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PM interacts with three teams involved with developing COVID-19 vaccine; suggests scientists to take extra efforts            COVID-19 recovery rate in country improves to 93.81 pct            HM Amit Shah says, Covid-19 pandemic time was utilised in making major policy decisions & latest GDP figures show encouraging results            PM dedicates to the nation, the six-lane widening project of the Handia (Prayagraj) - Rajatalab (Varanasi) section of NH 19            Guru Nanak Jayanti being celebrated across the country & abroad           

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Midday News

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20.10.2020
THE HEADLINEs:
·  Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the Nation at 6 P.M. today.
·  India is at the forefront of vaccine development for Coronavirus says Prime Minister.
·  COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 88.63 per cent.
·  Today is the last date for filing of nominations for the third and final phase of Bihar assembly elections.
·  Foundation stone of the first-ever Multi-Modal Logistic Park in Assam laid down virtually by Road Transport and Highways     Minister Nitin Gadkari.
·  In IPL Cricket, Kings XI Punjab to take on Delhi Capitals in Dubai this evening.

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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 onto, the news:

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 6 P.M. today. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, he will be sharing a message with the citizens this evening.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India is now at the forefront of vaccine development for COVID-19. Mr Modi said, that more than 30 indigenous vaccines are being developed in the country and three of them are in an advanced stage. He asserted that India is already working on putting a well-established vaccine delivery system in place. The Prime Minister was delivering the virtual keynote address at the inaugural function of Grand Challenges Annual Meeting (GCAM) 2020 last evening. Mr Modi said, this digitised network along with digital health ID will be used to ensure immunisation of the citizens.


The Prime Minister said, thanks to a people powered and people driven approach, India kept its COVID-19 death rate very low. The Prime Minister said, today, India is witnessing a decline in the number of cases per day and the growth rate of cases.


The Prime Minister said, with India’s experience and research talent, we will be at the centre of global healthcare efforts and we want to help other nations enhance their capacities in these sectors.Mr Modi said, the future will be shaped by societies that invest in science and innovation. He said, but, this cannot be done in a short-sighted manner therefore one has to invest in science and innovation well in advance to  reap the benefits at the right time. The Prime Minister said, the journey to these innovations must be shaped by collaboration and public participation.


Mr Modi said, science will never prosper in silos and the Grand Challenges Programme has understood this ethos well. He said, India has a strong and vibrant scientific community and there are also good scientific institutions which have been India’s greatest assets, specially during the last few months, while fighting COVID-19. Mr Modi said, from containment to capacity building, they have achieved wonders. The Prime Minister stressed that the Government is setting up more medical colleges especially in rural areas and it will ensure more opportunities for the youth and will bring better healthcare to the villages. Mr Modi said, the Government of India is running the world's largest health insurance scheme and ensuring access to everyone. The three-day brainstorming programme will feature leaders talks, panel discussions and virtual informal conversations on various topics.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, today is the day of worship of Goddess Kushmanda, the fourth form of Mother Durga, in Navratri.In his message, Mr Modi hoped that Maa Kushmanda brings happiness, prosperity and good luck in everyone's life.

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In West Bengal, all  Durga Puja pandals have virtually been declared as no-entry zones yesterday by the Calcutta High Court. The court ordered a ban on pandal hopping due to the spread of the Corona virus. The order from the high court said, only organizers can enter the pandals and names the of the people allowed to enter have to be displayed outside it.

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Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today virtually laid the foundation stone for the first-ever multi-modal logistic park of the country in Assam.  Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Ministers of State Dr Jitendra Singh, General (Retd.) V.K. Singh and Rameshwar Teli and several Ministers of Assam also attended the event. Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Gadkari said that steps are being taken for  infrastructure development in the state. He said that the logistic park would create job opportunities in the region. DoNER Minister Dr. Singh and due to the initiative of the Prime Minister, the road network in North East has been improved a lot in the last six years. The 700-crore rupee park at Bongaigaon district will provide direct connectivity to air, road, rail and waterways to the people of Assam and other parts of the North East. It will also give employment to 20 lakh people.It will be developed under the Bharatmala Pariyojana of the Centre. The fund for the multi-modal logistics park would be spent in three components - road and railway connectivity as well as building and infrastructure work. A Memorandum of Understanding will also be signed to implement the project.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved a new DRDO Procurement Manual-2020. Defence Minister's Office said, in a tweet, that this will encourage more participation of the Indian Industry including start-ups and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Research and Development activity and also to achieve the goal of self-reliance in Defence.The Defence Minister said, the new DRDO Procurement Manual will facilitate the indigenous Defence Industry by simplifying the processes and ensuring their participation in design and development activities. He said, it will help towards realizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

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Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has congratulated Defence Research and Development Organization on successful test-firing of indigenously developed stand-off Anti-Tank SANT Missile off the coast of Odisha. In a tweet, the Minister said, the missile will further add to the invincibility of the Indian armed forces with its before and after launch ‘lock-on' capabilities.

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India has crossed several significant milestones in its fight against COVID. The new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours have fallen below 50 thousand for the first time in nearly three months. There were 46,790 new cases in the last 24 hours. With a high number of COVID patients recovering every day and the sustained fall in the mortality rate, India’s steady trend of registering dipping active cases continues.In another achievement, the percentage of active cases have fallen below 10 per cent. A total of 69,720 patients recovered and were discharged in the last 24 hours. The national recovery rate has further grown to 88.63 per cent. In all, 78 per cent of the new recovered cases are concentrated in 10 States and Union Territories. Maharashtra continues to lead with more than 15,000 single day recoveries followed by Karnataka with more than 8,000 recoveries.Seventy five per cent of the new confirmed cases are from 10 States and UTs. Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala contribute more than 5,000 cases to the new confirmed cases. A Total 587 fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours. Of these, nearly 81 per cent were concentrated in ten States and Union Territories. The number of deaths is below 600 for the second consecutive day. India is the only country with the highest recoveries and continues to have one of the lowest fatality rates globally. Today it stands at 1.52 per cent.

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The trend of daily COVID-19 cases in the 5 most affected States of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu reveal the various stages of decline of active cases in these States over the past one month. Maharashtra has reported a steep fall in daily cases and in a time span of nearly one month the numbers have reduced from around 22 thousand daily cases to merely 9 thousand. In Andhra Pradesh the numbers have fallen from around 9 thousand 500 daily reported cases a month ago to nearly 3 thousand 900 cases as of today. The Health Ministry has said that these trends also mirror the steady decrease in Active Cases in the country, with the caseload being sustained below 8 lakhs for 4 days in a row.

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India's cumulative COVID-19 positivity rate has remained below 8 percent for the fourth consecutive day yesterday. The Health Ministry said, the country's cumulative positivity rate stands at 7.94 per cent and is on a continuous decline. The ministry said, the decline in the cumulative positivity rate has demonstrated that the rate of spread of infection is being effectively contained. It said, as evidence has revealed, higher numbers of testing on a sustained basis have aided in bringing down the positivity rate.

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In Bihar, Special Corona Testing Drive will be launched in containment areas of the state before three-phase State Assembly Elections. Rapid Antigen test will be conducted in affected areas to identify infected patients. The State Government has instructed District Magistrates in this regard. Corona testing drive will be launched from the 23rd to 25th October for the First Phase of polls which will be held on the  28th of October. For the Second Phase, testing campaign will be from 29th to 31st of October while the special testing drive will be from 2nd to 4th of November for the Third and Final Phase of polls.

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In Puducherry, Lieutenant Governor Dr Kiran Bedi conduct a virtual meeting with frontline officials everyday in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. More in this report


Following the last Noon meeting with Secretary Health Dr Arun and Special Secretary Relief and Rehabilitation Anbarasu, Dr Kiran Bedi said in the media messsge that it was agreed to focus on crowded areas such as Sunday Markets and fish and chicken shops for crowd spacing to avoid virus spread. Mobile testing vans will be position at these places for conducting random tests, hence enforcement, prevention and treatment will go hand in hand.

Dr Kiran bedi further said that it was also considered to invite ICMR experts for a review of the systems to see if anything to add more to the prevention and treatment plan in order to sustain the progress made in COVID control. Meanwhile In Puducherry the recovery rate from COVID-19 disease stands at 86.02 per cent and the fatality rate is 1.72 per cent. Of the 33 thousand 452 Corona-affected cases, 28 thousand 774 cases treated and discharged from the four regions of the union territory. Two hundred six persons tested positive for the Corona virus Disease and two died and presently 4,100 active cases are there.  <><>Chandra Mohan, AIR NEWS,  Puducherry.

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Cricketer Suresh Raina has appealed to people to follow all COVID related precautions to stay safe from Coronavirus.

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World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that 184 countries have now joined the COVAX facility. While addressing the media briefing on COVID-19 in Geneva yesterday, he said, this aims to finance COVID-19 vaccines to be distributed fairly to both rich and poor countries. Mr. Ghebreyesus said, physical distancing, mask wearing, mask hand hygiene, coughing safely, avoiding crowds and opening windows and ensureing good ventilation with non-recirculating air are some of the precautions to be followed with utmost care.

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In Bihar, filing of nomination process will come to a close today for the Third and Final Phase of State Assembly Elections in 78  segments. A large number of candidates are rushing to the respective offices of Returning Officers to submit their nomination papers. So far, over 340 candidates have filed their nominations for this phase. The scrutiny of nomination papers will be held tomorrow. The filing of nominations will also end today for Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha by-poll. The polling will be held on 7th of November for this Parliamentary constituency with the Third Phase of Assembly elections.


JD(U) President and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is holding multiple election rallies in poll-bound areas. Mr Kumar said in a public meeting at Bhore that during his 15- year tenure his government has worked for women empowerment. Due to Jeevika Self-Help Group, crores of people have come out from a vicious cycle of poverty.  Addressing a rally in Agiaon RJD leader Tejaswi Prasad Yadav said that this election is for elevation of Grand Alliance and downfall of CM Nitish Kumar.  Mr Yadav will address nine election rallies today in Bhojpur, Jehanabad, Aurangabad and Patna in support of candidates of grand alliance. So far many cases of violation of COVID-19 protocols and guidelines have been reported during these rallies. FIRs are being registered on contravention of these guidelines. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News , Patna.

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In Madhya Pradesh, 355 candidates have been left in the fray for 28 assembly seats after withdrawal of nominations. On the last day of withdrawal of nominations, 35 candidates withdrew their names yesterday. Voting for the bypolls to 28 seats will be held on the 3rd of November and counting will be taken up on the 10th of November. 

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The notification for election for 10 Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh was issued today. Polling for these seats will be held on 9th of November. The Rajya Sabha seats will fall vacant in November due to the completion of the term of the members.

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In Chhattisgarh, eight candidates are left in the fray after the last date of withdrawal of nominations for Marwahi Assembly By-Poll. Polling will be held on 3rd of November for this seat.

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In Karnataka, brisk campaign is on for the By-Polls to R. R. Nagar and Sira Assembly constituencies. Both the seats will go for by-election on 3rd of November.  The election to the four seats of legislative Council will be held on the 28th of October. The four seats in the Council fell vacant after the completion of the term of members in South-East and West Graduates constituencies and Bengaluru and East Teachers’ constituencies.

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In Manipur, ten candidates have so far filed nominations for the by-elections. In all, five Assembly constituencies will go for by-polls on 7th of November. Some more candidates are expected to file nominations today being the last day for filing of nominations.

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In Ladakh, despatch of all the polling staffs, polling materials and the security personnel deployed at remote and far off polling booths for the ensuing General Council Election of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Devlopment Council (LAHDC), Leh has completed today. The polling staff along with polling materials and the security personnel for the rest of polling booths will leave the District Headquarter tommorrow. Our Leh correspondent reports


All the polling parties along with polling materials and the security personnel of ten constituencies five each in Nobra and Changthang and four polling booths of Sku Markha located within the Hemis National park have left Leh this morning to their respective polling booths .

While polling parties , polling materials and the security personnel of two polling booths located most remote areas of Lingshed Constituency have airlifted in helicopter of Indian Air Force. The election authority Sachin Kumar and the SSP, Leh Omprakash Pandey have saw off the official at technical airport in Leh. Out of 294 polling booths which have set up across all the twenty six Council territory constituencies, 15 of them have been identified as hypersensitive while 45 as sensitive polling booths. With Ramesh Chandra, this is Yangchan Dolma for AIR news from Leh-Ladakh.

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Top officials of Assam and Mizoram held talks yesterday at Lailapur in Cachar district close to the inter-state border where a violent clash left many people injured. Officials from both sides decided to take necessary steps to ensure peace and tranquility along the inter state border. Also, the Union Government has assured both Mizoram and Assam Government to amicably resolve the boundary dispute between two neighbouing states.

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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. Sanjeev Sharma, Director of National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, will participate in the discussion. Listeners can ask questions to the expert on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767). One 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 on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 P.M. onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can also follow us on the NEWSONAIR app for s.

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In Maharashtra, more than 13,000 pregnant women were provided benefit to the tune of five crore rupees in Sindhudurgh district under the Pradhan Mantri Matruvandana scheme. District Health Officer Dr Mahesh Khalipe said, a total of five crore 76 lakh rupees has been provided to 13,706 pregnant women in Sindhudurg district under the Pradhan Mantri Matruvandana Yojana.


The Central Government's Pradhan Mantri Matruvandana Yojana has been implemented since last three years to reduce maternal and child mortality due to lack of proper diet, medical treatment and care. Under this scheme, pregnant women were given a grant of 5,000 rupees in three installments. The dual purpose of the scheme is to provide rest to the mother and also to get the benefit of sunken wages. Under this scheme, two thousand 676 beneficiaries from Kudal taluka in Sindhudurg district have got the benefit of one crore 14 lakh eight thousand rupees. The scheme has been implemented effectively even during the lockdown period and from April to September this year, 1,834 mothers have been given a benefit of 96.50 lakh rupees for first time pregnant and lactating mothers. <><>With Nilesh Joshi from Sindudurg, this is Devapriyo Bhattacharjee, AIR News, Mumbai .

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Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that Haj-2021 will depend on national-international Protocol Guidelines due to the pandemic. Chairing the Haj-2021 Review Meeting in New Delhi, Mr Naqvi said Indian Haj Committee and other agencies will formally announce the Haj-2021 application process and other related preparations after a decision is taken by the Saudi Arabia Government on it.

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In IPL Cricket,  Kings XI Punjab will take on Delhi Capitals in Dubai this evening. Earlier, Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets in Abu Dhabi last night. Rajasthan achieved the target of 126 runs with 15 balls left. Rajasthan made 126 for the loss of three wickets in 17.3 overs. For Rajasthan, Jos Buttler was the highest scorer with 70 not out off 48 balls. Earlier, electing to bat, Chennai Super Kings scored 125 for five in their stipulated 20 overs.

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Now, let us take a look at the weather for today. The temperature in the National Capital


Delhi will hover between 14 and 35 degrees Celsius. It will have mainly clear sky.


In Mumbai, there will be generally cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder or lightning. The minimum temperature was 26 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.


Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between 26 and 32 degrees Celsius.


Kolkata will witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or Thunderstorm. The minimum temperture was 27 degrees and the maximum temperature  will be around 34 degrees Celsius.


On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 16 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 33 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.


Srinagar and Ladakh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature in Srinagar will hover between three and 25 degrees Celsius. In Ladakh, the minimum temperature was minus five degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 20 degrees.


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 was 13 and the maximum will be around 31 degrees Celsius.


In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 16 and 32 degrees Celsius. The city will have mainly clear sky.

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