Press Information Bureau Government of India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

06 MAY 2021 11:16AM by PIB DelhiEffective Allocation of COVID-19 Materials received from the Global Community by Centre to States and UTs

There has been an unprecedented surge in the number of COVID19 cases in the country since the past few weeks. The health infrastructure of several States and UTs has been overwhelmed by the very high number of daily cases and increased mortality.

Following the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, the global community has extended a helping hand in supporting efforts of Government of India in this collective fight against the global COVID19 pandemic.

Government of India has been receiving international donations/aid of Covid-19 relief medical supplies and equipment since 27 April 2021 from different countries. All items received so far are allocated to the states/institutions and substantial part of it stands delivered. This is an ongoing exercise. The aim is to extend all support and assistance through various means and measures to strengthen the States’ and UT’s efforts during this critical phase. 

On the other hand, the cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 16.25 Cr today as the Phase-3 of the nationwide Vaccination Drive expands further.

9,04,263 beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years received their first dose of COVID vaccine across 12 States. These states are Chhattisgarh (1,026), Delhi (1,29,096), Gujarat (1,96,860), Jammu and Kashmir (16,387), Haryana (1,23,484), Karnataka (5,328), Maharashtra (1,53,966), Odisha (21,031), Punjab (1,535), Rajasthan (1,80,242), Tamil Nadu (6,415) and UP (68,893).

Cumulatively, 16,25,13,339 vaccine doses have been administered through 29,34,844 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. These include 94,80,739 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 63,54,113 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 1,36,57,922 FLWs (1stdose), 74,25,592 FLWs (2nddose), 9,04,263 beneficiaries under 18-45 age group (1st dose), 5,31,16,901 1st dose beneficiaries and 1,29,15,354 2nd dose beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 5,38,15,026 (1st dose) and 48,43,429 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged 45 to 60 years.

HCWs1st Dose94,80,739
2nd Dose63,54,113
FLWs1st Dose1,36,57,922
2nd Dose74,25,592
Age Group 18-44 years1st Dose9,04,263
Age Group 45 to 60 years1st Dose5,38,15,026
2nd Dose48,43,429
Over 60 years1st Dose5,31,16,901
2nd Dose1,29,15,354

Ten states account for 66.87% of the cumulative doses given so far in the country.

More than 19 lakh vaccination doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

As on Day-110 of the vaccination drive (5th May, 2021), 19,55,733 vaccine doses were given. Across 15,903 sessions, 8,99,163 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 10,56,570 beneficiaries received their 2nd dose of vaccine.

Date: 5th May, 2021 (Day-110)

2nd Dose89,932
18-44 years1st Dose2,32,028
45 to 60 years1stDose4,02,585
2nd Dose4,21,409
Over 60 years1stDose1,58,217
2nd Dose5,14,385
Total Achievement1stDose8,99,163

India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 1,72,80,844 today. The National Recovery Rate is 81.99%.

3,29,113  recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours.

Ten states account for 74.71% of the new recoveries.

The graph below shows the week-on-week average daily recovered cases. While just 53,816 weekly recoveries were registered at the start of April, the figure has surpassed the 3 Lakh mark (3,13,424) by week ending today starting at the end of April.

4,12,262 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours.

Ten States including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka,Kerala,Haryana, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh andRajasthan report 72.19% of the new cases.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 57,640. It is followed by Karnataka with 50,112 while Kerala reported 41,953 new cases.

India’s total Active Caseload has reached 35,66,398. It now comprises 16.92% of the country’s total Positive Cases. A net incline of 79,169 cases recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours.

Twelve states cumulatively account for 81.05% of India’s total Active Cases.

The National Mortality Rate has been falling and currently stands at 1.09%.

3,980 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

Ten States account for 75.55% of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (920). Uttar Pradesh follows with 353 daily deaths.

Five States/UTs have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are D&D & D&N, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh (UT) and Mizoram.



HFW/COVID States data/6th May2021/1

Press Information Bureau Government of India Ministry of Railways

06 MAY 2021 7:16PM by PIB DelhiOxygen Expresses deliver more than 2511 MT LMO in 161 tankers to different states

Overcoming all hurdles and finding new solutions, Indian Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) to various states across the country. So far, Indian Railways has delivered 2511MT (approx) of LMO in 161 tankers to various states across the country.

40 Oxygen Expresses have already completed their journey so far.

It is Indian Railways endeavour to deliver as much LMO as possible in the shortest time possible to the requesting states.

Till date 174 MT has offloaded in Maharashtra, 689 MT in UP, 190 MT in MP, 259 MT in Haryana, 123 MT in Telangana and 1053MT in Delhi.

Presently 22 tankers are on the run with more than 400 tonnes of LMO which are expected to arrive in MP, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi. Running of new Oxygen is a very dynamic exercise and figures keep getting updated all the time.

Jack Kornfield

f your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
Jack Kornfield
Buddhist practitioner and author Jack Kornfield included this quote in his 1994 book, “Buddha’s Little Instruction Book” — and it was thereafter commonly misattributed to Gautama Buddha himself. One of the tenets of Buddhism is extending compassion to other people, but we also must remember to be compassionate with ourselves. It can be a very different thing to go easy on yourself when something goes wrong. Yet we can’t fully practice compassion until we turn it inward first.

Word of the day

Anamnesisan-əm-NEE-sisPart of speech: nounOrigin: Greek, late 16th century
1The remembering of things from a supposed previous existence (often used with reference to Platonic philosophy).2(Medicine) A patient’s account of a medical history.
Examples of Anamnesis in a sentence “The character spends most of the movie trying to resolve her anamnesis with her current life.” “The nurse collected Mr. Collins’ anamnesis while the doctor continued his checkup.”


70000 isolation beds by Indian Railways. Kudos.

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
05 MAY 2021 5:25PM by PIB Delhi70,000 Isolation beds made available by Railways in more than 4400 Covid Care Coaches

In the relentless fight against Covid, the Ministry of Railways are taking rapid action to swiftly move Isolation Coaches to places of demand (made by respective states) mobilising workforce and material for this task. The Railways has made available a fleet of more than 4400 Isolation Coaches with around 70,000 beds to serve as Isolation Units. These Isolation Coaches can be easily moved and positioned at places of demand on the Indian Railways network. Quick memorandum agreement of shared responsibilities and rapid action plans are being worked out by Railways with the respective District Authorities. 

In the latest update, with the States of Nagaland and Gujarat seeking Isolation Coaches, the Railway has swiftly catered to their demand and positioned the coaches at Sabarmati, Chandlodiya and Dimapur respectively. Alongside adhering to Covid safety protocols, the Railways are also taking utmost efforts to devise ways to facilitate better work-convenience for the State medical personnel on duty. At some locations, the Railway authorities have also provided new logistical solutions like supported ramps on stair-cases for hassle-free transport of sick patients besides facilitative conveniences like make-shift tents, area segregation for better isolation on railway platforms that serve as freeway for movement of medical personnel and supplies in these Covid care facility. It may be pointed out that Railway personnel worked rapidly to rehabilitate some of the ramps on a war-footing.

 Accordingly, as per States’ demand, at present 232 coaches have been handed over to various states for Covid care with a bed-capacity of more than 4000 beds. The latest demand came from the State Govt of Gujarat, wherein the Railways have deployed 10 coaches for Sabarmati and 6 coaches for Chandoliya in terms of Memorandum of Agreement with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. In terms of the demand by the State Govt of Nagaland Isolation Coaches, the Railway worked has positioned 10 Isolation coaches at Dimapur. Isolation Coaches were deployed for Jabalpur and are now functional.  21 Coaches are now made functional for the medical exigencies at Palghar by the Railways in terms of Terms of Agreement with District Authorities. 2 sets of Oxygen Cylinders are also provided in these coaches to meet any exigency by the State Health Authorities in many places. 

The updated position of the utility of these coaches positioned in the States of Delhi, UP MP and Maharashtra are as follows – 

At Nandrubar (Maharashtra), in the last few days 14 new admissions were registered, as on date while 13 patients discharged. 26 Covid patients are currently in isolation at this facility. Cumulatively upto now, 104 admissions were registered with 78 subsequent discharge of patients by State Health Authorities. The Railway has also positioned 11 covid care coaches (with one coach serving exclusively for medical personnel and supplies) at Ajni Inland Container Depot and handed over to Nagpur Municipal Corporation. 6 patients were admitted and 4 discharged here. 

With regard to the demand by the State Govt of Madhya Pradesh for 2 coaches, the Ratlam Division of Western Railway has deployed 22 Coaches with a capacity of 320 beds at Tihi station near Indore. 19 patients are admitted here so far while 1 patient was discharged. Around 302 beds are still available at this facility At Bhopal, where 20 coaches are deployed. At this facility, there were 28 admissions with 12 patients discharged as per latest data. 273 beds are available at this facility.

In Delhi, the Railway has catered to the full demand of State Governments’ demand for 75 Covid Care coaches with a capacity of 1200 beds. 50 coaches are positioned at Shakurbasti and 25 Coaches at Anand Vihar stations. 5 admissions were registered as on date with 4 patients discharged. 1199 beds are still available. 

The utilisation of these facilities in the above-mentioned states, as per latest records, cumulatively registers 162 admissions with 96 subsequent discharges. Presently 66 Covid patients are utilising the isolation coaches. More than 3600 beds are still available at these facilities. 

In UP, though coaches have not yet been requisitioned by State Govt, 10 coaches each are placed at Faizabad, Bhadohi, Varanasi, Bareli & Nazibabad totalling to a capacity of 800 beds (50 coaches).



Medical Oxygen from Steel Plants

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Steel
05 MAY 2021 6:10PM by PIB DelhiSteel plants supply 4076 MT Liquid Medical Oxygen

Steel companies from across the country, from both the public and private sectors, have stepped up efforts to meet the nation’s requirement of medical oxygen. Yesterday, the Total Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) Production by the Steel plants was 3680.30 MT, and Total LMO Supply was 4076.65 MT. In comparison, the LMO supply was 3131.84 Metric Tonnes to various states on the 25th April 2021. In mid-April, on an average 1500-1700 Metric tonnes /day was being dispatched.

Minister of Steel and Petroleum &Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan last week had held a series of meetings with captains of steel companies of both public and private sectors. He had called for doing everything possible to enhance supply of medical oxygen from steel plants and also for building jumbo-sized COVID-care facilities with oxygenated-beds to augment the healthcare infra.

Steel Authority of India, one of the largest domestic steel producers, has been enhancing its capabilities to supply Liquid Medical Oxygen in the country. The daily delivery of LMO from its integrated steel plants situated at Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), Rourkela (Odisha), Bokaro (Jharkhand), Durgapur and Burnpur (West Bengal) has been increased from a level of about 500 Metric Tonnes (MT) in the 2nd week of April to more than 1100 MT per day currently. The company has so far supplied over 50,000 MT of LMO. In the month of April, 2021, SAIL delivered more than 17500 MT LMO to 15 states across the country including the states in which the plants are located.

14 “Oxygen Express” trains carrying more than 950 MT LMO have been loaded by yesterday for various parts of the county from SAIL plants at Bokaro, Rourkela and Durgapur. SAIL plants have also received tankers, which have been airlifted and after loading have moved to their destinations by road and rail. The railways, air force, steel plants and oxygen plants are coordinating the efforts of transporting the tankers. 4 cryogenic tankers have been airlifted by Indian Air Force from Perth, Australia today.




Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
05 MAY 2021 4:04PM by PIB DelhiCabinet approves strategic disinvestment and transfer of management control in IDBI Bank Limited

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its in-principle approval for strategic disinvestment along with transfer of management control in IDBI Bank Ltd. The extent of respective shareholding to be divested by GoI and LIC shall be decided at the time of structuring of transaction in consultation with RBI.

Government of India (GoI) and LIC together own more than 94% of equity of IDBI Bank (GoI 45.48%, LIC 49.24%).  LIC is currently the promoter of IDBI Bank with Management Control and GoI is the co-promoter.

LIC’s Board has passed a resolution to the effect that LIC may reduce its shareholding in IDBI Bank Ltd. through divesting its stake along with strategic stake sale envisaged by the Govt. with an intent to relinquish management control and by taking into consideration price, market outlook, statutory stipulation and interest of policy holders.

This decision of LICs Board is also consistent with the regulatory mandate to it to reduce its stake in the Bank.

It is expected that strategic buyer will infuse funds, new technology and best management practices for optimal development of business potential and growth of IDBI Bank Ltd. and shall generate more business without any dependence on LIC and Government assistance/funds.  Resources through strategic disinvestment of Govt. equity from the transaction would be used to finance developmental programmes of the Government benefiting the citizens.

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today, besides being Cinco de Mayo in the US, is Chanel No. 5 Launch Day? On this day in 1921, the perfume Chanel No. 5 debuted in Coco Chanel’s boutique on the Rue Cambon in Paris. The new fragrance immediately revolutionized the perfume industry and remained popular for a century. Now considered by many to be the first modern perfume, Chanel No. 5 is as recognizable and enduring as the designer herself.


Seasoned Quotable Nuts via PNUTs newsletter

“Urban conservationists may feel entitled to be unconcerned about food production because they are not farmers. But they can’t be let off so easily, for they are all farming by proxy.” — Wendell Berry

“A paradigm shift, where, in addition to physical inputs for farming, a focused emphasis placed on knowledge inputs can be a promising way forward. This knowledge-based approach will bring immense returns, particularly in rain fed and dry land farming areas.” — Pratibha Patil

Scatter Monthly Calendar – May 2021

Scatter Monthly Calendar – May 2021


May 2021

What’s happening in May 2021?

COVID-19 vaccination available for all adults from 1 May

Content marketing ideas:   

  • Listicle idea: X Precautions you must take before and after vaccination
  • Infographic idea: How can you register online for the COVID vaccine?
  • Video idea: How does the first wave of COVID differ from the second?
  • Podcast idea: Why do many people get COVID-19 after vaccination?

Fixed days: 2021

International Workers’ Day –1 May 

Workers day

This day is celebrated across the globe to honor the contributions of those from the working class.

Content marketing ideas:   

  • Listicle idea: X Ways to negotiate a higher salary with your employer
  • Infographic idea: Understanding your salary breakup
  • Video idea: How to stay active at a desk job
  • Podcast idea: Is working for yourself better than working for others?

World Tuna Day –2 May 

Tuna Day

This day aims to highlight the importance of conservation management so that tuna stocks across the world don’t crash.

Content marketing ideas:   

  • Listicle idea: A list of the top nutrients you can get from tuna
  • Infographic idea: Where are tuna fish found across the world?
  • Video idea: X Easy-to-cook tuna recipes
  • Podcast idea: Here’s how you should structure your weekly meals if you’re interested in sustainability

World Press Freedom Day 3 May

press freedom day

This day provides an opportunity to journalists, academics, national authorities, and the public to discuss emerging challenges to press freedom and their safety.

Content marketing ideas:   

  • Listicle idea: Tips to become a photojournalist
  • Infographic idea: Which countries offer the least protection to their journalists?
  • Video idea: Did you know about the role of press clubs?
  • Podcast idea: Why is supporting independent journalism the need of the hour?

International Firefighters’ Day 4 May

fire fighters day

This day was instituted to pay tribute to firefighters who dedicate their lives and those who have lost their lives while protecting life and property.

Content marketing ideas:   

  • Listicle idea: X Décor materials that can fireproof your home
  • Infographic idea: X Unusual ways a fire can start in your home
  • Video idea: Can you follow a firefighter’s fitness regime?
  • Podcast idea: How can you prepare for a wildfire evacuation?

A brand campaign that worked:

This ad by ICICI Lombard features a song performed by the firefighters of India about ways to remain safe in case of a fire.

Leader as facilitator by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith


My mission is simple. I want to help successful people achieve positive, lasting change in behavior; for themselves, their people, and their teams. I want to help you make your life a little better. Thank you for subscribing! Life is good.

You know, someone who tells you what to do, how to do it, and when to do it? Someone who seems to have all the answers – even when they’re not asked!

Don’t be surprised; you’re not alone. And, worse yet, not only do leaders often assume the know-it-all position, many of us work with people who think they know everything. It is epidemic.

This style of leadership is based on the old model of “authoritative leader” in which the leader plays the role of “boss” and tells employees what to do and how to do it. This type of leader is the historic norm. Leaders can even go so far as to think that if they don’t do this, they aren’t leading well.

Let’s take a closer look at this starting with one of my favorite Peter Drucker quotes. Peter provided an excellent perspective on the authoritative leader when he said, “While the leader of the past knew how to tell, the leader of the future will know how to ask.”

I’ve never seen anyone live these words to the degree that my friend Alan Mulally did. And, it was of great benefit of those around him. So great was that he was recently ranked as the third Greatest Leader in the World by Fortunemagazine. Prior to that he was recognized as the Best CEO in America by CEO magazine.

Here is a little more history about Alan. After an incredibly successful career at Boeing, where he rose to the role of CEO of Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Alan became the CEO of Ford and helped the company achieve one of the most positive turnarounds in the history of corporate America. The amazing story of Ford is well documented in the book, American Icon. When he left Ford, Alan had a 97% approval rating from all employees.


Let’s start with a little history about me: For over forty years I have been a student of leadership. I have a Ph.D. from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. I am the author of editor of 35 books. My written material or videos have been read or viewed over 25 million times. I served on the Advisory Board of the Peter Drucker Foundation for ten years. In 2011, I was ranked by Thinkers 50, in London, as the Most-Influential Leadership Thinker in the World. I have had the honor of coaching over 150 of the most important organizational leaders in the world. Needless to say, I know a little about leadership.

In my long career, I have never observed an approach to leadership that matches Alan’s. His style is as unlike authoritative leadership as any style I have ever seen. Alan’s leadership style is “leader as facilitator” rather than “leader as authority” or “leader as boss”.

It’s similar to my behavioral coaching process. The philosophy behind Stakeholder Centered Coaching is simple: You see, I believe that leaders can learn a lot more from their key stakeholders (who interact with them every day) than they can learn from any coach. My average client has 18 key stakeholders, who am I to assume that I know more than these 18 other executives? In my coaching I am a facilitator. I create a process where my clients reach out to their stakeholders, listen, and learn. I don’t get paid for spending time with my clients or for proving how smart I am. I do get paid when they achieve positive, lasting change in leadership behavior – as judged by their key stakeholders.

Alan’s process of leader as facilitator is like putting my coaching process on steroids!

The philosophy behind his leadership process is simple: Why should I – even though I may be the CEO – assume know that I know more than the thousands of leaders and professionals at the company?

Alan has each of his direct reports publicly discuss each of their five key priorities in the weekly Business Plan Review meeting. Rather than immediately leaping in to help the direct report who has a problem, he facilitates learning from everyone on the team. Rather than saying, “Here is how I can help you.” Alan asks, “Who are the best people at the company who can help?”

As a leader-facilitator, Alan Mulally is perfectly comfortable facilitating a meeting where great guidance is provided – even if none of the great guidance comes from him. He is not delusional enough to believe that he has all of the answers. He is facilitating a process of finding the answers.

To say the leader as facilitator process is different from the corporate norm would be an understatement, and I have never seen any CEO implement this process to the degree that Alan did at Ford.

The leader as facilitator style of leadership is something for you to think about. When it’s your turn to lead give it a try. You will be amazed at the results! And if you’re already leading, maybe it’s time to try it for yourself and see how it works! You will be glad you did.

Life is good. Marshall.

Wisdom Quotes

Age is not a limit for dreams and goals.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. (C. S. Lewis)
No matter who you meet make sure they’re happier once they leave.
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. (Mother Teresa)

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Wisdom Quotes

You can change neither the currents nor the tides, but you can use the winds to change direction.
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. (Jimmy Dean)
No matter who you meet make sure they’re happier once they leave.
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. (Mother Teresa)


ZeligZEL-igPart of speech: nounOrigin: American English, 1980s
1A person who is able to change their appearance, behavior, or attitudes, so as to be comfortable in any situation.
Examples of Zelig in a sentence “Despite belonging to the PR Team, Harold was a Zelig who easily blended into any department.” “Rather than joining a clique in school, Cathy was a Zelig who made friends in different interest groups.”

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Highway Wedding Day? In 1996, Candy Key married Clyde Rotramel in the same spot where he had proposed to her — the left-turn lane of Missouri Highway 50. The bride and groom took their vows, kissed, and left, all in about three minutes!



Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Bing Crosby’s Birthday? Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby Jr. was an American singer, comedian, and actor. Best known for his song White Christmas, Crosby was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century, leading in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1930 to 1954.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”

— Charles F. Kettering


Those with the gift of a talent find joy in exploring and applying it.
It’s not how many years you’ve lived in your life, but how much life you’ve lived in your years.
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. (Abraham Lincoln)


Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway of life itself.
Daisaku Ikeda
Daisaku Ikeda, a Japanese Buddhist philosopher and peace advocate, has often spoken and written about the perseverance of the human spirit. This encouraging metaphor comes from a speech he gave to students at Soka University of America in 1974 on the transformative power of creativity. He cautioned students not to be discouraged or indolent when faced with difficulties, because “the creative essence of life is never crushed or vanquished by such things.” Instead, he encouraged them to keep working, producing, and creating. He urged, “Never for an instant forget the effort to renew your life, to build yourself anew.”


OcherOH-kərPart of speech: nounOrigin: Middle English, 1350s
1An earthy pigment containing ferric oxide, typically with clay, varying from light yellow to brown or red.2A pale brownish yellow color.
Examples of Ocher in a sentence “This artist’s work is characterized by her extensive use of yellow ocher.” “All of Mary’s enamel pots are a beautiful ocher color to match her kitchen walls.”

What does Stoic Mean in Hindi?

ˈstōik उदासीन udaaseen
stoic ची भाषांतरे

उदासीन साहसी अटल बहादुर दृढ़ अडिग समबुद्धि तापस जितेन्द्रिय वैरागी उदासी

indifferent, nostalgic, effortless, disinterested, frigid, stoic


daring, adventurous, brave, bold, hardy, stoic


firm, unyielding, unavoidable, unbowed, set, stoic


brave, valiant, gallant, heroic, daring, stoic


firm, strong, steadfast, tenacious, resolute, stoic


unswerving, immutable, unabashed, uncomplaining, unfaltering, stoic




stoic, ascetic




recluse, stoic, shaveling


monk, sadhu, stoic




gloominess, apathia, cheerlessness, dismalness, Ennui, abaissement

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Kentucky Derby Woman’s Day? In 1970, Diane Crump became the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby. Her mount, Fathom, placed 15th in the 96th Kentucky Derby. Diane was also the first woman to ride in a pari-mutuel race at Hialeah Park in 1969. Congratulations, Diane!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I haven’t spoken to my wife in years. I didn’t want to interrupt her.”

— Rodney Dangerfield


Imprimaturim-PRIM-ə-toorPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, mid 17th century
1(in singular) A person’s acceptance or guarantee that something is of a good standard.2An official license by the Roman Catholic Church to print an ecclesiastical or religious book.
Examples of Imprimatur in a sentence “Father Matthews decided to seek an imprimatur for his book on religious symbols in the Catholic faith.” “Father Matthews decided to seek an imprimatur for his book on religious symbols in the Catholic faith.”
Imprimaturim-PRIM-ə-toorPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, mid 17th century
1(in singular) A person’s acceptance or guarantee that something is of a good standard.2An official license by the Roman Catholic Church to print an ecclesiastical or religious book.
Examples of Imprimatur in a sentence “Father Matthews decided to seek an imprimatur for his book on religious symbols in the Catholic faith.” “Father Matthews decided to seek an imprimatur for his book on religious symbols in the Catholic faith.”

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Sunday Brain Food: a weekly newsletter full of timeless ideas and insights for life and business.


The best way to improve your ability to think is to spend time thinking. Most of us are too busy to think. We have too many meetings. Too many calls. Too many priorities. Too many demands on our time. With no time to think and make good decisions we rush and make bad ones. And because we made bad decisions, our precious time is further strained as we correct our previous decisions.

— How To Think: The Skill You’ve Never Been Taught

Tiny Thought

If you’re great at what you do, you don’t need a resume.

Explore Your Curiosity

★ “What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded . . . sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly. Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope: Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth? Those who were kindest to you, I bet. It’s a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder”

— Kindness, George Saunders

★ “The changes coming are unstoppable. If we embrace them and plan for them, we can use them to create a much fairer, happier, and more prosperous society. The future can be almost unimaginably great.”

— Moore’s Law for Everything

A Thought To Ponder

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done.”

— Steve Jobs

Think Black CEOs are scarce? It’s worse than you think | McKinsey & Company

What might brainlets in a dish tell us about what it means to be human? | Aeon Essays

Spirituality is a brain state we can all reach, religious or not | Psyche Ideas


RailleryRAY-lə-reePart of speech: nounOrigin: French, mid 17th century
1Good-humored teasing.
Examples of Raillery in a sentence “When John was the only one who fell for the prank, the crew engaged in a little raillery at his expense.” “The mayor took the raillery at the reception in stride.”

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the beginning of Cheap Art Week? In June 1998, artist On Kawara sold seven blank canvases (with only the dates, May 1 through 7, 1971, painted on them) for more than half a million dollars! Celebrate cheap art, no art, or ridiculous art this week. 😉


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Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases.
Shri Sanjay Kumar Mohanty takes over the charge of new Member (Operations & Business Development) Railway Board, Ministry of Railways
PM bows to Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji on his 400th Parkash Purab
Railway mobilises Additional Covid Care Coaches for use in States of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra
Govt. of India has so far provided more 16.37 crore vaccine doses to States/UTs Free of Cost
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh reviews efforts of MoD & Armed Forces in fight against second COVID-19 wave;
1st instalment of Rs. 8873.6 crore for State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) released in advance
Poll gone States/UT Gear up for Foolproof Counting while Honouring Covid Protocol Arrangements
PM’s greetings on Statehood Day of Gujarat and Maharashtra
Seven Indian Navy Ships Deployed for Op Samudraa Setu II
Price of Food Corporation of India rice to remain Rs 2000/quintal for production of ethanol during current Financial Year 2021-22
COVID-19 Vaccination Update- Day 106
Jal Jeevan Mission: Jharkhand Presents Its Annual Action Plan
Oxygen Expresses to deliver a record 250 MT of LMO to Delhi, Telangana, UP by tomorrow morning
PM condoles loss of lives in hospital fire at Bharuch
Indian Coast Guard rescues missing Tamil Nadu fishing boat ‘Mercedes’
India’s COVID19 Vaccination Coverage Nearly 15.5 Crore
Production of Medical Oxygen from modified Industrial Nitrogen Plants.
Import of Oxygen Concentrators for personal use included in exempted category list
Railways records more than 10% increase in Freight loading as compared to normal year of 2019-20
Gadkari: Government targets road construction worth Rs.15 lakh crore in next two years; Exudes confidence of achieving target of 40 kilometres per day of highways construction in current fiscal
GST Revenue collection for April’ 21 sets new record
Shri Prakash Kumar Pankaj, Sr. Technical Director, NIC passes away
Government extends timelines of certain compliances in light of the severe pandemic


Irrefragableih-REF-rə-gə-blPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Latin, mid 16th century
1Not able to be refuted or disproved; indisputable.
Examples of Irrefragable in a sentence “As a student, it was Kevin’s irrefragable right to play football on school property.” “It was an irrefragable truth that Wren was the best manager that the restaurant had ever employed.”

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases.

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases.
•Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser Releases Home care tips for managing COVID-19
•Union Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurates National Conference on Agriculture for Kharif Campaign-2021
•PM Condoles demise of senior leader Shri Dattaji Chirandas ji
•Government of India to provide Rs 15,000 crore to States for Capital Expenditure
•Govt. of India has so far provided more 16.33 crore vaccine doses to States/UTs Free of Cost
•COVID 19 Vaccination-Day 105
•Jal Jeevan Mission: Andhra Pradesh Presents Its Annual Action Plan
•PM reviews Covid related situation in a meeting with Empowered Groups
•Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh invokes special provisions & grants Emergency Financial Powers to Armed Forces to fight COVID-19 surge
•India to import 4,50,000 vials of Remdesivir
•Ease of doing business gets a major boost as Ministry of Railways issue guidelines for Online Payment System for Freight Charges
• Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) finalizes quality standards for 4 more spices
•PM Condoles demise of Shri Soli Sorabjee
• Unlock our gender dividend to drive growth, VP calls upon industry
•Vice President calls for according highest priority to the health needs of women
•Cantonment Boards assisting civilian administration in fight against COVID-19 surge
•Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (2016=100) – March, 2021
•Webinar of MSME DI, Cuttack on Oxygen Enrichment Unit developed by CSIR-CMERI
•Pushpavant Sharma, IIS passes away
•More Oxygen Expresses on the way to Haryana, MP, Telangana and UP
•Vice President pays rich tributes to former Attorney General, Shri Soli Sorabjee
•Railway waives off charges for Covid testing and diet supplied during Covid related hospitalisation for Non Railway patients
•Tariff Notification No.45/2021-CUSTOMS (N.T.) in respect of Fixation of Tariff Value of Edible Oils, Brass Scrap, Areca Nut, Gold and Silver
•Council of Ministers meets to discuss the situation arising out of the second wave of COVID
•More than 2.45 Cr beneficiaries register themselves on Co-WIN as Phase III of the Vaccination commences (till 930 am today)
•Government Facilitates faster imports of key medical devices by relaxing the conditions for clearances under Legal Metrology (Packaging Rules 2011)
•Drone use Permission to Telangana Government for Experimental delivery of Covid-19 Vaccines
•Celebrating the Birth Centenary of Shri Satyajit Ray (2nd May, 1921- 23rd April, 1992)
•Cosmic rays propagating through Milky Way interact with matter producing excess antimatter counterpart of electron
•PM condoles death of Rohit Sardana
•TRIFED joins hands with The LINK Fund to work towards tribal development.
•Union Health Ministry issues Revised Guidelines for Home Isolation of Mild and Asymptomatic COVID-19 cases

Bhagavad Gita Verse 38, Chapter 10 | A simple, modern translation and explanation of the Bhagavad Gita with shloka (verse) meaning

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dando damayataamasmi neetirasmi jigeeshataam |
maunam chaivaasmi guhyaanaam jnyaanam jnyaanavataamaham || 38 ||

Among means of subjugation, I am punishment and among seekers of victory, I am strategy. Also, among the secrets I am silence and among the wise, I am knowledge.
dandaha : punishment
damayataam : among means of subjugation
asmi : I am
neetihi : strategy
asmi : I am
jigeeshataam : among seekers of victory
maunam : silence
cha : and
eva : also
asmi : I am
guhyaanaam : among the secrets
jnyaanam : knowledge
jnyaanavataam : among the wise
aham : I am
In this shloka, Shri Krishna declares punishment as foremost among Ishvara’s expressions that restrain or subdue others. As we have seen in the second chapter, dwelling on sense objects can very easily lead to loss of even a wise person’s wisdom and discrimination, which may result in unlawful behaviour. A society without methods to punish criminals is impractical, and will result in anarchy and chaos. From our standpoint, we need to watch our mind and our sense organs constantly, lest they lead us astray.
Next, we look at neeti or strategy. In the Mahabhaarata, Arjuna needed to finish Jayadratha in order to move closer to a victory. But the powerful Jayadratha had obtained a boon from his father. Whoever caused Jayadratha’s head to fall to the ground, their head would split into a hundred pieces. This was a tough situation and needed a smart solution.
Upon Shri Krishna’s advice, Arjuna dispatched an arrow that would sever Jayadratha’s head and deposited it into the lap of his father. When Jayadratha’s father got up, he dropped the head and became the target of his own curse. Shri Krishna, the ultimate strategist, declares strategy as Ishvara’s foremost expression among seekers of victory. Strategy enables us to deal with different people and circumstances, and to devise a plan to win every time.
“Silence is golden” is a proverb that has stood the test of time. In a business negotiation, we may be put in situations where others try to insult us in some way. We face a choice in such situations: we can either snap back at that person or we can stay silent. If we respond, we may say something that may come back to haunt us later. Worse still, we could reveal a secret that puts us in jeopardy.
To that end, Shri Krishna advises us to follow the “silence is golden” proverb by declaring silence as Ishvara’s foremost manifestation among secrets. And those wise people who follow Ishvara’s recommendations also receive their wisdom through Ishvara’s as his divine manifestation.

Did you know – International Jazz Day

Did you know…

… that today is International Jazz Day? Because of its roots, this musical genre stands as a tool of empowerment and resistance against injustice. When we celebrate International Jazz Day, we’re celebrating life, togetherness, and freedom. So let’s spread the love for jazz around the world!


Did you know..

Did you know…

… that today is the birthday of Roget’s Thesaurus? In 1852, Peter Roget published the first edition of his thesaurus. Trivia fans: Roget’s general inquisitiveness and his Victorian faith in social and personal improvement led him to publish learned articles on sewer sanitation, magnetism, bees, geology, and how the knight might be moved to every square on the chess board.


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Creating a New Team Culture

Do you play well with others?

Marshall GoldsmithApr 29

This is a great question. If you answer it honestly.

Your answer could lead to your success or demise as a leader. It could be the key factor in your personal and family relationships.

So, let’s ask it again. Do you play well with others?

Many of us may think “plays well with others” is a category for grading schoolchildren, not grown-ups like us. We tell ourselves, “I’m a successful, confident adult. I shouldn’t have to constantly monitor if I’m being nice of if people like me.”

We may hold ourselves blameless for any interpersonal friction; it’s always someone else’s fault, not ours. “The other guy needs to change. I shouldn’t have to. In fact, I don’t need to, it’s his fault!”

Or we’re so satisfied with how far our behavior has already taken us in life that we smugly reject any reason to change. In other words, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

When my good friend Alan Mulally became CEO of Ford, he set to work to create an environment where the executive team, notorious for not working together, could learn to play well with each other. Through Alan’s leadership, the focus of the team and ultimately the focus of the entire company became, “How can we help one another more?”

It worked. The company survived through incredibly difficult times, and returned to achieving great success again through working together. If Ford had been a schoolyard, and the executives school children, they would have gotten the highest of marks in “playing well with others.


You can answer this question with your team by trying this simple four-step process, which I call “team building without time wasting.” The steps are:

  1. In a team meeting ask each team member to rate “How well are we doing?” vs. “How well do we need to be doing?” in terms of teamwork. Have each member do this on paper. Have one of the members calculate the scores — without identifying anyone. One a 1-10 scale — with 10 being the highest score — the average evaluation from over 1,000 teams is “We are a 5.8. We need to be an 8.7.”
  2. Assuming there is a gap between “we are” and “we need to be,” ask each team member to list two key behaviors that, if each other individual team member improved, could help close the gap and improve teamwork. Do not mention people — only behavior — such as listening better, clear goals, etc. Then list the behaviors on a flip chart and have the team pick the one that they believe will have the biggest impact.
  3. Have each team member conduct a three-minute, one-on-one meeting, with each of the other team members. (Do this while standing and rotate as members become available.) In these sessions each person should ask, “Please suggest one or two positive changes I can make individually to help our team work together more effectively.” Then have each person pick one behavior to focus on improving.
  4. Begin a regular monthly follow-up process in which each team member asks each other member for suggestions on how to continue their improvement based on their behavior the previous month. The conversations should focus on the specific areas identified for improvement individually as well as general suggestions for how to be better team members.

When asking for input the rules are that the person receiving the ideas cannot judge or critique the ideas. He must just listen and say “thank you.” The person giving the ideas must focus on the future — not the past.

This is a quick and easy process that helps teams improve and helps team members become better team players. Try it for yourself and see!

Thank you for reading! I hope this is helpful to you and those around you.

Life is good. Marshall.

Mad honey: The rare hallucinogen from the mountains of Nepal – Big Think

‘Mad honey’: The rare hallucinogen from the mountains of Nepal

Of the world’s 300 honey varieties, none is stranger and more dangerous than mad honey.


Mad honey

Honey bee (Apis dorsata) hiveCredit Nireekshit via Wikipedia

  • Mad honey is produced by bees who feed on specific species of rhododendron plants, which grow in mountainous regions like those surrounding the Black Sea.
  • People have used mad honey for centuries for recreational, medicinal, and military purposes. Low doses cause euphoria and lightheadedness, while high doses cause hallucinations and, in rare cases, death.
  • Mad honey is still harvested and sold today, though it’s illegal in some nations.

On the mountainsides of Nepal and Turkey, bees produce a strange and dangerous concoction: mad honey.

It’s a rare variety of the natural fluid. Compared to the several hundred other types of honey produced around the world, mad honey is redder and slightly more bitter tasting, and it comes from the world’s largest honey bee, Apis dorsata laboriosa.

Mad about honey

But what really distinguishes mad honey are its physiological effects. In lower doses, mad honey causes dizziness, lightheadedness, and euphoria. Higher doses can cause hallucinations, vomiting, loss of consciousness, seizures, and, in rare cases, death.

Here’s one account of what it’s like to take a moderate dose of mad honey, provided by a VICE producer who traveled to Nepal to join mad honey hunters on a harvesting expedition:

“I ate two teaspoons, the amount recommended by the honey hunters, and after about 15 minutes, I started to feel a high similar to weed,” wrote David Caprara for VICE.

“I felt like my body was cooling down, starting from the back of my head and down through my torso. A deep, icy hot feeling settled in my stomach and lasted for several hours. The honey was delicious, and though a few of the hunters passed out from eating a bit too much, no one suffered from the projectile vomiting or explosive diarrhea I’d been warned about.”

Here’s another account from Will Brendza at The Rooster:

“Within 40ish minutes I could feel the honey creeping up on me. The back of my head started to tingle, like I was getting a scalp massage. Then, from within, I felt a warmth around my heart, in my chest and abdomen. Things slowed down a little, and my state of mind became tranquil. By the time we left the restaurant I was feeling good and strange.”

“There are no visuals, though. The high is very much a bodily one and a mental one; a warm and relaxed sensation more like a sedative than your conventional psychedelic.”

What is mad honey?

The psychoactive effects of mad honey stem not from bees but from what bees feed on in certain regions: a genus of flowering plants called rhododendrons. All species of these plants contain a group of neurotoxic compounds called grayanotoxins. When bees feed on the nectar and pollen of certain types of rhododendrons, the insects ingest grayanotoxins, which eventually make their way into the bees’ honey, effectively making it “mad.”

Mad honey

Rhododendron ferrugineumCredit albert kok

Bees are more likely to produce mad honey when and where rhododendrons are dominating. The reason has to do with scarcity: With fewer types of plants to feed on, the insects feed almost solely on rhododendrons, so they consume more grayanotoxins. The result is especially pure mad honey.

But accessing honeycombs that contain mad honey can be difficult. One reason is that rhododendrons grow best in higher altitudes, and bees often build their hives on cliffs near the plants, meaning harvesters have to climb mountainsides to harvest the honey.

However, harvesters bold enough to go for the honeycombs stand to profit. The Guardian reported that a kilogram of high-quality mad honey can sell for about $360 in shops around Turkey, while National Geographic noted that a pound of mad honey goes for about $60 on Asian black markets. In general, the value of mad honey is much higher than regular honey.

That’s partly because many people believe mad honey has more medical value than regular honey. In the Black Sea region and beyond, people use it to treat conditions like hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and sore throat, though the research on the medical benefits of hallucinogenic honey from Nepal and Turkey is unclear.

In northeastern Asia, some buyers believe mad honey treats erectile dysfunction, which might explain why the majority of cases of mad honey poisonings involve middle-aged men, as noted in a 2018 report published in the journal RSC Advances.

How does mad honey affect the body?

Although the medicinal benefits of mad honey aren’t clear, what’s certain is that humans can be poisoned by consuming too much grayanotoxin-rich honey, which can cause dangerous decreases to blood pressure and heart rate.

Forensic toxicologist Justin Brower elaborated on his blog, Nature’s Poisons:

“Grayanotoxins exert their toxicity by binding to sodium ion channels on cell membranes and preventing them from closing quickly, like aconitine. The result is a state of depolarization in which sodium ions are freely flowing into the cells, and calcium influx is on the rise.”

This process can lead to a series of symptoms involving increased sweating, salivation, and nausea, Brower said, noting that symptoms typically disappear within 24 hours, as they did for a man in Seattle who suffered mad honey poisoning in 2011. While the exact amount of mad honey it takes to become poisoned depends on the individual and the quality of the honey, the 2018 RSC Advances report noted:

“Consumption of about 15-30 g mad honey leads to intoxication, and symptoms appear after half to 4 [hours]. The level of intoxication not only depends on the amount of mad honey consumed but also on the grayanotoxin concentration in the honey and the season of production. According to Ozhan et al., consumption of one teaspoon of mad honey may lead to poisoning.”

Although Turkey records about a dozen cases of mad honey poisonings per year, a 2012 study published in Cardiovascular Toxicology noted that it’s rare for people to die from the substance, though cases of animal deaths have been reported.

Mad honey throughout history

The strange effects of mad honey have captivated people near the Black Sea for millennia. One of the oldest accounts comes from 401 BCE, when Greek soldiers were marching through the Turkish town of Trabzon and came across a bounty of mad honey. The Athenian military leader and philosopher Xenophon wrote in his book Anabasis:

“The number of bee-hives was extraordinary, and all the soldiers that ate of the combs, lost their senses, vomited, and were affected with purging, and none of them were able to stand upright; such as had eaten only a little were like men greatly intoxicated, and such as had eaten much were like mad-men, and some like persons at the point of death.”

“They lay upon the ground, in consequence, in great numbers, as if there had been a defeat; and there was general dejection. The next day no one of them was found dead; and they recovered their senses about the same hour that they had lost them on the preceding day; and on the third and fourth days they got up as if after having taken physic.”

Centuries later, in 67 BCE, Roman soldiers weren’t so lucky. As the soldiers pursued King Mithridates of Pontus and his Persian army, they stumbled across mad honey that the Persians had intentionally left behind, intending to use the substance as a bioweapon. Vaughn Bryant, a professor of anthropology at Texas A&M University, explained in a press release:

“The Persians gathered pots full of local honey and left them for the Roman troops to find. They ate the honey, became disoriented and couldn’t fight. The Persian army returned and killed over 1,000 Roman troops with few losses of their own.”

But mad honey was more often used for nonviolent purposes. People in the Black Sea region have long consumed small amounts of the substance (about a teaspoon’s worth), in boiling milk or on its own, both for pleasure and as a folk medicine.

In the 18th century, merchants in the Black Sea region sold honey to the Europeans, who infused liquor with a bit of the substance to enjoy its milder effects.

Mad honey today

Today, beekeepers in Nepal and Turkey still harvest mad honey, though it represents a small fraction of the nations’ total honey production. Both countries allow the production, sale, and exportation of mad honey, but the substance is illegal in other nations, like South Korea, which banned the substance in 2005.

While interested buyers in the U.S. can purchase mad honey from countries like Nepal and Turkey, it might be worth sticking with the regular stuff. After all, the handful of experiences posted on the website of the non-profit psychedelic research organization don’t sound too enticing.

One user said they “wouldn’t even recommend trying it.” Another user suffered mad honey poisoning after taking too much, writing that the “symptoms can seem life threatening” and that they hope their report might help “some poor bastard out there not make the same mistake.”


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3-2-1 Newsletter by James Clear

“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”

3-2-1: On the the bottleneck to achieving results, the discomfort of growth, and friendship

read onJAMESCLEAR.COM | APRIL 29, 2021

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to consider this week…

3 Ideas From Me


“How did you accomplish that?”

“Same as everything else. Gradually, then all at once.”

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“Books for mindset.

Quiet time to think for strategy.

Conversations with successful peers for tactics.”

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“In many cases, the bottleneck to achieving results is simply making the time to do the work.

You’re capable of exercising, but are you making the time?

You’re capable of writing, but are you making the time?

You’re capable of reading, but are you making the time?”

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2 Quotes From Others


Writer Alice Walker on the discomfort of growth:

“Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger than we were before.

Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant.

But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be… for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.”

Source: Living by the Word: Essays


Poet David Whyte on friendship:

“The dynamic of friendship is almost always underestimated as a constant force in human life: a diminishing circle of friends is the first terrible diagnostic of a life in deep trouble: of overwork, of too much emphasis on a professional identity, of forgetting who will be there when our armored personalities run into the inevitable natural disasters and vulnerabilities found in even the most average existence.

The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor of the self, the ultimate touchstone is witness … to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.”

Source: Consolations

1 Question For You

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Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases.

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases.
Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases.
 Procurement of Wheat in Rabi Marketing Season 2021-22 going on smoothly in States/UTs
ESIC reaches out to its Beneficiaries to provide medical care and relief during Covid-19 pandemic
AYUSH 64 found useful in the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 infection
Central Farm Machinery Training & Testing Institute, Budni (MP) tests the first-ever electric Tractor in the Institute
Dr Harsh Vardhan Reviews COVID Facility at Lady Hardinge Medical College
CCI approves acquisition by Tata Digital Limited of up to 64.3% of the total share capital of Supermarket Grocery Supplies Private Ltd (SGS) and SGS’ sole control over Innovative Retail Concepts Private Limited
New high-yielding and pest-resistant variety of soybean can help boost countrywide production
India’s crosses a major landmark with more than 15 Crore Cumulative Vaccination Coverage
Ministry of Home Affairs issues order to all States and Union Territories to Consider Containment Measures as Conveyed in Advisory of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of April 25th
COVID19 Vaccination-Day 104
Peaceful Polling concludes across 11,860 Polling Stations ins 35 ACs in last Phase of WB Elections – Repolling in Amtali Madhyamik Siksha Kendra polling station in 5-Sitalkuchi (SC)Assembly Constituency was also conducted today
PM reviews Army’s preparedness & initiatives for Covid management
Puducherry presents Annual Action Plan to achieve ‘HarGharJal’ under JalJeevan Mission
Oxygen Express Operations expand to Haryana & Telangana after Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi
Govt. of India has so far provided more 16.16 crore vaccine doses to States/UTs Free of Cost
Amendments to GNCTD Act, 1991 Do not Alter Constitutional and Legal Responsibilities of Elected Government in Respect of Transferred Subjects in State & Concurrent Lists
Jal Jeevan Mission: Assam presents its Annual Action Plan for 2021-22
COVID-19 facility Dashboard for ESIC Hospitals
Mansukh Mandaviya reviews the preparedness of hospitals of Major Ports for COVID Care Management
CSIR-CMERI transfers the technology to companies’ to ramp up the production of Oxygen Enrichment Unit

Decoding the sign – by Seth Godin

* Decoding the sign [ ]

A “Deer Xing” sign isn’t there to tell the deer where to cross the road.

It’s there to let drivers know that this is the spot where deer often choose to cross the road.

Because deer can’t read signs, and even if they could, they probably wouldn’t bother to obey them. People, on the other hand, are far more likely to be killed by hitting a deer than they are by a shark bite.

A good signmaker is aware of “who’s it for” and “what’s it for.” In this case, the hope is that drivers will be more careful.

Too often, signs of all kinds (metaphorical signs, not just physical ones), are simply ALL CAPS YELLING about how the signmaker is frustrated about something they can’t control. If you can’t influence something, why are you yelling about it?

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Are You Stuck in a Rut? It’s Time to Adjust!

Adding awareness gives us a choice to adjust our behavior

Marshall GoldsmithApr 27

Our lives don’t occur in a vacuum. They are usually the result of unappreciated triggers in our environment—the people and situations that lure us into behaving in a manner diametrically opposed to the colleague, partner, parent, or friend we imagine ourselves to be.

These triggers are constant and relentless and omnipresent.

You might think that triggers would cause you to act in new and novel ways, expanding your horizons, making you more successful with each passing moment. Hardly!

Triggers initiate a simple formulaic response in us:


This is difficult enough, but add in the environment and unbeknownst to us, it is holding us in a rut even more by triggering old behaviors.

How do you recognize triggers?

Well, triggers come in many forms:

  • Habits
  • Smells
  • People
  • Sounds
  • Sights

Triggers can be external, or they can be internal. They can be daydreams; they can be thoughts.

What is true about all triggers is: the trigger happens, it sets off an impulse, you act.

By becoming aware of our typical triggers, we can change that sequence to:


Adding awareness gives us a choice to adjust our behavior!

Once you’re aware of your triggers, you can arrange to avoid them. If you can’t avoid them, you can anticipate problems that might arise and learn how to recognize the triggers and adjust your behavior in the moment.

How do you become aware of your triggers?

The most effective way to become aware is through daily tracking. Ask yourself, “Who do I want to be?” (That’s the personal development question). Then, make up a set of questions you can ask yourself on a daily basis. They should be yes/no questions, or questions that can be answered with a number. For example, “How many times did I lose my temper at my assistant yesterday?” Every day, review the questions with a friend and write down the answers.

This simple act of tracking will keep the new you front-of-mind. This is the behavior modification part of the process. If you choose the questions to align with who you want to be, you won’t be able to fool yourself as to whether you’re making the changes you need to make to becomethe person you want to be.

Change, no matter how urgent and clear the need, is hard. Knowing what to do does not ensure that we will actually do it. Gaining awareness of the triggers in our lives gives us a chance to make the choice to adjust to triggers and create the changes we weren’t able to make before!

Thank you for reading! I hope this is helpful to you and those around you.

Life is good. Marshall.


Irrefragableih-REF-rə-gə-blPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Latin, mid 16th century
1Not able to be refuted or disproved; indisputable.
Examples of Irrefragable in a sentence “As a student, it was Kevin’s irrefragable right to play football on school property.” “It was an irrefragable truth that Wren was the best manager that the restaurant had ever employed.”

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Solatiumsə-LAY-shee-əmPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, early 19th century
1(Formal) A thing given to someone as a compensation or consolation.
Examples of Solatium in a sentence “Management gave all the customers who had been overcharged a free item as a solatium.” “Even though his dog came home on her own, Jacob still offered a solatium to everyone who had helped him search.”


It’s impossible to lose if you never give up.
You just can’t beat the person who never gives up. (Babe Ruth)
It isn’t what happens that matters, but how you respond to it.
Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. (Lou Holtz)

Untenable – by Seth Godin

 Untenable [ ]

You can build a city below sea level, and it might work for a while, but sooner or later, the water will win.

Trends don’t determine whether we’ll be able to accomplish something tomorrow. But seeing and then understanding the trends allows us to work with the wind at our backs, instead of fighting it.

Consider demographics, technology and science. All three are inexorably moving, and while they can be ignored, sooner or later, they catch up with our project and push against it. We can deny the facts of the world around us, with passion or even vitriol, but trends compound.

When you can, focus on something tenable.

* You can’t beat the algorithm by Seth Godin

* You can’t beat the algorithm [ ]

When a new medium shows up that allocates attention, someone comes out ahead.

They win a Google search, amass a ton of FB followers, hit the jackpot on Twitter or even Clubhouse.

“They picked me!” and the attention feels inevitable. Others see the pennies from heaven and rush in to follow, eager for their share of traffic.

But there is no “they” and you weren’t picked. The algorithm needs to send attention somewhere, and for a while, it sent it over there. But it almost certainly won’t last. Because the ecosystem is changing, all the time.

You can’t post on a same platform twice, because the second time, it’s not the same platform as it was last time.

We have a chance to do work we’re proud of, and to do it for people who care. And maybe we can do it in a way that will lead them to tell the others. Traffic from an algorithm isn’t the point, it’s a random bonus.

No sense being a puppet, especially if you can’t be sure who is pulling the strings or why.

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Seasoned Nuts Quotable – via PNUTS newsletter

“If we don’t believe in free expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” — Noam Chomsky

“The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.” — John Stuart Mill

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Though I might travel afar, I will meet only what I carry with me, for every man is a mirror. We see only ourselves reflected in those around us. Their attitudes and actions are only a reflection of our own. The whole world, and its condition, has its counterparts within us all. Turn the gaze inward. Correct yourself and your world will change.”

— Kirsten Zambucka

Did you know

Did you know…

… that today is the anniversary of Sybil Ludington’s Ride? In 1777, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington rode her horse from New York to Connecticut during the night to rally her father’s militia. She rode more than twice the distance of Paul Revere. This is especially remarkable because modern day endurance horse riders using lightweight saddles can barely ride such distances in daylight over well-marked courses.


Best quotes of the week

Oscar Wilde“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”

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Robert H. Goddard“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”

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Janine di Giovanni“Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.”

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Donald Cargill“This is the most joyful day that ever I saw in my pilgrimage on earth.”

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James Thurber“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”

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William Shakespeare“Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.”

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First Seeing Eye Dog Day

Did you know…

… that today is First Seeing Eye Dog Day? The first seeing eye dog, Buddy, was given to his owner, Morris Frank, in 1928. Buddy helped Mr. Frank fight for the rights of people with special challenges, including the right to bring service animals into restaurants, onto airplanes, and other places where pets are not typically allowed. Buddy met Presidents Hoover and Coolidge, and when she died in 1938, the New York Times ran an obituary honoring her impact on American compassion and civility.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Everyone has special talents, and it is our duty to find ours and use them well.”

— John Templeton

National Rebuilding Day.

Did you know…

… that today is National Rebuilding Day? Each year on the last Saturday in April, National Rebuilding Day encourages everyone to pick up their tools, roll up their sleeves, and join together to provide much needed repairs for vulnerable families in various communities. Help a neighbor repair their home today!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Never underestimate the difference you can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out, and help. This week reach to someone that might need a lift.”

— Pablo

I recently subscribed to Intelligence Fusion Newsletter. Interesting one.

Intelligence Insight Weekly - What's Happening in Asia?
MIDDLE EAST & ASIAPakistanA suicide vehicle bomb detonated outside of the Serena Hotel in Quetta City on 21st April, killing four. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility shortly afterwards. The timing of the incident is significant, as the blast targeted the hotel as the Chinese Ambassador was allegedly staying at the hotel. In the TTP’s claim of the incident, no mention was made regarding the Chinese ambassador, instead the TTP claimed the blast targeted security officials. Chinese projects and staff working on projects in the Balochistan region have been targeted frequently by militant groups in the Balochistan region, however, the majority of attacks have been carried out by Baloch separatist groups such as the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF.) 
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EUROPERussia/UkraineOver the past few months we have been tracking gradual buildup of Russian and Ukrainian forces in and around the Donbass region. Reporting over April saw an increased effort by Russia with significant troop movements being carried out near the Russia/Ukraine border. However, reporting on 22nd April 2021 indicates Russia Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that troops were to be withdrawn from areas surrounding Ukraine and return to their respective bases by 1st May 2021. However, there has been a recent change in activities noticed within the Donbass region. Surveillance missions by the OSCE in the region have experienced several occasions where their drones were not just subject to likely electronic jamming, but frequently shot at. Additionally, even with reports of withdrawals, the Russian military has already placed a significant amount of military hardware inside the Donbass region, and the Kerch Strait (which provides maritime access to the Azov and Caspian Seas) appears to remain closed due to naval exercises which will conclude in October 2021. Overall, Russian military units along the Ukrainian border may well begin withdrawing, but this is unlikely to decrease the potential for tensions in Donbass region to escalate.
Intelligence Insight Weekly - What's Happening in Africa?
AFRICAChadA day after being re-elected for a sixth term, it was announced on 20th April that President Idriss Deby had been killed on the frontline. Deby had visited troops in northern Chad where government forces have been fighting FACT rebels that launched an offensive on 11th April 2021 aiming to topple the President. His death, coupled with increased movement of military vehicles in N’Djamena, and fighting taking place about 300 km north of N’Djamena, generated panic with many fleeing into Cameroon. The creation of a transitional military council with Deby’s son, General Mahamat Kaka, named interim president, has created anger among the political opposition, who described its creation as an “institutional coup”, expressed doubt the transitional military council will not respect the 18-month transition period and called for an inclusive dialogue. Divisions have also been reported within the military, with a faction arguing that the military should be led by a civilian government. FACT have said “there can be no dynastic devolution” and vowed to continue with their offensive. Chad is a key western ally in the Sahel, playing a major role in COIN operations and further political instability will have wider ramifications in the region. 
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NORTH AMERICAColumbus, OhioOn the afternoon of 20th April a 16 year-old girl was shot and killed by a police officer in a residential area of Columbus, Ohio. The girl, Ma’Khia Bryant, was armed with a knife and in the act of attacking another woman when police arrived in response to a 911 call. The involved officer, Nicholas Reardon, fired four shots, killing Bryant at the scene despite their efforts to administer first aid. Reardon has been taken off patrol duty pending an investigation. Later that evening, protesters under the flag of Black Lives Matter (BLM) gathered at the scene of the shooting and outside Columbus police headquarters to march in protest against the shooting. Happening only minutes before the verdict in the Derek Chauvin/George Floyd case in Minneapolis, the shooting has added another incident that will likely continue to be cited by BLM as justification for ongoing protests at a time when it was hoped the Chauvin trial conclusion would reduce tensions.
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SOUTH AMERICAJalisco, MexicoOn the morning of 19th April, a large police operation targeted a set of safehouses of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in the heart of Zapopan, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. The incident began shortly before 11:00am in the otherwise quiet neighbourhood of Chapalita, where police responded to reports about the presence of an armed group. A shootout ensued as the suspects attempted to escape via the roofs. Three suspects were shot dead when they attempted to take a police officer hostage. Ultimately, 32 suspects were arrested and two police officers sustained minor injuries. Once inside, the police found seven blindfolded kidnapping victims, of which one had already passed away. Authorities believe the victims had been forcibly detained for about a week, despite no missing person reports having been filed in their names. Furthermore, 30 firearms, tactical equipment, and explosives were seized. In video footage recorded by the police, one of the officers examining the seized weapons can be heard saying: “They have better stuff than we do.”
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Ukraine-Russia Conflict: Live Briefing Last week Senior Regional Analyst for Europe, Matt Pratten, went live on our social channels to give an update on the ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia. Catch up with it on our YouTube page to get the latest developments on the ground in the conflict in the Donbass region, the build-up of activity near the border, and what we can expect to see next.
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