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6-year-old girl raped, blinded in Madhya Pradesh; CM calls incident ‘shameful’

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In a gruesome incident, a six-year-old girl was raped and blinded in an attack near her home in Damoh, Madhya Pradesh, police said on Thursday.

She has been admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.

According to police, the girl was playing with her friends close to her home last evening when she was drawn away by an unknown man.

Since then, the girl was missing and she was found today morning in an abandoned house in her village. As per the reports, the girl was in an unconscious condition and her hands were tied with rope.

“She was raped and has severe injuries to her eyes,” said senior police officer Hemant Singh Chauhan.

“We have questioned many suspects and we are working on some leads,” he told reporters.

The police have declared a bounty of Rs 10,000 for the attacker.

The girl has been taken to Jabalpur along with her family by the police, where she is being treated for severe injuries all over the body.

The incident has horrified the entire Madhya Pradesh at a time when the entire planet is in the drip of deadly coronavirus.

Reacting on the incident, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan called the incident shameful and unfortunate.

Taking it to Twitter, he said, “Directions have been issued to arrest the accused promptly and toughest possible punishment will be given. Best possible treatment will be provided to the little girl.”

Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Kamal Nath attacked the BJP government and called it a “horrific and inhuman act”, alleging that criminals had been emboldened in the state during the lockdown.

This is the third case of rape in six days in Madhya Pradesh amid the lockdown.

A 17-year-old in Bhopal, on April 18, while on her way to the hospital was dragged into a car, taken to a deserted area and raped. A day before, another horrific incident took place in which a visually challenged 53-year-old bank manager had been raped in her apartment.

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Final term university examinations to be conducted by Sept end; Home Ministry gives nod

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The final term examinations in universities and institutions, which had been pending due to the novel Coronavirus, will now be conducted by the end of September, following safety guidelines laid down by the Ministry of Health.

Announcing the same, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” late on Monday tweeted that the UGC has revisited its earlier guidelines related to university examinations.

In view of the safety, career progression and placements of the students and their larger interests, after consulting the Union Home Ministry and Ministry of Health, he said it has been decided that “Intermediate semester students will be evaluated based on internal assessment” while “Evaluation of the terminal semester students, which was to be done through examinations in the month of July, will now be conducted by the end of September-2020”.

Pokhriyal had asked the UGC on Sunday to “revisit” the academic calendar and guidelines released in April.

According to the new guidelines, the final university exams can be held online and offline. In case a student cannot appear in September, provisions will be made so she can take the exams later.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had on Monday permitted conduct of examinations by universities and institutions. The MHA wrote a letter in this regard to the Union Higher Education Secretary.

“The final Term Examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the universities,” said a statement issued by the Home Ministry.

The MHA, however, cautioned that the examinations should be held as per the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) approved by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

Shortly after, the UGC issued revised guidelines on examinations and academic calendar.

All schools, colleges and universities were closed after India imposed a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the country. As a result, examinations too could not be held.

States like Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, Odisha, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have cancelled all higher education exams and decided to promote students on the basis of previous performances.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court on Monday, while seeking the UGC and the HRD Ministry’s stand on whether to cancel the final year examination of degree courses, said that holding exams is not just a technological issue but also needs to take in account the mental preparedness of students.

“…the UGC and the Central government, ought to also bear in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in enormous mental distress and agony to students. There are families which are suffering medical illnesses and giving of examinations is not just a technological issue but the state of mental preparedness of the students also needs to be assessed,” said the court.

The court was hearing a petition filed by several students of the final year of the Delhi University seeking cancellation of the examinations in wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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With 1,379 new cases reported in last 24 hours, coronavirus tally in Delhi crosses 1 lakh mark

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Delhi on Monday has crossed the one lakh mark in terms of cases of coronavirus with 1,379 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

The total number in the national capital stands at 1,00,823.

“Coronavirus cases in Delhi cross 1 lakh mark, with 1379 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. Total number of cases stands at 1,00,823 including 72,088 recovered/discharged/migrated and 25,620 active cases,” Delhi government said.

“With 48 deaths reported today, the death toll is at 3,115,” it added.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had appealed to the cured Covid-19 patients to donate plasma to treat those infected with the virus.

“Our team is calling up people requesting them to donate plasma, if you receive such a call please don’t refuse. Hospitals should also give counselling to patients who have recovered and encourage them to donate plasma,” Delhi CM said.

“The number of people who need plasma is more than those coming forward to donate it. I urge all those who are eligible to come forward and donate plasma,” he said.

The Chief Minister also appealed to the cured COVID patients to come forward for the noble cause so that others can be treated, and informed that “pick and drop facility” will be given to the donor.

In terms of overall cases, India on Monday has overtook Russia to become the third-highest coronavirus caseload in the world.

Now only Brazil and USA are ahead of India in terms of the cases.

In a separate development, the Delhi High Court has suggested the authorities to appoint a Nodal Officer to redress grievances of healthcare workers and to act as a window system where nurses can raise their issues like non-availability of safety gear.

The suggestion came while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that claimed to highlight the blatant violation of human rights of the nurses and other healthcare workers deployed in the forefront of private nursing homes or hospitals in Delhi.

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Earthquake tremors felt in Delhi, nearby areas

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Tremors of the earthquake were felt in Delhi on Friday evening prompting people to come out from their homes.

The earthquake was of magnitude 4.5 on the Richter Scale, according to India’s National Center for Seismology.

As per the agency, the epicentre of the earthquake was 63 km southwest of Gurgaon in Haryana.

Strong tremors were felt in the national capital and surrounding areas for several seconds.

No casualty has been reported yet.

In the last couple of months, multiple earthquakes have hit the national capital and nearby areas.

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