States can request UGC for postponement of terminal exams

The much awaited verdict authored by Justice Ashok Bhushan gives the states freedom to request UGC for postponement of the dates regarding terminal semester/year beyond September 30. The right falls in accomplice with the Disaster Management Act, which is to immediately combat the disaster and contain it to save human life. Saving human lives is given the utmost importance under the Act.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has however denied the promotion of students without the conduction of examinations. The state government, along with the Disaster Management Act, can thus only look after a safe way of conducting the terminals.


Japan PM Shinzo Abe resigns due to health issues

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving premier announces resignation from his post, one year before its tenure, due to declined health condition. He delivers the decision with grief, as he feels no longer capable to serve the duties that the people have entrusted him with. The resignation at the time of an outbreak of novel coronavirus creates vacuum. Former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba and former foreign minister Fumio Kishida have expressed their interest in the post.

Abe has battled with the disease ulcerative colitis for many years and there have been recent visits to the hospital regarding the same.


UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres criticizes India for coal subsidies

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres criticizes India’s extensive use of fossil fuels and promoting coal auctions, majorly in the light of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s launching an auction of 41 coal blocks for commercial mining on June 18, as part of India’s Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan. However, Guterres applauds India’s initiative to participate in International Solar Alliance, in favor of taking a step towards using clean, renewable source of energy.



Texas based Baylor College of Medicine ties up with India’s Biological E for COVID-19 vaccine

Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) has entered into a licensing agreement with Indian pharmaceutical company Biological E Limited (BE) for the development of a safe, effective and affordable vaccine. The motto is the outcome of a fear of out casting the countries with low and average economical status if only relied on Operation Warp Speed vaccines. The vaccine candidate is currently produced using a proven yeast-based expression technology.


China to unveil bronze statue of Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis outside a medical school

Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis was from Maharashtra, who went to China in 1938 as part of a five-member team of doctors sent by the Indian National Congress to help the Chinese during World War II. The Chinese leader Mao Zedong had expressed his heavy appreciation for the medical support provided by Kotnis. He joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1942 and died the same year at the age of 32.

The bronze statue will be placed outside a medical school in North China.


Pandemic Management module added to MBBS course

The coronavirus outbreak initiates the introduction of Pandemic Management into the course of medical degree, which is to extend from foundation course to the final year of undergraduate programme. The pandemic module, designed by a team of experts and the academic cell of the MCI, would contribute in shaping the character of a medical student in handling not only the illness but also the social, legal and other issues arising from such disease outbreaks.



India ranks third in death toll

India tests nine lakh samples for two consecutive days to keep a steady focus on its “test, track and treat” strategy. The Union Health Ministry also highlighted on the advancements being made in hospital facilities- the three-tier Dedicated COVID facilities – Dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCHs) with ICU bed, ventilators etc. for critical care management; Dedicated COVID Health Centres (DCHCs) with oxygen beds and doctor on call facility; and COVID Care Centres (CCCs) with isolation beds.


New rules of administration in Jammu and Kashmir

The ministry of Home Affairs notifies new rules of administration in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, specifying the functions of the Lieutenant Governor (LG) and the Council of Ministers. According to the transaction of business rules, The Lieutenant Governor undertakes police, public order, All India Services and anti-corruption under his executive functions. Hence, leaving no room for Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers to present their opinions. Proposals related to the harmony of the Union Territory is to be submitted to the LG.


Four militants killed in an encounter in J&K

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar reports of four militant being killed and one being caught alive in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Shopian. As the security forces started the search operation, the militants hiding in an orchard in Kiloora area open fired. Two of the militants have been identified as Shakoor Parray and Suhail Bhat. Bhat was behind the abduction and killing of a panch named Nisar Ahmad Bhat.


Sixth anniversary of the launch of the Jan Dhan scheme

PM Narendra Modi on Twitter, shares the economic security of innumerable families due to the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, launched six years ago to introduce the people into banking who were oblivious otherwise. Over 40 crore bank accounts have been opened so far with more than 63 per cent of the beneficiaries belonging to rural areas. Over 55 per cent of them are women. The bank accounts have enabled the government into the direct transfer of welfare benefits to the underprivileged due to the scheme.