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Arvind Kejriwal Launches “Deshbhakti Curriculum” For All Delhi Government Schools – dot newz

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Patriotism has to be a continually evolving feeling within everyone, Arvind Kejriwal said (File)

New Delhi:

Every child in Delhi will be a patriot in the true sense, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal exuded as he launched the AAP government’s ambitious ”Deshbhakti Curriculum” on Tuesday.

At the launch event held at Chhatrasal Stadium on the birth anniversary of revolutionary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, the chief minister remarked that nowadays people feel patriotic only while raising the Tricolour or singing the national anthem.

But patriotism has to be a continually evolving feeling within everyone, he said.

“In the last 74 years, we taught physics, chemistry and maths in our schools but did not teach ”deshbhakti” to the children. Patriotism is within all of us but it needs a push. Every child in Delhi will be a patriot in the truest sense. The ”Deshbhakti Curriculum” will prove to be instrumental in the country’s development and will take India forward rapidly.”

“Today we only feel patriotic while raising the Tricolour or singing the national anthem. The problem is it only props up when we do something of this sort,” Mr Kejriwal said.

Raising the slogans ”Bharat Mata ki Jai”, ”Inquilab Zindabad” and ”Vande Matram”, the chief minister said, “We need to develop an environment wherein we all and our children constantly feel patriotic at every step we take. Patriotism has to be a continually evolving feeling within all of us.”

Mr Kejriwal said all kinds of professionals are coming up ”deshbhakt professionals” are not being developed.

“It doesn’t mean we won’t promote professions. We will continue to support all kinds of education but we will add a touch of patriotic values to them. We will develop ”deshbhakt” doctors, lawyers, engineers, actors, singers, artists, journalists and so on.

“A ”deshbhakt” doctor would look to help maximum people and not just collect the highest fees. ”Deshbhakt” professionals would return from work thinking how they can further contribute to society and not how to rake in more money from under the table. A patriotic officer won’t think about bribes but about clearing the most number of files to help the people,” he said.

The ”Deshbhakti Curriculum” will be rolled out from nursery to Class 12 as and when schools reopen for the respective grades. The curriculum won’t have any textbooks.

Facilitator’s handbooks have been designed for three cohorts — nursery to class five; classes six to eight and classes nine to 12 — and these will be used to inculcate patriotism among the students through simple activities.

The facilitator’s handbooks for two cohorts — classes 6 to 8 and 9-12 — and 100 stories of freedom fighters and patriots were also unveiled at the launch event.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “We talk about Bhagat Singh, Hemu Kalani, Jhansi Ki Rani and Tantia Tope’s battles but we never discuss what led them onto the battles, how they fought those battles.”

The ”Deshbhakti Curriculum” will bridge this knowledge gap, he said, while underlining that the students will not be asked to memorise historical facts and the curriculum will not preach moral values.

“It will not just talk about patriotism, but inculcate a passion for it. It will not preach moral values. We will not expect students to memorise historical facts, but will expect them to retrospect about their patriotism,” Mr Sisodia said.

Knowing that Bhagat Singh sacrificed his life at 23 years and comparing themselves at that age, students will introspect about that level of commitment, passion, and embody it, he said.

“We should learn how Babasaheb (Ambedkar) surpassed the definitions of political independence and vowed for social and mental independence and how he laid a strong constitution for us.”

“We will teach the children the importance of this struggle and make sure they realize what it was like to experience such disparities. We will include 100 stories every year in this curriculum,” he said.

According to officials, the topics include taking responsibility towards the country and its progress, constructive criticism, respect for and harmonious coexistence with others, critically thinking about issues confronting the country, comprehensive conception of patriotism, linking patriotism to the lived realities and everyday actions of students and working for the country’s development with pride and honesty.

Some of the chapters are: ”My India is glorious but why not developed”, ”Deshbhakti: My country my pride”, ”Who is a Deshbhakt” and ”India of my dreams.”

The teaching method would be activities-based such as maintaining a ”Deshbhakti diary”, participating in ”Deshbhakti dhyan”, ”Flag day” activity and group discussion, among others.

Mr Sisodia said that every class would begin with a ”Deshbhakti Dhyan” of five minutes where students will talk about five new patriots each day.

“Since this is the first year (of the curriculum) and we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of Independence, we are including 100 patriots.”

“Next year onwards, we will include 100 more and then another hundred after that. This would go on and on. Right from nursery to class 12, a child will be able to witness at least 700-800 stories and 500-600 patriotic songs and poems,” he said.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced the plan for Deshbhakti Curriculum on the 73rd Independence Day celebrations in 2019. The curriculum has been prepared by the Delhi Government school teachers, with inputs from NGO partners and experts.



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Talks On Sputnik Light Vaccine Production In India Near Completion, Says Russia – dot newz

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The production of the Sputnik Light vaccine assumes significance in light of the Omicron variant. (File)

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The talks on the production of anti-COVID vaccine Sputnik Light in India are nearing completion, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.

“The talks on Sputnik Light are nearing completion,” Lavrov said following the talks with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar in New Delhi today, reported Russian media TASS.

The agreement on the production of the two-component vaccine Sputnik V in the Republic is also being implemented, the minister added.

“Quite a large scale is expected – around hundred million doses each year,” TASS reported quoting him.

The CEO of Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev had said: “We are hopeful for the launch of Sputnik Light in India in December and we are working very well with Indian institutes.”

“We have Serum institute as our production partner in India, and we believe that Sputnik Light will play a big role in the Indian vaccination campaign,” he added.

In mid-September, a committee of experts under the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) issued a permit for intermediate tests of the third (final) stage of Sputnik Light studies in India. Once approved, Sputnik Light will be the first one-dose coronavirus vaccine to be used in India.

The production of the Sputnik Light vaccine against coronavirus in India assumes much significance as a new variant of COVID-19 was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 25. As per the WHO, the first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this year.

On November 26, the WHO named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’. The WHO has classified Omicron as a ‘variant of concern’.

Dozens of countries have imposed travel restrictions on the southern African nations since the mutation was discovered.

The new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 countries and their number is expected to rise, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said.

India has also added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in the country, including post-arrival testing for infection.

India currently uses three vaccines, including Covishield developed by the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca and produced by India’s Serum Institute, Covaxin produced by India’s Bharat Biotech, and Russia’s Sputnik V. Two US vaccines, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, have recently also been approved for emergency use in the country, though the vaccination using those jabs has not started yet in India, according to TASS.

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Amid Omicron Alarm, 100 Back From Abroad Untraceable Near Mumbai – dot newz

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Returnees to KDMC areas from ”at risk” nations have to undergo 7-day home quarantine. File

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Amid the Omicron scare, Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation chief Vijay Suryavanshi today said 109 out of 295 recent foreign returnees to the township in Thane district were untraceable currently.

He said the mobile phones of some of these people were switched off while many of the last given addresses were found to be locked.

Mr Suryavanshi said returnees to KDMC limits from all ”at risk” nations have to undergo 7-day home quarantine, and a COVID-19 test will be conducted on the eighth day.

“Even if it is negative, they will have to undergo another 7-day home quarantine and it would be the duty of housing society members to ensure the norm is not violated. Marriages, gatherings etc are being watched to curb violations,” he said.

“Some 72 per cent of the people in KDMC have taken the first dose of the vaccine and 52 per cent are fully vaccinated,” he added.

One Omicron case was detected in a Dombivali resident recently.

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Will Get Chief Secretary Who Knows Mizo, Says Mizoram Chief Minister – dot newz

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Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga today said that the centre would appoint a new chief secretary for the state, who has a working knowledge of the Mizo language.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference here, Mr Zoramthanga said he had recently discussed the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi.

“During our meeting in Delhi, the Prime Minister assured me that the centre would appoint a chief secretary, who knows the working standard of Mizo language,” he said, adding that Mizoram is likely to have a Mizo IAS officer as chief secretary.

The Chief Minister said the problem with current chief secretary Renu Sharma is the language barrier.

He said that most cabinet ministers speak in Mizo during a cabinet meeting and the chief secretary has to sit silently, which inconveniences her to carry out administration efficiently.

On October 28, the centre appointed Renu Sharma, an AGMUT cadre IAS officer of the 1988 batch, as the chief secretary of Mizoram.

The same day, the Mizoram government issued a notification directing JC Ramthanga, additional chief secretary of the chief minister, to take charge of chief secretary until further order.

Officials said that the chief minister had proposed Ramthanga as chief secretary to the centre much before Renu Sharma was appointed.

On October 29, Mr Zoramthanga had written to Home Minister Amit Shah, urging him to modify the centre’s order of appointing Renu Sharma as the chief secretary of the state and instead appoint a person, who knows the working standard of Mizo language, as the chief secretary of the state.

In the letter, the chief minister said that none of the cabinet ministers understands Hindi and some even have problems understanding English.

“The Mizo people by and large, do not understand Hindi, and none of my Cabinet Ministers understands Hindi, some of them even have problems with the English language. With such a background, a chief secretary without the knowledge of a working standard Mizo language will never be an effective and efficient chief secretary,” Mr Zoramthanga had said in the letter.

During his meeting with the Prime Minister on November 30, Mr Zoramthanga had urged him to take measures for a separate Mizoram cadre of IAS and other All Indian service officers.

He had also urged to provide housing assistance to ex-cadres of Mizo National Front, who came overground after the signing of the Mizo peace accord in 1986.

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