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Midday News

1400 HRS
14.10.2021

THE HEADLINES:


  • President Ram Nath Kovind reaches Leh on two-day visit to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir; To interact with jawans in Drass tomorrow.

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh presides over breakthrough blast of Sela tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh; lauds Border Roads Organization for commitment towards country's security and socio-economic development.

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lauds role of G20 in rallying pandemic response and supporting vulnerable countries through debt relief measures.

  • India's Covid vaccination coverage crosses 96 crore 82 lakh mark; Recovery rate reaches 98.07 per cent.

  • Top Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist killed in an encounter with security forces at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir; NIA arrests 9 terror associates following multiple raids in J&K.

  • Indian Army Contingent departs for 17th Edition of Indo-US Joint Military Exercise to be held from 15th October at joint base in Alaska, USA.

  • Maha Navami being celebrated across the country today with religious fervour.

  • In Badminton, Indian men’s team storms into quarterfinals of Thomas Cup for the first time since 2010; Beats Tahiti 5-0 in a Group C match at Denmark.

  • And in IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders to face Chennai Super Kings in title clash at Dubai, tomorrow.


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As India is on the verge of vaccinating 100 crore people against COVID-19, All India Radio salutes all the doctors, nurses and others who made this possible. At the same time, we caution our listeners that the battle against COVID is not yet over. We appeal to our listeners to get fully vaccinated at the earliest and also help others get vaccinated.


During the festival season, please follow these three simple steps --


⦁ Wear a face mask.

⦁ Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.

⦁ Focus on hand and face hygiene.


For any COVID related information and guidance contact National helpline numbers -- 011-23978046 and 1075. And now the news in detail:


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President Ram Nath Kovind reached on a two day visit to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir today.


On the first day, Mr Kovind along with his daughter Swati Kovind arrived in Leh to offer  Sindhu Darshan puja at Sindhu Ghat, and reached Udhampur in the afternoon.  Here is a report:


"Mr Kovind along with his daughter Swati Kovind offered Sindhu Darshan puja at Sindhu Ghat, in Leh, coinciding with auspicious Navami, today. Buddhist Monks recited prayers followed by all religion prayers for universal health, peace and prosperity. On arrival at the Ghat, amidst traditional music President Kovind had given a Ladakhi welcome, while CEC Tashi Gyaltson offered Khataks and LG a Momento. Mr Kovind also witnessed patriotic cultural program presented by school children. President extended invitation to the students to Rashtrapati Bhawan. Before Sindhu Darshan Puja, Ladakh LG RK Mathur called on the President and interacted on Ladakh progress as Union Territory. Mr. Kovind would visit Kargil War Memorial in Drass on Friday. The Supreme Commander of Armed Forces would lay wreath at Kargil War Memorial. He will also participates in Shastra Pooja to celebrate Vijaya Dashami on Friday."


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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today presided over the breakthrough blast of the Sela tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh. Addressing the event  through a video conference, Mr Singh lauded the Border Roads Organization for its commitment towards the country's security and socio - economic development. He said, the organization is true to its  motto - Shramena Sarvam Sadhyam that everything is achievable through hard work.


The Minister said, the tunnel will work to strengthen the socio-economic condition of the citizens by bringing a big change in the transport facility. He said, this will also strengthen the national security. Mr Singh said, the Sela Tunnel will prove to be the lifeline of the entire Arunachal Pradesh including Tawang in coming times.


The Defence Minister also flagged off a motorcycle expedition of the Border Roads Organization from the National War Memorial in New Delhi. He said that the personnel of the 75 Border Roads Organization, Indian Army and General Reserve Engineer Force will be participating in the motorcycle expedition. It will cover about 20 thousand kilometres in passing through many states and Union Terrirories of the country.


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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said the induction of women in the police, central police, paramilitary and armed forces has been progressive. He said, the induction of women in Military Police has commenced last year, marking a major milestone wherein women are inducted in the rank and file of the Army. Speaking at the SCO-International Webinar on Role of Women in the Armed Forces, Mr Singh said, from next year, women shall be able to join the National Defence Academy, the country's premier tri-service pre-commissioning training institute. He hoped for their greater participation and bigger role in various tasks of Armed Forces.


The Minister said, women have proved themselves in every field competing and excelling wherever they have been involved. He said, the Indian Coast Guard has been employing women officers in combat roles which includes pilots, observers and aviation support services. In the Indian Air Force, they  are inducted in all the roles including combat and support.


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Chief of the Army Staff General M M Naravane has called on Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. He discussed about enhancing existing defence cooperation between India and Sri Lanka. General M M Naravane is on a five day visit to Sri Lanka.


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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said transitioning from crisis to recovery is one of the major challenges to ensure equitable access to vaccines for all. She suggested that keeping up the support, building resilience, enhancing productivity and structural reforms should be the policy goals.


Ms Sitharaman was speaking at the 4th G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting yesterday held in Washington D.C. on the sidelines of the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings. Discussions and agreements on various issues concerning global economic recovery, pandemic support to vulnerable countries, global health, climate action, international taxation and financial sector issues marked the meetings.


The Finance Minister appreciated the role of G20 in rallying pandemic response and supporting vulnerable countries through debt relief measures. She suggested on focusing efforts on making the benefits reach the intended countries.


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A total of 96 crore 82 lakh vaccine doses have been administered so far under the Nation-wide vaccination drive in the country. As many as 18 thousand 987 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate is currently at 98.07 per cent, the highest since March last year. 19,808 recoveries in the last 24 hours increased  the total recoveries to 3 crore 33 lakh 62 thousand 709. Active cases account for less than one per cent of total cases, currently at 0.61 per cent  the lowest since March 2020. India's active case load stands at 2 lakh 6 thousand 586 the lowest in 215 days.


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Government has said that more than 98 crore 88 lakh COVID vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far. The Union Health Ministry today said that more than eight crore 89 lakh unutilized vaccine doses are still available with the States, UTs and private hospitals to be administered.

As part of the Nationwide Vaccination Drive, government has been supporting the States and Union Territories by providing them COVID vaccines free of cost.


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Talking to AIR News, Member NITI Aayog, Dr V K Paul said so far 75 per cent eligible people have been vaccinated and now the government's effort is to bring the rest of  the population under the ambit of the vaccination process. Dr. Paul said, during upcoming festivals people should be very careful and follow Covid protocol so that we can welcome a COVID - free new year 2022.


Chairman of the Covid-19 working group of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, Dr. N K Arora said that India has the capacity to vaccinate more than two crore people in a day: 


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The World Health Organization has announced the establishment of a scientific advisory group to identify the origin of COVID-19 and other future outbreaks. The WHO's Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins on Novel Pathogens, or SAGO, will include 26 scientists from the US, China and about two dozen other countries to find the answer to the question of how the novel coronavirus first infected humans. The group will also be responsible for establishing a framework to combat future pandemics. 


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Over one thousand pressure swing adsorption, PSA oxygen plants are operational under the PM CARES fund. Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra has said that of the one thousand 224 PSA oxygen plants sanctioned by the Centre, one thousand 183 are currently operational. He said, the work on the remaining plants will be completed by the end of this month.


The Ministry said, the works on the Oxygen plants have been completed in 22 states, while more than 90 per cent of the work has been completed in remaining nine states. Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said around one thousand 200 crore rupees have been spent on installation of these plants.


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Prasar Bharati is phasing out outdated Analog DD Terrestrial broadcast. This paves the way for emerging technologies and new content opportunities. Now the viewers can watch over 150 TV Channels free of cost on 'DD FreeDish', a Direct to Home free to air service of Doordarshan. The Channels include all DD channels and various private and educational TV channels. For any query, viewers can contact 011-25806200 on working days between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. 


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Top Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Sham Sofi has been killed in an encounter with security forces in Tral city of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir. Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said the encounter broke out yesterday after security forces launched a cordon and search operation following specific inputs about the presence of terrorists at Tilwani Mohalla Waggad in the Tral area of Awantipora. The slain terrorist was identified as Shamim Sofi aka Sham Sofi. He was the top local commander of the JeM.


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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested nine terror associates following searches at multiple locations in Jammu and Kashmir. The move comes after NIA registered a case on October 10 and initiated probe into conspiracy to launch terror attacks in J&K and major cities including New Delhi. An NIA spokesperson said, preliminary investigation has revealed that the nine arrested accused are terror associates or Over Ground Workers of various banned terrorist organisations and have been providing logistical and material support to terrorists and facilitating them in their nefarious designs. Several electronic devices, incriminating documents and records of suspicious financial transactions were seized during the raids.


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The Indian Army Contingent has departed for the 17th Edition of Indo-US Joint Military Exercise Ex - Yudh Abhyas 2021 at a joint base elmendorf - Richardson, Alaska in USA. The Defence Ministry said, as part of the ongoing Indo-US Defence Cooperation, the exercise will be conducted from the 15th to the 29th of this month. The contingent, comprising 350 personnel of an Infantry Battalion Group has departed today. The Exercise is the largest running joint military training and defence cooperation endeavor between India and the USA. The joint exercise is hosted alternately between both the countries.


The previous version of this exercise was held at Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in Bikaner, Rajasthan in February this year.


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Department of Biotechnology has launched the country’s first ‘One Health’ consortium. This programme envisages carrying out surveillance of important bacterial, viral and parasitic infections of zoonotic and transboundary pathogens in India.  Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Dr. Renu Swarup said that this Consortium consisting of 27 organisations is one of the biggest one health programs launched by Govt of India in post-COVID times.


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Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has said that more than 40 lakh Kilograms of waste have been collected across the country through Clean India Drives so far. The month - long nationwide Clean India Drive to clean waste was launched on 1st of this month. It is a youth-led programme being organised in six lakh villages of 744 Districts across the country through the networks of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished good health and speedy recovery to former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS in New Delhi last evening. Dr Singh had complained of weakness following fever. Doctors said, his condition is stable.

Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya visited AIIMS to enquire about the health of Dr. Manmohan Singh. Later in a tweet, the Health Minister wished him a speedy recovery.


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As our Nation celebrates the seventy fifth year of Independence, a series of events are being organised by the Government as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Let's listen to our special programme, 'Azadi ka Safar' highlighting the importance of the day during the freedom struggle.


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Maha Navami or Durga Navami is being celebrated across the country today with religious fervour. Maha Navami marks the ninth day of Navratri festival. On this day, Goddess Durga is worshipped as Mahisasuramardini, which symbolises the victory of good over evil. The ninth day of Navratri is also dedicated to Ma Siddhidatri. On this day, the goddess is known to bless her devotees with many Siddhis denoting fulfillment or perfection.  


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi  greeted the people on the occasion of Maha Navami. In a tweet  Narendra Modi has prayed to Maa Siddhidatri on Maha Navami during Navratri and sought blessings for everyone.


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In badminton, Indian men’s team stormed into the quarterfinals of the Thomas Cup for the first time since 2010, after beating Tahiti 5-0 in a Group C match at Aarhus, Denmark. It was a second straight 5-0 win for India, the team having beaten the Netherlands with an identical margin on Sunday. India will now take on China in the final group match tomorrow. 


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In IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns with Chennai Super Kings in a title clash at Dubai tomorrow.  CSK-led by Mahinder Singh Dhoni made history by reaching their 8th IPL final.


last night, Kolkata Knight Riders defeating Delhi Capitals in a last-over thriller in qualifier-two at Sharjah. Put into bat, Delhi Capitals put up a score of 135 runs for the loss of five wickets in the stipulated 20 overs.


In reply, Kolkata chased down the victory target of 136 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 19.5 overs.


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The Lower House of Japan's Diet has been dissolved for  general election. The Lower House speaker made the announcement on this afternoon which triggers a national election. The Cabinet will meet later in the day to formally set the election date, which is expected for October 31.


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At the stock markets, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange climbed 429 points, or 0.7 percent, to trade at 61,166, in the afternoon trade, at 1:50 pm. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange advanced 139 points, to 18,301. Earlier, both the indices hit another intra-day highs during the session.


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


The National Capital Delhi is likely to have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperatutre was 19 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be 34 degrees. 


Mumbai will have partly cloudy sky. It recorded a minimum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be 34 degrees.  


Chennai is expected to have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The lower limit of temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while upper limit is expected to be nearly 34 degrees.   


Kolkata will generally have partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or Thunderstorm. The city noted a minimum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 35 degrees.


Srinagar will have mainly clear sky. Temperature will hover between 8 and 23 degrees Celsius. 


Jammu will also have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 18 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 34 degrees.     


Leh will have mainly clear sky and the temperature will vary between 2 and 15 degrees Celsius.    


Gilgit will have mainly clear sky with temperature hovering between 5  and 25 degrees Celsius. 


Muzaffarabad will have mainly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was 15 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 33 degrees. 


Visakhapatnam will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city noted a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius while maximum to be around 33 degrees.   


In Hyderabad, the temperatutre will hover between 21 and 32 degrees Celsius with generally cloudy sky with light rain.


Bengaluru will generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. Temperature will fluctuate between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius.


Thiruvananthapuram will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers.  The minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees. 


In Puducherry, there will be generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The temperature will vary between 24 and 34 degrees Celsius.


Guwahati will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.  The minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 36 degrees.


Imphal will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. The city registered a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 32 degrees. 


Shillong will generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 18 and 28 degrees Celsius. 


Aizawl will have partly cloudy with possibility of development of thunder lightning. The minimum temperature was 18 degrees Celsius while the maximum to be around 30 degrees. 


Kohima will be partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. The temperature will vary between 17 and 28 degrees Celsius.


Itanagar will be generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 23 and 38 degrees Celsius.


Gangtok will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature was 18 degrees Celsius and maximum will be 25 degrees.     


Agartala may experience generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 26 and 34 degrees Celsius. 


In Patna, temperature will vary between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius with mainly clear sky.


In Lucknow, the sky will be clear.  The minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius while maximmum to be 35 degrees. 


Bhopal will have mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between 20 and 34 degrees Celsius.     


In Jaipur, temperature will vary between 20 and 36 degrees Celsius. Sky will be mainly clear.


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