CM unveils schemes for Bihar worth Rs 602 crore
Chief minister Nitish Kumar launched different projects of rural development department (RDD) and urban development & housing department (UDHD) worth Rs602.58 crore through videoconferencing.
The CM also transferred Rs273.56 crore in the bank accounts of 13.68 lakh registered construction sector workers through direct benefit transfer (DBT). An amount of Rs2,000 per worker was provided under the state government’s Covid-19 Special Assistance Grant Scheme to help them.
Out of the total 602.58 crore, RDD projects were worth Rs347.37 crore. The CM inaugurated 97,525 completed projects under the state government’s ‘Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali Abhiyan’. The projects included the renovation of 6,097 ponds, ahars or pynes and construction of 85,233 soak pit structures around the public handpumps and wells, 1,701 check dams along small rivers and rivulets, rainwater harvesting structures in 1,328 government buildings and 3,166 community sanitation centres.
The 298 projects of the UDHD launched are worth Rs255.21 crore. Nitish launched the commencement of work for the Integrated Command and Control Centre and e-governance based smart city solution under the Biharsharif Smart City project. This project will cost Rs102.94 crore.
World Rabies Day: 28 September
World Rabies Day is observed globally on 28th September every year.
This day is observed to raise awareness about the impact of rabies on humans and animals, provide information and advice on how to prevent the disease and take efforts to control rabies.
The day also marks the death anniversary of the French chemist and microbiologist, Louis Pasteur’, who developed the first rabies vaccine.
2020 theme : ‘End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate’.
Various tourism activities restarts in A&N Islands
In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, various tourism activities will restarted after a gap of six months.
The beaches located in South Andaman district open for the general. However, timings have been fixed from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Light and sound show at Cellular Jail and Museums will also be restarted.
Tourism activities including water sports, boat rides outside containment zones will be conducted as per the government SOPs.
Boats will be allowed to carry only 50 per cent passengers of their total capacity.
Nation pays homage to revolutionary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh on his 113th birth anniversary
Nation pays homage to the revolutionary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh on his 113th birth anniversary.
It was on this day in 1907, Bhagat Singh was born in Banga village of Lyallpur district of undivided Punjab province.
He fought against British rule for the country’s independence and was hanged in Lahore jail at the age of 23, along with Rajguru and Sukhdev.
Bhagat was a prominent member of the HRA and was probably responsible, in large part, for its change of name to HSRA in 1928.
He was involved in the fatal shooting of British police officer John Saunders and in the bombing of the Central Legislative Assembly in 1929 in New Delhi along with his associates.
Govt committed to increase public healthcare spending from existing 1.15% of GDP to 2.5 % by 2025
Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the government is committed to increase the public healthcare spending from the existing 1.15 per cent of the GDP to 2.5 per cent by 2025.
He added that the 15th Finance Commission’s high-level group on health has concurred that healthcare spending must be raised substantially in the next five years in view of the present pandemic.
The minister informed that the National Health Policy 2017 envisages increasing the public health expenditure to 2.5 percent of the GDP by 2025.
The policy recommends that State governments should spend more than 8 percent of their budget on the health sector by 2020.
Project for conservation of dolphins soon
Ten years after Gangetic Dolphins were declared national aquatic animals, Government announced a conservation project for the species.
The ‘Project Dolphin’ aims to give a stronger impetus for conservation of the aquatic mammals in the lines of ‘Project Tiger’ and ‘Project Elephant’.
The project envisages to address conservation concerns and empower the stakeholders such as the river-dependent population in reducing the pollution and allowing sustainable fishery and river-based other livelihood options through scientifically oriented conservation methods.
The Gangetic river dolphin is a species of freshwater dolphins primarily found in the Ganga and Brahmaputra rivers and their tributaries in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
In India, these dolphins are sighted in long deep river reaches in Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
There are around ,3700 Gangetic River Dolphins in Indian river systems, according to official figures.
As river dolphins act as indicators of healthy river ecosystems, their conservation would also ensure controlling river pollution and improving the availability of fishes and enhancing economies of local communities through sustainable fishery, the ministry said. They were declared National Aquatic Species in 2010.
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