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Hike paddy MSP, incentive bonus to check stubble burning: Punjab CM to PM



Amarinder Singh

Chandigarh, May 8 (IANS) Citing the challenges faced due to labour shortage and the need for ensuring food safety amid the Covid-19 crisis, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider an MSP of Rs 2,902 per quintal for paddy along with Rs 100 per quintal as incentive bonus to check stubble burning.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Amarinder Singh said the state had already written to the Ministry of Agriculture recommending a minimum support price (MSP) for paddy at Rs 2,902 per quintal as calculated by the Punjab Agriculture University in Ludhiana, against last year’s MSP of Rs 1,835 per quintal.

“Given the need to ensure food safety in the time of the present pandemic, it is imperative that farmers may be given the appropriate price signal by announcing a remunerative MSP for paddy,” said Amarinder Singh, seeking the Prime Minister’s personal consideration in this matter, as well as on the issue of incentive bonus.

The Chief Minister noted that Punjab was successfully moving in the service of the nation towards meeting its target of wheat procurement, notwithstanding the challenges imposed by the lockdown and the concerns of social distancing.

Post the wheat procurement, paddy transplantation in the state was scheduled to commence in mid-June, but it may require to be slightly advanced due to the shortage of labour in the state, he said.

Noting that “it is unlikely that we will see much seasonal labour coming from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar for paddy transplantation due to Covid,” Amarinder Singh expressed concern at the serious challenges this could pose for farming operations in the coming paddy season, besides leading to escalation in labour costs.

The Chief Minister underlined the importance of providing farmers a non-burning bonus of Rs 100 per quintal to defray their expenses in handling of paddy straw, thus preventing the burning of paddy stubble.

In this context, he also pointed to the Supreme Court directions asking the Centre and states to work out an incentive structure to overcome the problem of paddy stubble burning.

“This monetary incentive deserves to be announced ex-ante, i.e. along with the MSP, to allow farmers to prepare for its management and for the state to work towards proper implementation,” said Amarinder Singh, adding that this bonus would also help incentivise the desired behaviour and encourage farmers to move to better and ecologically sustainable farm practices.


Success mantra of Ranchi girl who scored 100% in maths




In the Class 10 board exam results declared by CBSE, a girl student studying in a government school in Ranchi has scored a perfect 100 per cent in subjects like Mathematics and Social Science, leaving her parents pleasantly surprised.

Ananya Singh, the student, shared the twin mantras that helped her achieve this feat — get up early in the morning and study for hours.

Ananya, studying at Jawahar Vidya Mandir (JBM) in Shyamali, Ranchi, scored 100 out of 100 in Mathematics and social science. She had scored 97 in both English and Hindi and 98 in Computers. Speaking to IANS, Ananya said, “I owe it to my mother Anjana Singh and father Dharmendra Kumar Singh, and my mentors. I used to study for 12 hours every day. I want to serve society by becoming a doctor.”

This year, a total of 93.31 per cent girls passed. However, the percentage of boys passing the exam stands at 90.14 per cent. In other word, girls fared 3.17 per cent better than boys. 78.95 per cent of transgender students have also passed in class 10.

Thiruvananthapuram got the first place in the class 10 results. Meanwhile, Chennai is in second position while Bengaluru and Pune are on third and fourth position, respectively. This time Delhi has two zones. In Delhi West, 85.96 per cent students have passed the Class 10 examination, while in Delhi East, 85.79 per cent students have passed.

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Daily hearings on Maratha reservation case from July 27: SC




Supreme Court

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it will begin day-to-day hearing from July 27 through videoconference on a clutch of pleas filed against reservation for the Marathas in education and jobs in Maharashtra.

A bench comprising Justices LN Rao, Hemant Gupta and S Ravindra Bhatt said the case parties should sit together and decide on the modalities of hearing as well as to sort out which party would take how much time to put forth its arguments and to ensure arguments were not repeated.

The apex court declined to pass any order for an interim stay on the quota and cited that the chances of resumption of physical courts look remote at present.

The Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018 was enacted to provide quota to the Maratha community in jobs and educational institutions.

Senior Advocate Shyam Divan, representing some petitioners, contended that such case should be heard in a physical court and there was tremendous urgency to the matter.

“We may also need to revisit the concept of interlocutory relief. There is a whole group of postgraduate students who have their careers at risk,” he argued.

The bench noted that it will list the case on July 27 and thereafter decide the schedule.

Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal contended that there is 10 per cent reservation for economic weaker sections, and it also required a hearing. In response, Justice Rao said if it needed to be considered, the bench will do the same.

Divan argued that 12 to 13 per cent reservation, which is a huge chunk, has been taken away, and questioned of the High Court was not bound by apex court’s nine-Judge bench judgment that the quota should not exceed 50 per cent of the total seats/jobs available.

Advocate Shivaji M Jadhav contended that the virtual hearing is not possible as documents and other material running into thousands of pages was involved. In reply, Justice Rao said: “When do you think Covid-19 will subside and regular courts start? Let us start the hearing.”

In June 2019, the Bombay High Court had upheld the reservation and held that 16 per cent reservation was not justifiable, and that instead the quota should not exceed 12 per cent in employment and 13 per cent in educational institutions admissions. In February this year, the top court declined to stay the High Court order.

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CBSE Board Class 10th Result 2020: How to check via websites, Umang app

CBSE Board Class 10th Result at cbse.nic.in, cbseresults.nic.in 2020: Over 18 lakh students who had appeared in the exam can check the results through the websites- cbseresults.nic.in, results.nic.in. The result can also be accessed via the Umang app



Tripura TBSE 10th results

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will declare the class 10 result on July 15, however, the result time is not confirmed yet. Once released, over 18 lakh students who had appeared in the exam can check the results through the websites- cbseresults.nic.in, results.nic.in. The result can also be accessed via the Umang app.

The class 10 exams were scheduled to be held in February and March, but it was postponed midway due to coronavirus pandemic. The board later decided to cancel the pending exams and assess the candidates on the basis of a new evaluation scheme.

Based on the inputs of an internal expert committee, CBSE took the decision in consultation with the HRD Ministry. According to the scheme, the results of students who have completed examination in all subjects will be declared based on their performance. For students who have appeared for more than three subjects, average of the marks obtained in three best-performing subjects will be awarded for subjects whose examinations have not been held yet.

The scheme also says that students who have appeared in only three subjects, average of marks in two best-performing subjects will be awarded for papers whose exams have not been conducted. The majority of the examines, who were going to appear for Board exams in July, belong to the category of students who had completed three or more papers.

CBSE class 10 result 2020: How to check marks online
Step 1: Visit the official website cbseresults.nic.in

Step 2: Click on the result link available on the homepage

Step 3: Log-in using credentials

Step 4: Result will appear, download

Students can also get themselves registered here at indianexpress.com to get their results on their mobile phone and email id. In order to complete the registration a candidate needs to fill the box below.

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