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Midday News

1400 HRS
24.10.2020

THE HEADLINEs:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches ‘Kisan Suryodaya Yojana’ in Gujarat for day time power supply for irrigation; asserts the need to adopt the mantra of per drop more crop.

  • PM also inuagurates country's biggest cardiac hospital in Ahmedabad and world's longest temple ropeway at Junagarh in Girnar.

  • Government approves setting up of 47 additional ITBP outposts to step up vigil along the border.

  • Campaigning for the first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections reaches feveris pitch.

  • COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 89.78 per cent.

  • President, Vice President and Prime Minister greet people on occasion of Maha Ashtami.

  • And in IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals to clash in Abu Dhabi at 3.30 p.m. and Kings XI Punjab to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at 7:30 pm in Dubai.

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

·    Wear face mask.

·    Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.

·    Focus on hand and face hygiene. 

Now, the news:-


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today virtually launched three key projects in Gujarat. Mr Modi launched the ‘Kisan Suryodaya Yojana’ for the farmers of Gir-Somnath, Patan and Dahod districts, which will provide day time power supply to farmers for irrigation. He also inaugurated India's biggest cardiac hospital, U.N. Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Center at Civil Hospital campus in Ahmedabad. The Prime Minister  also launched the Girnar hill ropeway project in Junagadh.


Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said, the Kisan Suryodaya Yojana starting from Junagadh, Gir Somnath will bring a new dawn in the lives of farmers. He said, in the coming days, this scheme will be implemented in more than one thousand villages and will make the everyday life of millions of farmers easier.


The Prime Minister said, we have to adopt the mantra of per drop more crop and through this way, farmers will be able to arrange micro irrigation by getting electricity during the day.


The Prime Minister said that work is being done in the country to make farmers from annadata or food givers to urja data or energy givers.

The Prime Minister said, Gujarat is the pioneer state in Solar power projects. He said that a strong foundation for this scheme was laid in the form of the revolutionary work done in the power sector in Gujarat over the last two decades.    The Prime Minister asserted the need to adopt the mantra of per drop more crop and through this, farmers will be able to arrange micro irrigation by getting electricity during the day.


The Prime Minister said, today, U.N. Mehta is one of the largest cardiac hospitals in India. He said, efforts are being made to connect every village with better health facilities. Mr Modi said, under Ayushman Bharat, 21 lakh people from Gujarat have received treatment. 


Prime Minister Modi also e-dedicated country's biggest cardiac hospital at U.N.Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Center at Civil Hospital campus in Ahmedabad. The new facilities have been set up at the cost of Rupees 470 crore, which has increased the existing 450 beds to 1251 beds, 531 cardiac ICU beds, 15 cardiac modular operation theaters and 6 cardiac cath labs.


Mr. Modi said efforts are being made to connect every village with better health facilities. He said under Ayushman Bharat, 21 lakh people from Gujarat have received treatment.


Prime Minister also launched the world's longest temple ropeway project at Girnar in Junagadh. The Rupees 130 crore project will attract more tourists and pilgrims to this historical place which will boost employment opportunities.


Girnar ropeway project consists a total of  25 cabins and is of 2.3 kilo meters length and 900 meters height. It operates at a capacity of 800 passengers per hour and 8000 per day.


During the e-launch, the Prime Minister  appealed to the people in Gujarati, to wear masks, maintain social distance and wash hands.


Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel also participated in the e-launching programmes.


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The government has given consent to Indo-Tibetan Border Police, ITBP to set up 47 additional border outposts to step up vigil along the border. Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy said this while addressing the 59th Raising Day of Indo-Tibetan Border Police. He said, the government has taken several steps to make ITBP more efficient and modern. He said, the present government is committed to empowering ITBP.


Mr Reddy said, apart from border security, ITBP is fighting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, left wing extremism in Chhattisgarh and making significant contribution in peace mission abroad.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has greeted all ITBP personnel and their families on the 59th Raising Day. Mr Singh said in a tweet, that the ITBP is an extraordinary force which is keeping the borders safe. He said, the force is known for its fortitude, perseverance and courage.


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In  Jammu and Kashmir, the Srinagar based  Chinar Corps of Indian Army has tweeted that a Pakistan Army quadcopter, "DJI Mavic 2 Pro model " has been shot down by the army in Keran Sector along the Line of Control in north Kashmir's Kupwara district this morning.  Further details in this regard are awaited.


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Indian Navy has operationalized the first batch of three Women Pilots on Dornier Aircraft by the Southern Naval Command (SNC) at Kochi.


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In Bihar, campaigning for the first phase of Assembly Elections has reached a feverish pitch. Star campaigners and senior leaders of all political parties are holding multiple election rallies in a single day to appeal to the voters. Campaigning for this phase ends on Monday.


BJP President JP Nadda will hold two public meetings in Lakhisarai and Biharsharif. Senior leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani is also scheduled to hold rallies in Patna and Barauli. JD(U) President and CM Nitish Kumar will address four election rallies in Sahebpur Kamal, Alauli, Teghra and Vaishali. RJD leader Tejaswi Prasad Yadav will address 13 public meetings back to back in Jamui, Bhagalpur, Banka, Munger, Sheikhpura and Patna. Senior Congress leader and CM of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel will address rallies in Beldaur, Kahalgaon and Nalanda. Leaders of other political parties also making whirlwind tours in poll bound areas. More from our Correspondent:


Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha will hold election rallies and road shows in support of candidates of Grand Democratic Secular Front (GDSF) jointly with A.I.M.I.M. Chief Asaduddin Owaisi. Releasing his party manifesto in Patna Mr. Kushwaha said quality education and betterment of government school will be among his top priorities. He added every district will get a school on the line of Navodaya Vidyalaya and Five Karpoori Thakur Model schools will be opened in which students of backward caste will be groomed. Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) Chief and former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi also released its poll manifesto. He promised laptops to students and smartphones to common people. Addressing a rally in Jamira in Arrah CPI-ML chief Dipankar Bhattacharya claimed that people of Bihar want a change of guard this time and support is swelling for Grand Alliance. CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar addressed a public meeting at Khodawandpur in Begusarai. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News Patna.


Seventy one constituencies spread over 16 districts will go to  polls on 28th October for the first phase of assembly elections in Bihar.


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Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) has released its poll manifesto for Bihar assembly elections today. The party promised 10 lakh jobs and unemployment allowance to the jobless youth. Party leader and the Chief Ministerial candidate of Grand alliance, Tejaswi Prasad Yadav and other senior leaders of the party released the manifesto in Patna. The poll document of the party is full of promises and freebies to woo the young voters. It promises 1500 rupees monthly allowance to jobless youth, no fees for government job applications, 85 percent of reservation in state government jobs to Bihar domiciled youths, farm loam waivers and ending outsourced jobs in government departments among others. The manifesto also promises tax exemption for new industries in the state.


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The Health Ministry today said more than 70 lakh people have recovered from COVID-19 infection in the country. In the last 24 hours, more than 67 thousand have recovered. The Ministry said, ten States and Union Terrirories are contributing 81 per cent of the high number of daily Recoveries. These States and UTs are Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi. These States also have more than 48 per cent of the Active Caseload of the country. The country's COVID-19 recovery rate has reached 89.78 per cent. The actual caseload currently comprises only 8.71 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is over six lakh 80 thousand. In the last 24 hours, 53 thousand 370 new cases have been reported taking the total number of positive cases in the country to over 78 lakh. The Ministry said, India continues to report one of the lowest cases per million population. Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is 1.51 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally. During the last 24 hours, 650 deaths were reported taking the toll to one lakh 17 thousand 956.


According to Indian Council of Medical Research, more than 12 lakh 69 thousand tests were conducted during the last 24 hours. The total number of samples tested so far has reached ten crore 13 lakh.


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The Health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that the next three months are going to be decisive in determining the situation of Covid-19 in the country. He said, if we take adequate precautions and follow Covid appropriate behaviour in the upcoming festival and winter season, we will be in a better position to fight the pandemic. The  Health Minister said, thrust should be given to simple precautionary measures which are effective in preventing the Covid-19.


The Health Minister was interacting with officials of Uttar Pradesh  to review Covid-19 preparedness and measures for ensuring Covid appropriate behaviour. 


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In Bihar, the COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 94.32 percent. This is more than the national average. 1,244 patients have recovered during the past 24 hours, while 1,093 positive cases were reported. The number of active patients in the state is continuously decreasing. At present 10 thousand 917 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals. One lakh 98 thousand 437 patients have so far recovered. Over one lakh corona testing is being undertaken in the state everyday. 98 lakh 18 thousand 199 tests have so far been conducted.


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In Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, an 87-year old homeopathic doctor has been overcoming various odds, including  fear of getting infected from Covid-19 to treat people. The doctor provides home visits to patients.


More from our correspondent:


"The Covid-19 crisis has brought to the fore various selfless service of individuals and organisations to provide a helping hand to the needy. One such tale is of Dr.Ramchandra Dandekar who presents a shining example of altruistic behaviour of an individual at the age of 87. The day of this octogenarian starts at 7 in the morning wherein he rides  his bicycle barefoot to cover a distance of 10-15 kilometers daily to visit the patients residing in Mul taluka of Chandrapur district. On an average he visits 2-3 villages before he returns home in the evening.  Dr. Dandekar told AIR that since past 60 years he has been treating the patients, and even at this age he is fully motivated to treat those in need. Saying that there is no need to fear Covid-19, he asks people to take precautions of maintain physical distancing, to wash hands regularly and to wear a mask to prevent the infection.  Mangesh Bele from Chandrapur, this is Kunal Shinde, AIR News, Mumbai.


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First woman from Madhya Pradesh to climb Mount Everest, Megha Parmar has urged people to wear mask and follow social distancing to protect themselves from Coronavirus.


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The air quality in Delhi-NCR continues to remain in the very poor category. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi's air quality index was recorded at 344 at 10 AM. An Air Quality Index 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 will continue to remain in the very poor range but without further deterioration. It said, slow improvement in the current condition is expected by Monday.


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The BJP today said that it will ensure justice to the family of victim of the Hoshiarpur rape incident. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, BJP wants justice be delivered in a timely manner. She also said, no rape incident should be politicized.


Ms Sitharaman said, all political parties together will have to make sure that the system responds in time and justice is delivered without delay in cases of rape.  


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President, Vice President and Prime Minister greeted people on occasion of Maha Ashtami.


President Ram Nath Kovind has greeted citizens on Durga Puja. In a message, President said, respect for women which has been the Indian tradition is powerfully depicted in this festival. 


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has greeted people on the occasion of Durga Puja. In a tweet the Vice President hoped that Goddess Durga will bless people with her choicest blessings. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted people on the occasion of Maha Ashtami. In a tweet, Prime Minister said, he pray that Maa Durga continue to bless us all with happiness, good health and prosperity.


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In Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha has extended greetings to the people of the UT on the occasion of Mahanavami and Dussehra. In his message, the LG has prayed for peace, prosperity and development in Jammu and Kashmir. 


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in the 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio at 11 AM tomorrow. It will be the 70th episode of the monthly radio programme.


It will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and also on AIR News website www.newsonair.com and newsonair Mobile App. It will also be streamed live on the YouTube channels of AIR, DD News, PMO and Information and Broadcasting Ministry.


AIR will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. The regional language versions will be repeated at eight in the evening.


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Central government has approved a scheme for grant of ex-gratia payment of difference between compound interest and simple interest for six months to borrowers in specified loan accounts to mitigate COVID19 effect. According to Department of Financial Services, the scheme can be availed by borrowers in specified loan accounts for a period from 1st March to 31st August. It said that borrowers who have loan accounts having sanctioned limits and outstanding amount of not exceeding two crore rupees will be eligible for the scheme.


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Today is United Nations Day. The UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and its founding Charter.


In an exclusive interview with AIR News, United Nations, Resident Coordinator in India Renata Dessallien, has said India deserves a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.


For the excerpts of the interview, listen to the "Parikrama" program on FM Gold channel and additional frequencies from 4.30 p.m.


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In IPL Cricket, two matches will be played today. The first match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals will begin at 3.30 pm in Abu Dhabi. The second match between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad will begin at 7:30 pm in Dubai.


In yesterday's match, defending champions Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by 10 wickets in Sharjah. Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan stitched an unbeaten partnership of 116 runs to help Mumbai Indians get across the line, after the side was handed a paltry target of 115 runs.


Earlier after being asked to bat first, the MS Dhoni-led side was able to score only 114 runs in the allotted 20 overs.


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Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa today reviewed the disruption caused by heavy rains in Bengaluru with the officials of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike today. He directed the Municipal Commissioner Manjunath Prasad to clear water logging that has caused extensive hardship to citizens. The Chief Minister later visited Hoskerehalli where water logging was reported yesterday. He interacted with people in the locality and assured them of resolving the water logging problem.


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Now let us take the weather for the day.


The National Capital Delhi will see a mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was be  14 degrees celcius and the maximum will be 34 degrees celcius.


Mumbai will see a Generally cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder or lightning. The Minimum temperature was be 28 degrees celcius and maximum will be 33 degrees celcius.


Chennai will see a Generally Cloudy sky with Light rain. The Minimum temperature will be 26 degrees celcius and maximum was be 32 degrees celcius.


Kolkata will have a  Generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The Minimum temperature was be 26 degrees celcius and the maximum will be 28 degrees celcius.


On to Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Srinagar will see a Mainly Clear sky. Temperature will oscillate between 16 and 31 degrees celcius. In srinagar minimum emperaturethas 3 and Maximaum will be 23.


In Muzaffarabad, the temperature will hover between 11 and 29 degrees celcius. The town will see a mainly clear sky.


Gilgilt will see a Mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Minimum temperature was be 6 degrees celcius and the maximum is expected to be 26 degrees celcius.


Hyderabad will see a Partly cloudy sky with haze. The Minimum temperature will be 20 degrees celcius and maximum was be 32 degrees celcius.


Ahmedabad will see a mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 21 degrees celcius and maximum was be 38 degrees celius.


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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. Senior Physician, Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. M K Sen will participate in the discussion. This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies  from 9.30 PM onwards.


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