eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE NEWDELHI,LATECITY MAY23,2021 16PAGES,`6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, ` 12SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Key meet on CBSE Class XII today, Board has two options: Test only ‘major’ subjects, long versus short In longer option, exams as per existing format; 2nd, over 45 days, 90-min papers, school as centre RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, MAY 22 THE CENTRAL Board of SecondaryEducation(CBSE)has proposedthatitwillconductthe Class 12Board examinationonly for major subjects, The Indian Express has learned. The Board offers 174 subjects to Class 12 students, of which about20areconsideredmajorby theCBSE.Theseinclude:Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, History, Political Science, Business Studies, Accountancy, Geography, Economics, and English. A CBSE student takes a minimum of five and a maximum of six subjects. Of these, usually four are major subjects. Sources said that the CBSE has proposed two options to the Education Ministry for conducting the Board examinations for the major subjects. These are set to be discussed at a meeting of the state In Delhi, February, when schools opened briefly. Praveen Khanna Education Ministers and state Education Secretaries that will be chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday. Education Minister Ramesh Pohkriyal, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash JavadekarandWomenandChild Development Minister Smriti Irani are expected to attend. Underthefirstoption,thenational board has proposed that examinations for the major subjects be held in the “existing CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SUNDAY STORY PAGE 9 MAYDAY As vessels went under after Tauktae, the faith that many held on to and the massive rescue that kept them alive INSIDE AFTER A MONTH, ULFA RELEASES ABDUCTED ONGC EMPLOYEE DAY 6, THE SEARCH Diving teams of Navy set off Saturday to look for missing crew of barge P305, Vadaprada. @DefPROMumbai/Twitter PAGE7 Facing public ire, BJP to Jharkhand CM: Covid-19 rank and file: connect, a national problem, but Police notice states left to themselves to its leaders go out, focus on welfare PAGE 7 on road theft, Kerala BJP denies link SHAJU PHILIP THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 22 A HIGHWAY robbery of Rs 3.5 crore on April 3, just three days before state Assembly elections, took a new turn Saturday with the police deciding to question state BJP leaders. The ruling Left Fronthadallegedthelootingwas a “drama enacted” by local BJP leadersfor“sharingunusedelection funds”. According to sources in Thrissur police, the Crime Branch Saturday issued notices to BJP state General Secretary (Organisation) and senior RSS pracharak M Ganeshan and BJP state office Secretary G Gireeshan. Both were told to appear before the investigating team on Sunday. On Saturday, the police questioned three BJP leaders from Thrissur — district General Secretary K R Hari, Central Regional Secretary Kashinathan anddistrictTreasurerSujaySenan —inconnectionwiththerobbery that took place on the highway between Thrissur and Kochi. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LIZ MATHEW ABHISHEK ANGAD CAUGHT ON the back foot over its conspicuous absence during the second wave of the pandemicandagroundswellof public fear and resentment, the BJP leadership has asked its leaders to be visibly more “empathetic and sympathetic”. As part of this outreach, sources said, party leaders have been asked to step up their “social activities” to ensure delivery of medicines, availability of hospital beds as well as actively monitor the ramping up of JHARKHAND CHIEF Minister Hemant Soren Saturday said the Centre is neither treating Covid-19 as a “nationwide problem” nor listening to states’ demands or giving them the flexibility to tackle the situation as per their wisdom. InaninterviewtoThe Sunday Express from his residence in Ranchi, Soren said, “Is this a national pandemic or a state-centric problem? The Centre has neither left it to us to handle the situation, nor is it handling it NEW DELHI, MAY 22 JAMSHEDPUR, MAY 22 Nadda has advised BJP-ruled states to have schemes for children orphaned by Covid health infrastructure, which includes installation of oxygen plants in government hospitals. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Vendor held by UP Police: Death due to head injury, says autopsy ASAD REHMAN UNNAO, MAY 22 THE CCTV at Bangarmau Police Station in Unnao shows Faisal Hussain, 18, being dragged by some unidentified people as he struggles to walk or stand. As twopersonstry to lifthim,herepeatedly collapses. It is not clear whether Hussain is being taken from the police station or being brought there. On Friday, the vegetable vendor was found dead, soon after At Faisal Hussain’s home in Unnao on Saturday. PTI he was picked up by police from a shop on the charge of violating Covid norms, and allegedly beatenseverely.OnSaturday,the postmortem put the cause of his death as head injury. The autopsy also found a severe injury behindHussain’searandatleast 12 contusions on his body. Whilethreepolice personnel havebeencharged withmurder, asked if there had been any arrests, Unnao Superintendent of Police Anand Kulkarni said, “We will proceed as per the evidence CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Buying vaccines will leave the state bankrupt: Soren properly...Wedon’tgettoimport medicines because the Centre does not give permission, but somehow it manages to import whenever it likes.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Confusion leaves Indian boxing team hovering over Dubai EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 22 A FLIGHT carrying the Indian boxing team for the Asian Championships was forced to make a fuel emergency landing in Dubai on Saturday after its touchdown got delayed because of confusion over travel authorisation. Amidabanontravellersfrom India, the United Arab Emirates CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Delhi’s urban village with a lakh people, a ‘Chaupal OPD’ helps fight off Covid, fears PAGE 1 ANCHOR THE SAVIOURS FIGHTING THE SECOND COVID WAVE AN EXPRESS SERIES ASHNA BUTANI NEW DELHI, MAY 22 EVERY EVENING, under a banyan tree in Delhi’s urban village of Ghitorni, a steady crowd builds up. One by one, they go in for consultation to a nearby ‘baraat ghar’ room, where a groupof volunteershascometogether to help this village of around one lakh — more known forthejazzyfurniturestoresthat linethehighwayconnectingitto Gurgaon — fight Covid. Volunteers, including 3 doctors, run this facility at Ghitorni every day, offer medical advice, drugs, oxygen. Abhinav Saha The idea is the brainchild of Narender Kumar, a retired Navy officer. When three deaths were recorded in Ghitorni on a single day in mid-April, at the height of the second wave in Delhi that had patients scrambling for help, Kumar thought of turning to the three doctors in his family for a solution. The result was the ‘Chaupal OPD’,nowfunctionalfor10days, with13volunteers,includingthe doctors from Kumar’s family. They see patients coming CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 B.1.617.2: ‘ONE SHOT HALF AS EFFECTIVE’ Variant in India needs two vaccine doses for better safety: UK govt 33% protection against symptomatic ailment with one dose of Pfizer/AstraZeneca, 81% with 2: Public Health England PRABHA RAGHAVAN NEW DELHI, MAY 22 TWO DOSES of the Covid-19 vaccine are needed to provide “strong protection” against symptomatic infection from B.1.617.2, the coronavirus variant first identified in India, suggests preliminary data from the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s executive agency, Public Health England (PHE), Financial Times reported on Saturday. This sharply highlights the public health challenge in India as the B.1.617.2 begins to take over as the “dominant variant of concern” here and the country grapples with a severe shortage of vaccines. Only around 43.05 million people — around 3 per cent of India’s total population — have receivedtwodosesof anyCovid19 vaccine since India started its immunisation programme on January 16 this year. Another 151.90 million people had received at least one dose, according to provisional data from the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E E X P L A I NE D DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA The Covid wave and consequent disruptions have triggered anxieties in entertainment industry PAGES 12, 13, 14 Shortage, longergap ● achallenge B.1.617.2 HAS been identified as the dominant variant in India. Given that only 3% of the population has got both doses and the gap between two doses for Covishield has been increased to 12 weeks, the vaccine shortage highlights the long haul ahead. A child with Covid plays carrom with staff at a coronavirus care centre set up in Noida Stadium, Saturday. Gajendra Yadav Demand still high but first signs O2 crisis is waning HARIKISHAN SHARMA NEW DELHI, MAY 22 EARLY SIGNS of the waning of the oxygen crisis are visible in the country with liquid medical oxygen supplied to hospitals over the last 72 hours showing a decline for the first time in almost a month. “Actual consumption has dropped to 8,000 MT a day from around 8,900 MT a day,” an officialsaid.Whilethequantitysuppliedhasdropped,itisstillmuch higher than the demand recordedduringthefirstwaveof Covid-19 last year. The data maintained by an empowered group of officers tasked with oxygen supply shows total oxygen supplied to hospitalshitapeakof 8,944metrictonnes(MT)perdayonMay9 droppedtoabout8,100MTaday on May 18-19. However, it has again risen marginally to 8,334 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DIPPING GRAPH MAY 1 Oxygen supply to hospitals: 7,603 MT (lowest for month) Daily cases: 3,92,576 MAY 6 Oxygen supply: 8,920 MT Daily cases: 4,14,280 (highest for month) MAY 9 Oxygen supply: 8,944 MT (highest for month) Daily cases: 3,66,455 MAY 20 Oxygen supply: 8,344 MT Daily cases: 2,59,242 (lowest for month) PARENTS OFYOUNG KIDS TO GETSHOTS: UP GOVT CLARIFICATION ON STAFF KIN PAGE 6
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