Besides, the Ministry has set up its website (www.nic.in/most)
in which information on the policies and projects are available.
Oxytetracycline is a broad based spectrum antibiotic
drug while Carbamezapine is used in the treatment of epilepsy. The revised
notified price shall be effective within fifteen days from the date of
the notification in the Official Gazette.
Studies have shown that the most critical period of childhood is the first two years when malnutrition is found to be the maximum. This is the time of rapid growth and development, including brain development, among children. Therefore, malnutrition during this period has serious long lasting consequences like high child mortality, impaired brain growth, low I.Q. and sometimes life long disabilities, low productivity etc. Nearly 50% of pre-school children are malnourished, 60-70% of them suffer from nutritional anaemia and nearly 30% of children are born with low birth weight. Further, a good percentage of women suffer from chronic energy deficiency and also malnutrition and anaemia during pregnancy.
As infants feeding practices are one of the important determinants of child malnutrition, awareness generation on the nutrition care of the children is very important. The mothers and other family members need to be made aware about the following important issues in child care :a) Breast Feeding : Early initiation of breast feeding within one hour of birth is important as this ensures better lactation as well as colostrum availability to the infants which is considered to be the first immunization of the child. Colostrum is rich in anti-bodies which safeguard the child from infections. Colostrum also contains high quality proteins and is very rich in VitaminA which is required for the childs growth during the first few days of life, b) Exclusive Breast Feeding : Exclusive breast feeding for the first 5 months fulfills all the nutritional requirements of the child for his growth and development and c) Complementary Feeding : All children need complementary foods after 5 months as the breast milk alone cannot meet the nutritional requirements of the fast growing child. These complementary foods can be prepared at home with cereals like wheat, ragi, bajra and rice after roasting and powdering.
The National Nutrition Week is being celebrated since
1982 by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Department of Women and Child
Development, every year from 1st to 7th September,
enlisting cooperation of the concerned sectors of the Centre and State
Governments and other organisation. Awareness about various aspects of
food, nutrition, health, hygiene and sanitation, the magnitude of various
forms of malnutrition and their consequences along with the ways and means
of preventing the same is one of the prime requirement of improving the
nutrition of the people. During National Nutrition Week the efforts for
creating Nutritional awareness among the people are intensified by all
concerned. Thus, teaching the mother and other members of the family and
making them understand that the child requires adequate food and care for
proper growth and development and how this could be done in simple methods
without additional burden on the budgets of the family or their time is
the objective of the National Nutrition Week celebrations.
Of these, 1565 companies were under Members Voluntary
winding up, 606 under Creditors Voluntary winding up, 2853 under winding
up by courts and 13 companies under winding up subject to supervision of
The need to initiate these steps arose as in recently
advertised 3000 posts of teachers, the Government of National Capital Territory
(NCT) Delhi, had not earmarked 3 per cent mandatory reservation for the
physically handicapped and the Chief Commissioner Disabilities had to intervene
to seek the necessary rectification.
The All India Consumer Price Index Number for July, 1998 had increased by 12 points.
The Rise/Fall in the index varies from centre to centre. In 51 centres the increase in index was noticed between 1 to 21 points, in 9 centres it remained constant and in 10 centres it recorded a decrease of 1 to 4 points when compared to previous month.
The point to point rate of inflation, based upon the CPI-IW has decreased from 5.3 per cent in June, 1999 to 3.2 percent in July 1999. In July 1998 it was 14.8 per cent.
The index in respect of six main centres for July,
1999 stood at the following level:-
In all, total damages to crops, houses and public
utilities caused by the floods and heavy rains in Bihar, so far, this year
are estimated over Rs.40 crore.
The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award this year has been awarded to the Athlete, Ms. Jyotirmoyee Sikdar. The Award carries a cash amount of rupees 3,00,000/- besides a scroll of honour and a medal. The Award instituted in 1991-92 is given for the most spectacular and outstanding performance by a sports person in a year.
The Dronacharya Awards have gone to Shri G.S. Sandhu, the boxing coach and to Shri Hargobind Singh Sandhu and Shri Bahadur Singh, both athletics coaches. The Award carries a cash prize of Rs. 2,50,000/-, a statuette of Dronacharya and scroll of honour.
Dronacharya Award was instituted in 1985 to honour eminent coaches who have successfully trained sports persons or teams and enabled them to achieve extraordinary results in international events during the three years preceding the awards. This award is also given to those coaches who have made a life time contribution towards the sports
The Arjuna Awardees this year are: Ms. Neelam J. Singh (athletics); Ms. Rachita Mistry (athletics); Capt. Siri Chand Ram, VSM (athletics); Shri S.D. Eshan (athletics); Shri Paramjit Singh (athletics); Shri T.V. Pauly (body building); Shri N.G. Dingko Singh (boxing); Shri Rahul Dravid (cricket); Shri Nayan R. Mongia (cricket); Shri Baichung Bhutia (football); Ms. Pritam Rani (hockey, women); Smt. S. Omana Kumari (hockey, women); Late Sh. S. Surjit Singh (hockey),the prize was received by Shrimati Chanchal Surjeet Singh, his wife; Shri Baljit Singh Dhillon (hockey); Shri Mohd. Riaz (hockey); Shri Baldev Singh (hockey); Shri M.K. Kaushik (hockey); Shri Narender Singh (judo); Shri Ashan Kumar (kabaddi); Shri Biswajit Palit (kabaddi); Ms. Shoba Narayan (Kho-kho); Ms. Roopa Unnikrishnan (shooting); Shri Manavjit Singh (shooting); Shri Bhanu Sachdeva (swimming); Shri S. Raman (table tennis); Shri Satisha Rai (weightlifting); Shri Kaka Pawar (wrestling); Shri Rohtas Singh Dahiya (wrestling).
In the physically handicapped category the Arjuna Award winners are Ms. Anju Dua (Gymnastics) and Ms. Rajini Ramanujam (Athletics).
The Arjuna Award carries a cash prize of Rs. 1,50,000/-, a bronze statuette of Arjuna and a scroll of honour. The Arjuna Award was instituted in 1961 to honour outstanding sportspersons. The Awards are given every year for consistently excellent performance at the national and international levels..
The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy for the year 1997-98 has gone to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. This University had won this trophy last year also and received it for the 14th times since its inception. Apart from the main trophy, the University has also been given a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000 and a Replica of the Trophy. The cash prize is for the purchase of sports equipment by the university.
The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy, instituted as
a Running Trophy in 1956-57, is awarded annually to the University which
has given best all-round performance in various sports competitions during
DBT RELEASES THE FIRST BIO-TECHNOLOGY NEWSLETTER TO MARK THE GOLDEN JUBILEE OF HINDI AS RAJBHASHA
At a function organised by the DBT on the occasion of Hindi fortnight, the importance of popularising science particularly bio-technology for the benefit of the common man was stressed. The Secretary, DBT, Dr. (Smt.) Manju Sharma underscored the need to bring to the notice of the society, the achievements and applications of bio-technology. Others who spoke on the occasion included distinguished scientists : Prof. P.N. Tandon, Prof. Asis Datta, Prof. Akhilesh Tyagi, Prof. Sipra Guha Mukherjee, Dr. Pradeep Seth.
In their messages on the occasion of the release
of the newsletter, the Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the
Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, underlined
the importance of bio-technology in the fields of industry, agriculture,
health and environment.
In a Statement issued by the BLT on 14 July 1999 through Tulunga Ramchaiary (Incharge, Publicity Wing, BLT) it was mentioned that the country was facing national and political crisis, which had been aggravated by the involvement of ISI and other anti-national organisations working against Indias sovereignty. A request was made in the statement to the Central Government to start a dialogue with the BLT to solve the Bodo problem. The Government of India welcomes the announcement made by the BLT.
The Government have already made an open invitation
to all groups in the North-East, including militant organisations, to come
forward for talks to resolve the outstanding issues.