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27th October, 2020


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to beneficiaries of PM SVANidhi Scheme from Uttar Pradesh; Says fast digital implementation of the government schemes  playing a significant role to boost the economy of big states.

  • Third India-US two plus two Ministerial Dialogue concludes in New Delhi.

  • In Bihar, elaborate polling arrangements in place for First Phase of Assembly Elections; 71 constituencies spread over 16 districts to go to polls tomorrow.

  • Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed from today. 

  • COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 90.62 per cent.

  • In IPL Cricket, Sunrisers Hyderabad to take on Delhi Capitals in Dubai this evening.


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

  • Wear a face mask.

  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.

  • Focus on hand and face hygiene. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged people of the country to not become lenient about precautions related to Corona during this festive season he said with the strict adherence to social distancing we will be able to defeat the deadly virus. He was speaking to the beneficiaries of PM Street Vendor’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme in Uttar Pradesh. Mr Modi said that many government schemes like Jandhan, Ayushman, Ujjwala, PM SWANidhi have helped people of the country to fight the Corona pandemic in the better way and we showed the world that people the of country can face any challenge and turn the situation around. He said that the banks are now reaching the poor in the country and it is the result of the continuous work of the government.

Speaking about the PM Svanidhi scheme, Mr Modi said that such scheme for street vendors was introduced for the first time after the independence in the country.

The swift implementation of the scheme is significant, not only is the process fast and digital but also there is no need for a middleman to get the benefit of the scheme. He said that street vendors have a significant role in the economy of big states like UP and it will also play an important role in decreasing the rate of migration due to unemployment.

The scheme was launched on 1st of June 2020, by the Union Government to help the street vendors resume their livelihood activities which were impacted by COVID-19. It aims at facilitating working capital loan up to 10,000 rupees at a subsidized rate of interest. On this occasion, loan under the scheme was transferred to around three lakh beneficiaries of Uttar Pradesh.

The Prime Minister also spoke to a few beneficiaries on the occasion. Talking to PM, Preeti from Agra told that with the 10 thousand rupees provided under the Svanidhi scheme, she restarted her business of vegetables and fruits. She said, schemes like transfer of money into account and getting food grains through PDS scheme helped her a lot during lockdown.

The Prime Minister also encouraged her to do maximum transactions through digital payment which will in turn give her more benefit.

Another beneficiary Arvind from Varanasi told the Prime Minister that he sells momos and coffee at Durgakund in Varanasi and the monetary help from the Swanidhi scheme helped him a lot and he doesn’t even have to go to the officials for the formalities.

Vijay bahadur, another beneficiary of this scheme from Lucknow said that he was able to expand his business with the money he got under the scheme.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and State the Ministers were also present in the function which was telecast in all districts of state. The function of virtual interaction with the Prime Minister was organized in all 651 local bodies of state. Arrangements were made for live broadcast at these places with adherence to all the social distancing guidelines.

Under the PM SVANidhi Scheme, around seven lakh street venders have been identified in the state and more than six lakh 40 thousand have applied for loan under the scheme. State Government has approved loan of around 3.62 lakh vendors out of which around three lakh vendors got the money today.


The Third India-US two plus two Ministerial Dialogue was held at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. From the Indian side, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar led the delegation. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark Esper led the US delegation.

In his opening remarks, the External Affairs Minister said, at a time when it is particularly important to uphold a rules-based international order, the ability of India and the US to work closely in defence and foreign policy has a larger resonance. Dr Jaishankar said together, India and US can make a real difference when it comes to regional and global challenges, whether it is in respecting territorial integrity, promoting maritime domain awareness, countering terrorism or ensuring prosperity. He said, over the last two decades, India - US bilateral relationship has grown steadily in its substance, facets and significance. He said, the accompanying comfort levels today enable both countries to engage much more intensively on matters of national security.

Both the Secretaries earlier paid tributes at the National War Memorial. 

The First two plus two dialogue was held in New Delhi in September 2018 and the Second in Washington DC in 2019. The agenda for the Third dialogue will cover all bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. Our correspondent reports that the Third Annual two plus two Ministerial Dialogue focus on advancing the Indo-US comprehensive global strategic partnership. It will also deliberate on further strengthening cooperation to promote stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world. As the world's oldest and largest democracies, the two countries nourish deep rooted democratic traditions and bond. The growth in partnership reflects deepening strategic  convergence on host of issues including energy, aviation, science, space, infrastructure and health. The dialogue in just over two years span demonstrates high level commitment by both the countries towards the shared diplomatic and security objectives.


National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper at South Block in New Delhi today. They discussed a number of issues and challenges of strategic importance.

Both sides highlighted the need to take forward shared objectives and build capabilities across all domains so as to ensure a safe, stable and rule based regional and global security environment.


The Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed from today till the 2nd of November. This year the theme is - Satark Bharat, Samriddh Bharat (Vigilant India, Prosperous India). Central Vigilance Commissioner Sanjay Kothari administered the pledge at Central Vigilance Commission, New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kothari said, we all should work with integrity and probity.

Vigilance Awareness Week is observed every year during the week in which the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel falls on the 31st of October. The CBI is hosting a three-day National Conference on Vigilance and Anti-Corruption beginning today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event via video conferencing this evening.


In Bihar, elaborate polling arrangements have been made for the First Phase of State Assembly Elections. In all, 71 constituencies spread over 16 districts will go to polls in this phase tomorrow. This election is the first in the country amid COVID pandemic situation.

Keeping in mind the COVID-19 situation,the  Election Commission has issued guidelines to be followed during the polling. 

Polling will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Chief Electoral Officer H.R. Srinivasa said, out of 71 constituencies, 35 are in Naxal-affected areas where it will be held in the staggered manner. Polling will be upto 3 p.m. in four Naxal-affected constituencies of Chainpur, Nabinagar, Kutumba and Rafiganj while in other five Naxal-affected constituencies polling will be upto 5 p.m. In the remaining 26 Naxal-affected constituencies, polling will be upto 4 p.m.

Central Armed Police Forces have been deployed at all booths. Additional security forces have been deployed in Naxal-infested areas to ensure free and fair polling. Helicopters have also been pressed into service for air patrolling to avert any untoward incident. Combing operation has also been launched in Naxal-affected areas.

Over 2.14 crore electorates will decide fate of 1,066 candidates. 

In NDA, BJP is contesting on 29 seats, JD(U) 35 and Hindustani Awam Morcha on six seats. The Vikas Sheel Insaan Party  has fielded one candidate.

In this phase over 2.14 crores electorates will decide the fate of 1,066 candidates. Political fortunes of eight Cabinet Ministers including Prem Kumar, Ram Narayan Mandal and Jai Kumar Singh will be decided in this phase.

In NDA, BJP is contesting on 29 seats, JD(U) 35 and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) six seats. The Vikas Sheel Insaan Party (VIP) has fielded one candidate.

Among the Grand Alliance partners, RJD is contesting on 42 seats, while Congress has fielded 21 candidates. The CPI-ML has eight candidates in fray. Besides this, LJP has fielded 42 candidates while RLSP on 43 and BSP on 27 seats. According to the election commission 319 candidates of this phase are of criminal antecedents. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News Patna.


A two-day Special Session of the Chhattisgarh Assembly began today. The house paid homage to nine leaders including former President Pranab Mukherjee, who died during the inter-session period. 

During the session, the State Government will present Chhattisgarh Agriculture Produce Market (Amendment) Bill -2020 to negate agriculture related bills recently passed by the Parliament.


In Gujarat, the campaigning for the by-elections of eight Assembly seats have been intensified. Our correspondent reports that by-polls of eight Assembly seats are becoming the battle of prestige for the ruling BJP and opposition Congress party. Polling will be held on 3rd of November while counting of votes will take place on 10th of November.

BJP and Congress- both the parties have intensified campaign by holding small rallies and group meetings apart from door-to-door canvassing. The poll campaigning is also heated up on digital and social media platforms. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, Union Minister Parsottam Rupala and State BJP President C.R.Patil are busy in addressing election rallies. State Congress President Amit Chavda and leader of Congress legislative party Paresh Dhanani along with others are campaigning for Congress candidates. By-elections will be held in Abdasa, Morbi, Dhari, Karjan, Limbadi, Gadhada SC and Dangs and Kaprada ST seats. All eight seats were held by the Congress during the 2017 last assembly elections.Yogesh Pandya// AIR News// Ahmedabad//.


In Karnataka, all the necessary polling arrangements have been made the election for four seats of the State Legislative Council tomorrow. The mustering centres in Karnataka South and West Graduates’ Constituencies and Bangalore Teachers' and North East Teachers' constituencies handed over the election related materials to the polling personnel today. 

Due to COVID pandemic, the personnel were given mask, gloves, sanitizers this time along with the ballot and VVPAT units. There are 2,34,718 voters eligible to cast their franchise in 549 polling stations to elect among 27 candidates. The agencies enforcing the Model Code of Conduct in these four constituencies have seized over 148 IML liquor, 65,899 cash, one car and nine bikes and filed 57 FIRs for the code violations. The State Election office has set up Counting Centres in Dharwad, Gulbarga and Bengaluru. The counting of votes will be on November 2nd. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru.


Union Government today said that the country's COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 90.62 per cent. More than 63 thousand COVID patients have recovered during the last 24 hours. Health Ministry said, the total number of recoveries has gone up to over 72 lakh. Actual caseload currently comprises only 7.88 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is six lakh 25 thousand.

During the past 24 hours, 36 thousand 469 new cases were reported taking the total number of positive cases in the country to over 79 lakh 46 thousand. The Ministry said, that effective implementation of the strategic and graded Test, Track and Treat approach has led to higher recoveries and lower fatality. Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.50 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally. During the last 24 hours, 488 deaths were reported taking the toll to one lakh 19 thousand 502.


In Bihar, the COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 94.97 per cent. This is 4.97 percentage more than the national average. The number of active cases in the state are continuously declining. Currently, nine thousand 639 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals.


In Madhya Pradesh, the numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state climbed up to more than one lakh 67 thousand after 951 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours. Ten patients succumbing to the infection, the death toll rose to two thousand 885.

As per the State Health Bulletin, one thousand 181 Corona virus patients were discharged from the hospitals in the past 24 hours taking the number of recovered cases in the state to around one lakh 53 thousand.  There are now 11 thousand 237 active cases in Madhya Pradesh.  More than 31 thousand tests were conducted in the state last day. At the same time, around 28 lakh tests have been conducted so far.  More than 200 patients are being reported daily only in Bhopal and Indore in the state, while in the remaining districts the number of new patients has come down to less than 100 or the convenience of common people, 711 fever clinics are being operated in the state.  Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal.


In Telangana, 837 new cases of COVID -19 were reported during the past 24 hours. With this, the total COVID cases in the state went up two lakh 32 thousand 671. The state conducted over 21 thousand tests yesterday. The recovery rate slightly improved to 91.14 per cent.


The nation celebrates 145th Birth Anniversary of India's Iron Man, Sardar Patel on 31st Oct. The day is also earmarked as as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Accross the Country. In the run up to the event, All India Radio News brings to you select excerpts from the speaches of the Iron Man of India from its archives.


India and US today signed five agreements. Briefing reporters after Third India-US two plus two Ministerial Dialogue, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, in defence industrial cooperation area, we had a candid and useful discussion. He said, our military to military cooperation is progressing very well. Mr Singh said, he highlighted the capabilities of Indian defence industries. He said, signing the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, BECA today is a significant achievement. Rajnath Singh said, we shared assessment of security situation across Indo Pacific. He said, we also agreed that upholding rules based international order and upholding the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states is essential.


Union Road and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari virtually laid the foundation stones for nine National Highway projects in Tripura through video conferencing this morning.Under today's awarded highways projects, two thousand seven hundred fifty two crore will be spent for development of 262 kilometres roads in the state.

The Minister also announced that his Ministry will prepare DPR for four more National Highway stretches including 4-lane bypass in Agartala. These projects’ total length will be 365 km with an estimated cost of 7,520 crore rupees.

Mr Gadkari said that the new projects included 21.4 km Jolaibari - Belonia of NH-108A, which will give a way to smooth communication and trade relations with neighbouring Bangladesh.

DoNER Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union MoS of Road Transport and Highways Gen (Retd.) V.K. Singh, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and other State Ministers, MPs and senior officials of both Centre and State Government were present in the function.


Eighteen more individuals have been declared as terrorists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Home Ministry said,  the Union Government had amended the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 in August 2019, to include the provision of designating an individual as a terrorist. Prior to this amendment, only organizations could be designated as terrorist organizations.


The News Services Division of All India Radio, in its bilingual live phone-in programme tonight, will bring you a Special Discussion on COVID-19.

Dr. Ghanshyam Pangtey, Professor of Medicine at Lady Hardinge Medical College will participate in the discussion.

Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767.  One can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.

This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 P.M. onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can also follow us on the NEWSONAIR app for s.


President Ram Nath Kovind today paid homage to former President K.R. Narayanan on his birth anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President and the officials of Rashtrapati Bhavan paid floral tributes in front of a portrait of K.R. Narayanan.


Gujarati film superstar and actor-turned-politician Naresh Kanodia passed away this morning. He was 77. He was suffering from COVID infection along with other comorbidities and was undergoing treatment at Ahmedabad- based U.N. Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre.

Kanodia represented the Karjan Assembly seat from 2002 to 2007. He worked in more than 100 Gujarati films. He along with his brother Mahesh Kumar- who passed away just two days ago, used to run the highly successful orchestra Mahesh-Naresh & Party. Naresh Kanodia's son Hitu is the incumbent MLA from Idar Assembly Constituency in North Gujarat.

Kanodia started his film career with ‘Veni ne avya ful’.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that in a span of two days, the country has lost both Mahesh and Naresh Kanodia. Mr Modi said, their contributions to the world of culture, especially popularizing Gujarati songs, music and theatre will never be forgotten.


The Supreme Court has ordered that the Allahabad High Court will monitor the ongoing investigation into the Hathras gang-rape case. The order came on a PIL filed by a social activist demanding a court-monitoring of the case. The Apex court also said, all aspects of the investigation will be examined by the Allahabad high court.

At present, the case rests with the Central Bureau of Investigaion (CBI), which may approach the high court with its investigation status report.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde felt it appropriate that the high court should monitor the case, considering the fact that the court is already examining a suo moto proceeding on the hurried cremation of the victim.


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


The National Capital Delhi will be experiencing mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between 14 and 32 degrees Celsius. 

In Mumbai, sky will be partly cloudy. The lower level of temperature in the metropolis was 23 degrees Celsius and the upper level will be around 34 degrees.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will oscillate between 26 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata is expected to have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the metropolitan was 25 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Jammu and Srinagar cities will have mainly clear sky. In Jammu, the minimum temperature was 12 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 31 degrees.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was zero degree Celsius and maximum will be around 21 degrees.

Leh will have mainly clear sky. Minimum temperature was minus two degrees Celsius while the maximum will be nearly 14 degrees.

Gilgit will witness mainly clear sky with temperature hovering from three to 25 degrees Celsius.

In Muzafarrabad, lower limit of temperature was 10 degrees Celsius while upper limit will be around 27 degrees. The sky will be mainly clear.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 12 and 30 degrees Celsius. The city will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

Chandigarh is likely to witness mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 14 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was 18 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees. The city will have partly cloudy sky with haze.


Ahmedabad is expected to have mainly clear sky. The city will have minimum temperature of 19 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 35 degrees.


In IPL Cricket, Kings XI Punjab beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets in Sharjah last night. Punjab achieved the victory target of 150 in 18.5 overs after losing two wickets.

In today's fixture, Sunrisers Hyderabad will clash with Delhi Capitals in Dubai. 


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