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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to share his thoughts in 'Mann Ki Baat' programme at 11 this morning            Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan says Corona vaccine likely be available in country by January 2021            Last date for filing of Income Tax and GST returns extended till 31st of December            Dussehra is being celebrated across country today            IPL Cricket: Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs in Dubai           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, United Nations faces crisis of confidence without comprehensive reforms.

  • Prime Minister to address IIT Guwahati's convocation today through video-conferencing.

  • Government hikes Minimum Support Price for Rabi crops.

  • Railways floats revised tender for 44 Vande Bharat trains in line with Make in India policy.

  • Parliament passes Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill providing protection to healthcare personnel.

  • Novak Djokovic wins Men's Singles event at Italian Open in Rome.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the United Nations faces a crisis of confidence without comprehensive reforms. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the high level meeting of United Nations General Assembly to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of United Nations last night through video conferencing.

"We cannot fight today's challenges with outdated structures. Without comprehensive reforms, the UN faces a crisis of confidence. For today's interconnected world, we need a reformed multilateralism that reflects today's realities, gives voice to all stakeholders, addresses contemporary challenges and focuses on human welfare. India looks forward to working with all other nations towards this end."

Mr Modi said, the Declaration being adopted on this occasion acknowledges that work still needs to be done in preventing conflict, ensuring development, addressing climate change, reducing inequality and leveraging digital technologies. 

The Prime Minister paid tributes to all those who have advanced the cause of peace and development under UN flag, including in UN Peacekeeping Missions, where India had been a leading contributor. He said, 75 years ago, a new hope arose from the horrors of war and for the first time in human history, an institution was created for entire world.

"As a founding signatory of the UN Charter, India was part of that noble vision, it reflected India's own philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam', which sees all creation as a family. Our world today is a better place because of the United Nations."

India has been spearheading decades-long efforts to reform the Security Council, saying a structure set up in 1945 does not reflect contemporary realities of the 21st century and is ill-equipped to handle current challenges. There is widespread support, including by four of the five permanent members of the Security Council - US, UK, France and Russia - for a permanent seat for India at the Council.


Prime Minister will address the convocation of IIT, Guwahati today through video-conferencing. In all, 1,803 students including 687 B.Tech. and 637 M.Tech. students will be conferred degrees. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre and other dignitaries will participate in the event. To celebrate the graduate's accomplishments through virtual mode, the institute has created a virtual reality-based award distribution ceremony where one can experience an Avatar of the recipient of the award collecting a medal.

"Established  in 1994 , IIT, Guwahati  completed 25 years of  existence in 2019.  Spread across 285-hectare area, the Institute has 11 Departments and five inter-disciplinary academic centres covering all the major engineering, science and humanities disciplines. The Institute offers a residential campus to 412 faculty members and more than 6,000 students. Besides its laurels in teaching and research, IIT , Guwahati has been able to fulfil the aspirations of the people of  North East region to a great extent. The Institute has been ranked at Sixth position in ‘India Overall Rank’ and 350th position under the ‘World Overall Rank’ categories released by Nature Index for the year 2020. Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR News, Guwahati."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed the passage of the farm bills in Parliament, saying these bills will revolutionise the agriculture sector. Mr Modi was speaking after laying the foundation stone of nine highway projects in Bihar through video conferencing yesterday.

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 the way for farmers to increase their yield by using better tools. Mr. Modi said that agriculture sector is in desperate need of latest technology that assists the industrious farmers. Now, with the passage of the bills, he stressed that farmers will have easier access to futuristic technology that will boost production and yield better results.

Mr Modi assured India’s farmers that the Centre aims to serve them and build a stronger agricultural industry for future generations. The Prime Minister also highlighted the need for removal of middlemen in the farming sector. Mr Modi said that for many decades farmers in India have been ‘bullied by middlemen.’ The PM reiterated his assurance regarding Minimum Support 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 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 Government has hiked the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) of all mandated Rabi crops. The decision was taken at a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told Lok Sabha that the MSP of six Rabi crops including Wheat, Chana, Masoor, Mustard, Jowar and Safflower has been hiked in the range of 50 to 300 rupees. He informed that the MSP of wheat has been increased by 50 rupees and now stands at one thousand 975 rupees per quintal whereas the MSP for Masoor has been hiked by 300 rupees. The MSP for Mustard and Chana has been increased by 225 rupees. Increase in Jowar's MSP is by 75 rupees while for Safflower, the hike is by 112 rupees per quintal.

Mr. Tomar informed that the government paid nearly seven lakh crore rupees to the farmers as part of the MSP payment in the last six years which is almost double the amount that was paid from 2009 to 2014 under the UPA Government's tenure.

"हमने छह साल के भीतर नरेन्द्र मोदी जी के नेतृत् में एमएसपी के भुगतान के रूप में सात लाख करोड़ रुपया किसानों को भुगतान किया है, जो यूपीए सरकार से लगभग दोगुना है, जो नरेन्द्र मोदी जी ने कहा वो एमएसपी घोषित करके उसको आज हमने प्रमाणित किया है।"

The Minister said that the hike which is in consonance with the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission's report reflects the current government’s commitment towards Minimum Support Price and procurement of agri products in the country. He reiterated that the recently passed farm bills in the Parliament do not impact MSP or provisions of the APMC Act in any way. Mr. Tomar also appealed to the farmers not to fall prey to the false or misleading political tactics of the opposition parties.

The Agriculture Ministry has said that Food Corporation of India (FCI) and other designated state agencies would continue to provide price support to the farmers.


Home Minister Amit Shah has welcomed the Union Cabinet decision to hike MSP of six Rabi crops. Expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr Shah said that every day and every moment of Modi Government has been devoted towards welfare of farmers and the poor. He said, Modi Government has once again reiterated its resolve towards welfare of farmers and the poor by raising the MSP of six Rabi crops. He said, this unprecedented hike in MSP by the Government is a pragmatic effort towards doubling the farmers’ income.


Parliament gave its assent to the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020 with Lok Sabha passing it by voice vote in a late night sitting yesterday. Rajya Sabha gave it's nod to the bill on the 19th of this month. The bill amends the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to include protections for health care service personnel combating epidemic diseases and expands the powers of the Central Government to prevent the spread of such diseases.

The bill repeals the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance that was promulgated in April this year. The legislation makes harm, injury, hurt or danger to the life of health care service personnel as a cognizable and non-bailable offence. It has provisions of imprisonment from three months to five years and a fine between 50 thousand rupees to two lakh rupees. Persons convicted of offences under the bill will also be liable to pay compensation to the health care service personnel whom they have hurt.


The Lok Sabha passed the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 last night. Rajya Sabha had passed these bills on 18th of this month.

The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill amends the Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973. The Act sets up the Central Council of Homoeopathy which regulates homoeopathic education and practice. The bill replaces the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which was promulgated in April this year. The legislation amends the 1973 Act to increase the period for the super cession of the Central Council from two years to three years.

The Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill amends the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970. The Act provides for the constitution of a Central Council which regulates the education and practice of the Indian medicine system including Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy. The bill replaces the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which was promulgated in April this year.


The Indian Railways has floated the revised Tender of semi-high speed 44 Vande Bharat train sets. The tender is for three-phase Propulsion, Control and other Equipment along with Bogies for train sets. The tender has been uploaded on www.ireps.gov.in. The Railway Ministry said that the revised tender is in line with Government's preference for Make in India policy. The minimum local content percentage has been revised to 75 per cent. The Ministry said that it is the first big tender under the revised DPIIT norms of Atmanirbhar Bharat, having atleast 75 per cent domestic components. It said that the tender is now a domestic tender and only the companies registered in India can apply and will have to quote in Indian Rupees. The Ministry said, Pre-bid meeting for the tender will take place on the 29th of this month and it will be opened on 17th of November. The train sets will be manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala and Modern Coach Factory in Raebareli.


In Chhattisgarh, a regular flight service from Jagdalpur, the Divisional Headquarters of tribal Bastar Division, to Raipur and Hyderabad began yesterday. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel virtually inaugurated the flight. On this occasion, in a recorded video message, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, the move will boost tourism in the Bastar region, which is known for dense forests, high hills and waterfalls and unique tribal culture. He said, air connectivity will fulfil the aspirations of people of the region and provide impetus to the local economy.

Speaking about efforts being made under the regional connectivity scheme-UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik), the Minister said, the Centre has sanctioned 108 crore rupees under UDAN scheme for up-gradation and development of three Airports in Chhattisgarh.


The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has called upon  industrialists and entrepreneurs to invest in the state saying now UP is the idea whose time has come. He announced that Gautam Buddh Nagar, Noida will be developed as the biggest business hub of Northern India.

Presiding over a meeting of 'Invest UP', formerly known as 'Udyog Bandhu', the Chief Minister said that UP is now on the path of releasing its much-cherished dream of attaining one trillion dollar economy status. 

The Chief Minister said, UP has a ready land bank of 20,000 acres on which the industries can be set up. The State Government  is coming out with a comprehensive land policy beside formulating new Pharma Policy and Data Policy.


The Health Ministry has said that India has recorded very high single day Recoveries from COVID-19 successively during the last three days. In a tweet, the Ministry said, more than 90 thousand  patients were cured and discharged from facility isolation and hospitals every single day. It said, this high rate of daily recoveries has positioned India as the top country globally with maximum number of recovered cases. The Ministry said, this has also pushed the recovery rate to a high of more than 80 per cent.


In Madhya Pradesh, Corona patients are recovering at a fast pace. The recovery rate in the state has reached 77.3 per cent. The death rate in the state has also come down to 1.86 per cent.

"The number of Corona tests per 10 lakh has reached 22 thousand 425 in Madhya Pradesh. At the same time, the state has a positivity rate of 5.87 per cent. Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Mohammad Suleman said that out of the total Corona patients in the state, eight thousand 803 are in home isolation, which is 39 per cent of the total patients. They are being monitored regularly. The government has instructed the officials to take necessary measures for the control of Corona at the local level. Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in the state climbed up to more than one lakh eight thousand while 83 thousand 618 have recovered so far. There are now 22 thousand 542 active cases in Madhya Pradesh. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


Gujarat reported a record 1,430 new cases of Covid-19 during the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in the state have gone up to one lakh 24 thousand 767.

"With the recovery of 1,316 patients yesterday, the recovery rate has further improved and reached upto 84.23 per cent. Total one lakh five thousand 91 patients have recovered in the state till now. More than 38 lakh 62 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date, out of which 61,897 tests were carried out yesterday. Maximum 290 new cases reported from Surat. At present, total active cases in the state are 16,337, out of which 89 patients are on ventilator. Seventeen patients died yesterday taking the total deaths due to COVID-19 upto 3,339. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has added 14 new areas in the micro-containment zone, while clearing 20 areas from the list. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


Former RBI Governor C. Rangarajan submitted the report on boosting Tamil Nadu’s economy to pre-COVID levels, to Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy in Chennai, yesterday.

"The report of the 24-member panel led by ex-RBI Governor C. Rangarajan indicates that the Tamil Nadu economy will rebound in about two months to the pre-COVID levels. The panel was tasked with assessing the impact of the pandemic on the state’s revenues and to suggest medium term measures to ensure the rebounding of the economy. After submitting the 250-page report, Mr Rangarajan, who currently chairs the Madras School of Economics, told reporters, there may be a likely contraction, though the GST collection, fuel consumption and power usage show the signs of the green shoots of growth. However, he said, it would be difficult to predict the state’s growth rate at this juncture. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


In Odisha, the Covid-19 cumulative recovery has further increased to 1,45,675, though the total number of infections has spiked to 1,84,122. While covid-19 fatalities have crossed 700 mark, the state's active caseload is 37,684, as of now.

"Odisha, of late, is witness to a neck to neck race between daily infection and daily recovery, with 4,018 recovered cases against 4,242 new cases on a single day yesterday. Capital Bhubaneswar, which has been a major contributor to the state's viral burden, reported as many as 506 persons getting cured against 306 persons getting infected yesterday. As per the covid-19 report, Khordha district with 652 and Deogarh district with only 10 fresh cases continue to represent the extreme ends of the daily infection in the state, with about half the districts in between, reporting cases below 100. Girish Chandra Dash, Bhubaneswar".


Dr. Balbir Singh of Max Hospital, Saket, Delhi has said that diabetic and heart patients are at a higher risk along with senior citizens as far as Covid is concerned. In the discussion with AIR, he talked about the importance of wearing a mask for safety from the Corona virus.

"पापुलेशन जो हाइएस् रिस् पे है वो डाइबिटिक है, हार्ट पेसेंट्स है और ओल् पेसेंट्स हैं। तीन ग्रुप् हैं जो बिल्कुल हाई रिस् पर हैं जब तक वैक्सीन नहीं आती मास् एक वैक्सीन है आपके साथ, हैंड सैनिटाइजेशन, हैंड वॉश एक वैक्सीन है जब तक वैक्सीन नहीं आती। उसको पूरी तरह से यूज़ करिए।"


Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut yesterday denied the Mumbai civic body's claim in the Bombay High Court that she had made illegal structural alterations at her Pali Hill bungalow, part of which was demolished on 9th of this month.

In her rejoinder affidavit, Ms Ranaut said, the civic body had abused the statutory process by initiating the demolition of a part of her property without giving her adequate notice. She had said earlier that the BMC had given her only 24 hours to respond to the demolition notice and had hurriedly rejected her reply to its notice. She pointed out that, when similar type of notice was served to designer Manish Malhotra he was given seven days to respond.


In our series on Seva Saptah, today we bring you a special story on Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. In the last six years, Narendra Modi Government has given a lot of emphasis on providing housing for all with basic amenities. The government is implementing Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana to achieve the objective of Housing for all by the year 2022. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the restructured rural housing scheme, namely Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) on 20th November, 2016 from Agra with the target of construction of 2.95 crore houses with all basic amenities by the year 2022.

Addressing the Grih Pravesham event in Madhya Pradesh through video conferencing on 12th of this month, Mr Modi said that notwithstanding the challenges during the Corona period, work of 18 lakh houses has been completed throughout the country under the Prime Minister Awas Yojana-Gramin.

"कोरोना के काल में तमाम रूकावटों के बीच भी देश भर में प्रधानमंत्री आवास योजना के तहत 18 लाख घरों का काम पूरा किया गया है। इस दौरान जिस गति से काम हुआ, वो भी अपने आप में रिकॉर्ड है। सामान् तौर पर प्रधानमंत्री आवास योजना के तहत एक घर बनाने में औसतन 125 दिन का समय लगता है। कोरोना के इस काल में पीएम आवास योजना के तहत घरों को सिर्फ 45 से 60 दिन में ही बना कर तैयार कर दिया गया है।"

"Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Gramin) was launched with an aim of providing housing for all in rural areas. The scheme was made more comprehensive as it included amenities like water, gas, toilet and electricity supply in all the households. Under the PMAY-G, houses are being constructed using new technologies.  Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Urban (PMAY-U) was launched in 2015  with the objective of providing pucca house to all eligible beneficiaries of Urban India by 2022 with the vision of Housing for All. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs  has received a validated demand of about 1.12 crore houses under PMAY (U) and so far over  one crore seven lakh houses have been sanctioned. Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi".


In our series on Gandhian philosophy, today we bring you a report on Gandhiji's views on sanitation. Mahatma Gandhi was a strong critique of western customs but he admitted that he learnt sanitation from the west and wanted Indians to inculcate such habits. He urged Indians to maintain hygiene not only in personal life, but for also their society. Gandhiji also opposed the practice of untouchability and he continuously worked for the social and political upliftment of downtrodens. Gandhiji said that conservation of national sanitation is Swaraj work and it may not be postponed for a single day on any consideration whatsoever.

"Mahatma Gandhi was not comfortable with the evil of untouchability, since childhood. In Gandhiji’s hometown, a sweeper called Uka did the scavenging. If the young Gandhi ever touched Uka, his mother, Putlibai, made him take a bath. Gandhiji had questioned his mother over it. The Father of the Nation carried out several campaigns against the practice of untouchabilty and ill treatment to people from Dalit community and launched several initiative like establishment of Harijan Sewak Sangh for their empowerment. Gandhiji also used to published a periodical named Harijan to give voice to Dalit issues. With Anand Kumar, Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi".


In tennis, world number one Novak Djokovic won a record 36th Masters title by beating Diego Schwartzman in the Italian Open at Rome last night. The Serb, playing in his first tournament since being disqualified from this month's US Open, won 7-5, 6-3 in the final to ensure that he goes into next week's French Open on a high. The French Open starts on Sunday, with Rafael Nadal seeking a record-extending 13th men's singles title in Paris.

Earlier yesterday, top-seeded Simona Halep of Romania won her first Italian Open title when defending champion Czech Karolína Pliskova retired midway through the final with an injury. Halep was leading 6-0, 2-1 when Czech player Pliskova stopped playing after just 31 minutes.


In IPL Cricket, Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium last night. Chasing a target of 164, Hyderabad were all out for 153 in 19.4 overs, despite 61 off 43 balls from in-form batsman Jonny Bairstow. Bangalore's bowler Yuzvendra Chahal took 3 wickets while Navdeep Saini and Shivam Dube ended up with two wickets each.

Earlier, Devdutt Padikkal's impressive 56 off 42 on debut and a typical explosive half century by AB de Villiers 51 off 30 helped Royal Challengers Bangalore post 163 for 5 after they were sent in to bat.

Hyderabad's bowlers T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar and Abhishek Sharma took one wicket each.


Weather forecast for today

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 32 degrees. The city is likely to have mainly clear sky.

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

Ladakh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 8 and 24 degrees Celsius.

In Gilgit, the temperature is likely to hover between 11 and 34 degrees Celsius. It will have mainly clear sky.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be mainly clear sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 16 and 35 degrees Celsius.

Delhi will have a thunderstorm with rain. The minimum temperature was recorded at 22 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 35 degrees.

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

Chennai the temperature is likely to hover between 26 and 33 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will witness cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was 25 degrees celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 31 degrees.


Newspaper Headlines

  • Ushering in agrarian reforms with the passage of key farm bills "Centre vows procurement of crops, MSP will not end" writes the Asian Age. "Bid to assure : MSP up for six crops, BJP tells MPs to spread the word" headlines the Indian Express.

  • Several dailies highlight the ruckus in Parliament as 8 Opposition MPs were suspended from Rajya Sabha for the rest of the Monsoon session for their unruly behaviour. 

  • "Opposition parties urge President to reject farm bills" writes the Statesman.

  • Reporting on the LAC stand-off talks, the Pioneer writes "India asks China to make first move for pullback".

  • The Times of India reports "Students trickle back to school in 8 states, J&K after 6 months."

  • And finally, "Breaking glass ceiling from warship to Rafale", the Hindustan Times reports, the Indian Navy for the first time has allowed deployment of women officers on warships. The paper adds that even a female fighter pilot is being trained by the IAF  to fly the Rafale.


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