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0830 HRS
26.10.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to interact  with CEOs of leading Global Oil and Gas Companies today.

  • More than 70 lakh people recover from COVID-19 in the country.

  • Campaigning for first phase of assembly elections  in Bihar to end this evening.

  • Counting of votes for Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council- Leh polls to be taken up today.

  • 32 Maoists surrender in Dantewada district of Chattisgarh.

  • Four Day Army Commanders’ Conference to begin today in New Delhi. 

  • Rajasthan Royals thrash Mumbai Indians by eight wickets in Dubai. 

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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. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact virtually with the CEOs of leading Global Oil and Gas Companies in the annual event organized by NITI Aayog and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas today. India is an important player in the global oil and gas sector being the 3rd largest consumer of crude oil and the 4th largest LNG importer. Realizing the need for India to graduate from a passive consumer to an active and vocal stake-holder in the global Oil and Gas value chain, NITI Aayog initiated the first round table of global Oil and Gas CEOs with the Prime Minister in 2016.

"The growth of the event was apparent as around 45 to 50 global CEOs and key stakeholders who shape the global Oil and Gas sector assembled every subsequent year to interact and discuss the issues and opportunities with the Prime Minister. The impact of the annual global CEO’s interaction can be seen in the gravity of discussion, quality of suggestions and the seriousness with which they are acted upon. The objective behind the meeting is to deliver a global platform to understand best-practices, discuss reforms, and inform strategies for accelerating investments into the Indian Oil and Gas value chain. The event also grows in stature with the rise of India, the world's third-largest energy consumer, which is likely to see over 300 billion Dollars investment by 2030 in the Oil and Gas sector to meet rising demand. Prior to the interaction the Prime Minister will inaugurate the India Energy Forum by CERAWeek which is now in its fourth year. Anupam Mishra, AIR NEWS, Delhi".

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The Health Ministry today said that India has crossed landmark milestones in its fight against COVID-19. In a tweet, the Ministry said, more than 70 Lakh patients have been cured and discharged so far. It said, this has led to a surge in the national Recovery Rate, which has leaped past 90 per cent.

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A total of four thousand 136 new confirmed cases of Corona virus infection were reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to over three lakh 56 thousand. Delhi Government said that over three lakh 23 thousand people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, three thousand 826 people have recovered and 33 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to six thousand 258. Presently, the total number of active cases in the national capital stands at 26 thousand 744.

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In a relieving development, Mumbai civic body BMC said yesterday, the Covid-19 doubling rate of the metropolis has reached to 126 days.

According to BMC, of its total 24 wards, almost 21 wards have crossed the doubling rate to 100 days.

BMC’s additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said that the doubling rate is slowing and daily growth rate of the virus is coming down. He stated that these are good signs.

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Gujarat recorded 919 new cases of Corona virus in the lasr 24 hours. The recovery rate has improved to 89.46 per cent.

"The total cases detected so far in Gujarat has reached up to 1 lakh 67 thousand 173. 1 lakh 49 thousand 548 patients recovered from Covid-19 till now. 963 patients recovered during the last 24 hours. More than 57 lakh 42 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date. Maximum 227 new cases reported from Surat, while Ahmedabad recorded 174 new cases. At present total active cases in the state are 13936, out of which 65 patients are on ventilator. 7 patients died yesterday taking the total death due to Covid19 up to 3689. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".

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In Karnataka, the total number of Covid-19 cases have breached the 8 lakh mark with 4,439 new cases being reported yesterday. The total of new number cases has now increased to 8,02,817. On the other hand, Karnataka reported more recoveries than the new Covid-19 cases for the 11th consecutive day. 10,106 people were discharged from the hospitals post recovery yesterday. The total number of recoveries has gone up to 7,10,843. 32 Covid deaths were reported and the total fatalities have gone up to 10,905.

"The State conducted 1,00,511 covid tests yesterday which includes 82,782 RT-PCR tests  and the total number of tests have gone up to 73,81,601. Among the new cases, Bengaluru Urban district reported the highest number of 2,468 cases and the lowest number of 7 cases were reported from Bidar district. Out of 30 districts there were no covid deaths in 22 districts. At present 81,050 active cases are taking treatment in various hospitals in the State among them 939 are in ICU. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU".

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In Tamil Nadu, the new Covid-19 cases have dropped below 3,000 mark after about four months. 2869 people were confirmed with the infection in the last 24-hours. They include 764 people in Chennai. The active caseload remains at 30,606 people.

"In Tamil Nadu, the data on the pandemic shows clear signs of its weakening. The active caseload has gone back almost to the levels of June 26th while the new infections have retracted to the June 24th levels. This is despite the increased quantum of tests now. The recovery rate has gone up to an impressive 94.14 per cent while the case mortality rate has dropped to 1.54 per cent. Medical specialists insist that all should invariably wear masks while moving out, as the situation is not yet ripe for going back to the pre-Covid times. Meanwhile, the state agriculture minister Duraikkannu, who was admitted into a corporate hospital in Chennai for Covid-19 treatment is now put on life support systems. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy and a few of his cabinet colleagues visited the hospital yesterday and inquired about his health. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".

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In Odisha, the covid-19 active caseload has further come down below 17 thousand. This follows the recovery of 2071 patients yesterday as against 1633 new cases. While the covid-19 cumulative total has increased to 281215. The tally of  recovered patients has gone up to 264102. Covid-19 fatalities in the state has increased to 1245.

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In Bihar, COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 94.69 percent. This is 4.69 percentage more than the national average. The number of active cases in the state are continuously declining. Cureently 10 thousand 229 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. Over two lakh patients have so far recovered from the infection in the state.

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Talking to All India Radio News, Senior Medical Expert Dr. Narendra Saini spoke about the critical situation due to negligence in view of festivities during the ongoing pandemic. He advised people to stay connected socially and follow all COVID protocols to stay safe.

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The greatest bats woman of all time and captain of Indian women's cricket team, Mitali Raj urged people to follow all Covid-related guidelines to stay safe.  

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A second wave of COVID-19 has returned to Europe, forcing many countries to reimpose curfews, partial lockdowns and other restrictions. Countries across Europe are implementing new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, as infections surge and new case hits record high in the European Union.

Polish authorities ordered schools and restaurants closed for two weeks, while France extended its curfew to affect over two-third of the population. France has reported a record number of daily infections. German capital implemented new mask-wearing requirements on busy streets. In Denmark, government has announced a ban on evening alcohol sales and tightened the cap on public gatherings. The government has also reduced the number of people allowed to attend the gatherings from 50 to 10. After the Baltic states of Latvia and Lithuania registered record infection tallies, the two countries implemented new measures to combat the virus. These include limits on the number of participants allowed at events and new mask requirements. Belgium ordered pubs and restaurants to close this week, along with a night-time curfew and strict limits on gatherings. The country also tightened curbs on social contacts by banning fans from sports matches and limiting numbers in cultural spaces. Spain also announced emergency measures including curfew. Under the emergency measures, local authorities can also ban travel between regions. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said, he will ask parliament to extend the new rules for up to six months. In Italy, new restrictions were also announced yesterday. The government said the steady rise in cases is causing a huge strain on the country's health services.

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North West China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has reported 137 more asymptomatic coronavirus cases in Kashgar prefecture yesterday, after one asymptomatic case was found in the prefecture's Shufu county on Saturday. An official statement from Xinjiang regional health authority said that all the new cases are linked to family members of the the asymptomatic case detected on Saturday. However, the source of infection of the first case is unknown, triggering the fear of a community spread.

The new outbreak comes two months after Xinjiang curbed a cluster of infections in regional capital Urumqi in early August. Kashgar is running citywide tests and is hoping to test the entire city population of 4.7 million by Tuesday. Xinjiang officials said, the prefecture has initiated highest level of Emergency Response and expert groups have been dispatched to conduct medical work in the prefecture's Shufu county, where cases reside. As per state media, some local communities in Kashgar are under close-loop management. Classes at all primary and secondary schools and kindergartens are suspended till October 30th. Stores in the city will be open as usual to ensure enough daily supplies. Recently, East China’s Qingdao city experienced a small outbreak, where 10 million people were tested in just five days.

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Bangladesh government has decided that no service will be provided to people who don’t wear a mask. The cabinet meeting Chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina decided that no one will be allowed to enter offices without the mask. It decided that all offices must install notice boards saying ‘no mask, no service’ in order to control the spread of COVID 19 in the country.

Briefing media after the Cabinet meeting in Dhaka, the Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam said, people at all public and private offices, social institutions, haat-bazars, shopping malls, other establishments, educational institutions, mosques or other places of worship throughout the country must use mask in view of the ongoing pandemic.

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Campaigning for the first phase of assembly elections in Bihar will end this evening. 71 constituencies spread over 16 districts will go to polls in this phase on Wednesday. Several constituencies going to the polls in this phase are in naxal affected areas. Leaders of various political parties are making their last ditch efforts to woo the voters. They are addressing pubic meetings and road shows. Candidates are also resorting to door-to-door campaign.

"Addressing election meeting at Biharsharif BJP President JP Nadda said during RJD regime in the state there was kidnapping industry, now they are talking about employment. Accusing RJD, Mr.Naddda said grandalliance has neither road map nor vision. Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said providing of 10 lakh government jobs to youth is mere an eye-wash. Seeking votes in favour of NDA, JD(U) President and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said he is trying to unite people of different class of society but opposition is dividing people. While addressing election meeting in Nawada Senior RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav said, if his alliance is voted to power four thousand per month honorarium will be given to Jevika Didi. Old age and widow pension will be increased to one thousand per month. In Kaimur seeking votes in favour of grand alliance Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said there is resentment among people against Nitish Kumar. He claimed NDA government in the state is set to go. LJP President Chirag Paswan said people are migrating from Bihar due to unemployment. AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, HAM Chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, RLSP President Upendra Kuswaha and leaders of left parties are also addressing election meetings and road shows in favour of their party candidates. WITH KK Lal'S REPORT FROM PATNA, SANJEEV JASROTIA".

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The counting of votes for Ladakh Àutomous Hill Development Council LAHDC- Leh General Council Elections will be taken up this morning. Authorities have put in place all arrangements to ensure smooth counting which will begin at 9 this morning.

"Cunting of votes for 6th LAHDC Leh general council elections begin at 9 this morning. Final randomisation of counting staff completed just before the counting began. As the Election authority used EVMs for the first time in the Hill Council Elections, results are expected by the afternoon. In each round, votes of Seven territorial constituencies will be counted.  Polling for LAHDC Leh Elections completed on 23rd of this month, where  54 thousand 257 voters have cast their votes. Apart from this, 2538 postal ballots and 1635 EDC votes are also for counting today, to decide the fate of 94 Candidates.

Keeping the keen contest in Elections and Covid Pandemic in view, the administration has tightened the security and put several restrictions at Sindhu Sanskriti Kendra counting centre. Ramesh Chandra, All India Radio news, Leh.

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In Chhattisgarh, 32 Maoists have surrendered at Dantewada in Bastar division. Six of them were carrying rewards on their head.

Dantewada SP, Abhishek Pallava said, the surrendered Maoists were influenced by the ‘Lon Varratu’ campaign being carried out by the police in the district. 'Lon Varratu' means 'Return Home' in local tribal dialect, Gondi. Under this campaign, the police have earmarked about 50 hypersensitive Maoist-affected villages, where pamphlets have been put up with an appeal to surrender. The SP said, so far 150 Maoists have surrendered under ‘Lon Varratu’ campaign.

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A 4-day Commanders’ Conference of Indian Army will begin today in New Delhi. Army Chief Gen MM Naravane will chair the apex level biannual event that formulates important policy decisions through a collegiate system of deliberation. It will be attended by all Army Commanders, Principal Staff Officers of the Army headquarters and other senior officers. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and Indian Airforce Chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria are expected to address the conference tomorrow. Army Commanders are likely to carry out a comprehensive review of the security challenges the nation is facing which includes the situation in eastern Ladakh and other sensitive areas. Army Commanders will also attempt to finalise various reform measures like cutting down on ceremonial practices and non-military activities to ensure a rational distribution of resources. The agenda of the conference also include a briefing by the Director-General of Border Roads Organisation on the various infrastructure development projects being undertaken by the BRO and allied formations.

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Uttar Pradesh government has secured the first rank in one of the most ambitious scheme of the central government- the PM Atmanirbhar Nidhi Scheme (SVANidhi Scheme). The state approved the highest number of loans under the scheme in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will distribute loans to around 3 lakh beneficiaries and will interact with a few of them tomorrow virtually. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also be present on the occasion.

"State has ranked first in all the categories - Applications, Sanctions and Disbursements of the loans under the scheme. As many as 6,22,167 applications were received under the scheme in the state which is highest in the country, out of which sanctions were given to 3,46,150 applicants while the loans were disbursed to 2,26,728 beneficiaries. Seven cities of the state also find place in the list of top 10 cities of the country in implementing the scheme. Varanasi, Lucknow and Aligarh are the top three cities in the list. The scheme was launched on June 1, 2020, by the Central Government to help the street vendors resume their livelihood activities that were impacted by COVID-19. It aims at facilitating working capital loan up to Rs. 10,000 at a subsidised rate of interest. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".

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Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that the Phase-7 of Vande Bharat Mission will begin from Thursday, 29th October. In a tweet today, Mr Puri said, there will be more destinations, flights and bubble arrangements. He said, international travel of more than 2.7 million people has been facilitated till now. The Minister said, yesterday, 4 thousand 3 hundred 22 people arrived in the country from abroad.

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In Kerala, thousands of children will be initiated into the world of letters today, as part of the tradition of Vidhyarambham.

"Vijayadashami is being celebrated across Kerala as" vidhyarabham ," day. Vijayadashami, the tenth and final day of Navaratri celebration that  celebrates the victory of good over evil is considered as the most auspicious day  for beginning learning in any field. The ceremony of "vidhyarabham" is practised by writing the mantra "ohm harisree ganapatathaye namah " in rice or sand by guru holding the hand of the child. Usually the major temples in the State witness heavy rush of devotees today. But as Covid cases are on a rise in the State, very strict COVID restrictions are in place. Aurhorities had urged to conduct vidhyarambham at home and to follow strict Covid protocol. As crowding is restricted very few children will be allowed to take part in Vidyarambham rituals at temples and other cultural centres today. Many places like the famous Thunchan Parambu is not conducting the ceremony this time to avoid gatherings. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthauram".

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Tourism Ministry had launched a unique initiative to encourage and promote domestic tourism in the country. A countrywide special Vocal for Local tour was organised by the western- central regional office of the tourism department, in which six member team is travelling in a car and visiting different places in the country. The team was welcomed in Mumbai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has underlined the importance of Vocal for Local in his Mann Ki Baat yesterday and this unique initiative is expected to create more awareness about the domestic tourism in the country.

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In Uttarakhand, the date of closing of portals of four shrines for the winter season was announced on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami yesterday. Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board said that this year, the portals of the Badrinath temple will be closed for the winters on November 19th. The portals of Gangotri will be closed on November 15th, on Govardhan Puja, the next day of Diwali, while portals of Yamunotri and Kedarnath shrines will be closed on November 16th, on Bhaidooj.

The additional chief executive officer of the Board, B D Singh, said the auspicious time for closing the portals of the Char Dham shrines is arrived at through astrological calculations by the local temple bodies and priests. Last year, a record 2.9 million pilgrims visited Char Dham.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the people of Seychelles for the conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, this is a victory for the democracy, a common value that binds India and Seychelles. He also congratulated President of Seychelles Wavel Ramkalawan on his historic win in the Presidential and Assembly elections.

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In IPL Cricket, Rajasthan Royals' eight-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians at Dubai has shattered Chennai Super Kings' hopes of sealing a late playoff berth. This is the first time in the history of IPL that three time champions Chennai failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Today, Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns with Kings XI Punjab at Sharjah.

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The National Capital Delhi will have a Misty sky. The minimum temperature was recorded at 17 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 32 degrees. Mumbai will see a Partly cloudy sky. In Chennai, there will be a Generally cloudy sky with Light rain. The temperature will hover between 25 and 33 degree Celsius. Kolkata will see a Partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the city was 25 degree celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees. In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,  the minimum temperature was 16 in Jammu while the maximum will be around 31 degrees. The city will see  a mainly clear sky. Srinagar, will see a Mainly clear sky. The temperature in Srinagar will hover between two and 23 degree Celsius. Leh will see a Partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was minus two degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 17 degree Celsius. Gilgit will  see a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will hover between five and 18 degree Celsius. Muzafarrabad will see a mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 10 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 30 degrees. Chandigarh will see a mainly clear sky, the minimum temperature was 15 while the maximum will be around 32 degree Celsius.

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Newspaper Headlines

  • All the dailies have covered the Prime minister's strong pitch for the consumption of local products in the upcoming festive season in his Mann Ki Baat on Sunday. Hindustan Times quoting the Prime Minister writes "Stay Patient, Buy Local ."The PM also stressed on "celebrating with restraint and care during pandemic and to keep India's soldiers in our thoughts with lighting Diyas for Jawans  "adds the Pioneer.

  • "New road in Nathu La sector opened, will bolster defence,"reports The Tribune.

  • "Big Consumer Companies bet on Growth, Raise investments" is a front page headline in The Economic Times.

  • Another headline in the same paper reports, "Government puts Patna on Bullet train route "on the Varanasi Kolkata rail corridor.

  • In a front page inbox news item with a photograph of a deserted ground during the effigy burning of Ravana, Meghnaad and Kumbhkarn in a low key Dusshehra Celebration , The Indian Express writes, "Three is a crowd "

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