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22.11.2020

THE HEADLINES:


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, access to piped drinking water would improve health of poor families.

  • Prime Minister emphasises the need to fight climate change in integrated, comprehensive and holistic way.

  • High level Central Teams sent to Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh to support in COVID response and management.

  • Government aims to replace safeguard duty with custom duty to protect local manufacturers of solar equipments, says Power Minister R K Singh.

  • In ATP Tennis, Dominic Thiem to take on Daniil Medvedev in title clash tonight.


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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 today laid the foundation stone for several rural water projects in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra district of Vindhyachal region in Uttar Pradesh via video conference. The total estimated cost of the projects is over 5,555 crore rupees.

While laying the foundation stone of the 23 drinking water projects in the Vindhyachal region, the Prime Minister said, the drinking water projects in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra district will not only provide clean water to the people but it will also be helpful in eradicating several diseases.

The Prime Minister lamented that despite having a lot of resources, Vindhyachal or Bundelkhand regions became regions of deficiencies. He said, this region was neglected for decades after independence which forced many people to migrate from the region. The Prime Minister assured that when tap water connections reach all rural households of around three thousand villages, it will benefit more than 40 lakh people of the region.

"विंध्याचल  हो, बुंदेलखंड हो , ये पूरा क्षेत्र संसाधनों के बावजूद अभाव का क्षेत्र बन गया है। इतनी नदियां होने के बावजूद  इसकी पहचान सबसे अधिक प्यासे और सूखा प्रभावित क्षेत्रों की ही रही है। जब यहां के तीन हजार गांवों तक पाइप से पानी पहुंचेगा तो चालीस लाख से भी ज्यादा साथियों का जीवन बदल जाएगा। "

The Prime Minister asserted that these projects will resolve the water scarcity and irrigation issues paving the way for rapid development. The projects are planned to be completed in 24 months. The Prime Minister added that self-reliant India gets strength from self-reliant villages. During the last one and half years from the start of Jal Jeevan Mission, more than 2 crore 60 lakh families have been provided piped drinking water connection to their homes including lakhs of families in Uttar Pradesh as well.

"करीब करीब एक साल से भी अधिक समय हो गया है। इस दौरान देश में दो करोड़ साठ लाख से 

ज्यादा परिवारों को उनके घरों में नल से शुद्ध पीने का पानी पहुंचाने का इंतजाम हो चुका है। आज जो परियोजनाएं शुरू हो रही हैं उससे भी इस अभियान को और गति मिलेगी। इसके अलावा अटल भूजल योजना के तहत पानी के स्तर को बढ़ाने के लिए जो काम हो रहा है वो भी इस क्षेत्र को बहुत मदद करने वाला है।"

Village Water and Sanitation Committees or Paani Samiti have been constituted in all these villages, who will shoulder the responsibility of operation and maintenance.

The Prime Minister urged the people to remain against Corona as the danger still lingers and asked the people to maintain basic precautions with great sincerity.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that nine water treatment projects are for Mirzapur district and 14 for Sonbhadra district. 

"इसमें नौ पाइप पेय जल परियोजनाएं जनपद मिर्जापुर की और चौदह पाइप पेयजल की परियोजना जनपद सोनभद्र की हैं। मिर्जापुर के सोलह सौ  छह गांव, जनपद सोनभद्र के 1389 गांव इन परियोनाओं के निर्माण से लाभान्वित होने जा रहे हैं और सबसे बड़ी बात ये है कि दस वर्षों तक इन परियोजनाओं के कार्य पूरा होने के उपरांत उनके संरक्षण का दायित् भी कार्यदायी संस्था के द्वारा ग्राम पंचायत के साथ मिलकर  किया जाएगा।"

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A multi-disciplinary Technical Committee in the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti has recommended five technologies in Drinking Water and  Sanitation to provide Field Level Solutions to the States.The recommendation by the Committee would help the states and Union Territories to use these technologies depending on their requirement and suitability. These technologies were appraised at different levels before consideration and recommendation by the Technical Committee.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today emphasised  that climate change must be fought in an integrated, comprehensive and holistic way and not in silos. Speaking at the G-20 summit virtually, he said that keeping focus on fighting climate change is equally important while we are trying to save citizens and economies from the effects of the global pandemic. 

"Today,  we are focused on  saving our citizens and economies  from the effects of the global pandemic. Equally important is to keep  our focus on  fighting climate change. Climate change must be fought not in silos but in an integrated, comprehensive and holistic way. "

Mr Modi said, India has adopted  low-carbon and climate-resilient  development practices.

"India has adopted low-carbon and climate-resilient development practices. India is not only meeting our Paris Agreement targets, but also exceeding them. India has taken concrete action in many areas. 

 We have made LED lights popular. This saves 38 million tons of  Carbon Dioxide emissions per year. Smoke free kitchens have been provided to over 80 million households through our Ujjwala Scheme. There are efforts to eliminate single-use plastics."

The Prime Minister said, India is not only meeting  its Paris Agreement targets, but also exceeding them. Highlighting the efforts made by the government, the Prime minister said,  LED lights, have been made popular, which saves 38 million tons of Carbon Dioxide emissions per year. He said, smoke free kitchens have been provided to over 80 million households through our Ujjwala Scheme which is among the largest clean energy drives globally.

Saying  there are efforts to eliminate single-use plastics, country's  forest cover is expanding, the Prime Minister stated that the lion  and tiger  population is also increasing and we aim to restore  26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030. Mr Modi said, India is making  next-generation infrastructure such as  metro networks, water-ways and more.  Prime minister expressed confidence that India will meet  the goal of 175 Giga Watts of renewable energy  well before the target of 2022 and seek to achieve 450 Giga Watts by 2030. 

Saying, this is the best time for further increasing research and innovation in new and sustainable technologies, Mr Modi said all should do so with a spirit of cooperation and collaboration. He said, the entire world can progress faster if there is greater support of technology and finance to the developing world.

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Minister of state for Power and New and Renewable Energy R K Singh has said, India is going to replace the safeguard duty with the custom duty to protect the local manufacturers of solar equipments. He said, some countries are dumping solar equipments at very low prices in our country to destroy local manufacturers. Talking exclusively to AIR News, Mr. Singh said, India wants to expand its export base in the solar energy sector like wind energy wherein the country is not only self sufficient but also an exporter. He said, India has the maximum growth and demand of renewable energy as per capita energy consumption is very low in the country.

Talking about the production linked incentive scheme PM-KUSUM (Pradhan Mantri Kissan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Maha Abhiyan) to boost the local manufacturing sector, the Minister said, this scheme will further accelerate the manufacturing. Terming the PM-KUSUM scheme a second green revolution, Mr. Singh said, this scheme will benefit the farmers by providing subsidy for setting up solar pumps and solar power generation capacity on their barren lands.

The Minister said that the cost of solar power will come down in future with the increased efficiency of solar modules, cells and storage capacity. He said, this will help the consumer to a great extent by providing cheap electricity.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its programme SPOTLIGHT will broadcast an Interview with Minister of State Power and New & Renewable Energy, R K Singh on 3rd Global RE- INVEST 2020. This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.15 PM onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWSONAIR.COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can listen to it on our mobile app NEWSONAIR.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Multi-storeyed flats for Members of Parliament tomorrow at 11 AM via video conferencing. These flats are located at Dr B D Marg in New Delhi. Eight old bungalows, which were more than 80 years old, have been redeveloped to construct 76 flats. The construction of these flats has been completed with savings of about 14 percent from the sanctioned cost and without time overrun despite the impact of Covid-19. Several green building initiatives have been incorporated in the construction of these flats. They  include bricks made from fly ash and construction and demolition waste, double glazed windows for thermal insulation and energy efficiency, energy efficient LED light fittings, air conditioners with VRV system for low power consumption,  rainwater harvesting system and rooftop solar plant. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will also be present on the occasion.

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Centre has rushed high level teams to Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh to support the states in their COVID response and management. These states have been either reporting a rise in the number of active cases, or demonstrating a rise in the daily new cases. These three-member teams will visit the districts reporting high number of COVID cases and support the State efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, and efficient clinical management of the positive cases. The Central teams shall also guide in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up. Earlier, Centre had sent high level teams to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Manipur, and Chhattisgarh.

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With 45 thousand 2 hundred and nine new cases, country's total COVID-19 cases went up to 90 lakh 95 thousand 8 hundred and seven. Health Ministry said, with 501 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the death toll has reached 1 lakh 33 thousand 2 hundred 27. The  Recovery Rate has improved to 93.69 per cent today as the country registered 43,493 new recoveries in the last 24 hours taking the total recovered cases to 85 lakh 21 thousand 6 hundred 17.

The actual caseload currently comprises only 4.85 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, total active cases stand at 4 lakh 40 thousand 9 hundred 62. According to the Health Ministry, 26 States and UTs have less than 20 thousand active cases, as on date. Seven states and UTs have active cases between 20 to 50 thousand whereas Maharashtra and Kerala are reporting more than 50 thousand caseload.

77.68 percent of the new recovered cases is contributed by ten states and UTs. Delhi registered 6,963 recoveries from COVID. Kerala reported 6719 and Maharashtra 4,088 new recoveries. 22.16 percent of new fatalities reported are from Delhi which reported 111 deaths. Maharashtra saw a fatality count of 62 while West Bengal reported another 53.

The ICMR said, a total of 13 crore 17 lakh 33 thousand 1 hundred 34 samples were tested for COVID19, in the country till yesterday.

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In Uttar Pradesh, on the instructions of the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the emphasis is being put on conducting more and more  Covid-19 tests in the wake of rising number of Corona cases at several places and in bordering districts to Delhi. Special vigilance is being done in the border districts and all the appropriate facilities are being provided in the hospitals and testing capacity has been increased. Random checking of people coming from Delhi is also being done so that people with infection may be identified and are given proper treatment. Additional Chief Secretary Health Amit Mohan Prasad said at Lucknow today that as of now one crore 79 lakh 85 thousand 811 samples for Corona have been tested in the state. He said that in the month of November, Corona positivity rate is prevailing at 1.6 per cent. Meanwhile during the last 24 hours, 2588 new cases of Corona were detected and presently there are 23806 active cases of Covid-19 in the state. As of now, a total 4 lakh 95 thousand 415 corona patients have been recorded and a total 7,559 people have died due to Covid 19 in the state. The Covid-19 recovery rate in the state is 94.04 percent.

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In Bihar, Covid -19 tests are being done on all newly elected legislators in view of the five - day winter session commencing from tomorrow. Eight MLCs took the test today before taking their oath. Assembly Secretary RK Singh said this arrangement has been made as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus pandemic. Arrangements have been made for conducting Covid -19 tests on the staff of the assembly and legislative council secretariats.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 97.12 per cent in Bihar. This is more than the national average. Over two lakh 23 thousand 615 patients have recovered so far from the infection in the state. The number of active cases in the state is continuously declining. Currently, five thousand 415 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals.

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Odisha government has said that the decision on the merger of schools having low enrolment is intended to improve the quality of education. Participating in a discussion on a motion on closure of schools in the state assembly today, the government clarified that it was not closure but only merger of schools to further strengthen the educational ecosystem. A report from our Bhubaneswar correspondent:

"Speaking to media outside the house, the School and Mass Education minister Sameer Ranjan Dash said that a total of 7772 primary and upper primary schools with less than 25 students each had been planned to be merged with nearby schools. He said that there are more than 14000 schools in the state which have a student strength of less than 40 each. However, the government had planned to merge 6048 schools with less than 20 students each and 1724 schools with less than 25 students each. He added that the exact number of schools that may face merger will now be decided in accordance with the new parameters of student strength as agreed to by the government in the assembly today. He said, only those schools with less than 20 students each in non- scheduled areas and 15 each in scheduled areas will face merger while still co-opting other local issues like natural barriers. The issue has created a ruckus in the state assembly yesterday leading to multiple adjournments with the opposition demanding the total scrapping of the proposal. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar."

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Covid recoveries continue to remain high in Kerala than fresh cases. Today 6,227 recoveries and 5,254 new cases were reported in the state. 48,015 samples were tested during the last 24 hours and test positivity rate is 10.94 per cent. The total number of active Covid cases in the state has been reduced to 65,856. Meanwhile, 27 recent deaths were also confirmed due to Covid today, taking the death toll in the State to 2049. At present, a total of 4,94,664 people have recovered in the state.

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In Maharashtra, pressure is building up among government, administration and health authorities to avoid the second wave of Covid-19 as the decreasing trend of number of patients has changed after Diwali and number of daily cases are again exceeding the number of recoveries. Although preparations are on for reopening 9 to 12 classes of schools in rural areas of Maharashtra, major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Nashik have become cautious and not opening the schools from tomorrow. More from our correspondent:

"After Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad, schools in Nagpur and Nashik cities will also remain closed till next month or till the decision of the local administration as parent associations as well as some public representatives are opposing the decision to reopen the schools. Leader of opposition in state assembly Devendra Fadnavis has appealed the government to rethink about the decision and do not implement it all over the state. Another MLC Kapil Patil has written a letter to the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in this regard and urged him to withdraw the condition of mandatory 50 percent attendance for the teachers in the schools in the state. On the other hand there is rise in active cases after registering continuos decline in the cases for last few days and it has increased the worries of the government, administration and health authorities. Government is leaving no stone unturned in the backdrop of the fear and urging the people to remain vigilant and follow all the guidelines to avoid the second wave. Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai."

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme tonight will bring you a Special discussion Programme on Covid-19. This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM onwards. Dr. N N Mathur, Director, Lady Hardinge Medical College will participate in the discussion. Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767 AND can also on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair. 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.

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Indian Navy is scheduled to host the 27th edition of India - Singapore Bilateral Maritime Exercise SIMBEX-20 from tomorrow  in Andaman Sea. It will continue till 25th of this month. The SIMBEX series of exercises between Indian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy being conducted annually since 1994, are aimed at enhancing mutual inter-operability and imbibing best practices from each other. The scope and complexity of these exercises has increased steadily over the past two decades to include advanced naval drills covering a wide spectrum of maritime operations. The 2020 edition of SIMBEX will witness participation by Indian Navy ships including destroyer Rana with integral Chetak helicopter and indigenously built corvettes Kamorta and Karmuk.

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National Cadet Corps (NCC), the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world celebrated its 72nd Raising Day today. The raising day function was marked by paying homage at the National War Memorial to the fallen heroes who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives. Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and DG NCC Lt. Gen Rajeev Chopra laid wreaths on behalf of the entire NCC fraternity.

Defence Secretary said the NCC cadets have contributed by participating selflessly during the COVID-19 pandemic as Corona warriors to spread awareness about measures to fight against the pandemic. The cadets and Associate NCC Officers led by example in activities such as ‘Ek Bharat Shresht Bharat’, ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Fit India’.

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In Assam, the Numaligarh Refinery Limited, NRL at Golaghat district is contributing towards the goal of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat. Talking to AIR Correspondent, Director (Technical) of the company Bhaskar Phukan said that steps are being taken for the benefit of local manufacturers, workers and contractors. Mr. Phukan also said that emphasis has also been given in skill development for the benefit of the youths. More from our correspondent:

"The NRL with the Mini Ratna PSU status has engaged  1000 workers at Numaligarh in 2 major projects. Technical Director of NRL Bhaskar Phukan said that 700 people are working in the bio refinery project where bamboo will be converted into ethanol. The project will be contributed into bio fuel in the region. He said that this year NRL will procure 350 crore rupees material where Indian vendors can take part in the process.

Mr. Phukan  informed that NRL has also invested in skill development and running ITI programs at Golaghat. Manas Pratim Sarma/AIR News/ Numaligarh. "

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In Tennis, World Number 3 Dominic Thiem will take on Daniil Medvedev in the title match at ATP Finals tonight. The match will begin at 11.30 PM IST.

Thiem defeated Novak Djokovic in a thrilling last-four clash to reach final. The 27-year-old Austrian appeared to be sliding to defeat when he trailed 0-4 in the third-set tiebreak but stormed back to claim a 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 victory at the London's O2 Arena. With the win, Thiem has reached the final for the second successive year.

In the other semifinal, fourth seeded Daniil Medvedev defeated the 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. Medvedev struggled early on in the match as Nadal bagged the first set 6-3. The Russian fought his way back to take the second set in a tie-breaker. Medvedev carried the rythm in the third set as he claimed the match with a scoreline of 3-6, 7-6, 6-3.

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The weather forecast for tomorrow.


The National capital will have fog in the morning and cloudy sky later with tempearture varying between 8 and 25 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will have clear sky and the temperature will vary between 22 and 33 degree Celsius.

Chennai is likely to have thunderstorm with rain and the temperature will hover between 23 and 31 degree Celsius.

Kolkata will have clear sky. The city will observe minimum temperature of  17 degree Celsius and  a maximum of 23 degree Celsius.

In Srinagar, light snow fall is expected. Temperature will hover between zero and seven degree Celsius. In Jammu, lower level of temperature will be 11 degree Celsius while upper level will be around 20 degrees. The city will have generally cloudy sky with light rain.

In Leh, sky will be cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature will be minus 10 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 2 degrees.

In Gilgit, the sky will be partly cloudy with temperature hovering between zero and 12 degree Celsius. Muzafarrabad is likely to have thunderstorm with rain. The temperature will move from six to 15 degree Celsius.

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The Low Pressure Area  over southwest  and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal persists. It is very likely to concentrate into a depression over Southwest Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours and intensify further into a cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards and cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mahabalipuram around 25th November  noon/afternoon.

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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the two days Ethnic Food Festival organised by Tourism Department concluded at Srinagar today with distribution of prizes and commendations among the winning and participating women. The prizes were distributed to the winners at a colourful event by the Director Tourism Kashmir, Nisar Ahmad Wani.

Earlier, the Department of Tourism received a group of 80 tourists from Maharashtra. Welcoming the tourists, the Director Tourism Kashmir informed that the Department has worked out a plan for reaching out to the tourists ever since the sector was opened up in the COVID unlocking process.

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