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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the situation on Novel Corona virus

Newdelhi:7/3/20:Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reviewed the situation on Novel Corona virus, COVID-19 and action taken so far by various Ministries. The meeting was attended by Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar, among others.

The Prime Minister complimented all departments for the work taken up so far. He said, India has to be prepared in its response as per the evolving scenario. Mr Modi said, all departments should work in convergence and action shall be initiated for creating awareness in community about the disease and the precautions to be taken.

He exhorted the officers to identify best practices for COVID-19 management from across the world and within the states and ensure their adoption. He mentioned that in view of opinion of experts, people should be advised to avoid mass gatherings as far as possible and be made aware of Do’s and Don’ts.

He directed that an immediate exercise be taken up to identify sufficient locations for quarantine and also for critical care provisioning in case the disease spread. Officials were instructed to plan for early testing and evacuation of Indians from Iran.

Dr Harsh Vardhan emphasized the need for effective coordination with states for timely response. During the meeting, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare made a presentation on the current scenario and action taken by Health Ministry and other supporting Ministries on preparedness and response to COVID-19.

Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals conveyed about the availability of sufficient stocks of medicines, Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and other consumables for use in India. Various issues relating to continued vigil at all airports, seaports and land border crossings, community level surveillance as per protocol and ensuring availability of sufficient beds for isolation were discussed.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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