Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by 10 wickets to jump to the top spot on the Indian Premier League 2020 points table on Friday. Mumbai Indians, without their regular skipper Rohit Sharma, put on a clinical show to outclass last year’s runners up to register their seventh win this season. Three teams, MI, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are all at 14 points each. MI and DC are one and two on the table respectively on the basis of a better net run rate. RCB are third while Kolkata Knight Riders sit fourth on the table. SunRisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals are tied at 8 points each while CSK are on the bottom of the table with just six points in IPL 2020.
Quinton de Kock, who remained unbeaten on 46 on Friday, went past Virat Kohli to take the fifth position in the Orange Cap race, which is dominated by Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul. KL Rahul has 540 runs from 10 matches.
Mayank Agarwal is third on the list with 398 runs in this year’s IPL. Faf du Plessis could only muster one run against Mumbai on Friday and he has scored 376 runs in 11 matches.
Kagiso Rabada holds the Purple Cap with 21 wickets from 10 matches. Trent Boult jumped to third place in race for the leading wicket taker this season with a four wicket-haul on Friday. He has picked up 16 wickets so far this year.
Bumrah too added a couple of wickets to take his tally to 17 wickets this season.
With 54, 366 fresh cases, India on Friday registered a total of 77.61 lakh cases of novel coronavirus
New Delhi: With 54, 366 fresh cases, India on Friday registered a total of 77.61 lakh cases of novel coronavirus. In the last 24 hours 690 new deaths were recorded taking the country’s total death tally to 1.17 lakh.
According to the union health ministry, India has leaped across a significant milestone in its fight against COVID-19 as active caseload of the country has fallen below 7 lakh for the first time after two months. The active caseload was below the 7 lakh mark last on August 22.
The total positive cases of the country are 6.95 lakh and they comprise 8.96 per cent of the total cases. “With a high number of COVID-19 patients recovering every day along with a steadily falling and sustained low mortality rate, India’s trend of registering decreasing active cases continues,” health ministry officials said.
India is also reporting a high number of recoveries. The total recovered cases are nearly 70 lakhs and the difference between active and recovered cases is consistently increasing. It stands at 62.53 lakh now. The recovered cases are nearly 10 times more than the active cases, officials said adding 73,979 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases are 54,366. The national Recovery Rate has further progressed to 89.53 per cent. A constant drop in daily death figures too has been noticed and the Case Fatality Rate as on date is 1.51% and 24 States/UTs have less than 20,000 active cases.
India has also crossed the 10 crore-mark in conducting tests for detection of COVID-19 with 14,42,722 tests being done in a span of 24 hours. Officials said high level of comprehensive testing on a sustained basis has also resulted in bringing down the national positivity rate. “This indicates that the rate of spread of the infection is being effectively contained. The cumulative positivity rate continues to decline as the total tests cross 10 crore,” the ministry said. The national COVID-19 positivity rate is 7.75 per cent.
Fifteen states and union territories, including Maharashtra, Kerala, Chandigarh, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Delhi, are exhibiting higher COVID-19 positivity rate compared to the national figure, indicting the need for higher levels of comprehensive testing in these regions, the ministry said.
However, Health Economist Rijo M. John highlighted that of the 10 crore tests conducted by India so far, only 4.68 crores are RT-PCR. “The Test Positivity Rate on 7 day average has been declining consistently and is now at 5.2%, at the level it was on May 17. Growth of tests have been slightly above cases for a while and 7 day average daily testing has been at 11.2 lakhs. However, there are discrepancies between total tests reported by the states and ICMR. For the past few days, the 7 day average of daily number of tests reported by ICMR has been close to 2 lakhs more than those reported by the states combined. These needs to be reconciled. Most states do not report results of testing by test types separately. Many are increasingly relying on antigen tests without disclosing if false negatives are being re-tested sufficiently. There is a severe lack of transparency in reporting of some key variables by many,” John said.
Mumbai: The Nifty Midcap 100 index has been outperforming the Nifty over the past five sessions and nearing a crucial breakout level, giving analysts hope of it outperforming large-caps in the coming sessions. The Midcap 100 has risen 2.3 per cent to 17,171 on Thursday against Nifty’s 1.1 per cent at the closing of 11,896 in the five sessions through Thursday.
The index is approaching a breakout level of 17,400, which if broken conclusively, could enable it to test its January high of 18,495, implying a potential 8 per cent return against a 4.5 per cent return on Nifty if it tests its January 20 high of 12,430.5.
Rohit Srivastava, founder, IndiaCharts, says he’d rather bet on outperformance by Midcaps to the Nifty, which at current levels appears a “tad” weak and likely to test 11,600 before resuming its uptrend.
Chandan Taparia, analyst at Motilal Oswal, too thinks midcaps could outperform the Nifty if the 17,400 level is “taken out”. Midcaps that posted a stellar performance in the year to date include Ajanta Pharma (67 per cent up), Adani Enterprises, Jubilant Foodworks and Mphasis (up 50 per cent each).
Directorate of Public Health identifies 888 clusters across Tamil Nadu for new study
The second serological survey in the city has found that one-third of the population has been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 infection and has developed antibodies.
According to the Greater Chennai Corporation, of the 6,389 samples tested, 2,062 were positive for the presence of IgG antibodies, recording an overall positivity of 32.3%.
In fact, the first serological survey, the results of which were released in early September, found that one-fifth of the population in the city was exposed to the infection.
Meanwhile, the Directorate of Public Health (DPH) and Preventive Medicine has launched a State-wide serosurvey with a sample size of 26,640. According to a press release, the population-based serosurvey had been taken up across cities and villages in the State.
A total of 888 clusters have been identified for the survey. In each cluster, the survey would cover 30 houses, collecting details and blood samples from 26,640 persons in total. It would screen the samples for the presence of antibodies against COVID-19.
An official said the sample size was determined based on the population of the district. These samples would be tested in the State Public Health Laboratory in Chennai and other public health laboratories in Coimbatore, Salem, Tiruchi, Madurai and Tirunelveli. For this, high-end laboratory equipment worth ₹4 crore would be put to use. Chemiluminescent immunoassay technique would be used for the test.
Public health teams were formed and trained to identify persons and take up testing in every district.
The process would be completed by the second week of November. The survey was jointly taken up with IDFC, Mumbai, through a memorandum of understanding.
At the end of the survey, the average number of persons affected by COVID-19 in the State would be enumerated at the level of each district.
The findings of the survey would help the State government and the Health Department in coming up with policies, the release said.
New Delhi: India’s labour market remains under stress, primarily because of a fall in the employment rate in rural India and continued low employment rate in urban India, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy said.
“The falling employment rate in rural India and the continued low employment rate in urban India are the weaknesses in India’s labour market recovery process,” the independent think tank said in its weekly analysis. “Given that rural India has a much larger weight in all-India estimates, it is imperative that its employment rate stops falling any further,” it added.
According to CMIE, keeping the employment rate from slipping is challenging.
“To merely keep the employment rate unchanged, the economy has to generate additional jobs. It needs to run to stay where it is,” CMIE suggested.
CMIE data shows that the gap between the monthly employment rate in 2020-21 and the corresponding month of 2019-20 narrowed consistently till August, when it was just 182 basis points, after which it rose to 254 basis points in September. There are apprehensions it may widen further in October.
As per the data, the average rural employment rate stood at 39.1% in the first three weeks of October, lower than 39.8% in September, which was its highest level since the lockdown and closer to the 40.7% rate in 2019-20.
The average employment rate in urban India in the first three weeks of October was 34.8%, slightly better than 34.4% in September, but still over 200 basis points lower than the 2019-20 level.
Citing labour market statistics derived from CMIE’s Consumer Pyramids Household Survey, CMIE said the data is indicating a stagnation of India’s economic recovery from a shock in April during the lockdown.
Kolkata, Oct. 22 : The first batch of women pilots of the Indian Navy have been operationalized on Dornier aircraft by the Southern Naval Command (SNC) at Kochi. They are Lieutenant Divya Sharma from Malviya Nagar in New Delhi, Lieutenant Shubhangi Swaroop from Tilhar in Uttar Pradesh and Lieutenant Shivangi from Muzaffarpur in Bihar.
The three women pilots were part of the six pilots of the 27th Dornier Operational Flying Training (DOFT) Course, who graduated as ‘Fully operational Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) Pilots’ at a passing out ceremony held at INS Garuda, Kochi on Thursday.
SNC Chief Staff Officer (Training) Rear Admiral Antony George presented awards to the pilots who are now fully qualified on Dornier aircraft for all operational missions.
These officers had initially undergone basic flying training partly with the Indian Air Force and partly with the Navy prior to the DOFT course. Amongst the three women pilots operationalized for MR flying, Lt Shivangi was the first to qualify as a naval pilot on December 2 last year.
The course comprised of one month of ground training phase which was conducted at various professional schools of the SNC and eight months of flying training at the Dornier Squadron of SNC, INAS 550. Lt Divya Sharma & Lt Shivam Pandey were adjudged ‘First in Flying’ and ‘First in Ground’ subjects, respectively.
India on Thursday successfully carried out the final user trial of the third-generation anti-tank guided missile Nag at Pokhran desert in Rajasthan, in a significant milestone that paves the way for deployment of the weapon in strategically sensitive sectors, officials said.
The missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to engage highly fortified enemy tanks in day and night conditions.
“The missile has fire and forget and top attack capabilities with passive homing guidance to defeat all MBTs (main battle tanks) equipped with composite and reactive armour,” an official said.
The DRDO said the final user trial of the missile was carried out on Thursday at 6:45 am from Pokhran range.
“The missile was integrated with the actual warhead and a tank target was kept at designated range. This was launched from NAG missile carrier NAMICA and it hit the target accurately,” the DRDO said.
Following the final user trial, the missile will enter into the production phase.
“The missile will be produced by defence PSU Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), whereas Ordnance Factory Medak will produce the NAMICA,” the DRDO said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO and the Indian Army for the successful trial of NAG missile.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Mohammed Siraj, who ripped through Kolkata Knight Riders’ top-order with a “magical performance”, said skipper Virat Kohli’s surprise decision to hand him the new ball lifted his confidence in the IPL match here.
Siraj’s first three wickets came without conceding a run as he became the first bowler in IPL history to bowl two maidens in a single game. RCB restricted KKR to a paltry 84/8 and chased down the target in 13.3 overs.
Once Chris Morris generated swing early on, Siraj was asked to bowl the second over following a discussion with wicketkeeper AB de Villiers.
“We hadn’t planned that I would open but when we went out, Virat bhai said ‘Miyan, ready ho jao (Sir, get ready!), you will have to bowl…’ It boosted my confidence,” the Hyderabadi pacer, who returned with figures of 4-2-8-3, said after the eight-wicket win on Wednesday.
“Morris beat the batsmen (in the first over) and then Virat bhai spoke to AB de Villiers (behind the stumps) and gave me the bowl,” he added.
“Initially, I didn’t think it would swing so much after seeing the wicket. I just backed my strength and really enjoyed a lot.”
Brought in the second over, Siraj struck in his third ball with a good length ball that went away of Rahul Tripathi.
In his next delivery, he cleaned up Nitish Rana, with a ball that sharply cut back in and breached the left-hander’s defence. In the next over, he accounted for Tom Banton with another outswing delivery.
His bowling figures became the most economical this season.
A natural in-swing bowler, Siraj has been practising with the new ball and generating outswing in the practice sessions.
“I’ve been a natural inswing bowler but while practising I have started bowling outswing a lot better.
“In our practise sessions, we have Devdutt Padikkal and Parthiv Patel. I bowl the same length to them which I bowled to Nitish Rana. I did the same thing in the game and was able to execute it well,” he said.
Having endured a tough outing against the same side in 2019, it’s now a story of going from being zero to hero for Siraj.
Siraj was hammered for 36 runs in 2.2 overs before being removed from the attack for bowling two beamers as KKR chased down 206 with five balls to spare in their IPL 2019 match.
In the same game, Siraj had also dropped a sitter from Chris Lynn and faced a lot a criticism.
“I’ve always had a lot of support from the RCB setup. All I wanted to do this year was give a magical performance. I wanted to do something different this year,” Siraj, who played his fourth match of the season, said.
“Whenever I used to think about my performance in the IPL, I had made up my mind that I would deliver a performance to remember. It’s about doing something different, something magical,” he concluded. PTI TAP
Loss against RCB was morale-crushing, but destiny still in our hands: McCullum
Brandon McCULLUM head coach of KKR and Abhishek Nayar assistant coach of KKR during match 39 of season 13 of the Dream 11 Indian Premier League (IPL) between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on the 21st October 2020. (BCCI/IPL)
Disappointed with his team’s “timid approach” with the bat , Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum has admitted that the crushing defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore would definitely affect the morale of the side, but their destiny is still in their hands.
He believes KKR can go all the way to the final, despite just hanging on to the fourth spot in the eight-team competition with 10 points from as many games.
“This (loss) is going to affect a little bit in terms of our confidence. We need to work hard on ensuring our morale doesn’t drop at the same time having those honest conversations around how we improve,” McCullum said after the eight-wicket loss to RCB in an IPL game here on Wednesday night.
“But I still firmly believe that we have a side which can be there later on in the tournament, come finals. We just need to improve slightly.
“We’re still fourth in the tournament, which is very fortunate for us. Destiny is still very much in our hands. We have just got to tighten up some of those areas where we’re deficient tonight and make sure we improve on our performance,” he said.
McCullum admitted that they were not good enough and lacked intent in the lop-sided contest against RCB.
Electing to bat, KKR top-order crumbled against Mohammed Siraj’s (3/8) devastating new-ball show to register their second lowest total — 84 for 8, a target which RCB chased down in in 13.3 overs with eight wickets in hand.
McCullum said there was no demon in the pitch but their batsmen lacked intent against some quality RCB bowling.
“…I didn’t think there was a lot in the wicket. Siraj obviously bowled well and (Chris) Morris at times also. But if anything, we were just a little timid in our approach,” the former New Zealand captain said.
“That’s just a bit frustrating because we spoke at length before the game about trying to be positive and show some strong intent, so that’s something we’ll have to address in the next few days.”
Siraj became the first bowler in the history of IPL to bowl two maiden overs as he dismissed Rahul Tripathi (1), Nitish Rana (0) and Tom Banton (10) to virtually kill the contest in the first four overs.
“I just think we weren’t able to enter the game at any stage, none of our top-order batsmen were able to get anything going,” McCullum said.
“Defending 85, you might just win one in 50 games. I think RCB were very good tonight. We’re very poor with bat in hand. You’re not going to win too many games from 40 for 6. But we’ve got to bounce back because we’ve got another game in a few days.
“With the conditions being slightly challenging at times, you’ve got to find a way to still pick yourself up and try and get a result in the next game,” he added.
McCullum said self belief is the need of the hour after such a disappointing performance.
“For us, it’s about maintaining belief. As long as our morale stays high, and our belief within the dressing room stays high, then we have the talent within our setup, the intelligence and quality of players, to be able to go deep in the tournament.”
KKR have four matches left to secure a play-off spot and next face Delhi Capitals here on Saturday.