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08.08.2020
THE HEADLINES:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra in Delhi; Launches Week-long campaign to free India of garbage.
  • Prime Minister says, Swachh Bharat is the best tribute to Mahatma Gandhi; The campaign has boosted the self-confidence and will-power of people.
  • Centre and Kerala Government announce relief for families of deceased in Kozhikode air crash; Detailed probe on.
  • Centre directs 13 districts in eight States and Union Territories with high COVID-19 mortality rate to focus on reducing it.
  • Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen says Indo-Bangla relationship is rock solid and historic.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has boosted the self-confidence and will-power of every countryman and its impact is visible on the life of the poor. The Prime Minister was speaking after inaugurating the Rashtriya Swacchata Kendra in New Delhi this evening.

   
"स्वच्छ भारत अभियान ने हर देशवासी के आत्मविश्वास और आत्मबल को एक नई ऊर्जा दी है नई ताकत दी है। लेकिन इसका सबसे अधिक लाभ देश के गरीब के जीवन पर दिख रहा है। स्वच्छ भारत अभियान से हमारी सामाजिक चेतना, समाज के रूप में हमारे आचार-व्यवहार में भी स्थाई परिवर्तन आया है।"
Mr Modi said, cleanliness drive has been a big support in the fight against Corona virus.

"देश के बच्चे-बच्चे में Personal Social hygiene को लेकर जो चेतना पैदा हुई है, उसका बहुत बड़ा लाभ कोरोना के विरुद्ध लड़ाई में भी हमें मिल रहा है। आप ज़रा कल्पना कीजिए, अगर कोरोना जैसी महामारी 2014 से पहले आती तो क्या स्थिति होती? शौचालय के अभाव में क्या हम संक्रमण की गति को कम करने से रोक पाते? क्या तब लॉकडाउन जैसी व्यवस्थाएं संभव हो पातीं, जब भारत की 60 प्रतिशत आबादी खुले में शौच के लिए मजबूर थी स्वच्छाग्रह ने कोरोना के खिलाफ लड़ाई में हमें बहुत बड़ा सहारा दिया है, माध्यम दिया है।"


The Prime Minister said, in the last few years, lakhs of people across the country, who are inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, have made Swachh Bharat Mission a goal of their lives.

"बीते वर्षों में देश के कोने-कोने में लाखों-लाख स्वच्छाग्रहियों ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान को अपने जीवन का लक्ष्य बना दिया है। यही कारण है कि 60 महीने में करीब-करीब 60 करोड़ भारतीय शौचालय की सुविधा से जुड़ गए, इसकी वजह से, देश की बहनों को सम्मान, सुरक्षा और सुविधा मिली। लाखों गरीब बच्चों को बीमारियों से बचने का उपाय मिला। इसकी वजह से देश के करोड़ों दलितों, वंचितों, पीड़ितों, शोषितों, आदिवासियों को समानता का विश्वास मिला।"

Mr Modi said, a comprehensive Quit India Campaign is going on against poverty, garbage, compulsion of open defecation and compulsion of wandering for fetching water.   

The Prime Minister announced a week-long campaign from today till the 15th of August to free India of garbage.

He said, Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra is a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi's efforts towards cleanliness.

"आज के ही दिन 1942 में गांधी जी की अगुवाई में आजादी के लिए एक विराट जन आंदोलन शुरू हुआ था। अंग्रेजों भारत छोड़ों का नारा उस दिन लगा था। ऐसे ऐतिहासिक दिवस पर राजघाट के समीप राष्‍ट्रीय स्‍वच्‍छता केंद्र का लोकापर्ण अपने आप में बहुत ही प्रासंगिक है।  यह केंद्र बापू के स्‍वच्‍छाग्रह के प्रतीक 130 करोड़ भारतीयों की कार्यांजलि है, श्रद्धांजलि है।"

The Prime Minister said, for today's world, there cannot be a greater inspiration than Gandhiji. He said, the whole world is coming forward to adopt Gandhiji's life and philosophy. He said, last year, when Gandhiji's 150th Birth Anniversary was celebrated in a grand manner all over the world, it was unprecedented.

After taking a tour of the Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra, the Prime Minister interacted with 36 school students from Delhi, representing the 36 States and Union Territories, at the amphitheatre of the Kendra, adhering to social distancing protocols.

"मेरे सामने एक प्रकार से लघु भारत है। देश के अलग-अलग राज्‍यों और अलग-अलग राज्‍यों के वेषभूषा में आप सभी बच्‍चों के साथ में बात करके पूरे हिंदुस्‍तान के साथ बात कर रहा हूं आप सभी मास्‍क पहनकर आए हैं और अपने दोस्‍तों के साथ दो गज की दूरी भी बनाकर बैठे हैं। आप सब नियमों का जिस तरह से पालन कर रहे हैं। वो देखकर के सचमुच में बहुत आनंद हो रहा है। कोरोना से इस तरह से लड़ाई लडने का यही हथियार है। "


Union Minister for Jalshakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of State for Jalshakti Ratan Lal Kataria and Drinking Water and Sanitation Secretary Parameswaran Iyer were present on the occasion.

Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra, an interactive experience centre on the Swachh Bharat Mission was first announced by the Prime Minister on the 10th of April 2017, on the occasion of the Centenary Celebrations of Gandhiji's Champaran Satyagraha.

In the first hall of the Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra, visitors will experience a unique 360 degree audio visual immersive show, which will narrate India's Swachhata Story - a journey into the largest behaviour change campaign in the history of the world. The second Hall contains a series of interactive LED panels, hologram boxes, interactive games and much more, to tell the story of the work done to achieve Bapu’s vision of a Swachh Bharat. The open-air displays in the lawn adjacent to Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra will showcase three exhibits which are anecdotes from the journey of India from Satyagraha to Swachhagraha. The artistic wall murals around the Kendra also chronicle the core elements of the Mission's success. The installations at Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra will introduce future generations to the successful journey of the 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. 

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. India has received high praise from the international community for this and we have set a precedent for the rest of the world to follow. The mission is now in its second phase, aiming to take India’s villages from Open Defecation Free (ODF) to ODF Plus, with a strong focus on sustaining ODF status and ensuring solid and liquid waste management for all.

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The official death toll in the aeroplane crash that occured in Karipur airport in Kerala yesterday, reached 18, that includes, 14 adults and four children. In all, 143 injured passengers are admitted in various hospitals among which 23 persons are seriously injured. A total of 23 passengers have been discharged from hospital so far.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijyan said apart from declaring the State Govt. compensation of 10 lakh rupees for the families of those who lost their life in the accident, the government will also be bearing the hospital expenses of the injured people.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan visited the site of the crash and took stock of the situation. Mr Puri announced 10 lakh rupees interim relief for each of the deceased, 2 lakh rupees for the seriously injured and 50 thousand for those who suffered minor injuries in the flight mishap in Kozhikode. A high level team including Governor Arif Muhammad Khan, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other State Ministers and officials also visited Kozhikode and took stock of the situation.

The Air India Express flight  that was part of the Vande Bharat Mission, carrying 190 passengers including crew from Dubai skidded off the table top runway while landing at Karipur Airport late evening at 07.41 pm yesterday. The plane after skidding from runway crash landed nearly 35 feet below and split into two pieces.

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Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen has said that the relation of Bangladesh with India is rock-solid and historic while it has economic ties with China. He said, our victory means India's victory, our development means India's development and nothing can create problems in the growing relations between the two countries. He described Indo-Bangla ties as very strong. Dr. Momen made these remarks while visiting the Mujibnagar Muktijodha Memorial Complex in Dhaka today.

Asking people not to compare the relations of Bangladesh with India and China, the Foreign Minister said that India is a big trading partner of Bangladesh and it wants more trade benefits from India. He said the two countries have resolved major bilateral issues and made progress on the water sharing issue. He expressed confidence that other pending issues between the two countries will also be resolved soon.

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In Maharashtra, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which is probing the Palghar mob lynching incident, has filed a third charge sheet in the case in a local court. An official today said, the CID has now filed a charge sheet in the third FIR, which was registered at Kasa Police Station in Palghar. The case relates to a police officer opening fire. He informed that the charge sheet was submitted in a Palghar court.

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The Divisional Commanders-level talks between India and China are in progress at Daulat Beg Oldie of Indian side, today. This is in continuation to the Military-level talks between India and China to ease the tensions at various friction points along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Ladakh region.

Today's meeting is happening in the background of the Fifth meeting at Chuchul BPO between the core commanders of India and China in the region. The previous meetings have discussed complete disengagement from very close points especially at friction points like Pangong Tso and Depsang Plains. In the last two occasions, the focus was on de-engagement at Pangong Tso and Depsang plains.

In this background, Army Chief General Manoj Narawane yesterday gave a call to the forces to be prepared for any eventuality in the borders. On the other hand, Vice Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora had visited the world's highest ALG Daulat Beg Oldie to review operational preparedness in eastern ladakh.

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India has said that it would like Sri Lanka to send the first international flight to the newly-upgraded Kushinagar airport in Uttar Pradesh. This was conveyed by Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay during his meeting with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today to convey his best wishes following the latter’s victory in the Parliamentary elections. Mr. Baglay further said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keen on promoting Buddhism ties and has placed a specific focus on initiating related projects, not only in the area of tourism, but also other sectors such as archaeology. Prime Minister Rajapaksa expressed condolences to all those impacted by the Air India crash yesterday. He also said he was happy to receive Prime Minister Modi’s call on Thursday, even before the final results of elections were declared.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate and dedicate the submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting Chennai and Port Blair to the nation on Monday through video conferencing. The submarine cable will also connect Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep, Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Great Nicobar, Long Island and Rangat. This connectivity will enable delivery of faster and more reliable mobile and landline telecom services to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, at par with other parts of India. At present, Andaman and Nicobar Islands have very weak telecom systems, that hamper communications with mainland and within the islands.

Foundation stone for this project was laid by the Prime Minister on the 30th of December 2018 at Port Blair. Internet has become a fundamental need today and is connected to the daily work of every person. Prominent businessman and former President of the Andaman Chamber of Commerce Girish Arora expressed happiness over the project and said this will help in the promotion of tourism in Andaman and Nicobar.

   

Similarly, President of Andaman Association of Tour Operators M Vinod expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for this project and said that it will prove to be a game changer for the tourism industry in Andaman. Now tour operators will be able to make their booking from anywhere.

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The Centre has directed State Governments to focus all efforts on reducing COVID-19 mortality. Union Health Ministry said, coordinated, graded and pro-active management of COVID-19 by the Centre, States and Union Territories has ensured the national Case Fatality Rate is on the slide. It currently stands at 2.04 per cent. As part of the continuous process of review and handholding of States and UTs for collaborative management of COVID-19, two high level virtual meetings were chaired by Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan to engage with the states reporting high case load and higher Case Fatality Rate than the national average. It said, government is supporting them in efforts to prevent and reduce mortality due to COVID-19.

The Ministry said, today’s meeting focused on 13 districts concentrated in eight States and UT. These are Kamrup Metro in Assam, Patna in Bihar, Ranchi in Jharkhand, Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, Ganjam in Odisha, Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, 24 Paraganas North, Hooghly, Howrah, Kolkata and Maldah in West Bengal. These districts account for nearly nine per cent of India's active cases and about 14 per cent of COVID deaths. They also report low tests per million and high confirmation percentage. A surge has been observed in the daily new cases in four districts - Kamrup Metro in Assam, Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, Thiruvananthapuram and Alappuzha in Kerala. They were advised to ensure timely referral and hospitalization in view of reports from some districts of patients dying within 48 hours of admission. States were asked to ensure a timely assessment and make advance preparedness for infrastructure like ICU beds and oxygen supply, based on the prevailing case load and the estimated growth rate.

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The recovery rate from COVID-19 infection has improved futher and it has now reached 68.32 per cent. Union Health Ministry in a statement said that with 48 thousand 900 patients recovering  in the last 24 hours, the country's total recoveries from COVID-19 has reached 14 lakh 27 thousand and five. At present, the active cases are six lakh 19 thousand and 88 which account for 29.64 per cent of total positive cases. Such persons are under medical supervision either at hospitals or in home isolation.

The Ministry said, due to coordinated implementation of 'Test, Track and Treat' strategy, the Case Fatality Rate has been low when compared to the global scenario. The Case Fatality Rate continued to fall progressively and now it stands at 2.04 per cent.

The Health Ministry added that with focused efforts to reduce mortalities due to COVID-19, India has registered one of the lowest deaths per million at 30 as compared to the global average of 91 deaths per million.

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A total of one thousand 404 new confirmed cases of Corona virus were reported in Delhi during the last twenty four hours taking the total number of cases to one lakh 44 thousand 127. Delhi Government has confirmed that over one lakh 29 thousand people affected with Corona virus have cured so far. In the last 24 hours, one thousand 130 people recovered and 16 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to four thousand 98. Presently, the total number of active cases in the national capital is ten thousand 667.

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Union Minister for Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar has said that 21 Employees' State Insurance Corporation Hospitals across the country have been converted into Dedicated COVID-19 Hospitals. He said, more than 2,400 Isolation beds and 550 ICU beds with 200 ventilators have been made available in these hospitals. Mr Gangwar said this while inaugurating Plasma Bank at ESIC Medical College and Hospital, Faridabad through video conference from Haryana Bhawan in New Delhi yesterday. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was also present on the occasion.

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Meghalaya reported another COVID-19 death last evening, taking the total number of fatalities in the state to six (6). According to Director of Health Services Dr Aman War, that the patient was admitted to the hospital for chronic kidney failure but was tested positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, 17 new COVID-19 cases were reported today taking the total number of active cases to 594. Twelve COVID-19 patients taking the total number of recovered persons to 423.

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Governor of Rajasthan Kalraj Mishra has expressed deep concern over the increasing number of Corona patients in the state. Mr. Mishra said that people must take necessary precautions to protect themselves from COVID infection. He said that people should strictly follow the safety measures and no one should negligent about it.

Health Minister Dr. Raghu Sharma has said that the death rate has come down from 2.34 to 1.5 per cent. He said that the efforts are being made to bring the death rate to zero in the state.

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In Uttar Pradesh, the State Government has announced that economic activities in the state post-lockdown have returned to the normal routine. State Finance Minister Suresh Khanna today said that recovery of state revenues in the month of July is 97.7 per cent of the total revenue of the same month in previous year.  More from our correspondent


"State continues to test more than 1 lakh samples of Covid patients per day. Around 30 lakh samples have been tested in the state till date. Uttar Pradesh is now only 2 lakh samples behind the state of Tamil Nadu which is currently number one in the cumulative testing figures. Medical Education Minister Suresh Khanna said that Currently fatality rate from Corona in a state is 1.75 which is far below than the national average and the average of other states. Meanwhile With 4800 new cases in last 24 hours current active Covid patients in state are now 46177 out of which 15678 patients are in home isolation. 2028 persons have lost their lives from this deadly virus in state. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR News, Lucknow."

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In Madhya Pradesh, the number of COVID-19 cases in the state climbed up to around 37 thousand 298 in the state. With 16 patients succumbing to the infection during the past 24 hours, the death toll rose to 962. We have a report:-

   

"As per the state health bulletin, 719 coronavirus patients were discharged from the hospitals yesterday taking the number of recovered cases in the state to 27 thousand 621.There are now 8 thousand 715 active cases in Madhya Pradesh. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a target of three years has been set to make the state means self-reliant. Addressing a session of three-day 'Atmanirbhar Madhya Pradesh' webinar series, Chief Minister sought suggestions from different sections of the society and subject experts for drafting a roadmap for 'Aatmnirbhar Madhya Pradesh. Former Union minister Suresh Prabhu, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and other experts took part in the webinar. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

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A unique online patriotic film festival is underway as part of Independence Day Celebrations organized by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. In a video message, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, we should celebrate 73 years of independence with the online Patriotic Film Festival which will be on till the 21st of this month. Our Correspondent has more details --

"The festival is showcasing high-quality patriotic films daily at the website www.cinemasofindia.com free of cost. The festival showcases Indian history that marks the bravery of our freedom fighters. It aims at creating a festive and patriotic mood among Indians across the globe. Critically acclaimed films from various Indian languages including Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati and Malayalam are being showcased in the festival. A special edition of the film 'Gandhi' by Sir Richard Attenborough is also be made accessible and can be enjoyed by people with vision and hearing impairment. With Naseem Naqvi, Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi."

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today made an aerial survey of flood affected areas of Kosi and Seemanchal. This is his third  aerial survey of the affected areas during the week. Mr. Kumar visited Purnea and Supaul and reviwed the prevaing flood situation. The Chief Minister inspected Kosi embankment and instructed engineers to step up flood protection work. Mr Kumar stressed to intensify relief works in affected areas. Over 74 lakh people spread over 16 districts are reeling under the impact of floods. The flood situation is worst in Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, East Champaran and Saran districts.

Thirty three teams of NDRF and SDRF are carrying  out relief and rescue operations in flood affected areas. Over five lakh people have been evacuated so far. In all, 1,342 community kitchens have been set up for providing food to  about ten lakh people.

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The India Meteorological Department today said that the south-west monsoon will become active again in the coastal areas of Maharashtra on Monday and will remain so for the next seven days.

According to the IMD observations, the south-west monsoon is likely to become active on the west coast from 10th to 11th of August including Mumbai. He further said that the situation is likely to continue for a week.

The IMD has forecast generally cloudy sky with few spells of light to moderate rain /showers in the city and suburbs in the next 24 hours.

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In Kerala, one more dead body was recovered today from the massive landslide-hit region Pettimudi near Rajamala in Idukki district. With this, the death toll reached 26. More from our correspondent :-

"Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the rescue and search operations are in full swing in the region by 2 teams of National Disaster Response Force, Police,Fire force, Armed force officials and  local people. Continous rain and broken communication is adversely affecting the search for missing persons. State government had announced 5 lakh compensation for the families of the  people who lost their life in the landslide.Meanwhile as heavy rain continues, Idukki and Wayanad district are the worst hit with  widespread damage and multiple landslides being reported in the forest regions. Chief Minister informed that all necessary arrangements are being done as Met department predict very heavy rain in coming days in the State.Boats and special rescue teams are being made available in flood prone regions. Over 18000 people are in various relief camps across the State.As high waves and storm is predicted fishing is banned in Kerala Lakshadweep coast. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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The India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rain in the Nilgiris, Coimbatore and Theni districts in Tamil Nadu for the next 48-hours. Some places in the Nilgiris are expected to witness extremely heavy rain.

In the last twenty four hours, Devala in the Nilgiris witnessed the maximum of 34 centimetres rain. Almost all regions adjoining the Western Ghats in the state received moderate rains in the last 24-hours.

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Now, let us take a look at tomorrow's weather .

The National Capital Delhi will have thunderstorm with rain. The minimum temperature will be 28 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees.

Mumbai will experience a generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature around 39 degrees.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature in Jammu will be 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees. The city will witness thunderstorm with rain. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 19 degrees while the maximum around 30 degree Celsius. The city will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain.

Ladakh will have generally partly  sky with a possibility of rain or thundershower or dust storm. The temperature will hover between 18 and 30 degrees Celsius.  In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 19 and 35  degrees Celsius. It will experience generally cloudy sky with moderate rain.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be thunderstorm with rain. The minimum temperature will be 22 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees. 

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