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  • More than 2.60 crore houses provided with tap water connection in last 15 months says prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • Foundation for several rural drinking water supply projects in Uttar Pradesh laid by Prime Minister; Says every household in Vidhyanchal and Bundelkhand will soon get tap water.

  • Centre rushes teams to Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh to support in COVID response and management.

  • Rajasthan imposes night curfew in eight worst affected district headquarters due to spike in Covid cases.

  • And in Tennis, top seeds Rafale Nadal and Novak Djokovic crash out of ATP finals; Dominic Thiem to take on Daniil Medvedev in title match 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. 

Now, the news:


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone for several rural water projects in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra district, in Uttar Pradesh.

While laying  the foundation stone of the 23 drinking water projects in Vindhyachal region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi  said that the drinking water project in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra district will not only provide clean water to the people but it will also helpful in eradicating several diseases.

Prime Minister said  if there is any region that was neglected for decades after independence, then it is this region that was neglected the most.  He added that Because of that, many people were forced to relocate from here. In the coming time, when 3,500 villages get water supply, it will change the lives of over 40 lakh people, .

Mr. Modi said that lakhs of families will get drinking water at their homes under this scheme. Be it Vindhyachal or Bundelkhand, despite having a lot of resources, these regions became regions of deficiencies.

This will also further the effort of getting water supply to every household in the state and the country. Uttar Pradesh is an example of development despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This is changing the image of the Uttar Pradesh government and its people, he added.

Prime Minsiter said it has been over a year of 'Har Ghar Jal' scheme. Over 2.60 crore families have been provided access to clean drinking water through taps at their homes  in the last fifteen months. Projects started today will further speed it up, he said. The projects will provide household tap water connections in all rural households of 2,995 villages and will benefit about 42 lakh population of Mirzapur and Sonbhadra 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 Rs 5,555.38 crores. The projects are planned to be completed in 24 months. 

Prime Minister said that Vindhyachal region is going to be Pioneer in the field of solar energy and people will not only be able to light their houses but they could make an earning too.

He said by implementing Swamitua Yojana that disputes of land will be decreased and  people could be able to get loans also on peppers and  Documents. He said that his government is working on the principle of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas and the government is reaching to the people and people are becoming part of government decision making.

Speaking on the ocassion Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the drinking water project will not only provide clean water to the people here but it will also save them from various diseases which are due to contaminated water.

He said said as of now after independence only 398 villages were connected with water facility and it will be a historic step when 2995 villages in these two district will get drinking water through pipe.

Earlier. Mr Modi  interacted with members of Paani Samiti of the districts.


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.


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.


With 45 thousand 2 hundred and nine new cases, country's total COVID-19 cases went up to 90 lakh 95 thousand 8 hundred and seven. Health Ministry said, with 501 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the death toll has reached 1 lakh 33 thousand 2 hundred 27. Total active cases stand at 4 lakh 40 thousand 9 hundred 62. In the last 24 hours, 43 thousand 4 hundred 93 people were discharged. With this the total discharged cases stand at 85 lakh 21 thousand 6 hundred 17.

ICMR said, a total of 13 crore 17 lakh 33 thousand 1 hundred 34 have been samples tested for COVID 19, in the country till yesterday. Of these, 10 lakh 75 thousand 3 hundred 26 samples were tested yesterday.

26 States and UTs have less than 20 thousand active cases, as on date. Seven states and UTs have active cases between 20 to 50 thousand whereas Maharashtra and Kerala are reporting more than 50 thousand caseload.

77.68 percent of the new recovered cases is contributed by ten states and UTs.  Delhi saw 6,963 persons recover from COVID. Kerala reported 6719 and Maharashtra reported 4,088 new recoveries.  22.16 percent of new fatalities reported are from Delhi which reported 111 deaths. Maharashtra saw a fatality count of 62 while West Bengal reported another 53.


Centre has rushed high level teams to Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh to support the states in COVID response and management. These states have been either reporting a rise in the number of active cases, or demonstrating a rise in the daily new cases. These three-member teams will visit the districts reporting high number of COVID cases and support the State efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, and efficient clinical management of the positive cases.

The Central teams shall also guide in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up. Earlier, Centre had sent high level teams to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat , Manipur, and Chhattisgarh.


For the first time in Delhi, the number of RT-PCR tests have exceeded the Rapid Antigen Tests. This follows Home Minister Amit Shah taking the lead in combating COVID surge in Delhi and ordering ramping up of medical infrastructure and following novel strategy to contain the spike.

250 ventilators that have been delivered to the DRDO hospital are being installed. House to house survey has also begun in Delhi and over three lakh 70 thousand persons have been surveyed on 20th of this month. AIIMS has initiated the process of recruiting of 207 Additional Junior Residents.


In Rajasthan, night curfew has been imposed at the eight worst affected district headquarters due to rise in the Covid cases. 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. Our correspondent has filed this report:-

"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."


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. More from our correspondent:

"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."


The condition of former Chief Minister of Assam and veteran Congress leader Tarun Gogoi has further deteriorated with multi organ failure today. He was put in invasive ventilation at Gauhati medical college and hospital. He was not keeping well for the past few days following post COVID-19 complications. Several leaders of Congress and BJP have visited the hospital to inquire about the health condition of Mr. Gogoi.


In Mizoram, 40 fresh cases of coronavirus infections were detected while 11 patients recovered in the past 24 hours. With this, the total number of Covid19 positive cases rose to 3647. According to the state Covid bulletin the recovery rate stands at 86.55%. So far, 3,157 infected people have recovered  and presently 485 persons are undergoing treatment.


In Tripura, the Covid recovery rate has further improved to 96.33% as 31,156 people have been cured so far. In the past 24 hours, 75 new cases of Coronavirus were detected  while 95  patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery. The state health bulletin also stated that the total number of infected people rose to 32,367. As of today, 822 infected people are undergoing treatment.


Arunachal Pradesh continues to record low rate of COVID19 daily infections. On Saturday the state recorded 36 fresh cases, taking the total confirmed cases to 16037. Meanwhile, 67 recovered taking the total cases to 14937. The recovery rate of the state is 93.14 percent. With this the total active cases in the state stands at 1051. 49 deaths are reported so far.


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.


In Assam, 2 senior leaders of Bodoland People's Front, BPF former MP Biswajit Daimary and MLA Emmanuel Mosahary joined in the BJP today. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, state BJP President Ranjit Kumar Dass and national General Secretary Dilip Saikia attended the joining program in Guwahati. Biswajit Daimary who has recently resigned from the Rajya Sabha MP post was the Executive President of the BPF while Mr. Mosahary was the General Secretary of the party. On this occasion, Mr. Sonowal welcomed both the leaders to BJP and hoped that their joining would benefit the party. Our Correspondent reports that BPF is the ruling partner of the BJP in the state and also a member of the North East Democratic Alliance, NEDA . However, both the parties are fighting against each other in the Bodoland Territorial Council polls to be held next month.


Information and Broadcasting Minister and BJP senior leader Prakash Javadekar today said people of Hyderabad should choose between, a Mayor from a corrupt TRS party or from BJP which will fulfill all assurances given to people. He was  addressing media after releasing BJP Charge sheet against TRS and MIM parties in the wake of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Elections.

Mr Javadekar alleged that the TRS government did not fulfill its assurances given to people of Hyderabad and was involved in corruption. 


In Bihar a hardcore naxal was killed in a fierce gunbattle in Gaya district, late last night. Jharkhand government had announced 10 lakh award on the naxal who was killed. Two modern equipment and ammunition were recovered from the maoists.The SSP Rajiv Mishra said two villagers also lost their lives and four cobra jawans were injured in gunbattle . Injured jawans have been admitted in Anugrah Narain Hospital, Gaya for treatment.

The incident occurred at Mahuari village under Barachatti police station of Gaya district when people were watching dance program. A combing operation is continuing in nearby areas to nab maoists.


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 emerge 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.


Indian Navy Ships including indigenously built ASW corvette Kamorta and missile corvette Karmuk are participating in the 2nd edition of India, Singapore and Thailand Trilateral Maritime Exercise SITMEX-20 in Andaman Sea. The two day exercise got underway yesterday.  First edition of SITMEX, hosted by Indian Navy, was conducted off Port Blair in September last year. The SITMEX series of exercises are conducted to enhance mutual inter-operability and imbibing best practices between Indian Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy and Royal Thai Navy.


All the major reservoirs that cater to the water needs of Chennai are filling up fast due to good rain in the catchment areas. In addition, the new reservoir dedicated by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah at Thervoy Kandigai (थेरवाई कंडिगई) village in neighbouring Tiruvallur district yesterday is set to augment the availability of water for the city. More from our correspondent:

"Chennai had four major reservoirs till yesterday, at Chembarambakkam, Poondi, Sholavaram and Redhills. Last year by this time, all the four together had 3193 million cubic feet of water. But thanks to the good rainfall during the recently concluded South West Monsoon and the prevailing North East Monsoon, the inflow has been copious leading to the levels fast rising up. Currently they have a total of 7176 million cubic feet of water, which is more than twice the level during the same period last year. In addition, the new waterbody dedicated by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah yesterday at Thervoy Kandigai village has the capacity to store about one thousand million cubic feet of water. It augments the total capacity for the city so that the water requirements of the metropolis during normal monsoon seasons could be easily managed by the city water managers. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the District Development Commissioner  Kulgam, Showkat Aijaz Bhat chaired a meeting to take stock of arrangements for smooth conduct of the forthcoming Urs of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Simnani at Kulgam.

During the meeting, the DDC directed the Jal Shakti and Power Development Departments to ensure uninterrupted water and electricity supply to the town and vicinity areas during the Urs days.

Mr Bhat directed the concerned officers and Auqaf Committee to ensure strict adherence to SOPs and guidelines in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.


National Cadet Corps (NCC), the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world, is celebrating its 72nd Raising Day today. The raising day function was marked by paying homage at the National War Memorial to the fallen heroes who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives. Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and DG NCC Lt. Gen Rajeev Chopra laid wreaths on behalf of the entire NCC fraternity.

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. The cadets and Associate NCC Officers led by example in activities such as ‘Ek Bharat Shresht Bharat’, ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Fit India’.


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. With the win, Thiem has reached the final for the second successive year.

In the other semifinal, fourth seeded Daniil Medvedev defeated the 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. Medvedev struggled early on in the match as Nadal bagged the first set 6-3. The Russian fought his way back to take the second set in a tie-breaker. Medvedev carried the rythm in the third set as he claimed the match with a scoreline of 3-6, 7-6, 6-3.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Samjwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and greeted him on his birthday. In a tweet, Mr Modi said Mulayam Singh Yadav is one of the senior-most and experienced leaders of the country who is passionate about agriculture and rural development.


National Capital Delhi's air quality is in the poor category today morning as the air quality index, AQI was recorded at 263 at 7 AM. The city has been struggling with very poor air quality since the beginning of winter season. It deteriorated during the Diwali week. Spike in farm fires, calm winds and other local factors are among the reasons for deteriorating air quality in Delhi.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today (22.11.2020) will bring you a Special discussion Programme on Covid-19.

Dr. N N Mathur, Director, Lady Hardinge Medical College will participate in the discussion. Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.


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

The National Capital will have hazy sky.   The minimum temperature recorded in the morning was 6 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 24 degree celsius.

In Mumbai, sky will be mainly clear. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was 22 degree celsius and the maximum will be around 33 degree Celsius.

Chennai will have partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 25 and 31 degree Celsius.

Kolkata is expected to have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between 20 and 28 degree Celsius.

On to the North, in Srinagar, generally cloudy sky with light rain is expected. The minimum temperature was minus three degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 10 degree.

In Jammu, the minimum temperture was 7 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 21 degree. The city will witness partly cloudy sky.

In Leh, there will be generally cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was minus 12 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around two degree.

Gilgit will  experience generally clear sky and the temperature will hover between minus four and 14 degree Celsius.  

Muzafarrabad is expected to have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between 5 and 16 degree Celsius.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 7 and 23 degree Celsius. The city will have mainly clear sky.


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