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PM Modi to address the nation at 6 pm today            India is at forefront of vaccine development for coronavirus says PM            COVID-19 recovery rate in country reaches 88.63 %            Today is last date for filing of nominations for final phase of Bihar assembly elections            Nitin Gadkari lays foundation stone of first-ever multi-modal logistic park in Assam           

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  • Active COVID-19 cases in the country drop below 8 lakh mark for the first time in one and a half months while recovery rate rises to 87.78 per cent.

  • Health Minister says, three vaccine candidates developing well in India, with one at Stage-3 Clinical trials.

  • In Uttar Pradesh, nine people killed in an accident in Pilibhit District.

  • Over Sixty nine lakh tonnes of Paddy, worth more 13 thousand crore rupee procured at MSP, in the current Kharif Season.

  • Festival of Navratra begins all over the country; Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes happiness, peace and prosperity to people.

  • In IPL cricket today, Rajasthan Royals to take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai and Chennai Super Kings to clash with Delhi Capitals at Sharjah.


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

·    Wear face mask.
·    Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.
·    Focus on hand and face hygiene. 


India has achieved a significant milestone in its fight against COVID as the active caseload of the country has fallen below 8 lakh after one and a half months. The total positive cases of the country today stand at 7 lakh 95 thousand 87. They comprise merely 10.70 per cent of the total cases. The active caseload was below the 8 lakh mark last on 1st September.The national Recovery Rate has also grown to 87.78 per cent.


With a high number of COVID patients recovering every day, India’s steady trend of registering at 65 lakh 24 thousand 5 hundred 95. The gap between active cases and recovered cases is consistently widening.


70 thousand 8 hundred 16 patients have recovered and were discharged in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases are 62 thousand 2 hundred 12. India is the only country with the highest recoveries and continues to have one of the lowest fatality rates globally. Today the fatality rate stands at 1.52 per cent. These have in tandem resulted in a consistent slide in the active cases.


78 per cent of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 States and UTs. Maharashtra contributes more than 13 thousand to the single day recoveries followed by Karnataka with more than 8 thousand recoveries.


837 case fatalities have been reported in the past 24 hours. Of these, nearly 82 per cent are concentrated in ten States and UTs. Maharashtra  has reported the maximum single day deaths with 306 fatalities.


The Centre continues to support the State and UT Governments in the collective fight against the global pandemic. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has deputed high level Central teams to Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. The teams will 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.

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has applauded the great workcarried out by all scientists, even beyond their mandates and said that there are 9 vaccine candidates in the world which are in the advanced stages. He said, in India, three vaccine candidates are developing well with one of them in the advanced Stage-3 Clinical trials and two others in stage--2 trials.


Chairing a meeting on COVID Appropriate Behaviour with Heads and Directors of Autonomous Institutions of Department of Science and Technology and CSIR yesterday, Dr Harsha Vardhan expressed the hope that India will soon have indigenous production of the Corona vaccine. Pointing out that the fight against COVID is not over yet, Dr Vardhan cautioned people against complacence, carelessness and casual attitude towards combating COVID-19. He stated that the next two and half months are going to be very crucial in the fight against corona because of the winter season and the festival season.


Telangana state reported 1,451 new COVID-19 cases during the past 24 hours. With this, the total cases in the state has gone up to 2 lakh 20 thousand 675. The recovery rate has also marginally improved to 89.1 per cent with 1983 more people recovering yesterday. This took the number of recovered people so far in the state to 1 lakh 96 thousand 636. Meanwhile, the daily bulletin issued by the state Medical and Health department this morning, stated that total deaths rose to 1,265 following 9 more people succumbing  during the past 24 hours. Currently the state has 22 thousand 774 active cases out of which 18 thousand 905 are at home isolation.


In Puducherry the covid 19 recovery rate stands at 84.86 percent, the fatality rate is 1.77 percent and the number new cases is showing a declining trend for the last few days.


Of the 32 thousand 978 cases, 27 thousand 984 were treated and discharged from the four regions of the union territory.


According to the COVID 19 status report released by the health department today, 222 persons were tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease and 3 died. 313  persons were discharged from various hospitals. Presently,1606 persons are being treated in hospitals and another  2814 positive cases are under home isolation. And a total number of 574 died leaving  4420 active cases here. Mean while a teacher and 2 students of different government schools tested positive. It may be noted that schools in Puducherry were opened from Oct 8 onwards  for students of standard 9,10,11 and 12. Already few political parties agitated to re open the schools here considering the welfare of the students. Chandra Mohan, AIR NEWS, Puducherry.


A call centre to address the grievances of people has been set up in Maharashtra's Chandrapur district in Vidarbha region. The Corona Call centre helps people in providing proper information on quarantining, mental health. It had also helped in resolving the issues of stranded migrant labourers when the county-wide lockdown was imposed in March this year.


The Corona Call Center has been set by the district administration of Chandrapur in the month of March itself when the Covid-19 induced lockdown was imposed in the country. Since then, it has provided guidance and help by communicating with over one lakh citizens. Initially, the Corona Call Center interacted with the migrant laborers and quarantined persons coming from outside the state and the district to help resolve their problems. Later, the center started counselling of Covid-19 positive patients as well as the people who came in contact with an infected patient. The center has been doing significant work as it gives a much needed support to patients who feel demoralised after being infected with Covid-19. Currently, patients undergoing home quarantine too have been contacting this call centre. WITH MADHURI PANGE, THIS IS KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI.


Khel Ratna and Padma Shri awardee Deepa Malik has urged people to wear mask, wash hands and maintain social distancing to protect themselves and their near and dear from coronavirus. Talking to AIR News, Ms Malik said, people have to be more cautious during the festive season and continue the fight against Covid-19. 

नमस्‍कार मैं दीपा मलिक। आप सभी श्रोताओं से निवेदन करती हूं कि प्‍लीज मास्‍क पहनते रहिए। हाथ धोते रहिए। अपना दायित्‍व समझकर दो गज की दूरी बनाए रखिए जो हमारा दायित्‍व है। वो ही हमें कोविड से बचाएगा और हमारी सेहत को अच्‍छा रखेगा। त्‍यौहार की सेलिब्रेशन में हमें अपनी जिम्‍मेदारी बिल्‍कुल नहीं भू‍लनी चाहिए।


The Government has said that over 69 lakh tonnes of Paddy has been procured from more than six lakh farmers during the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season. The Agriculture Ministry has said, Food Corporation of India, along with other government agencies, has procured paddy from various States and Union Territories of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir.


The Ministry said, government continues to procure Kharif  crops at its Minimum Support Price, MSP from farmers as per its existing MSP Scheme. The total MSP value till date has been to the tune of over 13 thousand 128 crore rupees.


The Agriculture Ministry said, based on the proposal from the States, an approval was accorded for procurement of over 41 lakh tonnes of Pulse and Oilseeds for Kharif Marketing Season 2020 for ten States. These States are Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. The Ministry has also sanctioned procurement of 1.23 lakh tonnes of Copra for the States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the governments commitment to protect the MSP and government procurement of crops are the essential components of Food Security. He was taking part in a programme on the occasion of World Food Day. He said, farmers in the country are an important pillar in the government's endeavour towards food revolution. He stressed that the farmers have played a significant role in maintaining a robust food supply chain in the country even during the tough times of Corona virus pandemic.

The Prime Minister released a commemorative coin of 75-rupee denomination to mark the 75th Anniversary of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) yesterday. He hailed the role of FAO in ensuring food security across the globe. The Prime Minister also dedicated 17 recently developed biofortified varieties of eight crops to the nation.


In Uttar Pradesh, 9 people died and many injured in an accident in Pilibhit District. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked officials to provide every possible help to the injured and ensure early treatment. The accident took place in the wee hours today at National Highway 730, when a roadways bus collided with a four wheeler. District Magistrate, Pilibhit said the injured have been admitted to different hospitals and the serious ones have been referred to Hospitals in Bareilly and Lucknow.


तीन साढे तीन बजे एक भीषण दर्दनाक हादसा हुआ, जिसमें रोडवेज की बस की टक्‍कर बोलेरो पिकअप गाड़ी से हुई है। आठ लोगों की मृत्‍यु की अभी तक पुष्टि हुई है लगभग 32 लोग घायल हुए थे, जिनको प्राथमिकी एम्‍बूलेंस की व्‍यवस्‍था कराकर के  उपचार के लिए भेजा गया जो लोग सीरियस थे उनको जिला अस्‍पताल लाया गया और कुछ लोगों को बरेली और लखनऊ भी रेफर किया गया। जितने भी घायल हैं, उनको पूरी तरह से आर्थिक सहायता सरकार द्वारा राहत घोषित की गई है। उनका पूरा ध्‍यान रखा जाएगा कि उनको सही से उपचार मिले। जिन लोगों की मृत्‍यु हुई है उनके परिवारजनों को भी माननीय मुख्‍यमंत्री द्वारा, शासन द्वारा पांच लाख रूपए की आर्थिक सहायता की घोषणा की गई है।

The Chief Minister has announced 5 lakh rupees each as ex gratia for the victims of the accident.


In Bihar, scrutiny of nomination papers is underway for 94 assembly constituencies for the Second phase of elections. The last date for withdrawal of nomination is 19th October and polling will be held on 3rd November.


In the second phase besides NDA and Grand Alliance several political parties have fielded their candidates. In this phase out of 94 assembly segments the BJP is contesting in 46 seats and JD(U) has fielded 43 candidates. Rest of the seats have been allotted to Other constituent allies of NDA, VIP and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM). In the Grand Alliance the RJD is contesting in 56 and Congress in 24 assembly seats. The Remaining 14 seats have been given to the left parties. LJP has fielded 53 candidates allotting party symbols to several rebel leaders of BJP and JD(U). Meanwhile the campaigning for the first and second phase has been intensified.


BJP and JD(U) leaders are addressing election rallies in support of NDA candidates. BJP state in-charge Bhupendra Yadav and former chief minister Devendra Fadanavis addressed rallies in Gopalganj and Siwan districts. BJP leaders are focussing on developmental work and achievements of the NDA governments of Centre and Bihar in their campaigns. JD(U) President and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addressed a rally in Nokha assembly segment. He said crime has been effectively curbed in the state. This effort has ensured peace and prosperity in the province. Mr Kumar also held a rally at Nabinagar in Aurangabad district. RJD leader Tejaswi Prasad Yadav will hold rallies in Munger, Banka and Jamui. The Jan Adhikar Party leader Pappu Yadav alleged in Jamui that Nitish Kumar led government has failed to create jobs for youths. In the joint press conference held at Patna the leaders of Grand alliance today released their manifesto. The alliance manifesto promises to assure 10 lakh permanent jobs in the state. The CPM which is part of Grand Alliance also released its separate manifesto. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News Patna.


In Jammu and Kashmir, one terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces in Larnoo area of Anantnag district early this morning.  The identity of the slain terrorist is being ascertained. One AK rifle has also been recovered from the encounter site. Talking to air news jammu kashmir police dgp dilbagh singh said 


The festival of Navratra, which marks the worship of Goddess Durga, began today. On the first day of Navaratri, Devi Durga is worshiped as Shailaputri. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended greetings on the auspicious occasion of Navratri. In a tweet, Mr Modi hoped that Maa Jagadamba will bring happiness, peace and prosperity to all.


The Prime Minister bowed to Maa Shailputri on first day of Navratri. He said, with her blessings, may our planet be safe, healthy and prosperous. He said, May her blessings give us strength to bring a positive change in the lives of the poor and downtrodden.


In Jammu and Kashmir, the festival of Navratra began today with religious fervour and gaiety. Devotees are thronging the temples to offer their prayers.


During the 9 day festival, the 9 manifestations of Goddess durga are worshipped and each manifestation of Goddess Durga exemplifies a distinctive virtue. More from our Srinagar Correspondent.

"In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, devotees are visiting Katra Vaishno Devi, Durga Nath temple Srinagar and Kheer Bhawani temple at Tulmulla village in Ganderbal district of Kashmir valley from early this morning to offer their prayers to the Goddess Durga on the occasion of first Navratra. The devotees are adhering to all the required SOPs and advisories issued by the administration while paying their obeisance to the Deity. They pray to the Goddess Durga to provide a solace to the whole mankind by putting an end to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed lakhs of lives throughout the globe. Meanwhile,  Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Sharad Navratri.  In his message, he has prayed for a better future and prosperity of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and well-being of its people." This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar .


Gujarat government has decided not to celebrate Navratri in the state due to the corona-virus pandemic. However, Arti, Puja and other religious activities are allowed under the Covid19 guidelines. AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that Navratri also signifies the importance of Ayurveda, which boost the immunity of the people against the pandemic.


Ahmedabad based Lokaaayurveda has taken the initiative to popularise importance of Ayurveda in Navratri. Talking to AIR News, renowned Ayurvedachary Doctor Hitesh Jani  narrates the importance of Ayurveda in the first Navratra. 


Ahmedabad based Lokaaayurveda has taken initiative to popularise iportance of Ayurveda in Navratri. Talking to AIR News, renowned Ayurvedachary Doctor Hitesh Jani  narrates the importance of Ayurveda in first Navratra. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad.


The world famous 10-day long Dussehra festivities began in the palace city of Mysuru today with religious fervour, amid the shadow of Covid-19 pandemic. Celebrated as 'Nada Habba' a state festival, was inaugurated with puja offered to goddess Chamundeshwari atop Chamundi hill.

The Director of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research Dr C N Manjunath was the Chief Guest this year. He was chosen for Dasara inauguration, in recognition of the service of doctors and front line Covid-19 warriors who are tirelessly working against the pandemic. As part of the festivities, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa offered flowers to the idol of goddess Chamundeshwari, the presiding deity of Mysore royals. Another event of religious significance was the ritual of Cauvery Theerthodbhava, the puja offered to river Cauvery in Bagamandala, considered its birth place.


Cauvery Theerthodbhava or Cauvery river gushing out of a pond on the hills of Talacauvery was worshipped today. Every year on Tula Sankramana, this ritual of worshipping Cauvery river happens in Talacauvery in Bagamandala. Owing to Covid-19 situation, the district administration has allowed a limited number of people to be physically present during the event. Taking a dip in the Theertha pond is prohibited. The holy water emerging out of the Theertha Kundike, was sprinkled on the people present at the venue. District In-charge Minister V Somanna inaugurated a new building meant for ‘Mudi’ offering, ‘Pinda Pradana’ and for performing other rituals near Triveni Sangama in Bhagamandala in Coorg. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru.


National Testing Agency has declared the result of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) UG 2020. The score cards are available on the official website of the exam - ntaneet.nic.in. Soyeb Aftab of Odisha who bagged the top rank attaining a perfect score of 720 out of 720 in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) UG 2020 said, the lockdown helped him as it gave him more time to prepare. Talking to reporters Soyeb Aftab said, he  used lockdown as an opportunity to focus on his preparations and did not stop preparing for the exam.

एक टर्निंग प्‍वाइंट ये था कि जो कोविड की वजह से लाकडाउन हुआ उसे मैंने अच्‍छे से यूज किया। स्‍टार्टिंग से ही अप्रैल 20 से जब में आया था तब मैं एक बार भी घर नहीं गया। हमेशा ये फोकस रहता था कि जितना हो सके उतना स्‍कोर करो और एग्‍जाम टाइम में काल्‍म हो।


Aftab and Delhi's Akansha Singh scored 720 out of 720 marks but the Odisha boy was ranked first and Singh second as per the National Testing Agency's tie-breaking policy. The NEET was conducted on 13th September and 14th October amid strict precautions for admission to the undergraduate medical courses in all medical institutions including those governed under any other law.


Today is International Day for Eradication of Poverty. The Day presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty.


In an exclusive interview with AIR News,  the Deputy Resident representative of UNDP India, Nadia Rasheed said, poverty is multidimensional and the people living in poverty experience different forms of deprivations and it is important for us to address all of them.


For the excerpts of the interview, listen to the "Parikrama" program on FM Gold channel and additional frequencies from 4.30 p.m.


The Covid-19 pandemic may have an adverse impact on the mental health. Talking exclusively to AIR News, Dr Sanjiv Sahni, psychologist says emotional health is the key for a happy life. He adds good food is important for a good mood.


In IPL Cricket, today Rajasthan Royals take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai, while Delhi Capitals will face Chennai Super Kings at Sharjah. In yesterday's match, Mumbai Indians thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets in Abu Dhabi. Quinton de Kock's undefeated knock of 74 runs 44 off balls helped Mumbai Indians to have a successful chase of 149 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders. They achieved the target in just 16.5 overs. Mumbai Indians are now back to the top in the points table.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver virtual keynote address at the inaugural function of Grand Challenges Annual Meeting GCAM 2020 on Monday.


GCAM has fostered international innovation collaborations to address challenges in health and development for the last 15 years.


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


The temperature in the National Capital Delhi will hover between 17 and 35 degree Celsius. It will have Mainly Clear sky.


In Mumbai, there will be generally cloudy sky with Light rain. The minimum temperature was 23 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 33 degrees.


Chennai will witness Light Rain with thunderstorm. The temperature will hover between 25 and 35 degree Celsius.


Kolkata will witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or Thunderstorm. The minimum and the maximum temperature in the metropolis will be 27 degrees and 35 degree Celsius.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 17 degree Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 34 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.


Srinagar and Leh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature in Srinagar will hover between five and 26 degree Celsius. In Leh, the minimum temperature was minus four degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 20 degrees.


Gilgit will experience mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will hover between five and 28 degree Celsius.


In Muzafarrabad, there will be mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 12 and the maximum 29 degree Celsius.


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