Guided by the approach of ‘One Earth, One Health’, humanity will certainly overcome this pandemic: PM Narendra Modi at CoWIN Global Conclave

Prime Minister’s Office:

I am delighted that such a large number of experts from various countries have joined us for the CoWIN Global Conclave.

At the outset, I convey my sincere condolences for all the lives lost to the pandemic, in all the countries. There is no parallel to such a pandemic in hundred years. Experience shows that no nation, however powerful that nation is, can solve a challenge like this in isolation.

The biggest lesson from the COVID-19 pandemic is that for humanity and the human cause, we have to work together and move ahead together. We have to learn from each other and guide each other about our best practices.

Right from the beginning of the pandemic, India has been committed to sharing all our experiences, expertise and resources with the global community in this battle.

Despite all our constraints, we have tried to share as much as possible with the world. And, we remain eager to learn from global practices.

Technology is integral to our fight against COVID-19. Luckily, software is one area in which there are no resource constraints. That’s why we made our Covid tracking and tracing App open source as soon as it was technically feasible.

With nearly 200 million users, this ‘Aarogya Setu’ app is a readily available package for developers. Having been used in India, you can be sure that it has been tested in the real world for speed and scale.

Vaccination is the best hope for humanity to emerge successfully from the pandemic. And right from the beginning, we in India decided to adopt a completely digital approach while planning our vaccination strategy.

In today’s globalized world, if the post-pandemic world has to return to normalcy, such a digital approach is essential. Afterall, people must be able to prove that they have been vaccinated. Such proof must be safe, secure and trustworthy. People also must have a record of when and where and by whom they have been vaccinated. Given how precious each dose of the vaccines is, Governments are also concerned about making sure that each dose is tracked and wastage is minimized. All of this is not possible without an end-to-end digital approach.

Indian civilization considers the whole world as one family. This pandemic has made many people realize the fundamental truth of this philosophy. That’s why, our technology platform for Covid vaccination – the platform we call CoWin – is being prepared to be made open source. Soon, it will be available to any and all countries.

Today’s Conclave is the first step to introduce this platform to all of you. This is the platform through which India has administered 350 million doses of Covid vaccines. A few days ago, we vaccinated about 9 million people in one day. They do not need to carry around fragile pieces of paper to prove anything. It is all available in digital format. But best of all, the software can be customised to any country as per their local requirements.

You will find out a lot more about the technical details in the Conclave today. I am sure you are keen to start. And, I do not want to keep you waiting. So, let me conclude by extending my best wishes to all of you for a very productive discussion today.

Guided by the approach of ‘One Earth, One Health’, humanity will certainly overcome this pandemic.

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Happy to sanction one more tiger Sanctuary: Prakash Javadekar

Happy to sanction one more tiger Sanctuary, Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary which will link Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in the Northeast & Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve on the southern side.

Increasing numbers of Tigers and other apex predators certify our robust biodiversity.

Prakash Javadekar – Union Minister

Amendment to Trees Act approved today will majorly restrict felling of trees in the name of development & help preserve our heritage trees: Aaditya Thackeray

Amendment to the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) protection & preservation of Trees Act, 1975 was approved by both the houses today.

It will majorly restrict felling of trees in the name of development & help preserve our heritage trees.

I want to thank all members for supporting it.

This Act facilitates: I

dentification of “Heritage Trees”

Formation of the Maharashtra Tree Authority

MTA to look into cases where more than 200 trees & heritage trees are proposed to be cut

Determining tree age

Compensatory tree plantation = to the age of the tree

The Daily Positivity rate stands at 2.61% today – has remained less than 5% for 28 consecutive days now

India has reported less than 40,000 (39,796) daily new cases in the last 24 hours.

Less than 50,000 Daily New Cases have been reported since eight continuous days. This is a result of sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs.

India has also been witnessing a continuous fall in the active caseload. The country’s Active Caseload today stands at 4,82,071.

A net decline of 3,279 is witnessed in the last 24 hours and active cases are now only 1.58% of the country’s total Positive Cases.

India’s cumulative vaccination coverage exceeded 35.28 crore yesterday.

A total of 35,28,92,046 vaccine doses have been administered through 46,34,986 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. 14,81,583 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

The new phase of universalization of COVID19 vaccination commenced from 21st June, 2021. The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID19 vaccination throughout the country.

As more people are getting recovered from COVID-19 infection, India’s Daily Recoveries continue to outnumber the Daily New Cases for 53 consecutive days now. 42,352 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours.

More than 2,000 (2,556) recoveries were reported during the last 24 hours as compared to the daily new cases.

Out of the people infected since the beginning of the pandemic, 2,97,00,430 people have already recovered from COVID-19 and 42,352 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours. This constitutes an overall recovery rate of 97.11%, which is showing a sustained increasing trend.

With substantially ramped up testing capacity across the country, a total of 15,22,504 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours in the country. Cumulatively, India has conducted over 41.97 crore (41,97,77,457) tests so far.

While on one side testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, a continued decline in weekly case positivity is noticed. Weekly Positivity Rate is currently at 2.40% while the Daily Positivity rate stands at 2.61% today. Daily Positivity rate has remained less than 5% for 28 consecutive days now.

I will remember this boat ride for long, more for the stories of disappointment shared by our fishermen on board: DK Shivakumar

DK Shivakumar – President, Karnataka Congress:

Landed in Mangaluru and shall be proceeding to Booluru to interact with fishermen and other communities on the problems they have been facing.

Karnataka Congress shall be taking all possible measures to address their concerns.

Relished a delicious lunch cooked by the very gracious Sarala Amma.

The highlight of the meal was a delicacy made of Kane fish, which is rarely available and is very popular in the coastal belt.

Grateful to her family for their hospitality.

I will remember this boat ride for long, more for the stories of disappointment shared by our fishermen on board.

Our fishing community in Booluru has been doing so much hard work but their demands have faced the apathy of the BJP Govt.

Congress govt must provide affordable 24×7 power supply as erstwhile SAD-led govt did: Sukhbir Singh Dal

Congress govt must provide affordable 24×7 power supply as erstwhile SAD-led govt did, instead of politicising issue of fixed charges being paid to thermal plants.

Cancel PPAs with the plants if it can bring cheap power but CM must take onus for covering shortfall of 4,500 mw.

It was Akali Dal govt, following UPA govt’s standard PPA doc, set up thermal plants at cheapest possible rates.

The plants were built due to huge shortfall in 2007 because Capt Amarinder didn’t add a single MW leading to overloading of sub stations & 10-hr daily power cuts.

.Akali Dal govt had spent Rs 5,000 crore in upgrading transmission & distribution network & PSPCL was even awarded best electricity utility award in 2015.

But despite hike in demand of 500 MW power every year this totally inept Congress govt didn’t build on the infra!

Shame that Punjab govt hasn’t paid Rs 5,000 cr due to PSPCL & govt departments owe power utility Rs 2,200 cr, with no money earmarked for repair & maintenance.

Instead of corrective measures, Capt Amarinder govt is punishing consumers with high taxes which must be immediately taken back.

No student should be punished for exercising their right to Free Speech: Manish Sisodia

Ambedkar University row – Kejriwal Govt to ensure fine against the student is cancelled & she faces no action

“No student should be punished for exercising their right to Free Speech. The matter should’ve been brought to our notice before initiating any action” – Dy CM Manish Sisodia

manish sisodia – dy cm, delhi

Union Minister of Ayush Kiren Rijiju launches five Important Portals on Ayush sector

AYUSH:

Some recent findings of Archaeology in Kashmir and Telangana are indicative of surgical interventions in India way back some 4000 years ago.

Bhusan Patwardhan – National Research Professor, Ayush

Monday proved to be a historic and momentous day for the Ayush sector as five portals of importance were launched and four publications were released by the Union Minister of Ayush (IC) Shri Kiran Rijiju in an online event.

The Minister also reminded that Ayush is going to play a big role in the National Digital Health Mission to provide health security to Indian people.

At a virtual event, the Minister launched CTRI portal pertinent to Ayurveda Dataset along with AMAR, RMIS, SAHI and e-Medha portals.

He also released four publications related to the Traditional Indian Medicine System of India and lauded the collaborative efforts of ICMR and Archaeological Survey of India for these initiatives.

After the inclusion of dataset pertinent to Ayurveda in CTRI portal, the Ayurveda Clinical Trials would have worldwide visibility and will further the cause of strengthening Ayurvedic Research.

Similarly, SHAHI portal incorporates authentic resources and will be of immense help in showcasing historical veracity of Ayurveda.

With the help of e- Medha portal anyone can have online access to more than 12 thousand books. These books are related to Indian Medical Heritage and can be accessed through NIC’s e- granthalaya platform.

AMAR portal, which was also launched today, is a repository for Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Sowa- Rigpa Manuscripts and catalogues.

Another Portal CCRAS- Research Management Information System or RMIS in short, is a research guidance platform.

While lauding the efforts of Ayush team in developing the portals, the Minister said that Indian Digital Health Mission is going to be the biggest programme in the Indian health sector and every effort is done to maximize the role of Ayush in it.

The Minister termed development of portals as revolutionary, robust and momentous and said that as Indians, we all should take pride in our national heritage, customs and traditions.

There is a mindset to look down on traditional Knowledge systems, referring to them as a thing of the past, or of no modern significance and unscientific.

“We need to counter this and we need to celebrate our success in rediscovering our past, our national heritage and our traditional medicine system,” He said.

The Minister also pointed out many other digital initiatives of Ayush Ministry and said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi took every step to put Ayush in the forefront.

Prior to this, National Research Professor, Ayush, Bhusan Patwardhan termed the launching of portals as Historic and said some recent findings of Archaeology in Kashmir and Telangana are indicative of surgical interventions in India way back some 4000 years.

Padma Shri Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha,Secretary, Ayush said that in the last few years there has been every effort to access everything related to Ayush Grid in digital form.

Apart from these five Portals, four publications were also released by the Ministry of Ayush.

  1. Proceedings of International workshop on” Preservation and Promotion of SOWA-RIGPA in Asia
  2. Compendium of Important Cereals mentioned in Ayurveda-Series-1, volume-1
  3. Ayurveda Sangraha: An important classical textbook of Ayurveda which is mentioned in the Schedule 1 of Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940. Up till now this book was available in Bengali language. Now it has been transliterated to Devanagari Script.
  4. PathapathyaVinishcaya- An important book of Ayurveda and has details of diet and lifestyle.

Excess irrigation over northern India shifting monsoons towards northwest risking agriculture

Ministry of Science & Technology:

Climate researchers have discovered that excess irrigation over northern India shifts the September monsoon rainfall towards the north-western part of the subcontinent increases widespread weather extremes over Central India.

These meteorological hazards expose the vulnerable farmers and their crops to risks of failure.

The study which establishes that monsoon precipitation is sensitive to the choice of irrigation practices in South Asia can help plan agricultural practices in this region.

South Asia is one of the most heavily irrigated regions of the world, largely using groundwater, and its major summer crop is paddy which is cultivated in water flooded fields. Hence it was pertinent to study how such practices can influence the monsoons which form the fulcrum of this agro-based economy.

Subimal Ghosh, Professor in Department of Civil Engineering and Convener at Interdisciplinary Programme in Climate Studies (IDPCS), a Centre of Excellence at IIT Bombay supported by the Department of Science and Technology and his climate group, investigated the impact of agricultural water use on the Indian Summer Monsoon using a climate model.

The research published in the journal ‘Geophysical Research Letters’ recently showed that monsoon precipitation is sensitive to the choice of irrigation practices in South Asia. In another study, Prof. Subhankar Karmakar from IDPCS, IIT Bombay, and his research group identified for the first time that risks for rice and wheat have increased in the recent decade, with wheat at a two-fold higher magnitude than rice.

The study followed the Assessment Report 5 of IPCC definition to quantify ‘Risk’ and has been published in ‘Environmental Research Letters.

Increasing crop risk is predominantly driven by the decreasing number of farmers, and the wheat risk is also attributed to increasing minimum temperatures during the crop growing season.

This study provided compelling evidence indicating that the hydro-climatic hazards related to precipitation extremes and drought are specifically alarmingly increasing the crops risk as compared to temperature extremes.

Another finding obtained from this study was extreme rainfall in recent decades in Central India has been increasing, and this is also caused by an increase in irrigation and consequent increase in evapotranspiration (the sum of evaporation from the land surface plus transpiration from plants).

The findings on irrigation-monsoon feedbacks and the agri-cartographic products will directly benefit the National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture by the GoI.

Sri Sri at Sunrise

Oh Lord, this whole universe is Yours, this body is Yours, this mind is Yours, the mind with all its conflict is also Yours, the mind with all its beauty is Yours—this offering itself is a technique that brings you back home :
@SriSri