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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate CIPET: Institute of Petrochemicals Technology in Jaipur at 11 AM today through video-conferencing. Mr Modi will also lay the foundation stone of four new medical colleges in Banswara, Sirohi, Hanumangarh & Dausa districts of Rajasthan. These medical colleges have been sanctioned under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme for ‘Establishment of new medical colleges attached with district or referral hospitals’. Preference to set up medical colleges is given to underserved, backward and Aspirational Districts. Under three phases of the Scheme, 157 new medical colleges have been approved across the nation.
Together, with the government of Rajasthan, the Central Government has established CIPET: Institute of Petrochemicals Technology in Jaipur. It is self-sustainable and dedicatedly serves the needs of the petrochemical and allied industries. It will provide education to youth to become skilled technical professionals.
Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will also be present on the occasion.
The Union Cabinet has approved continuation of Centrally Sponsored National Scheme for PM POSHAN in Schools for five more years, till 2025-26. The scheme has been approved with a financial outlay of 54,062 crore rupees from the Central Government and 31,733 crore rupees from State Governments and Union Territory administrations. Speaking to reporters after the Cabinet meeting yesterday, Information and Broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur said, the total budget of the scheme will be 1,30,795 crore rupees.
The Centrally-Sponsored Scheme covers all school children studying in Classes 1st to 8th of government and government-Aided Schools. The earlier name of the scheme was ‘National Scheme for Mid Day Meal in Schools’ popularly known as Mid Day Meal Scheme.
Speaking to media persons, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said, the Cabinet also gave nod to the doubling of Nimach-Ratlam railway line in Madhya Pradesh. Along with it, approval was also given to the doubling of Rajkot-Kanalus railway line in Gujarat.
The Cabinet has also approved 4,400 crore rupees investment in ECGC Ltd. (formerly known as Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Ltd.) over the period of five years to provide support to exporters as well as banks. Briefing media, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said, Capital Infusion and planned Initial Public Offering (IPO) to increase ECGC’s underwriting capacity up to 88,000 crore and propel additional exports of 5.28 lakh crore over a five-year period.
It will help create 59 lakh new jobs including 2.6 lakh in formal sector. This decision is part of a series of export related schemes and initiatives taken by the Government over the last few years.
Extension of Foreign Trade Policy (2015-20) has been cleared up to 31st March next year. The cabinet has also decided to release 56,027 crore rupees this month to liquidate all pending arrears. These measures will provide a boost to the exports sector.
The government also approved listing of Export Credit Guarantee Corporation Ltd. through the Initial Public Offer on the stock Exchange. The Centre also gave its nod to the continuation of National Export Insurance Account scheme and infusion of 1,650 crore Grant-in-Aid over five years.
Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved proposals of modernization and operational needs of the Indian Armed Forces amounting to 13,165 crore rupees. Key approvals include helicopters, guided munition and rocket ammunition. The DAC has accorded approval for procurement of 25 ALH Mark III helicopters from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited under Buy Indian (Designed, Developed and Manufactured) category at a cost 3,850 crore rupees to improve its integral lift capability ensuring its operational preparedness. This was done to continue the thrust towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India.
In a significant achievement, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 88 Crore landmark milestone. Till now over 88 crore 28 lakh vaccine doses have been administered. The Health Ministry said, more than 59 lakh 48 thousand Vaccine doses were administered yesterday.
Member (Health) in NITI Aayog Dr V K Paul has said that COVID safe festivities this year will be a determining factor in the fight against the pandemic. In a video message, Dr Paul appealed to the people to celebrate festivals at home. Dr Paul urge people to take the vaccine, wear mask and maintain social distancing.
Schools in Mumbai will resume offline classes from 4th of October. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal reviewed COVID-19 situation in Mumbai and gave permission for offline classes from 8th to 12th standard for all schools in Mumbai to reopen from Monday. All covid-19 guidelines issued by state government for school re-opening will be followed in schools.
“Maharashtra school education minister Varsha Gaikwad recently said in the press conference that the as per the Department of School Education proposed draft to start the schools, classes 5th to 12 will start in rural areas and classes 8th to 12 will start in urban areas from October 4.Smt.Gaikwad stated that it would be important to have parental consent to send children to school. She also highlighted that no sports will be allowed in schools. She added that earlier, a decision was taken to start schools in the state. However, she said that it was postponed due to the increasing prevalence of corona and the risk of a possible third wave. Devapriyo Bhattacharjee, AIR News, Mumbai.”
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has said, the final decision on reopening of schools for classes 6th to 8th in the National Capital will be taken after festival season. Mr. Baijal chaired a meeting of Delhi Disaster Management Authority to review the COVID-19 situation in Delhi yesterday. In a series of tweets, he said as suggested by the experts, it was decided to consider opening of middle school classes from 6th to 8th standard, after the festive season. He added that after a detailed discussion with experts the need to strictly follow and enforce COVID Appropriate Behaviour was emphasized upon especially in wake of the upcoming festive season to prevent any resurgence of infection.
In West Bengal, voting is underway for by-election to Bhabanipur assembly seat and polling in Shamshergunj and Jangipur assembly Constituencies. Polling, which began at 7 this morning, will end at 6:30 PM. Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure that the polling process is free, fair and peaceful. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting from Bhabanipur seat in South Kolkata for Trinamool Congress, while BJP has given ticket to Priyanka Tibrewal and Marxist Communist Party (CPI) has fielded Srijeev Vishwas.
In Odisha, by-election to the Pipili assembly constituency in Puri is also underway. Polling, which began at 7 am, will conclude at 6 pm. The bypoll was necessitated following the demise of the sitting MLA Pradeep Maharathi of Biju Janata Dal in October last year.
Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi yesterday. Later, in a tweet, Captain Amarinder Singh said, he discussed the prolonged farmers agitation against farm laws and urged Mr Shah to resolve the crisis urgently with repeal of the laws and guarantee MSP, besides supporting Punjab in crop diversification. There was wide speculation about his joining BJP, days after he stepped down as Chief Minister of Punjab. He however refused to answer questions about joining BJP. When Mr Singh resigned as the Chief Minister earlier this month, he had spoken of having his options open.
Captain Amarinder Singh stepped down as Punjab Chief Minister after a long and bitter feud with detractors, including Navjot Singh Sidhu.
India Meteorological Department has said that a well-marked low pressure area over south Gujarat will intensify into a cyclonic storm. Fishermen have been asked to return to the coast by this evening and not to venture into the Arabian Sea off the state coast till 2nd of October. In a high level meeting yesterday, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel reviewed the preparedness of the local administration in view of the cyclone.
“Heavy rains continued to lash coastal region of the state even yesterday. More than 50 talukas of Saurashtra and South Gujarat region reported more than 2 inch rainfall yesterday. Several dams including Bhadar, machchhu, Ukai are overflowing following the new inflow of water. The persistent rains led to waterlogging in many places disturbing normal life. In view of the possible cyclonic situation all the 13 Coastal districts including gir somnath, devbhumi Dwaraka, Amreli, Junagadh, bhavnagar, Bharuch and Navsari have been put on alert and asked to restrict the tourist activities for coming two days. All the ports in the state are flagging warning signal no 3. At present 18 teams of NDRF have been deployed in nine districts of Saurashtra while two have been kept stand by. Aparna khunt, AIR News, Ahmedabad.”
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has said that COVID-19 has highlighted that supply chains should not be based on only one factor that is cost, but also on trust. Addressing the 4th Annual Leadership Summit for US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) virtually, Mr Goyal said that no two economies and sets of people have the kind of synergy, brotherhood, respect for rule of law, concerns for the lesser privileged like the US and India. He said, the effort is to make India produce high-quality products at competitive prices in areas of strength to become a larger player in global markets.
Eminent philanthropist Bill Gates has congratulated Prime minister Narendra Modi on the national launch of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. In a tweet, Mr Gates said, the digital health infrastructure will help ensure equitable, accessible health care delivery and accelerate progress on India’s health goals. Replying to Bill Gates, Mr Modi thanked him for the kind words on the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. The Prime Minister said, there is immense scope in leveraging technology for betterment of health infrastructure and India is working hard in this direction.
Former officials of Afghanistan, who fled the country after the Taliban takeover last month, have announced the continuation of the Afghan government in exile. It will be led by former Vice President Amrullah Saleh. A statement released by the Afghan Embassy in Switzerland said, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is the only legitimate government of Afghanistan that is elected by the votes of the people and no other government can replace a legitimate one. The statement read after consultations with the elders of the country, they decided to announce the government in exile. The statement said that after the escape of Ashraf Ghani, his first Vice-President Amrullah Saleh will be leading the country. The statement has also announced their support to the the National Resistance Front – the anti-Taliban front led by Ahmad Masoud – and has added that all the embassies and consulates of Afghanistan will be functional as normal.
US chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Mark Milley said, there is a real possibility that al Qaeda or ISIS could reconstitute in Afghanistan in the next six to 36 months. At a House Armed Services Committee hearing, General Milley said that the terrorist threat from Afghanistan is smaller than it was on 9/11, but that the conditions could be set for a reconstitution of al Qaeda and ISIS.
As our Nation celebrates the seventy fifth year of Independence, a series of events is being organised by the Government as 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.
As part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, AIR news is airing stories of courage, valour and determination of unsung heroes of Indian freedom movement in our series, Veergatha at 4.45 pm in Parikrama program. In today’s episode of Veergatha, we will bring you the inspirational story of Iswar Dutta Tripathi.
In IPL Cricket, all-round performance from Royal Challengers Bangalore guided them to their seventh victory of the season as they defeated Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in Dubai last night.
With this win, Bangalore is at the third spot in the points table while Rajasthan is at the seventh spot. Today, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Chennai Super Kings at Sharjah at 07:30 pm.
The fifth edition of the Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships will be held at Hisar in Haryana between 21st and 27th of October. This event will also mark the return of Elite Women’s National Championships after a gap of more than one year due to Covid-19 pandemic. Boxing Federation of India (BFI) said, the draw will take place in the evening of 20th October.
Football Club Goa eked out a narrow 7-6 victory over Bengaluru FC after a sudden-death tie-breaker, to make it to their maiden Durand Cup final in a gripping second semi-final played in Kolkata last evening. The game ended 2-2 after extra time. They now come up against local favourites Mohammedan Sporting in the final of the 130th edition of the iconic tournament, Asia’s oldest and the world’s third oldest.
Take a look at the weather forecast for today.
The National Capital Delhi, there is a forecast of generally cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 27 and 35 degrees Celsius.
Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky. There is also prediction of moderate rain in the metropolis. It recorded a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be 31 degrees.
Chennai and Kolkata are expected to have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain.
In Srinagar, temperature will hover between 15 and 31 degrees Celsius.
Jammu will also have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.
In Leh, temperature will vary between Six to 24 degrees Celsius.
Gilgit will also have mainly clear sky with temperature hovering between 10 and 36 degrees Celsius.
Muzaffarabad will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorms.
Most of the north-eastern cities including, Guwahati, Imphal, Shillong, Aizawl, Kohima, Itanagar and Gangtok will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.
Agartala may experience one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.
Visakhapatnam noted a minimum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius while maximum to be around 32 degrees.
In Hyderabad, there will be generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.
Bengaluru will have Generally cloudy sky with light rain.
Thiruvananthapuram will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.
In Puducherry, there will be generally cloudy sky with heavy rain.