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13-year-old girl orphaned, as dengue platelet kits were too costly

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Meena (name changed) is a 13-year-old child, who strived hard to buy syringes, gloves, medicines, for her mother suffering from dengue. What added insult to her injury; is the rate of Platelets kits. SDP (Single Donor Platelet) Kit price killed her future, her aspirations, and her mother. Meena had no one else other than her mother. Her mother suffered from severe dengue and died with multi-organ failure on 17 November. When her mother was slowly dying on ICU bed, Meena was rushing to Rajpura to buy an SDP kit. All she had was Rs 21000 left in her wallet, and she managed to buy the same in Rs 15000 that too without a bill, whereas the MRP of the SDP kit starts from Rs 7700.

Some people helped her and donated SDP kits too. However, on 17th November the mother died. Meena is not alone in this journey of pain. Numerous people are ending up in emergencies with dengue these days. Punjab that has data of 600 dengue patients per day, now started witnessing a declining trend to 150 dengue patients per day, but the sting of SDP kits’ price is still the same.

Punjab Health Secretary Vikas Garg told The Daily Guardian that they are trying to tackle this menace of black marketeers. They are going to release tender of apheresis platelets Machines for its 31 Blood banks. Punjab has 40 Blood Banks, 9 already had Apheresis machines. Punjab would release the tender and would purchase the machines within this month only. Moreover, every Government Hospital would have controlled rate SDP kits within the Hospital so no patient shall suffer the burn of high price, said Garg.

Garg further suggested that all Chandigarh-based Government hospitals shall also mandate to have these machines in their blood banks so that no patient shall have to run for kits in the market. The Daily Guardian spoke to Dr. Suman DHS Chandigarh on this, She said, “We are providing platelets to everyone. We are providing free of cost platelets to those who can not afford SDP kits once they approach us.”

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RAHUL MITTRA BECOMES ARUNACHAL’S BRAND ADVISOR, SANJAY DUTT IS BRAND AMBASSADOR

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On the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations which mark the 50th year of the naming of the state—the BJP led Arunachal Pradesh Government has appointed former journalist, award-winning filmmaker and branding expert Rahul Mittra as Brand Advisor, and Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt as Brand Ambassador.

This announcement was made by Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Assembly Speaker Pasang Sona Dorjee at a packed function in the presence of both Sanjay Dutt and Rahul Mittra. On Monday afternoon both these personalities arrived from Mumbai by chartered flight to Dibrugarh and then by helicopter to the picturesque valley of Mechuka. On the arrival of Sanjay and Rahul, hundreds of residents made a beeline to get a glimpse of the celebrities.

A big media campaign conceptualised and executed by Rahul Mittra Films and shot by top ad-filmmaker and drummer Pentagram Shiraz Bhattacharya was kickstarted on this occasion, featuring Sanjay Dutt as a youth icon, nature lover, de-addiction proponent and an ever-evolving individual catering to the niche target audience for Arunachal tourism. Filming is currently taking place on a large scale across the state covering Ziro village, Pakke valley, Dambuk, Namsai, Parshuram Kund, Pasighat, Mechuka and Tawang. The campaign will be unveiled on the occasion of the month-long celebrations commencing on January 20 next year at Ziro where Arunachal Pradesh first got its name and Union Territory status in 1972.

The young CM Pema Khandu thanked both Sanjay and Rahul for their support and spelled out the various activities being undertaken by the state government for the 50-year celebrations. Sanjay Dutt urged the youth to stay away from drugs and get high on life while Rahul Mittra promised to put Arunachal on the world map in terms of visibility through this campaign, amidst a thundering response from the audience.

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CROWN GROUP REAFFIRMS ITS COMMITMENT TOWARDS ‘ATMANIRBHAR BHARAT’ FOR INDIAN NAVY

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On the glorious occasion of Navy Week 2021, the Crown Group, which is a technology provider and a strategic partner to India’s defence sector, reaffirms its commitment to provide its best contribution and impetus to the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ mission for the nation as envisaged by Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi by augmenting indigenous product and services support to the Indian Navy.

The group is professionally managed, having skilled technical and operational experts, with the Group President, Vice Adm Paras Nath (Retd.), AVSM, VSM, based at the Delhi Headquarters. The Crown Group has appointed Commodore Rakesh Anand as the Head of Marine Division to spearhead and boost the division. Commodore Anand is a retd Indian Navy veteran who was also the Chairman & Managing Director of Mazagon Dock Ltd. prior to joining the Crown Group, and was responsible for the launching of three Scorpene submarines and three Destroyers/Stealth Frigates. He also delivered two Submarines, Kalvari and Khanderi to the Indian Navy besides undertaking major modernisation of the shipyard. Commodore Anand will be heading the marine companies of the group – ‘Dynatron Services Private Limited’ and ‘OSK India Pvt. Ltd’.

Speaking on the occasion, Commodore Anand said, “Keeping with the GoI vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, the Marine division of Crown Group has enhanced its maintenance facilities in Mumbai. The Marine division is also working towards establishing the capability for manufacturing propulsion shafting and Magazine Fire Fighting System (MFFS) for warships and submarines in collaboration with the foreign OEMs.

We can proudly claim that Dynatron Services & OSK India are one of the only organised and fully equipped players in India that are present across all the coastal cities catering to the MRO and servicing of Indian naval ships. We are also a unique Group that provides both Marine Engineering and Weapons system MRO support to Indian Navy & Coast Guard.”

Group President said, “Our Karwar facility has the biggest workshop near India’s main naval base spread over 5 acres with facilities for repair and overhauling of all aero-marine components, manufacture of spares along with Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics workshop. The workshop is supporting MRO activities for the aircraft carrier, warships and the submarines at the Naval base.”

Dynatron and OSK India, have been dedicating themselves for taking on MRO activities. OSK India has recently repaired critical weapon equipment modules for the Indian Navy. Dynatron has a long-term partnership with many foreign OEMs including JSC Sevmash. Dynatron also has sole authorisation for repairs and maintenance of Gearboxes & thrusters from ZF Marine (Germany) and an exclusive partnership with Kubota engines Japan coupled with Mase Generators, Italy.

On the occasion of Navy Day, Crown Group rededicates itself towards the success of Atmanirbhar Bharat. Navy Day is observed on December 4 every year, since it was on the day in 1971 that missile boats of the Indian Navy launched a daring attack on the Karachi harbour, paralysing Pakistan’s entire coastal defence apparatus.The year 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Indo-Pak War – the historic victory of India’s armed forces in which the Indian Army made the Pakistani’s surrender.

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VIRGIL ABLOH: AN INDELIBLE LEGACY

As the founder of the iconic brand Off-White and the artistic director for Menswear, Louis Vuitton, Abloh, a first-generation Ghanaian American, was a pioneer in the global fashion scenario— his indomitable influence as a creative prodigy transcended the boundaries of clothes.

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The terrain of fashion today credits a majority of its aesthetic sensibility to the boundless creativity of Virgil Abloh. The designer, who died from cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, at the age of 41 on November 28 in Chicago, was called the fashion visionary, but there was no denying that his prodigious work shaped the present. As the founder of the cult brand Off-White and the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear division, Abloh, a first-generation Ghanaian American, was a pioneer in the global fashion scenario—his influence transcended the boundaries of only clothes.

Abloh’s creative genius spread across myriad mediums and defied conformity. His mother was a seamstress which influenced him to sew his own clothes as a teenager before he set forth to pursue fashion. He also studied civil engineering and obtained a degree in Architecture.

Off-white, Abloh’s iconic streetwear brand, brought the excitement of a much-hyped collaboration to the world of high fashion and luxury. With Off-White, he collaborated with many premium brands and companies, including Rimowa, Mercedes Benz, the NBA, Levi’s, Moncler, Jimmy Choo, Kith, Timberland and Byredo. His most notable collaborative relationship, however, may have been with Nike, with which he did multiple collections, one of which netted him the “Shoe of the Year” award at the 2017 Footwear News Achievement Awards. With Nike, he also designed competition outfits for Serena Williams. Abloh’s talents were also in high demand by many of his celebrity friends, who commissioned bespoke creations running the gamut from Hailey Bieber’s Off-White wedding dress and veil that read “Till death do us part” in Abloh’s signature irony quotes to Drake’s personal plane that he had Abloh customise with an ethereal blue sky and cloud pattern. Although Abloh’s body of work was often dictated by his talent to capture the essence of an era, his gift lies with his expensive curiosity and unflinching desire to create.

The Louis Vuitton Miami show was a visual tribute (and an emotional one at that) to Virgil Abloh, as friends, collaborators and fans paid homage to him under fireworks and a drone light show. The Spring/Summer 2022 Men’s show marked Abloh’s historical last as the celebrated Creative Director for Menswear.

The front row included longtime supporter Kanye West, who sat next to Kim Kardashian and their daughter North. Other front-row attendees were Rihanna and ASAP Rocky, Pharrell Williams, Joe Jonas, Ricky Martin, Venus Williams, Bella Hadid, 21 Savage and Joan Smalls.

Just before 7 PM, as the mood shifted from somber to party mode, a dazzling light show filled the sky. It began as a paper plane (a predominant icon in Abloh’s collections), before fluctuating into avatars of the Louis Vuitton monogram, a palm tree and the initials “L.V.,” which turned into “V.A.” For the finale, the drones spelled “Virgil was here” (goosebump-inducing); within moments, these mesmerising visuals of tributes went viral on social media.

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MISSION TANDRUST PUNJAB TO KICK OFF RESEARCH PROJECTS WORTH RS 7 CR

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Mission Tandrust Punjab, with a zeal to start research and development in various fields, has now planned a 360-degree chart for different research projects comprising clean air, clean water, healthy soil, waste management, green Punjab, safe food, road safety, khelo Punjab, nutrition, preventive health.

These all are the sub-missions that are spearheaded by a lead department supported with different line departments. “The mission has undertaken various activities since it was revamped and launched by the Punjab government in June 2021, under the administrative control of the Department of Science, Technology, and Environment,” IFS Saurabh Gupta, CEO Mission Tandrust Punjab, told The Daily Guardian.

To achieve the objectives of the mission, the first meeting of the Steering Committee headed by Chief Secretary Punjab was held 2nd December 2021 in which Dilip Kumar, Principal Secretary, Department of Science and Technology and Saurabh Gupta, CEO of the Mission made a presentation in which the innovative research projects for about Rupees seven crores were discussed and approved. Reiterating the importance of the mission, the Chief Secretary appreciated these research projects developed by the Directorate of Environment and Climate Change by involving prestigious institutions like IIT Ropar, AIIMS, Punjab Agriculture University, Punjab Biotechnology incubator, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology. The Chief Secretary said that these interventions shall help in ensuring good health of the people through the provision of safe food, clean water, etc.

An awareness project for the Mission was also approved to be implemented in the Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala.

The Chief Secretary suggested that more such innovative research projects are required under this mission for which the State Govt. shall provide adequate funds. The projects approved have been time-lined for 18 months added Gupta.

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Stadiums in every district will have a Divyang Sports Corner, says Haryana CM

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Manohar Lal Khatter

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced to set up a Divyang Sports Corner in stadiums in every district in a bid to help Divyangjans (differently-abled) to realise their dreams.

In the Tokyo Paralympics, the Divanyang (Persons with Physical disability) sports persons of Haryana performed beyond everyone’s expectations and brought laurels to the state as well as the country. They succeeded in bagging several medals showcasing their talents which is a matter of pride for all of us. In wake of this, the state government had honoured them in a program held in Panchkula after they returned home. Now, the state government has come up with a new initiative for their welfare as well in their respect. Manohar Lal, Haryana Chief Minister, has announced plans to set up a Divyang Sports Corner in the stadiums in every district. Along with this, he also announced plans to construct a new building of Government Blind School, Panipat and to provide Braille printers to blind officers. A Divyang Care Home would be constructed in Ambala on 5 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 31.71 crore. In this home, adequate arrangement for clothes, food and proper care for 100 Persons with Disabilities would be ensured.

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Haryana’s food adulteration menace: 19% samples found to be of poor quality during festive season

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Despite the strict laws and provision of imprisonment along with penalty, during festival season a lot of shopkeepers and sweet shop owners in Haryana don’t hesitate to produce and sell eatables and beverages of lower and substandard quality for their greed. It is evident from the data made available by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and out of the total samples taken for lab testing , more than 19 percent were found of substandard and lower quality in Haryana which is a matter of serious concerns requiring the department to take stern action against the defaulter. The list of samples of eatables included milk made products like sweets, cheez, butter milk and many more and following the lab report, the samples which stand as unfit are most likely to cause health hazards.

As many as 1130 samples of food and drinking products were taken by the official across the state and out of these, the lab reports a total of 831 samples has been prepared. It is pertinent to mention that as many as 159 samples i.e. 19 percent, were not found up to the standards and failed to meet expectations. The report of 299 samples is yet to come. The whole scenario clearly indicates the Food and Safety Administration wing is required to come up with a foolproof strategy to tighten the noose around those defaulters, mocking at rules and putting the lives of people in danger

Regarding this, Rajiv Ratan , An IAS and Commissioner , FDA said that the department is leaving no stone unturned to take action against the defaulters and besides, the officials continue to make field visits to in order to have an eye on such elements involved in producing and selling unfit stuff of food and other items.

The data also revealed that maximum failed samples were reported in Gurugram, Jhajjar and Bhiwani. Gurugran emerges on the top position with 25 failed samples followed by Bhiwani and Jhajjar with 15 and14 unfit samples. In continuation to this, Hisar and Sonipat are also among the districts with maximum unfit samples of food.

Aiding by the Food Safety Act, 2006 , any person found breaching norms , producing or selling substandard food and beverages is subject to stern as a penalty of Rs 10 lakh can be imposed on him or given sentence of six months or both simultaneously. Besides, the police is authorised to arrest such elements directly under section 272 and 272 of IPC.

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