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23.11.2020

THE HEADLINEs

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi exudes confidence that 18th Lok Sabha will play important role in taking the country forward into new decade.

  • Prime Minister inaugurates multi-storey flats for Members of Parliament; Says construction of many buildings started during NDA government completed before scheduled time.

  • Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 93.68 per cent.

  • Supreme Court asks Delhi, Maharashtra Gujarat and Assam governments to file status report on COVID-19 situation.

  • Five-day Bihar Assembly session begins today.

  • Low Pressure Area in south and central Bay of Bengal expected to intensify into depression in next 24-hours.

  • And in ATP Finals in London, Daniil Medvedev beats Dominic Thiem to win title.

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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. 


Now, the news in details:


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said construction of many buildings that were started during the NDA government is being completed before the scheduled time.


Virtually inaugurating the multi-storeyed flats for Members of Parliament this morning, Mr Modi said decades of problems end not by avoiding them, but by facing them and finding solutions.


"सांसदों के लिए पिछले साल नॉर्थ एवेन्यू के घर बनकर तैयार हुए थे और आज बीडी रोड़ पर भी ये तीन टावर आवंटन के लिए तैयार हैं। मेरी कामना है कि गंगा, यमुना और सरस्वती इन तीन टावरों का संगम इसमें रहने वाले जनप्रतिनिधियों को हमेशा स्वस् रखे, कार्यरत रखे और संतोषी बनाए।"


He stated that Ambedkar International Center was built by his government after a long wait of 23 years. The Prime Minister pointed out that there were many such projects in Delhi, which were incomplete for many years. He said the new building of the Central Information Commission was constructed during the present NDA government.


"देश में दशकों से वॉर मेमोरियल की बात हो रही थी। हमारे देश के वीर जवान लम्बे अरसे से इसकी आशा कर रहे थे, मांग कर रहे थे। देश के वीर शहीदों की स्मृति में इंडिया गेट के पास वॉर मेमोरियल का निर्माण भी उसे करने का भी सौभाग् हमारी सरकार को मिला।"


The Prime Minister said Parliament proceedings continued even during the pandemic, with new regulations and several precautionary measures. He said both houses worked taking turns even on weekends. He also said that every party  helped in the smooth proceeding of Parliament in the Monsoon Session.


"कोरोना काल में अनेक प्रकार की सावधानियों के बीच नई व्यवस्थाओं के साथ संसद का सत्र चला। पक्ष और विपक्ष के सभी साथियों ने एक-एक पल का सदुपयोग किया। दोनों सदनों द्वारा बारी-बारी से काम करना हो या फिर शनिवार और रविवार को भी कार्यवाई करना हर किसी ने सहयोग किया। सभी दलों ने सहयोग किया। "


Mr Modi said the 16th Lok Sabha passed 15 percent more Bills than the last. In the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, 135 percent more work was done. Rajya Sabha also delivered 100 percent efficiency. He said this performance is the highest in two decades.


Saying that the age of 16 to 18 years is very important for the youth, Mr Modi pointed out that they have completed the term of the 16th Lok Sabha with the 2019 election and this period has been historically significant for the progress and development of the country.


"आप देखिए अभी 2019 के चुनाव के साथ ही हमने 16वीं लोकसभा का कार्यकाल पूरा किया है। ये समय देश की प्रगति के लिए, देश के विकास के लिए बहुत ही ऐतिहासिक रहा है। 2019 के बाद से 17वीं लोकसभा का कार्यकाल शुरू हुआ है। इस दौरान भी देश ने जैसे निर्णय लिए हैं, जो कदम उठाए हैं, उनसे यह लोकसभा अभी ही इतिहास में दर्ज हो गई है। अब इसके बाद 18वीं लोकसभा होगी। मुझे विश्वास है अगली लोकसभा भी देश को नए दशक में आगे ले जाने के लिए बहुत महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाएगी।"


Our correspondent reports these multi-storeyed flats for Members of Parliament are located at Dr BD Marg in New Delhi. Eight old bungalows, which were more than 80 years old, have been redeveloped to construct 76 flats. The construction of these flats has been completed with savings of about 14 percent from the sanctioned cost and without time overrun despite the impact of Covid-19.


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India has leaped across another significant milestone in its fight against COVID. With recovery of more than 85 lakh people so far, the national recovery rate has improved to 93.68 per cent. With overall recovery of nearly 85 lakh 62 thousand patients, the recovered cases in the country stand at nearly 20 times the number of active cases. Over 41 thousand patients recovered and were discharged in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases reported in the same time span stood at nearly 44 thousand.


The active caseload of the country has also fallen below 5 per cent. The total active cases in the country today stand at four lakh 43 thousand 486 which comprise merely 4.85 per cent of the total reported cases. The Health Ministry has informed that 26 States and Union Territory in the country have reported less than even 20 thousand active cases. It said that enhanced countrywide medical infrastructure, implementation of the Centre’s Standard Treatment Protocol by the States and Union Territories and total dedication and commitment of doctors, paramedics and frontline workers have led to a persistent increase in the number of total recoveries in the country. The Health Ministry has said that this has also led to a commensurate dip in the fatality rate which stands at 1.46 per cent. It informed that 511 case fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours.


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Nearly 8 lakh 50 thousand samples were tested for COVID-19 in the country in the last 24 hours. With this, the cumulative testing figure has reached nearly 13 crore 26 lakh. The Central Government and ICMR have scaled up the TESTING infrastructure in a calibrated manner. India's testing capacity has touched 15 lakh per day ensuring easily accessible COVID19 tests for all.


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.


Starting from just one testing lab at the National Institute of Virology, Pune, in January this year, the country today has two thousand 129 labs for testing Covid samples which includes one thousand 164 government and 965 private labs.


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The Supreme Court today asked Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Assam governments to file status reports on the current COVID-19 situation in the respective states and preparedness to deal with surge of cases in the coming months.


A Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan also pulled up the state governemnts over the worsening COVID-19 situation and asked all states to file status reports detailing steps they have taken, steps intended to be taken and the help needed from the Centre to combat the situation.


The Bench asked the Delhi government about steps taken to combat the spike of Covid and wanted to know about the present situation. The Bench also observed that in the month of November there was a spike of COVID-19 cases in Delhi, Maharashtra and Gujarat. It also noted Solicitor General Tushar Mehta's submission that the Union Home Minister has taken specific steps with regard to the COVID-19 situation in Delhi.


The bench, which was hearing a suo motu case pertaining to the management of the COVID-19 crisis and mishandling of dead bodies, posted the matter for further hearing on Friday.


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In the national capital 6,746 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in Delhi to 5 lakh 29 thousand 863. The total figure includes 4 lakh 81 thousand 260 recoveries and 40 thousand 212 active cases.


With 121 deaths yesterday, the toll in the city now stands at 8,391. Fifty four thousand 893 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate currently stands at 12.29 per cent, while the death rate stands at 1.69 per cent.


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Universities and degree colleges across Uttar Pradesh re-opened today. Only 50 percent students on roster basis can attend the class in any enclosed area and a maximum of 200 students can attend the class at any given time. The universities and colleges in the state have been closed since March in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The higher educational institutions have been asked to resume classes in a phased manner to avoid crowding on campuses. All students have to wear masks, use hand sanitisers and maintain social distancing to prevent spread of the virus.


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In Gujarat, Ahmedabad city witnessed 8 Covid deaths of during the last 24 hours, which is highest during the last five months. AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that the 13 deaths reported in the state is also the highest in a single day during the last 2 months.


"After the spurt in fresh Covid19 cases in Ahmedabad city, the rise in the death is also the matter of concern for the state health authorities. Ahmedabad city has recorded 300 plus new patients daily since the last 2 days, which has increased the patients with high viral load and comorbidity. The city has already observed the complete curfew during the weekend. Now it is very much necessary that people follow the compulsory mask and social distancing norms and wash their hands frequently. As Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot will have night curfew from 9 pm to 6 am daily, the government asked the people to wear masks and avoid crowding during the day time. Meanwhile, the State BJP has already cancelled all its functions in the state till further notice. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad"


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In Maharashtra, reports of reopening of schools of class 9 to 12 are coming from Sangli, Satara and Washim districts.


However, several major municipal corporations led by Mumbai civic body, Thane, Pune, Nashik and Nagpur have decided not to reopen schools in their respective areas in the wake of rise in Covid-19 cases.


According to our Sangli correspondent, adequate attendance of the students was seen as the schools reopened this morning. 


The Maharashtra Government has put the onus on the district authorities to take a call on reopening of schools by reviewing the Covid situation.


Leader of opposition in state assembly Devendra Fadnavis has appealed to the government to rethink about the decision and not to implement it all over the state.


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Comparing the second wave of Covid-19 to Tsunami, Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray has made a solemn appeal to the people of the state not to be complacent in the fight against the global pandemic.


The Maharashtra government on the 16th of this month had allowed opening of all religious places across the state. More in this report from our Mumbai correspondent:-


"Sounding an alarm bell, Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray while referring to the surge in cases of Covid 19 in some European countries, national capital-Delhi and Ahmedabad said that it is feared that the second and third wave is like a tsunami. He said, even though the health machinery in Maharashtra is fully prepared, he however questioned as to much burden should be put on it. He said cooperating with the health machinery is the responsibility of one and all. He cautioned people that Covid has not vanished people should not crowd the temples on the 'Kartiki Ekadashi' on 26th of this month. Thackeray said, if crowd increases, Covid cases too will increase. The CM said until the vaccine does not come people will have to wear mask, maintain physical distance and wash hands regularly. Kunal Shinde, AIR News, Mumbai"


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The Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education minister Suresh Kumar has informed that schools will not open in the state based on the Health department’s Technical Advisory Committee recommendations.


Speaking to media persons after holding a high level meeting under Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, the Education minister said that opening schools in December is not found suitable due to the winter season and instances of second wave of the pandemic in a few states.


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In the union territory of Puducherry, the total number of positive cases of COVID 19, has comedown to 527 today. More from our correspondent:


"The status report of covid 19 released by the health department indicated that 27 new cases reported today, of which 25 cases from Puducherry, and one each from Karaikal and Mahe regions. No death has been reported from all the 4 regions of the union territory. At present 217 positive cases are being treated in hospitals and another 310 cases are under home isolation. And now the recovery rate stands at 96.91 percent and fatality rate stands at 1.66 percent.


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In Mizoram, 13 fresh cases of coronavirus infection were detected while 13 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery in the past 24 hours. With this, the total number of Covid19 positive cases rose to 3660. According to the state Covid bulletin the recovery rate has further improved to 86.92%.


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In Tripura, the Covid recovery rate has further improved to 96.46 per cent as 31,246 people have been cured so far. In the past 24 hours, 48 new cases of Coronavirus were detected  while 90  patients have recovered. Three fatalities were reported yesterday taking the toll to 366.   


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The Government has refuted a claim being circulated through messages and social media posts that all trains including the COVID-19 special trains will stop operating after the 1st of December.  The Railway Ministry has also stated that it has not taken any decision on halting of train services after the 1st of December.


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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. Ghanshyam Pangtey, 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  and also on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444  and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair. 


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A five-day session of the Bihar assembly began today. The session will continue till November 27.This the first session after the assembly elections in the state. All newly elected MLAs were tested for Covid-19 in view of the pandemic. The entire Assembly premises has been sanitized and wearing mask has been made mandatory for all. The pro-tem Speaker Jitan Ram Manjhi has instructed to maintain social distancing the during session.


Today and tomorrow , all 243 newly elected members of the assembly will be administered oath by the pro-tem speaker Jitan Ram Manjhi. Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad took oath first.Later the second Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi took oath.Among ministers Vijay Kumar Choudhary was the first minister who took oath.


New assembly speaker will be elected on November the 25th. The next day, Governor Phagu Chauhan will address the joint session of the State legislature. On the last day of  the session vote of thanks and government reply will be given. In the new assembly, NDA has 125 seats. An independent MLA has also extended his support to the ruling alliance.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually attend the celebration of the Centennial Foundation Day of University of Lucknow on the 25th of this month. The Prime Minister will unveil the University’s Centennial Commemorative Coin on the occasion. He will also release a special Commemorative Postal Stamp issued by India Post and its Special Cover during the event. Defence Minister, Uttar Pradesh governor and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister will also be present on the occasion. 


The University of Lucknow was established in the year 1920 with a vision of striving to be among leading educational institutions of the world by consistently engaging in it’s endeavour through quality teaching, research and innovation.


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In Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will distribute bank loans worth Rs 150 crore to the members of self-help groups formed under the State Rural Livelihood Mission today in order of self-reliant Madhya Pradesh.


The Chief Minister will also hold discussions with the beneficiaries of various districts. A Report:


"Additional Chief Secretary Panchayat and Rural Development Department Manoj Shrivastava informed that social and economic empowerment of women members of poor families living in rural areas is being done by linking them with self-help groups under the Madhya Pradesh State Rural Livelihood Mission. On September 20 too, Rs 150 crore was disbursed to the groups in the form of bank loan The target of annual bank loan disbursement to the groups has been increased to 1400 crores. So far, financial assistance in the form of bank loan of Rs 1 thousand 865 crore has been provided to more than 33 lakh rural poor families through Livelihood Mission by connecting them to more than 3 lakh self-help groups. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal'


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Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has blamed the 5-star culture among the Congress leaders for the party's recent losses in elections. In an interview to a news agency, he said Congress leaders have lost the connect with the people on the ground. Mr Azad said, till this 5-star culture is given up by Congress leaders, the party cannot win elections.


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Paddy procurement for Kharif 2020-21 is continuing smoothly in the procuring States of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra. Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in a statement said that so far over 297 Lakh Metric Tonnes of paddy have been procured against the corresponding purchase of 252.69 Lakh Metric Tonnes last year. This shows an increase of 17.73  per cent over last year. The Ministry said, out of the total purchase of over 297 Lakh Metric Tonnes, Punjab alone has contributed 201.73 Lakh Metric Tonnes which is 67.80 per cent of the total procurement. 


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In Jammu and Kashmir, Director General of Police, Dilbagh Singh has said a 10 feet deep tunnel unearthed by the BSF near the International Border in Samba district was possibly used by the four slain JeM terrorists who were killed in an encounter at Ban Toll Plaza near Nagrota on Jammu-Srinagar National highway on November the 19th to sneak in.


Talking to media after visiting the International Border where BSF had unearthed the tunnel, Singh said that after analyzing various factors, security agencies had come to the conclusion that four JeM terrorists killed at Nagrota encounter had infiltrated from Samba district. He said that the plans of Pakistan to disrupt peace stand exposed and our neighbour was using new tricks to push in terrorists of JeM and Lashkar-e-Toiba into this side and also recruit new youth.


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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has extended his heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Major General (Retd), R N Chibber.


AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that Chibber was a veteran of 1962 Indo-China war and the 1965 & 1971 Indo-Pak wars and was also awarded Vishisht Seva Medal for his exemplary services.


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In Assam, Golaghat district has provided works to highest number of migrant workers  under MGNREGA during  Covid pandemic period.


Talking to AIR News, Project Director in DRDA at Golaghat Abhinash Saikia said that over 700 people who returned home from other states got engagement under individual benefit schemes of MG NREGA.


He said that 1.89 lakh job cards were  issued in the current financial year in the district. 


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In Odisha, Smt. Susheela Devi, wife of the Governor of Professor Ganeshi Lal passed away last night in a hospital in Bhubaneswar. Following the sad demise of the first lady of the state, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today moved an obituary reference in the state assembly  currently in session.


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In Tennis, Daniil Medvedev beat Dominic Thiem to win ATP Tour Finals, the biggest title of his career. Medvedev fought back from losing the first set to beat Thiem 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 in a thrilling final in London last night. Thiem was denied the title second year in a row.

In the doubles final, Dutch-Croatian duo Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic claimed their first title together edging Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 3-6, 10-5.


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The Depression over the South West and its adjoining areas in the Bay of Bengal is observed to be moving north westwards at a speed of 25-km per hour. MET Department officials say the weather system is 590 km south east of Chennai and 550 km south east of Puducherry, as seen by 8.30 am today. It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm in the next 24-hours and cross the coast between Kaaraikal and Maamalla-Puram near Chennai on Wednesday afternoon. Weather officials say it will emerge as a severe cyclone during its landfall triggering a wind speed of 100 to 110 km an hour gushing to 120 km per hour. Fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea during the period.A report:


"The National Disaster Response Force NDRF has dispatched from its Arakkonam Base near Chennai, six teams of twenty personnel each to Cuddalore ahead of the cyclone’s landfall. They will assist the administration in carrying out cyclone mitigation efforts, as the district is prone to natural calamities. All the district administrations in the vicinity of the potential cyclone have been ed to take precautionary measures for the safety of the public. Thousands of first responders and multi-departmental teams are keeping close watch on the vulnerable areas. As the rain activity is expected to gather momentum from tomorrow, shelters have been established to accommodate people living in low lying areas, Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


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In Himachal pradesh the state Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rain and snowfall from Wednesday. Met department has issued yellow weather , indicating heavy rain at isolated places in the mid-hills and snowfall in high hills of the state.


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Delhi today recorded its lowest temperature in the month of November since 2003. Met department said the minimum temperature in Delhi dropped to 6.3 degrees Celsius, which is five notches below normal. The city recorded a minimum of 6.1 degrees Celsius in November 2003. The national capital had recorded a minimum of 6.9 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 24.2 degrees Celsius yesterday.


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


In Srinagar, generally cloudy sky with moderate rain is expected. The minimum temperature was  one degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 6 degree.


In Jammu, the minimum temperture was 12 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 20 degree. The city will witness generally cloudy sky with light rain.


In Leh, there will be generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature was minus 8 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around one degree.


Gilgit will  experience light snowfall and the temperature will hover between minus two and 8 degree Celsius.  


Muzaffarrabad is expected to have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The temperature will hover between 4 and 14 degree Celsius.


In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 7 and 23 degree Celsius. The city will have mainly clear sky.


Chandigarh will have generally cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was recorded at 10 degree celsius while the maximum is expected to be 21 degree Celsius.


The National Capital will have hazy sky. The minimum temperature recorded in the morning was 6 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 25 degree celsius.


In Mumbai, sky will be partly cloudy. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was 20 degree celsius and the maximum will be around 33 degree Celsius.


Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will hover between 24 and 31 degree Celsius.


Kolkata is expected to have mainly clear sky with temperature hovering between 17 and 28 degree Celsius.


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