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Midday News – 12 Oct 2021

Midday News

1400 HRS
12.10.2021

THE HEADLINES :-

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautions against the selective interpretation of human rights and its use to diminish the image of country.
  • Prime Minister addresses 28th NHRC Foundation Day programme; Says, India is committed to human rights for ensuring all welfare schemes reach the last person.
  • Prime Minister to participate in G20 Extraordinary Leaders’ Summit on Afghanistan virtually this evening.
  • Centre asks states to utilise unallocated power of the Central Generating Stations only to meet the requirement of their own Consumers.
  • India marches towards 100-crore mark COVID-19 vaccination coverage; Over 95 crore 89 lakh jabs given till date.
  • Five terrorists killed in two separate encounters in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
  • External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar addresses the 6th Ministerial meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures (CICA) 2021 in Kazakhstan.
  • In IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders to face Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier tomorrow at Sharjah.

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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 details:

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India is committed to human rights ensuring that  all welfare schemes reach the last person in the row.  He called for cent per cent saturation of  the basic facilities to the citizens which ensures the rights of the last  person of  the society. The Prime Minister was virtually addressing the 28th National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Foundation Day programme in New Delhi today. Mr Modi said, at a time when the whole world was engulfed in the violence of World War I, India suggested the path of ‘rights and non-violence’ to the whole world.  Mr Modi said that our movement for India’s independence, our history, is a great source of inspiration for human rights for India.

Mr. Modi said, even after independence, India offered a new perspective and vision on equality and human rights to the world. The Prime Minister said that the government is enabling facilities for the marginalised in the society and facilitating them with their basic needs and improved livelihood. He added that the government has ensured that all its reforms and actions are designed keeping in mind every individual of the society without any discrimination.

Mr Modi pointed out that rights  of a poor  is imperative for strengthening the  social ecosystem and  empowering the poor to come out of the vicious circle of poverty. He also mentioned that access to basic facilities are not only helping the poor but bringing back their dignity. On ensuring rights of women, the Prime Minister said that today, many sectors have been opened for women for employment and  it is being ensured that they can work with security at workplaces round the clock. He said,India has ensured 26 weeks of paid maternity leave career women, a feat that even many developed nations could not achieve. He also said that over the years in the past, the government has also taken steps to remove the injustice committed at different levels in different sections of the society. He said, for decades Muslim women had been demanding a law against triple talaq and the government has given new rights to Muslim women by enacting a law against triple talaq.

Recalling the inspired performance of the para-athletes in the recent Paralympics, the Prime Minister said that in recent years laws have been enacted for the Divyang Jan. They have been connected to new facilities and buildings are being constructed divyang friendly.

The Prime Minister also cautioned against the selective interpretation of human rights and its use  to diminish the image of the country. He said of late, some people have started interpreting human rights from their own angle as per their selfish interests. Mr. Narendra Modi  said tendency to see infringement in one situation where not in a similar situation has damaged human rights a great deal. He also said that the biggest infringement of human rights takes place when they are seen from the prism of politics and political profit and loss. The Prime Minister said, this selective behaviour is equally damaging for democracy too.

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The Centre has  asked States to utilise unallocated power of the Central Generating Stations- CGS only to meet the power requirement of their own Consumers. It has been brought to the notice of Ministry of Power that some States are not supplying power to their consumers and imposing load shedding. At the same time, they are also selling power in the power exchange at high price. Ministry of Power in a statement said that as per the guidelines for allocation of power, 15 per cent power from the Central Generating Stations are kept under “unallocated power” which is allocated by the Central Government to the needy States to meet the requirement of power of the consumers. It said, the responsibility to supply power to the consumers is of the distribution companies and they should first serve their consumers who have the right to receive 24×7 power. Thus, the distribution companies should not sell the power in the power exchange and starve their own consumers.

The Ministry added that the States have been requested to use the unallocated power for supplying electricity to the consumers of the State. In case of surplus power, the States have been requested to intimate to the Government of India so that this power can be reallocated to other needy State.

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Ministry of Power said, the maximum power demand of Delhi was 4 thousand 5 hundred 36 Mega Watt peak and 96.2 Million Units Energy on 10th of this month. It said, as per the information received from Delhi DISCOMs, there was no outage on account of power shortage, as the required amount of power was supplied to them.

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The nation marches ahead towards 100 crore mark of administering vaccination. More than 95 crore 89 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. Health Ministry said, over 65 lakh 86 thousand doses were administered yesterday. Talking to AIR News, Doctor Arvind Kumar, Medanta Hospital has appealed to people to come forward to get vaccinated.

India reported around 14 thousand new cases during the last 24 hours and this is the lowest in 224 days. India’s Active caseload stands at two lakh 14 thousand 900 and this is the lowest in 212 days. Active cases account for less than one per cent of total cases and it is currently at 0.63 per cent, the lowest since March last year. As India approaches 100 crore vaccination mark we spoke to a beneficiary Doctor K. Subhshekher from Andhra Pradesh, Guntur.

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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, five terrorists have been neutralised by security forces in two separate encounters in the south Kashmir’s Shopian district today. Giving details, police said that three terrorists of Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF) were killed by security forces early this morning in an encounter that had broken-out last evening at village Tulran in Imaam Sahab area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that one slain terrorist identified as Mukhtar Shah of Ganderbal had shifted to Shopian after killing one street hawker Virendra Paswan of Bihar in the outskirts of Srinagar city, few days back. Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from the possession of the slain terrorists.

In another encounter in Feeripora area of Shopian district today, two terrorists have been killed by security forces. The operation in the area was still underway when the last reports came in. Further details are awaited.

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The National Investigation Agency has conducted searches at 16 locations in Kashmir valley in connection with Jammu and Kashmir terrorism conspiracy case. The case is pertaining to conspiracy for conducting violent terrorist acts in J&K and other major cities by the cadres of proscribed terrorist organizations Laskhar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, and their affiliates.

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Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur has said that people who spread terror do not like the drive against terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, peace that prevailed and development that happened in last two years, so they carry out cowardly attacks and kill civilians. Speaking to media in New Delhi on the sidelines of an event today, Mr Thakur said, people of Jammu and Kashmir have witnessed terrorism for years and they want to get rid of it. He said, people of Jammu and Kashmir are against terrorists and terrorism. Mr Thakur said, they will not be lured into the attempts of creating divides in society as they want to take forward Jammu and Kashmir together.

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The Delhi Police has arrested a terrorist from Laxmi Nagar area of the national capital and foiled a major terror plan in the city. The Police said that, the arrested terrorist is a Pakistani National who was staying on a fake identiity on forged documents. Further investigation in the matter is underway.In view of the festive season, Delhi Police has beefed up anti teror alert and action across the city.

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In Odisha, three maoists including two women were  gunned down today in an exchange of fire in the Malkangiri district. The incident took place in the jungle under the Mathili police limits of the district when the joint team of Special Operation Group and the District Voluntary Force launched a combing operation in the area. Bodies of the three maoists along with two guns have been recovered from the spot.

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In Uttar Pradesh, One more accused in Lakhimpur Kheri violence case was arrested by the police today.The accused Shekhar Bharti is said to be the man who was driving the black fortuner on 3rd October. The violence claimed 8 lives. A total of four accused have been arrested in the case so far by the police. Shekhar is driver of the black fortuner owned by Ankit Das, also an accused in the case and son of former rajya sabha MP Akhilesh Das.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the G20 Extraordinary Leaders’ Summit on Afghanistan in virtual format today. The summit has been convened by Italy, the current chair of the G20 that comprises 20 of the world’s major economies. More from our correspondent:

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Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur today led cleanliness drive at and around premises of Humayun Tomb along with volunteers in New Delhi. It was organised as part of pan India month long cleanliness campaign of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of collecting and removing garbage mainly plastics. The drive has been taken up to mark Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Thakur said that Clean India Campaign aims to fulfill the dream of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. Through this campaign we are not only organizing clean India drive but also generating awareness about clean and healthy surroundings.

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External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar addressed the 6th Ministerial meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures (CICA) 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. In his address, Mr. Jaishankar said that India’s internationalism (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam) drives the Vaccine Maitri of India. In a series of tweet, he said  Covid response has brought out the limitations of current multilateralism. Mr. Jaishankar said need for reformed multilateralism is strong. He dwelt on sustainable development which requires a sustainable lifestyle.  About Terrorism, the Minister said that cross-border terrorism is not a statecraft. It is simply another form of terrorism.  Mr. Jaishankar said the connectivity must respect the most basic principle of international relations-respect for sovereignty & territorial integrity.

On Covid situation, Mr. Jaishankar said post-pandemic world requires resilient and reliable supply chains, greater trust and transparency and additional engines of growth.

The External Affairs Minister highlighted that Afghanistan developments have generated understandable concern. In a tweet, Mr. Jaishankar said, voice of CICA can be a positive factor in shaping a global response. The progress of CICA adds to the case for reformed multilateralism.

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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 or through email on [email protected]

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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 Aprajita, we will bring you the Saga of Durga Bhabhi.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today paid tributes to socialist and iconic freedom fighter Ram Manohar Lohia on his death anniversary. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, Ram Manohar Lohia Ji was a passionate nationalist who cared deeply for India’s unity and integrity. The Vice Pressident said, his thoughts and life continue to inspire people in striving to create an egalitarian society free of all inequities.

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In IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders will now face Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier tomorrow evening at Sharjah. Delhi Capitals was toppers in the league stage lost to Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1. The winners Qualifier 2 will play the final against Chennai Super Kings on Friday at Dubai. CSK has already qualified for their ninth IPL final. In the Eliminator match at Sharjah last night, Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets to reach the qualifier 2.

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Weather :-

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 partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. It recorded a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be 33 degrees.

Chennai is expected to experience thunderstorm with rain. The lower limit of temperature was 26 degrees Celsius while upper limit is expected to be nearly 33 degrees.

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

Srinagar will have partly cloudy sky. Temperature will hover between 9 and 23 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 1.2 and 17 degrees Celsius.

Gilgit will have generally cloudy sky with temperature hovering between 11  and 23 degrees Celsius.

Muzaffarabad will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was 16 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 28 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. Generally cloudy sky with moderate rain

In Puducherry, there will be generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The temperature will vary between 23 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Guwahati will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. The minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees. Partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning.

Imphal will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. 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.

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

Itanagar is likely have partly cloudy sky and temperature will hover between 21 and 35 degrees Celsius.

Gangtok will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature was 17 degrees Celsius and maximum will be 24 degrees.

Agartala may experience generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 27 and 35 degrees Celsius.

In Patna, temperature will vary between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius with partly 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 21 and 34 degrees Celsius.

In Jaipur, temperature will vary between 23 and 37 degrees Celsius. Sky will be clear.

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