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The Heritage Group of Schools announces campus in Noida


The Heritage Group of Schools, a leading network of K-12 schools with a presence in Delhi & Gurgaon has announced the launch of its new campus in Sector 128, Noida. It will be the fourth addition to the three well-established C.B.S.E. schools in Rohini, Vasant Kunj and Gurgaon.  

“We are excited to announce the launch of our new campus in Noida. Sadly, the education system is still designed for the first industrial revolution with the consequence that 50% of our workforce lacks basic employability skills. The curriculum at Heritage has been designed consciously to nurture these aspects, by a core team of experts from around the world, who take the best practices and contextualise them to the Indian environment,”said Manit Jain, the Co-Founder of the school. He added, “The Heritage School in Noida is going to embody the same vision and philosophy of humanising education and cultivating skills and attitudes that are going to matter the most when our students graduate. We are looking forward to seeing our first intake of students in the new campus in April 2021.”  

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Dr. Harsh Vardhan highlights need for long-term solutions for management of biomedical waste


Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has underlined the need for long term solutions for management of biomedical waste so as to ease the pressure on health and environment, specifically in a pandemic like situation. His message was read out at a recent webinar.

“The need for biomedical waste management is quite significant today, there is a need for strict compliance of the rules and regulations already in place for safe disposal of such biomedical waste”, he added while thanking India Water Foundation (IWF) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for supporting member states, including India, through an environmental strategy to protect people.

The high-level webinar on ‘The Future of Liquid Waste Management amidst COVID-19: What lies ahead?’ was jointly organized by the India Water Foundation (IWF) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) supported by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India and Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti recently. The webinar focused on the future of liquid waste management and effective management of biomedical waste. 

The main objective was to have a holistic understanding on various facets of waste management in context of COVID-19 along with socio-environmental impacts. The sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 has imposed massive health and economic burdens on communities around the world and affected every sector of society, including the waste-water sector. Among all the categories of biomedical waste, liquid wastes pose a serious threat to human health and the environment because of their ability to enter watersheds, pollute groundwater and drinking water when improperly handled and disposed.

Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST, highlighted about innovations to tackle this waste that have been developed in the last 4-5 months like garbage bins with virus neutralizing inner lining for hospitals by institutions like Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, Trivandrum. They are now being produced commercially.

Prof. Sharma explained the connection of water with a range of sectors. “75% of the water goes to agriculture, and there is also a nexus between water and health, especially in the times of COVID 19. Even when the COVID 19 would disappear from the world, water problems would still be there. Science & Technology is not the limiting factor to prevent the use and abuse of water. There are a whole lot of factors like economics of situation, public behaviour, and awareness in the society which need to be focused to prevent the abuse of water,” he pointed out.

“The upcoming Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, 2020 with a very wide stakeholder consultation will address many of the issues connected to water,” added Prof. Sharma.

Speakers highlighted the lack of reliable data on sewage generation, treatment of sewage, and capacity utilization of the existing sewage treatment infrastructure.

The webinar was attended by experts like Dr. Arvind Kumar, President, India Water Foundation, Atul Bagai, Head of Country Office UNEP India, Payden, Deputy World Health Organisation Representative to India, Dr. Muralee Thummarukudy, Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction, UNEP, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Memon, Regional Coordinator for Resource Efficiency(UNEP), Shiv Das Meena, Chairman Central Pollution Control Board, Dr. Rajnarayan R Tiwari, Director of ICMR- NIREH (National Institute for Research in Environmental Health), Swapan Mehra Vice President (Waste to Wealth), Invest India. Policymakers, practitioners and technical experts, professionals, UN and international agencies, development partners involved in waste management, bio-medical waste, sewage, finance, and circular economy, civil society organizations interacted with participants from UNEP, India Water Foundation, and other organisations at the technical session.

Source: PIB

NTPC enters into foreign currency loan accord with Japanese Govt.’s financial institution for Rs 3,582 cr under GREEN initiative


In the first funding for NTPC Ltd under Japan Bank for International Co-operation (JBIC)’s GREEN or Global Action for Reconciling Economic growth and Environment preservation initiative, India’s largest power producer today entered into foreign currency loan agreement with Japanese Government’s financial institution for JPY 50 billion (approx. USD 482 million or Rs. 3,582 crore). JBIC will provide 60% of the facility amount and the balance will be given by commercial banks (viz., Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, the Bank of Yokohama Ltd., the San-In Godo Bank Ltd., the Joyo Bank Ltd. and The Nanto Bank Ltd.), under JBIC guarantee.

The facility is extended under JBIC’s outreach for projects, which ensure conservation of global environment. The loan proceeds will be utilized by NTPC Ltd, the PSU under Ministry of Power, for funding its capex for Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) & Renewable Energy projects. FGD, substantially reduces the SOx emission in the flue gases of thermal power plants and is a critical step towards environmental sustainability.

The loan agreement was signed by Anil Kumar Gautam, Director (Finance), NTPC and TANIMOTO Masayuki, Managing Executive Officer, Global Head of Infrastructure & Environment Finance Group, JBIC through video conferencing.

Source: PIB

Complainant urges IIMC to withhold candidature of a teaching staff member on account of matter being sub-judice


Activist Sushil Raghav has sent a written complaint to Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and one to PMO against the candidature of Rajesh Kumar for the coveted post of professor at IIMC New Delhi. The complaint alleges that the eligibility of Rajesh Kumar as associate professor of mass communication at Doon University had been challenged in Uttarakhand HC in Nainital and the matter is sub-judice. On account of the matter under consideration, where the HC had set up a committee to decide upon the validity of PhD degree of Kumar, the appointment to IIMC should not be done, said Raghav. The complaint alleges that Rajesh Kumar has a fake Ph.D. degree certificate and was never enrolled or registered in Ph.D. programme in BRAU (University of Muzaffarpur), Bihar.

Raghav’s complaint says that there is no existence of any enrollment number or registration number in the records of the University for his PhD. He never submitted any PhD thesis. There is no record of his PhD thesis in BRAU Mujaffarpurr. In the period, which he claims for his PhD in the BRAU university, he was working as transmission executive with Doordarshan Kendra, the complain alleges. The other point he raised is that Rajesh Kumar joined Doon University Dehradun as an associate professor in year 2010. His appointment and validity of his service at Doon University is under challenge before Uttarakhand High Court, Nainital in the public interest litigation no. WP (S/B) No. 475 of 2019 since year 2019. Raghav had urged the IIMC to not entertain the candidature of Kumar until the matter is decided by the Uttarakhand HC. Raghav also urged that IIMC must obtain and bring his enrollment number of PhD and a copy of his PhD thesis on record.

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PM interacts with beneficiaries of PM SVANIDHI Yojana from UP


PM Narendra Modi interacted with beneficiaries of PM SVANIDHI Yojana from Uttar Pradesh through video conferencing. The Prime Minister while interacting with the beneficiaries gave suggestions on benefits of digital payment and how to get cashback benefits. He also said with this money one can have proper education and a better career.

Later in his address, the Prime Minister said earlier it was difficult for even the salaried people to approach the banks for loans while the poor and the street vendors could not even think of approaching the bank. But now, he said, the banks are reaching the doorsteps of people to provide loans for helping the latter start their ventures.

The Prime Minister wished the beneficiaries and lauded the bankers for their efforts. He said their efforts will help the poor celebrate their festivals. He said this day is an important day for AatmaNirbhar Bharat and the day to honour the street vendors. He said the nation recognizes their contribution towards self-reliant India. He said when the Corona pandemic broke out, other nations were concerned how their workers would cope, but in our country our workers have proved that they can surmount any challenge and can fight back and win.

The Prime Minister said the Government launched the Garib Kalyan Yojana with a package of Rs 1 lakh 70 thousand crores to mitigate the sufferings of the poor during the pandemic. He said in the economic stimulus of Rs 20 lakh crores the focus was on the poor. He expressed happiness that the street vendors can resume their work and become self-sufficient again.

He appreciated the speed with which the scheme is being implemented across the country. The Prime Minister said there is no need for a guarantor for the loans under the Svanidhi Scheme and that the provision of loans is hassle free. One can upload the application online oneself at any common service center or Municipal office or by going to a bank.

The Prime Minister said for the first time since independence street vendors are getting unsecured affordable loans. He said the maximum applications of urban street vendors have come from UP. He said under this scheme, out of the 25 lakh loan applications received in the country, more than 6.5 lakh applications are from UP alone. Out of the 6.5 lakh applications received from UP, 4.25 lakh applications have been approved. He said that stamp duty has been exempted for the loan agreement of Swanidhi Yojana in UP.

The Prime Minister thanked the Government of UP for providing financial assistance of Rs 1,000 to 6 lakh street vendors during the pandemic. He said that most of the street vendors who were given the loan through the Swanidhi scheme are repaying their loan on time proving that small time borrowers do not compromise on their honesty & sincerity.

The Prime Minister urged the need to spread awareness about the scheme to as many people as possible. He said under this scheme there will also be a 7 percent discount on interest on timely repayment and there will be Rs 100 cashback a month on digital transactions.

The Prime Minister remarked that people doubted the efficacy of the Jan Dhan accounts but that the same today are helping the poor at the time of crisis. He listed the initiatives of the Government for the welfare of the poor.

On this occasion the Prime Minister assured the street vendors, workers and farmers that the country will leave no stone unturned to advance their business and improve their life.

Source: PIB

New age sustainable disinfectants and sanitizers may bring relief from chemical ones with side effects


The days of suffering from dry, itching hands due to rinsing them multiple times with chemical disinfectants and soap as protection against contact infection of COVID 19 may soon be over. A number of start-ups based in different parts of India are now armed with a range of sustainable alternatives to conventional chemical-based decontaminants that can disinfect surfaces and even micro cavities.

They also include technologies for disinfection of the biomedical waste generated at hospitals and the use of novel nanomaterials and chemical process innovations for long-lasting & safe sterilization of the recurrent use surfaces.

Safe disinfection and sanitization technologies have come from a total of 10 companies supported for disinfectants and sanitizers under Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis (CAWACH), an initiative by the National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Department of Science and Technology (DST), implemented by Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT Bombay.

Mumbai based start-up Inphlox Water Systems, with expertise in treating complex polluted water and wastewater, modified their technology to design and develop a system for space and equipment disinfection to fight COVID 19 contamination titled VAJRA. The VAJRA KE Series uses a disinfection system consisting of a multistage disinfection process by incorporating electrostatic discharge that generates ozone, and the powerful sterilizing effects of UVC light spectrum. VAJRA Kavach-E (KE) uses advanced oxidation, electrostatic discharge, and UVC light spectrum to inactivate the viruses, bacteria, and other microbial strains present on the PPE. This saves costs by making the PPE, medical, and nonmedical gear reusable. 

Inphlox Water Systems, which started with the Nidhi Prayas grant from DST (through IIT Bombay) for innovations in the water sector, used the CAWACH grant from DST to modify their technology to make it suitable for combating the COVID 19 infection. They prepared themselves for manufacturing 25 space disinfection systems per month, streamlined the production, supply chain, and logistics to scale up the manufacturing capacity by 25% with each passing month thereon.

At present, they are coordinating with IIT Bombay’s and CCMB’s (Hyderabad) virology labs for further testing of these systems. The startup is ready with commercial product versions and is working on improving product certifications so that specialized labs can also use their solutions.

Source: PIB

Newly identified tectonically active zone in Himalayas could alter earthquake study & predictions


The suture zone of the Himalayas or the Indus Suture Zone (ISZ) in the Ladakh region where Indian and Asian Plates are joined has been found to be tectonically active, as against current understanding that it is a locked zone.

This could have major implications in terms of earthquake study, prediction, understanding the seismic structure of the mountain chains well as its evolution.

A group of Scientists from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), Dehradun, an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, have found through observations and detailed mapping of geological features that the suture zone of Himalaya that was conventionally thought to be locked is tectonically active. They carried out the mapping of the remote regions of Ladakh that forms the most hinterland part of the Himalaya. The study was published recently in the journal ‘Technophysics’.

The geologists observed that sedimentary beds are tilted and thrust broken, the rivers are associated with uplifted terraces, and the bedrock shows brittle deformation that occurred at much shallower depths. These deformed geological features were then dated in the laboratory at Dehradun using a technique called Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) (method for carrying Luminescence dating of geological sediments) and data of seismicity and denudation rate reviewed. The combination of field and lab data suggested the region of the Indus Suture Zone (ISZ) has been neo-tectonically active since the last 78000 — 58000 years and a recent earthquake in 2010 of low magnitude 4.0 near the village of Upshi that occurred due to a thrust rupture.

Himalaya were known to be made up of north dipping thrusts like the Main Central Thrust (MCT), the Main Boundary Thrust (MBT), and the Main Frontal Thrust (MFT). As per the established models, all of these thrusts except MFT are locked, and overall deformation in Himalaya is being accommodated only along with the MFT. The new findings, which suggest a more remote fault at the suture zone being neo-tectonically active, could call for a serious relook into the existing evolutionary models using new techniques and a larger geological database.

Source: PIB

PM to inaugurate National Conference on Vigilance and Anti Corruption on Oct. 27


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the National Conference on Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, on the theme सतर्क भारत, समृद्ध भारत (Vigilant India, Prosperous India) at 4:45 PM on 27th October, 2020 via video conferencing.

The Inaugural Session of the Conference will be live streamed and available on the link https://pmindiawebcast.nic.in/


The Central Bureau of Investigation organizes this National Conference coinciding with ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’, which is observed in India every year from 27th October to 2nd November. Activities in this conference would be focused on Vigilance issues aimed at raising awareness and reaffirming India’s commitment to promotion of integrity and probity in public life through citizen participation.

The three day conference would discuss the Challenges in investigation in foreign jurisdictions; Preventive Vigilance as a Systemic Check against Corruption; Systemic improvements for financial inclusion and prevention of bank frauds; Effective Audit as an Engine of Growth; Latest amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act as an impetus to the fight against corruption; Capacity Building and Training; Multi Agency Coordination-an enabler for faster and more effective Investigation; Emerging Trends in Economic Offences, Cyber Crimes and Transnational Organized Crime-measures to Control and Exchange of Best Practices among Criminal Investigative Agencies.

The Conference shall bring policy makers and practitioners on a common platform and will act as an enabler to combat corruption through systemic improvements and preventive vigilance measures, thereby ushering in good governance and accountable administration. This is a significant contributing factor for enabling ease of doing business in India.

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh will also address the Inaugural Session.

The participants of the Conference include Heads of Anti-Corruption Bureaux, Vigilance Bureaux, Economic Offence Wings/CID from States/UTs; CVOs, CBI officials and representatives from various Central agencies will also participate. The inaugural session will also be attended by Chief Secretaries and DGPs of States/UTs.

Source: PIB

Misusing submersible water now attracts max. Rs 1 lakh fine & jail term upto 5 years

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A notification has been issued by Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) to stop misuse of potable groundwater mostly being used by domestic consumers, group housing societies and commercial users after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) asked it to do so, in a petition by Rajendra Tyagi and NGO Friends.

According to petitioners’ advocate, Akash Vashishtha, “The CGWA directions to Jal Nigams, municipal corporations, councils, development authorities, Panchayats have outlined that persons misusing groundwater should be penalized under a system of compliance that should be enforced by these bodies. If enforced strictly this could mean that violators face imprisonment that can be of maximum 5 years and a fine of maximum upto Rs 1 lakh under Section 15 of the Environment Protection Act 1986 that stipulates such a punishment.”

The directions of the CGWA are significant in the sense that in its 2015 guidelines and presently the 2020 guidelines nodal officers looking after compliance in matters of groundwater violations are mostly the administrative officials such as DMs, DCs and so forth; however these directions have placed upon the responsibility of compliance on municipal and other officials that is far more practical from an enforcement point of view.

The petition in the NGT had highlighted how people living in housing societies and other users have been wasting the precious groundwater resource after getting submersible pumps installed privately.

“Considering that groundwater has become a scarce commodity and its extraction should require an NOC from the CGWA by every user it’s strange that CGWA should have allowed the domestic users exemption from applying for NOCs in its latest guidelines that have come into effect only recently,” said environmentalist Sushil Raghav and added that applying for an NOC at least would mean that the violators will have fear of the law.

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G’bad: Mayor, DM, SSP and senior GNN officials inaugurate Mission Shakti help desk


In line withMission Shakti, Nari Suraksha Nari Samman’ launched by Up Govt., today a woman help desk was inaugurated at Kavi Nagar police station wherein Mayor Asha Sharma, DM Ajay Shankar Pandey, SSP Kalanidhi Naithani and other Nigam officials were present. Earlier a video conference was held by CM Yogi Adityanath. The mission has been launched throughout Uttar Pradesh.

Women officials and employees were also felicitated on this occasion.

Under the aegis of the GNN a self-defence camp was also organized in women colleges run by the GNN in all its 5 zones. Girls students participated actively in this event. A painting completion was also organized on the occasion.


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