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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Ahmedabad, Pune and Hyderabad tomorrow to review COVID-19 vaccine development and manufacturing process.

  • COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 93.65 per cent.

  • Chief Economic Advisor says Gross Domestic Product estimates more encouraging than anticipated in Quarter two; Agriculture sector registers 3.4 per cent growth.

  • Environment Minister Prakash Javadeker launches India Climate Change Knowledge Portal.

  • All arrangements in place for first phase of District Development Council elections in Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow.

  • In Cricket: Australia beat India by 66 runs in opening ODI of three-match series 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. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a three city visit tomorrow to personally review the COVID-19 vaccine development and  manufacturing process. The Prime Minister's Office in a tweet said that Mr Modi will visit Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad, Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad and  Serum Institute of India in Pune.

It said, as India enters a decisive phase of the fight against COVID-19, Prime Minister's  visit to these facilities and discussions with the scientists will help him get a first hand perspective of the preparations, challenges and roadmap in India’s endeavour to vaccinate its citizens.

Mr Modi will first visit Zydus Cadila Pharmaceutical’s vaccine development facility at Zydus Biotech Park near Ahmedabad tomorrow morning to personally review the Covid vaccine development process.

AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that the Zydus plant which is working on ZyCoV-D, a Covid19 vaccine candidate is located in Changodar area of Ahmedabad Gujarat. A helipad facility has been set up close to the plant for the Prime Minister’s visit.

After his visit to Ahmedabad, the Prime Minister is expected to  fly to Pune, to visit the Serum Institute to review the production of corona vaccine COVISHIELD. Our Pune Correspondent reports that Mr. Modi will discuss with the concerned officials the overall supply and distribution system after the successful testing of this vaccine.

According to the schedule, after arrival at Lohegaon airport, the Prime Minister will be flown directly to Serum Institute by a special helicopter and will be at the institute for about an hour.

After the visit to the institute, Prime Minister will leave for Hyderabad from Lohegaon Airport.

Our Correspondent says, the Prime Minister is scheduled to arrive at Hakimapet Air Force Station, Hyderabd tomorrow afternoon.

Mr.Modi is expected to reach the vaccine manufacturing facility of Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) and review the Covid-19 Vaccine manufacturing process. The BBIL is engaged in the manufacturing of  COVID-19 vaccine called Covaxin in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). More From Our Correspondent:

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to interact with the scientists and others concerned at the BBIL facility during his brief visit to Hyderabad tomorrow. Currently the phase-III clinical trials of the vaccine candidate are underway by involving over 25 thousand volunteers in 22 states across the country. The vaccine has been already tested on around thousand volunteers during I and II phases of the trails. The prime minister’s visit highlights the importance that the Government is attaching for fast production of vaccine for COVID-19. Lakshmi, AIRNEWS, Hyderabad"


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.


With 43 thousand 82 new COVID19 infections, the country's total cases went up to 93 lakh 9 thousand 7 hundred 88. The Health Ministry said, with 492 new deaths, the death toll has gone up to to 1 lakh 35 thousand 7 hundred 15. Total active cases now stand 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. The recovery rate has reached 93.65 per cent.


Over 11 lakh 31 thousand COVID samples were tested in the country in the 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 a 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 WHO.


In Nagaland, total cases of COVID-19 affected people have reached 11091 with 31 new cases reported today.

In a tweet, Health and family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom said, 211 patients recovered today taking the total number of recoveries to 9699 in the state. The recovery rate has improved to 87.45 percent in Nagaland. One COVID death was also reported from Kohima today adding the total COVID deaths in the state to 57. Presently there are 1219 active corona cases in the state.


Kerala reported more Covid recoveries than positive cases today, as 3966 new cases were confirmed while 4544 people recovered from the infection in the State.

The total number of active cases in Kerala has reduced to 63,885. Meanwhile 23 deaths were reported today, taking the  Covid death toll in the State to 2171.


In Maharashtra, as intense screening is on for passengers arriving from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa by road and trains, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai has created a dedicated zone for domestic passengers arriving from these four states. The passengers are required to undergo the RT-PCR test upon their arrival at the airport. They are directed to the test zone located near the baggage carousel to undertake the test before exiting the airport. More from our correspondent:-

"Passengers arriving at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport  from Delhi, Goa, Gujarat and Rajasthan are required to provide proof of a negative RT-PCR test prior to boarding their flight or undertake the test upon arrival at Mumbai. Since the implementation of the new directive on 25th November 2020, CSMIA has tested over 200 passengers who have arrived from these earmarked regions, of which none have tested positive for COVID-19 so far. On the other hand, 3 passengers arrived in Mumbai by railway were found positive in the screenings of almost 13 thousand 253 passengers at various railway stations. Similar screenings are being done at various check posts on the border connecting Gujarat and Goa by road. With Kunal Shinde, Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai"


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) has been relentlessly reaching-out to the poor and the needy people in the wake of the prevailing Cornavirus pandemic.

In Awantipora Pulwama, Police distributed COVID-19 safety kits among the needy people and destitutes under civic action programme. The distribution function was organised at Police Station Awantipora in the presence of SSP Awantipora Tahir Saleem in which essential items, Covid-19 safety kits which includes steam vaporizer, face shield, surgical masks, Oximeter, digital thermometer, hand sanitizer, hand gloves, hand wash and other related items were distributed among poor and needy people of the area.


Ladakh would be getting four RT PCR machines and two  biosafety cabinets to augment the COVID testing in the Union Territory. Council of Scientific & Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Jammu based organ Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine  Director Dr. D. Srinivasa Reddy said that their Institute has  hired and trained manpower to work in the COVID testing facilities at Leh and Kargil. A team of scientists, headed by Dr. Srinivasa Reddy, held a meeting with UT-Ladakh Health Commissioner/Secretary Rigzin Samphel, today discussed various covid management initiatives by  CSIR-IIIM.


Dr. Namrata Sharma, Professor at the Eye Center at 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 sanitising hands and maitaining 'do gaz ki doori' is the only way to fight the CoronaVirus.


India and United Kingdom today reiterated their shared desire to impart a quantum jump to the partnership in the post-COVID, post-BREXIT era . During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s telephonic talk with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, the two leaders exchanged thoughts about the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the leaders  reviewed the promising cooperation between India and UK in the area of vaccine development and manufacturing.

The leaders agreed that there was tremendous potential for enhancing collaboration in trade and investment, scientific research, mobility of professionals and students, and defence and security. They laid particular emphasis on India and UK joining hands in the fight against Climate Change, and appreciated their collaboration under platforms like the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. The leaders also agreed that officials from both sides would continue their work to quickly finalise an ambitious long-term roadmap for the India-UK partnership.


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.

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Education Minister  Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually released a compilation of initiatives undertaken by School Education Department during COVID-19 pandemic in New Delhi today.

Releasing the compilation, Mr Pokhriyal highlighted that Department of School Education and  Literacy has taken several initiatives including  PM e-Vidya, Pragyata Guidelines, Manodarpan for Psycho-social support, Alternative Academic Calender to ensure that the school going students do not lag behind in their studies during COVID-19 pandemic. He  expressed happiness that these initiatives have contributed a lot in mitigating the impact of the pandemic.

He said, the Ministry has come out with several measures to remodel and re-imagine the way teaching and learning have happened so far. Mr Pokhriyal lauded the efforts of the officials of the Ministry to introduce many new suitable methods of delivering quality education through a healthy mix of schooling at home and schooling at school.


Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today called for a mass movement to promote digital literacy in the country. Virtually launching Adi Shankara Digital Academy at Kaladi in Kerala, the birthplace of Adi Shankaracharya, Mr Naidu said that information is the main commodity in the present-day knowledge society and whoever has quick access to information has the advantage. He called ‘digitalisation as the medium of access to such information. Drawing attention towards the unprecedented disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, he said that it has forced millions of students out of classrooms due to closure of schools and the world community is trying to address this challenge by adopting online education.


Chief Economic Advisor K V Subramanian has said that  India's Gross Domestic Product, GDP of second quarter of 2020-21 is quite encouraging in comparision to the first quarter. Talking to media persons in New Delhi today, he said, manufacturing has recorded a positive growth of 0.6 per cent, and utility has grown by 4.4 per cent and Agriculture grew by 3.4 per cent in second quarter. Mr Subramanian said that the broad recovery is underway.

India's GDP contracted by 7.5 per cent in the second quarter from July to September of 2020-21. According to the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Gross Value Added (GVA) came in at minus 7 per cent.

Some sectors have bounced back with resumption of economic activities. The electricity, gas, water supply and other utility services have shown a growth of 4.4 per cent. It said, agriculture, forestry and fishing sector grew at 3.4 per cent and manufacturing sector showed a marginal growth of 0.6 per cent.

Agriculture appeared to be one of the few bright spots for the second straight quarter amid a grim GDP performance clocking a growth of 3.4 percent at constant prices in the July- September quarter as per the data released by National Statistical Office (NSO) today. In the April-June quarter of 2020-2021, the agriculture sector had surpassed the overall GDP growth by clocking a 3.4 percent growth.  


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today held Video Conference with Secretaries of the Ministries of Power, Mines and Department of Atomic Energy and the CMDs of 10 Cental Public Sector Enterprises CPSEs of these Ministries, to review the capital expenditure (CAPEX) in this financial year.

This was 5th in the ongoing series of meetings that the Finance Minister held with various stakeholders to accelerate the economic growth in the background of COVID - 19 pandemic. Ministry of Finance in a statement said that the overall achievement as on 23rd of this month is 24 thousand 227 crore rupees against the CAPEX target of 61 thousnad 483 crore rupees for 2020-21.

While reviewing the performance of CPSEs, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that CAPEX by CPSEs is a critical driver of economic growth and need to be scaled up for the fiscal year  2020-21 and 2021-22. She appreciated the efforts of the Ministries and CPSEs for making visible efforts to meet out the CAPEX targets.


Secretary General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Vladimir Norov has praised "Self-Reliant India" initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that it deserves high attention.

Ahead of 19th Council of Heads of government of SCO on November 30, 2020 hosted by India in video conference format, he spoke to Prasar Bharati Special Correspondent in Beijing, Anshuman Mishra in an Exclusive interview. He said that ‘Self Reliant India’ aims to strengthen industry, medium and small enterprises, which are the livelihood of millions of people in India.

" The Self-Reliant India" initiative voiced by Mr. Modi deserves high attention. It aims to strengthen industry, Medium and Small enterprises which are the lifehood of millions of people in India. I am confident that the initiative will have a multiplier effect on the world economy, as well as will contribute to the early recovery of the economies of the SCO member States in the post-Pandemic period and to intensification of multi-faceted trade and economic cooperation within the Organization."

Mr. Norov said that with India's accession to SCO, new opportunities for further development and deepening of full-scale cooperation have opened up.

He noted that India continues to expand its trade and economic relations with the SCO countries. Since joining the SCO, bilateral trade of India with other SCO member states has increased by 27 percent between 2017 and 2018, compared to the previous period. He said, at a time when the world is suffering from coronavirus pandemic, India plans to seize opportunities presented by the crisis, which will also benefit peoples and countries of the SCO region.


Key domestic indices today fell marginally even as global stocks were up. The rupee also weakened 26 paise against the US currency. A report from the business world:

"Sensex declined 110 points or 0.25 percent to settle at 44,150. The NSE Nifty-50 index also fell 18 points or 0.14 percent to settle at 12,969. The broader market at BSE outperformed the Sensex as the BSE Mid-Cap index surged 1.91 percent while the BSE Small-Cap index zoomed 2.4 percent. In the forex market, the rupee depreciated 16 paise and settled at 74 rupees and five paise against the US dollar. At Multi Commodity Exchange, Gold prices today rose marginally by 54 rupees to 48,571 rupees per 10 gram. Divergently, silver fell 90 rupees to 59,783 rupees per kilogram. And... In intra-day trade, Brent crude prices were trading around 48 dollars and 10 cents per barrel while WTI crude prices were around 45 dollars and 30 cents per barrel. Arjun Choudhary for AIR news.


Minister of Environment,Forest and Climate Change  Prakash  Javadeker today launched the India Climate Change Knowledge Portal. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Javadekar said, the portal will have all the major steps the  Government is taking at both national and international levels to address  the climate change issues.

 "एक नया पोर्टल शुरू किया जा रहा है इंडिया क्लाइमेट नॉलेज पोर्टल, जिसमें जितने भी भारत के क्लाइमेट एक्शन् हैं वो दिखेंगे। यानि क्लाइमेट प्रोफाइल क्या है भारत की, कैसी भूमि है, कैसी हवा है, कैसी परिस्थिति है, कैसी हमारी पॉलिसी है। एडेप्टेशन और मिटिगेशन मार्ट देने के लिए हम क्या कर रहे हैं। हमने जो पेरिस में लक्ष् रखे हैं वो क्या है। जब आगे-आगे बढ़ता जाएगा, तो वो भी उसमें होगा। द्विवीपक्षीया और बहुपक्षीय ऐसे जो समझौते होते हैं, सहयोग होता है उसकी जानकारी होती जाएगी तब उसमें दिखेगा।"

The portal will be a single-point information resource that provides information on the different climate initiatives taken by various Line Ministries enabling users to access d status on these initiatives. 

With regard to climate actions after Paris Agreement, Mr Javadekar said, India has practically achieved  its  pre-2020 climate action targets. He said, though India is not  responsible for climate change but  it is taking responsible action to mitigate the challenge. Mr Javadekar also demanded that other countries must commit for the advance commitments of Kyoto Protocol which has not been followed by the countries that must be done.


Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has sought the  help of journalists in eradicating Tuberculosis by 2025. Addressing the students of Indian Institute of Mass Communication digitally, Dr Vardhan said that the active participation of journalists will help in large scale awareness generation among public.

Applauding the efforts of journalists during the times of crisis due to pandemic from the last 11 months, he said that Journalists have worked round the clock from ground zero to provide information to the public.


In Jammu and Kashmir, all necessary arrangements have been put in place to conduct the first ever District Development Council (DDC) elections and the Panchayat by-elections.

The elections are being held in eight phases while the first phase begins tomorrow. Fool proof mechanism has been put in place by synergised efforts for the elections, which would go a long way in ensuring decentralization of powers to the grass-root level in Jammu and Kashmir. More from our Srinagar Correspondent :-

"The first phase of the eight-phased District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir is scheduled to take place tomorrow. A total of 43 DDC constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir will go for polls, out of which 25 constituencies are in Kashmir valley and the rest 18 constituencies are in Jammu Division.  2,644 polling stations have been established in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to conduct free and fair elections. The State Election Commissioner Mr. KK Sharma has directed for setting-up of special polling stations for Kashmiri Migrants at Jammu and Udhampur so that they can exercise their right to franchise. Meanwhile, the State Election Commissioner Mr. KK Sharma has said that the necessary COVID-19 protocols have been put in place for conducting the elections in a safer environment. Sunil Koul AIR News, Srinagar"


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, CAA. The 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 have been notified yet.


Delhi police has appealed to the protesting farmers to maintain peace. After discussion with the farmer leaders, the police has permitted the protesting farmers inside Delhi to hold peaceful protest at Nirankari ground, Burari in Delhi.


Australia beat India by 66 runs in the opening ODI of the three-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground this evening. After setting a target of 375 runs, Australia restricted India to 308 for eight in 50 overs. For India, Hardik Pandya was the highest scorer with 90 off 76 balls. For hosts, Adam Zampa claimed 4 wickets.

Earlier, Australia posted an imposing 374 for six in stipulated 50 overs after electing 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.

The 2nd ODI will be played on November 29 and the final ODI on December 2 in Sydney.


The weather forecast for tomorrow.

The National capital Delhi will have mist in the morning and temperatures will vary between 10 and 24 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will observe Mainly Clear sky and the temperature will vary between 21 and 34 degree Celsius.

Chennai will have Generally cloudy sky and temperature will hover between 19 and 35 degree Celsius.

Kolkata is likely to have partly cloudy sky and temperature will hover between 18 degree Celsius and 29 degree Celsius.

Srinagar will have a Mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Temperature will hover between minus two degree celsius and twelve degrees.

Jammu will have a Mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening and temperature will vary between 9 and 22 degree celsius.

In Leh, Mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will vary between minus ten and two degree celsius.

Gilgit will have a Mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening and temperature will hover between 4 and 12 degree celsius.

Muzaffarabad will have a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will move from five to 17 degree Celsius.


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