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FOCUS ON LOCAL CONTAINMENT, MAINTAIN MOMENTUM OF ECONOMY: PM TO STATES

Says need to counter rumours about vaccination, mask usage.

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Amid a spike in Covid cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday conducted a virtual meeting with Chief Ministers of the states to review the coronavirus situation in the country. The decision to hold the meeting was taken after the Union Minister of Health stated that there was a sharp increase of cases in India.

PM Modi asked the states and union territories to maintain the economy’s momentum and focus on local containment while making strategies to check the spread of Covid-19. “While making any strategy, it is very important to keep in mind that there should be minimum damage to the livelihood of the common people, economic activities, and momentum of the economy should be maintained. So, it would be better to focus more on local containment,” the Prime Minister said.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister stressed that governments should be in a position to provide maximum treatment in home isolation situations and for that home isolation guidelines should keep on improving and should be strictly followed. He said that the use of tele-medicine facilities in treatment will help a great deal.

The Prime Minister noted that India’s battle with the biggest pandemic in 100 years has now entered its third year. “Hard work is our only path and victory is our only option. We, 130 crore people of India, will surely emerge victorious against corona with our efforts,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the earlier confusion about Omicron is slowly getting cleared now. The Omicron variant is infecting the general public many times faster than the earlier variants. “We have to be alert, be careful, but we also have to take care that there is no panic situation. We have to see that in this festive season, the alertness of the people and the administration is not lowered anywhere. The way the Central and State governments had adopted a pre-emptive, proactive and collective approach, the same is the mantra of victory this time as well. The more we can limit the corona infection, the less the problem will be,” he added.

Union Ministers Amit Shah, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar were among those present. Officials briefed the meeting about the latest updates on the pandemic situation.

PM Modi also urged the CMs to ramp up the vaccination process among children (15-18 years) and to meet the adequate infrastructures for health facilities. “We need to counter any attempt of spreading rumours against vaccination. Several times, we get to hear that ‘getting infected with Covid despite vaccination, what’s its use’. Even for masks, such rumours are spread that it does not benefit. There is a need to counter such rumours,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister also said the maximum treatment of Covid patients must be done in home isolation. “For this, it is important to follow home isolation guideline and protocols and improvise as per the situation,” he said.

“During home isolation, the better the facility of tracking and treatment, the lesser there will be the need to go to hospitals,” the PM said.

PM Modi expressed satisfaction that the Rs 23,000 crore package allocated by the Centre to the States has been utilised well for strengthening their health infrastructure. “Rs 23,000 crores package allocated by the Centre to states has been utilized well with many states strengthening their health infrastructure. Centre and states need to follow this pre-emptive, collective, and proactive approach this time too,” the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister also said that the “Har Ghar Dastak” Covid vaccination campaign needs to be intensified for achieving 100% vaccination.

“It is a matter of pride for every Indian that today India has given the first dose to about 92% of the adult population. The coverage of the second dose has also reached around 70% in the country,” PM Modi said.

“Within 10 days, India has also vaccinated about 3 crore of its adolescents. This shows India’s potential, shows our preparedness to deal with this challenge,” he added.

Chief Ministers from several states, such as Ashok Gehlot from Rajasthan, Himanta Biswa Sarma from Assam, Charanjit Channi from Punjab, V. Narayanasamy from Puducherry, Bhupesh Baghel from Chhattisgarh, and Biplab Deb from Tripura, were present in the virtual meeting. Basavaraj Bommai from Karnataka and Zoramthanga from Mizoram were also present. PM Modi has directed all the ministers for strict active surveillance in the areas and states reporting higher Covid cases. He directed the officials to provide technical support to the states.

At present, India has reported more than 2.47 lakh Covid cases and the daily positivity rates have risen to 13.11%. The country has also reported more than 5000 cases of Omicron, Maharashtra (1367) and Rajasthan (792) have reported the highest number of Omicron cases. Meanwhile, Delhi has reported more than 500 Omicron cases, and Kerala has reported around 480 Omicron cases.

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INDIA’S FIRST SALINE WATER LED LAMPS LAUNCHED

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Union Minister Jitendra Singh launched India’s first saline water lantern, which uses seawater to power LED lamps.

According to the Ministry of Earth Science, Singh unveiled the first-of-its-kind lantern named “Roshni” during a visit to SAGAR ANVESHIKA, a Coastal Research Vessel, operated and used by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai for coastal research.

The Minister said that saline water lantern will bring “Ease of Living” to the poor and needy, particularly the fishing community living along the 7500 Kilometres long coastal line of India.

Singh said that saline water lantern will also boost and supplement Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s UJALA scheme launched in 2015 for the distribution of LED bulbs across the country.

He said that Roshini lamps along with Power Ministry’s schemes like Solar Study lamps will be driving a vibrant renewable energy programme aimed at achieving energy security, energy access, and reducing the carbon footprints of the national economy. Singh also pointed out that this technology can also be used in hinterlands, where seawater is not available, as any saline water or normal water mixed with the common salt can be used to power the lantern, which is not only cost-effective but very easy to operate.

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PRESIDENT MURMU HAILS INDIA’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN TACKLING COVID-19

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Appreciating India’s response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, President Droupadi Murmu, in her maiden address to the nation, said that India’s achievements in combating the pandemic have been better than those of many developed countries.

“The world has seen a new India rising in recent years, more so after the outbreak of Covid-19. Our response to the pandemic has been appreciated everywhere. We launched the biggest vaccination drive in human history with vaccines manufactured in the country itself. Last month we crossed the 200-crore mark in cumulative vaccine coverage. In combating the pandemic, our achievements have been better than those of many developed countries. For this feat, we are grateful to our scientists, doctors, nurses, paramedics and the staff associated with vaccination,” said President Murmu in her address to the nation.

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INDUSTRIALISTS, MARKET EXPERTS MOURN JHUNJHUNWALA’S DEMISE

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, market experts, and industrialists Gautam Adani and Ratan Tata paid tributes to veteran stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala on Sunday. Market experts also mourned the demise of the 62-year-old ace investor and said that his strong belief in the country›s growth story and «unshakeable» confidence in markets made him one of a kind. Jhunjhunwala passed away on Sunday morning in Mumbai. His net worth was US$ 5.8 billion (about Rs 46,000 crore), according to Forbes.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman called Jhunjhunwala a bold risk taker and remembered her conversations with the late stock investor. «Jhunjhunwala is no more. Investor, bold risk taker, masterly understanding of the stock market, clear in communication- a leader in his own right. Fondly remember several conversations we had. He had strong belief in India’s strength and capabilities. Condolences,» she said. Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said, «He was a symbol of India›s entrepreneurial spirit. I believe the things he had achieved and established will be a source of inspiration for thousands of youth.»

Adani tweeted, «Extremely saddened by the untimely passing away of the most legendary investor that India has had. Jhunjhunwala inspired an entire generation to believe in our equity markets with his brilliant views. We will miss him. India will miss him but we will never forget him. RIP.»

Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of the Tata Group, said, «Jhunjhunwala, who sadly passed away this morning, will always be remembered for his acute understanding of the stock exchanges of India. He will also be remembered for his jovial personality, his kindness, and his foresightedness. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family which has to share the burden of this great loss.» Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath tweeted, «There will never again be someone like you, RIP.»

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1,082 POLICE PERSONNEL GIVEN MEDALS

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On Independence Day, 1,082 police personnel from CAPFs and state forces have been awarded various categories of service medals, including for gallant action, as per an official statement on Sunday.

The decorations include 347 police medals for gallantry (PMG), 87 President’s police medals for distinguished service, and 648 police medals for meritorious service.

Out of the 347 gallantry awards, 204 personnel are being awarded for their gallant action in Jammu and Kashmir, 80 for displaying bravery in Left Wing Extremism or Naxal violence-affected areas, and 14 personnel for showing bravery in North-East Region, the Union home ministry said.

The maximum gallantry medals at 109 have been received by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) followed by 108 to the J&K Police, 19 to the Border Security Force (BSF) and six each to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Among the state police forces, 42 gallantry medals have been given to Maharashtra, 15 to Chhattisgarh among other forces and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs).

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As PM pays homage on Partition Horrors Remembrance Day, Congress reacts

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid homage to all the people who lost their lives during the partition of India and Pakistan. The Congress alleged that the real intent of PM Modi to mark 14 August as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day is to use the traumatic events as fodder for his current political battles.

PM Modi tweeted, “Today, on #PartitionHorrorsRemembranceDay, I pay homage to all those who lost their lives during partition, and applaud the resilience as well as grit of all those who suffered during that tragic period of our history.” 

Congress general secretary, communications, Jairam Ramesh said that the tragedy of partition, cannot be misused to fuel hate and prejudice.

He said the politics of hate will be defeated and the Congress will continue its efforts to unite India while upholding the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Sardar Vallabhai Patel.

“The real intent of PM to mark 14 August as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day is to use the most traumatic historical events as fodder for his current political battles. Lakhs upon lakhs were dislocated and lost their lives. Their sacrifices must not be forgotten or disrespected,” Ramesh said in a series of tweets.

The Congress leader asked, “Will the PM also recall today Shyama Prasad Mookherjee, the founder of the Jan Sangh, who championed the Partition of Bengal against the wishes of Sarat Chandra Bose, and who sat in free India›s first Cabinet while the tragic consequences of Partition were becoming evident?”.

Alleging that the “modern-day Savarkars and Jinnahs” are continuing their efforts to divide the nation, Ramesh said the Indian National Congress will uphold the legacy of Gandhi, Nehru, Patel and many others who were untiring in their efforts to unite the nation.

“The politics of hate will be defeated,” he asserted.

“The tragedy of partition cannot be misused to fuel hate and prejudice. The truth is Savarkar originated the two-nation theory and Jinnah perfected it. Sardar Patel wrote, ‹I felt that if we did not accept partition, India would be split into many bits and would be completely ruined›,” he also said.

PM Modi had last year announced that 14 August will be observed as ‹Partition Horrors Remembrance Day› to remind the nation of the sufferings and sacrifices of Indians during the partition in 1947. 

“Partition›s pains can never be forgotten. Millions of our sisters and brothers were displaced and many lost their lives due to mindless hate and violence. In memory of the struggles and sacrifices of our people, 14 August will be observed as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day,” PM Modi had said.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday inaugurated an exhibition on the theme ‹Horrors of Partition› at the Parliament Library Building. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Union Culture Minister G. Kishan Reddy were among the leaders present.

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SIX DELHI POLICE PERSONNEL GET HOME MINISTER’S MEDAL

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Six officers and personnel of the Delhi Police received Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation on Saturday.

As per the official, Assistant Commissioner of Police Sanjay Dutt and Inspector Anuj Kumar Tyagi received the award for their investigation of a drug trafficking case in which they caught Amandeep Singh and Harpreet Singh with 25 kg of mephedrone and methamphetamine. Later, the accused Harvinder Singh was extradited from London in 2021. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Deepak Yadav and S.I. Muneesh Kumar, who probed the case of extortion calls made to Union minister Ajay Kumar Mishra, last year are among the medallists.

In this case, five people were arrested. The accused claimed that they had some incriminating video clips and had demanded Rs 2 crore from the minister. The minister was threatened when he was in the news after his son was arrested in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, in which eight people, including four farmers, were killed.

Inspector Sanjay Kumar Gupta has also been conferred with the medal for breaking a nexus of gangsters in the city. In 2018, a case was registered against gangster Gogi, for running an organised crime syndicate in Delhi and Haryana, which was investigated by Special Cell. 15 members of the gang, including Gogi, were booked and as many as five charge sheets were filed. Assets and properties worth more than Rs 15 crore were also attached. Later, Gogi was murdered.

DCP R.P. Meena who investigated a case registered in 2021 in which a huge quantity (approx. 25kg) of gold was stolen from a jewellery showroom also received the award.

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