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Evening News

2030 HRS
17.09.2020

2030 HRS.


17th September, 2020



THE HEADLINES:-


  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says, India is committed to resolve current border issue with China through a fair and peaceful manner and at the same time prepared to deal with all contingencies.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to dedicate Kosi Mega Bridge to the nation along with 12 rail projects in Bihar tomorrow.

  • Sewa Saptah is being organised across the country to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday; World Leaders wish Mr Modi on the occasion.

  • Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigns in protest of Farmers produce Trade and Commerce Bill 2020.

  • Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 78.64 per cent.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, three terrorists and one civilian killed in an encounter at Batamaloo area in Srinagar.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today said that India is committed to resolve the current border issue with China through a fair and peaceful manner and at the same time the country is also prepared to deal with all contingencies. He said, China is trying to change the status quo at the Line of Actual Control which is unacceptable to India at any condition. The Defence Minister was making a statement in the Rajya Sabha on the development on border in Ladakh region.


"एक और किसी को भी हमारी सीमा की सुरक्षा के प्रति हमारे दृढ़ निश्चय यानी डिटरमिनेशन के बारे में संदेह नहीं होना चाहिए। वहीं भारत यह भी मानता है कि पड़ोसियों के साथ शांतिपूर्ण संबंधों के लिए आपसी सम्मान और संवेदनशीलता भी यह रखना आवश्यक है।"


 Mr. Singh said, the current situation is very different both in terms of scale of troops involved and the number of friction points. He said, the conduct of Indian forces throughout the standoff shows that while they maintained patience in face of provocative actions, they also equally displayed valour when required to protect territorial integrity of the country.


"चीन द्वारा एक बहुत ही वायलेंट के हिसाब की स्थिति 15 जून को गलवान में क्रिएट की है। हमारे बहादुर सिपाहियों ने, बहादुर जवानों ने अपनी जान का बलिदान दिया और साथ ही चीनी पक्ष को भी भारी क्षति पहुंचाई है और अपनी सीमा की सुरक्षा में कामयाब भी रहे है। पूरी  के दौरान हमारे बहादुर जवानों ने, जहां सयंम की जरूरत थी, वहां सयंम रखा और जहां शौर्य की जरूरत थी वहां शौर्य का भी प्रदर्शन किया। मैं सदन से यह अनुरोध करता हूं कि हमारे सैनिकों की वीरता एवं बहादुरी की भूरी-भूरी प्रशंसा की जानी चाहिए। हमारे बहादुर जवान अत्यंत मुश्किल परिस्थितियों में अपने अथक प्रयास से समस् देशवासियों को सुरक्षित रखने के अपने दायित् का निर्वहन कर रहे है।"


The Defence Minister added that Chinese actions reflect a disregard to various bilateral agreements and amassing of the troops by China goes against the 1993 and 1996 agreements.


"चीन की कार्रवाई से हमारे विभिन् द्विपक्षीय समझौतों के प्रति उसका डिसरिगार्ड दिखता है। चीन द्वारा  भारी मात्रा में तैनाती किया जाना 1993 और 1996 के समझौतों का उल्लंघन है। सम्मान करना और उसका कड़ाई से पालन किया जाना है।सीमा क्षेत्रों में शांति और सद्भावना का ये आधार है और 1993 और 1996 के समझौतों मे स्पष् रूप से स्वीकार भी किया गया है जबकि हमारी आर्म फोर्सेस का पूरी तरह से पालन करते हुए चाइनीज साइड की और से ऐसा नहीं हुआ है।"


Mr Singh said, China, in the last many decades undertook significant infrastructure construction activity to enhance their deployment capabilities in the border areas.


The Minister added that Indian government has doubled the budget for border infrastructure development. He said, China continues to be in illegal occupation of around 38,000 square kilometres in Ladakh and Pakistan illegally ceded 5,180 square kilometres of Indian territory in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to China. Mr. Singh said, border issues are a complex matter and both India and China have accepted that peace is essential for bilateral ties.


Later, leaders cutting across party lines spoke in one voice against the Chinese aggression and reiterated their commitment to support the government and armed forces. Leader of Opposition, Gulam Nabi Azad said, Congress is committed to protect the unity and integrity of the country. P. Wilson of DMK and Ravi Prakash Verma of Samajawadi Party also extended their support to the government.

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India has said the Chinese side should sincerely work with the Indian side for complete disengagement at the earliest from all friction areas including Pangong Lake as well as de-escalation in border areas. Briefing media virtually this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said New Delhi hopes that the Chinese side will strictly respect and observe the line of actual control and not make further attempts to unilaterally change status quo. He said India is committed to a peaceful dialogue with the Chinese side, including through diplomatic and military channels.


External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Moscow on 10th September after the meeting of Defence Ministers on 4th September. There was consensus between the Ministers of the two sides during both the meetings, that there should be quick and complete disengagement of troops from all friction areas along the LAC.

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The External Affairs Ministry today said it has taken up the matter of Zhenhua data leak with the Chinese side. Replying to a media query, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said according to the Chinese side, the company is a private entity and there is no connection between it and the Chinese government.


The spokesperson said the government has constituted an Expert Committee under the National Cyber Security Coordinator to study these reports, evaluate their implications, assess any violations of law and submit its recommendations within thirty days.

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India has welcomed the Abraham Accord between Israel, UAE, Bahrain and the US. MEA Spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava said India has always supported peace and stability in West Asia. He said India also continues the traditional support for the Palestinian cause and hopes for early resumption of direct negotiations for an acceptable two-state solution.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the historic Kosi Rail (mega bridge) to the nation through video-conference  tomorrow. The Prime Minister will also inaugurate 12 rail projects related to passenger facilities for the benefit of Bihar. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will also be present on this occasion.


The 1.9 km long Kosi mega bridge has been completed at a total cost of 516 crore rupees. With the construction of the bridge the rail distance between Nirmali and Saraigarh would come down from the present 298 kms to 22 kms.


The bridge connects Mitihila and  Kosi region and is of  strategic importance along the Indo - Nepal border. It would also make it easy for long distance travel to Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai.  


The PM will also flag off a demu  train from Supaul railway station on the Saharsa - Adampur - Kupaha section.


Among the 12 other projects to be inaugurated by the PM are two new railway lines, five electrification projects, one electric locomotive shed and the third line project between Barh and Bakhatiarpur.

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Welfare activities were organised across the country to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday, who turned 70 today. Bharatiya Janata Party has organised a week-long Seva Saptah to celebrate PM's birthday. Several programmes related to cleanliness, distribution of sanitary pads and wheel chairs and social service are being organized from 14th to 20th of this month across the country.


President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu have greeted Prime Minister on his birthday.


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan have also extended birthday greetings to Mr Modi. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla today extended birthday wishes to Prime Minister on behalf of all the members of the House.


On the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday, people from different walks of life also shared their views.


World leaders have also wished Prime Minister on his Birthday. Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Nepal's Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli wished the PM through twitter.

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ALL INDIA RADIO will broadcast a special programme called - "Pradhan Mantri Narendra Modi Naye Bharat Ki Nayi Soch" at 9:15 PM this evening on FM News Channel. The programme is being aired on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday.

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Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Badal has resigned in protest of  the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.  Ms Harsimrat Badal belongs to Shiromani Akali Dal. It is reported that the Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had sent her resignation to the Prime Minister.

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The Government today said the country's recovery rate among the COVID-19 patients has reached 78.64 per cent. During the last 24 hours, more than 82 thousand COVID patients have recovered. The Health Ministry said, the total number of recoveries has reached over 40 lakh 25 thousand. The constantly increasing recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country has reduced and currently comprises only 19.73 per cent of the total positive cases. It said, that active cases of Covid 19 in the country are less than one fifth of the total cases. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is 10 lakh nine thousand. Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.63 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally. In the last 24 hours, one thousand 132 deaths have been reported taking the toll to 83 thousand 198.


According to the ICMR, the total number of samples tested so far has reached over six crore five lakhs. 

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is making continuous efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the city. At the same time, in order to provide more effective treatment to the patients suffering from Covid infection, the Municipal Corporation has started ‘Jumbo Covid Centers’ at various places. These mainly include the Jumbo Covid facilities at Byculla, NSCI-Worli, BKC, Nesco-Goregaon, Mulund and Dahisar areas. The civic body today said that, specialist doctors from private hospitals will provide telephonic services to these Jumbo facilities.


"The Brihanmumbai municipal corporation (BMC) is consistently working towards providing reliable and quality services to the patients admitted in these Jumbo Covid centres. Keeping this in view, 35 specialist doctors working in 11 private hospitals will now make their services available to the Municipal Corporation's Jumbo Covid Centers through telephone. They will also visit these treatment centers as and when required and consult with the doctors there regarding medical treatment. Provision has also been made to increase the number of medical staff in these centers as per the need.  Till 15th September, 20,722 Covid infected patients have been treated in these treatment centers. SWEETY JAIN, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI"

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Kerala today reported the biggest spike in its covid19 cases. For the first time over 4000 covid cases were reported in one day as it confirmed 4531 positive cases.


"Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan addressing the media in Thiruvananthapuram today,  said that the situation in the State is getting very serious.He urged the  people to strictly abide to the Covid protocols. Mr Vijayan further said that,  in the ongoing protests by the opposition, across the State,  demanding the resignation of Minister K.T.Jaleel, there is  violation of Covid guidelines, which is being viewed seriously. Meanwhile,  Thiruvananthapuram district continues to be worst hit as it confirms  820 cases today. 10 deaths were also confirmed today due to Covid ,  taking the death toll in state to 489 . 2737  recoveries were also reported in the state today. The active covid cases in Kerala rose to 34,314 . Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been discharged from AIIMS Delhi. He was admitted in the hospital on the 13th of this month for a complete medical checkup. 

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In Jammu and Kashmir, three terrorists and one civilian were killed in an encounter with the security forces at Batamaloo area on the outskirts of Srinagar city today.


Police said, a joint team of security forces comprising J&K Police and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation in Batamaloo following intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area.


As the joint team approached the suspected spot, terrorists fired upon them that resulted in an encounter. The three terrorists, who were killed have been identified as locals hailing from south Kashmir. Arms and ammunition have also been recovered from their possession.


A 45 year old woman was also killed in the cross-firing and a CRPF Deputy Commandant was critically injured and was shifted to hospital for treatment. 

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed anguish and shock at the untimely demise of Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Gasti. In a tweet, Mr Singh said the departed leader was known for his passion for social service, and worked at the grassroots to strengthen the BJP. He said his thoughts are with the bereaved family and supporters in this hour of grief.

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Benchmark domestic stocks today lost around point 8 per cent snapping two day's winning rally amid negative global cues. The Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange declined 323 points, or 0.82 per cent, to close at 38,980. The Nifty at National Stock Exchange also fell 88 points, or 0.76 per cent, to settle at 11,516.

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NOW HERE IS A REVIEW OF PROCEEDINGS IN PARLIAMENT TODAY, FIRST FROM RAJYA SABHA.


Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has expressed hope that India will be ready with vaccine to prevent Covid-19 virus. He underlined the need for breaking the chain of transmission of the virus by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. Responding to a discussion on Covid-19 situation in the country in the Rajya Sabha today, the Health Minister said that over the last seven to eight months, the whole country has been fighting the battle against the Coronavirus together with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


The Health Minister said 64 lakh migrant labourers were sent to their respective states through railways during the pandemic. He said since 8th of January, the Prime Minister, Central Ministers, Chief Ministers and State Health Ministers have been addressing the situation together. Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that all types of advisories and details were issued by the government even before the first case of COVID-19 in the country was reported on 30th of January, 2020. The Health Minister said that history will remember Prime Minister Narendra Modi for meticulously monitoring the entire situation himself. He said that in order to mitigate the economic situation due to the unprecedented pandemic, several packages were announced by the Prime Minister. This includes the 20 thousand lakh crore rupees package under Atma Nirbhar Bharat. He said Insurance scheme was devised for Healthcare workers.


Later, the House took up the Zero Hour.


Vishwambhar Prasad Nishad of Samajwadi Party raised the issue of job vacancies in reserved government sectors. N. Gokulakrishnan of AIADMK said recommendations made in Mandal Commission report had been implemented only on paper, leading to apprehension among Scheduled Caste and Schedule Tribes about their future.


Lt. Gen (retired) D P Vats of the BJP said the frontline corona warriors be given gallantry awards at par with the ones granted to the military. Shaktisinh Gohil of the Congress expressed concern on radio collars put on Asiatic lions in Gir forest which have led to increasing death rate. Responding to this, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said the issue will be looked into by the government.


Resuming discussion on Covid-19 situation, Swapan Dasgupta, a nominated member, wanted to know from the government what was the scientific basis for imposing a lockdown. Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena said that the State Government  successfully arrested the spread of the virus in the heavily-populated Dharavi by following the protocol of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Praful Patel of the NCP said that though officials are saying that there is no shortage of oxygen cylinders and Remdesivir drug, the ground reality is different.


Priyanka Chaturvedi of the Shiv Sena said that it was disappointing to see an MP politicising the pandemic issue despite saying it shouldn't be politicised. She alleged that the States are being treated unfairly as it is being deprived of funds. She said that more than one million children have missed crucial immunization.


Binoy Viswam of CPI said Kerala played an exemplary role in fighting COVID-19 right from the beginning.


G.K. Vasan of Tamil Maanila Congress, talking about Tamil Nadu's coronavirus response, said the State is effectively tackling the pandemic by taking all proactive steps.


Veer Singh of the BSP said that unemployment has increased due to COVID-19 and the Centre's lockdown without any preparations had affected the poor the most.


V. Vijaisai Reddy of YSRCP lauded the Centre's approach of balancing life and livelihood post Unlock stage.


Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi of the BJP, responding to the criticism of diya-lighting/clapping said, many people have a problem with lighting of diyas and banging thalis as they are not aware of the history.


Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that the government lost the golden months in addressing the pandemic. He said that former Congress President Rahul Gandhi had warned of a tsunami that was about to hit the country. Citing his experience as the Health Minister in 2009-14 Cabinet, Mr. Azad said that he had taken the first shot of the H1N1 vaccine that was developed by India in 2010.


M. Thambidurai of AIADMK pleaded with the Centre to allocate Nine thousand crore rupees to Tamil Nadu for tackling COVID.


Rajeev Chandrasekhar of the BJP said the Opposition and the government should work together to solve this, instead of making petty allegations. He said the lockdown was unambiguously necessary. He said Lockdowns are necessary tools for government and will be there intermittently till a vaccine is available. 


Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena said the government’s move to privatise Jawaharlal Nehru Port will lead to a loss to the country's exchequer as land and property worth crores of rupees will pass on to private hands. He said that the project be reconsidered.


Dr. Amee Yajnik of the Congress raised issue of patients who suffered from non-communicable diseases and were unable to get treatment for non-COVID diseases as the focus is on COVID-19.


Ravi Prakash Verma of Samajwadi Party raised the matter of floods along the Indo-Nepal border. He said that the government should take up the matter considering the adverse impact it has on the Indian villages.


Nabam Rebia of the BJP said Arunachal Pradesh attained Statehood in 1987, but has not been given Constitutional protection yet. He said the government should consider the Arunachal Pradesh government's demand for its inclusion in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.


Vivek Thakur of the BJP said that there are three companies working on COVID-19 vaccines that come from the country of origin of virus. He questioned whether India should entertain it.


Mir Mohammad Fayaz of the PDP raised the issue of political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir being under arrest for over a year after Article 370 was abrogated. He asked the government to release those who are still under detention.


Surendra Singh Nagar of BJP raised the issue of non-inclusion by the Jammu and Kashmir administration of the third most spoken language, Gurjari, in its list of official languages.


The House then took up Special Mentions made by the members. K.C. Venugopal of the Congress asked for a probe into Facebook's interference into India's electoral democracy. Ripun Bora of the Congress said NEET and JEE exams should be held again as many students could not attend due to COVID-19 pandemic while Satish Chand Dubey of the BJP raised the issue of floods in Bihar every year. V. Vijaysai Reddy of YSR Congress asked for special trains in Andhra Pradesh.


Meanwhile, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said that the members should follow special protocols on the COVID-19 pandemic, including compulsory face masks.


After the discussion on Covid situation, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made a statement in the House on the situation along Line of Actual Control, including the Galwan Valley clash and Ladakh stand-off. He blamed China for the situation in Ladakh. It was Chinese Army that provoked the Indian Army, he said.


After China has upped its infrastructure along the border, we have also ramped up our infrastructure, he said. He lauded ITBP for its role in protecting the border.


The Defence Minister said that India remains committed to resolving the current issues in our border areas through peaceful dialogue and consultations.


After the statement, Chairman Mr Naidu said that an impression should not be created that there are differences of opinion in the country on the border situation.


India's culture has always preached Vasudaiva Kutumbakam. We have never attacked any country, he said adding that some international media have written about religious conflicts. We are all united, Mr. Naidu said.


The Chairman asked the Defence minister to call for a meeting of the leaders of all parties to brief them on the situation along the border and take them into confidence. A K Antony of the Congress hoped the government would protect the borders of the country. He said that the nation is totally with the armed forces. Galwan Valley was never a disputed site. Now our soldiers are not allowed to patrol the areas they used to earlier. We should be allowed to patrol Galwan Valley said Mr. Antony. 


Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the country is one when it comes to integrity and sovereignty. China should return to where they were earlier, he said. Responding to the opinions of members, Rajnath Singh said he was happy over the unity in the House.

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NOW REVIEW OF PROCEEDINGS IN LOK SABHA. 


Lok Sabha began a discussion on the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and 'The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill. The proposed laws allow intra-state and inter-state trade of farmers’ produce beyond the physical premises of Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC).


Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said they will give freedom to farmers in their trade and unshackle them from mandis. He asserted that the bills do not encroach on states' rights over Agricultural Produce Market Committee and allow farmers to engage in trade outside these markets.


The proposed laws are aimed at replacing ordinances promulgated by the government. The Minister said the two bills will revolutionise farm sector by attracting private investment and ensuring fair prices for farm produce. He said these legislations are aimed at making farming profitable. He also asserted that the laws would not make any impact on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and the existing mechanism which will continue.


These bills will ensure that famers get better prices for their produce and they are not subject to the regulations of mandis, he said. The legislations will increase competition and promote private investment which will help in the development of farm infrastructure and generate employment.


The Minister said because of these two reform bills, famers will be able to connect directly with big business, exporters and will be able to make farming profitable.


Initiating the discussion on the bills, Ravneet Singh of the Congress demanded withdrawal of the bills. He said that Punjab collects about 3,630 crore rupees from mandis, which are used for welfare activities for farmers and creation of rural infrastructure like roads, and the revenue will be harmed by new laws. He said that as agriculture is in the concurrent list and accused the Centre of interfering in the states' rights. He wondered how small farmers would be able to resolve disputes with big corporates and alleged that these laws will finish off farmers.


Opposing the bills, N K Premchandran of the RSP demanded that the bills should be sent to the standing committee. He said that there is no justification for promulgation of these ordinances. He alleged that the ordinances were passed to bulldoze the farmer's interests while taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic.


All the ordinances are aimed at facilitating the interests of corporates, he said. Virendra Singh Mast of the BJP said that the bills will strengthen farmers, and help India to become Aatma Nirbhar. He said the new laws will prove revolutionary for farmers by allowing them to sell their produce outside their state, which they are currently not allowed to do. Agriculture reforms are a part of the BJP's agenda and the party's government is only implementing its manifesto, he said.


K Shamugasundaram of DMK and Kalyan Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress opposed the bills and accused the government of undermining the powers of states. The proposed laws will especially harm the small and marginal farmers, he said. Ritesh Pandey of the BSP echoed the similar view.


T Rangaiah of the YSRCP supported the bills, saying they will help farmers engage in barrier-free trade of their produce. Farmers currently face a lot of restrictions but will now be allowed to sell outside notified areas, he added. Arvind Sawant of the Shiv Sena welcomed the laws but sought more clarity from the government on some issues. 


The discussion was continuing till reports came in last.


Earlier, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla extended birthday greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on behalf of the House and wished that he remains dedicated to the service of the nation. Mr. Modi turned 70 today.


Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned for one hour after paying tributes to a sitting member Balli Durga Prasad Rao, who died while undergoing treatment for COVID-19.


As soon as the House met for the day at 3 pm, Speaker Om Birla mentioned Rao's death and paid tributes to him. The members stood in silence for a brief duration as a mark of respect.


The Speaker then adjourned the proceedings till 4 pm.


Rao, who represented Tirupati constituency in Andhra Pradesh, was battling COVID-19 for over a month and died on Wednesday at a hospital in Chennai. The 65-year old YSRCP MP was admitted to the hospital last month.

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DoNER Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh has said that the North Eastern states have a great opportunity for economic resurgence in the post Corona period. Talking exclusively to AIR, Dr. Singh asserted that post-Covid -19, North East will play an important role in the resurgence of the economy. He said that the North East has unlimited potential in several sectors including bamboo, tourism, handloom and handicraft among others. Dr. Singh added  that as Prime Minister Narendra Modi said - the North East is going to be the growth engine of New India. The Minister mentioned that Aatma Nirbhar North - East would lead to Aamta Nirbhar Bharat.

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Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ today virtually conferred Second Utkrisht Sansthan Vishwakarma Award in 14 categories to the Institutions under AICTE on the occassson of Vishwakarma Divas. The Award aims to motivate, recognize and honor the AICTE approved institutions to raise their performance in the specific domain leading to significant contribution for the growth and development of the society.

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The External Affairs Ministry has said all seven Indian nationals kidnapped in Afghanistan in May 2018 have been brought back home safely. Replying to a media query, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the last remaining Indian national was released from captivity in Afghanistan and returned to India on 12th of this month. He conveyed India's thanks to the Afghanistan government for the assistance extended over the past two years in securing the release of all seven Indian nationals.


On the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the spokesperson said Pakistan has not been able to fulfil its obligations to implement ICJ judgement in the case, in its letter and spirit. He said the basic issues they need to address include provision of relevant documents and providing unimpeded consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

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Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.


The National Capital Delhi will have Generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The minimum temperature will be around 28 degree Celsius and maximum 38 degrees.


In Mumbai, there will be generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature will be around 25 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.


Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will hover between 26 and 33 degree Celsius.


Kolkata is likely to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. The minimum temperature is expected to be around 28 degree celsius, maximum will be around 35 degrees.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, minimum temperature will be 25 degree Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 36 degree with mainly clear sky.


In Srinagar, minimum temperature will be around 12 degrees and maximum will be around 30 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.


Ladakh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between 12 and 28 degree Celsius.


In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 15 and 29 degree Celsius. It will have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening.


In Muzaffarabad, there will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will hover between 18 and 34 degree Celsius.


In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 25 and 33 degree Celsius. The city will partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm.


In Chandigarh, there will be partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature will be 26 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 36 degree.


In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature will be 22 degree celsius while the maximum will be around 31 degree. The city will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

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