Wednesday, 24 April 2019

IN Ships Kolkata and Shakti are at Qingdao, China to participate in IFR to mark 70th Anniversary of PLA(N)



IN Ships Kolkata and Shakti entered Qingdao, China to participate in the International Fleet Review (IFR) as part of 70TH Anniversary Celebrations of PLA (Navy) on 21 Apr 19. Entry of IN Ships was marked by firing of 21 gun salute to the Peoples Republic of China. The Ships were welcomed into harbour by officials from PLA (N) North Sea Fleet with live performance of Naval Band as part of Welcome Ceremony.


The participation of Indian Navy in PLA (N) IFR, for third consecutive time (2009, 2014 and 2019), is a demonstration of the Nation’s commitment to enhance maritime cooperation between the two navies and bolster bonds of friendship between the two Countries. The IN has deployed its finest assets for the IFR with an aim to strengthen existing cooperation, enhance mutual trust, extend interoperability and build greater synergy to address common maritime concerns among participating navies.

During the stay in harbour, activities scheduled include courtesy calls to various dignitaries of PLA(N), naval band performance in the famous MAY 4THSquare and various other functions of IFR including opening ceremony, planning conferences and table top exercise . IN Ships will take part in the parade of naval ships scheduled on 23 Apr which will be reviewed by the Chinese President Xi Jinping. Personnel from IN Ships would also be participating in various sporting events, professional exchanges with participating navies and ship visit by PLA (Navy) personnel and local populace. The Indian Ambassador to China, Shri Vikram Misri, will also host a reception onboard INS Kolkata for dignitaries, officers of PLA (Navy) and delegations participating in the IFR.

The IN Ships had earlier called at Port Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam for a good will visit prior entering Qingdao. The ships are also scheduled to visit Port Busan, South Korea and Singapore on their return journey to India as part of Eastern Fleet Overseas Deployment. The Annual Overseas Deployment to the South China Sea is an important facet of Government of India’s ‘Act East’ policy and Indian Navy’s efforts to “Unite Nations Through the Oceans”, through which India wishes to extend the ‘Bridges of Friendship’ through enhanced cultural, economic and maritime interactions with countries of East and South-East Asia.




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Third Phase of General Elections-2019 on 23 April



117* Lok Sabha Constituencies across 13 States and 2 UTs headed to Polls

Third Phase is biggest as it covers 117* Parliamentary Constituencies in single phase

Over 18 crore 85 lakh voters to decide fate of 1640 candidates

Over 2 lakh 10 thousand polling booths in place for smooth conduct of polls



PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCIES (PCs) VOTING ON PHASE-3 (23.04.2019)



State/UT

Number of Parliamentary Constituencies in Phase 3

Total Number of voters


Number of Male Voters

Number of Female Voters

 Number of  Voters of Third Gender

Number of
Contesting
Candidates

Number of Polling Booths
Assam
4
7477062
3815335
3661570
157
54
9577
Bihar
5
8909263
4655306
4244284
225
82
9076
Chhattisgarh
7
12713816
6416252
6296992
572
123
15408
Goa
2
1135811
555768
580043
0
12
1652
Gujarat
26
45125680
23428119
21696571
990
371
51709
Jammu & Kashmir*
1*
527154
269603
257540
11
18*
714
Karnataka
14
23968905
12103742
11863204
1959
237
27776
Kerala
20
26151534
12684839
13466521
174
227
24970
Maharashtra
14
25789738
13319010
12470076
652
249
28691
Odisha
6
9256922
4799030
4456729
1163
61
10464
Tripura#
1
1257944
637649
620291
4
10
1645
Uttar Pradesh
10
17810946
9620644
8189378
924
120
20120
West Bengal
5
8023846
4106010
3917624
212
61
8528
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
1
240858
127628
113230
0
11
288
Daman & Diu
1
119677
59977
59700
0
4
152
Total
117*
188509156
96598912
86226460
7043
1640
210770
No of States/UTs in Phase 3
15


*Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency (PC) in Jammu & Kashmiris going to polls in Phase III, Phase IV & Phase V of General Elections 2019, the only such PC in the country. The Four Districts to be covered in the Anantnag (PC No. 3) are Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama. Data above is only for Anantnag district for polls to be held on 23rd April. Anantnag PC’s election is conducted partially in Phase III, IV and V.

# Tripura East Parliamentary Constituency’s elections were cancelled in Phase 2 of elections.

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Monday, 22 April 2019

MOU signed between Ministry of AYUSH and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Ministry of AYUSH and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi today for cooperation in research and education in areas of traditional systems of medicine and its integration with modern science. The MoU was signed by Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH and Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Director General, CSIR and Secretary, DSIR in the presence of senior officials from both the organizations.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary stated in due cognition of the growing interest of traditional medicines worldwide, there is a need of multipronged and innovative approaches for the acceptance of this science. He said that the combination of traditional healthcare and modern basic science has a huge possibility to do innovative and path-breaking researches which can be used for the explanation of various basic concepts.

DG, CSIR appreciated the ongoing projects and programmes between the two organizations. He stated that enhancing the collaboration through joint R&D efforts ranging from fundamental science to validation and thereafter product development, will significantly help in the growth of the Indian contributions to this important sector, not only nationally but internationally as well. Futuristic efforts of this inter-ministerial cooperation shall include pursuit of Data mining & analytics and Artificial Intelligence to enable and facilitate concepts such as “Traditional knowledge inspired drug discovery and development” and “Food as Medicine”.

Previously, CSIR jointly with Department of AYUSH (now Ministry) developed the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), a globally recognized proprietary database on Indian systems of medicine for preventing bio-piracy and misappropriation of our traditional knowledge. The constituent laboratories of CSIR and councils of the Ministry of AYUSH have also supported each other in the development of improved varieties and captive cultivation of the medicinal plants including rare, engendered and threatened (RET) species, Botanical Reference Standards and Pharmacopoeial standards, and Ayurgenomics, among many others.

In due cognition of the upward surge in the usage of herbal medicines and supplements globally, the endeavor of Ministry of AYUSH and CSIR today is to bring the organizations under an umbrella understanding for pursuing focused R&D efforts in the domain. Under the MoU, both organizations shall jointly endeavor to pursue: R&D covering fundamental research; AYUSH specific diagnostic tools; linking microbiome, gene expression and prakriti; multi-ingredient herbal formulations, including their standardization; exploring modern scientific methods for integration with traditional Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM); linking disease signatures; etc.; Furthering the collaboration in preserving and protecting traditional knowledge related to the Indian systems of healthcare, through the existing TKDL platform; and Development of international standardized terminologies (disease-morbidity codes) in Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (ASU), Database on Medicinal plants, Foods, etc.

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Himalayan Heights Motorcycle Expedition reaches Karakoram Pass

The 11 member ‘Himalayan Heights Motorcycle Expedition’ which was flagged off from Karu (Leh) on 07 April 2019 traversed the challenging terrain of Eastern Ladakh, across the Chang La pass and has reached the mighty ‘Karakoram Pass’ situated at an altitude of 18,176 feet on the Karakoram Ranges on 16 April 2019. The joint Motorcycle Expedition which comprises six Indian Army personnel from the Army Service Corps, four from Royal Enfield and one from Himalayan Motorsports Association is being undertaken in the year when the Fire & Fury Corps is celebrating 20th Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, which marks the victory of the Indian Armed Forces over Pakistan in 1999. 

This unprecedented feat over hazardous and unforgiving terrain with temperatures as low as -40C coupled with freezing winds, is a remarkable tribute to the immortal courage and bravery of the Indian Army. In a rare gesture of encouragement for the expedition members, Lt Gen YK Joshi, General Officer Commanding, Fire and Fury Corps reached the Karakoram Pass to meet and motivate the riders.​​

Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen YK Joshi lauded the efforts of the team especially the two Women Officers from the Army Service Corps and the woman member of the Royal Enfield team who proved equal in strength, skill and spirit to the other members.

The Ladakh region was witness to the unparalleled valour, indomitable courage and immortal tales of sacrifice during the Kargil War in 1999. The Himalayan Heights Expedition undertaken by the Army Service Corps, Royal Enfield and Himalayan Motorsports Association demands similar attributes and is a salute to ‘Remember, Rejoice & Renew’ the spirit of fortitude, bravery and adventure of the Indian Army.

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

President Shri Ram Nath Kovind ’s greetings on the eve of Mahavir Jayanti



The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind in his message on the eve of Mahavir Jayanti has said: -

“On the auspicious occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, I extend my greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens, especially to the Jain community.

Lord Mahavira’s message of peace and non-violence has enriched our cultural heritage. When the world is facing multiple challenges, the philosophy and teachings of ahimsa, truth and compassion enunciated by Bhagwan Mahavira hold great significance.

Let us on this auspicious day resolve to ceaselessly strive for harmony in our country and across the world.”




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1.4 crore electors in eight Lok Sabha constituencies of Uttar Pradesh in Phase -II





Agra the largest Phase –II constituency in UP with 19,04,706 electors

16,162 polling stations to facilitate voting in the State during second phase




As many as 1,40,76,635 electors are on the Final Electoral Roll of eight constituencies in Uttar Pradesh which will go to polls in second phase of the General Election- 2019. The constituencies in this phase are - Nagina, Amroha, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Mathura, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri.

As per the data sourced from CEO (Uttar Pradesh) website today, there are a total of 1,40,76,635 electors in second phase including 75,83,431 men and 64,92,326 women electors. Of these eight seats, Agra is the largest parliamentary constituency with 19,04,706 electors and Nagina is the smallest one with 15,74,994 electors.

The data sourced from ECI website shows that in previous General Election -2014, there were a total of 1,34,03,734 electors in these eight Parliamentary Constituencies. This means an increase of 6,72,901 (5.09 %) electors since last General Elections.

The details of the number of electors in the phase -II constituencies in the upcoming and last two General Elections are given below:






Constituency
General Election Year
                          Number of Electors
Male
Female
Others
Total
Nagina
2019*
838144
736788
62
1574994
2014
795562
697765
92
1493419
2009
650927
545639
 
1196566
Amroha 
2019*
868912
764166
108
1633186
2014
829444
714712
89
1544245
2009
641735
532180
 
1173915
Bulandshahr 
2019*
945340
831100
127
1776567
2014
930827
805499
110
1736436
2009
810237
672512
 
1482749
Aligarh 
2019*
1005371
871294
153
1876818
2014
965995
827010
121
1793126
2009
744060
601291
 
1345351
Hathras  
2019*
990708
840439
69
1831216
2014
969908
788925
94
1758927
2009
799816
637909
 
1437725
Mathura 
2019*
970318
815660
209
1786187
2014
931944
750142
174
1682260
2009
747923
593726
 
1341649
Agra
2019*
1040087
864522
97
1904706
2014
1003777
810896
66
1814739
2009
856239
683444
 
1539683
Fatehpur Sikri
2019*
924551
768357
53
1692961
2014
877271
703267
44
1580582
2009
748440
597302
 
1345742
Total – Phase II
2019*
7583431
6492326
878
14076635


Source - ECI website

*CEO (Uttar Pradesh) website



The State of Uttar Pradesh has a total of 14,40,61,892 electors (Overseas Indian electors and service electors are in addition to these) in its all 80 Lok Sabha constituencies. The State is going through seven phase polling in the current General Elections -2019. In the first phase, voting for the eight Lok Sabha seats has already taken place on April 11th, 2019 and voting for phase-II is scheduled for 18th April, 2019.

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IN Ships Kolkata and Shakti are at Qingdao, China to participate in IFR to mark 70th Anniversary of PLA(N)

IN Ships Kolkata and Shakti entered Qingdao, China to participate in the International Fleet Review (IFR) as part of 70TH Anniversary ...