Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) tracking COVID-19 waste disposal daily through app
With the disposal of COVID-19 waste becoming a challenge for the government authorities, especially in the wake of reports of improper disposal, the CPCB has moved in to regulate it by starting daily online tracking of the waste generated and disposed of by coronavirus testing laboratories, hospitals, clinics, isolation wards and waste disposal facilities.
The CPCB has recently launched COVID-19 Biomedical Waste Tracking App to regulate the corona waste. All testing laboratories, waste generators and disposal facilities have to upload real-time data related to COVID waste.
Water Minister Shekhawat expresses concern over slow progress of Jal Jeevan Mission in Meghalaya
Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, has expressed concerns over the slow implementation of the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in Meghalaya. JJM aims to provide potable drinking water to every rural household through the door to doo tap connections by December 2022 in Meghalaya. The Jal Shakti minister urged the CM to stress on taking up works immediately in a campaign mode in order to provide potable water in 3,891 villages.
Meghalaya was allocated Rs 86.02 Crore in 2019-20, but due to slow progress of works only Rs 43.01 crore was released, out of which the state could only spend Rs 26.35 crore, leaving an unspent balance of Rs 17.46 Crore.
Uttarakhand records the presence of elephants in the middle Himalayas for the first time
The latest survey of jumbos in Uttarakhand has revealed that elephants are now climbing the mountains in search of food and water. Till now, it was observed that elephants are present only in the foothills of the state. But the recent elephant population survey conducted by the Uttarakhand forest department has come out with interesting findings that show the presence of Elephants even in the middle Himalayas, an area where their presence was earlier not present.
According to experts, this indicates that elephants may have started shifting towards higher altitudes in search of food and water as their traditional habitats are getting affected due to climate change and human intervention.
Mizoram to get Rs 60 lakh worth masks, test kits from Taiwan to fight COVID-19
Mizoram government is set to get Rs 60 lakh worth equipment from Taiwan to fight COVID-19 pandemic. The Taiwan Government is donating Rs 45 lakhs worth medical masks as solidarity towards Mizoram’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic while Meiho University, Taiwan is donating Rs 15 lakh worth advanced RT-PCR kits for testing the samples. Meanwhile, in Mizoram, 403 samples were tested on Friday out of which 3 reported positive for COVID-19. The total number of positive cases in Mizoram stands at 107.
Himachal issues COVID-19 safety and hygiene guidelines for the tourism sector
Tourism and civil aviation department of Himachal Pradesh has issued COVID-19 safety and hygiene guidelines for the tourism sector in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Tourism for the operation of hotels and other accommodation units.
Guidelines aim to minimize all possible contact points between staff and guests; maintain social distancing and other preventive and safety measures against COVID-19. It has been recommended that the hotels will have to establish a rapid response team to strictly follow the guidelines.
Team would be responsible to prevent incidents, effectively manage cases and mitigate impact among guests, staff and other involved parties in the operation.
(By: Gautam Kumar)