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Morning News – 29 Sep 2021

Morning News

0830 HRS
29.09.2021

THE HEADLINES,

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches 35 crop varieties to tackle climate change and malnutrition.
  • India achieves major milestone in vaccination against Covid; Almost 25 percent of eligible population fully vaccinated.
  • Centre asks states to enforce adherence to Covid appropriate behaviour during upcoming festive season.
  • Government extends ban on International flights till October 31.
  • India and US sign two MoUs for cooperation in Health and Biomedical Sciences.
  • Army foils major infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir; Pakistani terrorist captured alive.
  • Atleast 12 groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organisations by America are based in Pakistan, says US Congress report.
  • SEBI approves frameworks for Gold and Social Stock Exchanges.
  • And, in IPL Cricket, Mumbai Indians beat Punjab Kings by six wickets in Abu Dhabi.

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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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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 book of Leo Tolstoy influenced Mahatma Gandhi ?

The correct answer is The Kingdom of God is Within You. Mahatma Gandhi considered Tolstoy as one of the greatest novelists in history. Gandhi ji  established Tolstoy Farm in 1910 to serve as the headquarters of the campaign of Satyagraha in South Africa. It was inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s “The Kingdom of God is Within You” and his ideas on love, non-violence and manual labour. Mahatma Gandhi and Leo Tolstoy never met in person, but exchanged letters for a long time.

AIR News got an overwhelming response from its listeners across the world and the one lucky winner of the quiz is Mr. Arpan Kumar from Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh.

Congratulations Mr. Kumar from team AIR News.

The next question of Amrit Mahotsav Quiz will be shared with Listeners on Monday, 04th October.

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

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated 35 crop varieties with special traits through video conference to the nation. He 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. The 35 varieties include a drought tolerant variety of chickpea, wilt and sterility mosaic resistant pigeonpea, early maturing variety of soybean, disease resistant varieties of rice and biofortified varieties of wheat, pearl millet, maize and chickpea, quinoa, buckwheat, winged bean and faba bean. Addressing the people yesterday, 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.

The Prime Minister recalled the massive locust attack in various states last year, in the midst of the Corona pandemic. He said India tackled this attack by making a lot of efforts, saving farmers from incurring too much damage.

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.

He added that along with increasing the MSP, the procurement process was also improved so that more and more farmers can get the benefit. More than 430 lakh metric tonnes of wheat has been procured in the Rabi season and farmers have been paid more than 85 thousand crore rupees. Wheat procurement centres were increased more than three times during the pandemic.

The Prime Minister said by connecting farmers with technology, government has made it easier for them to get help from banks.

Today farmers are getting weather information in a better way. Recently, more than 2 crore farmers have been given Kisan Credit Cards.

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Almost 25 per cent of the estimated adult population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. According to provisional data, more than 53 lakh vaccine doses were administered yesterday, taking the cumulative number to nearly 88 crore. Almost one in every four eligible Indians have been fully vaccinated. With yesterday’s vaccinations, 68 per cent of the estimated adult population has received its first dose and 24.8 per cent are fully vaccinated. Almost a quarter of the adult population being fully vaccinated has significant public health implications.

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The Home Ministry has asked states and UTs to enforce adherence to COVID appropriate behaviour during the upcoming festive season. In a letter to states and UTs, 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. States and UTs have been asked to closely monitor case positivity, hospital/ICU occupancy of every district on a regular basis.

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Tamil Nadu government has decided to reopen schools from Class 1 to 8 from 1st of November. The present lockdown has been extended with certain relaxations till 31st of October. After a review  of the Covid situation, Chief Minister MK Stalin has announced that the public will be allowed to present their grievances to the respective district collectors every Monday with standard operating procedures of Covid 19.

“With schools already  functioning for students from 9th to 12th standard, colleges also have been re-opened and the admission process for engineering and other students are being  conducted in the state. The Government has allowed people to attend district local administration meetings and vaccination camps. Worship places like temples, churches and mosques will continue to be closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. With the festival season ahead, shops will be permitted to function with covid appropriate behaviour. Thermal screening and hand sanitizers are mandatory in shops. Joy, AIR, Chennai.”

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In the wake of the upcoming festive season, Uttar Pradesh government has revised the COVID guidelines for holding wedding and other functions in the state. The state government has now permitted the conducting of wedding functions and other gatherings in open spaces.

As per the notification issued by the government, upper limit for maximum number of people attending any marriage function in any enclosed area is hundred with the  condition of setting up a covid help desk at the entrance and strict adherence to the covid protocols. While there is no limit for people attending any marriage or other function in an open area. The maximum number of attendees in the function will depend entirely on the area of the event. All the functions and gatherings need to be conducted with proper COVID-19 protocols in place. Few days back, the Uttar Pradesh government, had increased the capacity of attendees from 50 to 100 in social gatherings and wedding ceremonies. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW”.

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation DGCA yesterday extended the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger flights till 31st October. A circular issued by the DGCA stated that the restrictions shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by it.

The Aviation regulator stated that the international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis. The Centre banned international flights on 23rd March last year, to contain the Covid spread. Later, flight restrictions were eased under air bubble arrangement with certain countries. India has also been operating Vande Bharat flights to many countries.

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Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya  addressed the closing session of the 4th Indo-US Health Dialogue being hosted by India. The two-day Dialogue was leveraged as a platform to deliberate upon multiple ongoing collaborations in the health sector between the two countries. Two MoUs were also signed at the concluding session. One MoU was signed concerning cooperation in the field of Health and Biomedical sciences. The other MoU was signed for cooperation with International Centre for Excellence in Research. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mandaviya said, India and the US are global partners, and need to work collaboratively in reforming the global health architecture, whose fault lines have become amply visible during the current pandemic.

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Philanthropist BIll Gates has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the national launch of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. In a tweet, Mr Gates said, this digital health infrastructure will help in ensuring equitable, accessible healthcare delivery and accelerate progress on India’s health goals.

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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 yesterday. 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.

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In the Program SPOTLIGHT , we are broadcasting a Special Series ” Seva aur Samarpan- Bees Saal Sushashan ke”. Today the theme is “Urbanisation as an opportunity”. It showcases  Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for holistic urban development. 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 GOV DOT IN and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. Raising the Awareness about Corona  Virus in CORONA Jagrukta Series @9.30-10 tonight. So, keep listening to All India Radio News for the latest developments.

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Army has has foiled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) by capturing alive a Pakistan  terrorist, who was trying to sneak into Kashmir along with several other terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). It has also killed seven of terrorists in an operation that lasted for 10 days. The 19-year-old terrorist, identified as Ali Babar Patra of Dipalpur in Okara district of Pakistan’s Punjab province, was taken into custody by the Indian Army which allowed him to surrender amidst intense gunfire being resorted to by his associates. Major General Virendra Vats, General Officer Commander of 19 Infantry Division, said that Patra was allowed to surrender after he pleaded for life. The Major General said altogether seven terrorists were killed while Patra was captured alive.

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 Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways and Civil Aviation, General VK Singh inaugurated 400 LPM Oxygen plant at Sub-district Hospital at Kokernag in Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir. The minister visited Anantnag district as a part of his public outreach programme. Congratulating the officers for installing the plant, the Union Minister said such public amenities prove very helpful both in normal and emergency situations like Covid. He also hailed the efforts of medical and paramedical staff for their extra-ordinary work during the Covid Pandemic.

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A two-day monsoon Session of Gujarat assembly concluded yesterday. The last day of the session, the house unanimously passed the Gujarat Goods and Service Tax (Amendment) Bill, the Indian Partnership (Gujarat Amendment) Bill and “Kaushalya” The Skill University Bill.

Finance Minister Kanubhai Desai, proposed two Bills to bring certain amendments to Gujarat GST Act and Indian Partnership (Gujarat Amendment) Act. The changes proposed to the GST act were aimed at removing difficulties faced by traders in filing returns under the GST. The amendment Bill proposes to remove mandatory requirement of getting annual accounts audited. The third Bill passed in the assembly yesterday was about establishment of a skill university in the state. Apart from this, the CAG report for the year 2019-20 was also tabled in the assembly yesterday. Aparna khunt, AIR News, Ahmedabad”.

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Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has approved the frameworks for gold exchange and Social Stock Exchange. The market regualtor SEBI also approved amendments to delisting framework for equity shares at the board meeting held in Mumbai yesterday. A gold exchange is being set up to trade the yellow metal in the form of electronic gold receipts, which will help in having a transparent domestic spot price discovery mechanism.

The instrument representing gold is to be called Electronic Gold Receipt (EGR), and will be having trading, clearing and settlement features akin to other securities.

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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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In Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, a heritage walk was organized by the Ministry of Tourism of Government of India to commemorate the Azaad ka Amrit Mahotsav and World Tourism Day. During the heritage walk, school children were taken to the village of Veer Gundadhur, a tribal leader of the freedom struggle.

The West-Central Regional Office of the Union Ministry of Tourism  organized a visit to Netanar village in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh for the school children yesterday. Netanar village is birthplace of Shaheed Gundadhur. He was a tribal leader who led the Bastar rebellion against the British rule in 1910. As part of this heritage walk, school children paid tributes to Veer Gundadhur and met his descendants. The Regional Director of Ministry of Tourism Venkatesan Dattareyan said that during the Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav people are being apprised about such unsung heroes of freedom struggle, who could not get proper place in the pages of history. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur”.

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A US Congress report says at least 12 groups designated as “foreign terrorist organisations” by the US are based in Pakistan. They include five that are India-centric, according to the latest Congressional report on terrorism. The report, titled ‘Terrorist and Other Militant Groups in Pakistan’, released by the research wing of the US Congress, said the Pakistan-based groups could be broadly categorised into five types – globally oriented, Afghanistan-oriented, India and Kashmir-oriented, domestically oriented and sectarian (anti-Shia). The prominent India-centric groups include Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Harakat-ul Jihad Islam and Hizb-ul Mujahideen.

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In IPL Cricket, Mumbai Indians beat Punjab Kings by six wickets at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, last night. Today, Rajasthan Royals will take on Royal Challengers Banglore at Dubai International Stadium, Dubai at 7.30 PM IST.

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Take a look at the weather forecast for today.

The National Capital Delhi will have Generally cloudy sky and the temperature will hover between 26 and 35 degrees Celsius.

Mumbai, beside cloudy sky is prdicted to have heavy rain. The minimum temperature was 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 31 degrees.

Chennai is expected to have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will vary between 26 and 35 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The city noted a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius while  maximum is expected of 29 degrees.

Srinagar will mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will hover between 15 and 31 degrees Celsius.

Jammu will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The lower limit of temperature was 24 degrees Celsius while the upper level is expected to be 33 degrees.

Leh is expected to mainly Clear sky. The temperature will rise from a minimum of five degree Celsius to maximum of 20 degrees.

Gilgit will have partly cloudy sky. There will be much change in temperature  as the minimum temperature was 10 degree Celsius while maximum will be 34 degrees Celsius. Muzaffarabad will have sunny to partly sky with a minimum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Visakhapatnam will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city will registered a minimum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius while maximum will be nearly 32 degrees.

Bengaluru will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius.  Thiruvananthapuram will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum to be around 30 degrees.

Puducherry may experience cloudy sky with ight rain or drizzle. The temperature will vary between 23 and 35 degrees Celsius.

Guwahati will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The lower limit of temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while the upper limit will be around 33 degrees.

Imphal will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The city noted a minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 28 degrees.

Shillong and Aizawl will witness generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. In Shillong, the temperature will hover between 17 and 26 degrees Celsius. And in Aizawl, the minimum temperature was 17 degrees Celsius while the maximum to be around 25 degrees.

Kohima will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 16 degree Celsius while maximum temperature will 25 degrees Celsius.

Itanagar will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 20 and 32 degrees Celsius.

Gangtok will have also have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature rise from a minimum of 16 degrees Celsius to a maximum of 21 degrees.

Agartala will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will vary between 25 and 31 degrees Celsius.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE:

  • “Another milestone nears: 1 in 4 Indians fully vaxed,” writes Hindustan TimesThe Asian Age informs, “Drop in Covid: 18,795 cases, a 201-day low; 179 die in 24 hours.”
  • Dailies have noticed the capture of Pakistan militant too. “Uri anti-infiltration op ends after 8 days, Pakistan militant captured,” writes The Indian Express while Hindustan Times notes, “Pak terrorist captured in J & K infiltration bid.
  • Punjab Congress plunges into deeper crisis as ministers assume charge. The Tribune reports, “Sidhu resigns as PCC chief, Razia too quits in solidarity.” The paper also notes Captain Amarinder Singh’s observations, “He’s preparing ground to leave Congress.”
  • And finally, The Hindu Business Line writes about a helpline for senior citizens for information and guidance on legal, financial, health and social issues.

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