Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the foundation stone laying ceremony for Manipur Water Supply Project extended his sympathies to all affected families of Northeastern India who are facing double challenge of COVID-19 and floods.
PM Modi said, "Northeastern India is dealing with double challenge, COVID-19 and floods.
Heavy rainfall has caused huge damages, several people lost lives, many are displaced.
I express my sympathies to all affected families.
I assure you that the country stands with you in this tough time." He further said, "The state government is working day and night to control the spread of Coronavirus in Manipur.
The state government has taken all steps to make necessary arrangements for the people of Manipur during the lockdown, or special arrangements to bring them back."
Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj S Bommai after meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on flood situation in Karnataka via video conferencing said that we have given him an account of all damages. Home Minister said, "We spoke to PM Modi and gave him an account of all damages in the state due to excessive rainfall and flood. We have asked for an advance of the next installment of SDRF fund of Rs 395 crores and special assistance of Rs 4000 crores."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting on August 10, through video-conference with Chief Ministers of Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala to review their preparedness to deal with south-west monsoon and current flood situation in the country. The meeting was also attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Health Minister Harshvardhan, both the Minister of State in Home Affairs and senior officers of the concerned Central Ministries and organisations
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attended the inaugural session of 'Atma-Nirbharta Week'on August 10 at South Block in Delhi. 'Atma Nirbhar Bharat' is the vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making India a self-reliant nation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modiinaugurated the first ever undersea optical fibre project for Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This will provide high speed broadband connections in the Union Territory at par with services in the mainland. PM Modi said that the project will give a boost to digital services like tele-education, tele-health, e-governance services and tourism on the islands. PM Modi also said that this optical fibre cable project, connecting Andaman and Nicobar with the rest of the country is a symbol of our commitment towards ease of living. PM Modi added that tourists will get huge benefits from the optical fibre facility and thousands of families in the Union Territory will be able access education, banking, shopping or tele-medicine online and said that this in turn will open up more employment opportunities for people of the region. 'The Indian Ocean has been the centre of India's trade and strategic prowess for thousands of years. Now that India is following the new policy and practice of trade and cooperation in Indo-Pacific, the importance of our islands including Andaman and Nicobar has increased further,' said PM Modi. He added that Andaman and Nicobar Islands will play an extremely important role under India's Act-East policy. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the foundation stone laying ceremony for Manipur Water Supply Project on July 23 addressed the Northeast India. In his address he highlighted how Tourism potential of Northeast including Manipur is still unexplored. He said, "Northeast India is a great symbol of India's natural, cultural diversity and cultural strength. In such a situation, tourism gets a lot of strength when modern infrastructure is built. Tourism potential of Northeast including Manipur is still unexplored. Prosperity and progress are directly linked to connectivity. Connectivity in the Northeast is important, not for only east of living, but also for achieving the goal for a safe and self-reliant India."
World Health Organisation's Dr Michael Ryan explains how Covid-19 is notshowing signs of seasonal patterns, and that lifting restrictions is what willcause it to "bounce back". He warns Europe to keep the pressure on the virusin order to avoid this bounce back.
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Nepal government allocated hospitals in Kathmandu valley are now running short of beds for COVID-19 patients, along with life-saving ventilators which stand low in number. Slowdown in number of COVID-19 cases due to government induced lockdown was short-lived as cases have started to emerge at an alarming rate. Due to the rapid spike in the new cases in Kathmandu valley, all the beds and intensive care units available at hospitals are already occupied for COVID-19 patients. Kathmandu valley, which comprises Bhaktapur, Lalitpur and Kathmandu District, in total has reported 485 cases. Flow of patients from outside Kathmandu valley is also increasing with ease of lockdown and people attempting for pre-lockdown schedule which has raised the infection rate in capital of the Himalayan Nation. On a daily basis, about 1000 people returning back from districts outside Kathmandu pour into the hospital for tests but only 300 of them get tested as per the cap fixed on by the hospital administration. Ministry of Health and Population on Friday released its plans and estimated a steady rise in cases in coming days. The Ministry has planned to take the total number of ICU beds in the nation to 2, 600 and number of ventilators to 900. In lack of proper bed, 68 infected ones on Friday were asked to keep themselves under home isolation while 25 only were admitted to the hospital. According to the Health Ministry, about 30 percent of the confirmed infected ones are on loose.
Former Indian Cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been an inspiration to many. His leadership skills have had an impact on people from all walks of life. Manipur’s Parikshit Thoudam is one of them. Parikshit used MS Dhoni’s mantra to crack the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2019. He secured the 373rd rank in the prestigious competitive examination. The rank holder even shared a message for aspirants saying that it is hard work and self-belief that takes one far. Thoudam said, “MS Dhoni in one his interview once said that he has a lot of challenges as the captain of the Indian Cricket team and tries to control what is controllable.” A total of 829 candidates have been selected through the civil services examination 2019, results for which were announced on Tuesday by the Union Public Service Commission. Watch the full video for more.
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Parikshit Thoudam from Manipur cracked the prestigious Civil Services Exam 2019 and secured the 373th rank. The young lad also gave out some very relevant tips for aspirants preparing for the CSE exam and techniques on approach balancing for the three stages.He said, "Believe in what you do, MS Dhoni in one of his interviews said he tries to control what is controllable, that applies everywhere. It's your hard work and self believe that'll take you far." Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) results were declared on Tuesday.
Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh inaugurated a 300-bedded COVID care centre at Manipur Trade and Expo Centre in Lamboikhongnangkhong on August 03. The facility can be further upgraded to a 1000 bedded if need arises. A total of 1,087 active cases have been reported in the state so far.
Delhi police stepped up security in and around the capital ahead of the Independence day celebration on August 15. Police were seen checking vehicles in the India gate and Connaught place region. Similar checks are also underway in other regions of the capital. Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Indian Armed Forces (Tri-Service) Band gave a musical performance at the North Block. The Defence Ministry has said that the Independence Day event will be marked by musical performances by the bands from the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force. 'These performances are intended as gestures of gratitude and appreciation of the nation towards the Corona warriors who have been steadfastly fighting to stop the spread of the Coronavirus in the country even at the risk of their lives,' said the Ministry of Defence in a press statement. Military and Police Bands will also perform in Imphal, Bhopal and Jhansi on August 12. The final performance of the series will be held on August 13 in Lucknow, Faizabad, Shilong, Madurai and Champaran, it stated. Watch the full video for all the details.
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From the testing of Union Home minister Amit Shah, to New Zealand completing 100 days without domestic transmission of the virus - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. Shah is likely to be tested for Covid infection again in the next couple of days. He is currently admitted in a private hospital, Medanta, in Haryana's Gurugram. He reportedly continues to be asymptomatic and is working from his hospital bed. Maharashtra saw another big jump in cases with over 12,200 new infections being reported. This took the state's total tally past the 5.15 lakh-mark. In Madhya Pradesh, minister Vishvas Sarang tested positive for Covid infection. The news came just days after MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was discharged from hospital after recovering from the disease. India has so far reported a total of 21.53 lakh Covid cases with over 43,300 deaths. A little over 6.28 lakh cases are active, while over 14.8 lakh patients have been discharged. In international news, Paris has tightened rules regarding wearing of face masks. The French capital has reportedly made masks mandatory in certain crowded areas for people aged 11 and above. In the neighbouring United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson called reopening of schools in September the government's moral responsibility. Watch the full video for other updates on the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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