Mission Shakti boosts adoption of girl child by foreign couples in Uttar Pradesh

Mission Shakti is a UP state initiative which aims to improve the status of women folk, by empowering them.

Uttar Pradesh officials are lauding the state's Mission Shakti Programme as more and more girls are now being adopted by childless couples from other countries. According to a government spokesman, orphan girls are being adopted by foreign couples from countries like Belgium, Spain, Italy, Canada, France and Malta. This trend shines as a beacon of hope for many young lives, as this reflects a positive sign of changing mindsets.


Adoption booms under the umbrella of Mission Shakti in UP

In 2019, 67 children were adopted by foreigners, out of which 45 were girls. However, in 2020, the number of domestic adoption soared to 131 despite the raging pandemic, which included 88 girls. Foreigners adopted 22 girls out of a total of 35 children adopted from January 1, 2020 to November 22, 2020, an official stated. As many as 456 girls have been adopted by domestic and foreign couples in the past two years.

"The children are mostly below the age of six, though sometimes, they are around 8-9 years old too. In October alone, a girl was adopted by a US couple. Another girl will be leaving for Spain on November 25. Specialized adoption agency does the follow-up at regular interval." said Sangeeta Sharma, a member of the Child Welfare Committee.

Mission Shakti was launched in October, aiming at the safety, dignity and the empowerment of women and girls. However, the government spokesperson has also added that the initiatives of the Mission Shakti campaign, have intensified with emphasis on children's rights, female foeticide, sexual crimes against girls and also adoption of orphaned girls.

-With inputs from IANS

In Rajasthan’s vaccination drive on Sunday, Jaipur records the lowest turnout

Jaipur has witnessed vaccination of only 51% of the designated individuals in the six days of immunization.

Speeding-up the covid-19 immunization in Rajasthan, the state's health department conducted vaccination drives at 408 centres on Sunday. Though the objective was to vaccinate more than 38,000 healthcare workers, reports have stated that about 26,255 individuals(67% of the target) were inoculated by the end of the day. Jaipur, the state capital recorded the lowest rate of the target achievement by vaccinating only 41% of the designated number.

39% target achievement rate recorded for COVAXIN in Jaipur

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There has been an increment in the number of Covaxin sites in Jaipur, totaling up to 11. The natively developed vaccine is currently being administered to the healthcare workers only in Jaipur. Around 430 individuals out of the targetted 1,116 healthcare workers received the Covaxin jab on Sunday, registering a target completion rate of 39%. In all other districts across the state, 68% of the total intended beneficiaries were administered the Covishield vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India. Achieving a target completion rate of 100.5%, Sikar outshone all other districts in the state.

After receiving the dose, 12 recipients of the Covishield vaccine experienced effects while no adverse effect was reported for Covaxin.

Vaccination sites are being increased daily

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As per reports, a senior official from the health department stated that new vaccination sites are being set up daily and the state aims to immunize 4.5 lakh citizens as soon as possible. While there were 167 vaccination centres for the first four days of the drive in the state, the count stood at 408 on the sixth day. Through these days, over 93,500 individual have been given the COVID-19 jab which is 21% of the total target.

Jaipur, the city with the highest reported COVID cases in the state has recorded a cumulative target attaintment of 51% for the vaccination drives conducted in the past days. While Bundi has been successful in wtnessing the highest cumulative rate, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Sikar are among the front runners.

Lucknow to get new panic buttons & pink toilets, under Safe City Mission

The panic buttons will allow city dwellers to seek immediate assistance in case of accidents, health issues, theft and other crime.

In a bid to develop smart emergency-assistance systems in Lucknow, new panic buttons will be installed at several intersections in Lucknow. These panic buttons will also be positioned near the 'Pink Toilets' in the city, which are being developed under the 'Smart City Mission'. Prominent areas in Lucknow, such as Hazratganj, Gomti Nagar, Indira Nagar and Alambagh will get the panic-buttons first, read reports.

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Railway's renovation project to bring a World-class, Airport-like station in Kanpur

Proposed project keeps the benefit of passengers as the focal point behind all interventions.

After the Indian Railways successfully completed the redevelopment of the Habibganj station in Bhopal, Kanpur is one of the two stations chosen for the next initiative. As per reports, the Central Railway station is all set for a revamp by the Railway Authority in line with the airport standards. On Friday, a group of officials from different agencies conducted a meeting and deliberated on various issues regarding the renovation project.

IRSDC, RLDA and other central agencies roped in for the project

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The plan for the redevelopment of the railway stations has been prepared by the Ministry of Railways in consultation with the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC), Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) and other central agencies. With an aim to speed-up the process, IRSDC and RLDA have already started their work to check the technological feasibility and financial viability of the redevelopment project.

As per the current proposal, the exercise will be divided into different stages based on the feasibility reports. While discussing the various areas of renovation, a senior official pointed out that the benefit of the passengers must be the focal point behind all interventions. He added that it is important to consider unusual circumstances like heavy rains or dense fog while working out on the implementations.

Enhancing & upgrading passenger amenities a top priority

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The official further stated that the development works of the station must be envisioned upon the needs and requirements of the next 40 to 50 years. A representative from IRSDC delivered a PowerPoint presentation covering the various facets of the redevelopment project. He emphasised the fact that enhancing and upgrading passenger amenities must be the first priority of the innovative scheme.

India has got its first world-class, airport-like railway in Bhopal which would be inaugurated soon. With the current initiatives in line, the country's rail-travel system is bound to be changed soon.

Set to open for public use in January 2022, Kanpur Metro dives into fine-tuning with vigour

Electrical and fire fittings, civic construction work, underground tunelling work to begin simultaenously for Kanpur Metro

The Kanpur Metro has buckled to boost its construction phase work, streamlined to inaugurate the services for public use by January next year. As per reports, tenders for laying metro-line corridors will be assigned in the coming week and the pivotal construction work will begin by April. The authorities have slated to lay electrical lines, in addition to setting tracks and fire safety provisions simultaneously to holistically establish the system. Marked for November trials, Kanpur too will become a 'metro-city' by 2022.

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Boosting network connectivity​ across the state, Goa to have 62 new mobile towers soon

The latest intervention is a part of the government's Telecommunication Infrastructure Policy 2020.

The Chief Minister of Goa announced a new proposal to enhance mobile connectivity in the state on Saturday. As per reports, Goa is all set to witness the installation of about 62 new mobile towers in the near future. The latest step which comes as a part of the government's telecommunication policy will not only improve network accessibility in the state but also amplify the existing infrastructure.

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