DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES For Class 10, NCERT lists topics for self-study, no marking RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 THE AGE of industrialisation in History; area of a triangle and frustum of a cone in Mathematics; and in Science, physicalpropertiesof metalsand non-metals, and the ‘Tyndall Effect’ on the eye. These are among concepts and topics that Class 10 students may not be assessed on in their Board exams next year, and which students can cover through “self-study, assignments or projects”, accordingtoa draftdocumentprepared by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) this week. TheNCERT,inameetingheld on June 4, was asked by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)to“analysethe Class XandXIIsyllabusandtextbooks for the purpose of rationalisation of the curriculum this year”. The CBSE prescribes only E E X P L A I NE D CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Against cutsin ● syllabus THE GOVERNMENT had sought suggestions from the public on reducing syllabus given the shorter academic year because of Covid-enforced shutdowns. NCERT is not in favour of dropping chapters, as it could create gaps in learning. `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 DEADLOCK BROKEN IN INDIA-CHINA STANDOFF Headway in talks on ground, Army clarifies that no soldier missing Nepal map Bill now law, India says disappointed Agree on some issues, but no further progress on de-escalation SUSHANT SINGH CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE BITINGTHELAC BULLET BY SUDHEENDRA KULKARNI PAGE 10 LOCKDOWN DAY CASES: 86 3,66,946 RECOVERED:1,94,324 | DEATHS:12,237 TESTS:62,49,668 | DOUBLINGRATE:20.03** TOTAL CASES KEYSTATES TOWATCH ■ Maharashtra SURGEIN 24HRS 1,16,752 3,307 3.14% 22.94 32.32 YUBARAJ GHIMIRE & SHUBHAJIT ROY KATHMANDU, NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 A relative holds the daughter of Col B Santosh Babu, who died in the Galwan Valley clash, as his last rites are held in Suryapet, Telangana, Thursday. AP FULLCOVERAGE:PAGE8 Stick to your side of LAC: Delhi to Beijing SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 ASSERTINGINDIA’Sclaimonthe Galwan Valley of Ladakh, where 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in violent clashes with Chinese troops on Monday night, NewDelhihastoldBeijing that making “exaggerated and untenable” claims is contrary to the understanding reached in talks between military commanders on June 6. “Given its responsible ap- proach to border management, India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control. We expect the Chinese side to also confine its activities to its side of the LAC,” the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Anurag Srivastava, said on Thursday. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 184 OUT OF 192 VOTES, INDIA WINS SEAT IN UNSC PAGE 7 Why no arms? Cong, Govt battle ahead of meet today KRISHN KAUSHIK, MANOJ C G, MAN AMAN SINGH CHHINA & MANRAJ GREWAL SHARMA NEW DELHI, CHANDIGARH, JUNE 18 A TWITTER exchange between Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on why Indian troops CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEPAL SET itself on a collision coursewithIndiaThursdayafter the Upper House unanimously cleared a constitution amendment Bill, endorsing the country’s new map that includes territories with India. President Bidhya Devi Bhandari gave her assent to the Billwithinhoursof itspassage in the Rastriya Sabha. This deepens the boundary row with India which has CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 7-DAYAVG. DOUBLING GROWTH* RATE ** ■ Gujarat 25,148 520 2.23% ■ Delhi 47,102 2,414 5.30% 13.58 ■ Tamil Nadu 50,193 2,174 4.52% 15.94 6,940 ■ Bihar ■ West Bengal 130 2.86% 25.20 12,300 391 4.03% 17.87 * Compounded Daily Growth Rate over last 7 days NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 THE THIRD round of military talksbetweenIndiaandChinain the Galwan Valley made headway Thursday, breaking the deadlock since the violent clashes Monday night that left 20 Indian soldiers dead. Major General Abhijit Bapat, GOC, 3 Infantry Division, led the Indian team at the talks with his ChinesecounterpartatPatrolling Point-14 in the Galwan Valley. A fourth round of talks is scheduled there Friday. ThemeetingThursday,anofficer said, was fruitful and the deadlock of the past three days was broken. Both sides, the officer said, agreed on certain issues andmany things are expected to be made clear in the upcoming meetings. The talks, however, have not yetledtofurtherdisengagement orde-escalationatvariousfaceoff locations on the Ladakh border. TRACKING INDIA’S COVID CURVE CONCERN HARYANA: More than 500 cases on Wednesday. Fastest growing in Top 10 ** Calculated over 7-day growth CAUTION LADAKH: Fewer number of cases on Wednesday, but the region is seeing a big surge A GLIMMER BIHAR: Once growing very rapidly, state has slowed down. Growth rate below 3 per cent Based on daily data by Centre, ICMR, state governments Delhi hospitals sound alarm, one goes to police as nurses strike, quit ASTHA SAXENA, SOMYA LAKHANI & MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, JUNE 18 ALARM bells are ringing in private hospitals across Delhi over resignations by nurses, compoundingthehealthcarecrisisat a time when the Capital is battling surging coronavirus numbers.Thenurseshavebeencomplainingof lack of essentialPPEs, longanddifficultworkinghours, and inadequate support from the authorities, amidst fear of contracting Covid-19. Earlier this week, Primus Super Speciality Hospitallodged a complaint with the district authorities and police against its nurses, accusing them of “abandoning patients”. On Thursday night, the nurses rejoined duty on a reassurance to meet their demands, particularlyreduction CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE ANTIGEN TESTINGIN DELHI DAY 1: 456 OF 7,040 ARE POSITIVE PAGE 4
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