Friday, October 22, 2021

Midday News – 30 Sep 2021

Midday News

1400 HRS
30.09.2021

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering and Technology in Jaipur virtually.
  • Centre has adopted a national approach and worked on a new health policy to transform the country’s health sector, says Prime Minister.
  • Prime Minister underlines the need for expansion of All India Institute of Medical Sciences across the country.
  • Voting underway for the by-polls of three assembly constituencies in West Bengal and one in Odisha.
  • More than 88 crore 34 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive; Recovery rate at 97.85 per cent.
  • NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul says, safe festivities will be a determining factor against COVID-19.
  • In IPL Cricket, Sunrisers Hyderabad to take on Chennai Super Kings at Sharjah at 07:30 pm.

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As the nationwide free COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign at Government facilities for those above 18 years is underway, we advise our young listeners to get vaccinated and also help others get vaccinated. We also advise our listeners not to lower their guard as COVID-19 remains a threat to our health. Please stay at home unless it is essential to go out and continue to follow these three simple steps —

·  Wear a face mask.

·  Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.

·  Focus on hand and face hygiene.

For any COVID related information and guidance contact National helpline numbers — 011-23978046 and 1075. And now the news in detail:

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, the Centre has adopted a national approach and worked on a new health policy to transform the country’s health sector. He said, several steps have been taken like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Ayushman Bharat Yojana and Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission for the welfare of the people and to make the country self reliant in the health sector.

Mr. Modi was speaking virtually today at a function after inaugurating the Central Institute of Petrochemical Engineering and Technology- in Jaipur in Rajasthan. The Prime Minister said that in this time of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, a high level of skill will not only strengthen India but will also play a major role in achieving the resolve of self-reliant India. Skilled manpower is the need of the hour for one of the fastest-growing industries like the Petro-Chemical Industry. He said that the new Institute of Petrochemical Technology will connect lakhs of youth with new possibilities.

He also laid the foundation stone of four new medical colleges at Banswara, Sirohi, Hanumangarh and Dausa districts of Rajasthan.

The Prime Minister underlined the need for expanding the setting up of All India Institute of Medical Sciences across the country. He said, India is moving towards the expansion of AIIMS from the present six to more than 22 AIIMS. He said, to make the health infrastructure robust, the Government has taken various measures during the last 6 to 7 years. He added, more than 170 new medical colleges have been set up already and work is going on to add 100 new medical colleges in the future. He said, 58 thousand Under Graduate and Post Graduate medical seats have been increased.

Mr. Modi said the Covid-19 pandemic posed many challenges and taught many lessons. He said, every country has tackled this problem in their own way. He said, India has resolved to increase its capacity to attain Atmanirbharta during this disaster.

Speaking on the occasion, Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, the Centre is working to strengthen the health infrastructure in the country. He said, the health sector has been linked with development under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Talking about the Ayushman Bharat Abhiyan, Mr. Mandaviya said, more than two crore people have benefited from the scheme.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that Central Government has taken several steps for creating a robust health infrastructure in the country. He said, opening of four medical colleges in the tribal areas of the State will help the poor people and provide affordable education to the medical students.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Union Ministers Bhupendra Yadav and Gajendra Singh Shekhwat among others were present on the occasion.

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In West Bengal, peaceful polling is going on for by-election at Bhabanipur assembly constituency in Kolkata, and Shamshergunj and Jangipur seats in Murshidabad. Polling started at 7am this morning and will continue till 6.30pm in the evening. Nearly 33% polling has been recorded till 11 am.

Trinamool Congress Chief and Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee is contesting as the party candidate from Bhabanipur assembly constituency. BJP fielded Priyanka Tibrewal while Srijib Biswas is contesting as the CPIM candidate. Webcasting is being done from all 287 booths of Bhabanipur. Heavy radio flying squad, RT mobile vans are also in place along with over 2 thousand Kolkata Police personnel and 35 companies of central forces in this constituency to ensure free, fair and peaceful polling. More from our Kolkata correspondent:

Kolkata is witnessing another day of electioneering which has again been heated by allegations and counter allegations of the rival political parties. BJP has complained to the Election Commission against two ministers of TMC for allegedly influencing voters, though TMC has refuted the allegation. Polling is going on amidst stringent security for choosing the representative of Bhabanipur assembly seat. Voters were seen standing on the queue, maintaining covid protocol since the morning. However, despite weather conditions improved, voter turnout was on the lower side till noon.

Madhuparna Dhar Chowdhuri for AIR News Kolkata.

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In Odisha, voting for the bye poll to Pipili assembly constituency is progressing smoothly. Till 11 am today, more than 24 per cent of voters had cast their votes. More from our correspondent:-

Even as the polling day progresses, voters are seen lined up out side the polling booths to cast their votes. About 2.30 lakh voters will decide the fate of ten candidates in fray. Polling that began at  7 am is being held under adequate security arrangements, with no untoward incident so far. Voters are also abiding by all the covid-19 protocols. This is the third time that the by poll has been re-scheduled with the cancellation of the earlier two notifications for different reasons. The seat has fallen vacant due to the demise of the sitting MLA Pradeep Maharathi of Biju Janata Dal in October 2020.Girish Chandra Dash AIR News Bhubaneswar.

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More than 88 crore 34 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. The health Ministry said, over 65 lakh 34 thousand doses were administered yesterday.

India reported more than 23 thousand new cases in the last 24 hours.

Daily positivity rate is at 1.56 per cent which is less than three per cent for the last 31 days.

311 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

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More than 86 crore 51 lakh vaccine doses have been provided to States and UTs so far through the Centre free of cost channel and through direct state procurement category. More than 63 Lakh 69 thousand doses are in the pipeline.

More than 5 Crore 46 thousand balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States and UTs to be administered.

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The Bihar government has  set a target to administer covid vaccines  to over 35 lakh people on 2nd October the birth day of Mahatma Gandhi .Health Minister Mangal Pandey said for this 15 thousand vaccination centres will be set up.Mr Pandey said over five crore 41 lakh doses have already been administered. One crore 7 lakh 17 thousand 643 people have taken both doses of vaccine.

Meanwhile, over seven lakh 16 thousand people have so far recovered from the Corona virus infection. The state recovery rate has risen to over 98 per cent . Only four positive cases were reported during the last 24 hours  and active cases stand at 55.Thirty five out of 38 districts in the state including Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur and Saharsa did not register any new case.

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Member (Health) in NITI Aayog Dr V K Paul has said that COVID safe festivities this year will be a determining factor in the fight against the pandemic. In a video message, Dr Paul appealed to the people to celebrate festivals in home. Dr Paul urge people to take vaccine, wear mask and maintain social distancing.

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Schools in Mumbai will resume offline classes from the 4th of October. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal reviewed COVID-19 the situation in Mumbai and gave permission for offline classes from 8th to 12th standard for all schools in Mumbai to reopen from Monday. All covid-19 guidelines issued by state government for school re-opening will be followed in schools. More from our correspondent:

Maharashtra school education minister Varsha Gaikwad recently said in the press conference that the as per the Department of School Education proposed draft to start the schools, classes 5th to 12 will be started in rural areas and classes 8th to 12 will be started in urban areas from October 4.Smt.Gaikwad stated that it would be important to have parental consent to send children to school. She also highlighted that no sports will be allowed in schools. She added that earlier, a decision was taken to start schools in the state. However, she said that it was postponed due to the increasing prevalence of corona and the risk of a possible third wave. Devapriyo Bhattacharjee, AIR News, Mumbai.”

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has said, the final decision on reopening of schools for classes 6th to 8th in the National Capital will be taken after festival season. Mr. Baijal chaired a meeting of  the Delhi Disaster Management Authority to review the COVID-19 situation in Delhi yesterday.

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Eminent philanthropist Bill Gates has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the national launch of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. In a tweet, Mr Gates said the digital health infrastructure will help ensure equitable, accessible health care delivery and accelerate progress on India’s health goals. Replying to Mr Gates, Mr Modi thanked him for the kind words on the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. The Prime Minister said, there is immense scope in leveraging technology for betterment of health infrastructure and India is working hard in this direction.

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In Madhya Pradesh, Divisional Rail Manager of Ratlam Mr Vineet Gupta while speaking to AIR News has said that with the doubling of Nimach-Ratlam section, Rail travel will become smooth and opportunities for new economic activities will increase in the region. A report :

DRM Ratlam Division has said that Doubling of Nimach-Ratlam section will increase the capacity of the Railways in the region enabling introduction of more goods and passenger trains.

He also informed that doubling of railway line will also help upcoming cement industries in the region.There are large cement and other companies in this rail route, which will be able to utilize the new facilities. Pooja P. Vardhan , AIR News Bhopal.

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In Meghalaya, a tragic incident has claimed the lives of six people after a Meghalaya Transport Corporation night bus travelling from Tura to Shillong plunged into the Ringdi River at Nongchram, East Garo Hills district today.

Deputy Commissioner of East Garo Hills District, Swapnil Tembe informed that there were 22 passengers, six died on the spot and 16 are injured. Rescue teams from Rongjeng and Williamnagar Fire and emergency services rushed to the site.

The DC further said that others injured are being shifted to Rongjeng PHC medical Center. Rescue attempts are going on.

Meghalaya Chief Minister in a tweet conveyed his condolences.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0,  SBM-U and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation 2.0, AMRUT in New Delhi tomorrow.

In line with the vision of the Prime Minister, SBM-U 2.0 and AMRUT 2.0 have been designed to realize the aspiration to make all cities Garbage Free and Water Secure. These flagship Missions signify a step forward towards effectively addressing the challenges of rapidly urbanizing India. It will also help contribute towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Ministers of Urban Development of States and Union Territories will also be present on the occasion.

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The low pressure area formed over Gujarat coast has turned into a depression and is moving to west-northwestwards. IMD has said that the depression is likely to intensify into a deep depression in the next 12 hours. At present, it is situated 50 kilometers from Devbhoomi Dwaraka coast and 90 kilomoters from Nalia Coast in the South-South East direction.

In view of the possible cyclone, relief and rescue operation is going on in full swing in the coastal districts of Saurashtra. All the coastal districts have been put on alert. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea for the next two days.

Meanwhile, heavy rains continue to lash Devbhoomi Dwaraka, Gir Somnath, Junagadh, Kutch and Porbandar districts. Our correspondent reports that all the reservoirs are overflowing with the inflow of new waters. Heavy rains led to waterlogging in many villages.

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In Assam, the World Heritage site Kaziranga national park will re-open for visitors tomorrow.  Park authority said that Forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya will inaugurate the event at Mihimukh. Initially the park authority will start jeep safari at Kohora and Bagori ranges.  However, all COVID 19 related  protocols will be followed strictly and officials were instructed to ensure that all the tourists adhere to the norms.

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As our Nation celebrates the seventy fifth year of Independence, a series of events is being organised by the Government as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Let’s listen to our special programme, ‘Azadi ka Safar’ highlighting the importance of the day during the freedom struggle.

In today’s episode of Veergatha, we will bring you the inspirational story of Iswar Dutta Tripathi.

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In business news, the Sensex and the Nifty today logged marginal losses in afternoon trade amid mixed global cues. The BSE Sensex fell 89 points, or 0.15 percent, to trade at 59,324. The NSE Nifty also slipped 37 points, or 0.21 percent, to trade at 17,675.

In the forex market, the rupee depreciated nine paise to trade at 74 rupees 27 paise per US dollar in afternoon deals.

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Onto Sports, Football Club Goa eked out a narrow 7-6 victory over Bengaluru FC after a sudden-death tie-breaker, to make it to their maiden Durand Cup final in a gripping second semi-final played in Kolkata last evening. The game ended 2-2 after extra time. They now come up against local favourites Mohammedan Sporting in the final of the 130th edition of the iconic tournament, Asia’s oldest and the world’s third oldest.

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In IPL Cricket, all-round performance from Royal Challengers Bangalore guided them to their seventh victory of the season as they defeated Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in Dubai last night.  With this win, Bangalore is at the third spot in the points table while Rajasthan is at the seventh spot. Today, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Chennai Super Kings at Sharjah at 07:30 pm.

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Sri Lanka has banned import of organic fertilisers manufactured in China after state agriculture authorities detected harmful bacteria in them for the second time. Director General of Agriculture Ajantha De Silva urged the government to cancel the fertiliser contract with China and insisted that he would never allow organic fertiliser with harmful bacteria to enter the country.

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New Zealand today passed a new security law to criminalise preparing a terror attack, tightening a loophole that was exposed by a man who went on to conduct a mass stabbing in the country’s most populated city. Kris Faafoi, New Zealand’s Minister of Justice, said the nature of terrorism has changed and across the world there are more lone actors, rather than larger organised groups.

New Zealand has for months been moving to strengthen its security laws amid heightened fears of lone wolf terror attacks, but the new law was rushed through its parliament after Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen, a 32-year-old Sri Lankan national, stabbed and wounded seven people in a supermarket in Auckland earlier this month. He was shot moments after he launched his attack.

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

The National Capital Delhi is likely to have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. The city recorded 26 degree Celsius as the minimum temperature, while the maximum will be around 35 degrees.

Mumbai is expected to have  generally cloudy sky with moderate rain  . Minimum and the maximum temperature hover between 25 and 31 degree celsius.

Kolkata will have a generally cloudy sky with Heavy rain. The minimum temperature in the city was 25 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 27 degrees

Chennai is likely to  have  Thunderstorm with rain. The temperature will vary between 25 and 34 degree Celsius.

Hyderabad is expected to have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The minimum temperature was 22 degree Celsius while the maximum may go up to 31 degrees.

Bengaluru  generally cloudy sky with Light rain. The temperature will hover between 20 and 29 degree celsius.

Thiruvananthapuram is likely to have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers . The minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around  32 degrees.

Jammu is expected to have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers  . The maximum temperature will be around 26 degrees, while it recorded 33 degree Celsius as minimum.

Srinagar  may have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature was 17 degree Celsius while maximum will be nearly 30 degrees.

Leh is expected to have mainly clear sky. Minimum temperature was seven degree Celsius while maximum will be around 24 degrees.

Gilgit is likely to witness  mainly Clear sky . The maximum temperature may rise up to24degree Celsius. It noted a lower limit of 7degrees.

Muzaffarabad  may have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rains. Temperature will hover between 22 and 35 degree Celsius.

Guwahati may have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees.

Imphal is likely to have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was recorded at 21 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 30 degrees.

Shillong may have a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers . The temperature will move from a minimum of 17 degrees to a maximum of 25 degrees.

Aizawl is predicted to have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers . The minimum temperature was 18 degree Celsius while the maximum will be nearly 27 degrees.

Kohima may have a  generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers . The temperature will rise from a minimum of 16 degree Celsius to a maximum of 28 degrees.

Itanagar is likely to have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will move from 22 degree Celsius to an upper limit of 34 degrees.

Gangtok may have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers . Temperature hovers between 16 and 21 degree Celsius.

Agartala will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. It recorded the minimum temperature of 26 degree Celsius and will move upto 34 degrees as the maximum.

Port Blair is expected to have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers  . The temperature will vary between 25 and 31 degree

Agati is expected to have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers . The minimum temperature was  26 and maximum will be 31 degree Celsius.

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