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11.08.2020
THE HEADLINES::
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Chief Ministers of 10 states on Corona situation in high case load states; Says working together, India can win the fight against COVID.

  •  A record number of 15 crore people have downloaded Aarogya Setu App.
  •  Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Prakash Javadekar release the third series of collection of speeches by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

  • Flood situation in Bihar continues to be grim; Over 75 lakh people in 16 districts affected.

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said efforts to contain the  COVID 19 pandemic are proving effective as the percentage of active COVID cases has decreased and recovery rate has increased. Giving closing remarks this afternoon in his interaction with the Chief Ministers of 10 states through Video Conferencing, Mr Modi said the most important thing is that people's confidence has also increased and the fear has gone down. He said the states learnt a lot from each others' experiences through today's interaction. Mr Modi stressed on the need to increase testing in states where testing rate is low and positive rate is high, particularly in Bihar,  Gujarat, UP, West Bengal and Telangana.The Prime Minister said Contact tracing, containment and survellance are the most effective weapons against COVID 19. He said experts are now saying that if cases are identified within 72 hours of onset, infection slows down to a great extent. He said that besides the testing network, Aarogya Setu App also helps in contact tracing, containment and surveillance.He interacted with the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh and he was apprised of the Covid19 situation in the respective states.

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The Health Ministry said COVID-19 cases dipped below 55,000 in a single day today after the country was recording over 60,000 cases daily for four days on the trot.  The recovery rate is 69.80 per cent. The case fatality rate also dropped below 2 per cent and was recorded at 1.99 per cent. A report:-


"Health Ministry informed that active COVID-19 cases in the country stands at 6 lakh 39 thousand 9 hundred 29, while 15 lakh 83 thousand 4 hundred 89 people have been recovered. Single day spike of 53 thousand 6 hundred one COVID-19 cases have pushed India's virus caseload to 22 lakh 68 thousand 6 hundred 75. Death toll due to Covid-19 has reached 45 thousand 2 hundred 57. Indian Council of Medical Research said, till yesterday, a total of 2 crore 52 lakh 81 thousand 8 hundred 48 samples have been tested. Yesterday. 6 lakh 98 thousand 2 hundred 90 samples were tested Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi."

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Aarogya Setu, the APP developed to track and trace COVID-19 situation in the country has recorded 15 crore downloads till date. Due to its huge support from the people Aarogya Setu, becomes the most downloaded Covid-19 contact tracing app across the world. The government-promoted app has managed to achieve the feat in above three months from launch. A Sensor Tower report shows Aarogya Setu has the most installations till date followed by Turkey’s Pandemic Isolation Tracking Project and Germany’s Corona-Warn-App. The download numbers comprise figures from Google Play Store and the App Store.

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The Health Ministry today said that the Expert Committee on Vaccine Administration under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog Member Dr V K Paul will meet tomorrow to consider logistics and ethical aspects of procurement and administration of COVID-19 vaccine. The Committee will engage with all the stakeholders including State Governments and vaccine manufacturers.

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In Bihar, 21 deaths due to Covid-19 were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 450. This is the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 in a single day. Maximum of 88 deaths were reported from Patna. With 3,021 fresh positive cases, the tally has reached 82 thousand 741. However, 54 thousand 139 patients have recovered so far and 28 thousand 151 patients are undergoing treatment. Recovery rate is over 65 per cent. During the past 24 hours, 75 thousand 346 tests were conducted. With this, total over 11 lakh tests had been conducted in Bihar. Meanwhile, the State Government has kicked off a random testing drive for auto- rickshaw drivers, vegetable and fruit sellers.

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In Assam,  2900 positive cases are reported in the state during last 24 hours. Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that 382 cases were reported in Kamrup Metro district. He said that over 60 thousand tests were conducted in the state in the past 24 hours and the positivity rate was reported 4 .79 percent.  There are 19 thousand 258 active cases in the state.  151 persons succumbed to COVID-19 in the state. A plasma donation camp was held at Gauhati medical college and hospital yesterday for health workers. The recovered doctors and health workers donated their plasma in the camp.

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Mizoram detects three more COVID19 positive cases today,  taking the tally to reaches 623 with 300 patients recovering in the state. So far, 323 patients have been discharged after recovery from the infections, while 300 patients are undergoing treatment.

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In Rajasthan, more than 1100 people were tested positive every day for the last 12 days. 54 thousand 290 people have been infected so far in the state, out of which 39 thousand 273 people have recovered. 810 people have died due to COVID so far in the state.


 "Maximum 8 thousand 93 cases of COVID infection have been reported from Jodhpur. Jaipur is at second number with more than 6 thousand 600 positive cases. Alwar, Pali, Kota and Bharatpur districts have also been badly affected due to the infection. 6 hundred 20 Corona cases have been reported in the state this morning. On the political front, after political developments in the state the BJP has postponed the meeting of Legislature Party to be held today. On the other hand, three independent MLAs, who were supporting to former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, met Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today in Jaipur. Other supporter MLAs of Mr. Pilot are also expected to return Jaipur from Delhi by this evening. Jitendra Dwivedi, All India Radio, Jaipur."

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Gujarat Government’s decision to hike the fine for not wearing a mask to 1000 rupees is being implemented from today. AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has also launched a special drive for strict implementation of rules to prevent the spread of Covid19.


Last month in its order, Gujarat High Court had asked the state government to collect a minimum fine of Rs.1000 from those found without a mask in public. The High Court order came in the wake of rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in the state. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has also launched special drives for implementation of rules like wearing masks and social distancing in public places. After sealing two malls last week for violation of social distancing, the AMC authorities have sealed three restaurants and hotels yesterday for violating safety rules against Covid19. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."

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Karnataka has revised its guidelines for home isolation of Covid-positive patients. According to the new rules, an empanelled agency will conduct a telephonic triage of the patient.  A team of health workers will visit the patient and conduct the triage. Alternatively, an external agency will conduct a telephonic triage. The home isolated patient can be discharged after 10 days and undergo an additional seven days of home isolation after this. Meanwhile, after nine days at the hospital, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa was discharged after he tested negative for Covid-19 yesterday. He will remain under home quarantine for a couple of days before resuming official work in full swing. Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah is stable and is undergoing treatment in a private hospital. Health Minister B Sriramulu too is undergoing treatment in a Government hospital. More from our Correspondent:-



"The Covid 19 recovery rate in Karnataka is gradually improving by the day. From a dismal 38 percent last month, the recovery rate has today climbed to 54.4 percent. The average compounded daily growth rate showed a slight decline climbing down from 4.1 to 3.8 percent. Similarly the doubling rate has improved from seven days last month to 17 days now. Similarly fatality rate has come down from 2.1 percent to 1.8 percent now. The asymptomatic Covid patients are 83 percent and 17 percent are symptomatic. In Bengaluru the Positivity rate has come down from 24.15 percent last month to 17.92 percent now. BBMP has increased Free Covid Test in Bengaluru. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru."

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Indian hockey team forward Mandeep Singh who was confirmed Covid 19 positive yesterday has been shifted to a private hospital in Bengaluru after his blood oxygen level dropped below normal. In a statement issued by the Sports Authority of India today, it is said that Mandeep Singh is moving from mild to moderate severity of Covid infection and his condition is currently stable. The remaining five hockey players including captain Manpreet Singh who are Covid positive are being monitored constantly and their vitals checked four times every day. They are in isolation at the National Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru.

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A surge is being seen in the number of covid-19 cases in Andaman and Nicobaar Islands. A total of 403 cases were reported in the islands during the last three days and  284 patients recovered as well. The recovery rate dipped to 43.6 percent while 20 deaths were reported so far. 12 cases have been reported in the tribal district of Nicobar. Acting upon the situation, the 14 days home quarantine becomes mandatory for all passenger coming to Nicobar. RTPCR tests will also be conducted prior to the journey to tribal areas. It is to mention that most of the cases reported during the last few days are among contacts. Administration is monitoring the circumstances and making suitable decisions. Earlier, a weekly lockdown was imposed but now the current lockdown has been extended to one more week. However, essential services will go on.

All the religious places will remain closed for the general public. The daily convoy passing through the reserve area of Jarwas has also been stopped. Flights service between mainland and Port Blair has reduced earlier as well. Now, only five flights are available in a week. All incoming passengers will be tested and have to go for institutional quarantine for seven days. 

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In Maharashtra, the phase-2 clinical trial of indigenously developed Covaxin for Covid-19 began in Nagpur today. Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech has developed this vaccine for coronavirus. More from our Mumbai correspondent.-



"The Nagpur based Gillurkar hospital has started the second round of trial of indigenously made Covaxin. 55 volunteers had undergone clinical trial in the first phase a few days ago.  None of them had reported any kind of complication after they were given the first shots of the vaccine. Director of Gillurkar hospital, Chandrashekhar Gillurkar said that those volunteers who were given first dose of the vaccine, their blood samples will be collected and sent to examine the antibodies present in them. Subsequently, the vaccine trial will be done after a gap of  28 days, 42 days, 104 days and 194th day. After each dose, the blood samples will be collected to check the growth in antibodies. With Kunal Shinde, Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai."

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Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that about 10 thousand 500 health and wellness centers are to be built in Madhya Pradesh, out of which 2986 centers have been constructed so far. Dr Harsh Vardhan was addressing a session on health yesterday at the webinor series organized to prepare a draft for self-reliant Madhya Pradesh.


"About one crore people have benefited from health and wellness centers in the state. In addition to treatment in these centers, training is also being given to maintain good general health through yoga, pranayama and other methods. Dr Harsh Vardhan lauded the Sik Newborn Care Unit being operated in hospitals for good care of newborns in the state. Dr Harsh Vardhan said that good work is being done in Madhya Pradesh to fulfill the goal of eradication of TB disease. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has said that 'Universal Health Coverage' will provide good health facilities to every person and 'universal immunization' will soon meet the target of vaccination of every child in Madhya Pradesh. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".

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In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you the views of leading medical experts on COVID-19. Talking to AIR News, Dr. Amarchand Bajaj, Senior Consultant at the Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research in New Delhi highlighted the importance of hygiene and how to maintain it to contain Novel Corona virus.


Dr Naresh Gupta of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital in Delhi said, in most of the cases, the COVID-19 infections are self-limiting and very few patients are required to take admission in hospital. 

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today will bring you a Special discussion Programme on Covid-19 . Dr. Mohsin Wali, Senior Consultant, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital will participate in the discussion. Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No:1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767). You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 (Repeat 011: 2331-4444) and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair. This can be heard tonight on the FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can listen to it on our mobile app news on AIR.

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Amid continued increase in Coronavirus cases in Bangladesh the government has ramped up efforts to enforce health regulations among people to contain further spread of the virus. The government has asked the local administration to conduct mobile court operations so that fines could be imposed on people not following instructions on wearing masks in the public. According to the latest figures released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) yesterday, Bangladesh has reported 3438 deaths and over 2.6 lakh coronavirus cases since the first corona positive case was detected in Bangladesh on March 8. More than 1.5 lakh people have recovered during this period which indicates a recovery rate of 57.75 percent.

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Director General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom has impressed upon the need to put in concerted efforts to check the spread of the Corona Virus pandemic. Detailing about the essential elements to address the COVID-19 pandemic effectively, Dr Tedros said:-

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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has completed three years in office today. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar released the book titled 'Connecting, Communicating, Changing' in New Delhi on the occasion. The book chronicles Mr Naidu’s three years in office as the Vice President of India. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Naidu said today's release of the publication is the 3rd in the series on his efforts and outcomes as the Vice President and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. He said that before COVID-19 pandemic, he had about 20 public engagements per month.


The Vice President  informed that the Rajya Sabha clocked productivity of 78.42 percent during 2019, the best since 2010. He said the consistent high productivity during the last three sessions is a certain indication of Winds of Change. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said students and administrators will benefit a lot from this book. He said the greatest gift one generation can give to another is a good book.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Javadekar said the book is a treasure trove for students who want to follow the speeches of the Vice President.


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President Ram Nath Kovind today complimented Vice President Venkaiah Naidu for completing three years in office. In a letter, Mr Kovind said that Mr Naidu has emerged as an inspiration for everyone as the Vice President. He said that as Rajya Sabha Chairman, Mr Naidu set the record of conducting legislative business on an unprecendented scale. The President praised Mr Naidu's profound understanding of law and the Constitution that enabled him to take a righteous approach in public service.

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Former President Pranab Mukherjee continues to remain critical post surgery and is on ventilatory support. He was admitted to Army Hospital, Research and Referral Delhi Canttonment in a critical condition yesterday. The hospital sources revealed that he underwent emergency life saving surgery for large brain clot. He was also found to be COVID-19 positive.

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In Bihar, the flood situation continues to be grim in flood affected areas of the state. The flood water has entered new areas of Siwan and Madhepura. Surging water of Gandak and Kosi spread out in fresh areas after the river continues flowing at above danger mark in their courses. Over 75 lakh people of 16 districts spread over 1,240 Panchayats are reeling under the impact of flood. The flood situation is particularly serious in Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Saran district. Flood water has entered into houses in urban areas of Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur. In all, 24 people lost their lives and 66 animals were killed in flood related accidents during the last 24 hours. Most of the people in affected areas were rendered homeless. Life in affected areas has been crippled as flood-hit people are forced to take shelter either on the embankments, national highways or other higher places. Thirty three teams of NDRF and SDRF are carrying out relief and rescue operations in affected areas. Over five lakh people have been evacuated so far. One lakh 20 thousand affected people have taken shelter in relief camps. In all, 1,239 community kitchens have been set up for providing food to affected people. About ten lakh people are taking food through these kitchens.The State Government has provided financial assistance of rupees six thousand to each of  family of over six lakh 35 thousand  families.

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Bringing relief to Kerala, the intensity  of rain reduced in the State, but continues in hilly regions. A report:-


"The threat of extremely heavy rainfall in the state have subsided for now. Yellow is  issued in  Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts for today.  Chief Minister said that the State will remain vigilant for  few more days, even though danger posed by the situation in general has come down.The water level in major rivers has reduced and as water began to subside in low lying regions, people started to return to  home  from relief camps in some regions. Meanwhile 2 more dead bodies were recovered from the massive landslide  hit  Pettimudi near Rajamala in Idukki district, taking the death toll to  51. Search operations  for the remaining missing persons are on going today in the fifth day after the tragedy struck.The unfortunate  landslide  hit the region, early hours of last friday washing away the  lines of settlements of tea plantation workers.Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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In Uttarakhand, Badrinath, Kedarnath, and Gangotri highways were blocked due to landslides following heavy rains in the state during the last 24 hours. Three people were killed in rain-related incidents in the state. As per reports rescue teams were deployed to clear the debris at various places. In Bageshwar national highway connecting Kapkot subdivision from District Headquarters has been damaged following heavy downpour. Dozens of link roads have also been blocked in  Pauri, Tehri, Rudraprayag, and  Uttarkashi of  Garhwal division as well as in Pithoragarh and some other places in Kumaun region. Meanwhile, the Met department predicts that Light to moderate rain/thunderstorm with intense spell likely to occur at most places in Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Nainital, Champawat, Pauri, Dehradun, Haridwar, Tehri, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi districts and many places in Almora, Udham Singh Nagar & Chamoli districts of Uttarakhand.

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In the run up to the 74th Independence Day celebrations, we bring you a special story about the several initiatives for urban development. Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is implementing several schemes in urban areas to improve facilities and  better living for citizens. In the last five years, Narendra Modi led government has launched various urban schemes including  Smart Cities Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Housing for All in urban areas. More from our correspondent.


"Schemes  ike Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), AMRUT and  Smart Cities Mission are not only transforming the urban landscape of the country but also ensuring ease of living for the citizens. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana was launched in  2015 with an aim to provide housing for all in urban areas by year 2022. The scheme AMRUT is being implemented with the objective of universal water supply, improvement in sewerage network and non-motorised urban transport. Launched in 2015, the  Smart Cities Mission intends to strengthen urban infrastructure through application of smart solutions and provide a better quality of life to citizens.Anand Kumar , AIR News, Delhi."

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BJP President J P Nadda held a video conference today with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and other office bearers of the state. Interacting with them, Mr. Nadda hoped that the New Education Policy would further boost the development of the country. He said that it would also help the students in learning things in their mother tounges. Mr. Nadda appreciated the role played by the Assam government and the party in containing the spread of COVID-19 and floods situation.  He said that the country as a whole did well in achieving the good Covid 19 recovery rate.

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In a significant development in the history of Ladakh Police, Ladakh Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur has unveiled the Flag, Formation Sign and Epaulettes of the newly formed police force, today. Formation of separate Ladakh Police notification came on 23rd May this year. More from our Correspondent :


"At a ceremonial function by Ladakh police after unveiling the Ladakh Police Flag and Insignia, Mr Mathur said that Ladakh Police soon would take up the recruitment process and completing the promotions as well. He emphasized in infrastructure including forensic lab and cyber crime lab, modern policing facilities like satellite phones, training at the best institutes and various welfare measures including housing and winter clothing at par with ITBP, for the police in the toughest terrain.  He suggested Ladakh Police to take up adventurous Karakoram and Demchok Rallies to show the strength and endurance of the police in the highest altitude Ladakh region.  Mr. Mathur appealed the police to work with the public in professional and friendly manner. In the inaugural speech, Ladakh Inspector General of Police, SS Khandare listed various measures in the pipeline for Ladakh Police. He assured the Police will adopt citizen centric approach.


The Police Logo with the National Emblem , LP along with Satyameva Jayate surrounded by auspicious Juniper leaves represents sacredness and Ladakhi tradition. Ramesh Chandra, AIR News, Leh."

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Now, Let us take a look at today's weather . The National capital Delhi witnessed minimum temperature of 28 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature is expected to be around 34 degree Celsius with generally cloudy sky with light rain.

Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature recorded was 27 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 30 degrees.Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The minimum temperature recorded was 26 degree Celsius and maximum is expected to go upto 34 degrees.Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was 27 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 33 degrees.

In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature will be 22 degree Celsius while the maximum will settle at around 29 degrees.

Thiruvananthapuram will be generally cloudy with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius while maximum around 31.

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