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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 to take part in world famous Dev Deepawali festival in Varanasi today            Guru Nanak Jayanti being celebrated across the country & abroad           

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  • New series of consumer price index for industrial workers released  with 2016 base year.

  • BJP releases poll manifesto in Bihar, promises free Covid vaccine and 19 lakh jobs.

  • COVID-19 recovery rate  improves to 89 per cent; India continues to report one of the lowest cases per million population.

  • DRDO successfully conducts final trial of anti-tank guided missile Nag in Pokhran range.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Durga Puja Pandal in West Bengal through video conference, greets people on the occasion.

  • And, in the Indian Premier League Cricket, Rajasthan Royals will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai this evening. 


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. 

And now the news in details:

Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar today released the new series of consumer price index for industrial workers (CPI-IW) with 2016 Base Year in New Delhi. Mr Gangwar said, the CPI-IW is used primarily for measuring Dearness Allowance payable to workers in the organized sector including Public Sector Undertakings, Banks and Insurance companies besides government employees. He said, earlier the base year for the CPI-IW was 2001. The Minister said, it is an important economic indicator.


The BJP today released its poll manifesto for Bihar elections promising free Covid vaccine and 19 lakh jobs in the state.

Senior BJP leader and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with other senior leaders released the poll manifesto in Patna. She said  the party believes in fulfilling poll promises.

Ms Sitharaman said as soon as the COVID-19 vaccine is available for production on a mass scale, every person in Bihar will get free vaccination.

She said 19 lakh job opportunities will be created in the health, education, agriculture and other sectors.


Meanwhile, campaigning in Bihar has intensified in poll bound areas. Senior leaders and star campaigners are holding multiple election rallies in the assembly segments for the first phase of polls. More from our Correspondent:

"With only five days left in closure of campaigning for the first phase of assembly elections all the parties are leaving no stone unturned to garner the support of voters. Tomorrow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two rallies in Sasaram and Gaya. This will be maiden public meeting of Prime Minister in ensuing assembly elections. BJP senior leader and Defence minister Rajnath Singh will hold public meetings at Nokha and Nabinagar. He said in Barh that NDA government has ensured inclusive development of all sections of society without any discrimination. JD(U) President and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addressed a public meeting in Daraunda in Siwan. He will hold five election rallies today. RJD leader Tejaswi Prasad Yadav will address six public meetings in Rohtas, Kaimur and Buxar. Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha, Jan Adhikar Party president Pappu Yadav and leaders of other left parties also addressing election rallies. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR news, Patna"

For the third  and final phase of the assembly elections in 78 assembly constituencies, tomorrow is the last date for withdrawal of candidature. The Scrutiny of nomination papers is underway in several constituencies.  According to the CEO office, total 1411 nominations have been filed for this phase. The polling will be held on 7th November.


In Madhya Pradesh, the campaigning for by-elections in 28 seats in the state is at its peak. However, for the past few days, controversial statements have dominated the election campaign replacing the real issues.

"Senior leaders of BJP, Congress as well as BSP and SP are trying to woo voters through public meetings and rallies in all 28 assembly constituencies of the state. All BJP leaders, including Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Faggan Singh Kulaste are campaigning for the party candidates. On the other hand, former Chief Ministers Kamal Nath, Congress leaders Digvijay Singh and Ajay Singh are also not behind in the election campaign. Meanwhile, voter awareness drives are being conducted by the administration in all 28 seats to increase the vote percentage. People are being made aware through street plays and other SWEEP activities. The process of casting votes is being explained to the villagers by demonstrating EVM and VVPAT machines. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal"


In Gujarat, the poll campaigning for the by-elections to 8 assembly seats is picking up. 81 candidates are in the fray after the withdrawal of nominations. Polling will be held on the 3rd of November while counting of votes will take place on the 10th of November. More from our Ahmedabad correspondent:

"Poll campaigning for the by-elections of 8 assembly seats in Gujarat are picking up following series of public meeting by BJP and Congress. Union Minister Parsottam Rupala is touring Gadhada SC assembly constituency.  He is also scheduled to address public meetings at Mandavdhar and Dadva later today. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani is campaigning  in Kutch for Abdasa assembly seat. He is scheduled to address public meeting at Naliya. State Congress President Amit Chavda and leader of Congress legislative party Paresh Dhanani are organizing meetings of party workers in connection with the by-elections. Meanwhile, State BJP has suspended three district office bearers from the party for filing the nominations against the BJP's official candidates on Morbi, Dhari and Gadhada SC seats. Yogesh Pandya// AIR News// Ahmeddabad"


In Ladakh, polling is underway to elect councilors for the 26 constituencies of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Council, (LAHDC), Leh. Our Leh Correspondent reports that 29. 73 percent votes have been recorded till 12 noon and the polling is smooth. The 5th term of the present BJP led LAHDC ends on the 30th of this month. In the 30 member general council, the elections are held for 26 seats while four are nominated from principal minorities. A report:

"Polling for the 26 consituencies of Ladakh Autonomous Hill DevlopmentCouncil, Leh is undergoing smoothly across all the 294 polling stations and the polling was started at 8 am this morning. Tight security and adequate Covid 19 SOP arrangement have been made by the Election Authority to ensure free and fair election. The polling parties, security personnel and polling materials of Takmachik polling station of Lamayuru Constituency have to reshuffle late night due to detection of one of polling staff with Covid Positive. A total of 94 candidates are contesting the election and there are 89 thousounds and eight hundred forty five registered voters for the LAHDC polls. With Ramesh Chandra, this is Yangchan Dolma for AIR News from Leh Ladakh."


In Manipur, nomination papers of 15 candidates have been accepted after scrutiny for the by-elections to five Assembly constituencies.

Lilong Assembly Constituency has the highest number of five candidates while Wangoi and Wangjing - Tentha have three candidates each. Singngat and Saitu have two candidates each.

Tomorrow will be the last day for withdrawal and polling will be held on 7th of November. The counting of votes will be taken up on 10th of November.


Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha has termed the Union Cabinet’s approval for adaptation of the J&K Panchayati Raj Act 1989 as a watershed moment in the history of Union Territory of J&K. Manoj Sinha expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for paving the way for the establishment of all three tiers of Panchayati Raj Institutions and strengthening the grassroots democracy thereby giving further fillip to the developmental agenda centered around peoples' welfare.

The Lt Governor observed that a major and final legal requirement towards strengthening the grass-root democracy and the bottom-up approach towards planning and execution has been fulfilled. The historic step will  result in direct representation of people in the district level body through direct elections to 14 seats in the District Development Council. He added that a proper system of checks and balances through membership of directly elected members, Block Development Council chairpersons and MLAs in the District Development Council will ensure that the most genuine demands and needs of people are met.


India today successfully carried out the final trial of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)-developed Nag anti-tank guided missile with a warhead. The test was carried out this morning at the Pokhran field firing ranges in Rajasthan.  The trial of Nag anti-tank guided missile comes after the DRDO tested the helicopter launched Stand-off Anti-Tank Missile (SANT) with a range beyond 10 km from Balasore testing range in Odisha on the 19th of October. The Nag anti-tank missile is ready for induction in the Indian Army. It has completed 10 successful user trials as it finds the target and then hit it.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Durga Puja Pandal in Kolkata via video conferencing today as the five day celebrations began in West Bengal amid the pandemic.  Mr. Modi wished everyone a happy Durga Puja, Kali puja and upcoming Diwali.

Durga Puja pandal was organized at Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre on the initiative of BJP Mahila Morcha.  He said, whatever the situation, the whole country becomes Bengali during Durga Puja.

"दुर्गा पूजा का पर्व भारत की एकता का पर्व भी है। भारत की पूर्णता का भी पर्व है। बंगाल की दुर्गा पूजा भारत की इस पूर्णता को एक नई चमक देती है, नये रंग देती है, नए श्रृंगार देती है।"

 He said this time Durga Puja is being performed amid the Corona pandemic, therefore special emphasis should be on following Covid appropriate behaviour. 

"इस बार हम सभी कोरोना के संकट के बीच दुर्गा पूजा मना रहे हैं। मां दुर्गा के भक्, पांडालों के आयोजकों, सबने इस बार अद्भुत सयम दिखाया है। संख्या पर भले असर पड़ा हो, लेकिन भव्यता वहीं है, दिव्यता वहीं है, आयोजन भले ही सीमित है, लेकिन उत्सव का रंग, उल्लास, आनंद असीमित है। यही तो बंगाल की पहचान है, यही तो असली बंगाल है। हॉ, मेरा आपसे आग्रह जरूर है कि मां दुर्गा की पूजा के साथ ही आप दो गज की दूरी, मास् पहनने और अन् नियमों का पालन भी पूरी निष्ठा से करें।"

The Prime Minister appealed to everyone to keep social distance and wear masks. He said, everyone has shown immense control and commitment to the entire arrangements while also ensuring that the flavour of Durga Puja remains the same.

Talking about the various scheme of the central government the Prime Minister said:-

"प्रधानमंत्री आवास योजना के तहत बंगाल में करीब-करीब 30 लाख लोगों के लिए घर बनाए जा चुके हैं। उज्ज्वला योजना के तहत करीब-करीब 90 लाख गरीब महिलाओं को मुफ्त गैस कनेक्शन दिए गए हैं। प्रधानमंत्री जन-धन योजना के जरिए बंगाल के लगभग चार करोड़ गरीबों के बैंक खाते खोले गए है। इतना ही नहीं जल जीवन मिशन योजना के जरिए बंगाल के लगभग चार लाख घरों में पाइप से साफ पानी पहुंचाने का काम हुआ है। कोलकाता में ईस्-वेस् मेट्रो कोरिडोर परियोजना के लिए भी साढ़े आठ हजार करोड़ रुपये मंजूर किये गये हैं। नेशनल हाइवेज हो या फिर गांव-गांव तक ब्रांडबैंड कनेक्टिविटी हमारी कोशिश है कि बंगाल के आम जन के जीवन से मुश्किलें कम हों, उनका जीवन आसान हो।"

During the address the Prime Minister paid tribute to the icons of Bengal and said the state has made the country proud.


In Tripura, Durga Puja, the biggest festival of the state,  began today with the performance of Devi Bodhan, also known as Shasthi Puja in all temples, Ashrams and community puja places. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the decorations in pandals have been limited. The arrangements of festivities appear to have been confined to a limited sphere at every community and club area across the state.

Our Correspondent reports that this time Durga Puja is being held in about 2,000 community pujas including 811 at Agartala. The puja guidelines issued by the state government directed all priests, puja organizers and volunteers to undergo Covid-19 tests. The district magistrate of West Tripura, Shailesh Yadav said Covid19 random tests will be conducted on the pandal hoppers during the five-day festival.

All Puja pandals have been kept open from all sides. Any kind of fair in front of the pandals is prohibited. The Puja organizers are also ordered to allow only 5-10 people to visit the pandal at a time.


The government has said that it  has built up onion buffer stock from the Rabi onion - 2020. In order to moderate prices, onion from the buffer stock is being released in a calibrated manner from second half of September to major mandis, to retail suppliers such as Safal, Kendriya Bhandar & NCCF and also to State Governments. Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in a statement said that more will be done in the coming days. Last month the government  took a pre-emptive measure by announcing a ban on onion export to ensure availability to domestic consumers at reasonable rates during the lean season before the Kharif onion arrival. 


The Assam government has fixed the rates of student fees in the non-government schools in the state. The new fee fixation has provisions for the State Education department to levy fines and also initiate various punitive measures including withdrawal of registration and also affiliation. A notification issued by the Principal Secretary of Education department  B Kalyan Chakravarthy said that from the academic year 2021-22 students studying in the pre-primary to Class-V will have to pay  27 thousand rupees per year. Students  studying from Classes VI to X will have to pay  32 thousand rupees while for Higher Secondary level fees will be from 32 to 37 thousand rupees.


The Maharashtra government has withdrawn the general consent given to the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe cases in the state. The move means that CBI will have to get the state government's permission to probe any matter in Maharashtra. The state home department issued an order to this effect yesterday.


N Narasimha Reddy, the first Home Minister of Telangana, passed away this morning in Hyderabad. He was 86. He breathed his last at a private corporate hospital in Hyderabad. He held the Home and Labour Ministries in the first cabinet after separate Telangana State was formed in 2014. He began his political career under the influence of socialist leader Jayprakash Narayan.


The Union Government today said that the country's COVID-19 recovery rate has crossed 89 per cent. More than 79 thousand COVID patients have recovered during the last 24 hours. The Health Ministry said, the total number of recoveries has reached over 68 lakh 74 thousand. Actual caseload currently comprises only 9.29 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is seven lakh 15 thousand.

In the past 24 hours, 55 thousand 838 new cases were reported taking the total number of positive cases in the country to over 77 lakh. The Ministry said, India continues to report one of the lowest cases per million population. It said that effective implementation of  strategic and graded Test-Track and Treat approach has led to higher recoveries and lower fatality. Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is 1.51 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally. During the last 24 hours, 702 deaths were reported taking the toll to one lakh 16 thousand 616.


Health Ministry today said that on the global scale, India continues to report one of the lowest cases per million population. In a tweet this morning, the Ministry said, with consistently falling case fatality rate which is presently 1.51 per cent, it also has one of the lowest COVID-19 mortality. It said, given the size of India's population, these are testimony to the positive results of test, track, trace, treat, strategy being implemented effectively by the States and Union Territories.


The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has validated the efficacy of COVIRAP for the detection of COVID-19. The diagnostic technology has been developed by researchers at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. 

This COVID-19 diagnostic testing method has been designed to be fairly easy to conduct and affordable and can produce results within an hour.


In Mizoram, the state government has decided to observe 'COVID-19 - No Tolerance Fortnight' beginning from 26th October as a containment measure to flatten the curve of Covid-19 in the state.

The decision was taken yesterday in a meeting chaired by the Health & Family Welfare Minister Dr. R. Lalthangliana to assess the COVID-19 situation in the state.


In Bihar, COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 94.22 percent.This is over five  percent more than national average.  1319 patients recovered in the last twenty four hours while 1277  patients were tested positive. Number of active patients in the state is continuously decreasing. At present 10 thousand 19 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals.


In Chandigarh, the recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has improved further. 118 patients were discharged including persons from home isolation till yesterday evening, while 54 new positive cases were reported. With this, the total number of persons found positive in Chandigarh till now has risen to 13795.


The Bombay High Court has permitted dining halls attached to Jain temples to open for five hours each day during the annual nine-day fast for Ayambil Oli Tap. The court said, it does not see any problem if a limited number of persons are allowed to eat there without congregating.


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. A K Varshney, Senior Physician, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital will participate in the discussion.

Listeners can ask questions to the expert 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.

This can be heard on 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 also follow us on the NEWSONAIR app for s.


In the Indian premier League Cricket, Rajasthan Royals will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai today. 

Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets yesterday in Abu Dhabi.


Passenger train services from Dhaka to Siliguri are planned to be started from 26 March next year. The Railway Minister of Bangladesh Md. Nurul Islam Sujan yesterday said that the Chilahati-Haldibari line is also expected to be inaugurated on the occasion of the Victory Day celebration in December this year. In the beginning freight trains would run on this route.

The statement was made after the newly appointed High Commissioner of India Vikram Doraiswami made a courtesy visit to the Railway Minister of Bangladesh in Dhaka yesterday.


The air quality in Delhi-NCR continues to remain in the poor category. Air Quality Index (AQI) in the national capital was 252 this morning. An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered poor, 301 to 400 very poor and 401 to 500 severe.

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research, SAFAR, the air quality would improve by tomorrow due to cleaner easterly wind intrusion.


Several parts of Odisha continue to experience rainfall triggered by the depression over the Bay of Bengal.  Bhubaneswar-based Meteorological Centre has forecast light to moderate rain with one or two intense spells of rainfall at a few places in a number of coastal and South Odisha districts for today and tomorrow.

"Even as the Indian Meteorological Department continues tracking the depression over the Bay of Bengal, its pathway is projected to run parallel off the Odisha coast, before crossing West Bengal and Bangladesh coast as a deep depression by the afternoon tomorrow. Its impact is quite visible in the state with more than half the districts already experiencing either drizzle or downpour or at least being overcast with promising clouds. The rainy days are likely to persist for the rest of the day today with the possibility of crossing over into the next 24 hours. Given the windy conditions along and off the Odisha coast, fishermen have been advised against rowing into the rough waters for the next two days. Girish Chandra Dash, Bhubaneswar."


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

The National Capital Delhi will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was recorded at 17 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 34 degrees.

Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

In Chennai, there will be Generally cloudy sky with Light Rain or Drizzle. The temperature will hover between 25 and 31 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. The minimum temperature in the city was 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees.

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 32 degrees. The city will have a mainly clear sky.

In Srinagar, the sky will be mainly clear sky. The temperature in Srinagar will hover between three and 24 degrees Celsius.

Leh in Ladakh will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was minus 2 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 20 degrees Celsius.

Gilgit and Muzafarrabad will experience mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between four and 28 degrees Celsius in Gilgit. In Muzafarrabad, the minimum temperature was 10 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 30 degrees.

Chandigarh will witness mainly clear sky, the minimum temperature was 18 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.



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