Thank US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for organizing an important and timely Covid-19 Ministerial meeting: Dr S Jaishankar

Dr S Jaishankar – External Affairs Minister:

Thank US Secretary of Stat Antony Blinken for organizing an important and timely Covid-19 Ministerial meeting.

Made the following points:

-Global effort should be to address the immediate challenge and the recurring one of future pandemics.

-Pressing need to rapidly expand production for vaccine equity. India can make a difference for producing accessible and affordable vaccines by virtue of our capabilities, experience and human resources.

-Quad initiative to supply 1 billion doses by end 2022 a notable international partnership. India’s goal for next year is to produce 5 billion doses.

-In changing scenario, vital that WHO & national regulatory authorities keep pace with vaccine innovation, production and usage. Safe and efficacious vaccines should be promoted expeditiously for vaccine equity.

-Need for redundancy, resilience and diversification in supply chains and an early resolution of IP-waiver issue at @wto. -Travel should not be hit by vaccine bureaucratism. Imperative to reach workable understandings for safe & smooth travel of vaccinated.

Union Cabinet approves declaration of 15th November – birth anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Munda – as Janjatiya Gaurav Divas

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today has approved declaration of 15th November as Janjatiya Gaurav Divas dedicated to the memory of brave tribal freedom fighters so that coming generations could know about their sacrifices about the country.

India’s freedom struggle was strengthened by several movements by tribal communities such as Santhals, Tamars, Kols, Bhils, Khasis and Mizos to name a few.

The revolutionary movements and struggles organized by the tribal communities were marked by their immense courage and supreme sacrifice.

Tribal movements in different regions of the country against the British colonial rule got linked with the national freedom struggle and inspired Indians all over the country.

However, the public at large is not much aware about these tribal heroes. Pursuant to the speech of Prime Minister on Independence Day of 2016, Government of India has sanctioned 10 tribal freedom fighter museums across the country.

The date is the birth anniversary of Sri Birsa Munda who is revered as Bhagwan by tribal communities across the country.

Birsa Munda fought bravely for the country against the exploitative system of the British colonial system and spearheaded movement against British oppression giving a call for ‘Ulgulan’ (Revolution).

The declaration acknowledges the glorious history and cultural heritage of tribal communities. The day will be celebrated every year and would recognize the efforts of the tribals for preservation of cultural heritage and promotion of Indian values of valour, hospitality and national pride.

Tribal Freedom Fighter Museum at Ranchi where Birsa Munda breathed his last will be inaugurated by Prime Minister.

Government of India has planned week long celebrations starting from 15th November to 22nd November 2021 to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of glorious history of tribal people, culture and achievements.

As part of the celebration, several activities have been planned jointly with State Governments and the theme behind each activity is to show case the achievements of tribals in Indian Freedom struggle, various welfare measures taken by Government of India in education, health, livelihood, Infrastructure and skill development. 

The events will also display the unique tribal cultural heritage, their contributions in freedom struggle, practices, rights, traditions, cuisines, health, education and livelihood.

Discussed our growing political, trade and investment relationship with Secretary General of Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Al-Hajraf: Dr S Jaishankar

Dr S Jaishankar – External Affairs Minister:

A detailed review of India-GCC relations with Secretary General Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Al-Hajraf.

Discussed our growing political, trade and investment relationship.

Agreed to convene the next India-GCC Troika Political Dialogue at an early date.

Also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Enjoyed a wide-ranging conversation over lunch today with Dr Karan Singh: Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor – MP, Congress leader:

Enjoyed a wide-ranging conversation over lunch today with Dr Karan Singh, the elder statesman who is high on everyone’s list of the Best President India Never Had.

Wonderful to see him sharp & in such fine fettle in his 91st year.

Our public life is enriched by his contributions.

History created by a Delhi govt school student Kushal Garg: Manish Sisodia

History created by a Delhi govt school student Kushal Garg.

He has secured 700 marks out of 720. All India Rank 165, secured seat at AIIMS.

Father 10th pass, carpenter. Mother 12th pass, House wife

Congratulations Kushal. Proud of you.

Another Delhi Govt school student Ishika Jain, from Surajmal Vihar school has also secured 700/720 marks in NEET… AIR 156, and secured seat in AIIMS!!

Congratulations to Ishika.

Her father (12th pass) runs a stationary shop while her mother (10th pass) is a house wife.

Sri Sri at Sunrise

The whole life is Sadhana. Doing Pooja and other rituals are important but one should also celebrate whole life as sadhana :