Daily Current Affairs –Postal Ballot System
In its recent move the Law Ministry has notified that citizens of the age group 65 years and above can opt for postal ballot during the voting in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
The decision has come in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic and its more susceptibility towards senior citizens.
Earlier, a per the Conduct of Election Rules, the postal ballot option was available to people with disability and people in the age group of 80 and above.
Under the postal ballot system ballot papers are transmitted electronically to the voters and voters after casting their votes returned the ballot paper to the election officers via post.
The postal ballot option is available to the following class of voters – Service voters (members of the armed forces of union, the armed police force of a state and government servants posted abroad), citizens on election duty, and citizens under preventive detention.
World Drug Report – 2020
United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) has released its latest edition of World Drug Report-2020.
The report highlights the possible consequences of disruption in economic activities and livelihood due to COVID – 19 Pandemic and its effects on illegal production, supply, consumption on the drugs.
The report red flags the increased incidents of illegal drug activities due to economic hardship faced by people across the globe.
Due to economic constraint budget of governments related to drug crime control may get reduced which will give room to illegal drug activities, as experienced during 2008 global economic crisis.
Nasha Mukt Bharat Campaign
The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has launched an annual anti – drug campaign i.e. Nasha Mukt Bharat (drug free India). The campaign will run in 272 vulnerable districts of India across states.
The campaign is specially designed to ensure community outreach along with existing institutional support.
The districts under the campaign have been identified by the Narcotics Control Bureau and Ministry of Social justice and Empowerment.
SC approves Evaluation Plan of CBSE
Recently the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) submitted before the Hon’ble Supreme court of India that the Board has cancelled the remaining board examinations of class 10th and class 12th students and presented an evaluation plan based on which marks will be given to students for this year’s exams.
As per the plan students who have appeared for their complete/all examinations will be evaluated based on their performance in the exams. Students those who have taken more than three paper, for them score for remaining papers will be the average of best of 03 subjects. And for those who appeared in only 03 exams, the average of best of 02 subjects will be taken for remaining subjects’ evaluation.
The assessment result will be released by 15th of July 2020. Read more CBSE Exam Cancellation
About CBSE – Central Board of Secondary Education
CBSE stands for the Central Board of Secondary Education. It is a national level body. It come under the Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry. It sets the education patterns for education in India for public and private schools affiliated to it. The present form to CBSE was given in the year 1952. CBSE conducts board examination for the Class 10 and Class 12 annually. Official website of CBSE is – http://www.cbse.nic.in/