DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ISC EXAMS ARE SCRAPPED TOO Centre cancels CBSE Class 12 exams, will have ‘objective criteria’ for results Those who want to appear will get chance when situation is conducive; decision likely to influence state boards too SOURAV ROY BARMAN NEW DELHI, JUNE 1 IN A key excise policy shift, the Delhi government has paved the way for home delivery of liquor through orders placed on cellphoneappsoronlinewebportals. AccordingtotheDelhiExcise (Amendment) Rules, 2021 — published in a gazette notification on Monday — holders of L13 licences will be allowed to deliverliquortohomes,provided the order is received through a mobileapporonlinewebportals. “The licensee shall make delivery of liquor at the residences only if order is received through mobile app or online web portal and no delivery shall be made to any hostel, office, and institution,” the notification said. The amended rules also allow restaurants, clubs and bars attached tohotelsto serveliquor in open spaces such as terraces, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE POPE CRIMINALISES ABUSE OF ADULTS BY PRIESTS, LAITY P 12 CENTRE VS OPP STATES FRICTION IN GST COUNCIL P 6 NEW DELHI, JUNE 1 CITING “UNCERTAIN conditions due to Covid and feedback obtained from various stakeholders”, the Central Government Tuesday announced the cancellation of this year’s CBSE Board examination for Class 12 students following a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The results will be compiled as per “a well-defined objective criteria”, the Government said. However, if a student wants to appear for the examination, the CBSE will provide an option once the situation becomes conducive. Following the CBSE decision, the Council for Indian School CertificateExaminations(CISCE) followed suit and scrapped the ISC Class 12 examination. The CBSE, sources said, will set up a committee to decidethe alternative scheme for tabulating results. A student’s performance in internal school assessments, in all likelihood, will be a crucial part of the scheme. To keep inflation of marks in check, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E E X P L A I NE D RITIKA CHOPRA New policy: Delhi a step closer to delivery of liquor home ● Challenge forunivs CLASS 12 is a milestone exam in the life of a student, and the gateway to higher education. Given that different state boards compete with the CBSE and ISC, the challenge for universities will be to evolve a level playing field to screen candidates for admission. DU says admission will be based on ‘merit’, entrance exam is not an option yet ARANYA SHANKAR NEW DELHI, JUNE 1 WITH THE Centre on Tuesday announcing the cancellation of the Class 12 CBSE Board examinations and at least some state governments expected to follow suit, the focus now shifts to undergraduate admissions, with the big question being: how will universities, which have traditionally based their admissions WEEKLY POSITIVITY IS NOW UNDER 5 PER CENT IN 344 DISTRICTS Terms of unlock: positivity below 5%, 70% of vulnerable groups vaccinated No change in two-dose schedule, no mixing of vaccines: Paul NEW DELHI, JUNE 1 PANAJI, JUNE 1 CHALLENGING THE acquittal of formerEditor-in-Chief of Tehelka TarunTejpalina caseof rapeand sexual assault, the Goa government has, in its amended appeal filed in the High Court of Bombay at Goa on Tuesday, said the finding of the trial court was “coloured by prejudice and patriarchy”. The Goa government stated that in its judgment on May 21, the trial court had disbelieved the woman who had accused Tejpal of the offence “on the basis of a conception of how a victim is expected to behave while being sexually assaulted”. This Former editor of Tehelka Tarun Tejpal Express finding of the court, the state government said, was “unsustainable in law …” The state government has urgedtheHighCourttosetaside thetrialcourt'sverdictacquitting Tejpal. The point of retrial mentioned in the amended grounds for appeal will, however, be kept open, according to the state government's legal team. On May 27, the High Court hadallowedtheGoagovernment CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Thane’s Jambhali Naka market Tuesday, after shops were allowed to open for longer. Deepak Joshi Pfizer, Cipla demands pending, DCGI relaxes norms for clearing vaccines PRABHA RAGHAVAN NEW DELHI, JUNE 1 INDIA’S APEX drug regulator Tuesdaywaivedtherequirement forforeigncompaniestoconduct post-launch bridging trials and test the quality and stability of their Covid-19 vaccines here if theyhaveapprovalsfromspecific countries or health bodies. The move, which would makeit easier for companies to bring their vaccines to India, follows similar demands raised by, among oth- ers,PfizerandCipladuringnegotiations to supply imported vaccines to the country. Therequirementof conductingpost-approvalbridgingclinical trials “can be exempted” for Covid-19vaccineswithrestricted CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GUWAHATI, JUNE 1 NEWLY SWORN in as Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma is the BJP’s most influential leader in India’s Northeast. He is the man credited with helping the party establish itself in a region where it had no presence till not so long ago. Holding important portfolios in the last state government, including Finance, Health and Education, Sarma’s claim to the top post in the state was accepted by the BJP ahead of incumbent CM Sarbananda Sonowal, after a large majority of the BJP MLAs sided with him. On Wednesday evening, Sarma will be guest at The Indian Express e-Adda. The session will be moderated by National Opinion Editor, The Indian Express, Vandita Mishra. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Himanta Biswa Sarma Express 15 days after cyclone passed, people of Amreli’s lion country stumble through life without power PAGE 1 ANCHOR GOPAL KATESHIYA RAJULA (AMRELI), JUNE 1 PAVAN KHUMAN, a farmer of Mota Agariya village in Rajula taluka, has sent his sons Rajvir, 17 and Vijay, 14, to his niece’s home in Dhari. Since Cyclone Tauktae reduced their home to rubble and snapped the power lines,thefamilyhasbeenspending nights outdoors, in the dark, in fear of lions on the prowl nearby. Amreli is one of the four Gujarat districts across which Gir, the home of the Asiatic lion, spans.Thedarknesshasemboldenedthelionsandleopards,says Khuman. “Lions roar outside the damaged wall of my house. My family, my five cows, my bullocks, we live in terror.” A fortnight after the cyclone struck on May 17, 191 of 619 villages of Amreli district are still without power, as per a release byPaschimGujaratVijCompany Limited (PGVCL), the state- Old have lived their lives, says HC, pushes for priority in jabs, drugs to young NEW DELHI, JUNE 1 KAUNAIN SHERIFF M POSITIVITY RATE of less than 5 per cent for a week, vaccination of 70 per cent of the vulnerable population, and community ownershipof Covid-appropriate behaviourand care — the Centre on Tuesday laid down key unlockdown criteria for districts to ward off a possible third wave. On Tuesday, Dr Balram Bhargava, ICMR Director General and amemberofIndia’sCovid-19task force, underlined that while “gradual lifting [of restrictions] willnotwitnessamassivesurge”, districtshaveto“ensurethatvaccination has to be prioritised...” “In terms of preventing the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 on Class 12 exam results, take in students this year? While announcing the cancellation,theUnionGovernment said the Class 12 results would be compiled as per “a well-defined objective criteria”. Delhi University (DU), one of the largest universities in the country,saiditwouldfollowthis “merit” criterion for admission. DU Acting Vice-Chancellor P C Joshi said, “This decision has CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SOFI AHSAN Tejpal’s acquittal: Goa BJP’s face in NE, its new CM in says order ‘coloured by Assam, at Express Adda today prejudice, patriarchy’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MAYURA JANWALKAR `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Tauktae damaged electricity lines and poles. Gopal Kateshiya ownedcompanythatdistributes electricity in Saurashtra region. The cyclone left 10,447 villages in the state without power, with 23,800 km of transmission lines, 1.16 lakh electricity poles, and 45,039 transformers damaged. Says Mota Agariya village sarpanch Hathi Khuman, “Lions avoid illuminated areas. But our streetlights have been out since Tauktae.” With piped water supply also hit due to lack of power, he and his brother have been usingadiesel-firedgeneratortoprovidedrinkingwatertothevillage. Thelackof electricityhasalso forced other changes. Kanchan Savaliya, 60, says it is after many years that she is using a ravaiya (a wooden churner) regularly to skim milk. “We have an electric skimmer... I had to search the house to locate this one.” The family’s home and cattle shed were damaged in the cyclone. Kanchan’s brother-in-law Ramesh says one of the first adjustments they had to make was figuring out how to ensure milk didn’t spoil without a refrigerator. “Eventually, my mother CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EMPHASISING THAT the country needs to invest in the future, the Delhi High Court Tuesday said that the Centre’s policy did not prioritise youth in the Covid vaccination drive. It said that younger patients may also have to be prioritised in distribution of the drug to treat mucormycosis or black fungus. Thedivisionbenchof Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh directed the Government to come out with a policy on the distribution of the drug, Liposomal Amphotericin-B, for treatment of black fungus. “The administration of the drug to patients who have better chances of survival may have to be prioritised. Similarly, patients who are younger and who CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BENGAL-CENTRE ROW INTENSIFIES For 15-min ‘delay’ at PM’s meet, Centre throws rulebook at Bengal Chief Secy MHA invokes Disaster Act to serve show-cause; TMC says act of revenge DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & ATRI MITRA NEW DELHI, KOLKATA, JUNE 1 DEEPENING THE row between the Centre and West Bengal, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued a show-cause notice to Alapan Bandyopadhyay, who retired as the state Chief Secretary Monday, for reporting 15minuteslatetoPrimeMinister Narendra Modi’s cyclone review meeting on May 28. Bandyopadhyay was with Chief MinisterMamataBanerjee when she decided to skip the Cyclone Yaas meeting in Kalaikunda. Sources said the notice was issued late Monday under the Disaster Management Act and, if converted to a statutory case, couldresultinimprisonmentextending up to two years. A reply has been sought from Bandyopadhyay within three days. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Bandyopadhyay (left) with successor H K Dwivedi. CMO ‘UNPRECEDENTED AND DISTURBING’ FORMER CABINET Secretary B K Chaturvedi, former DoPT Secretary Satyanand Misra, and former Home Secretary G K Pillai said the Centre’s actions against Alapan Bandyopadhyay set a bad precedent and would frighten and demotivate civil servants. PAGE 6 Viral video of 5-yr-old has an impact: J&K cuts down online classes NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, JUNE 1 MAHIRUH IRFAN has an opinion onmostmatters:cartoons,“why pink is the best colour” and — as the country discovered — why online learning can be traumatic for a five-year-old. In a video that went viral, Mahiruh had addressed the Prime Minister and said, “Why do madam and sir give so much work to small children who are six years old? From the time I wake up till 2 o’clock, I have continuous classes — English, math, Urdu, EVS and then computers. LG Manoj Sinha responded to Mahiruh. Shuaib Masoodi Why do they give so much work to little children, Modi saab?” By Monday, Mahiruh’s appeal was doing the rounds of Facebook and Twitter and was even being CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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