PRESIDENT OF INDIA CONDOLES THE LOSS OF LIVES IN LANDSLIDES IN MANIPUR




PRESIDENT OF INDIA CONDOLES THE LOSS OF LIVES IN LANDSLIDES IN MANIPUR 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the loss of lives in the landslides triggered by heavy rains in Chandel district of Manipur. 


In his message to Dr. Syed Ahmed, the Governor of Manipur, the President has said “I am sad to learn about the landslides triggered by heavy rains in Chandel district of Manipur, which has resulted in the loss of a number of lives and injuries as well as damage to property. I understand some people are missing and thousands have been rendered homeless. Rescue as well as relief operations are currently underway. 

I call upon the State Government and other authorities to provide all possible aid to the bereaved families, who have lost their near and dear ones as well as medical assistance to the injured and shelter to homeless. 

Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish speedy recovery to the injured persons”. 

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PRESIDENT OF INDIA CONDOLES THE LOSS OF LIVES DUE TO CYCLONE IN WEST BENGAL AND FLOODS IN MANY STATES 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the loss of lives due to Cyclone ‘Komen’ in West Bengal and floods in certain areas of Bihar, Gujarat, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. 

In individual messages sent to the Governors of West Bengal, Bihar, Gujarat, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the President said “I am saddened to learn about the loss of lives, injuries and damage to property caused by the Cyclone/floods in certain areas of the State. 

My thoughts are with all those affected by this natural calamity. I understand rescue and relief operations are currently underway. I am sure that the State Government and other agencies are taking necessary steps to provide all possible help to the bereaved families who have lost their near and dear ones as well as medical assistance to the injured. 

Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish speedy recovery to the injured persons”. 

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Depression Over Jharkhand, Gangetic West Bengal and Rains 

   A depression was formed over Jharkhand and adjoining Gangetic West Bengal. It moved west-southwestwards and was centred over Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining Jharkhand about 70 km east-northeast of Ranchi this morning.

   Due to this Rainfall would occur at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over the Gangetic West Bengal during next 24 hrs and isolated heavy rainfall during subsequent 24 hrs.

   Rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places would occur over Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh during next 48 hrs.

   Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur over east Madhya Pradesh on 03 and 04 August.

   Rainfall at many places with heavy rainfall at isolated places would occur over sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Bihar and Sikkim during next 24 hrs.

   Strong winds with speed reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph would prevail around the Depression centre during next 24 hours.

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MHA monitors flood situation in various parts of the country 

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh spoke to the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel and the Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri Okram Ibobi Singh and enquired about the rescue and relief operations going on in the wake of floods and landslides respectively. He assured of full Central support to overcome the disaster situation. The Ministry of Home Affairs is regularly monitoring the flood situation in various parts of the country and extending necessary assistance in this regard. 

In Gujarat, 14 Districts and population of about 40 lakhs have been affected in recent floods due to heavy rainfall in the last few days. More than ten lakhs food packets have been airdropped/ distributed to the flood victims. Temporary relief camps have been set up in affected areas and peoples are accommodated on need basis. A total of 17 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed for rescue and relief operations in Gujarat. 

The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary has visited the state for two days to assess the situation and oversee the rescue and relief operations. 

In Rajasthan, so far 28 deaths have been reported, out of which 12 people lost their lives during past few days owing to very heavy rainfall and flood like situation in many parts of the state. Rajasthan has experienced excessive rainfall in most of its districts. Some of the districts are facing flood situation due to extremely heavy rainfall. The situation is grim particularly in districts of Jalore, Jhalawar, Baran, Sirohi, Barmer and Dungarpur. 

Apart from State Disaster Response Force, Police, RAC etc., at present 08 teams of NDRF are deployed for rescue and relief operations. So far more than 630 peoples have been rescued from various districts in Rajasthan. Relief materials have been distributed to the affected population. 

In West Bengal, 48 deaths have been reported from various parts of the state during the floods owing to lightening, wall collapse, electrocution, snake bite and drowning. As reported by State government due to cyclone KOMEN, heavy to very heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places in almost all South West Bengal districts. So far 12 districts consisting of 210 blocks and 9691 villages have been affected due to floods. A population of 36,90,627 are affected. State Govt has deployed 121 boats for rescue and relief operations. A total of 5672 cattle is also lost in the floods. Due to floods, State Govt. has established 1537 relief camps and 214306 peoples have been accommodated. 204 medical teams have also been deployed. So far 402600 water pouches have also been distributed. 

In Odisha, 07 districts of Odisha namely Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jharsuguda and Deogarh are affected. A total of 05 people lost their lives and 644 villages and population – 480399 are affected. ODRAF units are carrying out relief and rescue operations. So far 1574 peoples have been evacuated to safer places. 7 relief camps have been opened and 55 peoples have been accommodated. 132 boats have been deployed for rescue operations. 

In Manipur, about 20 villagers of Joumol Village in District Chandel have been swept away by landslide on 01/08/2015 at about 0630 hours including 12 houses. This village is located about 96 KMs from Tengnoupal HQ of which 83 Kms track/road is motorable. Rescue operations are going on. Reportedly one villager has been rescued. 

Two teams of NDRF have been earmarked for rescue and relief operations in Village Joumol. Of these one team comprising of 22 rescuers have been airlifted in the morning while the other team is likely to reach by late evening. 

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India Foils UK Company’s Bid to Patent Use of Turmeric, Pine Bark & Tea for Treating Hair Loss 

India once again has been successful in protecting its traditional knowledge by preventing an attempt made by Europe's Leading Dermaceutical Laboratory-Pangaea Laboratories Limited, to take patent on a medicinal composition containing turmeric, pine bark and green tea for treating hair loss. 

Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), a Unit of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, located the patent application filed at European Patent office by M/S Pangaea Laboratories Limited and filed pre-grant opposition along with prior-art evidences from TKDL, proving that turmeric, pine bark and green tea, are being used as a treatment for hair loss, since long in Indian systems of medicine like Ayurveda and Unani. The above UK based company had filed the patent application at European Patent office in February, 2011. CSIR-TKDL Unit had filed evidences from TKDL on January 13, 2014 after the patent application got published on website, pursuant to which the patent application is finally deemed to be withdrawn by the applicant on June 29, 2015. Till date CSIR-TKDL Unit has achieved success in about 200 such cases without any cost. 

Recently, CSIR-TKDL Unit has foiled an attempt of M/S Colgate-Palmolive Company to patent a mouthwash formula containing herb (Nutmeg- Jayaphal) extract used in Indian traditional systems of medicine to cure oral diseases, at European Patent office. 

Traditional Knowledge Digital Library of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-TKDL), headed by Dr. Archana Sharma, submitted proof in the form of references from ancient books in this case, which said the herb and its extracts of Myristica Fragrans were historically used for oral diseases in Indian systems of medicine. 

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