Road Transport and Highways Ministry has notified rules mandatory for accredited Drivers Training Centres. These rules will come into effect from July1. The Ministry said, this will help in imparting proper training and knowledge to candidates who enroll at such centers. The Accredited Driver Training Centres shall be equipped with simulators and dedicated driving test track to provide high quality training to candidates. The candidates, who successfully pass the test at these centres, will be exempted from the driving test requirement at the time of applying for driving license, which is currently being taken at the Regional Transport Office. This will help the drivers in getting the driving license after completing training from such accredited Drivers Training Centres. The Ministry said, shortage of skilled drivers is one of the major issues in the Indian roadways sector and a large number of road accidents occur due to lack of knowledge of road regulations.
-Consequent upon capping of trade margin for oxygen concentrators, a downward revision in price of up to 54 per cent has been reported in 70 products and brands. National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has capped trade margin for oxygen concentrators at 70 per cent on Price to Distributor level. Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has said that reduction in MRP up to 54 thousand 337 rupees per unit has been seen. The Ministry added that 58 brands have reported price reduction up to 25 per cent and 11 brands between 26 to 50 per cent. Out of all products and brands reported, 18 products and brands reported by the domestic manufacturers did not show any decline in prices.
-In West Bengal, an all women organization has come forward to perform the last rites of the abandoned Covid corpses. In time of the pandemic, members of 'Muktodhara' have shown great social responsibility and grit and became the last hope for many hapless families. In 2018, Kaberi Sarkar of Siliguri had started the social service with just three ladies with her. Within three years, her association grew bigger and now she has formed a foundation called Muktodhara. Clad in white kurta and a red gamcha or towel around their necks, members of the all women organization have been carrying out the responsibility of performing the last rites of the persons died due to Covid-19 and deserted by their families. The fearless women are rendering the yeoman's service at a time when even relatives have been shying away from cremating bodies, in fear of contracting the Corona virus.
-In Himachal Pradesh, the State Cabinet has decided to increase the timing of opening of all shops and markets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 14th of this month with weekend shutdowns to remain in force following the continuous decline in fresh COVID cases, mortality and positivity rate. However, Corona curfew will continue from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. till further orders.The decision was taken in a State Cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur after reviewing the COVID-19 situation of the state in Shimla. On the other hand, Section 144 has been lifted in the state and there will be no need for RT-PCR test to enter the state. Intra-state public transport has also been allowed with 50 per cent occupancy. It was also decided in the meeting that the offices where the staff strength is 75 and above, those offices will function with 50 per cent staff from 14th of June. All the Medical Colleges, Ayurvedic and Dental Colleges would remain open from June 23. Pharmacy and Nursing Schools to open from June 28. The Cabinet provided a relief of about 40 crore rupees to the transport sector one of the worst hit sector by the pandemic which include an Interest Subvention Scheme on working capital for stage carriage operators.
-Khadi and Village Industries Commission, KVIC has issued legal notices to over one thousand private firms so far, for misusing its brand name and selling products under the name of Khadi. The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has said that Delhi High Court has directed a Ghaziabad-based trader, who indulged in fraudulent manufacturing and selling of counterfeit Khadi Prakritik Paint, to stop all such activities immediately.The Ministry said, Khadi Prakritik Paint is a unique, innovative paint made from cow dung is developed by KVIC. It said, the anti-fungal and anti-bacterial paint was launched by MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari on January 12 this year. The Ministry said, the paint became popular and huge orders are being received from all parts of the country. KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that KVIC has not outsourced the manufacturing or marketing of Khadi Prakritik Paint to any agency.