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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to share his thoughts in 'Mann Ki Baat' programme at 11 this morning            Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan says Corona vaccine likely be available in country by January 2021            Last date for filing of Income Tax and GST returns extended till 31st of December            Dussehra is being celebrated across country today            IPL Cricket: Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs in Dubai           

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17.10.2020
THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister reviews COVID-19 pandemic situation in the country; Calls for speedy access to vaccines for citizens once ready.

  • Drugs Controller General of India gives nod to clinical trials of Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V.

  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari proposes formation of State Water Grid in Maharashtra to overcome flood crisis in the State.

  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party registers landslide victory in general elections.

  • IPL Cricket, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in Dubai; Chennai Super Kings playing against Delhi Capitals at Sharjah. 

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As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps --

  • Wear a face mask.
  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.
  • Focus on hand and face hygiene. 

Now, the news in detail:

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reviewed the situation of Covid-19 pandemic and the preparedness of vaccine delivery, distribution, and administration in the country. The Prime Minister noted the steady decline in the daily Covid cases. Three vaccines are in advanced stages of development in India, out of which 2 are in Phase II and one is in Phase-III.  Indian Scientists and Research Teams are collaborating and strengthening research capacities in neighbouring countries namely Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal and Sri Lanka. There are further requests from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Qatar and Bhutan for clinical trials in their countries.


In an effort to help the global community, the Prime Minister further directed that the country should not limit its efforts only towards the immediate neighbourhood but should also reach out to the entire world in providing vaccines, medicines and IT platforms for vaccine delivery system.


National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 in consultation with State Governments and all relevant stakeholders presented a detailed blueprint of vaccine storage, distribution, and administration.  The Expert Group in consultation with the States is working actively on vaccine prioritization and distribution of vaccine. 


The Prime Minister directed that the access to the vaccine should be ensured speedily keeping in view the geographical span and diversity of the country.  He stressed that every step in the logistics, delivery, and administration should be put in place rigorously. Mr. Modi said the experience of successfully conducting elections and disaster management should be utilised in developing a robust vaccine delivery system in the country.


The Prime Minister also cautioned against complacency due to decline in daily active cases and urged for keeping up the efforts to contain the pandemic. He insisted on continued social distancing, Covid appropriate behaviour such as wearing masks, regularly washing hands and maintaining standard sanitation and hygiene norms especially in the wake of the upcoming festival season.

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India has achieved a significant milestone in its fight against COVID-19 as the active caseload of the country has fallen below 8 lakh after one and a half months. The total positive cases of the country today stood at 7 lakh 95 thousand 87. They comprise merely 10.70 per cent of the total cases. The active caseload was below the 8 lakh mark last on 1st September. The National Recovery Rate has also risen to 87.78 per cent.


With high number of COVID patients recovering every day, India’s steady trend of registering dipping active cases continues. 


The total recovered cases stand at 65 lakh 24 thousand 5 hundred 95. 70 thousand 8 hundred 16 patients have recovered and been discharged in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases are 62 thousand 2 hundred 12.


India is the only country with the highest recoveries and continues to have one of the lowest fatality rates globally. Today the fatality rate stands at 1.52 per cent. 837 case fatalities have been reported in the past 24 hours.


The Centre continues to support the State and Union Territory Governments in the collective fight against the global pandemic. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has deputed high level Central teams to Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. These States have been reporting a surge in the number of new COVID cases in recent days.

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Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has allowed Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories and Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to conduct phase 2 and 3 clinical human trial of Sputnik 5 COVID vaccine in the country. Sputnik 5 Vaccine has been developed in Russia where it has also undergone phase 1 and 2 clinical trials. The clinical trial in India will be a multi-center and randomised controlled study which will primarily focus on safety and immunogenicity study. Earlier last month, Dr. Reddy's and RDIF entered into partnership to conduct clinical trials of Sputnik 5 vaccine and its distribution in the country.


The vaccine is currently undergoing phase 3 clinical trials in Russia along with simultaneous trials in UAE.

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In order to combat the corona pandemic, the second phase of the survey, being conducted as part of the 'My Family, My Responsibility' campaign, is in progress in Mumbai. The second phase of the door-to-door survey which began on 15th of this month will be carried out till 25th of October. The campaign was launched across Maharashtra on 15th of September with the objective of conducting primary health check-ups, imparting health education and raising public awareness about Covid Preventive Measures.


"The second phase of door-to-door survey is in progress in the Brihanmumbai municipal areas. The citizens who were out of town during the first phase of the survey will be surveyed during the second phase. The first phase of the survey was completed last week in which more than 1 crore people from more than 33 lakh households in the Brihanmumbai municipal area have been surveyed. The survey includes checking the oxygen level and body temperature of the family members and imparting health education and raising public awareness. At the same time, the citizens who have co-morbidity are being registered separately, while the citizens who have symptoms of covid are being referred to the municipal hospital for further examination. Several teams of volunteers have been formed by the BMC to survey the families in the BMC area and each group has 3 volunteers. Each team of volunteers is surveying about 75 to 100 families every day. SWEETY JAIN, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI.

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In Maharashtra, gyms and fitness centres would re-open from 25th of this month. Making this announcement, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will have to be strictly followed. Mr. Thackeray held a meeting through video conference with the representatives of gyms and fitness centres today.


The State government has, however, not accorded permission to steam bath, sauna and shower. Besides, forms of group exercises like Zumba and Yoga will remain suspended as per the SOP. He said, precautions will have to be taken to see that health issues do not arise when gyms and fitness centres are re-opened.

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Kerala continue to report surge in Covid-19 cases. The state confirmed 9016 new cases today.


"Malappuram, Thrissur and Ernakulam districts reported over 1000 new Covid cases today. Seven thousand nine hundred ninety one recoveries were also reported today.Over 52000 samples were tested in the last 24 hours in the State.The total active covid cases in Kerala rose to 96,004.Meanwhile  26 deaths were confirmed due to Covid taking the death toll in the State to 1139. Over 2, 76, 000 people are under observation in Kerala.Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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Telangana Government performed the best among the five southern states in a COVID -19 Performance Index developed by the Administrative Staff College, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry  and Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry. This was revealed in a study conducted by the trio. The infrastructure created for fight against COVID-19, and others have been considered to reach the decision. Talking to AIR News, Director Health and Family Welfare Dr G Srinivas Rao informed that the state achieved testing of one lakh samples per Million population.


Dr Rao further said a challenge has been thrown to the people of Telangana in the name of ‘Who is Mask Maharaja’ to create greater awareness among them especially in the wake of winter and festival season. As part of Jan Andolan, he advised people to follow four step measures to prevent spread of corona virus - wearing mask, observing 6 feet distance, hand sanitization and to avoid crowding.

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In Assam, guidelines have been issued for reopening schools and colleges from 2nd of November. The Elementary and Secondary Education department issued guidelines to resume classes for the students from 6th to 12th standard. The guidelines said, a student could attend classes three days a week with maximum of 20 students in a class. Attendance of students will be based on parental consent. On the other hand, the classes of undergraduate students will also begin from 2nd of next month. College authorities will take a decision on staggered time table. All Covid protocols will have to be followed while resuming classes in schools and higher educational institutes.

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In Tripura, 162 fresh cases were registered for coronavirus infections while 270 patients were discharged after recovery in the past 24 hours. Also, with the death of three patients yesterday the death toll rose to 323.


The latest state Covid-19 bulletin reported that the total number of infected people rose to 29,193 out of the total 4,26,748 samples tested so far. Officials said that so far 26,012 patients have recovered from coronavirus infection while 2,832 patients are presently undergoing treatment. In the state, the recovery rate of COVID-19 has further improved to 89.17 percent. 

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Noted actor Rajpal Yadav has appealed to people to strictly adhere to masking, social distancing and sanitisation which is the only safety available against coronavirus.

 

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has suggested formation of State Water Grid in Maharashtra to overcome flood crisis in the state. This will help the state government to ensure availability of water in drought-prone areas and save resources to manage the flood crisis. He has also written a letter to Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and sought an early decision by the state government on this issue. Mr Gadkari has drawn the attention of the Chief Minister towards the serious issue of heavy loss of lives and property that occur in Maharashtra every year due to floods. He said, the floods create and trigger serious problems in different parts of the state and there is an urgent need to chalk out a plan to manage this natural disaster.

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The Government today said that paddy procurement for the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season is in full swing. Over 76 lakh tonnes of paddy have been procured from six lakh 69 thousand farmers. Agriculture Ministry said, government continues to procure Kharif crops at its Minimum Support Price, MSP from farmers as per its existing MSP Scheme. The total MSP value till date has been to the tune of over 14 thousand 495 crore rupees.


The Ministry said, the approval was accorded to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh under Price Support Scheme for procurement of over 41 lakh tonnes of pulse and oilseeds . The Government through its nodal agencies has procured over 723 tonnes of Moong and Urad having MSP value of five crore 21 lakh rupees benefitting 681 farmers in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Haryana.

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In Bihar, the scrutiny of nomination paper of candidates is underway for the second phase of assembly elections. In this phase, 1,698 candidates have filed their nominations for 94 assembly constituencies. The last day for withdrawal of candidature is Monday and polling will be held on 3rd of November.


Meanwhile, the CEO Office informed that 143 nominations have been filed for the third phase of elections so far. 78 assembly constituencies will go to poll in this phase.


JD(U) nominee and Industry Minister Maheshwar Hazari submitted his papers from Kalyanpur assembly constituency. The Disaster Management Minister and JD(U) nominee Lakshmeshwar Rai filed his nomination from Laukaha constituency in Madhubani district. Meanwhile, the campaigning has intensified in poll bound constituencies.


"BJP state in-charge Bhupendra Yadav and former chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis addressed rallies in Munger with JD(U) leaders. Mr. Yadav said the NDA government has established peace and harmony in the state and opposition wants to sabotage it. Senior BJP leaders Nityanand Rai, Sushil Kumar Modi and Radhamohan Singh also addressed rallies. JD(U) President and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addressed  public meetings in Kargahar, Dinara and Rajpur. Addressing a rally Mr. Kumar said his government has given priority to education. In his rallies RJD leader Tejaswi Prasad Yadav promised facilities to Niyojit teacher like permanent ones. He also promised permanent job to Anganwadi , ASHA workers and Jeevika didis. Pappu Yadav, leader of Jan Adhikar Party, addressed rallies in Jamui and Wazirganj with Vanchit Bahujan Aghari cheif Prakash Ambedkar. He promised to build modern government school to ensure quality education. Dharmendra Kumar Rai , AIR News Patna "

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Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) President Chirag Paswan today categorically stated that he will quit NDA if Nitish Kumar becomes Bihar Chief Minister again. Talking to reporters in Patna today, Mr Paswan said if his party is not voted to power he will prefer to sit in opposition. He reiterated that Prime Minster Narendra Modi is his ideal and his sole aim is to defeat Nitish Kumar in the assembly elections.

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BJP today slammed Congress for questioning the abrogation of Article 370. Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the decision of abrogation of Article 370 was welcomed by the people of the country. Mr Javadekar said, in the last one year, a lot of development has taken place in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

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Security forces have arrested a terrorist associate linked with terror outfit  Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in Pampore area Awantipora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir today. The arrested terrorist associate has been identified as Haris Shareef Rather resident of Zaffron Colony, in Pampore. A case under relevant sections of law has been registered against him and investigation into the matter has been initiated.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan today felicitated Basit Bilal Khan for his historic feat by securing 99.98 percentile in NEET-2020 exam. Basit hails from Narwa village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and has scored 695 out of 720 in the NEET exam with all India rank of 188 with topmost rank in J&K.


Basit today called on the Advisor at his official residence in Srinagar where he interacted with the Advisor who enquired about his field of interests, strengths, difficulties and his approach to qualify the prestigious exam.

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The festival of Navratra, which marks the worship of Goddess Durga, begins today. On the first day of Navaratri, Devi Durga is worshiped as Shailaputri.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended greetings on the auspicious occasion. In a tweet, the Prime Minister expressed hope that Goddess Durga will bring happiness, peace and prosperity to all and with her blessings, may our planet be safe, healthy and prosperous.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, Shat Chandi Maha Yagya organised at the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi commenced today on the auspicious occasion of beginning of Navratras amidst chanting of Vedic Mantras and performance of other religious ceremonies. AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that the Maha Yagya, which is being performed at the Holy Cave Shrine during Navratras for peace, prosperity and health of humanity, will conclude with Purna Ahuti on Mahanavami. The Shat Chandi Maha Yagya will be telecast from 12.30 PM to 1.30 PM daily from today onwards during Navratras. 

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The star-studded Ramleela at Laxman Qila in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh started this evening. Doordarshan is providing live telecast of the Ramlila in Ayodhya from today. The live telecast, being done for the first time, will be available from 7 pm every day through the nine-day Navratri period leading up to Dussehra on 25th of this month. State Culture Minister Neelkanth Tiwari inaugurated the 9-day long event by lighting lamps. Delhi MP Pravesh Verma was also present on the first day of Ramlila.


"The first scene of Ramleela started with worshipping of Lord Ganesh in Bollywood style of dance number on different songs and Bhajans. Nine-day long Ramleela will be telecasted live in various  languages across the country. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, Ramlila will be performed without spectators but will be telecast live on social media platforms and Youtube also. Many Bollywood starts are going to play different roles in this Ramleela. BJP MP and Bhojpuri star Manoj Tiwari will play the role of Angad, Gorakhpur MP and Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishen will be Bharat and Vindu Dara Singh will re-enact his television role of Lord Hanuman.Raza Murad and Shahbaz Khan will also play different roles in Ramleela. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

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In Andra Pradesh, the authorities of Sri Durga Melleswara Swamy Devasthanam have geared up for the 10-day long Dussehra celebrations at Indrakeeladri shrine at Vijayawada. Temple authorities have started making necessary arrangements for the festival to be celebrated under the prescribed Covid-19 protocols. Some of the rituals will be streamed online this time to avoid huge crowds in the pious Durga Melleswara temple.


"DUSSEHA is the one of the most celebrated festivals in Andhra Pradesh in general and VIJAYAWADA city in particular. The State Government declared it as the State Festival in 2015 and conducts the Festivals in a big way. At least 10 to 14 Lakh devotees visit the temple during the DUSSEHRA Season to offer special prayers.  But , this time the number is estimated  to be at least  8 to 10 times lower tas Temple administration is restricting the crowds due to Covid pandemic. Following this, action plans have been prepared  for queue management in line  with social distancing norms. Goddess Kanaka Durga is decorated as Sri Swarnakavacha Durga Devi. Dr. G. Kondala Rao, AIR News , Vijayawada."

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Durga Puja is being celebrated in a unique way this year because of an unusual astronomical occurrence and the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time in recent memory, there will be a gap of an unprecedented 35 days between the Mahalaya and Durga Puja. This gap, generally, is of 6 days. A rare astronomical occurrence has created this unique situation whereby Devi Durga will be worshipped 35 days after the day of Mahalaya.


Today marks the beginning of Devi-Pakshma. With this, the ritual worship of Devi Durga started in Kolkata and several parts of  West Bengal from today. Rituals like Chandipath, Chakshudan and Ghatasthapana are taking place in accordance with ancient tradition. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, for the first time since the inception of its Durga Puja in Sovabazar Rajbari in Kolkata, the people will not be allowed to enter to witness this historical puja.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party has registered a landslide victory in the country's general elections.


With 87 percent of the vote counted, Ardern led centre-left Labour Party  won with  49 percent support -- heading to its biggest share of the vote since the 1930s. The opposition National Party slumped to 27 percent.


With this, Ardern led Party secures a second term after her success in tackling the Coronavirus situation in the country. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's victory is regarded as the voters' reward for her decisive response to COVID-19.


After the result, Ms Ardern acknowledged her victory by interacting with supporters gathered outside her home in Auckland.Opposition National Party leader Judith Collins called the result outstanding and congratulated Ms Ardern over call.

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Startups and industries will soon have access to equipment and science and technology infrastructure in different institutions, Universities, and Colleges spread all over the country to carry out experiments and tests they require for their Research and Development. Science and Technology Ministry said, restructuring will help them carry out experiments and tests required for their Research and Development, technology and product development.

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Nine States and Union Territories have been selected for upgradation to Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE). The States and Union Territories include Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, Tripura and Jammu and Kashmir. The Sports Ministry said, the centres have been selected based on their past performances, quality of infrastructure, management and sports culture in the State.

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In IPL Cricket, Chennai Super Kings were 144 for 4 in 18 overs against Delhi capitals at Sharjah when reports last came in. Earlier, Chennai won the toss and opted to bat first.


Earlier in another fixture, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in Dubai this evening. Chasing 178 runs, Bangalore overhauled the target with two balls to spare. Opting to bat first, Rajasthan posted 177 for six in stipulated 20 overs.

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Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.


The  temperature in the National Capital Delhi will hover between 17 and 35 degrees Celsius. It will have Mainly Clear sky.


In Mumbai, there will be generally cloudy sky with Light rain. The minimum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 33 degrees.


Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with Light Rain or Drizzle. The temperature will hover between 26 and 34 degrees Celsius.


 Kolkata will witness partly cloudy sky.The minimum and the maximum temperature in the metropolis will be 28 degrees and 35 degrees Celsius.


On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 17 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 34 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.


Srinagar and Ladakh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature in Srinagar will hover between five and 26 degrees Celsius. In Ladakh, the minimum temperature will be minus four degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 20 degrees with mainly clear sky.


Gilgit will experience mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between five and 28 degrees Celsius.


In Muzafarrabad, there will be mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 12 and the maximum 29 degrees Celsius.


In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 17 and 32 degrees Celsius. The city will have mainly clear sky.


In Chandigarh, there will be mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 19 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be 34 degrees.


In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature will be 22 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees. Rain or thundershowers would occur towards afternoon or evening.


In Ahmedabad, the  minimum temperature will be 28 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature will be 36 degrees Celsius. It will have generally cloudy sky with Light rain.


Patna will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature in the city will be 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees.

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