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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches mega farmers welfare schemes from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh; says livestock and environment have been an important part of India's economic thinking.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, security forces kill Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Asif Bhat, involved in the attack on fruit growers in Sopore last week. 

  • 'In-camera' proceedings to record Unnao rape survivor's statement begin at AIIMS in New Delhi.

  • Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu placed under house arrest in view of his party's Guntur rally.

  • India supports UN Secretary-General’s call for direct talks between Taliban and Afghan government.

  • Bangladesh government cuts mobile internet access in Rohingya camp. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the Government is moving towards a strong and new India by balancing nature and economic development as environment and livestock have always been an important part of India's economic thinking. Speaking after launching a series of initiatives in Mathura this afternoon, Mr Modi said, programme like Swachh Bharat, Jal Jeevan Mission and other agriculture and animal husbandry related schemes reflect this thinking. Mr Modi said, in the last five years, Government has moved ahead with a new approach on other options related to agriculture. He said, to expand India's dairy sector, there is a need for innovation and new technologies. He said, Startup Grand Challenge has started so that innovations come from rural society.

The Prime Minister urged everyone to free their houses, offices and work areas from single use plastic from 2nd October this year. He urged self-help group working in villages, civil society, social organizations, youth organizations, women's circles, clubs, schools and colleges, government and private institutions to join the campaign.

The Prime Minister launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme for eradicating the Foot and Mouth Disease and Brucellosis in livestock from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. The programme aims at vaccinating over 500 Million Livestock including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs against the disease. It will be implemented for a period of five years till 2024 at a cost of around 13000 crore rupees.

"जिन पशुओं का टीकाकरण हो जायेगा उनको पशु आधार यानी यूनीक आई.डी. देकर कानों में टैग लगाया जायेगा। पशुओं को बकायदा स्वास्थ् कार्ड भी जारी किया जायेगा। हमारा पशुधन स्वस् रहे, पोषित रहे और पशुओं की नई और उत्तम नस्लों का विकास हो। इसी रास्ते पर चलते हुए हमारे पशुपालकों की आय भी बढ़ेगी।"

The Prime Minister also launched National Artificial Insemination Programme and Babugarh Sex Semen facility, during the event.

He also started Swachhta Hi Seva Programme emphasising the need to put an end to single use of plastic. Earlier, Mr Modi visited the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Pashu Arogya Mela.


'In-camera' proceedings to record the statement of Unnao rape Survivor began at All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in New Delhi today. The case pertains to the alleged sexual assault of the woman when she was a minor by accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar at Unnao in Uttar Pradesh in 2017. A temporary court has been set up at the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre in AIIMS where the woman is presently admitted following an accident on the 28th of July. Her statement is being recorded by District Judge Dharmesh Sharma.

Sengar, along with the co-accused Shashi Singh, was also brought to the temporary court. The Delhi High Court had on Friday approved recording the rape survivor's statement at AIIMS after doctors said it was not advisable to bring her to the court premises.


Union Minister of Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan has said Consumer Protection Rule will be implemented by the 30th of December this year. Talking to reporters in Patna Mr. Paswan said under this rule Consumer Protection Authority will be made powerful for consumer interests. He said under the new law consumer can complain to the authority not only after buying any product but before and during buying also. Union Minister said one nation one card is effective in 14 states of the country and in remaining states it will be implemented next year. Union Minister said the centre government has taken a number of major steps for all round development of every section of the society. Mr.Paswan said slow down of GDP is a temporary phase in the country. He said the situation in Kashmir is improving fast and people are happy after abrogation of article 370.


Union Minister Ravishankar Prasad has said that biggest achievement of Modi Government in last 100 days are abrogation of article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and Triple Talaq Law. He was addressing the press conference at Ahmedabad on 100 days of bold initiatives and decisive actions. Mr. Prasad said that performance of Modi government on social security and health care sector is also remarkable. Mr. Prasad said that though the economy is slowing down in first quarter of current year, but the fundamentals of the economy are quite strong.


The government has appointed PK Mishra as the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved the appointment of Dr. PK Mishra, who was currently serving as the additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister. He replaces Nripendra Misra, who stepped down last month as the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.


In a recent political development in Andhra Pradesh, Telugu Desam Party President, N. Chandrababu Naidu and his son N. Lokesh have been placed in preventive detention at their residence, to stop them from organising an agitation in Guntur District in the state. More from our correspondent:-

"Some leaders of the ruling YSR Congress were also detained in Guntur as they too gave a call for protest programme to counter the TDP cadre. Chandrababu Naidu had planned to lead a group of people belonging to Palnadu region of Guntur District to a village, Atmakur. On the other hand, Chandrababu Naidu says, he is demanding justice for the people in Atmakur village, where he is trying to express solidarity of the people. Police forces have been deployed in Atmakur and also in Palnadu Region to prevent any untoward incident. Dr. G. Kondala Rao, AIR NEWS, Vijayawada"


In jammu and Kashmir, a Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist involved in a recent attack on a fruit merchant's home in Sopore was gunned down by security forces. Police said security forces raided Noor Bagh area of Sopore this morning on the basis of specific input about presence of Asif Maqbool Bhatt, who was involved in the Friday attack. He was killed in a brief encounter in Sopore in the valley's Baramulla district.

Two police personnel were injured in a grenade blast at the encounter site and are out of danger.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh told reporters in Srinagar that Asif was challenged to stop but he didn't and threw a grenade at police parties. He said Bhatt had created terror in Sopore.

"His is the one who is responsible for making use of OGW to print and publish posters, threating people not to do fruit business, not to go for trading, not to open shops and all, not to go for normal day to day activities. So we were following him, tracking him."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, terrorism has become a global threat whose deep roots are flourishing in our neighbourhood. He said, India is capable of tackling any challenges. Speaking at a function in Mathura, Mr.Modi said, terrorism today is a global problem and it has become an ideology, which is not bound by national boundaries. Addressing a gathering after launching ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ Programme 2019. Mr.Modi said, the world was shaken by 9/11 terror attacks on the day when Swami Vivekananda had given his message on world peace. He said, a century ago, Swami Vivekananda gave his historic speech at Chicago about world peace on 11th September. Unfortunately, the same day also witnessed 9/11 terrorist attack in US that shook the world.


Today marks the 18 years of 9/11 terror attacks in the United States. On this day passenger planes hijacked by terrorist group Al Qaeda crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center killing nearly 3 thousand people and injuring over 6 thousand persons. 9/11 attack led to a global fight back against terrorism in which India has played a key role. Taking the battle against terrorism, US today issued a new executive order that will enhance the country’s ability to target terrorists and those who finance their activities, as well as identify, sanction and deter perpetrators of terrorism worldwide. Our correspondent has filed this report:

"The Global War on Terrorism was launched by the United States Administration after the attacks. Terror attacks in India by Pakistan based groups were treated by the international community as localised affair arising out of the long-held animosity between the neighbours. But the 9/11 attacks shattered the myth. From the beginning, terrorism is being used by Pakistan as a state policy. The world, in particular India, has suffered greatly on account of the activities by practitioners of state sponsored terrorism. Pakistan based groups were involved in all terror attacks against India. Yesterday in UNHRC India said, it is time to collectively take decisive and firm action against terror groups and their abettors who threaten the fundamental human right to life. India appealed the international community to work together in the fight against terrorism. Anupam Mishra, AIR NEWS, DELHI.


India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin has said that India supports the United Nations Secretary-General’s call for direct talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. Mr Akbaruddin was speaking during the quarterly debate on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan at the UN Security Council.

"We welcome the opportunities for peace and reconciliation emerging from the various efforts. We, therefore, support the Secretary General's call for direct talks. Peace and reconciliation cannot go forward in an atmosphere of terror. There is a surge of violence in Afghanistan in recent days including threats to the election process itself. The support and safe havens enjoyed from beyond Afghanistan borders must be addressed."

Earlier, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had reiterated his call for direct talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.


The government of Bangladesh has ordered telecom operators to stop 3G, 4G and LTE networks in the Rohingya camp areas in Teknaf and Ukhia of Cox's Bazar. The secretary general of the Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh S.M. Farhad said, only 2G services will remain active in the area. However, with 2G services internet connectivity is almost impossible.

The operators had already halted sale of SIM cards in the area following government instructions.

The instructions were issued after the 25th August rally of the Rohingyas marking the second anniversary of fleeing Myanmar after the military crackdown.


Onam, the most popular festival of Kerala, is being celebrated today in all its glory. Keralites across the globe are celebrating their biggest festival with great enthusiasm. It is a 10-day long festival from Atham to Thiruonam. 

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have greeted people on the occasion.


Benchmarks domestic equity indices today logged marginal gains for third session in row in afternoon trade amid positive cues from global stocks. Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange was up 151 points to trade at 37,296.


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