EAM Vaccine to Mauritius

Foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar hands over 1 lakh additional doses of commercially procured COVID vaccines to Mauritius

External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar today handed over one lakh additional doses of commercially procured Made in India COVID vaccines to Mauritius. India had earlier sent one lakh doses of Made in India COVID-19 vaccines to the island nation. Dr Jaishankar began his Mauritius visit with a meeting with his counterpart Alan Ganoo today. 

In a series of tweets, Dr Jaishankar said, they reviewed the bilateral relations and successful development partnership between the two countries. He reiterated that India will be a ready partner in Mauritius’ economic recovery and revival efforts.

The Minister also met Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth and conveyed the greetings from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dr Jaishankar and Mr Jugnauth held comprehensive discussions on the status of implementation of various infrastructure projects. The Minister appreciated the efficiency of the Mauritius side in taking them forward.

Dr Jaishankar said in a statement that Mauritius is one of the few ‘COVID safe’ countries in the world. He congratulated the Mauritius Prime Minister and his team for commendably managing the COVID-19 pandemic through timely and decisive measures.

A special 100 million-US Dollar Defence Line of Credit has also been signed today which will enable the procurement of defence assets from India as per the needs of Mauritius.


6th Agri-Talks

Evidently farmers talk inconclusive because Govt will prepare a draft & give us. They said that they’ll consult the states too. Discussions were held on MSP too but we said that we should also take up laws & talk about their roll back. Bharat Bandh (on 8th Dec)to go on as announced: Rakesh Tikait, Bharatiya Kisan Union

Congress and the Telangana Rashtra Samiti on Sunday extended support to the December 8 ‘Bharat bandh’ call by various farmers’ organisations against the Centre’s new farm laws.

Farmers continue to hold a sit-in protest at Singhu (Haryana-Delhi border) against the Centre’s #FarmLaws which dilutes farmers option of seeking various option of getting best prices for their crops.

On eleventh days of farmer protest the talks appear agreeing in words but fails to take shape contentious to put on papers .

Head-Tail both are for government, I think farmers should think how this is being politicised and not get lured by the ones who are trying to score political benefits: Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Kailash Choudhary

Sixth round of talks between farmer unions and the Central government is scheduled to take place on December 9.

5th round of talks between Central govt. and farmers concludes; Next meeting to be held on Wednesday

Across states union of several farmer hold a meeting near Singhu border (Haryana-Delhi border) as their protest against the farm laws enters Day 11. Sixth round of talks between farmer unions and the Central government is scheduled to take place on December 9.

The next and 6th round of meetings between the Central Government and representatives of farmers’ Union will be held on 9th of December. The  Centre today held the 5th round of talks with representatives of farmers’ Unions to address the issues concerning them at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. 

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has reassured the farmers’ Unions that the system of Minimum Support Price, MSP will continue and there is no threat to it. He said, it is baseless to create doubt over this. 

Mr Tomar said that the Agricultural Produce Market Committee, APMC Act is related to the State and neither it is the intention of the  government  to affect the mandis in the States, nor are they affected by the law. He said, the Central government is ready to do anything in its power to further strengthen APMC Act and if anyone has any misconception regarding APMCs, then it is absolutely ready to resolve it. 

The Agriculture Minister said, they have  told the farmers that the government will consider all their aspects. He said, during the meeting, they have requested the farmers’ Unions to send elderly and children back home in wake of Covid-19 situation and cold weather conditions.

The Agriculture Minister reassured the farmers’ Unions that the Narendra Modi government is fully committed to the interest of  farmers and will remain so in future. He said, in the last six years, major reforms have been undertaken under the leadership of Mr Modi  in the agriculture sector. 

He said, several agricultural schemes have been implemented, income of farmers has been increased, agricultural budget and MSP has also been raised. He said, the government is ready to hold talks with the farmers to resolve their issues. He appealed to the protesting farmers to end their protest.

Students from Delhi University (DU) gather at Singhu border in support of farmers who are protesting against farm laws. “During the day we make posters to motivate ppl & later serve food. Farmers aren’t happy with the bills& we support them,”says Rahul Jaina, a DU student

Punjabi singers perform at Singhu border to express solidarity with protesting farmers. Several singers including Diljit Dosanjh, Gurshabad Singh Kular & Harf Cheema were seen. “We’re boosting the morale of farmers through our songs.,“ says singer Gurshabad S Kular.

TRS President Hon’ble Shri KCR garu calls for all party cadre and leaders to participate in wide numbers standing in strength and solidarity for the Nationwide Bandh call given by Farmers on December 8th KCR WithFarmers BharatBandh


Hayabusa2 back Earth

This is actually the #Hayabusa2 return capsule after it’s return to earth. Retrieved capsule contain two samples from the Ryugu asteroid, including the first subsurface asteroid sample ever collected. Scientists believe that organic matter and water existed on the asteroid when the solar system was created around 4.6 billion years ago.

Space scientists believe study of primordial material believed to be contained in the samples will help give inquisitive question more study further research into the origins of life on Earth and the evolution of the solar system.

Japanese space agency said it retrieved from the Australian desert on Sunday a tiny capsule returned to Earth from its Hayabusa2 space probe, hoping it has safely transported samples from the Ryugu asteroid that could help explain the origins of life.

The capsule appeared as a bright fireball lasting several dozen seconds as it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere before dawn, its protective heat shield glowing as it reached temperatures of approximately 3,000 C.

Today (12/6) at 08:03 JST, the helicopter carrying the capsule arrived at local headquarters and the capsule was brought inside the building.

A capsule containing fragments of asteroid “#Ryugu” about 300 million kilometres away from earth lands in Woomera, Australia after it was released from Japanese spacecraft. Capsule from #Hayabusa2 will be taken to Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s lab in Sagamihara, Tokyo.

#Hayabusa2 capsule fireball crosses the sky headed for the Woomera Prohibited Area reports Australia space agency.

A capsule containing fragments of asteroid “#Ryugu” about 300 million kilometres away from earth lands in Woomera, Australia after it was released from Japanese spacecraft. Capsule from #Hayabusa2 will be taken to Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s lab in Sagamihara, Tokyo


WHO: Covax Supply Vaccine Dose

WHO hopes to have half a billion vaccine doses via COVAX scheme in first-quarter 2021

The World Health Organization hopes to have half a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines available for distribution by the global COVAX initiative in the first quarter of 2021, Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan told a Geneva news conference, yesterday.

To date 189 countries have joined the COVAX programme, which is backed by the WHO and seeks to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines. The United States is not among them, having secured bilateral deals. The initial COVAX plan is to vaccinate 20% of populations at highest risk, including health workers and people aged over 65.

Soumya Swaminathan said that the goal is to get at least 2 billion doses by the end of 2021 which will be enough to vaccinate 20% of the populations of countries that are part of COVAX. This would be enough to bring to an end the acute phase of the pandemic by reducing mortality and the impact on health systems, she said.

WHO hopes that in the first quarter of 2021, about half a billion doses would be available to be distributed across the countries, in a fair manner, Swaminathan said. Towards the end of the first quarter of 2021, some countries can start expecting doses. It is likely that a few countries may start earlier, she said without elaborating.

COVAX is co-led by the GAVI vaccines alliance, the WHO and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).


Austria Ex FM Jailed

Karl-Heinz Grasser former FM Austria jailed for eight year, Former Austrian finance minister Karl-Heinz Grasser sentenced to 8 years for corruption at the end of a 12 year lawsuit.

Former finance minister Grasser jailed for corruption.Former Austrian finance minister has been sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in a high-profile corruption scandal.

Karl-Heinz Grasser was found guilty on Friday of embezzlement, receiving bribes and falsification of evidence in a deal to sell thousands of publicly owned apartments.

The court in Vienna said Grasser was involved in kickbacks of more than €9 million (£8.1m). He denies wrongdoing and will appeal.

Fourteen defendants faced multiple charges included money laundering, fraud and falsifying evidence.

The court said Grasser and a middleman passed on information about a bid during a scheme to privatise 60,000 apartments, which in turn enabled a rival to put in a slightly higher winning bid.

A consortium purchased the apartments for €961 million, three years later, they were valued at double that amount.

According to the court, the winning bidders paid one per cent of the purchase price, €9.6 million, to ex-Freedom Party of Austria General Secretary Walter Meischberger and lobbyist Peter Hochegger. Both men were also handed prison sentences .


Big Relief to Footwears

05th December, 2020


The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) today expressed its gratitude to Union Commerce Minister Shri Piyush Goyal for accepting the demand of CAIT for extension of last date for compliance of BIS standards by the footwear sector of the Country. In compliance of the order of Shri Goyal, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, has issued three gazette notifications yesterday late night amending three important Notifications pertaining to Footwear trade and Industry which are , ” Personal Protective Equipment-Footwear (Quality Control) Order , 2020, Footwear made from Leather and  other materials (Quality Control) Order,2020 and Footwear made from  Rubber and all polymeric material and its components (quality Control) Order,2020 ” With three above notifications the applicability of compliance with BIS Standards by Footwear Trade & Industry   has been extended to 1st July,2021.

CAIT National President Mr. B.C.Bhartia & Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal said that the said three notifications issued yesterday amend the  earlier order issued on 28th October,2020 ,Goods or articles specified in above orders were made to bear compulsory the Standards mark under a licence from the Bureau as per schedule of Bureau of Indian Standards ( Conformity Assessments ) Regulations,2018 effective from 29th October,2020.

India is the second largest global producer of footwear after China, accounting for 13% of global footwear production of 16 billion pairs. India produces 2065 million pairs of different categories of footwear (leather footwear – 909 million pairs, leather shoe uppers – 100 million pairs and non-leather footwear – 1056 million pairs).India exports about 115 million pairs. The India’s footwear industry is still dominated by firms that cater largely to the domestic market through the artisanal production system whereas the BIS standards prescribe usage of certain standards and for that the manufacturing units have to be upgraded. Domestic Footwear Industry in India is valued at approximately US$ 3200 million, projected growth at 11 – 12% p.a.

Mr. Bhartia & Mr. Khandelwal said that since the footwear trade & industry was not having the capacities and capabilities and  other required facilities to comply with the BIS Standards and upon requests and memorandum of various Footwear Associations across Country, the CAIT took the matter with Union Commerce Minister Shri Piyush Goyal to extend the date to a reasonable time to enable the footwear manufacturers and traders to equip themselves with required facilities for compliance of BIS Standards, the DPIIT has issued another notification of date 4th December,2020, the date has been extended to 1st July,2021.  With this step of the Government and during the time in between,  the footwear trade and industry in India will make itself capable of producing high standards quality goods which will also enhance the exports of footwear to other Countries.

Both Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal said that the CAIT will actively work with pan India Associations of Footwear Manufacturers and Traders and will support them to set up dedicated Footwear Complex and Footwear Components Part in places where footwear clusters are located across the Country. The CAIT will also provide its assistance in procurement of required machinery, technical know-how, footwear designing centres and setting up of  testing laboratories and if need arises, the CAIT will also seek support from the Government. 


WHO:Malaria India Mitigated

India continues to make impressive gains in reduction of malaria burden: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said India continues to make impressive gains in reduction of malaria burden. According to World Malaria Report 2020 released by WHO, India is the only high endemic country which has reported a decline of 17.6 percent in 2019 as compared to 2018. The Annual Parasitic Incidence reduced by 27.6 percent in 2018 compared to 2017 and by 18.4 percent in 2019 as compared to 2018.

India has also contributed to the largest drop in cases region-wide, from approximately 20 million to about 6 million. The percentage drop in the malaria cases was 71.8 percent and deaths was 73.9 percent between 2000 to 2019.

India achieved a reduction of 83.34 percent in malaria morbidity and 92 percent in malaria mortality between the year 2000 and 2019.

Malaria elimination efforts were initiated in the country in 2015 and were intensified after the launch of National Framework for Malaria Elimination in 2016 by the Health Ministry. National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination was launched by the Health Ministry in July, 2017 which laid down strategies for the next five years.


The Science of Mind Management

Invitation to Join AIMA YLC Session on “The Science of Mind Management”| Friday, 11th Dec at 5 pm

Dr Raj AgrawalTo

4 Dec at 4:15 pm

Dear Sir/Madam,

Win a copy of Book : The science of Mind Management!

Please share your 3 best ways in which get your mind out of negative set to a positive frame :

Best answer will be selected by the author.

Join us for the YLC session on: “The Science of Mind Management”

Date: Friday, 11th  December

Time: 5 pm to 6 pm

Speaker: Swami Mukundananda Ji – Global spiritual leader. Authority on mind management.

                IIT & IIM alumnus.

Moderator: Kartik Sharma – Director Agnitio & YLC Events Chair                  

Below is the link to join the session:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 831 8003 9144

Passcode: 475267

The session will be streamed live on the AIMA YLC YouTube page:

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The Q&A will be done through chat; participants will post their questions in the chat window to any speaker or all. Speakers will view the Questions in Chat Window and respond.

Please try to join the session by at least 5-10 minutes prior – by 04:50 pm. Please note that the meeting will get auto locked 15 minutes after the session starts. You may not be able to join after the meeting is locked.

Please do let me know if you are joining the session.

Please confirm your participation on at the earliest.

We look forward to your participation.

Warm regards,

Dr Raj Agrawal


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Finland in Defense Int-Skill

Minister of Defence, Mr. Antti Kaikkonen, decided on Finland’s participation in international training and exercises in 2021

Ministry of Defence  4.12.202016.00PRESS RELEASE

International training and exercises have become increasingly important in the development of the skills and competences required in the tasks of the Finnish Defence Forces. Closer defence cooperation has also influenced the goals and scenarios of international training and exercises, as well as the scope of the exercises.

The participation of the Finnish Defence Forces in international training and exercises in 2021 reflects, for its part, intensified defence cooperation and continues the long-term participation in international training and exercise cooperation. The evolving cooperation with Sweden, the United States and NATO will naturally influence the content of participation in international training and exercises. The Finnish Defence Forces focus on demanding international exercises and exercises in which the provision and reception of military assistance are practised.

Next year, the most important exercises will be part of Nordic cooperation and bilateral and multilateral cooperation with Sweden and the United States. Training and exercises related to them will be organised during the spring and early summer in Sweden, Norway and Finland.The plan for 2021 includes 60 training and exercise events (71 in 2020) for 2021, with a cost of approximately EUR 4.0 million (EUR 7.9 million in 2020). More information on Finland’s participation in international training cooperation and examples of international exercises in 2021 on the Ministry of Defence website.


Joe:Surgeon Vivek Murthy

Joe Biden picks Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

US President-elect Joe Biden has selected two former Obama administration officials for senior roles to help fight COVID-19, including the appointment of Jeff Zients as White House coronavirus coordinator.

Biden adviser Vivek Murthy will return to his role as Surgeon General but with a broader portfolio as the pandemic rages through the country.

Dealing with the virus that has killed more than 274,000 Americans as well as the economic fallout from the crisis is one of Biden’s top priorities once he takes office on Jan. 20. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a co-chair of Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board, will play a key role in the incoming administration’s pandemic response, focused on disparities.

Current White House coronavirus task force member Anthony Fauci, the top US government infectious diseases expert, was scheduled to have his first substantive talks with the new administration Today. Fauci told media he expected to have a comprehensive discussion with members of Biden’s team working to establish priorities and ensure a smooth transition on Inauguration Day.