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Sandhya Sahani, a fifteen-year-old girl from Gorakhpur, rows a boat to reach school everyday. She is in 11th standard, and the name of her school is Ayodhya Das Girls Inter College which is situated in the Brahmapur region of Gorakhpur.
The reason why Sahani has to row a boat to reach school is because recently an enormous flood hit Gorakhpur, a city in Uttar Pradesh. Therefore, because of water-logging, she had to take this extreme step.
We must note that water-logging is not the only problem in this situation. As we know, the pandemic affected many things, but one of the most significant sector was that of education.
Because of the pandemic, the process of imparting education became completely virtual, and as many students cannot afford smartphones and internet connection, they had to reach their school to gain education physically.
Hence, Sahani had to take this strong step of rowing a boat amidst water-logging in order to learn and secure her future.
In a conversation with a news agency, Sahani said that she couldn't take classes online because she couldn't afford a smartphone. And when the school reopened, flood hit the area where her home is situated. For this reason, she decided to make use of a boat to reach school.
Seeing Sahani's determination, dedication, and hard work, many acclaimed politicians are praising her by adding her photos if rowing a boat on Twitter.
Moreover, in a conversation with a news agency, Sahani appealed to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh,Yogi Adityanath, to get an embankment constructed in her area as every time flood season comes, water enters many houses, and most of the families are forced to live on their terraces.
Keywords: Sahani, Flooding, Education, Uttar Pradesh
A total of 43.8 per cent respondents in the ABP-CVOTER-IANS BATTLE FOR THE STATES - WAVE 1 survey feel that their 'life and the country both are in a poor state'. The survey was conducted in the five states that will go to the polls next year -- Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.
The survey found that overall, 13.3 per cent said the 'country is moving forward but not my life', 29.3 per cent said the 'country is moving forward and my life too', while 5 per cent said that 'life is improving but the country is in poor state'. In the 'country is moving forward but not my life' category, 23.3 per cent respondents are from Manipur, followed by 11.2 per cent from UP, 11.1 per cent from Uttarakhand, 7 per cent from Goa and 2.8 per cent from Punjab.
The survey found that overall, 13.3 per cent said the 'country is moving forward but not my life' Photo by Ayaneshu Bhardwaj on Unsplash
In the 'country is moving forward and my life too' section, Goa tops with 40.5 per cent, followed by Uttarakhand at 36.8 per cent, UP at 31.4 per cent, Manipur at 27.2 per cent and Punjab at 10.5 per cent. In the 'my life is improving but the country is in poor state' category, 11.8 per cent respondents are from Manipur, 8 per cent from Punjab, 6.3 per cent from Uttarakhand, 4.1 per cent from UP, and 2 per cent from Goa.
In the 'my life and country both are in a poor state' section, Punjab has highest number of respondents at 75 per cent, followed by 49.6 per cent in UP, 44.5 per cent in Goa, 43.9 per cent in Uttarakhand and 33.3 per cent in Manipur. The overall sample size for the survey was 81,006 in five states covering 690 Assembly seats. This state poll is part of the largest and definitive independent sample survey tracker series carried out in India over the last 22 years, conducted by independent international polling agency CVoter. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: India, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur
The worlds tallest flying bird has been getting a new lease of life in the Indian state where it enjoys the status of official state bird - Uttar Pradesh (UP). Uttar Pradesh is known as a stronghold of the sarus crane, Indias only resident breeding crane.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has included this bird in its red list of threatened species (also known as the IUCN Red List or Red Data Book). As per bird count data of 2018, there were only around 25,000 Sarus Cranes in the entire world, and significantly the birds in Uttar Pradesh make up more than half the global population at around 14000.
Focuswhite bird standing on tree branch
Photo by Alfred Leung on Unsplash
While scientists are "puzzled" how the species is thriving in the most populous state and is living in harmony with people. The farmers and villagers say that the bird Saras is entwined in the culture and mythology of the state. "They have been here for more than thousands of years. Sage Valmiki has references in his epic Ramayana. In Buddhism, it's said that in Lumbini, Prince Sidharth Gautam of the kingdom of Kapilvastu, is supposed to have rescued a wounded crane and saved it from his cousin Devdatta. Driven by this spiritual link, Lumbini has taken strides in protecting critical species and their farm habitats.
Taking Offwhite stork on body of water
Photo by Jongsun Lee on Unsplash
In modern-day, Sarus Cranes hold a special relationship with the farmers of Lumbini as their presence in the paddy fields is believed to be indicative of healthy wetlands, a harbinger of good monsoon and good crops. Today the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) with the help of the forest department successfully runs a Sarus Crane Breeding Centre in Lumbini near Gorakhpur.
Around 70% of the population of Sarus is found in UP, the rest are distributed in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, West Bengal and the northeastern states.
While around 70% of the population of Sarus is found in UP, the rest are distributed in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, West Bengal and the northeastern states.
Photo by Anthony Rae on Unsplash
In UP, Sarus cranes are mainly found in south-west and central regions, in Mainpuri, Etawah, Aligarh, Etah, Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur, Shahjahanpur Barabanki and Hardoi districts. The Sarus Crane Conservation Project, run across 10 districts of the state by the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), in collaboration with Tata Trusts and with support from the UP Forest Department. The project works through local volunteers known as "Sarus Mitra" or Friends of the Sarus. Their efforts have led to the rise in Sarus numbers in the state.
Last Sunday, on a rainy and cloudy morning we were looking for monsoon birds in the wetlands and cultivated lands near Sultanpur, in Gurugram when we heard the "call", followed by another, then another. We followed the calls and saw two pairs of Sarus cranes in the paddy lands running, hopping and jumping. Surroundings were filled with their calls.
"It's their (Sarus) mating calls," said the birder and photographer Kamal Sahansi. Sarus cranes often make vocal calls together, known as a "unison call", the male starts the call while the female finishes.
When courting a mate, the male Sarus engages in elaborate "dances" interlaced with loud trumpeting calls. He hops, skips, and jumps to get their would-be mate's attention.
The male is about 6 ft tall, his wings spread over 8-10 feet and dancing in front of the female who is slightly shorter than the male. The bare red skin of the adult's head and neck are brighter during the breeding monsoon season.
While the rest of the body is light grey, the adult has a white-collar separating the red of the upper neck and the grey below. It was a sheer joy to watch them together. Like other cranes, the Sarus cranes form long-lasting pair bonds. They are considered symbols of marital fidelity, believed to mate for life and pine the loss of their mates, even to the point of starving to death. They are a symbol of marital virtue and in parts of Gujarat, taking a newlywed couple to see a pair of sarus cranes is customary. (IANS/SB)
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The Chief Minister's helpline in Uttar Pradesh has proved to be a boon for the needy during the corona pandemic. The helpline has resolved complaints of more than 54.5 lakh people. During the second wave of the corona, a total of 26,96,832 infected people, living in home isolation or hospital isolation, have been assisted by the helpline, giving information about health and other problems.
According to the government spokesman, the Chief Minister's helpline call center was started two years ago. The helpline receives 35,000 calls daily, mainly about departmental schemes, the status of complaints. Around 5,000 complaints are registered daily and about 50,000 outgoing calls are made by the helpline workers.
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"During the corona period, the helpline inquired about the well-being of callers even after the RT-PCR or antigen test report of the infected came negative. Not only this, but it also informed the district administration about whether the infected got free medicine kits or not. The helpline also asked 1,30,010 ASHA workers in rural areas how many medicine kits they had distributed and informed the department," the spokesperson said.
The NITI Aayog delegation in a meeting with the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.Wikimedia Commons
The helpline spoke to around 83,000 Anganwadi workers about the distribution of medicines and ration. Apart from this, information was also being sought from them about the list of children who lost their parents during the Covid.
The helpline spoke to 48,914-gram pradhans about antigen tests of symptomatic persons, vaccination to prevent Covid, and also appealed to people to follow the guideline to protect them from Corona. The helpline also took information from 52,840 ration shop dealers about the distribution of ration to the beneficiaries and their e-pass machine and battery failure or internet problem, if any.
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The spokesperson said that about 60,000 to 70,000 surveillance committees are being contacted daily from the Chief Minister's helpline center to find out if they have called up home isolated infected persons or persons in hospital isolation. Feedback of people's satisfaction and dissatisfaction is also being taken after redressal on the registered complaints.
Feedback about government schemes is also being taken. The people, in general, are informed of the availability of government facilities for CT scans, dialysis, and other pathology tests. Feedback was also sought about the free distribution of sweaters, uniforms, and textbooks given to children studying in government schools. (IANS/KB)