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Morning News – 18 Oct 2021

Morning News

0830 HRS
18.10.2021

THE HEADLINES::

  • Death toll in rain related incidents in Kerala rises to 25; Prime Minister Narendra Modi discusses situation with Chief Minister.
  • Centre assures all help to Kerala to tide over the crisis.
  • IMD issues red alert for heavy rain in Uttarakhand for today.
  • More than 97 crore 65 lakh doses of Covid vaccine administered in the country so far.
  • Uttarakhand administers first dose of Covid vaccine to its entire eligible population.
  • Five-day Naval Commander’s Conference begins today in New Delhi.
  • BSP chief Mayawati demands CBI probe into brutal killing of a Dalit at farmers’ protest site at Singhu Border.
  • National office bearers of BJP to meet in New Delhi today.
  • And in T20 World Cup, Scotland beat Bangladesh by six runs in Muscat.

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As India is on the verge of vaccinating 100 crore people against COVID-19, All India Radio salutes all the 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 to get fully vaccinated at the earliest and also help others 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.

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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, 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”.

And, Coming to our Nineteenth question of the Amrit Mahotsav Quiz in English:  Who established Sadaqat Ashram – the house of truth, that was meant to symbolise Hindu-Muslim unity ?

Listeners can send their responses to the Question over Whatsapp on  88265 46262 (Repeat 88 26 54 62 62) or through email on amritmahotsavquiz@prasarbharati.gov.in

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rain and landslide in the State. In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said, it is saddening that some people have lost their lives due to heavy rain and landslides in Kerala. He expressed condolence to the bereaved families. The Prime Minister said, authorities are working on the ground to assist the injured and affected people. He prayed for everyone’s safety and well-being.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that his Ministry is continuously monitoring the situation in Kerala. In a tweet, Mr Shah said that the central government will provide all possible support to help the people in need. Mr Shah informed that National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have already been sent to assist the rescue operations in the State.

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India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for heavy rain in Uttarakhand for today, while an orange alert has been issued for tomorrow. IMD said, thunderstorm and heavy rainfall activity are likely over Uttarakhand, Western UP and Haryana today as a result of Western Disturbance’s interaction with low-level easterlies.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has alerted the police and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) following IMD’s alert. He has directed that police, SDRF and other concerned personnel should be kept on high alert at sensitive places. Mr Dhami said that special care should be taken on the Char Dham Yatra route.

In view of the heavy rainfall warning, all schools in Uttarkashi district will remain closed today.

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In Uttar Pradesh, schools and colleges in some districts will remain closed today in the wake of heavy rain alert from the meteorological department. Weather drastically changed yesterday across the state and almost all districts received rainfall with gusty winds. Meteorological department has predicted heavy rains in some parts of Western Uttar Pradesh. Authorities in Meerut and Baghpat districts have closed all schools from classes 1 to 12 today but examinations will be held as per the schedule. Some districts are receiving continuous rain since yesterday.

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Moderate to Heavy rainfall lashed many parts of the national capital since yesterday making the weather more pleasant. India Meteorological Department has said that thunderstorm with moderate to heavy intensity rain will continue to occur over  Delhi and its adjoining areas today. The department has forecast generally cloudy sky with moderate rain today. The maximum temperature will hover around 29 degree Celsius.

Taking to AIR News, Director General of India Meteorological Department,  M Mohapatra has said, the rainfall activity in the city is manily beacuse of the low pressure area lying over Telangana and the western disturbance approaching towards the Northwest India. Mr Mohapatra said that this weather system is impacting the entire nothwest India and its impact will be felt more over Western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand area.

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Over 97 crore 65 lakh vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under nationwide vaccination drive. The Union Health Ministry said, more than 41 lakh 20 thousand doses were administered in the last 24 hours. India is now inching towards vaccinating 100 crore people.

A total of 14 thousand 146 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours which is the lowest in 229 days. The national recovery rate is currently at 98.10 percent which is the highest since March last year. With over 19 thousand 700 recoveries in the last 24 hours, total recoveries in the country has risen to over 3 crore 34 lakh.

Talking to AIR News, Principal Scinetific Advidsor to the government, K Vijay Raghavan has said that vaccine is the best remedy against the Coronavirus.

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Uttarakhand has administered the first dose of Covid vaccine to its entire eligible population three months ahead of target. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said, a total of 74 lakh people in the state have been administered the first dose of the vaccine. He said, 34.68 lakh people have been given the second dose. Mr Dhami has thanked all government, private and voluntary organisations involved in the exercise. He also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for raising the supply of vaccine doses for the state from August onwards.

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A total of 32 new confirmed cases of Corona virus infection were reported in the national capital yesterday. Delhi Government said, during the last 24 hours 38 people recovered and no death was reported in the city. Presently, the total number of active cases of COVID-19 in the national capital is 320.

More than one lakh 12 thousand beneficiaries were inoculated for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in Delhi. With this, more than one crore 95 lakh vaccine doses have been administered so far.

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Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra is improving steadily. The number of daily cases, active cases and Covid related deaths are constantly declining. Mumbai registered zero Covid-19 deaths yesterday, which is a unique milestone for the metropolis after a period of almost 18 months.

“Mumbai which was once considered as one of the major hotspots of Covid-19 in the country, is showing great signs of improvement. There is no Covid related death in the city for the first time after March 26, 2020. There were some instances when the financial capital had registered three digit deaths and the condition in the city had become the cause of concern. But after the introduction of Covid-19 vaccines and extensive vaccination drives, the results are visible in terms of low positivity rate and decline in Covid-19 deaths. Around 97 percent eligible citizens of Mumbai have at least received the first jab of Covid-19 vaccine and 55 percent people are fully vaccinated.  According to BMC’s Additional Commissioner Suresh Kakani, Mumbai’s recovery rate has improved to 97 per cent and the positivity rate has dipped to 1.27 percent. Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai.”

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Navy’s top commanders will hold their biannual meeting today to discuss the force’s operational, logistical and material preparedness and future plans. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh will address the Navy commanders, along with the chiefs of the Army and the Air Force. Our correspondent reports, the CDS and the Army and Air Force chiefs will also interact with the Naval Commanders to address convergence of the three Services vis-à-vis the operational environment, and on avenues for augmenting Tri-Service synergy.

The five-day Naval Commanders’ Conference serve as a platform for Naval Commanders to discuss important maritime matters at the military-strategic level.  It is an institutionalised platform to deliberate, direct, devise and decide issues of utmost importance, which will shape future course of Indian Navy. The force has seen significant growth in its operational tasking over the years in consonance with India’s rising maritime interests. Indian Naval ships on Mission Based Deployments across the Indian Ocean Region have remained poised for quick response to any developing situation. The Navy has focused on being Combat Ready, Credible and Cohesive force and despite the COVID- 19 pandemic, continues to assiduously execute its mandate. Indian Navy ships have undertaken multiple COVID related outreach missions to provide food and medical aid to Indian Ocean Region littoral nations and beyond as part of the Prime Minister’s vision of SAGAR, Security and Growth for All in the Region. With Dipendra Kumar, Sanjeev Jasrotia, AIR News, Delhi.”

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Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has demanded a CBI probe into the brutal killing of a Dalit at the farmers’ protest site at Singhu Border. In a tweet, the BSP chief said that some serious issues are emerging in this case which warrants a CBI probe into the gruesome murder.

15 Dalit organizations have also demanded stern action against those responsible for the brutal murder of Lakhbir Singh, a Dalit from Tarn Taran in Punjab. Representatives of 15 Dalit organisations met Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes Vijay Sampla and demanded stern action against the culprits. The mutilated body of Lakhbir Singh was found hanging on Friday at farmers’ protest site at Singhu border.

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The BJP national office bearers will meet today at the party headquarters in New Delhi. Party President JP Nadda has called the meeting of all the national office bearers after announcing his working committee. This committee includes senior leaders like Lal Krishna Advani and MM Joshi. For the first time in the Covid-19 period, the meeting of the expanded office bearers has been called by party president JP Nadda.

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In Madhya Pradesh, a total of 48 candidates are contesting the upcoming by-elections to one Lok Sabha constituency and three Assembly seats. The by-elections will be held on October 30 and the counting of votes will take place on November 2.

“As per the official information, a maximum of 16 candidates each are in fray from the Khandwa Lok Sabha constituency and Raigaon Assembly seat in Satna district. In Jobat Assembly seat of Alirajpur district, six candidates are in the fray, while 10 candidates are trying their luck from Prithvipur Assembly seat in Niwari district. The main contest is between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress in the state. Senior leaders of both the parties are campaigning in support of their candidates. From the BJP, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and State BJP President VD Sharma are leading the campaign, while senior leaders Kamal Nath, Digvijay Singh and Arun Yadav are holding public meetings for the Congress candidates. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal.”

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The day-long special session of Uttar Pradesh Assembly will be held today. The main agenda of the session is election of Deputy Speaker. Talking to AIR News, Assembly Speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit said that as per the agenda decided by the business advisory committee, house will first take up the obituary references followed by the voting for the election of the deputy speaker.

The Contest has become intersting as 2 Samajwadi party MLAs will fight for the post of deputy speaker. BJP leader Nitin Agarwal and Samajwadi party MLA Narendra Singh verma have filed their nomination for the deputy speaker post of UP Assembly. Nitin Agarwal, who technically continues to be an SP MLA, had joined the BJP with his father and former MP Naresh Agarwal in 2018.

Speaker Hriday Narayan Dikshit had recently rejected the Samajwadi Party’s petition seeking disqualification of Nitin Agarwal and the Samajwadi party decided to challenge the Bharatiya Janata Party nominee Nitin Agarwal.

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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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Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has said that more than 50 lakh Kilograms of waste have been collected across the country through Clean India Drives so far. The month – long nationwide Clean India Drive to clean waste was launched on 1st of this month. It is a youth-led programme being organised in six lakh villages of 744 Districts across the country through the networks of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan.

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Union Minister for Labour and Employment Bhupender Yadav has said that more than four crore unorganized workers have registered on e-Shram Portal which is the country’s  first National Database on Unorganized Workers. Sharing the information in a tweet, Mr Yadav said that by registering, the unorganized workers will be able to get the benefits of government schemes easily. Of the total registered workers, around 50 per cent beneficiaries are females and 49.98 are males.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, terrorists yesterday shot down two non-local labourers and injured another at Wanpoh area in Kulgam district yesterday. The area has been cordoned off by the security forces and a massive manhunt was launched to nab the assailants. Details are awaited. The attack comes a day after two non-locals, one a Street Vendor selling Gole Gappa in Eidgah area of Srinagar city and a Carpenter in Litter village in Pulwama district were brutally killed by terrorists.

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World Bank President David Malpass met Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Washington in the United States and discussed India’s efforts on climate change action.

In a statement, the World Bank said, they have emphasised the need for scaling up climate finance for impactful projects in line with Nationally Determined Contributions and development goals.

Mr Malpass also reaffirmed the international financial institution’s strong commitment to India across all World Bank Group entities, including the International Finance Corporation and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.

The World Bank said, President Malpass congratulated Ms Sitharaman on India’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign and thanked the country for it’s international role in vaccine production and distribution.

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In the Men’s Twenty-20 Cricket World Cup, Scotland beat Bangladesh by six runs in the second group B encounter in Muscat last night. Put into bat first, Scotland posted a score of 140 runs for the loss of nine wickets in stipulatd 20 overs with the help of Chris Greaves’ 45 off 28 balls. The Men in Blue will play its first warm-up match against England today, which will begin at 7:30 pm Indian time at Dubai International Stadium.

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Take a look at the weather forecast for today.

Srinagar will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between Nine and 20 degree Celsius. Jammu will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was 20 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees. Leh is likely to witness generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between two to 16 degree Celsius. Gilgit will have generally cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm. The temperature will hover between 8 and 27 degree Celsius. Muzaffarabad will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night. The minimum temperature was  be 15 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 34 degrees.

The National Capital Delhi will have generally cloudy sky with Light rain. The temperature will vary between 21 and 30 degree Celsius. Mumbai will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was  22 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees. Chennai is expected to have generally cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 26 and 34 degree Celsius. Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with Heavy rain. The city observed  a minimum temperature of 24 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 28 degrees. Visakhapatnam will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city observed a minimum temperature of 26 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 33 degrees. Bengaluru will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 21 and 29 degree Celsius.

Hyderabad will have generally cloudy sky with Light rain. The temperature will vary between 22 and 32 degree Celsius. Thiruvananthapuram will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was  25 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees. In Puducherry, there will be generally cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 25 and 33 degree Celsius.

Guwahati will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature was around 24 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 30 degrees. Imphal will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The city observed  a minimum temperature of 21 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 28 degrees.Shillong will witness Generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. Temperature will hover between 15 and 23 degree Celsius. Aizawl will have Generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 17 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 25 degrees. Kohima will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between 15 and 25 degree Celsius. Itanagar will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 21 and 28 degree Celsius. Gangtok will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 17 and 22 degree Celsius. Agartala will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 21 and 28 degree Celsius.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE:

  • All the dailies have mentioned about the government proceeding cautiously on the issue of vaccinating children against Covid 19. The Tribune headline writes, “Will go by scientific rationale on vaccination for kids.”
  • Apart from flooding and landslides in Kerala, The Pioneer notes “IMD red alert for heavy rain; Badrinath Yatra halted.”
  • Ecomm sales boom in festive season” as share of handset, TV, apparel sales via online channels hits new highs, reports The Economic Times.
  • A headline in Hindustan Times says, “India’s active Covid cases fall below 200 thousand for the first time in seven months.”
  • “Supreme Court collegium bats for 12 despite government objection” for appointment of High Court judges, writes The Times of India.
  • And finally, Motorists can now avail a host of transport services from home as travel services will be a click away. Hindustan Times quotes the government saying “Automated driving test centres to soon stay open all week.”

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Before we end the bulletin, a reminder of today’s question of the Amrit Mahotsav Quiz: Who established Sadaqat Ashram – the house of truth,that was meant to symbolise Hindu-Muslim unity ??

Whatsapp your response on 88265 46262 (Repeat 88 26 54 62 62) or through email on amritmahotsavquiz@prasarbharati.gov.in .

Celebrate 75 years of India’s independence,by participating in “Amrit Mahotsav Quiz with AIR News.”

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