PTP-NER Scheme: Tribal Affairs Minister recently launched Marketing and Logistics Development for Promotion of Tribal Products from North-Eastern Region (PTP-NER) scheme in Manipur. Vision: To strengthen livelihood opportunities for tribal artisans through increased efficiency in procurement, logistics and marketing of tribal products. All NE states are covered. To initiate the empanelment of tribal artisans from the North Eastern Region by organizing 68 Tribal Artisan Melas (TAMs) in various districts of the region. The TAMs will be organised in consultation and support of District Administration and other relevant organisations/ departments working in the field etc. The programme also includes regular Design & Skill Development training sessions tailored to the needs of the market for tribal recipients. Implementing Partners: North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation (NEHHDC), India Post under the Department of Posts, and other North Eastern State Government Departments/ Agencies. India Post will provide logistics support.
Animal Birth Control Rules,2023: The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying has issued the Animal Birth Control Rules, 2023. These Rules supersede the Animal Birth Control (Dog) Rules, 2001, and are issued under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1960.The Rules have been formulated in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Hon’ble Supreme Court related to Animal Welfare Board of India and People for Elimination of Stray Troubles. Rules: Relocation of dogs cannot be permitted. To provide guidelines for the sterilisation and immunisation of stray dogs through Animal Birth Control (ABC) programmes. The responsibility of carrying out ABC programmes lies with the respective local bodies. The Municipal Corporations are required to implement the ABC and Anti Rabies Program jointly.
Rabies: Rabies is a vaccine-preventable, zoonotic, viral disease affecting the central nervous system. It is present on all continents except Antarctica, with over 95% of human deaths occurring in Asia and Africa. It is caused by a RNA virus that is present in the saliva of a rabid animal (dog, cat, monkey, etc).It is invariably transmitted following a bite of an infected animal that leads to deposition of the saliva and the virus in the wound. According to WHO, Dogs are the main source of human rabies deaths, contributing up to 99% of all rabies transmisions. India is endemic for rabies, and accounts for 36% of the world’s rabies deaths. According to WHO, about 30-60% of reported rabies cases and deaths in India occur in children under the age of 15 years. Rabies can be prevented by vaccinating pets, and seeking medical care.
United Against Rabies Forum: Global initiative to facilitate efforts towards achieving Zero dog-mediated human rabies deaths by 2030.National Action Plan for Dog Mediated Rabies Elimination by 2030 (NAPRE): Drafted by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in association with the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying. Its approach for elimination of rabies is based on recommendations of several international agencies like WHO.
World Heritage Day: Or International Day for Monuments and Sites (IDMS) was celebrated with the theme Heritage Changes’. The day is celebrated every year on 18 April to preserve human heritage and to recognize all the efforts of relevant organisations. The theme this year ‘offers the opportunity to respond to questions regarding learning about traditional ways of knowing and knowledge systems in relation to climate action, and how to use a cultural heritage focus to support equitable protection of vulnerable communities through climate action,