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India Today June 29, 2020

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4 min.

Winston Churchill’s well-known description of Russia at the start of World War II could well be true of China today. He had said: “I cannot forecast to you the actions of Russia. It’s a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” As if it was not enough to spread the deadly coronavirus across the world, China has now engineered a conflict on its border with India in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed by their Chinese counterparts. It is the worst clash on the disputed India-China border in 53 years. The number of Chinese casualties, like much else in that country, remains unknown. It is also a mystery why China would provoke such an incident at a time when it is facing global opprobrium for having concealed the onset…

4 min.
no clear answers

As India continues to witness an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases, parents and students across the country are worried about the board exams for classes 10 and 12. The exams, conducted by various central and state boards, were interrupted by the national lockdown, imposed on March 25. While some state boards, such as the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education, completed pending exams in the first half of June, the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations) exams are slated for July—a month in which COVID-19 cases are expected to peak, according to Randeep Guleria, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Many parents have taken to social media to express concerns about the health hazard. One group released a press…

1 min.
moving on

CBSE From July 1-15, the CBSE will hold Class 12 board exams in 29 subjects and board exams for Class 10 students in northwest Delhi in six subjects The exams will be held in around 15,000 schools across the country The CBSE will not conduct pending Class 10 and 12 exams in foreign countries and will award marks either on the basis of exams already held or internal assessments The board has also exempted Class 10 and 12 students with special needs from appearing for the pending exams. The board will declare their results as per an alternative assessment scheme. A total of 6,844 students in Class 10 and 3,718 students in Class 12 are registered as students with special needs. CISCE From July 1-14, the CISCE board will conduct 10th and 12th board exams. The…

1 min.
bjp’s breach party

Word is that a key member of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family will cross over to the BJP ahead of the 2022 assembly election in Uttar Pradesh. The speculation started after the Yogi Adityanath government recently provided ‘Y’ grade security—of 11 armed police personnel—to Mulayam’s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav. Aparna, 31, had unsuccessfully contested the 2017 UP polls on an SP ticket. She sought police protection last year. In recent years, Aparna’s position on issues, such as the Citizenship Amendment Act, has been pro-BJP. She has even publicly opposed brother-in-law and SP president Akhilesh Yadav. In March 2017, Adityanath visited a cow shelter run by a trust where Aparna and husband Prateek are patrons. The game’s on.…

1 min.
yeddy-made soup

The BJP central leadership’s rejection of all three nominees of Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa for the June 19 Rajya Sabha elections in Karnataka has sparked a row. Adding insult to his injury, the candidates picked instead—Eranna Kadadi and Ashok Gasti—for the two Upper House seats are from a rival party faction. Insiders say Yediyurappa has not taken kindly to the rejections and will be looking to reassert himself in the June 29 legislative council polls to fill up seven vacancies. The tug-of-war has just begun.…

6 min.
is homegrown militancy in retreat?

Hizbul Mujahideen, the separatist militant outfit active in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989, may be in terminal retreat. The past five months have seen a decimation in their numbers, with the J&K police claiming that of the 94 militants taken out by the security forces during this period, as many as 51 were from the Hizb alone. The week to June 14 was the bloodiest, claiming 19 Hizb men in five encounters in southern Kashmir. The strikes in Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama, considered the epicentres of homegrown militancy, have shaken the three-decades-old outfit to the core. “The security forces are on top and the tanzeems (militant outfits) are on the run,” says Zulfiqar Hassan, additional director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). “Hopefully, this will have a demoralising…