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0830 HRS
14.08.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • President Ram Nath Kovind to address the nation on the eve of 74th Independence Day today.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi assures Maldive of India's support in mitigating economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Government forms five member panel to probe into Kozhikode plane crash.
  • Rajasthan assembly session begins today amid ongoing political crisis.
  • US President Donald Trump announces historic peace deal between UAE and Israel to establish full diplomatic relations.

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President Ram Nath Kovind will address the nation on the eve of the 74th Independence Day today. The address will be broadcast from 7 PM onwards on the entire national network of All India Radio and telecast over all channels of Doordarshan in Hindi followed by the English version. All India Radio will broadcast regional language versions of the President's Address from 9.30 PM on its respective regional networks. Broadcast of the address in Hindi and English on Doordarshan will be followed by broadcast in regional languages by regional channels of Doordarshan.

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The Nation will celebrate the 74th Independence Day tomorrow. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the nation in celebrating the Independence Day at the majestic Red Fort in New Delhi. The Prime Minister will unfurl the National Flag and address the nation from the ramparts of the iconic monument.

Security has been tightened in the National Capital in view of the celebrations. A full dress rehearsal was held at the Red Fort yesterday for the Independence Day celebrations.

"In view of Covid-19 situation, the Delhi police has requested the invitees to follow guidelines issued by Union Home Ministry and Health Ministry at all times while they are in the function area at Red Fort. Around four thousand security personnel will be deployed for the ceremony. There will be a multi-layer security ring, including NSG snipers, elite SWAT commandos and kite catchers around the monument. Flying of sub-conventional aerial platforms like UAVs, paragliders and hot air balloons in the national capital have been prohibhited till tomorrow due to security reasons. Delhi Police has issued a traffic advisory to ensure safe and smooth vehicular movement across the national capital on Independence Day. Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi."

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In the run up to the 74th Independence Day celebrations, we bring you today a special story about the multiple initiatives for making New India.

The Narendra Modi-led government has taken several initiatives to achieve the goal of making New India. Prime Minister Narenda Modi has given a clarion call to creat an India which will be clean, free from coruption, poverty, terrorism, casteism and free from communalism. In the last five years, the government has launched various schemes including Housing for All by 2022 under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, doubling of farmer's income and  Ayushman Bharat Yojana.

Talking exclusively to AIR News, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar said, in order to realise the dream of New India, it is necessary to convert the challenges posed by the COIVD-19 pandemic into an opportunity. He said, in this direction, the government is promoting investment in private sector.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the tax system in the country is becoming faceless and it will give the tax-payer a feeling of fairness and fearlessness. Launching Transparent Taxation - Honoring the Honest platform through video conferencing in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Modi said, tax administration should solve problems instead of confusing the tax-payer and everything from technology to rules should be simple. He said, identities of the tax-payer and tax-officer should not matter at all. The Prime Minister said, the effort is to make tax system seamless, painless and faceless.

"Corporate tax के मामले में हम दुनिया में सबसे कम tax लेने वाले देशों में से एक हैं। साथियों, कोशिश ये है कि हमारी टैक्स प्रणाली Seamless हो, Painless हो, Faceless हो। Seamless यानि टैक्स एडमिनिस्ट्रेशन, हर टैक्सपेयर को उलझाने के बजाय समस्या को सुलझाने के लिए काम करे। Painless यानि टेक्नॉलॉजी से लेकर Rules तक सबकुछ Simple हो। Faceless यानि Taxpayer कौन है और Tax Officer कौन है, इससे मतलब होना ही नहीं चाहिए।"

Listing taxation reforms undertaken by his government since 2014, Mr Modi said the Goods and Services Tax amalgamated dozens of taxes, thresholds fixed for pursuing tax matters in different courts and a dispute resolution scheme brought in to reduce litigation. He said, there is no tax on income up to 5 lakh rupees for individuals and tax slabs for income higher than 5 lakh rupees have also been reduced. Mr Modi said, the taxpayer base at just 1.5 crore in India is very low. He urged those who owe taxes to come forward and honestly pay their dues and contribute to nation-building.

"बीते 6 वर्षों में हमारा फोकस रहा है, Banking the Unbanked Securing the Unsecured और, Funding the Unfunded. आज एक तरह से एक नई यात्रा शुरू हो रही है। Honoring the Honest- ईमानदार का सम्मान। देश का ईमानदार टैक्सपेयर राष्ट्रनिर्माण में बहुत बड़ी भूमिका निभाता है। जब देश के ईमानदार टैक्सपेयर का जीवन आसान बनता है, वो आगे बढ़ता है, तो देश का भी विकास होता है, देश भी आगे बढ़ता है।"

Mr Modi said, looking at the commitment towards reforms, the confidence of foreign investors is also increasing continuously towards India. He said, arrival of record Foreign Direct Investment to India even during the Corona crisis is an example of it. The Prime Minister said, Government brought in Vivaad Se Viswas scheme so that maximum cases get resolved outside court. As a result, in a short time, about 3 lakh cases have been resolved.

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Welcoming the new tax platform, President of the national Industry body, ASSOCHAM, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani has said that a transparent tax scheme would encourage voluntary tax filing. He said the initiative announced by the honorable Prime minister, Narendra Modi is a move towards making the entire tax filing system into a hassle free and painless experience for the taxpayer which would eventually encourage people to voluntarily pay taxes on their own. 

Mr. Rajiv Podar, President of IMC Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mumbai, said that the new transparent tax scheme will greatly reduce the cost of compliance and the difficulties faced by the taxpayers.

Kumarmanglam Vijay, Partner, J Sagar Associates said the government has rightly increased the thresholds for appeals to be filed by the Revenue to reduce litigations.

Secretary General of FICCI, Dilip Chenoy called it a historic step in tax administration. He said this will primarily benefit the honest tax payers and added that FICCI welcomes the charter and transparency that has been brought in.

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In an effort to guard against fake news being circulated on various platforms, we bring you our segment on Fact Check and Myth busters. A document is being shared on Social Media platforms as the new Taxpayers' Charter of India. The Ministry of Finance has termed the claim as fake and informed that the widely shared document on these platforms is in fact the Taxpayers' charter of a foreign country and not of India. Citizens can visit the website incometaxindia.gov.in to view the actual Taxpayers' Charter of the country unveiled by the Prime Minister.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched the Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO) through an online webinar. The NIIO puts in place dedicated structures for the end users to interact with academia and industry towards fostering innovation and indigenisation for self-reliance in defence.

The Draft Defence Acquisition Policy 2020 (DAP 20) rolled out by the Defence Ministry last month envisaged establishment of Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation by the Service Headquarters. Indian Navy already has a functional Directorate of Indigenisation and the new structures created will build upon the ongoing indigenisation initiatives, as well as focus on innovation.

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Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has said, the new National Education Policy will ensure accessibility, equity, quality, affordability and accountability. Addressing a webinar on the National Education Policy (NEP) yesterday, the Minister said, he had seen the process of formulation of the policy closely when he was the Human Resource Development Minister.

Mr Javadekar said, it is an education policy that will take India forward. The Minister said, if one studies the policy, one will realise that education for all is its basis. He said, those students who do not come in the school system, are bring sought to the brought under it.

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In Rajasthan, amid the ongoing political crisis, the state assembly session is set to begin from today. The crucial session beginning today would see the ruling Congress move a motion for trust vote and the BJP move a no confidence motion. Ahead of the session, both the parties held their legislature party meetings in Jaipur yesterday.

"Chief Minitser Ashok Gehlot has told that the government would move the confidence motion in the house and prove its majority. Former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and his 18 MLAs attended the meeting of Congress legislature party held yesterday evening. On the other hand, leader of opposition Gulab Chand Kataria said that the opposition would move a no-confidence motion and question the government for failing on all fronts. Due to Covid situation, it is believed that the Assembly session will be very short. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur.

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Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau has ordered a probe into the Air India Express aircraft crash at Kozhikode airport. The Investigation of the aircraft crash will be done by a five member team headed by Captain S S Chahar. The team will investigate and determine the probable causes and contributory factors leading to the accident. It will also make recommendations to avoid such recurrences in the future.

Investigator in-charge Captain S S Chahar will submit his report within 5 months. An Air India Express flight from Dubai with over 190 people, skidded off the tabletop runway during landing at the Kozhikode airport in heavy rains, killing 18 people on the 7th of this month.

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Crossing the 8 lakh-day milestone of tests in a single day, India has registered a record high of 8,30,391 tests conducted in the last 24 hours. In pursuance of the “Test, Track and Treat” strategy, India is geared up to reach the testing capacity of 10 lakh tests per day. The country touched another peak of highest ever single day recoveries of 56 thousand 3 hundred 83 in a single day. With this the total number of recovered COVID-19 patients has touched nearly 17 lakh. With increasing number of recoveries the recovery rate has reached 70.77 per cent. The case mortality among COVID patients has further regressed to 1.96 per cent and is steadily declining.

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The Health Ministry has said that World Health Organisation, WHO has advised 140 tests per day per million population. The Ministry said, with focussed Centre led efforts and effective implementation by States and Union Territories, 34 of them have exceeded this requirement.

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In Bihar, a record number of over one lakh Covid-19 tests have been conducted in last 24 hours. Altogether, 13 lakh 37 thousand tests have so far been conducted .

The total number of Covid-19 positive cases has mounted to 94 thousand 459 after 3,906 fresh cases were reported during last 24 hours. As many as 224 inmates lodged at Araria jail have tested positive. The jailor said, new male prisoners are now being sent to Purnia central jail while female prisoners are being sent to Dalsinghsarai jail in Samastipur.

62 thousand 507 people have recovered so far in the state while 31 thousand 467 people are being treated in various hospitals. The recovery rate stands over 66 percent.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad visited Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) in Patna to take stock of the facilities being provided to Covid infected patients. The Minister assured that all possible help would be extended to state government from Centre to tackle Covid-19 pandemic.

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In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 137 fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported during last 24 hours. 95 people also recovered during this period. A total of 2,037 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the islands till now while 924 people have recovered so far. Twenty two patients have sccumbed to the infection.

Most of the cases have bee reported in the South Andaman district including Port Blair. Acting upon the situation, administration is ramping up medical infrastructure in the islands.

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Gujarat recorded 1092 new coronavirus cases during last 24 hours. According to the State Health Department, the recovery rate has improved further and reached up to 77.42 percent.

"More than 11 lakh 59 thousand tests have been carried out in the state, out of which record 50817 tests carried out yesterday. Total cases of Covid19 in the state have gone up to 75482. Out of 14310 active cases in the state, the conditions of 79 patients are serious. At the other end, 1046 patients have been discharged from various hospitals after recovery. With this, the total patients recovered from Covid19 have gone up to 58439. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has made it mandatory to appoint Covid coordinator in all establishments with more than 30 people. Such coordinator will be responsible for all protocols and SOPs related to Covid19. Owner will be responsible for the establishments with less than 30 staff. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".

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In Maharashtra, timely measures taken by the Mumbai civic authorities, state government and people, have been yielding positive results as the number of recovered cases due to Covid-19 crossed one lakh mark. The recovery rate of the city has risen to 79 per cent.

"The number of recovered Covid -19 patients in Mumbai has crossed the 1 lakh mark yesterday. A total of 923 patients were discharged from the hospital. According to the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, the recovery rate of Covid -19 patients in Mumbai is currently stable at 79 per cent. Meanwhile, around 381 personnel of Maharashtra police tested positive for corona virus out of which three succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours. With the three new fatalities, the Covid -19 death toll in the state police reached 124. At least 11,773 police personnel have contracted this infection so far. A total of 9,416 policemen have recovered from the disease, while 2,233 are undergoing treatment. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai.'

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In Tamil Nadu, in a noble gesture, 40 police personnel in Chennai donated their blood plasma to treat COVID-19 patients yesterday. All these personnel were infected with the disease earlier and recovered recently.

"The police personnel are some of the most valiant frontline warriors in the ongoing battle against Covid-19 disease. In the discharge of their duties, many of them have contracted the virus themselves. Chennai Police Commissioner Mahesh Kumar Agarwal said 1920 police personnel have so far been affected by the disease. 1549 of them have recovered and rejoined for duty. Forthy eight of them came forward to donate their blood plasma for treating the existing Covid-19 patients. 40 of them were found eligible including two women, who donated their plasma yesterday. Normally, 500 ml of plasma is drawn from those who recovered from Covid-19 after their 14-day quarantine, provided they are free from any other comorbid conditions. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".

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In Karnataka, the total number of covid -19 cases crossed two lakh mark after 6,706 people tested positive during the last 24 hours. The total number of positive cases now stands at 2,03,200.  Bengaluru city recorded 1,893 fresh COVID-19 cases followed by Mysuru with 522 and Ballari with 445 cases. Yesterday, a record 8,609 people were discharged from various hospitals in the State following recovery from coronavirus infection. The total number of recovered cases have risen to 1,21,242.

"The State recovery rate is showing constant improvement as it increased to 59.67 percent yesterday. There is a drop in the mortality rate as it stands at 1.78 percent.  103 covid patients lost their life and the total deaths increased to  3613.  There was a marked increase in Covid tests as it conducted 55,999 tests in a single day yesterday. 18,82, 316 swab samples were tested across the State. At present 78,337 active patients are taking treatment in various hospitals and among them 727  are in ICU. Meanwhile Medical Education Minster Dr. K.Sudhakar held a video conference with private hospitals and medical colleges. He discussed about the treatment protocols and Covid -19 testing. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU."

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In Odisha, Berhampur city of Ganjam district which is one of the main Covid-19 hotspots in the state has shown a sero-prevalence of as much as 31 per cent. Briefing media yesterday, Director of the ICMR-run Regional Medical Research Centre in Bhubaneswar, Dr Sanghamitra Pati, said that about one third population of the city has developed antibodies against COVID-19. The serological survey intended to map the community-spread of infection, was undertaken in the first week of this month. Berhampur alone has already recorded more than 2500 positive cases with more than 40 deaths.

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Indian Shuttler N Sikki Reddy and physiotherapist Kiran C have tested Covid postive. They arrived at the National badminton camp at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad. This came to light after they took SAI's mandatory Covid test that is given to all players, coaches and support staff on arrival. Meanwhile, the academy has been closed down for sanitisation. All primary contacts of Sikki and Kiran have been traced and are being given the RT PCR test again.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India will continue to support the Maldives in mitigating the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Replying to Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on twitter yesterday, Prime Minister Modi said, their special friendship will always remain, as deep as the waters of the Indian Ocean. Mr Modi was responding to Maldives President tweet thanking him for India's financial assistance to the island country.

Mr Solih called it a landmark moment in Maldives-India cooperation as they received Indian assistance of 250 million dollars as budget support and 500 million dollars for the Greater Malé Connectivity Project.

"The fresh assistance will be a big boost to Maldives economy which is dependent on tourism and has suffered badly due to COVID situation. Maldives President Ibrahim Solih termed it a landmark moment in Maldives - India cooperation and thanked PM Modi and people of India for their generosity and friendship. Former President Mohamed Nasheed termed it a major low cost development assistance, what Maldives needs exactly. He said it is a genuine help from a friend to help build critical infrastructure. Without naming China, the former President criticised eye- watering expensive commeracial loans that leaves the nation mired in debt. It may be mentioned that former government in Maldives several investments from Chinese companies but new government under President Solih has deepened relations with India as part of its India first policy. Santosh Kumar, AIR NEWS, FROM COLOMBO."

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US President Donald Trump announced that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic relations as part of a new peace deal. Under the agreement, Israel would suspend its plans to annex parts of the West Bank. Making the announcement in the Oval Office, US President, said, the deal is a significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous Middle East.

President Trump also tweeted a joint statement between the US, UAE and Israel which said, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan have agreed to the full normalisation of relations. The statement called the peace agreement, a historic diplomatic breakthrough that will advance peace in the Middle East region. Israel​i Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a new era has opened between Israel and the Arab world. The UAE's ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, said the deal with Israel was a win for diplomacy and for the region.

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In Bihar, the flood situation has worsened following torrential rains in catchment areas of Nepal and heavy discharge of 2 lakh 15 thousand cusec of water from Gandak barrage. The water level of Gandak river is rapidly rising. In view of the deteriorating situation, people living in low lying areas have been advised to shift to higher places.

Over 78 lakh people spread over 16 districts are reeling under the impact of floods. Darbhanga, by far the worst-affected district which accounts for 20 lakh people hit by the floods. 38 people have lost their lives in flood related incidents in last 24 hours. 33 teams of NDRF and SDRF are carrying out relief and rescue operations.

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India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that large parts of the country are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall during the next two-three days. The IMD said a low pressure area has formed over northwest Bay of Bengal off north Odisha and West Bengal coasts. There is also a monsoon trough plus a convergence of southwesterly winds with moisture from Arabian Sea is likely to continue during the next two days, which will lead to heavy rains over several parts of the country. 

The IMD said fairly widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over major parts of North India including Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and east Rajasthan during the next two days and decrease thereafter.

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Today’s weather forecast

The National capital Delhi is expected to have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum recorded in the city was 24 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature is expected to hover around 32 degree Celsius. 

Mumbai will also have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature recorded was 26 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 29 degrees.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky. The minimum temperature recorded was 27 degree Celsius and maximum is expected at 34 degrees.

Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded 18 degree Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 37 degrees. The region will experience mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm. The minimum temperature recorded was 27 degree Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 37 degrees.

In Chandigarh, there will be generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature recorded was 27 degree Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 31 degrees.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 24 and 30 degree Celsius.

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The Sports Ministry will organise the largest country-wide run, the Fit India Freedom Run from tomorrow till 2nd of October, which boasts of a unique concept. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju will launch the mega-event today.

In keeping with the current pandemic situation and social distancing norms, the government has decided to encourage participants of the event to run at their own pace - anywhere and at any time of their convenience.

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Newspaper Headlines

  • Quoting a study, The Pioneer writes, "Plasma therapy safe, cuts mortality.  News of Ram Temple Trust Head testing Covid positive finds mention on the front pages of most dailies.

  • Hindu BusinessLine headline quotes the Prime Minister as saying, "Tax system will be made seamless, painless, faceless".  "The day government applauds honest taxpayer, it plans new list of transactions under scanner" writes The Indian Express.

  • "Rajasthan trust vote today as Pilot, Gehlot seal truce" headlines The Asian Age.  "Gehlot, Pilot meet; BJP, Congress talk floor test" writes Hindustan Times.

  • The Pioneer, carrying a photograph of an inundated road writes, "Heaviest rain of season in Delhi". The Times of India carries a photograph of a submerged Delhi Police van, with the caption, "When helpers need help".

  • Hindustan Times quotes US Democratic party's Presidential canditate's running mate, Kamala Harris as saying, "Indian mother taught me to fight for change".

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