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President Ram Nath Kovid asserts government remains singularly devoted to farmers' welfare            A self-reliant India manufactured its own COVID vaccine and added a glorious chapter to well being of humanity says the President            72nd Republic Day will be celebrated tomorrow with grandeur and enthusiasm            Prime Minister on occasion of Rashtriya Bal Puraskar awards ceremony asks children to commit to three pledges of consistency, country and humility            National Voters' Day observed across the country           

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  • COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 93.65 per cent; Cumulative testing figure crosses 13 crore 70 lakh mark.

  • Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurates  Highway projects of more than 7400 crore rupees in Uttar Pradesh.

  • All arrangements in place for first phase of DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir. 

  • India and UAE review comprehensive strategic partnership and agree to continue coordination on various multilateral issues.

  • In Cricket,  Australia set a target of 375 runs for India in the opening ODI at Sydney.


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. 


With 43 thousand 82 new COVID19 infections, the country's total cases went up to 93 lakh 9 thousand 7 hundred 88. Health Ministry said, with 492 new deaths, the death toll has gone up to 1 lakh 35 thousand 7 hundred 15. Total active cases now at 4 lakh 55 thousand 5 hundred 55. Total discharged cases reached 87 lakh 18 thousand 5 hundred 17 with 39 thousand 3 hundred 79 new discharges in the last 24 hours. Recovery rate has reached 93.65 per cent.


Over 11 lakh 31 thousand  samples were tested for COVID in the country in last 24 hours. With this, the cumulative testing figure has reached 13 crore 70  lakh. The Central Government and ICMR have scaled up the TESTING infrastructure in a calibrated manner.


The Health Ministry has said that very high levels of testing lead to early identification, prompt isolation and effective treatment of COVID-19 cases. It said, this also leads to low Fatality Rate. Higher volumes of testing have also ensured lower daily positivity rate which continues to remain below 4 per cent. The country is undertaking almost 5 times the number of daily tests per million of the population as per the standards prescribed by the WHO.


In Mizoram, 23 fresh cases of coronavirus infection were detected in the past 24 hours. With this, the total number of Covid19 positive cases rose to 3788. The recovery rate has also improved to 89.03 percent.


According to the state medical bulletin, the state has also recorded 33 cases of recovery in the past 24 hours. So far, 3,352 infected people have recovered. The number of active cases presently stands at 431.


Tripura registered 50 new cases of Coronavirus while 58 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery from the virus in the past 24 hours. With this the tally rose to 32,578.


In the state, so far 31,476 people infected with Coronavirus have been cured while the recovery rate has further improved to 96.69 percent. Presently, 709 infected people are undergoing treatment in different Covid care centres.


In Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has clarified that the state government has no plan to impose another lockdown or weekend closure in view of rising Covid -19 cases in the state. Meanwhile, the state government has reduced the price for both RT-PCR and antigen tests. The secretary of health Amit Negi has issued an order implementing revised prices for RT-PCR and antigen testing with immediate effect with the aim of curbing the spread of Covid -19 pandemic after the festive season. Antigen testing from  accredited private laboratories will cost 679 rupees.


Meanwhile, the state Health Department recorded 355 fresh Covid -19  cases in the state. According to a health bulletin released late last evening, 317 people have  recovered. The Covid recovery rate is 91.05 percent in the state.


Telangana has reported 761 fresh COVID cases during the past 24 hours. With this the total COVID cases reported in the state has gone up to 2 lakh 67 thousand 665. The state conducted over 42 thousand tests yesterday. The recovery rate slightly improved to 95.4 per cent with 702 more people recovering yesterday. This took the number of recovered people so far in the state to 2 lakh 55 thousand 378.


Meanwhile, the daily bulletin issued by the state Medical and Health department this morning reported a total of 1448 deaths so far with 4 more people succumbing to COVID and comorbidities during the past 24 hours. Currently, the state has over 10 thousand active cases out of which over 8 thousand are in home isolation.


In Karnataka, the pandemic is showing a decline with reduced positivity and  fatality rate. It reported 1505 new cases of Covid 19 and 12 related fatalities yesterday. At the same time, 1067 patients were discharged after recovery thereby taking the recovery rate to over 95 percent. The Positivity rate reported yesterday was 1.25 percent and Case Fatality rate of 0.79 percent.

The high testing rates and early detection of infections has helped contain the pandemic in the state. Over one crore six lakh nine thousand tests are conducted in the state till now. Bengaluru urban district with highest positivity and case fatality rate is also showing a decline in number of new cases and deaths. The Health department has opened testing camps on road sides at every nook and corner of Bengaluru city. On an average over 50000 tests are conducted every day. The number of deaths in October was 897 which has come down to 233 this month. The case fatality rate was 0.89 percent last month and this month it is 0.82 percent. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru


In Puducherry, the downward trend in Covid 19 infection continued  with 16 new cases, the lowest in recent months, being reported today.

According to the COVID-19 status report given by the health department, 9 new cases reported from puducherry, each one case from Karaikal and Yanam regions and 5 cases reported from Mahe region. As many as  46 persons were discharged from hospitals. Presently, 210 persons are being treated in hospitals and another 304 positive cases are under home isolation. And now the recovery rate stands at 96.95 percent and the fatality rate comes down to 1.65 percent. Chandra Mohan/Puducherry.


In Madhya Pradesh, the clinical trial of the third phase of Corona's covaxin started today. The clinical trial of Phase III of the Indian Council of Medical Research and Bharat Biotech International's Corona vaccine will be conducted in various hospitals in Bhopal.

"This vaccine will be administered to the volunteers who are being registered themselves for vaccination. The booster dose of vaccine will be administered after 28 days. The health of each volunteer involved in the trial will be continuously monitored. The vaccine will be administered to many people in Bhopal. The ICMR has sent 1 thousand doses of vaccine, which will be administered to the volunteers in the next 10 days. On the other hand, talking to the media, State Home Minister Narottam Mishra said that it is a very remarkable achievement that the vaccine trial is starting from today. -Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal


In Maharashtra, the Navi Mumbai municipal corporation has sought reports of  Covid tests from the centres where testing was done in the city. Municipal commissioner, Abhijit Bangar has issued the directives in the wake of reports of wrongly incorporating the names of people who have not undergone Covid tests.

Irregularities in the compilation of Covid test reports have surfaced in Navi Mumbai where people who have not undertaken the tests have been marked negative. The names of the people have been enlisted in the category under the contact tracing of Covid positive patient. However, it has come to light that all the members in the family have been shown as tested negative when only one member has undergone the corona test. BJP Leader Pravin Darekar who met the Navi Mumbai municipal commissioner has demanded to conduct an enquiry into the incident. After which, it will be ascertained whether the discrepancy happened only at one Covid centre or at all the 24 centres in the city. With Swapna Haralkar from Navi Mumbai, Kunal Shinde, AIR News Mumbai


In Gujarat, five patients died in a fire that broke out in the ICU of private Covid hospital in Rajkot late last night. Fire broke out in Uday Shivanand Covid Hospital in Mavdi area of Rajkot, where about 33 covid patients were admitted for treatment. Six persons have been rescued with burn injuries and admitted to the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Government hospital. Other patients have been evacuated from fire and shifted to the nearby hospital.


According to fire brigade officials, fire broke out on the second floor of the ICU due to short circuit in the medical equipment.


Meanwhile, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced a high level inquiry into the incident and announced 4 lakh rupees to  kin of each victim.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep grief over the loss of lives. He said, his thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones in the tragedy and prayed for quick recovery of the injured.


Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Indian pharmaceutical company Hetero have agreed to produce over 100 million doses per year in India of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19. According to a statement on the Sputnik V Twitter account, Hetero and the RDIF, which has been backing the vaccine and marketing it globally, plan to start production of Sputnik V in India at the beginning of 2021. The statement said that Phase II and III trials are ongoing in India. Drugmaker Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd has said it expects late-stage trials to be completed by as early as March 2021.


Dr. Namrata Sharma, Professor at the Eye Center at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, says touching eyes and face unnecessarily is dangerous in the times of Covid19. Dr. Sharma told AIR News that wearing a mask, washing or sanitizing hands and maintaining 'do gaz ki doori' is the only way to fight the Corona Virus.


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 .


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in the 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio at 11 AM on Sunday. It will be the 71st episode of the monthly radio programme. It will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and also on AIR News website www.newsonair.com and newsonair Mobile App. It will also be streamed live on the YouTube channels of AIR, DD News, PMO and Information and Broadcasting Ministry. AIR will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. The regional language versions will be repeated at eight in the evening.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, all  arrangements are in place for the first phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections to be held tomorrow. In the first phase voting will take place in 25 constituencies in Kashmir Division  and 18 in Jammu Division. The State Election Commissioner Mr K K Sharma  said elections are being held in eight phases.

The State Election Commissioner said the necessary COVID-19 Protocols have also been put in place for ensuring the forthcoming elections in a safe environment.


Our Jammu Correspondent reports that 2,644 polling stations have been set up and voting will take place from 7 AM to 2 PM.

"The DDC elections, the first major political activity since the abrogation of Article 370 provisions, will be held in eight phases from November 28 to December 19. The polling will take place through ballot boxes while there will be postal ballots for COVID-19 patients or those in isolation, senior citizens and those who are physically unwell. All mainstream political parties, including PDP, National Conference, People's Conference and Congress are contesting the polls as a united front against BJP and formed People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration to counter BJP and its alliance in the region while demanding the restoration of pre-August 5 status for J&K. The campaigning for the first phase polls ended on Thursday evening in a peaceful manner. The first phase voting will decide the fate of 1,475 candidates, out of which 296 candidates are contesting in the maiden DDC polls including 172 from Kashmir valley and 124 from Jammu region. In the first phase of DDC polls, 18 constituencies will go to polls in Jammu region. This is N. Gulshan Raina For AIR News, Jammu


External Affairs Minister, Dr.S.Jaishankar and his United Arab Emirate counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan have  held discussions on the entire range of bilateral issues. Dr.Jaishankar who was on a two day visit to the UAE,  briefed him on the progress made by India in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, both on the health and economic front. Both sides reviewed their cooperation on various facets of their comprehensive strategic partnership including trade, investment, infrastructure, energy, food security and defence. The two foreign ministers also discussed recent regional and international developments and agreed to continue coordination on various multilateral issues.


Dr.Jaishankar also called on Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and conveyed greetings from the Prime Minister  Narendra Modi and his appreciation of the UAE leadership for taking great care of Indians during the Covid-19 pandemic. 


In his virtual meeting with the representatives of the Indian community in Abu Dhabi,  Dr.Jaishankar  appreciated the work of the Indian associations in taking care of the community during the Covid pandemic. He assured them of the Government’s responsiveness on issues pertaining to post-Covid normalcy.


Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of 16 National Highway projects worth 7477 crore rupees in Uttar Pradesh yesterday. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was also present at the virtual function. These road projects worth 505 kilometers will enhance better connectivity, convenience and economic growth in the state. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gadkari said that National Highways works worth two lakh crore rupees are being undertaken in UP.


Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla today said, recent years have given the Indo-Nepal relationship a new momentum.  Delivering the  Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs Distinguished Lecture in Kathmandu, the Foreign secretay said, for India, Nepal is fundamental to its "Neighbourhood First” approach. He said, India’s development and modernisation are incomplete and intrinsically linked to the development and modernisation of neighbouring countries like  Nepal. Mr. Shringla said, India sees itself as Nepal’s foremost friend and development partner. He said Developmental experiences that the two countries share  have proved successful and beneficial. Given the similarities in environmental conditions and socio-economic challenges, there is so much India and Nepal  can learn from each other.

Foreign Secretary said, India's  aspiration of "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas” and Nepal's goal of "Samriddh Nepal, Sukhi Nepali” are compatible.


Mr.Shringla said, enhancing cross-border connectivity and infrastructure projects are also critical. They unlock potential of millions and in millions. He said, the spectrum of the  bilateral cooperation is all-encompassing. It traverses centuries, quite literally.

Foreign Secretary said, in his meetings with the President and the Prime Minister of Nepal, the Foreign Minister, and his  counterpart and other dignitaries and officials, there is no doubt that the two countries are on the same page and share the same vision.


The Odisha Assembly witnessed an impasse for the second day today over the murder of a minor girl in Nayagarh district of the state about 4 months ago. The house saw repeated adjournments on both the days with the opposition demanding the immediate resignation of the state agriculture minister Arun Sahu for allegedly shielding the main accused in the  minor's murder case. Meanwhile, the Speaker adjourned the house till 3 p.m. after the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik acceded to the demand of handing over of the case to a Special Investigation Team.

"The four-month old brutal murder of a 5-year old girl named 'Pari' came to hunt the state government with the self-immolation bid of the girl's parents in front of the state assembly a couple of days ago. Having been clued in by the victim's parents, the opposition has been mounting pressure on the government to remove the state agriculture minister for allegedly giving protection to the chief suspect in the murder case. The state government's handing over of the case to the crime branch of the state police has failed to pacify the frayed tempers of the opposition BJP and Congress, with the former upping its ante against the government, both inside and outside the house. They have also been demanding the matter to be investigated into by an SIT under the supervision of the high court to bring the real culprits to book. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar"

Still with Odisha, the rare 'Nagarjuna Besha,' of Lord Jagannath and Lord Balabhadra was held today in the world famous Sri Jagannath temple in Puri. The rare ritual of the Lords in warrior costumes, which comes after a gap of about 26 years, were performed without the presence of devotees this year, due to the ongoing pandemic. As per the ritual, Lord Jagannath and his divine sibling Lord Balabhadra are adorned in golden attire with 16 types of traditional weapons.


In an effort to guard against fake news being circulated on various platforms, we bring you our segment on Fact Check and Mythbusters.


It is being claimed across certain sections of social and digital media that the Central Government has notified rules for the Citizenship Amendment Act. Centre has termed this claim as fake and has informed that no such rules exist. It added that that no rules under the CAA Act has been notified yet.


A MiG-29K trainer aircraft met with an accident over the Arabian Sea last evening. The Navy has said that one pilot has been rescued while search by air and surface units is on for the second pilot. The Navy has informed that the incident took place at around 5 in the evening yesterday in the Arabian Sea. It added that a high-level inquiry has been ordered to investigate the matter.


In  Tamil Nadu, reports of losses to properties keep pouring in post-Cyclone Nivar. Weather experts say it appears to have had a landfall of lesser intensity as compared to earlier predictions. Reports say three people died of incidents relating to floods like treefall and electrocution in the state.


About 1600 hectares of paddy have suffered losses, besides damages to plantain, groundnut and tapioca crops. Nearly 1100 trees were uprooted and most of them have been cleared. The 77 electric poles that fell due to the fury of the cyclone have been restored by the state discom. However,a few  places in Chennai are reeling under flood waters and efforts to evacuate the stagnant waters are on.


Several pockets of Andhra Pradesh have been experiencing normal to heavy rain fall in the past 24 hours.


The paddy, cotton,horticulture and pulse crops have been either affected or damaged in several districts.


The Depression over South Coastal Andhra Pradesh and neighbourhood moved north northwards and weakened into a well marked low pressure area.


Under its influence light to moderate rainfall is likey at many places with heavy falls at isolated places over coastal Andhra Pradesh during next 24 hours.


Fishermen are advised not to venture into Westcentral Bay of Bengal and along and off south Andhra Pradesh coast during next 12 hours.


In order to formalize the registration process of the Vintage Motor Vehicles, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has sought  suggestions  to amend the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. At present, there are no rules for regulating the registration process of vehicles of heritage value.


The draft rules define Vintage Motor Vehicles as all two-wheelers and four-wheelers which are in personal use and are more than 50 years old from the date of their first registration. These include imported vehicles. Objective is to preserve and promote the heritage of old vehicles in India.The draft rules are avaialable on the Ministry's website.


It will soon be possible for the vehicle owners to appoint a nominee for their vehicles.  Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has invited suggestions and comments from public and all stakeholders on the proposed amendment to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 to facilitate the owner of the vehicle for nominating a person in the Registration Certificate, RC.The draft notification has been published by the Ministry.


Australia set a target of 375 runs for India in the opening ODI of the three-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

In reply India were 53 for 1 in 6 overs when reports last came in.

Earlier Australia won the toss and elected to bat first.  A. J Finch was the highest run-scorer for Australia with 114 runs off 124 deliveries. Skipper Steve Smith hit a breezy ton of 105  off 66 balls.  For India Mohammed Shami took three wickets while Jasprit Bumrah got one wicket.


Indian team has returned to action after staying away from international cricket for more than eight months due to COVID-19 pandemic. India will play three 3 ODIs, three T20s,  and four Tests during their two month stay in Australia. The 2nd ODI will be played on November 29 and the final ODI on December 2 in Sydney. The ODIs will be followed by three T20Is starting from December 4. The Test series will begin with a Day-Night game at Adelaide from December 17, followed by the Boxing Day Test match at Melbourne.


Live commentary of the match is being broadcast on FM Rainbow, Rajdhani, PB You Tube and other channels of All India Radio Delhi. Commentary can be listened alternately in Hindi and English from 8:30 AM till the end of the match.


Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju today felicitated the participants of ‘Fit India Mission 200 Kilometers’ walkathon  in New Delhi. Participants were awarded with special walkathon medals and certificates.  The walkathon which was  first of its kind, was organized by the ITBP in association with the Sports Ministry at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan recently to spread awareness about the ‘Fit India Mission’ of the Government of India.  Mr.Rijiju praised the efforts being undertaken by ITBP for its initiatives towards the ‘Fit India Mission’ and said that the Force had been instrumental in spreading the message of keeping India fit.


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


The National capital will have mainly clear sky with temperatures varying between 10 and 25 degree Celsius.


In Mumbai, sky will be mainly Clear  and the temperature will vary between 21 and 33 degree Celsius.


Chennai will have Generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will hover between 13 and 22 degree Celsius.


Kolkata is likely to have generally cloudy sky. The city observed a minimum temperature of 18 degree Celsius and is likely to experience maximum temperature of 26 degree Celsius.


Jammu witnessed a minimum temperature of 9 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 23 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.


Srinagar will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night.  The minimum temperature was  minus two degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 12 degree.


In Leh, sky will be mainly clear becoming partly cloudy towards afternoor or evening. The minimum temperature was minus 10 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around two degrees.


Gilgit will have mainly clear sky with temperature hovering between four degree celsius to 12 degrees.

Muzaffarabad will have mainly clear sky.


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