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28.11.2020

2030 HRS.


28th November, 2020



THE HEADLINES:-


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews Covid-19 Vaccine manufacturing and development in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune facilties.

  • COVID-19 tests per million population cross one lakh mark in the country.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah says government  is ready to deliberate on every problem and demand of the farmers.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, first phase of District Development Council elections and Panchayat by-polls held peacefully; 51.7 per cent voting recorded in DDC polls.

  • Foreign Direct Investment surges to 30 billion dollars in April - October this year.

  • In cricket, India to take on Australia in the Second ODI at Sydney tomorrow.

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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 concluded his tri-city tour of visiting facilities involved in the manufacture and development of the coronavirus vaccine. In his last stop of the single day tour, the PM visited Serum Institute in Pune this evening. His visit to Maharashtra based institute was considered significant as the institute which has partnered with global pharma giant AstraZeneca and Oxford University for a COVID-19 vaccine, is in the advance trial of Covid vaccine development. At the SII vaccine plant, the managing team and core scientist group briefed the PM about the overall phases, and research testing for a Covid vaccine.


PM Modi also took a detailed review of the status of the vaccine, including its launch, production and distribution mechanisms during the visit.


"During the 50-minute visit, Prime Minister Modi inspected the vaccine production process. Then had a discussion with the scientists and officials of the Serum Institute. After concluding the program, Prime Minister twitted that he had a good interaction with the team at Serum Institute. He said that they shared details about the progress so far and how they plan to further ramp up Vaccine manufacturing. After this visit Prime Minister Left for Delhi. Nitin Kelkar for AIR News Pune"


Earlier, Mr. Modi visited the Zydus Cadila Pharmaceutical’s vaccine development facility at Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad this morning and held meetings with Zydus Cadila Pharmaceutical's scientists. The Prime Minister also got first hand information on ZyKoV-D, a Covid-19 vaccine candidate.


"During the half an hour meeting, Prime Minister Modi  discussed the process of vaccine development, its trials and distribution plan of the final product. Zydus Cadila Pharmaceutical’s vaccine development facility at Zydus Biotech Park is developing ZyKoV-D, a Covid-19 vaccine. ZykoV-D- a potential vaccine will enter in the third phase of clinical trials in December is a big step for the Atmanirbhar Bharat. The Chairman of Zydus Cadila Pankaj Patel said that the Prime Minister's visit inspires the scientists and staff of the company. Company's MD Sharvil Patel said that Prime Minister Modi also discussed the treatment of Covid-19 along with the development process of vaccines. He said that the Prime Minister also offered the Government's help in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


After his visit to the Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad, in a tweet, Mr Modi said that he complimented the team behind this effort for their work. He said, the Government of India is actively working with them to support them in this journey.


From Ahmedabad the Prime Minister then flew to Hyderabad where he was briefed about indigenous COVID-19 vaccine at the Bharat Biotech facility. After his brief visit he congratulated the scientists’ team for their progress in the trials so far. In a message, the PM said the Bharat Biotech team is closely working with ICMR to facilitate speedy progress.


"Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Bharat Biotech International Limited, which has undertaken development and manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccine, called Covaxin in collaboration with the ICMR. The Prime Minister interacted with senior scientists and executives of the BBIL including its founder and chairman Dr Krishna Ella during his hour-long visit to the laboratory. The BBIL later in a statement said the Prime Minister’s visit serves as a great inspiration to their team and further reinforces their commitment towards scientific discovery, solving public health issues and the nation’s fight against COVID -19. Currently the phase-III clinical trials of the Covaxin are underway by involving over 25 thousand volunteers in 22 states across the country. Lakshmi, AIR News, Hyderabad"


It may be noted that the Phase-1 clinical trial of Zydus Cadilla’s vaccine candidate ZyCoV-D is over and the pharma company has commenced Phase-2 clinical trials from August.  Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is undergoing Phase-3 trials. Covishield vaccine  is currently in the final stage of clinical human trials.


The Serum Institute of India has partnered with UK's Oxford University  and  British-Swedish Pharmaceutical Giant AstraZeneca  in the manufacture and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate COVISHIELD in India.


Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading the efforts being made in the country like a supreme commander in the fight against Covid-19.

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Covid-19 Tests per million population crossed 1 lakh mark today. India’s tests per million population stand at 100,159.7. According to Indian Council of Medical Research, over 11 lakh 57 thousand tests were conducted during the last 24 hours. The total number of samples tested so far has gone up to over 13 crore 82 lakh.


Meanwhile, the country's COVID-19 recovery rate has reached 93.68 per cent as a total of 41 thousand 452 patients have recovered during the past 24 hours. According to Health Ministry, the total number of recoveries has gone up to over 87 lakh 59 thousand. The actual caseload currently comprises only 4.87 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is four lakh 54 thousand 940.


During the past 24 hours, 41 thousand 322 new cases were reported taking the total number of positive cases to over 93 lakh 51 thousand. The Ministry said, that effective implementation of the strategic and graded Test, Track and Treat approach has led to higher recoveries and lower fatality. Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.46 per cent which is one of the lowest globally. During the last 24 hours, 485 deaths were reported taking the toll to one lakh 36 thousand 200.

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The Rajasthan Government has today reduced the RT-PCR test rate of COVID-19 from 1200 Rupees to 800 Rupees in private hospitals and laboratories in the state. The state government has issued a notification in this regard. The Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has inaugurated the 70-bed COVID ICU at RUHS Hospital in Jaipur through Video Conference. He also dedicated the Covid labs in Six districts Hanumangarh, Pratapgarh, Jaisalmer, Rajsamand, Tonk and Bundi. The Chief Minister said health infrastructure has been strengthened throughout Rajasthan for maximum screening and proper treatment of Corona infected persons and now RT-PCR screening facility is available at every district. He said instead of hiding the disease, people should be treated on time.


"The number of New cases of Covid-19 has fallen since last two days in the state. Today, 2 thousand 765 cases of infection have been reported, while 2 thousand 178 people have recovered. The total number of infections in the state has increased to 2 lakh 62 thousand 805. At the same time the number of active cases reached above 28 thousand. With the death of 19 people due to Covid in the last 24 hours, the figure of the dead has increased to 2 thousand 274."Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur"

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Kerala continues to see a surge in Covid cases. Our correspondent reports that 6250 new cases of covid were confirmed today.


"Five thousand two hundred seventy five recoveries were also reported today in the State.Over 63000 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.The test positivity rate is 9.77. Presently  the total active Covid cases in Kerala is 64, 834. Meanwhile 25 recent deaths were also confirmed  due to Covid today, taking the death toll in the State to 2196.Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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The Government of Karnataka has issued new guidelines effective from December 1st to contain the Corona pandemic in the state. The guidelines pertain to promote appropriate behaviour, enforce wearing of masks, hand hygiene and social distancing.


"Due to effective implementation of containment measures through tracking, testing, isolating and creating awareness on Covid-19, there is a steady decline in active cases over the past months. The district administration is imposing a fine of 250 rupees for not wearing masks in Bengaluru and 100 rupees in other districts. The Containment zones are sealed allowing only essential activities. House to house surveillance is carried in these zones. Standard operating procedures are announced for international travellers. Cinema halls, exhibition halls, cultural and  religious centres are to allow only 50 percent of the hall capacity, swimming pools are open only for sports persons. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru"

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In view of a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases, the Himachal government has decided to enforce five days office and sixth day work from home for all the Government employees of the State till the 31st of December.


State Government has also restricted the number of persons in all social gatherings to 50. 


Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has said all political functions would be held virtually and restriction on numbers would be implemented in letter and spirit in such functions. He also directed the Deputy Commissioners to rope in private hospitals and laboratories for testing and treatment of Covid patients.


On the other hand, the State Government is also considering to impose curfew from 9 pm to 6 am in the four districts, viz. Shimla, Mandi, Kullu and Kangra.

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The recovery rate of Covid patients in Delhi stands at 91.89 per cent. The city recorded recovery of six thousand 512 patients in the last 24 hours taking the total number of recovered patients till date to five lakh 16 thousand 166. A total of four thousand 998 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus were reported in the National Capital during the last twenty four hours. With this the total number of Covid cases reported in the Capital city so far, has reached five lakh 61 thousand 742.


The Delhi Government confirmed that 89 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 8 thousand 998. The total number of active corona cases in the city now stands at 36 thousand 578.

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Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the government is ready to hold talks with protesting farmers. Talking to media, Mr Shah said the Agriculture Minister has invited them on the 3rd December for discussions. He said government is ready to deliberate on every problem and demand of the farmers.


"जो किसान भाई अपने आंनदोलन कर रहे हैं वो सभी को मैं अपील करना चाहता हूँ कि भारत सरकार आपसे चर्चा करने के लिए तैयार है। तीन दिसंबर को कृषि मंत्री जी ने आपको निमंत्रण पत्र भेजा है चर्चा के लिए और भारत सरकार आपकी हर समस्या और आपकी हर मांग पर विचार विमर्श करने के लिए तैयार है। किसान यूनियन के सभी नेताओं को मैं ये कहना चाहता हूँ कि आप सारे किसान भाइयों को लेकर जो स्थान दिल्ली पुलिस ने तय किया है। वहीं पर जाइये पुलिस प्रमिशन के साथ शांतिपूर्वक तरीके से और लोकतांत्रिक तरीके से आंदोलन चालू रखिये और शीघ्र भारत सरकार आपसे बातचीत करने के लिए तैयार है। बातचीत को भी आगे बढ़ाइए।"

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Union Minister Piyush Goyal today said that Aatmanirbhar Bharat is about opening India's doors wider so that India engages with the world from a position of strength, on equal, fair and reciprocal terms. Delivering the keynote address at an event, he said that India should focus its energies on creating within the country, learning from experiences across the world, bringing best of technologies to India, attracting capital, skills and high-quality education and healthcare. He said technology will play an important role in achieving Aatmanirbharta, and the government will support start-ups and industry in expanding technology ecosystem.

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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu will chair the 19th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of Government to be hosted by India in virtual format on the 30th of this month. It will be the first time that a Summit-level Meeting will be held under India’s Chairmanship, since it gained full membership of the organization in 2017. This Summit is held annually at the level of Prime Ministers of SCO and deals primarily with the trade and economic agenda of the organization.


The External Affairs Ministry said India considers the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as an important regional organization to promote cooperation in the areas of peace, security, trade, economy and culture. It said India is committed to widening cooperation with the SCO by playing a proactive, positive and constructive role in the organization.


India assumed the Chairmanship of the SCO Council of Heads of Government on the 2nd November last year as per rotation from the previous Chair - Uzbekistan and will complete its year -long tenure on the 30th of this month.

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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, amid the Covid-19 Pandemic and bone chilling cold in Kashmir Valley and some parts of Jammu division, a large number of people participated in the first ever District Development Council (DDC) polls and 51.7 per cent voting was recorded for the phase one peacefully without any untoward incident. The Panchayat by-election were also held peacefully in the Union Territory. The DDC elections in the Union Territory are the first major polls that are being conducted across the Valley since the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the erstwhile state of J&K into two union territories.


"Today 43 DDC constituencies went to polls including 25 in Kashmir Valley and 18 in Jammu divison where 7 lakh voters were registered. In Jammu divison, the voting per cent was 64.2 percent and in Kashmir Valley, 40.65 percent voting was recorded. In Jammu, highest percentage of 74.6 percent of voting was recording in Reasi district. Whereas, in Kashmir valley, highest voting of 42.58 percent was recorded in Shopian district. The eight-phase DDC election is being seen as a triangular contest. Meanwhile, in exercise of powers conferred under Section 36 of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989, the State Election Commission today imposed restrictions on conduct of exit polls till the last phase of the DDC elections. N. Gulshan Raina, News AIR, News, Jammu"

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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar today said Foreign Direct Investment into India surged by a healthy 15 percent to 30 billion dollars in April - October this year. In a tweet, Mr Javadekar said Make in India for the world campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has picked up the pace and is firmly on course to make India an industrial hub for the world.

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The Ministry of Finance has said the Punjab Government has communicated acceptance of Option-1 to meet the revenue shortfall arising out of GST implementation. The number of States who have chosen this option has gone up to 26.  All the three Union Territories  Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Puducherry have also decided in favour of Option-1. The Finance Ministry in a statement said the States and  Union Territories who choose Option-1 are getting the amount of shortfall arising out of GST implementation through a special borrowing window put in place by the Government of India.

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In Uttar Pradesh, preparations for the up coming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Monday are  in  full swing. The Prime Minister will take part in Dev Deepawali programme and address a public meeting there. Dev Dipawali is a function after Deepawali when a large number of lamps are lit on the banks of rivers and other places on the occasion of  Kartik Purnima.


Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Varanasi yesterday to review preparedness.


"Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inspected the  sites where programme  will  be organised. He also gave instructions that  the people in Varanasi  should be constantly made aware through the public address system to comply with the prescribed protocol of  Covid-19 during the programme of Dev Deepawali. He said that Kashi being the important centre of religious ,spiritual ,education and tourism activities has special importance at national and international level and massage generated here goes across the globe. Chief Minister said that Cleanliness is the priority of the Prime Minister Modi, so special cleaning arrangements should be ensured for the entire Kashi. MS Yadav AIR News Lucknow "

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in the 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio at 11 AM tomorrow. It will be the 71st episode of the monthly radio programme. It will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and also on AIR News website www.newsonair.com and newsonair Mobile App. It will also be streamed live on the YouTube channels of AIR, DD News, PMO and Information and Broadcasting Ministry. AIR will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. The regional language versions will be repeated at eight in the evening.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy and discussed the situation in the wake of cyclone Nivar and heavy rainfall in parts of the state.


Mr Modi expressed condolence at the loss of lives and prayed for quick recovery of the injured. An ex-gratia of two lakh rupees each would be given to the next of kin of the deceased and 50,000 rupees each to the injured, from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.


In a statement last night, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said that the Prime Minister has assured all possible help to the state.

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The Tamil Nadu Government has also announced compensation packages for the losses suffered due to the Cyclone Nivar. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy in a statement last night said that  four people lost their lives due to the cyclone. He said, their families will be given a solatium of ten lakh rupees each. Thirty thousand rupees each will be given as compensation for the cows that were killed, 25-thousand rupees for buffalos, 16-thousand rupees for the calves and three thousand rupees for the sheep. In addition, financial aid will be given for the huts in proportion to the damages. For the crop loss, the Chief Minister has assured that the compensation will be given after the assessment of the damages. In the state electricity distribution network, 108 transformers and 2,927 poles were destroyed and the staff are replacing them to restore power supply in the affected areas.

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A number of political leaders from Maharashtra including Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, state Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar among others paid homage to social reformer Mahatma Jyotiba Phule on his 130th Death Anniversary today.


Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said in a tweet that Mahatma Phule was a great social reformer who fought for the rights of women and the downtrodden. 


Paying rich tributes to Mahatma Phule, Ajit Pawar said he was a great revolutionary who empowered the masses to live with dignity by emphasizing the importance of education. He said Phule brought an ideological social revolution for taking the society out of the bondage of ignorance, superstition, untouchability, caste and religious discrimination.

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The Bengaluru based Indian Institute of Science researchers have developed an efficient decentralised wastewater treatment and recycling system for rural areas. A study on decentralised wastewater treatment systems developed by the premier institute was published in the Journal of water Process Engineering. The model is demonstrated in Berambadi Primary school in a remote village in Karnataka. The Assistant Professor at the Centre for Sustainable Technologies in Indian Institute of Science, Lakshminarayana Rao has informed that the water treatment system demonstrated by them is economical and enables reuse of wastewater, reducing dependence on freshwater resources.

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Ladakh Lieutenant Governor has inaugurated curtain raiser event of India International Science Festival (IISF)-2020 in Leh today. In a virtual event, organised at Defence Institute of High Altitude Research, Mr. Mathur underlined the importance of taking science and technology to remote parts of the country while highlighting the requirements of adaptations of science and technology for sustainability in environmentally fragile places like Ladakh.


India International science festival launched in 2015 is a celebration to promote science and technology and how science could leade India towards developed nation. The festival also aims at how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) provide solutions to improve lives.

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The Central Bureau of Investigation, today raided around 40 premises across four states, including  25 in West Bengal, as part of an investigation into a coal mafia case. It is in West Bengal that Anup Majhi, the alleged kingpin of the illegal operation, is based, sources said. The home and offices of the suspect, who lives in Asansol, are being searched along with those of his associates. Official sources said that the searches are spread across West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. The Agency has registered cases against officials including  of Eastern Coalfields Ltd, Railways and private persons.

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Face-to-face negotiations between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) over a trade deal have restarted in London in a last-ditch attempt to find agreement with just five weeks to go before their current relationship ends.


EU negotiator Michel Barnier and the UK’s chief negotiator David Frost are working to secure a deal before the UK’s transition period with the EU ends on December 31.


It is the first time they have met face-to-face since Barnier went into self-isolation after a member of his team caught the novel coronavirus.

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In Cricket, the second-One Day International between India and Australia will take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground tomorrow. In the opening game of the three-match series yesterday, Australia defeated India by 66 runs. The third and final ODI will be played on the 2nd of December in Sydney.


Live commentary of the match will be broadcast on FM Rainbow, Rajdhani, PB You Tube and other channels of All India Radio Delhi. Commentary can be heard alternately in Hindi and English from 8:30 AM till the end of the match.

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


Jammu temperature will hover between 9 degree Celsius 24 degrees. City will have a mainly clear sky in the morning which may become partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.


Srinagar will have also have mainly clear sky and may become partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Temperature will hover between minus two degree celsius and 12 degrees.


In Leh, there will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening and temperature will vary between minus eight degree Celsius and three degrees.


Gilgit will have mainly clear sky with temperature varying between minus 1 degree celsius to 16 degrees.


Muzaffarabad there will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening and temperature will vary between five to 17 degree Celsius.


In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between eight and 25 degree Celsius. The sky will be mainly clear.


Chandigarh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature in the city will hover between nine and 24 degree Celsius.


In Hyderabad, temperature will vary between 16 degree Celsius and 27 degrees. The city will have generally cloudy sky with possibility of light Rain or drizzle.


Ahmedabad will have clear sky. temperature will vary between 16 degree Celsius and 31 degrees.

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