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Country will have a COVID19 vaccine in the next few weeks: PM Modi            Covid-19 recovery rate in country improves to 94.20 pct            Polling for the third phase of District Development Council elections concludes            Counting underway for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections            Reserve Bank keeps repo rate unchanged at 4 %           

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20.10.2020

THE HEADLINES :

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India stands at the forefront of vaccine development for Coronavirus.
  • COVID-19 positivity rate in the country remains below 8 percent for the 4th consecutive day.
  • India's agricultural exports rise by 14.8 percent during first five months of current fiscal.
  • Australia to join Malabar Naval exercise with India, US and Japan.
  • Early voting for US Presidential election begins in crucial state of Florida.
  • Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets 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 India is now at the forefront of vaccine development for COVID-19. Mr Modi said, more than 30 indigenous vaccines are being developed in the country and three of them are in an advanced stage. He asserted that India is already working on putting a well-established vaccine delivery system in place. The Prime Minister was delivering the virtual keynote address at the inaugural function of Grand Challenges Annual Meeting (GCAM) 2020 last evening. Mr Modi said, this digitised network along with digital health ID will be used to ensure immunisation of the citizens.

  "India is now at the forefront of vaccine development for covid. Some of them are in advanced stages. We are not stopping here India is already working on putting a well established vaccine delivery system in place. This digitised network along with digital health ID will be used to ensure your immunizations of our citizens. Friends beyond covid to India is known for its Pro proven capacity to produce quality medicines and vaccine at low cost. More than 60% of the vaccines of global immunization are being manufactured in India."

The Prime Minister said, thanks to a people powered and people driven approach, India kept its COVID-19 death rate very low. The Prime Minister said, today, India is witnessing a decline in the number of cases per day and the growth rate of cases. He said, India has one of the highest recovery rates of 88 percent. 

"India has one of the highest recovery rate of 88% stop this happened because India was one of the first countries to adapt to adopt a flexible lockdown when the total cases was just a few hundred. India was one of the first to encourage usage of marks.on effective mass India actively begin to work India actively began to work on effective contact tracing India was one of the earliest to deploy rapid antigen test."

The Prime Minister said, with India’s experience and research talent, we will be at the centre of global healthcare efforts and we want to help other nations enhance their capacities in these sectors.

Mr Modi said, 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 so therefore one has to invest in science and innovation well in advance to reap benefits at the right time. The Prime Minister said, the journey to these innovations must be shaped by collaboration and public participation.

"Such is the power of technology, that  the Global pandemic did not keep us apart. This program has continued as per schedule, this shows the commitment of the community, it shows a commitment to adapt and innovate."

Mr Modi said, science will never prosper in silos and the Grand Challenges Programme has understood this ethos well. He said, India has a strong and vibrant scientific community and there are also good scientific institutions which have been India’s greatest assets, specially during the last few months, while fighting COVID-19. Mr Modi said, from containment to capacity building, they have achieved wonders.

The Prime Minister stressed that the Government is setting up more medical colleges especially in rural areas and it will ensure more opportunities for the youth and will bring better healthcare to the villages. Mr Modi said, the Government of India is running the world's largest health insurance scheme and ensuring access to everyone.

"IB last six years we have made many interventions which are contributing to a better healthcare system such as, sanitation,  improved cleanliness, more coverage toilet coverage. It helps it helps the poor and underprivileged. It leads to a fall ine disease. Now we are ensuring that each household gets piped drinking water this will further ensure disease reduction. We are running the world's largest health insurance scheme and ensuring access to everyone."

The three-day brainstorming programme will feature leaders talks, panel discussions and virtual informal conversations on various topics.    

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India's cumulative COVID-19 positivity rate has remained below 8 percent for the fourth consecutive day yesterday. The Health ministry said, the country's cumulative positivity rate stands at 7.94 per cent and is on a continuous decline. The ministry said, the decline in the cumulative positivity rate has demonstrated that the rate of spread of infection is being effectively contained. It said, as evidence has revealed, higher numbers of testing on a sustained basis have aided in bringing down the positivity rate. The ministry said, higher testing across wide regions leads to early identification of positive cases, prompt tracking through efficient surveillance and tracing, and timely and effective treatment in homes and hospitals for the severe cases. It said, these measures in tandem eventually lead to lower mortality rate. The total number of tests for the detection of coronavirus infection has crossed 9.5 crore so far, according to the ministry.

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The trend of daily COVID-19 cases in the 5 most affected States of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu reveal the various stages of decline of active cases in these States over the past one month. Maharashtra has reported a steep fall in daily cases and in a time span of nearly one month the numbers have reduced from around 22 thousand daily cases to merely 9 thousand. In Andhra Pradesh the numbers have fallen from around 9 thousand 500 daily reported cases a month ago to nearly 3 thousand 900 cases as of today.

The Health Ministry has said that these trends also mirror the steady decrease in Active Cases in the country, with the caseload being sustained below 8 lakhs for 4 days in a row.

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In Tamil Nadu, the active Covid-19 caseload has gone down to a new low at just above 38-thousand yesterday. In another milestone, the new infections in Chennai also have dropped below the thousand mark.

"The active caseload of Covid patients in Tamil Nadu reached its peak on July 31st with 57,968 cases. Since then, the state had fluctuations below that level, despite the slew of relaxations and increased testing. Yesterday, it has retraced to a level below July First, with 38-thousand and Ninety three patients. The new cases in Chennai, that has come down to 885 yesterday. This is the first time in 26 days the fresh cases dropped below a thousand in the state capital. The recovery rate has improved to 93.94 percent yesterday. The total number of RT-PCR tests is fast approaching the one crore mark, while the total infections have reached nearly six lakh 91-thousand. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

In Karnataka, Covid recovery cases exceed new cases. In a day 8005 People recovered and 5018 new Covid-19 cases were reported yesterday. Our correspondent reports at present the positivity rate in the State is 8 percent.

"Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister  Dr.K Sudhakar yesterday said that Bengaluru city  has seen a 73 per cent rise in Covid-19 testing capacity and also a reduction in mortality rate. He said the current mortality rate in Karnataka is 1.37 per cent and the target is to reduce it to below 1 per cent. The Minister said the rise in the number of cases is due to the increase in testing. A total of over 67,46,358 samples have been tested so far in the state, out of which 78,581 were tested yesterday.  Dr.K. Sudhakar said several complaints of middlemen blocking beds in private hospitals and trying to exploit people have been received. He said stringent action would be taken against such miscreants. The Minister also requested cooperation from the people to control the spread of COVID-19 during Dasara. R Murthy, AIR news, Bengaluru."

In Bihar, COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 94.47 percent. This is 6.21 percent more than the national average. 912 patients recovered during the past 24 hours. The number of active cases is continuously declining.

Gujarat recorded 996 new Corona cases during the past 24 hours dropping below the one thousand mark in the last three months. The recovery rate has improved to 88.85 percent. Our correspondent reports 1147 patients recovered during the last 24 hours.

"The Center has appreciated the Covid-19 management by the Gujarat government. In a meeting through video conferencing yesterday, the Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that, Gujarat has shown remarkable improvement in recoveries and testing. He said that the active cases in the state drop significantly and more than 99 percent patients are in stable conditions. Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat looking after the health ministry Nitin Patel said that the state government is committed to save lives along with livelihood as the power utilisation by industries reached pre-covid level and GST collections also surged. District Collectors of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat also participated in the deliberations where maximum cases have been recorded. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."

In Madhya Pradesh, a fine of 500 rupees will be imposed for spitting in the railway premises. West Central Railway has taken this step to prevent corona infection. It has been started from Bhopal division.

"Bhopal DRM Udaya Borwankar told AIR that the railway passengers were only being advised till date but now they have decided to take strict steps.

Automated machines have also been installed to measure the temperature at all railway stations including Bhopal. These machines also identify the passengers who are not wearing masks. They also the staff by sounding the alarm. Awareness messages are also being continuously played by the Railways, in which information is being given to apply masks, wash hands properly and maintain a safe distance. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

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In West Bengal, all  Durga Puja pandals have virtually been declared no-entry zones yesterday by the Calcutta High Court. The court ordered a ban on pandal hopping due to the spread of the Corona virus. The order from the high court said, only organizers can enter the pandals and names of people allowed to enter have to be displayed outside it.

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Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that Haj-2021 will depend on national-international Protocol Guidelines due to the pandemic position. Chairing Haj-2021 Review Meeting in New Delhi, Mr Naqvi said Indian Haj Committee and other agencies will formally announce the Haj-2021 application process and other related preparations after a decision is taken by the Saudi Arabia Government on it.

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Talking to AIR News, Dr. Tanmay Talukdar of Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi has said that smoking is very dangerous as Covid 19 is spreading continuously. He urged people to take the safe side and raise their voice against smoking.

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Cricketer Suresh Raina has appealed to people to follow all COVID related precautions to stay safe from Coronavirus.

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India’s agricultural exports have recovered from a pandemic-induced decline. Exports of major farm products stood at 53,000 crore rupees in the five-month period between April and August 2020-21, a rise of 14.8 percent compared to the corresponding period last year. During the April to August period, farmers gained from higher exports of rice, wheat and sugar. Exports of basmati rice, a big-ticket export item among cereals, during April-August rose 8.2 percent from the year-ago period, while the value of non-basmati rice exports grew 91.3 percent.

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The Centre has said Paddy procurement for Kharif Marketing Season-2020-21 is going on smoothly in the procuring states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala. Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said that over 90 Lakh Metric Tonnes of paddy have been procured from 7.82 lakh  farmers so far.

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In Bihar, today is the last date for filing of nominations for the third and final phase of assembly elections. 78 assembly seats spread over 15 districts will go to polls in this phase on the 7th of November. 337 candidates have so far filed their nominations for this phase. Three candidate have filed nominations for bypolls to Valmikinagar Lok Sabha seat. Bypolls to this seat will be held along with the final phase of assembly elections in the state.

Meanwhile, political parties have intensified their campaign for the first phase of assembly elections. 71 seats spread over 16 districts will go to polls in the first phase on October 28.

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In Madhya Pradesh, 355 candidates have been left in the fray for 28 assembly seats after withdrawal of nominations. On the last day of withdrawal of nominations, 35 candidates withdrew their names yesterday. Voting for the bypolls to 28 seats will be held on 3 November and counting will be taken up on the 10th of November.

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In Ladakh, polling staff and security personnel deployed in remote areas for general council election of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) have started moving from Leh to their polling booths. Polling parties of ten constituencies five each in Nobra and Changthang have left this morning and 15 other constituencies will leave for their respective polling booths tomorrow.

"The election authority has arranged two helicopter sorties to airlift the polling parties and polling materials for two polling booths located most remote areas of Lingshed Constituency. Airlifting is scheduled for today. For the smooth conduct of election, 294 polling booths have set up across all the twenty six Council territory constituencies. 15 of them have been identified as hypersensitive while 45 as sensitive polling booths. The election campaign ends today by 4 in the evening. With Ramesh Chandra, Yangchan Dolma, AIR news, Leh Ladakh."

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has questioned National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah in connection with Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) scam. Ten office-bearers of the JKCA, including Mr Abdullah, are accused of turning the sports body into a lending agency and operating several bogus accounts between 2005 and 2012 when the scam was unearthed.

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Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari will virtually lay the foundation stone for the first-ever multi-modal logistic park of the country in Assam today. The event will be presided over by the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, and will be attended by and Union Ministers Dr Jitendra Singh, Gen VK Singh and Rameshwar Teli and several ministers of Assam.

"The  694 crore rupees multi-modal logistics park at Bongaigaon district will provide direct connectivity to air, road, rail and waterways to the people of Assam. It will be developed under the  Bharatmala Pariyojana of the Centre. The fund for the multimodal logistics park  would be spent  in 3 components - road and railway connectivity as well as building and infrastructure work. An MoU will also be signed to implement the project. Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR News, Guwahati."

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Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DONER) Dr Jitendra Singh has invited the British Government and the private sector for exploiting huge business potential in North Eastern Region of India. In a virtual meeting with officials of British High Commission, Dr Singh said, India and the UK, the two vibrant democracies enjoy a mutually rewarding business relationship and can work together in exploring and exploiting new opportunities in the North Eastern Region.

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Uttar Pradesh has become number one in the country in terms of attracting  domestic tourists. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said his government is providing all facilities to the tourists and the state is making its special identity in the world because of its various tourist attraction centres.

"According to the Indian Tourist Statistics 2020, a total of more than 53 crores domestic tourists visited the state in 2019, with a share of 23.1 per cent travellers visiting the country. The state bagged the third spot in terms of the arrival of foreign tourists. Around 47 lakhs foreign tourists visited UP in the same year with 15 percent share of the total foreign tourist arrival in country. Chief Minister office said that Several areas like Ramayana Circuit, Brij Circuit, Mahabharata Circuit, Buddhist Circuit in the state have been identified for up-gradation on the Chief Minister’s instructions. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

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Australia will join the Malabar naval exercise involving India, the US and Japan. Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said, the Malabar drill is a milestone opportunity for the Australian Defence Force. She said, the exercise showcases the deep trust between four major Indo-Pacific democracies and their shared will to work together on common security interests.

The Annual Naval Exercise Malabar-2020 is expected to be held in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea later this year. This year, the exercise has been planned on a ‘non-contact-at sea’ format. The exercise will strengthen the coordination between the Navies of the participating countries. 

The Defence Ministry said, as India seeks to increase cooperation with other countries in the maritime security domain and in the light of increased defence cooperation with Australia, Malabar 2020 will see the participation of the Australian Navy. The participants of Exercise Malabar-2020 are engaging to enhance safety and security in the maritime domain.

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Early voting for the November 3 presidential election has begun in the crucial battleground state of Florida, as a record 28 million Americans have already cast ballots with barely two weeks remaining in the campaign.

Florida is widely seen as a must-win for President Donald Trump, whose path to victory becomes razor-thin if he loses the southern state. Meanwhile, Joe Biden and Trump would be debating for a final time on Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Japan hailed an agreement in principle to supply Vietnam with military gear and technology, as the two governments pledged to strengthen security and economic ties amid mounting concerns about China’s assertiveness in the region.

Addressing the media after the meeting, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called the agreement a big step in the field of security for both countries.

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In IPL Cricket, Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets in Abu Dhabi last night. Rajasthan achieved the target of 126 runs with 15 balls left. Rajasthan made 126 for the loss of three wickets in 17.3 overs. For Rajasthan, Jos Buttler was the highest scorer with 70 not out off 48 balls.

Earlier, electing to bat, Chennai Super Kings scored 125 for five in their stipulated 20 overs.

In today's encounter, Kings XI Punjab will take on Delhi Capitals in Dubai.

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Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju met the members of the Indian Judo team at his residence yesterday ahead of their departure to Hungary for the Budapest Grand Slam which contributes to the Olympic qualification, to be held between October 23 and October 25. The contingent comprises five judokas and coach Jiwan Sharma.

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Today’s weather forecast.

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 was 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 possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. The minimum temprature was 26 and the maximum temperature in the metropolis will be 33 degrees Celsius.

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

Srinagar and Leh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature in Srinagar will hover between four and 25 degrees Celsius. In Leh, the minimum temperature was 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 Muzaffarabad, there will be mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 12 and the maximum will be around 31 degrees Celsius.

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Newspaper Headlines

  • "Eye on China! Oz too part of Malabar drill", is the lead in the Pioneer. "Signal to China: Quad navies to sail together, Indo-US pact on table" headlines The Indian Express.

  • "Keep off India's affairs, Reddy tells China, Pak", The Hindu quotes Union Minister for Home, G. K. Reddy who is touring Ladakh's Leh district.

  • The Indian Express reports "New digital health ID will be used in Covid immunisation, says PM".

  • "Finance Minister hints at one more stimulus", notes The Hindu Business Line. 'Changes being made in all sectors to ensure growth', The Asian Age quotes PM Modi.

  • Hindustan Times leads with "Covid curbs hit Durga Puja in Bengal & Capital", on one of India's grandest festivals being downsized due to fears of Covid-19 transmission. "High Court orders 'no entry' at all Durga Pujas in Bengal", writes The Asian Age.

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