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26.10.2020

THE HEADLINEs:

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

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar to meet their US counterparts in New Delhi today.

  • COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 90.23 per cent.

  • BJP wins eight constituencies in LAHDC Leh general council elections.

  • Campaigning for the first phase of assembly elections for 71 seats in Bihar, ends this evening.

  • And, In IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns with Kings XI Punjab at Sharjah today. 

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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, the news in details:


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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.  A report:-


"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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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar will meet their US counterparts Mark Esper and Mike Pompeo in New Delhi today ahead of the 2 plus 2 Ministerial Meeting tomorrow.


The US Foreign Minister and Defence Minister are on a two day scheduled visit to India and will be arriving this afternoon. Mr. Singh and Dr. Jaishankar will also host a dinner for the visiting dignitaries.  Details from our correspondent :-


The third annual India-US, 2 plus 2 Ministerial Dialogue scheduled for tomorrow will focus on advancing the Indo-US comprehensive global strategic partnership and further strengthening cooperation to promote stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the World. As the world's oldest and largest democracies, the two countries nourish deep rooted democratic traditions and bond. The growth in partnership reflects deepening strategic convergence on host of issues including energy, aviation, science, space , infrastructure and health among others. Third Ministerial dialogue in just over two years span demonstrates high level commitment by both the countries towards the shared diplomatic and security objectives. Secretary Pompeo and Esper will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow afternoon after the 2 plus 2 Ministerial meeting. The leaders will also be making a visit to the War Memorial in the National Capital tomorrow morning for a wreath laying ceremony. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR NEWS, DELHI.


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India has achieved a significant milestone in its fight against COVID as the national recovery rate has reached 90.23 per cent.  With overall recovery of over 71 lakh 37 thousand patients so far, the recovered cases in the country stand at nearly 11 times more than the active cases. Our correspondent reports, nearly 60 thousand patients have recovered in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases reported in the same time span stood at nearly 45 thousand.


"Health Ministry said that enhanced countrywide medical infrastructure, implementation of the Centre’s Standard Treatment Protocol by the States and Union Territories and total dedication and commitment of doctors, paramedics and frontline workers have led to a persistent increase in the number of total recoveries in the country. It said, this has also led to a commensurate dip in the fatality rate which stands at 1.50 per cent. The Health Ministry informed that 480 case fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours of which nearly 80 per cent are concentrated in ten States and Union Territories. With large number of COVID patients recovering every day along with a steadily falling and sustained low mortality rate, India’s trend of registering decreasing active cases continues. The active caseload of the country also keeps decreasing and stands presently below 8.5 per cent. The total positive cases in the country today is six lakh 53 thousand 717 which comprises merely 8.26 per cent of the total reported cases. With Anand Chaturvedi  Bhupinder  Singh ,"AIR News , Delhi.


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In Telangana, 582 new cases of COVID -19 have been reported during the past 24 hours. With this, the total COVID cases in the state went up to 2 lakh 31 thousand 834. The state conducted over 14 thousand tests yesterday. The recovery rate marginally  improved to 91.4 per cent with 1432 more people recovering yesterday. This took the number of recovered people so far in the state to 2 lakh 11 thousand 912.


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In Madhya Pradesh, the spread of COVID 19 is gradually decreasing in the state. The number of active cases is 11 thousand 237 and the number of recoveries has exceeded 1 lakh 53 thousand.


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In Gujarat, the number of new COVID cases has dropped below the one thousand mark for the first time in 100 days. According to the state health department, 919 new cases have been recorded during the past 24 hours.  AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that the number of deaths on a daily basis also fell significantly.


"Number of new cases is constantly falling in Gujarat. Now the number of new cases fell below the one thousand mark, the first time during the last 100 days. Recovery rate has gone up to 89.46 percent. With more and more patients recovering from Covid19 in the state, the number of active cases also started falling. At present, the state has 13936 active cases, most of them are in stable condition. Meanwhile, the famous Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar has been reopened from today after remaining closed since the outbreak of Coronavirus. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


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In Odisha, the 2071 patients have recovered from Covid-19 today taking the total recovery to  264102. With 1480 fresh infection, while the cumulative total of covid-19 infection in the state so far has increased to 282695, the active caseload has come down to 17281. A Report:-


"Even as the dreaded virus keeps tumbling down in the state with daily caseload diving down below 1500 for the first time in many days, state government is not ready yet to fully loosen the strings. While the ongoing Dusshera festivities have been significantly calibrated to comply with covid-19 protocols, religious places across the state are still kept out of bounds for the devotees. Educational institutions too continue to be on digital mode. With the wintry days ahead, the state government is soliciting popular cooperation in tracking the virus down while still testing around 40 to 50 thousand samples a day to keep a vigil on the viral trajectory in the state. Girish Chandra Dash, Bhubaneswar."


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In Assam,  the recovery rate of Covid 19 has reached around 91 percent. Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in a tweet informed that 204 positive cases were reported during the last 24 hours. A total of 8 thousand 753 tests are conducted in that period and the positivity rate is 2 point 33 percent. Nearly 3000 persons have recovered in the last 24 hours and there are 17 thousand 510 active cases in the state.  Meanwhile,  immersion of Durga idols has begun in the state following all Covid protocols.


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Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has tested positive for Covid-19. In a tweet. Mr. Pawar said his Covid-19 test has come positive. However he said that he is in a good health. He further said that on the advice of his doctors he has been admitted to the Breach Candy hospital in south Mumbai.


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Eminent Cricket player Sachine Tendulkar has urged people to follow all Covid-related guidelines to stay safe.  


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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. Tanuja Nesari, Director, All India Institute of Ayurveda 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 EWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can also follow us on the NEWSONAIR app for s.


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In Bihar, campaigning for the first phase of assembly elections in 71 assembly constituencies spread over 16 districts will come to an end this evening. Polling will be held on Wednesday. Several constituencies that go to polls in this phase are Naxal violence affected areas and sensitive from the security point of view.


In the first phase a total of 1066 candidates are in fray and over 2.14 Cr eligible voters will exercise their franchise. BJP is contesting from 29 seats, JD(U) from 35 and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) from six assembly seats. The Vikas Sheel Insaan Party (VIP) has fielded one (01) candidate.


The Grand alliance's RJD is contesting from 42 seats, while Congress has fielded 21 candidates. The CPI-ML has 08 candidates in fray.

The LJP has decided to support BJP candidates on those seats where LJP is not contesting.


Political fortunes of 08 cabinet ministers Prem Kumar, Ram Narayan Mandal, Jai Kumar Singh, Krishna Nandan Verma, Shailesh Kumar, Santosh Nirala, Vijay Kumar Sinha and Brij Kishore Bind will be decided in this phase.


Former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi is contesting from Imamganj assembly constituency as NDA candidate. The RJD has pitted former speaker of Bihar Legislative assembly Uday Narayan Chaudhary against Mr Manjhi. On the last day of campaigning stalwarts and star campaigners are making a last ditch effort to woo the voters. A Report:-


"Leaders of political parties are mainly focussed on the issue of employment, and development during their campaigning.  BJP President JP Nadda will address two election rallies in Aurangabad and Purnea. Cine stars like Shatrughan Sinha, Bhojpuri film actors Manoj Tiwari, Ravi Kishan and Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirahua will also hold road shows and election rallies. Vikas Sheel Insan Party Chief Mukesh Sahani addressed joint public meetings with BJP leaders. JD(U) General secretary RCP Singh campaigned in Barh for NDA candidate. Addressing  rallies in Pirpainti and Gopalpur in Bhagalpur RJD leader Tejaswi Prasad Yadav appealed to people to vote for those who can take care of their problems. Leaders of LJP, RLSP, BSP and other Left parties also addressed rallies in support of their party candidates. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News Patna."


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In Leh in Ladakh, Bharatiya Janata party swept Nubra region in the 6th LAHDC Leh general council elections. Total 8 seats have been won by the BJP out of 9 results declared so far from total 26 seats that went to polls on 23rd October. More from our correspondent:-


"In 6th LAHDC Leh general council elections BJP is leading in the results declared sofar.  BJP is declared winners in Diskit, Turtuk, Tegar, Panamik and Hundar constituencies in Nubra region. Apart from these, BJP also claimed Tangtse, Kurzok and Martselong seats and leading in Thiksey.  Independent candidate Konchok Stanzin declared winner in Chushul Constituency and while another independent is also leading in Nyoma.  Congress leading in Igoo, Kyungyam, Sakti Constituencies. Final results of all 26 Constituencies are expected before this evening.  Ramesh Chandra, Leh."


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Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has condemned the statement of Mehbooba Mufti on the National Flag saying that insult of the tricolor is absolutely unacceptable. In a tweet today, Mr. Javadekar said, the tricolor is the pride and identity of India. In her recent remark, PDP Chief and former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti said she will hoist national flag after the flag of Jammu and Kashmir is restored.


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Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that the Phase-7 of Vande Bharat Mission will begin from Thursday, the 29th of 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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A special CBI court today sentenced former Union minister Dilip Ray to 3-yr imprisonment in a coal scam case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of a Jharkhand coal block in 1999.


Special Judge Bharat Parashar also awarded three-year jail term each to two senior officials of the Ministry of Coal at that time, Pradip Kumar Banerjee and Nitya Nand Gautam, and Castron Technologies Ltd’s (CTL) director Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh rupees each on them. The court has further imposed a fine of Rs 60 lakh rupees  on CTL.


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In Kerala, amid the Covid crisis, thousands of children were initiated into the world of knowledge today, as part of the tradition of "Vidhyarambham  A Report:


"Keralites across globe celebrates Vijayadashami as the vidhyarambham day, the auspicious day  for beginning learning in any field. Following strict Covid protocol, "vidhyarabham"  took place in the State today morning.People mostly performed  the ceremony in home due to pandemic.Temples and cultural centres witnessed very less number of devotees. Compared to previous years, the restrictions are made stricter in Panachikkad Dakshina Mookambi Temple this year. Pre-booking facility has been arranged to avoid crowd. Vidyarambham was not conducted in the famous  Thunchan Parambu this time,  as only prayers are rituals were allowed. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


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The nation celebrates 145th Birth Anniversary of India's Iron Man, Sardar Patel on 31st Oct. The day is also earmarked as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas across the Country. 


In the run up to the event, All India Radio News brings to you select excerpts from the speeches of the Iron Man of India from its archives.   


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Even as the Centre is keen on promoting water transport to propel economic growth, residents of Thane district in Maharashtra have started using water transport to save their extra penny and more importantly travelling time.


The commuters who are using this water transport feel that if this particular service is regularised it will surely benefit more and more people in the days to come. More details from our Mumbai correspondent:-


"According to the State Government's directives only those individuals who fall in essential services category have been allowed to commute through the suburban local trains in Mumbai region. In case of people who do not come under essential services they have to hard scrabble to reach their workplace even at their nearest destination as they are not allowed to board local trains.  Travelling via road is not as easy as it may appear due to ever increasing traffic which takes a heavy toll on commuting. In such a situation, people who work at Thane and Bhiwandi have decided to make use of water transport to reach their workplace on time. Taking the boat ride from Mothagao Retibunder from Dombivili these commuters reach the Velhe-Mankoli Retibunder in Thane in 10-15 minutes, saving their precious two hours by spending just 10 to 20 rupees.  The commuters feel that if the boat ride is regularised by the government in other parts of Mumbai then it will definitely help people if such a crisis situation arises.  Kunal Shinde, AIR News, Mumbai."


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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the joint statement yesterday  by the United States, Armenia and Azerbaijan announcing that a previously reached humanitarian cease-fire agreement will come into effect from today. This was conveyed by spokesperson of UN Secretary Stephane Dujarric, in a statement in NewYork. Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988. Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a cease-fire was reached, but there have been sporadic minor clashes. A new round of armed conflict broke out along the contact line on September the 27th.


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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.


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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 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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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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The campaign for US Presidential elections has entered its  final phase. President Trump said there has been progress in combating the Coronavirus.On the other hand  Joe Biden alleged that the Trump administration was surrendering to the pandemic. COVID19 has claimed over  225,000 lives in the United States so far. 


President Trump will be visiting the crucial battleground state of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Arizona and Nevada in the coming days. Biden will be in his home state  Delaware today. He is scheduled to travel to Georgia, Atlanta and Warm Springs on Tuesday.


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In IPL Cricket, today, Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns with Kings XI Punjab, at Sharjah to decide the fourth position in the points table for the play offs. Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore have already qualified with 14 points each for the play offs. Yesterday, 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.  


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 The  air quality in Delhi was recorded in the very poor category today. According to air quality monitor, SAFAR, the national capital recorded an Air Quality Index of 343 this morning which falls under very poor category. The SAFAR said the surface winds are calm during the morning hours, but likely to improve during day time, leading to better ventilation. It has suggested people to avoid all physical activity outdoor. It also suggested that asthmatic people to keep relief medicine handy.


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


The National Capital Delhi will see a partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was  14 degree Celcius and the maximum will be 34 degree Celcius.


Mumbai will see a partly cloudy sky. The Minimum temperature was 27 degree Celcius and the maximum will be 33 degree Celcius.


Chennai will see generally cloudy sky. The Minimum temperature was 25 degree Celcius and the maximum will be 33 degree Celcius.


Kolkata will have a Partly cloudy sky. The Minimum temperature was 25 degree Celcius and the maximum will be 32 degree Celcius.


Jammu will see mainly clear sky. The Minimum temperature was 14 degree Celcius and the maximum will be 31 degree Celcius.


Srinagar will see mainly Clear sky. The temperature will oscillate between One and 20 degree Celcius.


Leh in Ladakh will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was minus one degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 14 degree Celsius.


In Muzzafarrabad, the temperature will hover between 15 and 31 degree Celcius. The town will see mainly clear sky


Gilgit will see mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 6 degree Celcius and the maximum is expected to be 20 degree Celcius.


Hyderabad will see a partly cloudy sky with haze. The Minimum temperature was 20 degree Celcius and the maximum will be 32 degree Celcius.


Ahmedabad will see a mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 24 degree Celcius and the maximum will be 35 degree celsius.


And, Guwahati will see fog or mist in early morning. The minimum temperature in the city was 23 degree Celcius and the maximum will be 30 degree Celcius.


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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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