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India’s Covid tally crosses 72-lakh mark, 74,632 recovered in the last 24 hours


 

India’s total caseload of coronavirus now stands at 72,39,389, with 8,26,876 active Covid-19 cases. Active coronavirus cases have remained below 9 lakh for six days consecutively in the country.

ndia has recorded 63,509 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours  taking the country’s tally to over 72.39 lakh cases, according to Ministry of Health.

India’s total caseload of coronavirus now stands at 72,39,389, with 8,26,876 active Covid-19 cases. Active coronavirus cases have remained below 9 lakh for six days consecutively in the country.

With 74,632 new recoveries reported in the last 24 hours,India’s total recoveries now stands at 63,01,927 with a recovery rate of 87.05 per cent. The Ministry of Health tweeted that India has the highest recoveries in the world.

India, which remains the second worst Covid hit nation in the world, has recorded 730 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this the death toll now stands at 1,10,586 and  fatality rate of the country  stands at 1.53 per cent.

The Health Ministry said that the country has one of the lowest cases and lowest deaths per million in the world.

Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh continue to remain the worst affected states with the highest coronavirus cases.Maharastra which remains the worst affected state has reported a singe day spike of 8522 Covid-19 cases taking the states’s total tally to 15,43,837 cases and 40,701 fatalities.

Delhi has reported 3036 new cases taking the state’s total to3,14,224 cases and 5,854fatalities.

India has conducted a total of 11,45,015 tests, taking the total tally of Covid-19 tests conducted to 9,00,90,122.




China does not recognise Ladakh Union Territory illegally set up by India: Chinese spokesperson


China’s Foreign Ministry also called border infrastructure development the root cause for the tension between the two sides.

In a fresh attack, China has reacted sharply after 44 new bridges near the borders were opened by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, saying it “does not recognize the Ladakh Union Territory” and opposes infrastructure building by India in the region.

“First I want to make it clear that China does not recognise the Ladakh Union Territory illegally set up by the Indian side and the Arunachal Pradesh. We stand against the development of infrastructure facilities aimed at military contention along the border area,” said the Chinese spokesperson.

Zhao Lijian, spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, also called border infrastructure development “the root cause for the tension between the two sides” and said neither side should take action that might escalate tension.

“Based on consensus, neither should take actions along the border that might escalate the situation that is to avoid undermining the efforts by the two sides to ease the situation.”

“We urge the Indian side to earnestly implement our consensus and refrain from actions that might escalate the situation and take concrete measures to safeguard peace and tranquility along the border,” said Zhao.

The seventh round of corps commanders meeting to discuss the stand-off at the Line of Actual Control took place on Monday morning.

Both the Asian giants are engaged in tensions since last five months at the eastern Ladakh border.

This was be the last meeting in which XIV Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh will lead the Indian delegation before he hands over the command of the corps to Lt General P G K Menon, who will take over later in the week.

Last week, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, referring to the border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh said, “The Indian Air Force is very well positioned to deal with any threat and very strong deployments have been made in all relevant areas considering the security scenario.”

Addressing a press conference ahead of Air Force Day on October 8, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said Chinese air power can’t get the better of India’s capabilities but at the same time added that there is no question of underestimating the adversary.

He also said that the IAF is prepared to deal with a two-front war along the northern and western borders if such a scenario arises. “Be rest assured that we have deployed strongly to deal with any contingency,” the IAF chief said when asked about the situation in eastern Ladakh and possible threat from China in the region.




Vaccine from more than one source expected to be available early next year: Union Health Minister


‘Our expert groups are already formulating and devising strategies to plan on how to roll out the distribution of the vaccines in the country,’ he said.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has given a ray of hope in the fight against the deadly coronavirus on Tuesday by saying a vaccine against coronavirus is expected to be available in India by early next year and there could be vaccines from more than one source.

“We’re expecting that early next year, we should have vaccine in the country from maybe more than one source. Our expert groups are already formulating and devising strategies to plan on how to roll out the distribution of the vaccines in the country, who do we give the vaccine first and then of course we are strengthening  the cold chain facilities,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said during a meeting of the Group of Ministers.

As per the reports, at present, four coronavirus vaccines are in advanced stages of pre-clinical trial in India.

Last months, Dr Harsh Vardhan in Rajya Sabha had expressed hopes that there will be coronavirus vaccine available for the country by the beginning of the next year.

In his address to the Rajya Sabha, the minister said, “India is making efforts just like other countries. PM Modi is handling the Covid-19 meticulously.”

“Under PM Modi’s guidance, an expert group is looking at it and we have advanced planning in place. We are hopeful that by the beginning of the next year, a vaccine will be available in India,” Health Minister said.

On Sunday, he responded to a volley of questions fielded by his social media interactors on the fifth episode of Sunday Samvaad.

Sternly squashing rumours and removing popular misconceptions regarding COVID, the Health Minister gave detailed information on the role of Ayurveda in the fight against COVID, ICMR’s upcoming study on cases of reinfection, the selection criteria for vaccination and other critical information regarding the much-touted COVID Vaccine.

Warning people to stay away from large congregations and diligently follow the guidelines issued by the government regarding precautions to be taken, Dr Harsh Vardhan requested people to celebrate upcoming festivals at home, with their loved ones, instead of going out to fairs and pandals.

India has recorded 55,342 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours taking the country’s tally to over 71.75 lakh cases, according to Ministry of Health.

India’s total caseload of coronavirus now stands at 71,75,881, with 8,38,729 active Covid-19 cases. The country for the second consecutive day has reported under 70,000 fresh Covid-19 cases in a day and for the first time in nearly two months the daily spike of cases reported is around 55,000.

The Health Ministry tweeted that India has shown a trend of declining average daily cases over the past five weeks.




India records 55,342 new coronavirus cases, lowest in nearly two months


India’s total caseload of coronavirus now stands at 71,75,881, with 8,38,729 active Covid-19 cases. The country for the second consecutive day has reported under 70,000 fresh Covid-19 cases in a day.

India has recorded 55,342 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours  taking the country’s tally to over 71.75 lakh cases, according to Ministry of Health.

India’s total caseload of coronavirus now stands at 71,75,881, with 8,38,729 active Covid-19 cases. The country for the second consecutive day has reported under 70,000 fresh Covid-19 cases in a day and for the first time in nearly two months the daily spike of cases reported is around 55,000.

The Health Ministry tweeted that India has shown a trend of declining average daily cases over the past five weeks.


With 77,760 new recoveries reported in the last 24 hours,India’s total recoveries now stands at 62,27,296 with a recovery rate of 86.78 per cent.

India, which remains the second worst Covid hit nation in the world, has recorded 706 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this the death toll now stands at 1,09,856 and  fatality rate of the country  stands at 1.53 per cent.

Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu continue to remain the worst affected states with maximum daily coronavirus cases. Maharastra which remains the worst affected state has reported a singe day spike of 7,089 Covid-19 cases taking the states’s total tally to 15,35,315 cases and 40,514 fatalities.

Delhi has reported 1,849 new cases taking the state’s total to 3,11,188 cases and 5,809 fatalities.

India has conducted a total of 10,73,014 tests, taking the total tally of Covid-19 tests conducted to 8,89,45,107.




FinMin announces Travel cash voucher, special festival advance schemes for government employees


The LTC Cash Voucher Scheme is the first part of the Modi Govt’s plan to spur consumer demand.

In an attempt to stimulate demand and boost consumer spending ahead of the upcoming festive season, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday announced a Travel (LTC) cash voucher and special festival advance schemes for government employees.

“Indications are that savings of govt. and organized sector employees have increased, we want to incentivize such people to boost demand for the benefit of the less fortunate,” the Finance Minister said.

“The second portion of the Modi Govt’s plan to generate demand is to do with infrastructure creation. A part of that is a Rs 12,000 crore incentivise to States to increase their capital expenditure,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

“Within this Rs 12,000 crore incentive, Rs 1,600 will be divided equally between eight North Eastern States. Additionally, Rs 900 crore will be divided equally between the Hill States of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand,” the minister said.

“The States not covered in the package for North Eastern and Hill States will receive Rs 7,500 crore, which will be allocated in the same proportion as laid out in the interim report of the 15th Finance Commission for 2020-21,” she said.

“The third portion of the Rs 12,000 crore incentive to States will be a package of Rs 2,000 crore, which will be available to those States that have met 3 of 4 of the conditions related to specific reforms announced in the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Package,” she added.

“The LTC Cash Voucher Scheme is the first part of the Modi Govt’s plan to spur consumer demand.”

“The LTC Cash Voucher Scheme has the potential to generate demand worth about Rs 28,000 crore.”

“The second part of the Modi Govt’s plan to boost consumer demand is a one-time restoration of the festival advance for central govt employees through the Special Festival Advance Scheme. This is expected to generate at least about Rs 8,000 crore of demand,” she said.




PM Modi releases commemorative coin to celebrate the birth centenary of Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia


Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia was one of those who led India in the right direction. She was a decisive leader and a skilled administrator, PM said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday released a commemorative coin of Rs 100 denomination to celebrate the Birth Centenary of Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia through video conference.

PM Modi also paid tributes to Rajmata on her birth anniversary.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he is fortunate to have got the opportunity to release a special commemorative coin of 100 rupees in honour of Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia Ji.


Referring to Vijayaraje ji’s book, the Prime Minister said in the book, he was introduced as a youth leader of Gujarat and today after so many years, he is serving as the Pradhan sevak of the country.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia was one of those who led India in the right direction. She was a decisive leader and a skilled administrator. He added that she witnessed every important phase of Indian politics be it burning of foreign clothes, the Emergency and the Ram Temple movement. He stressed that it is important for the present generation to know about Rajmata’s life and therefore, it is necessary to repeatedly mention about her and her experiences.

The Prime Minister said Rajmata has taught us that for public service, it is not necessary to be born in a particular family. All that is needed is love for the nation and a democratic temperament. These thoughts, these ideals can be seen in her life. Rajmata had thousands of employees, a magnificent palace, and had all the facilities but she dedicated her life for the cause of common people, for the aspirations of the poor. She was always connected and committed to Public service. He said Rajmata had dedicated herself for the future of the nation. She had sacrificed all her happiness for the future generations of the country. Rajmata did not live for the position and prestige, nor did she do politics.

He recalled a few occasions when Rajmata turned down many positions with humility. He said Atalji and Advani ji once urged her to become the president of the Jana Sangh but she accepted to serve the Jana Sangh as an activist rather.

The Prime Minister said Rajmata loved to recognize her companions by name, and this feeling towards a worker should be in everyone’s mind. Respect, not pride, should be the core of politics. He described Rajmata as a spiritual personality.

The Prime Minister said due to public awareness and mass movements, many changes have taken place in the country in the past few years and many campaigns and schemes have become successful. He highlighted that the country is moving ahead on the path of development with the blessings of Rajmata.

The Prime Minister said today the Nari Shakti of India is advancing and is leading in various fields in the country. He listed the initiatives of the Government which helped in fulfilling the Rajamata’s dreams of women empowerment.




Major power failure across Mumbai, train lines affected


“The electric supply is interrupted due to TATAs incoming electric supply failure. Inconveniences is regretted,” BEST posted on Twitter.

A major power outage due to “TATAs incoming electric supply failure” has been reported in Mumbai on Monday resulting in halt of Mumbai Suburban trains.

Several areas in Mumbai experienced a power outage due to “TATAs incoming electric supply failure”.

“Due to grid failure, the supply of power in the city is disrupted,” a Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport [BEST] spokesperson confirmed to Indian Express.

“The electric supply is interrupted due to TATAs incoming electric supply failure. Inconveniences is regretted,” it posted on Twitter.

The electric supply is inttruptted due to TATAs incoming electric supply faiure.
Inconveniences is regretted.

— BEST Electricity (@myBESTElectric) October 12, 2020

 

The power outage “Mumbai Suburban trains on CR held up due to grid failure. We will update ASAP. Kindly bear with us” PR, office central railway.

Juhu, Andheri, Mira Road, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Panvel were among the largely affected area.

As per the reports, in hospitals, while no disruptions were reported so far, authorities immediately began a battery-back up for ventilator and ICUs. They were directed to ensure back-up for four hours.

Netizens responded over the power cut in the city taking a dig at the government. There were mixed reactions, some from the political arena while some took the opportunity to feed twitter with memes.

 

 

 

 




7th round of corps commanders meet to discuss Ladakh stand-off will take place today


The meeting will take place on the Indian side of the Chushul-Moldo Border Personnel Meeting Point.

The seventh round of corps commanders meeting to discuss the stand-off at the Line of Actual Control will take place on Monday morning.

Both the Asian giants are engaged in tensions since last five months at the eastern Ladakh border.

According to the reports, this will be the last meeting in which XIV Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh will lead the Indian delegation before he hands over the command of the corps to Lt General P G K Menon, who will take over later in the week.

The meeting will take place on the Indian side of the Chushul-Moldo Border Personnel Meeting Point.

Talks will be the first in which both sides will have senior military commanders and representatives of foreign ministries.

The Indian delegation included a diplomat during the last meeting and the Chinese delegation too will include a Foreign Ministry official.

Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary for East Asia, Naveen Srivastava, who has been representing India in the diplomatic discussions, was part of the senior military commander talks the last time, which had also included Menon, who was posted in the Army headquarters in Delhi, reported Indian Express.

Last week, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, referring to the border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh said, “The Indian Air Force is very well positioned to deal with any threat and very strong deployments have been made in all relevant areas considering the security scenario.”

Addressing a press conference ahead of Air Force Day on October 8, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said Chinese air power can’t get the better of India’s capabilities but at the same time added that there is no question of underestimating the adversary.

He also said that the IAF is prepared to deal with a two-front war along the northern and western borders if such a scenario arises. “Be rest assured that we have deployed strongly to deal with any contingency,” the IAF chief said when asked about the situation in eastern Ladakh and possible threat from China in the region.




Family of Hathras gang rape victim leaves to appear before Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court


‘Proper security arrangements have been made. The district magistrate and superintendent of police are also accompanying us,’ Anjali Ganwar, Sub Divisional Magistrate said.

The family of the 20-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly gang raped and murdered in Hathras will appear before the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on Monday amid tight security.

As per the reports, the family has left for state capital from Hathras in the morning.

“I am going with them. Proper security arrangements have been made. The district magistrate and superintendent of police are also accompanying us,” Anjali Ganwar, Sub Divisional Magistrate, was quoted as saying by news news agency ANI.

A division bench of Justice Rajan Roy and Justice Jaspreet Singh had ordered the Uttar Pradesh additional chief secretary, state police chief and an additional director general of police to appear before the court.

The bench also ordered Hathras district magistrate and superintendent of police to appear to brief the court, including the ongoing probe into it.

“The incidents which took place after the death of the victim on September 29, 2020, leading up to her cremation, as alleged, have shocked our conscience. Therefore, we are taking suo moto cognizance of the same,” the court had said in its order.




‘Time has come to accept that dialogue, agreements with China won’t help’: US NSA on Ladakh


‘China’s territorial aggression is also true in the Taiwan Strait where the PLA Navy and Air Force continue to conduct threatening military drills,’ he said.

China has “attempted to seize” control of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India “by force” as part of its territorial aggression, US’ National Security Adviser has said, underlining that time has come to accept that dialogue and agreements will not persuade Beijing to change.

India and China are locked in a five-month-long tense standoff in eastern Ladakh that has significantly strained relations between New Delhi and Beijing. Both sides have held a series of high-level diplomatic and military talks to resolve the border row. However, no breakthrough has been achieved to end the standoff.

“Chinese Communist Party’s territorial aggression is also apparent on its Indian border where China has attempted to seize control of the Line of Actual Control by force,” US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said in a remark on China early this week in Utah.

China’s territorial aggression is also true in the Taiwan Strait where the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) Navy and Air Force continue to conduct threatening military drills, Mr O’Brien said.

“Beijing’s signature international development programme, One Belt One Road (OBOR), involves impoverished companies taking on opaque and unsustainable Chinese loans to pay Chinese firms employing Chinese labourers to build their infrastructure,” he said.

Many of these projects are unnecessary, shoddily built and are “white elephants”, the US National Security Adviser said.

“And now these countries’ dependence on the Chinese debt leaves their sovereignty eroded and with no choice but to hue to the party’s line on UN votes or any other issue that the Chinese Communist Party considers a red line,” he said.

Mr O’Brien also noted that China’s other international aid efforts include selling surveillance systems and similar tools of repression to “pariah regimes” around the world, including Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro.

“The time has come to accept that dialogue and agreements will not persuade or compel the People’s Republic of China to change. There’s nothing to be gained from looking the other way or turning the other cheek. We’ve been doing that for far too long,” he said.

Mr O’Brien said the US must stand up to the Chinese and protect the American people.

“We must promote American prosperity, practice peace through strength and advance American influence in the world,” he said, adding that under President Donald Trump’s leadership that is exactly what the US has done.

Mr O’Brien said the Trump administration has adopted a competitive approach to China.

That approach, he said, has two primary objectives. First, improve the resiliency of US institutions, alliances and partnerships to prevail against the challenges that China presents; and the second is to impose tangible cost in order to compel Beijing to cease or reduce actions harmful to America’s vital national interest and those of its allied and partner nations.

“President Trump has taken decisive action to meet these objectives. He is working to prevent companies that answer to the Chinese Communist Party’s intelligence and security apparatus,” Mr O’Brien said.

Citing examples, he said Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE have been prevented from accessing Americans’ personal and private data and national secrets. The Trump administration, he said, has also imposed import and export restrictions on US semiconductor technology and other exports going to Huawei and similar Chinese telecommunications corporations.

Our democratic partners are starting to follow. Just last month, the UK joined democracies such as the Czech Republic, Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Sweden in committing to using trusted suppliers to build their future 5G networks, Mr O’Brien said.

“Carriers like Jio in India, Telstra in Australia, SK and KT in South Korea, NTT in Japan, and others have prohibited the use of Huawei equipment in their networks. The Trump administration is investigating and prosecuting the economic espionage aggressively,” he said.

Mr O’Brien said the Trump administration has strengthened its military relationships in the Indo-Pacific region.

“One important partnership which will be one of the most key partnerships for the United States in the 21st century, India, is thriving,” he said.

He also noted that the US has signed extended US military access to Singapore’s air and naval bases. The country is also working closely with Japan, Australia and New Zealand to strengthen relationships with the Pacific Islands, especially Timor. It is also working closely with Mongolia.

However, Mr O’Brien said even as the US competes with China, it does welcome cooperation where America’s interests align.

“The US has a deep and abiding respect for the Chinese people and enjoys longstanding ties to that country, including our alliance in World War II,” Mr O’Brien said.





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