Class 12 exams Live Updates: Supreme Court asks state boards to prepare internal assessment scheme in 10 days, declare results by July 31

The Supreme Court of India today directed the state education boards to finalise the assessment schemes and notify within 10 days from now. The top court has also asked the states to declare the internal assessment results by July 31, like the timeline specified by the bench for the CBSE and the CISCE. The Supreme Court today heard the petition seeking cancellation of Class 12 board examinations.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh conducts an aerial survey of the Indian Navy’s Project Seabird

Indian Naval Ship carrying O2 cylinders, concentrators reach Mumbai Port

Indian Naval Ship Shardul, carrying 7,640 filled Oxygen Cylinders, two ISO containers of 20 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) each and 15 Oxygen Concentrators from Kuwait and Qatar arrived at Mumbai Port today

NHRC team to visit the post-poll violence areas in Bengal

West Bengal: A delegation of the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC) team arrived at Bagdogra airport to visit the post-poll violence areas in Coochbehar

Bombay High Court at Goa has permitted the State government to further amend its appeal against Tarun Tejpal, former editor-in-chief of Tehelka magazine, in alleged sexual assault case.

The next hearing on the matter is on June 29.

US allows some H-1B visa seekers to re-submit their applications

“If your FY 2021 petition was rejected or administratively closed solely because your petition was based on a registration submitted during the initial registration period, but you requested a start date after Oct. 1, 2020, you may re-submit that previously filed petition, with all applicable fees,” USCIS said on Wednesday. “Such petitions must be re-submitted before October 1, 2021. If properly resubmitted, we will consider the petition to have been filed on the original receipt date,” the USCIS said.

6 die in Philippine military’s helicopter crash

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Thursday said that one of its newly acquired S-70i Black Hawk utility helicopters crashed north of Manila on Wednesday night, killing six crew members. “So far, no survivors have been found. The identities of the aircrew members will be provided as soon as the members of their families are properly notified,” the PAF said in a statement.

5 cases of COVID ‘Delta Plus’ variant in MP; 1 dead

Five persons have so far been found infected with the ‘Delta Plus’ variant of coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh and one of them has died, state Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang said on Thursday. The other four persons, who were vaccinated against COVID-19, are fine, he told PTI.

Petrol nears Rs 99/litre in Chennai after rates hiked again

Petrol price in Chennai neared the Rs 99-a-litre mark on Thursday after fuel prices were increased again on firming international oil rates. The price of petrol was hiked by 26 paise per litre and that of diesel by 27 paise a litre, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.

‘Snana Yatra’ held without devotees

‘Snana Yatra’, the annual bathing ritual of the trinity — Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath — held in Odisha’s Puri without devotees and in strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols

EAM Dr S Jaishankar in his address on Passport Seva Divas:

“Passports are today more easily available & renewed. Indians can participate in global workplace more effectively. Strengthening this important citizen-centric service will always be a major priority of MEA & its partners.”

CBI raids in Mumbai and Delhi

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is conducting raids at several places in Mumbai and Delhi in connection with the Crompton Greaves bank fraud cases and others accused of defrauding the bank to the tune of Rs 466 crores

PM Modi at Toycathon:

  • India’s share only 1.5 billion dollars in global toy market of 100 billion dollars. We import 80 per cent of toys. It needs to change.
  • Our focus should be on developing toys, games that present every aspect of Indianness in interesting, interactive ways.

Single bench of Justice Kausik Chanda reserves judgment on the matter of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee challenging Nandigram results.

Hearing in matter of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee challenging Nandigram results began at Calcutta High Court.

Petitioner’s lawyer Singhvi mentions instances that shows Justice Chanda has connections with BJP and mention a case where the Judge moved intervention application on its behalf. Justice Chanda says Petitioner has full right to move for recusal and rest assured, the matter will be decided judicially.

S&P cuts India’s FY22 growth forecast to 9.5%

S&P Global Ratings on Thursday cut India’s growth forecast for the current fiscal to 9.5 per cent, from 11 per cent earlier, and warned of risk to the outlook from further waves of COVID pandemic.

Ghaziabad assault case: Twitter India MD expected to join probe

Twitter India’s Managing Director Manish Maheshwari is expected to appear in person before the Ghaziabad Police on Thursday in connection with a probe related to the assault of an elderly Muslim man here recently, officials said. The Twitter India MD, who lives in Bengaluru in Karnataka, was issued notice by the Ghaziabad Police on June 21 and asked to report at its Loni Border police station at 10.30 am on Thursday to get his statement recorded in the case, the officials added.

Paytm extends deadline for shareholders to submit documents for share sale to Jun 30

Digital payments and financial services firm Paytm has extended the deadline for shareholders, employees and former employees to submit their documents by June 30, if they wish to sell their shares in the planned initial public offering of the company.

Top Naxal commander Haribhushan died of COVID: Chhattisgarh Police

  • Top Naxal leader and Telangana State Committee Secretary, Yapa Narayana, more famous with his name Haribhushan reportedly died of COVID-19 in South Bijapur-Sukma interdistrict border region on Monday night.
  • According to Bastar Inspector General, (IG), P Sundarraj, Bastar Police was continuously receiving information from certain quarters for the last few days that few senior Naxal cadres including that of Telangana State Committee Secretary Haribhusan are seriously ill due to Corona infection.
  • Few reliable sources have confirmed the Haribhusan died on June 21 due to the COVID-19 infection somewhere near Minaguram-Bhattigudam-Jabagatta jungles along the South Bijapur-Sukma interdistrict border region.

Supreme Court questions Andhra Pradesh over holding Class 12 exam: “Even one fatality, we may order Rs 1 crore compensation”

NDTV reports

There can’t be a uniform scheme for assessment for all state boards: SC

Supreme Court says there can’t be a uniform scheme for assessment for all state boards across India. SC refuses to pass such order while hearing a plea seeking cancellation of class XII examination.

Vaccine availability and wastage

Union Health Ministry says:

  • More than 30 crores (30,33,27,440) vaccine doses have been provided by Centre to States/UTs so far. Of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 28,43,40,936 doses as per data available at 8 am today.
  • More than 1.89 crore (1,89,86,504) balance and unutilized COVID vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered. More than 21,05,010 vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the States/UTs within the next 3 days.

Navi Mumbai civic body starts vaccination drive for homeless persons

The special drive will cover all areas of the NMMC in the next 10 days, a civic official said.

Last Apple Daily newspaper edition sold out across Hong Kong

Across Hong Kong, people lined up early Thursday to buy the last print edition of the last remaining pro-democracy newspaper. By 8:30 a.m., Apple Daily’s final edition of 1 million copies was sold out across most of the city’s newsstands. The newspaper said it would cease operations after police froze $2.3 million in assets, searched its office and arrested five top editors and executives last week, accusing them of foreign collusion to endanger national security — another sign Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city.

Shiv Sena claims ‘nothing was gained’ from opposition meet

Taking a swipe at the high-profile political meeting at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s Delhi residence, Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana on Thursday said that nothing was gained from the meeting corresponding to the hype media had given it. The Shiv Sena had given the meeting a miss which was convened by Pawar reportedly to form a united opposition front against the BJP-led Central government.

Rupee rises 9 paise to 74.18 against US dollar in early trade

Rain forecast for Delhi NCR

Thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain would occur over Isolated places of Northeast, East Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Indrapuram, Chapraula, Dadri, Bulandshahr, Sikandrabad, Khurja(UP) & adjoining areas during next 2 hours: India Meteorological Department

Minority groups staging protest against Beijing Winter Olympics 2022

Trump to hold ‘Save America’ rally on July 3 in Florida

Former US President Donald Trump will hold a rally on July 3 in the state of Florida, his office said in a press release. The rally is co-sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida, the release noted, and will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST (midnight GMT). Trump has so far scheduled two rallies, the first one set to take place on Saturday in Wellington, Ohio.

Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino dies at age of 61

Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III died at the age of 61 early on Thursday, after a prolonged illness, according to media reports. Al Jazeera reported that Aquino served as the country’s 15th president from 2010 to 2016, and was succeeded in office by the incumbent, Rodrigo Duterte.

Defence Minister leaves for his two-day visit to Karwar and Kochi today.

Covid recovery rate

Recovery rate increases to 96.61%. Weekly positivity rate remains below 5%, currently at 3.04% and daily positivity rate at 2.91%: Union Health Ministry

India reports 54,069 new COVID-19 cases, 68,885 recoveries and 1,321 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry

  • Total cases: 3,00,82,778
  • Active cases: 6,27,057
  • Total recoveries: 2,90,63,740
  • Death toll: 3,91,981
  • Total vaccination: 30,16,26,028

Backing grows for new IMF COVID and climate fund

IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva this month proposed the new trust to allow rich countries to channel some of their new IMF reserves to poor and middle-income counterparts ravaged by COVID or climate change. “This is something we certainly support” said Lars Jensen, a senior economist on the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the author of a new report on how the IMF’s new funding should be directed.

Delhi petrol price inches closer to Rs 100

The price of petrol & diesel in Delhi is at Rs 97.76 per litre and Rs 88.30 per litre respectively today

Biden nominates Cindy McCain to UN food and agriculture post

McCain, the widow of Arizona Sen. John McCain, broke with Republicans and endorsed Biden for president, making her a key surrogate for the Democrat after Donald Trump spent years criticizing her husband.

US allows some H-1B visa seekers to re-submit their applications

According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), such re-submission of applications is for those whose applications have been rejected or administratively closed solely because the requested start date was after October 1, 2020.

Amazon services down for multiple users Inc’s platforms including Alexa and Prime Video were down for multiple users late Wednesday, according to outage monitoring website Downdetector. More than 4,000 user reports indicated issues with Amazon’s online store site, while over a thousand users reported problems with Prime Video and 300 with Alexa, according to Downdetector.

Taliban takeover of Afganistan not inevitable, say US experts

As worries mount that the insurgents could retake power in the war-torn country, experts with years of experience in Afghanistan warned that poor leadership, corruption and ethnic divisions in the Afghan security forces offer the Taliban advantages, and that much depends on whether President Ashraf Ghani’s troubled government can hold.

Indonesia detects 211 more contagious variants of concern

As many as 211 or 9.41 per cent of the total 2,242 samples of COVID-19 cases tested with the whole genome sequencing method in Indonesia are more contagious variants of concern, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The ministry’s research and development agency said amongst the 211 cases, 160 cases were of the Delta variant first detected in India, 45 cases were of the Alpha variant first detected in Britain and six cases were of the Beta variant first identified in South Africa.

Afghanistan to arm, train civilians against Taliban

Naqibullah Fayeq, the newly-appointed deputy interior minister, on Wednesday said that Kabul would support public mobilization against Taliban “in every province”, reported Afghanistan Times. “Taliban will be suppressed. There is an extraordinary support from security officials to people,” he told army and police in Mazar-e-Sharif.

Plea in Kerala High Court seeks ban on WhatsApp

In a PIL, Omanakuttan K G from Idukki district alleged the instant messaging platform has a separate privacy policy for the European region which is in tune with the laws prevailing there. “If the APP is amenable to laws of European region and can change its functionality in accordance with the laws of European region; why is it hesitant to abide by the laws of our country?” the petitioner asked.

WHO raises concerns over Sputnik V manufacturing plant

In a statement, Pharmstandard-UfaVITA, a leading pharmaceutical company in Russia, said that the WHO inspectors’ attention was focused on only four technical issues mostly related to one of the filling lines, which have all been subsequently fully addressed. The company said that the WHO did not raise any questions about the safety and efficacy of the produced and finished vaccine as the “Sputnik V” vaccine undergoes strictest double quality output control.

John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison

The creator of the McAfee antivirus software, has been found dead in his cell in a jail near Barcelona, a government official has said.Hours earlier, a Spanish court issued a preliminary ruling in favor of the 75-year-old tycoon’s extradition to the United States to face tax-related criminal charges.

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