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Midday News – 23 Sep 2021

Midday News

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23.09.2021

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Washington DC on a four-day visit to the United States.
  • Prime Minister to meet US Vice President Kamala Harris and top CEOs of American companies today; To also hold bilateral meetings with his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison and Japanese Premier Yoshihide Suga.
  • G4 countries comprising India, Brazil, Germany and Japan emphasize  need to reform UNSC to make it more legitimate, effective and representative.
  • Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya releases National Comprehensive Guidelines on post-COVID management.
  • Over 83 crore 39 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive so far; Recovery rate reaches 97.77 per cent.
  • Ayushman Bharat -Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana completes three years today.
  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu urges industrial sector to implement various reforms with greater vigour for sustained economic growth.
  • World Health Organisation revises air quality guidelines for the first time since 2005.
  • In IPL Cricket; Delhi Capitals beat SunRisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in Dubai.

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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 arrived in Washington DC on a four-day visit to the US. Braving rain, hundreds of Indian community members gathered at the airport to welcome Mr Modi. As the Prime Minister’s plane landed in Washington, exuberant members of the Indian diaspora started cheering.

Mr Modi has thanked the Indian community in Washington DC for the warm welcome. In a tweet, he said, our diaspora is our strength. Mr Modi said, it is commendable how the Indian diaspora has distinguished itself across the world.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the first day of his visit to Washington has a packed schedule. Today, he will interact with US Vice President Kamala Harris and global CEOs. Mr Modi will also separately meet his Australian and Japanese counterparts.

For More on the Prime Minister’s visit let’s go live to our correspondent Saubagya in Washington.

Q1- Souvagya give us more s about the PM’s engagements today?

Q2- As you pointed out, the Prime Minister’s will have his first interaction today with top industry leaders, could you give us a sense of that.

Thank you Sauvagya a for those details. Prime Minister Modi, is in US at President Biden’s invitation to participate in the first in-person summit of Quad leaders. He will also address the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. During his visit, the Prime Minister will also hold a bilateral meet with US President Joe Biden at the White House.

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The scientific community and entrepreneurs in the United States have welcomed the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US. They expressed hope that it will enhance collaboration and exchange of ideas between the two countries. Talking to All India Radio from San Diego, the Chief Scientific Officer and founder of  Triangulum Biopharma, Dr Sanjay Pandey said, it will give a fillip to the spirit of innovation.

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Indian Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US has six broad elements.

Mr Sandhu said, the Quad is a grouping of like-minded countries that have come together to focus on international issues and problems.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India has always seen humanity as one family. He said, India’s pharmaceutical industry has produced cost-effective diagnostic kits, drugs, medical devices and PPE kits and these are providing affordable options to many developing countries. In his remarks at the Global COVID-19 Summit via video conferencing yesterday, Mr Modi said, earlier this year, India shared the vaccine production with 95 other countries and with UN peacekeepers and like a family, the world also stood with India when it was going through a second wave. He said, recently, 25 million people  were vaccinated on a single day. Mr Modi said, over 200 million Indians are now fully vaccinated. He said, as newer Indian vaccines get developed, the Government of India is also ramping up production capacity of existing vaccines.

The Prime Minister said, the supply chains of raw materials must be kept open in order to resume vaccine supplies to others. He said, there is also need to focus on addressing the pandemic’s economic effects.

He said, to that end, international travel should be made easier, through mutual recognition of vaccine certificates.

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The foreign ministers of G4 countries comprising India, Brazil, Germany and Japan have stressed on the urgency of reforming the United Nations Security Council in order to make it more legitimate, effective and representative. The Foreign Ministers of the G4 countries – India’s S Jaishankar, Brazil’s Carlos Alberto Franco Ranca, Germany’s Heiko Maas, and Japan’s Toshimitsu Motegi met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York last night. The ministers issued a joint statement following the meeting in which they reaffirmed that it is indispensable to reform the Security Council through an expansion of both categories, permanent and non-permanent seats, to enable the Security Council to better deal with the ever-complex and evolving challenges to the maintenance of international peace and security, and thereby to carry out its duties more effectively.

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India’s flagship health programme, Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana has completed three years today. Around two crore 20 lakh people have been benefited under the scheme launched on this day in 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is the world’s largest health care programme provides a health cover of five lakh rupees annually to vulnerable families and aims at benefiting more than ten crore poor families across the country. Talking exclusively to All India Radio, National Health Authority Chief Executive Officer Dr. R.S. Sharma said, in the three years of its launch, the scheme has contributed significantly to address the challenge of equitable access to in-patient healthcare for the poor. He said barring West Bengal, Odisha and Delhi, 33 states and Union territories are implementing the scheme.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today called upon industry to work with the government on implementing various reforms with greater vigour and pave the way for sustained economic growth in the coming decade. Speaking virtually at ‘Mystic South, Global Linkages Summit – Towards a 1.5 trillion dollar Economy by 2025’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, he said India is now at a decisive point in regaining its growth. He added that now is the time for all the stakeholders to join hands and ensure sustained economic momentum.

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BJP today said the Indian economy is on the recovery path and the government has taken several new initiatives which will further boost the economy. Briefing media in New Delhi, party spokesperson Gopal Krishna Agarwal said the labour force participation has increased to 40.1 percent in 2019 -20. He said direct tax collection has also increased by 28 percent as compared to the pre COVID period. He added that indirect tax collection has also increased along with export.

He added that India’s ranking in Global Innovation Index has improved to 46 as compared to 81 in 2015. Mr Agarwal said government has removed the retrospective tax.

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The Supreme Court today orally observed that it would be setting up a technical expert committee to inquire into the Pegasus snooping matter. The apex court also said that an order will be passed next week on a batch of pleas seeking an independent probe into the issue. A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana said, the order, which was to be pronounced earlier, will now be delivered next week. The bench said that they will be able to finalise the members of the technical expert team by next week and then pronounce the orders.

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Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya today released National Comprehensive Guidelines on post-COVID management to give guidance on long-term health issues. In a series of tweets, he said this will help health workers prepare for post-COVID health complications in advance and give suitable treatment to patients.

He said this is the first such series of seven modules released in India, providing extensive guidelines for medical fraternity. This includes a module for healthcare providers to deal with mental health, which is of utmost importance.

Expressing his happiness on the release of guidelines, the Health Minister said that these have been prepared to provide guidance to doctors and health care workers to deal with the issue of long term effects of COVID. He said that proactive and comprehensive treatment of COVID is required to ensure minimum side effects and no negative effect of the treatment.

He further added that the consequences of post-COVID effect in patients have been witnessed due to taking higher doses of steroids like cases of Mucormycosis. He stressed that it is important to take medicines, with less or negligible side effects.

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India has administered over 83 crore 39 lakh doses of COVID vaccine so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. The Union Health Ministry said, more than 71 lakh 38 thousand vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours. The Ministry said, 31 thousand 990 COVID patients recovered during the last 24 hours and the national recovery rate has reached 97.77 per cent.

The country reported 31 thousand 923 new cases in the last 24 hours. Currently, India’s active caseload is at around three lakh one thousand.

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In the Programme SPOTLIGHT, the News Services Division of All India Radio is broadcasting a Special Series ” Seva aur Samarpan- Bees Saal Sushashan ke”. Today’s theme is “Digital India: Financial Inclusion”. It showcases Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision on Digital  Financial Inclusion and inclusive development of India

The special programme can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.15 pm onwards.

Also, raising awareness about Corona virus, tonight we have Dr. Mona Desai from Ahmedabad, who will participate in CORONA Jagrukta Series and answer queries of listeners from 9.30 to 10:00 pm. So, keep listening to All India Radio News for the latest developments.

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The World Health Organisation today revised its air quality guidelines for the first time since 2005. According to WHO, through tightened guidelines, it hopes to spur countries toward clean energy and prevent deaths and illness caused by air pollution. The new recommendations particularly target pollutants including particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide, both of which are found in fossil fuel emissions.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that air pollution kills at least seven million people prematurely each year.

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Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Thakur is having a discussion with BJP functionaries in Lucknow today to decide the strategy for the upcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh. Prior to the meeting he met with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at his residence and also participated in the function at State BJP Headquarter where an exhibition on the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was inaugurated by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister this morning. More from our correspondent:

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Thakur reached Lucknow yesterday as part of the BJP’s central poll team. He has been appointed as co–incharge by BJP for elections in Uttar Pradesh. The central team under the leadership of Union education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is  discussing poll strategy with the state BJP functionaries in Lucknow and Gorakhpur during its visit. Yesterday also, the central team had a discussion with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP state chief Swatantra dev singh and other ministers in Lucknow. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is accompanied by BJP vice president and UP in charge Radha Mohan Singh and seven deputies, including Union I&B minister Anurag Thakur and three ministers of state, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Shobha Karandlaje and Annapurna Devi. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW.

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As our Nation celebrates the seventy fifth year of Independence, a series of events is being organised by the Government as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Let’s listen now to our special programme “Azadi ka safar”.

In today’s episode of Veergatha, we will bring you the saga of Ram Chandra Vidyarthi.

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In IPL Cricket, Mumbai Indians will take on Kolkata Knight Riders at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi at 07:30 pm today.

Delhi Capitals defeated SunRisers Hyderabad by eight wickets at the Dubai International Stadium last night. Chasing a target of 135 runs, Delhi overhauled the score in 17.5 overs.

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

National Capital Delhi is likely to have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The city recorded 25 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 will hover between 25 and 31 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rains. The minimum temperature in the city was 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Chennai is likely to witness thunderstorm with rain. The temperature will vary between 26 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Jammu is expected to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain. The minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius while maximum may go up to 30 degrees.

Srinagar is expected to have  partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rains. The minimum temperature was 16 degrees Celsius while maximum will be nearly 28 degrees.

Leh will have generally cloudy sky. Minimum temperature was eight degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 24 degrees.

Gilgit will have generally cloudy sky with possibility of rain or dust storm. It noted a lower limit of 12 degrees, while the maximum temperature may rise up to 30 degree Celsius.

Muzaffarabad is likely to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm. Temperature will hover between 18 and 35 degrees Celsius.

Guwahati may have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. The minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees.

Imphal, Shillong, Aizawl, Kohima, Itanagar and Agartala are likely to have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rains.

In Imphal, the minimum temperature was recorded at 21 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 30 degrees.

In Shillong, the temperature will move from a minimum of 16 degrees to a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius.

In Aizawl, the minimum temperature was 18 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be nearly 27 degrees.

In Kohima, temperature will rise from a minimum of 17 degrees Celsius to a maximum of 26 degrees.

In Itanagar, temperature will move from 21 degrees Celsius to an upper limit of 35 degrees.

Gangtok may have  partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 16 and 22 degrees Celsius.

Bengaluru will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 20 and 30 degree celsius.

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

Agati is expected to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between 26 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 33 degrees.

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