Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Midday News – 11 Oct 2021

Midday News

1400 HRS
11.10.2021

THE HEADLINES:

  • India will play an important role in space to unite the world in the 21st century says Prime Minister Narendra Modi; Launches Indian Space Association.
  • India marches towards 100-crore mark Covid-19 vaccination coverage, over 95 crore citizens get jabs till date.
  • In Himachal Pradesh, schools reopen from Class 8 onwards today.
  • India and Kyrgyz Republic agree on 200 million US Dollar Line of Credit to support development projects.
  • First ever talks between the US and Taliban leaders after change in guard in Afghanistan held in Doha; Washington says, meeting does not amount to recognition of the Taliban.
  • Today is International Day of the Girl Child; Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu calls for equal access to digital devices, tech related skills and jobs, for girls.
  • And in IPL Cricket, Royal Challengers Bangalore to face Kolkata Knight Riders in Eliminator in Sharjah at 7:30 PM today.

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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 today said India will have to ensure that in the 21st century, space should play an important role in uniting the world. He said that India is one of the very few countries that have end-to-end capability in space. Speaking at the launch of Indian Space Association, Mr Modi said India has covered all aspects of space technology – space satellites, launch vehicle applications, interplanetary missions and more.

The Prime Minister said major reforms happening in India today regarding Space Sector and Space Tech are due to a decisive government. He said the reforms in space sector and space tech is unprecedented and the government’s approach is based on 4 pillars when it comes to space reforms. He said freedom of innovation to the private sector is the first pillar and the role of the government as an enabler is the second. Preparing youth for the future and looking at space sector as a resource for the progress of the common man are the other two pillars.

The Prime Minister stressed that this new outlook is important because it is not the time for linear innovation for India, but for exponential innovation. He said this can only be made possible when the government plays the role of an enabler, and not a handler.

Mr Modi said the country is witnessing dynamic reforms today because India’s vision is clear and the vision is – Aatmanirbhar Bharat. He said it is not just a vision, but a well-thought, well-planned integrated economic strategy that will turn India into a global manufacturing hub and innovation centre.  He added that the strategy will make India a global center of innovations, based on India’s technological expertise.

He said over the years, the government’s focus has been on research and development related to new technology, as well as to bring it to the general public.  In the last seven years, NDA government has made space technology an important tool for last mile delivery, and transparent governance.

The Prime Minister said India’s space sector is a big medium for the progress of 130 crore people. He pointed out that the space sector means better mapping, imaging and connectivity facilities for the common human. He added that the space sector means better speed from shipment to delivery for entrepreneurs.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the 28th National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Foundation Day programme tomorrow via video conferencing. Home Minister Amit Shah and NHRC Chairperson will also be present during the event.

NHRC was set up under the Protection of Human Rights Act 1993 on 12th October, for the promotion and protection of human rights.

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The Nation marches ahead towords 100 crore  mark of administering vaccination. India has administered over 95 crore 19 lakh doses of COVID vaccine so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. Union Health Ministry said, more than 46 lakh 57 thousand vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours. The Ministry said, 21 thousand 5 hundred  and 63 COVID patients recovered during the last 24 hours and the national recovery rate has reached 98 per cent. Till now, more than three crore 32 lakh people have recovered from COVID-19.

Talking to All India Radio, Dr. Sandeep Mishra from AIIMS, New Delhi said that the milestone of 100 crore vaccination would be a great achievement.

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In Himachal Pradesh, regular classes have started in schools for the students of class VIII to XII from today. Class VIII students arrived at the school almost a year and a half after the outbreak of the corona pandemic. There will be no prayer meetings and sports activities. The education department of the state has decided not to provide mid-day meals to the children of class VIII. The Department of Elementary Education has issued instructions that children will have to bring their own lunch.

The decision has been taken by the Himachal Pradesh Government after taking into consideration the COVID-19 situation and the positivity rate in the state.

To ensure staggering of students and to follow all the SOPs and Covid-19 guidelines, all the principals and headmasters are authorized to implement the micro plan already prepared for their respective school, as per availability of the accommodation.

It may be recalled that Schools have already resumed physical classes in the state for classes 9 to 12 from September 27, 2021.

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Union Minister of State, Information & Broadcasting, Dr. L. Murugan visited All India Radio at Srinagar and inaugurated a renovated Auditorium. The auditorium  was severely damaged in 2014 floods.

Addressing the audience today,  the Union Minister said that the Auditorium  will help  both  All India Radio and Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar in promoting the local culture. He also lauded  AIR & DDK Srinagar for playing their role in countering to propaganda initiated by the neighbouring country from across the border.

The Minister is also scheduled to visit fish farm at Daachigaam wildlife sanctuary in the outskirts of Srinagar city this  afternoon.

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External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar today said development cooperation is gradually emerging as an important pillar of cooperation between India and Kyrgyzstan.

Dr. S. Jaishankar in a tweet has said that he had a cordial and constructive talks with  Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev of Kyrgyz Republic. Dr. Jaishankar said, they agreed on 200 million US Dollar Line of Credit to support development projects.  He also said that they concluded an understanding on executing high impact community projects. Both the leaders discussed need for early travel of Indian students and more liberal visa regime.  He said that they reviewed defence and security cooperation positively. India and Kyrgyz Republic have a shared approach to developments in Afghanistan.

In a statement at the conclusion of his official visit to Kyrgyz Republic, the External Affairs Minister said India’s telemedicine centers have helped Kyrgyz people in rural areas get connected to medical facilities in cities. The provision of Bhabhatron in Bishkek has been useful in diagnosis of cancers not only for residents of Bishkek but across the country. Dr Jaishankar said India is committed to providing another Bhabhatron for the hospital in Osh.

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In Uttar Pradesh, Ashish Mishra the accused in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case and son of Minister of state for Home affairs Ajay mishra will be produced in a local court this afternoon. In the virtual hearing court will decide on his police custody. Ashish was sent to judicial custody after arrest on Saturday night. Ashish was arrested after more than 12 hours of interrogation by the police on Saturday as he was not cooperating during the interrogation and didn’t answer few questions. Police  questioned Ashish about the events that led to the violence on 3rd October in which 8 people killed . Two other accused were arrested by police in this case and now they are in judicial custody.

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In Madhya Pradesh, e-content of 17 main subjects  of Graduation level is being prepared for the first year courses under the National Education Policy.

State Higher Education Minister Dr Mohan Yadav has said that Madhya Pradesh will probably be the first state in the country to provide e-content on the basis of National Education Policy 2020. A report:

The state government has already made an action plan to prepare more than one thousand e-content modules by November 10. The target is to ready e-content of about 1500 modules for the first year. In the next phase, content on some other subjects will also be prepared. It is noteworthy that this work is being done free of cost by the regular teachers and guest scholars of government, non-government universities and colleges of the state. Various selected teachers have been entrusted with the task of preparing content of 17 subjects. E-content is also being prepared for optional subjects along with main subjects. The contents being prepared will be available for video lectures, e-texts and assessment questions as per the guidelines of the UGC.-Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal.  Sanjeev  Sharma, Air News,

Bhopal.

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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Five  soldiers including a JCO  have been  martyred in an encounter that broke out in Chamrer forest area of Surankote in Poonch sector of Jammu division today. AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that on specific inputs, the security forces have cordoned off the area and a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) was launched for a suspected infiltration bid in the forests, located near Mughal Road in Surankote sub division of Poonch district. The  terrorists opened  fire on the search parties resulting in fierce gunfight and critical injuries to a Junior Commissioned Officer and four other soldiers who later succumbed to their injuries. Three to four militants were believed to be trapped in the area. Details awaited.

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For the first time in India, a liver has been reused and transplanted in a new recipient by doctors of a Delhi hospital. The liver was at first transplanted onto a patient who was declared brain dead few days after the operation. Following this, a decision was taken to reuse the liver in a new recipient in order to save a new life. Talking exclusively to AIR News, Chairman of Liver Transplant and Biliary Science, Max Healthcare, Dr Subhash Gupta said the liver is working well in the new recipient.

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The talks between the US and Taliban leaders  have concluded in Doha, Qatar. This is the first ever meeting since the withdrawal of American troops in August from Afghanistan. The talks in Qatar focussed on containing the extremist groups, the evacuation of US citizens and humanitarian aid. The US officials said that while the group would be judged by its actions, talks had been “candid and professional”.

The US insists the meeting does not amount to recognition of the Taliban. In a statement issued by Taliban last night it claimed that the US had agreed to begin to provide humanitarian aid to the country. The Statement added it will cooperate with charitable groups in delivering the humanitarian assistance to those deserving transparently, and will facilitate the principled movement of foreign nationals. The US has not yet formally confirmed this claim.

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Today is International Day of the Girl Child. On December 2011 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a Resolution to declare 11th October as the International Day of the Girl Child to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that this year’s International Day of the Girl Child is themed on bridging the gender digital divide in the society. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, amid the ongoing COVID pandemic, let’s make every effort to ensure girls get equal access to digital devices, tech related skills and jobs and equal chance to grow.

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As our Nation celebrates the seventy fifth year of Independence, a series of events are being organised by the Government as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. To commemorate the occasion as a Jan-Utsav, All India Radio News brings its listeners a special quiz on India’s freedom movement and its glorious history. The quiz is being conducted every Monday and Tuesday in Morning News, since 16th August and will continue till 15th August 2022. India Post has joined hands as the logistics partner with All India Radio News for the “Amrit Mahotsav Quiz”.

Listeners can send their responses to the Question over Whatsapp on  88265 46262 (Repeat 88 26 54 62 62) or through email on [email protected]

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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 a 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.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan on his Jayanti. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, Jayaprakash Narayan, an iconic revolutionary and social crusader, was one of the main architects of modern India. Mr Naidu said, he became a glowing symbol of India’s fight against corruption and anti-democratic conduct.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, Jayaprakash Narayan was a remarkable personality, who left an indelible mark on India’s history. Mr Modi said, he devoted himself to public welfare initiatives and was at the forefront of protecting India’s democratic ethos.

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The Finance Ministry today  released the 7th monthly installment of Post Devolution Revenue Deficit (PDRD) Grant of  9,871 crore  rupees to the states.  With the release of this installment, a total amount of  69,097 crore rupees has been released to  states as PDRD in the current financial year. The grants are released as per the recommendations of the Fifteenth Finance Commission in monthly installments to meet the gap in revenue accounts of the states post devolution.

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At the stock markets, both the key indices – the Sensex and the Nifty – opened higher in the morning and went on to hit another intra-day highs, during the first half of the trade. So, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange climbed 379 points, or 0.6 percent, to trade at 60,438, in the afternoon session, at 1:40 pm. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange advanced 135 points, or 0.8 percent, to 18.031.

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Olympic sports person V.Suba was appointed as the Sports official in Tamilnadu Generation and distribution Corporation limited today. Chief Minister M.K.Stalin  issued her the appointment order at the State Secretariat.

Subha Venkatesan took part in the Olympic 4 x 400 metres mixed relay held at Tokyo. Born to a construction worker from Tiruchirapalli, She got interested in Sports because of the inspiration from her grandfather who worked as a policeman.

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In Cricket, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Eliminator this evening at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The winner of this qualifier will take on Delhi Capitals on Wednesday at Sharjah.

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

The National Capital Delhi is likely to have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperatutre was 23 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be 36 degrees.

Mumbai will have rain or thundershowers will occur towards evening or night. It recorded a minimum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be 34 degrees.

Chennai is expected to have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The lower limit of temperature was 26 degrees Celsius while upper limit is expected to be nearly 34 degrees.

Kolkata will generally have cloudy sky with light rain. The city noted a minimum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 36 degrees.

Srinagar will have thunderstorm with rain. Temperature will hover between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius.

Jammu will also have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 20 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 34 degrees.

Leh will have mainly cloudy sky and the temperature will vary between zero and 17 degrees Celsius.

Gilgit will generally be cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm with temperature hovering between 8  and 21 degrees Celsius.

Muzaffarabad will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 18 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 30 degrees.

Visakhapatnam will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city noted a minimum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius while maximum to be around 35 degrees.

In Hyderabad, the temperatutre will hover between 21 and 33 degrees Celsius with partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

Bengaluru will generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. Temperature will fluctuate between 21 and 27 degrees Celsius.

Thiruvananthapuram will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers.  The minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 30 degrees.

In Puducherry, there will be generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will vary between 23 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Guwahati will experience mist. The minimum temperature was 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 36 degrees.

Imphal will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city registered a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 31 degrees.

Shillong will generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 16 and 25 degrees Celsius.

Aizawl will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 18 degrees Celsius while the maximum to be around 29 degrees.

Partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning

Kohima will partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. The temperature will vary between 16 and 25degrees Celsius.

Itanagar is likely to be partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. Temperature will hover between 21 and 35 degrees Celsius.

Gangtok will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. There will be just slight change in temperature as minimum was 17 degrees Celsius and maximum will be 23 degrees.

Agartala may experience generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius.

In Patna, temperature will vary between 25 and 34 degrees Celsius with mainly clear sky.

In Lucknow, the sky will be clear.  The minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius while maximmum to be 35 degrees.

Bhopal will have mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between 22 and 34 degrees Celsius.

In Jaipur, temperature will vary between 24 and 36 degrees Celsius. Sky will be mainly clear.

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