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Will protest ending of OBC quota for senior faculty: Lalu Prasad

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Patna, June 7 : RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday blamed the “Brahmanical RSS” and its “child” the BJP for a UGC decision to exempt senior teaching posts from the OBC reservations, saying the move will invite a “countrywide protest”.

“We will not sit silent. We will launch a countrywide protest to expose BJP-led government’s bid to end reservations at the behest of the RSS,” Lalu told reporters here.

Earlier, in a series of tweets, Lalu Prasad attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Singh (RSS) over what he alleged to be their “attempt to end reservations”.

“The BJP is the child of Brahmanical RSS. We won’t allow the anti-OBC, anti-Dalit BJP to take way the rights of the deprived. Let them not be in any misimpression,” tweeted Lalu in Hindi.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) last week informed the central universities that their current practice of exempting senior faculty posts from the OBC quota would continue.

While the Scheduled Castes (15 per cent) and Scheduled Tribes (7.5 per cent) quotas will apply to all teaching posts at these universities, the 27 per cent Other Backward Class (OBC) quota will cover the recruitment of assistant professors but not associate professors and professors.

The UGC officials have reportedly said the department of personnel and training had earlier exempted senior faculty posts (associate professors and professors) in technical courses from the OBC quota.

The UGC, they said, had merely extended that exemption to all courses in central universities.

The UGC is a statutory body under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development and is responsible for maintaining the standards of higher education.

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Record 792 cases in 24 hours in Delhi, toll crosses 300-mark

As per the Delhi Health reports, 15 new deaths were added to the tally taking the total COVID-19 toll in the national capital to 303.

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New Delhi, May 27 : The coronavirus cases count in the national capital witnessed a record jump of 792 in a day, taking the total tally to 15,257 and the death toll reached 303, the Delhi Health Department said on Wednesday.

Out of the total cases, 7,690 were active, it said.

As per the Delhi Health reports, 15 new deaths were added to the tally taking the total COVID-19 toll in the national capital to 303.

The Health report said that the cumulative death figures refer to those fatalities where the primary cause of death was found to be the infection, as per the report of the Death Audit Committee on the basis of the case sheets received from various hospitals.

“Total 792 new cases were reported and the positive cases in the city reached 15,257. At least 7,264 patients have recovered from coronavirus so far in Delhi while 7,690 cases are active,” the Health Department said.

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Andhra’s corona tally now 2,787 with 68 new cases

In terms of mortality rate, Andhra Pradesh’s 1.86 per cent ranks 12th among the states of India.

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Amaravati, May 27 : Andhra Pradesh reported 68 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours till Wednesday morning, taking the state’s tally to 2,787.

With the discharge of 10 more patients, the total number of cured patients in Andhra Pradesh has increased to 1,913. The active cases are 816.

With one more death in East Godavari district, the state’s death toll touched 58 on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, Nellore district reported 9 cases and Chittoor district 1 case.

Continuing the trend of the past few days, a few new cases had travel histories to Koyambedu market in Chennai, while some cases were of foreign returnees.

There are a total 111 corona patients among returnees from abroad.

The corona tally among returnees from other states climbed to 219 from 153. The active cases fell to 75 from 117, as 38 more state returnees were discharged.

The state nodal officer said that 9,664 samples were tested during the past 24 hours as against 8,148 samples during the preceding cycle.

The state’s average in terms of tests conducted per million population stands at 6,224, below Delhi’s 9,158, and Jammu and Kashmir’s 10,442.

However, in terms of tests conducted, Andhra Pradesh with 3,32,378 tests conducted till date lags behind Rajasthan with 3,33,904 tests, Maharashtra with 3,90,170 tests, and Tamil Nadu’s 4,31,183.

Till date, 32,42,160 tests have been conducted across India as a whole.

In terms of mortality rate, Andhra Pradesh’s 1.86 per cent ranks 12th among the states of India.

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Private lab in UP wrongly diagnoses 6 as corona patients

On May 21, eight samples were sent to this lab from Meerut and all were found positive for COVID-19.

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Lucknow, May 27 : A private testing laboratory that gave a false report of six people testing corona positive in Meerut district, is likely to lose its licence.

Meerut District Magistrate Anil Dhingra has already recommended cancellation of the licence of the lab, which has its main office in Gurugram and has sample collection centres in Meerut by the name of Modern Lab and Diagnostic Centre.

Dhingra said, “There was a discrepancy in the lab reports of the Modern Lab for COVID-19 cases. The matter is being investigated and whosoever will be found guilty will not be spared, strict action will be taken against the responsible. A recommendation has been sent to the government for cancellation of the license of this lab. A detailed report has been asked from CMO as well.”

On May 21, eight samples were sent to this lab from Meerut and all were found positive for COVID-19.

However, during re-testing the samples of the same persons at the microbiology department of the Meerut Medical College on May 24, six out of the eight were found to be negative. Following this, those who tested negative were shifted to a different ward. Health officials have sought strict action against the private lab for wrongly indicating that six people from the city had tested positive.

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