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UPSC considering holding online interviews for candidates
New Delhi: Amid coronavirus pandemic, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is considering holding online interviews for candidates of various exams.
Officials of the commission and the National Informatics Centre (NIC) have also held a meeting to explore the feasibility of conducting online interviews.
The commission is considering the option of holding online interviews for candidates to eliminate the risk of coronavirus spread due to the in-person interviews.
UPSC CSE interview
However, according to an official, interview of the Civil Service aspirants will not be held online. It will be arranged as scheduled.
The interviews for the aspirants of Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2019 are scheduled to be held from 20th to 30th July.
UPSC ruled out online examination
Although the commission is exploring the possibility of conducting interviews online, it ruled out online examination for CSE prelims.
As more than 10 lakh students appear in the Civil Service Preliminary examination, it is difficult to conduct it online.
Such examination can be conducted online in multiple sessions. However, it will lead to many other problems. Aspirants may start claiming that question paper of one session was easier when compared to other.
Earlier, the commission had postponed the preliminary examination of Civil Service that was scheduled to be held in the month of May. It will be held on 4th October.
Civil Services Examination
UPSC conducts the civil services examination annually in three stages prelims, main and interview to select officers for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.
Although, lakhs of aspirants take the preliminary examination of CSE, only thousands of them become eligible to write main examination.
Out of them, only a few hundred aspirants successfully clear the main examination to appear in the interview.
Ram temple construction in Ayodhya to begin soon
New Delhi: The construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya is likely to begin soon with members of Shri Ramjanmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, mandated by the Supreme Court, meeting in Ayodhya on Saturday to finalise the date agreed upon by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Invitation sent to PM
The trust members confirmed that an invitation has been sent to the Prime Minister and in tomorrow’s meeting the date for the beginning of temple construction is likely to be finalised.
“Chairman of the temple construction committee Nripendra Mishra will be present at the meeting. He will come with a date that has been approved by the Prime Minister,” said the source.
Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat too will be present on the occasion of the beginning of temple construction.
Construction at Ramjanmbhoomi
According to sources, the construction at Ramjanmbhoomi is likely to begin in August.
While the temple construction ceremony was supposed to be celebrated with many Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and other important dignitaries in attendance, the list of attendees after COVID-19 spread is likely to have only Prime Minister Modi, Bhagwat, UP Chief Minister, few Ministers and MPs from the region, stated the source.
The members of temple trust mandated by the Supreme Court stated that while the programme of ‘ Shilanyas’ has been done at ‘Singh dwara’, it was not a proper ceremony.
“Bhoomi pujan will be done at Garbh Griha to begin temple construction. This is the formal beginning of temple construction for which invites have been sent out,” added the source.
The construction of a grand Ram temple at the Janmabhoomi of Lord Ram has been defining issue for the Bharatiya Janata Party as it has been on the manifesto of the party for over two decades.
The Ramjanmabhoomi Trust was formed by the Central Government after the Supreme Court of India directive regarding it on November 9 last year.
PM Modi to deliver keynote speech at High-Level Segment of UN ECOSOC on July 17
United Nations: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually address the UN on Friday at the High-Level Segment of the ECOSOC, his first since India was overwhelmingly elected as a non-permanent member of the powerful Security Council last month.
Modi will deliver the keynote address at the Valedictory of the High-Level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on July 17. India last month was overwhelmingly elected as a non-permanent member of the powerful UN Security Council on Wednesday for a two-year term.
India, the endorsed candidate from the Asia-Pacific States, won 184 votes out of the 192 ballots cast in the elections for the five non-permanent seats of the Security Council. During the address, Modi will be joined by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will also address the segment.
The theme of this year's High-Level Segment is 'Multilateralism after COVID19: What kind of UN do we need at the 75th anniversary'. Held on an annual basis, the High-level Segment represents the culmination of the ECOSOC's annual cycle of work and convenes a diverse group of high-level representatives from Government, the private sector, civil society and academia.
"Against the backdrop of a changing international environment and the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, the session will focus on critical forces shaping the course of multilateralism and explore ways to bolster the multilateral agenda through strong multilateral leadership, effective international institutions, a broadening of participation and an enhanced focus on global public goods," the Permanent Mission of India to the UN said in a statement.
The event, being held on the eve of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the UN, assumes special significance as it will be the first opportunity for Modi to address the broader UN membership since India overwhelmingly won the Security Council election on June 17.
This year's theme also resonates with India's priority for its Security Council tenure in which New Delhi has called for reformed multilateralism in a post-COVID-19 world. Modi had earlier delivered the keynote address virtually at the 70th anniversary of the ECOSOC in January 2016. India has had a long tradition of close association with the ECOSOC. The inaugural Presidency of the ECOSOC in 1946 was held by Sir Ramaswami Mudaliar of India.
The UN Charter established the ECOSOC in 1945 as one of the six main organs of the United Nations and is mandated to offer direction to, and undertake the coordination of, the economic, social, and cultural activities of the United Nations, with responsibility for advancing international economic and social cooperation and development.
'You walked out on the Congress; how do you expect people to trust you?' Digvijaya Singh slams Pilot, Scindia
Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh on Wednesday lashed out at both Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia for leaving the Congress.
Sharing two videos on Twitter that featured the two young former Congress leaders, Singh, who is one of the old guards in the Congress and a mentor of sorts to former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, tweeted, “At the national level, people had high confidence in these two emerging leaders. Now listen to what he is saying and what he is doing.”
The video is shot in 2018, as Pilot is heard saying that the BJP has been in power for four years. Pilot and Scindia are sitting together on the show and talking about the work done by the Congress, and it appears that they were campaigning for the party before the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan elections in 2018.
At the time, both Pilot and Scindia had aspired to be chief ministers of their respective states and had felt that their hard work in the party would finally pay off. However, this wasn’t to be, as Kamal Nath was made chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, while Ashok Gehlot was sworn in as Chief Minister of Rajasthan. While Pilot was made deputy Chief Minister, Scindia was not given such a title.
The idea for having the old guard in chief ministerial positions, the Congress felt, was that they would be able to get voters during the 2019 general elections. This turned out to be a damp squib for the Congress, as they lost all 25 seats in Rajasthan and only manage to get one seat out of the 29 seats in the state.
People slowly began noticing dissent within the MP unit of the Congress, when Scindia at the time removed INC from his Twitter bio. While he hasn’t changed the bio as yet, at that time it was a significant change. Then in March this year, on Holi, Scindia switched loyalties, citing that the Congress party had lost its way.
Pilot, meanwhile, showed signs of rebellion. He was critical of the government’s handling of infant mortality at a hospital in Kota two months ago – a move that won him praise on mainstream and social media. Finally, last week he started a coup against the Gehlot government, saying he had the numbers to form a government of his own. While those numbers aren’t enough, as he only has the support of 20 MLAs, his exit from the party is the start of a very interesting period in Indian politics.
8 districts of Karnataka to impose 7-day lockdown
As Covid-19 cases and deaths are mounting, Karnataka is to lock down 8 districts this week. First to take off was Bengaluru Urban and Bengaluru Rural that went into a week-long lockdown at 8 pm on Tuesday.
Dakshina Kannada and Dharwad would go into lockdown for a week beginning Wednesday. Other districts in the line are Yadgir, Raichur, Bidar and Kalaburagi (urban areas) where that dates have not been announced.
The lockdown decision was announced after Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa chaired a high-level meeting with all deputy commissioners and superintendents of police in the state. He gave full powers to the district heads to take a call on implementing a lockdown in their respective districts based on the ground realities.
Soon after, Dakshina Kannada and Dharwad districts announced a lockdown starting.
Apart from the eight districts, other districts are considering announcing a lockdown.
Meanwhile, the state on Tuesday reported 97 Covid deaths, taking the death toll to 842. The state also reported 2,496 new Covid cases, taking the Covid tally to 44,077. Bengaluru alone reported 1,267 new cases and 56 deaths.
Meanwhile, Andhra CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Tuesday announced Rs15,000 for the final rites of those who died of Covid, a decision taken after the Opposition TDP criticised the govt for alleged inhuman handling of bodies.
Meant Jyotiraditya Scindia, not Sachin Pilot: Congress' PL Punia's 'slip of tongue' over Rajasthan Dy CM joining BJP
Minutes after making a statement that "Sachin Pilot is now in BJP", PL Punia, AICC General Secretary In-charge of Chhattisgarh, on Monday tweeted a clarification that it was a "slip of the tongue".
Punia tweeted, "It is clear in the video that question was asked about Scindia Ji and my reply was about Sh Scindia and by slip of tongue I took Sachin Pilots' name instead of Scindia. The mistake is regretted."
Earlier in the day, speaking to ANI, when asked about BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia's tweet claiming Pilot was sidelined in the Congress, Punia had said, "Sachin Pilot is now in BJP. What is the attitude of the BJP towards Congress and everyone knows that. We don't need a certificate from BJP. In Congress, every political leader and worker is respected." A meeting of the Congress Legislature Party is taking place in Jaipur today.
While Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has blamed the BJP for attempting to destabilise the State government by poaching MLAs, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot has been camping in Delhi to speak to the party leadership regarding the political turmoil in the State.
A controversy broke out in Rajasthan after Special Operation Group (SOG) sent a notice to Pilot to record his statement in the case registered by SOG in the alleged poaching of Congress MLAs in the State.
West Bengal Commission of Child Rights seeks police report after BJP anti-govt campaign shares video enacting rape
The battle between the BJP and TMC continues to take an ugly turn ahead of the state assembly elections scheduled for 2021. While the BJP has called for action against the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress over the death of one of its MLAs on Monday, the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights has sought a report from the Kolkata police over a video campaign by the BJP that recreates an alleged rape.
On July 9 and 10, the BJP posted three films on its official Twitter handle. The films – less than one minute long – highlight the state’s inaction when it comes to crimes against women. One of the short films portrays two minor
According to a report published in Hindustan Times, the commission has stated that “using minors in such scenes is punishable under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and it also violates Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. The commission has sought a report from the Kolkata Police.”
Senior BJP leader Debendra Nath Ray, was found hanging near his home in Hemtabad area of North Dinajpur district on Monday morning.
Ray had contested and won the Hemtabad assembly segment -- a reserved seat for Scheduled Castes -- on a CPI(M) ticket but had switched over to the BJP last year after the Lok Sabha polls. He, however, did not resign as CPI(M) legislator in the state assembly.
However, BJP West Bengal claimed that he was "killed and then hung". "Body of Shri Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad, a reserved seat, in Uttar Dinajpur, was found hanging like this in Bindal, near his village home. People are of the clear opinion that he was first killed and then hung. His crime? He joined the BJP in 2019," BJP Bengal's tweet read.
Even, BJP chief JP Nadda said that suspected heinous killing of Debendra Nath Ray is extremely shocking and deplorable. "The suspected heinous killing of Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad in West Bengal, is extremely shocking and deplorable. This speaks of the Gunda Raj & failure of law and order in the Mamta govt. People will not forgive such a govt in the future. We strongly condemn this," Nadda tweeted.
BJP thwarts attempt for PAC review of PM CARES Fund, coronavirus response: Report
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which scrutinises key reports by the auditor general, failed to arrive at a consensus on Friday on examining the government's response to coronavirus pandemic or PM CARES fund which is set up to tackle the crisis.
Friday's meeting of the 22-member Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chaired by leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was attended by 17 out of the total 20 members. Its two seats are vacant.
According to a report by NDTV, members of the PAC, in which BJP enjoys majority, thwarted Chowdhury's attempt to select the PM CARES Fund for examination saying its amount was not sanctioned by the parliament and therefore it cannot be taken up by the committee.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, chairman of the committee, who is also the leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha, appealed to members to think of the nation and act with their conscience.
Some opposition leaders claimed that the reason for denying the scrutiny of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government's response is because the BJP is afraid of a closer look into the PM CARES fund which is not under the audit of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), reported NDTV.
Meanwhile, the PAC has decided to examine various subjects with special focus being given to the CAG report number 5 of 2017, a performance audit of the Sino-India Border Roads, and CAG report number 13 of 2019 which is on the provisioning and procurement of high altitude-clothing, equipment, ration and housing for soldiers.
As per the papers circulated among the members of the committee on Friday, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on border roads is the top most subject for examination by the committee during the year, reported PTI.
WB Governor continues his tirade against Mamata govt; asks IAS officers to be 'politically neutral', 'accountable', 'transparent'
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday continued his tirade against Mamata Banerjee government and asked IAS and IPS officers to be politically neutral, accountable and transparent.
In a series of tweets, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar wrote: "IAS and IPS @MamataOfficial MUST observe ALL INDIA SERVICES (CONDUCT) RULES, 1968 that mandate: political neutrality; accountability and transparency; commit himself to and uphold the supremacy of the Constitution and democratic values."
He said that IAS and IPS officers should "refrain from doing anything which is or may be contrary to any law, rules, regulations and established practices." West Bengal Governor asked officers to maintain discipline in the discharge of their duties and be liable to implement the lawful orders duly communicated to him. "Perform and discharge his duties with the highest degree of professionalism and dedication to the best of his abilities," he added.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said that he was worried about rampant disregard and violations by the Mamata Banerjee government. "As Governor worried at rampant disregard and violations @MamataOfficial. Let there be no doubt, every such infraction will attract due accountability," he said.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday said he has held "informal talks" with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the problems faced by the students of higher education institues in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and stressed that efforts are being made to address their concerns.
Asserting that welfare of students will always be his top priority, Dhankhar, who is also the chancellor of state universities, said the higher education secretary will visit him during the day to hold a discussion on the matter.
"I have held informal talks with the CM on the problems faced by the students... After my meeting with the vice chancellors of different state universities on July 15, we will jointly take up the matter with the UGC. Students are very close to my heart," he tweeted.