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“Like polio, now eradicate malnutrition,” says Narendra Modi

Ahmedabad, Sunday: Chief Minister Narendra Modi today appealed to the people to eradicate malnutrition from Gujarat, just as the people joined the government campaign to eradicate polio.

Speaking at a small event to mark the state-level Pulse Polio function at Gandhinagar, he congratulated the state health department officials and parents for creating awareness and making a success of the campaign. It was launched some 18 years ago to vaccinate all children in the vulnerable age group of 0-5 against the disease.

The Chief Minister said that time has come now to launch a concerted campaign against a much widespread malady of malnutrition, particularly among children and working class women.

Health Minister Jay Narayan Vyas said that not a single case of polio has been reported in Gujarat after 2007 due to intensive campaign against the disease.

He said that 1.38 lakh volunteers are scheduled to administer polio drops to 86.34 lakh children at 34,538 booths in the state today on the second round of the campaign this year. The government has also arranged for 3,785 mobile teams and 2,816 transit camps at railway stations, bus stands, airport and other places.

During the first round on February 19 were covered 86.30 lakh children.

Principal Health Secretary Rajesh Kishore and other senior officers of the department were present on the occasion.

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PM to deliver Keynote address at the 5th edition of VivaTech on 16th June
June 15, 2021
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address at the 5th edition of VivaTech on 16th June 2021 at around 4 PM. The Prime Minister has been invited as a Guest of Honour to deliver the keynote address at VivaTech 2021.

Other prominent speakers in the event include Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of France, Mr. Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain and Ministers/MPs from various European countries. The event will also witness participation of corporate leaders like Mr. Tim Cook, CEO, Apple, Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO, Facebook and Mr. Brad Smith, President, Microsoft among others.

VivaTech is one of the largest digital and startup events in Europe, held in Paris every year since 2016. It is jointly organized by Publicis Groupe – a prominent advertising and marketing conglomerate and Les Echos – a leading French media group. It brings together stakeholders in technology innovation and the startup ecosystem and includes exhibitions, awards, panel discussions and startup contests. The 5th edition of VivaTech is scheduled to be held between 16-19 June 2021.