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Campaigning for first phase of assembly elections gains momentum in Bihar            COVID-19 recovery rate in country crosses 89 pct            Indigenously built ASW stealth corvette INS Kavaratti to be commissioned into Navy today            Inter-Ministerial team to visit Telangana to assess flood damage            IPL: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to interact online with fitness influencers and citizens at the Fit India Dialogue today.

  • Government raises limit for use of SDRF funds by States from 35 per cent to 50 per cent to tackle COVID situation.

  • Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi dies of COVID-19; President, Vice President and Prime Minister condole his demise.

  • G4 countries call for decisive push for UN Security Council reforms.

  • In IPL Cricket, Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 49-runs at Abu Dhabi.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with fitness influencers and citizens during a nation-wide online Fit India Dialogue today. The Dialogue is being organized to celebrate the first anniversary of the Fit India Movement. The online interaction will see participants sharing anecdotes and tips of their own fitness journey while drawing out guidance from the Prime Minister on his thoughts about fitness and good health. Among those who will participate range from Virat Kohli to Milind Soman to Rujuta Diwekar in addition to other fitness influencers. Speaking on the occasion of Fit India launch last year, Mr. Modi said that fitness had always been a part of our life and our ancestors also gave great importance to it.

Envisioned by the Prime Minister as a People's Movement, the Fit India Dialogue is yet another endeavour to involve citizens of the country to draw out a plan to make India a Fit nation.

"In times of COVID-19, fitness has become an even more important aspect of life. This dialogue will see a timely and fruitful conversation on nutrition, wellness and various other aspects of fitness. In the past one year, since its launch, various events organised under the aegis of the Fit India Movement have seen enthusiastic participation of people from all walks of life and from across the country. The Fit India Freedom Run, Plog Run, Cyclothon, Fit India Week, Fit India School Certificate and various other programmes have seen a combined organic participation of over three crore 50 lakh people, making it a true People's Movement. With Dipendra Kumar, Suparna Saikia, AIR News Delhi."

All India Radio, Delhi in coordination with the News Services Division will broadcast this programme live. It can be heard on FM Gold, Indraprastha and AIR LIVENEWS 24X7 youtube channels from 12 noon.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the limit of using the State Disaster Response Fund for COVID specific infrastructure has been increased from 35 per cent to 50 per cent. He said, the decision will help States have more finances at their disposal to fight the virus. Interacting with Chief Ministers of six states and one Union Territory through video conference, Mr Modi said, there is a need to further strengthen health infrastructure to tackle COVID. These States and UTs are Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. He reviewed the status and preparedness of COVID response and management. More than 63 per cent of the active cases of the country are concentrated in these six States and a Union Territory.

The Prime Minister also stressed on the need to improve the network of tracking and tracing, and ensure better training. He said the country needs to not only keep fighting the virus, but also move ahead boldly on the economic front. Mr Modi stressed on the need to increase focus on effective testing, tracing, treatment, surveillance and clear messaging.

The Prime Minister underlined the importance of ensuring smooth movement of goods and services between states.

The Chief Ministers appreciated the leadership of the Prime Minister during this crisis period. They gave feedback to the Prime Minister about the situation on the ground, talked about the challenges being faced by their States in controlling the spread of the virus and the preparation done till now to meet the expanding challenges by ramping up the health infrastructure.


The Government today said the new recoveries of Covid patients in India have exceeded the new cases for five consecutive days. In a tweet, Health Ministry said, this has been made possible by focussed, responsive and effective measures of early identification through high and aggressive testing, prompt surveillance and tracking combined with high quality medical care.


India's COVID-19 cases crossed 56 lakh tally with 83,347 infections being reported in a day, while over 45 lakh people have recovered from the disease so far. The Corona virus caseload surged to 56,46,010, while the death toll climbed to 90,020 with 1,085 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours. The total recoveries surged to 45,87,613 in the country so far. The recovery rate improves to 81.25 per cent.

The COVID-19 case fatality rate due to the Corona virus infection has dropped to 1.59 per cent. There are nine lakh 68,377 active cases of the infection in the country which comprises 17.15 per cent of the total caseload.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of six crore sixty two lakh seventy nine thousand four hundred sixty two samples have been tested up to 22nd of September with 9 lakh 53,683 samples being tested yesterday.


A total of 3,714 new confirmed cases of Corona virus have been reported in Delhi during the last twenty four hours taking the total number of cases to over two lakh 56,000. Delhi Government has said that over two lakh 20,000 people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, 4,465 people recovered and 36 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to 5,087. Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the national capital is over 30,000.


The Chhattisgarh government has warned of tough action against private hospitals levying exorbitant rates for treatment of COVID patients. The health department has issued a circular asking private hospitals to strictly comply with its directives regarding cost of treatment.

"There have been many complaints in Chhattisgarh that some private hospitals are charging arbitrary fees for treatment of corona patients despite state government capping the cost. Now, the state government has warned that permissions given to private hospitals for treatment of COVID patients could be revoked if it received any complaint regarding exorbitant treatment cost. A directive issued by the Director, Health Services states that action will be taken under the Pandemic Act against those hospitals who are charging over and above the rates fixed by the state government. The state health department has also directed to ensure the availability of oxygen facilities in 50 per cent beds of those private hospitals which have been permitted to treat corona infected patients. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur".


Gujarat has reported a record 1372 new cases of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours. The total cases in the state have gone up to 1 lakh 27,541.

"With the recovery of 1,289 patients yesterday, the recovery rate has further improved and reached up to 84.44 per cent. Total 1 lakh 7,701 patients have been recovered till now. More than 39 lakh 86,000 tests have been carried out till date. Maximum 294 new cases reported from Surat. At present total active cases in the state are 16,470, out of which 86 patients are on ventilator. 15 patients died yesterday. Meanwhile Surat Municipal Corporation has suspended the licence of one private lab for issuing bogus report to the COVID-19 patients. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has expressed confidence that the recently launched campaign of "My family - My responsibility" by his government would strengthen the fight against COVID-19 in the state. In a video conference meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday, Thackeray said case fatality and COVID-19 positivity rates are also expected to come down due to the mass health campaign aimed to curb the coronavirus spread. 

"My family, my responsibility" campaign launched on September 15th is aimed at effective healthcare education for control of the pandemic. It is being conducted in two phases- spread over September and October- with target to reach out to 2.25 crore households. The Chief Minister said 59,000 health teams have been set up to carry out the campaign and 26 per cent of the households have so far been covered. The campaign envisages conducting health checks to identify symptoms followed by proper treatment of patients. Thackeray told the PM his government is in the process of setting up tele-ICU system in rural areas of Maharashtra and also post-COVID care centres. He said that state Government has decided to avail guidance from expert doctors from urban areas. Devapriyo Bhattacharjee, AIR News, Mumbai."


In Odisha, the COVID-19 cumulative recovery has gone up to 1 lakh 57,265. On the other hand, the state reported an all-time high of 15 deaths in a day yesterday, taking the toll to 736.

"Amidst the daily discovery of more than 4,000 positive cases, the daily recovery too has been trending upwards, with as many as 4052 patients getting cured on a single day yesterday. Even in capital Bhubaneswar- the grey area in the state's fight against the virus - 392 patients recovered yesterday as against 301 positive cases. On the flip side, the total caseload of the state has further  jumped to 1 lakh 92,548 with Khordha-home to capital Bhubaneswar, leading the day-wise inter-district COVID-19 tally with a high of 736 cases, as on yesterday. Girish Chandra Dash, Bhubaneswar."


Total active Covid cases have reached 94,652 in Karnataka after 6,997 new cases were detected yesterday. At the same time 5460 persons were discharged after recovery. New Covid deaths reported yesterday were 38. The state conducted 56,398 Covid tests. Bengaluru Urban district reported 3547 new cases and 23 deaths yesterday.

Meanwhile, Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar refuted Congress leaders’ charges of corruption in the procurement of equipment for Covid-19. Speaking in the legislative Assembly session yesterday, the minister said prices of PPE kits and other essentials were high initially due to high demand for them. During the later days, he added, prices came done due to an increase in domestic production. Dr.Sudhakar also said that there is considerable ramping up of medical infrastructure in Government hospitals in a short span of four to five months.


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has asked the Centre to provide additional financial packages to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. During his interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video-conferencing, he said the state is faring very well in several parameters in controlling the viral disease.

"The Chief Minister has demanded the Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness package to be stepped up to 3,000 crore rupees. He has requested an ad-hoc grant of 1,000 crore rupees from the National Disaster Relief Fund, he has also pressed for releasing the pending Custom Milled Rice subsidy of 1,321 crore rupees to facilitate paddy procurement. Mr Palaniswamy has put the demand to the Centre to share 50 per cent of the cost of Covid-19 tests, saying every day about 6.8 crore rupees is being spent, as about 85-thousand tests are being carried a day nowadays, using the RT-PCR kits. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


In a discussion with AIR, Dr. Sanjeev Sharma, Director of National Ayurvedic Institute, Jaipur spoke about the consumption of Ayurvedic Kadha to improve immunity to avoid the infection of Covid-19. He urged people to take ingredients according to the requirement of their bodies.


Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has said that India has accorded high priority for ending tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Harsh Vardhan said this while addressing Ministers of Member Nations of WHO, Heads and Representatives of UN Agencies through virtual interaction yesterday. He spoke on India’s role and contribution towards strengthening multisectoral action and progress towards ending TB, especially in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed the passage of labour reform bills by Parliament. In a series of tweets, Mr Modi said, long due and much awaited labour reforms have been passed by Parliament. He said, the reforms will ensure well-being of the industrious workers and give a boost to economic growth. They are also shining examples of Minimum Government, Maximum Governance.

The Prime Minister said, the new Labour Code universalises minimum wages and timely payment of wages and gives priority to occupational safety of the workers. The reforms will contribute to a better working environment, accelerate the pace of economic growth and ensure ease of doing business. Mr Modi said, these are futuristic legislations to empower enterprises by reducing compliance, red-tapism and Inspector Raj. The reforms also seek to harness the power of technology for the betterment of workers and industry.


President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the National Service Scheme (NSS) Awards for the year 2018-19 from Rashtrapati Bhawan today through virtual mode. The NSS Award for the year 2018-19 will be given to 42 awardees in three different categories like University, NSS Units and their Programme Officers and NSS Volunteers. Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju will attend the ceremony from Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

All India Radio, Delhi in coordination with News Services Division will broadcast live the award presentation this morning. It can be heard on FM Gold, Indraprastha and AIR LIVENEWS 24X7 youtube channels from 10:30 AM. 

Department of Youth Affairs confers the National Service Scheme Award every year to recognize and reward outstanding contributions towards voluntary community service. At present, NSS has about 40 lakh volunteers on its rolls spread across the country.


Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi, who had tested positive for coronavirus, passed away at AIIMS, New Delhi. The National flag will be flown half mast today in all Government offices in Delhi due to the demise of Angadi. Suresh Angadi represented Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency for four times.

The President, Vice President and Prime Minister have expressed grief over his demise. In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind said, an amiable leader Suresh Angadi worked tirelessly for the people of his constituency, Belagavi and Karnataka. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that he is deeply shocked by the sudden demise of Suresh Angadi.

Condoling his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, Suresh Angadi was an exceptional Karyakarta, who worked hard to make the Party strong in Karnataka. Mr Modi said, he was a dedicated MP and effective Minister, admired across the spectrum. Home Minister Amit Shah, and other senior BJP leaders have expressed grief over the passing away of Suresh Angadi. Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda also condoled Angadi’s demise.


In our series on Seva Saptah, today we bring you a special story on infrastructure development in the country. In the last six year, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government has taken several initiatives for infrastructure development in the field of Railway, Civil Aviation and Road, Transport and Highways. Launching the infrastructure projects in Bihar on the 21st of this month, Mr Modi had said, today, multi-modal connectivity is being emphasized in the country.

Our correspondent reports that 102 lakh crore rupees infrastructure projects will be implemented in the next five years as part of the government's spending push in the infrastructure sector.

"In the field of Railways, the government has planned for 100 per cent electrification of its broad gauge routes by 2023. Around 63 per cent broad gauge lines have already been electrified as on 1st of April this year. In Civil Aviation sector, 766 air routes have been sanctioned so far under the Regional Connectivity Scheme, UDAN. Government has approved 78 new routes under the 4th round of UDAN scheme to further enhance the connectivity to remote and regional areas of the country. Road, Transport and Highways Ministry has proposed to develop additional 60,000 kilometres of National Highways in the next five years. Under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana, One lakh 25,000 kilometers of roads will be constructed to strengthen rural roads and connect them to schools, hospitals and agricultural markets. With Dipendra, Anand Kumar, AIR News Delhi."


In Madhya Pradesh, poor and needy families are being provided free food grains under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. In Khandwa district, lakhs of people are receving benefit on a large scale.

"Khandwa District Food and Supplies Officer RK Shukla said that .

Under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat yojna, 700 families are getting free food grains. The beneficiaries are also very happy with this scheme.

There were 14,868 families in Khandwa who did not have ration cards, as well with more than as 10,484 families did not have eligibility slips, but they are also being provided free food grains under this scheme. With Hiralal Longare from Khandwa Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has summoned actors Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh for questioning in an alleged Bollywood-drugs nexus. NCB’s Deputy Director (Operations) KPS Malhotra said that Deepika Padukone has been summoned tomorrow while Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan will record their statements on the next day. Rakul Preet will have to appear before the agency today.

The development comes days after Padukone's manager Karishma Prakash was summoned to join the investigation, but she has been exempted from appearance until Friday. Prakash's WhatsApp chats included conversations about drugs with one D and the agency is keen to find the person’s identity. NCB is currently probing a drugs angle that came to light in connection with actor Sushant Singh Rajput's alleged suicide case.


Foreign Ministers of the G4 countries - India, Brazil, Japan, and Germany have highlighted the urgency of reforming the United Nations and updating its main decision-making bodies, in order to better reflect contemporary realities. They expressed disappointment at attempts to derail this process and committed to addressing the issue in a meaningful way and with increased urgency at this 75th anniversary of the UN.

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, and his counterparts from Brazil, Japan and Germany met virtually during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. In a Joint Press Statement, the G4 Ministers said, only reforms in UN Security Council can save it from becoming obsolete. Broader membership of the Security Council will allow it to preserve its credibility and create the political backing needed for the peaceful resolution of today’s international crises.


In Myanmar, community based organisations have blamed the Chinese gas and oil pipeline project of environmental destruction and human rights violation in the execution of the Shwe Gas Project and Trans-Burma pipeline. The Rakhine based Community Based Organisation Shwe Gas Movement told a newspaper that people in Rakhine are losing their livelihood and suffering serious human rights abuses due to these projects. The work on the Chinese Oil and natural gas pipeline in Myanmar started in 2009.


In IPL Cricket, Mumbai Indians defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 49-runs, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Mumbai Indians, powered by a Rohit Sharma 80 and a quickfire knock of 47 by Suryakumar Yadav, set a 196-run target. Rohit Sharma pummelled the Kolkata Knight Rider bowlers into submission for a 54-ball 80 and powered Mumbai Indians to an imposing 195/5. Earlier, Kolkata won the toss and chose to bowl. In today's encounter, Kings Eleven Punjab will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai.


The United Nations and Britain will co-host a global climate summit on December 12th, the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will co-host the event to rally much greater climate action and ambition.


Today’s weather forecast

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 24 degree Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 37 degrees. The city is likely to have mainly clear sky.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was around 10 degree Celsius while the maximum will be 30 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.

Ladakh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 8 and 27 degree Celsius.

In Gilgit, the temperature is likely to hover between 10 and 34 degree Celsius. It will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be mainly clear sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 15 and 36 degree Celsius.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 22 and 31 degree Celsius. The city will witness partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Chandigarh, there will be partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 36 degrees.

The National Capital Delhi is expected to have partly cloudy sky.

In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was 23 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees. The city will have generally cloudy sky with light rain.

The minimum temperature recorded in Ahmedabad was 28 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 35 degrees. The city is expected to have rain or thundershowers towards evening or night.

Guwahati will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city was 25 degree celsius while the maximum will be around 31 degrees.


Newspaper Headlines

  • "Productive but divisive monsoon session ends" is the top headline in the Hindustan Times.

  • "Rethink short lockdowns, tracing is key: PM to states"is the lead in the Indian Express. "PM wants focus on micro containment zones" to curb COVID" writes the Asian Age.

  • "CAG slams French companies for not fulfilling Rafale offset terms" highlights The Times of India.

  • "Saudi Arabia bans flights to/from India as Covid cases rise"is a front page story in the Pioneer.

  • Under the caption "Bon appetit !" The Financial Express notes "India is eating more at home", with small town India leading the recovery in food delivery.

  • "A Kolkata streetcar for book lovers". The Hindu takes a look at a book-laden air-conditioned tram, built like a library, set to roll down College Street and recreate the ambience of the city's academic corner.


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