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21.09.2020
THE HEADLINES:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils Nine National Highway projects worth 14 Thousand Crore Rupees in Bihar; Says over 6 lakh villages across the country will be connected by optic fibre network.


  • Government committed for MSP to farmers, says Prime Minister; takes  opposition to task for misleading the country on farm bills.


  • Eight Rajya Sabha MPs suspended for remaining part of Monsoon Session for their unruly behavior in the Parliament.


  • India-China Commander level Talks underway at Moldo, in Chinese side of Line of Actual Control.


  • In Maharashtra, death toll in Bhiwandi building collapse rises to 10; President and Prime Minister express anguish at the loss of lives.


  • Covid recovery rate crosses 80 percent in the country.


  • And in Tennis; Novak Djokovic to clash with Diego Schwartzman in Men's final; Simona Halep to take on Karolína Pliskova in womens final of Italian Open. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone of nine highway projects worth 14,258 crore rupees in Bihar through video conferencing. These highway projects involve a road length of about 350 kilometres at a cost of four thousand two hundred 58 crore ruppes. Prominent road projects are six laning of 39 km stretch of Patna Ring road, four laning of Ara-Mohania section of NH 30, Bakhtiarpur-Rajauli section of NH 31 and four laning of Narenpur-Purnea section of NH 131A. Paving the way for development of Bihar, these roads will enhance better connectivity, convenience and economic growth in and around the state.


Movement of people and goods will also improve substantially, especially with the neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Optical Fibre internet services where all the 45 thousand nine hundred 45 villages of Bihar have been connected through Optical Fibre Internet Service. The PM said internet connectivity in villages will help in easy availabilty of digital services like e-Education, e-Agriculture, Tele-Medicine, Tele-law and other social security schemes to all citizens at the click of the button.


"आज भारत अपने गांवों को आत्‍मनिर्भर भारत का मुख्‍य आधार बनाने के लिए भी एक बड़ा कदम उठा रहा है और खुशी ये है कि इसकी शुरुआत, कार्यक्रम पूरे देश में है, लेकिन इसकी शुरुआत आज बिहार से ही हो रही है। इस योजना के तहत एक हजार दिनों में देश के छह लाख गांवों को ऑप्टिकल फाइबर से जोड़ा जाएगा।"

 

Speaking on this occasion Prime Minister Narendra Modi said movement of people and goods will also improve substantially.Mr Modi said Bihar will get a major boost in bridge sector with inauguration of three mega bridge. With the completion of these projects, all rivers in Bihar will have bridges conforming to 21st century specifications and all major National Highways will stand widened and strengthened.


"पीएम पैकेज के तहत गंगाजी के ऊपर कुल 17 पुल बनाए जा रहे हैं और अभी सुशील जी ने बड़े विस्‍तार से इतना बड़ा खाका आपके सामने रखा और जिसमें से अधिकतर पूरे हो चुके हैं। इसी तरह गंढक और कोसी नदियों पर भी पुलों का निर्माण किया जा रहा है। इसी कड़ी में आज चार लेन के तीन नये पुलों का शिलान्‍यास हुआ है। इसमें से दो पुल गंगाजी पर और एक पुल कोसी नदी पर बनने वाला है। इनके बनने पर गंगाजी और कोसी नदी पर फॉर लेन के पुलों की क्षमता और बढ़ जाएगी।"

 

The project would also entail implementation of one wi-fi and five free of cost connections to Government Institutions like Primary Schools, Anganwadi Centres, Aasha Workers and Jeevika Didi. Speaking on the occassion, the Prime Minister also urged the people of the country not to lower their guard in the fight against coronavirus and maintain the precautions to prevent its spread.


"इस साल कोरोना संक्रमण के दौरान भी रबी सीजन में किसानों से गेहूं की रिकॉर्ड खरीदी की गई। इस साल रबी में गेहूं, धान, दलहन और तिलहन को मिलाकर किसानों को एक लाख 13 हजार करोड़ रुपये एमएसपी पर दिया गया है। ये राशि भी पिछले साल के मुकाबले 30 प्रतिशत से ज्‍यादा है। यानी कोरोना काल में न सिर्फ रिकॉर्ड सरकारी खरीद हुई, बल्कि किसानों को रिकॉर्ड भुगतान भी किया गया हे।"

 

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the passage of the farm bills in the Parliament saying these bills will revolutionise the agriculture sector.

 

The Prime Minister pointed out that the farming sector in India is in need of technological and structural upgrades citing that the bills will pave way for farmers to increase their yields by using better tools.

 

PM Modi assured India’s farmers that the Centre aims to serve the farmers and build a stronger agricultural industry for future generations. Prime Minister said agriculture sector is in desperate need of the latest technology that assists the industrious farmers. Now, with the passage of the bills, our farmers will have easier access to futuristic technology that will boost production and yield better results. He also highlighted the need of removal of middlemen in the farming in industry. He said that for many decades farmers in India have been ‘bullied by middlemen.’ The PM reiterated his assurance regarding the system of minimum selling price (MSP)


"इतने बड़े व्‍यवस्‍था परिवर्तन के बाद कुछ लोगों को अपने हाथ से नियंत्रण जाता हुआ दिखाई दे रहा है। इसलिए अब ये लोग एमएसपी पर किसानों को गुमराह करने में जुटे हैं। ये वही लोग हैं, जो बरसों तक एमएसपी पर स्‍वामीनाथन कमेटी की इन सिफारिशों को अपने पैरों के नीचे दबाकर बैठे हुए थे। मैं देश के प्रत्‍येक किसान को इस बात का भरोसा देता हूं कि एमएसपी की व्‍यवस्‍था जैसे पहले चलती आ रही थी वैसे ही चलती रहने वाली है। इसी तरह हर सीजन में सरकारी खरीद के लिए जिस तरह अभियान चलाया जाता है, वो भी पहले की तरह चलते रहेंगे।"

 

The Prime Minister also assured that the government procurement systems will continue unhindered and the passage of the bills do not affect them in any manner. He said purchase in mandi will continue.


The PM said  the bills are intended to transform the sector and empower farmers to lead a better life.  Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar thanked  PM  for agriculture reform Bill. Mr Kumar said this bill be helpful for welfare for farmers .

 

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said all gram panchayats in Bihar have been connected with high - speed  broadband under BharatNet.Mr Prasad said the next step will be extending the internet connectivity to the villages under gram panchayats.He said 4 G will be made available in all villages of Bihar.Wi- Fi will also be installed at many places and people would be able to avail this facility from their homes. Union Minister Mr.Prasad said the common service centres( CSCs) are providing several digital services to the people of Bihar.At present , there are 28,003 CSCs providing digital facilities in gram panchayats of Bihar.

 

Union Power  Minister R K Singh said 70 thousand crore will be invested in energy sector in Bihar. Mr Singh said 34 thousand crore has already been invested in state in during the last five year.He said electricity in all houses have made available before specified time.

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The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day today over opposition’s protest against the suspension of eight MPs on the issue of yesterday’s ruckus during the passage of two farm Bills.

 

When the House reassembled at 12 Noon after the fourth adjournment, opposition members from the Congress, the Left, the DMK, the TMC, the AAP, the Samajwadi Party and others continued their protest. They were demanding to allow Leader of Opposition Gulam Nabi Azad to speak but the Presiding Officer asked the suspended MPs to first leave the House. The suspended members did not pay heed to the Chair’s direction and started sloganeering. As pandemonium prevailed unabated the House was adjourned till 9AM tomorrow.

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Eight Rajya Sabha members have been suspended from the Upper House for the remaining part of Monsoon Session for their unruly behavior during the passage of two farm Bills yesterday.

 

They are Congress members Rajiv Satav, Ripun Bora and Nazeer Hussain, TMC members Derek O’Brien and Dola Sen, CPI(M) MPs K.K. Ragesh and Elamaram Kareem and Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, V. Muraleedharan moved a motion to suspend these members for creating ruckus and disrespecting the Chair by their unruly behavior. The motion was accepted with voice vote and Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu announced the names of the suspended members.

 

Mr. Naidu also condemned yesterday's incident terming it unacceptable and condemnable. He also said that the incident has tarnished the image of the Upper House and it was a bad day. Mr. Naidu also said some members used un-parliamentary language and threatened Deputy Chairman Harivansh. Mr. Naidu added that the agitating members also defied social distancing and other Covid norms. The Chairman rejected the no confidence motion moved by the 46 opposition members against the Deputy Chairman citing that the notice was not in the proper format. He said, it does not fulfill the requirement of 14 days notice period for no-confidence motion. 

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Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi today condemned the opposition for disrupting the proceedings in Rajya Sabha over suspension of 8 members of the Upper House. Talking to reporters outside parliament, Mr Joshi said, when the Chairman names a member they have to leave the House but the suspended opposition members defied the ruling of the Chair. He alleged that it proves that opposition have no trust in democracy.

 

Meanwhile, suspended MPs along with other members of Congress, TMC, SP, Left, TRS, DMK and others staged a protest in front of Gandhi Statue in Parliment premises. They were questioning the suspension of MPs terming it as undemocratic.

 

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary said, they will protest to restore the status quo ante of the suspended members in Rajya Sabha.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the passage of the "two landmark" farm bills in the Rajya Sabha has "cemented the strong foundation for 'Atmanirbhar Agriculture'. He said that the bills will create modern and world class agriculture ecosystem in the country which will benefit the consumers, wholesalers, processors and start ups apart from farmers.

 

In an article published in Ahmedabad based leading Gujarati daily, Mr. Singh said that India's position in the world market will become stronger with self reliant farmers. He said that it will also help to take one step forward to fullfill our dream to increase the farmers income, prosperity and thus to make them entrepreneurs. He congratulated Prime Minister Modi for his vision to identify the real potential of Indian Agriculture.

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More than one crore migrant workers returned to their home states during the lockdown and Covid-19 pandemic. This was stated by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

 

He informed that maximum 32.5 lakh migrant workers returned to Uttar Pradesh followed by more than 15 lakh to Bihar and 13.84 lakh to West Bengal.

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In Ladakh Region, India and China are engaged in Commander level Talks for the 6th time at Moldo, on the Chinese side of Line of Actual Control. The Core Commanders are sitting across the table after a gap of one and half month to discuss the border situation.


"In the backdrop of meetings between Defence Minister and the External Affairs Ministers of India with their chinese counterparts at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation  in Moscow and High powered China Study Group meeting recently the 6th Commander Level meeting is seen as important development.  Along with the Fire and Fury Core Commander Lieutenant General Harinder Singh ,  the East Asia Joint Secretary of external affairs ministry Mr. Naveen Srivastava has joined in today's meeting at Moldo. This is a significant development as far as the talks between India and China to arrive into certain implementable decisions to restore the peace and tranquility in the region. This also shows the intent of India to restore the peace and tranquility at the Line of Actual Control. However, India would insist the PLA to vacate from all friction points and the new ones as well.  Talks began at 10 in the morning following the military and the Covid-19 protocols. Ramesh Chandra/ Leh

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In Maharashtra the death toll in Bhiwandi building collapse has risen to 10. The casualties include seven children. Eleven people including a four year old boy were rescued. However, 25 persons are still feared to be trapped in the debris. The building, situated at Patel compound of Narpoli near Dhamankar Naka in Bhiwandi in Thane district near Mumbai collapsed early this morning.

 

The building has 40 flats with150 occupants. 3 fire vehicles of Bhiwandi Fire Station, staff of Thane Disaster Management Department, Thane Disaster Response Force (15 personnel) and a contingent of National Disaster Response Force (30 personnel) are conducting rescue operations.

 

President and Prime Minister have expressed anguish at the loss of lives in a building collapse at Bhiwandi in Maharashtra.

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Two migrant workers were killed in a blast occurred at a quarry located near Malayattor in Ernakulam District in early hours today. The gun powder stored in the building exploded and two workers staying in the building were killed. The building was completely destroyed following the blast. The killed workers were hailing from Tamilnadu and Karnataka.

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In Uttar Pradesh, many historical monuments across the state including the world famous Taj Mahal in Agra were opened for general public today after a gap of more than 6 months. Strict guidelines are being followed for tourists to contain the spread of Corona infection.


"After being shut for tourists for around six months, Many monuments like famous small and Big Imamabada of Lucknow, Saranath museum of Varanasi  opened today for general public. one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal and Agra Qila  also reopened from today. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials have made all necessary arrangements for the reopening. Adhering to COVID guidelines not more than five thousand visitors will be allowed in a day in Tajmahal. . Also, group photographs are not at all encouraged. Ticket windows are closed and only online booking of tickets is available. Only 5 persons at a time are allowed in mausoleum area and Only digital  mode of payment will be allowed at parking and other places.  After thermal scanning tourists will be allowed to enter the Tajmahal. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS."

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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army organized a Shikara race yeasterday in world-famous Dal Lake in Srinagar to promote tourism in the newly carved Union Territory. Around 15 Shikaras participated in the competition.

 

Commanding Officer, 20 Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian Army, Colonel Praveen Kumar said that Shikara race is an event which they organize every year and boat race is also being organized for children. He said that following the outbreak of the pandemic, the event could not be organized till date. However as the situation has improved now, the Shikara race is being organized in order to promote the tourism of the Kashmir Valley. The winners of the race thanked the Army for organising the event.

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In partial modification of Unlock 4.0 guidelines in compliance with the directives of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs the Punjab Government has  allowed the students of class 9 to 12 to visit their schools in areas outside the containment zones only, on voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers.

 

However, this permission would be subject to the written consent of their parents/guardians from today as per Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on September 8.

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In Assam, educational institutes re-opened today after a gap of 6 months. Classes for 9th and 12th standard students were held today  with a maximum  attendance of 20 students per class.  The students had to carry no objection certificate of their guardians for attending classes . Only 50 percent of teachers and non- teaching staff are attending schools today.


"9th and 12th standard students will attend classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while the rest 3 days are reserved for 10th and 11th classes. For every class, maximum  20 students will be allowed to attend and classes will be held in 2 batches. The students must carry the no objection certificate of the guardians for attending classes.  On the other hand, only 50 percent of teachers and non- teaching staff can attend schools.  Thermal screening of students and staff have been done today before attending classes. Random tests of students and teachers will also be done by the Health department. Manas Pratim Sarma/AIR News/Guwahati"

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India has occupied the top position in the world in terms of total recoveries of Covid patients. The Health Ministry said, India's recoveries constitute 19 per cent of the total global recoveries. It said, more than 43 lakh 96 thousand Covid patients have recovered till date. The total global recoveries of USA is 18.70 per cent, Brazil 16.90 per cent and Russia is 4 per cent.

 

The Ministry said, that the country's recovery rate among the COVID-19 patients has reached to 80.12 per cent. During the last 24 hours, more than 93 thousand COVID patients have recovered. The constantly increasing recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country has reduced and currently comprises only 18.28 per cent of the total positive cases.

 

India's COVID-19 tally has crossed 54 lakh with 86 thousand 961 new infections being reported in a day. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is over 10 lakh. The Ministry said, effective implementation of Centre's strategic and graded Test-Track-Treat approach has led to higher recoveries and lower fatality. Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.60 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally. 

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The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappaadi Palaniswamy today launched 3401 mobile public distribution outlets in the state. The ‘Amma Mobile Ration Shops' as theyre called mainly serve families in remote, hilly and far-flung areas. For a full-fledged ration shop, a minimum number of eligible beneficiary families are made mandatory.

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In our series on Gandhian philosophy, we bring you a report on Mahatma Gandhi's ideas about cleanliness and good habits. He pointed out its close relationship to good health. He had said that no one should spit on the streets as it is harmful. Our correspondent reports that Gandhiji strongly emphasized observing cleanliness in lavatories.

 

"Gandhi Ji has said that Sanitation is more important than independence. He made cleanliness and sanitation an integral part of the Gandhian way of living. His dream was total sanitation for all. Mahatma Gandhi said, cleanliness is most important for physical well-being and a healthy environment. He said, it is essential for everyone to learn about cleanliness, hygiene, sanitation and the various diseases that are caused due to poor hygienic conditions. Gandhi ji said habits learnt at a young age get embedded into one's personality. With Dipendra, Anand Kumar, AIR News Delhi."

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is set to clash with Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in the Men's Singles final of Italian Open today. In the semi final match, Schwartzman defeated Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 5-7, 7-6. While, Djokovic reached the final after a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Casper Rudd of Norway.

 

In women's single, top-seeded Simona Halep of Romania will take on Czech Karolína Pliskova in the championship match this evening. Chasing her first title in Rome, Simona Halep reached her third Italian Open final after beating Garbiñe Muguruza 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in semifinal.

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In IPL Cricket, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Dubai International Stadium this evening.  Last night, Delhi Capitals beat Kings XI Punjab in the Super Over at the Dubai International Stadium.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today will bring you a Special discussion Programme on Covid-19 .

 

Dr. Balbir Singh, Cardiologist, Max Hospital will participate in the discussion.

 

Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.

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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, terrorists today attacked Road Opening Party (ROP) of CRPF in Nowgam area of Central Kashmir's Srinagar district. Official sources said terrorists fired upon the 110 Battalion of CRPF party. However, in this incident no loss of life or injury has been reported. Meanwhile whole area has been cordoned off by the security forces to nab the terrorists.

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In Tamil Nadu, the Vaigai Dam in Theni district will be opened for irrigation on coming Sunday. State Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has said in a statement that water will be released from the dam for 120 days. It is expected to benefit more than one lakh acres of agriculture lands in Madurai, Dindigul and Sivaganga districts.

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The Low Pressure Area formed over the North East Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood yesterday remained stationery, according to the weather bulletin released  by the India Meteorology Department in Chennai. Under its influence, several areas in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry experienced heavy to very heavy rains in the last 24-hours. Avalanche in the Nilgiris district received the maximum of 18 Centimeter rain followed by Upper Bhavani 12 centimeters.

 

Fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea at the Gulf of Mannar and off the coast of Kerala, Lakshadweep, Karnataka, Southern Bay of Bengal and South West Arabian Sea for the next few days.

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

The National Capital Delhi is expected to have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature recorded was 27 degree Celsius and maximum is expected to be 37 degrees.

 

In Mumbai, there will be generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

 

Chennai will have partly cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature is likely to hover between 27 and 35 degree Celsius.

 

Kolkata is likely to witness thunderstorm with rain. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was around 28 degree celsius while the maximum is expected to be 31 degrees.

 

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 23 degree Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 37 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.

 

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 9 degrees while the maximum will be around 29 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.

 

Ladakh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 11 and 25 degree Celsius.

 

In Gilgit, the temperature is likely to hover between 15 and 29 degrees Celsius. It will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

 

In Muzzafarabad, there will be mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 16 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 36 degrees.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 23 and 35 degree Celsius. The city will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning.

 

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

 

The minimum temperature recorded in Ahmedabad was around 26 degrees and the maximum is likely to be around 35 degrees. 

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