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PM Modi inaugurates Sardar Patel Zoological Park & Arogya Van in Gujarat; Lays foundation stone for various projects at Kevadia            Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 91.15 pct            Bihar: Campaigning intensifies for Second Phase of Assembly Elections; Polling for 94 seats on Nov 3            Eid Milad-un-Nabi being celebrated with religious fervour across the country            IPL Cricket: Kings Eleven Punjab take on Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deliver keynote address at the inaugural of Grand Challenges Annual Meeting through video conferencing tomorrow.

  • Country's COVID-19 recovery rate crosses 88 per cent.

  • Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan says, there is no shortage of Medical Oxygen in the country.

  • Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar stresses on importance of people's cooperation in reducing air pollution.

  • Supersonic Cruise Missile, BrahMos successfully test fired from Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai.

  • And in IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad via Super Over at Abu Dhabi. In another fixture, Mumbai Indians playing against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai.


As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with a message of precaution to stay safe and stay 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. 
And Now, the news :

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver virtual keynote address at the inaugural function of Grand Challenges Annual Meeting (GCAM) 2020 tomorrow.

GCAM has fostered international innovation collaborations to address challenges in health and development for the last 15 years. The GCAM 2020 will convene virtually from tomorrow till 21st of this month. It will bring together policymakers and scientific leaders, calling for deepened scientific collaborations in solving global health problems, with great emphasis on COVID-19 with an "India for the World" framing.

World leaders, eminent scientists and researchers from all over the globe will join this meeting to discuss key priorities for accelerating progress in the post-pandemic world and elaborate on addressing the challenges to manage COVID-19.

The three-day brainstorming program will feature leaders talks, panel discussions and virtual informal conversations on various topics. These topics will range from scientific interventions for fighting the pandemic, managing the pandemic and accelerating the development and implementation of global solutions to combat present pandemic and prevent future one. Approximately 1600 people from 40 countries are expected to take part in this meeting.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Centenary Convocation 2020 of the University of Mysore through video conferencing tomorrow. The Karnataka Governor, along with other dignitaries of the University, will be present on the occasion.

The University of Mysore was established on 27th of July in 1916. It was the Sixth University in the country and first in the State of Karnataka.


In a remarkable development, the country's COVID-19 recovery rate has crossed 88 per cent. The government said, the total number of recoveries has reached over 65 lakh 97 thousand. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is seven lakh 83 thousand and the Case Fatality Rate is at 1.52 per cent, which is one of the lowest, globally.

In the last 24 hours, more than 72 thousand COVID patients have recovered and 61 thousand 871 new cases were reported. The total number of positive cases in the country is over 74 lakhs.

One thousand 33 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to one lakh 14 thousand 31.


Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today said that there is no shortage of Medical Oxygen in the country. The Minister was interacting and responding to queries on social media in the sixth episode of Sunday Samvaad.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said, the current oxygen production capacity of India is around six thousand 400 tonnes per day.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said, the Ministry of Health is also monitoring the availability and supply of Medical Oxygen at the field level through regular Video Conference with State Nodal officers. He appealed to people to observes extreme precaution in view of upcoming festival season.


A total of three thousand 299 new cases of Corona virus infection were reported in Delhi during the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to over three lakh 31 thousand. Delhi Government said that over three lakh and one thousand people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, two thousand 863 people have recovered and 28 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to 6 thousand and 9. Presently, the total number of active cases in the national capital is 23 thousand 292.


In Uttar Pradesh, all arrangements are in place for reopening of schools from Class 9th to 12th from tomorrow, after Coronavirus induced lockdown. The guidelines for Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) in this regards have already been issued by the state government and the school authorities have been asked for strict compliance of the Covid protocols. More from our Lucknow correspondent:

"After more than seven months of closure for Corona, the classes in schools will commence in two shifts. Only 50 per cent of the total class strength will be allowed on roster basis in a day to maintain social distancing. As per guidelines classes 9th and 10th will hold class in the first shift while the 11th and 12 classes will attend school in the second shift. The written permission by the parents or guardian will be compulsory for students to attend the schools. No student will be forced to attend school.  The schools will have to follow COVID guidelines strictly with social distancing and compulsory face masks along with the use of hand sanitisers and thermal scanning of the students and teachers. After every shift and before the start of the classes, the rooms would be sanitised. All the students will sit at least 6 feet apart during the classes and if they come to school by school buses or other vehicles, it should be also sanitized properly. MS Yadav, AIR NEWS, Lucknow."


Kerala reported more COVID-19 recoveries than positive cases today. The State confirmed, 7,631 new positive cases 8,410 people recovered from the infection in last 24 hours. The total number of active Covid cases in Kerala is 95,200.

Meanwhile, 22 people succumbed to the infection, taking the death toll in the State to 1,161.


After a hiatus of almost 7 months Mono rail in Mumbai is back in the service of Mumbaikars. While, the Metro train is resuming its service from tomorrow. This will give relief to the commuters to some extent who are facing lot of hardships due to non- availability of suburban rail services for commuters who are not part of essential services. Although both the services will be run in phased manner with Covid-19 SOPs. More from our Mumbai Correspondent:

"As Maharashtra is witnessing steady decline in Covid-19 cases, the public transport services like Mono and Metro are allowed to resume their services after prolonged break. Mono rail today resumed its services with two slots the first one between 7 am to 11.40 am and the second one between 4 pm to 9.24 pm. Passengers are being permitted to travel only while wearing proper masks and they are being requested to co-operate with the Monorail staff by maintaining social distancing and following necessary safety instructions. Similarly, Metro railway in Mumbai is resuming its service from tomorrow. However the trains will run with limited number of passengers to maintain social distancing and the number of services will be limited in the initial phase. The commuters who do not clear the health checks including a temperature check will not be allowed to enter the Metro. Both the services are adopting contactless ticket system and QR code based tickets will be issued to the commuters. Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai."


Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan has appealed to people to wear masks, maintain hand hygiene and keep social distancing to break the chain of Covid-19 infection.


Former Cricketer Gopal Sharma has appealed to people to follow Covid protocol and maintain proper social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.
"दोस्तों जैसा अपको ज्ञात है कि हमारा भारतवर्ष यह पूरा संसार  कोविड-19 से बराबर संघर्ष कर रहा है। जिसके लिए आपको सावधानिया बरतने की आवश्यकता है। दो गज की दूरी जरूर बनाए, मास् जरूर पहनें और साबुन से हाथ बराबर धोते रहें। जिससे हम सब लोग सेफ हैं, सुरक्षित हैं।"


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme tonight will bring you a Special discussion on Covid-19. Dr. Aparna Agarwal, Professor of Medicine, Lady Hardinge Medical College will participate in the discussion.   This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies  from 9.30 PM onwards.

Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post  queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.


Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has stressed on the importance of people's cooperation in reducing air pollution. In a Facebook Live event this evening, Mr Javadekar said, pollution is an issue in every country and the chief causes of pollution in India pertain to traffic, industries, waste management, dust and stubble burning. He said, the problem of pollution cannot be solved in a day and continuous effort is required to tackle each contributing factor.

Mr Javadekar said, the government has taken a number of steps to tackle air pollution. He said, government took the huge decision to implement BS-VI in the country which will lead to decrease of pollution. He further said that from now only BS VI vehicles will be available in the markets as they reduce pollution as compared to BS IV.


Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has said the transition to BS-VI standard is another revolutionary step in mitigation of vehicular pollution. In a tweet, Mr Javadekar said BS-VI fuel reduces Nitrogen Oxide emission by 70 percent in diesel cars, by 25 percent in petrol cars and reduces particulate matter in vehicles by 80 percent.


In Bihar, 203 nominations have been cancelled in scrutiny for the second phase of assembly elections in 94 seats.
1717 candidates had filed their nomination and out of this 1514 has been found valid.
Maximum 12 nominations have been rejected in Hajipur assembly constituency. So the valid nominations have reduced to just 18 from overall 30 nominations in the assembly constituency.

In Siwan district, the Raghunathpur assembly seat also witnessed a large number of rejections. After the rejection of 11 nomination papers, the number of valid candidates has reduced to six.

In the Darauli assembly seat which also falls in Siwan district, all the four nominations have been found valid. This is the lowest number of nominations in any constituency for the second phase.

Tomorrow is the last date of withdrawal of candidature. Polling will be held on 3rd November for the second phase. 

Meanwhile the campaigning is underway in full swing in poll bound areas of First and Second phase of elections. More from our Correspondent:-

"Senior party leaders and star campaigners of all the political parties are busy to garner support of people for their party candidates. JD(U) President and CM Nitish Kumar held public meetings jointly in Chausa and Navanagar with senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and VIP chief Mukesh Sahni. Mr Kumar said he will push Bihar to new heights of development. Addressing a rally in Jagdishpur he said new industrial policy will be implemented to check migration. Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad rallies in Kaimur and Chenari. He said people of Bihar know the track record of RJD that how badly they ruled in their 15 years of tenure. RJD leader Tejaswi Prasad Yadav addressed rallies in Sheikhpura, Jamui, Suryagarha (सूर्यगढा) and Mokama. Mr Yadav said the major focus of the Grand alliance is on providing employment to youths. Senior Congress leader and CM of Chattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel alleged in Patna that NDA government is anti farmer. The former union minister and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha who forged a six party alliance GDSF also held several road shows in Buxar, Kaimur and Bhojpur. The CPI-ML general secretay Diapankar Bhattacharya said in Muktapur in Samastipur district that his Grand alliance (GA) will work for better education and employment in Bihar. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Patna."


Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) President Chirag Paswan today reiterated that his party will support the BJP, but not the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) in the Bihar assembly elections. Talking to reporters in Patna, he said, LJP is committed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision. Mr Paswan’s remarks came at a time when BJP leaders have repeatedly backed Nitish Kumar and said that their alliance is with the JD(U).

Mr Paswan announced that LJP will not form any alliance with RJD - Congress after assembly polls.


BRAHMOS, the supersonic cruise missile was successfully test fired today from Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai, hitting a target in the Arabian Sea. The missile hit the target successfully with pin-point accuracy after performing high-level and extremely complex manoeuvres.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Navy for the successful launch.

DRDO Chairman Dr Reddy said, BRAHMOS missiles will add to the capabilities of Indian Armed Forces in many ways.

BRAHMOS as a prime strike weapon will ensure the warship’s invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges, thus making the destroyer another lethal platform of Indian Navy. 


In Maharashtra, five Naxalites were killed in a gunbattle with police in the forest of Kosami in the border areas of Korchi and Dhanora blocks of Gadchiroli district this evening.

Police and C-60 Commandos from the Garapatti Police Help Centre were conducting a joint Anti-Naxal operation when Naxals opened fire on the police. As soon as the police responded befittingly, the Naxals escaped through the dense forest. 

The police have informed that while inspecting the spot after the gunfire, bodies of 5 Naxals were found.


Rescue and relief operations are in full swing in rain ravaged parts of Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

In Hyderabad, relief works are underway in the low lying areas and flood hit areas of the city. People in rain hit residential colonies are facing problems for the fifth consecutive day today following heavy rain yesterday. The colonies which were flooded following breach to a tank in Balanagar, are submerged under 6-10 feet water. Meanwhile, the Disaster Response Forces are evacuating more people from low lying areas as the met officials issued a Orange warning of heavy spells of rainfall at some places in Hyderabad and surrounding districts for next three days. Our Correspondent has filed this report:

"Police and revenue officials are reaching out to people of rain affected areas of Hyderabad in boats to take them to safety.  

This is Golkonda Police Inspector Chandrasekhar along with his team from a boat, appealing to people living nearby Golkonda area of Hyderabad. Many teams like this are visiting local areas especially in low lying areas appealing them to come out for relief camps as flood water not yet receded and further met officials predicted and warned people of heavy rains. Local authorities are shifting people from more areas to safety. Meanwhile, dewatering and desilting activities by Disaster Response Teams gained momentum and 24/7 health camps have been set up at over hundred locations in and around Hyderabad. Mobile health teams are also visiting low lying areas. According to Director Health Dr G Srinivas Rao, COVID testing facilities have been kept available at all relief camps. Meanwhile, the State authorities are distributing CM Relief Kits which include essential commodities and 3 blankets each. With MVR Sharma, Lakshmi, air news, Hyderabad."  


The flood situation is still grim in the four districts of Karnataka. Krishna and Bhima rivers are in spate as the Army, the national and state disaster response forces evacuate the marooned people. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has said that many villages in Kalaburagi, Vijayapura, Yadgir and Raichur districts were either completely or partially submerged due to floods caused by heavy rains last week. He will undertake an aerial survey of the affected areas on October 21. More from our Correspondent:-

"Due to release of excess water downstream from Maharashtra 157 villages in Afzalpur, Jewargi, Chitrapur and Shahbad in Kalburgi district are affected. In Kalburgi, the water discharge from Sonna barrage touched 8.20 lakh cusecs today. Some residential areas of Afzalpur city have gone under flood water. A team of soldiers have been sent to the town to rescue the people.In Raichur rescue operations are on in 17 villages near Gurjapur flooded by Bhima and Krishna rivers. According to the Karnataka Disaster Monitoring Centre, 36,290 people are evacuated from villages near Bhima and Krishna rivers in Kalburgi, Vijayapura, Raichur and Yadgiri districts. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru."


In Maharashtra, widespread damage has been caused to the standing crops due to incessant rainfall in Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur districts. The state's agriculture and revenue departments will undertake the panchnama to assess the damage that has been caused to the standing crops.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, on the concluding day of the two day Autumn festival organised by the Directorate of Tourism Kashmir, Advisor to Lt. Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan teed off the Golf Tournament at the picturesque Lidder Valley Golf Course at Pahalgam today. Around 80 golfers from J&K and outside the Union Territory participated in the said tournament. More from our Srinagar Correspondent:

"While teeing off the tournament at Pahalgam today, Advisor Baseer Ahmad Khan interacted with the golfers and sought their feedback. He also flagged off a Mountain Bike Rally which was attended by thirty Mountain bikers. The rally started from Lidder Valley Golf Course and passed through Bissaren and Aru Valley. Ten trekkers also undertook journey of the new trekking trails. With this, the two long Autumn festival at Pahalgam has come to an end. The Autumn festival is a part of the promotional campaign launched by the Tourism Department of Kashmir after COVID-19 restrictions were withdrawn and SOPs relaxed. Recently a team of officers of the Department of Tourism visited Kolkata as part of promotional activities to revive the tourism sector which was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Webinars were also organised by the Tourism Department of Kashmir with Tour Operators of Gujarat and Maharashtra in an effort to revive the Tourism sector in Kashmir valley. This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar."


India is playing a constructive role in enriching the agenda of SCO. India’s Ambassador to China, Vikram Misri today said this in his remarks at a Yoga event attended by officials from member states of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, SCO in Beijing. More from our Beijing correspondent:    

"The yoga event was part of many events to mark India's presidency of SCO Council of Heads of Govt. It witnessed vibrant participation of Ambassadors of SCO Missions in China and Chinese officials. Mr. Misri noted that India’s association with SCO countries is a bonding born of shared history, shared culture and shared interests. He said, Yoga is a part of India’s contribution to strengthening cultural cooperation among SCO countries.

(S/B-Vikram Misri)

The International Day of Yoga is celebrated every year in many cities all over China. SCO Secretary General, Vladimir Norov also participated in Yoga event and appreciated its role in promoting people to people interaction among SCO countries. Anshuman Mishra for AIR News, Beijing."


In Afghanistan, at least 12 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a suicide car bombing western Ghor province this morning. The attack took place near a police office in Firozkoh area. Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Interior Ministry of Afghanistan confirmed this in a tweet. The Spokesman further tweeted holding the Taliban responsible for the blast. The officials say that many of the wounded are in critical condition. 


In IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad via Super Over at Abu Dhabi this evening. Chasing a target of 164 runs to win, Sunrisers Hyderabad ended at 163 for six. Skipper David Warner with 47 runs not out off 33 balls was the highest scorer for Hyderabad followed by Jonny Bairstow with 36 off 28 balls.

Earlier, Shubman Gill with 36 off 27 balls and Eoin Morgan with 34 off 23 balls guided Kolkata Knight Riders to 163 for five in stipulated 20 overs. Hyderabad had won the toss and opted to field.

In another fixture, Mumbai Indians were 122 for 6 in 17 overs against Kings XI Punjab at Dubai when reports last came in. Earlier, Mumbai won the toss and opted to bat first.


Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.
The temperature in the National Capital Delhi will hover between 18 and 34 degree Celsius. It will have Mainly Clear sky.

In Mumbai, the sky will be generally cloudy with Light rain. The minimum temperature will be 27 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Chennai will witness rain or thundershowers towards evening or night. The temperature will hover between 33 and 23 degree Celsius.
Kolkata will witness partly cloudy sky. The minimum and the maximum temperature in the metropolis will be 27 degrees and 33 degree Celsius.
On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 16 degree Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 35 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.
The temperature in Srinagar will hover between five and 26 degree Celsius. Leh in Ladakh, will witness minimum temperature of minus five degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 20 degrees.
Gilgit will experience mainly clear sky.The temperature will hover between four and 29 degree Celsius.
In Muzaffarrabad, there will be mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 11 and the maximum 32 degree Celsius.
In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 17 and 32 degree Celsius. The city will have mainly clear sky.


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