A special programme “Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran” (DAMON) would soon be launched to prevent the spread of malaria in remote areas of Odisha’s Ganjam district.
The health officials have identified over 135 remote villages under the jurisdiction of five community health centres as malaria prone areas.
The community health centres have been identified as
People testing positive for malaria will be provided treatment under the programme. Besides other diseases like malnutrition among the children and complicancy among the pregnant women will also be identified in the camps and necessary treatment will be provided.
The country’s first aviation university at Fursatganj in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district is all set for inauguration on August 18.
Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, his deputy Jayant Sinha, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Congress vice-president and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi, among others are expected to attend the inaugural event.
The Cabinet had in 2013 given its approval to the proposal for setting up of the university.
The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University Bill, 2013 had received the assent of the President of India and published in the Gazette of India on September 19, 2013.
In line with its objective of promoting aviation teaching and training, RGNAU has signed an MoU with GMR Aviation Academy for Joint PG Diploma in Aviation/ Airport Operations which is an employability oriented program focused at providing trained manpower to the industry, officials said.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar flagged off mobile therapy vans “Buniyadi Sanjivani Sewa” which would provide basic medical assistance to elderly people, widows and other section who requires social security.
A total of 11 vans were send on the occasion to as many districts including Nalanda, Patna, Bhagalpur, Begusarai, Buxar, Muzaffarpur, Nawada, Purnea, Rohtas, Darbhanga and Samastipur.
The vans equipped with basic medical apparatus and accompanied by technical team would provide basic medical care to elderly people, widows and disabled in the districts.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed an interim ban on use of non-biodegradable plastic bags which are less than 50 microns in the entire national capital.
A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also announced an environment compensation of Rs5,000 on anyone found in possession of such banned plastic.
The tribunal has also directed the Delhi government to seize the entire stock of plastic within one week from today.
The bench asked the AAP-ruled city government and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to file an affidavit by a senior most officer and inform it how directions with regard to waste management in the city were being implemented particularly in respect to plastics.
The green panel had last year banned the use of disposable plastic in Delhi and NCR with effect from 1 January 2017 and directed the city government to take steps to reduce dumped waste.
Akshay Kumar appointed as the brand ambassador for Swachh Bharat Mission
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today announced the appointment of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar as the brand ambassador of the Swachh Bharat Mission in the state and also made his upcoming film “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” tax free.
The movie stresses on the importance of building toilets and ending open defecation in the country.
Mimaansa a Mumbai-based organisation that works on assisting children who suffer from learning disabilities (LD) won Young Innovators Challenge 2017 event hosted by 3M India and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
A Mumbai-based organisation that works on assisting children who suffer from learning disabilities (LD), was awarded in the Young Innovators Challenge 2017 event hosted by 3M India and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for its work with students of municipal schools in Thane.
The aim of the challenge was to come up with unique ideas to tackle India’s social and economic problems.
Mimaansa, started in 2012 by Poojaa Joshi, a former French teacher and now psychotherapist, works on offering early intervention for children with learning disabilities, including a remedial programme focused on alternative teaching strategies by skilled special educators.
The Goa Legislative Assembly passed a bill which reclassifies coconut as a `tree, ensuring legal protection for it.
Goa Forward Party, a partner in the Manohar Parrikar-led government, had promised to reclassify coconut.
The previous Laxmikant Parsekar-led government had changed classification of coconut tree to a `palm.
However, the decision kicked up a controversy as green activists claimed that it would make it easy to cut down coconut trees indiscriminately in the coastal state as it would require no formal permission.
The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet approved renaming of Samajwadi Sarvhit Kisan Bima Yojna to Mukhymantri Sarvhit Kisan Bima Yojna.
The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet approved renaming of another Samajwadi Party (SP) government-run scheme, and the Samajwadi Sarvhit Kisan Bima Yojna will now on be known as the Mukhymantri Sarvhit Kisan Bima Yojna.
To eliminate measles & rubella by 2020, the Centre has rolled out the second phase of its measles-rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in the 8 States and union territories of country
Nearly 3.4 crore children across eight states and union territories —
1. Andhra Pradesh,
3. Himachal Pradesh,
7. Dadra and Nagar Haveli and
8. Daman and Diu
will be covered in this stage.
The Union health ministry’s campaign against the two diseases intends to cover approximately 41 crore children in a phased manner, making it the largest-ever worldwide.
The first phase of the campaign was launched across five states — Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Lakshadweep and Puducherry — in February this year.
Thousands of men and women celebrated ‘Aadi Perukku’ festival at the bathing ghats of the Periyar river in Veerapandi and Uthamapalyam in Tamil Nadu.
Pilgrims began to throng the banks of the river since morning as the flow was good, thanks to discharge of a large quantum of water from Periyar dam in order to improve the storage level in Vaigai dam.
Women performed special pujas to the river and prepared sweet pongal and offered to it. Irrespective of caste and community, both men and women prayed together for rain.
The Haryana government barred school teachers from stepping inside the classrooms with mobile phones and decided to hold head of the school “accountable” for violation of this norm
This restriction of going to the classroom without mobile phones also applies to the head of school.
The education department has directed that all inspecting officers, whether on regular inspection or surprise inspections, will check whether these instructions are being followed in letter and spirit.
Teachers will keep mobile phones in the staff room or in an area earmarked by the head of school.
However, in case of unavoidable reasons the teacher has to take mobile phone to the classroom for “academic use” then prior permission of the head of the school is must.
To improve patient care through better family engagement and education, the Punjab government launched a flagship health scheme — Care Companion Programme (CCP)
Under the innovative program, the hospital hallways or wards will turn into classrooms and taps into the most compassionate and willing resource available for care, that is the patient’s own family, by teaching the family high-impact medical skills to take care of their loved ones in the hospital and at home.
CCP will initially be implemented in Maternal and Child Health wings of six district hospitals at Amritsar, Patiala, Jalandhar, SBS Nagar, Sangrur, Tarn Taran.
The aim is to reduce the number of baby deaths and complications like infections in the first 30 days’ post-discharge, and ensure adoption of long-term health pro motive behaviours.
In a move to ease commuter woes, Mumbai Metro One announced the launch of India’s first mobile ticketing system, OnGo
This system will help commuters pass the AFC (automated fare collection) gates using their mobile phones.
The commuters will be able to buy tickets or monthly passes using the Mumbai Metro app on their smartphone. Once they make the payment using their mobile wallet or e-wallet, a QR code will be generated.
The gate’s sensor will then scan this code and let them access the platform.
The Punjab government announced the launch of its flagship ‘Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar’ scheme by flagging off over 100 uberMOTO bikes.
Under the scheme the state government will be providing commercial two wheelers and four wheelers to unemployed youth at subsidised rates.
Though Uber will be able to operate easily with in Punjab.
Uber, the ridesharing app that connects riders with drivers, also announced the launch of its bike-sharing product, uberMOTO, in Mohali, Ludhiana, Zirakpurand Kharar in the presence of Manpreet Singh Badal Minister for Finance, Planning and Employment Generation in Punjab.
Kerala is getting ready to host a literary festival with tolerance as the core theme that will be held at Chengannur, a town in coastal Alappuza district, from July 24
Creative writers, journalists, theatre and film personalities deliberated on tolerance at the fifth edition of South India Writers Ensemble (SIWE), held at Chengannur, a sleepy town in coastal Alappuza district, from July 24.
Lucknow Metro Station is set to become India’s first to provide Free Water, Toilet Facilities and its own personalised FM radio station.
On top of being India’s first metro network to offer free drinking water and toilet facilities, Lucknow Metro will also become the first in the country to have its own FM radio station.
It will operate alongside a collaboration with a private radio station to provide information regarding metro safety as well as on and off board entertainment. It will also provide free -WiFi at all stations to commuters with a ‘Go Smart’ card.
Lucknow Metro is expected to cover 140km in the city in a total of four phases over the next 25 years, operating two routes, from North to South and East to West.
It is also reported that it will be the fastest built metro system in the world and the most economical high speed rapid transit system project in India.
The Maharashtra government, while renewing its annual ban on gutka and pan masala, has removed `scented supari’ from the list at least until a special committee gives its verdict.
In other words, scented supari – which health activists claim is just another name for pan masala can be sold in Maharashtra.
The state banned gutka, pan masala, chewable tobacco, zarda, among other harmful products, on health grounds in 2012.
These products contain carcinogens such as tobacco and heavy metals and many studies across India have linked their use to increased incidence of oral cancer. Oral cancer accounts for over a third of all cancers in India.