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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserts that agricultural reforms have opened new doors of possibilities for farmers.

  • In his Mann ki Baat Programme, Prime Minister emphasizes on strengthening cultural bonds in time of pandemic; Appeals to people not to lower guard against Covid-19.

  • Government announces 900 crore rupee package for COVID-19 Vaccine Development Mission.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah says, government is ready to discuss all issues with farmers.

  • In Afghanistan, 30 security pesonnel killed in a car bomb blast in Ghazni province.

  • In Cricket: Australia beat India by 51 runs in second ODI in Sydney.


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. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, the recent agricultural reforms have opened new doors of possibilities for farmers. Addressing the Nation in his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, the Prime Minister said, farmers had been demanding these reforms for a long time and his government delivered on this front. He said, Parliament gave a legal form to the agricultural reforms after a lot of deliberations.

"बीते दिनों हुए कृषि सुधारों ने किसानों के लिए नई संभावनाओं के द्वार भी खोले हैं। बरसों से किसानों की जो माँग थी, जिन मांगो को पूरा करने के लिए किसी किसी समय में हर राजनीतिक दल ने उनसे वायदा किया था, वो मांगे पूरी हुई हैं। काफ़ी विचार विमर्श के बाद भारत की संसद ने कृषि सुधारों को कानूनी स्वरुप दिया। इन सुधारों से सिर्फ किसानों के अनेक बन्धन समाप्त हुये हैं, बल्कि उन्हें नये अधिकार भी मिले हैं, नये अवसर भी मिले हैं। इन अधिकारों ने बहुत ही कम समय में, किसानों की परेशानियों को कम करना शुरू कर दिया है।"

The Prime Minister recounted how the reforms have helped Jitendra Bhoiji, a farmer from Dhule district of Maharashtra in receiving his outstanding payments for selling corn. Mr Modi said, right knowledge which is free from misconceptions and rumors can act as a force multiplier for every individual. He lauded Mohammad Aslam from Baran district of Rajasthan for raising awareness among farmers.

Mr Modi also praised Virendra Yadav of Haryana’s Kaithal district who returned from Australia two years ago and is working to provide a solution to the stubble burning issue.

"पराली का समाधान करने के लिए वीरेन्द्र जी ने, पुआल की गांठ बनाने वाली स्ट्रा बेलर मशीन खरीदी। इसके लिए उन्हें कृषि विभाग से आर्थिक मदद भी मिली। इस मशीन से उन्होंने पराली के गठठे बनाने शुरू कर दिया। गठठे बनाने के बाद उन्होंने पराली को Agro Energy Plant और paper mill को बेच दिया। वीरेन्द्र जी ने पराली से सिर्फ दो साल में डेढ़ करोड़ रुपए से ज्यादा का व्यापार किया है, और उसमें भी, लगभग  50 लाख रुपये मुनाफा कमाया है। इसका फ़ायदा उन किसानों को भी हो रहा है, जिनके खेतों से वीरेन्द्र जी पराली उठाते हैं।"

The Prime Minister requested the youth to visit villages in their vicinity and talk to the farmers and make them aware of the innovations in farming and the recent agricultural reforms.

Mr Modi said, culture helps a lot during crisis and plays a major role in facing and handling it. He added that even with the help of technology, culture works like an emotional recharge. Mr Modi stressed on the importance to take cultural heritage to the maximum number of people through the medium of technology.  

Prime Minister Modi also expressed delight that the heritage and art of Ajanta caves is also being digitised and restored. The Prime Minister expressed happiness that a very old idol of Goddess Annapurna is coming back to India from Canada.

Mr Modi said Dr. Salim Ali's 125th Jayanti Samaroh began from 12th of this month. Doctor Salim had done remarkable work in the field of bird watching. This has also attracted bird watchers of the world towards India.

"डॉक्टर सलीम ने पक्षियों की दुनिया में Bird watching को लेकर उल्लेखनीय कार्य किया है। दुनिया के bird watchers को भारत के प्रति आकर्षित भी किया है। मैं, हमेशा से Bird watching के शौकीन लोगों का प्रशंसक रहा हूं। बहुत धैर्य के साथ, वो, घंटों तक, Bird watching कर सकते हैं, प्रकृति के अनूठे नजारों का लुत्फ़ उठा सकते हैं, और, अपने ज्ञान को हम लोगों तक भी पहुंचाते रहते हैं। भारत में भी, बहुत-सी Bird watching society सक्रिय हैं। आप भी, जरूर, इस विषय के साथ जुड़िये।"

The Prime Minister spoke about Jonas Masetti who is from Brazil. Masetti is also known as Vishwanath. He teaches Vedanta and Gita and runs an organization called Vishwavidya.

The Prime Minister said, the nation will celebrate the 551st Prakash Parv of Guru Nanak Dev tomorrow. He said Guru Nanak’s teachings echo from Vancouver to Wellington, and Singapore to South Africa.   

"ये, गुरु नानक देव जी ही थे, जिन्होंने, लंगर की परंपरा शुरू की थी और हमने देखा कि दुनिया-भर में सिख समुदाय ने किस प्रकार कोरोना के इस समय में लोगों को खाना खिलाने की अपनी परंपरा को जारी रखा है, मानवता की सेवा की - ये परंपरा, हम सभी के लिए निरंतर प्रेरणा का काम करती है। मेरी कामना है, हम सभी, सेवक की तरह काम करते रहे। एक बार फिर, गुरु नानक जयंती पर, मेरी, बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएँ।"

Mr Modi said that recently, he interacted with the students of many educational institutions, from IIT Delhi to IIT Guwahati through video conferencing. He asked students to contribute as alumni to their institutions even after they graduate.

The death anniversary of Sri Aurobindo will be observed on the 5th of December. Mr Modi said there is a lot of depth in Sri Aurobindo’s teachings.  

Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s death anniversary will be observed on the 6th of December. The Prime Minister asked everyone to reaffirm resolve to the country and abide by the duties assigned by the Constitution as an individual.

"कुछ दिनों बाद ही, 6 दिसम्बर को बाबा साहब अम्बेडकर की पुण्य-तिथि भी है। ये दिन बाबा साहब को श्रद्धांजलि देने के साथ ही देश के प्रति अपने संकल्पों, संविधान ने, एक नागरिक के तौर पर अपने कर्तव्य को निभाने की जो सीख हमें दी है, उसे दोहराने का है।"

Mr Modi said the nation has now started to discuss the COVID 19 vaccine after breaking out of the lockdown phase. He however cautioned that any negligence regarding Corona would be very deadly.  

"करीब-करीब एक साल हो रहे हैं, जब, दुनिया को कोरोना के पहले case के बारे में पता चला था। तब से लेकर अब तक, पूरे विश्व ने अनेक उतार-चढ़ाव देखे हैं। Lockdown के दौर से बाहर निकलकर, अब, vaccine पर चर्चा होने लगी है। लेकिन, कोरोना को लेकर, किसी भी तरह की लापरवाही अब भी बहुत घातक है। हमें, कोरोना के ख़िलाफ़ अपनी लड़ाई को मज़बूती से जारी रखना है।"


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will tomorrow interact with three teams that are involved in developing a COVID-19 vaccine. He will interact with them through video conferencing. The Prime Minister's Office in a tweet said that the teams from Gennova Biopharma, Biological E and Dr. Reddy’s will interact with Mr Modi.


The Centre has announced the third stimulus package of 900 crore rupees for the Mission COVID Suraksha- The Indian COVID-19 Vaccine Development Mission. This grant will be provided to the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) for Research and  Development of Indian COVID-19 vaccines. The COVID-19 Vaccine development Mission with end-to-end focus from preclinical development through clinical development and manufacturing and regulatory facilitation for deployment. It  would consolidate all available and funded resources towards an accelerated product development. The Ministry of Science and Technology said that this will help accelerate development of approximately 5 to 6 vaccine candidates. This will also ensure that these are brought closer to licensure and introduction in market for consideration of regulatory authorities for introduction in public health systems, to combat further spread of COVID infection. The Phase-I of the COVID Suraksha Mission has been allotted 900 Crore rupees for a period of 12 months. The Ministry said that a total of 10 vaccine candidates have been supported by Department of Biotechnology so far at both academia and industry and as on date. Five vaccine candidates are in human trials including the Russian Vaccine Sputnik-V with at least three more in advanced stages of preclinical to enter human trials shortly.


The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country has reached 93 lakh 92 thousand 9 hundred 20, with 41 thousand 8 hundred 10 new infections registered in the last 24 hours. The Health Ministry said, in the same period, 496 deaths were reported, taking the overall toll to 1 lakh 36 thousand 6 hundred and 96. The total active cases in the country are now at 4 lakh 53 thousand 9 hundred 56. In the last 24 hours, 42 thousand 2 hundred 98 people were discharged. With this, the total discharged cases are now at 88 lakh 2 thousand 2 hundred 67. The recovery rate is at 93.68 per cent.


Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has increased the number of ICU beds to 500 in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid Hospital at Delhi Cantonment. It has been done on the advice of Central Government in view of the rising number of cases in Delhi NCR. All the beds are provided with oxygen support. The Ministry of Defence has said that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid Hospital is DRDO’s 1000 bed facility, which was made operational on 5th July this year with a mandate to treat COVID-19 positive patients from Delhi and other states. The increase in the number of ICU beds required additional equipment like ICU monitors and up-gradation of existing oxygen pipeline. To deal with the unprecedented surge in number of cases, Armed Forces Medical Services has increased the medics. Doctors and nursing staff from ITBP, CAPF and other services have joined and are working round the clock. In this hospital, patients are treated free of cost including diagnostics, medicines and food. The patients being treated in the hospital have expressed satisfaction and appreciation for the care and hygienic facilities at the hospital.The hospital has been admitting patients from all over Delhi and adjoining states like Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh.


In Manipur, 10 people have died due to COVID-19 during the last twenty four hours, taking the corona death toll to 273.

On the other hand, 160 people have tested positive for COVID-19 during the last twenty four hours. The total number of positive cases so far in the State has reached  24,910. All the cases are locals and do not have any travel history.

One hundred and ninety eight people have recovered in the past twenty four hours in the State and the recovery rate stands at 85.91 percent.

So far, Manipur has recorded a total of 21,401 recoveries while the number of active cases is 3,236.


Nagaland reported 44 cases of COVID-19 infections today, taking the total number of affected people in the state to 11,159. Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom in a tweet said that 27 cases were detected from Dimapur, 16 from Kohima and one from Tuensang. Besides, 174 patients have also recovered which comprised of 140 recovered persons from Dimapur, 30 from Kohima, three from Tuensang and one from Phek. Currently, the state has 1,087 active corona cases, while total number of recovered persons in the state stood at 9,898. Out of the total 67 registered deaths in the state, 57 deaths are due to the infection, seven deaths are not related to COVID-19 and three deaths are under investigation. So far, 107 affected people have migrated to other states. 


In Kerala  5,643 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported today. Among them, 34 are health workers. The total number of active cases in the state has risen to 64,589.

Meanwhile the death toll in the state has reached 2,223, as 27 more deaths were confirmed today. 49,775 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. As of today, there are 524 hotspots in the state.


The Odisha Assembly was adjourned sine die today by the speaker Dr. Surya Narayan Patro. The house was adjourned before 30 business days ahead of the scheduled conclusion of the winter session on the 31st of December this year. More from our Bhubaneswar correspondent:

"Before the house was declared adjourned for an indefinite period, the government managed to pass the appropriation bill of 11 thousand 700 crore rupees amid the ruckus created by the opposition members who demanded running the session for a few more days. The supplementary budget for the financial year 2020-21 had been tabled in the Assembly on the very first day of the session that commenced on the 20th of this month. During the short session spanning 10 days amid the pandemic, the house witnessed uproarious scenes and multiple adjournments with the opposition BJP and Congress cornering the state government on the alleged abduction and murder of a 5 year old girl in the Nayagarh district about 4 months ago. The issue was triggered by the recent self-immolation bid by the bereaved parents demanding justice in front of the state assembly. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar."


The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, BMC will undertake a joint campaign for prevention of tuberculosis and leprosy from 1st to 16th December. The civic body said that the survey teams of the Public Health Department will go door-to-door to check on citizens. More from our Mumbai correspondent:

"The Public Health Department of the BMC has informed that under this campaign, 5,09,277 persons from 12,12,693 households in the relatively affected areas will be tested for tuberculosis and leprosy. As many as 3,451 teams will be working for this campaign. These teams will visit the houses in their areas from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm and conduct priliminary medical check-up. According to BMC's health executive officer Dr. Mangala Gomare, suspected TB patients will be given 'vouchers' for free X-ray and relevant medical examination. While, Leprosy suspects found during the operation will be referred to the nearest hospital or clinic. Nivedita, Air News, Mumbai."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his parliamentary constituency Varanasi tomorrow and take part in the world famous Dev Deepawali festival. This is his first visit to Kashi after the outbreak of Corona pandemic and a gap of around 9 months. During his one day tour the Prime Minister will take part in many functions. More from our Varanasi correspondent:

"Dev Deepawali, which has become a world famous festival of light and fervour in Varanasi, is celebrated on every Poornima of the Kartik month. The festival will be started by the Prime Minister by lighting a diya on the Raj Ghat of Varanasi, which will be followed by lighting of 11 lakh diyas on both sides of River Ganges. PM will dedicate to the nation the six-lane widening project of the Handia (Prayagraj) - Rajatalab (Varanasi) section of National Highway 19. The Prime Minister will also undertake a site visit of the under construction Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor Project to review its progress. He will also see the Light and Sound show at the archaeological site of Sarnath, which had been inaugurated by him earlier this month. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, VARANASI."


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

"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। दिल्ली पुलिस आपको एक बड़े मैदान के अंदर Shift करने के लिए तैयार है। आप कृपया वहाँ पर जाईए, वहाँ पुलिस permission भी आपको कार्यक्रम करने की दी जाएगी। और अगर किसान चाहतें है कि भारत सरकार जल्द बात करें 3 तारीख से पहले इनसे बात करें तो मेरा आप सभी को ये आश्वाशन है कि जैसे ही आप लोग इसमें shift हो जाते है दूसरे ही दिन भारत सरकार आपके साथ आपकी समस्या और मांगों के लिए बातचीत करने के लिए तैयार है।"


Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has said that the Central Government has done unprecedented work to develop railway infrastructure and increase passenger amenities in the last Six years.

Inaugurating the electrified section of Bandikui- Digawada rail section today, Mr Goyal said that the pace of every work in the railway has increased in the last six years. He said, Indian Railways is achieving new milestones through team work. Mr Goyal said that the Railways has resolved to electrify 100 percent to reduce pollution and increase the speed of trains.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the State Election Commissioner, K. K Sharma has informed that 64 percent and 57 percent voter turnout was recorded on Saturday in the first phase of vacant Panch and Sarpanch Panchayat By-poll elections respectively. AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that total 85,363 electors exercised their franchise which began at 7AM and ended at 2PM against the total of 1,43,592 electors for both Sarpanch and Panch vacant constituencies. The SEC has said that the DDC and Panchayat elections will play a decisive role towards development at a grass root level and appreciated every stakeholder for their tireless efforts for the successful conduct of the polling process. In the first phase of Panchayat By-elections, 1131 candidates were in the fray, 852 in 368 Panch constituencies and 279 in 94 Sarpanch Constituencies.


Following the Election Commission of India guidelines, the ongoing campaign for biennial election to the five graduates'' and teachers'' constituencies of Maharashtra Legislative Council, came to an end this evening. Polling for these seats will take place on December 1 between 8 am and 5pm while counting will take place on December 3.

Of the five poll-bound segments, three are graduate constituencies from Aurangabad, Pune and Nagpur divisions, and two are teacher seats from Pune and Amravati divisions.These are constituencies in which only teachers and graduates are eligible to vote.

It’s going to be a direct fight between the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi and the opposition BJP. While BJP is contesting all the five seats, the NCP and Congress will contest two seats each and Shiv Sena one seat.

Elections to these seats were due since July but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the polling to Dhule-Nandurbar Local Bodies Constituency would also be held on December 1.


Indian Navy's Search and Rescue effort to locate the second pilot of the MiG-29K trainer aircraft which ditched off Goa on 26th of this month continues with extensive deployment of naval ships and aircraft. Some debris of the aircraft including landing gear, turbo charger, fuel tank engine and wing engine cowling have been located. In addition to nine warships and 14 aircraft engaged in the search efforts, Indian Navy's Fast Interceptor Craft is also deployed to search waters along the coast. Coastal police are on the lookout and nearby fishing villages have been sensitised.


President Ram Nath Kovind has extended his greetings and best wishes to all the citizens living in India and abroad, especially the brothers and sisters of the Sikh community on the eve of birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. In his message, Mr Kovind said that the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji are an inspiration for all human-beings. He showed people the path of unity, harmony, fraternity, comity and service, and gave an economic philosophy to realize a lifestyle based on hard work, honesty and self-respect. The President said that Guru Nanak Dev Ji gave the basic mantra of ‘Ek Onkar’ to his followers and insisted on treating all human beings equally, without discriminating on the basis of caste, creed and gender. Mr Kovind said that his message of 'Naam Japo, Kirat Karo and Vand Chhako' contains the essence of all his teachings. The President said, on the sacred occasion of Guru Nanak Dev's birth anniversary, we should  resolve to conduct ourselves in a manner so as to emulate his teachings.


The 19th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation- SCO Council of Heads of Government to be hosted by India will be held tomorrow in virtual format. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will chair the meeting. The External Affairs Ministry in a statement said that 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. India assumed the Chairmanship of the SCO Council of Heads of Government on 2nd November last year as per rotation from the previous Chair - Uzbekistan and will complete its year -long tenure on 30th of this month.


In Afghanistan, 30 Afghan security force members were killed and 24 injured in a car bomb blast in the central province of Ghazni today. Officials said, casualties could increase given the intensity and location of the blast.

Local officials said, the blast targeted a compound of the public protection force, a wing of the Afghan security forces. It damaged civilian residences around the compound and there could be more

casualties from there. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

In another bombing targeting a top provincial official, at least one person was killed and 23 injured in the eastern province of Zabul today.

Afghanistan has seen a spate of car bombings over the last few months, despite peace talks being under way between negotiation teams of the insurgent Taliban and the government in the Qatari capital Doha.


Australia defeated India by 51 runs in the second One Day International of the three-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground this evening. After setting a target of 390 runs, Australia restricted India to 338 for nine in 50 overs. For India, Captain Virat Kohli was the highest scorer with 89 off 87 balls. With this win, the hosts have now taken a 2-0 unbeatable lead in the series.

Earlier, Australia posted 389 for 4 in the stipulated 50 overs after electing to bat. For the hosts, Steven Smith was the highest scorer with 104 off 64 balls.


Dutee Chand and K T Irfan included in Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) Core group along with some promising young athletes in Development Group. Eight Track and Field Athletes were included in the core group of the TOPS. Seven Track and Field Athletes were included in the TOPS developmental group.

The decision to include athletes in the TOPS core group was based on their performance progression and their qualification or high probability of qualification for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for next year.


The weather forecast for tomorrow.

The National capital will have fog in the morning and later clear sky with temperatures varying between 7 and 26 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will have partly cloudy sky and the temperature will vary between 22 and 33 degree Celsius.

Chennai will have partly cloudy sky and temperature will hover between 22 and 30 degree Celsius.

Kolkata is likely to have clear sky and temperature will vary between 16 and 28 degree Celsius.

On to the North, Jammu temperature will hover between 9 degree Celsius 25 degrees. City will have a mainly clear sky.

Srinagar will have also have mainly clear sky and may become partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Temperature will hover between minus three degree celsius and 14 degrees.

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

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

Muzaffarabad there will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening and temperature will vary between four to 18 degree Celsius.


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