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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 the New Education Policy will link Education with Technology and open up Education Sector for global exposure of students.

  • Parliament passes Essential Commodities Amendment Bill to regulate supply of certain food items under extra ordinary circumstances.

  • India records highest single day COVID-19 recovery of over one lakh people; Recovery rate improves to 80.86 per cent.

  • The death toll in the Bhiwandi building collapse in Maharashtra rises to 20.

  • On the occasion of World Rhino Day government launches National Conservation Strategy for One-Horned Rhino.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the National Education Policy (NEP) will establish India as global education destination and open up new opportunities in the country.

Addressing the convocation of the IIT Guwahati through video conferencing today, he expressed hope that the dream of the young minds would shape the reality of the country in coming days. He said the NEP is aimed at connecting education with technology.

The Prime Minister said the National Technology Education Forum is being set up under the NEP. Prime Minister Modi said there are ample provisions under the NEP for research and funds to be provided in this direction. The Prime Minister appreciated the fact that 300 students are awarded the PHD degrees today. Appreciating the role of the IIT Guwahati in its fight against the pandemic, the Prime Minister said that the institute would help the region in mitigating flood and landslide as well as promoting local resources through research. The Prime Minister hoped that the institute would play a role in setting up Indian Knowledge Institute and a Centre for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction. The Prime Minister said that Assam and North East are full of possibilities and resources and hoped that IIT Guwahati would extend support in mitigating flood, landslide and disaster.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in his address appreciated the role of the institute in fighting against the Covid -19 pandemic. The chief Minister said that IIT Guwahati has benefited the state in disaster management and risk reduction.

I acknowledge and thank IIT Guwahati fraternity for their contribution. I am informed that IIT Guwahati apart from providing various sophisticated instruments to the National Health Mission, Assam to carry out testing of COVID-19 from the initial stages of this pandemic. They have also developed and manufactured and commercialised Covid-19 related kit in state along with an industry partner.

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that the institute played an important role in nation building and urged the students to prepare for future challenges.


Parliament has passed the National Forensic Sciences University Bill 2020 with the Rajya Sabha clearing it today. The Lok Sabha has already approved the Bill.

The Bill is to establish the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar and the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences, New Delhi, as a National Forensic Sciences University, Gujarat. The Bill declares the University to be an institution of national importance.

Replying to a discussion on the Bill, Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy said that a forensic scince plays an important role in the scientific investigation of crime incidents. He said, this university will work for the capacity building in the field of forensic science and promote research.


Parliament has passed the Rashtriya Raksha University Bill 2020. The Rajya Sabha today cleared this Bill, while the Lok Sabha had already passed it earlier. The Bill establishes the Raksha Shakti University, Gujarat as a University called the Rashtriya Raksha University in Gujarat. The Bill declares the University as an institution of national importance.

Speaking on the Bill, Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy said that strengthening the police training system is the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said, this University is essential as several such police universities are functioning in the other countries.

Vijayasai Reddy of YSR Congress, RCP Singh of JDU, K. Ravindra Kumar of TDP, Mozibulla Khan of BJD spoke on the Bill extending their support to the legislation.


Parliament has passed the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 with the Raja Sabha passing it today. The Bill amends the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 which regulates the functioning of banks and provides details on various aspects such as licensing, management and operations of banks. It will replace the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance which was promulgated in June this year. The Bill allows the Reserve Bank of India to initiate a scheme for reconstruction or amalgamation without imposing a moratorium.  If a moratorium is imposed in addition to the existing restrictions, the banks cannot grant any loans or make investments in any credit instruments during the moratorium. Reply to the discussion on the Bill, Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman said this Bill is important as so many cooperative banks have faced serious difficulties in the recent past. She said, amendments have been made to completely protect the interest of the depositors ensuring to abolish the difficulties faced by the cooperative banks in their functioning. The Minister said that cooperative societies other activities will not be impacted by these amendments and these are only related to the banking operation of these societies.


Parliament has passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020 with the Rajya Sabha clearing it today. The Lok Sabha has already approved the Bill.The Bill removes the penalty and imprisonment for certain offences made in violation of the legislation. In addition, it also reduces the amount of fine payable in certain offences under the ambit of legislation. The Bill empowers the central government to allow certain classes of public companies to list classes of securities in foreign jurisdictions. Replying to a discussion on the Bill, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the importance of this legislation was long felt. She said that the government is planning to create 10 thousand farmer producer organizations. The Minister said that penal provisions have been reduced for the better functioning of the companies.


Parliament has passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 with Rajya Sabha approving it today. The Bill allows the central government to regulate the supply of certain food items only under extraordinary circumstances such as war and famine. It will replace the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which was promulgated in June this year.

Replying to a discussion on the Bill, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Danve Raosaheb Dadarao said that this is an important legislation which will promote local for vocal initiative. He said, this legislation has been brought for the farmers due to the pandemic situation and the subsequent lockdown, which created problems in the demand and supply chain. It will provide freedom to farmers to sell their produce as per their choice and create balance in demand and supply chain. He said, this Bill will provide assistance in the food production and create a storage system.

Participating in the discussion, Amar Patnaik of BJD said that several good provisions have been ed  in the legislation which will make the entire regime more stable. RCP Singh of JD (U) said it will ensure the better production of food grain and create robust storage facilities in the country. K. Ravindra Kumar of TDP advised the government to adopt cautious approach on the sensitive issue. G.K. Vasan of TMC (M) said that restriction on the movement of essential items lead to black marketing of the products. Gopal Narayan Singh of BJP said that government has taken several steps for the welfare of the farmers.


Parliament has passed the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill 2020 with Rajya Sabha approving it today. The Bill amends the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act, 2014 and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017. The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017 declares certain IIITs established under public-private partnership mode as institutions of national importance. The Bill seeks to declare five IIITs set up under the public private partnership mode in Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala, and Raichur as institutions of national importance. Replying to a discussion, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that technology is playing an important role in the development of the country.

नॉर्थ ईस् में हमारी गवर्नमेंट ने पूरी ताकत के साथ शायद देश की आज़ादी के बाद पहली बार वहां विकास के तमाम आयाम स्थापित हुए हैं और इस बिल में भी हमने नॉर्थ ईस् को शीर्ष प्राथमिकता दी है, जहां हमने भारत सरकार का पचास प्रतिशत, राज् सरकार का 35 और 15 प्रतिशत उद्योग क्षेत्र का रखा है। वहां नॉर्थ ईस् में हमने उसको जो उद्योग की सहभागिता है, उसको भी पचास प्रतिशत भारत सरकार उसको देगी ये करके नॉर्थ ईस् को फिर प्राथमिकता दी है।

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day.


Centre has directed all states and UTs to allocate MBBS and BDS seats from the central pool for spouses and children of victims of terrorist attacks for the academic year 2020-21. Home Ministry has sent a letter to the chief secretaries of all states and UTs along with the guidelines issued by the Health Ministry in this regard.

The selection will be based on the marks obtained by the candidates in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test and other qualifications as prescribed by the Medical Council of India.


In Jammu and Kashmir, one terrorist was killed today in an encounter with security  forces in Budgam district of the Kashmir Valley. The encounter continued overnight. Police sources said the encounter began yesterday evening in the Charar-e-Sharief area of central Kashmir's Budgam district after the security forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation following the specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in the area. The security forces maintained a tight cordon of the area throughout the night and the gun fight resumed this morning. In the exchange of fire, a terrorist was killed. The identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorist is being ascertained.The operation was going on till the last reports came in.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a high level virtual meeting with the Chief Ministers and Health Ministers of seven COVID high burden States and Union Territories tomorrow, to review the status and preparedness of COVID response and management.

More than 63 percent of the active cases of the country are concentrated in these seven States and UT. These are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab. They also account for 65.5 percent of the total confirmed cases and 77 percent of the total deaths. Along with the other five States, Punjab and Delhi have reported an increase in the number of cases being reported recently. Maharashtra, Punjab and Delhi are reporting high mortality with more than 2 percent Case Fatality Rate. Other than Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, their positivity rate is observed to be above the national average of 8.52 percent. Centre has been leading the fight against COVID in the country in effective collaboration and close coordination with the States and UTs. The Union Government is supporting them to ramp up the healthcare and medical infrastructure. The clinical management capacities of the doctors manning the ICUs have been substantially upgraded through the e-ICU tele-consultation exercise undertaken by the Health and Family Welfare Ministry in collaboration with AIIMS, New Delhi. High level review with the States and UTs has ensured adequate availability of medical oxygen in the hospitals and COVID healthcare facilities.The Centre is also regularly deputing multi-disciplinary teams to States and UTs to support and handhold them in containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of the positive cases.


The country has achieved a record high of over one lakh recoveries  from  COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate has further improved and now it has reached 80.86 per cent. In all, one lakh one thousand 468 COVID patients have recovered and were discharged from the hospitals during the last 24 hours. The Health Ministry said, the total number of recoveries has reached 44 lakh 97 thousand 867. The constant increase in recoveries has led to a decrease in the actual caseload and currently it comprises only 17.54 per cent of the total positive cases. The total number of positive cases has now reached 55 lakh 62 thousand 483. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is 9 lakh 75 thousand 681. In the last 24 hours, 1053 deaths have been reported taking the toll to 88 thousand 935. In the last 24 hours, 9 lakh 33 thousand 185 tests were conducted.


In Karnataka, 7339 new Covid cases were reported yesterday and 9925 persons were discharged. New Covid related deaths reported at the same time were 122. Bengaluru urban district reported the highest of 2886 new Covid cases.


With more and more personnel from the police department contracting the viral infection, a dedicated COVID-19 hospital has been started for them in Nagpur. Around 10 per cent of police personnel from Nagpur have contracted the virus and 14 of them have succumbed to the infection.

The dedicated Covid-19 hospital for police personnel is equipped with ICU and other necessary equipments. Nagpur police commissioner Amitesh Kumar said that the hospital will boost the morale of the police force as it will provide them good treatment.  Meanwhile, according to an official, six more policemen from the Maharashtra Police force have succumbed to Covid-19 between 19th and 21st of this month, taking the toll to 223. The latest information shared by the police stated 159 policemen contracted the virus in the past 24 hours, taking the state police’s case tally to 21,311. Of these, 3,655 are active cases. The state police force reported the maximum Covid fatality in September at 66. <><>KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


The death toll in the Bhiwandi building collapse in Maharashtra rose to 20, with the recovery of seven more bodies overnight. Police said bodies of a two-and-a-half-year-old boy and a young couple were recovered 24 hours after the crash. The number of those rescued has gone up to 25, with five more persons being pulled out from the debris. The dead include nine children, among them two toddlers. Those rescued are being treated at hospitals in Bhiwandi and Thane. Two civic officials have been suspended in connection with the collapse and an offence has been registered against the building owner. DCP Rajkumar Shinde said an inquiry committee has also been set up. The building, located at Narpoli's Patel Compound near Dhamankar Naka in Thane district’s Bhiwandi town collapsed early morning yesterday, while the residents were asleep.


The Election Commission today said a section of the media has wrongly interpreted the statement made by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora in his inaugural address at the International Webinar held in New Delhi yesterday. It said Commission's schedule of visit to Bihar has no correlation with the announcement of dates of Bihar Elections, as alluded by a news agency. The EC has requested all media organisations who have based their stories quoting the copy of the news agency to correct the news items and to read only about the ECI's visit to be scheduled to Bihar in near future.


People in rural Madhya Pradesh will get clean drinking water through tap connection. Approximately 197 crore rupees have been approved in State government's rural tap water scheme.

Public Health Engineering Department is setting up water infrastructure so that rural families of Madhya Pradesh can be provided with clean drinking water through tap connection. A target has been set to complete the scheme in the rural areas of the entire state by year 2023 under the Jal Jeevan Mission. Government has issued approval of over 196 crore and 66 lakh rupees for the purpose. Design and drawing of all these 213 water structures will be prepared. Action has been initiated by the field offices of all the districts included in the scheme. <><>Paritosh Dixit, AIR News, Bhopal


Indian Navy’s decommissioned  aircraft carrier Viraat has arrived near Alang ship breaking yard off Gujarat coast in Bhavnagar district. It reached Gujarat coast after completing the three-day journey from Mumbai Naval dock-yard. Viraat is anchored about seven nautical miles from Alang ship breaking yard. Looking at sea tide conditions, beaching at a ship-breaking yard is expected to take place on 28th September. Customs and other procedures will take place. Our Ahmedabad correspondent reports the aircraft carrier Viraat had served the Indian Navy for 30 years before being decommissioned. It had served in the UK's Royal Navy as HMS Hermes and named INS Viraat after being inducted in the Indian Navy in 1987. Alang based Shree Ram group has won the bid for dismantling the ship.


Union Minister Prakash Javadekar today said India is home to the largest number of Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros in the world with population in the range of 3000 animals in Assam, West Bengal and UP. In his message on the occasion of World Rhino Day, The Minister said Environment Ministry has launched a National Conservation Strategy for Indian One-Horned Rhino. He added that the conservation initiatives for rhino has also enriched the grassland management which help in reducing the negative impact of climate change through carbon sequestration.


The National Rhino Conservation Strategy for India was launched last year to conserve the greater one-horned rhinoceros. This is a first of its kind for the species in India which aims to work for its conservation under five objectives. The objectives include strengthening protection, expanding the distribution range, research and monitoring, and adequate and sustained funding.

One horned rhino was close to extinction with a population of less than 200 in the beginning of the 20th century. It is the only large mammal species in Asia to be down-listed from endangered to vulnerable in the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN Red list in 2008.


Turkey's president, who has long called for a reform of the United Nations, said the world body has failed in its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a televised address following a Cabinet meeting, Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed the UN was late in accepting the existence of the pandemic and had failed to make its presence felt for nations requiring help to fight infections.

He said,the UN, which has fallen flat concerning crises from Syria to Yemen, as well as developments in fragile regions of Africa and South America, has also flunked during the pandemic.

His comments came as world leaders mark the 75th anniversary of UN General Assembly this week.


United States yesterday imposed a range of sanctions and restrictions on Iranian and Iranian-linked officials and entities after an effort over the weekend to reimpose UN sanctions on Tehran was largely rejected.

US President Donald Trump said, he is imposing sanctions on Iranians for violating a UN arms embargo and demanded enforcement by US allies, who roundly dispute that he has any such authority. Mr. Trump further said, his actions sent a clear message to the Iranian regime and those in the international community who refuse to stand up to Iran.


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 also their society. Gandhiji was also opposed to 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 namely Harijan to give voice to Dalit issues. With Anand Kumar, Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi".


In IPL Cricket, in today's fixture at Sharjah, Rajasthan Royals will take on Chennai Super Kings. Yesterday Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium tonight. Chasing a target of 164, Sunrisers 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 three wickets while Navdeep Saini and Shivam Dube took two wickets each.

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

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


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 he goes into next week's French Open on a high. Djokovic, drew level with Rafael Nadal last month on the all-time list of Masters winners with his Western and Southern Open title, but is now clear. The French Open starts on Sunday, with Nadal seeking a record-extending 13th men's singles title in Paris.

Djokovic has also passed childhood idol Pete Sampras for the second-most weeks at No. 1 with 287 - trailing only Roger Federer’s 310 weeks in the top spot.

Earlier, 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.


The National Capital Delhi is expected to have thunderstorm with  rain. The minimum temperature recorded was 27 degree Celsius and maximum is expected to be 35 degrees. In Mumbai, there will be a generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature was 25 and the maximum will be around 30. Chennai will have a partly cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature is likely to hover between 26 and 33. Kolkata is likely to see a cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thunderstorm. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was around 25 while the maximum is expected to be 31. In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 24 in Jammu while the maximum will be around 37. The city will see a mainly clear sky. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 10 degrees while the maximum will be around 30 degrees. The city will see  a mainly clear sky. Ladakh will have see a clear sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 2 and 25. In Gilgit, the temperature is likely to hover between 9 and 34. It will see a mainly clear sky. In Muzzafarabad, there will be mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 15 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 35 degrees.


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