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Morning News – 17 Oct 2021

Morning News

0830 HRS
17.10.2021

THE HEADLINES

 

  • India’s Covid vaccination coverage crosses 97 crore 62 lakh mark.
  • Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya says India will achieve 100 crore vaccination mark next week.
  • World Bank President David Malpass hails India for successful Covid vaccination drive.
  • IMF commends India’s swift and substantial response to Corona pandemic.
  • Uttar Pradesh to get seven new medical colleges this month.
  • 15 Dalit organisations demand stern action against those responsible for brutal murder at farmers’ protest site near Singhu Border.
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to embark on a five-day visit to Israel today.
  • Unseasonal rain claims 9 lives in Kerala; 12 persons still missing.
  • And in Football, India beat Nepal 3-0 to clinch SAFF championship for the 8th time; Skipper Sunil Chhetri equals Lionel Messi’s record of 80 International goals.

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As India is on the verge of vaccinating 100 crore people against COVID-19, All India Radio salutes all the people, doctors, nurses and others who are making this possible. At the same time, we caution our listeners that the battle against COVID is not yet over. We appeal to our listeners who are yet to be fully vaccinated to get vaccinated at the earliest and also help others to get vaccinated.

During the festival season, please 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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India’s corona vaccination coverage has crossed 97 crore 62 lakh mark. More than 97 crore 62 lakh 92 thousand doses have been administered till now in the country under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. Health Ministry said, more than 38 lakh 27 thousand vaccine doses were administered yesterday.

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Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya launched the anthem on India’s Covid-19 vaccination yesterday. The song has been sung by eminent singer Kailash kher.

Speaking on the occasion, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, government has already administered more than 97 crore corona vaccines in the country. He said, it will soon be able to administer 100 crore vaccine doses. Dr Mandaviya said, transporting the vaccine from one place to another was a big challenge and this was made possible by everyone’s efforts.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Puri said, under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi the production and distribution of  Covid 19 vaccine is going on successfully and soon the nation will be able to touch the one billion mark of administering vaccine doses. He said, it is not a mere government programme but a mass movement.

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World Bank President David Malpass has hailed India for successful COVID Vaccination Drive. During his meeting with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in US, Mr Malpass thanked India for the country’s global role in the production and distribution of the COVID vaccine. Mr Malpass reiterated the international financial institution’s strong commitment to India across all World Bank entities, including the International Finance Corporation and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.

A World Bank statement maintained that both Ms Sitharaman and Mr Malpass held talks on the efforts taken by India on climate change. Both emphasized the need for scaling up climate finance for achieving effective and impactful developments projects in line with Nationally Determined Contributions and development goals, it stated.

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International Monetary Fund has commended Indian government’s swift and substantial response to the Covid-19 pandemic and noted that there is the possibility of a faster than expected recovery. IMF said its Directors commended the Indian government’s response to the pandemic which includes scaled-up support to vulnerable groups, monetary policy easing and liquidity provision, accommodative financial sector and regulatory policies, and continued structural reforms. IMF’s executive board held consultations with India to assess the state of its economy and finances. IMF said, despite the pandemic, India continued to introduce structural reforms, including labour reforms and a privatisation plan. IMF noted that India is among the fastest-growing economies in the world in the decade before the pandemic, lifting millions out of poverty.

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As the trials are going on in the country to provide COVID-19 vaccine to children, a child-friendly vaccination centre has already been set up in Madhya Pradesh. This first of its kind child vaccination center has been set up in Jabalpur.

Our correspondent reports that the center is so attractive that even Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan could not resist himself from sharing the pictures of the centre. A report:

“This Child friendly Covid Vaccination Center has been prepared by Jabalpur Smart City. Vaccination will take place in one room of this two-room vaccination center decorated with attractive pictures. While, in the other room, after getting the vaccine, children will spend half an hour playing with toys. Nidhi Singh Rajput, CEO, Jabalpur Smart City told AIR News that this unique effort has been made to remove the fear of injection from the minds of children.

The Child Friendly Covid Vaccination Center has a variety of swings for children’s entertainment, feeding rooms for mothers, diapers and sanitary pad vending machines and seating arrangements for parents. Apart from this, a small park has also been developed for the children. With Surbhi Tiwari from Jabalpur Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal”.

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Uttar Pradesh will get seven new medical colleges this month. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inau gurate these medical colleges during his visit to Siddharthanagar on October 25th.  More from our correspondent:

“Addressing media persons in Siddharthanagar, the Chief Minister said that the National Medical Commission has given its approval to seven newly constructed medical colleges.

Reaffirming his government’s commitment to open at least one medical college in each district, the Chief Minister said that earlier only Gorakhpur had a medical college in the region but in the last four-and-a-half years, various other districts have got medical colleges. He said that AIIMS in Gorakhpur is ready and will be inaugurated soon. ADITYA SHUKLA, AIR NEWS, GORAKHPUR.”

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Russia has recorded 1,000 Covid-related deaths in a single day for the first time since the pandemic began. The figure had been rising all week, with the Kremlin blaming the Russian people for not taking up vaccination. Only about a third of the population has been vaccinated.

Russia’s figure of 222,000 Covid deaths is the highest in Europe. The number of active Covid cases in Russia is around 750,000 and the overall infections is now nearly 8 millions.

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Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah is on a three day visit to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. On the second day of his visit yesterday, he interacted with party workers and intellectuals in Port Blair. Speaking on the occasion, he said that unlike former governments Prime Minister Narendra Modi has developed a new work culture. Now, from foundation laying to inauguration of government schemes are being done by the Modi government. Earlier, it used to take years to do that. He said the BJP led government has given a chance to everyone to uplift his status. The Home Minister said that all the islanders should remove the concept of mainland-island from their minds. He said A&N is the beating heart of India. Andaman Nicobar is an integral part of the country, it is a land of supreme sacrifices by our freedom fighters. The Home Minister said, it is the land of great holy pilgrimage, by renaming the name of Ross Island to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island PM Narendra Modi has revived Netaji’s memories, a legendary freedom fighter.

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Fifteen organizations of Dalit community met Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) Vijay Sampla and demanded stern action against those responsible for the brutal murder of a man at the site of farmers’ protest near Singhu border. The mutilated body of Lakhbir Singh was found hanging on Friday at farmers’ protest site. Mr Sampla said, they are expecting a report from the Haryana government over the incident and it will then decide the next course of action. He said, NCSC has already sent a notice to DGP Haryana and Chief Secretary to take strict action and has sought a report over the gruesome incident.

The commissions Chairman is also planning to go to the victim’s hometown Tarn Taran in Punjab and meet his family members. Mr Sampla said, farmer leaders cannot wash off their hands of the entire incident as all accused were part of protesters. He added that the spot where they hanged Lakhbir Singh is also near the stage.

National Scheduled Caste Alliance, Bhartiya Baudh Sangh, Ravidas Vishwa Mahapeeth (Delhi), Valmiki Maha Panchayat were among the organisations that met the NCSC Chairman. Bhartiya Baudh Sangh president Bhante Sanghpriya Rahul said they were distressed with the incident.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be on a five day official visit to Israel from today at the invitation of Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Israel Yair Lapid. This will be his first visit to the country as External Affairs Minister. He will hold a bilateral meeting with Mr Lapid. He will also call on the President, the Prime Minister and the Knesset Speaker.

The External Affairs Minister will interact with Indian-origin Jewish community in Israel, Indologists, Indian students who are currently pursuing their education in Israeli universities and business people including from the hi-tech industries.

External Affairs Ministry said, the visit will also be an occasion to pay tribute to the valiant Indian soldiers who laid their lives in the region, especially during the First World War.

India and Israel elevated bilateral relations to a Strategic Partnership during the historic visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel in July 2017.

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The second edition of Naval Commanders’ Conference of 2021 will be held in New Delhi from tomorrow till 22nd of this month. The conference serves as a platform for Naval Commanders to discuss important maritime matters at the military-strategic level as well as interact with Senior Government Officials through an institutionalised forum. Due to the rapidly changing geostrategic situation of the region, the significance and importance of the Conference is manifold. It is an institutionalised platform to deliberate, direct, devise and decide issues of utmost importance, which will shape future course of Indian Navy.

During the Conference, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address and interact with the Naval Commanders on matters pertaining to national security.

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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 the Morning News. It will continue till 15th August 2022.

Listeners can send their responses to the Question over Whatsapp on  88265 46262 or through email on amritmahotsavquiz@prasarbharati.gov.in.

And now, let’s listen to our special programme, ‘Azadi ka Safar’ highlighting the importance of the day during the freedom struggle.

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Union Minister for Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated 29th Hunar Haat at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh yesterday. The Hunar Haat is being organised by the Union Ministry for Minority Affairs as a part of a series of 75 Hunar Haats to be organised across the country under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Culture Arjun Ram Meghwal were also present on the occasion. Over 700 artisans and craftsmen from across the nation are participating in the Hunar Haat which will go on till 25th October.

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Jammu & Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha dedicated key urban transformation projects of Srinagar to the public yesterday. These projects worth 40.34 crore rupees were executed by Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Srinagar Smart City Limited.

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Over 1 lakh employees have been recruited by India’s four biggest IT firms – TCS, Infosys, Wipro and HCL in the first six months of the fiscal year. That’s 13 times more than in the corresponding period of the previous year, after the pandemic had struck. And it’s almost twice that in the corresponding period of the pre-pandemic year, 2019-20.

It clearly indicated that the demand for talents has picked up in IT sector.

TCS, which has 5.2 lakh employees, led the hiring momentum. The Company said it plans to make offers to 75,000 freshers this year, a record for the company.

Infosys has increased its fresher hiring target for this year to 45,000, from 35,000 that it had planned three months ago.

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India clinched the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship for the eighth time defeating Nepal 3-0 in Male last night. Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri scored the first goal of the match in the 49th minute when he headed in Pritam Kotal’s lofted pass. The 37-year-old Indian captain equalled the iconic footballer Lionel Messi with his 80th international strike and became the second highest goal-scorer in international football among active players.

Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur has congratulated Indian Football team on winning the Title. In a tweet, Mr Thakur said, Sunil Chhetri scripted history as he equalled Lionel Messi’s record of making 80 goals in International Men’s Football.

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In Kerala, as rains continue relief and resucue operations are in full swing in affected regions. 9 deaths were officially confirmed and 12 persons are missing in various rain related incidents in the State.

In the major landslide in Plapally in Kootickal in Kottayam district yesterday, the death toll rose to seven as one more body was recovered. Search operations are continuing for the missing ones. Multiple landslides were reported from Kokkayar in Idukki, where 8 persons went missing. Heavy rain is hampering the rescue operations in the region. Central Kerala is facing heavy rains since morning today, with water level rising in major rivers. Widespread damage is being reported from across the State. Thousands of people are being shifted to over 320 relief camps in the State. National and State Disaster forces, Armed forces, police and civil volunteers are coordinating the relief and rescue measures. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram”.

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Light rainfall in Delhi this morning has brought the temperature down by a couple of notches. Met department has forecast generally cloudy sky with moderate rain today. The maximum temperature will hover around 33 degrees Celsius and minimum around 21 degrees Celsius.

Met department has also predicted thunderstorms and heavy rainfall over Uttarakhand, West Uttar Pradesh and Haryana today as well as tomorrow as a result of western disturbance interaction with low-level easterlies.

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Now, let us take a look at the weather for the rest of the country.

Mumbai may experience partly cloudy sky. Minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 33 degrees.

Kolkata will have a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature was recorded at 24 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Chennai is expected to have generally cloudy sky with Light Rain or drizzle. The temperature will move from minimum of 27 to the maximum of 34 degree Celsius.

Bengaluru will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 21 and 29 degrees Celsius.

Hyderabad may experience generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius and a Maximum will be around 32 degrees.

In Puducherry, will witness generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will move from 26 to 33 degrees Celsius.

In the North East, Guwahati, Imphal, ShillongAizawl, Kohima, ItanagarGangtok, Agartala will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Guwahati, Minimum temperature was around 25 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 34 degrees. Imphal had minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 30 degrees.

Temperature in Shillong will hover between 17 and 25 degrees Celsius, while in Aizawl it will be between 17 and 27 degree Celsius.

In Kohima, minimum and maximum temperature will be between 16 and 25 degrees Celsius. Itanagar temperature will hover between 19 and 33 degrees Celsius.

In Gangtok, temperature will hover between 17 and 22 degrees Celsius and in Agartala it move from 25 to 33 degrees Celsius.

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AND NOW, AN OVERVIEW OF TODAY’S NEWSPAPERS.

  • In the countdown to COP26, Financial Express quoting Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman writes “India’s commitments till 2030 almost fulfilled”.
  • India invites Pakistan, regional powers for NSA-level talks on Afghanistan” informs The Asian Age.
  • “Amid Chinese build-up at LAC, IAF chief visits Ladakh” says The Asian Age.
  • Winter knocking, Delhi Air Turns ‘Poor’ ” writes The Times of India adding “Experts suggest strict vigil against polluting activities”.
  • 8 killed as rain causes havoc in Kerala” reports The Hindu.
  • Central government asks states to ensure edible oil prices cut” notes The Statesman.
  • “Income Tax Department detects under-invoicing of imports”  writes The Business Line.
  • And finally, “Dravid sheds reluctance, set to take over as India head coach till 2023 World Cup” says Hindustan Times.

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