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Railway Inauguration unites two countries.

It was a historic day today as the rail services between Haldibari in West Bengal and Chilahati in Bangladesh resumed in Coochbehar after a gap of 55 years. Notably, the railway line from Haldibari (West Bengal) to Chilahati (Bangladesh) has been defunct since 1965, after rail-links between India and then East-Pakistan had broken.

“Freight trains are running initially; later passenger trains will run. Businesses in the area will flourish,” says a railway official. The India-Bangladesh cross-border rail route inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on 17 December.

The distance between Haldibari railway station till the international border is 4.5 kilometres while that from Chilahati in Bangladesh till the zero points is around 7.5 kilometres. The resumption of railway services in this route will help boost trade, as well as trans-border railway connectivity.

Apart from this, the 75-kilometre-long track will also help better integrate the rest of the country with the Siliguri corridor, also known as the ‘Chicken’s Neck’. As per the latest reports, the Chicken’s Neck got its name from the stretch of land being only twenty-two kilometres wide. This is the only piece of land connecting India with its north-eastern states, also known as the ‘Seven Sisters.

 

 

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Pavers of Development are victims of disparities!

 

They provide us with the most essential services which are stepping stones when it comes to the holistic development of any country, yet are greatly ill-treated and underpaid. Teachers, frontline health workers and nurses are still facing disparities even today. When asked Teachers stated that “their work makes the world a better place, they are highly driven by the curiousity they see in class yet are paid very less in comparison to the efforts they put in.”

 

They put in the most efforts and give their best yet are greatly undermined. Nurses, health workers and teachers are taken for granted. For example Anganwadi workers who are an essential part of the education system in rural areas specially have multiple jobs to perform, not only do they teach the students of primary sections but they also have to counsel students on nutrition and health and have to administer various activities in government schools yet most of are paid around Rs.5,000 to Rs.7,000 a month which shows a great disparity in income payment. Today the profession of teaching is hardly encouraged amongst students, it is not considered to be one of the attractive carrier options among youngsters and one of the reasons behind this are the drawback they face even in today’s time. Many areas of the education and nursing industry are still lagging behind and need to be updated.

The other reason behind this is the income disparity as well as the fact that teaching is a carrier which is still undermined by many even though it holds a great value. India currently has around 60 lakh schools but the teacher- student ratio in these schools is a mess.The question of the hour is how many students look forward to teaching as a carrier option and growing in that field?

Teachers are not only underpaid but have other multiple roles to perform along with teaching the students. If this trend continues it will hamper the overall growth and development of the economy. These days teaching has been degraded down to being the last carrier option for many students instead it should be encouraged as one the best carrier options. Many teachers lack training and are not provided proper facilities which is also one of the reasons behind the low number of youngsters opting for teaching as a carrier.

Today many states in India are facing an issue, there is a greater need for Math and Science teachers. Due to a dip in the number of these subject teachers many schools are facing a problem as the workload increases on the pre-existing teachers. Most teaching staff and lab technicians in schools are forced to do other administrative work which also can hinder their interest in continuing the same carrier.

Even though many organisation have come together and have tried to raise their voices on social media still a lacuna is definitely seen. Many organisations support the notion of declaring teaching as the national profession of India, the main reason behind this is to garner attention towards that field.

Health workers are also facing some jarring issues, they are not only paid less but also have to work in a bad environment where they are not provided the required facilities and equipments. According to an analysis (2017) based on statistical data India is short of nearly two milion nurses. Many nurses and health workers are not provided with proper mentoring and hence feel unmotivated to work in the health care sector. Many of them also find the environment they work in to be  lacking certain qualities, many have pointed out the fact that they are taken for granted and at times have had to ignore their personal life in order to meet the demands at work.

Many rural hospitals lacking doctors have health workers and nurses playing the role of an ENT physician or a general physician which can lead to unimaginable consequences as they lack the knowledge and the training required for diagnosis. Such loopholes in the system need to be mended. Besides there prescribed work they are also given many other tasks which they have not been trained for. In the present scenario, currently India is lacking behind as there due to the insufficient number of doctors and nurses. Covid-19 health workers are definitely the true heroes.

Teachers, nurses and health workers form the backbone of the education system and health care system respectively. And on many occasion voices have been spread across the nation in favour of there discrepancies.

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The bizarre reason behind India’s low rate of Covid-19 Cases

Since the birth of the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been forced to change our lifestyles, implement rigorous cleaning habits which has turning almost everyone into hygiene freaks.
Covid-19 has boosted the sales of sanitizers, face masks and other cleaning products over the last few months. But there is another factor which is protecting us with its hidden shield even though it’s one of the most prominent issues which most Indian cities face today.
We have been told to stay clean and wash away the dirt and dust from time to time. Disgust covers our face when we see the filth in the nooks and alleys of our congested towns and we frown at the living conditions which the poor are forced to live in, but somehow the conditions that we Indians are so used to living in and around might be the reason for the decline in the number of cases, thus putting old theories in this fight against coronavirus to shame.
India’s poor hygiene is the reason behind the country holding the least number of cases in the world. At first, it sounds extremely bizarre but when thought about, this bizarre theory has proven to be an outstanding discovery. Scientists and researchers state that most Indians have a naturally trained immune system to fight this deadly disease. In comparison to people of other nations, people living in third world countries especially Indians, have an immune system that is capable of fighting off the virus. Developing nations are a step ahead in the race to overcome coronavirus as poor sanitation and bad hygiene has elevated our control over Covid-19.
Most Indians living in slums or rural areas are prone to numerous viruses which help in strengthening the immune system which is one of the major factors contributing to the low number of cases is poor sanitation systems. They have even brine used to the polluted air which is released by surrounding industrial areas.Around 40% of the households in India don’t have access to clean water and washing hands with soap regularly are impossible or unheard of. As our bodies become use to our polluted surroundings we are less likely to be infected by viruses.
The Counsel of Scientific Research (CSIR) in India states that most Indians are living in hostile and unsafe environments which hold millions of pathogens and viruses that can give birth to communicable diseases and horrifying infections which although dangerous, has helped in building up strong immunity levels in Indians. They also stated that a low presence of certain viruses and pathogens is due to better hygiene standards and this is linked to a higher rate of low immunity.
First World countries like the USA and UK are known for their cleaner and healthier environment but this is considered to be a drawback as one’s body is hardly exposed to any bacteria or viruses and hence is not trained to fight off diseases which makes the people more prone to various illnesses, especially Covid-19.This is the reason behind children being able to fight against coronavirus as they have immune systems that are smarter and more active and hence work cleverly to protect their body.

Most developed nations face an “immune hypothesis” or a sudden increase in autoimmune troubles which not only makes them more prone to communicable diseases but also more prone to allergies. While developing nations continue to fight the age-old battle against poor sanitation and clean water, developed nations are trying to overcome the problems caused by a sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits and smoking.
Even though staying clean and practising good hygiene is the key to keep the virus at bay, poor sanitation has also aided in strengthening the immune systems which has greatly contributed to the low rate of coronavirus infections in India.

In India the vaccine won’t be available to all before 2021,and even though some countries like Russia have already vaccinated a majority of its citizens,still it has not brought in any drastic change in the number of cases,rather it has had many side effects like fever,cough and headache which is somewhat similar to the Covid-19 symptoms. And scientists state that the vaccine won’t have a long lasting effect as the virus keeps on mutating to a great extent. Covid-19 has truly changed our lives along with our lifestyles and has definitely become the ‘new normal’.

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Eight new bridges virtually inaugurated in Uttarakhand by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Eight new bridges were virtually inaugurated in Uttarakhand by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on October 12. They have been built in Pithorgarh Districts of Tullagad, Dongatoll,Dobat-1, Elagad, Sirall, Sayaldharand and Charighad in Uttarakhand. The longest one is in Charigad while the shortest bridge is in Dongatoll.

 

Around 8 bridges were inaugurated in the state of Uttarakhand along with the 36 other bridges in different parts of India. Pithorgarh is one of the districts which shares its border with Nepal. The bridges as stated by Sir Rajnath Singh are strategic locations and are important as they help in connecting remote areas. The bridges will be helpful in supplying goods to armed forces who have been placed near the border of China.The bridges have been built by Border Roads Organization (BRO) in a very short period of time and have proved to be efficient in their work.

 

 

CM Rawat who was also one of the attendees of the virtual inauguration stated that these bridges will be of great benefit to the pilgrims of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The people living in the hilly areas of Pithorgarh have been demanding the bridges from a long time as the rocky terrain made it difficult for them to travel. He stated, “Their demands have finally been met, thus opening new avenues of development there”.