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Current Affairs Date: 09 January 2023

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Phase I of the Mahakal Lok Project

⇒ The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi dedicated Phase I of the Mahakal Lok Project to the nation at Shri Mahakal Lok in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh on 11 October 2022.

Details of Project:

Phase I of the Mahakal Lok project:

» Phase I of the Mahakal Lok project will help in enriching the experience of pilgrims visiting the temple by providing them with world-class modern amenities.

    • The project aims to decongest the entire area and also put special emphasis on the conservation and restoration of heritage structures.
    • Under the project, the temple precinct will be expanded nearly seven times.
    • The total cost of the entire project is around Rs 850 crores.
    • The existing footfall of the temple, which is currently around 1.5 crore per annum, is expected to be doubled. The development of the project has been planned under two phases.

Mahakal Path:

» The Mahakal Path contains 108 stambhs (pillars) which depict Anand Tandav Swaroop (Dance form) of Lord Shiva.

    • Many religious sculptures depicting the life of Lord Shiva are installed along the Mahakal Path.
    • The mural wall along the path is based on stories about the act of creation, the birth of Ganesha, story of Sati and Daksha among others from Shiva Purana.
    • The area of plaza is spread over 2.5 hectares and is surrounded by a lotus pond which contains the statue of Shiva along with water fountains.
    • The entire premise will be monitored 24×7 by Integrated Command and Control Centre with the help of artificial intelligence and surveillance cameras.

PM lays foundation stone and dedicates various healthcare facilities in Civil Hospital Asarwa

⇒ The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi laid the foundation stones and dedicated to the nation, various healthcare facilities around Rs 1275 crore in Civil Hospital Asarwa, Ahmedabad on 11 October 2022.

After arriving at the venue, the Prime Minister took a walkthrough of the Health Infrastructure Projects.

The Prime Minister unveiled the plaque and dedicated to the nation:

(i) Institute of Kidney Diseases Research Centre (IKDRC) in Manjushree Mill Campus (ii) Hospital Building 1C of Gujarat Cancer Research Institute at Civil Hospital Campus, Asarva (iii) Hostel at UN Mehta Hospital (iv) Expansion of Gujarat Dialysis Programme with One State One Dialysis (v) Chemo Programme for Gujarat State.

This was followed by the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of (i) New Super Speciality Hospital of GMERS Medical College, Sola (ii) Medical Girls College at Civil Hospital, Asarwa  (iii) Ren basera Civil Hospital, Asarwa  (iv) 125 bed District Hospital, Bhiloda  (v) 100-bed sub-district hospital, Anjar.

Details of Project:

» The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of shelter homes to accommodate families of poor patients.

» The Prime Minister dedicated new and improved facilities for cardiac care and a new hostel building at U.N Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre, a new hospital building of the Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre, and a new building of Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute.

FICCI’s 16th Annual Healthcare conference – FICCI HEAL 2022

⇒ The Vice President, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar inaugurated the FICCI’s 16th Annual Healthcare conference – FICCI HEAL 2022 on 11 October 2022 at FICCI, New Delhi.

The Vice President called for a collective effort and a greater public- private partnership for healthcare infrastructure expansion in the country. Noting that Indian healthcare demands are of a great scale and diversity, he called for greater collaboration between all stakeholders to achieve the “collective dream of Universal Healthcare”.

Theme:

The FICCI’s 16th Annual Healthcare conference – FICCI HEAL 2022 was held on the theme of ‘Healthcare Transformation: Driving India’s Economic Growth’.

Key Points:
    • FICCI HEAL 2022 was an endeavour to converge all stakeholders and provide a forum for sharing of learnings and experiences.
    • The conference was a conglomeration of CEO’s, policy makers, national and international leaders from healthcare and allied industries.
    • The three-day conference was organised in a phygital format.
    • The conference included Keynote Addresses, Panel Discussions, Plenary Sessions and Master Classes covering the entire spectrum of healthcare delivery- primary healthcare, digital health, quality in healthcare, cancer care infrastructure, healthcare workforce, capacity building, healthcare economics, diagnostics and medical technology.
About FICCI HEAL:
    • FICCI has been organizing its annual healthcare conference, FICCI HEAL since 2007 supported by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and recently NITI Aayog, Government of India.
    • Over the years, this has evolved as a landmark event and a credible platform for healthcare stakeholders for sharing knowledge, learnings as well as best practices.

International

2nd United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC 2022)

⇒ The Second United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC 2022) was held from 10-14 October 2022 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, India.

Organized by:

» Convened by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), UNWGIC 2022 was organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations.

    • UNWGIC 2022 was hosted by the Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.
Theme:

UNWGIC 2022 was organised on the theme of “Geo-Enabling the Global Village: No one should be left behind”.

    • It reflects the importance of integrated geospatial information to support sustainable development and the well-being of society, address environmental and climate challenges, embrace digital transformation and technological development, and catalyze a vibrant economy.
Key Points:
    • The convening of the UNWGIC arises out of the mandate from the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to UN-GGIM to organize global forums to promote comprehensive dialogue on global geospatial information management with all relevant governments, international organizations, and stakeholders.
    • The Congress was a truly global event to bring together all stakeholders at the highest level to address and ensure that geospatial information has its widest and fullest utility in service of sustainable social, economic and environmental development.
    • The plenary sessions were dedicated to how geospatial information is important for: Supporting Sustainable Development and the well-being of Society, Environmental and Climate Challenges, and Embracing Digital Transformation and Technological Development.
    • The Congress addressed the development and strengthening of integrated geospatial information management, its capacities and capabilities. And demonstrates the importance of international cooperation and coordination for building a human data and geography community, against the three pillars of sustainable development, for a shared future and a better world, leaving no one behind within an inclusive and equitable global society.
Welcoming the International Delegates, the Prime Minister said:

» The Prime Minister highlighted the role of geospatial technology in driving inclusion and progress.

    • The role of technology in schemes like SVAMITVA and housing, and the outcomes in terms of property ownership and women empowerment, have a direct impact on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals on poverty and gender equality, the Prime Minister emphasized.
    • The PM GatiShakti Master Plan is being powered by geo-spatial technology, as is the Digital Ocean platform.
    • India has already set an example in sharing the benefits of geo-spatial technology, the Prime Minister stated, citing the example of the South Asia Satellite for facilitating communication in India’s neighbourhood.
    • Technology and talent are the two pillars that are key to India’s development journey.
    • Technology brings transformation, the Prime Minister said, citing the example of JAM trinity which has delivered welfare benefits to 800 million people seamlessly and of the tech platform that powered the world’s largest vaccination drive.
    • “In India, technology is not an agent of exclusion. It is an agent of inclusion,” Shri Modi said.

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