The Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr. P. K.
Mishra, held a high-level meeting with the Chief Secretaries and
representatives of Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands on
Thursday to review their preparedness to deal with the situation arising out
of cyclonic storm Bulbul.
Dr Mishra advised officials to take all possible measures to
ensure that there is no human casualty, and loss to property is minimised. He
also assured of all necessary Central assistance.
The Director General of India Meteorological Department gave a
detailed forecast on cyclone Bulbul. He informed that coastal Odisha is likely
to witness a wind speed of 70 to 80 kilometres per hour gusting upto 90
kilometres per hour tomorrow accompanied by heavy to very heavy rain.
Similar situation is likely to prevail in coastal West Bengal on
Saturday. He said sea conditions will be very rough and advised fishing
operation to be completely suspended.
The Chief Secretaries informed about precautionary measures
taken in the coastal regions and said that they are monitoring the situation in
the districts round-the-clock. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into
the sea and those in the sea have been advised to return.
The Director General of National Disaster Response Force
informed that NDRF teams are fully prepared. The Indian Coast Guard is also on .
Maharashtra topped the list of India's first-ever ranking of
states on justice delivery among the 18 large and mid-sized states.
Maharashtra is followed by Kerala and Tamil Nadu, while among
the small states Goa topped the list followed by Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh,
according to the India Justice Report (IJR) prepared by Tata Trusts in
collaboration with Centre for social Justice, Common Cause, Commonwealth Human
Rights Initiative, Daksh, TISS-Prayas and Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.
The report stated that vacancy was an issue across the pillars
of the police, prisons, and the judiciary, with only only about half the states
having made the effort to reduce these over a five-year period.
The report said that by 2017, women are also poorly represented
in these pillars with only seven per cent representation in Police, 10 per cent
as prisons staff on 2016 and about 26.5 per cent of all judges in the High Court
and subordinate courts (2017-18).
It also pointed out that the prisons in the country were over
occupied at 114 per cent, where 68 per cent are undertrials awaiting
investigation, inquiry or trial.
It also highlighted that over the period of five years,
Maharashtra and West Bengal showed the greatest intention to improve their
capacities, followed by Gujarat, Haryana and Punjab, while among the small
states Goa, Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh topped the table.
The report also pointed out that there was a very poor
representation of women in both police and judiciary. States do not even meet
the minium standard of 33 per cent while Chandigarh has the best representation
of women in police at 18 per cent.
The government plans to open up the national online
procurement portal Government e-Marketplace (GeM) to government contractors
and private entities but only for bulk buying.
Officials said the government plans to expand the mandate of the
GeM to include these two categories. Currently, GeM allows only government
departments and public sector units to buy from the portal.
At present, the National Public Procurement Portal is Section 8
Company registered under the Companies Act, 2013, for providing procurement of
goods & services required by Central & State Government organizations.
The marketplace is also working on an online seller and buyer
rating mechanism which will allow sellers to avail working capital loans where
the cost of capital is linked to the performance and rating of sellers.
More than 3,000 startups are already registered on GeM and they
have received orders amounting to Rs 522 crore till date. An official said the
marketplace also working with the rural development ministry, state government
emporia and development commission, Handicrafts, to on board self-help groups
and artisan clusters on the platform, he said.
The 10th Asian Conference of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) was
inaugurated by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi. The conference
will be held from 7-10 November 2019. This is the first time that the
biennial conference is being held in India.
The conference intends to aim at lectures, discussions and talks
on affordable emergency care for all sections of the society, bridging gaps in
healthcare and creating a positive impact on society.
Over 2000 emergency medicine experts from over 32 distinct
nations are participating in the conference. Eight keynote speakers, including a
specialist in emergency and injury or trauma-care from the World Health
Organization (WHO) will also speak at ACEM 2019.
It is organized by Asian Society for Emergency Medicine (ASEM)
and Society for Emergency Medicine India (SEMI) in support of other
organizations to build strategies for emergency care across Asia.
There is a also need to develop programs and manuals to train
citizens in emergency first aid procedures like Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
(CPR). This could help in saving a life while waiting for emergency services.
Emergency Medicine experts must also collaborate with government
in developing standardized treatment manuals for all hospitals dealing with
emergency and trauma cases in the country.
The Government of India has made it mandatory for all medical
college hospitals to have full-fledged Emergency Departments by 2022 with an aim
to improve trauma care.