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Evening News

2030 HRS
03.12.2020

THE HEADLINES:


  • Fourth round of talks between the government and farmers concludes; Next meeting to be held on Saturday.

  • New Delhi says, India and China continue to maintain communication to ensure complete disengagement along the LAC.

  • Covid-19 recovery rate reaches 94.11 per cent.

  • Cyclonic Storm Burevi set to cross Tamil Nadu between Pamban and Kanyakumari tonight.

  • All arrangements in place for 3rd Phase of DDC elections and Panchayat by-polls in Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow.

  • In Cricket, first T-20 of the three match series between India and Australia to be played tomorrow in Canberra.


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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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Fourth round of talks between the government and farmers' representatives over the three farm acts were held in New Delhi today. The meeting went on for around 7 hours. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal represented the Centre at the meeting. Briefing media after the meeting, the Agriculture Minister assured that government is open to discussing all issues of the farmers and is looking at their concerns. He said, the meeting was held in a very cordial atmosphere. He said farmers are concerned that the new laws will end Agricultural Produce Market Committee, APMCs. He said government will contemplate about seeing that APMC is further strengthened and its usage increases. Mr. Tomar said, the government has given assurances that MSP will continue, and also said it was willing to look into farmers' concerns regarding grievance redressal and the right to approach civil courts. The Minister said government has no ego and was discussing with farmers with an open mind. Issues related to power subsidies and stubble burning were also discussed.

"दो-तीन दौर की चर्चा और आज की चर्चा में सामान् तौर पर कुछ बिन्दु निकाले गए हैं जिन पर किसान युनियन की चिंता मुख् रूप से है। हम लोग प्रारंभ से यह बात कह रहे थे कि भारत सरकार किसानों के हितों के प्रति पुरी तरह प्रतिबद्ध है। भारत सरकार इस बात पर विचार करेगी कि एपीएमसी सशक् हों और एपीएमसी का उपयोग और बड़े जहां तक नए  एक् का सवाल है उसमें एपीएमसी प्रवधि के बाहर प्राइवेट मंडियों का प्रावधान है तो प्राइवेट मंडियां आएंगी लेकिन प्राइवेट मंडी और जो एपीएमसी एक् के अंतर्गत बनी हुई मंडियां हैं उन दोनों में कर की समानता हो।"

He said the next round of talks are scheduled to be held on saturday at 2 PM. The Minister also appealed to farmers to end their agitation.

Today's talks were attended by 40 representatives of 32 farmer unions. The third round of talks between the Centre and farmers remained inconclusive on Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has emphasized that the Government is fully committed to the welfare of farmers and agriculture development is always on the top priority for Narendra Modi government. He reiterated that the new Farm Reform Acts are the interest of farmers. 

"और एक बात और चलाई जा रही है कि नए कानून की वजह से छोटे किसान की जो जमीन है उसको बड़े लोग हथिया लेंगे। वैसे तो एक् के जो प्रावधान है उसमें किसान को पूरी तरह सुरक्षा प्रदान की गई है।"

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India and China continue to maintain communication through diplomatic and military channels with the objective of ensuring complete disengagement in all friction points along the LAC in the Western sector and full restoration of peace and tranquility.

Replying to a media query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, both sides have agreed to have another round of Senior Commanders meeting at an appropriate time.

On another query, Mr Srivastava said the core issue remains that both India and China need to strictly follow the various bilateral agreements and protocols in their entirety including the 1993 and 1996 agreement on maintenance of peace and tranquility along the LAC in the border areas.

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India has consistently conveyed its views and concerns on China building a dam on Brahmaputra to the Chinese authorities as a lower riparian State with considerable established user rights to the waters of the trans-border rivers. India has urged Chinese authorities to ensure that the interests of downstream states are not harmed by any activities in upstream areas. Replying to a media query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, government monitors all developments on the Brahmaputra River. He said, Chinese side has conveyed on several occasions that they are only undertaking run-of-the-river hydropower projects which do not involve diversion of the waters of the Brahmaputra.

Mr Srivastava said, various issues relating to trans-border rivers are discussed with China under the ambit of an institutionalized Expert Level Mechanism which was established in 2006, as well as through diplomatic channels. He said, India intends to remain engaged with China on the issue of trans-border rivers to safeguard our interests.

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Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh has said that the Navy is prepared to handle the dual challenge of both COVID-19 and Chinese attempts to change the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Adressing a press conference today, Admiral Singh said the Navy’s activities are in close coordination and synergy with the Indian Army and Indian Air Force. He informed that three Chinese warships are in the Indian Ocean region which he said have been there since 2008 for anti-piracy patrols. Admiral Singh asserted that the Navy has an SOP in place to tackle situation in case of an infringement by the Chinese research vessels. He said, 2 predator drones taken on lease are helping India to fulfil the capability gap in terms of surveillance. He said  the Navy has deployed P-8I aircraft at various locations on the requirement of Army and Indian Air Force, in addition to the deployment of Heron surveillance drones on the northern borders. Admiral Singh informed that adding a push to the goal of self-sustainability 41 out of the 43 warships and submarines, including the indigenous Aircraft Carrier, will be built indigenously in the country for the Indian Navy.

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India today said, Pakistan has failed to respond on the core issues concerning the Kulbhushan Jadhav case which would form the basis of an effective review and reconsideration as ordered by the International Court of Justice. Replying to media query this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said,  Pakistan is trying to link the case of Kulbhuashan Jadhav with another prisoner’s case. He said that in a routine consular practice, Shahnawaz Noon was selected by Indian High Commission to appear in the case for release and repatriation of an Indian prisoner, Mohammad Ismail, who has completed his sentence but continues to be in jail in Pakistan. He added that during proceedings of the case regarding Ismail, Pakistan Attorney General raised the matter pertaining to Jadhav though the two cases are not connected in any way. The spokesperson said, Mr Noon is reported to have made those statements which are not true and are in contravention of India's stand in the case. He said, Mr Noon appears to have acted under pressure from the Pakistani establishment to make such statements for which he has no authorisation. He said Mr Noon has misrepresented the position of the High Commission. He stressed that Shahnawaz Noon was clearly told by the High Commission that he had no authority to represent either the Indian government or Kulbhushan Jadhav. The spokesperson said India Mission in Islamabad has written to Mr. Noon reiterating that he has no authority to represent Jadhav and has no basis to suggest that the Indian chargé d'affaires would appear in the court.

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India has crossed a significant milestone in its fight against COVID. The number of new daily cases have been below the 50 thousand mark for 26 consecutive days. In the last 24 hours, nearly 35 thousand 500 new confirmed cases were reported while nearly 41 thousand people recovered successfully during the same period. With the cumulative recovery total nearing almost 90 lakh, the national recovery rate has leaped ahead and reached 94.11 per cent. The recovered cases in the country stand at over 20 times the number of active cases.

The active caseload of the country has witnessed further reduction and has reached below 4.5 per cent. The total active cases in the country today stand at four lakh 22 thousand 943 which comprises merely 4.44 per cent of the total reported cases. The Health Ministry has informed that nearly 75 percent of the new covid cases are concentrated in 10 states and Union territories of Delhi, Maharashtra, Kerala, West Bengal, Haryana and Rajasthan among others. 

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Nearly 11 lakh 12 thousand samples were tested for COVID in the country in the last 24 hours. With this, the cumulative testing figure has reached around 14 crore 35 lakh 58 thousand. The Central Government and ICMR have scaled up the TESTING infrastructure in a calibrated manner. India's testing capacity has touched 15 lakh per day ensuring easily accessible COVID-19 tests for all.

The Health Ministry has said that very high levels of testing lead to early identification, prompt isolation and effective treatment of COVID-19 cases. It said, this also leads to low Fatality Rate. Higher volumes of testing have also ensured lower daily positivity rate which continues to remain below 4 per cent. The country is undertaking almost 5 times the number of daily tests per million of the population as per the standards prescribed by the WHO.

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In Kerala, 5,376 new cases of Covid-19 infection were reported today while 5,590 affected people recovered. In the meantime, 31 deaths were confirmed as due to Covid taking the death toll to 2,329 in the State. 60,476 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and the test positivity rate is 8.89 per cent. At present, there are 61,209 corona patients undergoing treatment while a total of 5,56,378 people have recovered from Covid 19 in the state so far.

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Phase 8 of the Vande Bharat Mission has been operational since the first of November. Briefing media virtually this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, this Phase has now been extended until the 31st of December. Under this extended phase called Phase 8 Plus, 897 international flights have been scheduled to operate from 15 countries with a capacity to repatriate an estimated 1.5 lakh people.

In addition to this, flights operated under the bilateral air bubble arrangements with 18 countries are progressing smoothly. As of today, 34.1 lakh Indians have been repatriated through different modes. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi first mentioned COVID-19 to his entire Cabinet on  the 29th January and asked them to take it seriously. He also directed that India’s response must be entirely science-based. India had not even seen its first case at that time. He has been personally monitoring India's statistics every morning since early March.

Since then, Mr Modi has discussed the COVID-19 situation in all Cabinet meetings, asking Ministers about their assessment of the situation in their respective areas.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the way in refraining from social gatherings in early March during Holi. This had already conveyed the gravity of the situation to millions of people. Next, he addressed the nation and came out with a unique Jan Bhagidari initiative called ‘Janata Curfew’. He exhorted the people to observe a countrywide lockdown of one day and show the world how India could unite to fight the pandemic. This prepared the nation mentally for an upcoming lockdown. After this, the Prime Minister announced a nationwide lockdown from 24th March. In the same address, he sent the message of ‘Jaan Hai Toh Jahaan Hai’ to convey the seriousness of the situation. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."

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Head of the ENT Department, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr. Alok Thakkar says, there is no reason for anybody to go off guard from precautions to fight CoronaVirus.  Dr.Thakkar told AIR News that wearing a mask properly, maintain do gaz doori and frequently washing or sanitising hands are a must to save oneself and others from Covid19.

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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, all arrangements are in place for third phase of District Development Council, DDC elections and Panchayat by-polls tomorrow. State Election Commissioner, K K Sharma said that adequate security arrangements have been made in all the poll going areas to ensure smooth and peacefull elections.

AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that out of 280 DDC constituencies in the Union Territory, voting will be conducted in 33 constituencies, including 16 from Kashmir and 17 from Jammu Division in this phase. Voting will be held from 7 AM to 2 PM tomorrow. Total 305 candidates are in the electoral fray including 166 from Kashmir and 139 from Jammu division in this phase. 252 candidates are male whereas 53 are female.

In the by-polls for Sarpanches, out of 126 constituencies, polling will take place in 66 constituencies and a total of 184 candidates are contesting in phase III tomorrow. 40 Sarpanch constituencies have been filled unopposed.

Similarly, in Panch by-elections, there are 1,738 constituencies, and out of them 798 have been elected unopposed.

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Counting is underway for legislative council seats of graduate and teacher constituencies in Uttar Pradesh Maharashtra. The results are likely to be announced till late evening since it will take time because of the paper ballots.

In Uttar Pradesh, fate of a total of 199 candidates, including 114 for graduates and 85 for teachers constituencies, will be decided in these elections. 

AIR correspondent reports that out of 11 seats for which voting took place on 1st of this month, 5 are of Division Graduate constituencies and 6 of Division Teachers constituencies. The division graduate constituencies are lucknow, Agra, Meerut, Varanasi and Allahabad-Jhansi constituencies.

The division teachers constituency are lucknow, Agra, Meerut, Varanasi, Bareilly- Moradabad and Gorakhpur-Faizabad.

In Maharashtra, there are 19 candidates in Nagpur constituency and the main battle is between the incumbent mayor and BJP candidate Sandeep Joshi and Maha Vikas Aghadi Congress candidate Abhijeet Vanjari. A total of 27 candidates are in the fray in five districts of Amravati’s teachers' constituency.

Counting process for Pune Division Graduates and Teachers Constituency Election is also being held today. In view of the large number of Covid-19 cases in the district, necessary precautions have been taken by the administration.

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The Cyclonic Storm Burevi has weakened into a deep depression. It is set to cross the shores in southern Tamil Nadu between Pamban and Kanyakumari tonight. The latest weather bulletin by the India Meteorology Department says, its landfall would be completed by early morning tomorrow.

Earlier, the cyclone had its first landfall near Trincomalee in Sri Lanka late last night. The MET Department says, it was found moving north westwards with a speed of 16 km an hour for the past six hours. Currently, it has centred very close to Pamban near Rameswaram, at about 40 km east-southeast of Pamban and 230 km east-northeast of Kanyakumari. Heavy to heavy rain is forecast at many places in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu today, with the possibility of extremely very heavy rain at isolated places. The MET Department has said the cyclone will gain a wind speed of 70-80 km per hour, gusting to 90 km per hour, while having its landfall. As the sea remains very rough, all fishing operations in the region remain suspended. Under the impact of the cyclonic storm, several places in the Delta districts and southern Tamil Nadu witnessed intermittent rain since last night. Some places including Chennai experienced light to moderate rain. More from our Chennai correspondent:

"As the southern districts of Tamil Nadu are bracing for the Cyclone Burevi, the state Government says it has taken all out efforts to mitigate its effects. The cyclone has triggered rain in Chennai and its suburbs as well, leading to copious inflow of water to the Chembarambakkam Lake, the largest water body among those catering to the needs of the metropolis. As its full reservoir level has been reached, excess water of more than a thousand cusecs is being let off into the River Adyar. 432 locations in the southern districts have been identified as vulnerable to flooding during the cyclone where special attention is being given by the authorities. The state revenue minister RB Udhayakumar told reporters in Thoothukudi, 490 relief camps have been established to accommodate possible evacuees. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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Kerala is also on high as cyclone Burevi is likely to cross its coasts tomorrow. More from our Thiruvananthapuram correspondent:

"Met dept predicts the Cyclone to enter Kerala through Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram border and to pass through the State during daytime tomorrow. Cyclone is expected to reduce the strength and form into a deep depression as it passes through the land. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected from Thiruvananthapuram to Ernakulam districts.Red is declared in the region. People are being shifted to relief camps from vulnerable regions. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vjayan said that all necessary  arrangements are being done with over 2000 relief campos across the southern districts. Rescue mission in the State, will be coordinated by navy, coast guards, airforce, national and state disaster response teams and district authorities. Mr Vijayan said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah took stock of the situation and promised full support to the State to face the cyclonic challenge. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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A special NIA court in Mumbai today directed all the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case to appear before it on December 19 when the case will be taken up for hearing next.

Out of the seven accused in the matter, only three accused including LT Col Purohit, Sameer Kulkarni and Ajay Rahirkar were present before the court today. The court took note of their presence and directed all accused to be present in-person before the court.

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Cine star Rajinikanth has said he would float his own political party next month. In a tweet, he said his political plank would be spiritual. He  said everything needs to be changed and it should be now or never. Rajinikanth said, in the forthcoming Assembly General Elections in Tamil Nadu, victory would be at hand adding, a non-corrupt, transparent, non-partisan politics will be witnessed by the public.

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Parliamentarians has paid tribute to the first President of the country, Dr Rajendra Prasad. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and others paid floral tributes at the portrait of Dr Prasad in the Central Hall of Parliament House on his Birth Anniversary today.

A booklet containing the profile of Dr. Rajendra Prasad, brought out in Hindi and English by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, was presented to the dignitaries who attended the function.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said that the loan fairs organised by the State government have created around 25 lakh employment opportunities in micro small and medium enterprises sector. He distributed loan amount of 10,390 crore rupees to more than 3 lakh 54 thousand MSME industrial units today and said that after the government's initiative 15 MSME units have listed themselves in the Bombay stock exchange. More from our Lucknow correspondent:

"The loans distributed in today's event includes 1316 crore rupees for already established around 30000 industrial units under Atmanirbhar Bharat scheme while around loan amount of around 9000 crore rupees were distributed to 3 lakh 24000 new MSME units. On this occasion Chief Minister said that his government is focusing on MSME sector during this covid scenario and the loans the loan distribution functions have improved the industrial development. Yogi Adityanath said that loan distribution under Aatmnirbhar Bharat scheme will help in fulfilling the Prime Minister dream of self reliant India. He said that in this fiscal year more than 16000 persons have been trained for skill upgradation under one district one product scheme. He also Virtually distributed the tool kits to 5000 trainees. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

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Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Dadaji Bhuse has said that Fertility index boards should be set up in every Gram Panchayat in the state informing the farmers in simple language about the components of soil present in the village lands and the amount of fertilizer required for it. He directed that a workshop should be organized in every village on the occasion of World Soil Day on Saturday, 5th December. More from our Mumbai Correspondent…

"Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Dadaji Bhuse informed that the land fertility index of 38,500 villages in the state has been prepared and posted on the website of the Department of Agriculture. While compiling the land fertility index of these villages, twelve different types of indices based on 4 factors have been prepared for each village. These include physical, chemical and biological properties. He said that these indices should be put up on big billboards in every village. A review meeting was held at Mantralaya in Mumbai today regarding the installation of fertility index boards at the Gram Panchayat level. Agriculture Commissioner Dhiraj Kumar and Joint Secretary Ganesh Patil were present on the occasion. In the last five years, 57 lakh soil samples have been tested in the state and 2 crore 64 lakh soil health leaflets have been distributed. Soil testing samples reduced the use of chemical fertilizers by 8 to 10 percent and increased crop production by 5 to 6 per cent. SWEETY JAIN, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."

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In Cricket, India will take on hosts Australia in the first of three match Twenty20 series in Canberra tomorrow.

The second and third Twenty20 matches will take place in Sydney on 6th and 8th of this month.

Australia have already clinched the three match ODI series by winning the first and second ODIs.

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Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced today that the next “HunarHaat” will be organised at Numaish Ground, Rampur from 18th to 27th of this month and Shilp Gram, Lucknow from 23rd to 31st January next year. The theme of the haat will be “Vocal for Local”.

After chairing Governing and General Body meeting of Maulana Azad Education Foundation in New Delhi today, Mr Naqvi said that Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Khadi and Village Industries Commission Chairman Vinay Kumar Saxena will inaugurate the “HunarHaat” at Rampur.

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The weather forecast for tomorrow.


The National capital will have fog or mist in the morning and mainly clear sky later with tempearture varying between eight and 27 degrees Celsius.

Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. Temperature will vary between 27 and 30 degrees Celsius.

Chennai will have rain or thundershowers with strong gusty winds. The temperature will hover between 23 and 28 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will witness mainly clear sky. The city is likely to have minimum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 29 degrees.

Srinagar will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. Temperature will hover between one degree celsius and 10 degrees.

In Jammu, minimum temperature will be around 11 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 23 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night.

In Leh, generally cloudy sky will prevail. The minimum temperature will be around minus five degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around five degrees.

Gilgit will have generally cloudy sky with temperature hovering between minus one degree celsius to 15 degrees.

Muzafarrabad will have cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will move from six to 16 degrees Celsius.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between nine and 25 degrees Celsius. Mainly clear sky will prevail in the city.

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