18 th Meet Prosecutors SCO

India participates in 18th meeting of Prosecutors General of SCO via video conference

AIR PicsIndia today participated in 18th meeting of Prosecutors General of SCO via video conference.

Representing India, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said India has zero tolerance to corruption and black money.

He also highlighted government’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, saying it has expanded India’s financial architecture.

AIR Beijing Correspondent reports,  India is keeping its engagements up at SCO.

Today’s meeting of Prosecutors, agreed to strengthen cooperation in preventing and combating corruption, mutual legal assistance and exchange of regulatory legal acts.

India will host the next meeting of Prosecutors General in 2021. SCO Law ministers met last week and SCO Trade Ministers will meet next week.

The eight member bloc will meet for this year’s SCO Council of Heads of Govt on 30th Nov which will be hosted by India.

Pompeo to visit Sri Lanka, Maldives

Mike Pompeo to visit Sri Lanka, Maldives as Washington seeks to counter China’s growing influence

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Sri Lanka and the Maldives this month, officials of both Indian Ocean nations said yesterday, as Washington seeks to counter China’s growing influence in the region.

Pompeo will hold two-way talks in Colombo on Oct. 28, a spokesman for Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said, but gave no details.

Pompeo was likely to stop in the Maldives’ capital of Male for several hours on the same day. The Maldives foreign ministry said in a statement that incoming visits of official foreign delegations will be announced once a visit is scheduled and confirmed. 

WHO Global Covid

Number of COVID-19 cases crosses 40.11 million worldwide: WHO

According to WHO data, the number of infected cases has crossed 40.11 million worldwide.

WHO Chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus has said that 184 countries have now joined the COVAX facility.

While addressing the media in Geneva yesterday, he said, this facility aims to finance COVID-19 vaccines to be distributed fairly to both rich and poor countrie

World Statistics Day

World Statistics Day celebrated across globe

The World Statistics Day is being celebrated around the globe today, with the theme “Connecting the world with data we can trust”.

This theme reflects on the importance of trust, authoritative data, innovation and the public good in national statistical systems.

On the occasion, UN Chief Antonio Guterres said that current and reliable data are key to understanding our changing world.

He said, COVID19 has elevated the importance of data to save lives and recover better.

WHO:Covax for All

184 countries have joined COVAX facility: WHO

World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that 184 countries have now joined the COVAX facility. 

While addressing the media briefing on COVID-19 in Geneva yesterday, he said, this aims to finance COVID-19 vaccines to be distributed fairly to both rich and poor countries.

The Director General said, the COVID cases are accelerating as the northern hemisphere enters winter, particularly in Europe and North America. So it’s important that all governments should focus on the fundamentals that help to break the chains of transmission and save both lives and livelihoods.  

All governments should focus on active case finding, cluster investigations, isolating all cases, quarantining contacts, ensuring good clinical care, supporting and protecting health workers and protecting the vulnerable.

Mr. Ghebreyesus said, physical distancing, mask wearing, hand hygiene, coughing safely, avoiding crowds and open windows and ensure good ventilation with non-recirculating air are some of the precautions to be followed with utmost care.

India, Vietnam Business Forum

India, Vietnam Business Forum held virtually.

The India Vietnam Business Forum was organised virtually today.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary (East), External Affairs Ministry, Riva Ganguly Das reaffirmed the growing bilateral trade and investment ties between India and Vietnam.

She said, trade between India and Vietnam has grown steadily and presently stands at 12.34 billion dollars in 2019-20.  

Export basket from India to Vietnam includes bovine meat, fishery products, corn, steel, pharmaceuticals, cotton, machinery while imports from Vietnam include mobile phones, electrical machinery and equipment, computers, electronic hardware, natural rubber, chemicals, and coffee.

The Secretary said, the bilateral trade turnover is still not commensurate with the levels of economic development and more needs to be done to broaden and intensify the trade relations to achieve its full potential.

Combat Covid Cleanly

PM Modi urges people not to lower guard till there is vaccine for Coronavirus.

“In India too we are working on COVID-19 vaccine, some are in advanced stage. And as and when it comes, we are working on a plan to reach every household as fast as we can,” he adds.

He quotes Ramcharitmanas, stating that the book warns that one’s enemy and deadly diseases should not be taken lightly.

PM Modi’s speech, Salient Features

We must keep in mind that the lockdown may have ended but the virus is still there.

COVID-19 fatality rate in India is 83 for one million population, while the figure is more than 600 in countries like U.S., Brazil and Spain.

This is not the time to be careless or to believe that COVID-19 has ended.

Of late many people have stopped taking precautions, this is not right.

If you are careless and moving around without mask, you are putting yourself, children and the elderly at risk.

Govt is making all efforts to ensure that COVID-19 vaccine, whenever it is launched, reaches every Indian.

Media personnel, people on social media should campaign and spread public awareness for following COVID-19 guidelines.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged people not to be complacent till there is a vaccine for the virus. 

In his seventh address to the nation in last seven months, Mr Modi said, in the fight against corona, people of India have come a long way from Janta curfew till today. 

He said,  till the vaccine of this pandemic comes out, the  fight against Corona should not be weakened . 

Prime minister reminded people not to forget that even though the lockdown is gone, the virus has not gone yet. 

Mr Modi thanked doctors, nurses, health workers those who are selflessly serving such a large population. 

He appealed all should remain during the festival celebrations.

The Prime Minister said, compared to world, India is saving more lives. 

He said, more than 90 lakhs bed, 12 thousand quarantine centres and two thousand covid labs are available in the country.

The Prime Minister said, India is succeeding in saving the lives of more and more of its citizens than the resource-rich countries of the world. 

The growing number of tests has been a major strength in the fight against the COVID pandemic. 

Mr Modi said country’s mortality is low and recovery rate is good. 

He also said effort will be to ensure Covid vaccine reaches all. 

Prime Minister also appealed to media to spread awareness.

PM:India Covid Vaccines 3rd stage

India is at forefront of vaccine development for coronavirus says PM.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India is now at the forefront of vaccine development for COVID-19.

Mr Modi said, more than 30 indigenous vaccines are being developed in the country and three of them are in an advanced stage. He asserted that India is already working on putting a well-established vaccine delivery system in place. 

Prime Minister was delivering the virtual keynote address at the inaugural function of Grand Challenges Annual Meeting (GCAM) 2020 yesterday evening. Mr Modi said, this digitised network along with digital health ID will be used to ensure immunisation of the citizens. He said, thanks to a people powered and people driven approach, India kept its COVID-19 death rate very low. The Prime Minister said, today, India is witnessing a decline in the number of cases per day and the growth rate of cases. He said, India has one of the highest recovery rates of 88 percent. 

Mr Modi said, it happened because, India was one of the first countries to adopt a flexible lockdown when the total cases were just a few hundred. He said, India was one of the first to encourage the usage of masks and it also actively began to work on effective contact-tracing. He added that India was one of the earliest to deploy the rapid antigen tests. Mr Modi said, India has also innovated CRISPR gene editing technology.

He said, beyond Covid too, India is known for its proven capacity to produce quality medicines and vaccines at low cost. The Prime Minister emphasized that more than 60 percent of the Vaccines for Global Immunisation are being manufactured in India. Mr Modi said, we included Indigenous Rotavirus Vaccine in the Indradhanush Immunisation programme. He said, this is a successful example of a strong partnership or for long lasting results. Mr Modi said, the Gates Foundation has also been a part of this particular effort. The Prime Minister said, with India’s experience and research talent, we will be at the centre of global healthcare efforts and we want to help other nations enhance their capacities in these sectors.

Mr Modi said, the future will be shaped by societies that invest in science and innovation. He said, but, this cannot be done in a short-sighted manner so therefore one has to invest in science and innovation well in advance to reap benefits at the right time. The Prime Minister said, the journey to these innovations must be shaped by collaboration and public participation. 

Mr Modi said, science will never prosper in silos and the Grand Challenges Programme has understood this ethos well. He said, India has a strong and vibrant scientific community and there is also good scientific institutions which have been India’s greatest assets, especially during the last few months, while fighting COVID-19. Mr Modi said, from containment to capacity building, they have achieved wonders.

Prime Minister stressed that Government is setting up more medical colleges especially in rural areas and it will ensure more opportunities for the youth and will bring better healthcare to the villages. Mr Modi said, Government of India is running the world’s largest health insurance scheme and ensuring access to everyone. The Prime Minister said, sanitation, improved cleanliness and more toilet coverage have helped the poor and under-privileged and also lead to a reduction in diseases. He said, Government is now ensuring that each household gets piped drinking water and it will further ensure disease reduction.

The three-day brainstorming programme will feature leaders talks, panel discussions and virtual informal conversations on various topics. These topics will range from scientific interventions for fighting the pandemic, managing the pandemic and accelerating the development and implementation of global solutions to combat present pandemic and prevent future one.

The Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2020 is being co-hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, the Indian Council of Medical Research and NITI Aayog, along with the Grand Challenges Canada, the United States Agency for International Development and Wellcome. 

Alaska 7.5M Quake

19 Oct 2020 20:54:40 UTC

19 Oct 2020 12:54:40 near epicenter 20 Oct 2020 00:54:40 standard time in your timezone.

91.7 km (56.9 mi) SE of Sand Point, Alaska

929.9 km (576.5 mi) SW of Anchorage, Alaska

950.4 km (589.3 mi) SW of Eagle River, Alaska

964.9 km (598.2 mi) SSW of Knik-Fairview, Alaska

1597.5 km (990.5 mi) WSW of Juneau, Alaska

Depth 40 KM

Location: 54.662N 159.675W

A high intensity earthquake off the coast of Alaska. 7.5M quake.

Tsunami Warning triggered for the Aleutian Islands

National Weather Service monitoring chance of tsunami warning for West Coast after 7.5M Alaska quake.

DONER Invite UK Trade

Centre invites British govt to exploit huge business potential in North East

DrJitendraSinghMinister for Development of North Eastern Region (DONER) Dr Jitendra Singh has invited the British Government and the private sector for exploiting huge business potential in North Eastern Region of India. In a virtual meeting with officials of British High Commission, Dr Singh said, India and the UK, the two vibrant democracies enjoy a mutually rewarding business relationship and can work together in exploring and exploiting new opportunities in the North Eastern Region.

He said that new paradigms will emerge post-COVID, with a potential for new breakthroughs in economy, trade, scientific research and several other diverse areas in the region and it will be a win-win proposition for both India and UK. Dr  Singh also welcomed the British Council proposal for collaboration in the Education Sector for teaching Science and Mathematics in all the 8 States of the region and an MoU will be signed soon with North Eastern Council to take the collaboration to a new high. The Council also expressed willingness to work with Universities and Tech institutes of the region, mainly IIT Guwahati.

British officials have greatly appreciated the handicrafts, fruits, vegetables and spices in the North Eastern States and expressed their willingness to brand them and sell the same in global market. They said that Britain is a pioneer in Agri-Tech and could explore setting up cold chains in the region on the lines of what they did in Haryana for processing of food products