September 11, 2021 5:16:59 am
The image of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as an honest leader will be one of the major highlights of BJP’s campaign in Uttar Pradesh for next year’s Assembly polls. Damdaar (decisive) and imaandar (honest) would be the key words of the party’s election campaign in UP, it is learnt. Achievements of his government is set to be projected with the tag-line “fark saaf hai” (the difference is visible) on social media. Although UP government faced flak for its failure during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, BJP is all set to project several achievements in the health sector to tide over the criticism: the number of medical colleges, which the party says has been increased by four times under his government; the increase in number of additional paramedical staff; and the community health centres, among others.
The US embassy underwent a change at the top this week. As acting envoy Atul Keshap returned to the US after two months, Patricia A. Lacina, a career diplomat, assumed the role of Chargé d’Affaires. She will be in-charge until former Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti gets confirmed by US Congress and joins office in Delhi. After Garcetti joins as the full-time ambassador, Lacina will remain as the Deputy Chief of Mission. Lacina had served as consul general at the US Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany, most recently. Before that, she had worked in the office of US Secretary of State when John Kerry was in office. Incidentally, Kerry is likely to be in town next week as the US President’s climate envoy.
Making Space For Space
NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), has launched the ATL Space Challenge-2021 for school students across the country. Students of classes VI to XII can participate in the competition. It comes at a time when the World Space Week is scheduled to be observed from October 4 to 10. Speaking at the launch of the event, mission director, AIM, Dr Chintan Vaishnav said the ATL Space Challenge aligns with this year’s theme of celebrating 75 years of Independence as “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.”
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