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Dadra & Nagar Haveli sets out the template for convergence to combat malnutrition amid pandemic




NEW DELHI: While the challenges arising out of the Covid-19


threatens to worsen the nutrition status of malnourished children from poor families, the administration of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu are showing the way out of the mess. The tribal dominant union territory with high prevalence of


has since August screened around 25,500 children and found 791 suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) who are now being monitored with the required health and nutrition interventions.

As per National Family Health Survey-4 while the all India data put the number of children who are wasted at 19.8% it was 27% for Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu. The India data for severely malnourished was 6.4% but in the UT it was 12.7%. The UT presented its experience and fight against malnutrition at a webinar on Monday on the best practices under the Central government’s flagship programme “Poshan Abhiyan” (National Nutrition Mission).

Reiterating that the key focus in the ongoing nutrition month (Poshan Maah) and thereafter is going to be on identifying SAM children and providing them the necessary support, union women and child development minister Smriti Irani on Monday cited the Dadra & Nagar Haveli as a case study that can be a template for others to follow and can scaled up nationally too. The minister also shared that in the next 15 days the ministry will give all states a new set of composite guidelines which come with reference to convergence efforts of all ministries and experts in the field of nutrition.

At the webinar, tThe Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu officials shared the reason for launching a special drive. Since April take home ration was introduced as anagwadis were closed for safety and children and cooked meals were therefore replaced with take home rations.The nutrition programme under the Integrated Child Development Programme applies to 0-6 year old children and has components for pregnant and lactating mothers and adolescent girls.

The department of women and child development of the UT during field assessments found the take home ration being provided for the child was not being consumed fully by the child and was being shared by other members of the family too which would lead to insufficient nutritional intake in case of the child. To address this issue an intervention of screening all children was planned in convergence with the health department to focus on severely malnourished children.

The other best practices presented at the webinar included Uttarakhand’s experience linked to a programme where they encouraged government officials to take responsibility of monitoring one SAM child. The state shared how 2000 severely malnourished children under this focused supervision have recovered and is an example of public participation. Similarly, Gujarat presented its experience with online tracking and adoption of SAM children. Odisha shared its work on revamping supplementary nutrition preparation and distribution and inclusion of millets. Lakshadweep shared its experiment with setting up nutri-gardens through

Anganwadi Centers

and efforts to grow vegetables to prevent shortage in the ongoing pandemic.

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PM Modi speaks to Japan’s Yoshihide Suga




NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga and said they agreed that stronger India-Japan ties would help meet the challenges of the current regional and global situation.

“Had a very good conversation with PM Suga Yoshihide. We exchanged views on the tremendous progress in our relationship in the last few years, and the future direction of our Special Strategic and Global Partnership. @sugawitter,” Modi tweeted on Friday.

We agreed that stronger India-Japan ties would help meet the challenges of the current regional and global situatio…

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1601034901000

He added, “We agreed that stronger India-Japan ties would help meet the challenges of the current regional and global situation. I look forward to working with PM Suga to further strengthen our all-round partnership.”

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Opposition members boycotted last day of session due to some political compulsions: Om Birla




NEW DELHI: Opposition members boycotted the last day of the Monsoon Session due to some “political compulsions,” Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Friday, noting that they conveyed they have no issues with him.

Birla said he called the floor leaders of all opposition parties for a meeting over a cup of tea and requested them to attend the valedictory proceedings of the house.

“The opposition leaders boycotted the last day of the session due to some political compulsions, while they conveyed to me that they had no issues with me,” the speaker said.

Birla was addressing a press conference here on the conclusion of the Monsoon Session.

Underlining that the productivity of the Lok Sabha was at a historic 167 per cent, he said that despite the threat of Covid-19, the average attendance of MPs in the Lower House, during this session, was more than 300 which sends a very positive message and strengthens peoples’ faith in democratic institutions.

He credited the cooperation from all political parties for higher productivity of the Lower House.

“The Lok Sabha sat for 60 hours instead of the allotted time of 37 hours. In fact, despite the curtailment of the session due to Covid-19, the Lok Sabha was able to function optimally with minimal loss of productivity,” Birla said.

Describing unruly scenes on the last day of the Rajya Sabha as “unfortunate,” Birla said he doesn’t want to comment on the proceedings of the other House and efforts should be made to further strengthen the democratic institutions.

On the issue of the Question Hour, Birla said that members were given ample opportunities to raise matters concerning peoples’ welfare through written questions and the Zero Hour.

Highlighting the enhanced participation of members during the Zero Hour, Birla said it shows that they were given enough opportunities to express their views and were encouraged to participate in the discussions.

Talking about curtailment of the session, Birla said the decision was taken with a consensus in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Monsoon Session of Parliament, which started on September 14, concluded on September 23, eight days before the scheduled end on October 1.

When asked about new Parliament building, Birla informed that the construction work has started and it will be completed within 21 months.

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DNA samples of 3 men killed in Shopian encounter match with families from Rajouri: J&K Police




SRINAGAR: The DNA samples of three men who were killed in an alleged fake encounter with the Army in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district in July have matched with their families from Rajouri, a senior police officer said on Friday.

Asked whether the three men were indeed labourers, as claimed by their families, and not involved in terrorist activities, he said it is a matter of further investigation.

On July 18, the Army had claimed three terrorists were killed in Amshipura village in the higher reaches of south Kashmir’s Shopian. It initiated an inquiry after social media reports indicated that the three men were from Rajouri and had gone missing in Amshipura.

The families of the three men claimed they worked as labourers in Shopian and lodged a police complaint.

The police also launched an investigation and collected the DNA samples of the three families from Rajouri to match with the slain men.

“The DNA report has come and matching has taken place,” inspector general of police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar told reporters here.

Asked if he meant that the DNA samples of the three men have matched with the families from Rajouri, he said, “There is positive matching with the families from Rajouri.”

On whether it had been established that the three men were labourers and not involved in any militant activities, Kumar said, “The police are now taking up further investigations in the case.”

The Army completed its inquiry into the matter in a record four weeks.

On September 18, the force said it had found “prima facie” evidence that its troops “exceeded” powers under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) during the encounter and has initiated disciplinary proceedings.

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