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01.12.2020
THE HEADLINES:
  • Centre to hold talks with the farmers at 3 PM in New Delhi.
  • Home Minister leads high level talks with key Union Ministers ahead of meeting with farmers.
  • Voting for second phase of DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir comes to a close.
  • Polling is on for the Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra legislative council seats and for Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
  • National COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 93.94 per cent; Over 14 crore tests conducted so far.
  • World AIDS Day is being observed today.

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As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps --

  • Wear a face mask.
  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.
  •  Focus on hand and face hygiene. 

Home Minister Amit Shah, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today held a meeting at the residence of BJP President JP Nadda over farmers' protest. Talking to media this morning, the Agriculture Minister said the government is ready for talks and farmer leaders have been invited for talks at 3 PM today.



Farmer leaders present in first round of talks have been invited for the dialogue. The invitation came after consultations among senior BJP leaders over ways to reach farmers’ leaders in order to end the stalemate. Farmers’ organisations have been agitating against the new farm laws. Government is likely to assure the farmers today about the new reforms, and dispel rumours over the minimum support price for their produce. Centre has been repeatedly assuring the farmers that the new farm reforms are aimed at doubling their income, and MSP and Mandis will still be in place. It has urged farmers to not harbor misunderstandings regarding the recent agriculture reforms. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi.

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The Narendra Modi government has taken several measures with an aim to  transform the agriculture sector in the country and raise farmers’ income. The government has recently implemented new farm Acts in this direction which include Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020. More from our correspondent.


The key objective of Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act of 2020 prime objective is to eliminate middlemen who pocketed most of the farmers’ productive incomes. It also aims at ending the monopoly of buyers’ cartels that fleeced farmers’ income in the mandis.Through the path breaking historic reforms, the farmers in the country  have been for the first time, given the freedom to sell their produce wherever they could demand a better price. Farmers can now even sell their produce at the farm gate, factory premises, warehouses, silos or cold storages. The three crucial farmer-oriented and progressive legislation allows farmers to trade their produce online. It also facilitates setting up of electronic trading platforms by farmers’ organizations and private companies. Above all, the new legislations do not change the existing system of MSP and Mandis in any way, leaving the prerogative of choice solely on the farmers. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR News, Delhi.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, polling  for the second phase of District Development Council  has concluded . Voting took place in 43 DDC constituencies in this phase. Of this, 25 are in Kashmir valley and 18 in Jammu division. More than 7 lakh 90 thousand voters were eligible to cast their votes to decide the fate of 321 candidates. Bypolls to 83 vacant Sarpanch seats and 331 panch seats were held alongwith DDC polls. Overall, 23.67 per cent voters have cast their votes upto  11AM.  As per the figures given by the office of State Election Commissioner, in Kashmir Division, Kupwara has recorded voting percentage of 16% while Srinagar recorded 18.26%, and in Jammu division, Kishtwar has recorded voting percentage of 28.47% and  Doda 35.86%. The first phase of 8-phased DDC election in the UT saw 52% voter turnout on Saturday. It may be mentioned that DDC election is the first ever electoral process post nullifying of Article 370 and reorganization of the State into two Union Territories.

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In Uttar Pradesh, voting for 11 legislative council seats of Graduate and Teacher constituency under biennial election is underway. The polling that  started at 8 AM will continue till 5 PM. No untoward incident has been reported so far.The counting of vote will be done on 3rd December. Covid 19 protocols are strictly being followed during polling. Out of 11 seats 5 are Graduate constituencies and 6 Teachers  constituencies. Graduate constituencies are Lucknow, Agra, Meerut, Varanasi, and Allahabad -Jhansi  constituency while teachers  constituency are Lucknow, Agra, Meerut, Varanasi, Bareilly- Moradabad and Gorakhpur-Faizabad divisions. According to the Election Commission, 20.36% voters exercised their franchise in this election till 12 .00 Noon. The highest 29 .14 percent voter turnout was recorded in Bareilly - Moradabad division teachers constituency and the lowest 11.5 7% in Agra division graduate constituency. More from our Lucknow correspondent:


"Covid 19 protocols are strictly being  followed during polling . Enough arrangement of hand sanitizer and Thermal scanners have been made at booths . No polling personnel or Voter has been allowed without face cover or mask. Social distancing is firmly being maintained while voting. Out of 11 seats for which voting is going on 5 are of Division Graduate consultancies  and 6  of Division  Teachers constituencies. The division graduate constituencies are  lucknow, Agra, Meerut, Varanasi, and Allahabad -Jhansi constituency. The division  teachers  constituency are  lucknow, Agra, Meerut ,Varanasi, Bareilly- Moradabad and Gorakhpur -Faizabad division teachers constituency. In this election graduate voter registered on electoral list vote for division graduate seat and registered teacher voters poll for division teacher seat. All major parties including BJP, Samajwadi Party and Congress except BSP have fielded their candidates in the election. There are total 199 candidates in the fray. Most 30 candidates are pitted on Meerut division graduate seat and least 11 candidates on Lucknow division teachers seat. MS Yadav AIR News Lucknow "

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In Maharashtra, polling is underway for the Teachers and Graduates constituencies of the State Legislative Council. Voting is taking place for the graduate constituencies in Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad divisions and for the Teachers constituencies in Pune and Amravati divisions.Voting began this morning at 8 and will continue till 5 pm. As this is the first election in the state amid the Covid-19 pandemic, all health regulations are being strictly enforced. For the first time, an independent medical officer has been appointed at each polling station. A report:-


The voting process for the Nagpur division graduate constituency election of the Maharashtra Legislative Council started from 8:00 am today following the Covid  peventaive guidleines .  Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Nagpur District Guardian Minister Dr. Nitin Raut and Leader of the Opposition in the state,  Devendra Fadnavis, exercised their franchise. In this election to be held in 6 districts of Nagpur, the graduates will use their franchise to elect MLA for the Legislative Council. By 12:00 noon today, about 19 percent voting has taken place in the Nagpur division. Voting will end today at 5 p.m. Voting for  Teacher’s constituency is also going on in Amravati district . In both these districts of Vidarbha, there is a direct battle between the ruling party Maha Vikas Aghadi and the opposition BJP. The election results will be declared on December 3. Dhananjay Wankhede All India Radio News Nagpur.

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Polling is underway for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections today. Till 12 noon, about 10 per cent polling was recorded for the 150-division GHMC. Amidst tight COVID precautions and security arrangements, polling has been peaceful  so far. There were some incidents of arguments and scuffles reported at a few divisions between the cadres of different political parties but police  dispersed them to ensure smooth polling. Over 74 lakh electors are eligible to elect 150 corporators out of which at least 50 per cent are women. Our correspondent says the polling will continue till 6PM this evening:


Despite carrying an intense voter awareness campaign, the elector turn out at the polling stations is discouraging for the candidates and also for those who value larger and wide participation of this important democratic activity. Comparatively, the polling is better in Medchal Malkajgiri, Rangareddy and Sangareddy districts than in Hyderabad. Hyderabad has 84 divisions where as these three districts have 66 out of 150 divisions.  Printing mistakes on the ballot paper reported at one division for which the State Election Commission is likely to announce the repolling. As part of COVID precautions, all electors are coming to the polling stations, wearing face masks. Special provisions have been made to utilise postal ballots for elders above 80 years of age and those who are COVID 19 positive. The polling is expected to gain a little momentum post midday. ---Lakshmi, airnews Hyderabad.


A Total of 9101 polling stations have been setup across 4 districts, Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medchal Malkajgiri and Sangareddy. Videography or live webcasting from about half of the polling stations is going on to ensure constant vigil. 

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The Border Security Force is celebrating its 56th Raising Day today. BSF is India's first line of defence. It was raised in accordance with an Act of Parliament on  1st December, 1965, soon after the India-Pakistan War of 1965. Addressing the Raising Day event at a BSF camp in New Delhi today, DG, BSF Rakesh Asthana  assured the country that Border Security Force will always stand to protect the country from the coward infiltration attempts of Pakistan. He paid his respects to families of all BSF personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty. Mr Asthana said the BSF was constituted with 25 battalions, and is 192 battalion strong today. The BSF is the sentry to more than 6,000 kilometre long international border of the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and  Home Minister Amit Shah have also extended their best wishes to all BSF personnel and their families on their Raising Day. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, BSF has distinguished itself as a valorous force, unwavering in their commitment to protect the nation and assist citizens during natural calamities.

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India has leaped across a significant milestone in its fight against COVID. The number of new daily cases have been below the 50 thousand mark for 24 consecutive days. In the last 24 hours, nearly 31 thousand new confirmed cases were reported while nearly 42 thousand people recovered successfully in the same time span. With cumulative recovery of around 88 lakh 90 thousand people so far, the national recovery rate has reached 93.94 per cent. The recovered cases in the country stand at nearly 20 times the number of active cases. The active caseload of the country also continues to remain below 5 per cent. The total number of active cases in the country today stands at four lakh 35 thousand 603 which comprises merely 4.60 per cent of the total reported cases. The Health Ministry has informed that nearly 78 percent of the new covid cases are concentrated in 10 states and Union territories of Delhi, Maharashtra , Kerala, West Bengal, Haryana and Rajasthan among others.The Health Ministry has said that this has also led to a commensurate dip in the fatality rate which stands at 1.45 per cent. It informed that 482 case fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours.

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Nearly 9 lakh 70 thousand COVID samples were tested in the country in last 24 hours. With this, the cumulative testing figure has reached around 14 crore 13 lakh 50 thousand.


The Health Ministry has said that very high levels of testing lead to early identification, prompt isolation and effective treatment of COVID-19 cases. It said, this also leads to low Fatality Rate. Higher volumes of testing have also ensured lower daily positivity rate which continues to remain below 4 per cent. The country is undertaking almost 5 times the number of daily tests per million of the population as per the standards prescribed by the WHO.The Central Government and ICMR have scaled up the TESTING infrastructure in a calibrated manner. Starting from just one testing lab at National Institute of Virology, Pune, in January this year, the country today has two thousand 170 labs for testing Covid samples which includes one thousand 176 government and 994 private labs. India's testing capacity has touched 15 lakh per day ensuring easily accessible COVID-19 tests for all.

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The early lockdown on 24th March in India has helped contain exponential spread of COVID 19. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a complete lockdown , India had just about 500 cases. India utilized the period of lockdown to create 15,362 dedicated COVID1-19 health facilities, about 15.40 lakh isolation beds, 2.70 lakh oxygen supported beds and 78,000 ICU beds. Government hospitals across the country were equipped with 32,400 ventilators during the period. A report:


India could have waited or delayed imposing a lockdown and risked going down the European or US trajectory. The growth rate of new cases had increased from 10.9 percent to 19.6 percent in just one week and the doubling time was just over 3 days. That is when Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the decision to impose a national lockdown, which till then no other country had taken so early. This one decision changed India’s trajectory. This was a crucial period for the government to build up infrastructure to deal with the pandemic. with Suparna Saikia, Tripti Srivastava, AIR News, Delhi.

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India's initiative for the development of Covid19 vaccines is very much important in the interest of the world. After successfully leading the world in its fight against Covid19, India is now ready to play a crucial role in the world for development, production and distribution of Covid19 vaccines. According to an article published in leading Gujarati dailies, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inspired the scientists for making India - the world's pharmacy. More from our Ahmedabad correspondent:


India has performed well in its fight against the Covid19 pandemic in comparison to the other countries of the world. The best criteria in this regard is the number of cases and number of deaths per 10 lakh population, which is far less in comparison to the many countries in the world including USA, UK, France, Brazil and Italy. It is due to a series of timely steps taken by Prime Minister Modi since the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic. Now, India is taking lead in the world in the development and production of anti Covid19 vaccines. The Prime Minister's recent visit and interactions with the scientists at Vaccine Development facilities in the country is a big step in this direction. The scheduled visit of Ambassadors of 100 countries to the Serum Institutes of India in Pune is also very important in this direction. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad.

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has started the process of identifying places for cold storage facilities for storing the Covid-19 vaccine. It is converting a 5,000 square feet floor in a building at Kanjurmarg into a cold storage facility. It will be ready by December 15. More from our Mumbai correspondent -


"The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has said that it  will set up cold storage houses at three places in the city's eastern and western suburbs to store the much awaited Corona vaccine. Additional Commissioner of BMC Suresh Kakani informed that the search for the exact sites for the cold storage houses is currently underway. While, one site at Kanjurmarg has been finalized. This building at Kanjurmarg is being used for covid-19 screening and management at present. One of its floor will be converted into cold storage. Kakani also said that when the vaccine becomes available in Mumbai, it will first be given to front line personnels. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai".

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Telangana reported 502 fresh COVID cases during the past 24 hours. With this the total COVID cases reported in the state has gone up to 2 lakh 70 thousand 318. The state conducted over 46 thousand tests yesterday. The recovery rate slightly improved to 95.89 per cent with 894 more people recovering yesterday. This took the number of recovered people so far in the state to 2 lakh 59 thousand 230. Meanwhile, the daily bulletin issued by the state Medical and Health department this morning stated that total 1,461 deaths were reported so far following 3 more persons succumbing to COVID and comorbidities during the past 24 hours.

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In Mizoram, 59 Covid-19 related patients recovered from the infection in the past 24 hours while  22 fresh cases  were detected. With this, the total number of Covid19 positive cases rose to 3847. The recovery rate has further improved to 91.47%. According to the state medical bulletin, so far 3,499 infected people have been discharged from different Covid care centres after recovery of the infections. The number of active cases presently stands at 321.

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The Health Ministry has issued new Covid-19 guidelines for market places. These include fines for not wearing masks and discounts for shopping during lean hours. The SOPs outlined that market places in containment zones shall remain closed.The guidelines also suggest closing of markets if large number of Coronavirus cases are reported. The SOPs said that online booking of groceries and doorstep delivery must be encouraged.The SOPs outlined that market places in containment zones shall remain closed. Shop owners and employees living in containment zones shall not be allowed entry into marketplaces, it stated. According to the SOPs, COVID-appropriate behaviour in marketplaces may be regulated by market associations through a number of measures. 

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Nagaland is celebrating its 58th Statehood day today. It became the 16th State of the Union of India on 1st December 1963. The formal inauguration of the state was done by the then President of India Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. On the occasion, a state level programme with minimal participation of invitees was held this morning at Civil Secretariat Plaza Kohima. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio delivered his message and took the salute from the five marching contingents. The Chief Minister also paid tributes to all the leaders, who by their sacrifices, foresightedness and determination ensured the creation of Nagaland State. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu  and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have greeted the people of Nagaland on this occasion.

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Team India is going to face formidable Australia in the third and final ODI at Canberra tomorrow. The hosts have already clinched the ODI series taking a 2-0 lead of the three-match series against India. India have to find out sixth bowling option as Hardik Pandya's below par performance allowed the opponent to amass huge score against the visitors in the last two one dayers. In addition, dismal performance of the ace pacer bowler Jasprit Bumrah adds to the woes the selectors. Australia will play without their frontline batsman David Warner and bowler Pat Cummins probably as they were injured in the last match. So, this is the last chance of Team India to win the third One dayer to avoid total whitewash. 

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme tonight will bring you a Special discussion on Covid-19 .Dr Anupam Prakash, Professor of Medicine, Lady Hardinge Medical College will participate in the discussion.


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


This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can also follow us on the NEWSONAIR app for s.

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World AIDS Day is being observed today to raise public awareness about Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, AIDS. The theme this year is  ‘Ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic: resilience and impact.’The day also provides an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV and to show support for those living with HIV. The WHO said, the global HIV epidemic is not over and may be accelerating during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a devastating impact on communities and countries. Since the inception of the National AIDS Control Programme in 1992, India has done a commendable job in raising awareness and bringing down the number of HIV infections. India is a signatory to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and has committed itself to achieving the target of ending the epidemic of AIDS by 2030.


In an exclusive interview to All India Radio, the UN-AIDS country Director,  India Dr. Bilali Camara praised the role of India in AIDS prevention and control and underlined the priorities in the years to come. 


The detailed interview will be broadcast in our porgramme Parikrama at 4.45 PM today.

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The Deep Depression over the southeast and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal is found to be moving westwards at a speed of 11 km an hour. The MET Department has said in its latest weather bulletin, the system currently lays centred at about 500 km east-southeast of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka and 900 km east-southeast of Kanyakumari. It is likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours and move west-north-westwards. It is set to cross the Sri Lanka coast near Trincomalee by the evening or night on 2nd December and move nearly westwards thereafter. Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Tenkasi, Ramanathapuram and Sivagangai districts are expected to get heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely very heavy rainfall at isolated places from the 2nd to 3rd December. Fishermen have been asked to return to the coast and not to venture into the sea during this time. More from our correspondent:



In view of the impending cyclone, the state government has ed all the districts that are lying on its path to take precautionary measures. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy reviewed the measures being taken to tackle the situation with his cabinet colleagues in the Secretariat at Fort St George in Chennai this morning. The NDRF has dispatched three of its teams to the southern district of Tirunelveli comprising 60 personnel each to assist the civil administration in rescue and relief operations whenever required. The Kanyakumari district administration has said 161 fishermen are yet to return to the shores and efforts are on to establish communication with them and to bring them back. Cyclone warning cones have been hoisted in various major and minor ports in southern Tamil Nadu. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai.

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In  Kerala also arrangements are on war footing as Met Department predicts heavy rain, strong winds and cyclone in the State for coming days.

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

The National capital will experience clear sky varying between 8 and 27 degree Celsius.
Mumbai will have Mainly Clear sky and the temperature will vary between 24 and 35 degree Celsius.
Kolkata is likely to have Mainly Clear sky. The city observed a minimum temperature of 16 degree Celsius and is likely to experience maximum temperature of 29 degree Celsius.
On to North,
Jammu witnessed a minimum temperature of 11 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 24 degrees. The city will have a mostly clear sky.
Srinagar will have partly cloudy sky . Temperature will hover between minus one degree Celsius and 14 degrees.
In
Leh, there will be Partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. The minimum temperature was minus three degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 7 degrees.
Gilgit will have Mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening and the temperture will vary  between minus two degree Celsius to 13 degrees.
Muzaffarabad is Mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will move from four to 20 degree Celsius.
In
Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 10 and 26 degree Celsius. Sky will be mainly clear.
Chandigarh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature is likely to move from 09 to 24 degree Celsius.
In
Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was 17 degree Celsius while the maximum will be 30 degrees. The city will have Partly cloudy sky with haze.
Ahmedabad will have a clear sky. The minimum temperature was 18 degree Celsius while maximum will be 35 degrees.
Patna will have Mainly Clear sky. Temperature will hover between 10 degree Celsius to 27 degrees.
in
Guwahati Fog or mist  occured in the early morning. The minimum temperature was 14 degree Celsius while maximum will be 28 degrees.

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