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Morning News – 17 Nov 2021

Morning News

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address inaugural session of 82nd All India Presiding Officers’ Conference in Shimla at 10 AM today.
  • Kartarpur corridor re-opens today after 20 months; Home Minister Amit Shah says the decision reflects immense reverence of Modi government towards Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Sikh community.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to inaugurate Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in Jhansi today.
  • Centre approves a new Rajya Sainik Board for Ladakh.
  • Power Ministry issues revised guidelines for thermal generation companies to set up renewable energy generation capacity.
  • India’s Covid vaccination coverage crosses 113 crore 61 lakh mark.
  • US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West meets National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla in New Delhi.
  • Indian recurve men’s and women’s teams enter finals of Asian Archery Championships in Dhaka.
  • In cricket, India to take on New Zealand in first T-20 of 3-match series in Jaipur this evening.


As India created history by administering over 100 crore vaccine doses against COVID-19, All India Radio salutes all the doctors, nurses, other frontline workers and all those who got vaccinated and made this possible. Even though the country has achieved this feat, 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 —

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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. 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 the 16th of August and will continue till the 15th of August 2022. India Post has joined hands as the logistics partner with All India Radio News for the “Amrit Mahotsav Quiz”.

Recalling our Yesterday’s question: Name the calligrapher, who hand-wrote the Original Constitution of India?

The correct answer is  Shri. Prem Bihari Narain Raizada of Rampur. The original Constitution of India was neither typed nor printed. It was hand-written by Prem Bihari Narain Raizada.

AIR News got an overwhelming response from its listeners across the world and we congratulate the winner of the quiz B R Joshi from Rajeshwari Puram, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

The next question of Amrit Mahotsav Quiz will be shared with Listeners on Monday, 22nd of November Celebrate 75 years of India’s independence, by participating in “Amrit Mahotsav Quiz with AIR News.”


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the inaugural session of 82nd All India Presiding Officers’ Conference (AIPOC) in Shimla at 10 AM today via video conferencing. The All India Presiding Officers’ Conference, the apex body of the Legislatures in India, is celebrating its hundred years in 2021. To commemorate the centennial year of AIPOC, the 82nd edition of the event is being held today and tomorrow. The first Conference was also held in Shimla in 1921. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh will be present on the occasion. We have more from our correspondent:

To mark the occasion the Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly in Shimla has been decorated with colourful lights and security has been beefed up. The two-day centenary 82nd All India presiding officers conference will be attended by 378 dignitaries including 288 presiding officers of 36 state assemblies at Himachal Vidhansabha in Shimla today to deliberate on various issues like reviewing the centenary journey, strengthening democracy and the responsibility of the Presiding Officers towards the House and the people. Besides speakers, deputy speakers, principal secretaries, secretaries and senior officials of 36 state assemblies and councils will also participate in the conference. On the other hand, yesterday, the 58th Conference of Assembly Secretaries was also held in the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, in which the Secretaries of 23 State Assemblies participated. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Shimla”.


Kartarpur corridor, which allows Sikh pilgrims to travel visa-free to the Kartarpur gurdwara in Pakistan via the Attari-Wagah border, reopens today after 20 months. Centre yesterday announced the reopening of the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara corridor from today, ahead of Gurupurab – the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji on Friday. Home Minister Amit Shah said the decision reflects the immense reverence of Modi government towards Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and our Sikh community. Mr Shah said the nation is all set to celebrate the Prakash Utsav of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji on Friday and Modi government’s decision to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib corridor will further boost the joy and happiness across the country.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in Jhansi today. The three-day ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’ is being organised by the Defence Ministry in collaboration with Uttar Pradesh government. During the event Defence Ministry will formally dedicate a number of schemes to the nation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch several new initiatives of the Defence Ministry on Friday, coinciding with the birth anniversary of Rani Lakshmi Bai. Prime Minister will hand over the indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) to the Indian Air Force (IAF), drones built by start-ups to the Army and electronic warfare suites to the Navy. More details from our correspondent :

During the parv, initiatives such as setting up of 100 new Sainik Schools; launch of NCC Border and Coastal Scheme, NCC Alumni Association and national programme of Simulation Training for NCC cadets will be launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Foundation stone of 400 crore rupees project of Bharat Dynamics Ltd at Jhansi node of UP Defence Industrial Corridor will also be laid. Besides, there will be a launch of National War Memorial, mobile app. On the 19th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also hand over indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopter and drones to the Armed Forces. This is Gaurav for AIR News, Jhansi”.


The Centre has approved a new Rajya Sainik Board for Ladakh. The Board will be an effective link between the Centre and the Ladakh Administration. Rajya Sainik Board will play an advisory role on the matters relating to the ex-servicemen, war widows, widows and non-combatants, including serving soldiers and their dependents. Zila sainik welfare offices of Leh and Kargil will function under the newly constituted Rajya Sainik Board. The Board provide access to the welfare schemes under the Raksha Mantri Ex-servicemen Welfare Fund and welfare and resettlement of ex-servicemen.


The Ministry of Power has issued revised guidelines providing for thermal generation companies to set up renewable energy generation capacity. It can be developed by these companies through developers by open bids and supplying it to the consumers under the existing Power Purchasing Agreements (PPAs).

This will enable the replacement of fossil fuel based energy by renewable energy under the existing PPAs. As the cost of renewable energy is less than the cost of Thermal energy, the gains from the bundling of renewable energy with thermal will be shared between the generator and Distribution companies or other procurers on a 50:50 basis.


India’s Covid vaccination coverage has crossed 113 crore 61 lakh mark. Out of the total vaccination, more than 75 crore 54 lakh vaccine doses have been given as the first dose while over 38 crore doses have been administered as the second dose.

The Health Ministry said that more than 61 lakh 21 thousand vaccines doses were administered till 7 PM yesterday.


In our bilingual live phone-in programme ‘Corona Jagrukta series’, Dr Geeta Kampani, Safdarjung Hospital will be with us tonight to answer the queries related to Corona virus.

Listeners can ask questions to the expert from 09:30 P.M. on Toll Free No: 1800-115767 and on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444. You can also post your queries on our Twitter handle @airnews alerts by #tag Askair.


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the Bengaluru Tech Summit, the three days annual flagship programme in Bengaluru today. Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett and Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison will be virtually present during the inaugural event. Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics and IT Ashwini Vaishnaw and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai are also participating in the event. This 24th edition of the event which is being conducted in a hybrid format will see participation from 30 countries.


US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West, visited New Delhi yesterday and called on National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla.

Sources said, the discussions focussed on the current developments in Afghanistan. The topics included the recently held Regional Security Dialogue of National Security Advisors on Afghanistan in New Delhi, movement of people in and out of Afghanistan, coordinating global efforts on humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, regional security issues and other bilateral and international issues of mutual interest.

In a tweet, MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, Mr West and Mr Shringla exchanged views on recent developments and issues of common interest in Afghanistan.


Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Joe Biden held a virtual meeting yesterday. According to a White House press statement, President Biden told his Chinese counterpart of the continued determination of the United States to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Biden reiterated the importance of freedom of navigation and safe overflight to the region’s prosperity, the readout said. More from our Beijing Correspondent:

Much awaited meeting was held at a time when the US and China had just concluded an agreement at the COP26, met at the G20 and the APEC summit. Both the leaders tried to find ways to work with each other and avoid conflict and jointly respond to global challenges such as climate change and energy security but stuck to hardline positions on thorny issues like Taiwan and Indo-Pacific. Chinese experts said it sent a strong signal to the world that the US and Chinese leaders are looking for ways to stabilize their relations but they don’t expect this one summit could bring the relations back on track. Anshuman Mishra, AIR News, Beijing”.


Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged by the military government of election fraud and lawless actions.

She was among 16 people to be charged yesterday, including Myanmar’s ousted president and the capital city’s mayor.

Suu Kyi, 76, has not been seen in public since a military coup in February removed her from office.

The UN has said that the military crackdown could amount to crimes against humanity, but its envoys have repeatedly been denied access to Myanmar to investigate.



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As part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, AIR news is airing NISHAN, a 75-episode programme on landmark sites associated with the freedom movement. It is being broadcast every Wednesday in our Parikrama programme at 4:45 PM.

In today’s episode, we will bring you a capsule about Bithoor Kanpur, the centre for War of Independence of 1857.


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


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has applauded the gesture of Union Minister Dr Bhagwat Karad after he helped a co-passenger who was feeling uneasy on a Delhi-Mumbai flight. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, a doctor at heart, always. Great gesture by my colleague Dr Bhagwat Karad.

The Minister helped stabilise the passenger after he fell down and had complained of giddiness mid-air due to low blood pressure. Mr Karad who is a pediatrician reached out to the passenger and provided first aid and saved the life of a co-passenger.


Indian recurve men’s and women’s teams entered the finals of their respective events at the Asian Archery Championships 2021 in Dhaka yesterday.

The Indian men’s recurve team, composed of Pravin Jadhav, Parth Salunkhe, and Kapil, got a bye in the first round. The team then thrashed Saudi Arabia 6-0 in the quarter-finals. In the semis, the Indian trio were given a run for their money by hosts Bangladesh but eventually persevered, winning the match 5-4 via shoot-off. The Indian men will now clash with top seeds South Korea for the gold medal on Friday.

In the women’s recurve field, India’s Ankita Bhakat, Ridhi Phor, and Madhu Vedwan got a bye in the quarter-finals before blanking Vietnam 6-0 in the semi-finals to qualify for the gold medal match. The women’s team will also face off South Korea for the top honour on Friday.


In cricket, India will take on New Zealand in the first T-20 encounter of the 3-match series at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur today. The match will start at 7 pm. More from our correspondent:

“Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian team while K. L. Rahul is the Vice Captain. Virat Kohli, who relinquished his T-20 captaincy has been rested. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and pacer Mohammed Siraj return to Indian squad for series against New Zealand. Hardik Pandya has been dropped from the squad after failing to make an impact during the T-20 World Cup. New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson will miss the upcoming three-match T-20I series, opting instead to focus on the Test series that begins on 25th of November in Kanpur. In Williamson’s absence, Tim Southee will serve as the visiting team’s captain.  One has to be at least partially vaccinated to enter the stadium and non-vaccinated individuals can only enter with proof of a negative RT-PCR test. ABHISHEK MUKHOPADHYAY, SPORTS DESK, AIR NEWS”.


Met department in Chennai has said that the low pressure area over South east Bay of Bengal continues to persist in the same place. It is likely to move nearly westwards and reach west central and adjoining south west Bay of Bengal off South Andhra Pradesh and North Tamilnadu coasts tomorrow. More details from our Chennai correspondent:

“Due to the depression, a Red alert has been issued to Tiruvallur, Chennai, Kanchipuram,Ranipet as extremely heavy rainfall is expected tomorrow. Heavy to very heavy rainfall are expected to hit Tiruvallur, Chennai and Chengalpattu today and heavy rainfall warning has been given to nine districts including Ranipet and Chengalpattu. Fishermen have been warned not to venture into the seas as rains are likely to continue till 20th morning. The State Minister for health M.Subramaniam said that the Government is fully prepared to tackle the challenges of the monsoon. JOY, AIR NEWS, CHENNAI.”


The weather forecast for today.

The National Capital Delhi will have shallow fog. The temperature will vary between 11 and 26 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will have rain or thundershowers towards evening or night. The minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius and the maximum is expected to be around 35 degrees.

Chennai is expected to generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The temperature will vary between 24 and 28 degree Celsius.

Kolkata will have mainly clear sky. The city observed minimum temperature of 20 degree Celsius and the maximum is expected to be around 29 degrees.

Hyderabad is likely to have a generally cloudy sky with light rain and temperature will hover between 22 and 30 degrees Celsius.

In Bengaluru, the minimum temperature was 19 degree Celsius while the maximum will be 28 degrees.  Weather will be generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers.

Visakhapatnam will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city observed minimum temperature of 22 degree Celsius and the maximum is expected to be around 31 degrees.

Thiruvananthapuram will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 24 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 31 degrees.

In Puducherry, there will be generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature was around 23 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 30 degrees.

Guwahati will have fog in the morning and mainly clear sky later. The minimum temperature was around 15 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 28 degrees.

Imphal will have have fog in the morning and mainly clear sky later. The city observed minimum temperature of 15 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 26 degrees.

Shillong will witness partly cloudy sky. Temperature will hover between eight and 20 degree Celsius.

Aizawl will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature was 13 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 25 degrees.

Kohima will have mainly clear sky. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between nine and 22 degree Celsius.

Itanagar will have mainly clear sky. Temperature will hover between 14 and 30 degree Celsius.

Gangtok will have partly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Temperature will hover between 10  and 17 degree Celsius.

Agartala will have fog or mist in the morning and partly cloudy sky later. The temperature will hover between 17 and 29 degree Celsius.


Today’s Newspapers Headlines

  • NCR schools, colleges shut, construction at a halt till November 21, writes The Indian Express.  “Thermal plants closed, trucks can’t enter city”, headlines The Times of India.
  • For the first time since vaccination started, there are more fully vaxxed Indians now than those with 1 jab, reports Hindustan Times.
  • Pfizer makes Covid pill cheaper in poor countries, reports The Asian Age.
  • As focus shifts to Covid pills, Indian companies eye affordable antiviral medicine, writes The Times of India.
  • In a major crackdown on online sexual abuse of minors, CBI registers 23 new cases against 83 accused persons across 14 states, reports The Hindu.
  • On crypto currency, RBI chief asserts caution, says not ‘enough debate’ writes The Indian Express.
  • Mercury drops below 10 degrees Celsius in Delhi as winter sets in, writes Hindustan Times.


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