Emergency Current Affairs - 2019

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29 journalists conferred Matri Shree Media Awards

29 journalists from both print and electronic media were felicitated with Matri Shree Media Awards for their contribution towards journalism in New Delhi.

Key Highlights

This year was the 44th edition of Matri Shree media award. This time apart from media personalities, a social activist was also presented Bharat Mata shield at 44th Matri Shree media award ceremony.

The awardees were presented the Matri Shree Bharat Mata shield and a pen by Swadesh Bhushan Jain, Working President of Punjab Kesari (Delhi) and Ashok Aggarwal, chairman of committee.

2019 Winners: include Durga Pasad Mishra (PTI photo journalist), Agraj Pratap Singh of UNI, Jitender Kumar of Univarta, Namita (PTI Bhasha), Poonam Gaur (Navbharat Times), Kunal Kashyap (Punjab Kesari), Sandeep Ashwario Chief Cartoonist (Times of India) and Ravi Bhushan Dwivedi (Sandhya Times).

Other Awardees: Adesh Gupta, the former mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) was also awarded for his contribution to social service. Bollywood film Badhai Ho was also presented Bharat Mata shield.

About Matri Shree Media Awards

It is a series of awards which are felicitated for outstanding performance in different areas of journalism and related fields. The award was constituted during Emergency in India (1975) and since then it has been awarded annually to 25 outstanding candidates in print journalism as well electronic media. Since 2000, Indian filmmakers were also eligible to receive the prestigious awards.

The 1st recipient of award was journalist Lala Jagat Narayan.

Month: Categories: Awards & Honours


Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to launch single emergency number 112

Himachal Pradesh has become the first state in the country to implement Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched ERSS number 112 for the state. Under this system, all emergency numbers like 100 for police, 101 for fire, 102 for ambulance and disaster response have been integrated into one number ‘112’. This emergency number has been introduced on basis of US emergency number 911. Gradually this emergency number will be started in other states of the country.

Emergency Response Support System (ERSS)

It will provide single emergency response number across the country, providing 24*7 efficient and effective response system which can receive inputs from various voice and data services like voice call, SMS, e-mail and panic buttons in public transport, to attend to citizens in distress.

It can also identify the location of persons in distress, connecting through voice or data, and immediate assistance will be provided to the affected. It will help in optimum utilisation of manpower and prompt action on emergency calls. In addition to this, problems related to coordination among police force will also be simplified.

It has feature of automated response system for timely dispatch of field resources (police) to the location of incidence using the system. It also has GPS (Global Positioning System) enabled dispatch of vehicles to locate nearest vehicles. It will provide standardized and easy to use mobile apps, IoT (Internet of Things) applications on Pan-India basis.


The ERSS project was approved by Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) based on the recommendations of the Justice Verma Committee in the backdrop of unfortunate incident of Nirbhaya in December 2012 in national capital New Delhi. ERSS) was earlier referred as Nationwide Emergency Response System. The project was approved budgetary provision of Rs.321.69 crore under the Nirbhaya Fund with view to introduce Pan-India Single Emergency Response Number ‘112’ to address all kinds of distress calls such as police, fire and ambulance etc.

Month: Categories: States