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Monday, September 27, 2010

Fwd: Releases.........pt3



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From: Press Information Bureau Ministry of I&B <pib.kolkata@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 5:11 PM
Subject: Releases.........pt3



Press Information Bureau

Government of India

* * * * * *

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Weekly Data of Influenza A H1n1 (for the Week Ending 26th September 2010) and Cumulative
No. of Lab Confirmed Cases & Deaths Statewise

New Delhi: September 27, 2010.

 

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State

Lab confirmed cases reported during the week 20th  September  to 26th September 2010

Lab confirmed cases cumulative from May 2009

Death of Lab confirmed cases during  the week

 20th  September  to 26th September 2010

Death of Lab confirmed cases cumulative from May 2009

 

Delhi

39

11126

6

144

 

Andhra Pradesh

9

1486

4

98

 

Karnataka

93

4295

11

248

 

Tamil Nadu

129

2989

0

7

 

Maharashtra

124

9834

24

900

 

Kerala

6

2906

0

120

 

Punjab

4

199

1

46

 

Haryana

6

2066

1

47

 

Chandigarh(UT)

0

325

0

8

 

Goa

0

127

0

6

 

West Bengal

0

256

0

4

 

Uttarakhand

3

150

0

17

 

Himachal Pradesh

0

24

0

9

 

Jammu & Kashmir

0

112

0

4

 

Gujarat

62

2225*

35

457

 

Manipur

0

2

0

0

 

Meghalaya

0

8

0

0

 

Mizoram

0

4

0

1

 

Assam

0

52

0

2

 

Jharkhand

0

2

0

0

 

Rajasthan

84

3794

0

212

 

Bihar

0

7

0

0

 

Uttar Pradesh

12

1598

0

36

 

Puducherry

10

113

1

9

 

Chhattisgarh

2

94

0

13

 

Madhya Pradesh

32

405*

10

105

 

Daman & Diu

0

1

0

0

 

Orissa

1

118

0

26

 

Nagaland

0

2

0

0

 

Andaman & Nicobar

0

27

0

0

 

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

0

3

0

1

Total

616

44350

93

2520

 

Note:

 

1. Till date, samples from 187441 persons have been tested for Influenza A H1N1 in Government Laboratories   and a few private Laboratories across the country and 44350 (23.6%) of them have been found positive.

2. All 616 cases reported during the week are indigenous cases.

3. Ninty three Deaths (Gujarat-35, Maharashtra-24, Karnataka-11, Madhya Pradesh-10, Delhi-6, Andhra Pradesh-4, punjab-1, Haryana-1 and Puducherry-1) have been reported during the week.

4.* Also includes the cases found positive in the earlier weeks but reported in this week only.

 

 For more information including trend analysis kindly visit the website at:

 www.mohfw-h1n1.nic.in

 

  ds/gk/dk/kol/17:06 hrs.

 

Press Information Bureau

Government of India

* * * * * *

Planning Commission

National Launch of Unique Identification Numbers (Adhaar)

New Delhi: September 27, 2010.

 

On 29th September 2010, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi will launch the issue of Unique Identification Numbers (Aadhaar) nationally by distributing the first set of numbers among the villagers. This launch will take place in Nandurbar District of Maharashtra where the Unique ID Mission will be dedicated to the nation.

The Unique ID Authority of India started working in the month of August 2009. The Government had committed to issuing the first set of Unique ID numbers in 12 to 18 months. In the ensuing period of last one year, the infrastructure for this complex project has been set up. With the launch date for the project scheduled for September 29, 2010 the Unique ID Mission has achieved its goal of on-time delivery.

The goal of the UID Mission is to deliver Unique Identification Numbers (Aadhaar) to every resident in the country. In addition, it aims to establish a cost-effective, ubiquitous authentication infrastructure to easily verify these identities online and in real-time.

Today there are a large number of residents, especially the poorest and the most marginalized, who face challenges in accessing various public benefit programs due to the lack of possessing a clear identity proof. The Aadhaar number will ease these difficulties in identification, by providing a nationally valid and verifiable single source of identity proof.

The UIDAI will ensure the uniqueness of the Aadhaar numbers through the use of biometric attributes (Finger Prints and Iris) which will be linked to the number. This will help agencies and service providers across India clean out duplicates and fakes from their databases. The elimination of duplicate, ghost and fake identities across various schemes is expected to substantially improve the efficiency of the delivery systems by ensuring that the leakages are reduced and the benefits reach the right people.

The Aadhaar number will also enable the delivery of various services at the grass root level in a cost effective and efficient way. An example of such an Aadhaar-enabled service is in banking for the poor. With the Aadhaar number, residents will be able to easily fulfill the Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements of banks. They will be able to verify their identity through the Aadhaar number to banks both in person or remotely, using a mobile device. As a result, banks will be able to provide branchless banking services to hard-to-reach rural regions, and the use of electronic transactions will further bring down costs. Similarly, electronic transfers of benefits and entitlements can be enabled through Aadhaar-linked bank accounts of the beneficiaries.

India will be the first country to implement a biometric-based unique ID system for its residents on a national scale. The national launch of Aadhaar on 29th will herald a new chapter in the efforts of the Government in enabling inclusive growth and bringing in greater efficiency and transparency in governance. Aadhaar has the potential to fundamentally transform the service delivery and governance in the country.

 

ds/gk/dk/kol/17:06 hrs.

 

Press Information Bureau

Government of India

* * * * * *

Ministry of Environment and Forests

Safe and Sound Co-Processing Practices to use Hazardous Wastes

New Delhi: September 27, 2010.

 

The country has potential to utilize entire hazardous waste generated through co-processing in the Cement and other industries. Guidelines on co-processing in the Cement industry have been published by the Central Pollution Control Board in February 2010. The data is being generated for preparing the guidelines for thermal power and also for other furnaces as coke oven and steel etc. Prof S. P. Gautam, Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board, expressed this hope in his welcome address to the one day workshop on "Co-processing of Wastes in Cement Kiln" here today. He said the purpose of the Conference is to develop a safe and sound co-processing practise.

The induction of co-processing started in 2005 in India; however it was restricted in cement industries with trials included various sludge, Tar, Tyre chips solid waste mix, liquid waste mix of various range and others including select municipal solid waste.

Prof. Gautam explained that the cement industry has been successful in utilizing industrial inorganic waste materials but have not much experience of using alternate fuels derived from waste or hazardous waste materials. With 164 kilns scattered around the country, this industry consumes more than 300 million tonnes of virgin raw materials approx. 28 million tons of coal, 18 billions of kWh electricity which require a huge amount of alternative fuels as well. Hence, the use of co-processing needs expansion in the type of waste, mode of disposal besides cement such as thermal power plants and coke oven and steel furnaces.

Giving details of the cost of processing incinerator, Prof. Gautam pointed out that it would depend on its capacity ranging from Rs. 10 Crore to Rs.30 Crore. Assuming disposal cost of hazardous waste is about Rs. 16,000/- per MT, it may roughly be estimated that additionally about Rs. 640 Crore per annum would be incurred in incinerating hazardous waste in our country. Besides, incinerator if not operated optimally may contribute to emission including toxic Dioxins and Furans. This coupled with resource conservation and reduced carbon emissions make a strong case for considering co-processing as a sound and better alternative for hazardous waste disposal in general and incinerable waste in particular.

India also has ten steel plants and more than hundred power plants in operation and the potential for safe and sound co-processing practices. Resource and Energy Intensive Industry (REII) can be made more sustainable and efficient by substitution of renewable fossil fuels and virgin raw material with waste and secondary raw material. Process for destruction of toxicity immobilization of toxic and heavy material, absorption of acidic gases, also helps for conservation of natural/ fossil fuel resources.The big amount of pollution of distillery spent washes and land disposal of spent wash by bio-composting to harness fertilizer and select municipal solid waste which cause damage to environment will also be co-processed.

CPCB is also providing assistance to South East Asian countries like Bhutan and Nepal in improving their environmental management system, including Hazardous Waste Management System.

An institutional co-operation with SINTEF will strengthen this activity as well as the compliance with the Stockholm and the Basel Convention, the Montreal Protocol, the UN framework Convention on Climate Change and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

Addressing the workshop, Ms Ann Ollestad, Ambassador of Norway to India said by integrating co-processing and treatment of wastes in cement and steel production and coal based power plants, India can reduce the need for building new and costly waste incinerators and save non-renewable fossil fuels and raw materials. Such practice will reduce the overall greenhouse gas emissions, increase waste treatment capacity and reduce releases of hazardous chemicals.

Ms Ollestad informed that Norway has treated its organic hazardous waste in the cement industry for the last twenty five years. Dedicated incinerators were never built in Norway. India, with its numerous steel plants and more than hundred Power plants, offers great potential for co-processing.

"The purpose of the four year project is to build capacity and assist Central Pollution Contorl Board , State Pollution Control Boards and industry in implementing a safe and sound co-processing and treatment practise in resource and energy intensive industry in India," she added.

 

kp/dk/kol/17:07 hrs.

 




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