores from the class meeting as a criterion.
- The students, from different parts of the country, wrote to the Ministry of Education and DU authorities, warning that such a measure would favor wealthier students who have had access to coaching classes or are already preparing for standardized test courses such as JEE or NEET.
- The National Testing Agency has yet to make a final decision on the scope or date of this year’s Common Central Universities Entrance Test (CUCET). The multiple-choice questions on the exam cover language, general awareness, mathematical and analytical skills, as well as mastery knowledge in subjects chosen by the candidate.
- Also, it would be easier for students who were already preparing for vocational diploma courses, since they had already been preparing for that exam since grade 11, they said, noting that thousands of students did not have the resources to suddenly access paid online coaching course at this point.
- Students also noted that students looking to switch flow will find it difficult to try subject-specific items.
Excessive deaths in Karnataka nearly six times the official COVID-19 count
Daily NEWS Summary | 20-06-2021; The number of “excessive deaths” recorded by the civil registration system (CRS) in Karnataka since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (April 2020 to May 2021) was 1,67,788, or 5.8 times the official figure of 29,090. the same period, revealed an analysis of the data.
- This high number was due in large part to the deaths registered in April 2021 (46,000) and May 2021 (77,000 and still in the process of reconciliation).
- During this period, which coincided with the second wave of COVID-19, the excess deaths were approximately 53,728, compared to the recorded COVID-19 count of 16,523, leading to an undercoverage factor of 3.25.
- The overall COVID-19 count in Karnataka as of June 19 is 33,763.
- The excess of deaths in Karnataka was calculated on the basis of the monthly number of deaths registered by the civil registration system (provisional figures) from January 2015 to May 2021, which were consulted.
- Karnataka’s insufficient coverage factor (5.8) and excess deaths (1.67,788) were comparable and similar to those of Tamil Nadu (6.2 and 1.51,408 respectively).
- For 2021 alone, the under-coverage factors for Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were 4.7 and 6.5, which is much lower than those for Madhya Pradesh (42) and Andhra Pradesh (34), respectively.
- Corresponding CRS figures for Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike-BBMP (Greater Bengaluru metropolitan area) CRS recorded 40,264 and 75,441 deaths (as of May) in 2020 and 2021 respectively in the region, representing an estimated 31,029 excess deaths, compared to the initial mortality of the pre-pandemic period (2015-2019).
- With statistics department officials keeping a low profile after oral orders to gag the elderly, reports of specific COVID-19 deaths in districts have become inaccessible in Karnataka.
- Although officially denied, the reconciliation exercise is taking place in several districts and indicates a much higher number of victims than previously reported.
- For example, last week, the official death toll from COVID-19 in Mysuru, which was 1,910, was changed to 3,300 after reconciliation.
- Officials admit that even the figures available in the CRS data are only provisional, as the reporting of deaths has historically been slow in rural areas.
- The pandemic has also led to ineffective data collection at 35,000 birth and death registration centers across the state.
- Attempts to find an answer to the problem of the excessive deaths of the Additional Chief Planning and Statistics Secretary, Shalini Rajineesh, have failed.
Most second wave infections in Tamil Nadu were due to Delta variant: study
Daily NEWS Summary | 20-06-2021; Most of the infections during the second wave of COVID-19 in the state were due to the Delta variant, a study showed. A preliminary report of the results of samples collected from people infected with the COVID-19 infection revealed that the Delta variant (B 1.617.2) is the most common virus circulating in the state. The second most common is the Alpha variant (1.1.7).
- The Directorate of Public Health (DPH) on Sunday unveiled the details of a complete genome sequencing study of the virus it had carried out.
- According to the DPH, 1,159 samples were collected from district surveillance units and sentinel sites from December 2020 to May 2021, and taken to the city’s State Public Health Laboratory for a preliminary examination followed by a referral to InSTEM, Bengaluru.
- The samples were classified into eight categories, including community clusters; family groups; case of reinfection; revolutionary vaccination case; children up to 12 years; young adults with severe lung damage; died without comorbidities; and international travelers.
- To date, the results of 554 samples have been received and 605 samples are expected, according to Director of Public Health T.S. Selvavinayagam.
- The delta variant was observed in 386 (70%) of the 554 samples and 47 samples (8.5%) had the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7).
- The delta variant was found mainly in adolescents (over 12 years) and adults, representing 81%; and 19% of children also had the variant.
- The delta variant was observed in community groups (30%) and family groups (23%). Of the 554 samples, 94 were from children up to 12 years of age and of these 73 (76%) had the delta variant.
- As many as 66 were cases of breakthrough vaccines, and of these 55 had the delta variant, Dr Selvavinayagam said.
Tamil Nadu extends lockdown, further eases announced
Daily NEWS Summary | 20-06-2021; Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Sunday announced further relaxations in 27 districts, including when the government extended the COVID-19 shutdown until 6 a.m. on June 28.
- In Chennai and neighboring districts such as Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts (classified as Type III districts), passengers could travel by taxis, taxis and auto-rickshaws without electronic registration.
- Excluding the driver, only three passengers would be allowed in taxis and only two in the case of cars.
- The government allowed public bus services within and between districts of Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts (classified as Type III districts), but only with 50% of the seating capacity.
- The Chennai metro could operate according to the SOP, but only with 50% of the number of seats, according to an official statement.
- However, in the case of 23 other districts classified as Type II districts, passengers could travel by automated taxis, taxis and rickshaws, but only with electronic registration.
- Grocery stores, vegetable shops and meat stalls could operate between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Shops that sell flowers and fruit on the sidewalks will also be permitted during this time.
- Canteens, restaurants and bakeries would be allowed, but only for packaged foods between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Food delivery services could also operate during this time.
- All e-commerce businesses could serve their customers between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Rigorously apply social and public health measures: WHO
Daily NEWS Summary | 20-06-2021; The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised countries in the Southeast Asia region to rigorously expand and implement social and public health measures, as well as efforts to accelerate immunization against COVID-19, to avoid a new wave, as more countries have confirmed the prevalence. disturbingly highly transmissible variants.
- The statement added that social and public health measures were part of a wide range of non-pharmaceutical interventions, both individual and social, and were cost-effective measures to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and save lives.
- In addition to personal protection measures, cleaning, disinfection, ventilation, surveillance, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine are recommended.
- Measures of physical distancing include limiting the size of meetings, maintaining distance in public or work places, restrictions on domestic travel, and measures related to international travel.
- These measures are essential to prevent infections, reduce transmission and save lives, said Dr. Khetrapal Singh.
- Even as countries step up vaccination against COVID-19, they must implement public health and social measures appropriately and swiftly, he said.
India expresses concern to Human Rights Council over new IT rules
Daily NEWS Summary | 20-06-2021; India’s new IT rules were developed after extensive consultations with stakeholders and are aimed at protecting the rights of users online, India told the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
- The statement came shortly after UN experts said the rules were incompatible with international human rights principles. India maintains that the experts’ concerns are “extremely misplaced”.
- The rules are designed to empower ordinary social media users.
- Victims of abuse on social media platforms will have a forum to resolve their complaints, ”read a special“ report ”that the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva had sent to the HRC on the technologies of the“ Information ”Regulation, 2021 .
- The “report” said both Houses of Parliament “repeatedly” called on the Indian government to “strengthen” the legal framework to hold online platforms accountable under Indian law.
- Three UN special rapporteurs on June 11 expressed “serious concerns” about the rules and said they constituted a “violation of a wide range of human rights.”
- Regarding the traceability of the first sender of the information, it can be noted that the Rules only seek limited information.
- Only when a message already broadcast to the public leads to violence, violating the unity and integrity of India, portraying a woman in bad light or sexually abusing a child and when no other intrusive option works, only the important intermediary of the networks social will. You will be asked to reveal who started the position.
- The issue has drawn attention given the persistent differences between the government and social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
- Differences with online social media platforms have added to India’s persistent problems with the internet, which has been shut down multiple times over the past three years in Kashmir after the dilution of Section 370 in August 2019, and in other parts of the country such as Assam and Delhi following protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
- However, India signed the “open companies declaration” at the G7 last week along with other invited countries such as South Africa and South Korea.
- The statement criticized “growing authoritarianism, misinformation and politically motivated Internet shutdowns.” Official sources said that indigenous concerns were taken into account in the statement.
- The statement indicated India’s commitment to “protect digital civic space” and respect for human rights and international law.
Covid Updates: The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 2,99,19,277 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 3, 87,380.