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CBSE Class 10th Result 2021 Evaluation Policy Ensures No Injustice to Students: Board Tells Delhi HC

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) told the Delhi High Court on Thursday that the evaluation policy for CBSE Class 10th Result 2021 has been prepared keeping in mind that no school should be able to do injustice with the students and marks be awarded based on the learning. The board said responsibility has been given to the ‘result committee’ to ensure just, fair and reliable CBSE 10th Result and a similar policy with extended liberty has been prepared in CBSE Class 12th evaluation policy which has already been approved by the Supreme Court.Also Read – ‘Relax, Jald Hi Aayega’: CBSE Uses ‘Chellam Sir’ Meme to Calm Anxious Parents Ahead of Class 10, 12 Results

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CBSE Class 10th exams 2021 were cancelled by the board and an evaluation policy was formulated to evaluate students this year. Also Read – CBSE 10th, 12th Result 2021 LIVE: Board Likely to Announce Class 10th, 12th Result Date & Time Soon | LATEST News Updates 

The board’s counsel submitted before a bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh that there was no illegality in taking reference of previous year’s result of class 10th of a school in order to maintain standardization in the result.

“I submit that, while formulating Evaluation Policy for Class X, there is neither any abuse of power by the answering respondent (CBSE) nor there is failure of governance as the said Evaluation Policy has been formulated having holistic approach and ensuring that no student is prejudiced by rationalising internal assessment performance of students and bringing semblance of parity amongst the assessment of different schools,” the board said in its affidavit filed under the name of Controller of Examination, CBSE, Sanyam Bhardwaj.

Advocate Rupesh Kumar, representing CBSE, said the board has taken all the steps to ensure fairness in the results and no student will have any grievance with regard to the evaluation policy of class 10th.

The affidavit said the policy has been prepared by a team of experts from the schools and CBSE and while preparing the scheme, it has been kept in mind that no school should be able to do injustice with the students and marks be awarded based on the learning of the student.

Result should not be more than the best result of past three results and while allowing moderation to the result committee, limits have been fixed, it said.

The court was hearing a petition by NGO ”Justice for All” claiming that the policy of the board for calculating marks of class 10 students based on the internal assessment by schools was unconstitutional and required to be modified.

On the NGO’s submission that the board should make an arrangement for uploading the soft copy of the marking scheme followed by schools, the CBSE said result prepared with the petitioner’s suggestions will damage the credibility and image of the CBSE across the globe resulting disadvantage to the students in future.

It also said that to ensure fair and unbiased evaluation, the Evaluation Policy for Class 10th provides that each school shall form a ‘Result Committee’ consisting of Principal and seven teachers for finalising the results and out of the seven teachers, five would be from the school and two from neighbouring schools.

The high court has now listed the matter for August 6 for hearing rebuttal arguments of the counsel for the NGO.

Advocates Khagesh Jha and Shikha Sharma Bagga, appearing for the NGO, had contended that the CBSE”s evaluation policy for this year”s Class 10 board examination did not have any grievance mechanism for students.

The counsel had emphasised that this year the schools were free to have their own marking policy and that a student has no way to know how he/she was marked and thus like previous years, students should have access to the documents based on which evaluation is done.

The high court had on June 2 sought response of the Centre, Delhi government and CBSE on the NGO”s petition.

The plea said, “the policy of moderating the average marks assessed by the school, based on the historical performance of the previous average result of the school, in terms of the best overall performance of the school would be injustice to the students as the performance of school is not relatable in any manner with the performance of the student.”

It has also said moderating the marks in consonance with the overall average score of the district, national and state average “was absolutely unreasonable, illogical and punitive for the students of a school which would appear in the board exams for the first time”, with no previous data of performance.

The NGO has alleged that it can also lead to the manipulation of marks and exploitation, extortion of the students and parents.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Delhi Assembly passes resolution terming Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as Commissioner of Police ‘unconstitutional’

Rakesh Asthana assumed charge as Delhi Police Commissioner Yesterday.

 

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government today passed a resolution in the Delhi Assembly against the appointment of Rakesh Asthana as the Commissioner of Delhi Police. The AAP alleged that the move was aimed at harassing its leaders. The party expressed ‘reasonable apprehensions’ that he will be used to ‘create a reign of terror’ against the party.

The resolution tabled by AAP MLA Sanjeev Jha urged the Union Home Ministry to withdraw the July 27 order appointing Asthana. It also urged the MHA to pick another officer to replace him.

AAP MLAs alleged in the assembly that the appointment was made in violation of the ‘rule of law’. The rule of law pertains to a 2019 Supreme Court judgment in which the top court had ruled that only officers who have at least six months of service left before retirement should be considered for the post of Director General of Police (DGP). Notably, CJI NV Ramana had cited the ‘rule of law’ during the appointment of a new CBI chief earlier this year.

While in most of the states, the head of police is the DGP, in Delhi, the chief of the police is the Commissioner.

The resolutions questioned the move by saying that why a ‘controversial’ officer who was removed by the Centre from the post of Special Director CBI in October 2018 and was not even considered fit for the post of CBI director is being imposed on Delhi Police.

“Given the past track record of this officer, there is reasonable apprehension that the Central Government will use him for foisting false cases on political rivals to create a reign of terror in the national capital. Such a controversial individual should not be heading the police force in the country’s national capital,” the resolution said.

The Union Home Ministry had on Tuesday appointed Asthana as the Delhi Police commissioner, giving him a one-year extension on the new post days before his retirement. Asthana, who was serving as the director-general of the Border Security Force was due to retire on July 31. He is a 1984-batch IPS officer.

The resolution also highlighted that while the post of Delhi Police commissioner belongs to the AGMUT cadre of the Indian Police Service (IPS), Asthana belongs to the Gujarat cadre.

AAP MLAs also accused Asthana of corruption. Matiala AAP MLA Gulab Singh alleged that Asthana had put up guests in Vadodara’s five-star hotels during his daughter’s marriage in 2016 and was not charged a penny for the expenses.

On the other hand, Leader of Opposition and BJP MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri called Asthana an honest and decorated IPS officer who was awarded the President’s Police Medal twice.

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One litre petrol takes 30% of Indians’ average daily income

High fuel cost adds to the cost of almost all goods and services, whether it is food or consumer durables, thereby hurting the poorest the most.

An average Indian spends no more than Rs 1.3 lakh per year, according to official statistics.

This is close to what an average Indian earns annually.

At this level of per capita income today, one litre of petrol costs one-third of an average Indian’s daily income (Delhi prices), making it highly unaffordable.

 

People in most other Asian and emerging countries find it more affordable.

For the vast majority which earns less than the average per capita income, the unaffordability would be even higher.

The jump in oil prices — Brent crude rallied nearly 50 per cent from January to June — has definitely contributed to rising retail fuel prices, but a very high tax component is the biggest reason for the high prices.

Petrol is being taxed at a rate close to the customs duty on premium items such as imported wine and high-end motorbikes.

In the US, tax on gasoline is close to 20 per cent, and in the UK, it is 60 per cent.

Compare that with what central and state governments in India charge as tax: nearly 125 per cent on petrol and 100 per cent on diesel.

This includes the value-added tax, or sales tax, levied by states.

High fuel cost adds to the cost of almost all goods and services, whether it is food or consumer durables, thereby hurting the poorest the most.

A recent report by the State Bank of India found that inflation rises by 0.5 percentage points if petrol prices rise by 10 per cent at your nearest pump.

It is, however, unlikely that the government will reduce tax on diesel and petrol, since these are big contributors to the exchequer.

Excise duties on petrol and diesel accounted for a good 28 per cent of the central government’s tax revenue last year.

And, unlike income tax and goods and services tax, which entail a collection cost, oil marketing companies simply have to make an RTGS transaction to pay the government the fuel tax collected from consumers.

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New Coronavirus Cases In India Remain Above 40K Mark With 43,509 Fresh Infections

New Delhi: India on Thursday reported 43,509 fresh infections, 38,465 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed.

Active caseload currently is 4,03,840 while the recovery rate is at 97.38 percent.

Total samples tested up to 28th July are 46,26,29,773 including 17,28,795 samples tested yesterday.

Active cases constitute 1.28 percent of total cases while the weekly positivity rate remains below 5 percent, currently at 2.38 percent.

The daily positivity rate at 2.52 percent, remains below 5 percent. The testing capacity has been ramped up with 46.26 crore total tests conducted.

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Maharashtra reported 6,857 new coronavirus infections and 286 fresh fatalities on Wednesday, taking the tally of cases to 62,82,914 and the death toll to 1,32,145, a state health department official said.

The state witnessed a rise in new COVID-19 cases and fatalities as compared to Tuesday, when it had reported 6,258 infections and 254 deaths.

With 6,105 patients getting discharged from hospitals during the day, the count of recoveries in Maharashtra went up to 60,64,856, leaving the state with 82,545 active cases, the official said.

Maharashtra’s coronavirus recovery rate now stands at 96.53 percent, while the fatality rate is 2.01 percent.

The national capital on Wednesday reported 67 fresh COVID-19 cases and three deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Delhi Health Department.

With this, the total COVID-19 cases in Delhi mounted to 14,36,093 including 573 active cases.

The cumulative recoveries escalated to 14,10,471 including 61 fresh recoveries. The death toll in the capital touched 25,049 including the new death. The case fatality rate now stands at 1.74 percent.

On the other hand, there seems to be no reduction in the number of daily COVID cases in Kerala as on Wednesday, the figure crossed 20,000 for the second successive day.

22,056 people turned positive after 1,96,902 samples were sent for testing in the past 24 hours. On Tuesday, 22,129 people had tested positive.

The only solace on Wednesday was that the test positivity rate fell from 12.35 percent on Tuesday to 11.20 percent.

Presently, there were 1,49,534 active cases, after 17,761 more recovered, taking the total cured in the state to 31,60,804.

Another 131 COVID deaths were reported, taking the death toll to 16,457.

(With Agency Inputs)

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Lalawmpuia Ralte set to join Sudeva Delhi FC

Hyderabad FC striker Lalawmpuia Ralte will join I-League side Sudeva Delhi FC on loan for the 2021-22 campaign, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old joined the club on a three-year deal last September and was a part of the first team for the 2020-21 Indian Super League campaign. A talented striker, Lalawmpuia is a natural finisher and was impressive in the pre-season under Manolo Marquez last year, and even made his ISL debut against ATK Mohun Bagan.

Sudeva Delhi FC is known to feature an all-Indian squad, and during his loan stint with the Delhi-based club, Lalawmpuia will look to gain experience in a competitive I-League coming up in Kolkata.

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‘Are you serious?’ Delhi High Court gives ‘last opportunity’ to Twitter over appointments under new IT rules

Pulling up microblogging platform Twitter over failure to comply with recently amended IT rules, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday gave it the ‘last opportunity’ to file an affidavit with the details over the person appointed as the Chief Compliance Officer and Grievance Officer.

“Are you serious about it,” asked Justice Rekha Palli and criticised Twitter after taking note of the affidavits filed by the company.

“The affidavits clearly show of total non-compliance of rules,” the Court said granting one week’s time as the last opportunity to file a better affidavit in terms of the earlier orders passed by the Court.

The court took strong strong objection on the affidavits, filed on behalf of Twitter that stated that the company has appointed the Chief Compliance Officer and Grievance Officer as “contingent workers”.

“What is this term contingent worker? What does this mean? This gives an impression that his duties are based on some contingencies,” the court noted, adding that it is “even worse”.

The Court made it clear that the affidavit must clearly set out details of persons who have been appointed as Chief Compliance Officer and Grievance officer and also furnish reasons why nodal contact person is not appointed till date and in what time will he be appointed.

The matter was adjourned for August 6, for further hearing.

The Court was hearing a petition seeking direction to the Union of India to pass necessary instruction to Twitter Communication India Private Limited and Twitter Inc to appoint Resident Grievance Officer under Rule 4 of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Ethics Code) Rules 2021 without any delay.

According to Rule 4(c) of the IT Rule, every Significant Social Media Intermediary has to appoint a Resident Grievance Officer, who shall subject to clause (b), be responsible for the functions referred to in sub-rule (2) of rule 3, stated the petition. 

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‘Poore desh me khela hoga’: In Delhi, Mamata Banerjee challenges Narendra Modi for 2024 polls

Mamata Banerjee said that the Opposition can create history in 2024 if it puts up a united fight.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who is in Delhi for a five-day visit today said that the 2024 Lok Sabha elections will witness a battle between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the entire country as there will be khela (game) across India. ‘Khela Hobe’ (Game on) is TMC’s popular assembly election slogan that it promoted to take on the BJP.

Taking on BJP’s ‘achhe din’ (good days) slogan from the 2014 elections, Banerjee said that the people of India want ‘sachhe din’ (true days).

Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Banerjee said, “Narendra Modi was popular in 2019….Today, they have not kept a record of the bodies, last rites were denied and bodies were thrown in river Ganga. Those who lost their loved ones will not forget and forgive.”

Hitting out at the BJP government over the Pegasus snooping issue, Banerjee said that the spying has put everyone’s life in danger. “My phone is already tapped. If Abhishek’s (TMC MP and Mamata’s nephew) phone is tapped, and I am talking to him, then, automatically my phone is tapped too. Pegasus has put everyone’s life in danger,” alleged Mamata Banerjee.

She also attacked the Modi government over inflation. “GDP now stands for Gas-Diesel-Petrol…The government is collecting money from the public but it has no money for COVID-19 vaccines,” said Banerjee.

When asked whether she will be the face of Opposition in the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections, Banerjee quipped that she is not an astrologer and the decision depends on the situation. “Today I have a meeting with Sonia Ji and Arvind Kejriwal. After the Parliament session, Opposition parties must meet,” she said, reiterating her call that opposition parties must unite to take on the BJP.

She said that the Opposition can create history in 2024 if it puts up a united fight. Banerjee added that the situation becomes difficult to handle when a political storm comes.

The West Bengal chief minister, who recently announced the political entry Trinamool Congress on the national stage for the next general elections, also said that Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi wants unity of the opposition and there is a mutual trust between regional parties and the Congress. Banerjee later met Sonia Gandhi at 10 Janpath where Rahul Gandhi was also present.

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Delhi School Reopening: Schools to Reopen Soon? Sisodia Says Covid ‘Under Control’, Seeks Feedback From Teachers & Parents

New Delhi: The Delhi government has sought feedback from teachers and parents of students about the reopening of schools as the Covid situation has come under control now. “Before we take any decision, I would like to ask students, parents & teachers that should we open schools & colleges? I want your suggestions. COVID situation is under control in Delhi,” Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said.Also Read – Delhi Lockdown Update: Sarojini Nagar’s Export Market Shut Until Further Orders For Violating Covid Norms, Market Associations to Meet Today

Sisodia, during an online briefing, said that students, parents, and teachers can mail their suggestions to delhischools21@gmail.com on how the process of reopening schools be started.

“Parents and teachers want schools to reopen but are fearful. We want to want from parents, students and teachers on whether we can reopen the schools and how can it be done. In the neighbouring states, schools have reopened,” he added.

Sisodia, who also holds the Education portfolio, said that the Covid situation is under control now and Delhi is recording an average of 40-60 cases on a daily basis.

Delhi had reeled under a brutal second wave of coronavirus which claimed a large number of lives daily with shortage of beds and oxygen worsening the situation.

Schools in the national capital were ordered shut last year in March ahead of a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

While several states started partial reopening of schools in October last year, the Delhi government allowed physical classes only for 9-12 grades in January this year, which were again suspended following the exponential rise in COVID-19 cases.

The Delhi government, however, allowed auditoriums and assembly halls in schools to be used for training and meeting purposes, but physical teaching and learning remains suspended.

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Delhi zoo to welcome lions from Gujarat, star tortoises from Andhra

Once it reopens, the zoo will operate in two slots — one from 8 am to noon, and the second from 1 pm to 5 pm. (Picture courtesy: IE)

Delhi zoo will receive three lions — two females and one male — from Gujarat soon after it reopens its gates for visitors. The lions will arrive in the National Capital from Junagadh’s Sakkarbaug zoo and Kevadia zoo. Delhi zoo has only two lions at present and will likely conduct breeding upon the arrival of the animals. In turn, Delhi zoo will send hippopotamuses to the two Gujarat zoos.

Additionally, the Central Zoo Authority has also approved the transfer of two wild dogs as well as 10 Star tortoises to Delhi zoo from the zoo in Vizag, National Zoological Park, Delhi, Director Ramesh Pandey said. Delhi zoo doesn’t have these species yet.

Pandey said the animal exchange programme will begin by the end of August. Pandey said the animals will be transported once the weather becomes conducive as transporting animals in warm and humid weather is neither comfortable for the animals nor for those who care for them.

The zoo also has several more transfers in the works. It is working to bring two tigresses as well as two sloth bears from Nagpur’s Gorewada zoo, while Chennai zoo will send a male tiger. At present, Delhi zoo houses 1,162 animals of 94 species. The zoo authorities want to increase the number of species to 100. Pandey said the zoo is also mulling tree walks and bird-watching trips since it is home rare tree species.

Once it reopens, the zoo will operate in two slots — one from 8 am to noon, and the second from 1 pm to 5 pm. The zoo authorities will sanitise the premises during the one-hour window. It will permit the entry of 1,500 visitors in a single slot. All visitors will have to follow Covid-19 protocols, including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

The zoo’s booking counters will not open and tickets can be bought online only through the website of the National Zoological Park. Online bookings will start from July 31. The zoo will not allow any food items to be carried inside the premises.

The zoo was closed for nearly a year, before opening its gates for about 10 days in April. It was forced to close again after Covid-19 cases in Delhi witnessed a spurt.

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Rakesh Asthana is Delhi police commissioner

Rakesh Asthana, a senior Indian Police Service officer of the Gujarat cadre, was appointed as Delhi police commissioner on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

 

IMAGE: Rakesh Asthana. Photograph: ANI Photo

According to a ministry of home affairs order, Asthana, currently serving as director general of the Border Security Force, will take charge as Delhi police commissioner with immediate effect.

The appointment of Asthana, a 1984 batch IPS officer, came days before his retirement on July 31.

While clearing his appointment, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi, approved the inter-cadre deputation from Gujarat to the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet also extended Asthana’s service initially for a period of one year beyond the date of his superannuation on July 31 or until further order, whichever is earlier.

This is one of the very few instances when an IPS officer outside of the AGMUT cadre has been appointed as Delhi police commissioner. Usually, an officer belonging to the AGMUT cadre is appointed to the post.

Asthana had earlier served as the special director of the Central Bureau of Investigation.

During his stint at the CBI in 2018, he was engaged in an unsavoury spat with then CBI director Alok Verma with both of them levelling allegations of corruption against each other.

Both officers were later removed from the Bureau.

Asthana was appointed BSF DG in August 2020. He also held additional charge as head of the Narcotics Control Bureau.

Senior IPS officer Balaji Srivastav is currently holding temporary charge as Delhi police commissioner after S N Shrivastava’s retirement in June.

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