Chancellor Merkel and I had a fruitful video call today: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi:

As we celebrate 70th anniversary of our diplomatic relationship and 20th anniversary of our Strategic Partnership with Germany this year, Chancellor Merkel and I had a fruitful video call today.

I thanked her for her longstanding personal commitment to deepening India-Germany ties.

We also exchanged views on other regional and global issues, including COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gulmarg: The slopes that are the main attraction for serious skiers haven’t been opened – Omar Abdullah

Omar Abdullah – Former CM, Jammu and Kashmir:

With all the amazing snow in Gulmarg you’d think the skiing would be on in full swing but sadly it isn’t.

The slopes that are the main attraction for serious skiers haven’t been opened because no one thought to buy spare parts for the groomers.

It takes more that empty words & a few advertisements to make Gulmarg a world class skiing destination.

Just wishing it were so or calling Gulmarg the Davos of the East doesn’t make it so.

The baby slopes may bring in a few beginners & local skiers doing courses but that’s it.

If only someone had thought to have the beaters serviced & commissioned BEFORE the winter started we might have been able to attract serious skiers to return to Gulmarg but sadly that didn’t happen.

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Discussed about bringing progressive measures to control dust from construction sites: Manish Sisodia

Manish Sisodia – Dy CM, Delhi:

Took a review of several key projects of Environment & Forest Dept including implementation of Delhi’s landmark Tree Transplantation Policy, bringing progressive measures to control dust from construction sites and real time source appointment study.

Delhi govt under the leadership of CM Arvind Kejriwal has taken unprecedented steps to control air pollution in the past be it odd-even scheme or Pusa bio-decomposer technique to deal with Parali.

We will continue to work on such innovative ideas in the future too.

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Pleased to have released today, Longitudinal Ageing Study of India, Wave 1 Report: Dr Harsh Vardhan

Pleased to have released today, Longitudinal Ageing Study of India, Wave 1 Report.

LASI is India’s 1st & the world’s largest-ever survey, findings of which will help in designing policies & healthcare programs for the welfare of our older population.

Dr Harsh Vardhan – Union Health Minister

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare via PIB India:

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare released INDIA REPORT on Longitudinal Ageing Study of India (LASI) Wave-1 today on the virtual platform.

LASI is a full–scale national survey of scientific investigation of the health, economic, and social determinants and consequences of population ageing in India.

The National Programme for Health Care of Elderly, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has undertaken the Longitudinal Ageing Study of India, through International Institute for Population Sciences, (IIPS), Mumbai in collaboration with Harvard School of Public Health, University of Southern California,USA, Dte. GHS, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and National Institute on Ageing.

The LASI, Wave 1 covered a baseline sample of 72,250 individuals aged 45 and above and their spouses including 31,464 elderly persons aged 60 and above and 6,749 oldest-old persons aged 75 and above from all States and Union Territories of India (excluding Sikkim).

Dr. Harsh Vardhan expressed his happiness on the release of the report. He said, “It is India’s first and the world’s largest ever survey that provides a longitudinal database for designing policies and programmes for the older population in the broad domains of social, health, and economic well-being.

The evidence from LASI will be used to further strengthen and broaden the scope of National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly and also help in establishing a range of preventive and health care programmes for older population and most vulnerable among them.”

Highlighting the importance of the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI), he said, “In 2011 census, the 60+ population accounted for 8.6% of India’s population, accounting for 103 million elderly people.

Growing at around 3% annually, the number of elderly age population will rise to 319 million in 2050.

75% of the elderly people suffer from one or the other chronic disease. 40% of the elderly people have one or the other disability and 20% have issues related to mental health.

This report will provide base for national and state level programmes and policies for elderly population.

Dr. Vardhan noted, “The LASI has embraced state-of-the-art large-scale survey protocols and field implementation strategies including representative sample of India and its States, socioeconomic spectrum, an expansive topical focus, a longitudinal design, and the use of Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) technology for data collection, quality control, and Geographic Information System (GIS).

A unique feature of LASI is the coverage of comprehensive biomarkers. No other survey in India collects detailed data on health and biomarkers together with information on family and social network, income, assets, and consumption.”

Restating the commitments of the Government to healthy ageing, Dr Vardhan said, “We should ensure that the elderly are provided with the best medical care. 

India has one of the ambitious programme of the world, Ayushman Bharat Yojna which focuses on expansion of the healthcare facilities.

The Minister affirmed that the LASI data shall assist in addressing the broad aims of the Decade of Healthy Ageing and will lead to convergence within various national health programs and also promote inter-sectoral coordination with other line Departments/Ministries.

Dr. K.S. James, Director IIPS, Ms. Vandana Gurnani, AS & MD-NHM, Prof. (Dr.) Rajiv Garg, Professor of Excellence, Sh. Vishal Chauhan Joint Secretary-NCD, Dr. Gowri N. Sengupta, ADG- NPHCE were also present at the event.  

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Pleased to call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Dr S Jaishankar

Dr S Jaishankar – External Affairs Minister :

Pleased to call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Conveyed warm greetings from PM Narendra Modi.

Discussed cooperation for post-Covid health and economic recovery.

India will be a reliable partner in Sri Lanka’s development.

Thank FM Dinesh Gunawardena for his invitation and hospitality.

Appropriate that Sri Lanka is my first visit in 2021.

Reviewed our cooperarion and will work closely to fulfil the vision of our leaders.

Earlier today, I was a part of the meeting to explore Innovation clusters in Maharashtra: Aaditya Thackeray

Aaditya Thackeray – Minister, Maharashtra Govt. :

Earlier today, I was a part of the meeting to explore Innovation clusters in Maharashtra, mainly in the Konkan region, chaired by Shri Sharad Pawar saheb and DCM Ajit Pawar ji, along with my cabinet colleagues.

Innovation has to be systemic and has to begin with syllabus change and the spirit of questioning set norms in Unis.

Scientists must be given their space to innovate and innovations must either make lives simpler or better.

MVA Govt is committed to supporting innovation

Aaditya Thackeray

We are going ahead with KIFF 2021 virtually, on a smaller scale: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee – Chief Minister, West Bengal:

Together we will overcome this pandemic.

But the show must go on.

We are going ahead with KIFF 2021 virtually, on a smaller scale.

Glad that my brother Shah Rukh Khan will join us virtually at the inaugural event on Jan 8, 4pm.

Watch Kolkata International Film Festival live

Mamata Banerjee CM West Bengal

Happy to learn that young athletes are making good use of the financial assistance given to them by India Sports: Kiren Rijiju

Kiren Rijiju – Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports:

I’m happy to learn that young athletes, boxer Sunil and archer Neeraj are making good use of Rs 10 lakh given to them by ‘India Sports’ to support their sporting dream.

They’ve bought sporting equipments, improved their diet and committed to winning medals for In

Well done!

Requested Home Minister for support in completion of border fencing work in Tripura: Biplab Kumar Deb

Biplab Kumar Deb – Chief Minister, Tripura:

Held an extensive discussion on the progress of various ongoing developmental projects in Tripura with Adarniya Amit Shah ji in New Delhi today.

Shri Amit Shah ji assured full support of the Central Government in our efforts for overall development of Tripura.

Requested the kind intervention of Sh. Amit Shah ji for the development of an Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Nischintapur, junction point of Agartala-Akhaura rail link.

Setting up of a cargo handling facility here will greatly boost trade & commerce for entire North East region.

During the meeting with Sh Amit Shah ji today, also requested for his kind support for completion of border fencing work in Tripura in a timely & effective manner.

Sh Amit Shah ji assured full support from Home Ministry in this regard to ensure security & prosperity for the state.

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When Modi admin brought in RERA, Mamata chose not to implement it: Amit Malviya

Amit Malviya – In-charge of BJP’s National IT Dept.:

When Modi admin brought in RERA, to protect the interest of middle class home buyers, Pishi chose not to implement it, instead enacted her own legislation, WB Housing Industry Regulation Act.

It’s validity has been challenged but people of West Bengal should know that Pishi cheated them.

Naturally the big question everyone is asking if Pishi thwarted RERA to protect her party’s building syndicates?

Would she rather feed the fat cats instead of protecting the interest of West Bengal’s middle income people, for whom buying a home is a lifetime project and a dream!

Known as Tsangpo Yarlung in Tibet and Siang in Arunachal Pradesh : Kiren Rijiju

Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister :

The mighty Brahmaputra river which even in this leanest and driest season has such huge water volume?

It’s known as Tsangpo Yarlung in Tibet and Siang in Arunachal Pradesh. This is in between North Lakhimpur and Dibrugarh in Assam.

Sri Sri at Sunrise

That which is changeless is “Truth” that which changes is an illusion. Illusion does not mean non-existence, but it is ever changing:
Sri Sri

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