News: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the winners of the National Child Award, 2022, and extolled the valour and sacrifice of the four martyred sons of Guru Gobind Singh. He also urged them to follow Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s motto of “nation first”.
Twenty-nine children were given the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar for their exceptional achievements in innovation, social science, education, sports, arts and culture and for demonstrating bravery. They were given digital certificates using blockchain technology and a cash prize of ₹1 lakh at an event held online.
“In our country, we have the example of Guru Gobind Singh’s four sons, sahibzaade, who sacrificed their lives at a very young age. Their sacrifice for Indian civilisation, culture, faith and religion is incomparable.”
2. HC REJECTS PETITION ON BENGAL TABLEAU
News: The Calcutta High Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking a direction to the Central government to permit the West Bengal tableau of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in the Republic Day parade.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj rejected the petition on grounds that the petitioner had “belatedly approached this court”.
No effective direction
“As the Republic Day celebration is day after tomorrow, therefore, at this stage, no effective direction can be issued. Hence, no case for interference in the present writ petition is made out which is accordingly dismissed,” the order said. The court pointed out that Additional Solicitor General had submitted that “Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was ignored by the earlier governments but the present government is treating Netaji as an icon and recognising his contribution to hastening the process of Independence”.
“He had also submitted that a hologram of Netaji had been put up at India Gate and it would be replaced by a statue of Netaji in August. So far as reasons for rejection were concerned, if the State wanted, “the same can be duly supplied and that the decision to exclude a tableau is taken as per the rules which exist and reasons for rejection must be existing”.
3. THE CHALLENGE OF ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE
News: The recently published GRAM report talks about antimicrobial resistance (AMR), where antibiotics become ineffective because pathogens become resistant to them.
According to the report, as many as 4.95 million deaths may be associated with bacterial AMR in 2019. In South Asia, over 3,89,000 people died as a direct result of AMR. One pathogen–drug combination, meticillin-resistant S aureus, caused more than 1 lakh deaths attributable to AMR.
Our use of antimicrobial treatment should be “more thoughtful” wherein lifesaving antibiotics are given where needed and minimised when they are not necessary.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), or antibiotics becoming ineffective because pathogens such as viruses, fungi and bacteria become resistant to them, has long been recognised as a major threat to public health. However, there are only few estimates on the scale of the problem and regional variations. Based on estimates from 204 countries and territories, the Global Research on Antimicrobial Resistance (GRAM) report published in The Lancet on Thursday provides the most comprehensive estimate of the global impact of AMR so far.