Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sanctioned the procurement of 1 Lakh Portable Oxygen Concentrators from the PM Cares Fund
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to discuss the measures needed to improve Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) Supply for COVID management. PM instructed that these Oxygen Concentrators should be procured at the earliest & provided in states with high case burden.
In addition to the earlier sanctioned 713 PSA plants under PM Cares Fund, 500 new Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants have been sanctioned under PM CARES Fund.
The PSA plants will augment the supply of Liquid Medical Oxygen at hospitals in district headquarters and Tier 2 cities. These 500 PSA plants will be established with transfer of the indigenous technology developed by DRDO and CSIR to the domestic manufacturers.
Establishing PSA plants and procurement of portable oxygen concentrators will greatly augment the supply of oxygen near the demand clusters, thereby addressing the current logistical challenges in transporting oxygen from plants to hospitals.
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Prime Minister’s Office:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on telephone today with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
The leaders discussed the evolving Covid-19 pandemic situation. President Putin expressed solidarity with the people and government of India and conveyed that Russia would extend all possible support in this regard.
Prime Minister Modi thanked President Putin and noted that the prompt Russian support to India was a symbol of our enduring partnership.
The two leaders noted the ongoing cooperation between the two countries to fight the global pandemic.
Approval for emergency use of Sputnik-V vaccine in India was appreciated by President Putin. The leaders noted that the Russian vaccine will be manufactured in India for use in India, Russia and third countries.
Both leaders attached importance to further deepening bilateral cooperation in various sectors in the spirit of our special and privileged partnership.
Prime Minister Modi conveyed appreciation for the support received from Russia for India’s Gaganyaan Program and the completion of the Russian phase of training of the four Gaganyaan astronauts.
The leaders noted the scope for increasing cooperation in the area of renewable energy, including the Hydrogen economy.
The leaders decided to establish a new 2+2 dialogue at Minister level comprising Foreign and Defence Ministers from both countries.
The two leaders recalled the important decisions taken during their last Summit meeting in Vladivostok in September 2019.
Prime Minister Modi conveyed that he looks forward to President Putin’s visit to India later this year for the Bilateral Summit which would provide an occasion to continue their personal and trusted conversation.
President Putin assured the Prime Minister of Russia’s full support for the success of India’s Presidency of BRICS during 2021.
The two leaders agreed to remain in close touch on bilateral and international issues.
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Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.
He briefed the PM on the efforts being undertaken by IAF to help in the Cover-19 related situation.
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria informed the Prime Minister that the IAF has ordered 24×7 readiness of the entire heavy lift fleet and substantial numbers of the medium lift fleets to operate in a hub and spoke model to rapidly meet all Covid related tasking across the country and overseas. Aircrew for all fleets have been augmented to ensure round the clock operations.
PM stressed on the need to increase the speed, scale & safety of operations in transporting oxygen tankers & other essential material. PM spoke about the need to ensure that the IAF personnel engaged in Covid related operations remain safe from infection. He also spoke about the need to ensure safety of all Covid related operations.
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria informed the that IAF is deploying big as well as medium sized aircrafts to cover all terrains. He briefed the PM about a dedicated COVID Air Support Cell set up by the IAF to ensure faster co-ordination with different ministries and agencies to Covid related operations.
PM inquired about the health of IAF personnel and their families. Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria apprised him that near saturation vaccination coverage has been achieved in the IAF.
He also informed the PM that hospitals under IAF have increased covid facilities and also allowing civilians wherever possible.
Had an excellent conversation with my friend President Putin today.
We discussed the evolving COVID-19 situation, and I thanked President Putin for Russia’s help and support in India’s fight against the pandemic.
We also reviewed our diverse bilateral cooperation, especially in the area of space exploration and renewable energy sector, including in hydrogen economy.
Our cooperation on Sputnik-V vaccine will assist humanity in battling the pandemic.
To add further momentum to our strong strategic partnership, President Putin and I have agreed to establish a 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue between our Foreign and Defence Ministers.
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways:
The Ministry of Road Transport has issued a notification of draft rules, which would make it much easier for those shifting from one state to another to re-register their vehicles.
The step comes in the context of several citizen-centric steps and an IT-based solution for vehicle registration taken by the government.
However, one of the main points in the vehicle registration process that still needed attention was re-registration of a vehicle while moving to another state.
Station relocation occurs with both, Government and private sector employees.
Such movements create a sense of unease in the minds of employees with regard to transfer of registration from the parent state to another state, as under section 47 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988,while a person is allowed to keep the vehicle for 12 months in any state other than the state where the vehicle is originally registered, new registration with the new state-registering authority has to be made within 12 months.
A passenger vehicle user has to take these steps to re-register a vehicle:
(i) No Objection Certificate from the Parent State for assignment of new registration mark in another state
(ii) Assignment of new registration mark after the road tax on pro-rata basis is paid in the new State
(ii) Application for refund of the road tax in the parent State on pro-rata basis
The provision to get refund from the parent State on pro-rata basis is a very cumbersome process, which varies from one State to another.
With this background, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is proposing a new system of vehicle registration, wherein allocation would be marked as “IN” series- and this will be on pilot test mode.
This vehicle registration facility under “IN series” will be available to Defence personnel, employees of Central Government, State Governments, Central/ State PSUs and private sector companies/organizations, which have their offices in five or more States/Union Territories.
The motor vehicle tax will be levied for two years or in multiple of two.
This scheme will facilitate free movement of personal vehicles across any state of India upon relocation to a new state.
The draft rules have been placed on the website, inviting comments for 30 days from the date of notification, from the public/States/UTs before being finalized.
BJP National President J P Nadda launches BJYM Doctor Helpline via video conferencing :
- With the country experiencing a second wave of COVID-19, it has come together to fight the virus together. The Central govt is constantly coordinating with the state govts to implement a strong response to COVID.
- India, under the leadership of PM Modi, brought everyone together in the fight against COVID. The country will battle against this wave and emerge out together.
- Starting May 1, we will further increase the pace of vaccination, helping the nation immensely. Registration will begin on the COWIN portal today and I call upon all BJYM karyakartas to get youth registered as many as possible.
- We have started helplines in all metropolitan cities. Thousands of families – relatives of whom weren’t around – have been served medicines and other essentials by the BJYM karyakartas.
- People from any part of the country can call the helplines to get medical advice. The helpline will cater to multiple languages to ensure we can assist citizens from across the country.
Pinarayi Vijayan – Chief Minister, Kerala :
Kerala will purchase 1 crore doses of COVID19 vaccines from the open market.
70L doses of Covishield and 30L doses of Covaxin will be procured for next 3 months, May – July, for Rs. 483 crore.
Priority for 2nd dose. Our vaccination drive will go ahead, uninterrupted.
Those under home quarantine should be in touch with local authorities.
Follow health officials’ advice on testing.
Bath attached room, N95 mask and daily monitoring using pulse oxymeter are must.
Those without adequate facilities can use Domiciliary Care Centres.
To address concerns of guest workers regarding COVID19 DySPs will visit them at Sub Division levels and create awareness.
Their safety will be ensured, vaccination will be provided.
Visited the Tarajan Bangali village in Dhekiajuli, a site near the epicentre of the earthquake and took stock of the situation.Sarbananda Sonowal – Chief Minister, Assam
The morning tremors have affected the village and neighbouring areas.
We are with the people at all times. I urged everyone not to panic and stay alert.
I have personally spoken and written to Shri Rajnath Singh ji, Defence Minister of India with a request to airlift the equipment meant for oxygen plants in Nagaland.Neiphiu Rio – Chief Minister, Nagaland
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Tejas, India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft, added the 5th generation Python-5 Air-to-Air Missile (AAM) in its air-to-air weapons capability on April 27, 2021. Trials were also aimed to validate enhanced capability of already integrated Derby Beyond Visual Range (BVR) AAM on Tejas. The test firing at Goa completed a series of missile trials to validate its performance under extremely challenging scenarios. Derby missile achieved direct hit on a high-speed maneuvering aerial target and the Python missiles also achieved 100% hits, thereby validating their complete capability. The trials met all their planned objectives.
Prior to these trials, extensive missile carriage flight tests were conducted at Bengaluru to assess integration of the missile with aircraft systems on board the Tejas, like Avionics, Fire-control radar, Missile Weapon Delivery System and the Flight Control System. At Goa, after successful separation trials, live launch of the missile on a Banshee target was carried out. Python-5 missile live firing was conducted to validate target engagement from all aspects as well as beyond visual ranges. In all the live firings, missile hit the aerial target.
The missiles were fired from Tejas aircraft of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) flown by Indian Air Force (IAF) Test pilots belonging to National Flight Test Centre (NFTC). The successful conduct was made possible with years of hard work by the team of scientists, engineers and technicians from ADA and HAL-ARDC along with admirable support from CEMILAC, DG-AQA, IAF PMT, NPO (LCA Navy) and INS HANSA.
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated the teams of DRDO, ADA, Indian Air Force, HAL and all involved in the trial. Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy appreciated the efforts of scientists, engineers and technicians from various organisations and industry.