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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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27th October, 2020


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeals to the countrymen to strengthen India in the battle against corruption. 

  • India and US hold 3rd bilateral two plus two Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi today and sign landmark defence pact BECA.

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

  • In Bihar, 71 Assembly constituencies go to polls tomorrow in the first phase amid tight security.

  • Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 90.62 per cent.

  • In IPL Cricket, Sunrisers Hyderabad clash with Delhi Capitals in Dubai.


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 has said that administrative processes have to be transparent, responsible, accountable and answerable to the people for development. Inaugurating three-day long National Conference on Vigilance and Anti-Corruption this evening, on the theme Vigilant India, Prosperous India, Mr Modi said, over the years, India has moved ahead with zero tolerance approach on corruption. He said, be it corruption, economic offences, drugs, money laundering or terrorism and terror funding, these are all related to each other. The Prime Minister said, we have to jointly work against corruption with systemic checks, effective audits and capacity building and training. He said, fighting corruption is not the job of a single agency but is a collective responsibility.

"भ्रष्टाचार केवल कुछ रुपयों की ही बात नहीं होती। एक तरफ भ्रष्टाचार से देश के विकास को ठेस पहुंचती है, तो साथ ही भ्रष्टाचार सामाजिक संतुलन को तहस-नहस कर देता है और सबसे अहम देश की व्यवस्था पर जो भरोसा होना चाहिए एक अपनेपन का जो भाव होना चाहिए, भ्रष्टाचार उस भरोसे पर हमला करता है और इसलिए भ्रष्टाचार का डटकर मुकाबला करना, सिर्फ एक समस्या का दायित् नहीं, बल्कि इससे निपटना एक कलेक्टिव रिस्पांसिबिलिटी है।"

The Prime Minister said, today it can be said with pride that the country has left that era of scams behind. He said, now the poor are directly getting 100 per cent benefit through Direct Benefit Transfer, DBT. Mr Modi said, due to DBT alone more than 1 lakh 70 thousand crore rupees are being saved from going into wrong hands. The Prime Minister said, efforts are being made to make citizens' life easier.

"सरकार की जहां जितनी जरूरत है, उतनी ही होनी चाहिए, लोग सरकार का दबाब भी महसूस करें और उन्हें सरकार का आभाव भी महसूस हो, इसलिए बीते वर्षों में डेढ़ हजार से ज्यादा कानून खत् किये गये है। अनेकों नियमों को सरल किया गया है। अब दूसरों के पास चक्कर नहीं लगाना पड़ता। घंटों तक लंबी-लंबी लाइनों में नहीं लगना पड़ता। अब यही काम करने के लिए उसके पास डिजिटल विकल् मौजूद है।

The Prime Minister appealed to countrymen to continue to strengthen India in the battle against corruption. 

Minister for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr Jitendra Singh also addressed the inaugural session.

The Central Bureaus of Investigation organizes this National Conference coinciding with Vigilance Awareness Wee’, which is observed in India every year from 27th October to 2nd November. Activities in this conference would be focused on Vigilance issues aimed at raising awareness and reaffirming India’s commitment to promotion of integrity and probity in public life through citizen participation.

The participants of the Conference include Heads of Anti-Corruption Bureaux, Vigilance Bureaux, Economic Offence Wings or CID from States and UTs, CVO’s, CBI officials and representatives from various Central agencies.


India and US today held the 3rd bilateral two plus two Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi and signed the landmark defence pact, the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, BECA. The signing of BECA is significant as it allows India to use global geospatial maps of the United States for accuracy of stand-off weapons like cruise and ballistic missiles. 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. India and US signed five agreements in total.

In the press statement after the meeting, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, signing of BECA is a significant achievement.

"I deeply appreciate your commitment to our bilateral relations. During the meeting today, we have had comprehensive discussions on key aspects of our bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Singing the BECA today, after signing the LEMOA in 2016 and COMCASA in 2018 is a significant achievement in that direction. In today's meeting, we also explored probable capacity building and other joint cooperation activities in third countries including our neighborhood and beyond."

The Defence Minister said, India and US shared assessment of the security situation across the Indo Pacific.

"We reaffirmed our commitment to peace, stability and prosperity of all countries in the region. We also agreed that upholding the rules based International order, respecting the rule of law and freedom of navigation in the international seas  and upholding the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states are essential. Our defence cooperation is intended to further these objectives. We appreciate the visit of Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Esper to India. We had a very constructive dialogue and will continue to work together to strengthen our engagement in defence security and other areas."

In his statement, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said, the Indo Pacific region was the particular focus of the talks.

"The Indo Pacific region was a particular focus of our talks. We reiterated the importance of peace, stability and prosperity for all countries in this region. A multi-polar world must have a multi polar Asia as its basis. Discussion also covered development in our neighboring countries. We made clear that cross border terrorism is completely unacceptable. And in Afghanistan, India's stakes in its security and stability ate evident as is our willingness to contribute to international efforts to that end.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US will stand with India as the country confronts threats to its  sovereignty and liberty.

"Thanks to Prime Minister Modi and President Trump's leadership and our shared values, our ties are growing stronger day by day. This morning, we visited the National War Memorial to honor the brave men and women of the Indian armed forces who sacrificed for the world's largest democracy including 20 that were killed by the PLA forces in the Galwan Valley in June. Unites States will stand with the people of India's they confront threats to their sovereignty and to their liberty"

Secretary Pompeo said US and India are taking steps to strengthen cooperation against all manner of threats and not just those posed by Chinese Communist Party. He also said US continues to support India's permanent membership of UNSC.


U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T Esper called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today.

They conveyed greetings from US President Donald Trump to the Prime Minister. Recalling the successful visit of President Trump to India in February this year, the Prime Minister warmly reciprocated the greetings.

The Secretaries briefed the Prime Minister on their bilateral meetings and the fruitful and productive third India-US 22 dialogue held earlier today.

The Prime Minister appreciated the successful conclusion of the third 22 Dialogue. Expressing his satisfaction about the multifaceted growth in the bilateral Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership in recent years, he emphasized on the strong foundation of trust, shared values, and robust people-to-people ties between both countries.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged people of the country not to become lenient about precautions related to Corona during the festive season and said, with 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, many government schemes like Jandhan, Ayushman, Ujjwala and PM SVANidhi have helped people of the country to fight the Corona pandemic in the better way and we showed the world that we 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, such scheme for street vendors was introduced for the first time after independence in the country.

"योजनाओ में ये गति देश पहली बार देख रहा हैं. गरीबो के लिए योजनाएं इतनी जल्दी प्रभावी तरीके से जमीन पर उतरेगी ये भूतकाल को देखते हुए कोई कल्पना भी नहीं कर सकता था।  Street vendors के लिये बिना  guarantee के किफायती ऋण के लिए इस तरह की योजना तो आजादी के बाद पहली बार बनी हैं। आज देश आपके साथ खड़ा हैं। आपके श्रम का सम्मान कर रहा है। आज देश सामाजिक ताने बाने में, आत्म निर्भर भारत अभियान में आपके योगदान को भी पहचान रहा हैं।"


In Bihar, elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure free and fair polls in the first phase of State Assembly Elections tomorrow.  71 constituencies spread over 16 districts will go to polls in this phase. Over 2.14 crore electorates will decide fate of 1,066 candidates. 114 women and 406 independent candidates are in the fray. Voting will be held 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 voting will be held in staggered manner. Polling will be held upto 3 p.m. in four Naxal-affected constituencies of Chainpur, Nabinagar, Kutumba and Rafiganj while in other five Naxal-affected constituencies polling will take place upto 5 p.m. In the remaining 26 Naxal-affected constituencies, voting will be held upto 4 p.m.

Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjay Kumar Singh told AIR News that security forces have been deployed in Naxal-infested areas to ensure trouble free polling.

"सभी बूथों की संख्या 31 हजार 700 के आसपास है। सभी पर अर्धसैनिक बल तैनात रहेंगे। उनके अलावा स्टेट पुलिस भी हैं और तीन लेअर की पेट्रोलिंग है और उन्ही बूथों पर एक पेट्रोलिंग मजिस्ट्रेट की पेट्रोलिंग है, कई लेअर्स की पेट्रोलिंग है, कंट्रोल रूम है, हम लोग एरियाज सर्विलांस भी रखेंगे।"

This is the first election in the country amid COVID pandemic situation. Now we go live to our Correspondent K K Lal who is in Gaya to cover the polling.

Question. K K Lal, what are the polling arrangements there in view of the Covid-19 pandemic?

Q. Please tell us, who are the prominent candidates are in the first phase of Assembly Elections?


Thank you K K Lal for the s.

From the NDA, BJP is contesting on 29 seats, JD(U) on 35 and Hindustani Awam Morcha on six seats in this phase. 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 and eight CPI-ML candidates are in the fray. Besides, LJP has fielded 42 candidates while RLSP on 43 and BSP on 27 seats.

Three phase elections are being held for 243-member Bihar assembly.

71 assembly constituencies will go to polls in the first phase polls tomorrow, 94 seats in the second phase on 3rd November and 78 seats in the third phase on 7th November. Counting of Votes will take place on November the 10th.


Senior BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar today said, NDA is accounting for every penny of PM's Package of 1.25 Lakh Crore rupees for Bihar.

Mr Javadekar was addressing a press conference in Patna which was organized to elaborate about 11 resolutions of party poll manifesto. He said, there is nothing to hide about the works of the PM Package. Mr Javadekar added that several development mega projects like national highways and railway bridges were completed.

The Minister added the Narendra Modi led government has its accountability towards poor so it has ensured that poor people can reap 100 percent benefit from it.


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

"The minister Dr.K Sudhakar has informed that in the first phase of human trials it was found out that antibodies were produced within 28 days of administering the vaccine. He has said that a technical committee will be formed in collaboration with the Union Health ministry to discuss the distribution of vaccines. He also added that health workers and persons with co-morbidity will be vaccinated at the first level. On the incident of issuing false Covid results, the minister has ordered suspension of the lab technician and a criminal case is registered against the technician and ASHA worker who were issuing false negative Covid 19 reports. The minister has said that loopholes in the testing result dissemination process will be rectified. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru


The Covid-19 recovered cases in country have crossed 72 lakhs and the recovery rate stands at 90.62 per cent today. Briefing media in New Delhi Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, India's cases per million population is among the lowest in the world which stands at 5 thousand 7 hundred 58, while the global average is 5 thousand 5 hundred and four.

Mr Bhushan said, India's deaths per million population is also among the lowest in the World, at 86 deaths per million population. He said, the national recovery rate is continuously increasing and has further grown to 90.62 per cent today. The Health Secretary stressed that this is a satisfactory sign that within 13 days the recoveries have increased from 60 lakh to 70 lakh and now have crossed 72 lakhs. He said, there is continuous decline in Case Fatality Rate in the country and today CFR stands at 1.50 per cent. Mr Bhushan said, since past five weeks, there is continuous decline in average of daily new deaths reported from COVID-19.

He said, Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka have contributed the maximum to the active cases.

Member (Health) in NITI Aayog Dr V K Paul said, even countries of much greater economic capability, per capita income and good health system can succumb to a huge second peak is a lesson for all of us. He said, we are very fortunate that our trend is in the opposite direction.


A college in Maharashtra's Palghar district has taken an initiative to provide doorstep delivery of books to students and readers. The college has taken this step so that students do not have to move out and prevent infection of COVID-19.

The Internal Quality Assurance Cell has collaborated with the college library in this initiative.

"Aiming to achieve mission zero, the MCGM is finding success in bending the curve of Covid-19 with all its administrative wards now able to slow down the doubling rate of the infectious disease beyond 100 days.  The 'F North' ward has stood as an exception in slowing down the doubling to 296 days. Besides, in other four wards the doubling rate has gone up to 175 days. Meanwhile, Maharashtra medical education minister Amit Deshmukh today urged the private medical colleges not to hike the fees for the current academic year. He said it will be inappropriate on the part of the dental as well as medical colleges to put the burden of fee hike on students in the midst of Covid 19 pandemic. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI"


Karnataka Health and Medical Education minister Dr.K Sudhakar met the officials of AstraZeneca company in Bengaluru today to know the progress achieved by them in the trial of Covid vaccine. Speaking to media persons later, the minister said that AstraZeneca, Serum Institute in Pune and Oxford University have successfully conducted the first level human trials and will conduct second and third level trials on 1600 people.

Dr.K Sudhakar has informed that in the first phase of human trials it was found that antibodies were produced within 28 days of administering the vaccine. He has said that a technical committee will be formed in collaboration with the Union Health ministry to discuss the distribution of vaccines.


The Government has extended the Guidelines for Re-opening of activities issued on 30th of last month till end of November this year. The Union Home Ministry in its order issued today informed about the extension and reiterated that the resumption of normal activities does not mean end of the pandemic. It cautioned everyone and urged citizens to strictly adhere to the COVID appropriate behaviour.

The Government has been releasing guidelines towards gradual re-opening of activities since it's first order on lockdown measures issued in the month of March this year.

"In it's reopening guidelines issued last month which has been further extended till the end of November , Government allowed reopening of Cinema halls and theatres at 50 per cent of their capacity. It also allowed usage of Swimming pools for training purposes, Exhibition halls for Business to business functions and congregations in closed and open spaces with strict observance of the SOPs for the same. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched Jan Andolan for COVID appropriate behaviour on 8th of this month wherein he urged citizens to wear mask, clean hands and maintain safe distance of atleast 6 feet. The Home Ministry has already advised States and Union territories to promote these norms extensively at the grass root level. Keeping in view of the same, the National Directives will still remain in place. Government has also informed that the lockdown will continue to be strictly implemented in the containment zones till end of November. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR NEWS, Delhi."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted all ranks of the courageous infantry on the special occasion of Infantry Day. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, India is proud of the role played by the infantry in protecting the nation. He said, their bravery continues to motivate millions.


Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla today said that BRICS countries need to intensify their collective fight against terrorism which poses the biggest threat to humankind. Virtually addressing the meeting of the 6th BRICS Parliamentary Forum, Mr Birla said, as people’s representatives, parliamentarians can no longer be silent bystanders and they must unite to fight the challenges of terrorism and violent extremism.


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.


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 expert 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.


In IPL Cricket, Sunrisers Hyderabad were 202 for 2 in 18 overs against Delhi Capitals in Dubai a short-while ago.  Earlier, Delhi won the toss and opted to bowl. Hyderabad will have to win this contest to keep their hopes alive of a place in the last four while Delhi need only one more win to book their berth in the playoffs. In Points Table, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore have 14 points each from 11 matches played so far and Kings Eleven Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders have 12 points each from 12 matches. Rajasthan Royals have 10 points from 12 matches, Sunrisers Hyderabad eight points from 11 matches and Chennai Super Kings eight points from 12 matches. Rajasthan Royals  stand in 6th, Sunrisers Hyderabad  7th and Chennai Super Kings 8th position. 

Kings XI Punjab beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets in Sharjah last night.

In tomorrow's fixture, Mumbai Indians will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi.


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

The National Capital Delhi will experience mist. The temperature will hover between 13 and 32 degrees Celsius.

In Mumbai, sky will be partly cloudy. The lower level of temperature in the metropolis will be 26 degrees Celsius and the upper level will be around 31 degrees.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will oscillate between 25 and 32 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata is expected to have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be 24 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Jammu and Srinagar cities will have mainly clear sky. In Jammu, the minimum temperature will be 12 degrees Celsius while maximum 31 degrees. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be zero degree Celsius and maximum will be 21 degrees.

Leh will have mainly clear sky. Minimum temperature will be minus four degrees Celsius while the maximum will be nearly 12 degrees.

Gilgit will witness mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening with temperature moving from three to 24 degrees Celsius. In Muzafarrabad, lower limit of temperature will be 10 degrees Celsius while upper limit will be 28 degrees. The sky will be mainly clear.

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

Chandigarh is likely to witness mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 14 degrees Celsius and the maximum 31 degrees.

In Guwahati, fog or mist would occur in early morning.


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