Rising Bharat National News Feed: August 19th 2020

  • Medical Facilities in Bharat
  1. Health Ministry’s ‘eSanjeevani’ telemedicine service records 2 lakh tele-consultations

Key points:

  1. The ‘eSanjeevani’ digital platform of the Union government has provided two lakh tele-consultations, the health ministry said on Wednesday. This milestone was achieved in 10 days only since August 9 when Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan presided over a review meeting with states and Union territories to commemorate the completion of 1.5 lakh tele-consultations..
  2. “In what can be seen as a big push for the ‘Digital India’ initiative of the prime minister, the eSanjeevani platform has proved its usefulness and easy access for the caregivers and the medical community, and those seeking healthcare services in the time of Covid-19,” the ministry said.
  3. The top five states which have been utilising the e-health services being offered through this platform are Tamil Nadu (56,346 consultations), Uttar Pradesh (33,325), Andhra Pradesh (29,400), Himachal Pradesh (26,535) and Kerala (21,433).

(Economic Times, 19 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Karnataka
  1. Karnataka Minister holds video conference with Govt & Pvt Labs to augment COVID testing capacities

Key points:

  1. In Karnataka, Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar held a video conference with Government and Private Laboratories today to augment the COVID testing capacities. He agreed to extend all possible logistics to increase the tests in the state. The State War Room has launched a new service today to upload the COVID tests on a portal.
  2. Those tested for COVID can feed their SRF ID in http://www.covidwar.karnataka.gov.in portal to know the test results.
  3. On being positive, they can contact 108 helpline for emergency and Apthamitra number 14410 for COVID related medical help.

(News On Air, 19 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Madhya Pradesh
  1. MP: ‘Ek Sankalp – Bujurgo ke naam’ campaign proves to be boon for senior citizens amid corona pandemic

Key points:

  1. In Madhya Pradesh, a unique campaign ‘Ek Sankalp – Bujurgo ke naam’ i.e. ‘a commitment for elders’ is being run by the Chhatarpur Police in the midst of corona infection in the state.
  2. Renowned social worker Anna Hazare has also praised this campaign being run specifically for the elderly and helpless people.
  3. This unique campaign is proving to be a boon for the elderly people living alone in homes during the global pandemic COVID-19. In this campaign, the police are taking care of the elderly people from the food to their health.

(News on Air, 19 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Centre
  1. Army undertakes Plasma donation in Assam to contribute in fight against COVID-19

Key points:

  1. Responding to the Assam Government’s request Indian Army has undertaken Plasma donation drive for the COVID patients of Assam.
  2. Indian Army in collaboration with the State Health Department organised a Plasma Donation Camp at Tezpur Medical College.
  3. Over 40 Army personnel of Gajraj Corps, who have recently recovered from COVID-19, donated their Plasma.

(News on Air, 19 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Jharkhand
  1. No procession on Muharram this year

Key points:

  1. Ranchi: The central Muharram committee on Tuesday announced that Muharram this year will be observed without the procession, display of arms and playing of drums and music across the state in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  2. The announcement came after a meeting with all the stakeholders on Tuesday.
  3. The committee asked devotees to visit Imambara and Karbala individually to take part in the rituals and asked them to strictly follow government guidelines including social distancing norms. The committee also decided to issue guidelines related to the function later on.
  4. One of the khalifas, Jamshed Ali, said, “When all religious places are shut due to the pandemic, it will not be proper to take out processions.”

(Jagran, 19 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Tamil Nadu
  1. Covid-19: Special teams formed in Pudukkottai district

Key points:

  1. As the numbers of Covid-19 cases is increasing, the Pudukkottai district administration has formed special health teams to make door-to-door fever checks and access the health condition of the vulnerable age groups.
  2. The total cases have crossed over 4,500 in the district. Covid-related deaths have also been on the rise in the past few days.
  3. While a 70-member team has been stationed in the Pudukkottai municipality, a team comprising more than 600 members will be taking care of rest of the district which includes 13 panchayat unions.
  4. Besides collection of fever-related details, the teams will check for symptoms among locals over the age of 60, below 5 and pregnant women, said district collector P Uma Maheswari.

(Times of India, 19 August 2020) News Link

  • Ram Mandir Vyavastha
  1. 40 महीने बाद भव्य राम मंदिर के दर्शन पा सकेंगे श्रद्धालु, निर्माण में नहीं होगा लोहे का प्रयोग

Key points:

  1. अयोध्या में भगवान राम का मंदिर 36 से 40 महीने में बनकर तैयार हो सकता है।
  2. मंदिर निर्माण में एक ग्राम भी लोहे का प्रयोग नहीं होगा। यह कहना है श्री राम जन्मभूमि तीर्थ क्षेत्र ट्रस्ट के महासचिव चंपत राय का। मंदिर की आयु कम से कम एक हजार वर्ष होगी।
  3. उन्होंने बताया कि लर्सन एंड टूब्रो कंपनी, आईआईटी के इंजीनियरों की तकनीकी सहायता भी निर्माण कार्य में ली जा रही है। मंदिर स्थल से मिले अवशेषों के श्रद्धालु दर्शन कर सके, ऐसी व्यवस्था भी की जा रही है। प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी इसे हिंदुस्तान का खजाना बता चुके हैं।

(Navbharat Times, 19 August 2020) News Link

  • National Education Policy (NEP)
  1. NEP 2020: CM Adityanath forms task force for implementing education policy

Key points:

  1. CM Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday formed a 17-member task force to formulate an action plan for effective implementation of the National Education Policy-2020 (NEP-2020) in the state.
  2. Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma was named the chairman and basic education minister Satish Chand Dwivedi the vice chairman of the task force, tweeted the chief minister’s office.
  3. The other task force members include UP State Council of Higher Education chairman Prof Girish Chandra Tripathi, additional chief secretary (ACS) (basic education) Renuka Kumar, ACS (technical education) S Radha Chauhan, ACS (higher education) Monika S Garg and ACS (secondary education) Aradhana Shukla.
  4. Former secretary, government of India, Anil Swarup, former CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly, APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) vice chancellor Vinay Kumar Pathak and former director (secondary education) Krishna Mohan Tripathi are also part of the task force.

(Hindustan Times, 19 August 2020) News Link

  • NEP 2020: Haryana Governor Asks VCs To Implement New Education Policy Effectively

Key points:

  1. The Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya appealed to the vice-chancellors and academicians to take initiative in implementing the new National Education Policy (NEP) in an effective and speedy manner.
  2. Mr Arya also said the change in the education system in the country and the state will help the younger generation become self-reliant. Mr Arya was addressing the vice-chancellors and academicians at a digital conclave organized by the Haryana State Higher Education Council, an official statement said.
  3. The Governor said that earlier there was a herd mentality regarding education where everyone wanted to make their children doctors, lawyers, and engineers, but now with the new National Education Policy new avenues will open up that will lead to development of the nation.

(NDTV, 19 August 2020) News Link

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  1. EIA 2020: Public consultation without informing the public?

Key points:

  1. The Union government published the Draft EIA 2020 Notification in the official gazette on April 11, 2020. (According to its statutory mandate, there was a 60-day notice period for objections to expire on June 11.
  2. This notification was only published online and only in English and Hindi, with no translations into India’s other languages. If we look at the 2011 population census, we find that only 43.65 per cent of our population speaks Hindi or English as their mother tongue.
  3. On June 8, the MoEF&CC decided to extend the notice period by a further period of 60 days (which would be August 11). However, the cut-off date was arbitrarily fixed as June 30.
  4. This anomaly was brought to the notice of the Delhi High Court, that extended the notice period to August 11, while also directing the government to translate the EIA notification into the other languages listed in the Eight Schedule of our Constitution to ensure effective dissemination of information, within 10 days of the order. Almost two months have passed since and the order has not been complied with, in clear contempt of the court’s direction.

(Down to Earth, 19 August 2020) News Link

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