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Prime Minister Addresses the virtual Global Vaccine Summit 2020

Prime Minister Addresses the virtual Global Vaccine Summit 2020


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Prime Minister was addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit in which over 50 ​countries - business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State and country leaders participated hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Prime Minister Addresses the virtual Global Vaccine Summit 2020

India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times says the Prime Minister

India pledges 15 Million US Dollars to Gavi, the international vaccine alliance
04 JUN 2020

India has today pledged 15 Million US Dollars to Gavi, the international vaccine alliance.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which over 50 ​countries - business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State and country leaders participated.

In his address the Prime Minister said India stands in solidarity with the World in these challenging times.

Shri Modi said, India’s civilization teaches to see the world as one family and that during this pandemic it had tried to live upto this teaching. He said India did it so by sharing the country’s available stocks of medicines with over 120 countries, by forging a common response strategy in its immediate neighborhood and by providing specific support to countries that sought it, while also protecting India’s own vast population.

Prime Minister said the COVID19 pandemic, in someways, has exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, the human kind faces a clear common enemy.

Referring to Gavi, he said it is not just a global alliance but also a symbol of global solidarity and a reminder of that by helping others we can also help ourselves.

He said India has a vast population and limited health facilities and that it understands the importance of immunization.

Prime Minister said that one of the first programmes launched by his government was Mission Indradhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of the country’s children and pregnant women, including those in the remote parts of the vast nation.

He said in order to expand protection, India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme.

Prime Minister elaborated that India had digitized its entire vaccine supply line and developed an electronic vaccine intelligence network to monitor the integrity of its cold chain.

These innovations are ensuring the availability of safe and potent vaccines in the right quantities at the right time till the last mile, he said

Prime Minister said India is also the World’s foremost producer of vaccines and that it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 percent of the World’s children.

Shri Modi said India recognizes and values the work of GAVI, that is why it became a donor to GAVI while still being eligible for GAVI support.

Prime Minister said India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but that India’s huge demand also brings down the Global price of vaccines for all, saving almost 400 Million Dollars for GAVI over the past five years.

Prime Minister reiterated that India stands in solidarity with the world along with its proven capacity to produce quality medicines and vaccines at low cost, its own domestic experience in rapidly expanding immunization and its considerable scientific research talent.

India not only has the capacity to contribute to the global health efforts, but also has the will to do so in a spirit of sharing and caring, he said

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COVID-19 Update of 04th June 2020

COVID-19 Update of 04th June 2020


During the epidemic like Corona virus, Press Information Office releases all the news related to Corona on its official website. According to today's report, the improvement of corona infection in our country is increasing daily, today the recovery with the total 1,04,107 patients cured of COVID-19. Including 3,804 in past 24 hours. 1,06,737 active cases are under active medical supervision.

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PIB’S DAILY BULLETIN ON COVID-19
04 JUN 2020

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(Contains Press releases concerning Covid-19, issued in last 24 hours, inputs from PIB Field Offices and Fact checks undertaken by PIB)

Daily-report-of-Corona-Virus

Updates on Covid-19 from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

During the last 24 hours, a total of 3,804 COVID-19 patients have been cured. Thus, so far, a total of 1,04,107 patients have been cured of COVID-19. The recovery rate is 47.99% amongst COVID-19 patients. Presently, there are 1,06,737 active cases and all are under active medical supervision.ICMR has further ramped up the testing capacity for detecting the novel coronavirus in infected persons. The number of government labs has been increased to 498 and private labs has been increased to 212.1,39,485 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. The total number of samples tested thus far is 42,42,718.The Ministry has issued fresh guidelines regarding safe ENT practices to be followed in the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19-Update


Dr. Harsh Vardhan reviews status and preparations for COVID-19 management with Lt. Governor & Health Minister of Delhi

“As the number of cases and fatality rises in Delhi, it needs to ramp up testing coupled with aggressive surveillance, contact tracing and stringent containment and perimeter control activities”. This was stated by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare as he chaired a high-level meeting through video conferencing (VC) to review the preparedness for prevention and control of COVID-19. He underscored the immediate need and importance of scaling up of testing with health infrastructure enhancements along with better clinical management of the COVID-19 cases for effective case management and reduction of fatality rate. He also pointed that bed availability was to be rapidly increased in view of current rapid rise of cases along with avoiding unnecessary delay in admission of cases.


PM’s Opening Remarks at India-Australia virtual summit


Telephone conversation between PM and H.E. Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of Mozambique

Prime Minister spoke on phone with His Excellency Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of Mozambique. The two leaders discussed the challenges posed in both countries by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister conveyed India's willingness to support Mozambique's efforts during the health crisis, including through provision of essential medicines and equipment. President Nyusi expressed his appreciation for the close cooperation between both countries in the field of healthcare and pharmaceutical supplies.


President of India receives telephone call from President of Georgia

The President of India, Shri Ram NathKovind had a telephone conversation with H.E. Ms Salome Zourabichvili, the President of Georgia. The two leaders discussed bilateral ties.Taking note of the challenges faced by the world from the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption of life across the globe, President noted that Georgia’s national efforts have been remarkable in containing the spread of Covid-19. The President informed the Georgian President that India has made strenuous efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and we have been successful to a large extent. India has also been at the forefront in mobilizing international efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic and extended medical supplies support to over 150 countries.


Call of duty and spirit of RPF official warms the hearts of all

Minister of Railways Shri PiyushGoyal praised the commendable deed of RPF Constable Shri Inder Singh Yadav and announced a cash award to honorarium. Shri Yadav demonstrated an exemplary sense of duty when he ran behind a train to deliver milk for a 4 monthsold child.Smt Sharif Hashmi was traveling along with her 4 months old child in Shramik Special train from Belgaum to Gorakhpur. Her baby was crying for milk, as she didn’t get to feed milk for her child at any previous station and asked help from the constable Shri Yadav at Bhopal Station. Shri Inder Singh Yadav immediately raced and brought a packet of milk from a shop outside Bhopal Station but the train started moving. The constable showed his humanity and courage by running behind a moving train and provided the packet of milk to the lady in the coach.


TULIP - Urban Learning Internship Program for providing opportunities to fresh Graduates in all ULBs & Smart Cities launched

Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal `Nishank’, Minister, Human Resource Development, Shri Hardeep S. Puri, MoS (I/C), Housing & Urban Affairs, and All India Council for Technical Education have jointly launched an online portal for `The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP)’ - A program for providing internship opportunities to fresh graduates in all Urban Local Bodies and Smart Cities across the country. TULIP is a program for providing fresh graduates experiential learning opportunities in the urban sector.Smart Cities have been at the forefront in leveraging technology to manage COVID crisis, with 47 of them using their smart command and control centres as crisis management war rooms and 34 cities working to complete them at the earliest.


DrJitendra Singh holds a video conference meeting to discuss COVID prevention measures with representatives of Jammu & Kashmir Municipal bodies

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh held a video conference meeting to discuss COVID prevention measures with representatives of Jammu & Kashmir Municipal bodies. In his opening remarks, Dr Jitendra Singh said that in the earlier two phases of COVID pandemic, the main consideration was to arrange for the essential supplies for people held up in different parts of the country and in the later phase, the main responsibility was to ensure free movement of the people returning home from different parts of the country. However, in the current phase, the focus is on two issues, namely prevention and awareness, and for fulfilling these two objectives, the role of the local bodies and their representatives as well as civil society will gain an unusual importance.


NCVTC to develop of host-directed antivirals for COVID 19

The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has approved support for a study by the National Centre for Veterinary Type Cultures (NCVTC), ICAR-NRC from Hisar in Haryana, which will screen their library of 94 small molecule chemical inhibitors for antivirals against coronaviruses.


INPUTS FROM PIB FIELD OFFICES

  • Kerala: One more Covid-19 death has been reported in Palakkad district, taking the death toll in the State to 12. The 73 year old female died while in quarantine after returning from Chennai. Meanwhile, CM is holding day long discussions with religious leaders regarding opening of places of worship from Monday. MoS External Affairs V.Muraleedharan says though Centre had informed about 24 international flights to the state, permission was granted only for 12 flights. He said that Kerala should consider the situation in Gulf countries and should not impose any criteria on expats return. Kerala has stated in a report submitted to Supreme Court that the moves by public & private sector companies to curb salary and terminate employees during the lockdown period will adversely affect their mental strength to resist Covid. 82 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the State yesterday. There are 832 active cases now and total tally reached 1,494.
  • Tamil Nadu: Six JIPMER security personnel among nine fresh COVID-19 cases in Puducherry; the number of active cases in the UT is now 63. TN Chief Secretary gets three-month extension to concentrate on Covid control measures. In a meeting convened by Chief Secretary, religious leaders expressed differing opinions on reopening places of worship from June 8, as the Centre has allowed it. Record rise of 1286 Covid cases yesterday took Tamil Nadu tally past 25,000-mark. Chennai also recorded 1000 plus cases in a single day for first time; 1012 cases from Chennai. Total cases till now : 25872, Active cases: 11345, Deaths: 208, Discharged: 14316. Active cases in Chennai are 8405.
  • Karnataka: Contract employees in the state health department call of strike after CM agrees to consider demands. Media reports that Private hospital associations have proposed to State govt a Covid-19 treatment cost of around Rs 10,000 per day for general ward and Rs 20,000 for special ward with ICU and ventilator facilities. CM holds review meeting with home department and appreciates police work during the present situation. Karnataka hit the 4,000- mark on Wednesday as the number of Covid cases recorded on a single day went up by 267, with one death. Total positive cases till now : 4063, Active cases: 2494, Deaths: 53, Recovered: 1514. Andhra Pradesh:  CM launches YSR VahanaMitra program, disburses Rs.10,000 to a total of 2,62,493 beneficiaries of auto and taxi owners. 116 Covid cases reported in GollalaMamidada village of PeddapudiMandal of East Godavari district is reported to have spread from a single person in Kakinada. 98 new cases, 29 discharged and three deaths reported during last 24 hours after testing 9986 samples. Total cases: 3377. Active: 1033, Recovered: 2273, Deaths: 71.
  • Telangana: The Telangana-Junior Doctors Association (T-JUDA) has said that 32 doctors have tested positive for Covid-19 in Osmania Medical College affiliated hospitals. With weavers and artisans across the state struggling to make ends meet, activists have raised the demand for government to come to their rescue and establish a ‘Corona Relief Fund’. Total number of positive cases as on 3rd June is 3020. As on date 448 migrants and foreign returnees have tested positive.
  • Maharashtra: 2,560 new COVID-19 cases have been reported, taking the state tally of coronavirus infection to 74,860; out of which 39,935 are active cases. Hotspot Mumbai has reported 1,276 new cases, which takes the tally of cases in the city to 43,492. Out of the 122 deaths that were reported on Wednesday, 49 took place in Mumbai. Looking at the rising number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra and Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has issued instructions that citizens temporarily evacuated due to Cyclone Nisarga be screened for COVID19 and kept under observation for 2 days, before being allowed to go home. BMC had evacuated people living in low lying areas and those residing near coasts and lodged them in nearby schools.
  • Gujarat: 485 new COVID-19 cases have been reported, taking the state tally of positive cases to 18,100, out of which 4766 are active cases. Out of the new cases, 290 are reported from Ahmedabad alone. 30 new deaths were also reported on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 1,122.
  • Madhya Pradesh: With 168 new cases of COVID-19 infection, the state tally of coronavirus cases has gone up to 8,588. So far 371 people have died, while 224 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours. The State Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Narottam Mishra reviewed the situation and measures to control COVID-19 in Indore, Ujjain and Bhopal – three cities which have reported maximum number of coronavirus infections, with senior officials of Health Department.
  • Rajasthan:  68 new COVID-19 infections have been reported today, taking the state tally of COVID-19 positive cases to 9,720, out of which 6,819 patients have been cured so far. Most of these new cases have been reported from Bharatpur district, followed by Jaipur, Jodhpur and Churu districts.
  • Chhattisgarh:  86 new COVID-19 infections have been reported till Wednesday night, taking the tally of coronavirus positive cases in the state to 668, while there are 489 active cases in the state as of now.  19 patients have been discharged after full recovery from various hospitals in Mungeli, Bemetara, Balod and Bilaspur on Wednesday night, while 40 patients were discharged on Wednesday morning.
  • Goa: In the state’s single largest spike in cases so far, 47 new COVID-19 infections have been reported, taking the state tally of COVID-19 positive cases to 126, out of which 69 are active cases.   These new patients are mostly (42 of them) from Mangor Hill area in Vasco, while 5 patients have a travel history to Corona affected places.
  • Arunachal Pradesh: Around 9500 stranded people of Arunachal Pradesh have returned to the State and about 2000 people of different states have departed for their home states from Arunachal.
  • Assam: 29 patients have been discharged after they tested COVID19 negative twice. Total discharged patients 442 and active patients 1428.
  • Manipur: 13 more persons test COVID19 positive in Manipur taking the number of cases to 121. Among the COVID19 patients detected yesterday, one is a nurse with no travel history, while the rest are returnees.
  • Mizoram: Tentative date for reopening of schools in Mizoram is 15 July, 2020, as decided by the State Education Minister.
  • Nagaland: Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima (NHAK) functional as COVID19 hospital. Four COVID19 patients admitted so far. In Nagaland, more than 20,000 students participate in online evaluation test conducted by Department of School Education for high school & higher secondary sections as part of its education initiatives during COVID19 pandemic.
  • Tripura: TIDC & West Tripura District Administration set up COVID Care Centre in mission mode at Hapania Exhibition Hall in Tripura. It can accommodate 400 beds. 5 patients have already been shifted.

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Urban Learning Internship Program - TULIP launched for providing opportunities to fresh Graduate

Urban Learning Internship Program - TULIP launched for providing opportunities to fresh Graduate


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Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched an online portal TULIP- The Urban Learning Internship Programme for providing best opportunities to fresh Graduate in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Smart Cities across the country, here today.


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TULIP - Urban Learning Internship Program for providing opportunities to fresh Graduates in all ULBs & Smart Cities launched

MoU signed between MoHUA & AICTE for Implementation
04 JUN 2020

Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal `Nishank’,  Minister, Human Resource Development, Shri Hardeep S. Puri, MoS (I/C), Housing & Urban Affairs, and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have jointly launched an online portal for `The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP)’ - A program for providing internship opportunities to fresh graduates in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Smart Cities across the country, here today. The portal for TULIP has been launched in the presence of Shri Amit Khare, Secretary, HRD, Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, MoHUA, Chairman, AICTE and officers of both Ministries and AICTE.

TULIP is a program for providing fresh graduates experiential learning opportunities in the urban sector. It is the result of the visionary leadership of our Prime Minister who firmly believes in the power of the youth and their ability to not only bring positive change in our country but in the world. The Prime Minister has emphasized the important role the youth of India has to play in the future of our country.

Smart Cities Mission - Snapshot of progress

The Smart Cities Mission has made significant progress over the last three years in laying the foundation for future of urban India.  Till date, projects worth over Rs. 1,65,000 crores have been tendered of which projects amounting to around Rs. 1,24,000 crores are in the implementation stage. Projects worth Rs. 26,700 crores are already completed and delivering benefits to the citizens. Our Smart Cities have been at the forefront in leveraging technology to manage COVID crisis, with 47 of them using their smart command and control centres as crisis management war rooms and 34 cities working to complete them at the earliest. In order to boost walkability, non-motorized transport and public transport, our cities have completed 151 smart road projects worth Rs. 2,300 crores and 373 projects worth Rs.18,300 crores are near completion. 91 PPP projects worth Rs.3,700 crores have been completed and 203 projects worth Rs. 21,400 crores will be completed soon. 51 projects worth Rs. 800 crores in the domain of vibrant urban spaces have been completed. 67 projects worth Rs.2,300 crores related to smart water and 41 projects worth Rs. 200 crores under smart solar have been completed.

TULIP has been conceived pursuant to the Budget 2020-21 announcement by the Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman under the theme ‘Aspirational India’. The announcement read as follows: “The Government proposes to start a program whereby the urban local bodies across the country would provide internship opportunities to fresh engineers for a period up to one year.”  Such a program will help reap the benefits of India’s demographic dividend as it is poised to have the largest working-age population in the world in the coming years. India has a substantial pool of technical graduates for whom exposure to real world project implementation and planning is essential for professional development. General education may not reflect the depth of productive knowledge present in society. Instead of approaching education as ‘doing by learning,’ our societies need to reimagine education as ‘learning by doing.’

TULIP would help enhance the value-to-market of India’s graduates and help create a potential talent pool in diverse fields like urban planning, transport engineering, environment, municipal finance etc. thus not only catalyzing creation of prospective city managers but also talented private/ non-government sector professionals.  TULIP would benefit ULBs and smart cities immensely. It will lead to infusion of fresh ideas and energy with engagement of youth in co-creation of solutions for solving India’s urban challenges. More importantly, it will further Government’s endeavors to boost community partnership and government- academia-industry-civil society linkages.  Thus TULIP- “The Urban Learning Internship Program” would help fulfill twin goals of providing interns with hands-on learning experience as well as infusing fresh energy and ideas in the functioning of India’s ULBs and Smart Cities.

This launch is also an important stepping stone for fulfillment of MHRD and AICTE’s goal of 1 crore successful internships by the year 2025. The digital platform powering TULIP enables discovery, engagement, aggregation, amplification and transparency. The platform is customizable and provides immense flexibility to both ULBs/ Smart Cities and interns to enable convenient access. Security features have been thoroughly tested and the platform has been made scalable, federated and transparent by design.

An MoU has also been signed between MoHUA and AICTE. The MoU, inter alia, lays down roles and responsibilities of AICTE and MoHUA over a period of 5 years. Technical support for the platform shall be anchored by AICTE and the programmatic non-technical support shall be anchored by MoHUA. A Steering Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary, HUA including Chairman AICTE and other officials from MoHUA and AICTE has also been constituted to review the progress of the program on a periodical basis. 

For ease of implementation, Guidelines have also been formulated which spell out the objective, eligibility conditions, duration of internship, terms of engagement, logistics and other operational features of the programs etc. These Guidelines also provide illustrative roles for interns which can be further refined at the level of ULBs and smart cities at their discretion. A Handbook for ULBs/ Smart Cities and interns has also been prepared for ease of implementation. MoHUA has also agreed to allow use of administrative expenses under its Missions/ programs for the payment of stipends/ perks under the program.

MoHUA would reach out to State Governments to help boost internships in their cities. It will undertake capacity building initiatives in partnerships with State Governments to enable participation of ULBs and smart cities under TULIP.  As States & UTs have a deeper understanding of the regional challenges and opportunities at the urban level, they can effectively implement TULIP by matching their needs with skills developed through such internships.

State Governments/Union Territories are also urged to explore scaling up TULIP to parastatal agencies/ State Financial intermediaries and other organizations/ agencies related to urban development in their respective jurisdictions. Since the technology platform for TULIP is open, scalable and federated, such additions would be very easily possible. 

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NCVTC to develop of host-directed antivirals for COVID-19

NCVTC to develop of host-directed antivirals for COVID-19


The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has approved support for a study by ICAR-NRC's National Center for Veterinary Type Culture (NCVTC), Hisar, Haryana, 94 small molecule chemical editors for antivirals against coronaviruses Will screen their library. 

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NCVTC to develop of host-directed antivirals for COVID 19

These are believed to have fewer tendencies in inducing drug resistance
04 JUN 2020

The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has approved support for a study by the National Centre for Veterinary Type Cultures (NCVTC), ICAR-NRC from Hisar in Haryana, which will screen their library of 94 small molecule chemical inhibitors for antivirals against coronaviruses.

The molecules are known to inhibit cellular kinases, phosphatases, and epigenetic regulators such as histone methyl transferase, histone deacetylase, and DNA methyl transferase. The targets of these inhibitors are well characterized in cancer, however, their role in the virus life cycle is not known. The selected candidates (hits) with anti-coronavirus activity will be subjected to study their molecular mechanism of action, besides examining generation of potential drug-resistant virus variants.

Classically, antiviral drugs are developed by directly targeting certain viral proteins. However, this strategy often fails due to the rapid generation of drug-resistant viruses. Unlike higher organisms, a viral polymerase-the viral enzyme that synthesizes its nucleic acid (RNA) does not have proofreading capacity. Therefore, RNA viruses such as the coronaviruses do not have the mechanisms to remove wrongly incorporated nucleotides (building blocks of viral RNA) during the synthesis of the viral genome. The lack of proofreading capacity results in the accumulation of point mutations in the viral genome. This leads to changes in viral proteins. The altered viral proteins may then become resistant to the available antiviral drugs. This intriguing ability of the viruses to rapidly and frequently change themselves is a big challenge for the scientists in developing antiviral drugs.

Viruses can only replicate inside the host cell. A host (human) cell contains around 25,000 proteins. During replication, viruses establish numerous interactions with these cellular proteins. A virus needs more than 1000 different cellular proteins to replicate inside the host cell effectively.

"Chemical library screening in medicinal chemistry research is a useful methodology that considerably shortens drug discovery and development cycle, especially for newly identified etiologic agents, such as SARS-Cov-2. Such approach provides for rapid access to useful pharmacophores and narrows down the search for preferred molecular scaffolds and is also compatible with high-throughput robotic assays. While supporting Cov-2 vaccine development programs, it is also imperative to have sufficient focus toward anti-coronavirus drug discovery pipeline," said Prof Sandeep Verma, Secretary, SERB.

Dr. Naveen Kuman, scientist NCVTC is exploring an alternate strategy to target such cellular proteins, protein-protein (virus-host) interaction, or epigenetic regulators for antiviral drug development commonly called as host-directed antiviral therapy.  The host-directed antivirals are believed to have fewer tendencies in inducing drug resistance because it is not possible for the virus to easily change missing cellular functions by mutations. In addition, host-directed antiviral agents are likely to exert broad-spectrum antiviral effects because the requirement of host factors by viruses is usually conserved across the members of a particular virus family or sometimes even across the members of different virus families. The institute’s collection of small molecule inhibitors will be the resource from which Dr. Kumar hopes to find his antiviral weapon targeting cellular proteins, protein-protein (virus-host) interaction, or epigenetic regulators for COVID 19.

NCVTC-to-develop-of-host-directed-antivirals

[For more details, please contact, Dr. Naveen Kumar, naveenkumar.icar@gmail.com Mob: +91 9992117990]


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Public suggestions invited for amending Motor Vehicle Rules regarding registration of new vehicles, driving licences, and recall of old vehicles

Public suggestions invited for amending Motor Vehicle Rules regarding registration of new vehicles, driving licences, and recall of old vehicles


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Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has invited the suggestions and comments from all general public on the purpose of amendment in the Motor Vehicle Rules regarding registration of new vehicles, driving licences, and recall of old vehicles.

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Public suggestions invited for amending Motor Vehicle Rules regarding registration of new vehicles, driving licences, and recall of old vehicles
03 JUN 2020

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has re-invited suggestions and comments from all stake holders including general public on the proposed amendment in the Motor Vehicle Rules regarding registration of new vehicles, driving licences, and recall of old vehicles. These notifications were earlier issued on 18th of March this year. However, it was felt that the stakeholders need adequate opportunity to examine the notification again and provide comments and suggestions which in earlier case got affected due to conditions of Lockdown.

Two Notifications to this effect have been issued on the 29th May 2020, which can be seen at www.morth.gov.in.

The draft Notification no. 336(E) covers section 4-28 of the MVAA. It covers the following Important aspects:

  • Use of Electronic forms and documents (Medical Certificate, Learners License, Surrender of DL, Renewal of DL)
  • Online learner’s License
  • National Register.
  • Dealer point Registration.
  • Renewal of Registration 60 days in advance
  • Temporary registration for 06 months with extensions of 30 days (Body building etc).
  • Trade certificate - electronic
  • Alteration, retro fitment to vehicles and adapted vehicles.
  • Insurance in case of Altered vehicles.
The other draft Notification no. 337(E) covers section 39-40 of the MVAA. It includes aspects like:
  • Recall Policy of defective vehicles.
i. Procedure for Recall

ii. procedure to detail Investigating Officer

iii.Investigation Procedure- time bound manner (06months)

iv. Role of Testing Agencies
  • Obligations of Manufacturers, Importers & Retrofitters.
  • Accreditation of Testing agencies.
The suggestions or comments can be sent to the Joint Secretary (Transport), Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Transport Bhavan, Parliament Street, New Delhi-110001 (email: jspb-morth@gov.in) within sixty days from the date of publication of these notifications. The comments sent earlier are not required to be sent again.

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Government to conduct skill mapping of citizens returning from overseas

Government to conduct skill mapping of citizens returning from overseas


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With the aim of bringing our skilled employees back to the country due to the ongoing epidemic in the country, the Government of India has launched a new initiative SWADES (Skilled Workers' Arrival Database for Employment Support) to practice skill mapping of returning citizens. Under the Vande Bharat Mission. It is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of External Affairs which aims to create a database of qualified citizens based on their skills and experience to meet the demand of Indian and foreign. Companies.

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Government to conduct skill mapping of citizens returning from overseas

SWADES, a collaborative initiative of the Ministries of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Civil Aviation and External Affairs

The initiative undertaken as part of Vande Bharat Mission aims at empowering the returning citizens with relevant employment opportunities

Envisioned to share collected information and enable discussions with key stakeholders including State Governments, Industry Associations and Employers
03 JUN 2020

With the aim of making the best of our skilled workforce returning to the country due to the ongoing pandemic, the Government of India has launched a new initiative SWADES (Skilled Workers Arrival Database for Employment Support) to conduct a skill mapping exercise of the returning citizens under the Vande Bharat Mission. This is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of External Affairs which aims to create a database of qualified citizens based on their skillsets and experience to tap into and fulfil demand of Indian and foreign companies.

The collected information will be shared with the companies for suitable placement opportunities in the country. The returning citizens are required to fill up an online SWADES Skills Card. The card will facilitate a strategic framework to provide the returning citizens with suitable employment opportunities through discussions with key stakeholders including State Governments, Industry Associations and Employers. MSDE’s implementation arm National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is supporting the implementation of the project.

Commenting on the collaboration, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said, “These are testing times and it is crucial that the entire country comes together and supports the Centre in its efforts to address the challenges posed by the economic downturn caused by the COVID – 19 pandemic. We are pleased to partner with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of External Affairs to conduct this skill mapping of overseas returning citizens under the Vande Bharat Mission. Inspired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of security and growth for all, the data collected through SWADES Skill Card will help the citizens with job prospects and bridge the demand-supply gap.”

The spread of COVID-19 across the globe has had a significant economic impact with thousands of workers losing their jobs and hundreds of companies shutting down globally. Many of our citizens returning to the country through the Vande Bharat Mission of the Government of India may be facing uncertainty regarding their future employment opportunities. Lakhs of citizens have registered at the various Indian missions requesting to return to the country and so far, more than 57,000 people have already returned to the country.

Sharing his thoughts on the initiative, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Civil Aviation Minister, said, “When we started Vande Bharat Mission, we observed that a lot of our overseas workers returning to India due to job losses, possess international skill sets and experience which can be of great value for domestic and international markets. We reached out to MSDE to create an online portal for gathering database of these workers. To ensure dissemination of information on SWADES Skill Card, In-flight announcements are being made by Air India and Air Indian Express that are operating flights under the Vande Bharat Mission. Airport Authority of India and other private airports have also put up banners/standees and digital signages to ensure that all our migrants returning from abroad can be informed about this initiative.

Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs commented, “In view of the global emergency caused by the unprecedented spread of the Novel Coronavirus, we are committed to provide every possible support to our citizens stranded abroad and the challenges they are facing due to job losses. We shall actively promote the SWADES Skill Card initiative through our Embassies/ High Commissions/Consulates across different countries. The initiative will help in deployment of returning Indian workforce matching their skill sets.”

The online form available on www.nsdcindia.org/swades has been created to gather required details of the returning citizens. The form contains the details such as details related to the work sector, job title, employment, years of experience. A Toll free call centre facility has also been set up to support the citizens for any queries related to filling the form.

The SWADES Skill Form (online) was made live on 30th May 2020 and has garnered around 7000 registrations till 3rd June 2020 ( 2 pm).  Amongst the data gathered so far, the top countries from where the citizens are returning are UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. As per the skill mapping, these citizens had been primarily employed in sectors such as oil & gas, construction, tourism & hospitality, Automotive and Aviation.   The data also suggests that the States which have shown highest returning labour are Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana.

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Ordinance issued to promote inter-state and inter-state trade of agricultural produce

Ordinance issued to promote inter-state and inter-state trade of agricultural produce


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The Union Cabinet has taken a historic decision to develop the rural India of the country. Which will benefit the farmers and the agriculture sector can get a new look. The regulatory environment for farmers was liberalized through amendments to the Essential Commodities Act.

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PM chairs Cabinet Meeting to give historic boost to Rural India

Landmark decisions to benefit farmers and transform the agriculture sectortaken

Regulatory environment liberalized for farmers through amendment to Essential Commodities Act

Ordinance to promote barrier-free inter-state and intra-state trade in agriculture produce approved

Farmers empowered to engage with processors, aggregators, wholesalers, large retailers, exporters
03 JUN 2020

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met on 3rd June, 2020. Several landmark and historic decisions were taken in the meeting, which will go a long way in helping India’s farmers while also transforming the agriculture sector.

 

Historic Amendment to Essential Commodities Act

The Cabinet today approved historic amendment to the Essential Commodities Act. This is a visionary step towards transformation of agriculture and raising farmers’ income.

Background

While India has become surplus in most agri-commodities, farmers have been unable to get better prices due to lack of investment in cold storage, warehouses, processing and export as the entrepreneurial spirit gets dampened due to hanging sword of Essential Commodities Act. Farmers suffer huge losses when there are bumper harvests, especially of perishable commodities. With adequate processing facilities, much of this wastage can be reduced.

Benefits

With the amendment to Essential Commodities Act, commodities like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes will be removed from list of essential commodities. This will remove fears of private investors of excessive regulatory interference in their business operations.

The freedom to produce, hold, move, distribute and supply will lead to harnessing of economies of scale and attract private sector/foreign direct investment into agriculture sector. It will help drive up investment in cold storages and modernization of food supply chain.

Safeguarding interest of consumers

The Government, while liberalizing the regulatory environment, has also ensured that interests of consumers are safeguarded.  It has been provided in the Amendment, that in situations such as war, famine, extraordinary price rise and natural calamity, such agricultural foodstuff can be regulated.  However, the installed capacity of a value chain participant and the export demand of an exporter will remain exempted from such stock limit imposition so as to ensure that investments in agriculture are not discouraged.

The amendment announced will help both farmers and consumers while bringing in price stability.  It will create competitive market environment and also prevent wastage of agri-produce that happens due to lack of storage facilities.


Barrier-free trade in agriculture produce

Cabinet approved 'The Farming Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020'.

Background

Farmers in India today suffer from various restrictions in marketing their produce. There are restrictions for farmers in selling agri-produce outside the notified APMC market yards. The farmers are also restricted to sell the produce only to registered licensees of the State Governments.Further, Barriers exist in free flow of agriculture produce between various States owing to the prevalence of various APMC legislations enacted by the State Governments.

Benefits

The Ordinance will create an ecosystem where the farmers and traders will enjoy freedom of choice of sale and purchase of agri-produce. It will also promote barrier-free inter-state and intra-state trade and commerce outside the physical premises of markets notified under State Agricultural Produce Marketing legislations. This is a historic-step in unlocking the vastly regulated agriculture markets in the country. 

It will open more choices for the farmer, reduce marketing costs for the farmers and help them in getting better prices. It will also help farmers of regions with surplus produce to get better prices and consumers of regions with shortages, lower prices. The ordinance also proposes an electronic trading in transaction platform for ensuring a seamless trade electronically.

The farmers will not be charged any cess or levy for sale of their produce under this Act. Further there will be a separate dispute resolution mechanism for the farmers.

One India, One Agriculture Market

The ordinance basically aims at creating additional trading opportunities outside the APMC market yards to help farmers get remunerative prices due to additional competition. This will supplement the existing MSP procurement system which is providing stable income to farmers.

It will certainly pave the way for creating One India, One Agriculture Market and will lay the foundation for ensuring golden harvests for our hard working farmers.

 

Farmers empowered to engage with processors, aggregators, wholesalers, large retailers, exporters

Cabinet approved ‘The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020’.

Background

Indian Agriculture is characterized by fragmentation due to small holding sizes and has certain weaknesses such as weather dependence, production uncertainties and market unpredictability. This makes agriculture risky and inefficient in respect of both input & output management.

Benefits

The ordinance will empower farmers for engaging with processors, wholesalers, aggregators,wholesalers, large retailers, exporters etc., on a level playing field without any fear of exploitation. It will transfer the risk of market unpredictability from the farmer to the sponsor and also enable the farmer to access modern technology and better inputs. It will reduce cost of marketing and improve income of farmers.

This Ordinance will act as a catalyst to attract private sector investment for building supply chains for supply of Indian farm produce to global markets. Farmers will get access to technology and advice for high value agriculture and get ready market for such produce.

Farmers will engage in direct marketing thereby eliminating intermediaries resulting in full realization of price. Farmers have been provided adequate protection. Sale, lease or mortgage of farmers’ land is totally prohibited and farmers’ land is also protected against any recovery. Effective dispute resolution mechanism has been provided for with clear time lines for redressal.

Government committed to the cause of farmer welfare

A series of steps were announced as part of theAtmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan to provide a boost to those engaged in agriculture and allied activities. These include provision of concessional credit through Kisan Credit Cards, financing facility for agri-infra projects, Pradhan MantriMatsyaSampadaYojana and other measures to strengthen fisheries, vaccination against Foot & Mouth Disease and Brucellosis, Herbal Cultivation promotion, boost to beekeeping, Operation Green etc.

Through PM KISAN, over 9.54 crorefarmer families(as on first June 2020) have benefited and an amount of Rs. 19,515 crore has been disbursed so far during the lockdown period. An Amount of Rs. 8090 crore has been paid during lockdown period under PMFBY.

These steps are only the latest in a series of measures taken by the government, which shows its continuous commitment to championing the cause of welfare of the hardworking farmers of India.

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Corona Update of 03rd June 2020

Corona Update of 03rd June 2020


During the epidemic like Corona virus, Press Information Office releases all the news related to Corona on its official website. According to today's report, the improvement of corona infection in our country is increasing daily, today the recovery rate 48.31% with 1,00,303. Fatality rate drops to 2.80%. New initiative SWADES launched to conduct skill mapping exercise of the returning citizens under the Vande Bharat Mission.

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PIB’S DAILY BULLETIN ON COVID-19
03 JUN 2020

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(Contains Press releases concerning Covid-19, issued in last 24 hours, inputs from PIB Field Offices and Fact checks undertaken by PIB)

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Updates on Covid-19 from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare-Recovery rate improves to 48.31%; Fatality rate drops to 2.80%

During the last 24 hours, a total of 4,776 COVID-19 patients have been cured. Thus, so far, a total of 1,00,303 patients have been cured of COVID-19. The recovery rate is 48.31% amongst COVID-19 patients. Presently, there are 1,01,497 active cases and all are under active medical supervision.The fatality rate is 2.80%. The testing capacity has increased in the country through 480 Government and 208 private laboratories (total 688 laboratories). Cumulatively, 41,03,233 samples have been tested so far for COVID-19, whereas, 1,37,158 samples were tested yesterday.

As of now, 952 dedicated COVID hospitals with 1,66,332 Isolation beds, 21,393 ICU beds and 72,762 Oxygen supported beds are available. 2,391 dedicated COVID Health Centres with 1,34,945 Isolation beds; 11,027 ICU beds and 46,875 Oxygen supported beds have been operationalised. The Centre has also provided 125.28 lakh N95 masks and 101.54 lakh Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the States/ UTs / Central Institutions.

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PM chairs Cabinet Meeting to give historic boost to Rural India

The Cabinet today approved historic amendment to the Essential Commodities Act. This is a visionary step towards transformation of agriculture and raising farmers’ income. With the amendment to Essential Commodities Act, commodities like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes will be removed from list of essential commodities. This will remove fears of private investors of excessive regulatory interference. The freedom to produce, hold, move, distribute and supply will lead to harnessing of economies of scale and attract private sector/foreign direct investment into agriculture sector. It will help drive up investment in cold storages and modernization of food supply chain.Landmark decisions will benefit farmers and transform the agriculture sector. Ordinance to promote barrier-free inter-state and intra-state trade in agriculture produce has been approved. Farmers empowered to engage with processors, aggregators, wholesalers, large retailers, exporters


Government approves setting up of an “Empowered Group of Secretaries and Project Development Cells” in Ministries/Departments for attracting investments

The Cabinet has given its approval for setting up of an “Empowered Group of Secretaries and Project Development Cells in Ministries/Departments of Government of Indiafor attracting investments in India”. This new mechanism will reinforce India’s vision of becoming a US$ 5 trillion economy by 2024-25.In the midst of current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, India is presented with an opportunity to attract FDI inflows into the country especially from large companies which seek to diversify their investments into new geographies and mitigate risks.In order to provide support and facilitation to investors for investing in India and to boost growth in key sectors of the economy, an Empowered Group of Secretaries (EGoS) is approved.A ‘Project Development Cell’ (PDC) is also approved for the development of investible projects in coordination between the Central Government and State Governments and thereby grow the pipeline of investible projects in India and in turn increase FDI inflows.


PRIME MINISTER GARIB KALYAN PACKAGE-PROGRESS SO FAR

As part of the Rs 1.70 lakh crore Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package, the Government announced free food grains and cash payment to women and poor senior citizens and farmers. The swift implementation of the package is being continuously monitored by central and state governments. Around 42crore poor people received financial assistance of Rs53,248 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package(PMGKP). Rs16394 crore front loaded towards payment of the first instalment ofPM-KISAN to 8.19 crore beneficiaries.Rs 10029 crore credited to 20.05crore(98.33%) women Jan Dhan account holders as first installment.


Relaxation in Visa and Travel restrictions to permit certain categories of Foreign Nationals to come to India

Government of India has considered the matter regarding relaxation of the visa & travel restrictions for certain categories of foreign nationals who need to come to India. It has been decided to permit certain categories of foreign nationals to come to India- Foreign businessmen; Foreign Healthcare professionals, health researchers, engineers and technicians; Foreign Engineering, Managerial, Design or other Specialists; Foreign Technical specialists and engineers.The above categories of foreign nationals would have to obtain a fresh Business visa or Employment visa, as applicable, from the Indian Missions/ Posts abroad.


Telephone conversation between PM and President of USA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation on Tuesday with His Excellency Donald Trump, President of the United States of America.President Trump spoke about the US Presidency of the Group of Seven, and conveyed his desire to expand the ambit of the grouping beyond the existing membership, to include other important countries including India. In this context, he extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to attend the next G-7 Summit to be held in USA.Prime Minister Modi commended President Trump for his creative and far-sighted approach, acknowledging the fact that such an expanded forum would be in keeping with the emerging realities of the post-COVID world.


Government to conduct skill mapping of citizens returning from overseas

With the aim of making the best of our skilled workforce returning to the country due to the ongoing pandemic, the Government of India has launched a new initiative SWADES (Skilled Workers Arrival Database for Employment Support) to conduct a skill mapping exercise of the returning citizens under the Vande Bharat Mission. This is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of External Affairs which aims to create a database of qualified citizens based on their skillsets and experience to tap into and fulfil demand of Indian and foreign companies.The initiative aims at empowering the returning citizens with relevant employment opportunities. Envisioned to share collected information and enable discussions with key stakeholders including State Governments, Industry Associations and Employers.


Union HRD Minister releases Alternative Academic calendar for higher secondary stage (Classes XI and XII)

Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriya'Nishank' released the alternative academic calendar for higher secondary stage (Classes XI and XII) in New Delhi today. The calendar has been developed by the NCERT to engage students meaningfully during their stay at home due to COVID-19 through educational activities with the help of their parents and teachers.Speaking on the occasion, the HRD Minister said the calendar provides guidelines to teachers on the use of various technological tools and social media tools available for imparting education in fun-filled, interesting ways, which can be used by learner, parents and teachers even while at home. However, it has taken into account the varying levels of access of students to different tools and platforms-Mobile, Radio, Television, SMS and various social media.

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Operation SamudraSetu - INS Jalashwa Arrives at Tuticorin with Indian Citizens Embarked from Sri Lanka

INS Jalashwa, deployed by the Indian Navy for “Operation SamudraSetu", entered Tuticorin harbour on 02 June 2020 with 685 Indian nationals evacuated from Colombo, Sri Lanka.Embarkation of Indian nationals was facilitated by the Indian Mission in Sri Lanka. Personnel were embarked onboard after carrying out requisite medical screening. COVID related safety protocols were also strictly adhered to during the sea-passage.With this evacuation, Indian Navy has now repatriated 2173 Indian nationals from Maldives (1488) and Sri Lanka (685) during the ongoing pandemic.


Ministry of MSME gears up to implement the New Norms of classification of MSMEs

Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterpriseshas issued Gazette notification to pave way for implementation of the upward revision in the definition and criteria of MSMEs in the country. The new definition and criterion will come into effect from 1st July, 2020.A revision in MSME definition was announced in the Aatmnirbhar Bharat package on 13th May, 2020. As per this announcement, the definition of Micro manufacturing and services units was increased to Rs. 1 Crore of investment and Rs. 5 Crore of turnover. The limit of small unit was increased to Rs. 10 Crore of investment and Rs 50 Crore of turnover. Similarly, the limit of medium unit was increased to Rs. 20 Crore of investment and Rs. 100 Crore of turnover. The Government of India on 01.06.2020 decided for further upward revision of the MSME Definition. For medium Enterprises, now it will be Rs. 50 Crore of investment and Rs. 250 Crore of turnover.


EPFO updates KYC for 52.62 lakh subscribers since 1st April, 2020

To extend the availability and reach of online services, which have become crucial in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, EPFO updated Know your Customer (KYC) data for its 52.62 lakh subscribers in the month of April and May 2020. This includes Aadhaar seeding for 39.97 lakh subscribers, mobile seeding (UAN activation) for 9.87 lakh subscribers and bank account seeding for 11.11 lakh subscribers. KYC is a one-time process which helps in identity verification of subscribers through linking of Universal Account Number (UAN) with KYC details.


Union Minister holds meeting with Association of Film Producers, Cinema Exhibitioners and Film Industry representatives

The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri PrakashJavadekar held a meeting over video conference with the Association of Film Producers, Cinema Exhibitioners and Film Industry representatives. The meeting was convened by the Minister to discuss the problems being faced by the industry due to COVID19, representations on which had been sent to the Minister by these parties. On the issue of restarting production related activities, the Minister said that standard operating procedures are being issued by Government. With regard to the demand of opening of cinema halls the Minister informed the representatives that it will be examined after looking at the status of COVID-19 pandemic in the month of June.


Make in India gets a big boost; MoD places indent for supply of 156 upgraded BMP Infantry Combat Vehicles of value Rs 1,094 Cr on OFB

In a major boost to ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government, Acquisition Wing of Ministry of Defence (MoD) with the approval of Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh, has placed an Indent on Ordnance Factory Board for supply of 156 BMP 2/2k Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICV) with upgraded features for use of the Mechanised Forces of the Indian Army.


Indian Railways operationalizes 4197 “Shramik Special” trains till 3rd June, 2020 (0900hrs) and transports more than 58 lacs passengers to their home states

As on 3rd June 2020, a total of 4197 “Shramik Special” trains have been operationalized from various states across the country. 81 trains were on the run till 09.00 am in the morning.Till now, more than 58 lacs migrants have been transported through Shramik Special Trains in 34 days.These 4197 trains were originated from various states. The top five States/UTs from where maximum trains originated are Gujarat(1026 Trains), Maharashtra(802 Trains), Punjab(416 Trains), Uttar Pradesh (294 Trains) and Bihar (294 Trains).In addition to Shramik specials, Railways are running 15 pairs of special Rajdhani type trains connecting New Delhi and started 200 more time tabled trains on 1st June.


Cabinet approves establishment of Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy as Subordinate Office under Ministry of AYUSH

Union Cabinet has given its approval to re-establish Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) as Subordinate Office under Ministry of AYUSH by merging into it Pharmacopoeia Laboratory for Indian Medicineand Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory, the two central laboratories.Presently, PCIM&H is an autonomous body. The merger is aimed at optimizing the use of infrastructural facilities, technical manpower and financial resources of the three organizations for enhancing the standardization outcomes of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy drugs towards their effective regulation and quality control.


Shri Narendra Singh Tomar chairs the 21st meeting of Central Employment Guarantee Council

The 21st Meeting of the Central Employment Guarantee Council, was held on 02.06.2020 under the Chairmanship of Union Minister of Rural Development, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Panchayati Raj, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar through Video-Conferencing. With a view to achieving transparency and accountability, the Government has been taking all steps to achieve 100% payment of wages in the bank account of Mahatma Gandhi NREGA workers and accordingly emphasis on social audit of works. For the Financial Year 2020-21, Rs.61,500 crore has been allocated which is an all-time high. Additional provision of Rs.40,000 crore has been made for this programme under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan to provide employment to the needy workers during this difficult period arising of COVID-19. Under the programme, a sum of Rs.28,000 core has already been released to the States/UTs.



INPUTS FROM PIB FIELD OFFICES 

  • Chandigarh: The UT Administrator directed Director General of Police to ensure that random screening at inter-state borders continues. All visitors should be advised to download AarogyaSetu Applications and do self-monitoring. The Administrator advised the Chiefs of three medical institutions to enhance OPD facilities, so that the patients, who have been waiting for last several weeks get their treatment on time.
  • Punjab: Chief Minister has welcomed the decision of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission to reduce the domestic power tariff in spite of the revenue gap resulting from the Covid Lockdown, and expressed the hope that the rates would be further rationalised, going forward, in the interest of the people. Faced with a huge revenue losses resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic and the prolonged lockdown in the state, Punjab Chief Minister gave the go-ahead to the imposition of Covid Cess on liquor with effect from June 1. The move will help the state mop additional revenue of Rs 145 crore in the current fiscal.
  • Haryana: Haryana Government has issued guidelines regarding taxi, cab aggregators, maxi cab and auto rickshaw drivers for convenience of public transport. The Transport Department said that taxi and cab aggregator will be allowed to ply with a maximum of two passengers in addition to the driver. This means that there will be a maximum of three persons in the vehicle. The Maxi Cabs can ply with a maximum of half of their seating capacity. Auto Rickshaws and E-Richshaws are allowed to ply with two persons in addition to the driver. Likewise, the one pillion rider will be allowed on the Two Wheelers and it shall be mandatory for both the persons to wear helmets, masks and gloves. The manually driven rickshaws shall carry not more than two passengers. All drivers and passengers should cover their face with mask or cloth at all times. Motor vehicles should be regularly sanitized and the drivers & passengers should regularly use sanitizers. Social distancing shall be followed by all persons at all times.
  • Arunachal Pradesh: 67,998 farmers received extra Rs 1000 as topup from state government besides Rs 2000 under PMKSY.Total active cases of COVID-19 in the State are 28.
  • Assam: 51 new cases of COVID19 found in Assam. 28 from Dhubri, 13 from Darrang, 5 from Karimganj, 3 from Sonitpur and 2 from Lakhimpur taking total cases to 1672, said State Health Minister.
  • Manipur: Recovery rate in Manipur improves to 25 pecent with discharge of 13 patients. Total cases 102 in the state with 76 active cases.
  • Meghalaya: One returnee from Tamil Nadu who tested COVID19 positive from West Garo Hills district in Meghalaya on 19th May has recovered and tested negative. He is under quarantine. Active cases stand at 16 and recovered 13.
  • Mizoram: Chief Secretary said no changes in lockdown 5.0 guidelines issued on 31st May, 2020 as of now. 13 new cases of COVID19 have been detected in the State recently.
  • Nagaland: 27 doctors have been appointed to ease shortage of health care professionals in the fight against COVID19. Dimapur traders appeal to the Govt to lift sealing on normal business activities.
  • Sikkim: Chairman, Sikkim Economic Revival Committee claims that the State incurred Rs 500 cr loss because of COVID19 lockdown in tourism sector.
  • Tripura: Out of 821 samples tested today, 49 people found COVID-19 positive. Most of them have travel history and contacts.
  • Kerala: About 15 health personnel in the capital have been kept under observation following the death of a Christian priest whose sample tested positive. A complaint has been lodged in Kochi against a female pilot of Air India - who reached the Nedumbassery airport from Dubai- for violating quarantine rules. State Cabinet decides to extend the trial run of online classes for school students for a week. Bus service to neighbouring districts began today. Marriages to be permitted in Guruvayoor temple from tomorrow.  Seven Keralites died of Covid in the Gulf taking the toll to cross 210. One Malayali nurse died in New Delhi today. 86 people were tested positive in the state yesterday. 774 patients are under treatment. 
  • Tamil Nadu:  Six healthcare workers in JIPMER, Puducherry tested positive for Covid19; total cases touch 90 in the UT. INS Jalashwa repatriates 686 stranded in Sri Lanka under 'Operation SamudraSetu'; the ship arrived at V O Chidambaranar Port, Thoothikudi today morning. The State government promulgates Ordinance allowing farmers to sell their produce across the State, to whoever offers a good price. Covid numbers stays high in Tamil Nadu with 1,091 fresh cases yesterday. 806 cases from Chennai. Total cases till now: 24586, Active cases: 10680, Deaths: 197, Discharged: 13,706. Active cases in Chennai are 7880.
  • Karnataka: Cyclone Nisarga makes landfall in Uttara Kannada coast; all coastal districts on high alert. No more paper files in CM's office; all files clearances to be on e-office software. State Government mulls reopening schools from July 1; admission process can begin by June 8. State PUC exam: Tentative list of revised exam centres and student details out. CM directs official to file FIRs against those violating home quarantine guidelines. 388 new cases reported of which 367 are inter-state cases. Total positive cases: 3796, Active cases: 2339, Deaths: 52, Recovered: 1403.
  • Andhra Pradesh:  Striking down the petition filed by the state government, the Supreme Court has ordered for the removal of party colours on government buildings within four weeks of stipulated time and warned of filing contempt of court. State gives nod for resurvey of lands; to allocate Bhudhaar number. 79 new cases, 35 discharges and four deaths reported during last 24 hours after testing 8,066 samples. Total cases: 3279. Active: 967, Recovered: 2244, Deaths: 68. Total number of migrants who tested positive are 573, with 362 of them active. 118 of the 119 cases from abroad remain active.
  • Telangana: After ICMR issued instructions to the states that mild patients can be treated at home, the health department said if members of a single family are infected they would be treated in their home. Telangana High Court directs State government to evolve policy to deal with migrant workers issue. Five more PG doctors of Osmania Medical College tested positive for Covid19; total tally in the medical college now stands at 12. State recorded 99 new Covid-19 cases yesterday of 87 of which were local transmissions and 12 cases among migrant workers from other states. The total number of positive cases in Telangana as on 2nd June is 2,891 of which 446 are migrants and foreign returnees.
  • Maharashtra: 2287 new COVID-19 infections have been reported, taking the state tally of positive cases to 72,300, out of which 38,493 are active cases. Hotspot Mumbai reported 1109 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday.
  • Gujarat: With 415 new COVID-19 infections reported on Tuesday, the state tally of coronavirus positive patients stand at 17,632. The death toll in the state has climbed to 1092 with 29 more patients succumbing to the virus on Tuesday. State Health Department said as many as 1,014 patients were discharged from hospital after full recovery.
  • Rajasthan: With 102 new COVID-19 infections reported till today morning, the state tally of coronavirus positive cases now stand at 9475, out of which 6506 patients have recovered and 5977 patients have been discharged from various hospitals in the state till date. Most of the new infections have been reported at Jaipur today.
  • Madhya Pradesh: 137 new cases of COVID-19 infections have been reported, taking the state tally of coronavirus positive cases to 8420, out of which 2835 are active cases. Most of these new infections have been reported from Indore, followed  byNeemuch district. Today 23 recoveries have been reported from Neemuch, 35 from Bhopal and 6 from Jabalpur.  
  • Chhattisgarh: 9 new COVID-19 cases have been reported, as per the latest update. This takes the state tally of coronavirus positive cases to 564, out of which 433 are active cases. The new cases have been reported from Balodabaazar, Korba and Balod. Presently, 51,588 persons have been kept under home quarantine in the state.
  • Goa: 6 new cases of COVID-19 infection have been reported, taking the state tally of coronavirus positive patients to 79, out of which 22 are active cases. 13 patients have been reported to have recovered on Tuesday.
 
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