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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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28.10.2020

THE HEADLINEs:

  • Polling underway in Bihar for the First Phase of State Assembly Elections in 71 constituencies spread over 16 districts.

  • Campaigning picks up for the Second Phase of Bihar Assembly polls.

  • COVID recovery rate improves to 90.85 per cent.

  • Air services between Bangladesh and India resume under the air bubble arrangement; First two flights leave for Kolkata and Chennai.

  • In IPL Cricket; Mumbai Indians to take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi this evening.

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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. 

Now, the news in detail:


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In Bihar, polling is underway for the First Phase of State Assembly Elections amidst tight security arrangements in 71 constituencies spread over 16 districts. Around 33.19 per cent of eligible voters excercised their franchise till 1 PM.Chief Electoral Officer H.R. Srinivasa said, people are coming to cast their votes with enthusiasm. He expressed hope that polling percentage will be more this time as compared to that in the last elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged voters to exercise their franchise in the First Phase. In a tweet, the Prime Minister asked everyone to take all necessary precautions like wearing masks and maintainining Do Gaj Ki Doori.This is the first election in the country amid COVID pandemic situation. Thermal screening of all persons is being carried out and sanitizers have been made available at all locations during polling. All Polling Booths have been sanitized. Only 1,000 voters will exercise their franchise at each booth, instead of 1,500.


Polling started at 7 in the morning and will go on till 6 in the evening. Out of 71 the constituencies, 35 are in Naxal-affected areas where it will be held in a staggered manner. Polling will be up to 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. Speaking to AIR News,Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjay Kumar Singh said that Central Para-Military 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 the fate of 1,066 candidates. Political fortunes of eight Cabinet Ministers Prem Kumar, Ram Narayan Mandal, Jai Kumar Singh, Krishna Nandan Verma, Shailesh Kumar, Santosh  Kumar Nirala, Vijay Kumar Sinha and Brij Kishore Bind will be decided in this phase.


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. Amongst 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, LJP has fielded 42 candidates while RLSP on 43 and BSP on 27 seats. This phase is crucial for RJD, as the party had bagged 27 seats in 2015 Assembly elections. JD(U) won 18 seats while BJP 13 and Congress nine seats. Four others were also elected.


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The campaigning has gained momentum for the Second Phase of State Assembly Elections in the state. Polling will be held in 94 segments on 3rd of November for the Second Phase while in the Third Phase 78 seats will go to polls on 7th of November. Star campaigners and senior leaders of various political parties are addressing public meetings and election rallies.


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Prime Minister and Senior BJP leader Narendra Modi has said people of Bihar have taken a resolve to defeat again those who brought Jungle Raj in the state and who looted Bihar. These are the people under whose government crime was rampant in the state. Addresssing an election rally at Darbhanga, the Prime Minister exhorted people to vote in favour of NDA candidates to speed up development work in the state. PM also cautioned people to know the Opposition parties leaders. He said, the Leaders of Opposition are those, who made money out of projects meant for people, engaged in frauds in the name of farm loans and turned job creation into money making industry. He also reminded people of previous regime who ruled Bihar before the NDA.  The Prime Minister targeted the Opposition for asking the Ram temple dates. He said, a grand Ram Temple is being built in Ayodhya. Those in politics who used to ask  dates of the temple construction  are now compelled to applaud. He added it is the identity of the BJP and NDA that whatever is promised is done  . The Prime Minister requested everyone to follow all precautionary measures against COVID-19. He prayed for the speedy recovery of everyone who has been infected with the disease.


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Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressed an election rally today at Valmiki Nagar in West Champaran in support of Grand Alliance candidates. He alleged that the NDA Government has not fulfilled their promises with farmers. He said that farmers are very angry with recent three farm reform legislations and they are making agitation. Mr Gandhi further alleged that these acts are an attack on farmers and their lands. He said, during the lockdown the migrant workers who lost their jobs were treated very badly by the Nitish Kumar-led Government.


The Congress leader will also hold his second public meeting at Kusheshwar Asthan in Darbhanga.


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Grand Alliance Chief Ministerial candidate and RJD leader Tejaswi Prasad Yadav addressed rallies in Kuchaikote and Kateya in Gopalganj district. Mr Yadav reiterated in his public meetings that if voted to power employment will be provided to 10 lakh people.He alleged that the incumbent government led by Nitish Kumar has failed to meet the expectations of people. Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) President Upendra Kushwaha held road shows and public meetings in Motihari and Jhanjharpur in support of candidates of Grand Secular Democratic Front. Jan Adhikar Party Chief Pappu Yadav addressed a public meeting in Katihar where he tried to corner Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the issue of corruption. Senior leader of the CPM Vrinda Karat alleged that due to lockdown people of weaker sections of the society and the poor have been forced to live in pathetic situations due to loss of jobs. She said, both the governments at the Centre and the State failed to mitigate their problems.


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In Karnataka, the election for the four seats of State Legislative Council is underway at 12 noon. The voter turnout in North East Teachers' constituency was 36.50 per cent. In Bangalore Teachers' it was 32 per cent. In South East Graduates' it was 24 per cent and in West Graduates' constituency it was 24.89 per cent. Speaking to journalists  in Chickballapura after exercising the franchise today, State Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar  said that voters must cast their vote adhering to all COVID protocols. They should wear masks and maintain social distancing. He also expressed concern over flouting of norms concerning COVID and said that it would be better to postpone the Urban Local bodies' elections in the state.  We have a report from our Correspondent:-


"People were seen standing in circles marked outside the polling booths to maintain social distancing. The polling started slowly but picked up in the afternoon. Being the first election under the shadow of the pandemic, the election authorities are taking utmost care while conducting the polls. The Health Department has deputed its staff to check body temperature. Those with symptoms will be allowed to cast their votes in the last one hour. The Election Commission has directed the Returning Officers to ensure that face masks and social distancing are maintained by the polling personnel. Hand sanitizers and thermal screening are provided at the booths. The election is crucial for the BJP as it lacks a majority in the upper House to pass the crucial bills. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru."


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In Madhya Pradesh, the campaigning for the polling on 28 assembly seats of the state is at its peak. The Election Commission is also making every effort to ensure maximum voting along with fair and safe elections. Madhya Pradesh will vote on November 3rd while results will be declared on November 10th. A report:


"A total of 355 candidates are in the fray in these elections being held in 28 assembly constituencies of 19 districts of Madhya Pradesh. Out of these, there are 22 female candidates while 333 are male. The highest number of 38 candidates is in Mehgaon assembly seat of Bhind district while the lowest number of 3 candidates is in Badnawar assembly seat of Dhar district. Meanwhile, the Election Commission has been keeping eye on every activity of political parties. After issuing notice to the former Chief Minister Kamal Nath on the controversial remark, the Election Commission has now issued notice to BJP candidate Imrati Devi for the same reason. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


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More than 70 million Americans have cast ballots in the U.S. presidential election, According to a latest tally from the U.S. Elections Project, it is more than half the total turnout of the 2016 election with one week to go until Election Day. The tally, which shows a record-breaking pace that could lead to the highest voter turnout in percentage terms in more than a century, is the latest sign of intense interest in the contest between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. It also highlights voters’ desire to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19 as the pandemic regathers strength heading into winter.The high level of early voting has led Michael McDonald, the Professor in the University of Florida, who administers the U.S. Elections Project, predict a record U.S. voter turnout of about 150 million, representing 65% of those eligible to vote, the highest rate since 1908.


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India has leaped across a significant milestone in its fight against COVID. The national recovery rate has reached  90.85 per cent. With overall recovery of nearly 72 lakh 60 thousand patients so far, the recovered cases in the country stand at nearly 12 times more than the active cases. Nearly 59 thousand patients have recovered and were discharged in the last 24 hours. The new confirmed cases reported in the same time span stood at nearly 44 thousand.The active caseload of the country has also fallen below eight per cent. The total positive cases in the country today stands at six lakh 10 thousand 803 which comprises merely 7.64 per cent of the total reported cases. With a high number of COVID patients recovering every day along with a steadily falling and sustained low mortality rate, India’s trend of registering decreasing active cases continues. Health Ministry said, the fatality rate  stands at 1.50 per cent. The Health Ministry informed that 508 case fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours of which nearly 80 per cent are concentrated in ten States and Union Territories. During the last 24 hours, over 10 lakh 66 thousand COVID samples were tested in the country. With this, the cumulative testing figure has further risen to nearly 10 crore 55 lakhs.


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In Mizoram, first case of casualty of COVID-19 is reported today. Officials said, a 62-year old infected person, also suffering from comorbidities, has succumbed to virus this afternoon while being treated for the last 10 days. He was undergoing treatment in the Zoram Medical College and Hospital in Aizawl.


As of latest COVID-19 bulletin, 80 new cases of Corona virus infections were detected till last evening, bringing the total number of cases to 2,607.


The official statement reports that 2,233 patients have so far been recovered. Presently, 373 infected persons are undergoing treatment.


Meanwhile, with the surge of infections in last few days, the State Government has declared lockdown in Aizawl Municipal area.


The lockdown in Aizawl City area began from yesterday and will remain in force till early morning of 3rd of November.


The decision has been taken to break the chain of transmission of the virus.


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In Bihar, COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 95.25 percent. This is more than the national average. The number of active cases in the state is continuously declining. Currently 9 thousand 73 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. 1237 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, while 678 new cases were reported. Over two lakh three  thousand patients have so far recovered from the infection in the state.


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A total of 2,901 new corona virus cases were registered in Andhra Pradesh yesterday and now the state's tally has reached 8,11,825.  As many as 4,352 persons have recovered during the last 24 hours. The death toll has increased to 6,625 as 19 more people succumbed to virus.


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In Telangana, 1481 new cases of COVID -19 have been reported in the last 24 hours. With this, the total COVID cases in the state went up to 2 lakh 34 thousand 152. The state conducted over 40 thousand tests yesterday. The recovery rate has marginally improved to 91.78 per cent with 1451 more people recovering yesterday. This took the number of recovered people in the state to 2 lakh 14 thousand 917. Total deaths rose to 1319 following 4 more people succumbing  to the virus in the last 24 hours. Currently the state has over 17 thousand active cases out of which over 14 thousand are in home isolation.


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In Tamil Nadu, the active Covid-19 caseload has dropped to 27,734 on Tuesday, 1534 less than the previous day tally. The new infections in the last 24-hours have also dipped marginally to 2522, including 695 in Chennai. The Good Samaritan doctor from Surat, who risked his own life in his attempt to save another, was discharged from a hospital in Chennai yesterday, in good health. More from our correspondent:-


"The tale of Dr Sanket Kumar Mehta of Surat is heroic and inspiring. The anaesthetist has been in a hospital there for Covid-19 treatment. When he saw another patient in the ICU who required urgent intubation, the spirit of a selfless doctor in him came to the fore, to the extent of removing his own oxygen cannula to help with the medical procedure for the other. The lack of oxygen supply during the time interval led to severe damage of his own lungs, leading to his airlifting to Chennai and admission in a corporate hospital. The long and specialised critical care including using life support systems, antimicrobial medicines and physiotherapy helped in improving his condition. The latest diagnosis revealed that he has completely recovered, without any lungs transplant, which was initially considered necessary. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


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In Karnataka 3,691 new Covid-19 cases and 44 deaths were reported yesterday. During the same time 7,740 persons have recovered in the state. The Recovery rate is 89 percent and case fatality rate is 1.4 percent. More from our Correspondent:-


"According to  the State health bulletin, 188 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported in Mysuru, 128 in Vijayapura, 123 in Mandya, 122 in Dakshina Kannada, 114 in Hassan and 103 in Shivamogga. The health department said three deaths each took place in Ballari and Dharwad, two each in Uttara Kannada, Mysuru and Kalaburagi. Most of those who died of Coronavirus were above 50 and they had Severe Acute Respiratory Illness or Influenza  like Illness. There were as many as 66,701 tests done yesterday including 52,316  RT-PCR  tests. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU".


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All schools in the National Capital will remain closed till further orders in view of COVID-19. The current online and semi-online modules of studies will continue. This was stated by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in New Delhi today. He also informed that the city government has decided to increase 1,330 seats in the colleges under Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.


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World Health Organization has said, Europe's daily Covid deaths rose by nearly 40% compared to the previous week. WHO spokeswoman Dr Margaret Harris said France, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Russia accounted for the majority of cases which increased by a third. 


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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, DGCA today said, International scheduled commercial passenger flights from India will remain suspended until 30th November. However, International cargo flights and passenger flights approved by the government will continue to remain operational. The Civil Aviation regulator said, International scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes on case to case basis.


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The air-connectivity between Bangladesh and India resumed today with two flights leaving Dhaka under the air-bubble arrangement between the two countries. The service was inaugurated at the Hazrat Shahjalal airport in Dhaka by the High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami and the Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Air Vice Marshal Mafidur Rahman. The first two flights operated by the US-Bangla airlines left for Kolkata and Chennai from Dhaka  this morning. The opening of the flights has come as a big relief to people travelling between the two countries. It has been welcomed specially by the people who needed urgent medical support in India.Thanking the Civil Aviation Ministry for the start of the air-bubble service, High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami said that it will be especially useful for people with medical requirements. 


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In Kerala, the former Principal Secretary of Chief Minister Mr. M. Shivashankar, who is allegedly involved in the Gold Smuggling case, is being taken into custody by Enforcement Directorate in Thiruvananthapuram today.


The Kerala High Court had dismissed the anticipatory bail application of Mr Shivashankar today, soon after which the Enforcement Directorate had taken him into custody. Mr Shivashankar is being taken to Kochi where his arrest is reported to be recorded today.


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National Investigation Agency today conducted searches at ten locations in Srinagar and Bandipora in Jammu and Kashmir. it also conducted searches at one location in Bangalore in connection with a case pertaining to certain so-called NGOs and Trusts raising funds in India and abroad in the name of charitable activities and then using those funds for carrying out secessionist and separatist activities in J&K. The NIA had registered a case earlier this month on receipt of credible information in this regard.


During the search, several incriminating documents and electronic devices have been seized.


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The Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is celebrated as a National Integration Day. Popularly known as the Iron Man of India, Sardar Patel has played an important role in the integration of Independent India. Born in Nadiad of Kheda district in Gujarat on 31st October 1875, Sardar Patel also played a key role in the launching of the most successful milk cooperative movement in Gujarat. More from our correspondent:-


During the early forties under the British rule, the milk contractors of Polson company in Kheda district were supplying the milk to the Bombay Milk Scheme. But, due to its monopoly, they exploited the milk producing farmers. After the growing discontent in the farmers, they met Sardar Patel in 1942. Sardar Patel had advised them  to create the farmers' cooperative.On his advice, farmers of Kheda District launched a campaign to organize a dairy cooperative, which paved the way for the AMUL model of dairy development in India. Today, the Amul dairy under the milk cooperative movement provides round the year market to the milk producers. Effective governance by elected representatives of farmers and professional management are the main features of this milk cooperative. The profits are being shared by the members of the dairy cooperatives on an equitable basis. The man behind this movement was none other than Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad.


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The North-East Monsoon has set in today. The monsoon covers the whole of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and parts of Southern Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, Karnataka and Kerala.


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


The National Capital Delhi will have haze. The minimum temperature was 14 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.


Mumbai will see mainly clear sky. The Minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 35 degrees.


Chennai will see generally cloudy sky with light rain. The Minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 29 degrees.


Kolkata will have a Partly cloudy sky. The Minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.


Jammu will witness mainly clear sky. The Minimum temperature was 13 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 31 degrees.

Srinagar will see mainly clear sky. The temperature will oscillate between zero and 22 degrees Celsius.


Leh in Ladakh will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was minus six degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 15 degrees Celsius.


In Muzzafarrabad, the temperature will hover between 10 and 27 degrees Celsius. The town will see mainly clear sky.


Gilgit will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was two degrees Celsius and the maximum is expected to be around 25 degrees.


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In Indian Premier League Cricket,in today's fixture, Mumbai Indians will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi. Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Delhi Capitals by 88 runs at Dubai last night. Put into bat first, Hyderabad posted mammoth score of 219 for two in 20 overs riding on Wriddhiman Saha 87 off 45 and David Warner 66 off 34. Chasing the huge target, Delhi were all out at 131 in 19 overs. For Hyderabad, Rashid Khan conceded just seven runs and scalped three wickets.


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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the government is committed to facilitate the Army in their forward movement on the road to reforms and will help them in achieving advantages in all areas. Addressing the Army Commanders' Conference in New Delhi today, he said, the initiatives undertaken by the Indian Army in the current security environment makes him proud.


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