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Vice President lauds 14 engineering colleges for offering courses in regional languages


Lauding the move of 14 engineering colleges across eight States to offer courses in regional languages, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has urged more educational institutions, particularly those imparting technical and professional studies to follow suit.

He affirmed that providing courses in the regional languages will serve as a boon to the students. Expressing his fervent desire, Mr Naidu said, "It is my desire to see the day when all vocational and professional courses like engineering, medicine and law are taught in mother languages."

In a Facebook post titled 'Engineering courses in mother language—A step in the right direction', posted in 11 Indian languages today, the Vice President expressed his happiness over the decision of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to permit B. Tech programmes in 11 native languages—Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi and Odia. He also welcomed the decision of 14 engineering colleges across eight states for offering regional languages in select branches from the new academic year. He said, "I strongly believe that it is a step in the right direction."

Referring to the benefits of learning in the mother tongue, the Vice President said it enhances one's grasping and comprehension levels. "To understand a subject in another language, one has to first learn and master that language, which needs a lot of effort. However, this is not the case while learning in one's mother tongue," he added.

Citing a UN report that one language in the world becomes extinct every two weeks, Mr Naidu expressed his concern that 196 Indian languages in India are endangered. He said, "There is a need for adopting a multipronged approach to protect our native languages and promote learning in the mother tongue."  Mr Naidu called upon people to learn as many languages as they can. He said that proficiency in different languages would provide an edge in today's interconnected world. "With every language we learn, we deepen our connection with another culture," he added.


India reports 60,471 new COVID cases in last 24 hours


India has reported 60,471 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

Further details:-

Last 24 hours:-

Discharges - 1,17,525

Deaths - 2,726 

Till today:-

Active cases - 9,13,378

Total Recoveries - 2,82,80,472

Death toll - 3,77,031

Total vaccination - 25,90,44,072


Kerala lockdown extended, Malappuram triple lockdown withdrawn


Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that the triple lockdown in Malappuram district has been withdrawn.

The Chief Minister also informed that the statewide lockdown has been extended till 9th June.

Meanwhile, the COVID status of Kerala as of today is as follows:-

New Confirmed Status - 23,513

New Recoveries - 28,100

Active Cases - 2,33,034

Deaths - 198

#Kerala #COVID19

Bharat Biotech ramps up COVAXIN production


Bharat Biotech today announced the ramp-up of additional manufacturing capacities for COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN at CHIRON BEHRING Vaccines, Ankleshwar Gujarat, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bharat Biotech.

The company plans to produce 200 million doses of COVAXIN per annum in the GMP facilities that are already operational for the production of vaccines based on Inactivated Vero Cell Platform Technology, under stringent levels of GMP and biosafety. The product availability will commence in Ankleshwar from Q4 2021.

With this ramp up, the volumes have effectively increased up to 1 Billion doses per annum.

#COVID19 #BharatBiotech

COVID19: TN Govt announces more strict measures

Tamilnadu government has announced more strict measures to contain the spread of COVID19. This will be in effect from May 6th 2021. 

  1. All shops other than grocery stores are prohibited from functioning.
  2. Essential activities such as medical shops and milk distribution are allowed to function as usual. 
  3. Only 'parcel' service allowed at restaurants. 
  4. Tea shops can only operate until 12:00 noon.
  5. Fish markets, poultry and butcher shops are not allowed to operate on Saturdays. On other days, it is allowed to operate from 6:00 am to 12:00 noon. 
  6. At funerals and related ceremonies, no more than 20 people are allowed.
  7. Grocery and vegetable stores operating in shopping malls are not allowed. 
  8. Standalone grocery and vegetable stalls are allowed to operate until 12:00 noon, without an 'AC' facility. 
  9. Sunday lockdown to continue
  10. Beauty salons that were closed in Corporation areas will be expanded to containment areas across the state. 
  11. 50% capacity allowed on public transport such as bus and metro rail.
  12. Maximum of 50% capacity allowed at Government and Private offices.  

#TamilNadu #COVID19

COVID19: Karnataka Status: 27th April 2021


  1. Today’s Discharges - 10,793
  2. Total Discharges - 10,84,050
  3. New Cases Reported - 31,830
  4. Total Active Cases - 3,01,899
  5. New Covid Deaths - 180
  6. Total Covid Deaths - 14,807
  7. Total Positive Cases 14,00,775
  8. Admitted in ICU (among total active cases) - 2063
  9. Positivity rate for the day - 18.71%
  10. Case fatality rate (CFR) for the day - 0.56%

#Karnataka #COVID19

Indian Railways is ready with COVID care coaches in wake of COVID surge


Indian Railways is making all the efforts to help in the country's fight against COVID.

Total 5,601 train coaches were converted as Covid Care Centers by Indian Railway and presently, a total of 3816 Coaches are available for use as Covid Care Coaches, which can be used for very mild cases. These covid care coaches are being deployed as per demand by State Government.

Further details:-

  1. As on 24th April 2021, 21 Covid Care Coaches have been deployed at Nandurbar District in Maharashtra under Western Railway and a total 47 patient have been admitted in these Covid Care Coaches.
  2. Madhya Pradesh Government has requested Indian Railways to deploy 20 Covid Care Coaches at Bhopal and 20 Covid Care Coaches at Habibganj Railway Stations in West Central Railway. These Covid Care Coaches shall be operational and handed over to State Government from 25th April 2021.
  3. In Northern Railway, 50 Covid Care Coaches at Shakur Basti, 25 Covid Care Coaches at Anand Vihar, 10 at Varanasi, 10 at Bhadohi and 10 Covid Care Coaches at Faizabad have been deployed by Indian Railways. A total of 3 patients have been admitted in Covid Care Coaches placed at Shakur Basti.

#COVIDCareCoach #IndianRailway #COVID19

A Humane Hero


Difficult times and heartless people sometimes make us lose faith in humanity. However, sometimes amidst these dark clouds emerges a silver lining.

The incident of how Pointsman Mayur Shelke saved the life of a child who fell on railway tracks in front of a moving train is such a silver lining in these dark times. The child, who was accompanied by his visually impaired mother lost his balance and fell on the tracks in Vangani Railway Station in Maharashtra. Mr Shelke saw this and rushed to help the child. The train loco pilot, Vinod Kumar Jangid, who had seen this, applied emergency brakes bringing down the speed of the train to 85kmph and created a buffer of two seconds, helping Mr Shelke to save the child and himself.

Later, the mother profusely thanked Mr Shelke for saving her child's life without caring for his own. Mr Shelke's brave deed not only earned him respect and appreciation from all quarters but also an award of Rs 50,000 from the Ministry of Railways as a token of appreciation. Mr Shelke has decided to give half of the amount for the child's welfare and education as his family is not financially strong.

Let us all take a lesson from this Hero among us, to find the hero within us!

#MayurShelke #IndianRailways

Indian Air Force supports the fight against COVID


The IAF transport fleet is supporting the fight against COVID-19, which has witnessed a disturbing surge in recent times.

Many COVID Hospitals across the country are witnessing a shortage of healthcare staff, equipment and medicines.

To address this need, IAF is airlifting medical personnel, critical equipment and medicines for Covid Hospitals and facilities across the country.

With such valuable service by our brave forces, we will surely win the battle against COVID. Thanks IAF!

#IndianAirforce #COVID19

22 people die due to oxygen leak in Nashik hospital


As many as 22 people lost their lives today due to an incident in which an oxygen tank leaked while tankers were being filled at Dr Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik, Maharashtra.

State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said, "This is an unfortunate incident. I spoke to Nashik municipal commissioner who has informed me that the situation is under control now. I'll be going to Nashik soon. Nashik Guardian Min Chhagan Bhujbal has already gone there."

The State Government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs for the kin of the deceased. A high-level inquiry has been ordered to probe the incident.

Expressing grief over the unfortunate incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "The tragedy at a hospital in Nashik because of oxygen tank leakage is heart-wrenching. Anguished by the loss of lives due to it. Condolences to the bereaved families in this sad hour."

#Nashik #Oxygen #Maharashtra