Significant Decline in the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) from 130 in 2014-16 to 97 per lakh live births in 2018-20: Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya

In a new milestone, there has been a significant decline in the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in the country. Congratulating the country on this achievement, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare praised the remarkable progress in effectively lowering the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) and stated in a tweet:

Significant Decline in the Maternal Mortality Ratio from 130 in 2014-16 to 97 per lakh live births in 2018-20. The various healthcare initiatives of PM @NarendraModi Ji’s Govt to ensure quality maternal and reproductive care helped tremendously in bringing down MMR.

Significant Decline in the Maternal Mortality Ratio from 130 in 2014-16 to 97 per lakh live births in 2018-20.

The various healthcare initiatives of PM @NarendraModi Ji’s Govt to ensure quality maternal & reproductive care have helped tremendously in bringing down MMR.

— Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) November 29, 2022

As per the Special Bulletin on MMR released by the Registrar General of India (RGI), the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) of India has improved further by a spectacular 6 points and now stands at 97/ lakh live births. The Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) is defined as the number of maternal deaths during a given time period per 100,000 live births.

As per the statistics derived from Sample Registration System (SRS), the country has witnessed a progressive reduction in MMR from 130 in 2014-2016, 122 in 2015-17, 113 in 2016-18, 103 in 2017-19 and to 97 in 2018-20 as depicted below:

Figure 1: Progressive decline in the MMR ratio from 2013 -2020

Upon achieving this, India has accomplished the National Health Policy (NHP) target for MMR of less than 100/lakh live births and is on the right track to achieve the SDG target of MMR less than 70/ lakh live births by 2030.

The outstanding progress made in terms of the number of states which have achieved Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target, the number has now risen from six to eight leading with Kerala (19), followed by Maharashtra (33), then Telangana (43) and Andhra Pradesh (45), subsequently Tamil Nadu (54), Jharkhand (56), Gujarat (57) and lastly Karnataka (69).

Since 2014, under the National Health Mission (NHM), India has made a concerted effort to provide accessible quality maternal and newborn health services and minimize preventable maternal deaths. The National Health Mission has made significant investments to ensure provision of healthcare services, particularly for effective implementation of the maternal health programs to accomplish the specified MMR targets. Government schemes such as “Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram” and “Janani Suraksha Yojana” have been modified and upgraded to more assured and respectful service delivery initiatives like Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan’ (SUMAN). Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA) is particularly lauded for its focus on identifying high-risk pregnancies and facilitating their appropriate management. This had a significant impact on mitigating preventable mortality. LaQshya and Midwifery initiatives concentrate on promoting quality care in a respectful and dignified manner ensuring choice of birthing to all pregnant women.

India’s outstanding efforts in successfully lowering the MMR ratio provides an optimistic outlook on attaining SDG target of MMR less than 70 much before the stipulated time of 2030 and becoming known as a nation that provides respectful maternal care.



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Significant increase in vacancies on the NCS portal

The National Career Service (NCS) portal of the Ministry of Labour & Employment (MoLE), Government of India was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister in July 2015. NCS portal is a job platform providing a variety of employment services aimed at helping qualified jobseekers to connect with potential employers for finding suitable employment. NCS also enhances the candidates’ personality through Career counselling, vocational guidance, and career skill training.

As of 26th September 2022, the active vacancies on the NCS portal reached an all-time high of 4,82,264 spanning across diverse sectors indicating a boost in employment in the country. The previous all-time high active vacancies were 3,20,917 which were recorded in June, 2019. The top 5 contributing sectors being- Finance & Insurance, Operations & Support, Hotel/Food Service & Catering, Health Sector and IT & Communication. The cumulative number of vacancies mobilized over the NCS portal since inception is more than 1.09 Crore.

Financial Year 2022-23 also witnessed a surge in the number of shortlisted candidates from the NCS Portal. The Shortlisted count for candidates between April 2021 to  September 2021 was 1,90,335. While from 1st April 2022 till 26th September 2022 the count has already crossed the mark of 25 lakhs.

In line with the Budgetary Announcement 2022-23 by the Hon’ble Finance Minister; the NCS portal now has API-based integration with eShram that facilitates unorganized workers to register on the NCS portal as jobseekers and UDYAM portal for the registration of UDYAM registered MSMEs to easily register as employers on the NCS Portal to post their vacancies. NCS already has integration with Skill India Portal (SIP) for registration of Certified skilled candidates of SIP as jobseekers on the NCS portal. The linkage between the NCS and UDYAM Portals has led to an overwhelming registration of more than 39,000 MSMEs on NCS portal, till date. Total  eShram registrants who have registered on NCS portal are 9.72 lakh. Further, a total of 41.52 lakh certificate data of PMKVY (Skill India Portal) has been shared with NCS portal.

— Bhupender Yadav (@byadavbjp) September 22, 2022



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Huawei Wins the Most Significant Disruptor Vendor Award for the Network Automation Industry at Layer 123

Shenzhen, China – WEBWIRE

At the Layer123 World Congress 2022, Huawei won the Most Significant Disruptor Vendor Award in recognition of Huawei’s efforts in developing a revolutionary intelligent network product and advancing the digital transformation of global carrier networks.

iMaster Network AI Engine (NAIE) enables autonomous driving network (ADN), as well as exploration, research, and implementation of intelligent algorithms, application engineering, and deployment modes in an all-round way, with a focus on telecom scenarios. iMaster NAIE leverages innovative technologies, deeply integrates the characteristics of the telecom industry, and provides a diverse range of differentiated capabilities, including secondary model development, retraining, and intelligent asset management. These capabilities enable the telecom industry to overcome many challenges, including precision deterioration, difficulty in model generalization, and lack of visualized benefits. iMaster NAIE efficiently promotes intelligent applications on a large scale across carrier networks and facilitates the development of intelligent networks.

Local Secondary Model Development Guarantees the Precision of Intelligent Models at Different Sites

To overcome the challenge of model generalization, iMaster NAIE integrates intelligent algorithms and service knowledge for common telecom application scenarios to support lightweight development of intelligent models. Models can be efficiently trained based on local service information and data. A local personalized model package will be generated after model training, significantly reducing the time required for model generalization and adaptation, and speeding up the time for replicating intelligent applications.

Retraining Makes Models Smarter

iMaster NAIE performs retraining to ensure model precision and prevent model deterioration. Model precision is evaluated during inference, and a retraining request will be initiated if precision deterioration is detected. Then, iMaster NAIE performs retraining based on the collected data samples and delivers the new model, ensuring model precision.

Intelligent Asset Management Visualizes the Benefits and Improves the Explainability of Intelligent Applications

iMaster NAIE’s intelligent asset management function visualizes assets, and displays asset usage, usage results, and status in real time. If effectively manages intelligent assets and visualizes asset benefits. In addition, iMaster NAIE quantifies the contributions of data features to explain intelligent models, enabling service personnel to better understand how intelligence is used.

Cheng Lei, Director of Huawei NAIE Product Department, said, “Huawei iMaster NAIE features Huawei’s telecom knowledge, a wide range of intelligent algorithms, and advanced technologies, representing the highest level of technology in the industry. The Layer123 award epitomizes the endorsement from around the world for the leading technology and business value of this product, as well as the industry’s recognition of Huawei’s contribution to global intelligent networks. Huawei will continue to focus on technology development, helping carriers achieve L3, L4, and L5 ADN.”

Significant increase in user fee collection throughout the country after declaration of all lanes of fee plazas on National Highways as “FASTag lane of the fee plaza”

There has been significant increase in user fee collection throughout the country after declaration of all lanes of fee plazas on National Highways as “FASTag lane of the fee plaza” w.e.f. midnight of 15th/16th February 2021.

The fee collection from 15th February to 28th February 2021 was Rs 104 Crore per day approximately as compared to Rs. 80 Crore per day approximately in the month of February, 2020.

This information was given by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


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