Tag Archives: COVID19

Rising Bharat National News Feed: August 30th 2020

  • Measures taken by Centre
  1. Restrictions imposed again in parts of Srinagar to prevent Muharram procession

Key points:

  1. Srinagar, Aug 30 (UNI) Strict restrictions were again imposed on Sunday in parts of Srinagar city to prevent ‘Ashoora’ processions on the 10th day of first month of Islamic calendar Muharram, when Hazrat Imam Hussain, Grandson of Prophet Muhammad was martyred over 1400 years ago at Karbala in Iraq.
  2. The divisional administration easing lock down on August 16 had announced that strict restrictions would continue on all religious processions and gatherings in all districts of the Kashmir valley.
  3. Shia mourners are taking ‘Ashoora’ procession from Abi Guzar Imambara in the civil lines on this day and after marching through different streets, including Maisuma, conclude in the downtown. However, since the eruption of militancy in early 90s the Muharram processions are banned in Srinagar for security reasons after some separatist leaders joined the mourners.

(UNI, 30 August 2020) News Link

  • Govt to provide Ayurveda/Siddha treatment to COVID Patients

Key points:

  1. Puducherry, Aug 30 (UNI) The Puducherry administration is contemplating to provide Ayurveda and Siddha treatment to Corona Virus Disease (COVID 19) patients who desire for it, Chief minister V Narayanasmay said here on Sunday.
  2. Addressing a virtual press conference here, Narayanasamy said he had a teleconference with the professors of Ayurveda college in Mahe region and they informed his that they got a scheme for the treatment of COVID patients. Hence, a wing at the Government Dental college here will be allotted for the Siddha/Ayurvedic treatment for COVID patients, he added.

(UNI, 30 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Assam
  1. Assam sprucing up intensive care facilities for COVID 19 patients

Key points:

  1. Guwahati, Aug 30 (UNI) With rise in number of critically ill COVID 19 patients in the state, the Assam government has started sprucing up its advanced and specialized treatment facilities.
  2. State Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said two COVID hospitals in Guwahati are being fitted with beds that have oxygen supply facility and ICUs.
  3. The minister had mentioned of a possible oxygen supply deficit in the state due to increase in number of COVID 19 patients requiring oxygen support.
  4. The Bagri Children COVID Care Centre has 55-beds exclusively for treatment of COVID 19 positive children.

(UNI, 30 August 2020) News Link

  • Ram Mandir Vyasvastha
  1. Video: राम मंदिर का नक्शा जमा, अगले हफ्ते शुरू हो सकती है नींव की खुदाई

Key points:

  1. राम मंदिर की नींव की खुदाई अब सितम्बर के पहले हफ्ते में शुरू होने की उम्मीद है।
  2. श्री राम जन्म भूमि तीर्थ क्षेत्र ट्रस्ट के सदस्य डॉक्टर अनिल मिश्र ने शनिवार को राम मंदिर के पांच एकड़ क्षेत्र के नक्शे के साथ पूरे 70 एकड़ क्षेत्र का लेआउट नक्शा अयोध्या विकास प्राधिकरण के वीसी नीरज शुक्ला को सौंप दिया।
  3. वीसी के मुताबिक नक्शे और इसके साथ जमा दस्‍तावेजों की जांच बंद कमरे में प्राधिकरण की टीम कर रही है। यह कार्य 24 घंटे में पूरा हो जाएगा।
  4. उन्होंने बताया कि इसके बाद नक्शे को पास करने की औपचारिकताएं पूरी कर 4 दिनों के अंदर इस पर अप्रूवल की मुहर लग जाएगी।

(Navbharat Times, 30 August 2020) News Link

  • Dan: Ram Mandir
  1. धर्म:अयोध्या में राम मंदिर निर्माण के लिए घरघर से दान संग्रहण

Key points:

  1. अयोध्या में राम मंदिर निर्माण हेतु घर-घर दान संग्रहण कार्यक्रम के अंतर्गत नरसिंह सेना गाे सेवा रक्षा दल के कार्यकर्ताओं द्वारा 108 डिब्बा हर गांव से अयोध्या में राम मंदिर निर्माण के लिए दान इकट्ठा किया गया। गाे सेवा रक्षा दल हीरालाल मेवाड़ा ने बताया की हर गांव से घर-घर दान संग्रहण करके अयोध्या भेजा जाएगा।

(Bhaskar, 30 August 2020) News Link

  • Kashmir After Article 370
  1. We are not Anyone’s Puppets Says Farooq Abdullah

Key points:

  1. Pakistan has always abused mainstream political parties of Jammu and Kashmir but now suddenly they like us,” Abdullah told PTI
  • Let me make it clear that we are not anyone’s puppets, neither New Delhi’s nor of anyone across the border. We are answerable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and will work for them

(Scroll, 30 August 2020) News Link

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

Rising Bharat National News Feed: August 18th 2020

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  1. AJYCP protest against CAA and Environmental Impact Assessment in Golaghat(N)

Key points:

  1. GOLAGHAT: The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) Golaghat District Committee on Monday staged protest by forming human chain against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), 2020 at Bata point of Golaghat town.
  2. AJYCP activists shouted various slogans against the BJP government at the Centre and in the State. The president and secretary of Golaghat AJYCP, Abdul Hasim and Nikunja Medhi respectively, said that the AJYCP would never accept the controversial CAA as it threatened to destroy the identity of the indigenous people of Assam.

(News on Sentinel Assam, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • National Education Policy
  1. Have questions on New Education Policy? Education Minister will answer

Key points:

  1. The Education Minister, formerly known as the Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has through a tweet informed that he will take questions from students, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders on the new National Education Policy 2020.
  2. The NEP replaces the 34-year-old policy and brings major changes in school to the college level of education as well as hiring of teachers. Among major changes proposed under NEP are changing 10+2 school system to 5+3+3+4 format, diluting the board exams and changing assessment system, teaching in mother tongue till at least class 5, common entrance exam for admission to colleges, multiple exit and entry points in college degrees, setting up of Academic Bank of Credit, replacing UGC, AICTE, NAAC with a single autonomous body among several others.

(News on Indian Express, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Committee to study NEP constituted

Key points:

  1. The Uttarakhand Government has decided to constitute a high level committee which would study and analyse the new National Education Policy (NEP).
  2. The committee would be headed by former Vice Chancellor (VC) of HNB Garhwal University, MSM Rawat and would include VCs of all the universities of State, director education, Vice President of higher education alleviation committee and a secretary level officer from the State administration.
  3. The committee would submit its recommendation within 40 days.

(Daily Pioneer, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Hry Gov calls upon VCs, academicians to implement NEP in effective manner

Key points:

  1. Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya on Tuesday appealed to the vice-chancellors and academicians to take initiative in implementing the new National Education Policy in an effective and speedy manner.
  2. He also said the change in the education system in the country and the state will help the younger generation become self-reliant.
  3. Arya was addressing the vice-chancellors and academicians at a digital conclave organized by the Haryana State Higher Education Council, an official statement said here.

(Outlook, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Karnataka will set up 50 universities to achieve NEP goals: Deputy CM CN Ashwath Narayan

Key points:

  1. A task force will be constituted for implementation of National Education Policy (NEP) in the state.
  2. It will submit a draft report in the next four to five days, while a road map on implementation would be submitted before August 29.
  3. He also announced that to achieve all goals set by NEP by 2030, the government would establish six research-centred universities, 10 teachingcentred varsities and 34 autonomous institutions in three years. Discussions would be held with the CM immediately after submission of the road map by the task force.
  4. Amendment to the laws, administrative reforms and consolidation of the resources required for the implementation would be done in an expeditious manner, the DyCM said.

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • View: Ram Mandir
  1. Ram Mandir Ayodhya: भारतीय संस्कृति का वाहक बनेगा श्रीराम मंदिर: चंपत राय

Key points:

  1. अयोध्या श्रीराममंदिर में चार प्रवेश द्वार बनाए जाएंगे जिन्हें गोपुरम के नाम से जाना जाएगा। इसके अतिरिक्त रामकथा कुंज, राम म्यूजियम सहित श्रीराम के जीवन पर शोध के लिए शोध संस्थान व गुरुकुल की भी स्थापना होगी।
  2. राममंदिर को विश्व का सबसे बड़ा तीर्थस्थल बनाने की योजना है।
  3. रामजन्मभूमि परिसर को कुछ इस तरह विकसित किया जाएगा कि प्रवेश करते ही श्रद्घालु व भक्तों को रामायणकालीन समय का अहसास होने लगे।
  4. रामकथा कुंज में भगवान राम के जीवन प्रसंगों को दर्शाती 125 मूर्तियां स्थापित की जाएगी, तो पूरी रामायण को दर्शाती नजर आएंगी।
  5. राममंदिर तक श्रद्घालु आसानी से पहुंच सके इसके लिए हाईवे से राममंदिर परिसर तक चार कॉरीडोर भी बनेंगे। यह कॉरिडोर फोरलेन की शक्ल में रामायणकालीन दृश्यों से सुसज्जित होंगे। परिसर की चारों दिशाओं में कुल चार प्रवेश द्वार होंगे जिन्हें गोपुरम के नाम से जाना जाएगा।

(Jagran, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Ram Mandir Vyasvastha
  1. रामायणकालीन नजर आएगा राममंदिर परिसर, बनेंगे चार गोपुरम

Key points:

  1. श्रीराममंदिर में चार प्रवेश द्वार बनाए जाएंगे जिन्हें गोपुरम के नाम से जाना जाएगा। इसके अतिरिक्त रामकथा कुंज, राम म्यूजियम सहित श्रीराम के जीवन पर शोध के लिए शोध संस्थान व गुरुकुल की भी स्थापना होगी।
  2. राममंदिर को विश्व का सबसे बड़ा तीर्थस्थल बनाने की योजना है।
  3. रामजन्मभूमि परिसर को कुछ इस तरह विकसित किया जाएगा कि प्रवेश करते ही श्रद्घालु व भक्तों को रामायणकालीन समय का अहसास होने लगे।
  4. रामकथा कुंज में भगवान राम के जीवन प्रसंगों को दर्शाती 125 मूर्तियां स्थापित की जाएगी, तो पूरी रामायण को दर्शाती नजर आएंगी।
  5. राममंदिर तक श्रद्घालु आसानी से पहुंच सके इसके लिए हाईवे से राममंदिर परिसर तक चार कॉरीडोर भी बनेंगे। यह कॉरिडोर फोरलेन की शक्ल में रामायणकालीन दृश्यों से सुसज्जित होंगे। परिसर की चारों दिशाओं में कुल चार प्रवेश द्वार होंगे जिन्हें गोपुरम के नाम से जाना जाएगा।

(Amar Ujala, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • राम मंदिर के निर्माण को लेकर 20 अगस्त को दिल्ली में आखिरी बैठक, जल्द शुरू होगा काम

Key points:

  1. राम मंदिर निर्माण समिति के अध्यक्ष नृपेंद्र मिश्र के साथ सदस्यों की 20 अगस्त को दिल्ली में बैठक होने जा रही है।
  2. राम मंदिर तीर्थ क्षेत्र ट्रस्ट कार्यालय के प्रभारी प्रकाश गुप्ता के मुताबिक, इस बैठक में मंदिर के तकनीकी निर्माण पर गंभीर चर्चा हो सकती है।
  3. उसके बाद मंदिर का तकनीकी निर्माण शुरू हो जाएगा।
  4. प्रकाश गुप्ता ने बताया कि मंदिर के तकनीकी निर्माण को लेकर यह अंतिम बैठक है। इसके बाद एल ऐंड टी कंपनी निर्माण कार्य शुरू करेगी।
  5. ट्रस्ट के सदस्य अनिल मिश्र के मुताबिक, पीएम मोदी ने भूमिपूजन कार्यक्रम में अपने संबोधन में साफ तौर पर कहा कि यह मंदिर 1,000 साल तक मजबूती से खड़ा रहेगा।
  6. ऐसे में एल ऐंड टी कंपनी भी नींव की खुदाई के पहले इसकी मजबूती को लेकर पूरी तरह से जांच की तैयारी कर रही है।

(Navbharat Times, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Dan- Ram Mandir
  1. भोपाल के रामभक्त ने राममंदिर निर्माण को भेंट की पोकलैंड मशीन

Key points:

  1. राममंदिर निर्माण में सहयोग देने के लिए राम भक्तों ने अपने खजाने खोल दिए हैं। कोई नगद रुपये दे रहा है तो कोई चांदी और सोने का दान दे रहा है।
  2. कुछ इसी तर्ज पर मध्यप्रदेश के इंदौर के एक व्यवसायी ने राम मंदिर निर्माण के लिए पोकलैंड मशीन रामजन्मभूमि भेजी है। मशीन राम जन्मभूमि परिसर में पहुंच गई है।
  3. इसका उपयोग राम मंदिर निर्माण की प्रक्रिया में होगा।
  4. भोपाल से अयोध्या पहुंची पोकलैंड में भगवान राम का चित्र छपा है।
  5. पोकलैंड का इस्तेमाल गहरी जमीन खोदाई में होता है। दिल्ली में 20 अगस्त को आयोजित मंदिर निर्माण समिति की बैठक के बाद राममंदिर के निर्माण कार्य में और भी तेजी आ जाएगी।

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Andaman & Nicobar
  1. Lockdown outside containment zones in Andaman & Nicobar extended till August 25

Key points:

  1. Shops providing essential items and services will remain functional in South and North & Middle Andaman. In Nicobar district a written permission from the concerned Assistant Commissioner is required to open essential services shops.
  2. The government offices will remain closed except those related to essential services. However, Banks and ATM’s will continue. All places of worship will also remain closed.
  3. All non-resident passengers of South Andaman, coming from mainland will go to a seven day institutional quarantine till they tested negative.
  4. All persons heading to tribal areas will be tested for COVID-19. Passengers on inter island routes will also be tested before boarding.
  5. The transport services in Port Blair and Ferargunj in South Andaman have also been suspended till 25th August. The current lock-down was ending midnight today.

(News On Air, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Meghalaya
  1. Meghalaya: District Administration of East Khasi Hills begins random antigen testing in Police Bazaar, Iewduh market

Key points:

  1. In Meghalaya, as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, District Administration of East Khasi Hills district today began random antigen testing in Police Bazaar and Iewduh market.
  2. Deputy Commissioner M War Nongbri said that authorities are targeting to conduct over 500 test today and depending on the situation, they would take a call on how long the testing should continue.

(News on Air, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Odisha
  1. Odisha conducts over 10 lakh COVID-19 tests so far

Key points:

  1. Amid Odisha has scaled a new high against covid-19 with it’s cumulative tests crossing the 10 lakh mark.
  2. The state has conducted a total of 10 lakh 9 thousand 454 sample tests till yesterday.

(News on Air, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Punjab
  1. Punjab govt imposes additional restrictions within municipal limits of all cities from today, amid spike in coronavirus infections

Key points:

  1. An Official Spokesman informed that movement of individuals for all the non-essential activities shall remain prohibited between 9.00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m. within municipal limits.
  2. However, essential activities including operation of multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on national and state highways and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes would be permitted.
  3. Similarly, all industries running into two to three shifts would also remain open.
  4. The Punjab Government has requested the people to avoid unnecessary travel on Saturdays and Sundays in the big towns of Ludhiana, Patiala and Jalandhar.

(News on Air, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Chandigarh
  1. Chandigarh: Helpdesk answering 350 calls a day

Key points:

  1. It has been a hectic time for the team at the UT’s newly-set up Covid-19 helpdesk, as there are no less than 300-350 calls a day from people, mostly seeking medical consultation and advice related to home isolation norms.
  2. A team of around a dozen telephone operators, along with nearly half-a-dozen doctors, provides medical assistance between 10am and 5pm and after that the services can be availed through certain mobile phone numbers.
  3. This helpdesk operates from a building of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) and their employees have been engaged to run the service. Senior officers of the CHB have been given the task to monitor the functioning of this facility and to provide any technical or other assistance to the employees deployed for the work.

(News on Air, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Rajasthan
  1. Covid-19: Random tests in Rajasthan jails to prevent outbreaks

Key points:

  1. Jails are one of the vulnerable places for Covid-19 outbreaks. On Sunday, the central jail in Jaipur had reported 18 cases, and more are being reported from jails in Sikar, Bharatpur and others jails across the state.
  2. Following this, the health department has intensified its safety and protective measures in jails to prevent the spread and decided to conduct regular random tests.
  3. All chief medical health officers have been directed to be on alert for outbreaks in jails.
  4. “Through strict monitoring of the health of inmates in jails, we have managed to detect new infections,” said Dr Sharma. In Sikar, Bharatpur and other districts, the health department officials managed to identify Covid cases through regular random sampling.
  5. In May, more than 250 inmates and jail staff of the central and district jails were found infected with the virus. The health department had then turned a ward of the jail into a Covid care centre.

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Kerala
  1. Covid-19: Thiruvananthapuram’s test marathon in two weeks picks up double the cumulative cases of five months

Key points:

  1. The district health team has managed to pick in 15 days of this month, twice the cumulative number of cases being reported in past five months, indicating the extent of transmission.
  2. This was made possible by significantly shoring up testing rates as part of surveillance and cluster containment.
  3. As many as 42,237 samples were collected by 42 teams being deployed across the district and 4470 positive cases; mostly in clusters, were identified and isolated in first two weeks of August.
  4. While the district is still far away from achieving the golden test positivity rate of below 5%, higher number of tests has been crucial in cluster identification and containment; the officials said.

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Uttar Pradesh
  1. Noida: How rapid tests helped identify patients early

Key points:

  1. The Noida health department’s decision to scale up testing seems to have yielded results in identifying Covid patients early. Of the 6,476 cases reported till August 16 in the district, 40% have been detected over the past one month. During the same period, Noida has conducted 43% of its total tests — an average of more than 2,000 tests daily.
  2. The Noida administration had earlier been accused of not doing enough tests. Testing picked up only in the last week of June and continued through July when the government set a target of 4,000 tests daily between July 2 and 12. As the increased testing helped Noida identify patients early and ensure timely treatment, the Covid response team requested the government for 1 lakh antigen kits.
  3. Among the four blocks in the district, Bisrakh has accounted for 55% of the cases. Asked why Bisrakh had reported the most number of Covid cases, district magistrate Suhas LY explained that the block covers a major portion of Noida city and has a higher population than the other areas. “Also, a major portion of the health infrastructure, including the district hospital, is situated in Bisrakh,” he added
  4. Not just cases, Bisrakh also had the most number of samples tested. Of the 58,327 tests conducted in the past one month, more than 35,000 were in Bisrakh alone.

(Times of India, 18 August 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: August 18th 2020

Exports

India’s farm exports rise 23.24% in March-June 2020 despite pandemic
Key points:

  1. Agricultural exports rose 23% to Rs 25,553 crore in March-June this year despite the disruption caused by the pandemic.
  2. “Agricultural exports as a percentage of India’s agricultural GDP has increased from 9.4% in 2017-18 to 9.9% in 2018-19. While the agricultural imports as a percentage of India’s agricultural GDP has declined from 5.7% to 4.9% indicating exportable surplus and decreased dependence on import of agricultural products in India,” said a senior agriculture ministry official.
  3. The agriculture ministry has created product specific Export Promotion Forums promote eight agricultural and allied products like Grapes, Mango, Banana, Onion, Rice, Nutri-Cereals, Pomegranate and Floriculture
  4. “Forums will be in active touch with the producers, exporters and other relevant stakeholders of respective commodities and hear their problems, and facilitate, support and provide solutions to them. They will regularly study the market for respective commodities on a global basis,” the official said.
    (Economic Times, 18 August 2020) News Link

Vaccine Development

  1. कोवैक्सिन का तीसरे चरण का ट्रायल कल तक शुरू होगा, बाकी 2 वैक्सीन के ट्रायल पहले और दूसरे चरण में

Key points:

  1. भारत में कोरोना की 3 वैक्सीन बनाई जा रही हैं। इनमें से एक (कोवैक्सिन) का थर्ड फेज का ट्रायल कल तक शुरू हो जाएगा। बाकी दो वैक्सीन में से एक का ट्रायल फेज-1 और दूसरे का फेज-2 में है। स्वास्थ्य मंत्रालय और नीति आयोग ने मंगलवार को प्रेस कॉन्फ्रेंस में यह जानकारी दी।
  2. बीते 24 घंटे में 8 लाख 99 हजार 864 टेस्ट किए गए। यह एक दिन में सबसे ज्यादा टेस्टिंग है। इन्हें जल्द ही बढ़ाकर 10 लाख किया जाएगा।
  3. देश में अब हर दिन औसतन 55 हजार मरीज ठीक हो रहे हैं।
  4. रोज 1.92%, जबकि हर हफ्ते 1.94% लोगों की मौत हो रही है। यानी दोनों आंकड़े 2% से कम हैं।
  5. संक्रमित होने की दर 10% से घटकर 7.2% पर आ गई है।
  6. एक्टिव केस, कुल केसों का महज 24% हैं।
  7. अब तक करीब 20 लाख लोग ठीक हो चुके हैं। यह आंकड़ा एक्टिव केसों से 2.93 गुना ज्यादा है।

(Bhaskar, 18 August 2020) News Link

Investment in bharat by other Countries

  1. People’s Bank of China buys into ICICI Bank amid ‘Boycott China’ movement

Key points:

  1. The People’s Bank of China has now made an investment in ICICI Bank. The Chinese bank has emerged as one of the investors in ICICI Bank’s Rs 15,000 crore capital raising exercise which ended last week.
  2. The Chinese bank signed a cheque of Rs 15 crore in the private bank under the qualified institutional placement.
  3. People’s Bank of China was amongst the 357 institutional investors which included domestic mutual funds, insurance companies and global institutions that subscribed to the issue. The prominent investors among them were Government of Singapore, Morgan Investment and Societe Generale.

(Business Standard, 18 August 2020) News Link

Manufacturing in Bharat by Bhartiya companies

  1. India Life Sciences Fund invests ₹100 cr in Inventia Healthcare

Key points:

  1. Adding to the spree of private equity investments in the Indian pharmaceutical sector, India Life Sciences Fund III has invested ₹100 crore in Inventia Healthcare Ltd.
  2. This is the second private equity fund to invest in Inventia Healthcare. PE firm Jacob Ballas had invested ₹90 crore in Inventia Healthcare between 2008 and 2009.
  3. “This infusion of funds will be used as growth capital for our pharma and nutraceutical business, and further strengthen our balance sheet through deleveraging and accelerate our goal of becoming a debt-free company,” said Janak Shah, chairman and managing director of Inventia.

(Live Mint, 18 August 2020) News Link

Innovations in Bharat

  1. प्रयागराज के पीएचडी स्कॉलर ने गंगा की मिट्टी से बनाई बिजली, राष्ट्रपति कोविंद करेंगे सम्मानित

Key points:

  1. संगम नगरी प्रयागराज के रहने वाले एक इंजीनियरिंग शोधार्थी जितेंद्र प्रसाद ने गंगा नदी की मिट्टी से बिजली उत्पादन की तकनीकी विकसित की है।
  2. जितेंद्र को इसके लिए राष्ट्रपति द्वारा गांधीवादी यंग टेक्नोलॉजिकल इनोवेशन (ज्ञाति) अवार्ड से सम्मानित किया जाएगा। पिछले चार साल की कड़ी मेहनत के बाद जितेंद्र को उपलब्धि हासिल हुई है।
  3. जितेंद्र ने बताया कि, पहले 12 वोल्ट की बैटरी को चार्ज किया और फिर इसे 230 वोट के एसी वोल्टेज में बदलकर बिजली के बल्ब को नौ घंटे तक जलाया।
  4. इस प्रतिष्ठित पुरस्कार की सेलेक्शन कमेटी में पांच पद्मश्री और दो पद्मविभूषण प्राप्त वैज्ञानिक एवं अन्य आईआईटी के प्रोफेसर थे, जिन्होंने जितेंद्र प्रसाद का साक्षात्कार लिया।
  5. भारत के 31 राष्ट्रीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान में सिर्फ एमएनएनआईटी इलाहाबाद के जितेंद्र प्रसाद को यह अवार्ड मिला है।

(Bhaskar, 18 August 2020) News Link

Planning of Investment in Bharat

  1. South Korean EV giant Edison Motors set to invest Rs 5,000 crore in UP

Key points:

  1. South Korean company Edison Motors is looking to invest between Rs 3,500 crore and Rs 5,000 crore in Uttar Pradesh to set up an electric vehicle manufacturing plant in the coming months. The company is scouting for land near Lucknow and the Yamuna Expressway to set up the plant.
  2. Managing director of the company, YK Lee, led a delegation to meet Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday to discuss the possibility of investing in the state.
  3. Lee said that work will be rolled out in three phases. In the first phase, the company is looking to invest Rs 500-700 crore, Rs 1,000-1,500 crore in the second phase and another Rs 2,000-Rs 3,000 in the third phase. \
  4. Accordingly, it is likely that 2,000 people will be employed in the first phase, 3,000 in the second phase and about 5,000 in the third phase.

The MD added that over 90% of the parts for the electric vehicles will be manufactured in UP. Not only will this help the MSME sector but would help to generate employment in the state.
(TOI, 18 August 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: August 16th 2020

Economic support to other countries

India rushes emergency technical support to Mauritius to control oil spill as part of extended neighbourhood outreach
Key points:

  1. Delhi as part of its Indian Ocean Region outreach has dispatched over 30 tonnes of technical equipment and material on board an Indian Force Aircraft to Mauritius to supplement the country’s ongoing oil spill containment and salvage operations.
  2. The move in India’s extended neighbourhood was made following a request of the Government of Mauritius (GoM) for assistance in dealing with the environmental crisis due to oil spill on its south-east coast.
  3. The specialized equipment on board IAF aircraft, consisting of Ocean Booms, River Booms, Disc Skimmers, Heli Skimmers, Power packs, Blowers, Salvage barge and Oil absorbent Graphene pads and other accessories, is specifically designed to contain the oil slick, skim oil from water, and assist in clean up and salvage operations, according to a MEA statement.
  4. A 10-member Technical Response Team, consisting of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) personnel specially trained for dealing with oil spill containment measures, has also been deployed to Mauritius to extend necessary technical and operational assistance at the site.
    (Economic Times, 16 August 2020) News Link

Investment in Bharat by other Countries

India’s key Central European partner Poland keen to increase two-way investments in post-Covid scenario
Key points
:

Central Europe’s biggest nation and India’s traditional partner in the region is keen to invest in India and simultaneously keen to expand basket of Indian investments in the country.

India is the primary location in Asia for Polish investors (currently 270 mln USD).

Increasing two-way investments was one of key issues discussed at the Indo-Polish Foreign Office Consultations held last week through a virtual meet. Poland has also proposed cooperation with India on research and innovation.

It may be recalled that the Polish Investment and Trade Agency opened a new Foreign Trade Office in Mumbai in 2018.

Poland is India’s largest trade partner and export destination in the Central European region, with bilateral trade growing almost seven-fold over the last ten years. As per Indian statistics, the overall value of bilateral trade in 2018 was $ 2.351 billion.

India and Poland signed a Memorandum of Understanding last year to enhance bilateral cooperation in the coal and mining sector.
(Economic Times, 16 August 2020) News Link

Manufacturing in Bharat by Bhartiya companies

  1. BEL supplies 30K ventilators in 4 months amid corona pandemic

Key points:

  1. Contributing its share to the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, state-run Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has rolled out a whopping 30,000 ventilators in four months to treat Covid-19 patient across the country, an official said on Sunday.
  2. The Health Ministry had in April placed an order with the BEL to make 30,000 ICU ventilators to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure for combating the coronavirus pandemic across the country.
  3. The ventilators were made in collaboration with the Mysuru-based Skanray Technologies Ltd under a licensing agreement while the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) provided the design.
  4. Braving odds due to the Covid-induced lockdown restrictions that disrupted the supply chains, the ventilators were manufactured in a record time with the support of the Karnataka government

(Economic Times, 16 August 2020) News Link

Vaccine Development

  1. 3 COVID Vaccines In Trial Phase, India Ready To Mass-Produce Says PM Modi

Key points:

  1. PM Modi saluted Indian scientists and said that there are over three homegrown vaccines being worked on right now.
  2. While Covaxin, which has been produced by Bharat BioTech in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune was one of the first to be launched, another candidate in the race is ZyCOV-D, which has been developed by Ahmedabad based Zydus Cadila, using a DNA and recombinant measles virus strain.
  3. Both the vaccines, which started trials in early July entered phase II trials in August, making them one of the quickest vaccines to reach the mid-scale phase of testing.
  4. PM Modi, who also announced the launch of National Health Mission for the public also discussed plans of how vaccines will be distributed in the country. 

(TOI, 16 August 2020) News Link

Startup in Bharat by Bhartiya

  1. आईआईटी बॉम्बे से पढ़ाई की, लेकिन नौकरी के लिए रिज्यूम भी नहीं बनाया, आज ऑर्गेनिक फार्मिंग से सालाना 9 लाख रु कमा रहे

Key points:

  1. मध्यप्रदेश के शाजापुर जिले के कालापीपल तहसील के छापरी गांव के रहने वाले तथागत बारोड़ बतौर डिग्री तो इंजीनियर हैं लेकिन अब प्रोफेशन से किसान बन गए हैं।
  2. उन्होंने मौलाना आजाद नेशनल इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ टेक्नोलॉजी (मैनिट) भोपाल से बीटेक और फिर आईआईटी बॉम्बे से मास्टर्स करने के बाद किसी मल्टीनेशनल कंपनी में नौकरी करने के बजाय खेती को करियर चुना और ऑर्गेनिक फार्मिंग की शुरुआत की।
  3. उन्होंने एक गौशाला भी शुरू की है। जहां अभी 17 गाय हैं। जिनसे दूध और उससे बने प्रोडक्ट वो तैयार करते हैं।
  4. साथ ही उन्होंने गोबर गैस प्लांट भी लगाया है, जिसके गैस से उनके घर का काम चलता है, खाना पकता है। पशुओं के गोबर और मूत्र से वे तैयार खाद का प्रयोग अपने खेतों में करते हैं, उन्हें बाहर से खाद नहीं खरीदनी पड़ती है।
  5. तथागत ने अब तक करीब 140 परिवारों तक अपनी पहुंच बना ली है। वे उनके घर के लिए प्रोडक्ट तैयार करते हैं।

(Bhaskar, 16 August 2020) News Link