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20 best performing districts get Swachhata Awards

India slammed Pakistan for aiding and abetting cross border terrorism. It said Pakistani forces continue to engage in providing supporting cover fire to infiltrators despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the ceasefire understanding of 2003 for maintaining peace and tranquility. Replying to a media query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the incessant infiltration of terrorists and induction of weapons to fuel terror activities continues unabated. He pointed out that such activities are not possible without the support of Pakistani forces deployed along the LoC. The Charge d’Affaires of the High Commission of Pakistan was summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs on 14th of this month. A strong protest was lodged over unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces, on multiple sectors along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on 13 November, resulting in the death of four innocent civilians and serious injuries to 19 others.

-Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has expressed confidence  that Covid-19 vaccine will be made available to the people of the country in  a couple months.Speaking at a FICCI programme vitually, Dr Vardhan said, a tentative guideline has been planned for the distribution of vaccine. He said, after the corona warriors, vaccine will be administered to the persons who are above 65 years of age. Dr Vardhan said that an estimated  400 to 500 million doses of the vaccine will be available  by July and August next year which can be administered to 25 to 30 crore of people initially.

-Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Minister of State, Jal Shakti, Rattan Lal Kataria conferred the Swachhata Awards 2020 on the 20 best performing districts for contributing towards ODF Sustainability and ODF Plus goals on  World Toilet Day on Thursday. These awards were given at a virtual ceremony organized by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation.In his address, Shekhawat said that the Swachh Bharat Mission - Gramin has transformed rural India by manifesting into a Jan Andolan for sanitation. He said the Open Defecation Free rural India milestone was achieved in mission mode in a span of five years. Taking forward this success, Phase 2 of the Swachh Bharat Mission - Gramin has been launched early this year. It focuses on ODF sustainability and Solid and Liquid Waste Management aiming at comprehensive cleanliness in villages.

-Foreign ministers from the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have urged China  to reconsider its actions against Hong Kong’s elected legislature and immediately reinstate the Legislative Council members.In a statement, the group of five countries also known as ‘Five Eyes’ alliance said that China’s imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong appeared to be part of a campaign to silence critics. They have called on Beijing to reverse its decision.Hong Kong expelled four opposition members from its legislature last week after Beijing gave city authorities new powers to curb dissent. Under the new law, the lawmakers can be summarily ousted without involving the city’s courts or seeking the sanction of constitutional procedures. The move triggered mass resignations by the remaining 15 pro-democracy opposition lawmakers.

-In a major feat and a first of its kind in the state, North Police Station Kohima in Nagaland has been awarded an ISO certification. The Police station is located in the heart of Kohima Town which was the first established police station under Naga Hills district by the British Regime in the year 1933.Presently, the North Police station is headed by an Inspector rank officer-in-charge and 88 other ranks.It has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification on meeting the specified parameters of Quality Management System on policing and related scope of activities which includes maintenance of public peace, law and order, prevention, detection and investigation of crime and criminal activities, emergency response, VIP Security and prevention of human trafficking.The whole process of online application, process, upgradation, documentation and online auditing was completed in a span of 30 days.

-Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, CBIC Chairman M. Ajit Kumar,  along with members of the Board inaugurated the GST Bhawan, Panchkula today.  The state of the art building will house the offices of Central GST at Panchkula. It has been built at a cost of about 31 crores rupees.This is the first major infrastructure project of CBIC completed in these times of COVID. The building is a fully air conditioned three storied building built on a plot of about 1.4 acres with 7600 square metres covered area and seating capacity of about 200 persons.


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