We want our kids to wake up early and study, but do we have any books at home that showcases the benefits of rising early? ; PM Narendra Modi

We want our kids to wake up early and study, but do we have any books at home that showcases the benefits of rising early?

Have we watched any documentary that scientifically proves its benefits?

Once the kid learn things scientifically & understands the reason behind your commands, they will learn things more quickly.

PM Narendra modi

Once children realize how much effort goes behind filling their plates with nutritious food, they will surely eat & appreciate it: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi:

Parents of young Exam Warriors ask how to make sure their kids finish their lunch boxes at school and eat healthy at home.

Make sure that kids know how the food is cooked, how much time it takes, how many ingredients are present in their plate.

Once they realize how much effort goes behind filling their plates with nutritious food, they will surely eat & appreciate it.

The vaccination strategy has been drawn up after extensive deliberations and consultations in partnership with all State governments: Dr Harsh Vardhan

Dr Harsh Vardhan – Union Health Minister:

In recent days, I have seen with growing dismay a number of irresponsible statements from some State government functionaries in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As these statements have the potential to mislead the public and spread panic, it has become necessary to put the record straight.

At a time when the country is witnessing a fresh wave of rising COVID-19 infections, I am alarmed to note the fact that many State governments have failed to take appropriate response measures and apply the lessons that the nation has learned over the past one year of handling this pandemic.

Most concerning of all are the statements being made by a section of political leaders asking to open up vaccination to everyone above the age of 18, or to drastically lower the minimum age criteria for vaccination eligibility.

The Government of India has been frequently and transparently updating all the State governments about the demand-supply dynamics and the resultant vaccination strategy that has been adopted.

In fact, the vaccination strategy has been drawn up after extensive deliberations and consultations in partnership with all State governments. The same has also been a matter of public record for several months now.

Nonetheless, it bears repeating that the primary aim of vaccination is to reduce mortality among the most vulnerable people, and enable the society to beat the pandemic.

Accordingly, the world’s largest vaccination drive was launched in India with the first recipients being our healthcare personnel and front-line workers. Once this had progressed to a certain level, vaccination was opened up to further categories and is currently open to everyone above the age of 45 years.

It is also to be noted that vaccination is completely free of cost for anyone getting vaccinated in government medical facilities.

So long as the supply of vaccines remains limited, there is no option but to prioritize. This is also the established practice around the world, and is well known to all State governments.

When states ask to open up vaccine supplies to everyone over 18, we must presume that they have done saturation coverage of healthcare workers, frontline workers and senior citizens. But the facts are altogether different.

Maharashtra has vaccinated just only 86% of health workers with first dose. The equivalent numbers for Delhi and Punjab are 72% and 64%. On the other hand, 10 Indian states/UTs have done more than 90%.

Maharashtra has vaccinated just 41% of healthcare workers with second dose. Equivalent numbers for Delhi and Punjab are 41% and 27%. There are 12 Indian states/UTs that have done more than 60%.

Among frontline workers, Maharashtra has vaccinated only 73% with first dose. Equivalent numbers for Delhi and Punjab are 71% and 65%. There are 5 Indian states/UTs that have already done more than 85%.

Vaccination of frontline workers with second does for Maharashtra is at 41% For Delhi and Punjab, these numbers are 22% and 20%. There are 6 Indian states/UTs that have done more than 45%.

When it comes to senior citizens, Maharashtra has vaccinated just 25%, Delhi has vaccinated 30% & Punjab has vaccinated only 13%. There are  4 states/UTs that have already vaccinated more than 50%.

Doesn’t it seem evident that these states are trying to divert attention from their poor vaccination efforts by just continuously shifting the goal-posts? 

Politicizing such a public health issue is a damning indictment of certain political leaders who should know better.

In particular, I have seen statements made by public representatives in Maharashtra about shortage of vaccines. This is nothing but an attempt to divert attention from Maharashtra government’s repeated failures to control the spread of pandemic.

The inability of Maharashtra government to act responsibly is beyond comprehension. To spread panic among the people is to compound the folly further.

Vaccine supplies are being monitored on a real-time basis, and State governments are being apprised regularly about it. Allegations of vaccine shortage are utterly baseless.

Throughout the last year, as the Health Minister of India, I have been a witness to the misgovernance and utter casual approach of Maharashtra Government in battling the virus.

The lackadaisical attitude of the state government has singularly bogged down the entire country’s efforts to fight the virus.

We, in the central government, have regularly counselled the Maharashtra state government, made them available all resources and sent central teams for help. However, the lack of efforts of the part of the state government is now clearly visible and come to haunt us all.

Today, Maharashtra not only has the highest cases and deaths in the country but also has one of the highest test positivity rates in the world! Their testing is not up to the mark and their contact tracing leaves a lot to be desired.

The performance of Maharashtra government in terms of vaccinating healthcare workers and frontline workers is also not great.

It is shocking to see how the state Government is putting Maharashtrians in danger by letting people escape institutional quarantine mandate for the sake of their personal Vasuli.

Overall, as the state has lurched from one crisis to another, it seems as if the state leadership is happily sleeping at the wheels.

Maharashtra Government needs to do a lot more to control the pandemic and the Central Government will help them in all possible ways. But focusing all their energies on playing politics and spreading lies to create panic is not going to help the people of Maharashtra.

Similarly, we have seen regular comments by leaders from Chhattisgarh that are intended to spread misinformation and panic on vaccination.

I would like to humbly state that it would be better if the state government focusses its energies on ramping up their health infrastructure rather than on petty politicking.

Chhattisgarh has seen disproportionately higher number of deaths in the last 2-3 weeks. Their testing remains heavily dependent on rapid antigen tests which is not a wise strategy.

The state Government in fact refused to use Covaxin despite it being given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Drug Controller of India.

Not only this, by its actions, the leaders of the state government have the dubious distinction of being perhaps the only government in the world to have incited vaccine hesitancy.

Many other States also need to bring their healthcare systems up to the mark. For example, quality of testing needs to improve in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

In Punjab, high Case Fatality Rate needs to be improved by early identification of those needing hospitalization.

Mask-wearing and social distancing compliance are slack in a large number of States. There is a lot that needs to be done, and we must do it all with speed and at scale.

I am constrained to speak out now because my silence should not be misconstrued for weakness. Playing politics is easy, but improving governance and health infrastructure is the real test.

I would again like to stress to all States that the Central Government is doing everything it can to help them.

India has the unique advantage of having talented scientists and doctors and hard-working healthcare workers. All of us need to work hard and work together to defeat this pandemic. Let us not squander the gains we have made and focus on our solemn public duty. We owe the citizens of India nothing less.

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The need of the hour is walk-in vaccination to all age groups without any pre-registration: P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram – Former Union Finance Minister:

IMA has called for universal vaccination.

Several CMs have demanded universal vaccination. Yet the central government says there is no need for universal vaccination

The need of the hour is walk-in vaccination to all age groups without any pre-registration.

Because of its unscientific and stubborn stance, the government has allowed the number of infections to gallop every day. A grave catastrophe awaits the country.

There is no government of any democratic country in the world that has been so callous as the Modi government.

From demonetisation to the botched vaccination programme, Indians are paying a huge price for the WRONG policies of the BJP government

Right time for the government to arrange vaccines for everyone on priority: Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi – General Secretary, Congress:

If a free vaccine for everyone can be announced in the Election Manifesto, then this is the right time for the government to arrange vaccines for everyone on priority.

The most beneficial step for the people of our country would be that everyone should get the vaccine.

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Had a productive meeting with Mr. John Kerry, US Presidential Special Envoy for Climate : Dharmendra Pradhan

Dharmendra Pradhan – Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas

Had a productive meeting with Mr. John Kerry, US Presidential Special Envoy for Climate on collaborating on technology and finance to further develop mutually beneficial low-carbon pathways in fast-growing India’s energy market, including in gas, RE, biofuels & in hydrogen.

Mr. John Kerry appreciated India’s significant progress in its climate ambition and lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s spiritual and emotional commitment to climate change.

Also, discussed the ongoing efforts to revamp the strategic energy partnership with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm with focus on cleaner and green energies, including through deployment of future technologies for carbon capture, battery storage and hydrogen.

It appears the Chief Justice of India will do something about another Bench hearing the Ram Setu matter: Subramanian Swamy

Dr Subramanian Swamy – Former Union Minister:

After I raised the Ram Setu matter, the Chief Justice of India explained his load for next three weeks before retirement is too heavy.

But it appears he will do something about another Bench hearing it.

So later this year I will get Ram Setu made a National Heritage Monument. GoI silent in Court

Why are you compromising with the interests of farmers? : Harsimrat Badal to Punjab CM

As a daughter and sister of farmers, I would like to ask Capt Amarinder Singh, that instead of standing up & fighting for the rights of Punjab on every issue, why are you compromising with the interests of farmers before the Govt of India?

Harsimrat Badal – former union minister

5 days after being admitted to SKIMS, Srinagar with COVID my father was discharged this evening: Omar Abdullah

5 days after being admitted to SKIMS, Srinagar with COVID my father was discharged this evening.

He will continue the rest of his recovery & recuperation at home.

My father & the entire family are indebted & deeply grateful to the doctors, nursing staff & others at the institute.

My father has been instructed by his doctors to focus on his recovery & for the time being will not be allowed visitors.

He looks forward to completing his recovery so he can resume a full schedule of work.

omar abdullah – vice president, jknc

Medtronic Engineering & Innovation Center – a global hub for development, testing and qualification for some of the most advanced and innovative technologies inaugurated by KTR

The state-of-the-art Medtronic Engineering & Innovation Center (MEIC) was inaugurated by IT & Industries Minister KTR in Hyderabad.

MEIC serves as a global hub for development, testing and qualification for some of the most advanced and innovative technologies.

Geoff Martha Chairman & CEO Medtronic, Joel Reifman US Consulate General, Hyderabad, S. Aparna, Secretary, Dept of Pharmaceuticals, Govt. of India, RK Madan Vice President & MD Medtronic India, Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secy, Industries and Shakthi Nagappan Director Hyderabad Life Sciences participated.

MEIC recently received an investment of Rs. 1200 Crore ($160 million) for expansion in Hyderabad. MEIC, Hyderabad will be the largest Research & Development Centre outside the U.S. for Medtronic. The Centre aims to recruit 1000 employees.

IT and Industries Minister KTR addressed the delegates after formally inaugurating the Medtronic Engineering & Innovation Center (MEIC) in Hyderabad.

I would like to call out the Medtronic global leadership for keeping their commitment with Telangana and India. This is surely going to energize the ecosystem for Medtech research in India.

Hyderabad’s position as the life sciences capital of the country and the world is only getting strengthened with each passing day.

My humble request to the Government of India is to consider incentives and continued support to the companies which will engage in development of medical devices.

I strongly believe Innovation and R&D will hold key in accelerating growth of this sector.

In order to boost innovation, Govt of Telangana has taken various initiatives including establishing incubation centers focused on medical technologies, handholding support, technology partnerships, access to testing and regulatory facilities.

Kiphire in Nagaland – one of the remotest Aspirational District of our country: Amitabh Kant

Delighted to visit Kiphire in Nagaland – one of the remotest Aspirational District of our country.

It was 111 out of 112 Dts in ranking & has now jumped to No 2.

The local team has worked tirelessly to improve outcomes across sectors.

My compliments to District Collector & all frontline workers.

amitabh kant – ceo, niti aayog

The much awaited Trans Arunachal Drive flagged off today: CM, Pema Khandu

The much awaited Trans Arunachal Drive2021 flagged off today from Namsai!

The 12-day drive along the Trans Arunachal Highway from Namsai to Tawang will pass through diverse cultural landscape.

This event will portray Arunachal as a major driving destination and of tourism.

Pema khandu – cm, arunachal pradesh

We can all do our bit to help shops on our street & order for home delivery from them, not just giant e-comm sites : Anand Mahindra

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group :

There is a pandemic hidden within the pandemic: Mental Health.

Covid city dashboards cover the availability of hospital beds but not access to trained therapists. There was already a woeful lack of them, but they are now overwhelmed.

No one is immune to psychological stress, but the most affected are the self-employed & the small shop & business owners who were beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel & now are faced with the prospect of that light receding.

The strength of micro-communities has always been an antidote to mental stress.

We can all do our bit to help shops on our street & order for home delivery from them, not just giant e-comm sites.

We can all lend an ear & a shoulder to our friends who run small enterprises.

On World Health Day, let us keep the focus on fighting COVID-19 by taking all possible precautions : PM Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister :

World Health Day is a day to reaffirm our gratitude and appreciation to all those who work day and night to keep our planet healthy. It’s also a day to reiterate our commitment to supporting research and innovation in healthcare.

On World Health Day, let us keep the focus on fighting COVID-19 by taking all possible precautions including wearing a mask, regularly washing hands and following the other protocols. At the same time, do take all possible steps to boost immunity and stay fit.

The Government of India is taking numerous measures including Ayushman Bharat and PM Janaushadhi Yojana to ensure people get access to top quality and affordable healthcare. India is also conducting the world’s largest vaccination drive to strengthen the fight against COVID-19.

Union Agriculture Minister NS Tomar launches Madhu Kranti portal & ‘Honey Corners’

PIB India:

Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched Madhu Kranti portal and Honey Corners of NAFED today in New Delhi.

Madhu Kranti portal is an initiative of National Bee Board (NBB), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare under National Beekeeping & Honey Mission (NBHM).

This portal is being developed for online registration to achieve traceability source of Honey and other beehive products on a digital platform.

The technical and banking partner for development of this digital platform is Indian Bank. An MoU between NBB and Indian Bank was signed for this project.

Addressing the launching ceremony Shri Tomar said Honey Mission will lead to increase in income of farmers, employment generation and increase in exports.

Sweet Revolution should spread all over the country and Indian honey should meet global standards, he added.

Necessary functionalities are being developed on the Portal to create a database of all stakeholders involved in Honey and other beehive products’ production, sales and marketing chain.

On-line Registration of beekeepers is being launched today in first phase, followed by registration of other stake-holders in Honey Trade.

All sales transactions in Honey trading in country shall be captured through a mobile app in second phase to achieve desired results in the area of Honey source traceability.

Online registration/ traceability system for source of Honey & other beehive products will help in checking the quality & source of adulteration of honey. The system will also enable consumers/public to know the source of honey and assure quality of the products.

For marketing support to the FPOs, NAFED has developed 14-15 Honey Corners, one each in 5 NAFED Bazaar at Ashram, New Moti Bagh and East of Kailash, Panchkula and Mussoorie in their Bazaar/Retail Stores.

More Honey Corners will be developed by NAFED in most of the upcoming major 200 NAFED Stores to promote market support for honey & other beehive products. 

Online marketing options will be explored to provide a platform for marketing and promotion of Honey supplied by the FPOs.

Following are the main achievements made in beekeeping/ honey by NBB, DAC&FW:

A World Class State of the Art Honey Testing Lab at NDDB, Anand, Gujarat has been setup under NBHM.

Standards of Honey, Bees Wax & Royal Jelly notified by FSSAI. SMR & Foreign Oligosaccharides tests included in honey standards notified by FSSAI.

45 projects for assistance of Rs. 88.87 crores approved/sanctioned for funding under NBHM till date.

In these projects, some of the projects are approved for implementation in Aspirational Districts/remote & other difficult areas, including North Eastern & Hilly Areas.

These facilities/projects are being approved/implemented by NBB, DAC&FW on the occasion of Commemoration of 75 Years of India Independence “Bharat ka Amrut Mahotsav” launched by the Prime Minister of India and being celebrated in all parts of the country.

Among others, it has been decided to set up 100 Mini & 4-5 Regional/Big Honey & other Beehive Products Testing Labs in 3 years under NBHM.70 FPOs of Beekeeper/honey producers, including 65 by NABARD & others and 5 by NAFED in Bihar, UP, MP, Rajasthan & WB, have been formed.

Roadmap for collaboration with National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for plantation of bee friendly flora on roadsides & promoting beekeeping is being made.

Honey production has increased from 76,150 MTs (2013-14) to 1,20,000 MTs (2019-20).

Export of honey has increased from 28378.42 MTs (2013-14) to 59536.74 MTs (2019-20). 

29 Bee Breeders have been developed for multiplication/production of quality honeybee colonies along with queens for providing to the trained farmers/beekeepers. Each Bee Breeder produces at least 2000 bee colonies every year.

10,000 Beekeepers/Beekeeping & Honey Societies/Firms/Companies with 16.00 lakhs honeybee colonies registered with NBB are uploaded on “मधुक्रान्तिपोर्टल”.

16 Integrated Beekeeping Development Centres (IBDCs) as role model of beekeeping have been commissioned, one each in the States of Haryana, Delhi, Bihar, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh.