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Vice President inaugurates Marine Interpretation Unit of FRCCE

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Inaugurating the Marine Interpretation Unit of the Forest Research Centre for Coastal Ecosystem (FRCCE) in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu urged the people to become more environmentally conscious and adopt a sustainable lifestyle amid climate change.

He said it is time that we make amends to bring the desired change in our planet’s health.

The Marine Interpretation Unit has been established to disseminate knowledge on the marine environment and to work with coastal communities. The FRCCE is the only establishment in the country for research on timber protection under seawater in its total perspective.

Naidu, who is on a four-day visit to Visakhapatnam, also he is happy that the FRCCE was conducting research on forest biodiversity and forest genetic resources management with respect to mangroves and coastal ecosystems of East and West coast.

“Their research work on the mangrove ecosystem as well as biodiversity of Eastern Ghats is all the more critical in the time of ecological degradation and climate change,” he added.

Reiterating that “the ultimate aim of science is to bring happiness and make people’s lives better,” the Vice President lauded the Centre for its efforts to benefit the coastal communities.

He also expressed his happiness over the distribution of 100 preservative-treated catamarans made of perishable timber to the fishermen of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu by the Centre as a measure towards alleviating poverty.

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Vice President makes case for using native languages in judiciary

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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for the need to make the judiciary accessible for native language speakers. Referring to the Chief Justice of India, N.V. Ramana’s recent initiative allowing a woman to speak in Telugu in court, the Vice President said the incident underlined the need for judiciary to allow people to express their problems in their mother tongues, and also deliver judgments in the regional languages.

Addressing a virtual conference organised by ‘Telugu Kootami’ on the protection of mother tongues, Saturday, Naidu cautioned that loss of mother tongue, ultimately leads to loss of self-identity and self-esteem. It would be possible to preserve various aspects of our heritage – music, dance, drama, customs, festivals, traditional knowledge – only by preserving our mother tongue, he said.

Naidu called for innovative and collaborative efforts to protect and rejuvenate Indian languages. Stressing that preserving languages and ensuring their continuity is possible only through people’s movement, he said that people must come together in one voice and pool in efforts to pass on our heritage of language to our future generations.

Referring to various best practices in the world in preserving mother tongue, the Vice President called upon language enthusiasts, linguists, teachers, parents and the media to take insights from such countries. He said that countries like France, Germany and Japan, while using their native tongue in various advanced disciplines like engineering, medicine and law, have proved themselves strong vis-a-vis English-speaking countries in every field. He also suggested improving scientific and technical terminology in Indian languages in order to facilitate wider reach.

Touching upon various people-driven initiatives needed to preserve Indian languages, the Vice President highlighted the important role translation plays in enriching a language. He called for increased efforts in improving the quality and quantity of translations in Indian languages. He also proposed making ancient literature more accessible and relatable to the youth in plain, spoken languages.

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VP seeks expediting development of Covid vaccine for children

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Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday urged the scientific fraternity to focus on expediting the development of Covid vaccine for children and for according priority to protection of children from the virus.

Naidu emphasized that the vaccination drive against Covid-19 should become a pan-India ‘Jan Andolan’ and appealed to the people to immunise themselves by taking the required doses of the vaccine.

Addressing scientists and staff of the Bharat Biotech International Ltd after a visit to its plant at Genome Valley in Hyderabad, he said that there is no room for vaccine hesitancy. He urged everyone to get vaccinated saying there is no other more powerful way to protect “ourselves and people around us”.

Commending the development of a nasal Covid vaccine as an important initiative, he said this can reduce vaccine hesitancy and improve the ease of administering.

Asserting that advantages of vaccination far outweigh the perceived drawbacks, Naidu said that this message should be driven home loud and clear to every nook and corner of the country. “It is now clear that vaccination is preventing hospitalisation and severe disease when infected,” he added.

Cautioning people against becoming complacent by the temporary decline in Covid-19 cases, he said: “Let us be responsible citizens and not behave in a careless manner by violating Covid protocols”. He appealed to the people to continue with masking, physical distancing and personal hygiene.

The Vice President also urged the leaders of various political parties and their followers to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour. “It is the duty of each one of us to act responsibly. We cannot afford to invite the third wave,” he warned.

Observing that the constantly mutating virus poses unforeseen challenges and forces us to find solutions that will save lives and protect livelihoods, Naidu said that vaccine supplies must be stepped up rapidly and vaccines must be administered to all as quickly as possible.

He, however, expressed confidence that the immunization drive would pick up pace in the months ahead and said the government intends to vaccinate all eligible adults by the year-end.

Lauding the scientists at Bharat Biotech for developing an effective vaccine in a very short time frame, he said he appreciate the optimism and dynamism that Dr Krishna Ella and Dr Suchitra Ella have brought to this organisation.

Naidu said that a few other Indian companies have also raced against time to produce Covid-19 vaccines, while some more are in the pipeline.

Saying India has earned global appreciation as the “pharmacy of the world”, he said that it supplying over 50 per cent of vaccines and is the largest producer of generic drugs. Indian pharma firms are also supplying over 80 percent of the anti-retroviral drugs globally to combat AIDS.

He noted that India’s domestic pharmaceutical market, estimated at $42 billion in 2021, is likely to reach the $120-130 billion by 2030.

Expressing his happiness that Hyderabad has emerged as the hub for vaccines and bulk drugs, he said that he was pleased to note that it has also turned into a biotechnology hub with the Genome Valley driving growth in this sector.

He said that it was heartening that one of the recently-sanctioned Central Drug Laboratories has been located in Hyderabad.

The Vice President, who went around the facilities, complimented the company for contributing significantly towards immunisation programmes in India and abroad.

Telangana Home Minister, Mohammed Mahmood Ali, BBIL Chairman & Managing Director Krishna Ella, Joint Managing Director, Suchitra Ella, Director, Dr V. Krishna Mohan and the heads of various divisions of Bharat Biotech attended the event.

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Need to fast-track genome sequencing of new coronavirus variants: VP

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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said that there is a need to fast-track genome sequencing of new variants of SARS-CoV-2 to speed up development of suitable vaccines and drugs.

He stressed the need to intensify international collaborations by research institutions and to study feasibility of developing a universal vaccine that can neutralise various variants.

“Specialised research focusing on sequencing would help in timely interventions during the ongoing pandemic. Sequencing, as an adjunctive tool, plays a critical role in identifying the emergence of new viral mutations and thus, helps combat the spread of Covid-19,” he said while addressing scientists at CCMB’s LaCONES (Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species) facility.

“With SARS-CoV-2 mutating frequently, we are seeing the emergence of new variants that are causing faster transmissibility. This is a cause for concern and calls for stepped up efforts from scientists to neutralise its ability to spread rapidly,” he said.

Naidu said the need for genome sequencing of new variants becomes crucial in the light of reports of big cats contracting Covid-19 in a few zoos in the country. Species jump of a virus – from humans to animals or vice versa – can lead to new variants and pose fresh challenges in the ongoing fight against the pandemic, he added.

He opined that LaCones is rightly positioned to make these linkages at both national and international levels, to understand the emergence of infectious diseases, and prevent such pandemics in the future.

He noted that LaCONES is one of the four centres in the country that can test animal samples for Covid-19 infection. It recently released guidelines in collaboration with the Central Zoo Authority and Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change for the zoo frontline workers on Covid-19 investigation for captive animals.

He complimented the CCMB for its contribution to the cause of Covid-19 mitigation that includes the establishment of rapid diagnostics, genome sequencing and surveillance. “Research done at the CCMB has also shown that coronavirus spreads through air and that it can be detected in sewage and wild animals. The easy transmission of this virus poses many challenges, and the way in which it might infect new hosts or other species will be an important area of research. This is where the CCMB can take a lead and shed some valuable light,” he added.

He said that it is now imperative that India pays greater attention to zoonotic diseases that impact both animals and humans. There are many reports that connect climate change to emerging infectious diseases. He hoped the CCMB, the LaCONES, and other research institutes and public health organisations in India would expand their facilities to perform surveillance using rapid genome sequencing platforms.

Naidu also appealed to people to shed vaccine hesitancy and take the required doses of the vaccine. The need of the hour is to create awareness among people that vaccines would provide a high degree of protection and even if infected, the disease will be less severe, he said.

At the same time, people should not lower their guard. Everyone should follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour by avoiding large gatherings, maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, and remaining in well-ventilated areas, he added.

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B’day greetings pour in for VP from home state Andhra

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Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan and several other leaders from the state on Thursday extended birthday greetings to Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, who hails from the southern state.

“Dear Sri @MVenkaiahNaidu ji, I along with people of #AndhraPradesh extend my heartiest felicitations & warm greetings on your birthday. May Lord Jagannath & Lord Venkateswara shower their blessings for good health, long life & guide Nation with your wise leadership,” tweeted Harichandan.

Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu also extended birthday greetings to the Vice President.

“As the full embodiment of Telugu (culture) and as a person who always strives for the development of Telugu language and people at any capacity, I wish good health and prosperity to you,” said Naidu.

Similarly, Andhra Pradesh BJP chief Somu Veerraju also conveyed his greetings to Venkaiah Naidu, who turned 72 on Thursday.

“You (Venkaiah Naidu) have worked hard for the development of the country and its people for decades together,” said Veerraju.

He also prayed for the Vice President’s good health and long life in service to the nation.

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‘Disturbances in various legislatures very disheartening’

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Expressing concern over instances of frequent disruption in legislatures and Parliament, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday gave a call for upholding values in public life.

Speaking at the centenary celebrations of former Parliamentarians and educationist Nookala Narotham Reddy, Naidu opined that the recent incidents in certain state legislatures were disheartening. Stating that “disruption means derailing debate and derailing democracy and the nation”, he cautioned that people will get disillusioned if the same trend continues.

Naidu reminded that conduct in Parliament and legislatures should be in pursuit of the 3 D’s — ‘Discuss, Debate and Decide’. He said that at no point the House should become a platform for disruption. “Obstructing the House only hurts the cause of public interest,” he added.

Highlighting the exemplar quality of debates when Narotham Reddy took part in the Parliament, Naidu said that representatives’ actions in the legislatures should reflect people’s aspirations.

The Vice President also expressed his concern over the declining attendance of parliamentarians and legislators in respective Houses. He stressed upon the need for them to be regular and contribute meaningfully to the discussion.

The Vice President further said that the criticism by the members should be constructive and they should not resort to personal attacks against others. Naidu appealed to the people to elect representatives who possess the 4Cs – ‘Calibre, Conduct, Capacity and Character’.

Emphasising the role of education in inculcating moral values, patriotism and probity in public life, Naidu said that education should produce “well rounded holistic individuals”. Pointing to India’s demographic dividend, he said that no other nation has this kind of advantage and stressed the need to fully leverage it for the country’s progress. In this context, he called for upskilling the younger generations in tune with the 21st century needs. He advised the students to upgrade themselves with the latest technological developments.

Naidu also suggested that in the spirit of New Education Policy, institutes should restructure themselves and bring in a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to education. “The policy also targets at reducing the burden of curriculum and attempts to bring about a comprehensive development in the young student, matching international standards,” he added.

Recalling India’s glorious past in the field of education when students from other countries used to come to study at reputed institutions like Nalanda and Takshashila, the Vice President stressed the need to regain the past glory.

Speaking about the importance of mother tongue, the Vice President underscored the need for connecting with one’s own constituents through their mother tongue. “People who elected us should know what we are talking about. That is why members should try to speak in their mother tongue as much as possible” he said. He noted that with mother tongue as a priority, the Rajya Sabha has now given an opportunity to speak in 22 languages and adequate facilities were provided for this purpose.

In his speech, the Vice President praised late Narotham Reddy for his invaluable contributions to the education sector – as an administrator in Osmania University, through his support for better pay scales for faculty and by arguing for upgrading university’s infrastructure and standards. He said that these kinds of celebrations are meant to remind and inspire the younger generation about the contributions made by great people like Narotham Reddy in nation building.

Md. Mohamood Ali, Home Minister of Telangana, Prof. E. Shiva Reddy, Chairman, Organising Committee of Centenary Celebrations, Nookala Rajendra Reddy, Convener, Organising Committee and others were present at the event.

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Will Jagan accept Venkaiah challenge?

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AP Ministers sarcastically wrote to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu for using his good offices to get Rs 2,498 Cr released from the Centre to the state government. Now, Venkaiah immediately took up the issue and got the amount released from the Centre. He talked to the Union Ministers concerned and silently made his efforts to get the funds finally released.

Political circles are now full of speculation about the future response of AP CM Jaganmohan Reddy. Will Jagan immediately use this amount to clear the dues to the paddy farmers? CM is usually not in the habit of using Central funds for the purpose for which they are released. He diverted hundreds of crores to his pet programmes of Navaratnalu Cash Transfer promises to his party votebanks.

Analysts say that it’s going to be real challenge for Jagan Reddy now. Venkaiah is known for bitter attacks on his rivals. Now, Venkaiah took it as his personal issue to ensure payments to paddy farmers in AP. This issue is expected to shake up AP political scene ahead of local polls.

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Show-cause notice to Swarna Bharat and Sujana trusts along with 5920 others

Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu’s Swarna Bharat Trust and Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y Sujana Chowdary’s Sujana Charitable trust are among 5,922 NGOs that received show cause notice from the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) for failing to file their Annual Returns pertaining to FY 2010-11 to 2014-15.

The associations have to reply to the government stating the reasons as to why their registration under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, (FCRA) should not be cancelled under Section 14 of FCRA, 2010. Failure to respond puts them at a risk of of losing their licence to receive foreign donations under the FCRA.

MHA noted that these organisations have ignored the several communications via emails and SMS alerts. These organisations have a deadline till 23July to reply to the show-cause notice issued on 8 July.

As per the FCRA and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules, 2011, the associations are obliged to submit their Annual Return beginning April 1 within nine months of the closure of the financial year. It may be noted that 20,000 NGOs were barred in December2016, from receiving foreign funding for allegedly violating provisions of the FCRA.

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‘Will stand number one, any doubts?’

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Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday wished to see that VIT campus in Amaravati would find top place among all its campuses in terms of the parameters – sincerity, integrity and quality education. He was addressing people after laying foundation stone for Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) which is coming up in a sprawling 100 acres at Inavolu village in Thullur mandal in Amaravati.

The first greenfield university in the capital region, the VIT campus is likely to commence classes from the next academic year of 2017. Keeping the public glued to his speech, Naidu went on to say that he urged the VIT university to make the Amaravati campus the best in the country. The AP CM hailed the VIT varsity vice-chancellor Viswanathan for setting foot in the new capital with a view to impart quality education to students. He further reiterated that the State would become the best ‘Knowlegde Centre’ by providing quality education by the coming year.

Later, Naidu boasted the decisions had taken by giving permissions for software technology companies in Hyderabad. As a result, the Hi-Tech City came into being providing jobs aplenty to the youth.

Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, several AP Ministers and senior officials were among several others who took part in the foundation stone laying ceremony.

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