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"NCC given exposure in Navy’s diplomatic role in building ‘Bridges of Friendship’ across the seas"
"नौसेना की राजनयिक यात्रा 'बिल्डिंग ब्रिज ऑफ फ्रैंडशिप अक्रास दि सी' में एनसीसी को शामिल होने का अवसर मिला"

In an initiative to intensify the interaction between the National Cadet Corps (NCC)and the Indian Navy, 10 NCC cadets, along with one staff member, are being provided the opportunity to sail twice a year onboard ships of the 1st Training Squadron. This is aimed not just at broadening their horizons, but also exposing them to the important diplomatic role the Navy plays in building ‘
Bridges of Friendship’ across the seas.

Accordingly, ten NCC cadets are currently embarked on ships of the Training Squadron  visiting the Middle Eastern ports of Muscat, Dubai, Manama and Al Jubail between 27th September 2014 and 30th October 2014.

Making its presence in about 15,600 schools and colleges across the nation today, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) has more than 60 Naval NCC units, 38 of them in coastal states. The Naval Wing of the NCC has traditionally been supported by the Indian Navy for all its training and administrative requirements.

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In another historic and interesting opportunity provided to the NCC cadets, the Navy’s Sail Training Ship, INS Sudarshini, is scheduled to visit Chennai in Nov 14 to take part in an expedition commemorating the Millennium Celebration of Emperor Rajendra Chola’s reign. The ship will provide NCC cadets short-duration sea experiences, furling and unfurling large-sized sails on tall masts, and negotiating strong sea winds off the East coast of India.

To further strengthen this connection between the NCC and the Navy, the Director General of the NCC has been requested to encourage NCC authorities at various locations to interact regularly with Command Headquarters and / or Local Naval Authorities of the Navy, and arrange for short duration sea sorties for cadets. This will provide a larger number of Naval Wing NCC cadets an exposure to the life of personnel in the Navy. Such sorties could also be undertaken on Sail Training Ships, which provide cadets a unique adventure and a memorable sea experience.

The Navy has traditionally been conducting Pre-Commission Training Courses for NCC officers at Seamanship School, Kochi. Apart from this, it organises two-week attachments annually for cadets at the Indian Naval Academy and conducts technical camps at INS Shivaji at Lonavla. Such attachments go a long way in providing cadets an exposure to the premier training establishments of the Navy.

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In addition, the Navy also organises regular watermanship activities for cadets of the Naval Wing NCC, including ocean sailing expeditions, rowing, yachting, etc. Apart from the exposure to the vagaries of weather and water such activities offer, they also impart to cadets valuable lessons in building camaraderie, facing adversity, and enhancing their leadership abilities. In pursuit of this objective, the Navy makes its watermanship facilities available to NCC units, and in addition, conducts the annual regatta of the NCC at INS Chilka, a naval training establishment in Odisha.

As a regular feature, the Navy also hosts several important annual NCC camps, which include in their curriculum a sortie onboard naval ships, providing cadets valuable exposure to the rigors of a life at sea. Sea attachments and training camps are also conducted at various Commands of the Navy at least twice a year. These camps extend for durations of twelve days each, with one day of sailing onboard the Navy’s warships. These camps witness the participation of between 250 and 350 NCC cadets. Further, a ‘Nau Sainik’ camp is scheduled each year for Navy Wing NCC cadets to mark the culmination of their training. A total of approximately 590 cadets participate in these camps. The camps also include sailing onboard warships at sea.

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The measures initiated by the Navy recently to reach out to the NCC will hopefully bring in greater appreciation of the sea and the Navy amongst students and NCC cadets across the nation, and instill in them a sense of pride for India’s maritime traditions and natural endowments.

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PM interacts with leaders of pharma industry
April 19, 2021
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with leaders of pharmaceutical industry via video conferencing. The Prime Minister appreciated the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic.

PM Modi appreciated the way the pharma industry is working even in such trying conditions.

PM Modi remarked that it is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’. He said essential medicines were made available to more than 150 countries around the world during the pandemic. The Prime Minister stated that despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential.

Noting the second wave of the virus and rising number of cases, PM Modi commended the pharma industry for their efforts to increase production of several necessary drugs. He appreciated them for reducing the price of injections like Remdesivir. To keep the supply of medicines and essential medical equipment going smoothly, PM Modi urged the pharma industry to ensure seamless supply chains. PM Modi also extended government’s support for facilities like Logistics and Transportation.

He urged the industry to conduct more and more researches on threats which can occur in the future along with Covid. This, he said, would help us take the lead in combating the virus.

Seeking cooperation from the pharma industry, PM Modi assured that government is undertaking reforms for new drugs and regulatory processes.

The leaders of the Pharma industry appreciated the proactive help & support received from the Government. They highlighted the efforts made over the last one year in ensuring availability of drugs keeping manufacturing and logistics operational. Operations at the pharma hubs for manufacturing, transportation, logistics and ancillary services are being maintained at optimum levels. The participants also share inputs on the measures being undertaken to meet the overall medicine demand in the country despite the unprecedented increase in demand for some drugs  the COVID Treatment Protocol.

The meeting was also attended by Union Health Minister Shri Harsh Vardhan, MoS (Health) Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister Chemical and Fertilizer Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MoS (C&F) Mansukh Mandaviya, Principal Secretary to PM, Dr V K Paul Member (H) NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Union Pharmaceutical Secretary, Dr Balram Bharagava, DG ICMR, amongst other officers from Ministries / Departments of Central Government.