Andhra Pradesh tops in telemedicine consultations in country
Andhra Pradesh has set a new record in providing health services through telemedicine mode in the country, with nearly 42% of calls received by telemedicine call centres in the country from Andhra Pradesh.
According to the latest report of Union ministry of health and family welfare, which initiated the e-Sanjivani concept (telemedicine), over 1. 3 crore calls were reported to YSR telemedicine centre out of the total 2. 7 crore calls received from all the states for consultation through telemedicine in the country in the last two years. Karnataka is next with around 42 lakh calls, followed by West Bengal (20 lakh calls) and Tamil Nadu (17 lakh calls).
The ‘104’ call centre in the state received over 10 lakh calls in a span of three months during the second wave of Covid-19 between May and July last year. The state government deployed over 5,500 doctors, including 1,500 experts, at telemedicine centre to extend 24×7 services to patients. The services provided during the critical phase of Covid-19 spread a positive message among the public, resulting in huge number of people utilising the services in the subsequent months.
AP has a long history of telemedicine. Two decades ago, expert doctors from Hyderabad would participate in teleconsultation with patients in rural and remote areas of the state. Subsequently, the state built a strong telemedicine network. Consultation by expert medical professionals through telemedicine and subsequent distribution of medicines by the field teams built the trust in the system, prompting more and more people to utilise the free consultation services.
Ukraine is Europe’s ‘fastest growing refugee’ crisis since WWII
The number of people fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has topped 1.5 million, making it Europe’s fastest growing refugee crisis since World War II.
The UN described the outflow as “the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II”. On Saturday it had reported that nearly 1.37 million refugees had fled.
India & International Telecommunication Union Sign Host Country Agreement
The Government of India has signed the Host Country Agreement (HCA) with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the establishment of an Area Office & Innovation Centre of ITU in New Delhi. The Host Country Agreement provides the legal and financial framework for the establishment and operations of the Area Office.
The Area Office and Innovation Centre of ITU at New Delhi will serve South Asian countries comprising of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India.
Bangladesh, India, Nepal move ahead on motor vehicle agreement project
With Bhutan continuing to sit out the Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA) of the sub-regional Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) grouping, a meeting of the other three countries was held to discuss the next steps in operationalising the agreement for the free flow of good and people between them.
The BBIN meeting was the first such in-person meeting since February 2020 to discuss the MVA since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, and officials finalised the wording of two separate protocols on passenger and cargo movement with an “enabling” agreement.
While the Asian Development Bank has supported the project as part of its South Asian Subregional Economic Cooperation programme, and has been requested to prioritise about 30 road projects worth billions of dollars, the World Bank that has estimated that the implementation of the MVA will potentially see increase in traffic-regional trade within South Asia by nearly 60%, has also announced its interest in supporting infrastructure.
Cabinet nod for setting up WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the establishment of a WHO (World Health Organization) Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (WHO GCTM) at Jamnagar in Gujarat. An agreement was signed by the Government of India with the world body in this regard.
The move will help to position AYUSH systems across the globe, provide leadership on global health matters pertaining to traditional medicine, ensure quality, safety and efficacy, accessibility and rational use of traditional medicine while developing specific capacity building and training programmes in the areas of relevance to the objectives and conduct training programmes in campus, residential, or web-based, and through partnerships with the WHO Academy and other strategic partners.
The objective of the MoU with Oxford University includes capacity-building for Indian scientists and researchers, collection of data compliant with international standards and regulatory requirements, development of India towards becoming a regional hub for capacity development using its own funds and following the principles of equity and sovereignty, and building partnership in and beyond data and skill-sharing with equity and transparency.
Next Gen 3D Printed Catalysts to Propel Hypersonic Flight – Speeds Over 3,800 Mph
Ultra-efficient 3D printed catalysts could help solve the challenge of overheating in hypersonic aircraft and offer a revolutionary solution to thermal management across countless industries.
The team’s lab demonstrations show the 3D printed catalysts could potentially be used to power hypersonic flight while simultaneously cooling the system.
The research is published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Chemical Communications.
With further development, we hope this new generation of ultra-efficient 3D printed catalysts could be used to transform any industrial process where overheating is an ever-present challenge.
When the 3D printed structures heat up, some of the metal moves into the zeolite framework — a process crucial to the unprecedented efficiency of the new catalysts.
The 3D printed catalysts were produced using Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) technology in the Digital Manufacturing Facility, part of RMIT’s Advanced Manufacturing Precinct.
Jharokha- Compendium of Indian Handicrafts
It is a PAN India celebration and will be held in 13 states and UTs at 16 locations.
Under this programme, the first event has been organized in Bhopal starting from 8th March 2022 on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
The location of the first event was Rani Kamlapati Railway Station in Bhopal.
It is being organized by the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Textiles to celebrate the traditional Indian handlooms, handicrafts, and art & culture.
The Jharokha celebrations will showcase handloom and handicraft products from across the nation. Weavers, women artisans, and artists who have provided significant contributions in reviving and promoting Indian handicrafts and handloom will also be felicitated in the event.
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