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Morning News – 25 Sep 2021

Morning News

0830 HRS
25.09.2021

THE HEADLINES

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the UN General Assembly in New York this evening.
  • QUAD is a force for global good, says Prime Minister Modi; Asserts Quad countries have come together for welfare of humanity.
  • US President Joe Biden appreciates India’s decision to resume COVID-19 vaccine exports from next month; Holds wide ranging in person discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Make in India initiative completes seven years today.
  • Cooperation Minister Amit Shah to address first mega conference of cooperatives in New Delhi this morning.
  • Final results of UPSC Civil Services Examination, 2020 announced; Shubham Kumar tops the rankings.
  • High power transmitters at one of world’s highest radio stations in Kargil to be inaugurated today.
  • Sensex roars above the psychological 60,000-mark to create stock market history.
  • In IPL Cricket, Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in Sharjah last night to top the table.

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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.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached New York to address the 76th session of United Nations General Assembly, UNGA.

Earlier, the Prime Minister attended the QUAD summit in Washington. He said, Quad is a force for global good and the discussions with Quad leaders were extensive and productive.

In his opening statement at the summit, he said the four nations met for the first time after 2004 Tsunami to help the Indo-Pacific region and today, when the world is combating COVID-19 pandemic, Quad countries have  come together once again for the welfare of humanity.

US President Joe Biden said, US vaccine initiative is on track to produce an additional 1 billion doses of vaccine in India to boost global supply. Welcoming Prime Minister Modi, Prime Minister Morrison and Prime Minister Suga to White House for Quad’s in person meeting, Mr Biden said this group has democratic partners who share world view and have common vision for future. He said this group is coming together to face key challenges of the recent times.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, Quad is about demonstrating how democracies such as these four nations can get things done. In his opening statement at the QUAD summit, Mr Morrison said, there is no part of the world that is more dynamic than Indo-pacific at this time.

Japanese Prime Minister Suga said, the Quad nations cherish their shared values. He pointed out whether its regional issues or COVID, QUAD has addressed many of them. Mr Suga said, till date, Quad has given its absolute cooperation in big sectors.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden met at the Oval Office in the White House.

The two leaders gave a clarion call to write a new chapter in the fight against Covid 19, climate change and to ensure stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Mr Modi praised the role played by President Biden and the United States in tackling the challenges of Covid 19. He underlined the importance of a strong and vibrant Indo-US ties for a better world.

President Biden said the two nations have a shared responsibility to democratic values, commitment to the welfare of the people and family ties. 

President Biden said the global community looks forward to the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi as the world celebrates his birthday next week. Prime Minister Modi Said Mahatma Gandhi always used to talk about trusteeship of the Planet and this sentiment of trusteeship has to be carried forward by India and United States for global good.

In the delegation level talks, External Affairs M inister Dr S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla were present.

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US President Joe Biden has appreciated the decision of the Government of India to resume exports of COVID-19 vaccines from October. Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that President Biden said this during his first in-person meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at Quad’s request, India would make available 8 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, manufactured in India by Biological E.  He said, this would be ready by October end and compatible with India’s decision to resume vaccine export.

Addressing a special press briefing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second day of engagements in the US, Shringla said the discussions were wide-ranging including on vaccines.

Mr Shringla said, during his meeting with US President, Prime Minister Modi highlighted the issue of getting access for Indian professionals to US and mentioned about H1B visa. Mr Shringla said the President assured the Prime Minister that the issue will be looked into.

The Foreign Secretary informed that there was strong emphasis on trade and economic relations. The Prime Minister appreciated the solidarity shown by the US when India was undergoing the crisis of Covid second wave.

President Biden placed on record his appreciation for India as a country that has extended assistance to countries across the world, even when it was undergoing crisis.

Shringla said the meeting was characterised by warmth and cordiality and both productive and timely. The leaders acknowledged that the comprehensive global strategic partnership between the two countries was firmly anchored in a shared commitment to democratic values and common strategic interests.

Shringla added that though the discussions were wide-ranging importance was placed on dealing and combating with Covid crisis by both leaders. The leaders were able to brief each other on their experiences.

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India and Japan have reaffirmed their commitment to advancing efforts to facilitate the smooth and timely implementation of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) project. Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed MAHSR with his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga, on the sidelines of the Quad Leaders’ Summit. The two Prime Ministers expressed happiness at their first in-person meeting. Mr Modi congratulated Prime Minister Suga for successfully hosting the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games in the midst of a global pandemic.

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Union Public Service Commission announced the final result of Civil Services Examination, 2020 yesterday. A total number of 761 candidates have been recommended for appointment. Shubham Kumar has become the top ranker, followed by Jagrati Awasthi and Ankita Jain has got third rank.

Talking to AIR News, topper Shubham Kumar expressed happiness over the result.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the candidates who successfully cleared the UPSC Civil Services Examination. In a series of tweets today, Mr. Modi said, an exciting and satisfying career in public service awaits them. He said, those who have cleared the exam will go on to have key administrative roles during an important period of our nation’s journey.

Mr. Modi said, those young friends who did not clear the UPSC examination are also very talented individuals and there are more attempts awaiting. He said, India is full of diverse opportunities waiting to be explored.

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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 tomorrow. It will be the 81st episode of the monthly radio programme.

It will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and also on AIR News website www.newsonair.com and newsonair Mobile App. It will also be streamed live on the YouTube channels of AIR, DD News, PMO and Information and Broadcasting Ministry. AIR will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. The regional language versions will be repeated at 8 in the evening.

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Cooperation Minister Amit Shah will address the first mega conference of cooperatives in New Delhi today. Minister of State for Cooperation B. L. Verma and International Cooperatives Alliance (Global) President Ariel Guarco will also be present at the event. Crores of people linked to Cooperative bodies across the world will join the programme virtually. Over two thousand people associated with cooperatives will be present at the venue of the programme in New Delhi. During the event, Mr Shah will outline the government’s vision and roadmap for the development of the Cooperative sector.

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The Health Ministry has said that more than 84 crore 82 lakh 80 thousand vaccine doses have been administered in the country till last evening. The Ministry said, more than 64 lakh 58 thousand Vaccine Doses were administered yesterday. Thirty one thousand 382 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours and over 32,542 recoveries were recorded in the same period taking the recovery rate to 97.78 per cent.

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Tamilnadu has registered one thousand 733 covid cases yesterday. One thousand 631 covid patients were discharged after recovery. A total of 27 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. A slight increase of 17 thousand 196 active cases was reported on yesterday. One lakh 58 thousand 075 samples were tested yesterday.

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Bihar government is further relaxing Covid-19 restrictions from tomorrow. The government has allowed all anganwadi centres and pre-primary schools to re open across the state. This decision was taken at a meeting of crisis management group which was headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Mr Kumar said authorities of districts concerned would issue orders for procession and crowd management during upcoming festivals.

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Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur will inaugurate high power transmitters at one of the world’s highest radio station at Humbatingla in Kargil. More from our Leh correspondent:

At an altitude of 13 thousand 300 feet from mean sea level, each 10kW High Power Transmitters of All India Radio FM radio station and Doordarshan will improve the transmission and the reach in the region especially in Kargil and Batalik sectors. With the inauguration of highest elevated transmitters, people in the mountainous region would get better quality services of AIR and DD. The new transmitters are part of Government’s efforts to improve information reach to the public, especially to the bordering villages in Ladakh. With Anayat Ali in Kargil Ramesh Chandra, Leh”.

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Manufacturing sector is making strides in the development of the Indian economy. To make the country self-reliant in the sector, the Centre launched the Make in India initiative on the 25th of September 2014 under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The initiative is aimed at facilitating investment, fostering innovation and building best in class manufacturing infrastructure. Since the launch of the Make in India initiative, the country witnessed stellar performance in its growth and development.

It helped in ease of doing the business procedures and enhanced skill development. It also created a conducive environment for investment and opened new sectors for foreign investment. It also helped in forging a partnership between government and industry.

The Centre has taken various measures to promote the manufacturing sector. Recently, it launched National Single Window System as a one-stop for taking all the regulatory approvals and services. It will further improve the Ease of Doing Business in India for international and local businesses. Production Linked Incentives, PLI have also been brought in to make the country Aatmanirbhar and to enhance the manufacturing capabilities. The Government has earmarked 1.97 lakh crore rupees for different PLI schemes for 13 key sectors. Talking exclusively to AIR News, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Anupriya Patel said:

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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 to our special programme, ‘Azadi ka Safar’ highlighting the importance of the day during the freedom struggle.

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India has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space company of Spain for acquisition of 56 C-295MW transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force. Defence Ministry signed the contract with Airbus Defence and Space. It also signed an Offset Contract with Airbus Defence and Space. These contracts were signed following the approval accorded by the Cabinet Committee on Security earlier this month.

The induction of C-295MW will be a significant step towards modernisation of the transport fleet of the Indian Air Force. The aircraft will give a major boost to tactical airlift capability of IAF, especially in the Northern and North-Eastern sector and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that despite challenges of Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian economy is on a sustained path of revival. Addressing a press conference at the Haryana BJP office in Chandigarh yesterday, she cited  the rise in GST collections and direct taxes to support her assertion.

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Sensex roared above the psychological 60,000-mark yesterday to create stock market history. At the stock markets, the BSE Sensex rose 163 points to end at a fresh record high of 60,048, yesterday. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange gained 30 points to another all time high of 17,853.

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In IPL Cricket, Chennai Super Kings defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in Sharjah last night. With this win, CSK returned to the top of the table ahead of Delhi Capitals on the basis of Net Run Rate. Chasing a target of 157 runs, CSK posted 157 for four in 18.1 overs. Earlier, RCB posted 156 for six in 20 overs, with Devdutt Padikkal 70 and Virat Kohli 53 scoring half-centuries.

Today, Delhi Capitals will take on Rajasthan Royals in Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi at 07.30 pm.

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Weather forecast for today-

  • The National Capital Delhi will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The city recorded 25 degree celsius as the minimum temperature while maximum will be around 33 degree.
  • Mumbai to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. It recorded a minimum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 30.
  • Chennai is expected to have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will move from a minimum of 27 to a maximum of  36 degrees Celsius.
  • Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain. The city recorded a minimum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 34 degrees.
  • Visakhapatnam will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city noted a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. The upper limit of temperature is expected to be around 34 degrees.
  • Bengaluru will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 21 and 29  degrees Celsius.
  • Thiruvananthapuram is predicted to have cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.  The minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum to be around 33 degrees.
  • Guwahati has forecast of cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees.
  • Imphal will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city will observe a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 30 degrees.
  • Shillong will have  cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 17 and 26 degrees Celsius.
  • Aizawl will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was  18 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 28 degrees.
  • Kohima will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain. The temperature will fluctuate between 17 and 26 degrees Celsius.
  • Itanagar will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of  thunder lightning. Temperature will hover between 22 and 34 degrees Celsius.
  • Gangtok will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 17 and 22 degrees Celsius.
  • Agartala will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers . The temperature will move from a minimum of  26 degree Celsius to a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES-

  • The Tribune quotes the Prime Minister as saying at the summit meeting with US President that India-US ties are set for a transformative decade.
  • ‘Stronger, closer, tighter’:  US heralds new India paradigm, headlines Hindustan Times.
  • In talks with PM, Kamala Harris refers to Pakistan’s terror role, reports The Pioneer.
  • The shootout in Delhi’s Rohini court has been covered by most dailies on their front pages.  “Gangster falls to bullets in Delhi Court compless”, reads the headline in The Hindu.  2 attackers were dressed like lawyers, reports The Asian Age.
  • The headline in The Economic Times reads, ‘Sensex-agenarian:  Rocking at 60,000’.  Gains 25% in 2021, writes the Business Standard.
  • Government inks Rs. 20,000 crore deal with Airbus for 56 C-295 MW transport aircraft, 40 of which will be manufactured in India, reports The Statesman.
  • Finally, The Asian Age informs that Germans will vote tomorrow to elect Merkel’s successor.

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