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19.10.2020

THE HEADLINES:


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, the future will be shaped by societies that invest in science and innovation.

  • Prime Minister says, the qualitative and quantitative reforms carried out by the Government will transform India into a global hub in higher education.

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says capital expenditure by Central Public Sector Enterprises is a critical driver of economic growth and need to be scaled up.

  • COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 88.26 per cent.

  • In IPL Cricket, Chennai Super Kings win the toss and elect to bat against Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi.


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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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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the future will be shaped by societies that invest in science and innovation. He said, but, this cannot be done in a short-sighted manner. Therefore, one has to invest in science and innovation well in advance to reap benefits at the right time. Delivering the virtual keynote address at the inaugural function of Grand Challenges Annual Meeting (GCAM) 2020 today, the Prime Minister said, the journey to these innovations must be shaped by collaboration and public participation.

He said, science will never prosper in silos and the Grand Challenges Programme has understood this ethos well.

Mr Modi said, in India, we have a strong and vibrant scientific community and there is also good scientific institutions which  have been India’s greatest assets, specially during the last few months, while fighting COVID-19. He said, from containment to capacity building, they have achieved wonders.

Mentioning about the gains regarding fighting the COVID pandemic, the Prime Minister said, today, India is witnessing a decline in the number of COVID- 19 cases per day and it has achieved one of the highest recovery rates of 88 per cent. He said, this was happened as India was one of the first countries to adopt a lockdown and to encourage the usage of masks. He said, India actively began to work on effective contact-tracing and deploy the rapid antigen tests. The Prime Minister said, sanitation, improved cleanliness, more toilet coverage have helped the poor and under-privileged and also lead to a reduction in diseases.

The three-day brainstorming programme will feature leaders talks, panel discussions and virtual informal conversations on various topics. These topics will range from scientific interventions for fighting the pandemic, managing the pandemic and accelerating the development and implementation of global solutions to combat present pandemic and prevent future one.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that infrastructure enhancement and structural reforms introduced by the Government in the last six years has brought in transparency and autonomy in the institutions of higher learning in the country.

Virtually addressing the Centenary Convocation of University of Mysore today, the Prime Minister said that the qualitative and quantitative reforms carried out by the Government will transform India into a global hub in the higher education sector and make our youth competitive giving them an edge over others.

"बीते पांच-छह साल ये निरंतर प्रयास हुआ है कि हमारी शिक्षा भारत का एजुकेशन सिस्टम छात्रों को 21वीं सदी की आवश्यकताओं के बीच आगे बढ़ने में भी और मदद करें। विशेष तौर पर हायर एजुकेंशन में इनफ्रास्ट्रक्चर के निर्माण से लेकर स्ट्रक्चर रिफॉर्म पर बहुत ज्यादा फोकस किया गया है। भारत को हायर एजुकेशन का ग्लोबल हब बनाने के लिए हमारे युवाओं को कॉम्पटिटिव बनाने के लिए क्वालिटेटिव और क्वांटिटिव हर स्तर पर कोशिश की जा रही है। "

He stressed that reforms have provided greater autonomy to the educational institutions to take decisions according to their needs. This has improved transparency in Medical education and a decision is taken to appoint a National Medical Commission for this purpose. He said two new laws are being introduced for education in Indian medicine. 

Due to reforms more seats in Medical education are now possible. The Prime Minister said in the last six years, six new IITs, 16 IIITs, seven IIMs and 15 AIIMS were sanctioned thereby providing greater opportunities for the youth to pursue higher studies.

Quoting the Kannada writer and thinker Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar that education is a torch bearer for life, the Prime Minister said it is the focus of the government to make education useful for life skills. The New National Education policy introduced recently will prepare talented youth to adapt to global challenges enabling them to approach the nature of jobs with required skills.

"नेशनल एजुकेशन पॉलिसी प्री नर्सरी से लेकर पीएचडी तक देश के पूरे एजुकेशन सेटप में फंडामेंटल चेंजिस लाने वाला एक बहुत बड़ा अभियान है। हमारे देश के सामर्थ्यवान युवाओं को और ज्यादा कॉम्पोटेटिव बनाने के लिए मल्टीडाइमेन्शनल एप्रोच पर फॉकस किया जा रहा है। कोशिश ये है कि हमारे युवा तेजी से बदलते नेचर ऑफ जॉब् के लिए फ्लैक्सीबल हो एडॉपटेबल हो स्कीलिंग, रिस्कीलिंग और अप्सकीलिंग आज भी सबसे बड़ी जरूरत है। "

Recalling the words of erstwhile ruler of Mysore Nalvadi Krishnaraj Wadeyar on the greater participation of  girls in higher education, the Prime Minister said in the Gross enrolment ratio in the area of studies related to innovation and technology, the girls have excelled over boys he added that four years earlier, the enrolment of girls in IIT was eight percent and today it is 20 percent.

"आज यहा डिग्री लेने वाले विद्यार्थियों में बेटियों की संख्या बेटों से ज्यादा है। ये बदलते हुए भारत की एक और पहचान है। आज शिक्षा के हर स्तर पर देश में बेटियों का ग्रॉस एनरॉलमेनट रेशो बेटों से ज्यादा है। हायर एजुकेशन में भी इनोवेशन और टेक्नोलॉजी से जुड़ी पढ़ाई में भी बेटियों की भागीदारी बढ़ी है। "

Mr. Modi called upon youth to achieve excellence in their field of interest. Asking them not to fit into a box, he said they have to learn from experience to think out of the box. The Prime Minister noted that India will become atma nirbhar only when our youth become atma nirbhar.

"कोरोना के इस संकट काल में भी कि कितने ही नए स्टार्टप् हमारे नौजवानों ने खोले हैं। ये स्टार्टप् कर्नाटका ही नहीं देश की भी बहुत बड़ी ताकत है। मुझे विश्वास है असीम अवसरों की इस धरती पर आप अपने सामर्थ्य अपनी प्रतिभा से देश के लिए बहुत कुछ करेंगे। आपका विकास सिर्फ आपका विकास नहीं होगा, देश का विकास होगा। आप आत्मनिर्भर बनेंगे तो देश भी आत्मनिर्भर बनेगा।"

The new graduates who received the certificates today were greeted by the Prime Minister in Kannada which elicited overwhelming response from the audience.

The University of Mysore was established on the 27th of July, 1916. It was the Sixth University in the country and the first in the State of Karnataka.

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Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman  today said that capital expenditure (CAPEX)  by Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) is a critical driver of economic growth and need to be scaled up for the Financial years  2020-21 and 2021-22.

She said this while addressing a Video Conference with Secretaries of the Ministries of Petroleum & Natural Gas and ministry of Coal, along with the CMDs of 14 CPSEs belonging to these Ministries.

The Minister reviewed the capital expenditure  of CPSEs in this financial year. Today was the fourth in the ongoing series of meetings that the Finance Minister is having with various stakeholders to accelerate the economic growth in the background of COVID-19 pandemic. CAPEX target for 2020-21 is 1,15,934 crore rupees.

While reviewing the performance of CPSEs, The Finance Minister asked the concerned Secretaries to closely monitor the performance of CPSEs in order to ensure the capital expenditure to the tune of 75 per cent  of the capital outlay by the end of third quarter of financial year 2020-21 and make appropriate plan for it.

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The country has crossed another milestone in its fight against COVID-19. The national cumulative Positivity Rate has fallen under 8 per cent. This trend has been sustained without a break continuosly for four days. The cumulative Positivity Rate is 7.94 per cent now and is steadily declining.

The Health Ministry has said that the decline in positivity rate has been brought about by high level of comprehensive country-wide testing. The total tests have crossed 9 crores 50 thousand today. Higher testing across wide regions has led to early identification of positive cases, prompt tracking through efficient surveillance, and effective treatment in homes, COVID facilities and in hospitals. The Health Ministry stated that these measures have also led to lower fatality rate in the country.

The number of recovered cases so far has risen further to over 66 lakh 63 thousand thereby enhancing the difference with respect to the active cases. Over 66 thousand patients have recovered in the last the 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases stand at 55 thousand 722. The National Recovery Rate has progressed to 88.26 per cent.

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Nearly 8 lakh 60 thousand COVID samples were tested in the country in the last 24 hours. With this the cumulative testing figure has risen to over 9 crore 50 lakh 83 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 COVID19 tests for all.

Starting from just one testing lab at National Institute of Virology, Pune, in January this year, the country today has One thousand 962 labs for testing Covid samples which includes one thousand 117 government and 845 private labs.

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Union Health Minister Dr.Harsh Vardhan refuted the claim made by China that there was a simultaneous outbreak of coronavirus across the world. He cited lack of clinching evidence to support the argument. He was Answering  questions during his weekly public media interaction Sunday Samvaad yesterday. 

In response to a question on India's dependence on China for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, the Minister said that measures have been taken to make India self-reliant in the manufacturing of APIs.

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In Maharashtra, Health Minister Rajesh Tope has expressed concern about the higher mortality rate in some of the rural areas like Parbhani District and urged the private doctors to spare some time in COVID Centres in Rural Areas. He emphasized on the guidance of specialist doctors to reduce the mortality rate in the state. Some of the districts in the state are working in the same direction and focussing on guiding the patients in remote areas with the help of COVID War Rooms. A report --

"Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said that all the private doctors have been given instructions to participate in the Covid- prevention mission in the state and visit the Covid centres for at least 2 to 3 hours in a day. He was speaking to reporters in Parbhani district after inaugurating liquid oxygen plant and taking stock of Covid- 19 situation in the district. He said that the guidance of specialist doctors proves helpful in curing the Covid patients and it can reduce the mortality rate in rural areas. He urged the people to get the treatment immediately in case of Covid symptoms. In the backdrop of health minister’s appeal a Covid-19 war room was launched in Jalgaon district to help the Corona patients in remote areas for timely treatment. Specialist doctors will be available on the War-room helpline from 9 am to 9pm in the district.  Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai"

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In Madhya Pradesh, the numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state climbed up to more than one lakh 60 thousand after one thousand 30 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours. With 20 patients succumbing to the infection, the death toll rose to two thousand 773.

"As per the state health bulletin, 1 thousand 427 coronavirus patients were discharged from the hospitals in the past 24 hours taking the number of recovered cases in the state to around 1 Lakh 44 thousand. There are now 13 thousand 281 active cases in Madhya Pradesh. Nearly 25 thousand tests are being conducted in the state every day. At the same time, around 26 lakh tests have been conducted so far. For the convenience of common people, 711 fever clinics are being operated in the state. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal"

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In Karnataka, Deputy Chief Minister Dr. C. N. Ashwatha Narayana has said that villages in the state must get tele-medicine facility so that they get sound medical advice from a Specialist doctor. Speaking to media persons in Mysuru today, he said that talks are on with a health care company to create tele-medicine infrastructure in villages. The Department of Information Technology will collaborate in this matter. The Minister said that the company will tie up with State Government arm of KEONICS to set up tele-command centre for this purpose. Saying that the facility will function effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic, he also noted that during natural calamities too this will be of utmost help. More from our correspondent --

"The minister for Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Dr. K Sudhakar held a video conference with officials in districts hit by flood. He asked them to prevent outbreak of communicable diseases in their districts. He instructed them to provide clean and safe drinking water and quality food to the people in care centers. Kalburgi is worst affected with more than 150 villages inundated. A total of 23,250 people are evacuated to relief camps in the district. In Vijayapura 27 villages are affected due to flooding. A person has died and 1861 people were evacuated to safety and sheltered in care centres. The minister has asked the officials to conduct Covid tests of people with Covid 19 symptoms. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru"

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Kerala reported more recoveries than positive cases today, as 5,022 new cases of COVID were confirmed, 7,468 people recovered from the infection today in the state.

"Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram today that the scientific approach followed by the State had helped to keep the fatality rate  very low in Kerala. As 21 more deaths were confirmed due to Covid today, the death toll in the State has reached  1,182. The test positivity rate had slightly  reduced to 13.72%.Presently the total active Covid cases in Kerala is  92, 731. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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In Uttar Pradesh, schools for students of Class 9th to 12th  opened today with adherence to the COVID Guidelines issued by State Government and a limited number of students arrived for the classes. At some places the turnout was merely 20 per cent. More from our correspondent --

"Most of the schools opened across the state with all precautions and classes run in two shifts as directed by government. Education Department has also made special inspection teams to check the arrangements related to Covid Protocol in schools.  Although very few students came to attend the classes. In Lucknow the turnout of students today was 20 to 30 percent. PRO of the famous school chain CMS told AIR that despite of all necessary arrangements the turnout of students was hardly 20 percent. In some other famous schools it was close to 50 percent. Same was the situation in other districts also. In some districts it was as low as than 20 percent also. In Ayodhya around 10 thousand parents have given the consent to send their children to schools and almost 50 percent of them attended the classes today. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW"

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In Punjab, the government schools opened today for 9th to 12th class students. The study time has been fixed at 3 hours and online classes will also continue.  Our Correspondent reports, the class rooms were sanitized before opening the schools and students were allowed to enter the school after thermal scanning at the entry gate. Sanitizing, wearing of mask and social distancing in class rooms have been made mandatory as per guidelines of the health department. 

Parents consent is mandatory for students to attend the school. However parents have been advised to send their wards to school keeping in mind their health and immunity.

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Veteran Film Director Anees Bazmi says, Corona virus will not visit you unless you invite it. Talking to AIR News, Mr.Bazmi said, the only way to avoid this unwelcome guest is to follow precautions.

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Indian Army has apprehended a Chinese soldier in Demchok Sector of Eastern Ladakh. Ministry of Defence, in a statement, said that a People's Liberation Army soldier identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long was apprehended in the Demchok sector of Eastern Ladakh today after he had strayed across the Line of Actual Control-LAC.

The Ministry said, the PLA soldier has been provided medical assistance including oxygen, food and warm clothes to protect him from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions. It said, a request has also been received from the PLA about the whereabouts of the missing soldier. The Ministry said, as per established protocols, he will be returned back to Chinese officials at the Chushul-Moldo meeting point after completion of formalities.

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The Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Naravane visited Ambala Cantonment today to review the security and operational preparedness of Kharga Corps. Army Chief was briefed by the General Officer Commanding, Lieutenant General S.S. Mahal and later interacted with formation Commanders. He commended the formation for high level of operational preparedness and appreciated the protection measures taken by the formation and units in the fight against COVID-19. He exhorted all ranks to continue working with zeal and be prepared for any future operational challenges.

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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, one terrorist was killed in an encounter that broke out between terrorists and security forces in Melhora area in south Kashmir's Shopian district this evening.

Police sources said that a joint team of security forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) at Melhora village following the intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area. As the joint team approached towards the suspected spot, the terrorists fired upon them and in retaliation, one terrorist was gunned down. The identity of the slain terrorist is being ascertained. The joint operation in the area was going on when the last reports came in.

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Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy has completed a two-day visit to Leh Ladakh. Speaking to the media in Leh today, Mr Reddy said that soon after the Leh Hill Council elections, the Centre will make an Act to protect employment, land, culture and language of Ladakh region.

While attacking the Congress, National Conference and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples' Democratic Party, the Minister said, these political parties are towing the line of China and Pakistan against the national interest and the people of Ladakh on abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A.

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In Telangana, the authorities of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) are fully prepared for facing any eventuality in the wake of heavy rain predicted in and around Hyderabad for next two days. Municipal Administration Minister K. Taraka Ramarao today informed media after a high-level review meeting that all other works have been set aside for next few days and the focus will remain on protecting people especially in low-lying areas. He said, about 30 Special Officers have been identified and 50 boats have been kept ready to carry out relief measures, in case of need. Andhra Pradesh and Karanatka State Governments are sending 15 boats each to meet the urgent need.

The Minister further said, 33 people died and three more are missing in the flash flood and heavy rain that lashed the capital city last week. 

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has announced a relief aid of ten crore rupees to flood-hit Telangana for the ongoing relief efforts. In a letter to his Telangana counterpart Chandrashekhar Rao today, Mr Palaniaswamy said, the quick handling of the disaster by the Telangana Government has helped mitigate the adverse effects of the flood. He has conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the family members of all those who have lost their lives in the floods. He said, as a token of the support and solidarity with the people of Telangana, he has ordered the immediate contribution of 10 crore rupees from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund to Telangana.  

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In Bihar, the deadline for withdrawal of candidature for the Second Phase of State Assembly Elections in 94 constituencies ended today. But, the electoral picture in case of these constituencies will be clear only after the detailed report of withdrawal. The polling would be held on 3rd of November for this phase. The Chief Electoral Office said, after scrutiny 1,510 nominations were found valid. More from our correspondent:

"Senior BJP leader Bhupendra Yadav held rallies in Darbhanga. Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said in Katihar that people of Bihar will never believe in false promises of RJD leader Tejaswi Prasad Yadav. In Khagaria, LJP President Chirag Paswan said that corruption is prevalent in the state and real power lies in bureaucracy. CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar addressed a public meeting at Ucchaith in Madhubani district in support of the Grand alliance candidate. CPI-ML leader Dipankar Bhattacharya addressed rallies in Ghoshi and Modanganj in Jehanabad district. Meanwhile after intelligence input about disruption and attack during the poll campaigns the police headquarter has ed all SPs of districts. It has been directed to beef up security arrangements during public meetings of star campaigners. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News Patna"

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In Bihar, a high has been issued in view of election meetings of PM Narendra Modi and other VIP star campaigners. ADG  Police Jitendra Kumar said that  SPs and DMs of all districts have been instructed in this regard. PM will adddress 12 election meetings in different constituencies.

Mr Modi will kick off election rallies in Dehri,Gaya and Bhagalpur on October 23. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also address election rallies. The state government has instructed to deploy additional security forces for election meetings throughout the state. The first phase of polls will be held on October 28 in 94 constituencies spread over 17 districts. Most of the constituencies are in naxal infested areas.  In view of this combing operation has been launched in forest areas  to avert untoward incidents.

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In Indian Premier League cricket, Chennai Super Kings were on 100 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 17 overs  against Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi when the reports last came in.  Earlier, Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bat first.

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

The temperature in the National Capital Delhi will hover between 16 and 35 degrees Celsius. It will have mainly clear sky.

In Mumbai, there will be generally cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder or lightning. The minimum temperature will be 27 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between 26 and 30 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will witness partly cloudy sky with possiblity of moderate rain or thunderstorm. The minimum and the maximum temperature in the metropolis will be 26 degrees and 33 degrees Celsius.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 16 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 33 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.

Srinagar and Ladakh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature in Srinagar will hover between four and 25 degrees Celsius. In Ladakh, the minimum temperature will be minus five degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 21 degrees with mainly clear sky.

Gilgit will experience mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between five and 27 degrees Celsius.

In Muzafarrabad, there will be mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 12 and the maximum will be around 31 degrees Celsius.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 17 and 32 degrees Celsius. The city will have mainly clear sky.

Patna will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature in the city will be 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees.

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