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Talks between central government and farmers underway in New Delhi            Country's COVID recovery rate reaches 94.11 per cent            Britain becomes first country in world to approve coronavirus vaccine            Cyclone Burevi to hit shores tonight:TN and Kerala take all steps to mitigate its effects            Manipur's Nongpok Sekmai police station chosen as best performing Police Station in country           

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  • Over 53 per cent of votes polled in first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections.
  • Defence Minister appreciates role of Indian Army in handling current security situation.
  • COVID recovery rate reaches close to 91 per cent.
  • Delhi University Vice Chancellor suspended for dereliction of duty.
  • And in IPL, Mumbai Indians win the toss; elect to field against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi.


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 detail:


In Bihar around 53.54 per cent of eligible voters excercised their franchise. A maximum of 62.50 percent voting was recorded in Dhauraiya constituency, followed by 60.97 in Banka and 60.84 in Katoria assembly constituency.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said in New Delhi that very few incidents of malfunctioning of VVPATs were reported which were replaced on time. Mr Arora also appealed to the voters of Bihar to show  the same enthusiasm in other two phases  of the election to beat all the previous records of turnout despite COVID-19. Addressing media, Secretary General, Election Commission, Umesh Sinha said, few stray incidents have taken place and in some of the places, malfunctioning of EVMs and VVPATs were reported which were replaced in minimum possible time.

 Over 2.14 crore electorate will decide the fate of 1,066 candidates.

 In NDA, BJP is contesting on 29 seats, JD(U) 35 and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) six seats. The Vikas Sheel Insaan Party (VIP) has fielded one candidate.

 Among the Grand Alliance, RJD is contesting on 42 seats, while Congress has fielded 21 candidates. The CPI-ML has eight candidates in the fray. Besides, LJP has fielded 42 candidates while RLSP on 43 and BSP on 27 seats. More from our correspondent:


"Out of 71 constituencies, 35 were naxal infested. No untoward incident was reported from any naxal affected areas.Tight security arrangements were made for the polling today. This was the first election in the country amid COVID pandemic situation. Thermal screening of all persons was  carried out and sanitizers were  made available to them at all locations during the polling. All polling booths were sanitized before polling. Political fate of eight Cabinet Ministers including Prem Kumar, Ram Narayan Mandal and Jai Kumar Singh has been sealed in this phase. In Assembly elections in 2015, RJD bagged 27 seats, JD(U) won 18 seats, BJP  got 13, Congress 9 and others secured 4 constituencies. With K K Lal's report from Gaya, Swati Rakheja for AIR News"

Elections are being held in three phases for the 243-member Bihar Assembly. Apart from the 71 seats that are going to polls today, 94 seats will go to polls in the Second Phase on the 3rd of November and 78 seats in the Third Phase on the 7th of November. Counting of votes will be taken up on the 10th of November.


Campaigning has gained momentum for the Second Phase of State Assembly Elections in Bihar. Star campaigners and senior leaders of various political parties are addressing public meetings and election rallies.  

Senior BJP Leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed election rallies at Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur in Bihar today. The Prime Minister said, people of Bihar have taken a resolve to defeat again those who brought Jungle Raj in the state and who looted Bihar. He exhorted people to vote in favour of NDA candidates to speed up development work in the state.


"एनडीए सरकार इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर पर जो निवेश कर रही है। गांवों के पास बेहतर सुविध सुनिश्चित करने पर जोर दे रही है। उसका लाभ बिहार के लोंगो को भी मिलने वाला है। इसके लिए एक लाख करोड़ रूपये का स्पेशल फंड बनाया गया है।"

The Prime Minister said, Opposition have neither any development model nor any experience. Mr Modi alleged that these people will take the state backwards. He claimed that under Nitish Kumar, Bihar is on the path of growth.

PM Modi said the party, which is responsible for closing down industries of Bihar, is now promising development to the people of Bihar. He said if they come to power even private companies will flee from Bihar, not to speak of government jobs. Mr Modi said Bihar elections is an opportunity to re-elect those who pulled state out of darkness.

Mr. Modi said Bihar moved from misgovernance to good governance, from darkness to light under Nitish Kumar. He said the opposition leaders who only thought of their families can never understand Bihar's expectations.


Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressed an election rally today at Valmiki Nagar in West Champaran in support of the Grand Alliance candidates. He alleged that the NDA Government has not fulfilled their promises made to the farmers. He said that farmers are very angry with recent three farm reform legislations and they are agitating. Mr Gandhi further alleged that these acts are an attack on the farmers and their lands. He said, during the lockdown the migrant workers who lost their jobs were treated very badly by the Nitish Kumar-led Government.

The Congress leader will also hold his second public meeting at Kusheshwar Asthan in Darbhanga.


Grand Alliance Chief Ministerial candidate and RJD leader Tejaswi Prasad Yadav addressed rallies in Kuchaikote and Kateya in Gopalganj district. Mr Yadav reiterated in his public meetings that if voted to power employment will be provided to 10 lakh people. He alleged that the incumbent government led by Nitish Kumar has failed to meet the expectations of people. Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) President Upendra Kushwaha held road shows and public meetings in Motihari and Jhanjharpur in support of candidates of Grand Secular Democratic Front. Jan Adhikar Party Chief Pappu Yadav addressed a public meeting in Katihar where he tried to corner Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the issue of corruption. Senior leader of the CPM Vrinda Karat alleged that due to lockdown people of weaker sections of the society and the poor have been forced to live in pathetic situations due to loss of jobs. She said, both the governments at the Centre and the State failed to mitigate their problems.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the government is committed to facilitating the Army in their forward movement on the road to reforms and will help them in achieving advantages in all areas. Addressing the Army Commanders' Conference in New Delhi today, he said, the initiatives undertaken by the Indian Army in the current security environment makes him proud.

Mr. Singh asserted that the government will leave no stone unturned to strengthen the Armed forces. He said, the Indian Army has been successful in addressing several challenges to the security and sovereignty of the country since Independence.

The Defence Minister added that the Army has played a significant role in neutralising threats of terrorism, insurgency or external attacks.


India has leaped across a significant milestone in its fight against COVID. The national recovery rate has reached 90.85 per cent. With overall recovery of nearly 72 lakh 60 thousand patients so far, the recovered cases in the country stand at nearly 12 times more than the active cases. Nearly 59 thousand patients have recovered and were discharged in the last 24 hours. The new confirmed cases reported in the same time span stood at nearly 44 thousand.The active caseload of the country has also fallen below eight per cent. The total positive cases in the country today stands at six lakh 10 thousand 803 which comprises merely 7.64 per cent of the total reported cases. With a high 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 Health Ministry said, the fatality rate  stands at 1.50 per cent.


Bengaluru urban district has the country's highest number of Covid active cases. As per the latest data available, the district has 46,628 active cases and has reported 3778 deaths due to the viral infection. Our Bengaluru Correspondent says that the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and the Health department is making efforts to reduce the number of Covid positive cases in the district. More from our Correspondent:

"According to the latest data released by the Covid war room, Bengaluru urban district has a recovery rate of 84.7 percent and Case fatality rate of 1.1 percent. To mitigate the number of positive cases the Health Department and city Corporation has increased the number of tests and improved the contact tracing. The City Corporation administrator Gavrav Gupta today reviewed the testing facilities in Primary Health Centres and also visited the East zone Command Centre to find out their measures to enforce home quarantine norms. The Nagarapalike has also introduced new rules for wearing masks. It is now made mandatory for those travelling in four wheelers to wear masks irrespective of them driving alone or with windows closed. Sudhindra, AIR news, Bengaluru"


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In Tamil Nadu, the active caseload of Covid-19 patients has come down further to 26,356 today. The number of new cases has also dipped marginally to 2516 including 685 in Chennai. The case fatalities crossed the 11-thousand mark today with the death of 35 people.

Meanwhile, the state chief minister Edappadi Palaniswamy interacted with all the district collectors and medical experts. More from our correspondent:

"The chief minister’s interactions with the district collectors through video-conferencing and with the medical experts comes at a time when the current phase of the unlock gets over by coming Saturday. He told the collectors 7372.25 crore rupees has been spent on managing the Covod-19 pandemic so far including treatment and preventive works. He asked all the district administrations to focus on crowd management during the ensuing festive seasons. It is expected that the state government would soon come out with its fresh set of guidelines on the unlock very soon. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


Kerala continues to report surge in Covid cases as 8790 new cases were confirmed today. 7660 people recovered from the infection today. 27 more deaths were confirmed due to Covid, taking the death toll in the State to 1403.  The total active Covid cases in Kerala rose to 93,264.


Nagaland today reported 98 positive cases of COVID-19 including 114 recoveries and another COVID death. The total positive cases in the state stand at 8,824, while 6,869 persons have recovered from the infection.

So far, 28 persons have died due to infection, while 6 deaths are not COVID related, five deaths are currently under investigation.

Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom in a tweet informed that 71 cases were detected from Dimapur.

At present there are 1,840 active cases, while 76 cases have migrated.


In Manipur, 205 fresh cases of COVID-19 were detected and six more succumbed to the disease while 212 recovered in the last 24 hours.

According to COVID Common Control Room, the total confirmed cases reached 17809 while 4233 are active cases. Altogether, 13420 have recovered so far. The recovery rate stands at 75.35.  Covid-related death stands at 156.


Maharashtra Government today wrote a letter to the railways requesting to resume local train services for general public while ensuring adherence to following covid-19 protocols. The state government has also proposed a time table to start the local services for general public. The railway is yet to respond on the proposal given by the state government.

"Kishorraje Nimbalkar, Secretary, Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, has sent a letter to the Central and Western Railway officials asking them to take necessary precautions and allow local train travel in a timely manner. The state government has also proposed a time schedule for the same. According to the proposed schedule, the general public will be able to travel on a valid ticket from the first local in the morning till 7.30 am, then from 11.30 am to 4.30 pm and from 8 pm till the last local. QR codes will not be required for travel during this period. Emergency service personnel will be able to travel with valid QR code and identity card from 8:30 am to 10:30 am and from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Apart from this, a request has also been made by the state government to release women special local trains every hour. The local train services for general public will only start after the approval of the railway administration. SWEETY JAIN, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI"


In the ongoing fight against Covid, Uttar Pradesh government has started digital library to help the students in higher education to get the education content in digital format.

Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister of State, Dr. Dinesh Sharma inaugurated the Digital Library. He said this library will help poor students a lot who are unable to purchase costly books Now they can freely download everything available in library related to their course. AIR Correspondent reports that:


"The library has more than 35000 e content related to 134 subjects in Hindi and English. It can be accessed by any student free of cost. A team of around 1700 educationists and technical experts of 23 universities worked together for the content of Digital Library. NIC developed the library in a very short span, keeping in view the hurdles in the way of higher education in current scenario due to covid. The library became popular instantly and has more than 61 thousand  hits now. The digital library has lectures of the best available teachers on the topic and there are Audio Visual lectures also. Higher education department of the state has issued helpline number for the students in case they found any problem in the access of content. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW"


The first Indian to win two individual gold medals at the Summer Paralympics Devendra Jhajharia has appealed to the people to follow three steps enumerated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fight CoronaVirus. Talking to AIR News, Jhajharia said, people should avoid crowded places in view of the festive season.


"नमस्कार, मैं देवेंद्र झांझरिया। आप सभी से अपील करना चाहूंगा कि इस कोरोना महामारी में भीड़-भाड़ वाले एरिए में बिल्कुल भी जाएं, बहुत ही जरूरी काम हो तभी आप घर से बाहर निकलें और घर से बाहर निकलें तो मास् लगाकर आप जरूर जाएं और कम से कम दो गज की दूरी रखें एक दूसरे व्यक्ति से आप।"


Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today digitally inaugurated the Radio diagnosis Facilities at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bathinda. He also inaugurated the MBBS Student Hostel. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Harsh Vardhan said, the setting up of new AIIMS at Bathinda will not only transform health education and training but will also address the shortfall of health care professionals in the region.


eSanjeevani, the Health Ministry's telemedicine initiative has completed 6 lakh tele consultations. It took only 15 days to complete the last one lakh consultations. In what can be seen as a big push for the ‘Digital India’ initiative, the eSanjeevani digital platform has proved its usefulness and easy access for the caregivers and the medical community, and those seeking healthcare services in the times of COVID.


The Vice Chancellor of Delhi University Professor Yogesh Tyagi has been suspended in connection with the allegations of dereliction of duties. President Ram Nath Kovind in his capacity as Visitor of the Delhi University has also ordered an enquiry into the allegations of dereliction of duties and lack of committment and devotion to duty against Professor Tyagi.

All the orders issued by or issued with the approval of Professor Tyagi during the period of his absence on medical ground after Pro Vice Chancellor Professor P C Joshi assumed the charge of Vice Chancellor of Delhi University on 17th July, 2020 have been set aside. The Ministry of Education in its order also said that Vice Chancellor Prof Tyagi is not administering the university in accordance with statutory provisions which has caused mis-governance and malfunctioning of the University.


The election for the four seats of Karnataka legislative Council concluded today peacefully. At 5 pm when the voting ended today, the voter turnout in North East Teacher constituency was 73.32 percent, in Bangalore Teachers it was 66 percent, in South East Graduates it was 75 percent and in West Graduates constituency it was 70.11 percent. The counting of votes will be held on November 2.


India today hosted the 19th Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Ministers of Foreign Economy and Foreign Trade. In his opening remarks, Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal said  the current crisis due to Covid-19 is a clarion call to the SCO countries to leverage the economic strength and explore partnerships that enhance trade and investment in the region.  He said cooperation should be continued to enhance intra-SCO trade and investment which would be critical in ensuring the speedy recovery from the aftermath of the pandemic. 

In the meeting four documents were adopted. They include statement on the response to Covid-19 which reinforces the need for greater cooperation for access to medicines and facilitation of trade and statement on the Multilateral Trading System of Ministers of SCO Countries who are WTO Members.


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today participated in the 10th India-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue on Global Responses to coronavirus through Video Conferencing in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, Mrs Sitharaman said, India-UK economic ties are important, as together they are two of the world’s top seven economies with a combined GDP of over five trillion dollars. She said, the trade between the two countries has more than doubled since the first EFD (eFunds corporation) in 2007, with bilateral investment supporting over half a million jobs across both countries. The Minister said, this session on sharing of experiences on coronavirus response  domestic priorities and policies for economic recovery will help both countries refine their policies and help in learning to ensure better outcomes.


The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, DGCA today said, International scheduled commercial passenger flights from India will remain suspended until 30th of November. However, International cargo flights and passenger flights approved by the government will continue to remain operational. The Civil Aviation regulator said, International scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes on case to case basis.


Air-connectivity between Bangladesh and India resumed today with two flights leaving Dhaka under the air-bubble arrangement between the two countries. The service was inaugurated at the Hazrat Shahjalal airport in Dhaka by the High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami and the Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Air Vice Marshal Mafidur Rahman. We have a report:

"The resumption of the air connectivity between Bangladesh and India through the special mechanism of air-bubble arrangement has come as a big relief to people travelling between the two countries. It has been welcomed specially by the people who needed urgent medical support in India. Two flights of the US Bangla airlines left the Hazrat Shahjalal International airport Dhaka for Kolkata and Chennai today. Thanking the Civil Aviation Ministry for the start of the air-bubble service, High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami said that it will be especially useful for people with medical emergencies. He said the services will help in strengthening people to people contact between the two countries. The flights between two countries have resumed  after nearly eight months.The travel between India and Bangladesh was disrupted due to the outbreak of Corona pandemic. Rajesh Jha for AIR news Dhaka"


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the Ekta Diwas Celebrations to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of Loh Purush Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Kevadia, Gujarat on 31st October. He will offer floral tributes at the Statue of Unity, administer the Ekta Pledge and witness the Ekta Diwas Parade on the occasion.

As part of integrated development of Kevadia Mr Modi will inaugurate various projects on the 30th and 31st October. These include flagging-off the Ekta Cruise Service to the Statue of Unity, the inauguration of the Ekta Mall and Children Nutrition Park. The Prime Minister will also launch the seaplane service connecting Statue of Unity in Kevadia with Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad.


Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission, N.K Singh and its  Members today held a virtual meeting with the Chairmen of previous Finance Commissions, Dr C. Rangarajan, Chairman of the 12th Finance Commission and Dr. Vijay Kelkar who was the Chairman of the 13th Finance Commission.

N K Singh began the meeting by calling it a representation of our federal history over the past 20 years and over next five years given the award of the 15th Finance Commission.

15th Finance Commission is mandated to submit its final report for 2021-26 by 30th of October.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today will bring you a Special discussion Programme on Covid-19 .

Dr. Sanjay Pandey of G B Pant Hospital will participate in the discussion.

Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767). You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 (Repeat 011: 2331-4444) and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.


Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar said the Union Government is looking forward to doubling the number of Defence MSME’s in the next four to five years. In a virtual event, he launched the Coimbatore District Defence Innovation and Atal Incubation Centre established by the district small industries association.

This is part of the second defence corridor project that had been inaugurated by former Defence Minister Smt Nirmala Seetharaman in January, 2019. The defence corridor project aims at increasing the proportion of Make in India products in defence sector.


In IPL Cricket, Royal Challengers Bangalore were 134 for 5 in 17 overs against Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi a short-while ago. Earlier, Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to bowl.

Yesterday Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Delhi Capitals by 88 runs at Dubai.

In tomorrow's match Chennai Super Kings will fight with Kolkata Knight Riders at 7.30 in the evening at Dubai. 


Equity benchmarks today witnessed losses of around one and half percent amid negative global cues. The rupee depreciated 16 paise against the American dollar.


Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.
The National Capital Delhi will experience mist. The temperature will hover between 15 and 32 degrees Celsius.

In Mumbai, sky will be mainly Clear. The lower level of temperature in the metropolis will be 23 degrees Celsius and the upper level will be around 35 degrees.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will oscillate between 25 and 31 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata is expected to have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the metropolitan will be 24 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Jammu will have mainly a clear sky with minimum temperature being 12 degrees Celsius while maximum being 31 degrees. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 1 degree Celsius and maximum will be 21 degrees with mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

Leh will have mainly clear sky. Minimum temperature will be minus seven degrees Celsius while the maximum will be nearly 14 degrees.

Gilgit will witness mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm with temperature moving from three to 21 degrees Celsius.

In Muzafarrabad, lower limit of temperature will be 10 degrees Celsius while upper limit will be 27 degrees. The sky will be mainly clear.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 12 and 30 degrees Celsius. Mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening in the city.

Chandigarh is likely to witness mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 13 degrees Celsius and the maximum 31 degrees.

In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature will be 18 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 31 degrees. The city will have partly cloudy sky with haze.

Ahmedabad is expected to have mainly clear sky. The city will have minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 36 degrees.

Patna may see mainly clear sky. Temperature will hover between 17 to 32 degrees Celsius.

And in Guwahati, will see partly cloudy sky with haze. The temperature is likely to vary between 23 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees.


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