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5 New COVID-19 Cases in Hamirpur, State Reports Over 30 Cases Within 24 Hours

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Shimla– On Thursday morning Kangra and Solan reported six and five cases respectively. By afternoon, five new cases came to light in Hamirpur district. While two of these persons belong to Bhoranj area, three hail from Tauni Devi region of the district. Four of these people were under institutional quarantine while one of them was said to be home-quarantine. Now, the total number cases in Hamirpur has risen to 20 with 15 active cases. The Deputy Commissioner, Hamirpur, Harikesh Meena, has confirmed the report. 

The five patients from Hamirpur includes a woman and four men. Four of them had returned from Mumbai, while the remaining one case is said to be a primary contact of a COVID-19 positive person. All patients were shifted to RCH Bhota.

At the time of the writing on Thursday, the State had reported 16 cases so far. While 34 cases were reported during the last 24 hours, over 80 cases have appeared within the last 17 days with the mass return of the people stranded in other States.

With the appearance of new cases on Thursday, State’s COVID-19 tally has reached 126.  

Earlier this morning five persons in Solan and six in Kangra were reported to have tested positive. Cases appeared in Solan again after it had become COVID- free district as all previous patients had recovered. These five persons are aged between 25 -45 years. All five are natives of Ramshahar tehsil of the district. They had returned from West Bengal in a truck without a permit and were in quarantine at Manpura centre since May 17.

After Solan, Kangra district has also reported five new cases this morning. All persons had returned from Mumbai and were under institutional quarantine. The patients belong to Nagrota Bagwan, Adhwani village, Saliali village in Nurpur, Jaisinghpur, and Bhawani.

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Editors Guild of India Condemns FIR Against Journalists, Calls it Destructive of Freedom of Speech

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Shimla-The Editors Guild of India on Thursday condemned the filing of First Information Reports (FIRs) by the Uttar Pradesh Police against The Wire and several other journalists for their tweets on an assault on an elderly Muslim man in Ghaziabad on June 5th.

“The Guild is deeply concerned by the UP Police’s track record of filing FIRs against journalists to deter them from reporting serious incidents without fear of reprisals”, it said.

It further added that it is the duty of the journalists to report on the basis of sources and in case facts become contested later on, to report the emerging versions and facets.

The guild called such actions by the police destructive of freedom of speech. It also claimed that the police has been discriminatory in targeting those media organizations and journalists when thousands had tweeted the video- that have been critical of the government and its policies.

“The Guild condemns this wanton misuse of laws to criminalize reporting and dissent to harass independent media and demands that the FIRs be withdrawn immediately,” it demanded.

Several media organizations and journalists had posted the video on their social media feeds. The UP police has filled FIR’s against The Wire, Twitter, journalist Mohammed Zubair, Rana Ayyub and Sana Naqvi and some Congress leaders under IPC Sections 153(provocation for rioting), 153A(promoting enmity between different groups), 295A(acts intended to outrage religious feelings), 505(mischief), 120B(criminal conspiracy) and 34(common intention) against them.

In the video that was posted by those charged, the man is seen alleging that he was beaten up by some people and was forced to chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’.

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Read HP Govt’s Revised Covid Vaccination Strategy, Schedule, New Additions to Priority Groups

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Shimla-Revised guidelines for vaccination in Himachal Pradesh were issued by the state government today. The revision followed the new guidelines issued by the Centre government for vaccination of the 18–44-year age group. This revised strategy would come in to force 21st June 2021 onwards.

It’s pertinent to mention that the Supreme Court of India had grilled the Centre government over its erroneous and discriminatory vaccination policy. The court had called it an irrational policy which is detrimental to the right to life and health. After this backlash from the Court, the Centre government was compelled to make revisions.

Also Read: India’s Revised Vaccination Policy and Supreme Court’s Role Behind This Change in Approach

Now, the deadline for the first dose of 45 plus and other categories (HCW, FLW and prioritized groups) was extended upto 30th June 2021.

Further, HP government informed that under the new vaccination drive, 2.5 lakh doses of COVISHIELD are being supplied to Himachal today.

According to the HP Govt’s revised vaccination strategy, beneficiaries have been divided into two groups – A and B.

Category A:

  1. All 45+ years beneficiaries for 1 Dose
  2. All 45+ years beneficiaries eligible for 2nd Dose of Covishield
  3. All HCWS as designated by Gol (for both dose 1 and dose 2)
  4. All FLWS designated and notified by Gol (for both dose 1 and dose 2)
  5. All priority groups notified by the GoHP (for both dose 1 and dose 2)

Category B:

  1. All 18-44 years old beneficiaries not included in the above category

The government said efforts would be made to avoid any mixing of beneficiary from 21 June till 30th June 2021.  

HP Govt’s New Directions for Vaccination to Districts

(a) Fixed day approach will be adopted for both categories. For category A beneficiaries, sessions will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (including Gazetted Holidays). For category B beneficiaries, sessions will be held on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesday (including Gazetted Holidays). No Session will be held on Sundays.

(b) The Sessions for 18-44 beneficiaries falling under category B, beneficiaries will be planned as follows:

  1. In Rural, tribal and hard areas-sessions will be planned with the facility of on-spot registration.
  2. In Urban areas (MC, NAC and Nagar Parishad) sessions will be published through online slot booking mode only. For this purpose, the urban areas will be considered as places that are under the direct control of Municipal Corporation NAC/Nagar Panchayat.
  3. All the online session in urban areas will be published one day before the proposed session date between 12:00 PM to 01: 00 PM. But the onsite session can be published even in advance, depending upon the vaccine availability.
  4. Tribal areas (District of Lahaul Spiti, Kinnaur, Pangi region of District Chamba) and hard areas (DodraKwar Region of District Shimla) will aim at covering their 100% population with at least first dose (18-44 years and 45+) through Onspot sessions, by the modality of daily sessions, including Sundays and Holidays, if required. Their session load will depend on the target population. The districts have been directed that the target of 100% coverage of 18+ eligible population in tribal and hard area under all circumstances must be achieved by 25th June 2021.

All 18+ beneficiaries in urban areas have been asked to come to vaccination session sites only after scheduling their appointment online. Beneficiaries of the prioritized groups or the persons who are due for 2nd dose have been asked to come to centres only on the prescribed days.

HP Govt Adds New Categories as Priority Group

The Health Department has now also included people associated with truck unions, private bus operators, taxi unions and the hotel industry as priority groups for vaccination. The specific formats of identification certification would be generated for vaccination registration. Authentication on CoWIN portal would be issued by the concerned bus/taxi/truck operator or the hotel owner.

Further, the HP government informed that it has vaccinated 181665 Front Line Workers with the first dose and 42528 Front Line Workers with the second dose till 17-06-2021.

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CBSE, CISCE Class 12th Results by July 31, Assessment Criteria for Allotting Marks Announced

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New Delhi: After the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) cancelled Class 12 exams on June 1, both the boards on Thursday submitted the evaluation criteria for Class 12 in the Supreme Court and informed that the results will be declared by July 31.

The Board informed the Apex court that final result for Class 12 students would be evaluated based on 30:30:40 ratios, in which 30% would be counted from Class 10, another 30% from Class 11 and 40% from Class 12 respectively.

The assessment of theory portion of 80/70/60/50/30 marks will be done by the school based on the following criteria:

       Class      Component to be evaluated         Percentage
Class XII  Marks based on Unit Test/Mid-

Term/Pre- Board Exams

            40%
Class XI   Marks based on theory component of

final exam

            30%
Class X   Marks based on average theory component of best three performing subjects out of main 5 subjects.             30%

 

For evaluating a student, marks in best of three papers for Class 10 would be given 30% weightage, for Class 11 weightage of 30% and for Class 12 weightage of 40% would be counted.

While, marks in the best 3 subjects out of 5 will be will be given 30% weightage for class 10, final exam marks of class 11 will be counted, and for class 12  the marks obtained in pre boards, unit test, mid-terms, and practical’s will be taken into account.

The distribution of marks assigned to various components on the basis of which the final marks would be computed is as follows:

 

                  Theory Marks Practical/IA

Marks

         Total Marks
  Class X

30%

Class XI

30%

Class XII

40%

Class XII Class X Class XI Class XII
80 24 24 32 20 24 24 52
70 21 21 28 30 21 21 58
60 18 18 24 40 18 18 64
50 15 15 20 50 15 15 70
30 09 09 12 70 09 09 82

 

Key points of evaluation criteria submitted in the Supreme Court –

  • Practical exams will be for 100 marks and the students will be assessed based on marks submitted by the schools.
  • If a student is unable to meet the qualifying criteria – now spread across three years of study – they will be placed in the ‘essential repeat’ or ‘compartment’ category.
  • There will be a result committee in each of the schools to rule out advantage to some students in schools, which traditionally give high marks to students.
  • There will be a moderation committee to look into the difference in marking mechanism adopted by schools to put all students on a even keel as far as award of final marks for Class 12 is concerned.
  • Historical performance of a school in Class 12 Boards for last few years , the overall percentage of marks obtained by students in past years’ board examination will be taken into account for moderation process.

 

Computation of theory marks will be done in the following manner-

For Class XII theory marks-

  • The computation of theory marks for class XII will be based on performance in one or more Unit Tests/Mid-Term/Pre-Boards theory examination.
  • “The result committee of the school may decide weightage to be given to each exam based on the credibility and reliability of the assessment. For example, if the committee may be of the considered view that only the Pre-Board exams may be taken into consideration, then a full weightage can be given to that component. Similarly, another school Result committee may decide to give equal weightage to Pre-Board exams and Mid-Term exams.”
  • If some students have not appeared in any or some of the examinations conducted by the school, the Result Committee constituted by the School will have to address these challenges based on the analysis and study of the situation prevailing in the school and thereafter draw up a criterion for the assessment.

For Class XI theory marks-

  • Computation of class XI theory marks shall be on the basis of year end final theory exam in respective subjects.

For Class X theory marks-

  • Computation of class X theory marks will be based on average theory marks obtained by the students in best three performing subjects out of main 5 subjects. This average will be uniformly awarded to all the class XII subjects based on theory weightage.
  • The Board will provide the marks for the students who have appeared in CBSE class X examinations. For students of other Boards, the schools will have to enter the information based on the class X marksheets of the students available with schools.

The Board will conduct compartment examinations for the students who are not able to meet the qualifying criteria in one subject and placed in compartment category.

Students who are not satisfied with the assessment done based on the policy will be given an opportunity to appear in examinations when conditions become conducive for holding examinations. The marks scored in the later examinations will be considered as the final score.

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