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0830 HRS
08.08.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Atleast 18 people killed in a plane crash at Kozhikode airport in Kerala.

  • Centre asks States and Union territories to conduct Corona test of all grocery shop workers and street vendors to control the pandemic.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra today.

  • Gujarat Government announces New Industrial Policy in line with Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.

  • India's foreign exchange reserves surge to an all time high of 534.568 billion dollars.

  • In Cricket; India to host  ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2021 and  Australia in 2022; Women's T-20 World Cup postponed till 2022.

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At least 18 people, including two pilots died when an Air India Express aircraft from Dubai  crashed after overshooting the runway in Kozhikode last night. 162 people have been injured. 15 of them are in serious condition. Rescue operations at the site have been completed and all injured people have been admitted to hospitals in Malappuram and Kozhikode. There were 191 people including 10 infants, 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew on-board the aircraft. DGCA said, the Dubai-Kozhikode Air India Express flight fell 35 feet from the hilltop runway after landing at Karipur Airport and broke down in two pieces. While the two pilots are among the dead, four-cabin crew members on board the aircraft are safe. It is believed that heavy rains in Kerala could be one of the reasons behind the mishap. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, two investigation teams of professionals from Air India, Airports Authority of India and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau have been rushed to Kozhikode.

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President Ram Nath Kovind spoke to Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan and inquired about the situation. Expressing deep distress, he said his thoughts & prayers are with the affected passengers, crew members & their families.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has expressed deep anguish at the loss of  lives in the tragic air mishap at Kozhikode airport. In a tweet, the Vice President extended condolences to the families who lost their dear ones in the crash and hoped for the speedy recovery of the injured.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and inquired about the situation. Expressing pain over the accident, the Prime Minister said, his thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. The Prime Minister also wished speedy recovery to those injured.

Home Minister Amit Shah said he is distressed to learn about the tragic accident. In a tweet, he said, NDRF was instructed to reach the site and assist in rescue operations.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, MoS External Affairs V Muraleedharan and BJP MP KJ Alphons also expressed deep distress over the accident.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan spoke to Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja regarding rescue and medical support for those injured in the air crash. Dr Harsh Vardhan assured her of maximum support from the centre for those who are being treated at various city hospitals.

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External Affairs Ministry has issued helpline numbers. These are 1800 118 797;  91 11 23012113; 91 11 23014104; 91 11 23017905.

Indian Consulate in Dubai's helpline number is 97142079444. Helpline issued by Mallapuram district administration are 8330052468 and 04832719493.

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The Health Ministry has asked states and UTs to take up Coronavirus testing of grocery shop workers, vegetable and other vendors. It stated that if undetected, grocery workers can potentially spread the infection to a large number of people.

In a letter to states and UTs, Secretary,  Ministry of Health, Rajesh Bhushan also stressed the need for operationalising ambulance transport system with oxygen facility and quick response mechanism. He underlined that refusal rate of ambulances must be monitored at a daily basis and brought down to zero.

With the pandemic now spreading to newer areas in the country, Mr Bhushan said there are likely to be scattered cases, cluster of cases or large outbreaks in districts. He said the primary aim is to control outbreaks especially in new locations and to save lives at all cost. He said the aim should be to further reduce mortality and ensure that it does not cross the 1 per cent mark.

The Secretary pointed out that early detection of cases through aggressive testing, prompt isolation or admission in a healthcare facility and ensuring proper clinical management are major components of mortality reduction. He stressed on enhanced surveillance for influenza like illness, and severe acute respiratory illness as their symptoms are mostly the same as COVID. He also asked the states and UTs to undertake weekly death audits to assess the determinants of death such as age differentials, comorbidities, late reporting to hospital and clinical protocols that were followed. This will help identify challenges to be addressed and will facilitate effective case reporting and ensure timely and required medical interventions. In the letter, Mr. Bhushan also said that a regular house-to-house search must be done periodically to identify those who are at high-risk.

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A high level virtual meeting was chaired by Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan to engage with the district and State administration reporting higher COVID 19 mortality. The meeting was held to analyse factors driving high COVID-19 mortality in these districts and devise ways and means to reduce it. These include 16 districts in Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. Apart from the higher case mortality, these districts account for 17 per cent of India’s active cases, high daily new cases, low tests per million, and high confirmation percentage. The districts were advised to ensure that the advisories, guidelines and clinical treatment protocols issued by the Health Ministry are adopted and effectively implemented to reduce the mortality among the COVID-19 patients.

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Participating in our live phone in programme on Covid 19, Dr AK Varshney, Senior Medical Consultant at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital said that the virus can spread easily in closed rooms. He said, it is necessary to provide air ventilation to minimize the infection risk.

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The Serum Institute of India has entered into a new landmark partnership with Gavi and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The partnership aims to accelerate the production of up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for India and other low and middle income countries. In a statement, the World's largest vaccine manufacturer, Serum Institute of India said, it is important to make sure that the most remote and poor countries of the world have access to affordable cure and preventive measures to contain the  pandemic. It said, through this association, the company will ramp up the efforts to save the lives of millions of people from this dreadful disease.

"India has become one of the frontrunners in the global effort to develop vaccine for the containment of Covid-19 pandemic. In the new arrangement, Serum Institute of India will get the funding from the Gates foundation through international vaccine alliance GAVI. The funding will provide support to vaccine maker for potential vaccines candidate from AstraZeneca and Novavax. Company has set an affordable ceiling price of 3 dollar per dose. Earlier, Serum Institute of India had bagged a contract with British drugmaker AstraZeneca to supply one billion doses of Oxford University's potential COVID-19 vaccine. Recently, American Company Novavax has entered a supply and license agreement with the Serum Institute of India for the development and commercialisation of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi".

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In Gujarat, 1074 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded yesterday. According to the State Health Department, the recovery rate improved further and reached up to 75.04 per cent.

"Total cases of Covid-19 in the state have gone up to 68885. Out of 14587 active cases in the state, the conditions of 86 patients are serious. At the other end, 1370 patients have been discharged from various hospitals after recovery. With this, the total patients recovered from Covid-19 till date have gone up to 51692. 22 patients have lost their lives yesterday, taking the total death due to Covid-19 in the state up to 2606. More than 9 lakh 30 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date, out of which 26591 tests have been carried out yesterday. Door to door surveillance and mass screening will be launched in the new areas from today. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".

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 Maharashtra government has directed the district authorities and municipal commissioners of the state to appoint a team to ensure that private hospitals in the state are abiding by the instructions pertaining to charging fees for treating Corona patients. In this regard, the Principal Secretary of the Health Department Dr. Pradip Vyas has sent letters to all the Divisional Commissioners, Collectors, Municipal Commissioners and instructed them to submit the investigation report to the Government within three days. Health Minister Rajesh Tope informed yesterday that a large number of teams have been appointed in the state for assuring implementation of the instructions issued by the government from time to time.

"It has been decided to implement Mahatma Jotiba Phule Janaarogya Yojana for all citizens of the state on May 23 and as per the government decision, the maximum rates for transporting of patients have been fixed after acquiring many private vehicles as ambulances. It also directed the private hospitals to make the beds available and to implement the notification effectively. There have been complaints of overcharging from corona-infected patients being treated in private hospitals. Taking note of this, the Health Minister has directed the District Collectors and Municipal Commissioners as well as the Divisional Commissioners to appoint a team at their level which will ensure that the private hospitals are abiding by the ruling issued by the government. Devapriyo Bhattacharjee, AIR News, Mumbai".

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In Karnataka, the Covid-19 case load is spiking every day with 6670 new cases recorded yesterday. Total cases till date is 1,64,924.  101 covid deaths  were reported yesterday and the total death toll has risen to 2,998.  The mortality rate of the State is 1.81 percent.

"The State recovery rate is slightly improving every day with 51.07 per cent reported yesterday.  3,951 patients were cured and discharged from various hospitals yesterday and the total number of recovered people have gone up to 84,232. 77,686 active cases are taking treatment across the State, among them 678 patients are in ICU.  In a single day yesterday 43,553 swab samples were tested and the total test have increased to 16,24,628.  Meanwhile the Karnataka government has simplified the guidelines on handling of Covid-19 victims’ bodies, allowing families to perform religious rituals.  According to the guidelines hospitals should hand over the dead body in a dignified manner immediately after the death following the necessary protocols issued by the government. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU".

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In Tamil Nadu, the total Covid-19 infection has gone up to over two lakh 85-thousand with 5880 new cases reported yesterday. The number of those discharged after recovery has surpassed the two lakh 27 thousand as nearly 6500 patients returned home post recovery in the last 24hours.

"In a positive development, Chennai witnessed less than a thousand new cases of Covid-19, that is 984 people yesterday. This is the first time the city’s everyday tally went below the thousand mark after more than a month. Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has said the state will go for public transport only in a calibrated manner. In the Covid-19 review meeting held at Tirunelveli yesterday, he said though economic activities are being given the most possible thrust in the present situation, opening up of the public transport is a tricky area as human lives are more valuable. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".

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Bihar reported the highest single day spike of 3,646 Covid 19 cases in the last 24 hours. With this the total number of positive cases mounted to 71 thousand 794. Patients who had recovered so far are 46 thousand 265. Twenty five thousand 128 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals. Four hundred patients died due to the virus. Recovery rate is over 64 percent. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar instructed health officials to ensure tests of those who are keen on getting it done. He also instructed to increase the number of beds at all dedicated Covid hospitals and also ensure supply of oxygen through pipeline to the maximum beds.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra, an interactive experience centre on the Swachh Bharat Mission today. A tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, the Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra was first announced by the Prime Minister on 10th April 2017, on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of Gandhiji's Champaran Satyagraha. Our Correspondent reports that the visitors will experience a unique 360 degree audio visual immersive show. It  will narrate India's Swachhata Story - a journey into the largest behaviour change campaign in the history of the world.

"The Swachh Bharat Mission has transformed rural sanitation in the country and has changed the behaviour of over 55 crore people from open defecation to using a toilet. The installations at Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra will introduce future generations to the successful journey of world's largest behavioural change campaign, the Swachh Bharat Mission. A balanced mix of digital and outdoor installations in the Kendra will impart information, awareness and education on Swachhata and related aspects. Prime Minister will also interact with 36 school students from Delhi, representing the 36 States and Union Territories, adhering to social distancing protocols. With Dipendra Kumar, Suparna Saikia, AIR News Delhi".

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Today is the 78th anniversary of Quit India movement. On this day in 1942, father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi gave the clarion call of Do or Die to all the Indians, to drive away Britishers from the country. The movement had begun from Gawalia Tank in Mumbai. The day is observed as August Kranti Day every year.

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Narendra Modi government has laid emphasis on the skilling of youth and employment generation. The Schemes like Start-up India, Skill India, Digital India, Make in India and Khelo India were brought in the last five years by the government with a view to empower the youth, as empowered youth leads to empowered nation. Talking exclusively to AIR News, Skill Development Minister Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey said, under the Skill India Mission government is providing employment as well as oppurtunity of self employment to the youth of the country.

Our Correspondent reports that even during the freedom struggle, the nation's Youth had played a big role, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. Nation is celebrating the 78th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, which was an important milestone in the Indian freedom struggle.

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Gujarat Government has announced the new industrial policy. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced the new Policy at a press conference in Gandhinagar yesterday. He said that the new Industrial policy is divided in 15 thrust areas in core sectors and sunrise sectors. He said that in Core sectors- the thrust areas will be Electrical machinery & equipment, Industrial Machinery & equipment, Auto & Auto Components, Ceramics, Technical Textiles, Agro & Food Processing, Pharmaceuticals & Medical devices, Gems & Jewelry and Chemicals. While Sunrise Sectors will have thrust areas like Industry 4.0 manufacturing, Electric Vehicle and its components, Waste management projects, Green Energy including Solar & Wind Equipment and Eco-friendly compostable material for substitutes to traditional plastics. Thrust on 100 percent export oriented units will be given irrespective of sector. Our Ahmedabad correspondent reports that the new Industrial Policy 2020 is in line with the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan of the center. The new policy will replace the old policy which expired on 31st December 2019.

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Due to the large amount of groundwater exploitation in the country, many areas have less groundwater level. Two tehsils of Ratlam district in Madhya Pradesh, Javara and Piploda have the same story. However, Jal Shakti Mission of the Central Government is a ray of hope for these areas.

"The two tehsils Javara and Piploda are included in those places in the country where the maximum exploitation of ground water has taken place. The water level has gone down from 800 to 12 hundred feet in these areas. To replenish ground water under the Jal Shakti Mission, vertical water recharge technique is being adopted in these areas.  Ratlam SDM Rahul Dhote told AIR that this technique will not only save the rain water but will also help to stop the flood.

This effort is new not only for the district but also for the country. Farmers are also happy with this mission.

The Jal Shakti Abhiyan has now shown the dream of greenery to these areas. Hopefully, this dream will become a reality in the coming years. With Aditi Mishra from Ratlam, Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".

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India's foreign exchange reserves have surged by a massive 11.938 billion dollars to reach a new all-time high of 534.568 billion dollars in the week ended on 31st this year. Foreign currency assets, a major part of the overall reserves, increased by 10.347 billion dollars to 490.829 billion dollars. In the previous week, the reserves had swelled by 4.993 billion dollars to end at 522.630 billion dollars. Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das has said that the reserves are equivalent to 13.4 months of imports. He added that the reserves have risen by 56.8 billion dollars in this fiscal so far. Gold reserves also went up by 1.525 billion dollars to end at 37.625 billion dollars. India's special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund inched higher by 12 million dollars to reach 1.475 billion dollars. While the country's reserve position also went up by 54 million dollars to 4.639 billion dollars.

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Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh, defenders Surender Kumar, Jaskaran Singh and drag flicker Varun Kumar have tested positive for Covid 19. All players camping in SAI Bengaluru campus are in self quarantine as their test results are awaited. The players had returned to the national hockey camp in Bengaluru following a month long break. The hockey camp is being held in the National Centre of Excellence in SAI, Bengaluru. Ten athletes who had travelled along with the other members have also undergone RT-PCR test.

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International Cricket Council has said that the  India will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 as planned. ICC confirmed that Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 that was postponed due to the pandemic will be held in Australia in 2022. Cricket’s governing body has also decided to postpone the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand till February - March 2022 due to the impact the pandemic has had on cricket globally. The format of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will remain as it was for 2020 and all teams that qualified for that event will now participate in India in 2021.

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As heavy rain continues in Kerala, death toll in the massive landslide that hit Rajamala in Idukki district of Kerala has reached 17. Rescue and search operations restarted this morning for the missing persons, as many are feared to be buried under the soil. 54 people are reported to be missing. Adverse weather is hampering the relief operations.

Heavy rain is continuing across the state which has caused widespread damage. Major rivers are overflowing and  low lying regions are flooded in northern and Central Kerala. Met dept predicts very heavy rain in the state in coming days.

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Take a look at today's weather .


The National Capital Delhi may have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature was recorded at 26 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 35 degrees. Mumbai will see a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature was 25 and the maximum temperature will be around 32. Chennai will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will hover between 27 and 36 degrees Celsius. Kolkata will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was 27 while the maximum will be around 32 . On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature in Jammu was 28 while the maximum will be around 35 . The city may see rain or thundershowers towards afternoon or evening. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 20 while the maximum will be around 32 . The city will have a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night. Ladakh will have a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will hover between 19 and 30 . In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 19 and 36. It will see a mainly clear sky.  In Muzzafarabad, there will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night. The minimum temperature was 21 while the maximum  will be around 36 degrees.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE:

  • The top headline in all the dailies cover the tragic news of the plane crash overshooting the run-way while landing at Kozhikode airport.  The Times of India writes "Air India plane falls into valley, Both pilots dead."

  • "Vaccine hunt in late stage, 2 top panels coordinating and monitoring efforts " reports The Indian Express.

  • "Amid buildup, next India China meet on LAC hotspot Depsang" is a lead in The Tribune.

  • Soon after swearing in, the second Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and kashmir  sends out a message 'for a need to start Kashmir dialogue for peace and stability', notes the Hindustan Times.

  • "BCCI dials India Inc for IPL title sponsorship "is a headline in The Economic Times.

  • Citing the Italian marine  case accused of killing 2 fishermen in 2012 , The Hindu quotes the Supreme Court saying, "Will close marines' case only after "hefty' compensation."

  • And finally, Tired of Zoom calls ? A Los Angeles firm has created phone booth sized machines to beam live holograms into your living room , looking for a new way to communicate during the pandemic ....is a story in  The Financial Express.

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Some more news


Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that Sarpanchs and elected representatives of Panchayats should perform their responsibility for the overall development of villages. He said, Panchayat representatives should also come forward to work on subjects like education, health and nutrition so that every village in the country can move forward on the path of complete development.

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