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FIT INDIA Plogging Run At KV-SAC, Ahmedabad, Captivates Neighbourhood

The event was held as a part of the government’s ‘Fit India Plog Run’ as a tribute to Gandhiji on his 150th birth anniversary.

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AHMEDABAD (Gujarat): Vastrapur, an upscale neighbourhood of Gujarat’s principal city Ahmedabad, today witnessed an energetic spectacle that would have brought a smile to the city’s greatest gift to the world — Mahatma Gandhi.

Kendriya Vidyalaya SAC (KV-SAC), Vastapur, today organised one of the city’s best ‘Fit India Plog Run‘, an initiative that is a part of the Fit India Movement launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 29, 2019.

Students of the school, right from the tiny tots to the seniors, who would be appearing in school-leaving board exams in about six months, were at their effervescent best — collecting waste from within and around the school neighbourhood, carrying out a march extolling the virtues of cleanliness, fitness, and Gandhian values, giving speeches from the stage, singing Gandhiji’s favourite bhajan, and generally promising a better India tomorrow.


And if you needed any more inspiration to emulate greatness, there was Atharva of Class V not only dressed up as but also moving around and talking like the great man, on his 150th birthday.

Teachers, and indeed the entire KV-SAC administration, worked in tandem like a well-oiled machinery to pull off the event with consummate discipline and excellence.

Parents of the children, who had gathered in large numbers were left impressed and filled with pride after the two-hour-long program.


A clear highlight of the event was the music teacher of the school, Krishna Engineer, getting the entire gathering — all students, all teachers, and all parents — sing ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ in unison. Here is but only a very tiny bit of the experience (compressed file, low quality):

 

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It was just a stirring day!

Smt Kiran Mishra handled all the communication from the stage; Smt Rajshree Patnaik managed the various cogs of the wheel; ‘Chaudhary Sir’ were in command of the students and the various physical activities; and ‘Rubeena Ma’am’ was the ever-efficient medical/health in-charge of the day.


KV-SAC Staff, the team behind the Fit India Plogging Run

1200 Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country, CBSE-affiliated schools, and industry bodies such as FICCI, CII had joined hands to organize the Fit India Plog Run across the nation.

What is Plogging Run?

Plogging Running (derived from Swedish Plocka Upp) includes jogging while picking up plastic and other waste along the way.

The initiative has a two-pronged effect – Swasthya (Fitness) and Swachhta (Cleanliness).

In other words, it is “staying fit while keeping the country clean”.

Moreover, plogging running includes various body movements like bending, squatting as well as stretching done during the picking up of the waste in addition to the running, hiking, or walking.

This provides a complete exercise apart from the mental satisfaction of keeping the neighbourhood clean.

While traditionally, cleanliness leads to a healthy lifestyle, the reverse is true with Plogging run.

KV – SAC, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad:

K.V SAC, Vastrapur was established in August 1981 as a project school under the patronage of Department of Space (DoS), Government of India, for imparting education to the children.

Kendriya Vidyalaya (SAC) made a beautiful beginning in the year 1980 under the guidance of the very illustrious Professor Yashpal, the 1st Chairman of the Vidyalaya.


The School is situated in the most prime location of Ahmedabad – Vastrapur, IIM Road.

It has above 1.5 acres of land. The school is rich with more than 700 students studying from Pre-Primary to Class XII. It is a single section school with Science Stream at Senior Secondary level. The Vidyalaya staff comprises of 35 members. The School has a state of art Physics, Chemistry, Biology and two Computer Lab.

This KV has its history as old as the history of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan.

The school started as a Secondary school in 1981 with its first Principal as Mr T. G. Vanjani. Since then it has got valuable guidance of 09 Principals. Mrs Jamie James is currently heading the Vidyalaya family under her valuable and experienced leadership.

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COVID-10: India Conducts Record 10.5 Lakh Tests In 24 Hrs

WHO has advised that a country needs 140 tests/day/ million population.

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NEW DELHI: India has crossed a crucial milestone in the fight against COVID-19. For the first time, a record number of more than 10.5 lakh COVID tests have been conducted in a single day.

With 10,55,027 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, India has further strengthened the national diagnostic capacity of testing more than 10 lakh samples daily.

With this achievement, the cumulative tests have crossed 4.14 crore (4,14,61,636). The Centre, keeping in view the evolving global context of COVID-19, conceptualised and implemented the Continuum of Care strategy of “Test, Track and Treat” in close coordination with the State/UT governments.


Pivoted on the strong pillar of aggressive testing, the positive cases are identified early which enables and ensures that their contacts are efficiently tracked in a timely manner.

This is followed up with prompt isolation in-home or facility setting for the mild and moderate cases, and hospitalisation for the severe and critical patients.

The exponential jump in the testing capacity and cumulative tests has resulted in an upsurge in the Tests Per Million. They stand at 30,044 today.


WHO in its Guidance Note on “Public Health Criteria to Adjust Public Health and Social Measures in the Context of COVID-19” has advised comprehensive surveillance for suspected COVID-19 cases. WHO has advised that a country needs 140 tests/day/ million population.

In another row of achievements, all State/UTs have crossed the advised number of tests.

Several states have demonstrated better performance by registering a Positivity Rate lower than the national average.

The testing strategy also ensured a steady expansion of the national lab network.

Today, with 1003 labs in the government sector and 580 private labs, 1583 labs are providing comprehensive testing facilities to the people. These include:

• Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 811 (Govt: 463 + Private: 348)
• TrueNat based testing labs: 651 (Govt: 506 + Private: 145)
• CBNAAT based testing labs: 121 (Govt: 34 + Private: 87)


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Legendary Indian Classical Vocalist Pandit Jasraj Dies At 90

Pandit Jasraj was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honour.

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NEW JERSEY (United States): Pandit Jasraj, one of the world’s most prominent Indian classical vocalists passed away at the age of 90 due to cardiac arrest, says his daughter Durga Jasra. “With profound grief, we inform that Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji breathed his last this morning at 5.15 EST due to a cardiac arrest at his home in New Jersey, USA,” a statement issued by his family said, newswire agency PTI reported.

Born in Haryana in 1930, his musical career spanned eight decades. In the year 2000, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honour.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the maestro’s death has left a deep void in the country’s cultural sphere:


President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed his condolences and posted that the revered vocalist had “enthralled people with soulful renditions.”

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PM Modi Becomes Longest-Serving Non-Congress Prime Minister

PM Modi was elected to office for the second time on May 23, 2019.

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday became the fourth-longest serving Prime Minister of India surpassing Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure. The feat also makes PM Modi the country’s longest-serving Prime Minister not from the Congress. The prime minister, on August 13, surpassed the tenure of 2,268 days that Vajpayee had clocked in his three terms combined.

Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Manmohan Singh – all from the Congress – are the three longest-serving Prime Ministers in that order.

Vajpayee served three terms as prime minister of India. He was first elected as PM in 1996 and was in office for 13 days between May 16 and June 1. His second stint came in 1998, when he served as PM for 13 months between March 1998 and April 1999. This was followed by a five-year term between 1999 and 2004.


Among India’s other non-Congress prime ministers were Morarji Desai, Charan Singh, V.P. Singh, Chandra Shekhar, H.D. Deve Gowda and Inder Kumar Gujral, none of whom completed a full term in office.

India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who assumed office on August 15, 1947, stayed in the seat till May 27, 1964, a total of 6,130 days or almost 17 years.

His daughter Indira Gandhi was the second longest-serving PM of India, holding office for almost 11 years. She first assumed office on January 24, 1966, and continued till March 24, 1977. She returned as PM on January 14, 1980, and continued till her assassination on October 31, 1984. She was in the office for 5,829 days.


Manmohan Singh was in office for a decade, between May 22, 2004, and May 26, 2014, a total of 3,656 days.

Sworn into his second term in May 2019, PM Modi towers over India’s electioneering politics and much of the country’s political discourse.

In 2014, the Modi-led BJP decimated all opposition and swept the election, becoming the first party to win a majority in over three decades.

Before moving to New Delhi, PM Modi served as the Chief Minister of his home state Gujarat for 13 years since 2001.

Narendra Damodardas Modi:


Born in Vadnagar in northern Gujarat, PM Modi, in his teens, sold tea – a part of his life that would take on immense significance at a critical turn of his political career.

Known as a strong debater in school, he was barely in his teens when he joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student outfit linked to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological mentor of the BJP.

When eight years old, Modi discovered the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and began attending its local shakhas (training sessions). There, Modi met Lakshmanrao Inamdar, popularly known as Vakil Saheb, who inducted him as a Bal Swayamsevak (junior cadet) in the RSS and became his political mentor.

While Modi was training with the RSS, he also met Vasant Gajendragadkar and Nathalal Jaghda, Bharatiya Jana Sangh leaders who were founding members of the BJP’s Gujarat unit in 1980.

Modi travelled around India for two years and visited a number of religious centres before returning to Gujarat. In 1971 he became a full-time worker for the RSS.

In interviews, Modi has described visiting Hindu ashrams founded by Swami Vivekananda: the Belur Math near Kolkata, followed by the Advaita Ashrama in Almora and the Ramakrishna Mission in Rajkot. Modi remained only a short time at each, since he lacked the required college education.

Vivekananda has been described as a large influence in Modi’s life.

In the early summer of 1968, Modi reached the Belur Math but was turned away, after which Modi travelled through Calcutta, West Bengal and Assam, stopping in Siliguri and Guwahati.

Modi returned to Vadnagar for a brief visit before leaving again for Ahmedabad. There, Modi lived with his uncle, working in the latter’s canteen at the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation.

In Ahmedabad, Modi renewed his acquaintance with Inamdar, who was based at the Hedgewar Bhavan (RSS headquarters) in the city.


After the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, he stopped working for his uncle and became a full-time Pracharak (campaigner) for the RSS, working under Inamdar.

Shortly before the war, Modi took part in a non-violent protest against the Indian government in New Delhi, for which he was arrested; this has been cited as a reason for Inamdar electing to mentor him. Many years later Modi would co-author a biography of Inamdar, published in 2001.

During the state of emergency imposed across the country in 1975, Modi was forced to go into hiding.

The RSS assigned him to the BJP in 1985 and he held several positions within the party hierarchy until 2001, rising to the rank of general secretary.

At 18, PM Modi’s parents arranged his wedding. He left home soon after. In 1971, he joined the RSS. During the Emergency of 1975-77, when then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi jailed several political opponents and severely restricted fundamental rights, PM Modi went into hiding and wrote a book.

He was assigned by the RSS to the BJP in 1985 and held several posts until he replaced Keshubhai Patel as Gujarat Chief Minister in 2001.

Modi was appointed Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001 due to Keshubhai Patel’s failing health and poor public image following the earthquake in Bhuj. Modi was elected to the legislative assembly soon after.

Partisan Reactions:

The milestone, predictably, has earned effusive praise from the BJP:

He might have broken the previous record, but the new record that he will end up creating will remain unmatched in the Indian political history. The kind of stable government he has given speaks volume,” said Rajiv Pratap Rudy, a senior BJP leader.

Congress leader Shakti Singh Gohil, though, dismissed Modi’s record tenure to say it wasn’t the duration that mattered but the achievements.

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