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Midday News – 22 Sep 2021

Midday News

1400 HRS
22.09.2021

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on a three day visit to the US to attend the UN General Assembly Session and a wide range of programmes including first in person QUAD Leader’s Summit.
  • Prime Minister to also hold talks with world leaders including US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister’s of Australia and Japan.
  • Mr Modi says the visit will be an occasion to strengthen Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership with the US and consolidate relations with India’s strategic partners.
  • Indian diaspora in US eagerly awaits Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.
  • 76th Session of UN General Assembly gets underway in New York.
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to meet his counterparts of G-20 countries on Afghanistan on the sidelines of UNGA.
  • India administers more than 82.65 Crore COVID-19 vaccine doses so far; Recovery rate improves to 97.77 per cent.
  • World Health Organization welcomes India’s decision to resume export and donations of excess COVID vaccines from next month.
  • And in IPL Cricket, Delhi Capitals to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai at 7.30 p.m.

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As the nationwide free COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign at Government facilities for those above 18 years is underway, we advise our young listeners to get vaccinated and also help others get vaccinated. We also advise our listeners not to lower their guard as COVID-19 remains a threat to our health. Please stay at home unless it is essential to go out and continue to follow these three simple steps —

·  Wear a face mask.

·  Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.

·  Focus on hand and face hygiene.

For any COVID related information and guidance contact National helpline numbers — 011-23978046 and 1075. And now the news in detail:

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has departed for a three day US visit this morning. In his statement before the departure, the Prime Minister said, his visit to the US will be an occasion to strengthen the Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership with that country, consolidate relations with India’s strategic partners Japan and Australia and to take forward collaboration on important global issues. Mr. Modi said, he will review the India-U.S. Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership with President Joe Biden and exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest. He said, he is also looking forward to meeting Vice President Kamala Harris to explore opportunities for cooperation between the two nations, particularly in the area of science and technology.

The Prime Minister said, he will participate in the first in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit along with President Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. The summit provides an opportunity to take stock of the outcomes of the virtual summit in March this year and identify priorities for future engagements based on shared vision for the Indo-Pacific region.

During the visit, Mr. Modi will also meet Prime Ministers of Australia and Japan to take stock of the strong bilateral relations with the countries and continue useful exchanges on regional and global issues. He said, he will conclude his visit with an address at the United Nations General Assembly focusing on the pressing global challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to combat terrorism, climate change and other important issues. Mr. Modi is visiting USA from 22nd to 25th of this month at the invitation of President Joe Biden.

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The Indian diaspora in United States is eagerly awaiting for the visit of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Talking to AIR News, the President of SEWA International from Houston said, it will further consolidate the bilateral relations and pave the way for new dynamism and energy in India-US relations.

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The Experts from Silicon Valley in USA are also looking forward to Prime Minister’s visit to the states. The former Chairperson of TIE Global, Venkatesh Shukla from San Francisco shared his thoughts with All India Radio. He said, it’s high time that the startups in space and energy sector from India are connected with the US government agencies engaged in the innovations in these areas.

” The Silicon valley and the Indian Enterpreneurs in USA  welcome the visit of Prime Minister. It is also an opportunity to enhance the scope of collaboration with the innovations brought about by startups in India in Space and in Energy industry. Given the congruence of strategic interest between US and India, it makes sense for these startups to get connected to the US government agencies and Departments.

Mr. Shukla also underlined the importance of knowledge sharing in the cutting edge innovations in the cyber security space.

“US government agencies engaged in cutting edge innovations in the cyber security space that seek to protect critical infrastructure from enemy attacks can share their expertise with India. An arrangement to share such innovation with the Government of India will be another win-win arrangement.”

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The 76th session of United Nations General Assembly got underway in New York last night. Over 100 global leaders are attending the deliberations. These include US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British premier Boris Johnson. This session coincides with the current UN Secretary General Antonio Gueterres set for another five years term at the helm of affairs of the world body.

US President Joe Biden was the first speaker as per the tradition. In his maiden speech to the UN General Assembly, Mr Biden urged the nations to forge a global unity against common threats like COVID-19 pandemic, technological threats and autocratic nations. The US President said, bombs and bullets can’t defend against COVID-19 or its future variants. He underlined the need to make use of force as the last resort and not the first. Mr. Biden said, our security, prosperity and freedom are interconnected as never before.

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On the sidelines of the UNGA session, a series of meetings is being held. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be meeting the foreign ministers of G-20 countries on Afghanistan. He is also scheduled to take part in the P-4 meeting today. The group of P-4 nations include India, Japan, Brazil and Germany which are seeking a permanent seat in the expanded UN Security Council after long overdue reforms.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has narrowly won parliamentary elections, but it failed to secure a majority. This is Mr Trudeau’s third federal election win. The Liberals are projected to win 158 seats, short of the 170 seats needed for the majority Mr Trudeau was seeking with his early election call.

The Conservatives were leading or elected in 119 seats, two less than in 2019. The leftist New Democrats were leading or elected in 25, while the Bloc Québécois were poised to win 34 and the Greens were down to two.

Hours after the results came in, Mr. Trudeau greeted the people. He told supporters in Montreal, you elected a government that will fight for you and deliver for you.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Mr Trudeau on his victory in the elections. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, he is looking forward to continue working with Mr Trudeau to further strengthen India-Canada relations, as well as the cooperation on global and multilateral issues.

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South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) foreign ministers meet slated to be held on Saturday in New York has been cancelled. It was to be held in-person on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. However, the Nepalese Foreign Ministry issued a communiqué saying that the meet stands cancelled owing to “lack of concurrence from all Member States. Nepal was the host of the meet.

The SAARC is the regional intergovernmental organization of eight countries of South Asia – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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More than 82.65 Crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive. Health Ministry said, Over 26 thousand new cases were detected in the last 24 hours. India’s Active caseload stands at 3 lakh one thousand 9 hundred 89 and it is lowest in 186 days. Active cases account for less than one per cent of total cases. It is currently at point nine zero per cent and lowest since March last year.

The Ministry said, recovery is  rate currently at 97.77 per cent and it is highest since March last year. Over 34 thousand people recovered in the last 24 hours .

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Health Ministry today said that more than 80.13 crore vaccine doses have been provided to States and UTs so far through Govt of India free of cost channel and through direct state procurement category. It said, further, 48 Lakh doses are in the pipeline. The Ministry said, more than 4.52 Crore balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States and UTs to be administered.

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Gujarat has reported 14 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday. According to the state health department, 19 patients have recovered and discharged from the various hospitals during the last 24 hours. Surat has recorded 4 new cases, while Rajkot and Vadodara have recorded 3 new cases each. Gujarat has 133 active cases at present. Meanwhile, more than 2 lakh 95 thousand people have been vaccinated in the state yesterday.

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In Gujarat, the authorities of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at Ahmedabad have started a rapid Covid-19 testing facility. The testing facilities have been launched following the requirement of a negative RT-PCR test report as well as a rapid PCR test report within six hours of departure for the Indian travellers to Dubai. According to sources, the number of machines for the rapid test facilities also increased following the increase in air traffic to Dubai. Airport authorities have also increased the manpower to handle the Covid-19 testing of passengers prior to departure.

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World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed  India’s decision to resume the export and donations of excess vaccines from next month.

The Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya received a  message in this regard from WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, this morning. India which has earned the title of pharmacy of the world is the biggest maker of vaccines overall – put a brake on vaccine exports in April to focus on inoculating its own population.

The resumption of exports deliberations come ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington where vaccines are likely to be discussed at a summit of the leaders of the Quad countries – the United States, India, Japan and Australia.

The Health Minister said that the renewed export drive, known as ‘Vaccine Maitri’, will prioritise the global vaccine-sharing platform COVAX and neighbouring countries first policy.

India’s monthly vaccine output, Mr Madaviya said, has more than doubled since April and is set to quadruple to over 300 million doses next month.

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Former Hindi Newsreader of All India Radio Ramanuj Prasad Singh passed away in Gurugram last night. He was 86. Mr Singh’s deep voice and relaxed style of reading endeared him to All India Radio listeners from the beginning. He served AIR for 3 decades and became a well-known name among the common people for his news reading for years. Here is the voice of late Ramanuj Prasad Singh:

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The Assam government has publicly burnt 2 thousand 479 rhino horns today. Senior officials said that perhaps this is the first time across the globe where such a large number of horns were destroyed. The Forest department decided to preserve 94 for academic purposes while 29  horns would be kept aside for various court cases. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya among others have attended the event held at the Bokakhat. The Chief Minister said that this step has been taken to send a strong message against poaching and make people aware that rhino horns don’t have any medicinal value. Our Correspondent reports that Assam is home of 71 percent of the world’s one horn rhino population. Among the destroyed rhino horns, the heaviest horn is 3.05 kilogram while the average weight of horns is 560 grams.

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As our Nation celebrates the seventy fifth year of Independence, a series of events are being organised by the Government as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Let’s listen now our special programme “Azadi ka safar”

In today’s episode of Nishan, we will bring you the story of Chandrashekar Azad Park.

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A series of events are being organised by the Government as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. All India Radio News brings its listeners a special quiz on India’s freedom movement and its glorious history. The quiz is being conducted every Monday and Tuesday in Morning News.

Recalling our Yesterday’s question: Which incident forced Mahatma Gandhi to halt the Non Cooperation Movement ?

The correct answer is Chauri Chaura Incident. As a consequence of the Non-Cooperation Movement the British Raj was shaken to its foundations for the first time since the Revolt of 1857. Then,in February 1922, a group of peasants attacked and torched a police station in the hamlet of Chauri Chaura, in the United Provinces. Several constables perished in the conflagration. This act of violence prompted Gandhiji to call off the movement altogether.

AIR News got an overwhelming response from its listeners across the world and the one lucky winner of the quiz is Ms. Jigmet Yangchan from Leh, Ladakh.

The next question of Amrit Mahotsav Quiz will be shared with Listeners on Monday, 27th September.

Celebrate 75 years of India’s independence, by participating in “Amrit Mahotsav Quiz with AIR News.”

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Information and Broadcasting Minister, Anurag Thakur will inaugurate a five day Himalayan Film Festival at Leh, Ladakh on 24th of this month. The inaugural of this first festival will witness the presence of makers and cast of the super hit movie Shershah, including Director Vishnuvardhan and the lead actor Siddharth Malhotra. Shershah is also the opening feature film of the festival. The festival will comprise of various segments to enthrall the audience and film buffs. They include the screening of popular films. workshops, master classes, in-conversation sessions and  competition sections. It will also cater to the various palette of the audience with food festival, cultural shows and music fest. The Himalayan region attracts filmmakers from all around the globe due to its unique scenic endowment.

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Ministry of Education has formed the National Steering Committee for the development of National Curriculum Frameworks. The committee will be chaired by former ISRO Chairman Dr K Kasturirangan.

As per the perspectives of the NEP 2020, the Committee will develop four National Curriculum Frameworks – the National Curriculum Framework for School Education, National Curriculum for Early Childhood Care and Education, National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education and National Curriculum Framework for Adult Education. The Committee will discuss different aspects of School Education, Early Childhood Care and Education, Teacher Education and Adult Education keeping in focus all the recommendations of NEP 2020 related to these four areas for proposing curriculum reforms.

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Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has said India is back on track to become one of the fastest growing large economies with a rapid recovery despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking at an event in New Delhi today on the soft launch of the National Single Window System, he said this is a big step towards Ease of Doing Business and  a giant leap towards making India truly Aatmanirbhar. The Minister said the platform will be a one-stop-shop for investors and businesses. He added that the government does not want new startups to face the issues that businesses used to face earlier. He said the Centre wants India to become the most preferred investment destination. The Minister urged everyone to give feedback to ensure this platform can be upgraded further.

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The Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. L. Murugan is on a visit to Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh today.

Dr. Murugan visited the Mahakaleshwar temple. The Union Minister also visited Ujjain’s Community Radio Station-CRS, Radio Dastak.

On this occasion, Dr Murugan stressed on spreading the words of the local community as much as possible. The Minister said that there is a need to emphasize on programs based on agriculture and youth on community radio.

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In IPL Cricket, Rajasthan Royals beat Punjab Kings by two runs in final-ball thriller in Dubai last night. Put in to bat first, Rajasthan Royals posted 185 runs in 20 overs.

In reply, opening partnership between KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal  Punjab Kings in a comfortable position. However, Punjab could only score 183 for four in the stipulated 20 overs.

Today, Delhi Capitals will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai at 7:30 pm.

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In the Programme SPOTLIGHT, News Services Division of AIR is broadcasting a Special Series ” Seva aur Samarpan- Bees Saal Sushashan ke”. Today the theme is “Swachh Bharat: Clean and Green Climate”. It showcases Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and commitment to Swachh Bharat and his efforts to achieve climate Justice.

This special programme can be heard on FM Gold and additional frequencies tonight at 9.15 p. m.. It will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT GOV DOT IN and on our YouTube Channel NEWS ON AIR OFFICIAL.

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

The National Capital Delhi will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The city recorded 26 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with Heavy rain. The temperature is hovering between 25 and 29 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with Heavy rain. Minimum temperature in the city was 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 28 degrees.

Chennai is likely to witness generally cloudy sky with Light rain. The temperature will vary between 27 and 36 degrees Celsius.

Hyderabad is expected to have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. Minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius while the maximum may go up to 30 degrees Celsius.

Bengaluru will also have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 20 and 29 degree celsius.

Guwahati may have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature was 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

Imphal is likely to have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. Minimum temperature was recorded at 20 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 28 degrees.

Shillong may have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The temperature will move from a minimum of 20 degrees to a maximum of 28 degrees Celsius.

 

Aizawl is predicted to have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. Minimum temperature was 19 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be nearly 27 degrees.

Kohima may have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The temperature will rise from a minimum of 17 degrees Celsius to a maximum of 26 degrees.

 

Itanagar is likely to have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will move from 20 degree Celsius to an upper limit of 32 degrees.

Gangtok may have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 17 and 22 degrees Celsius.

Agartala will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. It recorded the minimum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius and will move upto 32 degrees as the maximum.

 

Port Blair is expected generally cloudy sky with Heavy rain. The temperature will vary between 24 and 28degrees Celsius.

Agati is expected to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between 25 and 31 degrees Celsius.

Thiruvananthapuram is likely to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or Thunderstorm. The minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

 

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