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Vice President inaugurates 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Vaidyaratnam P.S. Warrier

At Kottal in Kerala, vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier. He emphasized the importance of Ayurvedic medicine and Atharva Veda at the event.

About Vaidyaratnam P S Warrier

He was an Ayurvedic physician. He founded Kottakal Arya Vaidyasala in 1902 for manufacture and sale of Ayurvedic medicines in India. He also established a Ayurvedic Patasala in 1917 that is now operating as an Ayurveda college. The group now has 5 hospitals, 3 medicine factories, R&D centers, 200 acres of herbal gardens.

Arya Vaidya Sala

The Arya Vaidya Sala institutions are headquartered at Kottakkal, Malappuram district. It operates 5 hospitals and and a charitable center. It is currently treating 800,000 patients. It also assists in Ministry of AYUSH in providing training and advises. The Ayurvedic pills discovered by the center has revolutionized Ayurvedic medicines.  The center owns herbal gardens, medicinal plant researches. It also works on researches with CSIR – Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of Government of India.

Awards and recognitions

Government of India issued postage stamps in his honor. In 1933, he was conferred with the title “Vaidyaratna” in recognition of his services to humanity by the then Governor General of India.

6th India water week inaugurated

On September 24, 2019, President Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 6th India water week at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. The Theme of the week: “Water Cooperation – Coping with 21st Century Challenges”. The event is organized by Ministry of Jal Shakti.

About India Water Week

India Water Week (IWW) 2019 will focus on future challenges. This is based on the hypothetical prediction that the likelihood of conflicts due to water related issues might increase as population in the 21st century continues to grow. Hence water cooperation becomes vital. The event will also focus on issues like water scarcity, water for food security, development of inland water ways, cleaning river Ganga, etc.

During the week international conferences are to be held on international and regional cooperation in water management. The event will also exhibit technologies and latest solutions supporting the theme.

The event is being organized since 2012. It had been organized 5 times since then in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. In 2017, India partnered with the European Union as international partner.

Need for the event 

  • According to WHO 785 million people do not have access to basic drinking water in the world.
  • According to NITI Aayog, in India around 2 lakh people die every year due to inadequate access to safe water.