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Morning News – 22 Sep 2021

Morning News

0830 HRS
22.09.2021

THE HEADLINES,

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to leave on a 3-day visit to US today.
  • Prime Minister to hold bilateral talks with US President Joe Biden, attend first in-person Quad Summit and address UN General Assembly.
  • 76th Session of UN General Assembly gets underway in New York.
  • SAARC Foreign Ministers meeting slated for Saturday in New York cancelled.
  • India’s COVID vaccination coverage crosses 82 crore mark.
  • Education Ministry forms National Steering Committee for development of National Curriculum Frameworks.
  • Air Marshel VR Chaudhari to be the next Chief of the Indian Air Force.
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party wins parliamentary elections, but fails to secure majority.
  • And in IPL Cricket, Rajasthan Royals beat Punjab Kings by two runs in final-ball thriller in Dubai.

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As the nationwide free COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign at Government facilities for those above 18 years is going on, 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.

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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. To commemorate the occasion as a Jan-Utsav, 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, since 16th August and will continue till 15th August 2022. India Post has joined hands as the logistics partner with All India Radio News for the “Amrit Mahotsav Quiz”.

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 United Provinces (now, Uttar Pradesh and  Uttarakhand). 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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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave on a 3-day visit to US today. Tomorrow, the Prime Minister will hold discussions with the US Vice President Kamala Harris. Then he will be interacting with the top CEOs of US Companies.

On Friday, Mr Modi will hold the first in-person bilateral talks with US President Joe Biden. The two nations look forward to take stock of the developments in Afghanistan, increasing radicalization and terrorism, Indo-Pacific, cybersecurity, COVID vaccine initiative and issues related to climate change among others.

Briefing the media in New Delhi, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, Prime Minister Modi and US President Biden are expected to deliberate on ways to bolster bilateral ties in trade, investment and defence and security in their in-person talks in Washington. Mr Shringla said, the bilateral talks between the two leaders are expected to figure out ways to deal with radicalisation and terrorism besides major regional issues including developments in Afghanistan.

The first in person QUAD Security dialogue between the US, Japan, Australia and India will also take place on Friday. President Biden will be hosting Prime Minister Modi, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the White House.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Modi will be addressing the UN General Assembly. He is the first speaker on that day and the global community will be eagerly waiting to listen to him.

A report from our correspondent covering the Prime Minister’s US visit:

“The US visit will mark Prime Minister Modi’s first foreign tour in six months . It will also be the first time he will be visiting the country after President Joe Biden assumed office. He will participate in the first in-person Quad , a grouping of  India, US, Australia and Japan – leaders’ summit in the White House. Virtually addressing the Quad summit in March this year, Prime Minister said QUAD is an important pillar of stability in the Indo-Pacific region. Mr Modi  will also meet top American CEOs during his visit . After concluding his engagements in Washington, Prime minister will travel to New York. He will address the General Debate of the High-Level Segment of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 25th in New York. With Atul Tiwary in Washington, Souvagya, AIR News, Delhi.”

Now, we go over Live to our special correspondent Atul Kumar Tiwary who is in Washington DC to cover the Prime Minister’s visit:

Q.1. Atul, we just heard the report on the Prime Minister’s visit. How is it different from the previous visits?

ANS:  “To begin with, PM’s three day visit to USA has many a first to its credit. For the first time, he will be having a one to one dialogue with the US President Joe Biden and the Vice President Kamala Harris. It will be followed by the first in person meeting of QUAD leaders in Washington. Besides Prime Minister Modi is the first speaker on 25th September to address UN General Assembly in New York that day and the global community will be eagerly waiting to listen to him. Plus its happening at a time when the world is grappling with the challenges of COVID19 pandemic.”

 

Q.2. Atul, what are the preparations especially in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic?

ANS: “Well, here in Washington, meetings have been planned and organized keeping in mind the COVID safety protocols. There are no big community events this time. Even the number of top CEOs meeting with PM has been kept to a select few. Similarly, for bilateral and QUAD meetings, adequate arrangements have been made. At UN General Assembly, the number of Heads of States or Governments attending in person has been reduced. Citizens have also been following the guidelines everywhere from airports to work places. Schools have re-opened here on 6th September. As per CDC guidelines in USA, use of masks is required indoors. Although at outdoor and open places, people who have completed their COVID 19 vaccination can move around safely.”

 

 

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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. Henceforth he made a strong plea for good governance and desist from the use of force in the larger interest of democracy.

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On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly 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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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 namely- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday held a telephonic conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron. The two leaders discussed regional issues including recent developments in Afghanistan. In this context, they shared their concerns about possible spread of terrorism, narcotics, illicit weapons and human trafficking, as well as the need to ensure human rights, rights of women and minorities.

They reviewed the increasing bilateral collaboration in the Indo-Pacific region and the important role that the India-France partnership plays in promoting stability and security in the region. The leaders agreed to maintain close and regular consultations, in the spirit of the India-France Strategic Partnership, which both countries cherish deeply.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on All India Radio on 26th of this month. It will be the 81st episode of the monthly radio programme. The Prime Minister has invited people to share their ideas on topics he should address on the coming episode of the programme.

People can share their views in the NaMo app or MyGov Open Forum. They can also dial the toll-free number 1800-11-7800 and record their message for the Prime Minister in either Hindi or English.

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In the Program SPOTLIGHT , News Services Division of All India Radio 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 program can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.15 p. m. onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. Raising the Awareness about Corona  Virus in CORONA Jagrukta Series at 9.30 to 10 tonight. So, keep listening to All India Radio News for the latest developments.

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Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that the Centre is fully committed to supporting the States to increase production and productivity and to face the challenges posed by climate change and rainfed agriculture. Inaugurating the National Conference on Agriculture for the Rabi campaign 2021-22 through video conferencing, Mr Tomar said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always aimed to protect and support farmers and several steps have been taken to make farmers Self reliant or Aatmanirbhar. He urged the States to use water, electricity and fertilizers judiciously and to use Nano-urea which is less costly and beneficial for land fertility. The Minister said that Krishi Vigyan Kendras should reach out to the small farmers so that they can benefit from various schemes of the government. He said, the States should also ensure that PM- Kisan and Kisan Credit Card (KCC) should reach every farmer. Mr Tomar informed that more than 2.25 crore KCCs have been distributed, through which farmers have been given loans of more than 2.25 lakh crore rupees.

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In a landmark achievement, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed the 82 crore mark. Till now, more than 82 crore 57 lakh 80 thousand vaccine doses have been administered to the people. Union Health Ministry said, more than 68 lakh 26 thousand vaccine doses were administered yesterday.

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The 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. Chancellor of National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration Mahesh Chandra Pant, Chairman of National Book Trust Govind Prasad Sharma, Vice-Chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia University Najma Akhtar, First Vice-Chancellor of Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh T V Kattimani, Guest professor at IIT Gandhinagar and Indian author of French origin Michel Danino and American mathematician of Indian origin Manjul Bhargava are part of the 12 member committee.

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.

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The Government has decided to appoint Air Marshal V R Chaudhari, presently Vice Chief of Air Staff, as the next Chief of the Indian Air Force. He will assume charge after the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on the 30th of this month.

Air Marshal V R Chaudhari was commissioned into the Fighter stream of Indian Air Force on 29th December 1982 and has held various Command, Staff and Instructional Appointments at various levels including the present one as Vice Chief of Air Staff. Air Marshal Chaudhari is decorated with Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vayu Sena Medal.

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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.

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In Assam, nearly 2500 rhino horns will be burnt publicly at Bokakhat today. The Assam government has decided to destroy 2,479 rhino horns while 94 horns will be preserved for academic purposes. On the other hand, 50 horns would be kept aside for ongoing court cases. Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, several ministers and senior forest department officials among others will be present at the event to be held at the Bokakhat public playground today.

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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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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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Prime Minister of Canada Justin 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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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, riding on Yashasvi Jaiswal’s 49 off 36 balls.  Today, Delhi Capitals will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai at 7:30 pm.

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Take a look at the weather forecast for today.

 

The National Capital Delhi is likely to witness generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The temperature will hover between 26 and 32 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will also have generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 30 degrees.

Chennai will also witness thunderstorm with rain. The temperature will vary between 26 and 36 degree Celsius.

Kolkata is likely to observe generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 29 degrees.

Srinagar will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 14 and 27 degrees Celsius.

Jammu will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain. The minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

Leh is expected to have generally cloudy sky. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between 10 to 23 degrees Celsius.

Gilgit will have generally cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm. The temperature will hover between 16 and 29 degrees Celsius.

Muzaffarabad will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature will be 19 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 33 degrees.

Ahemedabad will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature recorded was 25 degrees Celsius and maximum liekly to be 31 degrees.

Hyderabad is likely to have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature was 23 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 30 degrees.

Bengaluru is likely to experience partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 20 and 29 degree Celsius.

Puducherry is expected to have thunderstorm with rain. The temperature will vary between 22 and 35 degree Celsius.

Thiruvananthapuram may have partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. The minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

Visakhapatnam will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Port Blair will have generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The temperature will vary between 24 and 28 degree Celsius.

Bhubneshwar will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 24 and 32 degree Celsius.

Agartala may see generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 25 and 32 degree Celsius.

Guwahati will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 27 and 36 degree Celsius.

Most of the cities in the North-East region including Imphal, Shillong, Aizwal, Kohima, Itnagar and Gangtok are all likley to witness generally cloudy sky with possibilty of rain.

In Shillong, temperature will hover between 17 and 26 degree Celsius.

In Aizawl, the minimum temperature was 19 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 29 degrees.

In Kohima, the minimum and maximum temperature will be between 17 and 28 degree Celsius.

In Itanagar, temperature will hover between 20 and 32 degree Celsius.

In Gangtok, the temperature will vary between 17 and 22 degree Celsius.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE:

  • Marking the beginning of the high-level segment of United Nations General Assembly, US President calls it a “Decisive decade for the world”, states the Hindustan Times.
  • With the stage all set for the much-anticipated bilateral meeting, “Afghan crisis on Modi-Biden radar”, writes The Statesman.
  • Clearing the decks for a high-powered committee, “HC lets Delhi Govt panel probe ‘oxygen’ deaths” is a lead in the Times of India.
  • Pushing the country’s foodgrain production for the season to an all-time high, “Record paddy yield, dip in oilseeds likely this kharif”, writes The Hindu.
  • In response to UK Governments move to treat fully vaccinated Indians as unvaccinated, “India calls UK’s travel policy discriminatory” headlines the Business Standard.
  • The Asian Age takes note as “Taliban name Deputy Ministers as Govt expands, but women still out”.
  • And finally, moving towards gender party in the country, “NDA to open doors for women in 2022”, has been covered prominently by The Pioneer.

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