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News in Short - 13-July-2020

UGC to take action if states cancel exams

Date: 13 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The University Grants commission which is in-charge of higher education in India has threatened action against states if they refuse to follow guidelines on conducting exams for degree courses.
  • As per the UGC Act, State governments cannot take this decision. Unlike school education, which is on the State list, higher education is on the concurrent list. UGC and AICTE [All India Council for Technical Education] directives have to be implemented by the States.
  • The UGC had directed that final year examinations must be conducted by September-end in online or offline mode. The Commission said it would tell States which had already cancelled examinations to comply with the fresh directions.

India’s Tiger census 2016 creates Guinness World record

Date: 13 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • India’s 2018 tiger census has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world’s largest camera trap wildlife survey.
  • The 2018 All India Tiger estimation had found 2967 tigers in the country, compared to 2,226 in 2014.
  • A major issue, in the survey method, was the use of a survey methodology that relies extensively on models involving an ‘index of tiger abundance’ derived from field counts of tiger signs.

England world cup winner Jack Charlton passes away

Date: 13 July 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Jack Charlton, a member of the England 1966 World Cup-winning side and who went on to become a cult hero in Ireland, has died aged 85.
  • Charlton was an integral part of the great Don Revie managed Leeds United side that won the 1969 League title and the 1972 FA Cup.
  • Charlton made a club record 773 appearances for Leeds United over a 23-year period as a player, becoming one of the all-time great central defenders in the game.

Ceramic artist Jyotsna Bhatt passes away

Date: 13 July 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • India’s celebrated ceramic artist Jyotsna Bhatt passed away in Vadodara. She was 80 and had suffered a brain stroke.
  • Hailed as queen of studio pottery, Jyotsna Bhatt had moved from Mumbai to Baroda in 1958 to learn sculpture under legendary teachers like late professor Sankho Chaudhuri.
  • Her ceramic works included images of cats and dogs, distinctive clay toys, and artworks prepared from alkaline earths, amorphous moulds and matte finish glazes that earned her admirers.