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Centre rushes High Level Public Health teams to Maharashtra, Punjab for COVID19 control


The Union Government has rushed high level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab in view of the rise in the number of daily new COVID-19 cases being consistently reported by these States.

They are being deployed to aid the State Health Departments in COVID-19 surveillance, control and containment measures.

The high-level team to Maharashtra will be led by Dr P Ravindran, Sr CMO, Disaster Management Cell, MOHFW and the public health team to Punjab will be led by Dr S K Singh, Director, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi.

The teams visit the States immediately and will visit the hotspot areas in the States and ascertain the reasons for the surge. They will also brief the Chief Secretary/Secretary (H) on their observations and remedial measures to be undertaken by the State Health authorities.

#Punjab #Maharashtra #COVID19

SC directs joint committee to find factual position on diversion of Mahadayi river


The Supreme Court has directed the joint monitoring committee of superintending engineers of the states of Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra to find the factual position on diversion of waters of the Mahadayi river.

The apex court which yesterday heard the special leave petitions of the states on the tribunal award on the river sharing dispute between Karnataka and Goa said that it would hear the petitions for a final order in April this year.

In a Press statement in Bengaluru, Karnataka Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi said that the monitoring committee should visit the river sites and submit a report before the next hearing. 

All three SLPs filed by the States of Maharastra, Karnataka and Goa were listed before the  Supreme Court today. Apart from the SLPs, the Contempt Petition 724/2020 filed by the State of Goa also listed yesterday. Mr Prabhuling K Navadgi, Advocate General, Mr Mohan V Katarki, Sr. Advocate and other counsel appeared for the State of Karnataka. The Counsel for the State of Goa pressed for the hearing of the Contempt petition alleging that the State of Karnataka has diverted the water to Malaprabha river and water is not flowing to the territory of Goa, which allegation is strongly opposed by the Ld.AG for Karnataka. The Supreme Court did not issue a notice in the Contempt Petition but directed the three  State Governments to nominate one SE to conduct a joint inspection and report to the Hon'ble Supreme Court.

The SLPs will be listed for a final hearing in April 2021 before which all party States shall file their written submissions in one compilation book.

The advocate appearing for the state of Goa pressed a contempt petition and alleged that there has been a breach of the order dated 02/03/2020 passed in the special leave petition 19312/2019 as water is prevented from flowing to Goa by removing the vaults erected pursuant to the orders of the MWDT. In order to ascertain the factual position the Hon’ble Supreme Court directed the joint monitoring committee appointed by the MWDT to implement the order dated 17.04.2014 passed by MWDT to conduct a joint inspection to ascertain whether there is a diversion of water by removing the vaults. 

Therefore action will have to be now taken to convene the meeting of the joint monitoring committee of the three superintending engineers of the State of Karnataka, the State of Goa and the State of Maharashtra constituted by the honourable tribunal to implement the order dated 17th April 2014. The said joint monitoring committee is directed to inspect the place and file a report. The case is now ordered to be called in April 2020.

#Maharashtra #Karnataka #Goa

Centre rushes High Level teams to Kerala, Maharashtra for COVID19 management


Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to depute two high-level multi-disciplinary teams to Kerala and Maharashtra to collaborate with the State Health Authorities for management of the large number of COVID-19 cases being witnessed in these states.

At a time when almost all States/Union Territories are showing a declining trend in the number of cases and deaths due to COVID-19, Kerala and Maharashtra continue to report a large number of cases. At present, these two States alone are contributing almost 70 per cent of the total active COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Central team to Maharashtra comprises of experts drawn from National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and Dr RML Hospital, New Delhi. The Kerala team shall comprise of a senior official from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare along with experts from Regional Office of Health and Family Welfare, Thiruvananthapuram and Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi.

The teams shall work closely with the State Health Departments, take stock of the on-ground situation and recommend necessary public health measures to contain the large number of COVID-19 cases.

#HealthMinistry #Kerala #Maharashtra #COVID19

Maharashtra Government asks Railways to allow Mumbai local trains for all categories

Maharashtra Government has written a letter to Western and Central Railway requesting them that local train services be allowed to all categories of the public.

The Government has requested for the service to be allowed in the following manner:

1. Local Train Services be allowed from the start of services for the day to 7 am and then again from 12 pm to 4 pm in the afternoon and from 9 pm to closure of local train services for the day with effect from 1st February 2021.

2. The local train services will be restricted to the essential services staff only as is being permitted currently from7 am to 12 pm and from 4 pm to 9 pm.

3. The State Government has also directed that:

- Shops will be allowed to operate till 2300 hrs

- Restaurants will be allowed to operate till 1 am

- But, 30 per cent limit for staff will continue to be in force and above establishments to operate as per the SOPs issued for the daily operations of the same by various departments of the State Government.

The letter also mentioned that the State Government authorities will also be requesting all the above establishments to stagger their work schedule in a manner wherein the staff will be able to avail the services of the local trains in the timings mentioned above.

#MumbaiLocalTrains #Maharashtra

Maharashtra extends lockdown till 28th February 2021


Maharashtra Government has decided to extend the lockdown till 28th February 2021 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

An order issued by the Government said, "the State Government is satisfied that the State of Maharashtra is threatened with the spread of COVID-19 virus, and therefore to take certain emergency measures to prevent and contain the spread of the virus, the Government in the exercise of the powers conferred under Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1987 read with all other enabling provisions of The Disaster Management Act, 2005, it is expedient to extend the lockdown in the entire State of Maharashtra further till 28th February 2021."

The rules regarding all the restrictions and permitted activities have been extended till 28th February 2021.

#Unlock #Maharashtra

Mah CM publishes book on Maharashtra and Karnataka border tension


Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and NCP President Sharad Pawar today published a book "Maharashtra - Karnataka Seemawad : Sangharsha va Sankalp" written by Dr Deepak Pawar. The Marathi book based on tension prevailing in the parts of the border areas between Maharashtra and Karnataka runs into 530 pages.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister stated that why not declare these areas as a Union Territory till the time the matter is not resolved in the court. 

Mr Thackeray said that the government has resolved to bring an end to this tension and the areas under consideration are indeed a part of Maharashtra. He said that if the government cannot do it nobody else can do it.

The event witnessed the participation of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti, Maharashtra cabinet ministers Eknath Shinde and Chhagan Bhujbal, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar apart from others.

Bordering areas in Maharashtra and Karnataka have been areas of conflict since pre-Independence days. The issue first gained limelight in 1956 after Maharashtra and Karnataka were formed on the basis of linguistic re-organisation.

Maharashtra has staked claim over 865 villages in Karnataka, including Belgaum, Karwar, Nipani and other areas, and claimed that the majority of the population in these areas is Marathi-speaking.

The Maharashtra Chief Minister recently spoke of about incorporating the villages in Maharashtra to which Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa objected strongly.

#UddhavThackeray #Maharashtra #Karnataka



Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Government of India's premier research agency and Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (MAHA–METRO), a joint venture company of the GoI and Government of Maharashtra signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today through which DRDO will render technical support for the implementation of its advanced biodigester Mk-II technology for the treatment of human waste (night soil) in the metro rail network.

Dr AK Singh, Distinguished Scientist and Director General, Life Sciences, DRDO Headquarters, New Delhi, and Dr Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director, Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) exchanged the MoU on behalf of their organisations. The MoU was signed by Dr DK Dubey, Director DRDE, Gwalior and Atul Gadgil, Director, Maha-Metro Rail Corporation Limited, Pune.

DRDO's biodigester is an indigenous, green and cost-effective technology, with a rare distinction of having one of the largest numbers of DRDO-licensees (ToT holders).

Indian Railways has already installed about 2.40 lakh biodigesters in its fleet of passenger coaches. Now for MAHA-METRO, the technology has been revamped and further improved in a bid to save the water and space. 

A customized version of this MK-II Biodigester, suitable for treating human waste generated from houseboats in Dal Lake was successfully demonstrated by the DRDO to Jammu and Kashmir Administration. Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LWDA) of the Jammu and Kashmir Administration has initiated the process to procure 100 units of Mk-II Biodigesters for civil habitats around the Dal Lake so as to minimize water pollution. The implementation of Biodigester MK-II in Srinagar is being monitored by a committee of experts constituted by the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir under the Chairmanship of Dr E Sreedharan, former MD of DMRC. When fully implemented, this green technology will significantly reduce the Dal lake pollution.

This technology has been upgraded through improvements in the bio-degradation efficiency, design modification and addition of secondary treatment module. The new reactor is designed to provide more path length with increased biological reaction time, thereby enhancing the biodegradation efficiency of the system. This technology was primarily developed for the armed forces in high altitude Himalayan regions, including Leh-Ladakh and Siachen glacier.

#MAHAMETRO #Maharashtra #DRDO

India gets 100th Kisan Rail


Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the 100th Kisan Rail from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal on 28th of December 2020 via video conferencing. Union Ministers, Mr Narendra Singh Tomar and Mr Piyush Goyal were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister termed the Kisan Rail Service as a major step towards increasing the income of the farmers of the country. He expressed happiness that even during the Corona pandemic, 100 Kisan Rails were launched in the last 4 months. He said this service will bring a major change in the economy related to farming and will also increase the strength of the country's cold supply chain. He said no minimum quantity has been fixed to transport through Kisan Rail so that, even the smallest produce will be able to reach the big market properly at a low price.

The Prime Minister said the Kisan Rail project not only shows the commitment of the Government to serve the farmers but also serves as a proof of how fast our farmers are ready for new possibilities. He said farmers can now sell their crops in other states as well, in which farmers' rail (Kisan Rail) and agriculture flights (Krishi Udaan) have a big role. He said that Kisan Rail is a mobile cold storage to move perishable things like fruits, vegetables, milk, fish, etc., with complete security. "India always had a large railway network, even before independence. Cold storage technology was also available. Only now this strength is being harnessed properly through Kisan Rail," the Prime Minister added.

Perishable rail cargo centres are being constructed in the vicinity of railway stations where farmers can store their produce. The effort is to supply as many fruits and vegetables as possible to the household. Extra produce should reach the entrepreneurs engaged in the production of juice, pickle, sauce, chips etc., the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister remarked that the Government's priority is focussed on storage-linked infrastructure and processing industries associated with value addition in farming products. He said about 6,500 such projects have been approved under Mega Food Parks, Cold Chain Infrastructure and Agro Processing Cluster, under the PM Krishi Sampada Yojana. Rs 10,000 crore have been sanctioned for micro food processing industries under AatmaNirbhar Abhiyan package.

PM Modi said that it is the participation and support of the rural people, farmers and youth that makes the government's efforts successful. Farmer Recent reforms will lead to expansion of agribusiness and these groups will be the biggest beneficiaries. Private investment in agriculture will support the government's effort to help these groups.

#KisanRail #WestBengal #Maharashtra

Bajaj Auto signs MoU with Government of Maharashtra for proposed investment of Rs 650 crores


Leading two-wheeler and three-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Maharashtra to set up a manufacturing facility on a proposed investment of Rs 650 crores in Chakan, Maharashtra.  

The facility is expected to commence production in 2023. This facility will be utilised for manufacturing high-end KTM, Husqvarna and Triumph motorcycles as well as for electric vehicles starting with Chetak, an official release issued by the Auto major informed.

Under the arrangement, the Government of Maharashtra will facilitate Bajaj Auto in obtaining necessary permissions/ registrations/ approvals/ clearances/ fiscal incentives etc. from the concerned departments of the State, as per the existing policies / rules and regulations of the Government of Maharashtra.

The proposed investment further reinforces the commitment of Bajaj Auto to the State of Maharashtra where the journey began, the release stated.

#Maharashtra #Bajaj

COVID19: Maharashtra announces night curfew


Maharashtra has announced night curfew from 11 pm to 6 am till January 5 in major cities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus, reports say.

The decision is stated to have been taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to review the implementation of the preventive measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. The curfew will be in effect from tomorrow.

The curfew is said to have been imposed in view of the mutated strain of the virus that has emerged in the United Kingdom over the past few days. 

Considering the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the UK, the Government of India has also decided that all flights originating from the UK to India will be suspended till 31st December 2020.

#Maharashtra #COVID19 #NightCurfew