State assisted conversions in AP? 70% of Christian pastors who received govt honorarium through Disaster Relief Fund hold SC/OBC caste certificates

In a startling revelation by Legal Rights Protection Forum (LRPF), 70% of the 29,841 Christian pastors who received one-time government honorarium of Rs.5, 000 through Disaster Relief Fund hold SC/OBC caste certificates. LRPF obtained the relevant details through an RTI which revealed that a large percentage of Christians who have been baptised and have undergone Pastor Training courses but holding Hindu Caste Certificates have obtained one-time relief honorarium of Rs. 5,000/- each.

The honorarium was given by the Andhra Pradesh government to all ‘Religious Service Renderers’ which includes Archakas, Imams, Mouzzams and Christian Pastors who were facing hardship and distress of various religious institutions, as a measure of relief arising out of break out of COVID-19 Pandemic. The AP government has spent close to Rs. 34 crores on the one-time honorariums on 31,017 Archakas, 7000 Imams & Mouzzams and 29,841 Pastors which was credited to the respective beneficiaries’ bank accounts.
 
LRPF investigation revealed that while the official estimate of population of the Christians in AP is 1.39%, 43.99% of the honorarium beneficiaries are Christian Pastors. The data clearly shows that a large percentage of Christians who have been baptised and have undergone Pastor Training courses continue to hold Hindu Caste Certificates only to obtain government benefits like the recent one-time relief honorarium during COVID lockdown. 

Since holding of dual religious identities for government benefits is punishable under law, LRPF has complained to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes to take action and immediately order Government of Andhra Pradesh to submit to the Commission the complete list of Christian Pastors who have received Rs. 5,000/- as one-time disaster relief as mentioned above, together with religion/community details of all the 29,841 pastors.
 
LRPF in its complaint letter says that their sample data has revealed that 58.14 % of Christian pastors are actually holding Hindu-SC community certificates and 13.37 percentage of the Christian pastors are holding Hindu OBC Community certificates. On a conservative basis, if it is assumed that 70 percent of the pastors listed above carry Hindu community certificates (sample data reveals 80.81%), the total figure of such pastors come to 20,900. The amount received by them at Rs. 5000 per head comes to Rs. 10.45 Crores which is clearly fraudulent misuse of public money, says the LRPF complaint. 

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LRPF has requested the commission to initiate appropriate action to safeguard the interests of Scheduled Caste communities of Andhra Pradesh and weed out converts who have illegally obtained SC/OBC Communities certificate through fraudulent misrepresentation of facts.

“We once again fervently appeal to you to send a fact-finding mission to the state of Andhra Pradesh and initiate steps to save the people of Scheduled Castes/OBC of Andhra Pradesh from becoming culturally extinct. The onslaught of Christian Evangelical lobby with financial support of thousands of crores of rupees through FCRA funds, hundreds of foreign evangelists coming to Andhra Pradesh indulging in brazen conversions, baptisms and a huge army of local native Christian pastors have set up on the ground in AP – all these have crushed the SCs of Andhra Pradesh and pushed them to the brink of extinction. SCs of Andhra Pradesh exist only on paper and in reality, our experience has shown that only 10-15 % of the SCs are real Hindu SCs clinging on to their ancestral religion, culture and civilisation. These people are small in number, politically insignificant and don’t count in vote bank politics. Hence, they require your valuable support”, urges LRPF in its letter.
 
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LRPF complaint letter also shares details of the government appeasement of so-called minorities at the cost of Hindus and the finances of the state. The present government in Andhra Pradesh had proposed regular monthly payment to religious service renderers and applications were called from Christian pastors to apply for the same. Strangely, the state government has not made it mandatory to submit Christian community certificate by prospective beneficiaries while submitting applications.
 
“This has enabled a large number of Christians holding Hindu community certificates to apply and benefit from the one-time payment of Rs. 5,000/-. As and when the government fulfils its election promise of monthly payments to pastors, all these people will enjoy the benefit every month. This is serious abuse and defrauding of public exchequer”. Says LRPF. “This is direct encouragement of the present government to SCs to convert to Christianity yet corner all the constitutional benefits of SCs without any hassles”, says the letter to the SC Commission.

It can be recalled that the AP government recently released funds for construction/repair/renovation of 76 Churches at a cost of Rs. 5.00 lakhs each. The earlier government of Andhra Pradesh has, during the period 2014- 19, funded construction of 817 churches. Most of these are located in SC colonies or where large number of SCs are living. This is direct encouragement of conversions of SCs into Christianity. It is a matter of deep concern to us that successive governments have resorted to supporting conversions into Christianity.
 
LRPF data also reveals that recently an NGO – Samarasta Seva Foundation conducted a survey of SCs at Chilukuru Village, Ibrahimpatnam Mandal, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh. The following are the telling statistics from the village.

Though the figures are shocking, the situation is more or less same across the districts of Krishna, Guntur, East Godavari and West Godavari in AP. “Today a pathetic situation has arisen wherein officials and common man have concluded that ‘All people of Scheduled Castes are are Christians unless proved otherwise’. Identity of the people of Scheduled Castes as Hindus has been washed away in the deluge of Evangelists’ tsunami.” says LRPF.
 
“We are deeply concerned at this development as the SCs/OBCs of Andhra Pradesh with thousands of years of cultural heritage, civilizational achievements and deep religious practices now face extinction. Their way of life, their daily religious worship, celebration of festivals – all are being wiped out in front of their own eyes, with active financial/administrative support from successive governments”, says LRPF.
 
LRPF investigation also reveals that there is a huge jump in population of SCs while there is sharp decline in number of Christians. This is possible only when large number of Christians have started declaring themselves as Hindu-SCs and obtaining relevant community certificates enabling them to illegally corner all the benefits designed to uplift the livelihood of SCs. Such a large-scale misuse is not possible without active connivance of the administration in the state.
 
LRPF says that not just the present regime in AP, but all previous governments from the past 5 decades are to be blamed for the same as they turned a blind eye or actively assisted such misuse of benefits of Scheduled Castes.
Urging the SC/ST commission to launch an immediate inquiry into the whole issue, the LRPF requests them to send a high-power fact-finding committee to Andhra Pradesh to study the issue of large scale misuse of reservation benefits of SCs/OBCs and help the genuine SCs to utilize their legitimate constitutional benefits.

Reference: https://www.organiser.org//Encyc/2020/9/10/Andhra-Pradesh-70-percent-Christian-pastors-who-received-govt-honorarium-hold-SC-OBC-caste-certificates.html

Rising Bharat International News Feed: September 8th 2020

  • Relation with Japan
  • Shinzo Abe redefined India-Japan ties

Key Points:

  1. From capturing global strategic imagination with his “Confluence of the Two Seas” speech in the Indian Parliament to articulating the India-Japan Indo-Pacific Vision 2025 — the Shinzo Abe era is defined by high-powered diplomacy that delivered.
  2. As the challenges to the liberal order grew, India and Japan turned their geopolitical and geo-economic concerns into concerted actions. They advanced issue-based alignments, be it defending the rules-based order through Japan-United States (US)-India (JAI) and Quad or designing the Australia-India-Japan Supply Chain Resilience Initiative.

(Hindustan Times, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relations with African countries
  • India-Angola Hold First Joint Commission Meeting, Reaffirm Commitment To Strengthen Bilateral Ties

Key points:

  1. The Indian side offered to share its expertise to support the Angolan Government’s economic diversification plans through capacity building, infrastructure development in key areas, a joint press communique after India-Angola first joint Commission meeting said on Tuesday.
  2. The Angola-India Joint Commission held its first session on September 7 through video-conferencing.
    The session was co-chaired by the External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and the Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Angola, Ambassador Tete Antonio.
  3. “The two Ministers satisfactorily acknowledged the excellent bilateral cooperation between the two countries and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen bilateral ties based on the principles and values of democracy,” the joint press communique said.

( Business World, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Russia
  • विदेश मंत्री जयशंकर एससीओ बैठक में शामिल होने मास्को पहुंचे, चीनी समकक्ष से हो सकती है बातचीत

Key points:

  1. भारत-चीन के बीच सीमा पर चल रहे तनाव के बीच विदेश मंत्री एस जयशंकर मंगलवार को मास्को पहुंचे। वे अपने चार दिन के दौरे के दौरान यहां शंघाई सहयोग संगठन (एससीओ) के विदेश मंत्रियों की बैठक में शामिल होंगे। उनका यह दौरा रक्षा मंत्री राजनाथ सिंह के रूस की राजधानी की यात्रा करने के महज कुछ ही दिनों बाद हो रहा है। सिंह, आठ सदस्यीय एससीओ के रक्षा मंत्रियों की बैठक में शामिल होने के लिए यहां आए थे। 
  2. जयशंकर मास्को में ठहरने के दौरान एससीओ के विदेश मंत्रियों की परिषद (सीएफएम) की बैठक में शामिल होंगे। यह परिषद की तीसरी बैठक होगी जिसमें भारत पूर्ण सदस्य के तौर पर सम्मिलित होगा।

( Amar Ujala, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with UK
  • नीरव की वकील ने कहा, भारत में उसे दोषी सिद्ध करने कीराजनीतिक जरूरतपैदा हो गई है

Key points:

  1. भारत प्रत्यर्पित किए जाने के खिलाफ ब्रिटेन में कानूनी लड़ाई लड़ रहे नीरव मोदी के वकीलों ने मंगलवार को अदालत से कहा कि मोदी के विरुद्ध भारत में निष्पक्ष मुकदमा चलने की संभावना नहीं है। मोदी के वकील ने कहा कि उसे भारतीय जेलों में पर्याप्त चिकित्सा सुविधाओं के अभाव के चलते आत्महत्या का भी खतरा है|
  2. पंजाब नेशनल बैंक (पीएनबी) से करीब दो अरब डॉलर की धोखाधड़ी और धनशोधन के मामले में भगोड़ा हीरा कारोबारी नीरव (49) लंदन की वेस्टमिंस्टर मजिस्ट्रेट अदालत में प्रत्यर्पण का मुकदमा लड़ रहा है।

( Amar Ujala, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Nirav Modi Extradition Case: नीरव मोदी के वकील ने की मीडिया को कार्यवाही से दूर रखने की मांग, जज ने ठुकराया अनुरोध

Key points:

  1. भगोड़े हीरा कारोबारी नीरव मोदी के भारत प्रत्यर्पण के लिए दायर मुकदमे के दूसरे चरण की सुनवाई लंदन की वेंटमिंस्टर अदालत में सोमवार को शुरू हो गई। सुनवाई का यह चरण पांच दिन तक चलेगा। दक्षिण लंदन में स्थित वांड्सवर्थ जेल में कैद मोदी वीडियो लिंक के माध्यम से पेश हुआ। सुनवाई के दौरान प्रवर्तन निदेशालय का दल भी अदालत में मौजूद रहा।
  2. मामले की सुनवाई शुरू होते ही नीरव मोदी के वकील ने जज से प्रेस (मीडिया) के सदस्यों को कार्यवाही से दूर रखने का अनुरोध किया। न्यायाधीश ने प्रेस के सदस्यों से पूछा कि क्या वे इस पर सहमत हैं। प्रेस के सदस्यों से राय लेने के बाद न्यायाधीश ने नीरव मोदी के वकील के इस अनुरोध को खारिज कर दिया। 

( Amar Ujala, 09 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relations with European countries
  • फ्रांस की रक्षा मंत्री का भारत दौरा:राफेल इंडक्शन सेरेमनी में शामिल होने 10 सितंबर को भारत आएंगी फ्लोरेंस पार्ली, गलवान झड़प के बाद भारत आने वाली पहली विदेशी नेता

Key points:

  1. फ्रांस की रक्षा मंत्री फ्लोरेंस पार्ली 10 सितंबर को भारत पहुंचेंगी। वो अंबाला एयर फोर्स बेस पर होने वाली राफेल जेट्स इंडक्शन सेरेमनी में शामिल होंगी। फ्लोरेंस रक्षा मंत्री राजनाथ सिंह और राष्ट्रीय सुरक्षा सलाहकार अजीत डोभाल से भी मुलाकात करेंगी। पार्ली के साथ फ्रांस के रक्षा अधिकारी और डिफेंस इंडस्ट्री का डेलिगेशन भी भारत आएगा।
  2. चीन से जारी तनाव के बीच ये किसी बड़े विदेशी नेता की पहली भारत यात्रा है। पार्ली की बात करें तो फ्रांस में कोरोना के कारण प्रतिबंध लगने के बाद वो विदेश यात्रा पर जाने वाली पहली मंत्री होंगी।

( Dainik Bhaskar, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • LAC News
    • Amid fresh row on LAC, India-China foreign ministers set to meet in Russia.

Key points:

  1. A fresh face-off between Indian and Chinese troops has added to the complexities of the situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) ahead of a meeting of the foreign ministers of the two countries that is being seen as crucial for a breakthrough in the impasse on the disputed border.
  2. Hours before external affairs minister S Jaishankar departed for Moscow, where he is set to meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the margins of a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting, Chinese troops attempted to close in on an Indian position along the LAC on Monday night and fired in the air when they were dissuaded.
  3. The face-off, experts said, underlined the fragile situation along the LAC, especially after several incidents on the south bank of Pangong Lake during August 29-30. This is the first time that shots have been fired along the undemarcated border since 1975, when four Indian troopers were killed in a Chinese ambush in the Arunachal Pradesh sector.

(Headlines Today, 8 September 2020) News Link

  • Relations with China
  1. China’s PLA confirms 5 missing civilians from Arunachal Pradesh ‘found by their side’: Union minister Kiren Rijiju.

Key points:

  1. Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has confirmed that five civilians who went missing from Arunachal Pradesh last week have been found on their side. The process of handing over the youth to India is being worked out, the minister added.
  2. The five civilians frp, Tagin tribe, who had gone missing on Friday from the Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh, were working as porters and guides for the Indian Army. They were a part seven-member group but went missing reportedly from Sera-7 on the Indian side of the McMohan line bifurcating Arunachal Pradesh and Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

(Hindustan times, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Day after shots fired, PLA troops parked 200 metres from India-controlled Mukhpari peak.

Key points:

  1. The Indian Army on Tuesday said Chinese troops fired their weapons into the air on September 7 to intimidate its soldiers holding dominating heights near a strategic mountain pass in eastern Ladakh, during a failed attempt to close in on a forward position controlled by India, with bullets flying at the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC) for the first time in 45 years.
  2. Soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) attempted to advance on the Mukhpari peak near Rezang La on Monday evening but they stopped in their tracks after a stern warning from the Indian Army that occupied key heights on the southern bank of Pangong Tso to prevent the PLA from grabbing Indian territory in a stealthy midnight move on August 29, officials familiar with the developments said on Tuesday, requesting anonymity.

 (Hindustan times, 08 September, 2020) News Link

  • Boycott China Apps
  1. PUBG pulls India rights from China-based Tencent Games after ban

Key points:

  1. Barely a week after PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds (PUBG), an online multiplayer gaming application (app) developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Blue hole, was banned by the Union Ministry of Information and Technology, the firm has pulled its India franchise from Chinese conglomerate Tencent.
  2. “In light of recent developments, PUBG Corporation has made the decision to no longer authorize the PUBG Mobile franchise to Tencent Games in India. Moving forward, PUBG Corporation will take on all publishing responsibilities within the country,” PUBG said in a statement.

(Hindustan times, 08 September, 2020) News Link.

  • Statement by China about Bharat
    • ‘India fired first’: China repeats after New Delhi says PLA fired near Pangong Tso.

Key points:

  1. China on Tuesday said it has made “stern representations” to the Indian government after Indian troops allegedly crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and fired warning shots at Chinese border personnel on Monday.
  2. “Through diplomatic and military channels we have made stern representations asking the Indian side to stop it’s dangerous actions, immediately withdraw the people who crossed the line and discipline the frontline troops and those who fired the warning shots and make sure similar incidents won’t happen again,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian said at the regular ministry briefing on Tuesday.

(Hindustan times, 08 September 2020) News Link.

  • Relation with Shri Lanka
  • India dispatches additional dry chemical powder to douse oil tanker blaze.

Key points:

  1. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has sent additional dry chemical powder on a request from the Sri Lankan Navy as part of efforts to douse the blaze on board an oil tanker off the island nation’s coast, the maritime agency said on Tuesday.
  2.  The Indian Navy and the Coast Guard have been helping the Sri Lankan Navy to douse the fire in Marine Tanker New Diamond since September 3.

(The Island, 08 September 2020) News Link

  • Relations with ME
  1. CBI to ‘locally prosecute’ Indian who committed fraud in Bahrain.

Key points:

  1. Acting on a request from Bahrain, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a case to “locally prosecute” an Indian national who allegedly embezzled funds worth 50,000 Bahraini Dinar or BD in the middle-eastern country, official’s familiar with the development said.
  2. Rajeev Ranganathan Udayanandan, a native of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, while working in one Abdulla bin Ahmed Al-Roomi Contracting Establishment between January and February 2016, allegedly embezzled the cash amounts of the company which were in his possession by virtue of his position, according to the FIR registered by the agency.

 (Universal Personality, 08 September, 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat National News Feed: September 8th 2020

  • National Education Policy 2020
  1. Govt committed to work towards achieving 100 % literacy by complying with reforms within NEP 2020: Ramesh Pokhriyal

Key points:

  1. He said, the new education policy is based on the country’s ethos and value system. The Minister mentioned about each one, teach one and reach one and said India has over one thousand universities, 45 thousand degree colleges, 16 lakh schools and one crore teachers. He said, India has vision and power and 100 per literacy can be achieved through collective efforts.
  2. The Minister hoped that the new literacy scheme ‘Padhna Likhna Abhiyan’ is going to be a leap forward to achieve the goal of Total Literacy by 2030.  The principal target of the programme is to impart functional literacy and numeracy to 57 lakh non-literate and non-numerate adults in both rural and urban areas across the country in the age group of 15 years and above.

(News On Air, 8 September 2020) News Link

  • Gujarat forms Task Force to study & implement NEP-2020 for school education

Key points:

  1. In Gujarat, the State Government has formed the Task Force to study and implement the National Education Policy-2020 for school education.
  2. According to the State Education Department, the State-level Task Force comprises 15 members from politicians, administrative officials and academicians. This Task Force is expected to study NEP-2020, make changes suggested in the school education format and come up with the best implementation measures.
  3. AIR correspondent reports that the Higher Education Department is expected to declare its Task Force in a few days.

(News on Air, 8 September 2020) News Link

  • J&K: Lt Guv gives suggestions for effective implementation of NEP in transforming higher education across Country

Key points:

  1. AIR correspondent reports that the LG was speaking at the Governors’ Conference on the Role of NEP-2020 in Transforming Higher Education.
  2. Emphasizing on the importance of integrated development of children, the LG suggested that extra-curricular activities such as NSS, NCC, Sports and Music need to be made part of the curriculum and students should get credit for these activities.
  3. He observed that NEP could be effectively implemented if institutions are given freedom to redefine teaching positions as per need.
  4. He stressed the need to lay special emphasis on Students’ feedback on teaching and observed that our priorities guide all policies and our policy decisions guide our destiny.

(News on Air, 8 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Punjab
  1. Punjab: Pvt hospitals, clinics, labs to conduct Rapid Antigen Testing for COVID-19 after empanelment

Key points:

  1. With a view to strengthen screening of the population for timely detection of corona virus positive patients to contain the spread of pandemic, Punjab Government has decided to allow private hospitals, clinics and labs to conduct Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) for COVID-19 after empanelment with district health authorities.
  2. Giving details in a release, Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said that guidelines have been issued to all the Deputy Commissioners and Civil Surgeons of state regarding allowing RAT for COVID-19 by private health establishments.
  3. He said that RAT kits would be provided free of cost by the department. The Civil Surgeons will empanel those private hospitals, clinics and labs who are willing to get empanelled voluntarily for offering testing by RAT kits provided free of cost by the department, he added.

(UNI, 8 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Center
  1. eSanjeevani telemedicine service records 3 lakh tele-consultations

Key points:

  1. The ‘eSanjeevani’ telemedicine service, the platform of the Health Ministry providing tele-consultations, has completed 3 lakh tele-consultations.
  2. While ensuring physical distancing, the telemedicine service connects doctors with patients and provides essential healthcare at a critical time when conventional medicine is perceived to be risky owing to the nature of infectious Covid-19 disease.
  3. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had presided over a meet to mark the platform’s completion of 1.5 lakh on August 9.
  4. The platform has registered double that number of consultations within a month since then. One lakh of these tele-consultations were held in the past 20 days.
  5. The platform had completed the first 1,00,000 consultations on July 23 and the subsequent 1,00,000 on August 18 within a span of 26 days, an official release here said.

(UNI, 8 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Delhi
  1. Kejriwal spreads awareness about Covid-19 through communication mediums

Key points:

  1. With an objective to contain the spread of Corona in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is directly appealing to the people of the national capital to wear masks and follow social distancing, through calls and other modes of communication.
  2. “CM’s calls will be received by one crore people of Delhi. He will also be reaching out to the people on how to avoid Corona and take precautions through mediums such as radio, TV, outdoor hoardings, digital communication mediums,” an official statement said on Tuesday.

(UNI, 8 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Assam
  1. Assam develops self-check kiosk to determine COVID, tally crosses 42 lakh

Key points:

  1. With an addition of 75809 new cases across the country, the total number of positive cases of Novel Coronavirus reached 42,80,422 on Tuesday, even as the North-Eastern state of Assam developed a first-of-its-kind self-check kiosk, to determine any viral or bacterial infection in an individual in less than a minute.
  2. The small structure helps by streamlining the flow of people through the kiosk and the Kiosk only takes about 30 seconds to check whether the person safe to enter the premises or not.
  3. A first-of-its-kind self-check kiosk, which is quick but very accurate to determine if an individual is running a fever, low blood oxygen levels and, therefore, potentially has COVID-19 or any another viral or bacterial infection has been developed by Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT), Guwahati, in collaboration with Workspace Metal Solutions Pvt Ltd, Udaipur.

(UNI, 8 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Andhra Pradesh
  1. Andhra Pradesh govt launches Plasma donation campaign

Key points:

  1. More than 37000 people are eligible for the donation of plasma in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
  2. The campaign is launched with the luring of Rs 5000 to each Plasma donor in order to promote the program and give nutrition to the donors as instructed to the officials by the CM Jagan Mohan Reddy. The state is currently conducting 65000 to 70000 COVID – 19 tests daily.

(ANI, 8 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Tamil Nadu
  1. TN plans 2,000 mini clinics

Key points:

  1. The proposed mini clinics will come up in areas where there are no Primary Health Centres and due to people not able to get treatment for fever and other issues owing to the ‘apprehension’ of COVID-19 spread, he said.
  2. “A mini clinic will have a doctor, nurse and an assistant, besides the required medical equipment and medicines. Medicines will be provided here for easily treatable diseases like fever,” he said.
  3. On the virus caseloads, he said the spread was gradually slowing down due to aggressive government intervention, with the state testing around 85,000 samples a day.

(PTI, 8 September 2020) News Link

  • Tamil Nadu: Covid Care Centres under Siddha Medical dept in Karur, Perambalur, Ariyalur districts effective amid pandemic; 87.6% patients discharged

Key points:

  1. The Covid Care Centres functioning under the Siddha Medical department in Karur, Perambalur and Ariyalur districts near Trichy have been able to function effectively in the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic.
  2. Dr Kamaraj, in charge of all the three centres revealed that  87.6% of patients who had been admitted with Covid 19 symptoms had been discharged last month. He pointed out that as against 1315 patients being admitted in these centres, 1152 patients have been discharged after successful treatment.
  3. Dr Kamaraj reiterated that the Kabasura and Nilvempu herbal concoctions being prepared by the Siddha department go a long way in strengthening the immunity system of people in general.

(News on Air, 8 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Uttar Pradesh
  1. Uttar Pradesh: Sanitization on call service begins in Lucknow

Key points:

  1. In Uttar Pradesh, sanitization on call service has been started by Lucknow administration. DM Abhishek Prakash said that any place, work station or apartment, where covid positive patients have been found, can use this service.
  2. A team of workers will reach there within a span of 12 to 24 hours and sanitize the place free of cost.
  3. DM Abhishek Prakash started the awareness campaign regarding the service by putting posters on the wall of the collectorate.

(News on Air, 8 September 2020) News Link

  • Kashmir after removing 370
  1. Administration committed to resolve grievances of people through effective public redressal system: J&K Lt Guv

Key points:

  1. Later the LG also took a walk through the heritage Raghunath Market, Residency Road and Kamal Mandi area where he interacted with locals, shopkeepers, officer bearers of Traders Associations and enquired about the difficulties being faced by the people and business community due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Terming people’s feedback as imperative for accountable and responsive administration, the LG urged the people to come forward with their issues and grievances and play an active role in the developmental process by providing regular feedback on the working of the Administration.
  3. The locals and business community appreciated the people-friendly approach of the LG and lauded his initiatives for reaching out to the people of every nook and corner of the UT and taking first hand appraisal of their issues and grievances.
  4. The LG observed that the Administration is committed to resolve the grievances of the people through an effective public redressal system and assured them that all their genuine issues and demands will be addressed on merit.

(News on Air, 8 September 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: September 8th 2020

  1. 14 लाख की नौकरी छोड़, फूलों के कचरे से ईको फ्रेंडली धूपअगरबत्ती बना रहा यह IIT ग्रेजुएट

Key points:

  1. “मैं अपने विदेशी दोस्त को गंगा किनारे घुमाने ले गया। वहाँ नदी फूलों के कचरे की वजह से दूषित थी। दोस्त ने सवाल किया, आप कुछ करते क्यों नहीं? इसके बाद से ही मैं इस विषय पर सोचने लगा और इस फूलों के कचरे के इस्तेमाल का एक स्टार्ट अप शुरू किया।” – अंकित अग्रवाल
  2. अंकित कहते हैं, “जब मैंने 14 लाख की नौकरी छोड़कर अपना स्टार्टअप शुरू करने का फैसला किया तो लोग तरह-तरह की बातें करने लगे। शुरू में परिवार के लोग भी इसे एक अच्छा निर्णय नहीं मान रहे थे। लेकिन मैंने किसी की नहीं सुनी। केवल अपने दिल की मानी। इसके बाद अपने दोस्तों के साथ मिलकर काम शुरू कर दिया। फैसला सही साबित हुआ। आज के वक्त सभी इस फैसले की मिसाल देते हैं। कई जगह स्टार्टअप की कामयाबी की कहानी सुनाने के लिए आमंत्रित भी किया जाता है। मैं सभी से यही कहता हूँ कि दूसरों से पहले आप खुद पर भरोसा करना सीखें।”
  3. अंकित ने अपने स्टार्टअप में महिलाओं को प्राथमिकता दी है। इस वक्त उन्होंने सवा सौ महिलाओं को रोजगार दिया हुआ है। इसके अतिरिक्त आवश्यकता के आधार पर  भी वह लोगों को रोजगार मुहैया कराते हैं। महिलाओं को प्राथमिकता देने की वजह पर अंकित कहते हैं, “महिलाएँ अपेक्षाकृत अपने कार्य में अधिक ईमानदार होती हैं। वह अधिक लगन से कार्य करती हैं। इसके अलावा वह घर-परिवार की धुरी होती हैं। उनके हाथ में पैसा आने से पूरे परिवार को फायदा होता है। वह अपनी इस कवायद को पुख्ता तरीके से आगे बढ़ाने का इरादा रखते हैं।”
    (The Better India, 8 September 2020) News Link
  • चेन्नाई की एक महिला ने महिलाओं के लिए लॉन्च किया भारत का पहला वन स्टॉप फायनेंशियल प्लेटफॉर्म, वे औरतों को वित्तीय रूप से साक्षर बनाना चाहती हैं

Key points:

  1. यह एक वन-स्टॉप डिजिटल फायनेंशियल प्लेटफॉर्म है जो महिलाओं को फायनेंशियल प्राेडक्ट खरीदने में मदद करता है।
  2. निसारी द्वारा इस फर्म के शुरुआती 10 महीने में ही इससे 25,000 महिलाएं जुड़ीं। यहां तक कि कोरोना महामारी के दौरान भी उनकी टीम ने महिलाओं को फायनेंशियल प्लानिंग करने में मदद की है।
  3. फिलहाल निसारी महिलाओं के लिए फायनेंशियल अवेयरनेस वर्कशॉप सीरिज चला रहीं हैं जिन्हें कोरोना की वजह से ऑनलाइन सिखाया जा रहा है।

(Bhaskar, 8 September 2020) News Link

  • From zero to million downloads: How Kaagaz Scanner became an overnight success after Chinese apps ban
    Key points:
  • The 15-day-old scanning app Kaagaz Scanner had garnered a million downloads soon after the ban on 59 Chinese apps, including CamScanner which allows devices to be used as document or image scanners.
  • Ordenado Labs was started in 2019 by Snehanshu Gandhi, Gaurav Shrishrimal, and Tamanjit Bindra.
  • The founders finally had their moment as their efforts were also acknowledged by the Government of India as part of the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Challenge, where the app was given a special mention in the office apps category.
  • Going forward, the team now wants to nurture Kaagaz Scanner and build a freemium monetisation model. 
    (Your Story, 8 September 2020) News Link
  • This Hyderabad-based edtech startup aims to help students ‘un’school themselves

Key points:

  1. It is a marketplace where industry experts host online courses for students and earn a royalty per sale that is given by the Unschool team. 
  2. Unschool relies on a learning management system that allows coaches (experts) to host their lessons in various formats, and for students to learn and engage with peers and the coaches, as well as apply for internships. Some of the courses on Unschool are on data sciences, AI, coding etc. 
  3. Close to 25 percent of Unschool’s students have been placed in companies for internships.
    The team claims to have 25,000 paid users.
    (Your Story, 8 September 2020) News Link
  • How India Hemp & Co is helping cement country’s budding hemp industry
    Key points:
  • India Hemp & Co was started in 2019 and brings hemp products from the foothills of the Himalayas to the rest of the country.
  • With a laser-sharp focus on sustainability right from sourcing to packaging, the startup sells four simple, clean products — hemp hearts, protein powder, seed trail mix, and hemp oil — on its website.
  • It also retails on six online stores and 14 physical stores, including Organic World and Go Native. In fact, it is in active discussions with Big Basket to stock its products on the platform.
  • In 2019, using personal wealth and raising funds from family members, the sisters started the venture. It is now exploring opportunities with potential investors. Finding the right investor fit, Jayanti says, is important for the startup.
  • Having grown 2.5x in the lockdown (April-June) quarter, and seeing increased B2B demand, India Hemp & Co is in a prime position to capture some of that market share, especially in India, where it is among a handful of first movers in the hemp space.
    (Your Story, 8 September 2020) News Link
  1. कभी फीस के पैसों के लिए सड़कों पर बेचते थे अंडे, आज UPSC की परीक्षा पास कर बने अफसर

Key points:

  1. 1996 में बिहार से दिल्ली आये मनोज अपनी आजीविका चलाने के लिए अंडे व सब्जियाँ बेचा करते थे, लेकिन अपनी मेहनत और सही संगत ने मनोज को फर्श से अर्श तक पहुँचा दिया।
  2. आज मनोज आईओएफएस(IOFS), कोलकाता में असिस्टेंट कमिश्नर के पद पर तैनात हैं।
  3. मनोज बेशक एक लंबी यात्रा तय कर चुके हैं। लेकिन जब उनसे यह पूछा जाता है कि उन्हें कैसा लगता है तो वह कहते हैं, “केवल मेरी ज़मीन बदली है लेकिन मेरा जमीर अभी भी वही है। मैं अब भी उतनी ही कड़ी मेहनत करता हूँ और प्रभावी तरीके से अपना काम करने की कोशिश करता हूँ। मेरा मानना है कि हर व्यक्ति को अपने संघर्ष को एक अवसर के रूप में देखना चाहिए। सफलता इसी में छिपी है।”

(The Better India, 8 September) News Link

  • Investment in Bharat by US companies
  • Byju’s raises $500 million in new round led by Silver Lake; valuation jumps by $300 million

Key points:

  1. The company has secured another round three months after it secured last round in June from Mary Meeker’s venture capital firm Bond at $10.5 billion valuation. 
  2. According to data from Crunchbase, this is the fifth investment raised by the company in 2020 beginning from $200 million round in January and February each followed by $100 million in June and $122 million in August.
  3. Collectively, the company has raised $1.12 billion this year and $1.6 billion in overall funding across 16 funding rounds since its launch. The new funding round is worth around $500 million even as Byju’s valuation has been slightly marked up to $10.8 billion, a source told Financial Express Online.
  4. The latest round was led by global technology investor Silver Lake while existing investors Tiger Global, General Atlantic and Owl Ventures also pooled capital. 

(Financial Express, 8 September 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: September 7th 2020

  • Relation with Tibet
  • Xi’s new approach to Tibet will affect India

Key points:

  1. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent remarks at the seventh Central Symposium on Tibet Work indicate that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is doubling down on its hardline approach in the region, which evolved gradually after the 2008 protests.
  2. The strategy for the next few years that Xi outlined entails a mix of persuasion, development, connectivity, indoctrination and coercion. This will not only have serious implications for ordinary Tibetans but will also impinge on the Sino-Indian boundary question, particularly in the context of China’s claims on Arunachal Pradesh.

 (Hindustan Times, 04 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bangladesh

News updates from Hindustan Times: To review bilateral ties, India and Bangladesh to hold virtual meeting and all the latest news

Key points:

  1. News updates from Hindustan Times: To review bilateral ties, India and Bangladesh to hold virtual meeting and all the latest news.
  2. The matter figured in a phone conversation between external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen. Jaishankar tweeted the two sides had agreed to hold the JCC meeting “very soon” but there were no details from the external affairs ministry.
  3. “Warm conversation with FM Dr AK Abdul Momen of Bangladesh. Agreed to hold our Joint Consultative Commission very soon. Will continue to work closely to reach the ambitious goals set by our leaders,” Jaishankar tweeted.

 (Hindustan Times, 07 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with China
  • Public funeral for soldier of secretive force in Leh

Key Points:

  1. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Madhav’s presence at the official funeral of a Tibetan soldier from the secretive Special Frontier Force (SFF) on Monday created a flutter in diplomatic and political circles amid the border standoff with China.
  2. The funeral of SFF company leader Nyima Tenzin, killed in a landmine blast in an operation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) during August 29-30, was held at Leh in the union territory of Ladakh. The funeral cortege was joined by scores of cars and motorcycles and people waving the Indian and Tibetan flags.
Image Courtesy: Swarajya

(The Times of India, 07 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with USA
  • China using Pakistan for military logistics facilities: US Defense report

Key points:

  1. The US Department of Defence in its annual report to Congress on ‘Military and Security Developments involving the People’s Republic of China 2020’ has stated that Pakistan is among the countries, which have been chosen by the Beijing for “military logistics facilities”.
  2. According to the Defence Department’s report published last week, the PRC is seeking to establish a robust overseas logistics and basing infrastructure to allow the PLA to project and sustain military power at greater distances.

(Hindustan Times , 07 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relations with Russia
  1. Jaishankar set to make stopover in Iran en route to Russia for meeting of SCO foreign ministers.

Key Points:

External affairs minister S Jaishankar will make a stopover in Tehran to meet his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif on Tuesday afternoon on his way to Russia for a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), people familiar with developments said on Monday.

Jaishankar will be the second senior Indian minister to visit Iran in less than a week, with defense minister Rajnath Singh having made a stopover in Tehran on Sunday for talks with his Iranian counterpart Brig Gen Amir Hatami that focused on bilateral cooperation and regional security issues.

(The Times of India, 07 September, 2020) News Link