<br>Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif on Wednesday announced a Covid-Free Village Competition with fat cash prizes to be implemented across the state soon."If the villages become free from the coronavirus, then the talukas, districts, regions, and the entire state will be rid of the scourge as soon as possible, with the participation of the common people," he said.The competition comes close on the heels of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray last week lavishing praises on villages that had virtually "barred the gates" on the coronavirus by taking strict initiatives at the local level and setting a national example.The villages include: Hivare Bazaar where the initiative was inspired by Padma Shri awardee Popatrao Pawar, and Bhoyare Khurd (both in Ahmednagar district), Bhosi in Nanded which earned the Centre's laurels, and Antroli and Ghatane villages, both in Solapur district.Incidentally, 21-year-old educated youth head the two villages - Komal Karpe, a botanist, is the Sarpanch of Antroli and lawyer Ruturaj Deshmukh of Ghatane.Both shot to overnight fame after their efforts to make their respective villages Corona-free earned a mention from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Thackeray just last week.The competition shall be held in all the six revenue divisions of the state with top three prizes for each division - Rs 50 lakh, Rs 25 lakh, and Rs 15 lakh - to the villages coming out with flying colours in controlling the Covid-19 contagion, now compounded by the black fungus menace that is rearing its head in the state."We shall be giving away a total of 18 first, second, and third prizes in each division and the amount would be Rs 5.40 crore. This amount will be spent by the winner villages for carrying out various development and other works in their vicinity," Mushrif said.Additionally, these winning villages which perform well in making their regions Covid-free shall also be entitled to additional funds of Rs 50 lakh, Rs 25 lakh, and Rs 15 lakh each, as incentives and the money would be used for priority development projects.Mushrif said that villages shall be judged on the basis of 22 different criteria by a special committee of experts, the details of which will be announced shortly and appealed to all villages to participate in the competition to make their areas 'Covid-free'.Here he recalled the contribution of former Deputy Chief Minister, the late R. R. Patil of Sangli who launched the "Sant Gadge Baba Clean Village Mission" in 2010, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi.On October 2, 2014, PM Modi himself picked up a broom to launch the 'Swachha Bharat Mission' nationwide which was dedicated to Gandhiji.Mushrif said that Patil's SGBCVM had created a feeling of determination and envy among the villages which vied with each other to adopt cleanliness as a way of life, and he hoped the same would be achieved with the upcoming 'Covid-free Village Competition' in the state as the state grapples with the deadlier second wave of coronavirus.Till date, Maharashtra has recorded 57,61,015 Covid cases and 96,198 fatalities - both highest in the country - besides 230,681 active cases, and the scourge is now affecting the rural areas more than the urban centres, as per official data.(Quaid Najmi can be contacted at [email protected])--IANS<br>qn/vd
Chennai, May 17 (IANS) A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Arappor Iyakkam, on Monday urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K.Stalin to go for e-tender for procurement of 2.11 crore corona relief grocery kits to save hundreds of crore and also enable more bidders to participate.In a letter to Stalin, Arappor Iyakkam's Convenor Jayaram Venkatesan said this short tender is worth close to Rs. 837 crores as per Ration Department's estimate based on retail price of Amutham Departmental Stores belonging to Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation.Venkatesan said since it is being procured at wholesale, the procurement needs to happen at 10 to 20 per cent less than the retail rate which is the wholesale rate. This would come to around Rs. 670 crore to Rs. 753 crore for 2.11 crore kits.The DMK government headed by Stalin had announced supply of corona relief grocery kit containing 13 grocery items including wheat, salt, rava, sugar, urud dal, Tamarind, Bengal gram dal, mustard, cumin, turmeric powder, chilli powder, bathing soap and washing soap.According to Venkatesan, the short tender has not been announced as a e-tender and instead as a manual tender paving way for restricting competition and paving way for fixing the tender in favour of one supplier."The tender mentions that the person participating in the tender shall at least provide 30 per cent of the quantity. This means there are at the maximum going to be 3 big firms that are going to be supplying this huge order," Vekatesan said.Requesting Stalin to cancel the corona relief kit tender Venkatesan said the same should be refloated district wise for all 38 districts through e-tender process immediately.The Arappor Iyakkam has also suggested changing the minimum offered quantity to 20 per cent instead of 30 per cent so that there will be more competition, say about 190 small and medium traders and manufacturers."Secondly, we request that the clause of experience in supplying to Government/Quasi Government be changed to Government/Quasi Government/ Private as well," Venkatesan told Stalin.According to Venkatesan, between 2007 to 2014, the tender conditions facilitated participation of even new/small-scale bidders.Bidders who did not meet the prior experience and turnover requirements can participate/qualify by paying an additional security deposit of five per cent of the total value of the ordered quantity.However, such conditions were removed to favour one supplier, Venkatesan alleged.--IANSvj/in
New York, An analysis of writing patterns may help spot early signs of Alzheimer's disease years before the onset of the symptoms, says a new study by IBM researchers.
In the study published in The Lancet EclinicalMedicine, the researchers found that older adults who were more repetitive in word usage, made spelling errors, and missed words like "the," "is" and "are" even when they were cognitively normal were more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease later.
The study involved a group of 80 men and women in their 80s, The New York Times reported on Monday.
They were participants in the Framingham Heart Study, a multi-generational study initiated in 1948 that has spurred thousands of health studies.
As part of it, they took a writing test. At that time, none of the 80 participants developed Alzheimer's disease.
The IBM researchers used an artificial intelligence (AI) programme that analysed subtle differences in language to examine the word usage by the participants.
The AI programme identified that one group of the participants was more frequent in repeating some words.
They also used a simple grammatical structure in their language and tended to miss words like "the," "is" and "are."
The members of that group went on to develop Alzheimer's disease later.
In predicting who would get Alzheimer's disease, the AI programme was found to be 75 percent accurate, according to the study, said the NYT report.
"We had no prior assumption that word usage would show anything," Ajay Royyuru, Vice President of health care and life sciences research at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, where the A.I. analysis was done, was quoted as saying. (IANS)
Nirogstreet has announced the name of the winners of the Video Competition, best video winner is Dr.Arun Gupta, the consolation prize winner is Mr. Pandya Mihir Virendrakumar. This Competition on the digital platform was organized on 13th Nov 2020 by Nirogstreet, on the occasion of the 5th Ayurveda Day.
The video of Dr. Arun Gupta has been selected as the best video. The title of his video is 'Swasth Bharat ke Srijan ki or Ayurved ke Badhte Kadam'.
In the video, he has highlighted the art of staying healthy through Ayurvedic routines, therapy, and a balanced diet. Dr. Arun Gupta is working as a Medical Officer - Ayurveda in the Indian Systems of Medicine J & K.
Pandya Mihir Virendrakumar's video selected for the consolation prize. He is a third-year BAMS student of Netra Chikitsa Trust Ayurved College, Yamuna Park, Amreli, Gujarat.
Also, Read► डॉ. अरुण गुप्ता बने निरोगस्ट्रीट वीडियो प्रतियोगिता के विजेता, पंड्या मिहिर वीरेंद्रकुमार को सांत्वना पुरस्कार
You can watch the award-winning video of Dr. Arun Gupta and Pandya Mihir Virendrakumar below:-
आयुर्वेद दिवस,2020 (Ayurveda Divas,2020) के मौके पर आयोजित निरोगस्ट्रीट वीडियो प्रतियोगिता (NirogStreet Video Competition) के विजेताओं (Winners)की घोषणा कर दी गयी है.
सर्वश्रेष्ठ वीडियो के रूप में डॉ. अरुण गुप्ता (Dr. Arun Gupta) के वीडियो को चुना गया है. उनके वीडियो का शीर्षक 'स्वस्थ्य भारत के सृजन की ओर आयुर्वेद के बढ़ते कदम' है.
वीडियो में उन्होंने आयुर्वेदिक दिनचर्या, थेरेपी और संतुलित आहार के जरिये स्वस्थ्य रहने की कला पर प्रकाश डाला है.
डॉ. अरुण गुप्ता भारतीय चिकित्सा पद्धति जम्मू-कश्मीर (Indian Systems of Medicine J & K) में मेडिकल ऑफिसर-आयुर्वेद (Medical Officer-Ayurveda) के तौर पर कार्यरत है.
पंड्या मिहिर वीरेंद्रकुमार (Pandya Mihir Virendrakumar) के वीडियो को सांत्वना पुरस्कार (Consolation Prize Winner) के लिए चयनित किया गया. वे नेत्र चिकित्सा ट्रस्ट आयुर्वेद कॉलेज, यमुना पार्क, अमरेली, गुजरात (Netra Chikitsa Trust Ayurved College, Yamuna Park, Amreli, Gujarat) के तृतीय वर्ष बीएएमएस (BAMS) के छात्र हैं.
Read In English► Nirogstreet has Announced Winners of Video Competition
डॉ. अरुण गुप्ता और पंड्या मिहिर वीरेंद्रकुमार के पुरस्कृत वीडियो को आप नीचे देख सकते हैं -
Read More ► Nirogstreet has Announced Winners of Blog Writing Competition
Nirogstreet has announced the name of the winners of the Blog Writing Competition, first prize winner is Dr.Suchetha Jayaram, the second is Mr.Aashiq Hussain Yatoo, and the third is Dr. Reena Arora. This Competition on the digital platform was organized on 13th Nov 2020 by Nirogstreet, on the occasion of the 5th Ayurveda Day.
Many students, scholars, academicians, and practitioners of Ayurveda participated in this competition, as the contest closed on November 20, 2020. They had hundreds of entries from across India and these three were selected as the winner by the jury.
First Prize Winner of NirogStreet Blog Writing Competition 2020
Topic- Importance of Pathya Aahara in Ayurvedic Management
Author- Dr.Suchetha Jayaram
Second Prize Winner of NirogStreet Blog Writing Competition 2020
Topic- Aging and Health – An Ayurvedic perspective
Author- Mr.Aashiq Hussain Yatoo
Third Prize Winner of NirogStreet Blog Writing Competition 2020
Topic- Honey: Medicinal Uses and Precautions
Author- Dr. Reena Arora