H D Kumaraswamy, Former Chief Minister of Karnataka :
Respected Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji,
I write to you with concern about a deepening crisis in Karnataka with regard to shortage of oxygen. Am sure you have already been told about the death of 24 people in a Government Hospital in Chamarajanagar district, yesterday (03 May), due to shortage of oxygen.
This morning, four more deaths were reported due to a similar shortage from a hospital in Gulbarga district. The two districts are at opposite ends of the State. Deaths in both districts were preventable. After these two incidents in quick succession, there is panic enveloping in other districts of the State too.
Some Bangalore city hospitals, I learn, have been frantically messaging about the end of their stocks since this morning. The Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka has been quoted in the media as saying that if Karnataka were allowed to fully utilise the oxygen it produces then there would be no shortage.
However, there is no accurate picture accessible on the shortage and there is no solution visible in the horizon. This needs to be tackled expeditiously, and therefore I seek your urgent intervention.
As per a reliable estimate, to offer an example, the adjoining districts of Mysore and Chamarajanagar require 70 tonnes of oxygen per day. This is given the volume of cases and severity of infections in the two districts. But, they are able to access only an average of 20 tonnes daily. This should give you a fair idea of the existing shortage in the State.
The inputs that I have been personally receiving from people across the State, and more specifically from districts like Tumkur, Belgaum, Dharwad and Hassan, are alarming and indicative of a crisis that is fast expanding. If the State administration does not act briskly, and if it is not ably supported by the centre then my sense is that a greater tragedy is likely to unfold. The people of the State would be grateful to you for any direction the federal Government may issue to address the oxygen shortage forthwith.
With warm regards,
H D Kumaraswamy
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister :
Had a productive Virtual Summit with my friend UK PM Boris Johnson. We adopted an ambitious Roadmap 2030 for elevating India-UK ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
We welcomed launch of an Enhanced Trade Partnership as a roadmap to a comprehensive FTA, with a target to more than double the bilateral trade by 2030.
We also agreed upon several new initiatives in health, technology, energy, etc.
We discussed ongoing cooperation on COVID-19 pandemic and reiterated commitment to ambitious climate action to meet Paris goals in the run-up to COP26.
CMO Punjab :
Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh sought the immediate intervention of both, the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister, to ensure uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen to the state, along with additional allocation of 50 MT LMO from a nearby source and 20 additional tankers (preferably conducive to rail travel) for timely evacuation of LMO from Bokaro.
The Chief Minister sent out separate letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, as the number of Covid patients on varying levels of oxygen support in the state went up to 10000.
Expressing deep concern over the imminent loss of lives due to oxygen shortage across the state, the Chief Minister said with mounting caseload, he was unable to increase Level 2 and Level 3 beds due to oxygen availability constraints.
The state was facing the prospect of shortage of oxygen beds, he said, pointing out that the Government of India had expressed its inability to even allow Punjab’s local industry to undertake commercial import of LMO from Pakistan through the Wagah-Attari border, which is geographically proximate. Further, despite assurance that “adequate supply would be ensured to us from alternate sources< I regret to point out that this has not happened”, said Captain Amarinder.
The total allocation of LMO from outside the state is currently 195 MT, of which 90 MT is from Bokaro in eastern India. The balance 105 MT comes from LMO facilities in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. However, Punjab is not getting its daily allocated quota, said the Chief Minister. The existing backlog for Punjab from these LMO facilities is 5.6 MT from Panipat (Haryana), 100 MT from Sela Qui, Dehradun (Uttarakhand) and 10 MT from Roorkee, he added.
Pointing out that Punjab had now been given to understand by the Centre that there would be likely disruption of LMO supply from today from Panipat and Barotiwala, the Chief Minister said this would cause great stress on the already limited oxygen availability in the state, thus causing a medical emergency, including risk of loss of life for the large number of patients who are in critical condition and on regular oxygen support. The disruption should be avoided, he said, adding that, if necessary, the state must be compensated immediately from a nearby additional source.
Referring to the shortage of tankers, the Chief Minister said the state was airlifting two empty tankers daily to Ranchi, with the filled tankers returning by road from Bokaro on a 48-50 hours journey. The Chief Minister said that the state government had already requested the GoI to allocate 20 additional tankers (conducive to rail travel) to allow for regular evacuation of 90 MT LMO from Bokaro on a daily basis, but had been told that only two would be provided, and even those were yet to come.
He urged the Prime Minister and the Home Minister to step in immediately to help resolve the major crisis.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India, approved today, permissions to Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) for conducting trials for use and applications of 5G technology.
The applicant TSPs include Bharti Airtel Ltd., Reliance JioInfocomm Ltd., Vodafone Idea Ltd. and MTNL. These TSPs have tied up with original equipment manufacturers and technology providers which are Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT. In addition, Reliance JioInfocomm Ltd. will also be conducting trials using its own indigenous technology.
The permissions have been given by DoT as per the priorities and technology partners identified by TSPs themselves. The experimental spectrum is being given in various bands which include the mid-band (3.2 GHz to 3.67 GHz), millimeter wave band (24.25 GHz to 28.5 GHz) and in Sub-Gigahertz band (700 GHz). TSPs will also be permitted to use their existing spectrum owned by them (800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2500 MHz) for conduct of 5G trials.
The duration of the trials, at present, is for a period of 6 months. This includes a time period of 2 months for procurement and setting up of the equipment.
The permission letters specify that each TSP will have to conduct trials in rural and semi-urban settings also in addition to urban settings so that the benefit of 5G Technology proliferates across the country and is not confined only tourban areas.
The TSPs are encouraged to conduct trials using 5Gi technology in addition to the already known 5G Technology. It will be recalled that International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has also approved the 5Gi technology, which was advocated by India, as it facilitates much larger reach of the 5G towers and Radio networks.The 5Gi technology has been developed by IIT Madras, Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT) and IIT Hyderabad.
The objectives of conducting 5G trials include testing 5G spectrum propagation characteristics especially in the Indian context; model tuning and evaluation of chosen equipment andvendors; testing of indigenous technology; testing of applications (such as tele-medicine, tele-education, augmented/ virtual reality, drone-based agricultural monitoring, etc.);and to test 5G phones and devices.
5G technology is expected to deliver improved user experience in terms of data download rates (expected to be 10 times that of 4G), up to three times greater spectrum efficiency, and ultra low latency to enable Industry 4.0. Applications are across a wide range of sectors such as agriculture, education, health, transport, traffic management, smart cities, smart homes, and multiple applications of IOT (Internet of Things).
DoT has specified that the trials will be isolated and not connected with the existing networks of TSPs. Trials will be on non-commercial basis. The data generated during the trials shall be stored in India. TSPs are also expected to facilitate the testing of the indigenously developed use cases and equipment as part of the trials. One hundred applications/ use cases selected by DoT after conducting the recent Hackathon on 5G applications can also be facilitated in these trials.
Source : PIB
Joint press conference by BJP Leaders Dr.Sambit Patra and Dr. Anirban Ganguly :
- The situation in Bengal is unbelievable. We’ve never witnessed such scenes in India’s electoral history. Bengal is burning. There should be graciousness after winning polls. However, the violence being done in Bengal is painful and saddening.
- 2.28 crore Bengalis voted for BJP. Is it not their democratic right to vote for a political party of their choice? Will Mamata-TMC govt take care of them? Do they have no democratic right?
- I want to ask – what was the fault of Abhijit Sarkar who was killed? What was the fault of Shoba Rani Mandal – a booth worker from Jagaddal, who was killed? What was the fault of Uttam Ghosh, Horom Adhikary, Momik Moitra and Gourab Sarkar?
- We appeal to the BJP karyakartas that the party stands in strength with you. It will come to you and support you during this hour. BJP National President JP Nadda Ji will personally visit them – the same Nadda Ji, who was attacked by TMC goons earlier.
- Mamata Ji – you’ve won and everyone has congratulated you for it. You’re a woman and the daughter of Bengal. Aren’t these women who’re being killed and raped daughters of Bengal? Do they deserve this?
- We’re the main Opposition party in Bengal today and we are taking this pledge today – we are standing by the 2.28 crore voters of Bengal who believed in us.
- Several BJP karyakartas have had to leave their houses in Bolpur, Birbhum and other constituencies for their safety. They’re spending their days in fear.
- Several BJP karyakartas are getting anonymous phone calls that are mostly death threats. Bengal Minister and TMC leader Firhad Hakim had also said that after elections end and Central forces leave the state, we will take care of everyone.
- People who voted for TMC in Bengal, look into your conscience and answer this – whatever is happening in Bengal, is it right? Is this situation good? Is this the ‘Khela’ TMC and Mamata Didi was talking about?
Source : IPL
The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect.
The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind.
These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times.
The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021.
The BCCI would like to thank all the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, franchises, sponsors, partners and all the service providers who have tried their best to organise IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times.
Pic Credit : IPL
Rahul Gandhi, Congress :
I just want to make it clear that a lockdown is now the only option because of a complete lack of strategy by GOI.
They allowed, rather, they actively helped the virus reach this stage where there’s no other way to stop it.
A crime has been committed against India.
Jagat Prakash Nadda, National President, BJP :
- Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi ji, the world’s largest vaccination drive was started on 16 January & till now more than 15 Cr doses have been provided by the GOI free of cost. Free vaccination campaign of GOI will be continued which will benefit the poorest of the poor.
- I thank and congratulate the Chief Ministers of all BJP and NDA-ruled states on their decision of providing free vaccination for all citizens in their respective States.
- BJP lives upto its motto of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas & Sabka Vishwas. The decision of our BJP-NDA state govts to provide free vaccination is a manifestation of this. I am proud that they are taking special care of the Dalits, Tribals, Women & all marginalised sections of the society.
Arvind Kejriwal, CM, Delhi :
The poor have to face the most financial trouble in lockdown. Some announcements for them :
We have decided that all ration card holders in Delhi, around 72 lakhs in number, will be given free ration for the next 2 months.
It doesn’t mean that the lockdown will continue for 2 months. We are doing this to help the poor who are undergoing financial problems.
Auto and taxi drivers are an integral part of Delhi’s transport system. During the lockdown, the livelihood of auto and taxi drivers is adversely affected.
All autorickshaw drivers and taxi drivers in Delhi will be given Rs 5000 each by Delhi govt so that they get a little help during this financial crisis.
This is the time of humanity, not of politics. In this difficult period, I appeal to all to come forward to help each other.
Source : PIB
A biodegradable and compostable yoga mat developed from water hyacinth by six young girls from the fishing community in Assam could turn this water plant from a nuisance to wealth.
The girls belong to the fishing community living in the fringe of the Deepor Beel, a permanent freshwater lake in south west of Guwahati city, recognised as a Ramsar Site (a wetland of international importance) and a bird wildlife sanctuary. The lake has been a source of livelihood for 9 villages of the fishing community who shared this biome for centuries, but over the years suffered from excessive growth and accumulation of water hyacinth.
The innovation by the girls, whose families are directly dependent on the wetland for survival, could contribute significantly towards the environmental conservation and sustainability of Deepor Beel and also ensure local livelihood. The mat called ‘Moorhen Yoga Mat’ will soon be introduced to the world market as a unique product.
The intervention was triggered through an initiative by North East Centre for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR), an autonomous body under Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India to involve the entire women community associated with a collective called ‘Simang’ meaning dream, led by the 6 girls to create wealth from water hyacinth plants.
Considering all aspects of water hyacinth’s properties and the functional requirements of a product like a mat, a hand-woven 100% biodegradable and 100 % compostable mat to be used for doing Yoga was ideated as a means to provide multiple ecological and social benefits. The mat developed through fiber processing and technological interventions could improve the aquatic ecosystem of the wetland through removal of water hyacinth, help sustainable production of utility products with community engagement and generate of livelihood for indigenous communities to become completely ‘Atamanirbhar’.
As the collection, drying and preparation of the water hyacinth before using it for weaving is the most important process, small interventions of technology were introduced like using ‘solar dryer’which reduced the drying time to about 3 days. It could also compensate for the loss in time due to heavy rains that take place very frequently in this part of the country over a six month long rainy season (May-October).
The women wove water hyacinth using traditional Assamese loom with the help of different combinations of techniques, materials and tools to develop a high quality, comfortable and thoroughly biodegradable and compostable Yoga Mat. It has resulted in engagement of 38 women from 3 fringe villages (Keotpara, Notun Basti and Borbori). Technology intervention could also increase the production rate.
“7WEAVES”, (a sister concern of the Simang Collectives) team provided expertise on natural dyeing from locally available natural materials of Loharghat Forest Range, Kamrup District enabling NECTAR to include naturally dyed cotton yarns from lac, onion skins, iron and jaggery, in various patterns for the mat. Various equipment of the loom was changed to adapt to the woven structure of the mat.
The ‘Moorhen Yoga mat’ named after Kam Sorai (Purple moorhen, a resident bird of Deepor Beel Wildlife sanctuary), comes in a cotton canvas cloth bag where no zip or metal closures are used. The bag has adjustable strap and closures effectively designed to be in sync with biodegradability.