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Over 10 lakh pirated textbooks have been found in a godown outside Meerut, and the prime accused Sachin Gupta's uncle Sanjeev has been sacked from the BJP | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Meerut BJP distances itself from Rs 35-cr NCERT textbook piracy, sacks leader linked to case

Raid on 10-yr-old racket is said to have been triggered by infighting in BJP. But Meerut unit chief insists police were acting on military intelligence tip.

Ramesh Pokhriyal discusses preparations for curriculum framework, implementation of NEP

Various issues were discussed during the meeting such as setting up of RIE at Nellore, audited accounts of NCERT for 2018-19, preparations for NCF, Pokhriyal added.
Journalist Vikram Joshi, who shot at Monday night by miscreants in Ghaziabad's Vijay Nagar area, dies at a hospital in Ghaziabad, Wednesday, 22 July 2020.| PTI

Gundas not scared in UP says ABP, what Zee News doesn’t want kids to know about J&K

A quick take on what prime time TV news talked about.

NCERT adds scrapping of Article 370 to Class 12 textbook, deletes portion on ‘separatism’

The August 2019 scrapping of Article 370 has been added in the revised political science textbook, which talks about the developments in J&K since 2002.
Representational image for school students | Photo: ANI

Lessons through loudspeakers, community radio to help bridge digital gap in education

Guidelines prepared by NCERT and issued by the HRD Ministry list three modes of learning — online, partially online and offline.
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CBSE revises syllabus for class 9-12, axes chapters on India’s foreign policy, demonetisation

CBSE cites Covid pandemic to reduce syllabus. Revision excludes chapters on democracy and caste for Class 10 students, and secularism from Class 12 political science among others.
Students in a classroom (representative image) | Flickr

Focus on migrants’ kids, call hostel residents in batches, says NCERT on reopening schools

The NCERT in its draft guidelines extensively emphasised on social distancing — from classrooms, toilets, bus depots to midday meal distribution areas.
Classroom in India

Schools re-opening during crisis not a return to normal, we must do things differently: UN

UNESCO, UNICEF and World Bank have come up with guidelines for re-opening of schools across the world.
Representational image of school children wearing masks | Photo: ANI via Reuters

No assembly or sports, classes in shifts — the likely new normal in schools after lockdown

While there is no clarity on when schools will reopen, NCERT is working on a post-lockdown plan for schools, which will involve a number of social distancing measures.  
Online class (Representational Image) | Wikipedia

Govt plans to extend lockdown calendars of classes 1-10, introduce one for classes 11 & 12

The HRD ministry had issued ‘alternative academic calendars’ to ensure minimum interruption of students' education. The tenure will likely be extended to 3 months.

On Camera

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (R) and US President Donald Trump speak during the first US presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 September

Trump-Biden debate had no highlights, only lowlights

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his democratic challenger Joe Biden must have been one of the nastiest presidential debate in US history.
File image of Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj | Photo: ANI

India will not meet its Rs 2.1 lakh crore disinvestment target in 2020-21, DEA secretary says

Govt retains its Rs 12 lakh crore borrowing limit for the full financial year, which means it can borrow Rs 4.34 lakh crore in the second half.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Ordnance factories hit back at Army claims, cite export orders, accidents of other equipment

In a statement, OFB said only 19 per cent of the accidents involving defence ammunition between January 2015 and December 2019 could be attributed to the board.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.