NEET will take place on September 12
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-07-2021; The NEET entrance test for undergraduate medical and dental programs will take place on September 12, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Monday. The exam was originally scheduled for August 1. The application process will begin at 5 p.m. on July 13 on the website of the National Testing Agency.
“To guarantee the standards of social distancing, the number of cities where the exam will be carried out has increased from 155 to 198. The number of exam centers will also increase compared to the 3,862 centers used in 2020,”the minister said.
- The minister added that face masks will be provided to all candidates at the examination centers. The NTA will also ensure that staggered slots are in place during check-in and check-out, contactless check-in, proper disinfection, and social distance seating, in accordance with COVID security protocols.
- NEET UG, or National Eligibility Test cum Income (Undergraduate), is used for admission to MBBS and BDS courses, as well as alternative or traditional medicine and nursing programs. More than 16 lakh students took the exam last year.
- There is still no clarity on whether the NEET program will be reduced or if a broader internal option will be provided in the question document, to take into account the fact that many school boards have reduced their programs by as much as 30% due to the pandemic. .
- NEET exam is usually held in May, shortly after the Class 12 board exams, so admissions can be completed in August. However, with the second wave of the pandemic that caused the cancellation of the Class 12 exams, there was also uncertainty about the fate of the NEETs.
- Last year, NEET was held in September and then repeated in October to meet the needs of those who failed the exam due to Covid-19. Some students had also requested that multiple attempts be allowed this year, such as the JEE Engineering Entrance Exam.
- However, the NTA had previously announced that NEET would return to a single date in 2021. It will also be conducted in pen-and-paper mode, unlike the JEE, which is a multi-session computer test.
J&K Political parties describe the firing of 11 government employees as “arbitrary and unfair”
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-07-2021; Jammu and Kashmir political parties, including the National Conference (NC), the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Hurriyat, described on Monday the dismissal of 11 government employees, including two sons of the Hizb-ul leader. Mujahideen Syed Salahuddion, in article 311., for “arbitrary and unfair”.
- Salahuddion’s sons worked at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences and the Skills Development Department.
- The 11 employees were fired last week under the subclauses of section 311, which does not require any ministerial investigation. The dismissals were carried out “in the interests of state security”.
- The Government of the Union Territory, on April 21 of this year, established a special working group to identify and examine government employees and file complaints against those involved in any matter related to a threat to human rights, the security of the country or involved in anti-national activities.
Supreme Court of Nepal Orders Appointment of Deuba as Prime Minister; reinstall the dissolved lower chamber
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-07-2021; In a landmark verdict, Nepal Supreme Court on Monday ordered President Bidya Devi Bhandari to appoint Nepalese Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba as prime minister on Monday and re-established the dissolved House of Representatives for the second time in five months.
- A five-member constitutional court of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana delivered the verdict declaring that President Bhandari’s decision to dissolve the lower house on the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was an unconstitutional act which carried a big blow to the veteran communist leader who was preparing for the early elections.
- The Bench issued an injunction on Tuesday appointing Deuba as prime minister. Deuba, 74, has been prime minister four times. The court also ordered a new session of the House of Representatives to be convened at 5 p.m. on July 18.
- Chief Justice Rana also said the court found that the party whip does not apply when lawmakers participate in the vote to elect a new prime minister under Article 76 (5) of the Constitution.
- The bench, made up of four other high-ranking magistrates, Dipak Kumar Karki, Mira Khadka, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada and Dr Ananda Mohan Bhattarai, concluded the hearings in the case last week.
- President Bhandari dissolved the 275-member lower house for the second time in five months on May 22 on the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli and announced early elections on November 12 and 19.
- Last week, the Election Commission announced the timing of the midterm elections despite the uncertainty surrounding the polls. Up to 30 petitions, including one from the opposition alliance led by the Nepalese Congress, have been filed against the President’s dissolution of the House.
- The alliance of opposition parties filed a petition signed by 146 lawmakers demanding the reestablishment of the lower house of parliament and the appointment of Deuba as prime minister.
- Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 last year after President Bhandari dissolved the chamber and announced new elections on April 30 and May 10 on the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, amid a struggle for power within the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (NCP).
New IT rules: SC gives petitioner a week to consider whether to address Islamophobic content on social media
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-07-2021; On Monday, the Supreme Court gave a petitioner a week to study the 2021 Information Technology Rules (Intermediate Guidelines and Code of Ethics for Digital Media) and see if they address the issue of sensitive community content posted on them. social media platforms.
- A bench headed by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana even suggested that the petitioner, human rights defender Khaja Aijazuddin, could approach the government.
- Aijazuddin said he moved the upper court at the suggestion of the upper court in Telangana. He called for instructions from the government to prevent social media platforms from posting Islamophobic content on their calendars and for a CBI or NIA to investigate Twitter and its users involved in posting “inflammatory messages.”
- The petition referred to how “the media gave massive publicity that many positive cases of coronavirus symptoms were found at Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin in Delhi”.
- The petition stated that “there was a massive trend of tweets on Twitter associating the Muslim religion with the cause of the spread of the coronavirus.”
- He said that he was “aggrieved by trending content on Twitter under the name and titled #Islamiccoronavirusjihad, etc.”
- This amounted to fomenting hatred against a particular religion, which is a criminal offense in both the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act 2000.
- The petition, filed in May, asked the court to order the government to formulate specific guidelines under the Information Technology Act of 2000 regarding “hateful messages against any religious community, including Islamophobic messages on various media platforms. social media”.
- The Bench, which also includes Judge AS Bopanna, spoke to Aijazuddin: “He hasn’t looked at the recent IT rules … he’s dealing with them?” religion counts but only defamatory content ”.
“Have you read the latest rules? Please do your homework and come … ready after a week. “CJI said
- The new rules were notified on February 25 under the Information Technology Act of 2000. It regulates social intermediaries, digital media content and deals with cybercrime. Replaces the Information Technology Rules (Intermediate Directives) of 2011.
- The various aspects of the new Rules are already under forensic analysis. The government recently asked the Supreme Court to transfer pending cases against it to various Superior Courts. The transfer of government request is likely to be submitted to a judiciary headed by Judge D.Y. Chandrachud July 16.
Retail price inflation hit a six-month high of 6.3% in May, thanks to a persistent rise in prices for edible fuels and oils, which also helped drive wholesale prices to a record high. Inflation of 12.94% during the month, according to data released on Monday.
- Consumers saw 11.58% inflation for the “fuel and lighting” category in May, with urban India seeing a larger 14.24% impact on the same account. Food inflation warmed to 5.1% from just 1.96% in April.
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-07-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 3,08,82,471 at the time of this bulletin, with the death toll at 4,08,950.
- The green signal for the emergency approval of Zydus Cadila’s Covid-19 vaccine, for children 12 years and older, will take a few more days, Ministry of Health officials confirmed Monday, refuting claims by several state governments about the shortage. of vaccines.
- Senior officials said that Zydus Cadila‘s ZyCoV-D vaccine has already shown good results in phase 1, phase 2 trials and that phase 3 data (conducted on more than 28,000 volunteers) is already under review by the Committee of Experts on the Matter (SEC).
- If all goes well, the supply of this vaccine will begin in August-September,” NITI Aayog member V.K. Paul said recently.
- The Zydus Cadila Intradermal Vaccine is a three-dose intradermal vaccine (day 0, 28, and 56) administered via the PharmaJet needleless system. It does not need very low storage temperatures and can be stored at 2-8 degrees Celsius.
- The company applied for approval for the emergency use of ZyCoV-D on July 1 and a statement issued said the company conducted a study during the second wave that reaffirmed the effectiveness of vaccines against new mutant strains, particularly Delta variants.
IMA urges the Center and the states not to lower their guard against the pandemic
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-07-2021; The Indian Medical Association (IMA) warned on Monday that a third wave of pandemic was inevitable and imminent and called on central and state governments not to lower their guard against Covid-19. He urged them not to allow mass gatherings in tourist and religious places without proper Covid-19 behavior.
- In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the IMA said that while windfall profits were needed for tourists, pilgrimage trips and religious fervor, they could wait a few more months. The openness of rituals and the ability of unvaccinated people to participate in such mass gatherings were potential super-spreaders of a third wave.
- IMA urges Center and states not to let their guard down in the face of the pandemic
- Indian Medical Association (IMA) warned on Monday that a third wave of the pandemic was inevitable and imminent and called on central and state governments not to let their guard down against Covid-19. They urged them not to allow mass gatherings in tourist and religious places without proper Covid-19 behavior.
- In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the IMA said that if the tourism boom, pilgrimage trips and religious fervor were all needed, they could wait a few more months. The opening of rituals and the possibility for unvaccinated people to participate in such mass gatherings were possible super-diffusers of a third wave.
- It was painful to see at this crucial time when everyone had to work on mitigating a third wave, in many parts of the country both the government and the people were complacent and participated in mass meetings without following. the Covid-19 protocols, it noted.