The National Testing Agency has been advised to provide a gap of four weeks between the third and fourth editions of JEE-Mains, announced Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
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EU to consider green-lighting Moderna vax for kids next week
At a press briefing on Thursday, Dr. Marco Cavaleri, the EU drug regulator’s head of vaccines strategy, said its expert committee was currently evaluating Moderna’s application to extend the use of its Coronavirus vaccine for children 12 to 17 years old.
Ex-minister Arun Shourie moves SC against sedition law
Former Union minister Arun Shourie on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking that the sedition law be declared unconstitutional as it has come to be “heavily abused” and cases are being filed against citizens for “exercising their freedom of speech and expression”. Significantly, the petition was filed on the day when a bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana expressed concern over “enormous misuse” of the law and asked the Centre why it was not repealing the provision used by the British to “silence” people like Mahatma Gandhi to suppress freedom movement.
WhatsApp banned two million Indian accounts in a month
“Our top focus is preventing accounts from sending harmful or unwanted messages at scale. We maintain advanced capabilities to identify these accounts sending a high or abnormal rate of messages and banned two million accounts in India alone from May 15-June 15 attempting this kind of abuse,” WhatsApp said on Thursday.
U.S. begins shipping 3.2 million COVID-19 shots to the Philippines
he United States has started shipping 3.2 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines, the White House said on Thursday, as Washington continues its coronavirus diplomacy by sharing doses with developing nations. “We are beginning to ship over 3.2 million doses of J&J to the Philippines today,” White House spokesman Kevin Munoz said on Twitter.
Zika virus not a pandemic but of grave concern, says top expert
While speaking to ANI, Dr Naresh Gupta, director-professor of Delhi’s Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) said, “Zika virus isn’t a pandemic but Zika virus is of grave concern as compared to Coronavirus. Coronavirus is spread across individuals in huge numbers but with a mortality rate of 0.2 percent. Most of them tend to settle down and the recovery rate in our own country is also close to 98 percent, despite all these big numbers.”
National Testing Agency advised to provide gap of four weeks between third and fourth editions of JEE-Main
– Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
TMC MPs meet Election Commission for early bypolls
A Trinamool Congress parliamentary party delegation, comprising six MPs, met the Election Commission here on Thursday demanding that the bypolls in six vacant West Bengal Assembly seats be held at the earliest. In a memorandum submitted to the poll body, the party stated that with the decreasing number of coronavirus cases in the state, conditions are conducive for conducting the bypolls with Covid appropriate protocols in place.
72 new COVID-19 cases, one more death in Delhi
On Wednesday, Delhi had recorded 77 new cases and one death, while on Tuesday the daily infection tally was 76 with two deaths. On February 16, ninety-four people were diagnosed Covid positive while the daily tally was 96 on January 27, according to official figures.
Odisha extends partial lockdown till August 1, eases some curbs
On the lifting of some curbs, Mohapatra said, “The government in a bid to strike a balance between life and livelihood has announced some relaxations.” Although gyms have been allowed to operate, schools, colleges, coaching centres, and religious establishments will remain closed till August 1. Maximum 25 people can attend a marriage ceremony, while 20 people can remain present at a funeral.
Team India support staff tests positive, Saha to isolate
India’s Pant tests positive for COVID-19 in England
India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has tested positive for COVID-19 in England ahead of their five-test series starting next month, an Indian cricket board official said on Thursday. The 23-year-old has been put in quarantine while the rest of the squad assemble in Durham ahead of a warm-up match next week, the official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters. Wriddhiman Saha is the other wicketkeeper in the India squad for the test series which begins in Nottingham on Aug. 4.
Four political parties in Arunachal Pradesh write to President
Four opposition parties in Arunachal Pradesh, including the Congress, have written to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention in resolving the boundary dispute between the state and neighbouring Assam, after a recent controversy over Kimin area along the interstate border. In a memorandum to Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday, the parties have also stated that a policy should be laid down by the Centre to settle the dispute between the neighbours.
India’s infection rate edges up, with second wave yet to abate
The home ministry flagged the increase in the infective rate as a cause for concern in some states, urging officials nationwide to enforce social distancing and clamp down on overcrowding at tourist sites. “We must guard ourselves against complacency and laxity, which creep in as positivity declines,” Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla told them in a letter on Wednesday, at a time when most cities have lifted strict lockdowns.
NHRC report on Bengal post-poll violence recommends CBI probe
Asserting that the situation in West Bengal is a “manifestation of law of ruler instead of rule of law”, an NHRC committee probing alleged incidents of post-poll violence in the state, in a report placed before the Calcutta High Court, has recommended a CBI probe into “grievous offences like murder and rape”. The committee, which was formed by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman on a direction by a five- judge bench of the high court, also said that these cases should be tried outside the state.
The GDP growth rate projected by RBI for FY22 is 10.5%. I don’t see any reason to revise the growth projection downwards
– Shaktikanta Das, Governor, Reserve Bank of India
The GDP growth rate projected by RBI for FY22 is 10.5%. I don’t see any reason to revise the growth projection downwards
– RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das
Be it a strategic area or an economic area, Japan is one of the most trusted friends of India today. Our friendship is considered one of the most natural partnerships in the entire region. India and Japan are of the view that development should be omnipresent. This development should be all-around, should be for all, and should be all-encompassing.
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Delta strain forces Spain’s Catalonia to restore curfew
Barcelona and the surrounding northeast corner of Spain is shutting down once again to stem an unchecked wave of the delta variant of the coronavirus that is running wild among the unvaccinated young. Regional authorities on Thursday were waiting for a judge to give the legal go-ahead for their request to restore a nightly curfew, their latest effort to ratchet up restrictions and discourage social gatherings where the virus spreads.
CDS Bipin Rawat visiting forward areas along LoC
He will be reviewing operational preparedness, security situation and anti-infiltration grid with field commanders, officials said. The visit to the forward areas in twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch comes at a time when infiltration attempts by Pakistan have increased and drones are being used to drop weapons along LoC in these sectors
Tamil Nadu Health Minister Subramanian meets Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi
“As per the guidance of the chief minister, we urged the Union Education Minister to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET exam this year,” Subramanian tweets.
We are going to introduce three plans to ease the pressure on the state economy. We have taken a step for locals who lost livelihoods due to damage caused by cyclones and have decided to introduce other masterplans for Sundarbans & Digha.
– West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
SC asks 5-year-old rape victim’s mother to place on record orders passed by Odisha HC
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked a petitioner, the mother of a 5-year-old girl who was allegedly kidnapped, raped and killed, to place on record tomorrow, the two orders passed by the Odisha High Court before it, to ensure the Supreme Court for perusal and to proceed in the case tomorrow.”Please place the two orders (Odisha High Court’s) before us for perusal in the case,” Justice Khanwilkar asked the petitioner, Saudamini Sahoo’s lawyer, Jethmalani, to place the Odisha High Court’s two orders and posted the matter for further hearing to tomorrow.
Health Ministry reviewed preparations under ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Package: Phase II’
Union Health Ministry reviewed preparations under ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Package: Phase II’ scheme with all States/UTs. They’ve been urged to send their expenditure proposals at the earliest to enable expeditious approval from Centre
Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian called on Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in Delhi today to seek a special allocation of 1 crore vaccines to the state
Maharashtra State Board will release Class 10 results at 1 pm tomorrow
Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education will release the Class 10 results at 1 pm tomorrow. Exams of Class 10 & Class 12 were cancelled due to COVID-19. Results will be declared based on assessment: School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad
BCCI VP Rajeev Shukla on India’s England tour
- One player has been found (COVID) positive & he was asymptomatic. He was staying with his relative. He’s in isolation & doing well. He tested +ve 8 days before so only two days of quarantine left. After that, he’ll be tested again.
- There’s no problem & no second player has been found positive, this is all rumour which is being spread. Team India is fine. Secy Jay Shah has written a mail to team management that everybody should follow COVID protocols & team has to be very careful.
Financial inclusion is the key driver of economic growth which helps to reduce poverty and income inequality: Shaktikanta Das
At ET Financial Summit
K’taka: No Zilla/Taluk panchayat elections till Dec 2021
Karnataka cabinet has decided not to conduct Zilla/Taluk panchayat elections till December 2021 due to COVID19. A decision will be taken after December: Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai
NCP leader Eknath Khadse’s son-in-law Girish Choudhary remanded to Enforcement Directorate custody till July 19 in a money laundering case
NHRC submits report on alleged post-poll violence in West Bengal before Calcutta HC
- Report says- “The spatio-temporal expanse of violent incidents in West Bengal reflects appalling apathy of the state govt towards the plight of victims”.
- “This was retributive violence by supporters of the ruling party against supporters of the main opposition party. It resulted in disruption of life & livelihood of thousands of people & their economic strangulation,” NHRC’s report said.
We have appealed to all not to visit Haridwar as ‘Kanwar Yatra’ has been suspended by the state government. We will hold a coordination meeting with all districts sharing borders with neighbouring states to stop ‘Kanwars’ from coming to Haridwar
– Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar
Moderation of marks portal for classes XI & XII to be opened from 16th July
Portal for the moderation of marks of classes XI & XII to be opened from 16th July to 22nd July, for declaration of results by 31st July: Central Board of Secondary Education in a letter to affiliated schools
Haryana Govt sets up a foodgrain ATM in Gurugram
Haryana Govt sets up a foodgrain ATM in Farukhnagar, Gurugram "All complaints regarding long queues, time & accura… https://t.co/CRblvGHbIg
— ANI (@ANI) 1626340307000
In 2018, with the help of Japan, the foundation stone of Rudraksh convention centre was laid. Kashi is a very important centre for spirituality, literature, music. This is going to be inaugurated today. This is a joyous moment.
– UP CM at inauguration of Rudraksh convention centre
China building concrete camps few kms from Naku La in Sikkim, Eastern Ladakh
Punjab’s BJP SC Morcha members and workers stopped by Police
Punjab’s BJP SC Morcha members and workers stopped by Police near Sector 25 Ground, water cannon used. They were marching towards CM Capt Amarinder Singh’s residence in Sector-2, in protest against the state govt.
COVID-19: Difficult to say when 3rd wave will come, we’re better prepared: Expert committee Chairman
Dr Devi Shetty, Chairman of COVID expert committee, Karnataka said it is difficult to say when the third wave of COVID-19 will come and how severe it will be. According to a media report, Dr Shetty said that our government, people, hospitals and doctors are much prepared as compared to the past. “It is difficult to say when the third wave of COVID will come, how severe it’ll be. I can say that our government is much better prepared now. People are much better prepared, hospitals and doctors much prepared to compare to what in the past. Also, a good number of health care professionals are immunized so they are not worried about their lives when they look at COVID patients,” said Dr Shetty
Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh will work together
Captain (Amarinder Singh) & Sidhu (Navjot Singh) will work together: Congress General Secy in-charge of Punjab, Harish Rawat to ANI. A formula has been made around this, we have also made formula for the Working Presidents: Harish Rawat on if Sidhu would be Punjab Congress chief.
Kejriwal pitches for Bharat Ratna for Sunderlal Bahuguna
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sought that the country’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, be given to noted environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna posthumously. The environmentalist, known for his pioneering role in the chipko movement in Uttarakhand, died on May 21. Kejriwal said he will write a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard.
Habibur revealed that he had travelled to Pakistan earlier and had come in contact with handlers of some agency. In exchange for documents, he was offered some money as incentives, it reached him through hawala channels. We have seized some of his bank accounts.
– Special Police Commissioner, Delhi
BJP workers protest against fake vaccine in Kolkata
BJP workers stage protest in Kolkata against fake COVID-19 vaccination. Party leader Debasree Chaudhuri and others detained. “Our fight against West Bengal govt’s anti-people policies will continue,” says Chaudhuri
When he was questioned, network was further revealed. Army personnel Paramjeet -currently posted at Agra cantonment- was his linkman. He was earlier posted at Pokhran & Habibur is Army’s supply contractor. Habibur had encouraged him to share secret documents.
– Praveer Ranjan, Special Police Commissioner, Delhi
Health sector required attention during Covid. Country has never needed more oxygen supply& we needed skill, manpower. Skill India Mission was dedicated to it. Quality manpower is needed& mission is working towards it
– Dharmendra Pradhan,Min of Skill Development& Entrepreneurship
During search, we found that he was in possession of some documents that were about the location of defence establishments & sensitive intelligence-related inputs. These documents are classified and secret in nature. Case was registered under Official Secrets Act.
– Praveer Ranjan, Special Police Commissioner, Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the 100-bed maternal & child health wing at Banaras Hindu University
“The Centre has recently taken a major decision to empower agriculture infrastructure. The Rs 1 lakh crore special fund set up for the modernise agriculture infrastructure and it will benefit our agriculture mandis too. This is a major step towards making the nation’s mandi system modern,” said PM Modi at the inauguration of various development projects worth over Rs 1500 crores, at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi.
Crime Branch was working on an op, info was received that some people are sending sensitive documents related to our defence establishments, to enemy country via spy network. Team arrested Habibur Rahman from Pokhran after verification.
– Praveer Ranjan,Spl Police Commissioner,Delhi
India vs Twitter: NCP says, it is to suppress ‘people’s voice’
Referring to the revelations made by the global media giant in its latest transparency report, NCP National Spokesperson and Minister Nawab Malik flayed the Central government for its alleged attempts to harass Twitter by seeking information from it almost n a daily basis. “Twitter is a platform where the common people can air their views in a transparent manner. Even in India it is being used in a big way for the public to voice their opinions freely and fearlessly, as it gives them an outlet to highlight injustice,” said Malik.
Request for extension of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
Maharashtra govt requests Centre to extend the deadline of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana till 23rd July. As per the letter sent by state agriculture minister, Dadaji Bhuse approx 46 lakh farmers have applied for the scheme till date but many are yet to complete the formalities
Jammu & Kashmir CID today conducted a raid at Central Jail Jammu, Kotbhalwal, and recovered mobile phones. Details awaited.
This is a major pandemic. All governments and people should take all the required steps to curb the pandemic together: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
Kerala HC slams govt for poor crowd control amid COVID
he Kerala High Court on Thursday criticised the state government for not effectively implementing crowd control measures in public areas amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.While considering a petition seeking permission to open garment shops, the Court also said that it was time for the government to make a policy decision on the opening of shops. “Social distancing is not being maintained in public places. The only thing is that people are wearing masks. This is the view of public places in Kerala,” a Bench of Justice TR Ravi said.
UP’s efforts in combating Covid commendable: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The way in which UP has controlled second Covid wave and stopped its spread is unprecedented, he said
Digital sky platform to be developed as a business-friendly single-window online system
MoCA’s Draft Drone Rules, 2021 states Digital sky platform to be developed as a business-friendly single-window online system, no pilot licence required for micro drones (for non-commercial use), nano drone & for R&D orgs & drone corridors will be developed for cargo deliveries.
He (CM Yogi Adityanath) is quickly moving forward in making a modern UP, there is rule of law in UP today. ‘Mafia raj’ and terrorism have been brought under control. Today, criminals who cast an eye on women know that they won’t be able to hide from the law
– PM Modi in Varanasi
Today, Yogi ji himself is working hard. People of Kashi can see how he comes here regularly and inspects every development project and quickens the work. He works like this for the entire state, goes to every district
– PM Narendra Modi in Varanasi
Calcutta High Court to hear the Narada scam case on 16th August
IMA president Dr JA Jayalal on UP govt nod to Kanwar Yatra
It’s our duty to caution the govt that at this time, any mass gathering is going to be disastrous for our country
UP is a state that does the maximum number of testings across the country: Modi
Today UP is a state that does the maximum number of testings across the country. It is a state that does maximum number of vaccinations: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi
Ministry of Civil Aviation releases Draft Drone Rules, 2021 for public consultation
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has released Draft Drone Rules, 2021 for public consultation. The deadline for publi… https://t.co/nMHPhcAU6B
— ANI (@ANI) 1626331055000
Centre has recently taken a major decision to empower agriculture infrastructure. The Rs 1 Lakh Crore special fund set up for the modern agriculture infrastrcuture will benefit our agriculture mandis too. This is a major step towards making the nation’s mandi system modern.
– PM Modi