YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 34 C MIN 28 C UNEMPLOYMENT, DECENT WORK DEFICITS, INEQUALITY WORSENING OPINION Rainfall may occur. ONLY COURAGEOUS PEOPLE ARE WELCOME IN CONGRESS: RAHUL NATION Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA SATURDAY, 17 JULY, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR—8, ISSUE—63 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) RS by-poll to be held on August 9 BENGAL STD X STUDENTS TO GET MARK SHEETS ON JULY 20 MI NEWS SERVICE MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: With board exams having been cancelled in Bengal due to the COVID-19 situation, at par with several other States, students of Class 10 will soon be given score sheets which have been prepared after taking into consideration their Class 9 result and internal assessment marks, a notification here said on Friday. Kalyanmoy Ganguly, the president of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE), said in the notification that the mark sheets will be released on July 20 following a press meet. "There will be no merit list this time. Class 10 (Madhyamik) candidates can download the score sheet by logging on to designated websites from 10 am on Tuesday," Ganguly said in the notification. He had earlier said that experts, after discussions, have decided on an evaluation criterion, going by which 50 per cent marks will be derived from Class 9 annual exam result, and the remaining 50 per cent from internal assessment. "Equal emphasis will be given on the Class 9 annual exam marks and the internal formative assessment score of every subject in Class 10," Ganguly had said. The date of birth and registration number of the candidate will have to be typed to access the score sheet. Over 12 lakh students were slated to appear for Madhyamik examination this year. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 31,007,870 TOTAL DEATHS: 412,204 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 189,383,935 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,077,612 A beneficiary receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, at Yamuna Khadar, in New Delhi on Friday. ANI Statutory nod for Zydus Cadila vax for 12-18 age-group soon, Centre to HC NEW DELHI: The Centre has informed the Delhi High Court that Zydus Cadila, which is developing DNA vaccines has concluded its clinical trial for the age group of 12 to 18. The affidavit filed by under secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, said: "It is submitted that Zydus Cadila, which is developing DNA vaccines has concluded its clinical trial for between the age group of 12 to 18 and subject to the statutory permissions, the same may be available in near future for children of the age group of 12 to 18 years of age". The affidavit added that May 1, onwards under the liberalized pricing and accelerated national Covid vaccination strategy, all citizens ‘NEXT 100 TO 125 DAYS ARE CRITICAL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 IN INDIA’ NEW DELHI: Union Health Ministry in its weekly press conference on Friday cautioned that the next 100 to 125 days are critical in the fight against COVID-19 in India. "Fall in cases has slowed down. It's a warning signal. Next 100 to 125 days are critical for fight against COVID in India," says Dr VK Paul, MemberHealth, Niti Aayog in a Health Ministry press conference. Member Health, NITI Aayog shared a study conducted by ICMR that analyses the vaccine effectiveness in police personnel, a high-risk category PG 5 above the age of 18 years including parents of children who are residing ion Delhi are already eligible for Covid19 vaccination. The Centre said the vaccination is its top most priority and all efforts are being made to achieve " an objective of 100 percent vaccination in the shortest time possible keeping the available resources in mind and availability of vaccine doses into consideration". The Centre filed this affidavit in response to the plea, filed by Tia Gupta through advocate Bihu Sharma demanding for immediate vaccination of children between the ages of 12-17 in the city, and also prioritizing of vaccination for parents having children up to 17 years of age. In June last week, the Centre had informed the Supreme Court that Zydus Cadila, has concluded its clinical trials for the 12 to 18 age group, and the vaccine may be available in near future, subject to the statutory permissions Today, according to Sharma, Delhi High Court Chief Justice asked the central government to frame a policy for children's vaccination expeditiously. The plea contended that data from across the country, including Delhi, has revealed UP cannot go ahead with Kanwar Yatra,... 100%: SC NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday pointed out that fear of a third Covid wave looms large over all Indians as it asked the Uttar Pradesh government to reconsider its decision on a physical Kanwar Yatra, emphasizing that a Yogi-government nod for a 100 per cent physical yatra is not advisable. A bench comprising justices R.F. Nariman and B.R. Gavai said authorities should reconsider whether to hold physical Kanwar Yatra at all, otherwise court will pass order in the matter. "We are prima facie of the view that this is a matter con- A BENCH COMPRISING JUSTICES R.F. NARIMAN AND B.R. GAVAI SAID AUTHORITIES SHOULD RECONSIDER WHETHER TO HOLD PHYSICAL KANWAR YATRA AT ALL, OTHERWISE COURT WILL PASS ORDER IN THE MATTER. cerning every citizen and all other sentiments, including religious are subservient to right to life of citizens," said the bench. The bench told senior advocate C.S. Vaidyanathan, who is repre- senting the UP government, "given Covid pandemic and the fear of third wave, which looms over all Indians", whether the authority will reconsider allowing the yatra at all for compelling religious reasons. Justice Nariman said: "State of UP cannot go ahead with it. 100 percent". Vaidyanathan replied, "We have submitted affidavit from UP government. We just want a symbolic yatra". He added State Disaster Management Authority deliberated upon this, and stated that for compelling religious reasons if someone wants to undertake the yatra, they should seek permission, have negative RT-PCR report and also be fully vaccinated. Justice Nariman said: "We can give you one more opportunity to consider holding yatra physically at all. This or else we pass an order." that between April-May, the number of reported cases of children infected and suffering Covid-19 has risen tremendously. On May 28, a bench comprising Chief Justice D N Patel and justice Jyoti Singh had issued notice to Centre and Delhi government on the petition. The plea contended that it is pertinent the vaccine policy against Covid-19 has failed to factor-in children or parents of children, who are a vulnerable section of society, for vaccination against the deadly virus. The plea added that the evidence that unvaccinated children are more likely to develop a new, more powerful Covid-19 strain, is reflected in the prevalent 'second wave', which has infected many more children than the 'first wave' last year. PILOT KILLED, TRAINEE HURT AS ITALIAN-MADE TRAINER CRASHES JALGAON: The pilot was killed and the woman trainee was injured when a brand-new training aircraft belonging to a private aviation academy crashed in a field near Chopda village of Maharashtra's Jalgaon. NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Byelection to Rajya Sabha seat, which fell vacant after the resignation of Dinesh Trivedi, who was a Trinamool Congress MP, will be held on August 9, announced the Election Commission (EC) on Friday. Stating the schedule of the by-election to the Council of States from Bengal to fill up the above-mentioned vacancy, the EC in a statement issued on Friday mentioned that the poll will be held from 9 am to 4 pm. According to the EC, a notification for the same shall be issued on July 22. The last date for filing nominations is July 29 while the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is August 2, said the EC. It stated that the counting of votes shall take place on August 9 at 5 am. "Date before which election shall be completed:10th August (Tuesday)," said EC. Listing the guidelines for the voters to be followed during the entire election process, EC said every person shall wear a face mask during every election-related activity. At the entry of hall/ room/ premises used for election purposes, thermal scanning of all persons shall be carried out and sanitiser shall be made available at all locations, said the election body. It further stated that social distancing shall be maintained as per the extant COVID-19 guidelines of the State government and Ministry of Home Affairs. The Chief Secretary, Bengal is being directed to depute a senior officer from the State to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the said by-election, it added. 'Education being saffronised in BJP-ruled States' MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu on Friday alleged that the BJP was trying to "saffronise education" by omitting chapters on secularism in States where the party is in power. Basu, who was addressing a press conference, was requested to comment on the Uttar Pradesh government's move to exclude a story by Rabindranath Tagore from school curriculum. "The BJP is trying to saffronise education. If they have omitted Tagore's story from syllabus, it shows their regressive mindset. Tagore is a secular personality as is evident from his writings. "Obviously the BJP is not comfortable with such ideologies. Hence they keep removing works of Tagore, Dr Radhakrishnan from school curriculum," Basu said. He claimed that the BJP peddles mythology as history in textbooks of Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. In sharp contrast, the syllabus in Bengal schools is all-inclusive as it speaks of our pluralistic values, our international out- Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu look, nationalism and real and actual history, the minister added. Meanwhile, interview for 14,339 vacant posts in upper primary schools in Bengal will begin on July 19, Education Minister Bratya Basu said on Friday. In all, 15,406 shortlisted candidates will be called for interview, which will be concluded by August 4, he said. Speaking to reporters, Basu said the High Court paved the way for the recruitment process last week and it will be completed in a transparent manner. The online counselling process for primary teacher recruitment in 10,500 vacant posts has already been completed, he said. Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan NEW DELHI: Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was killed in Afghanistan while on a reporting assignment, Afghan ambassador Farid Mamundzay said on Friday. A resident of Delhi, Siddiqui was on a reporting assignment with the Afghan security forces when he was killed. Siddiqui's father Professor Akhtar Siddiqui told IANS: "I got information about my son about one hour ago. The last time I spoke to my son was two days ago, and he was very happy at that time. " Afghanistan's ambassador to India, Farid Mamundzay, tweeted, "Deeply disturbed by the sad news of the killing of a friend, Danish Seddiqi in Kandahar last night. The Indian Journalist & winner of Pulitzer Prize was embedded with Afghan security forces. I met him 2 weeks ago before his departure to Kabul.” T20 WORLD CUP: INDIA AND PAKISTAN IN THE SAME GROUP DUBAI: India and Pakistan have been drawn together in Super 12, or the second stage, of the men's T20 World Cup as the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the groups for the tournament to be played from October 17 to November 14 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. Round 1 will have eight teams, including automatic qualifiers Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, playing against the six teams who booked their spot through a qualifying event in 2019 in the UAE. Ireland, the Netherlands and Namibia join Sri Lanka in Group A. Group B has Oman, PNG and Scotland are joined by Bangladesh. Group 1 comprises defending champions West Indies pooled alongside 2010 champions "WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE GROUPS FOR THE ICC MEN'S T20 WORLD CUP 2021. THERE ARE SOME GREAT MATCH UPS OFFERED BY THE GROUPS AND IT STARTS TO BRING THE EVENT TO LIFE FOR OUR FANS AS OUR FIRST MULTITEAM EVENT SINCE THE ONSET OF THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC DRAWS CLOSER," SAID ICC'S ACTING CEO GEOFF ALLARDICE. England, Australia and South Africa along with two qualifiers from Round 1 joining them. Group 2 comprises 2007 champions India, 2009 winners Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and two qualifiers from Round 1. Top two teams from both groups will progress to the Super 12 stage. The two groups for Super 12 were created on the basis of team rankings as of 20 March 2021. India enjoys a 5-0 superiority against Pakistan across all editions of the T20 World Cup. "We are delighted to announce the groups for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021. There are some great match ups offered by the groups and it starts to bring the event to life for our fans as our first multi-team event since the onset of the global pandemic draws closer," said ICC's acting CEO Geoff Allardice. "Given the disruption caused by COVID-19, we selected the cutoff date as close as possible to the event to ensure we were able to include the maximum amount of cricket in the rankings which determine the groups." BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was delighted upon Oman being part of the mega event. "It is good to get Oman in the frame of world cricket with the hosting of the ICC men's T20 World Cup. It will help a lot of young players take an interest in the game. We know it will be a world class event in this part of the world." The tournament schedule will be announced later. Meanwhile, Batsman Lahiru Udara, pace bowler Shiran Fernando and all-rounder Ishan Jayaratne - who are all uncapped -- have been included in a 25member Sri Lanka squad for the six-match limited-overs series against India that begins on Sunday. The series starts with three ODIs and concludes with three T20 Internationals. The squad also includes batsman Kusal Perera and left-arm pace bowler Binura Fernando, who are both injured, said a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket. While Perera won't be taking part in the series at all, Fernando will be available only for T20 Internationals. Batsman Dasum Shanaka will lead the side. Apart from the services of Perera and Fernando, Sri Lanka are also missing three key players -- wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella, batsmen Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka who are all suspended on disciplinary grounds - for breaching the biosecure environment. Squad: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Dhananjaya De Silva, GROUPINGS: ROUND 1 Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands and Namibia Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman SUPER 12S Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, A1 and B2 Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, A2 and B1 Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Udara, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Shiran Fernando, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayawickrama, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana, Binura Fernando (to miss ODIs, play T20I series) and Kusal Perera (to miss both series).