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News in Short - 27-June-2020

CBSE and ICSE cancel remaining board exams

Date: 27 June 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • In view of increasing Covid-19 infections across the country, CBSE has decided to cancel the remaining Board exams for Class XII and X which were scheduled to be held in July.
  • The Board told the Supreme Court that Class XII students, not happy with the marks to be accorded to the pending papers, will also be given an option of taking the exam to be conducted when the atmosphere becomes “conducive” while the re-exam option will not be available for Class X.
  • The ICSE Board also canceled the exams and informed the bench that it would not be giving re-examination option to students of Class X and XII and results would be declared on the basis of past performances.

Sanjita Chanu to receive 2018 Arjuna award

Date: 27 June 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning weightlifter K. Sanjita Chanu, who was recently exonerated from doping charges, will get the Arjuna award for 2018.
  • Sanjita had fought a long battle for over two-and-a-half years before seeing her name being cleared of doping charges by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) earlier this month.
  • After she was provisionally suspended for testing positive for a banned substance, the Delhi High court had directed the Arjuna Award Selection Committee to consider Sanjita’s nomination “uninfluenced” by the doping charges.

National federations lose recognition after high court order

Date: 27 June 2020 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • The sports ministry withdrew the annual recognition of all National Sports Federations (NSFs) following a Delhi High Court order on the matter.
  • Earlier this month, the sports ministry had extended the federations’ recognition until September 30, 2020. However, they were forced to reverse the order.
  • Granting recognition to sports federations is an annual ritual that makes them eligible for government funds as well as assistance for training and competition. In the absence of recognition, the process does not necessarily come to a halt but rather becomes a lot more cumbersome.

Clare Connor set to be first female president of MCC

Date: 27 June 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Former England captain Clare Connor is set to become the first-ever female president of the Marylebone Cricket Club in its 233-year history.
  • The former England all-rounder featured in 111 internationals, scoring 1,604 runs and taking 104 wickets across formats. She was named the captain of her side in 2000 and held the position until her retirement from international cricket in 2006.
  • The present MCC president, Kumar Sangakkara, who was appointed last for one-year tenure, has been invited to hold the position for another 12-month period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Liverpool FC crowned premier league champions

Date: 27 June 2020 Tags: Sports
  • Liverpool have been able to end a 30-year championship drought as they have been crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City lost 1-2 to Chelsea.
  • Liverpool became England’s earliest-ever champion and the latest. No team since the inception of the country’s league system in 1888 has clinched the title with seven games remaining.
  • City needed to win at Stamford Bridge to keep the Premier League alive but slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea.