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PM to chair all-party meeting to discuss Covid-19 pandemic & related issues            Centre and farmers hold 4th round of talks in New Delhi; to meet again tomorrow            Polling underway for third phase of DDC elections in J&K            RBI to announce its monetary policy review today            Cyclone Burevi crosses Tamil Nadu coast; weakens into Deep Depression           

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22nd November, 2020


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay foundation stone of rural drinking water projects in Vindhyachal region of Uttar Pradesh this morning.

  • Addressing G-20 summit, Prime Minister calls for new Global Index for Post-Corona World.

  • Punjab farmers decide to end their rail roko protest.

  • Vice President Venkaiah Naidu says, world community should isolate nations that sponsor terrorism.

  • In Tennis, Dominic Thiem to take on Daniil Medvedev in title match at ATP Finals today.


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. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of rural drinking water supply projects in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra districts of Vindhyachal region of Uttar Pradesh this morning through video conferencing. Mr Modi will also interact with Village Water and Sanitation Committee or Paani Samiti Members during the event. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath will also be present on the occasion.

The projects will provide household tap water connections in all rural households of 2 thousand 9 hundred 95 villages and will benefit about 42 lakh population of these districts. Village Water and Sanitation Committees or Paani Samiti have been constituted in all these villages, who will shoulder the responsibility of operation and maintenance. The total estimated cost of the projects is over 5 thousand 5 hundred 55 Crore rupees. The projects are planned to be completed in 24 months.

Announced on 15th August last year by the Prime Minister from the ramparts of Red Fort, Jal Jeevan Mission aims to provide functional household tap connections to every rural home of the country by 2024. At the time of announcement of the mission in August, 2019, out of 18.93 Crore rural households, only 3.23 crore households or 17 per cent had tap water connections. 15.70 crore households are to be provided with tap connections in the next 4 years. In the last 15 months, despite Covid-19 pandemic, 2.63 crore households have been given tap water connections. At present about 5.86 crore or 30.67 per cent rural households have tap water connections.

"People are  eagerly waiting for the moment when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the 23 drinking water projects in Vindhyachal region. people were seen very much enthused and  feeling  happy as these projects would transform the lifestyle of people in this  backward area as  at many places they have to fetch drinking water from miles away. Being this as plateau area, the problem is  usually intensified during the  summer season. State government spokesperson told that there will be 9 water treatment projects costing rupees 2,343 crores in Mirzapur district and 14  projects costing rupees 3,212  crores in Sonbhadra district.  More than twenty one lakh 87 thousand population of Mirzapur district and  19,5300 population of Sonbhadra district will be benefitted  by these drinking water projects. MS Yadav AIR News Lucknow".


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the COVID-19 pandemic as an important turning point in history of humanity and the biggest challenge the world is facing since the World War II. He called for decisive action by G20, not limited to economic recovery, jobs and trade, but focusing on preserving Planet Earth. He was speaking at the 15th G20 Summit convened by Saudi Arabia in a virtual format.

Mr Modi called for a new Global Index for the Post-Corona World that comprises four key elements. These are - creation of a vast Talent Pool, ensuring that Technology reaches all segments of the society, Transparency in systems of governance, and dealing with Mother Earth with a spirit of Trusteeship. He asserted that based on this, the G20 can lay the foundation of a new world.

The Prime Minister underscored that while there has been an emphasis on Capital and Finance in the past few decades, the time has come to focus on Multi-Skilling and Re-skilling to create a vast Human Talent Pool. This would not only enhance dignity of citizens but would make citizens more resilient to face crises. He also said that any assessment of new technology should be based on its impact on Ease of Living and Quality of Life.

Mr Modi called for greater Transparency in governance systems which will inspire people to deal with shared challenges and enhance their confidence. He also said that dealing with environment and nature as trustees rather than owners will inspire people towards a Holistic and Healthy Life Style, a principle whose benchmark could be a Per Capita Carbon Footprint.

Noting that ‘Work from Anywhere’ is a new normal in the post-COVID world, the Prime Minister also suggested creation of a G20 Virtual Secretariat as a follow up and documentation repository.

The G20 Leaders’ Summit would continue today culminating in the adoption of the Leaders’ Declaration and with Saudi Arabia passing on the Presidency to Italy.


Home Minister Amit Shah has said the Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is fighting the Covid-19 pandemic resolutely and very effectively. He launched works on various infrastructure projects in Tamil Nadu worth nearly 68-thousand crore rupees at a function in Chennai last evening. They include works on the 118 kilometre long Second Phase of the Metro Rail Services in Chennai. The 61,843- crore rupees project is aimed at linking many hub centres of the city with modern transport connectivity. In his address, Mr Shah lauded the track record of Tamil Nadu in handling the pandemic situation saying it tops among all states by reaching a recovery rate of about 97 percent.

The Home Minister said the BJP is uprooting dynasty politics in various states in the elections, and expressed hope that it will be repeated in Tamil Nadu as well. His remarks come in the backdrop of the state going for the Assembly General Elections in about six months. He questioned the Congress and the DMK what moral standing they have to talk of corruption as issues like 2G arose during the UPA rule. 

The state chief minister and AIADMK Co-Coordinator Edappadi Palaniswamy and the Deputy Chief Minister and the ruling party coordinator O.Panneerselvam announced in the function that their alliance with the BJP will continue for the Assembly Elections as well. Mr Palaniswamy also submitted a memorandum to the minister seeking the Centre’s early approval for a host of river linking projects and other development works.

"The second phase of the Chennai Metro Rail works will be a game changer in the commuting experience for the people in the metropolis. It is one of the longest ever metro projects in the country, covering about 118.9 km in a single phase. It has three important corridors. The first one will be a 45.8 km long route from Madhavaram to the SIPCOT, an IT hub, with 20 elevated and 30 underground stations. The second corridor under Phase-2 will be a 26-km long track from Poonamallee Bypass to Light House in the Marina Beach, covering traditional business hubs with 18 elevated and 12 underground stations. The third corridor will be from Madhavaram and Sholinganallur, with 42 elevated and 6 underground stations treading a 47-km long route. The works are expected to be completed by 2026. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


Minister of State for Power, New and Renewable Energy RK Singh has said that the rate of growth of the renewable energy capacity in the country is the highest in the world and the world has recognized the efforts of India in limiting global warming. Talking to AIR News, Mr Singh said, transitioning from fossil fuel to green energy is a major step forward and India is now leading country in this transition. He said, India has not only achieved the goal set as Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Climate Agreement but already crossed it. He said, India committed to install 175GW of renewable energy capacity on the sidelines of the Paris Agreement and pledged in the COP-21 that 40 per cent of installed capacity will come from renewable energy by the year 2023.

"Today we are one of the fastest growing countries in so far renewable energy capacity  is concerned. If you take the renewable energy capacity which has been installed and which is under installation, it comes to about hundred and ninety thousand MW now which is near about 60 percent of our total installed capacity.  So we have not only achieved the goal, which we had set for ourselves to be achieved by 2030, we have, infact crossed it".

Stressing on the importance of renewable energy, Mr. Singh said, environment and global warming has emerged as a major concern for the world. He said, every country in the world has realized that there has to be concerted efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. He said, renewable energy is essential for the survival of our planet and it is cheaper in comparison to the energy generated from fossil fuel.


A two-day All India Presiding Officers' Conference will be organized at Kevadia in Gujarat on the 25th of this month. Addressing media in New Delhi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that the theme of this year conference is Harmonious Coordination of Legislative, Executive and Judiciary - Key to a Vibrant Democracy. He said, President Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate the two day conference. He said, it is our collective efforts to maintain constitutional sanctity which is very important for mutual co-existence between the three organs of governance and the sustenance of democracy in the country. Mr Birla said, various sessions will be organised in which presiding officers will exchange their views and share best practices. He said, discussions will also be held on ways to make the proceedings of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies more productive.

On 26th of November which is celebrated as Constitution Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the valedictory session of the conference.


Punjab Farmers have decided to end their rail roko protests from tomorrow. Protestors said they have decided to lift the rail blockade so that both passenger and goods trains can have a smooth movement. They said, the decision has been taken keeping in view the problems being faced by the people of Punjab - be it traders, industrialists or workers.

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has urged the Centre to restore all train services in the state. Railway Ministry said they have received communication from Punjab government for resumption of both goods and passenger train services. In a tweet, the ministry said they have been informed that tracks are now clear for train operations. 


Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu called upon the world community to come together to isolate nations that sponsor terrorism and impose sanctions against them. Expressing his concern over the increasing scourge of terrorism, the Vice President appealed to the United Nations to complete the deliberations and adopt India's long-pending proposal of the 'Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. He said, there is also a need to reform the UN and create a more inclusive and equitable world order. The Vice President was virtually  addressing the gathering at an event organised to present Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence 2020 to Sudha Murty, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation for her philanthropic work by the Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management yesterday. Mr  Naidu stressed on the need for all the nations, particularly those in South Asia, to come together to promote peace, eradicate poverty, improve socio-economic conditions of the masses and wipe out the menace of terrorism.

The Vice President while paying rich tributes to Former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, said that he was a great son of India who rose from a humble beginning to the pre-eminent position of the Prime Minister of India and yet he always maintained simplicity, humility and humanitarian outlook. 


India has conveyed its strong concern to Pakistan on the terror attack planned by Jaish e Mohammed in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistani charge d'affaires was summoned by External Affairs Ministry yesterday and a strong protest was lodged at the attempted attack. It was demanded that Pakistan desist from its policy of supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from its soil and dismantle the terror infrastructure operated by terrorist outfits to launch attacks in other countries.

India reiterated its long standing demand that Pakistan fulfill its international obligations and bilateral commitments to not allow any territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India in any manner.

External Affairs MMinistry said in a statement that India is firmly and resolutely committed to take all necessary measures to safeguard its national security in the fight against terrorism. A major terror attack was foiled by Indian security forces in Nagrota, Jammu and Kashmir on the 19th of this month.


Global terror financing watchdog - FATF has said that G-20 nations must start leading by example and act now to stop money laundering. Financial Action Task Force president Marcus Pleyer said, financial systems of many countries are exposed to money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation financing. He said, even though G20 publicly calls for the full implementation of Financial Action Task Force standards around the globe, not all G20 members have taken effective action to make a real difference. In an article titled 'Lead by Example', the FATF president said, failing to take action means organised criminals will indulge in trafficking people, drugs, arms and wildlife, and corrupt stakeholders and terrorists will operate with impunity.


In Afghanistan, eight civilians were killed and 31 injured in rocket attacks at the residential areas in capital Kabul yesterday. An Interior Ministry official said that terrorists mounted 14 rockets in a small truck and set them off. He also added that an investigation is going on to find out how the vehicle came inside the city.

The attack happened hours before a meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, an Afghan delegation and Taliban negotiators in an effort to resume peace talks.


Britain and Canada struck a rollover trade deal to protect the flow of 27 billion dollar-worth of goods and services between them after Brexit. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined Canada’s Justin Trudeau and their respective trade ministers on an online call to mark the trade deal. The deal paves the way for a tailor-made agreement covering more areas such as digital trade, small businesses, the environment and women’s economic empowerment.


With 46 thousand 2 hundred 32 new COVID19 infections, India's total cases touched  90 lakh 50 thousand 598. With 564 new deaths in the last 24 hours, death toll has gone up to 1 lakh 32 thousand 726. The Health Ministry said, active cases stand at 4 lakh 39 thousand 747. Total discharged cases are at 84 lakh 78 thousand 124. In the past 24 hours, 49 thousand 7 hundred 15 people have been discharged. With this the recovery rate has reached 93.67 per cent. India has crossed yet another landmark in the fight against the Covid pandemic by conducting ten lakh 66 thousand and 22 sample tests in the last 24 hours.


In Bihar, COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 97.12  per cent. This is 3.45 per cent more than the national average. The number of active cases in the state is continuously declining. Currently, five thousand 415 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. Over two lakh 23 thousand 615 patients have so far recovered from the infection in the state.


In Rajasthan, night curfew has been imposed at the eight worst affected district headquarters. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting late last night. The district headquarters where curfew has been imposed include Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar and Bhilwara.

"There shall be night curfew from 8 PM to 6 AM in municipal limits of 8 district headquarters. All Markets, restaurants, shopping malls and other commercial institutions will be closed by 7 pm. People taking part in wedding ceremony, essential services including medicines and those traveling in bus, train and airplane will be allowed during night curfew. Apart from this, the fine imposed on not wearing masks has been increased from Rs 200 to Rs 500. The maximum 100 people will be allowed in political, social, religious, cultural programmes including marriage ceremony in the entire state. - Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur."


Gujarat recorded 1515 new cases during the last 24 hours. Our correspondent reports that this was the highest one day new cases in the state till now.

"The number of total cases of Covid19 detected so far in Gujarat has reached up to 1 lakh 95 thousand 917. Out of these, 1 lakh 78 thousand 786 patients recovered. 1271 patients recovered during the last 24 hours.  More than 71 lakh 71 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date.  Maximum 373 new cases reported from Ahmedabad, while Surat recorded 262 new cases. At present total active cases in the state are 13285, out of which 95 patients are on ventilator. 9 patients died yesterday taking the total deaths due to Covid19 up to 3846. Meanwhile, authorities are strictly implementing weekend curfew in Ahmedabad and night curfew in Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


In Himachal Pradesh, authorities have ordered the closure of all markets in Shimla district on Sundays in the wake of a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases. All shops except those selling essential commodities including food items, medical stores, restaurants will remain closed on Sundays till further order. The step has been taken as a precautionary measure in view of rising number of COVID-19 cases in the district.


In Chhattisgarh, random Covid test of employees and customers of hotels will be conducted in the state capital Raipur as a part of efforts to check spread of Corona virus infection. Besides, Covid test of fruits and vegetable venders will also be done.

District Collector has also instructed the Health Department to conduct a corona test of the people by setting up camps in the thickly populated slums of Raipur. Meanwhile, the Collector has rejected the proposal of the Chief Medical and Health Officer of the district, in which it was asked to establish centers at the entry points of Raipur city for the Covid testing of  the people coming from outside. Collector has rejected this proposal in view of the possibility of traffic jam.


In Odisha, covid-19 sample tests have crossed 55 lakh. On the other hand, while the total positive cases of the state have increased to 3,13,323, the number of recovery has also gone up to 3,04,908.

"With a positivity rate of 5.8% Odisha is witness to a continuous contraction in cases as against covid-19 resurgence in some other states. In terms of covid-19 death too, with 1625 fatalities so far, the state has a comparatively low case fatality rate of around 0.5%. Even as the positivity rate drops, the active caseload too has tumbled down below eight thousand . Even out of the active cases, more than 75% are convalescing in the comforts of home isolation thereby easing pressure on the covid-19 healthcare architecture of the state. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar."


In Assam, nearly 12 thousand tourists visited the Kaziranga national park during the past month. They include from foreign countires tourists also. The park was re-opened for tourist on 21st of October adhering to all COVID-19 protocols. All national parks and wildlife sanctuaries were reopened for visitors recently.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Multi-storeyed flats for Members of Parliament tomorrw at 11 AM via video conferencing.  These flats are located at Dr B D Marg in New Delhi. Eight old bungalows, which were more than 80 years old, have been redeveloped to construct 76 flats. The construction of these flats has been completed with savings of about 14 percent from the sanctioned cost and without time overrun despite the impact of Covid-19.


An online conference will be  organized under the chairmanship of Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad tomorrow to mark the  occasion of three  years of UMANG and 2000 services milestone. Its objective is to take suggestions and feedback from about 20 partner departments. It will help Indian international students, NRIs and Indian tourists abroad, to avail Government of India services, anytime.


Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested comedian Bharti Singh and her husband Harsh Limbachiyaa for possession of 86.5 grams of Cannabis. Both have been placed under arrest as per the provisions of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance act and they are likely to be produced before the holiday court today.


In Madhya Pradesh, the first meeting of the cow cabinet made for promotion and conservation of cows in the state will be held today. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh will virtually join the meeting from Bhopal. Our correspondent reports, 14 experts from all over the country will join this meeting from Gau Sanctuary located in Salaria of Agar Malwa district.

"The Chief Minister will visit the cow sanctuary after the cabinet meeting. He will hold detailed discussions regarding protection and promotion of cows with prominent experts. Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Forest, Revenue, Panchayat and Rural Development and Home Department has been included in this cabinet. The Chief Minister is the Chairman of the Cow-Cabinet while ministers Dr. Narottam Mishra, Kunwar Vijay Shah, Kamal Patel, Dr. Mahendra Singh Sisodia and Prem Singh Patel have been included as members. Meanwhile, like other states, 'cow cess' is also being considered for cow-protection in the state. Additional Chief Secretary J.N. Konsotiya informed that there is a provision for income tax exemption on donations for cows under Section 80-G of the Income Tax. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has been conferred with the Vatayan Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution in the field of literature. Mr Pokhriyal received the award at Vatayan-UK felicitation ceremony organised through video conferencing by the British Institution Group in England yesterday.


National Cadet Corps (NCC), the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world, will celebrate its 72nd Raising Day today. Defence Secretary said the NCC cadets have contributed by participating selflessly during the COVID-19 pandemic as Corona warriors to spread awareness about measures to fight against the pandemic.


In Tennis, World Number 3 Dominic Thiem will take on Daniil Medvedev in the title match at ATP Finals today. Thiem defeated Novak Djokovic in a thrilling last-four clash to reach final. The 27-year-old Austrian appeared to be sliding to defeat when he trailed 0-4 in the third-set tiebreak but stormed back to claim a 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 victory at the London's O2 Arena.


Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for today.

The National capital is likely to have mist in the morning and partly cloudy sky later with tempearture varying between 9 and 23 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will experience mainly cloudy sky and the temperature will vary between 22 and 33 degree Celsius.

Chennai will have partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 22 and 32 degree Celsius.

Kolkata is likely to have partly cloudy sky. The city observed minimum temperature of 17 degree Celsius and is likely to experience maximum tempertaure of 28 degree Celsius.

In Gilgit the sky will become generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. The temperature will hover between minus three degree and 13 degree Celsius.

Muzafarrabad is likely to have generally cloudy sky towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will move from four to 17 degree Celsius.



  • The Asian Age and Sunday Pioneer carry almost identical headlines, "Stop backing terror: India to Pak after foiled Jaish attack" India pulls up Pak envoy on J&K plot, headlines Hindustan Times.

  • At G20, PM calls for a new global index in post-pandemic world, writes The Sunday ExpressThe Sunday Statesman quotes him as saying that India aims to reduce carbon footprint by 35%.

  • Sunday Pioneer reports that 57 trainee civil service officers have tested Covid positive at Mussoorie Centre.

  • Weather experts predict colder than normal winter as La Nina takes hold, reports Hindustan Times.

  • The Asian Age carries the disturbing news of 'Tiger State' Madhya Pradesh losing 25 big cats in 11 months.


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