Current and corporate news : 14 september 2020


Vaccine may be ready by the first quarter of next year:
Health Minister:
Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today said that no date has been fixed for the launch of vaccine in the country and it may be ready by the first quarter of next year. Dr Harsh Vardhan said this while interacting with his social media followers on the Sunday Samvad platform. He said, the Government is taking full precautions in conducting the human trials of the vaccine. The Minister said, under the Chairmanship of Dr. V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 is drawing up a detailed strategy on how to immunize majority of the population. He said issues like vaccine security, cost, equity, cold-chain requirements and production timelines are also been discussed intensely. Health Minister assured the vaccine will be first made available to those who need it the most, irrespective of their paying capacity. He said, India is actively partnering with Coalition for Epidemic
Preparedness Innovations and trials at different phases are ongoing with respect to several vaccines in Indian laboratories and hospitals. The Minister said that the Government is considering emergency authorization of COVID-19 vaccination especially in the case of senior citizens and people working in high-risk settings.

Delhi: ITBP COVID Care Centre treated more than 2,454 patients so far: The Indo-Tibetan Border Police, ITBP run world’s largest Covid Care facility- Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre in Chhatarpur, Delhi has successfully treated more than two thousand 454 patients so far. In a statement, ITBP said, the Covid Care Centre is treating biggest number of patients among all Hospitals. The Patients are being made to feel part of the mainstream by regular activities of Yoga and other ayurvedic health activities . ITBP has provided more than 800 Medical Personnel, Pharmacists, and more than 600 Security Personnel to run this centre round the clock. Since 5th July, the total patients admitted at the centre are three thousand 921. Out of these, two thousand 454 have been discharged after being successfully treated. Only 81 of them have been referred to other Hospitals. No Covid19 death has been reported at the centre till date.

Health Ministry issues Post COVID 19 Management Protocol for recovered patients: Health Ministry has issued Post COVID 19 Management Protocol for follow up care and well-being of all post-COVID recovering patients. The protocol states that recovered patients may continue to report wide variety of signs and symptoms including fatigue,
body ache, cough, sore throat, and difficulty in breathing. It said a holistic approach is required for follow up care and well-being of all post COVID recovering patients. According to the protocol, such patients may continue COVID appropriate behavior like use of mask, hand and respiratory hygiene, and physical distancing. It advises drinking adequate amount of warm water and taking immunity promoting AYUSH medicine. If health permits, regular household work can be done and professional work must be resumed in graded manner. Mild to moderate exercise should be followed, such as daily practice of Yogasana, Pranayama and Meditation, as much as health permits or as prescribed. Breathing exercises as prescribed by treating physicians and daily morning or evening walk at a comfortable pace as tolerated should also be included. Balanced nutritious diet must be taken, preferably easy to digest freshly cooked soft diet. Adequate sleep and rest is necessary. Smoking and consumption of alcohol must be avoided. At
the community level, recovered individuals should share their positive experiences with their friends and relatives using social media, community leaders, opinion leaders, religious leaders for creating awareness, dispelling myths and stigma. They can take support of community based self-help groups, civil society organizations, and qualified professionals for recovery and rehabilitation process.


Prakash Javadekar congratulates Chaitanya Tamhane for winning ‘International Critics Award’: Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has congratulated Chaitanya Tamhane for winning the ‘International Critics Award’ at the Venice Film Festival. In a tweet, Mr Javadekar said Tamhane won the award for the film ‘The Disciple’ that portrays three decades of an Indian classical music practitioners’ journey rooted in Guru-Shishya parampara.

Home Minister Amit Shah admitted in AIIMS Delhi for complete medical checkup: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been admitted in AIIMS Delhi for a complete medical checkup. In a statement, AIIMS said the Home Minister has been admitted for medical checkup before the commencement of parliament session as per advice given at the time of discharge. Earlier Mr Shah was discharged from AIIMS after post-COVID care on 30th of August.

Virtual meeting of G-20 Agriculture,Water Ministers held: A virtual meeting of G-20 Agriculture and Water Ministers was held yesterday. The
meeting was attended by Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare Parshottam Rupala. During the meeting, the Jal Shakti Minister assured the forum of India’s commitment to contribute towards the objectives, goals and targets set by G-20. He said, Government of India is implementing the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ to provide household tap connections to 190 million rural homes, thereby ensuring drinking water security. Stating that agriculture is a high priority sector for India, Mr Parshottam Rupala mentioned the policy measures taken by the government to ensure food security. He also reiterated India’s resolve to work together in collaboration to enhance productivity, sustainable use of natural resources, development of agriculture value chain and promotion of trade for the benefit of people.


India hands over disaster relief material to Nepal: Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of India in Nepal Ms. Namgya C. Khampa, on
behalf of the Government of India, handed over a consignment of disaster relief material to Ms. Chanda Chaudhary, Member of Parliament and President of the Nepal-India Women Friendship Society (NIWFS) in Kathmandu today. The relief material includes tents and plastic sheets for distribution to flood and landslide affected families in five
districts of Nepal. In view of the recent destruction and loss of life caused by floods and landslides the entire consignment will be distributed through NIWFS in coordination with local governments in the affected districts of Sindhupalchok, Kailali, Mahottari, Nawalparasi and Sarlahi in Provinces 2, 3, 5 and 7. This gift is part of the Government of India’s regular humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support to Nepal.

Bangladesh-India ties smoother, warmer than everRoad Transport Obaidul Quader: Road Transport and Bridges Minister of Bangladesh and Senior Awami League leader Obaidul Quader has said that the relations between Bangladesh and India are smoother and warmer than at any time in the past. Addressing a virtual review meeting on Sunday on the progress of projects in Bangladesh being implemented under the Line of Credit
(LoC) extended by India, Obaidul Quader said that the two countries are time-tested friends. He said that friendly relations and connectivity between the two countries will help in solving the unresolved issues between them, reported the official news agency BSS. He cited settlement of land boundary and maritime issues and enclaves as examples for resolving other issues. He called upon the officials to give special importance to the implementation of projects being carried out under the LoC provided
by India as these are connected to the friendly relations between the two countries. High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das and other senior officials of the Ministry of Road Transport also participated in the virtual review meeting.

AstraZeneca, Oxford University resume Clinical trials
of COVID-19 vaccines:
Clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University have resumed in the United Kingdom after a brief safety pause. The trials resumed after the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority’s confirmed that the trials were safe. The human trials resumed days after a pause had been announced in the trials
after an adverse reaction in one of the participants. AstraZeneca and the Oxford University confirmed that independent investigations concluded that the trials were safe to restart. AstraZeneca said that all trial investigators and participants will be d with the relevant information and this will be disclosed on global clinical registries, according to the clinical trial and regulatory standards. According to the Oxford University scientists, of the hundreds of potential COVID-19 vaccines in development, six are in the final stages of testing, known as phase three clinical trials.


KVIC serving dual purpose of environmental protection and employment creation by using handmade paper packets: Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) which ventured into E- Commerce
Industry just two months ago is using handmade paper packaging materials from day one to prevent plastic pollution. KVIC is specifically using handmade paper envelopes, packets and carton boxes for packaging of articles except for liquid materials where plastic wraps are nominally used to prevent any leakage during transportation. MSME Ministry in a statement said that KVIC, which was using plastic for packing face masks
for better hygiene, has also specially designed handmade paper envelopes made of banana fiber which it will start very soon. The move assumes significance in wake of the directions of the National Green Tribunal to various E-commerce companies for putting a check on excessive use of plastic in packaging of goods and thus posing grave environmental hazard. The Ministry said, by using handmade paper packets, KVIC is serving the dual purpose of environmental protection and employment creation. KVIC
has also received appreciation from its online customers for delivery of goods in paper packets.


Former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh passes away: Former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh passed away today. He was
undergoing treatment at AIIMS,Delhi about a week ago after developing post-Covid complications. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, recently resigned from RJD party. President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed sadness at the death of former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh. In a tweet, Mr Kovind said he had an extraordinary understanding of rural India. He said Raghuvansh Prasad Singh gave a special dignity to public life through his simple living. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes
to former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh at his death. In a tweet, Mr Modi said Raghuvansh Prasad Singh is no more among us. His demise has left a void in the political sphere of Bihar as well as the country. Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan ,Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar have expressed grief over demise of Raghuvansh Prasad.

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