Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Chief Ministers via video-conferencing on Nov 24. PM Modi said "Seeing good recovery rates, many think virus is weak and they'll recover soon, this has lead to rampant carelessness. Those working on vaccine are doing it but we need to focus on ensuring that people are alert and transmission is curbed. We have to bring positivity rate under 5%." He further said, "Vaccine distribution strategy will be chalked out in collective coordination with states. States must also start working on cold storage facilities."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Chief Ministers via video-conferencing on Nov 24. He said, "Government of India is keeping a track of each step in vaccine development. We are in touch with Indian vaccine developers and manufacturers. We are also in touch with global regulators, governments of other countries, multinational organisations and international companies." He further said, "It is not certain whether there will be one, two or three doses of a vaccine. It is also not decided what will be the price of the vaccine. We still don't have answers to these questions."
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on November 21 presented the 21st Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Philanthropy to Chairperson of Infosys Foundation Sudha Murty virtually. VP Naidu presented the award to Sudha Murty for her philanthropic work. The Vice President paid floral tributes to former Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, before conferring the 21st Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on November 21 called upon the world to come together to isolate nations that sponsor terrorism and impose sanctions against them. "No religion preaches terrorism. It's only wrong interpretation by some people. No country is safe from terrorism and it's high time for the United Nations to complete the deliberation of India's long pending proposal of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism and is adopted. The world community should come together to not only isolate those sponsoring terrorism but also impose sanctions against them, this is the need of the hour. The days of gratitude are over, now it's time for concrete action," he said.
Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut responded to Bharatiya Janata Party's criticism in a debate over 'Hindutva'. On the occasion of Dussehra, Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had slammed ex-ally BJP over Hindutva, asking the party to learn it from RSS. He also said that his father Bal Thackeray's Hindutva didn't involve 'clanging utensils'. BJP's Ram Kadam responded by saying that despite giving a speech from Savarkar Smarak, Thackeray didn't praise the historical figure, possibly because he was afraid of his new allies. Raut said that the Sena has always stood by Savarkar, but BJP must explain why it hasn't conferred Bharat Ratna on him yet.
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Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut questioned that why Bharat Ratna was not given to Veer Savarkar? Sanjay Raut said, "Shiv Sena never changed its stand on Veer Savarkar. Whenever an inappropriate comment was made to insult him, we stood by him. We've always had an emotional connection with him. Those who are criticising us must answer why they didn't give him Bharat Ratna?"
Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal visited GTB Hospital on November 18. He informed that there is a shortage of ICU beds but also assured that Delhi govt is closely working on it. "There is an increase in COVID-19 cases in Delhi but there are enough beds available now. There is shortage of ICU beds but we are looking into it. There are many cases in Delhi, our doctors and health workers are responding to it very well," said Delhi CM. He assured, "I believe in the next few days, more than 600 ICU beds will be added in the hospitals of Delhi. Central government has assured to provide 750 beds more beds at the DRDO facility."
Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile air defence system has been successfully test fired by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) on November 17. The Missile system secured a direct hit on its target during the trial. DRDO successfully tested two back to back trials of Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile. The first launch tested on November 13.
DRDO successfully test-fired Quick Reaction Surface to Air missile for the second time on Tuesday. DRDO’s back to back test trials of QRSAM was lauded by the defence minister Rajnath Singh. The missile on Tuesday directly hit the target during the trials, as per reports. Earlier on November 13, DRDO had conducted a test-trial for QRSAM. The all-weather missile was tested from the coast of Odisha’s Balasore. Watch the full video for more details.
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To commemorate World Children's Day and to spread awareness on children's rights, several monuments and iconic buildings were illuminated. Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate and Parliament were twinkling with colourful lights on the special occasion. The day is celebrated every year to improve children's welfare.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 20 said that he is glad that the work is under process to send Bhutan's satellite to space by dint of ISRO. "I am delighted that work is going on rapidly to send Bhutan's satellite to space with the help of ISRO, next year. For this purpose, Bhutan's four space engineers will go to ISRO in December, I send my regards to these four youth," said PM Modi.
Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C49 was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota. ISRO chief K Sivan hailed the team efforts, sacrifices for the successful launch. K Sivan said that the team worked as per COVID guidelines without compromising on the quality. K Sivan said, "This mission is very special and unusual for ISRO. The space activity cannot be done from 'work from home'. Each engineer has to be present at the lab. When talking about missions like these, each technician, employee has to work together. During this pandemic, team ISRO raised to the occasion, worked as per COVID guidelines, without compromising on quality. It's really heartening to see all ISRO employees doing quality work at this time."