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#NDMC to replace 2 lakh street lights

  • NDMC to replace 2 lakh street lights, will save Rs 50 cr.
  • New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) Over two lakh conventional street lights will be replaced with LEDs by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) in the next nine months, a move that will save Rs 50 crore of the civic body annually.

    The work for replacing 2.05 lakh lights will begin in Rohini and Narela zones from Sunday, NDMC Commissioner Praveen Gupta said today.

    The entire conventional lighting system, semi half-mast lights and lights in parks of North Delhi will be replaced with LEDs.

    Contract has been awarded for 1.15 lakh light fixtures in its two of the bigger zones – Rohini and Narela.

    Remaining 90,000 will be in the City, Civil Lines, Sadar Paharganj and Karol Bagh zones, Gupta said in a press conference.

    “The move will result in saving of 65-70 per cent energy.

    The concessionaire will claim 79 per cent of the revenue through energy saving. The NDMC will have the remaining 21 per cent that will calculate to Rs 14 crore annually,” he said.

    Gupta also said along with cut in expenditure on maintenance charges, the civic body will have a total saving of Rs 50 crore annually for a period seven years.

    Besides energy saving, recurring maintenance charges of around Rs 24 crore being paid to discoms, Rs 7 crore for the maintenance of semi high mast lights and Rs 3 crore for their replacement fittings annually, would be saved as the concessionaire will take care of it, he said.

    All these will result in a total saving of Rs 350 crore by the civic body in the next seven years after which the whole system will be handed over to NDMC by the concessionaire.

    The civic body had prescribed world class specifications for the lights to ensure quality.

    “The manufacturer especially designed the product to meet the specifications including minimum seven years life span,” the commissioner said.

    Also, the LEDs will be fitted with sensors so that they go on and off automatically as per requirements.

    The entire LED lighting system will be watched through a central control and monitoring centre so that timely repairs and replacements could be done.

A strike against pneumonia – J.P. Nadda

In 2014, this government made a promise to the people of India, to safeguard their health, to provide the men, women, and children of this country the best chance to survive and thrive. One of the key initiatives was to protect as many of our children against as many diseases as possible, with the introduction of new vaccines into the Universal Immunization Programme (UIP), as well as by ensuring these reach the unreached. This was one of the most significant policy decisions in public health arena taken because of the visionary leadership of Shri Narendra Modi Ji.  Today, I can say that promise is well on its way to being fulfilled.

For decades, our children have died from diseases that could be prevented. Introduction of new vaccines is key to reducing childhood and infant mortality and morbidity in the country.  In the last two years, through the UIP, we saw the introduction of the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV), Rotavirus vaccine (RVV) against diarrhoea, and the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine, to protect against both measles and rubella. The latest weapon in the arsenal being introduced is pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). More than 130 countries worldwide have introduced PCV as part of their childhood immunization programmes, in line with World Health Organization (WHO) global recommendations. This vaccine provides protection against one of the most common causes of pneumonia—a bacterium called pneumococcus. This bacterium also causes other diseases such as ear infections, meningitis and blood infections, with some of these resulting in death or serious disabilities.

This vaccine has long been available in the private sector in India, so children of wealthy families who could afford it could be protected. But today, by introducing it in the UIP, we are ensuring that this vaccine reaches all children, especially those who need it the most, the underprivileged and underserved. The availability of life-saving vaccines should not be limited to only those who can afford it. It is through vaccines like PCV that we can give the citizens of this country a shot at an equitable future and achieve the vision of an India in which every citizen lives a healthy and productive life.

Many people ask, “Why immunize?” Previous generations, the argument goes, suffered from diseases like diarrhoea, measles, and pneumonia; why is it essential for us to immunize our children against it? By the time you finish reading this article, one child in India would have died from pneumonia. One child every three minutes – that is the tragic toll pneumonia claims in this country. We need to protect and save those children.

The decision to introduce a vaccine in the UIP is a well-regulated and carefully thought-out process that takes into account the need, the safety and the efficacy of the vaccine.  For a new vaccine to be introduced in the country, the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) reviews disease burden and epidemiology of a particular vaccine preventable disease and vaccine availability along with its cost effectiveness before making recommendations for any new vaccine introduction. NTAGI is an independent body of experts with repute and experience in the field. The Ministry introduces new vaccines only when NTAGI recommendations are subsequently approved by the empowered programme committee and Mission Steering Group (MSG).

All new vaccines, including the PCV, have been included in the UIP at the recommendation of NTAGI and following this procedure. PCV helps protect against the bacterium that causes the maximum number of child pneumonia deaths worldwide and in India. We are starting by introducing it in parts of Bihar, parts of Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, but the plan is to soon cover all of India. It is an expensive vaccine, but it will now be available to our citizens for free. The cost to the government exchequer is offset by the additional economic benefits of having a healthier society.

With close to 1.8 lakh deaths and over 20 lakh cases annually, child pneumonia poses a significant financial burden on India. The costs of treating a case of pneumonia perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Parents of children who contract pneumonia have to pay expensive hospital bills, which can cost them several months in wages. To add to this, they have to take time off and stay home to care for sick children, negatively impacting India’s economy. Healthier children enjoy better cognitive development, are better in school, missing fewer days, and in the long run, when they join the workforce, they tend to be more productive and earn more. Health thus creates wealth. There are several global examples where healthier populations grow their incomes and escape from poverty quicker, making PCV an investment into India’s progress towards becoming an economically developed nation. India leads the world in pneumonia deaths but, with the launch of PCV, we have definite chance at changing that statistic and making a serious dent in our contribution to the global burden of the disease.

In the past, vaccines have greatly contributed in reducing death and disease. Ailments like smallpox no longer plague us and India is now free of polio and maternal and neonatal tetanus. The government’s investment and commitment to India’s UIP has contributed to this progress. Today, the UIP provides Indian children with vaccines for 11 deadly and debilitating diseases; the introduction of PCV will increase that number to 12. Recently released National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) data shows that India’s full immunization coverage stands at 62%, up from 43.5% just a   decade ago. More vaccines and higher coverage have helped to drastically reduce our infant and child deaths. To accelerate that momentum, Mission Indradhanush was launched in 2014 to reach the most vulnerable and ensure 90% of India’s children have access to life-saving vaccines by 2020. This project now has attained top speed with our Honourable Prime Minister rescheduling the target to 2018, emphasizing that no child should be left behind.

It is our duty to deliver on the promise and save the lives of tens of thousands of children in this country who don’t live to see their fifth birthday due to preventable diseases. To achieve these ambitious targets, we cannot afford to slow down. Let us immunize and give our children the protection they need to fight off deadly diseases and reach their full potential.


#IBPS Call Letter 2017 Released for RA, Law Officer, Analyst, IT Admin, Programmer Exam

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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has released the Call letters for Written Exam 2017 for Research Associate, Law Officers, Analyst Programmer, IT Admin on the official portal The candidates who have applied for IBPS Recruitment 2017 can now download the IBPS Admit Card 2017 by providing their registration details. The website released the Admit Cards late last night, individual links for the individual posts are provided below. The selection of the candidates will be based on the performance in the written examination and followed by the interview phase.

SBI Special Management Executive Interview Call Letter 2017 to be Available Soon

SBI Special Management Executive Interview Call Letter 2017 to be Available Soon on, Know Details About Interview and Group Exercise

State Bank of India has recently announced SBI Special Management Executive SME Online Test Result 2017 on July 20, Thursday at the official website The next leg of recruitment exam is the interview. The call etters for the interview would be made available soon on the official websitel. Candidates would be required to download SBI SME Interview and Group Exercise Admit Card 2017 as and when released on The recruitment of 554 Special Management Executive in the various branches of SBI would be done based on the result of the written and the interview and or group exercise. Important details and points for SBI SME Interview are provided below.

SBI SME Interview Admit Card would be made available here as and when released. Candidates are requested to note that the admit cards are usually released within a week of the scheduled interview dates as per the notification. Also, candidates would not be alowed to sit in the interview without the valid admit card. Nor would the admit card for the written examination accepted. Also, the date, time and venue for the Interview exam would be provided in the call letter. 

#IBPS PO 2017 CWE VII Exam Schedule, Registration Date, Notification likely released in July last week

IBPS PO 2017 CWE VII Exam Schedule, Registration Date, Notification likely released in July last week at

Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection has not confirmed the IBPS PO 2017 Notification Release date on its official website Candidates who are waiting for IBPS PO CWE VII 2017 from one year are getting annoyed as the updates has not been released by the IBPS. As per past trends, we are concluding that IBPS is expected to release PO CWE VII notification soon by the end of July. However, IBPS has already released its exam calendar for IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, IBPS RRB, and IBPS SO in the month of January. The date of registration is not confirmed. As per the exam calendar issued by IBPS, preliminary exam for PO Recruitment 2017 will commence from October 7 and end on October 10. The mains exam will be held on November 26, 2017.

Bank PO Exam is considered as the best option for banking aspirants in the present era as it comes with the promise of attractive salary, perks, fast growth, job security and good work-life balance. The candidates will be able to get the appointment in public sector banks only the proper verifications of the document. More than 20 lakh aspirants appear for the IBPS Bank PO examination every year. IBPS will release the official notification for IBPS PO 2017 by July, 2017, detailing the number of vacancies.