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you’re going to answer what is the best homeowners insurance in the state of New York now the reason we break this down by state is because every carriers policy is a little different state-by-state to homeowners insurance policy that you might buy from a company like Safeco here in New York will be slightly different from the homeowners insurance policy Levi from Safeco in Vermont or Massachusetts for Pennsylvania or in the state of New York terrier and then subsequently policy really comes down more to the insurance professional you work with the purchase that pause then it does the carrier.

Itself in the reason that I say that is because a good insurance professionals going to shop your your home your your package of risks all the things that go into your homeowners insurance policy like do you have children is your home in a flood zone do you have finished basement what kind of service lines do you have two trees hang over your home you will cool what kind of dogs do you have a hobby Farm there are all kinds of things that go into a police setting up in the homeowners insurance policy and the first job of an insurance agent is to kind of do a quick interview with you and make sure they understand what those risks are then you need to evaluate how much coverage you need on your policy through a replacement cost calculator and then that package is sent out to multiple carriers so we’re going to work with Keira road we work with large Nationals Safeco Travelers Hartford we also are run through our many mutual’s many single stage companies are there in a few States right or wrong which company.

Is the best fit for your particular your particular needs and it is their pricing and is their coverage and this is the this is the final piece is there claims-handling right for you cuz everyone every company’s going to be a little different the cheapest company may have room to cover you’re not as robust of coverage and maybe they don’t they don’t handle claims as well you’re fighting with another company that might be slightly higher in price doesn’t have to be much more but slightly higher price could pay that claim they can look for ways to find you and dynamic differences and my recommendation to you homeowners insurance for you and your family and your homeowner’s needs is to work with an agent who’s in a package or your policy up send it out to Carrie I can have a quick discussion with you about what the nuances of each carrier and what their recommendation.

Is for your best policy because your best policy may not be the same as your neighbours that’s policy or as your sister brother who lives down the street or you know a cousin who lives on the other side of the state every individual’s homeowners insurance policy is going to be different and therefore the best policy for them is going to be different and you need to work with a freshly trust who will think about your specific risk and find you the right company and if you think Rogue risk is that insurance agent we would love to work with you we are homeowners insurance Specialists you can give us a call call at 518-960-6600 or visit us online at Djraj.In today thank you I look forward to working with you.

Insurance can provide protection for you your home and your personal property in this brief toipc will review some of the options available that way you can make an informed decision when deciding on your homeowners coverage the first coverage to note deals with your specific drawing this policy coverage is designed to replace your existing structure we would have similar Construction and building materials in an order to come up with the recommended coverage levels it’s important that you consult with your broker that way you’ll have an accurate estimate of the cost of materials and labour to rebuild your existing home from the ground up when evaluating you want to keep in mind that the current market price of your home or not that cost an important component included in your homeowner’s policy is called guaranteed replacement cost just in case hundreds of homes have to be rebuilt at the same time after a wildfire these reasons here in replacement cost could be an important component of your policy the next coverage component includes detached structures structures on your property that are not attached to your home including detached garages sheds pools retaining walls and more separate structures coverage of 10% of your dwelling coverage limits with this number can be increased if needed next up is personal property coverage also known as contents coverage which is designed to protect your belongings including.

Furniture clothing appliances & More basically everything that isn’t attached to your home think of it this way if you could turn your house upside down and shaken everything that would fall out is personal property or contents those homeowners policies include coverage for personal property out of insurance you have on the structure of your home so for example if your policy includes personal property coverage of 75% and your dwelling coverage amount is $400,000 you have $300,000 or 75% of the dwelling coverage amount for your personal property it’s also important to note that there are such as jewellery Antiques and other valuable items there are a wide variety of items that fall under these special limits so it’s important to review your options with your broker to best protect these items we recommend adding a floater or an endorsement under your homeowners policy may also want to mention another important coverage included in your policy called additional living expenses most homeowners policy using this coverage and the limit is usually 10 to 20% of the coverage you have on the structure this means if you were displaced from your home due to a covered lost such as Lightning rental doggy day care extra gas or food expenses next up is one of the most important and often under investigated coverage items called liability only think of someone slipping and falling on our property but that’s not the only reason another example of liability claims are animal attacks from dog bites the cat scratches injuries caused by your animals can lead to lawsuits that your liability coverage will protect you from work.

What if you or your family member accidentally starts a fire and it spreads your neighbours houses well damage to their homes personal property and loss of use as a result of this accident can lead to a liability lawsuit against you this is why having enough liability coverage is extremely important another important coverage that’s included in most homeowners policies is voluntary medical payment and property damage coverage will help by potentially resolving small claims if someone is injured on your property the voluntary medical payments portion of your policy expenses up to the limit in your policy unlike liability coverage this coverage does not require the injured to establish that you were liable for his or her injury how many extensions of coverage that are also available the following are some of the most important most insurance companies report that the largest cause of loss and largest amount of losses paid arise from water damage insurance policies do a good job of providing coverage for water damage inside the home from sources also located inside the home for example water damage as a result of a burst water pipe however lyrics the first of these is sewer backup which is protection for damage caused by water that backs up into the home from a sewer sump pump your septic tank sewer backup.

Amidst the intensifying demand of world leaders, the scientific community, and people around the world to initiate a second and deeper COVID origin probe, Dr. Peter Daszak, chief of the EcoHealth alliance which collaborated with the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the study of Bat Coronaviruses, has recused himself from the Lancet’s COVID commission, shortly after the renowned peer-reviewed medical journal Lancet published an addendum to a very important letter Daszak had co-written in Feb 2020 where he had condemned the COVID lab-leak theory.

Peter Daszak has stepped down after the Lancet asked all the 27 authors of a previous letter it had published, of which Daszak was a part, to declare competing interests. He has now done so, and subsequently parted ways with the Lancet commission, both of which are massive developments. Here’s what happened:

February 2020: Peter Daszak spearheads much-cited Lancet letter that condemns COVID lab-leak theory

The February 19, 2020, Lancet letter which Daszak had purportedly spearheaded had denounced lab-leak theory of SARS-CoV-2, stating that there were ‘conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin’ and that it (the scientists who wrote the letter) stood in ‘solidarity with all scientists and health professionals in China.’ The letter, which came before COVID fully unfurled its global pandemic nature, was among the first and most significant proponents of the Zoonotic origin of SARS-CoV-2, for which even now there is almost no evidence. At that time, due to a lack of media cross-examination regarding the same (as also, Daszak’s seeming ability to skirt conflicts-of-interest in a range of appointments) his own involvement with the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s research wasn’t sufficiently questioned. 

June 21, 2021: The Lancet asks all co-authors of the Feb 2020 letter to declare competing interests

On June 21, the Lancet published an addendum in which it reported asking all 27 authors of the February 2020 letter to disclose their competing interests, stating, unbelievably, that none had been declared initially. After claiming that conflicts-of-interests are subject to ‘differences in opinion’, the Lancet comes to the point – “Some readers have questioned the validity of this disclosure, particularly as it relates to one of the authors, Peter Daszak.” It proceeds to publish the competing interest that Daszak declared.

Peter Daszak declares his ‘competing interests’; skirts naming Wuhan Institute of Virology

In his statement, Peter Daszak states the following:

  • Daszak only paid by EcoHealth: Peter Daszak’s remuneration is paid solely by EcoHealth Alliance which is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to develop science-based solutions to prevent pandemics and promote conservation.
  • On funding from the US: EcoHealth’s work in China was previously funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Neither PD nor EcoHealth Alliance have received funding from the People’s Republic of China.
  • He’s still a member of the WHO’s COVID origin probe: Peter Daszak joined the WHO–China joint global study on the animal origins of SARS-CoV-2 towards the end of 2020 and is currently a member. As per WHO rules, this work is undertaken as an independent expert in a private capacity, not as an EcoHealth Alliance staff member.
  • What EcoHealth did in China (no mention of Wuhan Institute of Virology, hint of gain of function research): EcoHealth Alliance’s work in China involves assessing the risk of viral spillover across the wildlife–livestock–human interface, and includes behavioural and serological surveys of people, and ecological and virological analyses of animals. This work includes the identification of viral sequences in bat samples, and has resulted in the isolation of three bat SARS-related coronaviruses that are now used as reagents to test therapeutics and vaccines. It also includes the production of a small number of recombinant bat coronaviruses to analyse cell entry and other characteristics of bat coronaviruses for which only the genetic sequences are available

June 22, 2021: Peter Daszak recuses himself from the Lancet’s COVID-19 commission

Just a day after the addendum declaring Peter Daszak’s competing interests was published in The Lancet, Daszak parted ways with the journal’s COVID Commission, which says it will be publishing a ‘final report’ after carefully scrutinising the SARS-CoV-2’s origin. It says:

“The Commission’s technical work will be conducted by independent experts who were not themselves directly involved in US-China research activities that are under scrutiny. Dr. Peter Daszak has recused himself from the Commission’s work on the origins of the virus.”  

It is to be noted that Peter Daszak had played a huge role in suppressing any COVID-origin probe, in the absence of which the Zoonotic origin theory went unchallenged for almost a year. Two months after publishing the pre-mature Feb 2020 Lancet Letter, Daszak had emailed National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID – one of EcoHealth’s funders) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci thanking him for supporting the theory that the Coronavirus naturally jumped from animals to humans and did not leak out of the Wuhan lab.

On Monday, June 21, on a petition of BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, Calcutta HC has ordered the Director of Security of West Bengal to file a report stating as to why security cover given to him by the state govt was withdrawn. The matter to be taken up next on June 24. 

Suvendu Adhikari, leader of Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly prayed before the Calcutta High Court for a direction to the Director of Security of the state to file a report on withdrawing his security cover on Monday. On a plea by the state Advocate General to respond, Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya fixed the matter for further hearing on June 24.

Adhikari’s counsel prayed before the court that a report is filed by the Director of Security, West Bengal, as to the reason why the security cover of the petitioner was withdrawn by the state on May 18. It was also prayed that the report should clarify whether there is any continuing perception of threat to Adhikari’s life warranting security cover.

The BJP MLA’s counsel submitted that he would still require the state governments support in three areas – pilot car, route lining and monitoring the places where public meetings may be held, even though he enjoys Z- category security cover from the central government. Advocate General Kishore Dutta sought time to respond to the prayer made on behalf of Adhikari and the court granted it.

Nandigram battle continues

On June 17, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had moved to the Calcutta High Court challenging the Nandigram assembly constituency election result where BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari emerged victorious against her. Mamata Banerjee had battled BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari in the place which had catapulted her into the CM post in 2011. Suvendu’s victory won over Mamata by a margin of 1737 votes. Though Mamata accepted her defeat, she said that she will challenge the electoral verdict in court.

The Calcutta High Court on June 18 deferred the hearing in the matter of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee challenging Nandigram results, moved to 24 June. The Chief Minister has accused Adhikari of committing corrupt practises as envisaged under Section 123 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. 

As Lok Janshakti Party has been embroiled in the family feud between Chirag Paswan and uncle Pashupati Paras, both eyeing to take control of the party’s reigns, Chirag Paswan has expressed disappointment towards BJP for maintaining silence amid the internal arm twisting in the LJP as he blamed Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for the crisis in his party.

Speaking with PTI, Chirag Paswan said, “Relations with BJP cannot remain one-sided; We will consider all possibilities if attempts to corner me continue. My father Ram Vilas Paswan and I stood by BJP like a rock, but they’re not there when I expected them in such difficult times.”

He blamed Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for LJP’s internal crisis saying that Nitish Kumar has engineered a split in his party. Speaking of disappointment with the BJP, he said, “I expected BJP to help sort things out; their silence definitely hurts.”

Underlining that he retains his faith in Modi, Paswan said, “But if you are cornered, pushed and forced to make a decision, then the party will consider all probabilities…The LJP will have to make a decision about its political future based on who stood by it and who did not.”

Chirag Paswan, who has retained the LJP President’s post, wrote an emotional letter on Monday, launching a direct attack on CM Nitish Kumar. In his letter, he listed out incidents when the LJP MLAs were poached by the JD(U), while contending that the JD(U) is now repeating its divide and rule policy.READ | Chirag Paswan & his uncle differ over outcome of meeting with LS Speaker as cracks widen

Chirag Paswan had also written to Election Commission to seeking rights on the party symbol. Countering his uncle Pashupati Paras, LJP President Chirag Paswan on Sunday, also announced that he will undertake ‘Aashirwad yatra’ around Bihar on July 5.

Family dispute in LJP

The trouble within LJP started when Paras and 4 other Lok Sabha MPs—Choudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser, Veena Devi, Prince Raj and Chandan Singh—urged Speaker Om Birla to remove Chirag Paswan as the Parliamentary Party leader in Lok Sabha on June 13. Thereafter, the Lower House Secretariat formally notified Paras, Kaiser and Singh as the Leader, Deputy Leader and Chief Whip respectively. The rift intensified on June 15 after the Paras camp removed Chirag Paswan from the LJP president’s position citing the principle of ‘One Man, One Post’ and appointed Surajbhan Singh as the working president until a new chief is elected.READ | Chirag Paswan to go on Aashirwad yatra across Bihar; demands Bharat Ratna for late father

In response, the LJP national executive committee “unanimously” decided to sack the 5 rebel MPs from the party and authorized Chirag Paswan to take all decisions for the upcoming Assembly polls. In an important move, the Paswan camp opposed Paras’s claim on the LJP president’s post before the Election Commission on June 18. While the leaders close to the younger brother of the late Ram Vilas Paswan claimed that he was unanimously elected as the party chief, the LJP national executive meeting held on June 20 reposed faith in Chirag Paswan’s leadership. 

Notably, within a year of the demise of LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan, son Chirag is facing opposition from within the party. LJP is currently a part of the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre. LJP was formed by the late Ram Vilas Paswan in 2000. Paswan, a heavyweight leader in Bihar politics, passed away in October 2020.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took to his Linkedin account and explained in elaborate detail about the various reforms introduced by the government during the COVID-19 pandemic helping the country steer in the direction of progress during challenging times. In his blog titled ‘Reforms by Conviction and Incentives’, PM Modi laid down the aspects of incentivisation of schemes and policies that led to their faster implementation in states leading to quicker results.

India has been no exception to the catastrophic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused excessive strain on the health infrastructures and financial systems of economies across the world. It has been a challenge for economies across the world to raise enough resources for public welfare while ensuring sustainability.

Cooperative Federalism as guiding light of Centre during pandemic

Amid the financial crunch, PM Modi highlighted that Indian states were able to borrow significantly more in 2020-21 i.e. an extra Rs 1.06 lakh crore during 2020-21. PM Modi credited this significant increase in the availability of resources to the “approach of Centre-State bhagidari”. For a country having a continental dimension and a federal structure, the Government of India wanted to come up with dynamic solutions and not a one-size-fits-all model while formulating the economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is this spirit of Co-operative Federalism a.k.a Centre-State Bhagidari that led the country to implement schemes faster amid the pandemic.READ | Well done India!: PM Modi hails frontline warriors as vaccination numbers cross 28-cr mark

Centre’s incentives fast-tracked economic reforms

Schemes and reforms remain un-operational often for years due to various reasons, however, PM Modi highlighted that the Centre and States came together to implement these reforms in a short span of time. This was possible due to the new model of incentivising the implementation of reforms instead of the age-old model of ‘reforms by stealth and compulsion’.READ | World realising benefits, uniting potential of yoga: PM Narendra Modi

In May 2020, as part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat package, the Centre announced that State Governments would be allowed enhanced borrowing for 2020-21. An extra 2% of GSDP was allowed, of which 1% was made conditional on the implementation of certain economic reforms. This was a nudge, incentivising the states to adopt progressive policies to avail additional funds. This has resulted in the implementation of progressive policies at a faster pace than the conventional medium of implementation of reforms.READ | mYoga app launch: PM Modi unveils the yoga training app on International Yoga Day 2021

Reforms linked loans worth Rs 1.06 lakh crores given to states during the pandemic

The four reforms to which additional borrowings were linked (with 0.25% of GDP tied to each one) had two characteristics. Firstly, each of the reforms was linked to improving the Ease of Living for the public and particularly the poor and the middle class. Secondly, they also promoted fiscal sustainability. Following are the four reforms:READ | Anti-Modi Group meet LIVE Updates: ‘India needs alternate vision,’ says Rashtra Manch

1. One Nation One Ration Card

Under the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ reform, state governments were asked to ensure that all ration cards in the State under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) were linked with the Aadhaar number of all family members and that all Fair Price Shops had Electronic Point of Sale devices. Due to this, migrant workers could draw their food ration from anywhere in the country. Apart from facilitating the migrants and other citizens, this system would also eliminate the bogus cards and duplicate members. 17 States who completed this reform were granted additional borrowings amounting to Rs. 37,600 crores.READ | PM Modi pens LinkedIn blog titled ‘Reforms by Convictions & Incentives’; Read it here

2. Ease of doing business

To rid the micro and small enterprises who suffer from the burden of ‘inspector raj’, 19 laws were asked to be implemented by the state governments, under this reform of Ease of Doing Business. States were required to ensure that renewal of business-related licences under 7 Acts is made automatic, online and non-discretionary on mere payment of fees. Another 12 Acts required the implementation of a computerized random inspection system and prior notice of inspection to reduce harassment and corruption. This was done to promote an improved investment climate, greater investment and faster growth. 20 states completed this reform and were allowed additional borrowing of Rs. 39,521 crores. 

3. Sound Property Taxation

The third reform would enable a better quality of services to the urban poor and middle class, support better infrastructure and stimulate growth. Property tax is also progressive in its incidence and thus the poor in urban areas would benefit the most. This reform also benefits municipal staff who often face delay in the payment of wages. The third reform required states to notify floor rates of property tax and of water & sewerage charges, in consonance with stamp duty guideline values for property transactions and current costs respectively, in urban areas. 11 states completed this reform and were granted additional borrowing of Rs. 15,957 crores. 

4. Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to farmers

The requirement was for the formulation of a state-wide scheme with actual implementation in one district on a pilot basis by year-end. A component of this scheme was also provided for the reduction in technical and commercial losses and another for reducing the gap between revenues and costs. This improves the finances of distribution companies, promotes conservation of water and energy and improves service quality through better financial and technical performance. 13 states implemented at least one component, while 6 states implemented the DBT component. As a result, Rs. 13,201 crores of additional borrowings were permitted to states.

CBSE Evaluation Criteria: A Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari are hearing petitions against the assessment policy adopted by CBSE, ICSE for assessment of class 12 students.

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16:40 IST, June 22nd 2021Kerala, Andhra Pradesh to go on with exams

Kerala and Andhra Pradesh governments have said that they would conduct the exams. Responding to them, the Court said that there should not be last-minute cancellations. 

The state of Kerala has filed an affidavit stating that a decision to conduct 11th exams has been taken, AP Govt says the appropriate decision will be taken by states and be put on affidavit by tomorrow, the Court noted. The matter will be listed on June 24.

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16:38 IST, June 22nd 2021Submission made to declare all results on same day

A Submission was also made to declare results all on the same day.  AG says UGC has said colleges will commence admissions after CBSE and ICSE declare results  In view of these submissions, there is no reason for us to entertain this apprehension.

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16:36 IST, June 22nd 2021Court’s take on Compartment Exam

As far as the compartment exams are concerned they would be taking place as soon as the situation improves: AG told SC 

Justice Khanwilkar: why can’t the CBSE’s scheme be made applicable to these students too?

Adv Choudhary for petitioner: CBSE is saying exams will be held between Aug 15 to Sept 15 subject to how conduciveness of the situation.

However, a study by IIT Kanpur suggests that the third wave will strike in September.

AIIMS also says another mutant version of the virus will strike in 3 weeks.

Choudhary: There is no bio bubble and the students are not vaccinated

Choudhary: We are talking about balancing the interest if the results are announced together. There are  lot of universities which has a deadline for admissions

SC: You are representing students who have taken compartments

Justice Khanwilkar: If there are fewer numbers of students appearing for improvisation and compartments then exams can be held shortly. (to AG) can the exams be held on July 31 for them themselves after declaring the results of others? you can give them a week to communicate to you

Justice Khanwilkar: the exam can be held in the first week of August?

Choudhary: there are 38,000 compartment students

Justice Khanwilkar: at least it’s not 15 lakhs.

AG: We are planning to hold the physical optional exam by August 15 subject to COVID

Justice Khanwilkar: then the argument on that particular clause, can you offer them a solution?

 You’re saying the same thing again and again, we’re not going into this…the AG has already said August 15: Court to Chaudhary

Choudhary: There are some grace marks being given by state boards, Article 21 must be upheld

Justice Khanwilkar: grace marks for compartment students that we are speaking of

Choudhary: there are other private students too

SC: They will get opportunity in August

Choudhary: CBSE may be directed to hold an online exam or a viva at least online

Justice Khanwilkar: Yes CBSE will now come and hold exams at your home. What is this? How a board will conduct a hearing we will decide?

Court then rejected submissions regarding the conduct of exams.

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16:36 IST, June 22nd 2021Court’s take on Evaluation Criteria and Marking policy

AG: Regarding ICSE CBSE not having a uniform policy. ICSE is an independent body and it is not possible to synchronize and have a uniform policy along with the states too. Each of these boards is autonomous and the 32 state boards too.

Justice Khanwilkar: Taking past performance is already taken into account. 

AG: The performance of the last three years is useful to find out if results are being exaggerated this year.

The experts took a call on this after decades of experience: AG Tells Court

AG: The difference on the total average will be very little.

AG explains the parameters for calculating the marks which would be adopted by CBSE.

Court: We appreciate your principle, but why is ICSE not accepting that?

Sr Adv JK Das for ICSE submits that it would assess the marks based on 6 years of performance by using the standard deviation method.

AG: The expert committee will too look into this

Justice Maheshwari: The problem is 40% component of 12th. It will be taken from unit tests, pre boards etc. Are those marks available with CBSE

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16:30 IST, June 22nd 2021Let all boards declare it on one day. All marks should be released together: Court

Singh: Parents and students want it at one go since the positivity rate has come down and the exams can be held now and there will be only one result.  For admissions in colleges, they are dependant on this result. 

Justice Khanwilkar: We can direct all boards to declare all results in one go, assessment and physical exam. 

AG: Internal assessment exam

Justice Khanwilkar: Let all boards declare it on one day. All marks should be released together. 

Singh says written exam results should also be declared. They have done all the preparations for a physical mode of examinations, he added.

Court: We are rejecting the argument.
Mr. Singh, last year also same scheme was there, which worked fine.

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16:30 IST, June 22nd 2021Internal Assessment or Optional Exam? Here’s what the Court said

AG KK Venugopal: If a student says they do want an internal assessment, and exams are taken if the situation is better, they can’t go back to internal marks. In the second situation, if they only take the internal assessment, the chance of improving won’t be there.

Justice Khanwilkar: what is the problem of the board? it is their call.

Court: What we are suggesting is you can get opinions from students on which exam they want to appear and those who appear for the exam don’t give internal assessment marks. it is their choice and you are not forcing them.

We are giving the best of both worlds to the students: A G KK Venugopal

Justice Khanwilkar: you want option should be given at the beginning. So no internal assessment for those students? 

Singh: yes

Justice Khanwilkar: So the scheme should be modulated in a way that only one option is given.

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16:29 IST, June 22nd 2021Let all boards declare it on one day. All marks should be released together: Court

Singh: Parents and students want it at one go since the positivity rate has come down and the exams can be held now and there will be only one result.  For admissions in colleges, they are dependant on this result. 

Justice Khanwilkar: We can direct all boards to declare all results in one go, assessment and physical exam. 

AG: Internal assessment exam

Justice Khanwilkar: Let all boards declare it on one day. All marks should be released together. 

Singh says written exam results should also be declared. They have done all the preparations for a physical mode of examinations, he added.

Court: We are rejecting the argument.
Mr. Singh, last year also same scheme was there, which worked fine.

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16:29 IST, June 22nd 2021Internal Assessment or Optional Exam? Here’s what the Court said

AG KK Venugopal: If a student says they do want an internal assessment, and exams are taken if the situation is better, they can’t go back to internal marks. In the second situation, if they only take the internal assessment, the chance of improving won’t be there.

Justice Khanwilkar: what is the problem of the board? it is their call.

Court: What we are suggesting is you can get opinions from students on which exam they want to appear and those who appear for the exam don’t give internal assessment marks. it is their choice and you are not forcing them.

We are giving the best of both worlds to the students: A G KK Venugopal

Justice Khanwilkar: you want option should be given at the beginning. So no internal assessment for those students? 

Singh: yes

Justice Khanwilkar: So the scheme should be modulated in a way that only one option is given.

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16:21 IST, June 22nd 2021’Not possible to execute suggestion on conduct of board exam’

After hearing the submissions from all the parties, that the suggestion ( that scheme should provide an option for improvising exam at the initial stage), can’t be taken forward.  This would result in denial of options to students and would create uncertainty: Court. The Court also rejected submissions regarding the conduct of exams. It’s not possible for executing this suggestion. The Court then dismissed the plea for conducting the board exams.

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16:15 IST, June 22nd 2021Supreme Court dismisses plea filed for conducting exams rather than canceling

“If other boards are conducting exams, this does not mean that boards before us will also have to do so. The decision to cancel the exams have been taken in larger good and are taken by experts,” the Court said. 

The bench then dismissed the plea filed by Anshul Gupta seeking to conduct the board exams rather than cancelling them. “A Submission was made to declare results all on the same day,” the Court said. 

 AG said UGC has said colleges will commence admissions after CBSE and ICSE declare results  In view of these submissions there is no reason for us to entertain this apprehension.

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16:08 IST, June 22nd 2021Matter on Optional exam, Improvement exams discussed

Sr Adv Vikas Singh: ICSE says no clarity on the optional exam. There cannot be a situation where there is no physical examination. In an SLP before you.

Justice Khanwilkar: That comes from Delhi HC. We will hear it separately

Sr Adv Vikas Singh: option should be given to schools and students whether it wants to appear for physical exam

Justice Khanwilkar: how can schools decide. please don’t make suggestions that are absurd. where are these schools represented?

Singh: My students are saying so…

Justice Khanwilkar: those students who want to appear in the exam can appear so as there in the scheme itself… if they have a dispute or grievance they can make it before us

Singh: there should not be writs tomorrow saying how a mediocre student is stealing a march over him or her
If you’re so conscious why don’t you take the improvement examination: Court to Vikas Singh

AG: His past performance will be assessed. If he wants to improve that he will be able to take the improvement exam. 

AG KK Venugopal: Suppose he takes option of not taking, In those circumstances he will have right to see internal assessment, if his marks are good he won’t have to take exams, as results of exams are final.

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16:03 IST, June 22nd 2021’Individuality can’t be a position to decide this, it’s a larger issue where the public interest is involved’

“The decision to cancel the exams was taken by an expert body. You’re not the only one who’s concerned about the children.. Students had knocked on our doors saying they are unable to appear for the exam.  Shall we reverse the decision and push 20 lakh students into uncertainty?  Individuality can’t be a position to decide this, it’s a larger issue where the public interest is involved,” said Justice Khanwilkar.

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16:03 IST, June 22nd 2021’Individuality can’t be a position to decide this, it’s a larger issue where the public interest is involved’

“The decision to cancel the exams was taken by an expert body. You’re not the only one who’s concerned about the children.. Students had knocked on our doors saying they are unable to appear for the exam.  Shall we reverse the decision and push 20 lakh students into uncertainty?  Individuality can’t be a position to decide this, it’s a larger issue where the public interest is involved,” said Justice Khanwilkar.

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15:55 IST, June 22nd 2021Questions raised on CBSE class 12 exam cancellation’

Petitioner Anshul Gupta appeared in person in the hearing that started at 2 pm. “As a private teacher, I have a concern that how can class 12 exams be cancelled but when it comes to CLAT, Karnataka state etc then how are those exams being held.

Justice Khanwilkar: Each board is different and logistical needs are different. Board has taken a conscious decision at the highest level and taken on larger public interest. we are not going to sit over it. It’s not taken by a section officer. Govt and board are equally concerned. The situation is so dynamic we don’t know exams will be held or not. That will impact the psychology of the students will you take responsibility for the 20 lakh students who will appear for the exam and logistical arrangements which has to be made.

New Delhi: 

Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is 77.8 per cent effective in protecting against COVID-19, according to data from Phase III trials conducted on 25,800 participants across India.

Sources said trial data and results were studied and recommended for approval by the DCGI’s Subject Expert Committee on Tuesday. 

The data has not yet been published in an internationally recognised, peer-reviewed journal; earlier this month Bharat Biotech said publication would only happen after submission to the regulator.

“First interim analysis” of Phase III results, presented in March, indicated Covaxin was 81 per cent effective in preventing COVID-19 in those without prior infection after the second dose.

Data available and analysed at that stage also showed a 100 per cent reduction in chances of hospitalisation in case of infection.

Phase III data approval will likely also help Bharat Biotech secure an EUL (emergency use listing) from the World Health Organization.

to discuss guidelines for final submission of required data and documents. According to news agency PTI, Bharat Biotech had already submitted 90 per cent of the required paperwork.

Last month Bharat Biotech said it expected to get WHO approval for Covaxin by September.

An EUL from WHO will allow the company to export Covaxin and enable easier international travel for Indians vaccinated with the drug, which is not yet recognised by some foreign governments.

Covaxin was cleared for emergency use last year while still in clinical trials; it was given “restricted use in emergency situation in public interest”, which raised questions and was also seen as contributing to vaccine hesitancy that marked the early stages of India’s vaccination drive.

Approved Phase III data will go help resolve doubts as the government looks to increase pace of vaccination to prep for a likely third wave and protect against mutated versions of the virus.

On Monday – the first day of the government’s renewed vaccination push – a record number of doses – 88.09 lakh – were administered. Around 3.2 crore of those were Covaxin doses.

The challenge, now, is in maintaining those numbers over the next few months, with particular obstacles being supply of doses and delivering them to less accessible parts of the country.