Prakash Javadekar

70% of the global tiger population, 70% of Asiatic lions in India.. a testimony of India’s thriving biodiversity: Prakash Javadekar

Prakash Javadekar – Union Minister:

70% of the global tiger population, 70% of Asiatic lions and more than 60% of leopards population in India is a testimony of India’s thriving biodiversity, as these big cats sit at the top of the food chain and their growing numbers shows the well being of the whole ecosystem.

Valuing and worshipping nature is an integral part of Indian ethos, as is the conservation of wildlife.

In India, we have been peacefully co-inhabiting with various species of birds & animals for centuries & will continue to do so as it forms an important part of our cultural ethos

From this year onwards we will be announcing and rewarding the 10 best National Parks, 5 coastal and Marine parks and the top five Zoos in the country.

Assam BJP

When people come in such huge numbers to bless us, our resolve of service gets strengthened manifold: Sarbananda Sonowal

Sarbananda Sonowal – Chief Minister, Assam:

When people come in such huge numbers to bless us, our resolve of service gets strengthened manifold.

Glad to speak at the Vijay Sankalp Samavesh in presence of BJP4 National President Shri JP Nadda ji in Silchar.

Barak & Brahmaputra are not just the economic & cultural lifelines of Assam, they are the mediums of strengthening our state, our economy.

From day one, it is the BJP4 led Govt which has unabatedly worked hard to realise true potential of the two great valleys of Assam.

I believe that with the support of the people, we will together walk the path of progress through equal development and equal involvement, a road shown by PM Shri Narendra Modi ji and continue the unabated development journey of Assam.

PM Modi on Vaccination

It’s a matter of pride that both the vaccines for which Emergency Use Authorization has been given are made in India: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister’s Office via PIB India:

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting with Chief Ministers and Administrators of all States and Union Territories to review the status and preparedness for COVID-19 vaccination on 11th January, 2021, via video conferencing.

Prime Minister paid obeisance to former Prime Minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri on his death anniversary.

He lauded the constant coordination and communication between the Centre and the States, and timely decision making, which has played a big role in the fight against the virus.

As a result, the spread of the virus has been contained vis-a-vis several other countries.

Prime Minister noted that the fear and apprehensions that citizens had at the start of the pandemic have now ebbed, and the growing confidence has reflected positively on the economic activities also.

He also appreciated the State governments for working zealously in this battle.

Prime Minister said that the country is in a decisive phase of this fight, with the start of the world’s biggest vaccination campaign from 16th January.

He underlined that it’s a matter of pride that both the vaccines for which Emergency Use Authorization has been given are made in India.

He highlighted that both the approved vaccines are highly cost effective in comparison to other vaccines from across the world, adding that India would have faced great difficulty if it would have had to depend on foreign vaccines.

Prime Minister noted that India’s vast experience with vaccination will prove handy in this endeavour.

He said that the priority of vaccination has been decided as per advice of the experts and scientific community after consultation with the States.

Health workers, from both government and private sector, will be the first ones to receive the vaccine. Along with them, Safai Karmacharis, other Front Line Workers, police and paramilitary, Home Guards, Disaster Management Volunteers and other jawans in Civil Defence, and Revenue Officials associated with containment and surveillance, will also also receive the vaccine in the first stage.

The total number of such personnel is around 3 crore. Prime Minister announced that State governments will not have to bear any cost towards vaccinating these 3 crore people in the first stage. Centre will bear this cost, he added.

In the second stage, those above 50 years of age, and those below 50 years of age with comorbidities or with high risk of infection, will be vaccinated.

Preparation for infrastructure and logistics has been done with all States and UTs, the Prime Minister said, adding that dry runs for vaccination has also been done across the country.

He said that our new preparations and SOPs for COVID have to be linked up with our old experiences of running universal immunization programmes and conducting elections throughout the country.

He noted that the booth level strategy used for elections needs to be used here as well.

Prime Minister remarked that the most important factor in this vaccination drive is identification and monitoring of those who need to be vaccinated.

For this, Co-Win digital platform has been created. With the help of Aadhaar, beneficiaries will be identified as well as timely second dosage will be ensured.

Prime Minister underlined the significance of ensuring that real time data related to vaccination gets uploaded on Co-Win.

After a person receives the first dose of vaccination, Co-Win will immediately generate a digital vaccination certificate. This certificate will also act as a reminder for the second dose, after which, a final certificate will be given

Prime Minister said that the vaccination drive in India is also significant since several other countries are going to follow us.

He said that vaccination for COVID-19 has been going on in about 50 countries since past 3-4 weeks, and till now, only about 2.5 crore people have received vaccination.

India aims to achieve vaccination for 30 crore people in the next few months, he said.

Prime Minister further said that proper mechanisms have been put in place in case a person feels discomfort due to the vaccine, adding that such a mechanism is already in place for universal immunization programme, and it has been further strengthened for this vaccination drive.

Prime Minister underlined the significance of following the COVID related protocols throughout this endeavour, adding that even those who are receiving the vaccine should continue to follow these precautions to prevent any spread of the virus.

He said that all States and UTs will have to put in place mechanisms to keep rumours related to vaccination in check.

For this, help from religious and social organizations, NYK, NSS, SHGs etc should be taken.

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Congratulations to the Indian team for chasing a huge total and forcing a draw: P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram – Former Union Finance Minister:

The touring Indian team has imbibed the determination and tenacity usually associated with Australian teams.

It was good to see the tail standing firm for over 3 hours against fierce pace bowling and a wily spinner.

Congratulations to the Indian team for chasing a huge total and forcing a draw.

Contemplating what might have been is exquisite.

If Pujara and Pant had stayed longer, India might have scored a historic win.

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Uddhav Thackeray CM Maharashtra

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray launches Mavala, the biggest tunnel boring machine in India, for the Coastal Road Project in Mumbai

CMO Maharashtra:

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s speech at the launch of Mavala,’ the biggest tunnel boring machine (TBM) in India which will undertake tunnel boring work for the Coastal Road Project in Mumbai;

This is a historic moment and an achievement that gives us great happiness and joy.

In 2012-13 and perhaps even before that, the concept of a Coastal Road for Mumbai was being discussed.

In the elections held during that period and otherwise, I had given a presentation about this project.

This was a new concept. Some doubted if this is even possible. People asked if this road could go through the sea or be constructed as an extension of the Bandra-Worli sea link.

Today, I am proud and happy that the MCGM worked on the project, ensured superb planning and started work with great enthusiasm.

When things had grounded to a halt in the Corona-pandemic induced lockdown, the pace of work on the project did not slow down.

Considering the manner in which work is underway, I am confident that the Coastal Road will be completed before the deadline.

This tunnel being dug by the Mavala TBM will start from the Priyadarshini Park, and will pass underground, from below Malabar Hill, Girgaon Chowpatty and reach the Princess Street flyover.

When work on the tunnel begins under the Girgaon Chowpatty, Mumbaikars will not even realise this.

During the term of the Coalition Govt. from 1995 to 1999, 55 flyovers were built in Mumbai. This was the need of the hour. But now, these flyovers cannot tackle rising traffic.

This Coastal Road route will help people from the suburbs come to the city bypassing the central areas of Mumbai.

We have a beautiful seashore and this will be a picturesque journey. The beach will also stay unaffected.

The MCGM Municipal Commissioner has shown how officials can work efficiently. You, Ashwini Bhide ji and the police worked hard round-the-clock to control the Corona pandemic. This battle is now under our control.

Let me proudly assure you that my MCGM will ensure that the people of my Mumbai get the best civic amenities and services using the best technologies in the world.

I am sure this Coastal Road will be completed soon and be available for the service of Mumbaikars.

Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra!

PM Modi on Vaccination

All States and UTs must ensure that rumours around the vaccination programme are not allowed to spread: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi’s closing remarks at the meeting with CMs on the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine. Excerpts via BJP India:

The discussion and cooperation between states and Centre has helped a lot in the fight against COVID and we’ve presented a good example of federalism.

India is entering a decisive phase of vaccination in the fight against COVID.

We’re starting the world’s largest vaccination programme from 16th January.

We’ve made necessary preparations for patients if the COVID vaccine shows any side-effects.

We already have a mechanism under the Universal Immunization Programme for situations such as these.

We’ve strengthened it specifically for COVID vaccination.

All States and UTs must ensure that rumours around the vaccination programme are not allowed to spread.

Corporate competition and vested interests of certain lobbies within and outside country may be at work to fuel the rumours.

A testimony to the investor friendly policies of Telangana Govt: KTR

KTR – Minister, Telangana Govt.:

Leading US life insurer Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company announced the setting up of their Global Capability Center in Hyderabad, Telangana.

MassMutual, a 170-year old Fortune 500 organization & a world leader in the Insurance & Finance Industry, choosing Hyderabad and establishing its first Global Capability Center outside USA here is a testimony to the investor friendly policies of Telangana Govt

The vision for Master Plan 2041 is to “Foster a sustainable, liveable and vibrant Delhi by 2041”

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs via PIB India:

To ensure ease of living and provide urban amenities to the citizens of Delhi, a new master plan for Delhi 2041 is being prepared. 

The new Master Plan will be people-friendly, easy-to-read and understand, GIS-based and available online for general public.

It will also enable stakeholders to know the exact policies/provisions that apply on their lands/properties and simplify the norms related to use premises and activities, flexibility in FAR use, parking requirements and enable flexibility in customising future developments for meeting people’s needs.

Extensive stakeholder engagement forms the basis of the Vision for Delhi.

Outreach includes schools, universities, RWAs, civil society groups and campaigns (related to child friendly cities, universal access, gender concerns, equity, migrants etc), traders and market associations, environment experts, industry groups, professional bodies, etc.

The vision for Master Plan 2041 is to “Foster a sustainable, liveable and vibrant Delhi by 2041”.  

The key focus areas will be the provision of good quality green-blue areas for recreation and leisure, tackle pollution and enhance Delhi’s preparedness for Climate Change impacts.

The vision would aim at incentivising new formats like serviced apartments, condominiums, hostels, student housing, worker housing, etc.

It is also proposed to have TOD based projects to bring jobs and homes closer to mass transit, comprehensive strategies for improving old and dilapidated areas in the city.       

Union Minister Gadkari to launch innovative, eco-friendly, non-toxic wall paint – “Khadi Prakritik Paint” – tomorrow

Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises via PIB India:

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways & MSME Sh. Nitin Gadkari will be launching an innovative new paint developed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission on Tuesday, 12th January at his residence.

The eco-friendly, non-toxic paint, called “Khadi Prakritik Paint is a first-of-its-kind product, with anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties.

Based on cow dung as its main ingredient, the paint is cost-effective and odorless, and has been certified by Bureau of Indian Standards

Khadi Prakritik Paint is available in two forms – distemper paint and plastic emulsion paint

Production of Khadi Prakritik Paint is aligned with Prime Minister’s vision of increasing farmers’ income.

The project was conceptualized by Chairman KVIC in March 2020, and later developed by Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute, Jaipur (a KVIC unit).

The paint is free from heavy metals like lead, mercury, chromium, arsenic, cadmium and others. It will be a boost to local manufacturing and will create sustainable local employment through technology transfer

This technology will  increase consumption of cow dung as a raw material for eco-friendly products and will generate additional revenue to farmers and gaushalas

This is estimated to generate additional income of Rs 30,000 (approx) per annum per animal to farmers/ gaushalas.

Utilization of cow dung will also clean the environment and prevent clogging of drains.

Khadi Prakritik Distemper & Emulsion Paints have been tested at 3 reputed National

National Test House, Mumbai

Shri Ram Institute for Industrial Research, New Delhi

National Test House, Ghaziabad

Khadi Prakritik Emulsion paint meets BIS 15489:2013 standardswhereas Khadi Prakritik Distemper paint meets BIS 428:2013 standards.

Sri Sri at Sunrise

Make your desire bigger. Desire for the highest. Don’t go for anything smaller. Then divine love dawns in you:

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