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  • President Ramnath Kovind inaugurates two day All India Presiding Officers' Conference in Kevadia Gujarat; says Indian democratic institutions are gaining more strength.

  • Vijay Kumar Sinha elected as the Bihar Assembly Speaker. 

  • Covid-19 recovery rate reaches 93.72 per cent.

  • Several parts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh receive heavy rain; Cyclonic storm “Nivar” intensifies into severe cyclonic storm.

  • Central and state disaster management teams and Defence forces on standby for assistance.


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.


President Ramnath Kovind has said that the biggest challenge before the public representatives and democratic institutions is to meet the expectations of the public. Inaugurating the 80th All India conference of the presiding officers at Kevadia in Gujarat, he said it is expected from the public representatives that they always remain honest towards the principles of democracy. He said the Indian institutions are gaining more strength at a time when democratic institutions are being questioned around the world.

Stating that Indian ancient books have mentions of democratic values, the President said our founding fathers gave a final form to these sentiments in the Constitution.

President said that Indian Parliament has carved a special place in people's mind as an institute promoting healthy discussion and encouraging efforts on people's participation.

The President expressed happiness that this conference is being held at the statue of unity- the world's tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu in his address said that harmonious coordination between Legislature, Executive and Judiciary is a Key to a Vibrant Democracy.

Lok Sabha Speaker and chairman of this conference Om Birla called upon all participating presiding officers to think about the constitutional responsibility on the constitution day. He also appealed the presiding officers to take oath for fulfilling the targets set by our great leaders.

The theme of this year's conference is Harmonious Coordination of Legislative, Executive and Judiciary - Key to a Vibrant Democracy.


Constitution Day or Samvidhan Diwas will be celebrated across the country tomorrow. The day is also known as National Law Day and commemorates the adoption of the Constitution in India. On 26th November in 1949, the Constituent Assembly of the country formally adopted the Constitution of India which came into force on 26th January 1950. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in the year 2015, notified the decision of the Government to celebrate 26th November as 'Constitution Day'. The day is celebrated to promote values of the Constitution among citizens. The  Day is also celebrated as a mark of tribute to India's first Law Minister Dr. B R Ambedkar, who played a pivotal role in drafting the Constitution.

AIR News brings you an excerpt of an Archive Speech of Dr. B R Ambedkar delivered in the Constituent Assembly on 17th December 1946.


Senior BJP leader and NDA nominee Vijay Kumar Sinha was today elected as new speaker of Bihar Assembly. Protem Speaker Jitan Ram Manjhi announced election result of Assembly speaker. Mr Manjhi said Vijay Kumar Sinha got 126 votes while Grand Alliance candidate Awadh Bihari Choudhary got 114 votes.

Opposition parties were demanding secret voting for election of assembly speaker. They were protesting presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his two cabinet colleagues as they are not members of assembly. Chief Minister and two ministers Ashok Choudhary and Mukesh Sahni are members of the upper house.

New Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha  is four time MLA from Sheikhpura constituency. In previous Nitish Kumar led  government Mr Sinha was labour minister.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar,Deputy Chief Ministers Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi Congratulated new asembly speaker. Besides opposition leader Tejaswi Yadav , Congress leader Ajit Sharma,Hindustani Awam Morcha( HAM) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi , Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) leader  Mukesh Sahni and CPI( ML) Mehboob Alamalso also  congratulated new Speaker.


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 18 consecutive days. In the last 24 hours, nearly 44 thousand new confirmed cases were reported while nearly 38 thousand people recovered successfully in the same time span. With cumulative recovery of more than 86 lakh 42 thousand people so far, the national recovery rate has reached 93.72 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 active cases in the country today stands at four lakh 44 thousand 746 which comprises merely 4.82 per cent of the total reported cases. The Health Ministry has informed that nearly 77 percent of the new covid cases are concentrated in 10 states and Union territories. The Health Ministry has said the fatality rate stands at 1.46 per cent and 481 case fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours.


Nearly 11 lakh 60 thousand COVID samples were tested in the country in last 24 hours. With this, the cumulative testing figure has reached nearly 13 crore 49 lakh mark. 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 COVID-19 tests for all.

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 stands at around 3.5 percent.

Starting from just one testing lab at National Institute of Virology, Pune, in January this year, the country today has two thousand 138 labs for testing Covid samples which include one thousand 167 government and 971 private labs.


The Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed the nation, it will be ensured that the Covid-19 vaccine for citizens will meet all necessary scientific criteria. He stressed that just like the focus in the fight against COVID has been on saving each and every life, the priority will be to ensure that the vaccine reaches everyone.

The Prime Minister has reassured that the government is keenly watching the development of COVID-19 vaccines. Mr Modi said, the government is in contact with Indian developers and manufacturers, along with global regulators, governments of other countries, multilateral institutions and international companies on vaccine development.  

The Prime Minister made his remarks during a high-level meeting held with Chief Ministers of all States and Union Territories via video conferencing yesterday to review the status and preparedness of COVID-19 response and management.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister noted that the priority of vaccination is being decided in consultation with the States and the requirements of additional cold chain storages has also been discussed with the States. Mr Modi asked the Chief Ministers to ensure regular monitoring of State Level Steering Committee and State and District Level Task Force to ensure better results.

The Prime Minister remarked that the country is facing the pandemic through concerted efforts and in terms of both recovery rate and fatality rate and the situation in India is much better than most other countries.

Prime Minister reiterated that it is important to increase RT-PCR tests, ensure better monitoring of patients especially those in home isolation, better equip health centres at village and community level and keep running awareness campaigns for safety from the virus.

Prime Minister also cautioned against any complacency in the fight against Covid 19. The Prime minister observed that after seeing good recovery rates, many think that the virus is weak and cautioned this has led to rampant carelessness.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and NITI Aayog Member Dr. V K Paul were also present in the meeting.


In Himachal Pradesh, new cases of Corona infection are increasing rapidly. During the last 24 hours, 1,031 new cases of Corona have been confimed .  This is the highest single day spike of new cases recorded so far in the state.  The cases of Covid 19 in Shimla district  also continue to increase and 412 new cases have been registered since Tuesday morning.  Covid 19 tally has gone up to 35,812 in the state. 

So far, 572 people have died due to corona in the state.  On the other hand, in view of sharp rise in covid 19 cases, the state government has started the Him Suraksha Abhiyan to make people aware of the covid 19 pandemic. This campaign is being launched from today and will continue till coming 27th of next month.  It is aimed at sensitising the people regarding covid-19 pandemic and also collecting information regarding symptoms of diseases like TB, Laprosey, Sugar, Blood Pressure  by door to door campaign throughout the state.


In Maharashtra, the new set of SOPs for persons travelling to the state by Air, trains or road from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa have come into effect. According to the SOP, air travellers have to get their Covid test done within 72 hours of their flight and train passengers should get the test within 96 hours of their arrival in Maharashtra. The SoP also stated that passengers not having the RT-PCR test reports fulfilling conditions shall compulsorily undergo the said test at the concerned airports, or railway stations at their own cost.

"Amid the spike in cases of Covid-19 in Maharashtra, the new set of standard operating procedure has come into effect from today. The SOP states that if a passenger has not undertaken the test, then they shall compulsorily undergo RT-PCR test at the concerned airports, or railway stations at their own cost. Only after undertaking the test, the passengers will be allowed to go home by the concerned authorities. It further said that passengers whose report comes positive will be contacted and treated as per existing protocol. Also passengers not testing/found Covid positive, shall be sent to Covid Care Centre for further care. On the other hand, in a step towards  strictly adhering to the SOP, medical checkups of passengers arriving from neighboring Goa and Gujarat is being undertaken at various checkposts. The check up is being conducted by the teams from health and revenue departments. Meanwhile, ahead of the Kartiki Ekadashi tomorrow, the district administration in Pandharpur has imposed curfew. Along with Pandharpur, the curfew has been imposed in neighbouring 10 villages as well. It will be lifted on the midnight of 26th November. The measure is being taken to prevent congregation of devotees in temple town of Pandharpur.



Tripura registered 59 new cases of Coronavirus while 72 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery from the virus in the past 24 hours. With this, the tally rose to 32,493. So far, 31,345 people infected with Coronavirus have been cured while the recovery rate has further improved to 96.54 per cent. Presently, 755 infected people are undergoing treatment in different Covid care centers. The state health bulletin stated that 5,15,455 samples have been tested till yesterday evening. Out of the total samples tested, 4,82,962 persons have been found negative for the infection.


In Mizoram, 35 fresh cases of coronavirus infections were reported in the past 24 hours. With this, the total number of Covid19 positive cases rose to 3,745. The recovery rate has also further improved to 88.89 per cent . According to the state medical bulletin, the state has also recorded 95 cases of recovery of coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours. So far, 3,298 people have been discharged from different Covid care centres . The number active cases presently stands at 407.


Heavy and incessant rain is pounding Chennai and its suburbs and several other districts in Tamil Nadu since this morning, due to the Severe Cyclone Nivar in the Bay of Bengal.

The MET Department has said the weather system has moved west-north westwards with a speed of 7 km per hour during the past six hours and lay centred at about 240 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, 300 km east southeast of Puducherry and 250 km south southeast of Chennai. It is very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours. It is set to move north westwards and cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram, close to Puducherry during the mid-night today and early hours of tomorrow as a very severe cyclonic storm, with a wind speed of 120 to 130 km per hour gusting to 145 km per hour. More from our correspondent:

"The Chembarambakkam Lake in Chengalpattu District, which is the largest water body catering to the needs of Chennai, has reached almost its full reservoir level. Therefore water has been released into the River Adyar by a thousand cusecs since this noon, and the officials have said the outflow will be increased gradually based on the rain activity in its catchment areas. The people living closer to the river have been issued flood . Those living in low lying areas have been asked to move to the relief camps. The Chennai Corporation officials have ordered the removal of all the hoardings in the city by this noon, as the Cyclone Nivar is predicted to have a landfall with ferocious wind speed. Throughout the state, 3344 shelters have been kept ready to accommodate people from affected areas whenever required.  More than a thousand five hundred irrigation lakes have reached their full level in the state so far and the inflow is fast increasing in many other water bodies. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea and the people in coastal areas are also being evacuated to shelter houses. Sporadic rains with heavy wind lashed Puducherry from today morning onwards since the cyclone NIVAR over southwest Bay of Bengal lay centred about 320 km southwest of Puducherry. Meanwhile, the Puducherry District administration has completed all arrangements to face any eventuality arising out of the cyclone which is expected to cross near Puducherry tonight.

"According to official sources, relief and rehabilitation camps were arranged and people from vulnerable areas shifted, rescue teams including NDRF personnel and trained Fire service and IRBN police personnel were kept ready and  round the clock functioning control rooms set up. Meanwhile Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Dr Kiran Bedi appealed to the people of Puducherry to stay indoors and safe.

Police security was arranged on the beach road to prevent any one coming to the beach as the sea remained extremely rough  with waves to a height of 15 feet. Cyclone warning signal 10 was hoisted at the Puducherry port. Chandra Mohan, AIR NEWS, Puducherry."

Cyclone Nivar's impact is visible in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh. NDRF teams have been deployed in Andhra Pradesh for reilef and rescue operations. A report from our Vijaywada correspondent:

"This is to intensify further and will cross Tamilnadu and Puducherry coasts during mid night of today and early hours of 26th as a very severe cyclonic storm.  The IMD, Amaravathi says, moderate  rains or thunder storms are very likely over entire AP, with isolated heavy to very heavy rains at one or two places of South Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema.  Extremely heavy rain likely to occur at Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore and Chittoor districts today and at Kurnool on 26 th tomorrow, Dr. G Kondala Rao, AIR News, Vijayawada."

The Defence forces have mobilised teams and assets to help the states of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during and after the cyclone. Centre has assured all necessary assistance to governments of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh in view of cyclonic storm NIVAR. Chairing the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) meeting through video conferencing, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba said, the aim should be to ensure minimum damage and that there is no loss of life. Mr Gauba said normalcy should be restored in power, telecom and other important sectors in shortest possible time.


Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, died at a Gurgaon hospital this morning. He was 71. The veteran politician had been at a private hospital since his health worsened after a Covid infection. In a tweet at around 4 am, his son, Faisal Patel, said that the Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat had passesd away at 3.30 am today.

Messages of condolences and tributes poured in soon after the announcement of Mr Patel's death.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the demise of the veteran Congress Leader Ahmed Patel.

In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kivind said that  an astute Parliamentarian, Ahmed  Patel combined the skills of a strategist and the charm of a mass leader. He said, his amiability won him friends across party lines. 

In a tweet, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said,  Ahmed Patel was an able parliamentarian and always maintained cordial relations with leaders across the political spectrum.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered the seasoned politician, saying  Ahmed Patel is known for his sharp mind and his role in strengthening the Congress Party would always be remembered.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually attend the celebration of Centennial Foundation Day of University of Lucknow today. 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 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (RE-INVEST 2020) will be held tomorrow. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate this event.

During the two day virtual conference, all the leading companies will display their latest technological development in the field of renewable energy and discuss  various options available for energy transition. Several world leaders, Energy Ministers of 70 countries and 200 eminent speakers will take part in the event.

Talking exclusively to the AIR about the RE-INVEST 2020 Meet and Expo, Minister of State for Power, New and Renewable Energy RK Singh said, 64 billion dollar worth of investment have been made in the renewable energy sector in the past 5 to 6 years. He said, this is one of the sectors which attracted such a large chunk of foreign direct investment in India.


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 on Sunday. 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. Citizens can share their suggestions for the upcoming Mann ki Baat dialogue through Namo App, MyGov Forum or through toll free number 1800-11-7800.


The Divisional Railway Manager of Bengaluru Division Ashok Kumar Verma flagged off the first ever export-bound new modified goods rake from Hosur Railway station to Bangladesh. The rake consisting of 25 wagons loaded with 100 Light Commercial Vehicles left Hosur station yesterday for its destination of Benapole Railway Station in Bangladesh, about 2121 kms away. This is the first modified goods rake dispatched by the South Western Railways to Bangladesh.


The countries across the world are today observing International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. An initiative of the United Nations General Assembly, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is a global advocacy effort aimed at preventing and eliminating the instances of violence in all forms against women.

As per the United Nations Report, violence against women and girls, is one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world. Instances of such violence largely go unreported and remain hidden because of the stigma surrounding it. The campaign aims to spread awareness about the issue.


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

The National capital will have partly cloudy sky with temperatures varying between 11 and 23 degree Celsius.

In Mumbai, sky will be mainly Clear and the temperature will vary between 22 and 34 degree Celsius.

Chennai will have Generally cloudy sky with Heavy rain. The temperature will hover between 24 and 28 degree Celsius.

Kolkata is likely to have partly cloudy sky. The city observed a minimum temperature of 18 degree Celsius and is likely to experience maximum temperature of 27 degree Celsius.

Jammu witnessed a minimum temperature of 12 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 18 degrees. 

Srinagar will have rain or snow. The minimum temperature was  zero degree Celsius while the maximum will be around four degree.

In Leh, there will be Light snow. 

Gilgit will experience light snow with temperature hovering between minus two degree celsius to seven degrees.

Muzaffarabad is likely to have thunderstorms with rain. The temperature will move from five to 10 degree Celsius.

In Dehradun, the temperature is hovering between nine and 22 degree Celsius. Sky will be partly cloudy with the possibility of rain or thunderstorms or Dust Storm. 



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