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On 23 May 2023, an MoU was signed between the Medical Education Department of Rajasthan and the University of Manchester (UK) with the aim of promoting research in the field of science and humanities & health.
- The MoU was signed in the presence of T. Ravikant, Principal Secretary Medical Education and Professor Keith Brennan, International Vice-Dean, University of Manchester.
- T. Ravikant told that this MoU has been signed with the aim of developing research partnership under the direction of Medical Minister Parsadi Lal Meena. This will encourage academic activities & research and establish new dimensions in the field of medical education.
- Due to sharing of mutual experience, doctors & nursing staff working in medical colleges will get global recognition and capacity building will take place.
- He said that Rajasthan is the first state, where medical college and nursing college are being opened in each district. With this, Rajasthan has become the first state in the country to give the right to health to its citizens.
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On 23 May 2023, Ajmer District Collector Dr. Bharti Dixit released the newly published story-collection 'Chaurahe Ke Teen Raaste' by renowned veteran litterateur of Hindi & Rajasthani language Dr. Vinod Somani Hans.
- This is the 34th work of Dr. Vinod Somani Hans. This work is dedicated as a tribute to his life partner Vidya Somani. Vidya Somani herself was a writer, publisher & social worker throughout her life.
- The writings of Dr. Vinod Somani Hans have been filled with hope, faith, sense of direction and spirituality. The book 'Chaurahe Ke Teen Raaste' is a collection of his 23 stories. Each story underlines the events, characters from the general to the special person's life.
- Psychoanalytical and reality emerge clearly in the stories where the reader feels the story as his own. The book has been reviewed by Dr. Sushma Sharma, Secretary, Rajasthani Writers' Literature Institute, Jaipur.
- Storyteller's writing, language style, script is such that the reader feels real while reading the story. The reel of the story starts playing in his mind. The title of the book 'The Three Ways of Crossroads' leaves anindelible mark on the mind.
- Dr. Vinod Somani Hans has been ornamented with many prestigious awards of the country. The presentation of the book is attractive. The book is readable for all classes.
Why in News?
On 22 May 2023, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot inaugurated the 'Jungle Safari' at Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary through video conference in Udaipur district of the state on International Biodiversity Day.
- With the introduction of 'Jungle Safari' in Jaisamand Sanctuary, tourism will be promoted in Udaipur district, a major ecotourism site will be developed in the state and employment opportunities will also be available in the area.
- It is known that due to the efforts made under Project Leopard in Jaisamand Sanctuary, the number of leopards has increased to 19 at present.
- It is worth mentioning that in the year 1972, former Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi understood the importance of forest and wildlife conservation and laid the foundation of 'Project Tiger'. As a result, India today has 70 percent of the world's tigers.
- It is known that there are three tiger safaris in Rajasthan. Recently, Ramgarh Vishdhari has been developed as the fourth tiger project of the state. A committee has also been formed for the Kumbhalgarh Tiger Project.
- The state government is constantly making efforts to protect the forest and wildlife. To maintain biodiversity, the notification of Rajasthan Biological Diversity Rules was issued in the year 2010.
- There are 3 national parks, 27 wildlife sanctuaries, 16 conservation reserves and 4 tiger projects in the state. Work is being done with more sensitivity for the protection and promotion of all these.
- Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that several historic decisions have been taken by the state government for forest and environment conservation. In this sequence, wildlife, forest area and ecotourism are being continuously developed in the state.
- The Eco-Tourism Policy-2021 was implemented by the present state government. Also, a special tiger conservation force has been set up by deploying border home guards in Sariska and Mukandra Hills Tiger Reserves, which is a unique initiative.
- For eco-tourism, two eco-tourism Luv-Kush gardens are being developed near forest areas in each district.
- A wildlife management training centre has been set up at Talchapar Sanctuary in Churu and infrastructure facilities are being developed in Chambal Gharial Sanctuary from tourism point of view.
- An agreement was signed between the Central Government, Wildlife Institute of India and the State Government for the conservation of the state bird Godawan and the State Government with the help of an artificial breeding center of Godawan in Jaisalmer.
- Forestry parks are also being developed in Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota, Udaipur, Bharatpur and Ajmer on the lines of World Forestry Park at Jhalana Dungri in Jaipur.
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