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This shall include data pertaining to the percentage of rural population as well as the percentage of urban population so vaccinated, the court said. The Bench sought not only the data but "all the relevant documents and file noting(s) reflecting its thinking, culminating in .’’ its vaccination policy The court also said the Centre’s paid vaccination policy for 18-44 age group is “arbitrary and irrational.” The Bench of Justices DY L Chandrachud, Nageswara Rao and Ravindra Bhat noted that the policy does not prioritize persons with co-morbidities and other diseases and persons with disabilities. As of now, the Centre’s policy provides for a free regime for those who are 45 and above and a paid one for those in the 18-44 age group. The court noted, in this context, that most exposed to the second wave were the relatively young in the 18-44 age group. "If ?35,000 crores have been allocated for inoculation, why it cannot be used for vaccinating the 18-44 age group," the judges have questioned. The court has also questioned if the states were ready to vaccinate the 18-44-year-olds for free. Regarding the vaccine procurement policy, the top court stated that given that inter-State barriers in India are porous and persons are free to migrate and work in different parts of the country, it is essential to understand if the pro rata allotment will take into account such migration to more densely populated industrial and urban States/ Union Territories. State Service Exam postponed, new date is July 25 5 killed, 5 hurt as vehicle overturns ! ! ! ! " " " ! ! 4 killed as car rams into roadside tree ! ! ! "! ! " 287 fresh corona cases take tally to 1,50,803 Indore reported 287 new cases as 10,176 samples were put to test on Wednes. day Positivity rate stood at 2.82% as tally of positive cases reached 1,50,803. Two deaths were reported during the day taking toll to 1,349. According to CMHO bulletin 14,90,937 samples had been tested till Wednesday night. As many as 2,734 patients are under treatment in various hospitals . of the city Total 1,46,720 patients have been discharged so far, including 579 dis. charged on Wednesday Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission on Wednesday postponed State Service Preliminary Exam2020, which was scheduled on June 20, to July 25 citing Covid-19 crisis in the state. In a public notice, MPPSC stated that it had changed the examination date from June 20 to July 25 after analyzing Covid-19 situation. , Lately MPPSC had issued notices for postponement of State Engineering Service2020 and Dental Surgeon Examination-2019 due to Covid19 crisis. Like State Service Exam, these two exams were also scheduled in June. So many participants had already anticipated that the MPPSC would suspend State Service Exam-2020 as well. Around 3 lakh students had submitted forms for State Service Examination2020. While the country continues to deal the second of wave Covid-19, InMP dore Shankar Lalwani on here Wednesday stated that the city is gearing up to deal with the third wave which is likely to hit the children the most. “We have ordered more than 350 ventilators for children getting infected incoronavirus, with creased the number of beds at Chacha Nehru Hospital and created ‘Play Covid Care Centre’ for them at Radha Soami Satsang Beas,” Lalwani told this correspondent on the $/9$1, 56$6(' 6+$6 6+( &,6; +$' )$&(' +7*( &4,5,5 2) (0'(5,8,4 ,1-(&6,215 '74,1* 6+( 5(&21' 9$8( 2) 28,' > 29(8(4 6+$6 0$; 126 %( 6+( 5,67$6,21 ,1 &$5( 2) $ 6+,4' 56$6(' 6+$6 $ 3+$40$&(76,&$/ 9$8( ? +( 5$,' +( &203$1; $6 ,6+$0374 ,5 *2,1* 62 0$17)$&674( (0'(5,8,4 ,1-(&6,215 > // 1(&(55$4; )240$/,6,(5 +$8( %((1 &203/(6(' $1' 6+( &203$1; ,5 *2,1* 62 *(6 3(40,55,21 ,1 $ '$; 24 692 ? +( 5$,' $/9$1, 56$6(' 6+$6 6+( &203$1; +$5 6+( &$3$&,6; 62 342'7&( 21( /$.+ (0'(5,8,4 ,1-(&6,215 ,1 $ 0216+ sidelines of his visit to vaccination centre at Free Press House. Lalwani stated that the children can’t be put on ventilators available with . hospitals in the city They require special type of ventilators and after taking permission from state government, we have placed an order for children’s ventilators. He also stated that the private hospitals have been also told to purchase chil- Deport Choksi to India, Dominica tells Court The government of Dominica has washed its hands of fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi and told the court that he must be deported to India; this was submitted during a hearing on a habeas corpus plea filed by Choksi. Choksi’s legal team – in all, seven lawyers -is arguing that he had been whisked away from Antigua harbour and brought to Dominica. If the court accepts the argument, he will be sent back to Antigua, where he had acquired citizenship and escaped before he could be brought to India. That should effectively block his extradition to India; or at least it will get entangled in local Antiguan laws which suits Choski. India, which has sent Choksi’s extradition papers to Dominica in a chartered aircraft along with an 8-member legal team, has contended that the fugitive diamond merchant had acquired Antiguan citizenship based on false declarations. Last week, on May 28, the Dominican court had “restrained" authorities from removing Choksi from the Caribbean island country till further orders. The order came on a petition filed by the lawyers of Choksi, who was detained in Dominica for “illegal entry". The diamond merchant has claimed that he was picked up at Jolly Harbour in Antigua by men who looked like Indian and Antiguan policemen and was put in a vessel. dren’s ventilators. Besides, Lalwani stated that it is very important to keep children out of stress during the infection. Therefore, a Covid Care Centre has been turned into a playing like . facility “We are also arranging a bed for the attendant next to infected child’s bed at the centre. Either mother or father can stay with their infected child at the centre,” he said. Ex-paramour turns out to be killer A day after a woman was found murdered on a train, police arrested her exboyfriend from Bajaria in Bhopal on . Wednesday Muskan Hada (23) was killed in moving Narmada Express on Tuesday night. Her ex-boyfriend Sagar Soni had slit her throat around 2-km ahead of Sehore railway station.Muskan had ended her extra-marital relationship with Sagar a few months back. Irked Sagar decided to kill her. The police seized blood-stained clothes from the accused, but murder weapon is still missing. The victim, a resident of Shukhalia in Indore, was travelling to Bhopal from Indore to meet her friend. Special Director General of Police, rail, Sudhir Sahi said that Dial 100 received a call that a woman was being harassed in Narmada Express. Muskan, who was travelling in D-3 coach, had informed her brother that a man was teasing her. BBC tops chart of global panic superspreaders The BBC, Washington Post and New York Times repeatedly used absolute numbers of Covid positive cases in India or in some , Indian city to declare it the worst hit by the pandemic, says Shantanu Gupta, author and policy commentator. They have conveniently missed taking the refer- ence of cases per million of population. Because if one takes cases per million or casualties per million, India is one of the far better performing country on the global map, Gupta said. With 176 “Fear Inducing, Hyperbolic, Critical or Doubting” headlines, BBC tops the charts of panic superspreaders among those in terms of volumes of biased headlines. > ($4 1'7&,1* ;3(4%2/,& 4,6,&$/ 24 !,6+ 6235 6+( &+$465 2) 3$1,& 27%6,1*? +($'/,1(5 573(4534($'(45 0216+5 3(4 &(16 2) ,65 +($'/,1(5 37%/,5+(' ,1 !,6+ 71'(4 $1,& 34($',1* 24 ,5 /($',1* &$6(*24; +( 7$4',$1 6235 6+( &+$46 ,1 6+( 626$/ 5+$4( 2) %,$5(' +($'/,1(5 3(4 &(16 2) 6+(,4 +($'/,1(5 $4( 24 !$5+ 256 $1' # $1,& 34($',1* 24 ,5 /($',1* With 96 per cent of its headlines published in 14 "Panic under months Spreading or Mis-leading" category, The Guardian tops the chart in the total share of biased headlines. For WashPost and NYT, 88 per cent of their headlines are Panic Spreading or Misleading. These publications are hardly interested in factual reporting and seems to be very keen on narrative building. That's why just 22 per cent of the headlines convey neutral reporting. To fast track approvals for Pfizer and Moderna, the Union government may grant them legal protection (indemnity) any from claims linked to their use. This will be on the lines of indemnity granted in other countries. However, for that to happen they need to be cleared by the drug controller for limited emergency use. Pfizer has immunity in countries like the US where it cannot be sued for any adverse effects. India has so far not given any manufacturer indemnity against costs of compensation for any severe side effects. In another exemption, the drug regulator has done away with the requirement of India-specific trials for foreign vaccines approved by specific countries and WHO for emergency use. Both Pfizer and Moderna . fall in this category Earlier, vaccines that had completed clinical tests outside the country were required by manufacturers to carry out bridging trials on the Indian population. But even with these concessions, it will take some time for Pfizer and Moderna to join India's vaccine bandwagon because of the huge worldwide demand for Covid shots. Pfizer has offered 5 crore doses to India between July and October. Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee visited Apollo hospital on Wednesday to look up BJP’s national Mukul vice-president Roy’s wife, who is suffering from Corona. According to hospital sources, Abhishek spoke to the doctors and took stock of Roy's wife's health. But no sooner did West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee’s Mamata nephew visit the hospital, speculation started about the real ‘intent’ behind the visit. The buzz acquired a momentum of its own with GoM TO DESIGN evaluation formula, after feedback from panel of experts & educationists Anxiety and confusion among over 7.5 lakh students of class 1, who were to appear in Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education, came to an end with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announcing cancellation of exams. The announcement comes a day after Central government decided to cancel CBSE class 12 board examination in wake of the Covid-19. Chief Minister Chouhan announced on Wednesday that MP Board exams for class 12 have been cancelled. Chouhan said this after holding a meeting with school education minister Inder Singh Parmar and senior officials of the school education department. Chouhan said that a group of ministers has been formed that will design a formula of evaluation for the students, after taking feedback from a panel of experts and educationists. More than 7.5 lakh students across the state were to appear in MP Board class 12 exams this year. The state government had Mukul’s son Subhrangshu saying that he was Abover ‘delighted’ hishek’s visit. It may be recalled that a couple of days back, when a political slugfest was on between the ruling TMC and the BJP, Subhrangshu took to social media and without naming any party endorsed the stand taken by the ruling Trinamool Congress. It is pertinent to mention that during the poll !$"! *"' % &, +"'" %$#' &)( RLY BOARD shares data on RTI by MP-based Chandra Shekhar Gaur Over 8,700 people were mowed down on railway tracks in 2020 even though passenger train services were severely curtailed due to the nacoronavirus tionwide lockdown, with officials saying many of the victims were migrant workers. The Railway Board shared the data on such deaths for the period between January and December 2020 in its reply to a question by Madhya activist Pradesh-based Chandra Shekhar Gaur under the Right to Information Act. "Based on the information received from the State Police, 805 people suffered injuries and 8,733 people died on the railway track between January 2020 and December 2020," the Railway Board has said. Officials separately said that many of those dead were migrant workers who chose to walk home along the tracks because train considered are routes shorter than roads or highways. They said these workers also chose the tracks as this way they could evade police for violating lockdown norms, and also had the belief they would not . get lost midway "They also assumed that no trains would be running because of the lockdown," one of the officials said. /$.+ 24( 6+$1 567'(165 $&4255 56$6( 9(4( 62 $33($4 ,1 (:$05 6+,5 ;($4 28(410(16 +$' $/4($'; $11271&(' &$1&(//$6,21 (:$0,1$6,21 2) &/$55 256 2) 6+( (:3(465 )((/ 6+$6 ,16(41$/ $55(550(16 2) &/$55 $1' 34( %2$4' &27/' %( 924.(' 2) 276 already announced cancellation of class 10 exams. Sources from the school education department say that the formula could be worked out within a week. Most of the experts feel that internal assessment of class 10, 11 and pre-board of 12 could be worked out. Nevertheless, sources also added that they will wait for the formula decided by the CBSE and the same could be replicated with some changes, if required, by the state education board. Mamata campaign, Banerjee had time and again underscored that Mukul Roy was better than Suvendu Adhikari, her arch rival in Nandigram. Mukul is known as ‘Chanakya’ of West Bengal politics and was once a very close aide and advisor of TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee. In 2017, Mukul had defected to the saffron camp and is currently a BJP MLA from Krishnanagar (North). Given Mamata’s affection for Mukul, poll analysts will not be surprised if Roy returns to the Trinamool fold. ACT TO BRIDGE TENANT, LANDLORD DEFICIT In a serious bid to revamp rental housing in the country, the Union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the Model Tenancy Act. The Act is expected to give an impetus to private participation in rental housing as a business model for tackling the huge housing shortage. The first draft of the Act was released by the government in 2019. The Act will enable institutionalisation of rental housing by gradually shifting it towards the formal market. It aims at creating a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive rental housing . market in the country It will enable creation of adequate rental housing stock for all income groups. It will further facilitate unlocking of vacant houses for rental housing purposes. It is expected to give a fillip to private participation in rental housing as a business model for addressing the huge housing shortage.