YK MYK VACCINE NET EXPANSION WITHOUT BETTER STRATEGY IS OF LITTLE HELP OPINION KOLKATA THURSDAY, 15 APRIL, 2021 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—327 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) MAX 36 C MIN 28 C Sky will be partly cloudy. AT A GLANCE INDIA WILL RAISE ITS CLIMATE AMBITIONS BUT NOT UNDER PRESSURE: JAVADEKAR NEW DELHI: Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said India will raise its climate ambitions but not under pressure, and that it will not allow anybody to forget their historical responsibility. He also said that India is suffering because of the mistakes of others and "is not responsible for climate change that is happening". SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 WEATHER TODAY IPL: DELHI CAPITALS TAKE ON WEAKENED RAJASTHAN ROYALS CBSE exams for Class 10 cancelled, class 12 postponed NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams for Class 10 have been cancelled and the exams for Class 12 postponed in view of the exponential spike in Covid-19 cases across the country, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced on Wednesday. The decision was taken in a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday afternoon here amid demand from students, teachers, parents and other stakeholders to cancel it. Considering the resur- gence of the pandemic and school closures and also taking in account the safety and well-being of students, the Ministry of Education said that a decision was taken to defer the Class 12 board exams and cancel the Class 10 exams. The CBSE Board exams were scheduled to be held from May 4 to June 7 and the results were to be announced by July 15. "The Board Exams for Class Xth to be held from 4th May to June 14th, 2021 are hereby cancelled. The results of Class Xth Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board," Nishank tweeted. "Any candidate who is not CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 1,39,59,649 TOTAL DEATH: 1,72,428 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 138,259,099 TOTAL DEATH: 2,976,042 INSIDE INDIA’S NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY IS FUTURISTIC: PM PAGE 5 view of the developing Corona situation. Besides Nishank, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Secretary, School and Higher Education Secretaries and other top officials attended the meeting. The Prime Minister reiterated that the well-being of the students has to be the top priority for the government. He also stated that the Centre would keep in mind the best interests of the students and ensure that their health is taken care of at the same time their academic interests are not harmed. MORE ON PG 11 'Culprits of Cooch Behar killings will be punished' YOGI ADITYANATH TESTS COVID POSITIVE, SELF-ISOLATES LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has tested positive for Covid. In a tweet, the Chief Minister said that in view of the preliminary symptoms, he had got himself tested and the report showed that he was positive for Covid-19. The Chief Minister had stated on Tuesday evening that he is isolating himself after a number of officials in his secretariat tested positive. satisfied with the marks allocated to him or her on this basis, will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams," the Minister said. Nishank further said that the Class 12 exams will be held later, and the situation will be reviewed on June 1 by the CBSE. He also ensured that details regarding the plan will be shared subsequently. "A notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the examinations." The Minister mentioned that the decision was taken after Prime Minister Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the examinations to be held at various levels in Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee meets with Sitalkuchi martyr's family at Mathabhanga in North Bengal on Wednesday. MI NEWS SERVICE COOCH BEHAR: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met the family members of those killed in the firing by Central forces during the fourth phase of State Assembly elections on April 10 and said the culprits will be punished no matter who they are. Addressing a gathering in Mathabhanga, Banerjee said, "The culprits will be punished no matter how big they are. Justice will be done. After the election, five statutes will be made in the memory of the deceased. I appeal to you to consider me ED serves notice to Minister Partha Chatterjee KOLKATA: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday served notice to Bengal Minister and senior TMC leader Partha Chatterjee asking him to appear before it next week, in connection with the I-Core ponzi scam. This has come in the midst of ongoing Bengal Assembly polls. Earlier on Monday, the Election Commission had banned Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from campaigning in the ongoing State elections for 24 hours and said she had made "highly insinuating and provocative remarks laden with the serious potential of the breakdown of law and order and thereby affecting the election process". as a daughter of your home. On the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar, I pray for the victory of guards of democracy over the murderers of democracy." She also assured the family members of the deceased of her full support. "We came because Didi called us. She has assured us of help soon as the election ends. But our primary demand is the punishment of the murderers," a family member of one of the deceased said. "Didi met us. We believe justice will happen. Since the incident happened, we have not been able to think clearly," said Manzur Ali Miyan, the brother of one of the deceased. Polling for the first four phases in Bengal has already taken place. Violence erupted at a polling booth at Sitalkuch in Cooch Behar during the fourth round of polling. The ruling TMC alleged that Central Forces opened fire twice at polling booths where people were casting their votes. Official sources in Cooch Behar had earlier confirmed the death of four people in the firing. Following the incident, the Election Commission (EC) had given directions that no political leader from any party should be allowed to enter the geographical boundaries of Cooch Behar district for the next 72 hours. Mamata Banerjee had said she would meet the family members of those who were killed on April 14 after the end of the 72-hour restriction. The fifth and sixth phases of the ongoing elections will take place on April 17 and April 22 respectively. Counting of votes will take place on May 2. High-decibel campaign for phase-V election ends MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: The high-decibel campaigning for the fifth phase of the ongoing Bengal Assembly elections concluded at 6 pm on Wednesday. Leaders of competing political parties, taking part in the highstakes polls, left no stone unturned to woo the voters of the State. The campaigning ended early on Wednesday as the Election Commission (EC) on Saturday had decided that the silence period for the fifth phase shall be extended to 72 hours and no campaigning shall be permitted during 72 hours before the close of the poll in order to ensure the conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections, following a violent incident in Sitalkuchi, Cooch Behar district that made national headlines . Bihu Bliss Artists perform traditional Bihu dance on the occasion of the Rongali Bihu festival during 'Mukoli Bihu' organized by the All Assam Students Union (AASU), in Guwahati on Wednesday. ANI UK, double mutant strains of coronavirus detected in J’khand MI NEWS SERVICE RANCHI: The whole-genome sequencing of samples sent from Jharkhand to the Institute of Life Science, Bhubaneshwar has revealed the presence of UK variant and double mutants virus in the state. Notably, the state government had sent 52 samples to identify strains of SARS COVID -2 virus prevailing in the state. The samples are stored at -80 degree centigrade. A total of 39 were selected for sequencing out of which nine were found to be of UK mutant variant and four of the double mutants. Eight of the UK variants were from Ranchi and one from East Singhbhum. Out of the double mutants, three were from Ranchi and one from East Singhbhum. The health department officials claimed that sequencing will help in better planning and management of the patients in the future. It has urged the citizens to follow the Covid appropriate behaviour strictly so that the chain is broken. Meanwhile, the Ranchi district administration has Passengers ignore social distancing norms in Ranchi on Wednesday. Hemant Sutradhar launched a dashboard that would provide relevant data regarding Covid to people. The site would provide information about private and government hospitals, availability of beds, Covid case data, active cases, deaths due to Covid and vaccination. People could find out a vacancy in hospitals in case they need to be admitted. In another development, the Ranchi deputy commissioner issued notices to three labs namely SRL Labs, S Sharan Labs and Medica for the slow rate of testing. The DC asked the private laboratories to increase testing and perform according to their potential. He said that all the labs must clear their backlogs. It may be stated here that Jharkhand is facing the second wave of Covid 19 disease. The state is committed to take all necessary measures to stop the spread of the virus. ‘AahaarKranti’, a mission to spread awareness about nutrition NEW DELHI: To eradicate malnutrition from the country which persists even in the 21st century, a group of nearly a dozen key private as well as government institutes and Ministries have come up with "AahaarKranti", a mission dedicated to spread awareness about nutrition and accessibility to all locally available nutritious food, fruits, and vegetables in India. The aim of the 'AahaarKranti' development programme is to spread the message of a good diet to every citizen of the country. It is essential that every section of the society is involved to ensure that the message reaches all corners of the country. Studies estimate that India produces as much as two times the amount of calories it consumes. However, many in the country are still malnourished. The root cause of this strange phenomenon is a lack of nutritional awareness. Taking note of the situation, Vijnana Bharati (Vibha), its autonomous platform Global Indian Scientists and Technocrats Forum (GIST), Vigyan Prasar, and Pravasi Bharatiya Academic and Scientific Sampark (PRABHASS) came together to launch the mission 'AahaarKranti' with the motto of 'Good Diet - Good Cognition'. The 'AahaarKranti' movement is designed to address the problem being faced by India and the Representative photograph world -- 'hunger and disease in abundance'. The movement proposes to address the problem by working to sensitise the people to the val- ues and richness of India's traditional diet, to the healing powers of local fruits and vegetables, and to the miracles of a balanced diet, a Ministry of Health statement said. "It will renew the focus on nutritionally balanced diets replete in locally sourced fruits and vegetables." While Vijnana Bharati and ‘Global Indian Scientists and Technocrats' Forum initiated the programme, several other agencies have also joined hands and have agreed to pool in their expertise and resources. Besides, various central and state government ministries and agencies, the Department of Science and Technology's autonomous body Vigyan Prasar, and Pravasi Bharatiya Academic and Scientific Sampark are a part of this collaborative effort. More organisations are in the pipeline to join the Mission as it proceeds. Launching the iniimportance of a baltiative in virtual anced diet has THE AIM OF THE mode, Union Minister become more vital PROGRAMME IS for Health and than ever before", TO SPREAD THE Family Welfare Harsh the Minister said. MESSAGE OF A Vardhan expressed He appreciated GOOD DIET TO happiness, saying a that overseas Indian EVERY CITIZEN OF social welfare proscientists are in the THE COUNTRY. IT gramme like forefront of the camIS ESSENTIAL 'AahaarKranti' is paign. 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