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04th December, 2020


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs all-party meet to discuss Covid-19 situation; Says, world is looking towards India for a cost effective and efficient vaccine for Corona virus.

  • Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 94.20 per cent in the country.

  • Prime Minister to deliver keynote address at IIT-2020 Global Summit in a short while from now.

  • Fifth round of talks between Centre and farmers' to be held tomorrow in New Delhi.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, polling concludes for the third phase of DDC elections.

  • In Cricket, India beat Australia by 11 runs in first T20 International at Canberra.


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 has said that the country will have a vaccine against corona virus in the next few weeks. Addressing the all party meeting today, Mr. Modi informed that Indian scientists are confident of coming up with a vaccine against the corona menace in the next few weeks. He said, eight possible vaccine candidates are under different phases of trials in the country.

"भारत की अपनी 3 अलग-अलग वैक्सीन्स का ट्रायल अलग-अलग चरणों में है।एक्सपर्ट्स ये मानकर चल रहे हैं कि अब कोरोना की वैक्सीन के लिए बहुत ज्यादा इंतजार नहीं करना पड़ेगा।माना जा रहा है कि अगले कुछ हफ्तों में कोरोना की वैक्सीन तैयार हो जाएगी।जैसे ही वैज्ञानिकों की हरी झंडी मिलेगी, भारत में टीकाकरण अभियान शुरू कर दिया जाएगा।"

Prime Minister said that the world is looking towards India for a cost efficient and effective vaccine against the pandemic. He said, through the collaborative efforts of the scientific fraternity, the country will deliver a viable option for mass vaccination in the near future.

Prime Minister informed that the vaccination programme in the country will commence after a nod from the reserach scientists. He said, the country has a robust network for such massive vaccination programmes and appropriate cold storage facilities are also being added for proper storage and supply of the vaccines. Mr. Modi said, the health care workers and frontline corona warriors will be the ones who will be administered the vaccine first. He informed that the detailed priority list for the vaccination programme will be prepared with the assistance of the State and Union Territory governments. The Prime Minister said that the pricing of the vaccine will be decided only after due consultation with the state governments keeping public healthcare as the topmost priority.

"वैक्सीन की कीमत कितनी होगी ? इसे लेकर भी सवाल स्वभाविक हैं। केन्द्र सरकार इस बारे में राज् सरकारों के साथ बात कर रही है। वैक्सीन की कीमत को लेकर फैसला जन स्वास्थ् को सर्वोच् प्राथमिकता देते हुए किया जाएगा और राज् सरकारों की इसमें पूरी सहभागिता होगी।"

He said, the country has come a long way since February-March when the first news of corona virus emerged and thanked everyone for their indomnitable spirit and efforts. Mr. Modi said, India not only helped its own citizens but also reached out to other nations and assisted them with medical supplies.

He urged everyone to continue Jan-bhagidari as the country is on the verge to undertake one of the largest vaccination programmes. Mr. Modi asked authorities to sensitivise people about the vaccination programme by giving right information as he said, rumour-mongering becomes rampant whenever such exercises are undertaken in massive scale.

"जब भी इतना व्यापक टीकाकरण अभियान चलता है तो अनेक प्रकार की अफवाहें भी समाज में फैलाई जाती हैं।ये अफवाहें जनहित और राष्ट्रहित दोनों के विरुद्ध होती हैं।इसलिए हम सभी दलों का ये दायित्व है कि देश के नागरिकों को ज्यादा से ज्यादा जागरूक करें, उन्हें किसी भी अफवाह से बचाएं।

He also urged everyone not to shun the time tested cautionary measures of maintaining safe distance and cleaning hands untill the vaccination drive is complete.

The all party meet which lasted for around three hours was attended by floor leaders of both Houses of Parliament. Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Harsh Vardhan were also present in the meeting. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Ghulam Nabi Azad, TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay , DMK leader T R Baalu, NCP patron Sharad Pawar and party leaders from other political parties participated in the virtual meeting.


India has crossed a significant milestone in its fight against COVID. With cumulative recovery of over 90 lakh people so far, the recovery rate has further improved to 94.20 per cent. The number of daily recoveries also continue to outnumber the new daily cases, taking the total recovered cases in the country at around 22 times the number of active cases. The daily positive cases have been below the 50 thousand mark for 27 consecutive days. In the last 24 hours, nearly 36 thousand 500 new cases were reported while nearly 43 thousand people recovered successfully in the same time span.

The active caseload of the country witnessed further reduction and has reached below 4.5 per cent. Total active cases in the country today stand at four lakh 16 thousand 82 which comprises merely 4.35 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 territory of Delhi, Maharashtra, Kerala, West Bengal, Haryana and Rajasthan among others.

The Health Ministry has said this has also led to a commensurate dip in the fatality rate which stands at 1.45 per cent. It informed that 540 case fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours.


Over 11 lakh 70 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 47 lakh 28 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.


With a view to  contain the spread of COVID-19 , India went into lockdown early and it also unlocked the economy much earlier. The impact of this is seen in most high frequency indicators seeing an uptick. As a result, Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose from 56.8 in September to 58.9 in October, 2020, registering the highest figure in over a decade.


The PMI Services index also rose to 54.1 in October, ending the seven-month sequence of contraction, signalling improved market conditions.

"Power consumption clocked double digit year on year growth of 12.1 per cent in October and 4.5 per cent in the first 24 days of November which reflects a post-recovery rebound. It also reflects  growth and economic activity across all spheres  of agriculture, industry and services. GST collections swelled to eight-month high at one lakh five thousand  crore rupees in October. The GST collection crossed one lakh crore rupees after February, 2020 - registering a positive year on year growth of 10.2 percent. Railway freight grew year on year  at 15.4 per cent in October and 13.6 per cent in the first 10 days of November. The gross revenue from railway passenger bookings stood at over 533 crore rupees in the first ten days of November, reaching 8 per cent of October levels. Under MGNREGA, 252.4 crore person days of work have been created during April to October of this fiscal  as against 159.7 crore person days in the corresponding period of previous year. Anand Kumar, AIR News Delhi."


In Gujarat, the doctor’s preion will not be required henceforth for the RT-PCR test. This was announced by the State Health department today. According to the official release, now public can directly approach any government or private laboratory for getting their RT-PCR test.

"According to the new guidelines of ICMR, there is no need for a doctor's preion for getting RT-PCR test. Now, the people can do their RT-PCR test without any doctor’s preion. The State Government is already providing Rapid Antigen Test facility free of cost throughout the state. Meanwhile, the health experts warned the people not to go for the HRCT- High Resolution Computerized Tomography test for diagnosis of Corona. It has a high dose of radiation which can cause cancer also. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


Kerala continues to report surge in Covid cases, as 5718 new cases of covid were confirmed today and 5496 recoveries were also reported in the State. Presently  the total active Covid cases in Kerala is 61,401. Meanwhile, 29 recent deaths were also confirmed  due to Covid today, taking the  death toll in the State to 2358.


Additional Professor, Cancer Wing, AIIMS, New Delhi, Dr. Rakesh Garg says, the Corona pandemic is on and we must follow the Covid appropriate behaviour. He told AIR News, just by taking easy precautions, we can save ourselves and others from the Virus.


Much before the coronavirus pandemic hit the world and forced digital education to take the lead, there was a dedicated and committed man in Solapur in the state of Maharshtra, named Ranjitsinh Disale who had already started to design QR codes for his students.

Ranjitsinh Disale was yesterday named as the winner of Global Teacher Prize 2020, which is awarded by the London-based Varkey Foundation and UNESCO. 32 year old Ranjitsinh Disale, a teacher at the Zilla Parishad school in Paritewadi, Solapur has announced that he will share half of the one million dollar award money with the nine other finalists so that they too may continue their good work.

"Aiming to be an IT engineer, Ranjitsinh Disale took up teacher training as a second choice but was inspired to see that teachers are real change-makers in the world. Combining his technical acumen and teaching methods, Disale is no less than a messiah for the students studying in the Zilla Parishad school in Solapur’s Paritewadi. Learning their local Kannada language, Disale redesigned all the textbooks from grade 1 to 4 with a unique QR code that embedded audio poems, video lectures, stories and assignments. Besides, promoting girl education, Disale’s efforts have resulted in acute reduction in teenage marriage in the last decade. Honoured to be the first Indian to win this coveted prize, Disale said this award will encourage him and other teachers to innovate, evolve and develop creative methods of teaching-learning. Nisha Raney, AIR News, Mumbai."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be delivering a keynote address at the IIT-2020 Global Summit, organised by PanIIT USA at 9:30 PM tonight. The theme of this year’s summit is ‘The Future is Now’. The Summit will focus on issues like global economy, technology, innovation, health, habitat conservation and universal education.

PanIIT USA is an organization that is more than 20 years old.  Since 2003 PanIIT USA has organised this conference and invited speakers from different sectors including industry, academia and government. PanIIT USA is  run by an all-volunteer team of IIT alumni. The event will be broadcast live on All India Radio. It can be heard on AIR FM Gold and additional frequencies.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today said that  some revolutionary steps have been taken to encourage private sector participation in the defence sector and  urged the industries to come forward to take due advantage.

The Defence Minister said this while presiding over the second edition of the Armed Forces Flag Day CSR Conclave which was organised as a webinar in New Delhi. Mr Singh  said the government has recognized the role and importance of private sector in the development of the country. He said, since 2014, when the NDA came into power, the government has encouraged the private sector to grow.


The 5th round of talks between the government and the representatives of farmers' union is scheduled to be held in New Delhi  tomorrow to address the issues concerning  them. The fourth round of talks between the two sides was held on Thursday in which the representatives of forty Farmers’ Unions participated in a dialogue with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railways Minister Piyush Goel and Minister of State for Commerce Som Prakash. Senior officials from the Agriculture Ministry and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution also participated in the dialogue. The meeting was held in a cordial  atmosphere and transparent manner.

During the meeting, Agriculture Minister Tomar reiterated the Government’s commitment to the welfare of the farmers.

Mr Tomar  assured the Farmer Unions that the Minimum Support Price, MSP will continue and therefore the farmers need not fear that it will go away. The representatives of the farmers unions raised the question of the constitutional validity of the three farm laws to which the Government side explained the constitutional provisions under which the Central Government legislated these laws. The farmers brought out issues related to the APMCs. They said there has to be a level playing field between Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) and Private Markets and Trade Yards.

During the meeting, Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Sanjay Agarwal gave a detailed deion  of the Farms Acts and the measures taken by the Ministry of Agriculture for the welfare of farmers and those measures taken to benefit agriculture during the lockdown period to keep the supply chains active. He said that the Farm Acts have been framed keeping in mind the farmers welfare.

Talking to AIR News Chakraveer Singh, a farmer from Uttar Pradesh says that the Centre has taken many measures for development of farming sector.


In line with the one nation-one market policy, the recently implemented new agricultural law has given a new hope to trade to farmers and traders of Madhya Pradesh associated with agricultural produce.

"Nagesh Agrawal, a farm entrepreneur of Madhya Pradesh is successfully running a Khatu Shyamji Pulses Pvt Ltd in Jabalpur. Welcoming the new laws, Nagesh Aggarwal said that now he is doing business without any fear.

The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 has removed commodities like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes from the list of essential commodities. It has ended the imposition of stock-holding limits except under extraordinary circumstances. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


The 3rd phase of DDC Polls concluded smoothly across the J&K Union territory with a turnout of nearly 51 per cent (50.53 per cent). In Jammu division people turned out in large numbers to exercise their franchise. Addressing a press conference in Jammu this evening, State Election Commissioner K.K. Sharma said that in Jammu, voting per cent was 68.88 percent and in Kashmir 31.61 percent  voting was recorded. The first ever District Development Council polls are being held in J&K Union Territory in Eight (8) phases. The last and 8th phase will be held on December 19 while the counting of votes will be taken up on December 22.

" Reasi district topped the list with impressive voter turnout of  75.20 per cent followed by Rajouri district  with 72.81 per cent  in Jammu division.  The lowest turnout in Jammu division was in Doda district which recorded 59.51 per cent. In Kashmir Valley  Kulgam district recorded highest polling at 64.45 per cent followed by Bandipora District at 56.73 per cent and Budgam with 50.18 per cent. With today’s polling the fate of 305 candidates has been sealed in the ballot boxes. R K Raina, AIR News, Jammu."


In Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections, the state election commission authorities have declared results for 131 out of 150 divisions. The Ruling TRS won 53 while AIMIM bagged 42 and BJP won 35. The Congress candidates won two divisions.  Results for 19 more divisions are yet to be declared.

"If one look at the strengths of the political parties in the last election held in 2016, the ruling TRS had 99 seats while AIMIM had 44 corporators. The BJP had bagged 4 divisions while Congress had 2. The other parties like TDP and Telangana Jana Samithi could not prove their presence even this time. However, the TRS will be little short of the magic figure to get the Mayor chair on its own in the 150 division Corporation. It is to be seen, whether the TRS will take the help of AI-MIM or not. Meanwhile, TRS Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao has already begun consultations with the party senior leaders regarding Mayor post. Lakshmi, AIR News, Hyderabad."


In Maharashtra, Maha Vikas Aghadi’s Congress candidate Advocate Abhijeet  Wanjarri won the  Maharashtra Legislative Council seat in Nagpur Division Graduate Constituency today. He got 61,701 votes while BJP's Sandeep Joshi got 42991 votes. Mr. Wanjarri won by a margin of 18,710 votes. A quota of 60,747 votes was set for this election conducted through Preferential Voting System.


In Assam, election campaigns for the first phase of Bodoland Territorial Council polls will come to an end tomorrow. Polling in the first phase will be held on 7th of this month in 21 seats of Baksa and Udalguri districts. All the senior political leaders of the state are making last efforts to woo the voters.

"A total of 130 candidates are in the fray in 21 seats in the first phase. The BJP, UPPL, Bodoland People's Front ( BPF), Congress, AIUDF and Independent candidates are in the fray in the BTC polls. Chief Minister  Sarbananda Sonowal today held 2 rallies at Gobordhana and Udalguri and urged people to vote for the BJP for the development of the BTC area. On the other hand, led by Hagrama Mahilary , the Bodoland People's Front, who is fighting against its alliance partner BJP has put all  efforts to retain power. Apart from them, AIUDF, Congress, UPPL and Lok Sabha MP Naba Sarania  also held rallies today. Manas Pratim Sharma, AIR News, Guwahati."


Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari today laid the foundation stones of 15 National Highway projects of Nagaland through video conference. The Union Minister also inaugurated the improvement of city portion of Dimapur City NH-39. The total cost of the 15 National Highways projects in the state is worth over 4,127 crore rupees having a total length of 270 km.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gadkari said the government is committed for the progress of the Northeast region especially the state of Nagaland.

"The construction of 2-laning road of Peren-Dimapur section of National Highway 129A will ease the movement between Dimapur and Imphal having a  total length  of 17 km with project cost 257 crores. While, the construction of 109 km Kohima- Jessami road of NH-29 cost Rs. 1700 crores will join Kohima city with the villages and town of Phek District. This will also play an important role in an international stage of the region. The Kohima by-pass road having a total length of 45 km and an approximate of investment of 872 crores will enable transport coming from outside to by-pass the main city of Kohima. The launching of these projects will greatly benefit the state by generating employment and easy access for availing health care and emergency services, boost the socio-economic progress. Asonuo, AIR News, Kohima."


Maintaining an accommodative stance, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das today said that the Monetary Policy Committee, MPC has unanimously decided to leave the policy repo rate unchanged at 4 per cent. He said the marginal standing facility remains unchanged at 4.25 per cent and reverse repo rate stands unchanged at 3.35 per cent.

Mr. Das said the MPC was of the view that inflation is likely to remain elevated with some relief in the winter months from the prices of perishables and bumper kharif arrival.


India defetaed Australia by 11 runs in the  first T20 International at Manuka Oval, Canberra to take 1-0 lead of the three-match series. T. Natarajan and Yuzvendra Chahal took three wickets each  as the Indian team came out with a clinical show to draw first blood. 

It was a dream debut for southpaw speedster T. Natarajan. He maintained his calm and kept the ball in the area of uncertainty and claimed three important wickets. The visitors set a moderate target of 162 to the hosts. KL Rahul scored 51 runs and R.Jadeja scored  44 runs for the visitors. Moises Henriques claimed three wickets and Starc scalped two. The second T20 match will be played on the 6th of December at Sydney Cricket Ground.


England's first one-day international against South Africa in Cape Town was postponed after one of the hosts' players tested positive for coronavirus. The match was scheduled to be held today. Cricket South Africa (CSA) said a player tested positive yesterday following the Twenty20 series. The re schuduled matches will now take place on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday.


Bringing relief to Kerala, Met dept forecasts the Cyclone Burevi to weaken into a depression as it enters Kerala. As widespread rain and strong winds are forecast in the Southern part of the State, coastal regions are in high .Fishing ban in Kerala coast continues.


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

In Jammu, lower level of temperature will be 11 degrees Celsius while upper level will be 23 degrees. The city will have partly cloudy sky.

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

In Leh, generally cloudy sky. The minimum temperature will be minus six degrees Celsius while the maximum will be four degrees.

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

Muzafarrabad will have generally cloudy sky. The temperature will move from four to 18 degrees Celsius.

The National capital will have shallow Fog with tempearture varying between ten and 26 degrees Celsius.

Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. Temperature will vary between 24 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Chennai to have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will hover between 23 and 25 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will witness partly cloudy sky. The city will observe minimum temperature of 17 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 29 degrees.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between nine and 25 degrees Celsius. Mainly Clear sky.

Chandigarh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature is likely to move from 10 to 24 degrees Celsius.

In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature will be 15 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be 28 degrees. The city will have partly cloudy sky with haze.


Navy day is being celebrated today. The day is celebrated on the 4th of December every year to recognize the achievements and role of the Indian Navy to the country. It was on this day in 1971, during Operation Trident, that the Indian Navy sank four Pakistani vessels including PNS Khaibar, killing hundreds of Pakistani Navy personnel. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted all valorous navy personnel and their families on the occasion.


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