- Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicates 35 crop varieties with special traits to the nation; Says, science and technology being used on a priority basis to solve challenges related to agriculture.
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asserts, public-private partnership can bring Defence Production Revolution.
- Defence Ministry increases income limit of disabled dependents for family pension.
- Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reiterates India’s commitment to enhance share of renewable energy to 60 per cent of total power demand at major ports.
- Election Commission announces bye-elections to three Lok Sabha seats and 30 Assembly constituencies in 14 states.
- In Jammu and Kashmir, one terrorist captured alive, another killed as Army foils infiltration bid in Uri sector.
- Over 87 crore and seven lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the country so far.
- And in IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Capitals by three wickets at Sharjah; In another encounter, Mumbai Indians face Punjab Kings in Abu Dhabi.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated 35 crop varieties with special traits through video conference to the nation today. The Prime Minister also dedicated the newly constructed campus of the National Institute of Biotic Stress Management Raipur to the nation. On the occasion,Prime Minister also distributed Green Campus Award to Agricultural Universities.
Addressing the people on the occasion, Mr Modi said science and technology are being used in the last 6 to 7 years on a priority basis to solve the challenges related to the agriculture. He said the focus is very high on more nutritious seeds, adapted to new conditions, especially in changing climates.
“बीते छह–सात सालों में साइंस और टेक्नोलॉजी को खेती से जुड़ी चुनौतियों के समाधान के लिेए प्राथमिकता के आधार पर उपयोग किया जा रहा है। विशेष रूप से बदलते हुए मौसम में नई परिस्थितियों के अनुकूल अधिक पोषण युक्त बीजों, इस पर हमारा फोकस बहुत अधिक है।“
Mr Modi said, due to climate change, new types of pests, new diseases and epidemics are emerging, which are posing a big threat to the health of humans and livestock and crops are also being affected. He said, intensive continued research on these aspects is necessary. The Prime Minister said efforts are being made to take the farmer out of the crop-based income system and encourage them for value-addition and other farming options.
“भिन्न–भिन्न परिस्थितियों की वजह से किसान एक ही फसल उगाने लग गया, इस स्थिति को भी हमें मिलकर बदलना ही होगा। आज जब क्लाईमेट चेंज की चुनौती बढ़ रही है तो हमें अपने कार्यों की गति को भी बढ़ाना होगा। बीते वर्षों में इसी भावना को हमने किसानों की आय में बढोतरी करने के लिए भी प्रोत्साहित किया है।“
The Prime Minister stressed that growth becomes rapid whenever farmers and agriculture get a safety net. He informed that 11 crore Soil Health Cards were issued for the protection of the land. The Prime Minister listed farmer-friendly initiatives of the Government such as campaigns to complete about 100 pending irrigation projects for providing water security to the farmers, providing new varieties of seeds to farmers to protect crops from diseases thus getting a higher yield. The Prime Minister added that along with increasing the Minimum Support Price, the procurement process was also improved so that more and more farmers can get the benefit.
“एमएसपी में बढ़ोतरी के साथ–साथ हमने खरीद प्रक्रिया में भी सुधार किया है, ताकि अधिक से अधिक किसानों को इसका लाभ मिल सके। रबी सीजन में 430 लाख मीट्रिक टन से ज्यादा गेहूं खरीदागा। इसके लिए किसानों को 85 हजार करोड़ से अधिक का भुगतान किया गया है। कोविड के दौरान गेहूं खरीद केन्द्रों की संख्या तीन गुना तक बढ़ाई है। साथ ही दलहन, तिलहन इन खरीद केन्द्रों की संख्या भी तीन गुना बढ़ाई गई। “
On the occasion, Prime Minister Modi also interacted with farmers who use innovative methods.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today said, public-private partnership can bring Defence Production Revolution. Speaking at Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers Annual meeting in New Delhi, the Minister said government has created an atmosphere of jointness to ensure modernisation of the Armed Forces in the rapidly evolving global security scenario. He said countries around the world are now focusing on the modernisation of their militaries and the demand for military equipment is rapidly increasing due to emerging security concerns, border disputes and maritime dominance.
The Minister said Indian companies are capable of manufacturing state-of-the-art hardware in cost-effective way. He reiterated government’s resolve of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Make for the world’ through past learnings, present works, with focus on empowering the future.
The Government has increased the income limit of disabled dependents for family pension. The Defence Ministry has taken the decision to enhance the income criteria for grant of family pension to children or siblings suffering from mental or physical disability. Such child or sibling shall be eligible for family pension for life, if their overall income from sources other than family pension remains less than the entitled family pension at ordinary rate.
The financial benefit in such cases shall accrue with effect from 8th February 2021. Presently, the disabled child or sibling is eligible for family pension if overall monthly income from sources other than family pension is not more than 9000 rupees along with dearness relief.
Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadakari has said, that extensive road network in the Himalayan region will help in giving boost to the tourism sector in the region. He said this will provide huge employment opportunities, reduce poverty and strengthen the local economy. Mr Gadakari reviewed and inspected the construction work of Z Morh tunnel and Zojila tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir today. Giving detailed information about the two tunnel projects, Mr Gadkari said, works are under progress in 31 tunnels having the total length of 53 km in the Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh region. He said, one lakh 40 thousand crore rupees are being spent on the development of road infrastructure in these regions.
“हम लोग जम्मू कश्मीर में 32 किलोमीटर की टोटल 20 टनल बना रहे हैं और उसके साथ–साथ लद्दाख में 20 किलोमीटर की 11 टनल बना रहे हैं। काफी टनल टेंडर हुई है, काफी पूरी हुई है, काफी डीपीआर बन गया है और ये दोनों को पकड़कर ये टनल की कोस्ट एक लाख 40 हजार करोड़ के ऊपर जाएगी और पहली बार 50 साल में जितना काम नहीं हुआ ये दो साल में यहां होगा। “
Taking to AIR News about the strategic importance of these tunnels, Commandant of CRPF Battalion in Ganderbal, Dr. Satyaveer Verma said, these tunnels will help in providing necessary logistics to the Army.
“जेड मोरह और ज़ोजिला टनल सेना के हिसाब से ये बहुत ही महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाने वाला है, क्योंकि अभी हमें छह महीने तक ये मार्ग बंद हो जाने से रसद की, गोलाबारूद की जो जरूरत होती है, उसके लिए हमें हवाई मार्ग से जाना होता है। अभी ये टनल बनने के बाद अगर हमें कारगिल में किसी गोलाबारूद की, रसद की जो जरूरत है हमारी सेना के लिए, तो हम ये रूट बनने के बाद ये सारा ज़ोजिला टनल और जेड मोरह टनल के बनने के बाद में ये पूरा रूट शुरू हो जाएगा और हमारे लिए आसान हो जाएगा कि हम जल्दी से जल्दी अपनी सेना के लिए गोलाबारूद और रसद पहुंचा सकते हैं, जिससे कि किसी भी तरह का फिर से कारगिल वाला कोई मसला दोबारा नहीं हो सकता है। यहां बर्फ पड़ने के बाद बहुत ज्यादा चमकनियां उड़ती हैं, पूरा रास्ता बंद होता है। हमें हमारी पोस्ट भी यहां से आगे ले जानी पड़ती है, लेकिन जब ये रास्ता बन जाएगा, तो हम यहां पर अपनी पोस्ट रख सकते हैं और जो सिक्योरिटी सिनेरियो है उसको पूरी तरह से बारह महीनों तक बरकरार रख सकते हैं।“
The length of Zojila tunnel is 14.15 km and Z Morh tunnel is 6.5 km. More details from our correspondent:
“After the abrogation of Article 370, the newly formed Union Territory Jammu and Kashmir is scaling a new height in the development of infrastructure. The Central Government has given a new impetus to the construction of new Highways, tunnels and bridges which will bring transformative changes in the lives of people in the near future. Zozila and Z Morh tunnel are one of such projects. This will improve the strategic capabilities of Indian Army on the Indo-China and Indo-Pakistan boarder. Zozila tunnel will connect the Leh-Ladakh region to Srinagar. Once the tunnel is completed, travel time and distance between Srinagar and Ladakh will be significantly reduced. Bhupendra Singh from Sonamarg in Jammu and Kashmir for AIR News.“
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal today said, a big exercise is being carried out by Central Ministries, States and Union Territories to reduce compliance burden. He said, the aim of this exercise is to simplify, decriminalize and remove redundant laws. He was speaking at the National Workshop on Reducing Compliance Burden organised by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade in New Delhi.
Mr Goyal said India has come a long way from red-tapism to laying the red carpet for businesses. He said that numerous regulatory compliances only confused the new prospects and built hesitation in investors.
Shipping Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that India intends to increase share of renewable energy to 60 percent of total power demand of each of its major port from present share of less than 10 percent. This will be through solar and wind generated power. Virtually addressing the high level session on IMO-Norway Green Voyage 2050 Project in New Delhi today, Mr Sonowal said, 50 percent of port equipment will be electrified by 2030, and all ports shall supply shore power to all visiting ships in a three-phased manner by that time. The ports have also aimed to reduce Carbon emissions per ton of cargo handled by 30 percent by 2030.
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The Election Commission today announced bye-elections to three Lok Sabha constituencies. The bye-polls to Khandwa Constituency in Madhya Pradesh, Mandi in Himachal Pradesh and Dadra Nagar Haveli constituency, will be held on 30th of October. The Commission also announced bye-polls to 30 Assembly constituencies in 14 states. They include five constituencies in Assam, four in West Bengal, three each in Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, two each in Rajsthan, Bihar and Karnataka. One constituency each in Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Nagaland and Telangana will go to bye-polls. The voting for the Assembly bye-polls will also be held on 30th of next month.
The notification for the Lok Sabha and the Assembly bye-polls will be issued on 1st of October and the nominations shall be filed till the 8th of next month.
Army today said that more than a week long operation against the infiltrators ended along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri Sector of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, with the killing of a terrorist and capturing another alive.
Speaking to media in Uri this afternoon, Major General Virendra Vats, General Officer Commanding of 19 Infantry Division of the Army, said the military operation started on the night of 18th September when a search party observed the movement of infiltrators on LoC. He said the infiltrators were 6 in number. Four among them took advantage of darkness and returned to Pakistan after a gunfight while two were holed up in a nallah. He said during the gunbattle, one infiltrator was killed while another was captured alive. Major General said, terrorist captured by the army has revealed that he is affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba. Lieutenant General said, a large haul of arms and ammunition was recovered from the area.
More than 87 crore and seven lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. The Health Ministry said, over one crore two lakh 22 thousand doses were administered yesterday.
India reported daily new cases of less than 20 thousand after 201 days. During the last 24 hours, over 18 thousand new cases were recorded in the country.
The Ministry said, the recovery rate is currently at 97.81 per cent.
Home Ministry has asked States and Union Territories to enforce adherence to COVID appropriate behaviour during the upcoming festive season. In a letter to States and Union Territories, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said, there is a possibility that COVID Appropriate behaviour will not be adhered to strictly with the decline in cases during the festive season. He asked them to maintain utmost vigil in respect of mass gatherings to avoid surge in cases. The letter stated that large scale gatherings in fairs, festivals and religious events and functions may lead to fresh surge in COVID cases in the country.
Many parts of Maharashtra have been witnessing incessant rains since last night due to the cyclone storm Gulab. In Marathwada region of Maharashtra, heavy rainfall was reported from almost all districts. Intense spells of rain is also being experienced in Osmanabad, Parbhani, Aurangabad and Jalna. Our Correspondents from Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai also reported heavy rains in their respective region since this afternoon. Incidents of waterloggings were reported at many places.
Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu today announced his resignation from his post. He put up his resignation letter addressed to Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Twitter. In the letter, Mr Sidhu said, he can never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab.
He is believed to be upset over the recent developments in the state and over non inclusion of some MLAs of his choice in the recently expanded cabinet. Mr Sidhu said, he is resigning as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee but will continue to serve the Congress party.
The five-day Himalayan Festival concluded at Leh in Ladakh after screening over 50 films from 12 Himalayan States of the country. On the occasion, Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh RK Mathur appealed to the film makers of the Union Territory to make a series on Kesar, the mythical king of the region.
Information and Broadcasting Secretary Apurva Chandra said, that his ministry would contemplate conducting a short film competition on the occasion of Azadi ke Amrit Mahotsav.
Festival concluded with the screening of the film, the Sheperdess of Glaciers of Ladakhi Director Stanzin Dorjay.
Nation is paying homage to revolutionary freedom fighter Shaeed Bhagat Singh on his birth anniversary today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to great revolutionary and highlighted his contributions to country’s freedom struggle. In his message, Mr Modi said, the brave Bhagat Singh lives in the heart of every Indian.
In his message, the Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said, Shaheed Bhagat Singh was a fierce patriot and passionate nationalist. The Vice President said, the nation will be ever grateful for his supreme sacrifice.
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 to its listeners our special programme, ‘Azadi ka Safar’ highlighting the importance of the day during the freedom struggle.
On the occasion, All India Radio News also brings for 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 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’.
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Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today launched the “Amrit Grand Challenge Program” titled “जनCARE” to identify 75 Start-Up Innovations in Telemedicine, Digital Health, mobile health with BIG Data, Artificial intelligence , Block Chain and other technologies. The Minister said the launch of Grand Challenge coincides with the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav launched by the Prime Minister.
The sword of the first Indian woman fencer to qualify for Olympics, Bhavani Devi, is now in e-auction of gifts and mementos received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The auction proceeds will go to ‘Namami Gange Kosh’.
Bhavani Devi became the first Indian woman fencer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
The fence has been included in the e-auction of gifts and mementos received by Prime Minister. People can participate in the e-auction at pmmementos.gov.in till 7th of next month. In the last such auction that took place was in 2019, the government earned 15.13 crore rupees.
In IPL Cricket, Punjab Kings were 114 for 5 in 16.3 overs against Mumbai Indians at Abu Dhabi, when reports last came in. Mumbai had won the toss and elected to bowl first.
In another match, earlier in the day, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Delhi Capitals by three wickets at Sharjah.
Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.
The National Capital Delhi will have Generally cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 26 and 35 degrees Celsius.
Mumbai to have generally cloudy sky with Heavy rain while Kolkata and Chennai are expected to have a few spells of rain or thundershowers.
In Srinagar, temperature will hover between 15 and 31 degrees Celsius.
Jammu will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.
In Leh is expected to have mainly clear sky.
Gilgit will have Partly cloudy sky.
In Muzaffarabad, the minimum temperature will be 18 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 32 degrees.
Most of the north-eastern cities including, Guwahati, Imphal, Shillong, Aizawl, Kohima, Itanagar and Gangtok will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers.
Agartala will have Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 25 and 31 degrees Celsius.
Visakhapatnam will observe a minimum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 32 degrees.
Bengaluru will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.
In Thiruvananthapuram, the minimum temperature will be 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 30 degrees.
And, in Puducherry, there will be generally cloudy sky with Light Rain or Drizzle.