Nationwide lockdown to be extended till May 3; rules to get tougher: PM Modi…
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of a nationwide lockdown till May 3 to combat COVID-19 after cases in the country crossed 10,000-mark on Tuesday.
However, PM Modi said there could be some relaxations after April 20 in places where there is no hotspot. He said, Till April 20, all districts, localities, states will be closely monitored, as to how strictly they are implementing norms. States, which will not let hotspots increase, could be allowed to let some important activities resume, but with certain conditions.
Modi asserted that detailed guidelines on extension of the coronavirus lockdown would be issued on Wednesday.
Liz Truss beats Indian-origin Rishi Sunak by 20,000 votes, to be new Britain PM
Liz Truss became the third woman to be elected as the Prime Minister of United Kingdom by defeating Indian-origin contender Rishi Sunak by nearly 20,000 votes on Monday. Truss would be succeeding former UK PM Boris Johnson who recently stepped down after facing allegations of multiple scandals.
Truss, who has been named as the leader of the governing Conservative party, had pledged to act within a week of being elected as the PM to tackle a cost-of-living crisis fuelled by rising energy bills linked to the war in Ukraine.
After winning the elections, Truss said, “We need to show that we will deliver over the next two years. I will deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy. I will deliver on the energy crisis, dealing with people’s energy bills, but also dealing with the long-term issues we have on energy supply.”
Liz Truss will be UK’s 56th Prime Minister and the third female Prime Minister to lead her country. The previous female prime ministers – Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May – were also from the Conservative Party.
Nagpur Smart City gets Smart Project Award for ‘Smart Successful Pandemic Recovery’
Nagpur Smart City has bagged the award for its effective contribution in ‘Smart and Successful Pandemic Recovery’ by developing a Covid Bed Status App and donated to the Citizens of Nagpur during the hard time of COVID Pandemic. The award has been presented to the Nagpur Smart City CEO Shri Chinmay Gotmare (IAS) by the Smart Cities Council of India in a glittering function organized at Mumbai recently.
The Smart Cities Council of India hosted the 7th edition of ‘Smart Urbanation’ on August 26 2022 in Mumbai. The event was supported by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), Government of India.
The Smart Project Awards were conferred in the various categories that recognize pioneering projects, ideas, and strategies for making cities in the country more livable, sustainable and economically viable. Around 33 Cities across the country submitted their nominations under different categories. Out of these, Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) wins the award for “Smart and Successful Pandemic Recovery”.
During a Panel discussion on “Rethinking Smart Mobility – The new Mobility Landscape” in the said event, Shri Chinmay Gotmare, CEO Nagpur Smart City enlightened his views on the same, which have been appreciated by participant cities.
The City success story for the COVID 19 pandemic lies in effective leadership, proactive approach, innovative and resilient strategies along with a three-layered strategy of early detection, isolation, testing and treatment. The aim was to control the spread of COVID-19 and help the citizens to cater to all the hard situations they were facing by providing services as desired.
Nagpur forms the task force headed by Shri Radhakrishnan B., Hon. Municipal Commissioner and established a “War Room” working as a nerve center for the formulation of strategies and their implementation.
The Nagpur Smart City understands the need of time and developed the “COVID Bed Status App” and donated to the Citizens of Nagpur, that helps citizens to track live beds status across all Hospitals of Nagpur Urban and Rural region on their finger tip. The Application consist of Dashboard displaying real-time information of all the Hospitals bed availability/occupancy status as Normal, Oxygen, ICU and Ventilator Categories along with Name, Address and Contact
Details of the Hospitals as well as testing labs, etc. The COVID Bed Status App helped to innovate proactive measures, quick decision making, and swift actions that were realistic and grounded.
Nagpur Smart City CEO Shri Chinmay Gotmare (IAS) had said, the COVID Pandemic time was too perilous for all human beings and the services rendered by NSSCDCL through the said app captures the true essence of public service by delivering services at the door steps of citizens.
The CEO Congratulated Dr. Sheel Ghule, General Manager, Mr. Anup Lahoti, Programmer and the whole team of E-Governance of Nagpur Smart City for developing this Effective Software, so efficiently and providing the real time help to all needy at once. Mr. Rahul Pande, Chief Planner and Mr. Parag Armal, Project Executive of Nagpur Smart City had given their precious efforts for successful completion of the event.
Veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad quits Congress
In a major jolt to the Congress, senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, on Friday, resigned from all party posts, including party’s primary membership. The development came after Azad resigned from the post of the head of the Jammu and Kashmir Congress campaign committee on August 16 this year.
The veteran leader resigned after senior Congress leader Anand Sharma resigned from a key party position offered to him in the poll-bound Himachal Pradesh citing ‘exclusions and insults.’