From the gap between India's active and discharged cases increasing to almost 10 lakh, to another member of Narendra Modi's cabinet testing positive for infection - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Home minister Amit Shah was the first member of the Union cabinet to be infected.
Naik who is the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Ayurved, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Homoeopathy (AYUSH), and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence, is in home isolation.
In Maharashtra, over 11,300 police personnel have so far been infected.
While the death toll among Maharashtra cops has crossed 120, over 9,100 have recovered, and there are 2,000-plus active cases.
In West Bengal, the state government withdrew the order regarding complete lockdown on August 28.
However, lockdown orders remain in operation for August 20, 21, 27 and 31.
India's total case tally has crossed 23.29 lakh, while the death toll has crossed 46,000.
Over 16.39 lakh patients have been discharged so far.
In international news, the discovery of a new case after 102 days in New Zealand has led the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to say that postponement of the upcoming general elections is a possibility.
Meanwhile, the Russian government said that the first batch of its Covid vaccine is likely to be released within two weeks.
Russia has become the first country to declare a vaccine ready for use.
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Union Minister of State for Ayush and Defence, Shripad Naik was discharged from Manipal Hospital on September 12. Minister, who recovered from COVID, was greeted with applause outside hospital. Naik was admitted to hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19 in August. A central team from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences was monitoring his health.
While speaking to ANI in Panaji on August 26, Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant spoke on health update of Union Minister of State (MoS) for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Naik. He said, "Union Minister for AYUSH Shripad Naik is admitted to Manipal Hospital for last 14 days. Today, his health condition is better. He is doing very well." "A team of doctors from AIIMS, Delhi visited him again and said he is not required to be shifted to AIIMS, Delhi," the Goa CM added.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on October 21 informed that 343 police personnel lost their lives while serving the nation as corona warriors. "During our battle against COVID-19, 343 police personnel lost their lives while serving the nation as corona warriors," said Shah while addressing a gathering at National Police Memorial on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on October 21 attended the National Police Commemoration Day parade. He paid tribute at the National Police Memorial in Delhi. The day is observed every year to pay homage to the 10 CRPF jawans who laid down their lives battling Chinese Army in Ladakh's Hot Spring area.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday paid tribute to police personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty. The Home Minister paid tribute at National Police Memorial on Police Commemoration Day. "My tributes to police personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty. So far, 35,398 police personnel have lost their lives in the line of duty. Names of all those police personnel are marked here at the wall. This memorial is not just made of bricks and cement. This memorial remembers the martyrdom of our soldiers. We salute the martyrdom of brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives," he said. The police memorial in the national capital is spread over 6.12 acres. It has a 30-foot tall heavy black granite central sculpture and a museum and 'Wall of Valour' bearing names of police personnel who died on duty. The Police Commemoration Day is observed every year on October 21. The day is observed in memory of CRPF jawans who died in Ladakh while fighting Chinese troops on this day in 1959.
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah offered prayers at Bahuchara Mata temple in Gujarat's Gandhinagar. Shah took part in the 'arti' at the temple which is located in his paternal hometown, Mansa. Earlier in the day, he had also wished the countrymen on the occasion. Shah had also urged people to follow Covid-19 guidelines during the festive season. Gujarat government has allowed offering of prayers at temples but garba has been banned. This year, October 17 marked the first day of the nine-day long Navratri festival. Celebrations of Sharad (autumn) Navratri involve worshipping Goddess Durga, her nine forms. The festival is celebrated in different ways across the country. Over the next nine days, devotees offer their prayers to Goddess Durga and observe fasts. Also known as Sharad Navratri, the festival marks Durga's victory over demon Mahishasura.
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Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan was seen dancing during Durga Puja celebrations in West Bengal’s New Alipore. Nusrat was spotted in a red & white sari dancing with women. She was also seen playing the traditional drum or Dhak on Durga Ashtami. Jahan & other people were seen wearing masks to contain the spread of Covid-19. Accompanied by her husband, she offered flowers at Suruchi Sangha Pandal. Amid Coivd surge, Durga Puja has been a low-key affair minus the grand festivities. The Calcutta High Court has ruled Durga Puja pandals across West Bengal as ‘no entry zones’ this year.
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Indian Coast Guard warns fishermen and merchant vessels in West Central Bay of Bengal on Thursday. ICG asked vessels and fishermen to return to harbor as soon as possible as a low-pressure area is developing over Bay of Bengal. IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in West Bengal over the coming few days. Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in the state. Watch the full video for more details.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended commencement of Durga Puja celebrations in West Bengal's Kolkata. The event took place via video conferencing on October 22. PM Modi's address on this occasion was telecasted in 294 constituencies following social distancing norms. While addressing at the event, PM Modi said, "We are celebrating Durga Puja in times of COVID-19, all devotees have shown exemplary restrain. The number of people might be less but the grandeur and devotion are the same. The happiness and joy are still boundless. This is the real Bengal." "I urge everyone to ensure 'do gaj ki doori' and wear masks during celebrations at all times," PM added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended commencement of Durga Puja celebrations in West Bengal's Kolkata. The event took place via video conferencing on October 22. PM Modi's address on this occasion was telecasted in 294 constituencies following social distancing norms. PM Narendra Modi spoke in Bengali to wish the people of West Bengal on commencement of Durga Puja celebrations.
BJP leader Smriti Irani launched a scathing attack on Congress and accused it of using farmers and their issues for its benefit. Comparing the previous Congress government at Centre with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, she said that people have learned that only a 'sevak' can dedicate himself\herself for the development of the nation and those who are willing to become self-reliant will have to walk with PM Modi. Irani was in Morbi to campaign for BJP candidate Brijesh Merja. Morbi is one of the eight assembly constituencies in Gujarat, where bypolls will be held on November 3. Watch the full video for more.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicks started campaigning for the upcoming Bihar assembly election with a rally in Sasaram. During the rally, PM Modi paid tribute to the martyrs who lost their lives in Galwan Valley and Pulwama. He said, “Sons of Bihar lost their lives in Galwan Valley for the tricolour and ensured Bharat Mata's head is held high. Jawans of Bihar were also martyred in Pulwama attack. I pay my respects to them.” PM Modi also attacked UPA govt in his maiden rally. He said, “In UPA's central meetings, Nitish Ji always told them not to stall Bihar's development. Angered by their defeat, they didn’t let Nitish ji take a step forward. They wasted 10 years of CM Nitishji.” Watch the full video for more.
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AstraZeneca has resumed the U.S. trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine after approval by regulators, and Johnson & Johnson is preparing to resume its trial early next week, the companies said on Friday. Fred Katayama reports.
Delhi reported 4,086 fresh cases on Friday, its highest spike in 35 days. Except on October 19, the capital has been reporting over 3,000 cases daily for the last 10 days, sparking concerns of a second wave as the festive season sets in. The numbers are worrying especially when national Covid figures have shown a remarkable decline.
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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has described her landslide electionvictory as an endorsement of her government’s efforts to stamp out thecoronavirus and reboot the economy. A day after winning a second term – withher Labour Party now able to govern without a coalition partner – Ms Ardernsaid she expected to form a new government within three weeks and toprioritise work on the virus response.
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivered the biggest election victory for her center-left Labour Party in half a century on Saturday as voters rewarded her for strong leadership, particularly throughout this year. Edward Baran reports.
India successfully test fired a new generation anti-radiation missile Rudram-1. The missile was test-fired at the integrated test range at Balasore in Odisha around 10:30 AM. The missile is likely to be integrated with the Sukhoi fighter jets of the Indian Force once the missile is ready for induction. The RUDRAM is first indigenous anti-radiation missile of the country for Indian Air Force (IAF), being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The missile is integrated on SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft as the launch platform, having capability of varying ranges based on launch conditions. It has INS-GPS navigation with Passive Homing Head for the final attack. The RUDRAM hit the radiation target with pin-point accuracy,’ a statement from the Ministry of Defence said. With this, the country has established indigenous capability to develop long range air launched anti-radiation missiles for neutralising enemy Radars, communication sites and other RF emitting targets. Watch the full video for all the details on why Rudram-1 will be a gamechanger for India.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday released the Project Management Approach (PMA) guidelines for iDEX (Innovations for Defence Excellence) during the launch function of Defence India Startup Challenge-4 (DISC4). Apart from Singh, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat also participated in the event, being held via video conferencing. The Defence Minister congratulated all stakeholders, including those in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), for creating such an environment where participants from various sectors are coming together to promote innovation in defence. Watch the full video for more details.
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Delhi court sent freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma to seven-day police custody in Official Secret Act. Sharma was arrested for allegedly passing sensitive information to Chinese intelligence."If they (Police) have truly recovered classified documents form Rajeev Sharma on Sep 14, then they should have confirmed the concerned officer in Defence Ministry on Sep 15. This is not the way to investigate, it is delay tactic, it is a fake allegation, they are planting it," said Advocate Adish Agarwal, lawyer of journalist Rajeev Sharma. On September 19, freelance journalist, Rajeev Sharma was arrested for allegedly passing sensitive information to Chinese intelligence. A Chinese woman and her Nepalese associate were also arrested for paying him large amounts of money routed through shell companies, informed Delhi Police.Accused Chinese woman and Nepalese man have been also sent for police custody.
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