- POJK – China, Pakistan join hands to target India; PLA helps Islamabad to install missiles in PoK
- Military-to-military cooperation between China and Pakistan at a tactical level
- China’s PLA helping Pakistan to install a surface-to-air missile near PoK
- CDS Bipin Rawat had recently said that India was capable of handling two-front threat
(Times Now News,9 October 2020) News Link
- POK की जेल में 9 साल से बंद हैं राजनीतिक कार्यकर्ता, गिलगित–बाल्टिस्तान में जोरदार प्रदर्शन
- गिलगित-बाल्टिस्तान इलाके में गुरुवार को एक बार फिर से जोरदार प्रदर्शन हुआ
- हुंजा इलाके में स्थानीय लोगों ने जेल में बंद कार्यकर्ताओं को रिहा करने की मांग की
- इन कार्यकर्ताओं को दंगे करने और नुकसान पहुंचाने के आरोप में अरेस्ट किया गया था
(Navbharat Times,9 October 2020) News Link
- Webinar on “Spirit of NEP” at MANUU
- Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) is organising a national webinar ‘Sprit of National Education Policy-2020’ on Saturday.
- The objective of the webinar is to understand the vision, identify challenges in the implementation and to prepare a roadmap for MANUU in the light of the NEP 2020. (Telangana Today, 9 October 2020) News Link
- NEP-2020 will transform Indian Education system : Guv
- Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan on Friday underlined that the National Education Policy-2020 will transform the Indian education system and make it the global hub of quality education.
- Addressing the webinar on NEP-2020, organised by the Centre for South Indian Studies (CSIS,) from Raj Bhavan here on Friday, Dr Soundararajan said that the NEP-2020 is going to mould the students as job-creators and not as job-seekers.
- She stated that NEP-2020 was aimed at creating Global Citizens with strong Indian roots and added that if implemented in true spirit by all the stakeholders, the NEP-2020 will regain India’s position as the Vishwa Guru.
- Ms Tamilisai exhorted the people to understand the NEP-2020 in its holistic perspective and realize its potential to transform Indian education system as the international destination for quality education.
(UNI India, 9 October 2020) News Link
- Assam: ‘Shaping young leaders and NEP 2020’
- Dr. Rai, an erudite speaker, started on a very positive note of students being sacrosanct to dreams; identifying potentials in self and owe it to oneself; the universe conspires to give that one thing you deeply desire; money is what money does and never fear to dream.
- He stated that failure is never fatal as it is a combination for success; people die only once not on every failure; failure is when you stop trying; fear of success is also prevalent but success is not final. He urged the students to listen to the advice of others but never live other’s version of life thereby losing one’s identity.
- Dr. Mittal highlighted the benefits this new batch of students and onwards can reap from the NEP stressing on transformations made to establish a transparent system that is student centric and designed to be primarily beneficial to the students.
- Advising the students to always have fire and passion to learn, be consistent, recognise their competencies, compete in themselves while investing in team-work, she assured the students, with the future being of blended learning and technological advancement being the crux of our lives off late, NEP 2020 will generate multi-faculty universities that will grant students freedom to choose a basket of courses of their liking.
(Arunanchal 24, 9 October 2020) News Link
- NEP 2020 will be benchmark of development: VC BGSBU
- “National Education Policy 2020 is going to a turning point for India. With ever increasing significance of skill-based education, the NEP 2020 if executed in letter and spirit will be a benchmark of development,” Vice Chancellor Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) Prof Javed Musarrat said while delivering a presentation during brainstorming session on the implementation on NEP 2020 at BGSBU.
- While discussing the transformational reforms in education sector, Prof Musarrat emphasized on the structural changes under NEP 2020 that will ensure that the knowledge and opportunities students receive within the country are at par with global standards.
- Prof Musarrat urged the members of teaching and non -teaching fraternity of BGSBU to start with, in a time-bound manner for the implementation of NEP 2020 guidelines vis-à-vis academics, research, infrastructure, and other areas, to be able to meet its objectives.
(dailyexcelsior, 9 October 2020) News Link
- Kerala tunnel project: Environmentalists ask where is feasibility study and EIA
- Environmentalists have raised questions over Pinarayi Vijayan’s announcement to construct a massive tunnel in between the ‘Camel Hump’ mountains of the Western Ghats- connecting Kozhikode and Wayanad districts.
- The project will create a 7-km tunnel – mooted to be the third largest such tunnel in the country – and will connect Kozhikode and Wayanad districts. It will also offer a wider and alternate route to the Thamarassery Ghat road which is usually congested, reducing travel time to neighbouring Karnataka significantly, CM Pinarayi Vijayan announced.
- However, environmental groups have questioned why the tunnel project was launched by the government, without a Financial Feasibility study, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and a Sociological Impact Assessment. All these studies should have been conducted in the first place, they point out.
- “The project construction is announced with no economic and environmental feasibility studies done. The government said that a technical feasibility study for the tunnel was done. However, such a report is not available in the public domain,’ says Kochi-based lawyer and environmental activist Harish Vasudevan.
- The Wayanad Prakruthi Samrakshana Samiti, a well known environmentalist group in Kerala, issued a statement pointing out that the Pinarayi government had not even taken permission from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEFF), before announcing the project.
- “If the tunnel is going to be built underneath forest cover, then that would also come under forest land and hence permission has to be taken from the forest department. Mining underneath the forest also required underground mining rules and there are several challenges with regard to the water table which need to be factored in,” Harish added.
(The News Minute, 9 October 2020) News Link
- जम्मू–कश्मीरः जोजिला टनल परियोजना पर काम शुरू, सुरंग के लिए पहला विस्फोट 15 को
- लद्दाख को जम्मू-कश्मीर समेत पूरे देश से साल भर जोड़े रखने के लिए एशिया की सबसे लंबी (14.2 किमी) जोजिला टनल परियोजना स्थल पर काम शुरू हो गया है। निर्माण कंपनी का अमला और मशीनरी जोजिला पहुंच गई है। सामरिक दृष्टि से इस बेहद महत्वपूर्ण सुरंग की खोदाई के लिए 15 अक्तूबर को पहला विस्फोट किया जाएगा। फर्स्ट ब्लास्ट सेरेमनी का उद्घाटन केंद्रीय सड़क परिवहन एवं राजमार्ग मंत्री नितिन गडकरी कर सकते हैं।
(Amar Ujala, 8 October 2020) News Link
- 5 vehicles used to mine red earth seized in Thadagam
- District administration officials on Wednesday seized four tipper trucks and an earthmover used by unauthorised brick kiln units in Veerapandi and Somayampalayam village panchayats in Thadagam valley near the city to mine and transport red earth.
- The vehicles were seized based on suspicion, Coimbatore north tahsildar Mahesh Kumar told TOI. “We noticed the trucks transporting red earth and asked drivers to produce permits. As they failed to produce them, we seized the vehicles. We have asked them to bring the papers. Based on it, and on consultation with senior officials, we will take action against the owners of the vehicles,” he said. “Only three trucks were carrying red earth, but we seized four of them based on suspicion.”
- Thadagam-based activists, meanwhile, cited RTI replies and a report by the Tamil Nadu pollution control board’s (TNPCB) special team, and said none of the kilns had permits from departments such as mines and minerals, pollution control board, and environment impact assessment clearance, to mine red earth.
- Ganesh also pointed to government order 170 issued by the industries department on August 5, which says vehicles used for mining and transporting minerals without permit must be seized and produced before court, and the perpetrators fined.
- A team of TNPCB officials from across the state had visited the units in Thadagam valley and in January, submitted a report saying that ‘183 illegally-operating brick kilns shall be closed’, in view of not obtaining mandatory permissions, and also for polluting the region.
- Following the report in January, TNPCB officials from the district inspected the kilns. As they had not obtained consent of the board and hadn’t taken measures to control air pollution, they had recommended the revenue department to close the kilns, seal machinery and disconnect power to the units. But the kilns continue to operate. (Times of India, 8 October 2020) News Link
- Mumbai coastal road: Court taken for a ride, says SC
- The SC on Wednesday reserved its order on the fate of the Mumbai coastal road project while indicating it would not vacate its interim order allowing reclamation of sea strictly for construction of the road and no other purpose. Referring to excess reclamation, Chief Justice S A Bobde said, “It appears someone is taking the court for a ride. The clearance was only for 90 hectares. Anybody who is constructing should be on notice that everything is subject to final orders.”
- The Supreme Court indicated on Wednesday that it would not revisit the wellconsidered December 17 interim order allowing the Mumbai coastal road project to continue but said the project remained subject to its final orders.
- Senior advocate Shyam Divan submitted before a bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justice A S Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian that the project proponents and BMC had been resorting to excessive reclamation of land. He said though it was repeatedly mentioned to the high court as well as the Supreme Court that they required 90 hectares of land to be reclaimed from the sea, the figure had now gone beyond 111hectares. He said that as the project had undergone qualitative change, it would require new environmental clearances.
- The HC had stalled the project saying work could not go on without clearances under the EIA notification and the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, even though it conceded that the “extent of appraisal for environment clearance under CRZ 2011 is more exhaustive than the appraisal for environment clearance under EIA Notification”. The HC quashed the CRZ clearance for the project after it was challenged through PILs. (Times of India, 8 October 2020) News Link
- AMRPSWA to organise seminar on NEP 2020
- The All Manipur Recognised Private Schools’ Welfare Association (AMRPSWA), Imphal is organising a seminar on the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 to create an awareness about the policy to the principals of private schools.
- AMRPSWA also submitted a memorandum to the Education Minister on October 5 last with the following proposal.
- 1) Pre-board examination, notably known class-X common question examination, has been persisting since-2005, likely to be held for 2021 in the first week of January, 2021 strictly following SOP provided by the Government.
- 2) The association would like to draw the attention of the concerned authority to grant consent as and when the institutions are open to provide the students of classes X and XII essential reading materials so as to enhance wide knowledge, for a few hours consulting with their respective parents.
- In addition they will be provided strick guidelines, teaching, suggestions vice versa so that they are able to comprehend the ideas or points the teachers indicated.
- It is an immense imperative to maintain SOP, provided by Govt as far as applicable.
- 3) As and when the Govt of Manipur adapts and implements NEP 2020, been approved recently by the Union Cabinet, the AMRPSWA has also firmly resolved to teach the students as per the provided norms.
(Pao, 8 October 2020) News Link
- POJK – Outrage against Pakistan’s attempt to make Gilgit Baltistan its fifth province
- Anger is mounting high in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan against Islamabad’s attempt to change the political status of the occupied region.
- Recently, Pakistan’s minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan, Ali Amin Gandapur, reignited the contentious issue of grant of provincial status to Gilgit Baltistan. He also revealed about the commencement of work on Moqpondass Special Economic Zone under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This is fuelled resentment among the people of occupied PoK and Gilgit Baltistan.
- Gilgit-Baltistan, earlier known as Northern Areas has been governed by “Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order of 2009”, that established an electoral framework.
- Elections have been held in the region under the Order that provides for only limited autonomy. The sudden announcement of the inclusion of Gilgit-Baltistan as the fifth province of Pakistan and underlying reasons for the same are much wider and its implications are bound to set the tone for exacerbating tensions, that is already being played out in the east along the LAC on Indo-China border.
- Located on a strategic location, Gilgit Baltistan has a large landmass and covers an area of over 70 thousand km. The Area has been under illegal occupation of Pakistan along with a part of Kashmir that lies to its South.
(Times of India,7 October 2020) News Link
- China’s helping hand to Pak: New surface-to-air missile sites spotted in PoK
- China is helping Pakistan set up sites for surface-to-air missiles as troops from two armies are carrying out joint patrols in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, recent Indian intelligence reports say.
- “The construction work for the installation of surface-to-air missile defence system was being carried out by Pakistan Army and PLA at Pauli Pir near Lasadanna Dhok of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,” said an intelligence report.
- The control room for the missile system is to be located at Bdel Bagh.
(India Today,7 October 2020) News Link
- राम मंदिर के लिए तमिलनाडु से पहुंचा 613 किलो का घंटा, 10 किमी तक सुनाई देगी आवाज, निकलेगी ‘ॐ‘ की ध्वनि
- राम मंदिर के लिए तमिलनाडु से चलकर अयोध्या पहुंचा 613 किलो का घंटा
- बजने पर 10 किलोमीटर तक सुनाई देगी आवाजा, घंटे से निकलेगी ओम् की ध्वनि
- 4500 किमी की यात्रा तय करके अयोध्या पहुंचा घंटा, 10 राज्यों से होकर गुजरा
- तमिलनाडु की लीगल राइट काउंसिल की ओर से राम मंदिर को किया गया भेंट
- वर्ल्ड रेकॉर्ड बना चुकी बुलेट रानी के नाम से प्रसिद्ध राजलक्ष्मी माडा रामरथ चला कर घंटे को लकर अयोध्या पहुंची हैं। तमिलनाडु की रहने वाली राजलक्ष्मी मांडा विश्व में दूसरी महिला हैं जिन्होंने 9.5 टन वजन खींचने का वर्ल्ड रेकॉर्ड बनाया है। रामराम रथ में जहां एक ओर कांस्य से बना 613 किलो वजनी विशेष घंटा रखा गया है, वहीं भगवान श्रीराम, मां सीता, लक्ष्मण, हनुमान जी के साथ गणपति की कांस्य से बनी प्रतिमाएं रख कर लाई गई हैं।
- विशेष आकार के घंटे का वजन 613 किलो है। यह विशेष कांस्य से बना हुआ है। इसकी चौड़ाई 3.9 फीट है और इसकी हाइट 4 फीट है। राजलक्ष्मी मांडा का कहना है कि भगवान श्रीराम के रथ को वे तमिलनाडु से अयोध्या तक खुद ड्राइव करके आई हैं। उनको बहुत खुशी है कि बुधवार को वह रामलला के दरबार में इस विशेष घंटा और मूर्तियों को भेंट करेंगी। उनका कहना है कि उनका जीवन धन्य हो गया है।
(Navbharat Times, 7 October 2020) News Link
- Inland Waterways: Environment and Coastal Livelihoods Sidelined for Modi Government’s Pet Project
- Over the past six years, the Modi government has actively pushed for environmental overhauls, with the latest being the draft Environmental Impact Assessment notification. While there has been a furore about the draft EIA notification, another government project has attracted the ire of activists.
- Activists say that the adverse environmental impact due to the waterways and their intervention into the depleting fresh water systems of India deserves more attention and scrutiny. One of the major concerns being raised is the ability of private players to surpass environmental clearances. The recently-proposed draft EIA notification puts inland waterways in Category ‘B2’ projects, which only need an Environmental Permission, with or without appraisal and a public hearing. An expert committee of the environment ministry in 2017 recommended inland waterways to be slotted into Category A. However, this has not been done.
- Avli Verma, a researcher at Manthan said that the project was launched with “grand claims and promises. It was claimed that national waterways were ideally suited for bulk and hazardous cargo and that these are more cost-effective and environment friendly as compared to railways or roadways. But these claims are not universal for all waterways. The development and maintenance of waterways and movement of large barges on the rivers represent massive interventions in the riverine ecosystem. Dredging, noise generated by vessels, leakage of fuel, accidental spills – all of these adversely impact the fish population, thereby directly affecting the livelihood of inland fishworkers.”
(News Click, 7 October 2020) News Link
- Future shock: The leaning towers of Najafgarh Jheel
- Almost 85 per cent of the world’s wetlands have disappeared owing to anthropogenic pressures. Without immediate intervention, the Najafgarh jheel too will join this ignominious list.
- As one moves around the jheel, two narratives are evident. The Delhi side, separated by an embankment for the most part, has been earmarked in the Delhi Master Plan. No largescale construction activity is permitted in this zone.
- However, on the Haryana side of the jheel, an altogether different story emerges. Globally, no construction activity is permitted within the High Flood Level (HFL) line attained in a water body in the last 100 years.
- While similar views have been enunciated in the guidelines of the state environment impact assessment authority of Haryana, it omits to mention the HFL value of 212.5 metres above mean sea level (mamsl) for the jheel, as recorded by the department of irrigation and flood control of Delhi. This omission enables project proponents to affirm compliance to this clause in letter, without adhering to it in spirit.
(Down to Earth, 7 October 2020) News Link
- SCERT conducts 2nd Webinar on NEP-2020
- State Council of Educational Research and Training Jammu and Kashmir conducted its 2nd Webinar on National Education Policy-2020, Challenges and Opportunities vis-à-vis J&K.
- Both the presentations discussed the challenges and bottlenecks in implementation of Foundational Literacy and Numeracy in J&K.
- The Chairperson of the session, Prof Usha Sharma deliberated too on the topic and laid emphasis on the implementation of Foundational Literacy and Numeracy that contributes directly in transforming India into a vibrant knowledge society by providing quality education to our future generation.
(The Kashmir Images, 7 October 2020) News Link
- NEP 2020 will be implemented in phased manner, says Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra
- Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra said the inclusion of national sentiments and nationalities necessary for education is being reflected in the National Education Policy (NEP)-2020.
- Mishra said a preliminary blueprint has been prepared for implementing the new National Education Policy in the state universities. Feedback will be taken from the vice-chancellors of all universities and a three-day chancellor dialogue will be held from October 21 to 23. The new NEP approved by the Union Cabinet in July replaces the National Policy on Education framed in 1986 and is aimed at paving the way for ‘‘transformational reforms’‘ in schools and higher education systems to make India a ‘‘global knowledge superpower’‘
(Hindustan Times, 7 October 2020) News Link
- Pak crackdown on oppn continues: Sedition case against Nawaz Sharif, PoK ‘PM’ and graft charges on Asif Ali Zardari
- Ahead of a planned opposition rally, Pakistan government on Monday registered a sedition case against former premier Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam and Pakistan occupied Kashmir ‘premier’ Raja Mohammad Farooq Ahmed Khan. Separately, a court in Islamabad charged former president Asif Ali Zardari in two corruption cases.
(Hindustan Times, 6 October 2020) News Link
- NGT refuses to quash EC granted to 1,320 MW Khurja Thermal Power Project in UP
- “The public hearing was held as per norms and video graphed. In the first meeting, the Expert Appraisal Committee sought clarifications and did not accept the EIA report as it is. In the second meeting, the clarifications were duly evaluated,” the NGT said
- The National Green Tribunal Tuesday refused to quash the environmental clearance granted to 1,320 MW coal-based super critical Khurja Thermal Power Project in Uttar Pradesh saying concerns for air and water pollution have been duly addressed.
- The green panel said the procedure laid down as per Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification of 2006 has been duly followed and detailed EIA report has been prepared by an accredited consultant dealing with all environmental issues exhaustively.
- The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by an NGO, SAFE seeking quashing of the environmental clearance granted to the Rs 9,747.5 crore project in Bulandshahr district which is to be implemented by state-run THDC India Ltd (THDCIL) and the UP government.
(Energy World, 6 October 2020) News Link
- Hyderabad: SNIST to hold meet on NEP
- The main agenda of the conference will be to collect views from all the young citizens of the country regarding inclusion of robotics in education curriculum through NEP and focus on finding the best implementation strategy of the education policy
(Telangana Today, 6 October 2020) News Link
- Implementation of NEP challenging: Dattatraya
- Himachal Pradesh Governor Dattatraya said that the Government of India has implemented a new National Education Policy in the country after 34 years.
- “In the current perspective, this new national education policy, which provides affordable education, skill development education to all, has many features but its implementation is also challenging,” he said.
- The Governor said that it is an important opportunity for Himachal Pradesh to take the lead in the field of education. Himachal has always excelled in the field of education and the state may work better in some educational reforms suggested in the National Education Policy, he added. He said that there is a need to identify areas in which the state could take an edge.
- Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur said that the cooperation of teachers is expected in the implementation of National Education Policy effectively in the state. He said that the New Education Policy has been announced after much deliberation, which is teacher and student centric.
(The Statesman, 6 October 2020) News Link
- AMU faculty delivers a lecture on language and NEP 2020
- Speaking on “New Education Policy-2020 and Language”, Dr Taher H Pathan, Incharge, Marathi Section, Department of Modern Indian language, Aligarh Muslim University said that the use of mother language in education has caught everyone’s attention due to the fact that mother tongue is compulsory up to class fifth and regional language up to class eight, as per as the New Education Policy 2020. The three-language policy has been retained and different languages of India have been given equal importance in the national policy.
(Indian Education Diary, 6 October 2020) News Link
- 300 Doctors Offering Free Telemedicine Service To J&K Residents
- A group of 300 doctors from across the world have come together to set up a free telemedicine consultation service in Jammu and Kashmir to serve non-COVID-19 patients who have suffered as the focus of the existing healthcare infrastructure has been on dealing with the pandemic.
- Ehsaas International and Dard Welfare Society, in association with Kashmir Health Care Support Group, have initiated this healthcare consultative service, Hakim Mohammad Ilyas, general secretary of Ehsaas International, told PTI.
- “Considering the adverse impact the COVID-19 pandemic has put on the existing health infrastructure of J&K, we decided to launch ‘Dial a Doctor’ programme wherein people would get access to quality health consultations and services without leaving the four walls of their houses,” Hakim Mohammad Ilyas, general secretary of Ehsaas International said.
- “This was conceptualised keeping in view that hospitals are high risk places for contraction of COVID-19 and many medical ailments can be managed by telephonic consultations thus avoiding visit of patients to hospitals,” Hakim Mohammad Ilyas, general secretary of Ehsaas International said.
To ensure timely disposal of queries, a control room managed by doctors and paramedical staff has been set up with a toll free number 1800 889 2729 backed with 10 lines at the back end to avoid any inconvenience to the patients, Hakim Mohammad Ilyas, general secretary of Ehsaas International said.“In the last two months, more than 2,000 consultations have been provided to the people free of cost,” Hakim Mohammad Ilyas, general secretary of Ehsaas International added.
(Kashmir Observer, 27 September 2020) News Link