Tag Archives: NEP

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 National News Feed: September 7th 2020

  • National Education Policy 2020
  1. Computer science, agriculture be made part of NEP-2020: Rajasthan Governor

Key points:

  1. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, acronymed ”STEM”, have been included in the policy to make it a multidisciplinary education.
  2. Speaking at the ”Governors” virtual conference on the ”Role of NEP in Transforming Higher Education”, Mishra suggested that agriculture and computer be included in the policy, making it ”STEAM-C”, which will make higher education more employment oriented, according to a release.
  3. Mishra said if the states are able to implement the policy in a successful manner, the new education system will bring India at par with the leading countries of the world and convert the challenges of the present into opportunities.

(Outlook, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • J&K LG for empowering youth through NEP

Key points:

  1. Observing that NEP-2020 could be effectively implemented if institutions were given freedom to redefine teaching positions as per need, Jammu and Kashmir LG, Manoj Sinha on Monday advocated for empowering youth through the Policy.
  2. The Lt Governor observed that the new Education Policy is strengthening the vision of our Prime Minister -‘teach to transform, learn to leave and educate to empower’.
  3. During his address, the Lt Governor observed that our priorities guide all policies and our policy decisions guide our destiny.

(Greater Jammu, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • New Education Policy will prepare Indian youth for new challenges in ever evolving sphere of Employment & Jobs: PM Modi

Key points:

  1. The PM said that suggestions of more than 2 lakh people from across the country were amalgamated in the New Education Policy.
  2. The PM asserted that Education policy is the key to fulfil the nation’s aspirations and called for minimal government intervention and influence in its implementation.
  3. The PM said, the policy paves the way for opening campuses of best international institutions in India so that youth from common families can also join them.
  4. The PM said, India has been a ancient centre of learning and the new policy will help in making it a hub of knowledge economy in the 21st century.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • President Ramnath Kovind asks states to organise virtual sessions to implement NEP

Key points:

  1. President Ram Nath Kovind while addressing the conference said the New Education Policy gives top priority to provide basic literacy and numeracy to all children at primary school level by the year 2025.
  2. He said, the Policy has been formulated after an unprecedented and lengthy process of consultations including over two lakh suggestions received from about 675 districts.
  3. The President asked Governors to organise theme-based virtual sessions in their States to implement the New National Education Policy.
  4. He said the feedback from these sessions can be sent to the Education Ministry for further considerations and utilisation at National level.
  5. Mr. Kovind urged States and Union Territories to fill the vacant seats of Vice Chancellors and Teachers for effective implementation of the new policy at higher education level.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Ram Mandir Vyavastha
  1. राममंदिर संग पर्यटकों के लिए बनेगा एग्रो बेस इंडस्ट्रियल कॉरिडोर, मूर्तिकला को मिलेगी खास तवज्जो

Key points:

  1. श्रीराममंदिर निर्माण के साथ प्रदेश सरकार यहां पर्यटकों के लिए एग्रो बेस इंडस्ट्रियल कॉरिडोर बनाने की तैयारी में है।
  2. इसमें यहां की खासियत को ब्रांड बनाया जाएगा। खासकर सांस्कृतिक, पौराणिक व कृषि आधारित वस्तुओं को लघु उद्योगों से जोड़ने की तैयारी है। 
  3. हुनरमंदों को सरकार कम ब्याज दर पर लोन भी दिलाएगी। इसके लिए पूरा प्रस्ताव तैयार हो रहा है।
  4. इसका फायदा यह होगा कि स्थानीय हुनरमंदों को रोजगार तो मिलेगा ही साथ में पर्यटक अयोध्या की स्थानीय वस्तुओं से रूबरू भी हो सकेंगे।

(Amar Ujala, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Ram temple construction committee chairman Nripendra Mishra’s visit to Ayodhya begins today

Key points:

  1. Nripendra Misra, the chairman of Ram Mandir construction committee, will visit Ayodhya on Monday to review preparations for the construction of the shrine.
  2. Misra along with the members of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Trust will inspect the Ram Janmabhoomi campus and will meet engineers of the Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the construction company that has been awarded the contract of the project.
  3. During his two-day visit, Misra will also discuss the temple’s layout plan with architects Nikhil Sompura and Ashish Sompura – the sons of Chandrakant Sompura, the main architect of the Ram Mandir. The Sompuras are expected to reach Ayodhya from Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

(HT, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Kashmir after removing 370
  1. J&K UT Govt evacuates about 4,06,528 residents stranded in other parts of country

Key points:

  1. AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that the UT administration has received 138 special trains at Jammu and Udhampur railway stations from different states and UTs with 1,21,496 passengers while about 2,85,032 persons from other states and UTs including 934 from abroad have been evacuated through Lakhanpur via road till date.
  2. Besides, about 2364 stranded passengers have entered the UT through Lakhanpur during the last 24 hours while 1053 passengers reached Jammu today in 117th Delhi COVID special train.
  3. So far, 117 trains reached Jammu with 1,05,800 stranded passengers while 15,696 passengers reached Udhampur in 21 special trains belonging to different districts of the UT.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Fruits & vegetables in J&K covered under ‘Operation Green’s TOP to TOTAL’ scheme

Key points:

  1. In Jammu and Kashmir, what could be termed as a shot in arm for farmers of J&K, the Centre has brought majority of fruits and vegetables grown in Jammu under a fresh initiative of Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
  2. Almost all fruits and vegetables in J&K are covered under the ‘Operation Green’s TOP to TOTAL’ scheme.
  3. The announcement of new initiative is aimed at to support farmers of Fruits and Vegetables under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan in order to prevent distress sales, Price stabilization interventions under Central Sector Scheme- “Operation Greens” which has been extended from Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) to all notified fruits and vegetables (TOTAL) for a period of six months on pilot basis.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Advisor to J&K LG Farooq Khan listens to grievances & demands of several deputations & individuals

Key points:

  1. In Jammu and Kashmir, Advisor to LG, Farooq Khan today met several deputations and individuals and listened to their grievances and demands at Banquet Hall Canal Road, Jammu.
  2. As many as 88 deputations and individuals met the Advisor during the weekly public hearing camp and projected a number of issues seeking immediate redress for their concerns.
  3. Several deputations of Sarpanches from various areas of Jammu district raised different developmental issues like road connectivity, water supply issuance of BPL ration cards and other issues.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Punjab
  1. कोरोना से जंग: पंजाब में इस साल रिटायर्ड नहीं होंगे डॉक्टर्स, संक्रमण के बढ़ते मामलों को देखते हुए सीएम ने सभी का सेवा काल बढ़ाया; वीक एंड लॉकडाउन जारी रहेगा

Key points:

  1. पंजाब में कोरोना महामारी आए दिन खौफनाक होती जा रही है। इसी के चलते सोमवार को प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री कैप्टन अमरिंदर सिंह ने 25 विधायकों के साथ हालात से निपटने के इंतजामों को लेकर समीक्षा बैठक की|
  2.  बैठक में हुई चर्चा के बाद सूबे के व्यापारियों को वीक एंड लॉकडाउन यानी शनिवार और रविवार को कोई राहत नहीं दी गई है।
  3. इस दौरान कोरोना पॉजिटिव पाए जाने वाले मरीजों की सूची गोपनीय रखने का भी ऐलान किया गया है।
  4. दूसरी ओर डीजीपी को निर्देश दिए कि महामारी संबंधी लोगों में अफवाहें फैलाने या झूठा प्रचार करने वाले वेब चैनलों पर कड़ी कार्रवाई की जाए।
  5. साथ ही कोविड के मामलों और इसके कारण होने वाली मौतों की बढ़ती संख्या के मद्देनजर पंजाब के मुख्यमंत्री कैप्टन अमरिन्दर सिंह ने सोमवार को 60 वर्ष से कम आयु के सभी रिटायर्ड हो रहे डॉक्टरों और माहिरों को तीन महीने का विस्तार देने का ऐलान किया है।
  6. मुख्यमंत्री कैप्टन अमरिन्दर सिंह ने मुख्य सचिव को कोविड के मामलों की बढ़ रही संख्या को देखते हुए टेक्नीशियनों और लैब सहायकों की भर्ती की प्रक्रिया तेज करने के लिए भी कहा।

(Bhaskar, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Punjab govt to give 50,000 COVID care kits to patients

Key points:

  1. Punjab CM on Monday said his government will give 50,000 COVID care kits free of cost to patients in hospitals and home isolation to ensure their better treatment.
  2. At kit, costing Rs 1,700 each, includes an oximeter, digital thermometer, face masks and necessary medication.
  3. A spokesperson said the specially designed kits will also include a steamer, hand sanitiser besides 60 ‘giloy’ tablets, thirty Vitamin C and four Vitamin D3 tablets.

(PTI, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Uttar Pradesh
  1. दौड़ने लगी लखनऊ मेट्रो, स्टेशनों पर आधे गेट बंद, मास्क होने पर ही मिल रही एंट्री

Key points:

  1. उत्तर प्रदेश की राजधानी लखनऊ में भी मेट्रो फिर से पटरी पर दौड़ने लगी है।
  2. लखनऊ मेट्रो सेवाएं आज सुबह 7 बजे से फिर से शुरू हो गई। लखनऊ मेट्रो के संचालन को लेकर स्टेशनों और ट्रेनों के अंदर व्यवस्था बदली हुई है।
  3. रेडलाइन पर सभी स्टेशनों के आधे गेट बंद हैं, केवल दो गेट से ही प्रवेश और निकासी की व्यवस्था की गई है।
  4. ट्रेन में यात्रा के लिए एक सीट छोड़कर बैठने की व्यवस्था की गई है। 
  5. यात्रा के समय यात्री को मास्क पहनना अनिवार्य है, मास्क पहनकर नहीं आने पर मेट्रो स्टेशन पर शुल्क देकर यात्री को पहले मास्क खरीदना होगा, फिर उसे एंट्री मिलेगी। 

(Amar Ujala, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Gujarat
  1. Ahmedabad metro train service resumes

Key points:

  1. To ensure social distancing, a maximum of 90 passengers are being allowed to travel per trip between Vastral and Apparel Market stations, a stretch of 6.5 kms that was made operational in March last year, officials said.
  2. Some of them feel that travelling in a metro train is a better and safer option than availing other public transport services like buses or Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS).

(PTI, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Centre
  1. Metro services in different cities including Delhi resume after gap of over five months

Key points:

  1. Metro services resumed Monday morning in different cities across the country after a gap of more than five months. These cities are Delhi, Lucknow, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.
  2. Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Durga Shankar Mishra said that passengers will have to follow preventive measures against COVID-19 by maintaining social distancing and wearing face mask.
  3. AIR correspondent reports that in the first stage, Delhi Metro resumed services in a graded manner today, with elaborate measures for crowd management ensuring hygiene to check the spread of COVID-19.
  4. The Yellow Line connecting Samaypur Badli and HUDA City Centre in Gurgaon was the first one to be opened.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Bihar
  1. Bihar govt to impose total shutdown in containment zones till Sept 30

Key points:

  1. In a bid to contain the further spread of COVID-19, the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government has decided to impose total shutdown in containment zones till September 30.
  2. The state government will abide by the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for ‘unlock 4’.
  3. Last week, the Centre had issued guidelines for the fourth phase of ‘unlock’, allowing more activities outside the containment zones.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Madhya Pradesh
  1. MP govt to add 3600 oxygen beds, 564 ICU beds added for Coronavirus treatment till Oct 31

Key points:

  1. This will increase such beds to 11 thousand 710 and 2 thousand 488 respectively.
  2. It was also decided that patients can voluntarily pay bills, fully or partially, at designated hospitals which are treating free of cost at the moment.
  3. Mr. Sarang informed that command control centres with ambulances and doctors were being established in every district to monitor the health of 40 percent of the patients living in home isolation in Madhya Pradesh.

(News on Air, 7 September 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat National News Feed: August 31st 2020

  1. NEP 2020 Lacks Clarity, Cannot be Applicable to Entire Country: Bengal Govt Panel

Key points:

  1. According to NEP, students will have to undertake school examinations at pan India level in grades 3, 5 and 8, which will be conducted by an appropriate authority.
  2. The committee formed by the West Bengal government to study the New Education Policy 2020 (NEP) is of the view that certain features of it lacked clarity while several others may not be applicable to the entire country, almost each state of which has a different cultural heritage, a member of the panel said on Sunday. In a vast country like India, which has a diversified socio-economic condition, a common yardstick cannot be applied to all states especially at the primary and secondary levels of education and this has been enunciated in the report, the member said.
  3. The panel has submitted its around 100-page report to the higher education department on August 23 but the state is yet to communicate its view on the policy to the central government.
  4. The policy has also advocated a “broad-based, multi- disciplinary, holistic undergraduate education with flexible curricula, creative combinations of subjects, integration of vocational education and multiple entry and exit points with appropriate certification”

(Indian Express, 31 August 2020) News Link

  • NEP 2020 is a milestone in India’s journey to becoming a knowledge superpower by Arjun Ram Meghwal Key points:
  • Change is the only constant. As our young nation strides towards development and advancing our capabilities globally, it becomes imperative to take inspiration from our ancient heritage and cultural values to transform the existing status quo with a modern and futuristic approach. The recently approved New Education Policy is a much-needed guiding light to nurture our demographic potential.
  • NEP 2020 is an ambitious and futuristic policy that ensures opportunities for children to hone their talents by fixing the lacunae in the education system. Recognising the urgency of foundational learning, the shift from the 10+2 system to the 5+3+3+4 — with foundation, preparatory, middle, and secondary stages — will focus on a more holistic development of children.
  • The multiple exit and re-entry system, credit transferability across the universities, and multi-disciplinarity in the higher education system have provided flexibility to students.

(Indian Express, 31 August 2020) News Link

Key points:

  • Diverse Employment Opportunities Like Never Before
  • Equitable Platform Making Every Student An Agent of Learning
  • Economic Facelift for the Country
  • An Improvement in the Nation’s Happiness Index
  • New Business Opportunities With a Global Appeal
  • Scope for Regulation in an Otherwise Unregulated Market
  • Responsible Solutions As a Single Source of Truth

(BWEducation, 31 August 2020) News Link

  1. 6 civilians injured as grenade targeting security forces hits ground in Baramulla

Key points:

  1. Police said terrorists targeted a security force party in the Azadgunj area of Baramulla town with a grenade. “The grenade missed the target and exploded on the ground injuring six civilians. “The injured have been shifted to hospital and the area surrounded for searches”, police said.

(Jammu Links News, 31 August) News Link

  • Army distributes COVID-19 kits in far flung areas of Kishtwar

Key points:

  1. During the Camp, COVID-19 kits comprising of facemasks, hand sanitizers, liquid soap and other protective items were distributed to the locals. This relevant initiative of the Army was appreciated by the people, who face extreme difficulties and lack of medical facilities in these remote and difficult areas.
  2. Over 200 people turned up from adjoining areas and availed this facility. The medical team of Army at an altitude of around 10000 feet provided COVID-19 kits and Medicines to the Gujjars and Bakarwals residing in the upper reaches of the Pir Panjal ranges.

(Jammu Links News, 31 August) News Link

  • जम्मू-कश्मीर: लश्कर में नई जान फूंकने का था प्लान, सरकारी कर्मचारी समेत 3 आतंकी गिरफ्तार

Key points:

  1. जम्मू-कश्मीर के रियासी जिले में पुलिस के हाथ बड़ी कामयाबी लगी है। रियासी पुलिस ने एक टेरर मॉड्यूल का भंडाफोड़ किया है जो घाटी में कुख्यात आतंकी संगठन लश्कर-ए-तैयबा में नई जान फूंकने के लिए काम कर रहा था।
  2. पुलिस ने तीन आतंकियों को गिरफ्तार किया है।
  3. रियासी जिले की एसएसपी रश्मि वजीर ने प्रेस कॉन्फ्रेंस कर इसकी जानकारी दी। उन्होंने कहा, ‘ये तीनों आईएसआई हैंडलर मोहम्मद कासिम के संपर्क में थे। गिरफ्तार किए गए तीनों आतंकियों में से एक सरकारी कर्मचारी है। एक मजदूरी करता है तो एक की अपनी दुकान है। हमने उनके बैंक अकाउंट्स की जांच की और उसमें कई बेनामी ट्रांजैक्शन मिले हैं।’ (Navbahrat Times, 31 August 2020) News Link
  • जम्मूकश्मीरः अगस्त में 16 और इस साल अब तक 161 आतंकी ढेर, 61 सुरक्षाकर्मी शहीद

Key points:

  1. कश्मीर घाटी में अगस्त महीने में अलग-अलग मुठभेड़ों में 16 आतंकियों को ढेर किया गया है। वहीं 10 सुरक्षाकर्मी शहीद हुए हैं।
  2. जम्मू संभाग के राजोरी में भी सेना ने एक घुसपैठिए को मार गिराया गया।
  3. आतंकियों ने एक भाजपा कार्यकर्ता की गोली मारकर हत्या कर दी।
  4. श्रीनगर के बाहरी इलाके खोनमुह से एक पंच को अपहरण के बाद मार दिया।
  5. सीमा पार से गोलीबारी में एक महिला सहित तीन लोगों की भी मौत हुई है।

(Amar Ujala, 31 August 2020) News Link

  1. Union Environment Minister asks Maharashtra Chief Minister to rein in SEAC and SEIAA

Key points:

  1. The government has taken the issue seriously and is on the verge of coming up with clear guidelines to stick to their brief and not get in to areas which is not their domain.
  2. The Environment Minister told Fadnavis that the two state environment panels instead of just sticking to issues like environmental impact and assessment are going in to project lay out, FSI and layout of the project which is not their domain. Harsh Vardhan in fact said that in the entire country only Maharashtra’s two environment panels function in such a manner. The Maharashtra government has taken the issue seriously and is on the verge of coming up with clear guidelines to stick to their brief and not get in to areas which is not their domain.

(Economic Times, 31 August 2020) News Link

  • Role of forces
    • Army distributes COVID-19 kits in far flung areas of Kishtwar

Key points:

  • During the Camp, COVID-19 kits comprising of facemasks, hand sanitizers, liquid soap and other protective items were distributed to the locals. This relevant initiative of the Army was appreciated by the people, who face extreme difficulties and lack of medical facilities in these remote and difficult areas.
  • Over 200 people turned up from adjoining areas and availed this facility. The medical team of Army at an altitude of around 10000 feet provided COVID-19 kits and Medicines to the Gujjars and Bakarwals residing in the upper reaches of the Pir Panjal ranges.

(Jammu Links News, 31 August) News Link

Rising Bharat National News Feed: August 16th 2020

  • National Education Policy
  1. New Education Policy aims at ensuring 100% gross enrolment in schools by 2030

Key points:

  1. In Tamil Nadu, the webinar on New Education Policy organized by the Rural Outreach Bureau, Government of India in Thanjavur today, emphasized the fact that the policy primarily aims at ensuring 100 per cent gross enrolment in schools by 2030.
  2. The webinar, held as part of Independence Day celebrations, was one element in a series of online communication exchange campaigns being organized by the Rural Outreach Bureau.
  3. The subject experts including Dr Kalaiselvi of Thanjavoor Government Arts and Science College, Dr Kamaraj of Nannilam Community College spoke on various aspects of the policy and their effects on the education domain.

(News on Air, 16 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Assam
  1. Assam: Over 1500 beds to be added for Covid-19 patients

Key points:

  1. Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed today that 3 new Covid Care Centres will be functional very soon in the state. He said that a 850 bed Covid care centre will be functional at Nehru stadium in Guwahati while another centre with 704 beds will be operationalised at Mirza .
  2. The Minister further said that the third such centre will be functional with 40 beds facilities at Guwahati for women and children.

(News on Air, 16 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Delhi
  1. COVID-19: Delhi Govt to set up ‘Oxygen Jaanch Kendra’ in 30,000 villages

Key points:

  1. The Delhi Government will now set up ‘Oxygen Jaanch Kendra’ in 30,000 villages to combat COVID-19 and the village youth will be trained and provided with the oxymeters to set up these Kendras, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday.
  2. Taking to Twitter, CM Kejriwal wrote, “Already received commitments for 30,000 oxymeters. I am overwhelmed. Will now set up “oxygen jaanch kendra” in 30,000 villages. Commitments still pouring in. Will help set it up in more villages. Thank you, donors. We will train village youth and give them oxymeters to set up oxygen kendras.”
  3. “This will help us in saving lives by detecting a drop in oxygen levels in time,” he added.
  4. Earlier on Saturday, CM Kejriwal requested people to donate oximeters to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) so that it can be provided to the villages.

(ANI, 16 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Uttar Pradesh
  1. RT-PCR lab opens in Ghaziabad, to screen 96 samples daily

Key points:

  1. Minister of state for health Atul Garg on Saturday inaugurated the much-awaited RT-PCR lab in Ghaziabad. Constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 76 lakh, it will be able to screen 96 samples at a time, the results of which will be available in three hours. The ealth department has plans to screen 300 samples daily.
  2. While inaugurating the facility, Garg said, “The laboratory will not only boost testing in the district but people from neighbouring districts can also avail the facilities. It has all modern equipment and will increase the number of testing.”
  3. To step up testing in the district, UP principal secretary (health) Amit Mohan Prasad had visited Ghaziabad on July 22 and instructed to start a RT-PCR laboratory. The state government had instructed to carry out 1,000 antigen tests and 350 RT-PCR tests daily but in the absence of laboratories, reaching the target was not possible.

(Times of India, 16 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Puducherry
  1. Puducherry govt fixes Covid-19 treatment cost in private hospitals

Key points:

  1. The Puducherry government has fixed the cost of treatment for Covid-19 positive patients in private medical colleges and hospitals and private institutions.
  2. The government fixed the cost of non-critical care Covid-19 treatment at Rs 3,250 per day. It has fixed the cost of critical care Covid-19 treatment in intensive care unit (ICU) without a ventilator or non-invasive ventilation (NIV) at Rs 5,480 per day, with NIV at Rs 5,980 per day and with a ventilator at Rs 9,580 per day.
  3. The cost of treatment in ICU for sepsis care without a ventilator is fixed at Rs 6,280 per day, for sepsis treatment with a ventilator at Rs 10,380 per day and for treatment for septic shock and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) with a ventilator at Rs 10,380 per day.
  4. The costs are inclusive of isolation ward/ICU rent, administrative charges, nursing, monitoring and maintenance charges, basic interventions, consultation charges, drugs and investigations, oxygen and nebulization charges, cost of personal protective equipment kit per day, nutritious diet and disinfection cost per person per day among others.
  5. However, private institutions cannot charge patients referred by the government for treatment. The institutions must treat them free of cost.
  6. The government has also fixed the cost of tests like reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), cartridge-based nucleic acid amplification test (CB-NAAT) and TRUENAT (a chip-based, battery-operated RT-PCR kit) at Rs 2,400.

(Times of India, 16 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Centre
  1. मानसून सत्र की तैयारियां तेज:सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग, हवा में वायरस को मारने वाली मशीन, लार्ज डिस्प्ले स्क्रीन का इस्तेमाल होगा; राज्यसभालोकसभा के सत्र सुबहशाम को कराने पर विचार

Key points:

  1. लगातार राज्यसभा सचिवालय के मुताबिक, सत्र के दौरान अपर हाउस के मेंबर दोनों चेंबर और गैलेरीज में बैठेंगे। 1952 के बाद से भारतीय संसद के इतिहास में ऐसा पहली बार होगा, जब इस तरह की व्यवस्था की जा रही है, जिसके तहत 60 मेंबर राज्यसभा के चेंबर और 51 मेंबर गैलरी में बैठेंगे। बाकी 132 मेंबर्स को लोकसभा के चेंबर में बैठाया जाएगा।
  2. पहली बार लार्ज डिस्प्ले स्क्रीन, कंसोल्स, अल्ट्रावॉयलेट जर्मिसिडल इर्रेडिएशन सिस्टम, दोनों सदनों के बीच स्पेशल केबल और पॉलीकॉर्बोनेट सेपरेटर का इस्तेमाल किया जा रहा है।
  3. सदन की कार्यवाही में सभी भागीदारी तय करने के लिए गैलेरी की सीट्स को कंसोल्स के साथ फिट किया जा रहा है। प्ले-कार्ड्स राज्यसभा की गैलेरी में पार्टियों को इंडीकेट करेंगे।
  4. दोनों सदनों को जोड़ने के लिए स्पेशल केबल का इस्तेमाल किया जाएगा, जिससे कार्यवाही के ऑडियो-विजुअल बिना देरी के दोनों हाउस के बैठे मेंबर्स तक पहुंचे। स्पेशल केबल से मेंबर्स के रियल टाइम पार्टिसिपेशन में मदद मिलेगी।
  5. राज्यसभा सचिवालय ने बताया कि राज्यसभा की ऑफिशियल्स गैलेरी को चेंबर से अलग करने के लिए पॉलीकार्बोनेट शीट्स का इस्तेमाल किया जाएगा।
  6. एयर कंडिशनिंग सिस्टम में अल्ट्रावॉइलेट जर्मिसिडल इर्रेडिएशन सिस्टम का इस्तेमाल पर भी विचार किया जा रहा है, जिससे एयर सप्लाई में बैक्टीरिया और वायरस को खतम किया जा सके।
  7. ऑफिशियल गैलरी और प्रेस गैलरी में भी सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग नॉर्म्स का पालन किया जाएगा। इनमें 15 लोगों को बैठाया जाएगा।
  8. अधिकारियों ने बताया कि सीमित संख्या में सचिवालय के अधिकारियों को सदन के टेबल पर बैठाया जाएगा और रिपोर्टर्स (सदन की कार्यवाही के वर्बेटिम नोट लेने के लिए) को फॉरेन डिगनिटेरीज के बनाए गए स्पेशल बॉक्स में बैठाया जाएगा।

(Bhaskar, 16 August 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat Swadeshi News Feed: August 15th 2020

NEP will play important role in making India self-reliant: PM Modi

Key points:

  1. Education has a crucial role to play in making India self-reliant and prosperous and the new National Education Policy has been introduced with this objective, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.
  2. “Education has an important role to play in making India self-reliant, happy and prosperous. With this objective, we have been able to give the country a new education policy after over three decades,” Modi said.
  3. Approved by the government last month, the NEP replaces the 34-year-old National Policy on Education framed in 1986.
  4. It is aimed at paving the way for transformational reforms in school and higher education systems to make India a global knowledge superpower.

(Live Mint, 15 August 20200) News Link

Make in India

  1. Need to Make in India to make for the world’ — Modi’s I-Day call for Atmanirbhar Bharat

Key points:

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday urged Indians to work towards a ‘Atmanirbhar’ Bharat or self-reliant India, and said the country should strive towards bringing down its import bill and consume more locally manufactured products.
  2. Reiterating his call for India to ‘Make for the world’ in his Independence Day speech, Modi said the slew of reforms and legal changes initiated by India over the last few years is seeing many global firms look to India to invest and set up their manufacturing units.
  3. “We need to become self reliant to contribute more to the world … We need to increase value addition in the country,” the Prime Minister said from the ramparts of Red Fort.
  4. Many measures towards meeting the government’s aim of a self-reliant India were announced as part of the Rs 21 lakh crore economic package announced in May.

(The Print, 15 August 2020) News Link

CII President Uday Kotak welcomes government’s emphasis on infrastructure

Key points:

  1. According to Uday Kotak, PM’s speech was inspiring and full of hopes. Kotak stated that focus on infrastructure and supply-side will benefit the nation.
  2. He also emphasised that we have to focus on getting out policies right. Kotak also said that we have to ensure unfair competition has no place in India. 
  3. Talking about a self-reliant India, Bajaj said, “All-round Aatmanirbhar–from border to agriculture to business side – is achievable with the right efforts”.
  4. Talking about ‘Make in India’ he said, the initiative is not just decreasing import but is also about increasing exports from India. He suggested that incentives for select sectors will boost exports. 

(Times Now, 15 August 2020) News Link

Planning of Central Government to Manufacture in Bharat

  1. Modi pins hopes on Rs 110 lakh crore National Infra Pipeline to ease Covid hit on economy

Key points:

  1. The government has already identified about 7,000 projects in different sectors that will be part of the NIP, the PM added as he made his Independence Day address at the Red Fort. 
  2. “There is a need to give a new direction to the overall infrastructure development of the country. This need will be met from the National Infrastructure Pipeline project. The country is going to spend more than Rs 100 lakh crore on this,” the PM added.
  3. While around 18-20 per cent of the pipeline is expected to be financed through the central government budget, around 24-26 per cent is to be contributed by state coffers. 
  4. A finance ministry taskforce recommended this April that 31 per cent of the required resources be raised through debt from bond markets, banks and NBFCs (non-banking financial corporations), and around 4-10 per cent as equity from private developers, aid agencies, and internal accruals.

(The Print, 15 August 2020) News Link

Investment in Bharat by other Countries

  1. FPIs invest ₹28,203 cr in Aug so far; turn net investor in debt after 5 months

Key points:

  1. Foreign portfolio investors (FPI) remained net investors in Indian markets in the first half of August, pumping in ₹28,203 crore in debt and equities on net basis in the period, according to the depositories data.
  2. FPIs turned net investors in the debt segment in August after a gap of five months.
  3. Depositories data showed that a net sum of ₹26,147 crore was invested in equities and ₹2,056 crore in the debt segment by FPIs between Aug 3-14. This translated into a total net investment of ₹28,203 crore.
  4. FPIs have been net buyers for two consecutive months prior to this. They invested ₹3,301 crore in July and  ₹24,053 crore in June on net basis.

(Live Mint, 15 August 2020) News Link

Startup in Bharat by Bhartiya

How a chance meet with Mukesh Bansal and post-pregnancy skin issues led to the launch of SkinKraft
Key points:

The skincare brand taps artificial intelligence (AI)-driven technology to provide dermatologically approved and customised skincare solutions to customers. 

SkinKraft, a brand under parent company IncNut Digital, recently raised $4 million from RPSG Ventures, in its Series A round.

The skincare brand taps artificial intelligence (AI)-driven technology to provide dermatologically approved and customised skincare solutions to customers. SkinKraft, a brand under parent company IncNut Digital, recently raised $4 million from RPSG Ventures, in its Series A round.

In 2008, IIT-Kharagpur and ISB Hyderabad alum Chaitanya, then running his company mGinger, an advertising platform, was at an entrepreneurial meet. He recalls pitching his startup’s idea to Kalaari Capital, where he met Mukesh Bansal, now CEO of Cure.fit. 

According to Chaitanya, SkinKraft’s average monthly revenue is Rs 8 crore and its ARR stands at Rs 100 crore.
(Your Story, 15 August 2020) News Link

How electro-optics startup Optimized Electrotech is strengthening national defence and homeland security
Key points:

Founded in 2017 by Sandeep Shah along with Anil Yekkala, Dharin Shah, Kuldeep Saxena, and Purvi Shah, Optimized Electrotech aims to solve surveillance-related challenges with its long-distance imaging systems.

The make-in-India electro-optics surveillance startup aims to serve the defence, paramilitary forces, aerospace, airports, critical assets, and other industries, along with a huge export market.

The startup’s first line of products, the InfiVision series, works on VIS+NIR wavelength and has been designed to detect a tank in more than 30km range.

The startup received its first VC investment from GVFL and a fund grant of Rs 1.5 crore from the Indian government as the winner of the iDEX challenge.

(Your Story, 15 August 2020) News Link