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Govt intervention in educational policy should be ‘minimal’; it ‘belongs to everyone’: PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday at the inaugural session of the Governors’ Conference on the National Education Policy said the government should have minimal intervention in educational policy as it “belongs to everyone”.

“Education policy and education system are important means of fulfilling the aspirations of the country. Centre, state government, local bodies, all are attached to the responsibility of education system. But it is also true that the government, its interference in education policy, its impact, should be minimal,” he said.

“As foreign policy, defence policy are of the country, not govt, so is education policy. It belongs to everyone,” he added.

“Work on National Education Policy had started over 4-5 years ago. Millions of people – both rural, urban and people associated to the education sector had given their suggestions for the NEP. Over 2 lakh people had sent in their suggestions,” PM said.

“The nation has taken another step after deciding on the National Education Policy. Today, the country is discussing in detail and thinking about its implementation. The policy will give a new direction to social and economic life of 21st century India,” he added.

“This policy would prepare the nation’s youth on knowledge and skills equally. The new education policy focuses on learning, instead of study. It moves ahead of curriculum and focuses on critical thinking,” he added.

“The pressure on students for specific streams have been removed. Our youth will now be able to learn according to their interests. Earlier, students used to pick a stream beyond their aptitude and they realised it much later. Such problems have been done away with in the NEP,” PM said.

“With vocational exposure right from early age, our youth will get better prepared for life. Our youth’s participation in the global job market and employ-ability in India will increase with practical learning,” PM added.

“Under the NEP, we’ve opened the pathway to open campuses of best international institutes in India for our students. When top campuses will open in India, our students will get more competitive and will not have to go abroad for quality education,” PM Modi said.

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Delhi Eases Lockdown Curbs: What’s Allowed, What’s Not?

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Delhi is slated to further ease lockdown restriction from 5 am of Monday, 14 June. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the same on Sunday, 13 June, as per ANI, saying:

“After 5 am tomorrow (Monday), all activities will be allowed except some that will be prohibited and some that will be done in a restricted manner. A detailed order will be issued.”

Will offices be allowed to open?

  • Private offices will run on 50% capacity from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • In government offices, there will be 100% attendance of group A officers and 50% for the rest.

Will public transport be functional?

  • Delhi Metro will be operational at 50% capacity. No standing passengers will be allowed.
  • Intra-state buses will move with up to 50% capacity. No standing passengers will be allowed.
  • Autos, e-rickshaws, grameen sewa, taxis, and cabs can carry up to two passengers at once.

Is inter-state movement allowed?

There are no restrictions on inter-state movement of persons and goods, including those for cross-land border trade under treaties with neighboring countries. No separate permission/e-pass will be required for such movements.

Which markets are allowed to open?

  • All market complexes, stand-alone shops and malls will now be allowed to be open from 10 am to 8 pm.
  • With regard to weekly markets, only one weekly market will be allowed to function each day per zone, and only with 50% of the vendors will be allowed to set up their shops. No weekly market will be allowed to function at roadsides.
  • Salons will also be allowed to resume their services.

Is eating at restaurants permitted?

Restaurants will be open with 50% of their seating capacity. Restaurant owners will be responsible for ensuring that COVID-appropriate behaviour is followed by the personnel at their establishments.

Can marriages take place?

  • Holding marriage ceremonies at public places, including hotels and banquet halls, is prohibited.
  • For marriages organised at homes or the court, a maximum of 20 people can be in attendance.
  • No DJs, catering services, tent services will be allowed to operate for marriages.

What about funerals?

A maximum of 20 people may be in attendance at funerals/last rites related gatherings.

Will schools and colleges reopen?

Schools, colleges and educational institutions will remain shut. Online and distance learning will continue.

What else will remain closed?

  • Swimming pools, stadiums, sports complexes, cinema theaters, multiplexes,
  • spas, gyms, yoga institutes
  • Public parks and gardens
  • Auditoriums, assembly halls, banquet halls
  • Religious places will remain closed to visitors

Further, all social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, and religious gatherings are prohibited.

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Delhi Police files FIR against JNU students for breaking into library, manhandling security guards

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Police said a group of 35-40 students gathered outside the library that is closed for students because of the pandemic. (File)


According to the FIR, guards called Quick Response Team to disperse the students who were protesting and trying to break into the library.

The Delhi Police registered an FIR against a group of JNU students who allegedly broke into the Central Library and manhandled security guards at the premises.

Police said a group of 35-40 students gathered outside the library that is closed for students because of the pandemic. They protested in front of the gate and asked the guard to open the gates of the library but the guards refused to do so. The incident took place on Tuesday morning around 10.40 am.

According to the FIR, guards called Quick Response Team to disperse the students who were protesting and trying to break into the library.

“Students manhandled security personnel and started hitting the library gate with sticks. The glass section of the gate was damaged… The security personnel resisted the attack and didn’t allow the students to enter from the three entrance gates. They (students) then found a small gate, broke the glass pane, and entered the library. The security personnel removed the students from the library,” reads the FIR.

Police said the students continued protesting and manhandled security personnel. They violated Covid norms by protesting and also damaged library gates.

A case under sections of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, DDMA Act, Epidemic Diseased Act, and IPC was registered against unknown persons at Vasant Kunj police station.

Students posted on Twitter and other social media about the incident saying the administration shut the library during the pandemic. They demanded, “immediate reopening” of the central library for students.

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Antibody cocktail for Covid showing positive response, say Delhi’s private hospitals

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This treatment, which uses the combination of Casirivimab and Imdevimab and is popularly called an ‘antibody cocktail’, is priced at Rs 59,750 for a dose.

Private hospitals in the city which have introduced monoclonal antibody therapy to high-risk patients are reporting positive responses from those who received it.

This treatment, which uses the combination of Casirivimab and Imdevimab and is popularly called an ‘antibody cocktail’, is priced at Rs 59,750 for a dose. It is meant for treatment of mild to moderate cases in high-risk patients at an early stage of Covid. Because of its high price, it is only being administered at a handful of private hospitals, and no government hospitals.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, which had introduced the treatment last week, has reported that two patients who received it showed an improvement in their parameters within 12 hours.

The first patient was a 36-year-old healthcare worker with high-grade fever, cough, myalgia, severe weakness and leucopenia, who was given the treatment on the sixth day of the disease. The second patient was an 80-year-old who is diabetic and hypertensive and had high-grade fever, cough, and was administered the drug on Day 5. The hospital has reported that both showed an improvement in their parameters within 12 hours.

“Monoclonal antibody could prove to be a gamechanger in times to come if used at appropriate time. It can avoid hospitalisation in high risk groups and progression to severe disease. It can help escape or reduce the usage of steroids and immunomodulation which would further reduce the risk of fatal infections like Mucormycosis, secondary bacterial and viral infections like CMV,” said Dr Pooja Khosla, senior consultant, Department of Medicineat the hospital.

The first patient was a 36-year-old healthcare worker with high-grade fever, cough, myalgia, severe weakness and leucopenia, who was given the treatment on the sixth day of the disease. The second patient was an 80-year-old who is diabetic and hypertensive and had high-grade fever, cough, and was administered the drug on Day 5. The hospital has reported that both showed an improvement in their parameters within 12 hours.

“Monoclonal antibody could prove to be a gamechanger in times to come if used at appropriate time. It can avoid hospitalisation in high risk groups and progression to severe disease. It can help escape or reduce the usage of steroids and immunomodulation which would further reduce the risk of fatal infections like Mucormycosis, secondary bacterial and viral infections like CMV,” said Dr Pooja Khosla, senior consultant, Department of Medicineat the hospital.

Similarly, BLK-Max Super Specialty Hospital has also reported positive results in two patients.

“We are happy to report that we conducted RT-PCR test on two Covid positive patients 8 days after developing symptoms and it turned out to be a definite negative. They were administered antibodies cocktail therapy within three days of getting their Covid positive reports. This is the fastest ever recovery reported in patients here, particularly senior citizens suffering from comorbidities,” said Dr Sandeep Nayar, senior director and HoD, Chest & Respiratory Diseases at the hospital.

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