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22.10.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Campaigning for first phase of Assembly Elections gains momentum in Bihar.
  • COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 88.81 per cent in the country.
  • Indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare stealth corvette INS Kavaratti to be commissioned into Navy today. 
  • Inter-Ministerial team to visit Telangana to assess flood damage.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets in Abu Dhabi.

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As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps --

  •   Wear a face mask.

  •   Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.

  •   Focus on hand and face hygiene. 

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In Bihar, polling for the biennial elections for eight State Legislative Council seats is being held amid tight security arrangements. Polling began at 8 this morning and it will continue upto 5 p.m. The Election Commission has instructed to follow COVID norms during polling. The eight seats comprise four each from Graduates' Constituencies and Teachers' Constituencies.

A total of four lakh seven thousand 889 voters will decide the electoral fortune of 14 candidates of Graduates' Constituencies while 40 thousand 13 registered electorate will decide the fate of eight candidates of Teachers' Constituencies. Counting will be taken up on 12th of November. The entire election process will be completed by the 14th of November.

Polling is being held for Graduates' Constituencies of Patna, Darbhanga, Tirhut and Kosi and for Teachers' Constituencies of Patna, Darbhanga, Tirhut and Saran. The term of eight members has already ended on 6th of May.

Meanwhile, campaigning has been intensified for the First Phase of State Assembly Elections. A total of 71 seats spread over 16 districts will go to polls in this phase on 29th of October. Stalwarts of various political parties are addressing a series of  elections meetings in support of their party candidates.

"Addressing election meetings at Bakhtiarpur and Khusrupur in Patna, Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the Centre has implemented many schemes in Bihar and change is being wittnessed in every village of the state. While addressing election rally at Kesaria in East Champaran, JD(U) President and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, if he is voted to power, his government will make arrangements for youth and they will not have to go outside for employment. Senior RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav said that Nitish Kumar has neither vision nor mission. He appeals to people to vote for Grand Alliance for a change in the state. RLSP Chief Upendra Kushwaha and leaders of left parties are also addressing rallies in support of their party candidates. WITH K K LAL''S REPORT, TANVI KHURANA, AIR News."

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In Ladakh, polling for the 26 constituencies of General Council Election of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, (LAHDC), Leh is being held today. The 6th LAHDC, Leh Council Elections are the first elections after Ladakh became a Union Territory. The term of the present BJP-led LAHDC ends on the 30th of this month. In the 30-member General Council, the elections are held for 26 while four members are nominted from principal minorities.

"To elect 26 Councilors of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council in Leh , the polling is being held today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fate of 94 candidates will be sealed in the EVM today. There are 89 thousound and eight hundred forty five registered voters for the LAHDC polls and this time larger turnout of voters is expected as the expat students are back at home due to COVID pandemic. Foolproof security arrangements and COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures have been arranged by the election authority to ensure free and fair election. The ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress parties are contesting for all the 26 constituencies. With Ramesh Chandra, this is Yangchan Dolma for AIR News from Leh Ladakh".

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In Manipur, nomination papers of 15 candidates have been accepted for the by-elections to five Assembly Constituencies. Scrutiny was held yesterday.

Lilong Assembly Constituency has the highest number of five candidates while Wangoi and Wangjing - Tentha have three candidates each. Singngat and Saitu have two candidates each.

Tomorrow will be the last day of withdrawal and polling will be held on 7th of November. The counting of votes will be taken up on 10th of November.

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Election Commission has constituted a committee to examine the issues concerning expenditure limit for a candidate in view of increase in number of electors and rise in Cost Inflation Index and other factors. The Committee  comprises of Harish Kumar, former  IRS officer  and DG (Investigation) and Umesh Sinha, Secretary General and DG (Expenditure). The Committee will submit its report within 120 days of its constitution.

The terms of reference of the Committee is to assess the change in number of electors across the States and Union Territories and its bearing on expenditure and to assess the change in Cost Inflation Index and its bearing on the pattern of expenditure incurred by the candidates in recent elections. It also includes seeking views and inputs of the political parties and other stakeholders, examining other factors which may have bearings on expenditure.

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The Government has said that the country's COVID-19 recovery rate has reached 88.81 per cent. In the last 24 hours, more than 61 thousand COVID patients have recovered. The Health Ministry said, the total number of recoveries has reached over 67 lakh 95 thousand. During the same period, 54 thousand and 44 new cases were reported. The constantly increasing recoveries ensured that the actual caseload is considerably reduced and currently comprises only 9.67 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is seven lakh 40 thousand with total number of positive cases at over 76 lakh.

Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.51 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally. In the last 24 hour, 717 deaths were reported in the country taking the toll to one lakh 15 thousand 914.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, more than ten lakh 83 thousand tests were conducted during the last 24 hours. The total number of samples tested so far has reached nine crore 72 lakh.

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The Health Ministry today said that on the global scale, India continues to report one of the lowest cases per million population. In a tweet this morning, the Ministry said, with consistently falling fatality rate which is presently 1.51 per cent, it also has one of the lowest COVID-19 mortality rate. It said, given the size of India's population, these are testiment of the positive results of the Centre-led strategies of test, track, trace, treat, technology, effectively being implemented by the States and Union Territories.

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A three-member Central Team is on a visit to Chhattisgarh to assess the facilities to deal with the COVID-19 situation. Led by Joint Secretary of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Richa Sharma, the team comprises Joint Director of Health and Family Welfare Department Dr. Sunil Gitte and Pulmonary Medicine Expert of AIIMS, Raipur Dr. Rangnathan.

The team visited the Government Medical College and Hospital, Raipur and also various District Hospitals and COVID Care Centres in Raipur and Durg districts to assess the government’s preparedness to prevent the spread of Corona infection.

The Head of the team, Joint Secretary Richa Sharma said that the main objective of the visit is to assess the areas where Chhattisgarh needs special assistance to fight the pandemic. Ms Sharma expressed satisfaction over the efforts made by the State Government.

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Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan held a virtual discussion with the District Collectors of all districts of Madhya Pradesh in the presence of senior officials of the Health Ministry yesterday. Dr. Harsh Vardhan told the state officials to be vigilant during the upcoming winter and festival season.

The Union Minister also expressed the need to make the citizens more aware to control the spread of COVID-19.

"Comparing the situation of COVID-19 in Madhya Pradesh with the country, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that at present the country's recovery rate is 89 per cent, while the recovery rate in Madhya Pradesh is remarkably 90.55 per cent. Dr. Harsh Vardhan congratulated the Madhya Pradesh Government for reducing the share of active cases from 10 per cent to two per cent in the overall cases of the country. Minister has instructed the officials to take more precautions in Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Sagar, Khargone and Ujjain for further improvement in the situation. State Additional Chief Secretary Health Mohammad Suleman informed the Union Health Minister that a campaign named 'Sahyog se Suraksha' has been conducted in the state for awareness on COVID-19. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".

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Gujarat recorded 1,137 new cases during the last 24 hours. The recovery rate has reached up to 89.03 per cent.

"The total number of cases detected so far in Gujarat has gone up to one lakh 62 thousand 985.  One lakh 45 thousand 107 patients recovered from COVID-19 till now. In all, 1,180 patients recovered during the last 24 hours. More than 55 lakh 32 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date.  Maximum 239 new cases reported from Surat, while Ahmedabad recorded 177 new cases. At present, total active cases in the state are 14,215, out of which 75 patients are on ventilator. Nine patients died yesterday taking the total deaths due to COVID-19 up to 3,663. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".

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Karnataka has reported more recoveries than the new COVID cases for the third consecutive day yesterday. In all, 9,289 patients were discharged after recovering and 5,872 new COVID-19 cases were reported. Eighty eight COVID patients lost their lives and the total fatalities have risen to 10,696.

"Karnataka Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar in a tweet said that the state conducted 1,08,241 COVID tests across the 155 labs in a single day yesterday. So far the state conducted 69,52,835 tests with a positivity rate of 5.42 per cent. At present, 1,00,440 active patients are taking treatment at various hospitals in the state among them 947 are in ICU. Earlier, speaking to media persons in Mysuru, he said, extensive measures are taken to ensure that the 10 days Dasara festivities happen without spreading the pandemic. Meanwhile, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation will restarts its operation to Puduchery from tomorrow after a gap of seven months. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU".

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In Tamil Nadu, the active caseload in the state has further come down to 35,480 today. The new infections have also dropped down to 3,086. Meanwhile, the State Government has further extended the working hours for shops, hotels and commercial complexes till 10 p.m. from today, in view of the upcoming festivals.

"The additional relaxation on working hours for the commercial establishments are aimed at helping economic activities during the festive season. Meanwhile, the results of the Second Phase of the Sero-Survey conducted in Chennai have come out yesterday. Over 32 per cent of the sample population in the metropolis are known to carry the antibodies against the virus causing COVID-19. In the Second Phase of the survey, held jointly by the Central and the State Governments, the samples were collected from 6,389 persons. 2,062 are known to carry the antibody called immunoglobulin-G or IgG that can act against the virus. Doctors say normally the presence of the antibody means they have got exposed to the virus knowingly or unknowingly and have recovered. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".

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The last of four indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes INS Kavaratti under Project 28 will be commissioned into the Indian Navy by the Chief of the Army Staff  General Manoj Naravane, at Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam today.

Touted as a potent Stealth ASW Corvette, Kavaratti is indigenously designed by the Indian Navy's in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design(DND) and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata and portrays the growing capability of the Indian Navy, GRSE and the nation in becoming self-reliant through indigenization, thus, accentuating our national objective of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

The ship will be commissioned into the Navy as a combat-ready platform as the ship has completed sea trials of all the systems fitted onboard. Kavaratti takes her name from erstwhile INS Kavaratti which was an Arnala class missile corvette.

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The Union Cabinet has approved adaptation of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989. Briefing the media in New Delhi, Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar said, the move will establish three tiers of grass-root level democracy in Jammu and Kashmir like in other parts of the country. He said, it was promised by Prime Minister in Kashmir and by Home Minister in the Parliament. 

Mr Javadekar said, the Cabinet also approved productivity linked bonus and non-productivity linked Bonus for the non-gazetted central government employees for 2019-2020. He said, more than 30 lakh employees will be benefited by the bonus announcement and the total financial implication will be 3 thousand 7 hundred 37 crore rupees. The bonus will be given in a single installment before Vijaydashmi.

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The government has said that it  has built up onion buffer stock from the Rabi onion - 2020. In order to moderate prices, onion from the buffer stock is being released in a calibrated manner from second half of September to major mandis, to retail supplier such as Safal, Kendriya Bhandar & NCCF and also to State Governments. Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in a statement said that more will be done in the coming days. Last month the government  took a pre-emptive measure by announcing a ban on onion export to ensure availability to domestic consumers at reasonable rates during the lean season before the Kharif onion arrival. 

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A five-member inter-ministerial team of the Central Government will be visiting Telangana today for an on-the-spot assessment of the damages suffered due to the recent heavy rainfall and floods. Hyderabad and some parts of the state witnessed heavy rain and floods last week causing huge damages.

Joint Secretary Praveen Vasishta will lead the team which will have R. B. Kaul from Finance Ministry, K. Manoharan from the Agriculture Ministry, S. K. Kushawaha from the Road Transport and Highways Ministry and one more officer from Jal Shakti Ministry will be the members. The team will visit the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and also worst-affected districts.

Meanwhile, Met officials informed that light to moderate rains likely for next two days at isolated places in the state.

  "People of Hyderabad have got a brief respite from incessant rains but the flood condition in low lying areas is still continuing to be grim. A few worst-hit residential colonies are still under water while some them are facing problems like post-flood sludge. As per the authorities, all 185 tanks and lakes in and around Hyderabad have water to their brim level and the people residing close by them especially in low lying areas are asked to remain in relief camps. As per preliminary estimations, over three lakh poor families lost every thing, including their ration, cloths and household things in the worst ever floods that Hyderabad witnessed in the past 100 years. The local teams of State Government and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation are distributing the immediate assistance of 10 thousand rupees to each family. About 300 teams have been formed for the same. LAKSHMI, AIR NEWS, HYDERABAD".

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Heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted for at least 6 districts of Odisha during the next 24 hours. Accordingly, the Regional Meteorological Centre has issued Orange for these districts. Similarly, Yellow warning indicating heavy rainfall has also been issued for another six districts for today.

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On the auspicious day of Mahashashti today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join the divine celebrations of Durga Puja in West Bengal through video conferencing and will extend his greetings to everyone.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, Durga Puja is an auspicious occasion, which celebrates the victory of good over evil. Mr Modi said, we pray to Maa Durga to bless us with strength, happiness and good health.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually launch several important projects in Gujarat on the 24th of October. These projects include the launch of rope-way project of Girnar Hills and launch of Kisan Suryodaya Yojna to provide electricity during daytime to farmers of Gir-Somnath, Patan and Dahod districts. The Prime Minister will also launch 850 additional beds equipped with the latest equipment at the U.N. Mehta Heart Research Institute and a separate hospital for children born with congenital heart diseases in Civil Hospital campus in Ahmedabad.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah talked to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over phone and took stock of the present situation at Assam-Mizoram border. He enquired about the steps taken by the State Government to defuse tension at the border and said that the Home Ministry has initiated steps for maintaining peace at the Assam-Mizoram border.

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Uttar Pradesh Government has announced to provide financial assistance to them for historical and religious tour in a unique step towards welfare of the labourers in state. The Government will also provide money to buy books for the study of their daughters.

"Government will give financial assistance of 12 thousand rupees to the labourers of state for the tour of historical and religious sites under Swami Vivekananda Historical Tourism Scheme. In a meeting of Uttar Pradesh Labour Welfare Council headed by Chief Secretary R. K. Tiwari, it was also decided to provide 7,500 rupees assistance for purchase of books under Mahadevi Verma Book Purchase Financial Assistance Scheme. This will be given to the labourers working in factories whose daughters are pursuing higher education. Apart from it, government has also decided to provide money to encourage those children of the labourers who are performing well in sports. Government will give 10 thousand rupees, if they got selected at district level, 25 rupees for selection at state level, 50 thousand rupees for National level and one lakh rupees will be provide for selection at international level in sports. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".

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In Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that the farmers in the state need not worry about the loss due to the torrential rain and the State Government will take every possible step for the rehabilitation of the farmers. After reviewing the situation of Osmanabad and Solapur districts, he urged the farmers not to give up in this crisis and keep faith in the government.

"Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that the government will soon announce the relief measures for the farmers hit by the torrential rains in the Cabinet Meeting. He directed the District Administration to send the proposals immediately so that the government can help the farmers as soon as possible. At the same time, he suggested to understand the changing pattern of the rain and keep the necessary preparation in place for future. He also praised the District Administration for saving lives of 128 persons trapped in the flood and adopting speedy procedure for Panchnama of the damage. He interacted with the farmers in rain affected areas and distributed the cheques of 30,000 rupees each as the token of government aid to some of the farmers. Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai".

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In the IPL Cricket, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by eight wickets in match 39 of IPL 2020 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The Bangalore based franchise were handed a target of 85 runs by KKR, which they managed to chase down in 13.3 overs. Today, Rajasthan Royals will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai.

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Today’s weather forecast

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,  the minimum temperature was 16 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 34 degrees. The city will have a mainly clear sky.

In Srinagar, the sky will be mainly clear sky. The temperature in Srinagar will hover between four and 24 degrees Celsius.

Leh in Ladakh will have mainly clear sky.

Gilgit and Muzafarrabad will experience mainly clear sky.

Chandigarh will witness mainly clear sky, the minimum temperature was 17 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

The National Capital Delhi will have misty sky. The minimum temperature was recorded at 17 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 34 degrees.

Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature was 26 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

In Chennai, there will be thunderstorm with rain. The temperature will hover between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. The minimum temperature in the city was 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.

In Ahmedabad, it will be partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 27 and 37 degrees Celsius.

Guwahati will witness generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature in the city was 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

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Newspaper Headlines

  • "ICMR nod for low-cost COVID-19 testing device," writes The Hindu while The Tribune writes, "In 14 states, fatality rate dips below 1 per cent." The Indian Express writes, JNU set to reopen campus in phases from Nov 2, research scholars first to enter."

  • All papers have widely covered the bonus to central government staff ahead of the festive season. The Hindu Business Line reports, "3700 crore rupee bonus for Central staff comes as a stimulus for economy." The Pioneer headlines, "3737 crore rupee bonus for 30.7 lakh non-gazetted government staff."

  • All papers have noticed the worsening air quality in the capital. Hindustan Times reports, "The Asian Age writes, "Delhi pollution level worsens, air quality still in 'poor' index.

  • In view of the increasing abuse on social media and cybercrime, the Kerala government has decided to amend the Kerala Police Act. 

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