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30.09.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Special CBI Court acquits all 32 accused in Babri Masjid demolition case; says demolition was not pre-planned.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to take strictest action against culprits in the Hathras rape case; Special Investigation Team to probe the incident.

  • Election Commission team meets representatives of political parties in Bihar; reviews preparations for Assembly Elections.

  • Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 83.33 per cent.

  • Donald Trump and Joe Biden exchange barbs in the first debate for US Presidential election.

  • And in IPL cricket, Rajasthan Royals to take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai tonight.

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In our special series on the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we begin this bulletin with 'Bapu Ki Baat'. In a post prayer speech, Mahatma Gandhi had spoke about the rural development –


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And now the news in detail,


The Special CBI Court in Lucknow today acquitted all 32 accused in the Babri demolition case. Special CBI Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav said that demolition happened at the spur of the moment and  it was not a pre- planned incident. He said that there were not enough evidences to prove the allegations made by the CBI in this case.


While delivering his verdict, the Special Judge said that the demolition was done by some anti- social elements and there was no alliance between such persons and the accused.


Most of the senior leaders among the 32 accused such as L.K. Advani, Kalyan Singh and Murli Manohar Joshi were not present in the Lucknow court due to various reasons.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has welcomed the verdict of CBI Special Court in Lucknow acquitting all accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case. In a tweet, Mr Singh said, the decision has proved that justice can never be denied.


Mr L K Advani wholeheartedly welcomed the judgement by the Special Court. In a tweet, he said, the judgement vindicates his personal and BJP's belief and commitment toward the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. 


Mr Murli Manohar Joshi also welcomed the verdict.


इस निर्णय ने यह सिद्ध कर दिया है कि हमारा आंदोलन, हमारे कार्यक्रम किसी षडयंत्र के तहत नहीं थे। वो एक सामान् जनतांत्रिक कार्यक्रम के तौर पर थे, ये बड़ी बात है। इससे हम सब प्रसन् हैं, देश प्रसन् है और मैं ये समझता हूं कि इसके बादये विवाद समाप् होने चाहिए और सारे देश को भव् राम मंदिर के निर्माण के लिए तत्पर होना चाहिए।


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed the decision and said that the Congress tried to frame the Hindu leaders through the case but finally the truth won and it's like Satyamev Jayate.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Hathras issue in which a girl succumbed to the injuries in a Delhi hospital after being attacked and gangraped by four persons of her village. The Prime Minister asked the Chief Minister to take strictest action against the culprits in this case. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said in a tweet that all the four accused in this matter have been arrested by the police and the trial of the case will take place in fast track court.


The Chief Minister has also ordered the formation of a three-member Special Investigation Team, headed by State Home Secretary, to investigate the incident. The team will also include DIG, Police Chandraprakash and Provincial Armed Constabulary, Sena Nayak, Agra Poonam as members. The team has to submit a report within seven days. Meanwhile, UP Police today rebutted the allegations that last rites of the deceased girl were performed without the concent of the family.


The victim girl was allegedly gang-raped in a village under Chandpa police station in Hathras district on 14th of September. She was initially rushed to Hospital in Aligarh, but was shifted to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital after her condition deteriorated. She kept fighting for her life for 15 days, but succumbed to her injuries yesterday.


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In Bihar, the full Election Commission team led by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora met the representatives of different political parties today. Janata Dal (United) demanded that the Election Commission should take responsibility for distribution of voter slips among the electorates. The party expressed concern over the presence of limited number of people in the election meeting. Congress  demanded depolyment of medical teams per 10 booths. On the other hand, LJP requested the commission that polling booths in the Assembly elections should be on the lines of Panchayat elections. More in this report:


"Later in the day, the Election Commission team will hold a review meeting in Patna with District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police of 26 districts which include Saran, Siwan Gopalganj and Muzaffarpur. The team is presently on a three-day visit to Bihar to review the preparedness for the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections. The Chief Election Commissioner is accompanied by Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar. Bihar is the first state where Assembly Election is being held amid COVID-19 pandemic. Tomorrow, the EC team will go to Gaya where a review meeting with DMs and SPs of 12 districts including Aurangabad, Kaimur and Rohtash will be held. Before returning to Delhi, the Chief Election Commissioner will hold a review meeting with Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of Police. With the report of K.K. Lal from Patna, this Deeksha Saksena for All India Radio, News, Delhi."


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The Government has continued the procurement of Kharif 2020-21 crops at Minimum Support Price (MSP) from farmers as per its existing MSP Schemes. Ministry of Agriculture said, approval has been accorded for procurement of over 14 Lakh Metric Tonnes of Pulses and Oilseeds for the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Haryana as proposed by them. It said, for other States and Union Territories, approval will also be accorded on receipt of proposal for Kharif Pulses and Oilseeds.


Inaugurating six mega projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the farmers about the continuity of guaranteed Minimum Support Price and the government procurements of agri produce.


The Prime Minister said, major reforms have been brought to empower farmers, workers, youth and the women of the country. He criticized the opposition for launching agitation against the reforms in labour and farm sectors.  


The procurement of Paddy during Kharif Marketing Season, 2020-21 began from 26th September in Haryana and Punjab. So far, the Paddy Procurement of 3,164 Metric Tonnes in Haryana and 13,256 Metric Tonnes in Punjab having MSP value of 31 crore rupees has been done from 1443 farmers of Haryana and Punjab. The procurement of paddy for the remaining States began on Monday.


The Ministry said, so far, the Government through its Nodal Agencies has procured 46.35 Metric Tonnes of Moong having MSP value of 33 lakh rupees benefitting 48 farmers in Tamil Nadu. Similarly, 5089 Metric Tonnes  of copra have been procured benefitting 3961 farmers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Speaking to AIR on procurement, Food and Consumer affairs Minister Raosaheb Patil Danve said:


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The Union Government has repeatedly assured the farmers that Minimum Support Price and Agricultural Produce & Livestock Market Committees will continue and will not be removed at any cost. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yesterday after inaugurating six mega projects in Uttarakhand that those opposing the farm reform bills do not want farmers to have the freedom of selling their produce in the open market.


One of the objections raised is against a provision in The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, which provides for the creation of a “trade area” outside APMC Mandis. The farmers fear that the MSP mechanism would be done away with if the Mandi system comes to an end. However, the Centre has assured the farmers that MSP is an administrative decision which is presently there and will remain in the future as well.


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The Supreme Court today refused to postpone the Civil Services Preliminary Examination to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, on 4th of October, because of the pandemic and floods in several parts of the country. 


A bench of Justices A. M. Khanwilkar, B. R. Gavai and Krishna Murari asked the Centre to consider granting one more chance to those aspirants who may not appear in their last attempt for the exam due to the pandemic.


The Apex court also refused to consider the plea for clubbing of UPSC Civil Services Exam of 2020 with 2021 exams saying this will have a cascading effect.


The bench was hearing a plea seeking postponement of the Civil Services Exam for two to three months, so that the incessant rains recede and the COVID-19 curve flattens.


The UPSC opposed the plea saying all necessary precautions have been taken and adequate arrangements have been made for holding the exam.


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India continues to report a trend of steadily declining percentage of active cases against the total positive cases. Presently, the active cases account for only 15.11 per cent of the total positive cases of the country, standing at 9 lakh 40,441. From 33.32 per cent on 1st August to 15.11 per cent on 30th of September, the active cases have less than halved in two months.


With 80,472 infections being reported in the last 24 hours, total number of positive cases touched 62 lakh mark today. The continuous upward trajectory of India’s Recovery Rate has touched 83.33 per cent today. In all, 86,428 patients recovered and were discharged during the last 24 hours. The total recovered cases stand at 51 lakh 87 thousand 825. The gap between recovered cases and active cases has now widened to 42 lakh. With increasing number of recoveries, this gap is continuously widening day by day. The death toll climbed to 97 thousand 497 with one thousand 179 people succumbing to the disease in a day. The case fatality rate stands at 1.57 per cent.


More than 76 per cent of the active cases are concentrated in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Assam, Chhattisgarh and Telangana. Maharashtra contributes maximum with more than 2 lakh 60,000 active cases.

According to the ICMR, 10 lakh 86,688 samples were tested for detection of COVID-19 yesterday.


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ICMR's second sero-survey findings released yesterday has revealed that one in 15 individuals aged 10 years and above were estimated to be exposed to SARS-CoV2 by August, showing that a considerable population is still susceptible to COVID-19. Briefing media yesterday, DG ICMR Dr Balram Bhargava said, 6.6 per cent of over 29 thousand people, aged 10 and above, surveyed from 17th August to 22nd September showed evidence of past exposure to COVID-19 and 7.1 per cent of the adult population, aged 18 and above, also showed evidence of past exposure to it.


He said lockdown, containment and behavioural change at the population level have effectively checked the potential spread of SARS-CoV2. Dr Bhargava said the risk in urban slums was twice than that in non-slum urban areas and four times the risk in rural settings. He said, the second sero-survey was conducted in the same 700 villages and wards from 70 districts from 21 states which were covered during the first survey. But this time, it surveyed different households and individuals. The ICMR DG said, since a large proportion of the population is still susceptible, prevention fatigue has to be avoided and the 5 T strategy -- test, track, trace, treat and technology -- has to be adhered to.


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Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar virtually released a booklet on ‘COVID-19- Safe Workplace Guidelines for Industry’ in the presence of Member (Health), NITI Aayog, VK Paul.


Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, these guidelines are commendable and timely and it will help in welfare of the industrial workers. He said, the guidelines will act as a comprehensive planning guidance for employers and workers to use it to help identify risk levels of Covid-19 at individual workplace settings in their premises and to determine appropriate control measures. The Minister said, these guidelines consolidate all important measures into a ready reckoner of action points to make the workplace safe.


The Health Minister said, Government is committed to the welfare of the workers. He said, as the country is moving towards the unlocking of economic activities, it is important that the guidelines are followed within the industry premises. He also lauded ESIC hospitals which are playing an important role in providing services to the COVID patients.


Speaking on the occasion, Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said, the guidelines for safety of industrial workers will encourage people.


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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar today lauded Central Public Enterprises for doing their work effectively during the pandemic. Releasing a compendium 'Building Self-Reliant, Resurgent, Resilient India' on public sector enterprises contribution amidst the ongoing pandemic, the Minister said, PSUs are the pride of the country. He said, electricity supply during COVID was at 99 per cent. He said, Oil Marketing Companies continued to work round the clock and goods movement also went on seamlessly.


"आज मुझे खुशी है कि आज हमने हमारे सार्वजनिक कंपनियों की तरफ से कोविड के काल में जो उन्होंने बहुत अच्छा काम किया है, उसका एक कम्पेंडियम हमने प्रसिद्ध किया है। इसमें किस तरह से कोविड के पीरियड में, इवन लॉकडाउन में किस तरह से इलेक्टिशियन सप्लाई जारी रहा, किसी तरह से गैस सप्लाई जारी रहा, किस तरह से गैस का रिफिल जारी रहा, किस तरह से पेट्रोल पंप खुले रहे, किस तरह से माल की बुवाई होती रही"


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Telangana reported 2,103 fresh COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours taking the number of cases in the state to one lakh 91 thousand 386. The state conducted over 55 thousand tests yesterday. The recovery rate also slightly improved to 84.08 per cent with 2,243 more people recovering yesterday.


The daily bulletin issued by the State Medical and Health Department, stated that total deaths rose to 1,127 following 11 deaths reported during the past 24 hours. In Hyderabad, 298 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the past 24 hours.


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In Odisha, another 3,896 COVID-19 patients have recovered taking the total recovery to 1,81,481. On the other hand, 3,443 persons were reported positive today, taking the total caseload of the state to 2,19,119. 


"For the last couple of days, the viral velocity in the state has slowed down a bit  as is evident from the lead ,the daily recovered patients have been making over the fresh infections.  The intraday cases in the top two districts in terms of infection, namely Khortha with 601 and Cuttack with 359 fresh infection,  too have reported only about half the cases they used to report only a few days ago. With daily recovery rather than daily infection now on the surge,  the active caseload of the state too has got deflated by more than 1,000 cases, now resting below 37000. Girish Chandra Dash, Bhubaneswar."


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In Maharashtra, the State Government has called for cancellation of Dandiya, Garba and other cultural programmes  during the ensuing Navratri, Durga Puja and Dussehra festivals amidst COVID-19 pandemic. A circular issued by the government yesterday advised to celebrate the festival in a simple manner without any sort of public gathering. The SOP released by the government stated the government’s 'My Family, My Responsibility' initiative should be followed. It also stated that efforts should be taken for generating awareness against the spread of COVID-19 and other contagious diseases like malaria and dengue. More from our correspondent --


"Along the lines of Ganeshotsav, Maharashtra govt imposed height restrictions of Durga Idols to a maximum of four feet. The immersion of the idols should be done at home or in any artificial ponds created by civic bodies or housing societies. The guidelines encouraged online darshan of deities and restricted the entry of persons to five at a time in the pandals. The SOP has encouraged clay or metallic idols instead of POP idols. The burning of Ravan’s effigy during the Dussera should be held in a symbolic manner without any public gathering and can be streamed live through social media platforms.  Devapriyo Bhattacharjee, AIR News, Mumbai."


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Health Minister of Maharashtra, Rajesh Tope has said that private hospitals and diagnostic centres have taken undue advantage of the COVID-19 situation and they are overcharging patients even for basic health services. Speaking at an event organized by the Western Region of industry body CII yesterday, Tope said, there have been instances of these private facilities charging hefty sums from people for medical services.


The Minister said, the State Government has taken various measures to cap the prices of health care services so that people can afford them. He said, though plasma therapy has not been much successful in treating COVID-19 patients, an amount of 10,000 to 12,000 rupees is being charged for the same. He said, a cap of 5,500 rupees has been imposed for treatment. Mr Tope said that charges on testing have also been capped.


The minister said yet another challenge is how to address mental health issue as the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown caused job losses and affected mental health of people.


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The year-long celebrations to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of the Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi will be coming to an end on the 2nd of October. A new gallery has been set up at the Barrackpore Gandhi Memorial Museum in North 24 Parganas. An official inauguration will be held on that day. Some paintings of Mahatma Gandhi's childhood, mainly  three important chapters have been given prominence in this gallery. The new gallery displays various paintings from the time of Mahatma  Gandhi's life from 1869 to 1888. Dr Pratik Ghosh, Director and Secretary of Gandhi Memorial Museum said,  a "Charka" used by Gandhiji has also been kept in the gallery.


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US President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden held the first presidential debate with heated exchanges over health care, the coronavirus and the future of the Supreme Court.


Trump and Biden arrived in Cleveland, Ohio hoping the debate, moderated by Chris Wallace would energize their bases of support, even as they competed for the slice of undecided voters who could decide the election. 


Fitting for an edge in their bitter campaign, the two leaders  frequently interrupted each other with angry interjections.


With just 35 days to go for the election, and early voting already underway in some states, this was the first of three debates scheduled between the 77 year old Biden and 74 year old Trump.


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India and Bangladesh have agreed to set up a ‘High Level Monitoring Committee’ to regularly review the progress of implementation of projects being run with Line of Credit (Loc) provided by India. The committee will be headed by the Secretary, Economic Relations Division of Bangladesh and the High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh.


The decision was taken during the 6th meeting of the Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) which was held on a virtual platform yesterday. External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen jointly chaired the meeting.


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In IPL Cricket, today, Rajasthan Royals will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai. In yesterday's match, Rashid Khan's brilliant performance and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's gutsy show with the ball guided Sunrisers Hyderabad to a 15 run win over Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi.


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


The National Capital Delhi will experience strong surface winds during day time. The minimum temperature was recorded at 24 degrees Celsius and the maximum is expected to be around 36 degrees.


Mumbai will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was 27 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 33 degrees.


Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius and the maximum is likely to be 34 degrees Celsius.


Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city was 27 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 35 degrees.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature in Jammu was 20 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.


In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was around 7 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be 27 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.


Leh in Ladakh will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature recorded was 1 degree Celsius while the maximum is likely to be 22 degrees Celsius.


Gilgit will have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. The minimum temperature was 8 degrees Celsius and the maximum is likely to be 25 degrees.


Muzaffarabad will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature was 14  degrees Celsius and the maximum is likely to be around 34 degrees Celsius.


Dehradun will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature was 19 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be 32 degrees Celsius.


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