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India ready to supply weapon systems to IOR countries: Rajnath Singh

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India is ready to supply various types of weapon systems to Indian Ocean Region countries, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday, while stressing that the countries need to ensure peace in the region through “maritime cooperation”.

In a reference to the prevailing tension in the South China Sea because of China’s expansionist strategy, he said that the negative impact of conflicting claims in some maritime areas highlighted the need to ensure peace in the IOR region.

However, the Defence Minister didn’t name China while referring to the current situation in the South China Sea during his address at the Indian Ocean Region Defence Ministers’ Conclave here.

A total of 27 out of the 28 Indian Ocean countries participated in the conclave and shared their views on enhancing regional cooperation.

Rajnath Singh underlined that the Indian Ocean is a shared asset and a lifeline to international trade and transport due to its control of major sea-lanes carrying half of the world’s container ships, one-third of the world’s bulk cargo traffic and two-thirds of the world’s oil shipments.

He said SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) is the theme of Indian Ocean Policy as outlined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015, adding that in line with this, the IOR conclave should focus on security, commerce, connectivity, fight against terrorism and inter-cultural exchanges.

The Minister identified areas such as deepening economic and security cooperation in the littoral, enhancing capacities to safeguard land and maritime territories, working towards sustainable regional development, the Blue Economy, including sustainable and regulated fishing, and promoting collective action to deal with non-traditional threats like natural disasters, piracy, terrorism, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as inter-related elements of SAGAR.

He said that the IOR faces a number of challenges such as piracy, smuggling of drugs and people and arms, humanitarian and disaster relief, and Search and Rescue (SAR) which can be met through maritime cooperation.

The Minister identified maritime resources as the key to sustained growth and development of IOR nations in the 21st century.

Noting that IOR countries have demonstrated mutual respect for a rules-based order and commitment to abide by international law, he also spoke of the various policy initiatives of the Indian government to promote trade and tourism among IOR countries through sea link Sagarmala, Project Mausam, and the Asia Africa Growth Corridor.

He also emphasised the need to take economic, trade, naval cooperation and collaboration further in the region, adding that the linked futures of IOR countries depend on how they tackle emerging challenges and leverage opportunities.

Referring to India’s growing aerospace and defence sector and its emergence as a global research and development hub with one of the world’s largest start up ecosystems, Rajnath Singh said IOR countries can leverage these sectors for mutual benefit. He said the recent order from the Indian Air Force to buy 83 Advanced Light Helicopters Mk-1A from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is a milestone in India’s indigenisation of defence manufacturing capabilities.

Noting India is ready to supply various types of weapons systems to IOR countries, he said that in consonance with Modi’s vision of SAGAR, Neighbourhood First and Act East Policies, India has adopted a cooperative approach through capacity building assistance in partner countries. This was reflected in India’s supply of ships, maritime aircraft and setting-up of Coastal Surveillance Radar Systems, he said.

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VIT-AP DONATES RS 50 LAKH TO ANDHRA CM RELIEF FUND

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VIT Founder Chancellor Dr G. Viswanathan met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and handed over Rs 50,00,000 Demand Draft towards AP Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to support the efforts of the Andhra Pradesh government in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Initially, VIT-AP donated Rs 25 lakh on 30 March 2020 into the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in Andhra Pradesh.

Dr Viswanathan informed the Chief Minister that VIT University is recognised by the Government of India as Institute of Eminence and informed the progress of VIT-AP University. The VIT-AP campus, which is poised to become one of the country’s best campuses, offers several avenues to explore your interests, identify core competencies, and engage in an evolving lifecycle of education and growth. He said, “from the academic year 2021-22, we have announced GV Scholarship and Rajeswari Merit scholarships of 50% to 100% scholarships to district toppers and state toppers aimed at supporting candidates enrolling on non-engineering programmes.

CM Jaganmohan Reddy lauded the efforts of VIT-AP management, faculty, and staff in bringing glory with the success in making Amaravati as education hub as he desired.

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ATROCIOUS CRIME THIRD RAPE CASE IN A WEEK IN GOA: NE GIRL RAPED FOR THREE DAYS

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PANAJI: The third case of gang rape has been reported in Goa this week. Following the rape of two minors at the beachside in Benaulim village and the rape of a 19-year old in Usgao village by two truckers, Quepem Police have registered a rape case of a girl from North East. A case has been filed by the Quepem Police against Sudhakar Naik and Shambhu Nath for raping the girl. According to the police, she was reportedly called to Goa on the pretext of providing her with a job and was raped repeatedly for three days by the accused.

Meanwhile, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant is facing flak after his remark in the Assembly questioning parents, why their children were alone on the beach late at night. CM Sawant said on Wednesday, “When 14-year-olds stay on the beach the whole night, the parents need to introspect. Just because children don’t listen, we cannot put the responsibility on the government and police.” Are the police and the Goa government not responsible for safeguarding its people or should not be held accountable for crimes against women. 

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PGI Chandigarh’s busy helpline becomes a huge problem for patients

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The teleconsultation helplines of many premier health institutions like Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh and PGI, Rohtak remain engaged for most of the time which has emerged as a huge problem for the patients of several states including Haryana.

PGI’s helpline 0172-2755591, which was supposed to provide timely consultation and treatment to needy patients operational from 8 am to 9.30 pm, remains engaged for most of the time which has surfaced as a cause of concern. Thus, connecting to the above-mentioned number for teleconsultation is not less than a tough task.

It is pertinent to mention that generally, 10,000 patients visit the institute a day and among these 20% hail from Haryana. Thus, not connecting to the helpline has led to a surge in the problems of the people of the state. Presently, 4000 patients visit the PGI per day via connecting to the helpline as well as the PGI’s website. Out of these patients, nearly one-third of the total patients visiting PGI get registered for treatment physically with the help of the above helpline while the rest get treatment via teleconsultation.

It is worth mentioning that initially six different lines were provided on the above helpline (landline number) but in wake of the increasing patient load, the administration decided to extended these lines from 6 to 20 but it also proved insufficient. Regarding the same, Dr Sandeep Pandey who holds the portfolio of the head of the Central Registration Department (CRD) PGI said that the institute continues to put its best to provide timely health facilities to the patients at home as well as by physical OPD. The Daily Guardian also checked the status of the helpline on different days by making calls and what came to the surface was that lines continue to remain engaged up to an hour or more than this sometimes.

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DURING COVID PEAK, PGIMER GOT MAXIMUM ORGAN REPLANTATION QUERIES

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As they say, Necessity is the mother of invention, in the case of replanting the amputated organs this phrase deems fit. After the famous case of ASI Harjeet Singh, whose severed hand that the PGIMER team of Plastic surgeons replanted and it became a national story, PGIMER got trafficked with severed organ cases in peak Covid period. People from far-off places started approaching PGIMER either physically or by phone calls. This made the PGIMER Plastic Surgery department think of a solution to the emerging problem before them. A problem that every sufferer and his/her family faces when these accidents happen that where should they go, and how to preserve the organ, and by when one shall reach the hospital so that an affected organ could get replantation?

PGIMER Plastic Surgery department initiated a Data Bank of such centres where plastic surgeons are working.

The department chalked down the list of such centres from across the country and started a Helpline number 7087007677, that will help the needy one in many ways like when there is any damage to the organ then which centre nearby their location, can preserve their organ in Golden Time. “Golden Time is the duration of time in which an affected organ can be replanted and maximum benefit can be targeted. Like if a hand gets chopped, it is better to reach the hospital within three hours with a preserved chopped hand. There are different time duration for different kinds of severed organs, in our helpline, we make attendants understand how to preserve organs in case there is no speciality available around them or where they can go in case they are far from our centre,” says Dr R.K. Sharma, Head Plastic Surgery, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

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VALIDITY OF SACHAR COMMITTEE CHALLENGED IN SC

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Members of Sanatan Vedic Dharm, on Thursday, filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the validity of the Justice Rajinder Sachar committee report on the social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community and sought directions to prevent the government from relying on the Sachar Committee Report.

The petition has been filed through advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain stated that the notification dated 9 March 2005 issued from the office of Prime Minister Government of India nowhere mentions that same was being issued after any cabinet decision. Thus, it is clear that the then Prime Minister on his own whims issued the direction appointing the committee to enquire into the social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community whereas, by virtue of Articles 14 and 15, no religious community can be treated separately.

The power to appoint a commission to investigate into the conditions of socially and educationally backward classes vests with the President of India under Article 340 of the Constitution of India, the plea said.

The petitioner further stated that It is relevant to mention that the entire Muslim community has not been identified as a socially and educationally backward class and therefore, Muslims as a religious community cannot be treated as a special class entitled to benefits available to backward classes. The appointment of the Sachar Committee was made in violation of Article 77 of the Constitution of India and is unconstitutional and illegal, it added

The petitioner also said that the order appointing Sachar Committee was not issued in accordance with provisions contained in Article 77 of the Constitution of India. It is only the President of India who can appoint a commission in the exercise of the powers under Article 340 of the Constitution of India to investigate the conditions of socially and educationally backward classes and to make recommendations to improve their conditions, it said.

The Muslim community is not entitled to any special treatment for the simple reason that they were the rulers for a long number of years and even during British rule they enjoyed and shared the power, whereas SC/ST category and OBCs of Hindu community were suppressed, tortured, butchered, converted either by force or by allurement and had to face atrocities in the pre-independent era, the plea said.

In case the Prime Minister of India was interested to initiate any scheme for the betterment of socially and educationally backward classes he should have introduced beneficial schemes for the betterment of SCs/STs. Term of reference would show that the intention of the then Prime Minister was to bring beneficial scheme for the Muslim community in the garb of the report of Sachar Committee, it added.

The Constituent Assembly has rejected the move to give reservation to any community on a religious basis, as admittedly the principle of secularism, was adopted by the Assembly with cheers where there is no room for showing any favour or dis-favour to any religion, religious denomination or community. It is well established that a thing which cannot be done directly cannot be achieved indirectly, the plea said.

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HIMACHAL ASSEMBLY’S MONSOON SESSION TO BEGIN FROM 2 AUGUST

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The monsoon session of the Himachal Assembly session is going to begin on 2 August. A total of 10 sittings will be held this time in the session.

The monsoon session of Himachal Vidhan Sabha will start from 2August. The session will last for 10 days. The Assembly Secretariat is preparing for the security and other arrangements. The deployment of adequate police personnel the CCTV vigil will also monitor the session.

During this season after almost six decades the august house, former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who has been the Chief Minister six times, will not be there.

The opposition is gearing up to storm sessions with a strategy to surround the government in the assembly session on the various issues related to the general public.

At present, opposition have issues with the price of petrol and diesel along with the hike in consumer goods, inflation, and the Covid mismanagement in the state.

Whereas, the government is also prepaying with a long list of development work has done during the regime and prepaying to debate issues id the public interest in the floor of the house and to give befitting counter reply to the opposition.

The government’s failure in handling the pandemic with the problems faced by the people, will drow the attention of the house.

Natural calamity, loss of life and property would also call the attention of the house.

As per the information, govt is working on bringing several new bills in the session, in which 33% reservation for women in cooperatives and the school fees control law is currently the priority of the government.

Himachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Vipin Singh Parmar said, that about 900 questions have been received by the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat, to date. Parmar said that during the session, the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat is preparing to discuss important issues related to the state in the larger public interest. For this, he will call an all-party meeting before the session for better coordination and floor management. Parmar said that during the session, the corona protocol will be strictly followed.

There will be 10 sittings in the session which will run from 2 to 13 August. Parmar told The Daily Guardian that there will be mourning on the first day. Condolence resolution will be brought in the house on the death of former CM Virbhadra Singh and Jubbal Kotkhai MLA Narendra Bragta.

Reportedly, 5 and 13 August are private member days. Amid Covid restrictions, the session has been kept for 10 days to complete the left out meetings in the budget session. As per the rules, it is necessary to have a minimum 35 sittings in the Assembly session in a year.

So far, 564 starred and 254 unstarred questions have been placed. There have been four discussions under Rule 101 and 5 under 130. The Speaker has called an all-party meeting on 1 August to conduct the session in a better way in which an attempt will be made to reach an agreement to run the session smoothly.

The Speaker, Vipin Singh Parmar, told that this time the visitors coming to meet the CM will be allowed to enter but the Covid protocol will be taken care of. Other people including the members coming to the assembly will also have to follow thermal scanning and corona protocol.

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