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PM interacts with three teams involved with developing COVID-19 vaccine; suggests scientists to take extra efforts            COVID-19 recovery rate in country improves to 93.81 pct            HM Amit Shah says, Covid-19 pandemic time was utilised in making major policy decisions & latest GDP figures show encouraging results            PM dedicates to the nation, the six-lane widening project of the Handia (Prayagraj) - Rajatalab (Varanasi) section of NH 19            Guru Nanak Jayanti being celebrated across the country & abroad           

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29.10.2020
THE HEADLINEs:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he is optimistic that India will achieve the target of five trillion dollar economy by 2024 despite COVID-19.


  • India calls for strengthening of economic and trade cooperation among SCO countries. 


  • Campaigning  in full swing for Second and Third Phase of Assembly elections in Bihar.


  • COVID-19 recovery rate reaches almost 91 per cent.


  • Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla arrives in Paris in the first leg of three nation tour to Europe.


  • In IPL Chennai Super Kings to take on Kolkata Knight Riders  in the evening at 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 has said he is still optimistic of achieving the target of five trillion dollar economy by 2024 despite COVID-19. In an interview to an English Daily, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said  Indian economy is getting back on track faster than expected and the recent reforms  are  signal to the world  that  new India  believes in markets and market forces.  Mr Modi said, government will take all measures to constantly stimulate the economy in a timely manner while ensuring overall macro-economic stability.


Mr. Modi  expressed confidence that recent labour reforms undertaken  by the government will help in increasing the growth rate and returns in both the manufacturing and agriculture sectors.

   

Mr Modi said, the government has  laid strong foundations to make India the foremost manufacturing destination and it will continue  its reforms. Quoting Moody’s, the PM said 154 greenfield projects from the US have come to India in 2020, compared to 86 in China, 12 in Vietnam and 15 in Malaysia. This is a clear indication of global confidence in India’s growth story going forward. 

 

The Prime Minister also said the corporate tax cut, introduction of commercial mining in coal sector, opening up of space sector for private investment and  lifting defence restrictions on air routes for civil aviation use, are some of the steps that will go a long way in boosting growth. He said the big push to investment and infrastructure should become the driving force for recovery and growth.

 

Mr Modi said, India has taken a science-driven approach in response to COVID-19 pandemic. The pro-active measures taken in the early stages of the virus has helped government to prepare the defence against the pandemic and India has the lowest Covid-19 mortality rates in the world.

 

The Prime Minister said, the pandemic has affected 130 crore people and both the government and the citizenry are working together to combat it.  He, however, added that the virus is still out there. Mr. Modi also  assured the nation that as and when a vaccine becomes available everyone will be vaccinated and none will be left behind. 

 

The Prime Minister also talked about various measures taken by the government during this COVID period like PM Garib Kalyan package,  distribution of free foodgrain and Shramik Special trains adding that free foodgrain and pulses to 800 million people for eight months is a programme without parallel in human history.

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Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has urged SCO countries to leverage their economic strength and explore partnerships that enhance trade and investment in the region. He was speaking yesterday at the 19th Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Ministers responsible for Foreign Economy and Foreign Trade Activities through video conferencing. He said that 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 COVID-19 pandemic.

 

According to an official release, the Minister said that every nation's world view is shaped by its civilization and philosophical tradition and India's ancient wisdom sees the whole world as one family - Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Hardeep Singh Puri also spoke on the occasion.

 

The virtual meeting was attended by the Secretary-General of SCO and Ministers from Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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Foreign Secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla has arrived in Paris in the first leg of his three nation tour to Europe. He  is on a seven- day visit to France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Deepening engagements with France which is a key strategic partner in challenging timings is high on the agenda during the two day visit.  He will interact with top French officials and media personalities during the visit.  From Paris,  he will he will reach  Berlin on 31st October and then in London on 3rd November.

 

During his visit, Foreign Secretary will review bilateral relations and discuss matters of mutual interest and share Indian perspectives with his counterparts and with other key interlocutors. He will also interact with business persons, academics, intellectuals and media persons in these three countries.

 

Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said, India's relations with France, Germany and UK are built on a foundation of shared democratic values and are informed by a commonality of interest in issues such as sustainable development and climate change. 

 

Foreign Secretary’s visit to these countries is part of India’s continuing international engagement and diplomatic outreach inspite of the limitations posed by the pandemic.

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Former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel passed away this morning. He was 92. His health had deteriorated recently after recovering from Covid-19 last month. According to Shri Bharat Patel- the son of late Keshubhai, he was admitted to a private hospital this morning after his pulse rate and oxygen level went down, but he couldn't survive. AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that Keshubhai Patel had served as the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 1995 and again from 1998 to 2001. He was member of legislative assembly for six times. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of Keshubhai Patel.

 

The President and Prime Minister have expressed condolences over the death of former Chief Minister of Gujarat Keshubhai Patel.

 

In his message, the President Ram Nath Kovind said, with the demise of Keshubhai Patel the nation has lost a stalwart leader. Mr. Kovind said, Keshubhai's long public life was dedicated to improving the lives of millions and as a champion of farmers’ causes, he enjoyed extraordinary rapport with masses. The President said, Keshubhai Ji’s dogged determination for social service and commitment to Indian ethos will remain exemplary for all.

 

In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, he is deeply pained and saddened. Mr. Modi said, Keshubhai was an outstanding leader who cared for every section of society and his life was devoted towards the progress of Gujarat and the empowerment of every Gujarati. He said, Keshubhai mentored and groomed many younger Karyakartas including me.

 

Home Minister Amit Shah has also expressed condolence over the passing away of Keshubhai Patel. He said his long public life was devoted to the service of the people of Gujarat.

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Union Government today said that the country's recovery rate among the COVID-19 patients has reached to 90.99 per cent. More than 56 thousand COVID patients were recovered during the last 24 hours. The total number of recoveries has reached over 73 lakh 15 thousand. The constantly increasing recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country is reduced and currently comprises only 7.51 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is six lakh three thousand.

 

In the last 24 hours, 49 thousand 881 new cases were reported taking the total number of positive cases in the country so far to over 80 lakh.  Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.50 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally.

 

India's average daily COVID-19 fatality continues to  decreas since the past six weeks. The Ministry said, this is due to timely hospitalization, provision of Standard Care prescribed in the National Treatment Protocol, use of non-invasive oxygen, steroids and anti- coagulents. In the last 24 hours, 517 deaths were reported taking the toll to one lakh 20 thousand 527. According to Indian Council of Medical Research, more than 10 lakh 75 thousand tests were conducted during the last 24 hours. The total number of sample tested so far has reached to over ten crore 65 lakh.

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Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan today held a meeting with Delhi Health Secretary in view of rising Covid cases in the national capital. Top officials of Delhi government also participated in the meeting. Delhi has been witnessing an increase in corona cases for the last few days.

 

A total of five thousand 673 new cases of Corona virus infections were reported in the national capital yesterday taking the total number of cases to over three lakh 70 thousand. Over three lakh 34 thousand people infected with Corona virus have been cured so far. Presently, the total number of active cases in the city is 29 thousand 378.

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In Tripura, 160 fresh cases of coronavirus infections were confirmed while 170 patients were discharged after recovery in the past 24 hours.

 

According to the latest state Covid-19 bulletin, the total number of infected people rose to 30,453. So far, a record number of 4,52,233 samples have been tested. Presently, the number of active cases has come down to 1,583. Also, the recovery rate of the Coronavirus infection in the state has increased to 93.66 percent.

 

Officials said that so far 28,332 infected patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovery from the infection while the total number of death stands at 342. 

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A total of 2,949 new corona virus cases have been registered in Andhra Pradesh today and with this state's tally reached 8,14,774.  As many as 3,609 persons have recovered and discharged from various Covid hospitals across the  State during 24 hours.  Our correspondent reports that there has been a significant increase in the recovery rate in the state.

 

A total 77,73,681 samples have been tested so far in Andhra Pradesh, while 6,643  Covid deaths reported so far.  The highest number of 555 positive cases have been recorded in West Godavari  followed by Krishna District with 457 cases during the 24 hours.  Andhra Pradesh has tested 77,028 Covid-19 samples on Wednesday and detected 2,949 new cases . The mortality rate remained stable at anbout 0.81 per cent. On the other hand, the AP State is doing an intensive campaign on, Wearing Mask, in the name, MASKE KAVACHAM, (mask alone is the armour) yielding very good results, Dr. G. Kondala Rao, AIR News, Vijayawada.

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Veteran Film Director Imtiaz Ali says, this is the time to move ahead in life while safeguarding oneself from CoronaVirus. Speaking exclusively  to AIR News, he said, one has to follow Covid appropriate behaviour in order to keep everybody safe.

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In the latest outbreak of COVID-19 in China, 23 more domestically transmitted confirmed cases have been reported in Shufu County of south Xinjiang’s Kashgar Prefecture today which has declared 183 positive cases of the novel coronavirus. All the 23 cases were asymptomatic that were re-categorized as confirmed cases, according to the National Health Commission (NHC) and Xinjiang's Health Commission. China does not recognize asymptomatic cases as confirmed COVID-19 cases. In last two weeks, this is the second cluster after the cases were discovered in Qingdao. The cluster is the biggest in China since more than 300 cases were linked to a wholesale wet market in Beijing in July.

 

City health authorities completed their COVID-19 testing drive for the 4.75 million inhabitants in the area. As per media reports, Kashgar has been put under restrictions with most of the city put under lockdown except for a handful of supermarkets and mobile food stations. Police officers stood guard at the gates to housing compounds, allowing only essential workers to come and go.

 

Uygurs account for about 86 per cent of the population of Kashgar city, with the rest being Han Chinese, according to the latest census data.

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In Bihar, campaigning is in full swing for the Second and Third phase of assembly elections.

 

For the second phase, polling will be held on 3rd NOVEMBER in 94 assembly seats while for the Third phase polling will take place on 7th NOVEMBER in 78 constituencies. 

 

Leaders of all political parties are holding public meetings and rallies in support of their candidates. Star campaigner of BJP and CM of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath addressed a rally in Daraunda in Siwan. He claimed that only NDA can give corruption and crime free governance in Bihar. Mr Adityanath appealed to people before casting their votes they should remember the track record of RJD led past government.

 

Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Nitya Nand Rai are also holding rallies in support of NDA candidates.

 

BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi who was recently cured of COVID-19 infection will hold road shows in Madhubani and Sitamarhi today. More from our Correspondent:


JD(U) President and CM Nitish Kumar addressed a rally in Harinatand in Valimiki Nagar. During his address Mr Kumar said NDA government is committed for development of Bihar while RJD is a pocket party which is limited to only one family.

 

Senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot will address public meetings in Patna Sahib and Bankipur.

 

CPI leader D Raja, Kanhaiya Kumar, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury and CPI-ML leader Kavita Krishnan will also hold rallies.

 

For the second and third phase several offbeat candidates and professionals are in the fray. Among the nominees are several RTI activists, bureaucrats, educationists, technocrats and MBA degree holders.  Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News Patna.

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In Karnataka,  brisk campaign is seen for the R R Nagar and Sira by election to be held on November 3rd.


In Sira that comes in Tumkuru district, a triangular fight is seen between BJP,Congress and JD(S). In the Assembly election, JD(S) Candidate B Sathyanarayana had won the seat. Due to his death in August a by-election is being held now. Former Minister T B Jayachandra of Congress is pitted against Dr.Rajesh Gowda of BJP. The JD(S) has fielded Sathyanarayana’s wife Ammajamma. In R R Nagar in Bengaluru straight fight is seen between BJP and Congress.  N Munirathna who is a two time legislator from the constituency has defected from Congress to BJP. He is pitted against Congress candidate H Kusuma, a fresh face in the political arena. The state Congress President D K Shivakumar and the leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah are campaigning in R R Nagar. The new entrant to BJP Kushbo and other film stars from Kannada film industries have joined BJP leaders in campaigning for their candidate Munirathna. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will be campaigning in Sira tomorrow. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru

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Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said energy supplies were ensured by providing clean cooking fuel in the remotest part of the country in the challenging times.

 

Referring to Covid-19 pandemic, the Minister said, the world is going through unprecedented health crisis and the pandemic is obstructing economic growth in the world. He said, the impact of Covid led disruptions to global energy sector supply chains have to be assessed and approach towards strengthening of India’s energy sector need to be calibrated.

 

Speaking at the concluding Session of CERA Week India Energy Forum last evening, he said, Indian oil and gas industry has made significant strides in recent years. Mr. Pradhan invited  global industry and experts to become partners in India’s shared prosperity by enhancing India’s production of all forms of energy.

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In United States, democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is leading ​over Donald Trump in the national polls for the presidential election. The former vice president Joe Biden has a 12-point lead nationally over President Trump in a new CNN poll released yesterday. He gets 54 percent support among likely voters in the survey, while Trump trails at 42 percent. This gap is wider than most nationwide polls show. The survey also showed that Biden heading into the Election Day with far greater support across the country than Hillary Clinton enjoyed before her defeat in 2016. Biden has led every CNN poll against Trump since last year.  Biden also has a 65-44 percent lead among seniors, a historically Republican-leaning group that is set to play an outsized role in key swing states such as Arizona and Florida.  <><><>

 

The air quality in Delhi continues to remain in a very poor category today. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi's air quality index was recorded at 397 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 AQI is likely to marginally improve and stay in the Very Poor category for tomorrow. The stubble burning share in PM2.5 is estimated to be 36 per cent for today. 

 

Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind has promulgated an ordinance to constitute a Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and adjoining areas. 


The commission will work towards better coordination, research, identification and resolution of problems surrounding the Air Quality Index in the NCR and adjoining areas. It will consist of a Chairperson, a representative from the Ministry of Environment, members from the state of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, technical experts from the Central Pollution Control Board and Indian Space Research Organization among others. The Commission will have the power to take all such measures, issue directions and entertain complaints to protect and improve the  air quality  in the National Capital Region and adjoining areas. It will also lay down the parameters for discharge of environmental pollutants from various sources. Bhupendra, AIR News, Delhi.

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Income Tax Department has carried out searches at 22 premises in Tamil Nadu on a group engaged in the running of educational institutions and their associates, including a civil contractor. Central Board of Direct Taxes, CBDT said, the search was carried out yesterday on the basis of information that fees collected from students were not fully accounted for in the regular books of accounts.   <><><>

 

The birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is celebrated as  National Integration Day. Popularly known as the iron man of India, Sardar Patel had also played a key role in building the present day’s All India Services. 


We all know Sardar Patel's role in India's freedom struggle and national integration after independence. But he had also played an instrumental role in the creation of the All India Services which he described as the country's "Steel Frame". Once, in his address to the probationers of these services, he asked them to be guided by the spirit of service in day-to-day administration. His exhortation to the probationers to maintain utmost impartiality and incorruptibility of administration is also relevant today. Sardar Patel was the man who visualized the critical role of All India Services in post-independence India. During his address to the constituent assembly, he said that the role of All India Services is not only maintaining the law and order, but running the institutions that provide the binding cement to the society. The present-day all-India administrative services owe their origin to Sardar Patel’s sagacity and thus he is regarded as Father of modern All India Services.

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In Madhya Pradesh, under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Abhiyan, the youth were introduced to the culture of Northeast India. Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme aims to enhance interaction and promote mutual understanding between people of different states through the concept of pairing.

 

Madhya Pradesh has been paired with Nagaland and Manipur under this abhiyan.


The programme was organized by the NSS unit of Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur.  Students of Nagaland and Manipur shared their language and food by their cultural presentation during the program. Students of Madhya Pradesh informed about food and cultures of the state through video and PPT to the students of the northeastern states.  Program Coordinator Ashok Marathe said that such programs strengthen the unity and integrity of India.


The paired states carry out activities to promote a sustained and structured cultural connect in the areas of language learning, culture, traditions, music, tourism, cuisine, sports and sharing of best practices.  With Surabhi Tiwari from Jabalpur Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal

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The world's largest Civilian transport aircraft ANTONOV (AN124) recently  landed at Kolkata carrying a 59,000 Kg payload from Canada  for Baghjan in Assam  for the snubbing operation. The specialized snubbing truck was unrolled from the aircraft and loaded onto a trailer and is being driven to Baghjan and may take upto 7 days to reach Baghjan. The entire snubbing operation is expected to be completed by the end of next month.

 

Talking to AIR Correspondent, the  Spokesperson of Oil India Limited (OIL) Tridib Hazarika said the snubbing unit has already entered Assam and by the second week of November the process would come to an end. 


We are very hopeful that the snubbing unit will be in the position to to kill the well. In the meantime the diversion of gas, which we had successfully drew at the well site, that operation is going on as per plans, all safety parameters in control. We are very hopeful within second week of November, we should be able to share the good news of final killing of the well, with our stakeholders.

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As a major step towards empowerment under Kumhar Sashaktikaran Yojana of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) 100 potter families in Nanded and Parbhani districts of Maharashtra were distributed electric potter wheels. The potters have also been given 10-day training by KVIC through video-conference. According to KVIC Chairman  Vinai Kumar Saxena, more than 18,000 electric wheels have so far been distributed across the country benefiting nearly 80,000 people of the community.

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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 as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Accross the Country. In the run up to the event, All India Radio News brings to you select the excerpts from the speaches of the Iron Man of India from its archives. 

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In IPL Cricket, Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets in Abu Dhabi last night. Suryakumar Yadav smashed an unbeaten 79 off 43 deliveries, to help Mumbai Indians get across the line after being handed a target of 165.

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

 

The National Capital Delhi will have misty sky. The minimum temperature was recorded at 13 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 31 degree.

 

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,  the minimum temperature was 15 degree Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 31 degree. The city will have misty sky.

 

In Srinagar, the sky will be Mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature in Srinagar will hover between two and 21 degree Celsius.

   

Leh in Ladakh will have Mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature was minus three degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 15 degree Celsius.

 

Gilgit will witness generally cloudy sky with light rain with temperature moving from four to 16 degree Celsius.

 

In Muzafarrabad, minimum temperature was 12 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 24 degree. The sky will be misty.

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