Surge in COVID-19 cases: IAF airlifting oxygen containers, essential medicines & medical equipment

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New Delhi: Indian Air Force (IAF) has swung into action by carrying out sorties from various parts of the country to airlift oxygen containers, cylinders, essential medicines, equipment required for setting up and sustaining COVID hospitals and facilities in the fight against fresh surge in COVID-19 cases.

The IAF Transport aircraft and helicopters have been pressed into service for carrying out these tasks. These include transport aircraft C-17, C-130J, IL-76, An-32 and Avro. Chinook and Mi-17 helicopters are on standby. Tasks undertaken include airlift of doctors and nursing staff from Kochi, Mumbai, Vizag and Bangalore for various hospitals at Delhi.

The C-17 and IL-76 aircraft of IAF have started airlifting big empty oxygen tankers from their place of use to the filling stations across the country to speed up the distribution of much needed oxygen. In addition to this, the C-17 and IL-76 have transported large quantity of load comprising bio safety cabinets and autoclave machines for setting up of an additional COVID test facility at Leh. The IAF transport and helicopter assets are on standby to be deployed at short notice.

It may be recalled that in the initial days of COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, the IAF ran several sorties to deliver medicines, medical and other essential supplies required to combat the corona virus pandemic as well as brought back stranded Indian nationals from abroad.

Earth Day April 22: Shivaliks can be a green oasis with fruit trees

Maj Gen Goverdhan Singh Jamwal (Retd)


On this Earth Day let’s pledge to grow more trees. We are lucky to have Shivaliks  which have over 130 Centimetres rainfall every year but the entire rainfall water flows down across the International border within 2 to 3 hours.

Shivaliks can be a green Oasis with fruit trees, herbal plants and particularly, many organic crops. We have 1 crore market in Mata Vaishno Devi and lot of land and unemployed youth waiting to harvest rainwater in the Watershed mode by gully plugging, check dams and small water bodies. 

It can be a money spinner for Jammu and can make us economically viable. Infact this is the answer to all our problems viz-a-vis Jammu and Kashmir.

With the technologies now available we can transform the Shivaliks into a green paradise to support the entire population by growing Desi Mangos, summer Apples, Apricots and Plums.

On COVID situation
Considering the oxygen supply problem in the country and the fact that the incidents of Covid are on the increase, it would be wise for the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Government to  make some provisions about oxygen in advance before it is too late.

It is also time our various Trusts and religious and social organisations like the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Trust and Auqaf and also Gurdwaras and maybe other religious organisations and Sabhas must  start keeping stock of the oxygen cylinders and if need be support by creating extra beds in the hospitals and dispensaries.

There is a vast scope for expansion of facilities by  these institutions which must be made use of and action initiated before it is too late as it’s happening in Delhi and other places.

Gen Goverdhan Singh Jamwal is President j&k Paryavaran Sanstha.

Boxing: Historic performance by women pugilists as India wins seven gold medals at AIBA Youth World Championships

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: It was Indian women’s show all the way. Seven of them were finals and all of them finished  with a Gold each and in the process  they created history at the  AIBA Youth s World Boxing Championships in Kielce, Poland on Thursday.

The  finalists –Gitika (48kg) Naorem Babyrojisana Chanu (51kg), Poonam (57kg), Vinka (60kg), Arundhati Choudhary (69kg), T Sanamacha Chanu (75kg) and Alfiya Pathan (+81kg)— chalked out  facile victories as they brought laurels to the country .

They also finished as the No.1 team in the ongoing Championship ahead of Russia.Previously Indian women had won five gold medals during the 2017 edition of the  Championships held in Guwahati. 

Gitika led the charge for the country as she  knocked down local favourite Natalia Kuczewska 5-0 in the  48kg final and secured first gold medal for India at the on-going Championship.The Haryana boxer, had  came into the match beating two-time European Champion Italy’s Erika Prisciandaro,

The Asian Youth Champion Babyrojisana (51kg) and Poonam (57kg)  extended  winning momentum as the duo secured identical 5-0 victories to add two more gold medals. 

Manipur boxer Babyrojisana was  in great touch  and recorded a flawless win against the European Junior Champion Russian Valeriia Linkova, 

Poonam dominated her experienced opponent Sthelyne Grosy. With sharp and precise punches the Indian did not allow her opponent from France to score any point before completing an easy 5-0 triumph. 

Vinka (60kg)  produced a spectacular show as her power packed  punches  were too strong for Kazakhstan boxer Zhuldyz Shayakhmetova. Referee had to stop the contest and declare Indian as the winner.

Rajasthan boxer Arundhati added one more gold for Indian when she completed a fine 5-0 win against Polish boxer Barbara Marcinkowska in the 69kg final.

Asian Youth Champion Sanamacha, who trains at boxing great MC Mary Kom’s academy in Imphal, added the historic sixth gold  when she outperformed Kazakhstan’s Dana Diday 5-0 in the 75kg final.

Young boxer from Maharashtra Alfiya clinched the seventh gold as she stunned a strong contender European Youth Champion Moldova’s Daria Kozorez 5-0 .

Hailing the historic showing , Boxing Federation of India (BFI) President, Ajay Singh said “This has been an amazing effort from our youth boxers especially when the players had to be confined at home for most part of the last year and only make do with online training sessions.
“Our coaches and support staff did a stellar job despite the limitations and challenges. I congratulate all the winners on this unprecedented medal haul. This achievement is a testament of the talent we have in the upcoming generation of Indian boxing,” 

The only Indian men in the final, Sachin (56kg) will be in action on tomorrow.

Earlier, Bishwamitra Chongthom (49kg), Ankit Narwal (64kg) and Vishal Gupta (91kg) won three bronze medals for the country with the semi-finals finish.

A 20-member Indian contingent has already secured 11 medals at the on-going Youth World Championships bettering their previous best of 10 medals in 2018 edition.

A 10-day biennial event, which had the men’s and women’s championship played together for the first time during the 2018 edition in Hungary, has witnessed high competition in presence of 414 boxers from 52 countries.  

DMK’s vulgarity is legendary

Ram Ramkumar

In this video, we have  Senthamizhan Seeman,
leader of Tamil Nadu party,  Naam Tamizhar, which means “We Are Tamils”,  railing against the vulgar casteism of the Dravidian barbarians.

“You are willing to accept Muslims and Christians in Tamil Nadu as true Tamils, although they have been here only a few centuries. But abuse brahmins who have lived on TN soil for several millennia longer and referred to as Aryans and Parpaan – both these words are used as a derogatory term for brahmins. 

You have taught us that poet Bharathi and  UV Swaminatha Iyer, popularly called UVS are not true Tamils!  And display your vulgarity and bigotry by calling them ‘Parpaan’! Is there anyone who has done more for Tamil than these great men? 

UVS was a Tamil scholar and researcher who was instrumental in bringing many long-forgotten works of classical Tamil literature
to light. It was primarily due to his efforts that the world came to know the literary output of the ancient Tamils and their past.

Tamil poet and nationalist Subramania Bharati, who inspired the freedom movement with his songs, equated UVS with the Sage Agastya.

In his words: ”So long as Tamils live, poets will venerate you and pay obeisance to you.”

Rabindranath Tagore met UVS, the ‘grand old man of Tamil literature’, in 1926 in Chennai. Tagore especially had penned a poem honoring the efforts of UVS to salvage ancient classical Tamil literary works from palm leaf manuscripts.