FRIDAY SELECT YOUR LPG DISTRIBUTOR SCHEME TO GET ROLLING SOON 11 An upcoming pilot project in Ranchi, Pune, Chandigarh, Gurugram and Coimbatore will give customers the right to choose distributors JUNE, 2021 AIM TO FOSTER HEALTHY COMPETITION epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard The pilot project is a precursor for a national launch. While booking a refill through a mobile app/customer portal, you will see a list of distributors along with their ratings. You can choose any distributor from the list and rate their service. The idea is to give you a wider choice of distributors, while fostering a healthy competition among dealers to retain their base twitter.com/TheMornStandard MAHARASHTRA ELEVEN KILLED IN BUILDING COLLAPSE Constructed illegally, the building had suffered damage in Cyclone Tauktae PAGE 8 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in New Delhi on Thursday | SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT Cabinet shuffle buzz on, Yogi to meet Modi today Pressure from leadership to allocate plum portfolio to a former PMO man in ministry M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi AMID hectic parleys within the BJP to control damage in Uttar Pradesh after the second wave of the pandemic left a devastating trail, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday called on Union home minister Amit Shah. Adityanath is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, with indications suggesting the CM may not be able to avoid a state Cabinet reshuffle. Earlier, BJP chief J P Nadda briefed Modi on the inputs collated by party general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh and state in-charge Radha Mohan Singh, who had camped in Lucknow for two days. Modi is reportedly closely monitoring the BJP’s preparations for the state polls next year, with regular exchange of inputs between him and Nadda as well as RSS leaders. While the CM had recently termed the buzz of a Cabinet reshuffle as media speculation, sources said he will eventually have to fall in line as the top leadership is keen on a few changes ahead of the February 2022 state polls. A K Sharma, MLC and former official in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), is widely speculated to get a key portfolio in the state Cabinet. While the CM hasn’t been amenable to the idea so far, a top ranking BJP functionary told this newspaper that Sharma would be given an important assignment in the state. Sharma, incidentally, was in the national capital when Adityanath called on Shah. Sources said BJP leaders and top RSS functionaries concur that while Adityanath should lead the party in the polls, a few changes in his ministerial team are needed to dispel the perception that he’s running a highly centralised administration, against which even the MPs and MLAs reportedly nurse grievances. However, the CM is known to enjoy the patronage of the RSS leadership. For the record, Adityanath described his meeting with Shah as a courtesy call, saying he sought guidance. All students who took mid-term in only one subject or were unable to take exam in any subject and those who didn’t get minimum qualifying marks can go for re-assessment Manish Sisodia, Deputy CM I am so relieved because even the schools would have called us for exams and my parents would have not allowed me. I hope we will be promoted without any favourtism Student of Sarvodya Bal Vidhyalat In present scenario, it’s the best option as safety of students is our top priority. We have enough record to assess students. No one is loser. All are winners in this decision Sant Ram, Govt school teacher NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 @ New Delhi THE gap between girls and boys in higher education institutes seems to be narrowing as 49% of the students in colleges are now girls, according to the latest All India Survey on Higher Education. The survey for 2019-20, released on Thursday, showed that during the five-year period from 2015-16 to 2019-20, there has been a 11.4% growth in student enrolment. The rise in female enrolment during the period was 18.2%. The higher education survey estimates the total enrolment in higher education at 38.5 million – 19.6 million boys and 18.9 million girls. Uttar Pradesh has shown the highest student enrolment, MAJOR FINDINGS Gross enrolment ratio up 11% over a period of five years, female enrolment increases by 18% Gross enrolment ratio rose to 27.1% in 2019-20 from 26.3% in 2018-19 and 24.3% in 2014-2015 No. of universities up 30.5% from 799 in 2015-16 to 1,043 in 2019-20; Colleges up from 39,071 to 42,343 UP recorded highest student enrolment in India with 50.9% female and 49.1% male students followed by Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The gross enrolment ratio (GER) for the age group of 1823 years in higher education institutes in India is 27.1. The ratio for male population is 26.9 and 27.3 for females. For the scheduled caste cat- ASSESSMENT FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE SAT ONLY IN MID TERM For students Marks obtained in each of the 5 main who have subjects in mid-term to be considered out of the maximum marks in theory completed midterm exams in 2, 3 or 4 subjects, While awarding Students who average of average marks in haven’t sat in marks in two subjects involving mid-term practical, average exams in any best performing marks will be given subject will be subjects out of 5 main subjects only in theory eligible for proportionately as reassessment will be awarded in subjects in per weightage in July which exams Students who have appeared in mid- have not been conducted or term exams in 1 subject will not be eligible for average marks. They will the student was absent be eligible for reassessment in July Results will be declared based on performance in the exam and average marks as per the promotion policy circulated on March 17 DEPUTY CM CHAIRS MEETING The decision to cancel the exams was taken in a review meeting held by the Directorate of Education (DOE) chaired by the Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister EXAMS HELD? CAN DECLARE RESULTS Private schools, privateaided and unaided schools, which have conducted midterm and annual exams, can declare the results DIVIDE BENGAL BJP UNIT SHOWS FISSURE While Suvendu Adhikari is for Prez rule, Dilip Ghosh feels more people-centric steps are required in the state | P8 egory, it is 23.4 and for scheduled tribes, it is 18.0 compared to the national GER of 27.1. “The continuous rise in the enrolment, number of institutions and gender parity is a part of our country’s major move towards improving access, equity and quality in light of National Education Policy said higher education ,” secretary Amit Khare while releasing the report. The GER increased by a minuscule 0.8% in 2019-20. The percentage of students belonging to the eligible age group enrolled in higher education in 2019-20 was 27.1% against 26.3% in 2018-19 and 24.3% in 2014-2015. Total enrolment in higher education stands at 3.85 crore in 2019-20 compared to 3.74 crore in 2018-19. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Delhi government has cancelled the final term exams for class 9 and 11 students of g ove r n m e n t a n d p r ivat e schools in view of the second Covid wave. The final results of these classes will be declared on the basis of performance in the midterm exams. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the students who could not perform well in the midterm exams will be given a chance: they would have to submit assignments and appear in online tests before they are promoted to the next class based on the re-assessment. The decision to cancel the exams was taken in a review meeting held by the Directorate of Education (DOE) chaired by the Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister. The class 9th and 11th exams were due in April but were postponed following the surge in Covid cases in the national capital. “Students up to class VIII were promoted due to the nodetention policy. Similarly, roadblocks in promoting students in IX and XI need to be removed. The annual exams for IX and XI due from April 12 were cancelled keeping in mind the safety and security of students,” said the minister. The minister directed private schools, private-aided and NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JUNE 9 92,596 1,62,664 2,219 JUNE 10 94,052 1,51,367 6,148 June 9 31,31,759 doses June 10 30,32,675 doses TOTAL DOSES: 24,58,47,212 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT DELHI Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JUNE 9 337 752 36 JUNE 10 305 560 44 ty and schedule appointments. “Prior to your visa interview, please review your I-20 proTHE US Embassy in India on gram start date. Students beThursday said it will restart ginning a new program with a processing student Visa appli- start date on or after August 1 cations on June 14, bringing may travel to the US up to 30 much-needed relief to the days prior to the date and do community worried over not need to submit a request the uncertainty surfor a national interest rounding the proceexception,” the embasdures in the aftermath sy said. of the pandemic. The embassy said A VIS “Student visas recontinuing students main a top priority may also resume their and we are making eveprogrammes on or after ry attempt to facilitate stuAugust 1, and travel 30 days dent travel in time for the fall prior to the resumption date. semester. On June 14, we will “We are unable to approve exopen limited July and August pedited requests for Fall 2021 student visa appointments at students. If your appointment posts across India,” it said. date results in a potentially Students were advised to late start, please reach out to visit https://ustraveldocs. your school to discuss opcom/in to view slot availabili- tions,” it said. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Captain to remain, Sidhu may find place in team H A R P R E E T BA J WA @ Chandigarh THE three-member panel of Congress, formed by interim president Sonia Gandhi to resolve the infighting in the Punjab unit, has indicated in its report submitted on Thursday that Amarinder Singh should not be replaced from the post of chief minister. The panel feels this is not necessary with just months to , go for Assembly elections. But they also stated that former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is at loggerheads with the CM, should be accommodated, while recommending an organisational revamp. The panel is headed by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge. It also includes the paty’s Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat and former MP JP Aggarwal. Highlyplaced sources said their report has recommended that Amarinder should be the CM face in the elections. GIVING YOU MORE VALUE FOR MONEY The drive to offer more value for money comes a year after the govt stopped subsidising refills not covered under Ujjwala Yojana. The subsidy was nixed after an oil-price plunge brought refill cost on a par with subsidised rates of around I600. Though prices have crossed I800, the refill subsidy has not been reinstated No final exam for Class 9 & 11, mid-term score vital: Sisodia ENROLMENT OF GIRLS UP, GENDER US to process student visa GAP IN HIGHER EDUCATION DOWN applications from June 14 E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E DOMESTIC LPG CUSTOMERS IN INDIA AS OF 2020 The panel is expected to meet Sonia Gandhi, who is likely to take a call on the matter. Sources said that despite being a bitter critic of Amarinder, former minister Sidhu should be accommodated in the Cabinet again. His camp is demanding he be made deputy chief minister or state unit president, but Amarinder is against these ideas. The panel has left it for the interim president to decide due to the lack of unanimity . The issue of inaccessibility of the CM flagged by some MLAs also made it to the report submitted by the panel. If at all present PCC chief Sunil Jakhar is replaced, exUnion minister Manish Tewari and Punjab Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla will be the favourites to take over. Sources believe they stand a better chance because both are close to Amarinder. State in-charge Harish Rawat is likely to be replaced on health grounds. unaided schools, which have already conducted their midterm and annual exams, to declare the results and promote the students to the next class. The schools, including government and government-aided schools which could not conduct the exams, have been asked to declare the results based on the midterm performance of students. The schools which could not conduct midterm exams or students who were unable to take all mid-term papers will be assessed on the average of marks obtained in the best two performing subjects out of five main subjects. This policy will be implemented in all government and private schools, said Sisodia. The finals results of Class 9th and 11th will be declared on June 22. Considering the health safety of students, the results will be informed to the students online through WhatsApp, SMS and phone calls. The AAP government has conducted new admissions from Class VI to IX online like last year. The registration will start online from June 11 to and continue till June 30. Admissions will begin from July 5, based on the registration of students. Students who are unable to register in the given date will be eligible to register in the second admission cycle which starts from July 23 and continue till August 6. SUGGESTION Keep families small, Sarma tells Muslims P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati CALLING upon the minority community to “practise small family size” to reduce poverty , Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday warned of conflicts for living space in future if the population continued to explode. The statement came against the backdrop of the eviction of 200 encroachers, mostly immig rant Muslims, drawing criticism from some quarters. Urging the minority-based political party AIUDF and All Assam Minority Students’ Union to work on population control, Sarma said a day would come when people would settle down on the land of Kamakhya Temple, leading to conflicts. He said his government would take steps to encourage population control. The government stands for the development of all communities but it will need community support, he said. “To remove poverty we have , to educate Muslim women and control population. We are there to educate women. However, poverty will never get reduced unless you control your population,” Sarma said. Pay `24.78 per ATM use after free monthly limit from next year E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi WITHDRAWING cash from ATMs will be costlier from 1 January 2022 as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed banks to charge customers up to `21 per transaction (plus 18% GST, which makes it `24.78). Currently, the cap is `20 per transaction plus GST. The increase, according to RBI, is “to compensate the banks for the higher interchange fee and given the general escalation in costs”. While the banking regulator has set the upper limit, banks charge different rates within the limit. For example, SBI allows five free transactions in a month. Thereafter, it charges `10 plus GST for withdrawing money from its own money vending machines. For non-SBI ATMs, this will be `20 plus GST. ICICI Bank levies a flat `20 plus GST from the fifth transaction onwards. RBI has also increased the interchange charge from `15 to `17 for each financial transaction and from `5 to `6 for nonfinancial transaction. Interchange charges are the fees a bank pays to another lender when the former’s customer uses the latter’s ATM to withdraw cash. According to RBI, the first five transactions in a month will be free if customers use their own banks’ ATMs. They are also eligible for free transactions (including financial and non-financial) from other bank ATMs – three transactions in metro centres and five transactions in non-metros. These changes are based on the report from a committee formed by the central bank in 2019 to review ATM charges. The committee had submitted its report in July 2020. The last time the interchange fee for ATM transactions was changed was in August 2012, while the charges payable by customers were last revised in August 2014. CHHATTISGARH Woman, five daughters commit suicide RAIPUR: A woman and her five children allegedly killed themselves by jumping in front of a train in Chhattisgarh’s Mahasamund district on Wednesday night. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has directed the district administration to conduct a probe into the incident and take necessary action. “Prima facie it looks like a suicide committed by the six members of a family Only after . an investigation, the actual reason could be known,” said the superintendent of police Prafulla Thakur. The police said the woman and her husband reportedly had an argument on Wednesday night after which she and five children, aged between 10 year and 18 years, left the house and killed themselves. “According to neighbours, the woman and her husband had some altercations on Wednesday night following which she left home. The next morning their bodies were found on the railway track,” said the police. The husband works as a labourer in a rice mill. He told local media that on Wednesday night he was drunk and had a heated argument with his wife over household expenses. “After dinner, I went to sleep. My wife quietly left home with our daughters,” he said.
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