Hyderabad, June 11 (IANS) Flipkart, India's homegrown e-commerce marketplace, on Friday announced its partnership with the Telangana government to lead a consortium tasked with the development and execution of the drone deliveries of medical supplies to remote areas under the 'Medicines from the Sky' project.As part of the consortium, Flipkart will utilise learnings from its tech-enabled supply chain to deploy drones and enable deliveries of medical supplies. These efforts will be complemented with technologies such as geo mapping, routing of shipments and track and trace of location etc., developed by Flipkart over the years in serving millions of customers across the country, the e-commerce giant said.A combination of these technologies will then be used to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) deliveries in remote areas of the state where the road infrastructure is not conducive for fast delivery of vaccines.The pilot project, which is expected to be conducted for over six days, will be tested out for delivering thousands of vaccines while keeping in mind all the safety and efficiency parameters."The Covid-19 crisis has pushed the envelope in the rapid development of scalable and robust technologies and the Medicines from the Sky project is a testament to that. It is a decisive step in making use of cutting-edge technologies for the safety and wellbeing of the masses," Flipkart's Distinguished Product Manager, Pranav Saxena, said."We are proud to partner the Telangana government in leading the consortium by utilising our nuanced understanding of supply chain and technologies governing automated movement of shipments in fulfilling the dire needs of citizens across the state. This pilot will set the premise for the utilisation of drone systems in providing healthcare and product delivery in remote areas and even during disasters," he added.Telangana's Principal Secretary, IT and I&C, Jayesh Ranjan said Telangana has been a pioneer in using technology for improving the lives of the citizens. "Using drones to deliver healthcare supplies to people in remote and inaccessible areas is a one-of-a-kind initiative ever undertaken in our country and we are happy to lead this initiative in collaboration with partners such as Flipkart. This will go a long way in testing best-in-class technology solutions to tide over future crises," he said.The 'Medicines from the Sky' is a project conceived by the World Economic Forum and Healthnet Global Ltd that outlines the requirements for drone delivery and how to assess proposals. The Telangana government has adopted this framework to implement drones for last mile delivery and will integrate them into the state's healthcare supply chain.--IANSms/vd
Chandigarh, June 9 (IANS) Haryana State Legal Services Authority Executive Chairman, Justice Rajan Gupta, on Wednesday launched projects to create awareness about rights and benefits of the children who were orphaned amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.Justice Gupta emphasized the need of awareness as it is the only effective tool that can bring changes in the mindset towards social responsibilities and to fight the pandemic."Awareness has a great impact on our society in making it more sensible, responsible and reliable. With this view, the legal services authority has launched projects aiming maximum mass awareness and strengthening the legal services," he said.The projects included a short-animated clip on Covid mask etiquettes, "Corona Home Warriors", an awareness drive about children who lost their parents.Justice Gupta focused on the difficulties and challenges being faced by the legal services authorities in achieving the motto of "Access to justice for all".He asked authorities to ensure quality legal services through panel advocates by improving their selection process and identifying those advocates who are competent and have sense of commitment towards the legal aid work.Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan said all efforts would be made to reach each and every child who has lost his/her parents during the pandemic.Earlier, the legal services authority had carried out a project in which 24,911 people were vaccinated in association with the Health Department. Also in association with NGOs and jail authorities, 46,096 masks were prepared and 64,426 masks were distributed among the needy.--IANSvg/skp/
Chennai, June 3 (IANS) Vedanta Ltd on Thursday said it has commissioned an oxygen cylinder bottling plant at its copper smelter plant Sterlite Copper in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu.According to Vedanta, the Rs 11 crore plant has a capacity to bottle 400 medical grade oxygen cylinders per day."While our technology was so far focused on producing liquid oxygen, overseas technology providers have helped us implement processes to capture gaseous oxygen as well, which was so far being vented out as a byproduct," Vedanta said.Sterlite Copper has 1,050 ton per day (tpd) oxygen production capacity of which 200 tpd will be liquid oxygen and the balance is in gaseous form.The company had earlier said it has an infrastructure to transport 200-250 tpd medical oxygen to various hospitals.To utilise the balance capacity of the unit for the medical usage, Vedanta earlier said it was looking for business partners to study and provide a solution to transport 800 tpd oxygen which is available in gaseous form at 4.5 bar pressure to various hospitals in the state.Vedanta had started oxygen production at Sterlite Copper recently to supply to hospitals to meet the needs due to the spread of Covid-19 pandemic across the country.The Tamil Nadu government had ordered the closure of the copper smelter plant in 2018 following a violent protest that led to the death of 13 persons in police firing.The Supreme Court had allowed the company to operate its oxygen plant recently.The 400,000 tonne Sterlite copper smelter plant has been operating in Thoothukudi for over 25 years with a cumulative investment of about Rs 3,000 crore but was closed after the violence and opposition by locals.--IANSvj/in
Chennai, June 2 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has reiterated his request to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to hand over the vaccine plant of HLL Biotech Ltd near here to the state government .In a letter to Harsh Vardhan, a copy of which was released to the media here, Stalin said: "While I would like to reiterate our earlier request, I wish to highlight to you the urgency of the moment, given the need for immediate commencement of production."On the Central government's information to the state that the former would bring in a private partner on its own to operate the plant, Stalin said: "Irrespective of whether it is the Union government or the state government which is to find the partner to operationalise the plant, the need of the hour is to ensure that there is absolutely no further delay in the process."Stalin also told Harsh Vardhan that the state needs special allocation of 50 lakh doses of Covid vaccine, both though the government and non-government channels.Thanking Harsh Vardhan for the allotment of 25.84 lakh vaccine doses through the government of India channel and 16.74 lakh doses through the non-government channel, Stalin said the state be allotted vaccines at levels similar to the comparable states.--IANSvj/arm
New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) and BSE, along with other members in the financial fraternity have come forward to generate and amplify resources for setting up of an oxygen plant which will be placed at New Delhi-based Tirath Ram Shah Charitable Hospital (TRSCH).A joint statement said that the initiative has been titled, "Mission Oxygen -- TRSCH Achieves Freedom-74".The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the PHDCCI and the TRSCH hospital would provide for support of oxygen only to patients in general ward and those who cannot afford healthcare on a no-cost basis.While grappling with the second wave of Covid-19, there was a substantial demand from TRSCH for medical oxygen, Vijay Bhushan, Chair, Capital and Commodity Market Committee at PHDCCI made an appeal to BSE, corporates and individuals to raise funds for the initiative with PHDCCI as the main facilitator."I congratulate Vijay Bhushan and BSE for coming together for such a noble cause of setting up an oxygen plant at TRSCH, which will ensure continuous free supply of oxygen in the hospital and help save many lives in these crucial times of the pandemic," said Sanjay Aggarwal, President, PHDCCI.He added that the chamber has also undertaken the task of importing 10 oxygen plants, which shall be implanted, as donations, in various hospitals and nursing homes across India, added Aggarwal.Elaborating on the initiative, Vijay Bhushan, Chair, Capital and Commodity Market Committee, PHDCCI, said: "Freedom-74 signifies the aggregate contribution of Rs 74 lakh collected for Mission Oxygen-TRSCH for setting up of an oxygen plant. But more than this, we attained freedom in 1947 and 74 years later in 2021, TRSCH will achieve freedom from dependence on outside oxygen and will become 'Aatmanirbhar'."Ashishkumar Chauhan, Managing Director and CEO, BSE, said, "It gives us immense satisfaction to have been able to galvanise resources. BSE appeals to all its members to contribute to such causes so that we can provide help when necessary to our communities"BSE, Globe Capital Market Ltd, including other corporates and individuals have come forward for the common cause.--IANSrrb/sn/in
Bengaluru, May 31 (IANS) The Bengaluru civic body's much touted pilot project of aerial spraying in crowded areas has been halted. Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta said on Monday that the aerial spraying operations have been stopped for the time being after several environment and health experts raised concerns about its efficacy.The aerial spraying of disinfectants was to be taken up in two different parts of the city from Monday onwards for the next three days. The project has now been put on hold after environmental and health concerns were raised.Gupta told reporters that the civic body was studying the pros and cons of the project. "We will discuss with health and environment experts before relaunching this project," he said.He added that the BBMP needs to thoroughly study the negative ramifications of such spraying before going ahead with the project."The company approached us seeking permission for an experimental flight, which we allowed after due discussions at various levels. But after environmentalists and health experts raised questions about it, we will again hold detailed consultations with various stakeholders before arriving at a final decision. Until then this project is on hold," he said.He pointed out that the civic body had sprayed disinfectants using jetting machines and sprayers in the past.On Saturday, amid much fanfare Karnataka revenue minister, R. Ashoka had announced the aerial spraying project by Aerialworks Aero LLP as a means to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.Over three days, the aerial spraying of organic disinfectant was to be taken up in Shivajinagar and K. R. Market areas that are densely populated and have been the main commercial hubs for ages.While maintaining that the state government was not incurring any expense on this pilot project, Ashoka had claimed that the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board would study the efficacy of the initiative."The state government aims to extend this project across other parts of the city if this pilot project is found successful and feasible," the minister had said.On its part Aerialworks Aero LLP in its statement asserted that the solutions -- Airlens Minus Corona and Sugaradhana Organic Antimicrobial concentrate -- used in spraying were safe and had been certified as such by premier institutions like the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Union Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy (AYUSH)."The Airlens Minus Corona is a chemical-free, human safe, highly effective sanitisation system that uses just tap water and electricity to generate sanitisation solutions that can be used in public spaces, offices, hospitals, homes etc. Developed by PerSapien Innovations, a team of scientists and engineers from Stanford University, Indian Institute of Technology Institutes (IITs) and All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the technology is tested and verified by the ICMR," the statement said.The statement added that it was a novel innovation that is safer, better and more effective against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens."Sugaradhana Organic Antimicrobial concentrate is developed with the power of Ayurveda. Proven effective against bacteria, fungus and viruses in lab and on field. It is the only disinfectant that's 100 per cent skin safe with no side effects. It will reduce the contamination and spread in the air itself. Already tested to arrest Covid-19 spread in sprayed areas," the statement claimed.--IANSnbh/bg
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