Live news updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Uttar Pradesh on Monday to launch a scheme to strengthen medical infrastructure in the country and inaugurate nine medical colleges in a state where assembly elections will be held next year.
The weather department has predicted rains in four districts in Kerala where heavy downpour some 10 days ago killed more than 20 people in landslides and flash floods.
Reliance Jio has said 11 million subscribers leaving the network in the second quarter was an accounting correction and the loss had no impact on its financial performance.
India's COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 102.8 crore with more than 58 lakh vaccine doses administered on Monday, the Union Health Ministry said. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late in the night, it added. In the 18-44 age group, 40,92,47,732 first doses and 12,86,74,750 second doses have been administered since the start of phase three of the vaccination drive, according to health ministry data.
The ministry further said that cumulatively 71,88,31,679 first doses and 30,98,37,374 second doses of Covid vaccine have been administered so far.
India's COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 102.8 Crore (1,02,86,69,053) on Monday. More than 58 lakh (58,87,981) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm on Monday, it said. The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, the ministry underlined.
Active Covid cases drop below 13K in TN; 1,112 new infections, 14 deaths
Tamil Nadu added 1,112 new Covid-19 infections on Monday, pushing the caseload to 26,96,328, while the death toll rose to 36,033 with 14 more fatalities, the health department said.
Recoveries outnumbered new infections with 1,341 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 26,47,504 leaving 12,791 active infections, a bulletin said.
Tamil Nadu, over the last few weeks, has been witnessing a declining trend in the daily fresh infections further leading to a drop in active cases. On October 21, active cases dropped below 14,000 while on October 17 it fell under 15,000.
Meanwhile, a total of 1,22,700 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 5,04,23,638. Chennai and Coimbatore accounted for the majority of new infections with 144 and 130 cases, respectively, while the remaining was scattered across other districts. As many as 11 districts reported new Covid-19 infections below 10, while Ariyalur recorded the least with one, the bulletin said.
Telangana logs 179 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths
Telangana on Monday recorded 179 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 6,70,453, while the death toll rose to 3,949 with two more fatalities.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of fresh cases with 66, followed by Karimnagar (15) and Warangal Urban (11) districts, a state government bulletin said, providing details as of 5.30 PM today.
It said 104 people recovered from the infectious disease and the cumulative number of recoveries till date was 6,62,481. Active cases stood at 4,023.
It said 38,588 samples were tested on Monday and the total number tested till date was 2,73,47,333.
The samples tested per million population were 7,34,748.
The case fatality and recovery rates were at 0.59 per cent and 98.81 per cent compared to the national average of 1.3 per cent and 98.15 per cent, respectively.
Time-bound financial aid to be given after assessing damage in rain-related disasters, says Kerala CM
Time-bound financial assistance would be provided to those who suffered loss of life and property in the landslides and floods in various parts of Kerala during the recent heavy rains after assessment of the damage by the various departments, Chief Minister of the State Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday.
The Chief Minister's statement came during the Assembly session. He said emergency financial assistance has already been provided to the dependents of the deceased and missing persons.
Amit Shah visits CRPF camp at Lethpora in Pulwama district
Spike in Covid-19 cases in China caused by Delta variant: officials
China's national capital on Monday classified one area as medium-risk and a residential community as high risk for COVID-19 as total cases in the city rose to 21 while 33 cases were reported in different parts of the country, which officials attributed to virulent Delta variant.
A residential community in Changping district of Beijing was classified as a medium-risk area after reporting two locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of Beijing's centre for disease control and prevention, said on Monday.
Hardeep Puri to inaugurate "Chhath Vrati Special Vaccination Campaign" in Delhi tomorrow
Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri will inaugurate the "Chhath Vrati Special Vaccination Campaign" in Delhi on Tuesday.
The campaign, aimed at vaccinating people against COVID-19 infection ahead of the Chhath celebrations in Delhi, is set to run under the leadership of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Manoj Tiwari.
Speaking to ANI, Tiwari said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier said that the Chhath festival should be celebrated with all the security and precautions. So first of all, people should be vaccinated against COVID-19 infection. In this view, we (BJP) are going to run the "Chhath Vrati Special Vaccination Campaign" in association with Delhiites Foundation."
Mamata only vaccine against "Virus BJP": Abhishek Banerjee
TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee Monday courted controversy by calling BJP a "virus" and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee the "only vaccine" which will "eradicate" it in the next Lok Sabha poll in the country.
Banerjee also slammed the saffron camp calling it the "enemy of the Hindus" for trying to allegedly polarise the upcoming assembly by-poll in West Bengal by using as a poll plank the violence against the Hindu minority in neighbouring Bangladesh.
The de facto number two in the Trinamool Congress also criticised BJP for "thrusting" on the people the by-election in two of the four seats that will go to the poll later this week.
Court refuses to pass blanket order over Wankhede plea on witness 'extortion' affidavit
A special court here on Monday said it cannot pass a blanket order barring courts from taking cognizance of an affidavit of an independent witness in the drugs-on-cruise episode, in which he has levelled allegations of extortion attempt by NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede and others on actor Shah Rukh Khan, whose son Aryan is an accused in the case.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Wankhede had earlier in the day filed two separate affidavits before the special court against the allegations of extortion attempt levelled against them.
In the affidavits, the anti-drugs agency and Wankhede sought the court to pass an order saying no court should take cognizance of the affidavit prepared by the independent witness, Prabhakar Sail.
Political parties will hold agitations against extension of BSF jurisdiction in Punjab: CM Channi
Political parties will hold agitations against the extension of BSF jurisdiction in Punjab. We will also approach the Supreme Court seeking justice in this matter: Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi after an all-party meeting in Chandigarh pic.twitter.com/soFqT9jiRN
As this is a matter related to Punjab & Punjabis, law & order is a state subject: Punjab CM
As this is a matter related to Punjab & Punjabis, law & order is a state subject & it's like a raid on our rights in the federal structure, all political parties in Punjab will come together in the fight to make Centre withdraw the notification: Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi pic.twitter.com/zdXNOJVDYA
Would rather talk to J-K's youth: Amit Shah on NC chief seeking talks with Pak
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday hit out at National Conference president Farooq Abdullah for seeking talks with Pakistan, saying the government would rather talk to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir for making it the most developed in the country.
The home minister, who is on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir -- his first since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019 -- remotely inaugurated several development projects and laid the foundation stone of some.
"I read in newspapers that Farooq Abdullah has suggested that the government should talk to Pakistan. He has a right to his opinion but we would rather talk to the Kashmiri youth," Shah said while addressing a function at the SKICC here.
Biological E hopes to roll out Covid-19 vaccine Corbevax by November-end
Biological E. Limited (BE) is expecting its COVID-19 vaccine Corbevax to be rolled out by the end of November even as the city-based firm is getting ready with 100 million doses for the launch, Mahima Datla, Managing Director, BE said on Monday.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of signing a financing agreement with US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), she said currently the manufactured doses are being sent to Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL), Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh for regulatory testing.
"Cobevax is in phase 3 trials. We are likely to complete all the studies by end of November which is when we are expecting licence (from the drug regulator). The licence for children should follow one month later. The study in children is underway as well," she said.
Defence exports have grown by 334% in last 5 yrs; India exporting to over 75 nations: Rajnath Singh
It is because of collaborative efforts of entities from all over world that our defence exports have grown by 334% in last 5 yrs & now India is exporting to more than 75 nations. Our export performance is strong indicator of quality &competitiveness of our products: Rajnath Singh pic.twitter.com/a38vdFeSoT
Wipro establishes special process plant in Aerospace Special Economic Zone
Aerospace business of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering (WIN) inaugurated the newly built special process plant in the Aerospace Special Economic Zone near Bengaluru international airport.
The plant, spread across 25,000 Sq. Ft, houses various special processes required to manufacture precision machined parts for aerospace applications, WIN said in statement on Monday.
The new facility is adjacent to WIN Aerospace's first manufacturing unit that manufactures structural, hydraulic actuator & landing system parts and assemblies.
Children of poor parents too can dream of becoming a doctor due to more medical seats: PM
The quick pace with which new medical colleges are being started in UP, will have a positive impact on the number of number of medical seats and doctors. Due to more number of seats, now the children of poor parents too can dream of becoming a doctor & fulfill it: PM in Varanasi pic.twitter.com/s3hB5VoiAh
Centre sends multidisciplinary team to Kanpur after Zika virus case reported
The Union Health Ministry has sent a high-level multidisciplinary team to Uttar Pradesh where a case of Zika virus disease has been reported.
A 57-year-old man from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh tested positive for Zika virus on October 22.
In a statement, the ministry said the multidisciplinary team comprising an entomologist, public health specialists and gynaecologist drawn from the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, National Centre for Disease Control and RML Hospital, New Delhi has been deployed to assist the state health authorities for control and containment measures of Zika virus disease.
PM launches 'PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission & Release of Operational Guidelines'
Varanasi: PM Narendra Modi launches 'PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission & Release of Operational Guidelines'. pic.twitter.com/dA0rHJyhDO
Rajnath Singh takes surprise inspection of Defence ministry offices
Defence Min Rajnath Singh today took a surprise inspection of offices of Ministry of Defence in South Block. He went around various sections & inspected cleanliness, work atmosphere & interacted with employees: Defence Ministry officials
More than 22 million Afghans will suffer "acute food insecurity" this winter, UN agencies says
More than 22 million Afghans will suffer "acute food insecurity" this winter, UN agencies says, warning the already unstable country faces one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, reports AFP.
67th National Film Awards | Kangana Ranaut receives the Best Actress award for "Manikarnika" and "Panga"
67th National Film Awards | Kangana Ranaut receives the Best Actress award for "Manikarnika" and "Panga". Dhanush and Manoj Bajpayee receive the Best Actor award for "Asuran" and "Bhonsle" respectively.
Rajinikanth receives the Dadasaheb Phalke Award at 67th National Film Awards ceremony in Delhi
Has it ever happened before that 9 colleges were inaugurated? PM Modi in UP's Siddarthanagar
Has it ever happened before that 9 colleges were inaugurated?... It's reason is political priorities... Previous govts were only filling their family lockers & earning for themselves. But our priority is to save poor's money and provide them facilities: PM Modi in Siddarthanagar
Earlier, Purvanchal's image was ruined by previous govts, it was defamed because of 'dimagi' fever: PM Modi
Earlier, Purvanchal's image was ruined by previous govts, it was defamed because of 'dimagi' fever... The same region will now infuse new hopes... people of UP can't forget how Yogi had highlighted about UPs poor medical system in Parliament, despite not being a CM: PM Modi
LIVE: PM Modi addresses a public meeting in Siddharthnagar
Opening 9 medical colleges in a day is no small thing: Health Minister
Opening 9 medical colleges in a day is no small thing. These medical colleges will benefit both present, future generations. Under PM Modi, medical education governance has improved... GoI has opened 157 medical colleges in the country...: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya
Rajinikanth to launch daughter's voice-based social media app today
Superstar Rajinikanth, chosen for the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award by the Centre for the year 2020, said that Monday will be "an important occasion for him" when he will receive the prestigious honour.
The day will also be important for him as his daughter Soundarya Vishagan will launch a voice-based social media platform, saying it will be a "useful app" for the people. Read on...
China locks down thousands in north to contain latest Covid-19 outbreak
China locked down a county that has seen the most Covid-19 cases in the country’s latest delta outbreak, as an initial flareup in the country’s northwest quickly spirals into a nationwide surge.
Ejin, a county in China’s Inner Mongolia region, asked its 35,700 residents to stay home from Monday and warned of civil and criminal liabilities should anyone disobey the order, state broadcaster CCTV reported, citing a local government statement.
The small county bordering Mongolia is the current outbreak’s hotspot, home to nearly one-third of the more than 150 infections found over the past week in the mainland. Read on...
Coronavirus update: India reports 14,306 new cases, 443 deaths in lat 24 hrs
COVID-19 | India reports 14,306 new cases, 443 deaths and 18,762 recoveries in the last 24 hours; Active caseload stands at 1,67,695
Adobe sets vaccination deadline for US workers
Adobe Inc. warned its US workers that they must be vaccinated against Covid-19 by December 8. US companies are giving notice to employees as they seek to comply with orders from President Joe Biden requiring federal contractors to have all staff vaccinated by the December deadline, Bloomberg reported.
China province closes tourist sites after Covid cases
A northwestern Chinese province heavily dependent on tourism closed all tourist sites Monday after finding new Covid-19 cases, the AP reported. Gansu province lies along the ancient Silk Road and is famed for the Dunhuang grottoes filled with Buddhist images and other religious sites.
China to strengthen tax reforms to attain 'common prosperity'
China will "strengthen adjustments" in tax collection to boost revenue and reform the country's income distribution, but in a targeted and accurate way, as part of efforts to achieve long-term "common prosperity", Reuters reported citing state-run Xinhua news agency. China aims to "divide the pie" by "reasonably" adjusting the income of its top-earners and elevating the earnings of lower-income groups, Xinhua wrote in a question-and-answer piece on the Chinese economy.
Kerala predicted to get rains again after floods, landslides
The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert to four districts of Kerala for October 26 and a yellow alert for other places Monday. The orange alert denotes rainfall of 6-20 cm while a yellow alert means 6-11 cm of heavy rains. The four districts are Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Idukki, PTI reported.
Indian Army commanders meet to review security
Army commanders gather in Delhi Monday for a four-day meeting to review the country’s defence, including in eastern Ladakh, where Indian and Chinese troops are locked in a standoff. General M M Naravane, Chief of Army Staff and other commanders will discuss the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China and in Jammu and Kashmir, where terrorists have killed civilians in the last few weeks, PTI reported.
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