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Nari Shakti Awards on the Occasion of International Women’s Day

President Pranab Mukherjee says there's no place for gender bias in modern India

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New Delhi, March 8, 2017: While addressing at the ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan to present the Nari Shakti Awards on the occasion of International Women’s Day, President Pranab Mukherjee said that in modern India with its emphasis on inclusive development, has no place for gender biases. He had also lamented at the rising incidences of crimes against women in India, according to PTI.

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Amongst the 31 awardees, were 3 women scientists from ISRO- Subha Varier, B Codananyaguy and Anatta Sonney who have participated in historic space missions  of ISRO like the Chandrayaan mission, Mangalyaan mission and the most recent launch of 104 satellites in one go.

The first all-women kathakali troupe- Tripunithura Kathakali Kendram Ladies Troupe from Kerala was also awarded. They have ventured into performing a type of art which has been the exclusive preserve of men. The group has delivered over 1,500 performances in India and abroad since it’s formation in 1975.

Amruta Patil, another awardee is the first female graphic novelist of India, who has authored the novel ‘Adi Parva’, based on the Mahabharata, Purans and tradition of oral storytellers which was selected as one of the best graphic novels of 2012.

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Among other awardees were survivors of acid attack and trafficking, environment and animal activists.

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Indian President Launches Pulse Polio Programme for 2019

He applauded the efforts of thousands of volunteers, frontline workers and health officials for tireless work for keeping the country polio-free

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A health worker gives polio vaccine to a girl in Lahore, Pakistan. VOA

President Ram Nath Kovind, here on Saturday, launched the 2019 pulse polio programme by administering polio drops to children below five years at the Rahstrapati Bhawan.

The launch was organised on the eve of the National Immunisation Day, which will be observed on Sunday.

“Over 17 crore children below five years will be administered polio drops as part of the government drive to support polio eradication programme,” said a release.

Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, also present on the occasion, said the Universal Immunisation Programme was focusing on protecting children from diseases and has introduced several new vaccines, like pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, rotavirus vaccine and measles-rubella vaccine.

“To provide additional protection to the children, the government has also introduced the injectable inactivated polio vaccine in the routine immunisation programme,” Nadda said.

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A boy receives polio vaccination drops during an anti-polio campaign in Kabul, Afghanistan. VOA

Pointing out that the government was making all efforts to protect children from diseases, he said the vaccines under the programme must reach the last child of the country.

“Along with the Universal Immunisation Programme, we have also launched the Mission Indradhanush to achieve more than 90 per cent immunisation coverage. Over 3.39 crore children and 87 lakh pregnant women have been vaccinated through the Mission Indradhanush drives,” Nadda said.

Strengthening of the immunisation programme has contributed to the decline of infant mortality from 39 per 1,000 live births in 2014 to 32 in 2017, he added.

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Nadda also appreciated the efforts of state governments and supporting organisations, like the WHO, UNICEF and Rotary International, for strengthening the polio programme as well as other immunisation initiatives.

He applauded the efforts of thousands of volunteers, frontline workers and health officials for tireless work for keeping the country polio-free. (IANS)