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PM Modi to launch Customized Crash Course programme for COVID-19 Frontline Workers today            Home Ministry operationalises National Helpline for preventing financial loss due to cyber fraud            IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad emphasises govt not in favour of banning any digital social platform but they have to follow law            Govt aims to reduce road accident deaths by 50 % by 2024: Nitin Gadkari            PM Modi’s vision of Tuberculosis-Free India will be achieved by 2025, assures Dr Harsh Vardhan           

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  • Prime Minister Narenda Modi to inaugurate three projects including 'Kisan Suryodaya Yojana’ in Gujarat today.

  • Health Minister Harsh Vardhan says next three months are crucial for the country in the fight against COVID-19.

  • Government imposes stock limit to check rise in onion prices.

  • India's foreign exchange reserves touch all time high of 555.12 billion dollars.

  • Pakistan to remain in grey list of global terror financing watchdog- FATF till February 2021.

  • In IPL Cricket, defending champions Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 10 wickets in Sharjah.


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

  • Wear face mask.

  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.

  • Focus on hand and face hygiene. 


Now, the news in detail:-

Prime Minister Narenda Modi will inaugurate three key projects in Gujarat today through video conferencing. Prime Minister will launch the ‘Kisan Suryodaya Yojana’ for the farmers of Gujarat. He will inaugurate the Paediatric Heart Hospital attached with U.N Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre and a Mobile Application for tele-cardiology at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad. He will also inaugurate the Ropeway at Girnar. More details from our correspondent:-

"To provide day-time power supply for irrigation, the Gujarat Government had recently announced the Kisan Suryodaya Yojana. Under this scheme, farmers will be able to avail power supply from 5 AM to 9 PM. The state government has allocated a budget of 3500 crore rupees for installing transmission infrastructure under this scheme by 2023. With the inauguration of Paediatric Heart Hospital, U.N Mehta Institute will now become India’s biggest hospital for cardiology in addition to being one of the select few hospitals in the world with a world-class medical infrastructure and medical facilities. The Girnar Ropeway, initially, there will be 25 to 30 cabins, with a capacity of 8 people per cabin. A distance of 2.3 kilometres will now be covered in just 7.5 minutes through the ropeway. The ropeway will also provide a scenic view of the lush green beauty surrounding the Girnar mountain. Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi".


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with CEOs of leading Global Oil and Gas Companies in the annual event organized by NITI Aayog and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on Monday through video conferencing. This is the 5th such event organized by NITI Aayog and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Around 45 CEOs of major Oil and Gas companies will attend the event this year. 

The annual interaction has gradually become one of the most important gatherings of not only intellectual debate but also of executive action. The event also grows in stature with the rise of India, the world's third-largest energy consumer, which is likely to see over 300 billion dollar investment by 2030 in the Oil and Gas sector to meet rising demand.

Prior to it the Prime Minister will inaugurate the India Energy Forum by CERAWeek, now in its fourth year.  It is hosted by IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions. 

The Inaugural Speakers include, Minister of Energy of Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz bin Salman AI Saud, US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette and Vice Chairman, IHS Markit and Chairman, CERAWeek Dr. Daniel Yergin. 


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be on a two day visit to Darjeeling and Sikkim from today. During the visit, the Defence Minister will visit forward areas and interact with troops. He will perform Shastra Puja on Dussehra and inaugurate an infrastructure project built by Border Roads Organisation, BRO.


Health minister Harsh Vardhan has said that the next three months are going to be decisive in determining the situation of Covid-19 in the country. He said, if we take adequate precautions and follow Covid appropriate behaviour in the coming festival and winter season, we will be in a better position to fight the pandemic. Dr Harsh Vardhan said, the methodology of testing, tracing and treatment should continue and more precautions have to be put in place in view of the festival season. Health Minister said, thrust should be given to simple precautionary measures which are effective in preventing the Covid-19 to a large extent such as wearing mask and following hand and respiratory etiquettes.

The Health Minister was interacting with officials of Uttar Pradesh during a video conferencing meeting to review Covid-19 preparedness and measures for ensuring Covid appropriate behaviour. He also reviewed the status of 20 districts in Uttar Pradesh that had recorded an increase in Covid cases.


India has leaped across a significant milestone in its fight against COVID-19. The active caseload of the country has fallen below seven lakh for the first time after nearly two months. The total positive cases in the country are six lakh 95 thousand 509 which comprise merely 8.96 per cent of the total reported cases.

The total recovered cases are nearly 70 lakh and the difference between active cases and recovered cases is also consistently widening. The recovered cases are nearly 10 times more than the active cases. Nearly 74 thousand patients have recovered and were discharged in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases reported in the same time span stood at nearly 54 thousand. The national recovery rate has further progressed to 89.53 per cent.


Gujarat recorded 1,112 new cases during the past 24 hours. The recovery rate has reached up to 89.31 per cent. More details from our correspondent:

"Gujarat has recorded the lowest deaths in a day during the last six months. The State has recorded 6 deaths yesterday including 2 deaths each in Ahmedabad and Surat. Total death toll of Covid-19 in the state has gone up to 3676. Meanwhile, the total cases detected so far in Gujarat has reached up to 1 lakh 65 thousand 233.  1 lakh 47 thousand 512 patients recovered from Covid-19 till now. 1264 patients recovered during the last 24 hours. More than 56 lakh 38 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date.  Maximum 231 new cases reported from Surat, while Ahmedabad recorded 182 new cases. At present total active cases in the state are 13,985, out of which 69 patients are on ventilator. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


In Bihar, COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 94.32 per cent. This is 4.79 percent more than national average. 1244 patients recovered during the past 24 hours, while 1093 positive cases were reported. Active patients in the state are continuously decreasing. At present 10 thousand 917 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals. one lakh 98 thousand 437 patients have so far recovered from corona infection in the state.


In Chhattisgarh, a Health Protection Campaign will be launched soon at the community level to control the spread of Corona virus and also to address the other health problems. This campaign will be conducted every week till the end of the year. The campaign will be carried out in rural and urban areas by the teams formed earlier for Intensive community survey campaign in the state.

The Additional Chief Secretary of state health department Renu G. Pillai has written a letter to all the collectors directing that in the rural areas and urban slum areas, the health workers will gather information about the persons with symptoms of corona infection on every Wednesday and Thursday of the week.

ACS Renu G. Pillai said that use of face mask has been made mandatory in all the offices of the state to prevent Corona infection.

"इस रूप के बिहेवियरन को प्रोत्साहित करने के लिए एक प्रभावी आईईसी केम्पीयन हम चलाने वाले हैं। जिसमें हम कोविड के appropriate behaviour jo - मास् का उपयोग, फिजिकल डिस्टेंसिंग और हार्ड हाईजिंग पर विशेष रूप से ध्यान देंगे। इस संबंध में मुख् सचिव ने सभी विभागों को निर्देशित किया है कि सभी कार्यालय जहां वो स्टेट लेवल का हो, जिला स्तर का हो या फील् का हो। सभी कार्योलयों में इन तीनों का प्रभावी फलोत हो चाहे अधिकारी हो, कर्मचारी हो, कोई आगंतुक हो कोई भी बिना मास् के किसी भी कार्यालय में आये।"


In Odisha, 2377 Covid-19 patients recovered yesterday taking the tally to 259418. On the other hand, 1,793 persons were detected positive during the last 24 hours pushing the cumulative caseload of the state to 2,77,887. More from our correspondent:

"With a recovery rate of about 93 per cent and a case fatality rate of 0.43 per cent, the state continues to maintain a positive outlook in terms of covid-19 management indicators. With the decline in fresh cases below 2000 per day and the drop in active cases below 20000 as of now, the state is poised to push the positivity further down through sustained awareness campaign on covid appropriate behaviour. The on-goingoutdoor dusshera celebrations across the state have been tailored down to the the level of ritualistic essentials in sync with the covid-19 preventive protocols. Accordingly, the district administrations across the state have been asked to ensure the current and the upcoming festivities do not get feverish enough to allow the virus enjoy a second surge. Girish Chandra Dash, Bhubaneswar".


In Karnataka  5,356 new Covid-19 cases  were reported in the  State yesterday taking the tally to 7,93,907. At same time 8,749 people were cured from the disease and discharged from various hospitals in the State.  So far, a total of 6,93,584 people were discharged from the hospitals. 51 covid patients lost their life and the total fatalities have increased to 10,821.  At present 89,483 active patients are taking treatment in the hospitals.  The State conducted 1,08,356 covid tests yesterday and the total tests have gone up to 71,68,54. A report:

"Karnataka Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhkar in a tweet said that the number of recoveries have outnumbered the number of new cases for the 9th consecutive day. State’s recovery rate stands at 87.36 per cent and the mortality rate stands at 1.36 percent.  Among the new cases Bengaluru reported with the highest number of 2,688 cases and Bidar district reported the lowest number of 3 cases. Out of 30 district in the State 18 districts reported below hundred cases yesterday.  According to the guidelines issued by  the Government of India to give Covid 19 vaccine to the front line Covid warriors, the State health department is preparing a list of frontline warriors in the State.  Central government  has instructed the  State to complete preliminary data collection of health workers by the end of this month. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS BENGALURU".


In Tamil Nadu, the number of people under treatment has further come down to below 33-thousand. The new infections in the last 24-hours have also registered a marginal decline at 3057 patients. More from our correspondent:

"The decline in the active Covid-19 caseload and the drop in the new infections in Tamil Nadu has become a regular feature. The dip in the important parameters has seemingly given the confidence for the government to encourage the resumption of more and more economic activities. The state Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has written to the Railway Minister Piyush Goel to resume the suburban train services in Chennai at the earliest. He has said the resumption will encourage the local economy. He has pointed out to the operation of long distance train services by the Southern Railways, the running of the Metro trains in the city and the other modes of public transport throughout the state. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


The greatest batswoman of all time and captain of Indian women's cricket team, Mitali Raj has urged people to follow Covid-related guidelines to stay safe.  

Former ISRO Chairman Dr. K Radhakrishnan has also appealed people to follow all Covid guidelines and protocols.


The Government has said it has taken steps to moderate prices and availability of onion in the country. Briefing media in New Delhi, Consumer Affairs Secretary Leela Nandan said, a stock limit has been imposed on the onions with effect from today which is 25 Metric Tonnes for Whole Sellers and 2 Metric Tonnes for Retailers for a period up to 31st December 2020. 

"ये जो स्टॉक लिमिट्स लगाये गये हैं, इसका मैसेज ये है कि नो वन इज़ टू होल् दी ऑनियन् एंड मैन्यूपुलेट दा प्राइसेज़। जिसका नुकसान आम कंज्यूमर को पूरे देश में सहन करना पड़ा। दैट इज़ दा वैरी स्ट्रॉंग मैसेज दैट वी आर गिवन आउट।"

She added, in order to moderate the price rise, the government took a pre-emptive step by announcing a ban on onion export on the 14th of last month so as to ensure availability to domestic consumers at reasonable rates, before the expected arrival of Kharif onion. The Secretary said, the retail price rise has moderated to some extent, but recent reports of heavy rainfall in the onion growing districts of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have created concerns about damage to Kharif crop.


India's foreign exchange reserves have surged by 3.615  billion dollars to touch a fresh lifetime high of 555.12  billion dollars in the week ended 16th October. Foreign currency assets, a major part of the overall reserves, increased by 3.539 billion dollars to 512.322 billion dollars. Gold reserves went up by 86 million dollars in the reporting week to reach 36.685 billion dollars. The country’s special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund remained unchanged at 1.480 billion dollars; while reserve position with the IMF declined by 11 million dollars to 4.634 billion dollars.


The global terror financing watchdog, Financial Action Task Force, FATF has decided to keep Pakistan in the grey list .The FATF has told Pakistan to swiftly complete its full action plan by February next year. It said, Pakistan needs to do more to check terror funding. The decision was announced by the president of FATF, Marcus Pleyer after the three day plenary session in Paris. The decision is significant in the wake of Pakistan's history of lack of compliance with the FATF's action plan A report from our correspondent Valsa Williams:

"Pakistan has not yet not complied with six out  of the 27 points of the FATF Action Plan. These six points relate to terror financing. The implementation plan to curb money laundering and terror financing was supposed to be put in place by the end of 2019. However, the dead line was extended in the wake of COVID pandemic. The FATF is an inter-governmental body set up in 1989 to combat money laundering, terror financing and other related threats to the international financial system. It currently has 39 members. These include two regional organizations- the European Commission and Gulf Cooperation Council".


The Central Government has borrowed and transferred six thousand crore rupees as the first tranche to 16 States and two Union Territories. They are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir. The Ministry of Finance in a statement said that the borrowing is at an interest rate of 5.19 per cent. It is intended to make weekly releases of  six thousand crore rupees to the States. It said, the tenor of borrowing is expected to be broadly in the range of 3 to 5 years. The Government has evolved a special borrowing window to address the shortfall in the GST collection during the year 2020 - 2021.


The Bihar government has suspended two district Excise Superintendents and transferred four district Excise Superintendents  with immediate effect following instruction of the Election Commission. Arwal district Excise Superintendent Nitin Kumar and Sheikhpura district Excise Superintendent Bipin Kumar were suspended, while the district Excise Superintendents of Jehenabad, Buxar, Lakhisarai and Jamui have been transferred and sent to waiting for posting.

During the review of electoral preparedness for the first phase of assembly elections on October the 23rd, the Commission noticed that the performance of some districts in terms of expenditure monitoring including control on excise activities had been dismal.


President Ram Nath Kovind has greeted citizens on Durga Puja. In a message, Mr Kovind said, respect for women which has been the Indian tradition is powerfully depicted in this festival. He urged everyone to  take a firm resolve on this occasion to respect and empower the womenfolk, Matru-shakti.

Mr Kovind said, it is believed that Goddess Durga used the collective power of all Gods to overcome the invincible evil. He said, it gives people the message that in these difficult times, any crisis confronting us  can be overcome if we stand united.


In Karnataka, heavy rain during the past two days has affected normal life in Bengaluru. Many municipal wards recorded over 100 mm rainfall. Roads submerged in many parts of South Bengaluru and water entered over 100 houses in low lying areas. Two wheelers and cars were seen floating in water in basements and under-bridge. Traffic was disrupted for hours on Mysuru road, Silk Board Junction, Bannerghatta road, Basavanagudi, R R Nagar among others. The Bruhat Bengaluru Managanagara Palike Commissioner Manjunatha Prasad has said that efforts are on to clear storm water drain and water flowing ducts to ease flooding. As per KSNDMC data, RR Nagar and Kengeri received the highest rainfall of 105.5 mm followed by many areas in the South Zone which received 95 mm rainfall.  


Today is United Nations Day. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and its founding Charter. This anniversary comes in a time of great disruption for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with severe economic and social impacts. But it is also a reminder that times of struggle can become an opportunity for positive change and transformation.

In an exclusive interview with AIR News, United Nations, Resident Coordinator in India Renata Dessallien, has said India deserves a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

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


In IPL Cricket, defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) beat  Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 10 wickets in Sharjah last night. Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan stitched an unbeaten partnership of 116 runs to help Mumbai Indians get across the line, after the side was handed a paltry target of 115 runs. Kishan smashed 68 off 37 deliveries, with De Kock accumulating 46 runs off the same number of balls.

Earlier after being asked to bat first, CSK were stunned by fierce bowling performance by Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rahul Chahar. The MS Dhoni-led side was only able to score 114 runs in their allotted 20 overs courtesy a gutsy knock by Sam Curran.

Today, there will be two matches. The first match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals will begin at 3.30 pm in Abu Dhabi. The second match between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad will begin at 7:30 pm in Dubai.


Now, let us take a look at the weather .

The National Capital Delhi will have Misty sky. The minimum temperature was recorded at 17 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 33 degrees.

Mumbai will have Partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 34 degrees.

Chennai, there will be Generally cloudy sky with Light rain. The temperature will hover between 26 and 34 degree Celsius.

Kolkata will have Generally cloudy sky with Heavy rain. The minimum temperature in the city was 25 degree celsius while the maximum will be around 28 degrees.

Gilgit will have Mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will hover between four and 26 degree Celsius.

Muzafarrabad will experience Mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 10 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 30 degrees.


Newspapers Headlines

  • Most newspapers today lead with pictures and details of election rallies in Bihar yesterday. The Indian Express leads with "Nitish by his side, PM kicks off campaign citing Galwan, Article 370 and 'Naya Bihar'."

  • Against the backdrop of confrontation at the LAC, Armed forces enhance their readiness, The Pioneer headline reads "Navy ramps up operational readiness."

  • While the proposal for on site inspection fails, Pakistan to stay on FATF grey list till 2021" reports the Hindu.

  • Some reward for regularity, the Times of India quoting the government says, "Didn't skip EMI's during lockdown? get cashback from your bank."


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