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India gets its 40th World Heritage Site


India's nomination of Dholavira, the Harappan City in the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage list.

India submitted the nomination dossier for Dholavira: A Harappan City to the World Heritage Centre in January, 2020. The site was on the UNESCO's tentative list since 2014. Dholavira: a Harappan city, is one of the very few well preserved urban settlements in South Asia dating from the 3rd to mid-2nd millennium BCE.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Absolutely delighted by this news. Dholavira was an important urban centre and is one of our most important linkages with our past. It is a must-visit, especially for those interested in history, culture and archaeology."

The Union Minister of Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) G Kishan Reddy shared this news on Twitter shortly after the announcement. This followed a few days after the Rudreswara Temple, (also known as the Ramappa Temple) at Palampet, Mulugu district, Telangana State becoming the 39th World Heritage Centre in India.

With this successful nomination, India has 40 world heritage properties overall, which includes 32 cultural, 7 natural and one mixed property.


Tamil Nadu's first auto ambulance service finds mention in Mann Ki Baat


If we want to know about the exemplary services rendered by many unsung heroes of our society, we should surely listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly radio broadcast "Mann Ki Baat".

The auto ambulance service initiative of Ms Radhika Shastry of Nilgiri district found a mention in Mann Ki Baat today. During the programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Radhika Shastry has started the AmbuRx (Amburex) Project. The purpose of this project is to provide easy transport for the treatment of patients in hilly areas. Radhika runs a cafe in Coonoor. She raised funds for AmbuRx from her cafe colleagues. Today six AmbuRx are serving in the Nilgiri hills and are coming to the aid of patients in remote parts during the time of emergency. An AmbuRx is equipped with a Stretcher, Oxygen Cylinder, First Aid Box and other things."

Following the acknowledgement of the Prime Minister, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Shri L Murugan spoke to Radhika Shastry over the phone and congratulated her. Later, in a tweet, Mr Murugan said this compassionate gesture by her in Nilgiris will motivate others and also improve health facilities in the region.

As the Central and State Governments are taking innumerable active measures in the fight against the global pandemic, the first auto ambulance service initiative that was launched in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu has received wide appreciation from the public. This project which has been introduced in collaboration with various organisations houses all medical facilities including oxygen.

This auto ambulance has been designed in such a way as to reach hilly areas where the normal Government-run ambulances are unable to reach. With the ability to travel across narrow paths and aid sick people to get timely treatment, this new service is indeed a blessing in disguise.

Ms Shastry said she initiated this project with the intention to serve the community in any possible way. At present six auto ambulances are plying in Coonoor, Kothagiri and Udhagamandalam, she added.


Heavy to Very Heavy Rainfall Likely At Isolated Places in Several States


Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely at isolated places in several states, according to India Meteorological Department. 

These states are Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Gujarat Region, Madhya Maharashtra, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam, Telangana, coastal and south interior Karnataka, Kerala and Mahe and Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal.

The bulletin also indicates heavy rainfall at isolated places over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, West Uttar Pradesh, East Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Odisha, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Saurashtra and Kutch, Marathwada, Rayalaseema, North Interior Karnataka and Lakshadweep.

Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning is very likely at isolated places over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Vidarbha, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam, Rayalaseema and Tamilnadu, Puducherry and Karaikal.


Monthly rainfall forecast for July 2021


The National Weather Forecasting Centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has released the Southwest Monsoon Rainfall Forecast for the Month of July 2021.

The forecast is as follows:-

a) Monthly rainfall for July 2021 over the country as a whole is most likely to be normal - 94 to 106 per cent of Long Period Average (LPA)].

b) The latest global model forecasts indicate that the prevailing neutral El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) conditions are likely to continue over the equatorial Pacific Ocean and that there is an enhanced possibility of development of negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) conditions over the Indian Ocean during July to September 2021.

As sea surface temperature (SST) conditions over the Pacific and the Indian Oceans are known to have a strong influence on the Indian monsoon, IMD is carefully monitoring the evolution of sea surface conditions over these Ocean basins, the release said.


DRDO successfully flight tests New Generation Agni P Ballistic Missile


Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested a New Generation Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile Agni P from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha, Balasore at 1055 hrs today.

Various telemetry and radar stations positioned along the eastern coast tracked and monitored the missile. The missile followed textbook trajectory, meeting all mission objectives with a high level of accuracy. 

Agni P is a new generation advanced variant of Agni class of missiles. It is a canisterised missile with a range capability between 1,000 and 2,000 kms.


Duty of each individual to preserve and promote one's mother tongue, says VP Venkaiah Naidu


In order to deliver the benefits of our language traditions to future generations, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today stressed the need for a people's movement to preserve languages, complementing the efforts of the government.

Highlighting the power of language to unite people across generations and geographies, Mr Naidu called for a concerted effort to preserve, enrich and propagate our languages, cultures and traditions.

Speaking at the 6th annual 'Rashtretara Telugu Samakhya' conference, Mr Naidu suggested that Telugu people should come together as one for the cause of Telugu language and the revitalisation of our local traditions.

Noting that neglecting a language will lead to its decline, the Vice President advised that it is the duty of each individual to preserve and promote one’s mother tongue, without belittling other languages and cultures.

Mr Naidu also underscored the need for primary education to be in one's mother tongue, as envisaged by National Educational Policy, 2020. He noted that the persons presently occupying the highest constitutional offices of the country, including the President, Vice President, Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India all had primary education in their mother tongue. "People should not have the false impression that one cannot succeed and grow in life if they learn in their mother tongue. We have many past and present exemplars to disprove that," he stated.


Sea water desalination system brings relief to drought prone Tamil Nadu village


Narippaiyur, a village in Ramanathapuram District, a drought-prone area situated in the South-East corner of Tamil Nadu will benefit from 20,000 litres per day of fresh water produced from seawater – thanks to the solar thermal Forward Osmosis (FO) seawater desalination system installed in the place.

The customized demand-driven convergent water solution through FO will supply two litres of good quality drinking water per person per day for 10,000 people in the village, successfully overcoming a major drinking water shortage in the village. The FO system facilitates high recovery, low energy consumption, the potential for resource recovery, especially in solutions of high osmotic pressure, less fouling of the membrane because of low-pressure operation, easier and more effective cleaning of the membrane, longer membrane life and lower operating costs.

Tamil Nadu IIT Madras in collaboration with Empereal – KGDS Renewable Energy has successfully established and demonstrated this system to address prevalent and emerging water challenges in Mission Mode in the village.

Ramanathapuram District, situated in the South-East corner of Tamil Nadu, is severely affected by the scarcity of potable water due to salinity, brackishness and also poor sources of groundwater. The district of 4,23,000 hectares has a long coastal line measuring about 265 kilometres accounting for nearly 1/4th of the total length of the coastal line of the state.

The Water Technology Initiative, Department of Science & Technology (DST) has supported this field-based effort in the district through the consortium members led by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), KGiSL Institute of Technology (KITE), Empereal– KGDS Renewable Energy (P) and ICT Mumbai.

The seawater FO technology operates at near 2 bar pressure, unlike seawater RO that operates at 50 bar pressure. It is versatile, has high energy efficiency and low operation and maintenance costs compared to other technologies.

The produced water will be supplied to the local people with the support of villagers and panchayat. This initiative of DST can pave way for scaling up the emerging technology in various coastal rural areas of the country to address the drinking water shortage.


Indian Coast Guard rescues all 16 crew of sinking MV Mangalam


In yet another successful rescue operation, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) saved all 16 crew of a sinking MV Mangalam near Revdanda port of Maharashtra yesterday.

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Mumbai had received information from Indian flagged MV Mangalam that the vessel was partially sinking with 16 crew onboard around three kms from Revdanda Port.

The MRCC team initiated a rescue operation and ICG Ship Subhadra Kumari Chauhan was pressed into action. Two ICG Chetak helicopters were also deployed from Indian Coast Guard Air Station, Daman. Braving gusting monsoon winds, ICG carried out a swift sea-air coordinated operation and saved 16 lives.

The rescued crew was taken to Revdanda and administered first aid. All crew are safe and healthy.


RBI allows mobile prepaid recharges through Bharat Bill Payment System


The Reserve Bank of India has decided to permit 'mobile prepaid recharges' as a biller category in Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) on a voluntary basis.

This decision will be implemented on or before August 31, 2021.

Bharat Bill Payment System is an integrated bill payment system in India offering interoperable and accessible bill payment service to customers through a network of Agent Institutions, enabling multiple payment modes, and providing instant confirmation of payment.


The spirit of life thrives on


In these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, HSIS Gosha Government Hospital in Bengaluru reached a significant milestone on June 12th.

It successfully completed the 300th birth among COVID-positive pregnant women. This is a huge feat as the safety of both the mother and the child needs to be ensured during the procedure.

Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar has congratulated all the doctors, nurses and staff of the hospital.