Project PLATINA, the world’s largest convalescent plasma therapy trialcum-treatment project for severe Covid-19 patients, was launched on Monday by the Medical Education and Drugs Department (MED). Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated the project and allocated Rs 16.85 crore for the project through CM Cares Fund. The government intends to benefit and save around 500 lives of critically-ill Covid-19 patients.
As per health department, convalescent plasma therapy is now being considered as one of the most important methods in the treatment of severe Covid-19 patients in the absence of definite treatment drugs for the same. The trial will be carried out in 17 medical colleges under the Maharashtra Medical Education and Drugs Department (MED), Maharashtra government and four BMC medical colleges in Mumbai (21 centres). All critical patients will receive two doses of 200 ml of convalescent plasma. The plasma of recovered patients contains antibodies against coronavirus thereby fighting the infection and helping critically-ill patients greatly.
The entire plasma therapy treatment will be free for all Covid-19 patients admitted in the above centres. Donors are available in large numbers and have no weakness whatsoever after plasma donation as RBC are returned to the patient.
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VIT-AP University felicitates 25 unsung heroes
On the occasion of 73rd Republic Day Celebrations on Wednesday, VIT-AP University felicitated APSRTC driver O. Madhu, APSP Police Constable K. Srinivasa Rao was honoured posthumously, 10 fire services personnel, Two RTC Drivers and Conductor,12 Policemen for saving the lives of people by discharging their duties diligently.
A.S. Dinesh Kumar, Joint Collector, RB&R, Dr S.V. Kota Redddy, Vice Chancellor, Dr C.L.V. Sivakumar, Registrar, Dr Anupama Namburu, Dy Director, Student Welfare, along with Unsung Heroes.
A.S. Dinesh Kumar, Joint Collector & Addl.District Magistrate, Guntur Dist. unfurled the national tricolour and presented the award winners with certificates of appreciation and rewards for their services. He also handed over free Laptops to the Students of 2021 batch of Support The Advancement of Rural Students (STARS) programme on this occasion.
During his address by reminding Service to humanity is service to God. Lauded university authorities for choosing to Re-public Day & Independence Day felicitating Unsung Heroes in remembrance of the selfless service to the humanity under University Social Responsibility. He also enlightens the constitutional & moral values. All 23 members received these awards and reward of Rs. 20,000/- each. Vice Chancellor Dr. S.V. Kota Reddy, Registrar Dr. C.L.V. Sivakumar, Dr. Anupama Namburu, Deputy Director student welfare family members of unsung heroes, faculty, students and staff were also present.
LIFE SAVING AWARD:(APSRTC)
O. Madhu was behind the wheel of Tirupathi to Tirumala APSRTC bus on 10th May 2021. He suffered from severe heart attack. Even while sustaining cardiac pain carefully parked the bus on the roadside at Kapilatheertham (Near Alipiri) then he was taken to SVRR hospital, Tirupathi and declared dead. There were 8 passengers on the bus, who would have met with serious accident if not for Madhu’s quick thinking even in the throes of cardiac arrest. His wife O.Premala received award and reward of Rs. 25,000/-
G.Ravi sekhar, Bus Conductor whose hand was fractured as bus fell into Jalleruvagu and ten passengers including driver died and 26 passengers injured. He saved five passengers by breaking the window glasses and lifting them through the windows.
M.Srinivasulu, Driver of Tirupathi to Tirumala APSRTC bus observed dust, smoke and falling of big boulder rocks duly damaging the road and barricades. He immediately reversed and stopped the bus, alighted 28 passengers safely from the bus duly alerting them to go back and also alerted other vehicles.
ANDHRA PRADESH STATE DISASTER RESPONSE FORCE
Eleven Policemen includes One Home Guard, Four Police Constable, Two Head Constables, Three Inspector of Police and One SDPO received these awards and reward of Rs. 20,000/- each.
K.Srinivasa Rao, PC working in 5th Batallion, APSP deployed to Nellore Dist. Due to heavy floods reported before the RDO, As per instructions SDRF team reached Damaramadugu village for rescue operational duties. Team saved 10 family members. SDRF team tried to rescue another two members struck in floodwater near mosque. At that time K.Srinivasa Rao life jacket was accidentally hooked with unknown object into the water and drowned into water. SDRF team taken him to Butchireddypalem Govt. Hospital and was declared dead. His wife K. Suneetha received award and reward of Rs. 25,000/-
Head Constable V.Nagaraju & D. Ganesh Police Constable saved Golli Vidyasagar from his suicide attempt at Pillar No.70, Prakasam Barrage, Krishna river. They observed and rushed into the spot quickly by boat and saved him as alive by using proper throw bag and waterman ship techniques and pulled him into the boat and given medical first response and counselling given.
K.Ravikumar, Head Constable and Police constables R.Ramanjaneyulu, P.V.Ramanaiah, G.Mohan Bhaskar after receiving the information from MRO chittor regarding 31 people
Struck up in the floodwater at veerabhadra colony 24 member SDRF team reached the spot and swimmed into the heavy floating water with the help of ropes and lifeboats and saved 31 members who are in danger drowned. In this operation, these four (4) personnel have done outstanding performance of their duty.
V.Sureshbabu, Inspector of police rescued and saved the life of women and two of her children who tried to commit suicide at polavaram canal water.
Tammisetty Madhu, Inspector of police has shown sincere, exhaustive and intellectual effort saved six (6) persons rescued from collapsed house.at Kadiri town.
K.Ravimanoharachary, SDPO, Angadi Sadiq Ali, Inspector of police saved a family consisting of six members whose res-idence was situated amid elevated riverbed of Gargeya during NIVAR cyclone who strived for 18 hours and finally by adopting risky crane and can cradle idea when their lives in danger as heavy rains lashed Piler, Chittor District.
S.Papa Rao, Home Guard, Visakhapatnam city saved 5 persons came to the beach bathing from Malkapuram and One dead body moved to KGH, Visakhapatnam.
RESCUE SERVICES AWARDS: (AP STATE DISASTER MANAGEMENT & FIRE SERVICES)
A total of ten fire personnel rewarded with Rs. 20,000/- each for their commendable rescue services.
T.Rambabu, firemen, Kotabommali fire station exhibited excellent service in serious fire call where number of unskilled labour were trapped in the processing unit of Sri Sai Vardhana Jute Pvt. Ltd. Due to mechanical heat. Being the first re-sponder he opened the passages t the trapped workers with the available equipment and saved their lives. He offered unblemished firefighting efforts to douse the flames which saved Rs.6 crore property in the industrial premises.
G.Adinarayana, leading firemen exhibited his professional skills in the Major Fire accident occurred. due to Electric Short Circuit emanating smoke and flames from the Electrical Board at Maharaja Central (Covid) Hospital, Vizianagaram At the time, Nearly 50 members both Corona patients and attendants were in the Maharaja Central Hospital, Vizianagaram During the mid-night, he who led the standby team at Maharaja Hospital was notices Fire accident initially and alerted crew members and rushed to the Fire spot within seconds along with Fire vehicle and extinguished Fire using Dry Chemical Powder. As his timely action the Fire was comes under control within few minutes and he taken necessary steps not spread to others rooms. As his efforts there are no causality and minimise fire loss and saved valuable property worth of Rs. 49,80,000/- i.e., medicine and oxygen cylinders which are essential at that time for COVID patients as well as saved public lives.
S.Koteswara Rao, Firemen, Sabbavaram firestation, Visakhapatnam exhibited professional skills in a major Fire Accident occurred at Birla Junction, Murali Nagar, Visakhapatnam on receipt of the fire message the fire units of Marripalem Fire station along with its crew immediately rushed to the fire spot and extinguished the fire efficiently without spreading to the surrounding area and saved the property worth of Rs.90,50,000/- It was remarkable service rendered by him.
Jeeri Srinivasa Reddy, Station Fire Officer, Anaparthi Fire Station, East Godavarai District exhibited excellent performance in emergency call where one person named Revuri Venkata Ramu aged 50 years was travelling on Motor bike following back side of van carried carbon dioxide cylinder load from Sampath Nagar village to Yanam suddenly blast of Carbon dioxide cylinder load at Z. Medapadu Bridge, Near Essar petrol bunk, Mandapeta mandal, East Godavari district. The Carbon dioxide cylinders spreaded on the road and one cylinder hit the person wearing helmet and fell down from the vehicle and seriously injured and sent to hospital in police jeep.
Srinivas Dayam, Fireman, Nidadavole Fire Station, West Godavari District exhibited excellent performance in major Fire Call at railway wagon box with coal goods, Railway Station, Nidadavole. He exhibited his performance with greater operational skills in controlling the major fire. The timely action rendered by him as a Fireman by applying his skills in the fire spot to control the fire and saved the property with value Rs.70,00,000/-
Valavala Sriramamurthy, Leading Fireman, Hanuman Junction Fire Station, Krishna District exhibited excellent work in extinguished the major Fire accident that took place on 01.12.2021 at 8.00 hrs at Mohan Spintex India Ltd, Remalle Village, Bapulapadu Mandal, Krishna District. In which Mohan Spintex India Ltd are involved in the fire accident and thus saved the surrounding property Rs. 140,00,00,000 He saved surrounding property with his timely action without any casualties. The fire accident was created a terrible situation around the industry with blowing flames and dense smoke and restricted to extend the fire to the beside buildings, machineries and yarn and cotton godowns.
B. Sam Prakash, Leading Fireman, Tirupathi Fire Station, Chittoor District exhibited excellent skills in the rescue operations took place at Yashoda Nagar area which was fully covered with flood water and saved the persons struck in the heavy stream of water. He rendered good work along with his team in the rescue spot and rescued the victims safely brought out from the flood water by using life buoys, Life jackets and ropes. He always shown devotion to his duties and rendered excellent service to the public in times of emergencies.
K. Giridhar, Leading Fireman, Chittoor Fire Station, Chittoor District exhibited excellent skills in the rescue operations took place at Punepalli, Penumuru, Chittoor District in which a woman while crossing the heavy steam of water accidentally stroked in the floating water. He rendered good work along with his team in the rescue spot and rescued the victim safely brought out from the heavy stream of water by using life buoys, life jackets & ropes. He always shown devotion to his duties and rendered excellent service to the public in times of emergencies.
D. Obula Reddy, Leading Fireman, Dharmavaram Fire Station, Anantapuram District exhibited excellent skills in the rescue operations took place at Chitravathi River near Veldurthi Village, Chennekothapalli Mandal, Anantapuram District where a car with 4 passengers are struck in the flood water. The station Fire Officer, Dharmavaram and crew tried to rescue the 4 members with the help of ropes, Life Jackets, Life Buoys and JCB. He ren-dered good work along with his team in the rescue spot and rescued the victims safely brought out from the flood water by using Life buoys, life jackets, ropes and JCB. He always shown devotion to his duties and rendered excellent service to the public in times of Emergencies.
O Narendra Kumar, Fireman, Rajampet Fire Station, YSR District, Kadapa exhibited excellent skills in the rescue operations took place at Hemadripuram Village, Rajampet Mandal, YSR Kadapa District where a private bus in which 36 passengers were caught in the food water, and the bus was drowning slowly and the crew approached the bus, tied the bus with one end with ropes and rescued the passengers within the help of ropes, life jackets and Life buoys. He rendered good work along with his team in the rescue spot. He always shown devotion to his duties and rendered excellent service to the public in times of Emergencies.
180 artworks shortlisted for 2022 CIMA awards
Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), in collaboration with the Art & Heritage Foundation, is delighted to announce the fourth edition of the highly anticipated CIMA Awards. The CIMA Award will be a triennial event to recognize excellence in the visual arts and discover genuine talent in India, especially beyond the cities. This event is open to all artists between the ages of 25 and 45 years and are residents of India only, trained as well as self-taught. The winner of the CIMA Awards receives:
• CIMA Award: 5 lakhs, a trophy and a solo show within two years of winning the award.
• 1st Runner up Award: 3 lakhs and a trophy.
• 2nd Runner up Award: 2 lakhs and a trophy.
• Two Special Jury Awards: 1 lakh each and a trophy.
• Two Special Mention Awards: 50,000 each and a trophy.
• Four Merit Awards: 25,000 each.
• Director’s Choice Awards: 25,000 each.
The works are selected through a two-tiered jury system comprising a Preliminary Jury and a Final Jury. The preliminary jury will shortlist artists for CIMA Awards Show while the final jury will select the awardees. Qualities such as creative excellence, originality, creative use of materials and presentation are among some of the criteria to be considered.
This year, 180 artworks from across the country have been shortlisted for the final round by the preliminary jury comprising Shreyasi Chatterjee, Samir Aich, Chhatrapati Dutta, Veena Bhargava, Pankaj Panwar, Tapas Biswas, Akku, Ajit Seal, Ramendranath Kastha and Aveek Mukherjee.
CIMA Awards has been designed as one of the most definitive and exciting events on Indian visual art. It is an award centric project, aiming to reward and promote excellence and enhance creative freedom. Each edition of the CIMA Awards gives almost 200 artists a chance to meet the doyens of the Indian art world and present their works to them,” says Rakhi Sarkar, director of CIMA. The 2022 CIMA Awards will be accompanied by the CIMA Awards Show. This year the entire collection will be featured at two venues in Kolkata—CIMA Gallery and GEM Cinema from 5 to 27 February 2022
CIMA opened in 1993 and quickly became one of the premier art galleries in India with 11,000 sq. ft. of state of the art gallery space in Kolkata. The aim is to recognise and reward young artists from across India for their talent and creativity.
INDIA ON WAY TO REDUCE INFANT MORTALITY RATE
Need of 5-6 centres of excellence for care of children with congenital heart disease in different parts of the country: Prof. V. K. Paul
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (UN SDG 2030) mandates India to reduce its Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) from the existing 29 per 1000 live birth to 12 per 1000 live births by 2030. With increasing affluence of society and improving Quality of life index (QoLI), and as Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) starts approaching 12-15, congenital heart disease becomes the commonest contributor to the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in that society. Provinces of Kerala (IMR, 9), Tamil Nadu (IMR, 17) and a part of the Himalayan region are already experiencing this phenomenon. Gradually and ultimately, the same will be followed by all other provinces of the country with improvement in their socio-economic status.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (UN SDG 2030) mandates India to reduce its Infant Mortality Rate (IMR)
Thus, it has been realized that IMR, as mandated by the UN SDG 2030, can only be reduced by improving survival of babies with congenital heart disease. It calls for development of pediatric cardiology, pediatric cardiac intensive care, pediatric cardiac surgery, pediatric cardiac anaesthesia and pediatric cardiac radiology services specifically dedicated and committed towards children.
Accompanying two pictures are evidence of poor state of affairs as far as congenital heart disease is concerned in the North.
Realising these hard facts, Prof. V. K. Paul (member of Niti Aayog, and a Pediatrician himself) expressed the need of 5-6 centres of excellence for care of children with congenital heart disease in different parts of the country in the inaugural address of annual conference of Pediatric Cardiac Society of India.
In the North, we cannot have a better place than Chandigarh to establish such a center of excellence (within the PGI fold).
Increasing legal age of girls’ marriage to 21 year is a social intervention to reduce Infant Mortality Rate (IMR).
Creating a center of excellence for children with congenital heart disease will be an executive intervention for the same.
We will uphold the principle of NATO’s open door: Blinken
The US on Wednesday rejected Russia’s call to bar Ukraine from becoming a part of NATO. Earlier, Russia had put out a written list of its concerns about its security issues and the expansion of NATO. Among them was a demand for NATO to dismiss the possibility of Ukraine and others ever joining the alliance. “We are committed to uphold and defend Ukraine’s sovereignty, its territorial integrity, and right to choose their security arrangements and alliances,” Blinken said.
“We prefer diplomacy and we are prepared to move forward where there is the possibility of communication and cooperation if Russia de-escalates its aggression toward Ukraine, stop the inflammatory rhetoric, and approaches discussions about the future of security in Europe in a spirit of reciprocity,” Blinken added.
Russia while responding to the US said on Thursday that the United States was failing to address its main security concerns over Ukraine and left the door open to further talks to ease tensions.
In recent weeks, Russia has been pouring in large numbers of troops on the Ukraine border – something which has threatened Western countries and invoked them to prepare for the possible invasion of Ukraine, a state they consider a buffer between NATO and Russia. The border provocations have led them to send military aid to the country. The US this week had already sent three shipments of military assistance, including anti-armour weaponry and Javelin missiles, along with hundreds of tonnes of equipment and ammunition.
Though Ukraine is not a member of NATO and the alliance is not treaty-bound to defend it. But there is a growing push from the western countries that they will not allow any misadventure by Russia. As a result, NATO allies have continued to send reinforcements to eastern Europe and put their forces on standby. The reinforcements have been a response to Russia’s buildup of more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders.
The border tensions in Ukraine have led the relations between Russia and the West to reach their lowest point since the Cold War.
Warnings of a full-scale war are giving onlookers a prelude of Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
Haryana to give 80,000 acres of panchayat land to forest department for plantation
Haryana continues to witness an acute decrease in the green area which is a matter of serious concern. Although, the state government as well as the forest department are putting their best to increase green area. In this continuation, the state government has come ahead with a new initiative in a bid to increase the green area along with a plantation of grafted fruit trees in rural areas. According to the information made available by the Forest Department, the Panchayat Department of the state has given the nod to provide 10 percent of Panchayati land for the plantation of grafted fruits.
Panchayats of Haryana own a total of 3.5 lakh hectare land and out of which, 10 percent, i.e, nearly 80000 acre, of the land will be provided to forest department for the plantation of grafted fruits. A plantation on one acre land is likely to cost an amount of Rs 25 lakh. The forest department will bear this expenditure while the planted fruits will be sole property of the Panchayats. Thus, the new scheme is going to benefit the rural areas along with increasing the greenery across the state. The Chief Minister, Manohar Lal had announced the scheme on June 5, 2021 while likely to state soon.
Kanwar Pal Gurjer said that the forest department is leaving no stone unturned to increase the green area. As a part of aforesaid scheme, the Forest Department has been permitted to get 10 percent of Panchayati land for the plantation of grafted fruits. Further, he said, the new scheme will undoubtedly benefit the rural areas. It is worth mentioning that prior to this, the Forest Department had planted trees in nearly 400 acre land of Gwalra village of Panipat area along with many villages of Yamunanagar and Jind districts. Likewise, the department had planted trees in 1100 villages of Haryana in 2020 across the state.
Veerhabn Singh Tanwar, The Principal Chief Conservator Forest, said that in order to plant the trees of grafted fruits and implement the scheme, the officials of the department will work in collaboration with Panchayat department of the state. Further, he said that the officials of the department have been directed for the implementation of the scheme.
CEO PUNJAB HANDS OVER SEPARATE VOTER ID CARDS TO CONJOINED TWINS
With Amritsar based conjoined twins Sohan Singh and Mohan Singh, fondly known as Sohna-Mohna, has turned 18 last year, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Punjab Dr. S Karuna Raju handed over two separate Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) to both of them to mark the 12th National Voters’ Day. Special arrangements will be made for Sohna and Mohna so that both can vote separately while ensuring that their privacy could be maintained, the CEO said.
Notably, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had considered Sohna and Mohna as separate voters and decided to give individual voting rights to both of them.
Dr Raju also unveiled the poster of ‘Know Your Candidate’ mobile application, using which electors can know the particulars and criminal antecedents of any candidate. He also launched a demo video of the mobile app and urged the voters of the state to download the app.
He said that the mobile app has been developed to provide wide publicity and greater awareness regarding criminal antecedents of contesting candidates to ensure transparent elections. This app can be downloaded from Google play store and Apple App store and the link is also available on the Commission’s website, he informed.
The CEO has also symbolically handed over five more EPIC cards to the first-time voters during the State Level Event organised at Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA) here, while, Deputy Commissioners-cum-District Election Officers (DC-cum-DEO), who have joined the event virtually have handed over the EPIC card to first time voters at district level. A video message of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Shri Sushil Chandra was also played on the occasion.
The CEO accompanied by Additional CEO DPS Kharbanda along with DEOs, officials and audience present also took pledge to promote democratic Electoral Participation. The theme for this year’s National Voters’ Day is ‘Making Elections Inclusive, Accessible and Participative’.
During the event, Gurpreet Singh, a fine arts teacher from Patiala drawn a virtual live painting from DC Office Patiala, while Theatre Artists (Bhands)— Sukhdev Singh Ladhar and Inder Manuke— from Moga performed live from DC Office Moga to sensitise and encourage voters to exercise their franchise during upcoming Punjab Assembly Elections on February 20, 2022.
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