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Civil services exams can’t be deferred further due to Covid-19 :UPSC told Supreme Court.



The UPSC civil services exam scheduled on October 4 cannot be postponed over the coronavirus crisis, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) told the Supreme Court today. The top court was hearing a plea filed by UPSC aspirants, seeking postponement of upcoming Civil Services (prelims) Exam’ 20. The court today asked the UPSC to file its affidavit by tomorrow and will hear the case again on October 23.

The civil services exam scheduled on October 4 cannot be postponed over the coronavirus crisis, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) told the Supreme Court today. The top court was hearing a request seeking the postponement of civil services exam.

The court today asked the UPSC – the central recruiting agency for appointments to and exams for various civil services of the government – to file its affidavit by tomorrow and will hear the case again on October 23.

The exam, which was earlier scheduled on May 31, was rescheduled to October 4 due to the pandemic.

20 civil services aspirants had approached the Supreme Court, seeking for the crucial exam to be deferred by two to three months due to the flood situation in several parts of the country as well as COVID-19.

The aspirants said that the civil services exam, being a recruitment examination, is completely different from an academic examination and in the event of its postponement, there would not be any question of delay or loss of any academic session.

The petitioners said holding the exams at a such a time “is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students (including petitioners herein) at utmost risk and danger of disease and death”.

One of the petitioners, the father of a candidate, told the court that his son is an officer with the government and that due to heavy work load because of Covid, he was unable to take leave and prepare for the exam, whereas the others managed to stay home and prepare well.

Several other important exams, including the NEET medical entrance exam and the JEE for admission to the IITs, which too were postponed due to COVID-19, have already been held.


UP children develop virtual device to celebrate Dussehra amid Covid-19



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Children in the holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh have devised a ‘Smart Ravana’ to beat the pandemic and celebrate Dussehra on October 28 at the click of a button using their mobile phones while following social distancing norms.

This device will reflect the true message of ‘victory of truth over evil’ in the fight against coronavirus and celebrating the auspicious Hindu festival virtually. It will reduce the crowds of people gathering to celebrate ‘Ravana Dahan’, or the burning of demon god Ravan’s effigy.

The ‘Smart Ravana’ device operates on typing the word ‘Jai Shri Ram’ which in turn delivers a command and the device swiftly starts operating.

Under the guidance of young scientist Shyam Chaurasia who lives in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, some children developed the ‘Smart Ravana’ which will burn virtually on the social media on insertion of the command ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

Shyam told IANS that in view of the ongoing corona pandemic, he has made a ‘Smart Ravana’ with the help of young children in Varanasi. Through social media, a circuit is connected in the effigy of Ravana which in turn is connected to mobile phones. As soon as the command ‘Jai Shri Ram’ is given in the mobile, the circuit connected to the Ravana effigy will start functioning automatically and the effigy will start burning.

At present, it is available only in two-three feet tall Ravana effigies for young children. It can also be used in large effigies if desired.

Shaurya Yadav, the creator of the ‘Smart Ravana’, said it took nearly a week to build this device. The Ravana effigies can be burnt virtually through various social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. An old Android phone comprising a nine-volt battery, LED light and a heating plate have been used to make the ‘Smart Ravana’. The device costs nearly Rs 2,200.

Abhay Sharma, who partnered in making the ‘Smart Ravana’, said it is a revolutionary step amid the corona pandemic. It will help follow all the necessary Covid-19 protocols easily in an effective manner, he added.

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