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Pvt. hospitals functioning as Covid Vaccination Centres may charge max. Rs. 250 per dose

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Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary today interacted with Health Secretaries and MDs (NHM) of States and UTs on the vaccination of age-appropriate groups through a video conference (VC) today. The nationwide COVID-19 Vaccination drive was launched on 16thJanuary, 2021. From this date onwards, Health Care Workers (HCWs) were given the first dose of the COVID vaccine while Front Line Workers (FLWs) were included from 2nd February, 2021. So far, more than 1.5 core vaccinations have been done.

This nationwide vaccination program is now to be exponentially expanded to the following age-groups from 1st March, 2021:

i) all citizens above 60 years of age, and

ii) those within the age bracket of 45 to 59 years with specified co-morbidities

To ramp up the COVID vaccination capacity manifold, significantly large number of private facilities is being involving. Around 10,000 private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, more than 600 hospitals empanelled under CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under State Govts. Health Insurance Schemes can participate as COVID Vaccination Centers (CVCs). Health Departments of State Governments have already initiated dialogue with these private hospitals so that they can be encouraged to participate in this drive as CVCs. A list of all these private hospitals has been uploaded on the website of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and National Health Authority. These can be accessed at:          

 a) https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/CGHSEmphospitals.xlsx           

b) https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/PMJAYPRIVATEHOSPITALSCONSOLIDATED.xlsx

In addition, there would be Govt. health facilities which will be used as CVCs such as medical college hospitals, district hospitals, sub divisional hospitals, CHCs, PHCs, Health Sub Centers and Health and Wellness Centers. Geo reference maps with GPS coordinates of all these health facilities have been prepared that will serve as CVCs and these Geo referenced maps are being shared with the States.

The Government COVID Vaccination Centers will offer free vaccination for all with the Central Government bearing the full cost of the vaccination.

All the private health facilities which will serve as Government COVID Vaccination Centers must follow strict norms of due process, quality and safety including integration with the National Co-Win technology platform. All private health facilities must also have adequate space, adequate cold chain arrangements, adequate number of vaccinators and support staff and adequate arrangements for addressing Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI).

States were explained the 3 (three) methods of registration i.e. Advance Self Registration, Onsite Registration and Facilitated Cohort Registration.

States have been explained that the private hospitals functioning as CVCs can charge subject to a ceiling of Rs. 250 per person per dose along with the electronic and financial management mechanism in this regard. User Names and Passwords to be provided to the private facilities to facilitate effective use of CoWIN 2.0, were also discussed during the meeting.

In addition, mapping of private facilities with the nearest cold chain points to ensure seamless flow of vaccines to them was explained to the States. 

The simplified system of certifying people with 20 co-morbidities within the 45-59 years age group was also explained to the States. The simplified one page certificate to be signed by any registered medical practitioner is at annexure-1. The certificate can either be uploaded on Co-WIN2.0 by the beneficiary while self registering or a hard copy can be carried by the beneficiary to the CVC.

Source: PIB

India must leverage growing air traffic to establish robust aircraft leasing industry: Hardeep S Puri

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Hardeep S Puri, MoS, I/C, Civil Aviation has stated that India must leverage its growing air traffic to establish a robust aircraft leasing industry, which would finance new aircraft deliveries through its own policies and products. Addressing the India Aircraft Leasing Summit 2021- Rupee Raftaarheld here today, Puri said that it is vital to develop this new line of business in India for financial services and add India on the map of global financial centers for international financial services. Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister was the Chief Guest and graced the event with virtual presence. Hardeep S Puri, was the Guest of Honour at the summit. Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Injeti Srinivas, Chairperson, International Financial Services Centre Authority, Vandana Aggarwal, Senior Economic Advisor, M/o Civil Aviation, Uday Shankar, President, FICCI, Remi Maillard, Head of Airbus India, and stakeholders from the Indian civil aviation sector and industry members attended the event.

Hardeep S Puri said that the COVID-19 pandemic has stagnated the economic activities globally, but Indian aviation sector, has shown resilience, recalibration and resurgence despite the cascading impact of various aspects of world trade. He added that the Indian Aviation sector is on a path to recovery and has exhibited significant recovery to pre-Covid levels in terms of passenger movement and cargo operation. Concerted efforts are being made to attract new business into India, such as through aircraft leasing, financing, and MRO operations.

Puri informed that to commensurate with the growth potential of Indian aviation sector, in the next 20 years, India will need 1,750-2,100 aircraft valued at over ₹20,40,000 crore (~USD 290 billion), with an estimated 100 deliveries each year, i.e. about ₹35,000 crore or USD 5 billion of financing each year as per predictions of Airbus and Boeing. He added that the share of aircraft on lease globally has increased dramatically over the last few decades. It has escalated from 2 per cent in 1980 to over 41 per cent in 2018, and is estimated to have reached 50% in 2020.

Civil Aviation Minister highlighted that aircraft financing is the most profitable segment of the aviation value chain and currently, foreign financiers and lessors are the biggest beneficiaries of India’s growing opportunity.He informed that several initiatives have been taken by the Government to develop Aviation leasing and Financing Hub in India which included Financing, MRO, manufacturing etc. to rapidly expand this business in India.

Puri said that as dynamic nature of business in IFSCs requires high inter-regulatory coordination, IFSCA (International Financial Services Centre Authority) has been established as unified regulator to promote ease of doing business in IFSC and to provide world class regulatory environment.

Puri shared that the Rupee Raftaar working group on aircraft leasing and financing therefore has holistically taken the 360 degree review of existing and foreseeable barriers to Aircraft Financing by local Indian financiers in India after extensive consultations with RBI, Banks, NBFCs – Asset financing / leasing companies, Airlines, Airports public and Private corporations and other stakeholders. He added that in anticipation of the long-term requirements of the country’s aviation industry, the government envisages to create an eco-system through Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) city which is an IFSC in India, wherein the flexibility of regulations needed in the industry will not affect the mainland regulations.

India has created a highly effective system for aircraft leasing and financing which is comparable to that of Ireland, China, HongKong, Singapore and elsewhere.The purpose is to grow India’s financing market which is critical to the development of aviation industry, creating high aspirational jobs in the sector and in turn propelling India’s growth. The initiative has the potential to deliver following key benefits:

  • Develop new line of business in India for International Financial Services
  • Create additional high-end jobs opportunity in India
  • Retain International Financial Services business in India and general additional business for Banks, NBFCs, Credit Guarantors, Insurance companies, other ancillary business etc.
  • Add India on the map of global financial centres for International financial services
  • Generate additional revenues through collection of taxes from ancillary industries and eventually through aircraft financing
  • Bring various Foreign lessors in India
  • Reduce foreign exchange outgo
  • Foster an aviation financing system that supports financing of airport development as well as the Make-in India initiative for manufacturing of aircraft, helicopters, drones, air taxis etc, beside component and parts suppliers for manufacturing of carriers as also global OEMs.

Source: PIB

Govt. notifies IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021

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Amidst growing concerns around lack of transparency, accountability and rights of users related to digital media and after elaborate consultation with the public and stakeholders, the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 has been framed in exercise of powers under section 87 (2) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and in supersession of the earlier Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2011.

While finalizing these Rules, both the Ministries of Electronics and Information Technology and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting undertook elaborate consultations among themselves in order to have a harmonious, soft-touch oversight mechanism in relation to social media platform as well as digital media and OTT platforms etc.

Part- II of these Rules shall be administered by Ministry of Electronics and IT, while Part-III relating to Code of Ethics and procedure and safeguards in relation to digital media shall be administered by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Source: PIB

Cabinet approves Production Linked Incentive Scheme for IT Hardware

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The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi has approved the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for IT Hardware. The scheme proposes production linked incentive to boost domestic manufacturing and attract large investments in the value chain of IT Hardware. The Target Segments under the proposed Scheme include Laptops, Tablets, All-in-One PCs and Servers.

The Scheme shall, extend an incentive of 4% to 2% / 1% on net incremental sales (over base year i.e. 2019-20) of goods manufactured in India and covered under the target segment, to eligible companies, for a period of four (4) years. The scheme is likely to benefit 5 major global players and 10 domestic champions in the field of IT Hardware manufacturing including Laptops, Tablets, All-in-One PCs, and Servers. This is an important segment to promote manufacturing under AtmaNirbhar Bharat as there is huge import reliance for these items at present.

Financial Implications:

The total cost of the proposed scheme is approximately Rs.7,350 crore over 4 years, which includes an incentive outlay of Rs.7,325 crore and administrative charges of Rs.25 crore.

Benefits:

The scheme will enhance the development of electronics ecosystem in the country. India will be well positioned as a global hub for Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) on account of integration with global value chains, thereby becoming a destination for IT Hardware exports.

The scheme has an employment generation potential of over 1,80,000 (direct and indirect) over 4 years. The Scheme will provide impetus to Domestic Value Addition for IT Hardware which is expected to rise to 20% – 25% by 2025.

Background:

The vision of National Policy on Electronics 2019 notified on 25.02.2019 is to position India as a global hub for Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) by encouraging and driving capabilities in the country for developing core components, including chipsets, and creating an enabling environment for the industry to compete globally.

Currently, the laptop and tablet demand in India is largely met through imports valued at USD 4.21 billion and USD 0.41 billion respectively in 2019-20. The market for IT Hardware is dominated by 6-7 companies globally which account for about 70% of the world’s market share. These companies are able to exploit large economies of scale to compete in global markets. It is imperative that these companies expand their operations in India and make it a major destination for manufacturing of IT Hardware.

Given the current global scenario, the world of manufacturing is undergoing a paradigm shift. Manufacturing companies across the globe are looking to diversify their manufacturing locations to mitigate the risk involved in depending on a single market.

Source: PIB

CCI approves acquisition of Tata Communications Ltd by Panatone Finvest Limited

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The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves acquisition by Panatone Finvest Limited (“Acquirer”) of Tata Communications Limited (“TCL”) under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002, today. The Proposed Combination envisages the proposed acquisition of such shareholding not exceeding 26.12% by the Acquirer in the Target (“Proposed Combination”). As a result of the Proposed Combination, the Acquirer Group / Tata Group would increase its shareholding from 48.87% to such shareholding not exceeding 74.99%.

The Acquirer is a Systemically Important Non-Deposit Taking Core Investment Company (“CIC-ND-SI”) registered with the Reserved Bank of India and is a subsidiary of Tata Sons and belongs to the Tata Group.

TCL is part of the Tata group and is a facilities-based service provider of a broad range of integrated communications services. It generates revenue from three business segments – wholesale voice, enterprise and carrier data and others. In India, TCL is, directly and indirectly through its subsidiaries, engaged in the following activities:

  1. International Long-Distance services (“ILD”) – voice;
  2. National Long-Distance services (“NLD”) – voice;
  3. Undersea cable systems (“UCS”);
  4. Internet Service Provider (“ISP”), offering connectivity, messaging, Internet telephony; and
  5. Enterprise business providing valued added services

A detailed order of the CCI will follow.

Source: PIB

Jasmeet Singh and Amit Bansal appointed as judges of Delhi HC

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The President of India, in exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, appointed Jasmeet Singh and Amit Bansal as the Judges of the Delhi High Court from the date they assume charge. A notification in this regard was issued today by Department of Justice.

Jasmeet Singh, B.Com (Hons), LL.B, has 27 years of experience, practicing Delhi High Court and Subordinate Courts from 1992 onwards. He has been practising in Constitutional, Civil, Labour, Service, and Matrimonial covering all branches of Law. He has specialization in Service and Civil Law.

Amit Bansal, B.Com. (Hons), LL.B, LL.M, has specialization in Education Laws, Arbitration Laws, Indirect Taxes Law, Service Law. He served as Senior Standing Counsel, Central Board of indirect Taxes and Customs, Standing Counsel and Legal Advisor, Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) from 2004, National Testing Agency (NTA), Additional Standing Counsel, University of Delhi, in the Delhi High Court from 2008 and Additional Standing Counsel, NDMC from 1999-2005.

Source: PIB

IIITB hosts web science for development workshop for third consecutive year

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The International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB), conducted the third Web Science for Development (WS4D) workshop with the  ‘Brave Conversations 2021’ conference on February 19-20th. The virtual event further developed the conversations begun in 2020 whilst exploring the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as a catalyst for a leap forward in global digitalisation. It also included a multitude of workshops and panel discussions conducted by IIITB’s Web Science Lab.

With the aim of creating a fast-paced learning environment the concept of ‘Brave Conversations’ provides a dynamic opportunity to explore the impact of Web Science on the everyday lives of ordinary citizens.  Hosted by Prof. S. Sadagopan, Director, IIITB and Dr Srinath Srinivasa, Brave Conversations is guided by Anni Rowland-Campbell, philanthropist and Web Science practitioner, Web Science Trust, who through conversations with guests Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Regius Professor – Computer Science, University of Southampton (returning to the conference for the second time), and Senapathy ‘Kris’ Gopalakrishnan, Chairman – Axilor Ventures and former CEO – Infosys, highlight some of the thornier issues facing us all as we increasingly move our lives online. Each conversation was followed by an interactive Q&A session designed to be challenging and thought provoking.             

The second day of the workshop was inaugurated by Prof Debabrata Das, Director Designate, IIITB, and entailed over eight talks and discussions led by experienced speakers, professors and students – Dr Prasad Ram, Founder & CEO, Gooru, Nishant Baghel, Director – Technology Innovations, Pratham, Dr Nachiket Mor, Senior Research Fellow, CITAPP – IIITB, T B Dinesh, Founder, Janastu, Prof Pauline Leonard, Executive Director – Web Science Institute and Professor of Sociology, University of Southampton, Prof Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, Professor – Computer Science and Dean of Student Affairs, IIIT-Delhi, Preeti Mudliar, Assistant Professor, IIITB, and Raksha PS, PhD student, IIITB. The discussions aim to address varying concerns that surround the use of web technologies and its effects on humanity.

Professor Sadagopan, Director, IIITB had chaired the ‘20th International World Wide Web’ Conference in Hyderabad in 2011 and holds the subject close to his heart. As the Lab Director at IIITB Web Science labs, he says, Web Science as a discipline was born as an increasing number of individuals realised the need to understand how the web and related technologies can affect humankind. With events like the WS4D and ‘Brave Conversations’, we hope to encourage and provide platforms for open conversations surrounding the relationship between humanity and technology. The last year has seen proactive, fast-paced changes to the digital and functional aspects of how we work, and I am interested to hear how our attendees and speakers feel about the situation.”

Dr Srinath Srinivasa, Dean (R&D), IIITB added,The objective this year is to spark relevant conversations on the effects the pandemic has had on changing the world’s digital environment. We not only want to provide a platform, but also be a part of the event to track different opinions expressed. The goal is not to simply inspire debate, but also to inspire action.”

“There is a sense of continuity that stems from actionable conversations”, said Prof Debabrata Das, Director Designate, IIITB. I look forward to the invigorating ideas that will be discussed at the workshop tomorrow and hope to see our participants draw parallels from today’s conversation. No conference works in silos. Each thought stemming from discussions can inspire the action that spurs invention.”

‘Brave Conversations’ is the result of a series of conferences organised to discuss emerging issues surrounding humanity and technology by an accomplished group of luminaries from the Web World. The conversations are generated by the participants who bring their backgrounds, knowledge and experience to discuss the relationship between technology and society. 

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Centre writes to states over rise in Covid-19 daily cases

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India has been witnessing a rise in the active caseload over the past few days. India’s total Active Caseload is pegged at 1,45,634 today. It now consists of 1.32% of India’s total Positive Cases.

More than 74% of the Active Cases of the country are in Kerala and Maharashtra. Of late it is seen that there has been a spike in the daily cases in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh also. Punjab and J&K too are witnessing a surge in daily new cases.

In the last four weeks in Kerala, the average weekly cases have fluctuated between a high of 42,000 to a low of 34,800. Similarly, in the last four weeks, the weekly positivity in Kerala has ranged from 13.9% to 8.9%. In Kerala, the district of Alappuzha is a cause of special concern where the weekly Positivity Rate has increased to 10.7% and weekly cases have increased to 2,833.

In Maharashtra, in the last four weeks, the weekly cases have shown a rising trend and have increased from 18,200 to 21,300; while the weekly positivity has also increased from 4.7% to 8%. The areas of concern are the Mumbai Suburban areas where the weekly cases have risen by 19%. In Nagpur, Amravati, Nashik, Akola and Yavatmal the weekly cases have increased by 33%, 47%, 23%, 55% and 48%, respectively.

Punjab is rapidly assuming critical dimension in respect of the spread of COVID19 infection. In the State, in the last four weeks, the weekly positivity rate has increased from 1.4% to 1.6%, while the weekly cases in the last four weeks have seen a rise from 1300 to 1682. In one district of SBS Nagar alone, the weekly positivity rate has become 4.9% from 3.5% and the weekly cases have more than doubled from 165 to 364.

5 States/UTs have weekly Positivity Rate more than the National Average. The National average is 1.79%. Maharashtra has highest weekly positivity rate with 8.10%.

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The Centre has advised all these States to work on five major areas. These are:

  1. Improve the overall testing numbers by focusing on increasing the proportion of RT-PCR tests.
  2. All negative Rapid Antigen Test results to be mandatorily followed by RT-PCR test and no such negative persons are to be missed.
  3. Refocus on strict and comprehensive surveillance as well as stringent containment in selected districts.
  4. Regular monitoring of the mutant strains through testing followed by Genome Sequencing, as well as monitoring of the emerging cluster of cases.
  5. Focusing on clinical management in districts reporting higher deaths.

On the front of COVID Vaccination, India’s cumulative Vaccination Coverage has crossed 1.10 Cr.

As on 18th February, 2021, till 8:00 AM, a total of 1,10,85,173 vaccine doses have been administered through 2,30,888 sessions, as per the provisional report till 8 am today. These include 63,91,544 HCWs (1st dose), 9,60,642 HCWs (2nd dose) and 37,32,987 FLWs (1st dose).

The 2nd dose of COVID19 vaccination started on 13th February, 2021 for those beneficiaries who have completed 28 days after receipt of the 1st dose. Vaccination of the FLWs started on 2nd Feb 2021.

S.No. State/UTBeneficiaries vaccinated
1stDose2ndDoseTotal Doses
1A&N Islands4,8461,3066,152
2Andhra Pradesh4,07,93585,5364,93,471
3Arunachal Pradesh19,7024,04123,743
4Assam1,53,25911,0501,64,309
5Bihar5,22,37938,9645,61,343
6Chandigarh12,95379513,748
7Chhattisgarh3,40,55720,6683,61,225
8Dadra  &Nagar Haveli4,9392445,183
9Daman  &Diu1,7352131,948
10Delhi2,94,08117,3293,11,410
11Goa15,0701,11316,183
12Gujarat8,21,94060,1308,82,070
13Haryana2,08,30823,9872,32,295
14Himachal Pradesh94,89712,0761,06,973
15Jammu & Kashmir2,00,6956,7312,07,426
16Jharkhand2,52,63411,3252,63,959
17Karnataka5,40,8681,13,4306,54,298
18Kerala3,99,06438,8294,37,893
19Ladakh5,6316006,231
20Lakshadweep1,8091151,924
21Madhya Pradesh6,40,8053,7786,44,583
22Maharashtra8,75,75246,9769,22,728
23Manipur40,2151,71141,926
24Meghalaya23,87762924,506
25Mizoram14,6272,24116,868
26Nagaland21,5263,90925,435
27Odisha4,38,12794,9665,33,093
28Puducherry9,25185310,104
29Punjab1,22,42913,8591,36,288
30Rajasthan7,82,70138,3588,21,059
31Sikkim11,86570012,565
32Tamil Nadu3,39,68631,1603,70,846
33Telangana2,80,97387,1593,68,132
34Tripura82,36911,58793,956
35Uttar Pradesh10,66,29085,75211,52,042
36Uttarakhand1,30,9087,1461,38,054
37West Bengal6,33,27149,7866,83,057
38Miscellaneous3,06,55731,5903,38,147
Total1,01,24,5319,60,6421,10,85,173

As on Day-36 of the vaccination drive (20th February, 2021), a total of  4,32,931 vaccine doses were administered. Out of which, 2,56,488 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 8,575 sessions for 1st dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 1,76,443 HCWs received 2nd dose of vaccine.

60.04% of those who have received the second dose are concentrated in 7 States. Karnataka alone accounts for 11.81% (1,13,430 doses).

A total of 1.06 Cr (1,06,89,715) people has recovered so far. 11,667 patients have recovered and got discharged in the last 24 hours. India’s Recovery Rate at 97.25% is amongst the highest in the world.

81.65% of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 5 States.

Kerala has reported the maximum number of single day recoveries with 5,841 newly recovered cases. 2,567 people recovered in Maharashtra in the past 24 hours followed by 459 in Tamil Nadu.

85.61% of the new cases are from 5 States.

Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 6,281. It is followed by Kerala with 4,650 while Karnataka reported 490 new cases. Only two states – Maharashtra and Kerala account for 77% of daily new cases reported over the last 24 hours.

Twenty two States/UTs have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are Gujarat, Odisha, J&K(UT), Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Assam, Meghalaya, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Ladakh (UT), Nagaland, A&N Islands, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, D&D and D&N.

101 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

Five States account for 80%of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (40). Kerala reported 13 deaths. Punjab has reported another 8 casualties.

In last 24 hours, only 1 state has reported more than 20 deaths; 10 to 20 deaths have been reported by just 1 state; 6 to 10 deaths have been reported by 2 states and 10 states have reported 1 to 5 deaths.

Source: PIB

Jal Jeevan Mission: Special Campaign to provide potable piped water in schools & Anganwadi centres extended till 31st March

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The 100-day special campaign of the Ministry of Jal Shakti to provide tap water connections in schools, anganwadi centres (AWCs) and Ashramshalas under the Jal Jeevan Mission has received a very good response from the States & UTs with several States reporting 100% saturation in all schools and AWCs. Some States/ UTs have indicated that they need some more time to complete the task and sustain the efforts being undertaken for the noble mission. Considering the good response and the need to sustain the efforts, the Ministry of Jal Shakti has extended the campaign till 31st March, 2021.

During the 100 days period, States like Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Telangana have reported provision of tap water in all schools and AWCs, and Punjab has reported provision of piped water supply in all schools. Concerted efforts are being made to make provision of potable piped water supply to anganwadi centres (AWCs), schools and ashramshalas under the campaign. So far, 1.82 lakh grey water management structure, 1.42 lakh rain water harvesting structures have been constructed in schools and anganwadi centres. In total so far, 5.21 lakh schools & 4.71 lakh anganwadi centres have been provided with piped water supply. Further, around 8.24 lakh assets in these schools and anganwadi centres have also been geo-tagged.

Acknowledging the need of ‘potable piped water’ to children as they are more susceptible to water-borne diseases and need for repeated hand washing to prevent CoVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi exhorted launching of ‘100 days campaign’ on 2nd October, 2020 on occasion of Gandhi Jayanti to ensure piped safe water in schools, ashramshalas and anganwadi centres across the country. He also appealed to the States to make best use of this campaign to ensure provision of potable piped water supply in these public institutions for drinking and cooking of mid-day meals, for handwashing and use in toilets.

The Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat had launched a special mission mode campaign on 2nd October, 2020 to provide potable piped water supply in all Schools, Anganwadi Centres and Ashramshalas across the nation which has now been extended till 31st March, 2021 to ensure that no School, AWC or Ashramshala is left without a tap connection.

Source: PIB

Successful user trials of DRDO-developed Anti-Tank Guided Missile Systems ‘Helina’ and ‘Dhruvastra’

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Joint User Trials for Helina (Army Version) and Dhruvastra (Air Force Version) Missile Systemshave been carried out from Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) platform in desert ranges. The missile systems have been designed and developed indigenously by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Five missions were carried out for evaluating the missile capabilities in minimum and maximum range.The missiles were fired in hover and max forward flight against realistic static and moving targets. Some missions were carried out with warheads against derelict tanks. A mission was carried out against a moving target from a forward flying helicopter.

The Helinaand Dhruvastra are third generation, Lock on Before Launch (LOBL) fire and forget Anti-Tank Guided Missiles that can engage targets both in direct hit mode as well as top attack mode. The system has all-weather day and night capability and can defeat battle tanks with conventional armour as well as with explosive reactive armour. It is one of the most-advanced anti-tank weapons in the world. Now, the missile systems are ready for induction.

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, the Army and Air Force for the achievements. Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy appreciated the efforts of teams involved in the successful trials.

Source: PIB

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