The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is urging Jamaicans to take measures to ensure the safety of water for domestic use during the dry period.“We are aware that during the dry season, where there is shortage of water, persons are sometimes forced to source water from undesirable sources such as untreated water wells, rivers, ponds and streams, which can be very harmful to humans, if it is not treated properly, before drinking,” said Mitigation Programme Officer of the Planning and Research Division at ODPEM, Karema Aikens-Mitchell.She explained that water treatment involves adding drops of bleach, and boiling before drinking in order to prevent diarrhea and other illnesses. “We are also encouraging persons to practice vector control, while storing water, as a means of eliminating mosquito breeding sites, to prevent against dengue fevercaused by a virus transmitted from the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that can breed easily in and around the home,” she stated.These practices include punching holes in the bottom of tins before placing them in the garbage, using mosquito repellents, covering trash containers to keep rain water out, and properly covering drums, barrels, tanks, buckets and other containers used to store water. Mrs. Aikens-Mitchell said that persons should also wash their hands properly after using the toilet, or before handling and preparing food, to prevent the spread of diseases.The country is now in the annual dry period, which starts in January and typically lasts three months, ending in March. Mrs. Aikens-Mitchell informed that already, there are signs of drought conditions, mainly in the southern, western, and eastern parts of the island.The agency is urging citizens to practice certain mitigation and preparedness measures, including reducing lengthy showers, and turning off taps while brushing the teeth.In addition, limit non-critical activities, such as washing of cars with water hoses, and, instead, use a bucket. Also, limit watering of lawns, and if possible, reuse water from washing machines and kitchen sinks for watering.Mrs. Aikens-Mitchell also advised that in the event of rainfall, it is important for persons, especially farmers, to harvest as much water as possible and store it in properly sealed containers.Importantly, also, she is appealing to cigarette smokers to exercise caution, by properly putting out cigarettes before disposing to prevent bush fires.
President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Swachh Bharat Award to POWERGRID under PSU Corporate Category for significant CSR contribution under the initiative of Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) and Swachh Bharat Kosh (SKP) at an event organized by Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti at Vigyan Bhawan. The award was received by K Sreekant, CMD POWERGRIDPower Finance Corporation Limited has been awarded with the ‘Swachh Bharat Award 2019’ for its significant CSR contribution under the initiative of Swachh Bharat Kosh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Jal Shakti Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation handed over the award to P K Singh, Director (Commercial) in a function held at Vigyan Bhawan Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFour AAI airports viz. Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh and Indore won nine ACI ASQ Awards (in total) for the year 2018 in different categories. I N Murthy, Member (Operations), AAI along with his team consisting of G Chandramouli, RED (Western Region); S P Yadav, RED (Eastern Region); Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, SVPI Ahmedabad Airport; S C Hota, Airport Director, BPI Airport, Bhubaneswar; Suneel Dutt, Airport Director, Chandigarh International Airport and Aryama Sanyal, DABH, Indore Airport received the ACI-ASQ Awards at ACI’s Global Summit & Awards held recently in Bali, Indonesia Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostNLC India Ltd, as part of Swachch Bharat Mission initiated activities to create awareness amongst public about the importance of cleanliness by organising various events like “Seashore cleaning, park cleaning, Street Play, and mass rally in Silver Beach, Cuddalore” recently. Bhoomipooja works at all water bodies was performed in the presence of farmers and general public of respective villagesNSIC signed MoU with Government of Sikkim on September 6, 2019 for the promotion and development of MSME sector in the state of sikkim through NSIC package of services for the growth of MSME sector. The MoU was signed by P Udayakumar, Director(P&M), NSIC; Dr Thomas Chandy ,Additional Chief Secretary ,Government of SikkimBirendra Kumar, Attache, EOI, seen lighting lamp. Abdul Azim, Member COA – EPCH & Raj Anand, India Representative of Maison&Objet are seen with him. The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts is participating in “Maison&Objet 2019” being held from Sept 6-10, 2019 and has set up a stall in Hall no 5A (Unique & Eclectic Sector) at the venue Paris Nord Villepinte, France