Kullu-based Shanaya Khullar has won the first position in a national-level painting competition organised by Phulkari Company to mark Mother’s Day. A student of Class X at Lawrence School, Sanawar, Shania won the first prize in the 13-18 years age group for which the topic was “Healing My Mother Land”. The competition was held online in which children from across the country participated.
SFI seeks free universal vaccination
The SFI has approached the Supreme Court of India to direct the Union Government to provide free universal vaccination to all its citizens and waive the GST that is being levied on the import of oxygen concentrators for personal use. Mayukh Biswas, general secretary, SFI, filed an intervention application in suo motu writ petition by the Supreme Court on the matter regarding the distribution of essential supplies and services during the pandemic. The SFI pointed out that the Union Government imposed 12 per cent GST on the import of oxygen concentrators. The petition also seeks Supreme Court’s intervention to direct the Centre to lay down a universal mass vaccination policy and provide it free of cost.
Prof Bhardwaj to be nat’l trainer
Prof Vinay Kumar Bhardwaj, Head of the Department of Public Health Dentistry, Government Dental College, Shimla, will be the national trainer of the staff working in the peripheral centres (Medical Officers, Staff Nurses, AHSA workers, MPWs). He is among the 38-member team who will be imparting training in a phased manner to trainees at the state level, district level and then PHC level across India. This training throughout India will be to strengthen the concept of comprehensive health care provision to the people of India in the “well-being centres”.