Monday, 21 September 2020

COVID-19 Update

76% of the new Confirmed Cases concentrated in 10 States/UTs

A total of 86,961 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in the country. 76% of the new confirmed cases are concentrated in 10 States/UTs.

Maharashtra has alone contributed more than 20,000 and Andhra Pradesh has contributed more than 8,000.

As many as 1,130 deaths have been registered in the past 24 hours. 10 States/UTs account for 86% of the deaths in the last 24 hours due to COVID.

Maharashtra reported 455 deaths followed by Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh with 101 and 94 deaths, respectively.


Ministry of Tourism organises webinar on “Promoting Destinations with Authenticated Cuisines” under Dekho Apna Desh Webinar Series

The Ministry of Tourism’s Dekho Apna Desh Webinar series titled “Promoting Destinations with Authenticated Cuisines” on 19th September 2020 focused on India - a land with varied cuisines. Each state, area and region has unique traditional dishes which are suited to its climate and the grains, vegetables, spices, herbs and fruits which are locally available are cooked in different styles and variations. India’s traditional cuisine is not only delicious, but also extremely healthy and the spices & herbs added to the dishes help boost immunity and good health. Dekho Apna Desh Webinar Series is an effort to showcase India’s rich diversity under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat and it is continuously spreading spirit of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat through virtual platform.

The webinar focused on some traditional dishes from three states – Uttaranchal, Punjab and Delhi. The webinar was presented by Mrs Radha Bhatia, Chairperson of Bird Group, Mr Anooj Wadhawan, Executive Chef of Roseate House, New Delhi, Mr Chetan Rana, Executive Sous Chef of The Roseate Ganges, Rishikesh and Mr Anand Panwar, Executive Pastry Chef of The Roseate, New Delhi.

Mrs Radha Bhatia who is also the author of the book ‘Lassis of India- Smoothies with a twist’ has won the prestigious World Gourmand Award presented the webinar. She started her presentation talking about civilization, tradition, culture, religion, weather conditions and natures which have played a major role in the way the food is prepared. India’s civilization starts from the Stone Age and traditions, recipes and their secrets have been passed on from generation to generation. Invaders like Mughals, Afghans and Persians have also brought in their food techniques & cooking styles to India. Spices grown in India were a big fascination for the Europeans and the Britishers for trade purposes. India is a mysterious country with different climatic condition, varied vegetation, soil, natural resources, cooking techniques etc., Mrs Bhatia further added in her presentation.

Chef Chetan Rana shared the recipe of Pumpkin leaves Bhaji, Chutney and conducted a live cooking demonstration for the viewers to see & learn. He cooked the main dish in an iron kadhai with basic spice ingredients and also insisted on moderate use of spices in order to maintain the natural taste of the pumpkin leaves. Chutneys made using a grinding stone taste authentic & delicious. He also displayed a beautiful Satvik Uttarakhand Thali containing Kafuli, Chutney, Phaanu, Baadi, Rice, Kumaoni Raita, Dubuk, Jhangora ki Kheera etc. 

Chef Anand Panwar shared the recipe of Ram Ladoo, Daulat ki Chaat and conducted a live cooking demonstration for the viewers to see & learn. Talking about Chandni Chowk & its street food, he highlighted the different food lanes (Gali) like Paranthewali Gali, Chaatwali Gali etc. Ram Ladoo, a preparation of Channa & Moong dal with ginger, cumin, salt is fried in oil and topped with sauce, raw onion, radish and pomegranate. A very popular dessert in Chandni Chowk called Daulat ki Chaat was first named by Mr Khem Chand of Moradabad. This dessert is prepared with full cream milk, sugar, dry fruits and saffron.

Chef Anooj Wadhawan highlighted on Avadh food and the concept of Dum cooking. He conducted a live cooking demonstration of Murgzamendoz, a preparation of chicken marinated and rolled in Roomali Roti and cooked in Dum.

All the Chefs were inspired & motivated by their mothers’ cooking which inspired to pursue cookery as a profession. 

India believes & promotes Athithi Devo Bhava, the concept of treating guest as God. Summing up the webinar, Ms Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Government of India urged people to cook, experience and enjoy the beautiful nature that all of us are blessed with. She also underlined the need for us to respect nature and learn to coexist with nature. 

The Dekho Apna Desh webinar series is presented in technical partnership with National e Governance Department, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The sessions of webinar are now available on the and also on all social media Handles of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

The next webinar titled “Rural Tourism: From Previous Niche to future norm” is scheduled on 26th September 2020 at 11.00 am. Register in advance:


India reports more than 90,000 recoveries for the 3rd successive day

Total Recovered cases close to 43 Lakh- highest in the world

India's Recovery Rate crosses the landmark of 80%

India has crossed the significant landmark of more than 80%national Recovery Rate.

On a continuous stretch of high recoveries, India has also reported more than 90,000 recoveries for the third day in succession.

93,356 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours.

12 States and UTs have registered Recovery Rate more than the national average.

79% of the new recovered cases are from 10 states/UTs.

The total recovered cases are close 44 lakh (43,96,399) today. India tops the global figure of total recoveries. It accounts for more than 19% of the world total.


Sunday, 20 September 2020

Ministry of Women and Child Development signs MoU with Ministry of AYUSH for integration of AYUSH systems with ongoing nutrition interventions under the ICDS program

Medicinal gardens will be developed in identified Anganwadi centres; Women and children to get benefit of Yoga classes in AWCs – Smt Smriti Zubin Irani

Collaboration will help to eliminate malnutrition – Shri Shripad Yesso Naik

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) to work together to control the menace of malnutrition through integration of AYUSH systems with the ongoing nutrition interventions under the Umbrella ICDS program.  The MoU was signed by Shri Ram Mohan Mishra, Secretary, WCD and Vaidya Shri Rajesh Kotecha, in the presence of Smt Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister for Women & Child Development and Textiles, and Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of AYUSH, who joined the signing ceremony through videoconferencing.

Describing the MoU between the two Ministries as a milestone in the efforts to eradicate malnutrition, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani said that along with the target of having a Nutrigarden in each Anganwadi, medicinal gardens will also be developed in identified Anganwadi centres. Women and children will get the benefit of Yoga classes in AWCs. She expressed optimism that together science and ayurveda will help in achieving optimum nutritional standards among the target groups. Shri Shripad Yesso Naik said that AYUSH practices are deep-rooted in Indian tradition. He expressed appreciation that the Ministry of Women & Child Development and the Ministry of AYUSH have come together with the common objective to eliminate malnutrition and improve the health of people, especially women and children.

As part of collaboration, the Ministry of AYUSH would provide support to the beneficiaries of Umbrella ICDS program of the Ministry of Women and Child Development attending Anganwadi Centers. Convergence between MWCD and Ministry of AYUSH will help addressing malnutrition through the principles and practices of Ayurveda, Yoga and other AYUSH systems and provide context specific solutions for holistic well being of Women and Children. While AYUSH would provide technical guidance and support for the implementation of various interventions for addressing malnutrition, including developing nutritious recipes based on regional and climatic preferences, principles & practices under AYUSH systems, Ministry of WCD will enable outreach of AYUSH systems through Anganwadi Centers. Initially, a pilot will be conducted in 1000 Anganwadi Centers each in few States, which can be upscaled later in a phased manner.

The collaborative efforts will also include setting up of Herbal Gardens with live demonstration to beneficiaries how to use them through various home-based preparations. Also, Yoga sessions in the Anganwadi Centers would be conducted.


PM wishes farmers on the passage of farm bills in Parliament

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has wished farmers on the passage of farm bills in Parliament and called it a watershed moment in the history of Indian agriculture. 

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said, "A watershed moment in the history of Indian agriculture! Congratulations to our hardworking farmers on the passage of key bills in Parliament, which will ensure a complete transformation of the agriculture sector as well as empower crores of farmers.

For decades, the Indian farmer was bound by various constraints and bullied by middlemen. The bills passed by Parliament liberate the farmers from such adversities. These bills will add impetus to the efforts to double income of farmers and ensure greater prosperity for them.

Our agriculture sector is in desperate need of latest technology that assists the industrious farmers. Now, with the passage of the bills, our farmers will have easier access to futuristic technology that will boost production and yield better results. This is a welcome step.

I said it earlier and I say it once again:

System of MSP will remain. Government procurement will continue. We are here to serve our farmers. We will do everything possible to support them and ensure a better life for their coming generations."


Dr Harsh Vardhan interacts with social media users during Sunday Samvaad-2

“Atma Nirbhar Bharat underlines Government’s commitment for Increased Investments in Public Health and other health reforms to prepare India for future pandemics”

“No significant mutation in SARS-CoV-2 in India”

“ICMR is actively exploring saliva-based test for COVID-19”

Minister dispels doubts raised over failure of one vaccine in clinical trials, says trials are continuing only after expert committee reappraisal

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare answered questions posed by his social media interactors on the Sunday Samvaad platform for a second time today. These questions covered a multitude of queries concerning not only the current situation of COVID but also the government’s approach to it and related topics like India’s growth in the field of Science.

At the outset, Dr. Harsh Vardhan congratulated a responder who volunteered himself and their daughter for the Bharat Biotech Vaccine.

Speaking on the concrete measures that have been planned to handle such public health emergencies in the future, he said ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ will strengthen the nation to an extent where we will be able to overcome any eventuality including another pandemic. On 12 May, 2020Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi ji had announced in his address to the nation an economic package of Rs 20 trillion to tide over the coronavirus crisis and make India ‘Atmanirbhar’. Dr Harsh Vardhan emphasized that ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ underlines the commitment of the Government for increased investments in Public Health and other health reforms to prepare India for future pandemics.

He added that a Major proposal under consideration at the Expenditure Finance Committee level includes the following components:

· Strengthening surveillance of infectious diseases and outbreak response including that for points of entry.

· Establishment of dedicated infectious disease management hospital blocks in district hospitals.

· Establishment of Integrated Public Health Laboratories, etc.

Responding to a question regarding his achievement of engineering polio eradication in India, he reminded the audience that COVID Coronavirus is a novel pathogen and literature is absent on it unlike Polio. He added that India’s handling of outbreaks in the past such as SARS, Ebola and Plague will play a major role in containing COVID.The Union Minister assured another follower that no significant or drastic mutations havebeen found in strains ofSARS-CoV-2 in India (available in GISAID, global database), till now. He informed thatICMR has been conducting large-scale sequencingof nationally representative strains of SARS-CoV-2 virus collectedover the past severalmonths over differenttime-points and detailed results on mutations andevolutionof the viruswill be available in early October.

On the recent saliva-based test for COVID-19, Dr. Harsh Vardhan noted that ICMR has validated a few tests but no reliable test has been found and companies with tests approved by US-FDA have still not approached the Government of India. He added that ICMR is actively exploring this test method and will inform as soon as reliable options are available.

Being a doctor himself, the Minister answered questions on the clinical management of COVID in great detail. He dispelled myths surrounding the use of Hydroxychloroquine and Plasma Therapy in treating COVID 19. He also explained to his audience how Coronavirus becomes fatal for the elderly and the co-morbid. “Scientific evidence points towards a high viral load and development of cytokine storms among the elderly perhaps due to certain genetic polymorphism in Toll-like receptors on cells prominent among them. During the course of COVID-19, older patients can reduce their viral titers, only to rapidly descend into a state of shock involving hyperactivation of the immune system and hypercoagulation in small blood vessels.” However, he forewarned that this does not mean that a younger person cannot die due to COVID-19 though the risk of death is far lower in this case for younger people.

On the matter of availability of Medical Oxygen in the country, Dr. Harsh Vardhan assured that there is enough Oxygen being produced in the country and that the Health Ministry is closely monitoring the situation. He took the occasion to remind everyone that the Health Ministry had dispatched Oxygen concentrators to the rural parts of the country specifically to avert the logistic issues coming to light.

He dispelled fears caused by the Oxford Astra Zeneca Vaccine candidate and said that vaccine development is a complex process and that trials have been restarted only after an independent investigative expert committee gave them the permission to proceed ahead.He explained the difference between various vaccines under clinical trial in India and that since the vaccine formulations, doses, route of administration are different for the vaccines, their mechanisms of action are also different. However, the desirable outcome of each vaccine is much the same ie. ensuring healthy individuals with immunity against novel coronavirus.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan also spoke on the role of traditional medicine in the present context. He said that the AYUSH Ministry along with the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have developed research protocols for validating the claims of various Ayush practitioners for COVID 19 solutions although no formulations has been validated as a specific drug to treat COVID- 19 till now. He added that the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization has permitted Ayush practitioners to conduct research on covid-19 and generate evidence towards development of Ayurvedic drugs for COVID-19.He assured that he would do his best to highlight the best practices of India including Ayurveda in his capacity as the Chairman of Executive Board of WHO.He said that the work that has been done in Dharavi for COVID-19 control & mitigation is already there on the WHO website for the world to see.

Dr Harsh Vardhan shared that a total of 155 families of COVID Warriors have claimed relief under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana. These include 64 doctors, 32 auxiliary nurse midwives and multipurpose healthcare workers, 14 ASHA workers and 45 other front line workers who lost their lives.

Dr Harsh Vardhan acknowledged that the current COVID-19 outbreak has had a significant impact on everyone’s mental health, especially so, for elderly persons who are aware of being at a higher risk. During the Sunday Samvaad, he shared several tips for the senior citizens for their mental wellbeing.

He also noted that it would take substantive time for herd immunity to develop so as to be able to cover about 70% of the population. Hence the focus of Government of India is primarily towards putting together a strategy that combines containment and hospital management.

Other than questions on COVID, Dr. Harsh Vardhan also answered queries regarding India’s plan to divert human resource to science and the role of Government Policy to achieve a clean environment witnessed during the Lockdown. Reminding the audience that India is the world’s number one country in producing engineering and science graduates every year, he said that as per the latest estimate, India has as many as 3.42 Lakh Full-Time Equivalent researchers, out of which nearly 50% are young and below 45 years, 16% are women (nearly 56,000); there has been a 40% increase in the number of researchers during the last 6 years or so; the number of women scientists also got doubled in the previous 6 years.He added that India isformulating a new path-breaking and forward-lookingNational Science, Technology and Innovation Policy which aims at not just promoting science and technology but bringing science at the centre stage and contributing to the country's rapid economic and social development growth. 

He assured the audience that the Government will be successful in achieving a clean environment like the one witnessed during Lockdown. The Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change has been pursuingnumerousinitiativestoreduce air pollution in major cities due to whichair qualitylevel has shown some improvement during the recent 2 to 3 years.


भारत ने बड़ी संख्या में रोगियों के ठीक होने का रिकॉर्ड बनाया

पिछले 24 घंटों के दौरान 94,000 से अधिक रोगी ठीक हुए

भारत में अभी तक कुल 43 लाख से अधिक रोगी हो चुके हैं ठीक

भारत में 5 राज्यों का कुल सक्रिय मामलों में 60 फीसदी, नए मामलों में 52 फीसदी और रिकवरी दर में 60 फीसदी का योगदान

भारत में लगातार दूसरे दिन भी 94,000 से अधिक रोगी ठीक हुए हैं।

देश में पिछले 24 घंटों के दौरान 94,612 रोगी ठीक हुए हैं। इसके साथ ही मरीजों के ठीक होने की कुल संख्या 43 लाख (43,03,043) को पार कर गई है। इसके परिणामस्वरूप रिकवरी रेट 79.68% पर पहुंच गया है।

ठीक होने वाले नए मामलों में से 60 फीसदी मामले पांच राज्यों से आए हैं जिनमें महाराष्ट्र, कर्नाटक आंध्र प्रदेश, उत्तर प्रदेश और तमिलनाडु शामिल हैं। एक दिन में ठीक होने वाले नए रोगियों में 23,000 से अधिक रोगी महाराष्ट्र से हैं। वहीं कर्नाटक और आंध्र प्रदेश दोनों राज्यों से एक दिन में 10,000 रोगी ठीक हुए हैं।

देश में पिछले 24 घंटों के दौरान कुल 92,605 नए पुष्ट मामले सामने आए हैं।

नए मामलों में से 52% पांच राज्यों से आए हैं। नए ठीक होने वाले रोगियों में अधिकतम योगदान देने वाले भी यही राज्य हैं। महाराष्ट्र का नए मामलों में 20,000 (22.16%) से अधिक का योगदान है। आंध्र प्रदेश और कर्नाटक दोनों ने 8,000 से अधिक का योगदान दिया है।

पिछले 24 घंटों के दौरान 1,133 मौतें दर्ज की गई हैं।

कल हुई मौतों में 37% मौतें (425 लोगों की मौत) महाराष्ट्र का है। इसके बाद क्रमश: 114 और 84 मौतों के साथ कर्नाटक और उत्तर प्रदेश का नंबर आता है।


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COVID-19 Update

76% of the new Confirmed Cases concentrated in 10 States/UTs A total of  86,961  new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in the co...