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PM Modi to lay foundation stone for nine highway projects worth over Rs 14,000 Cr in Bihar through video conference today            Govt says Minimum Support Price for farmers will continue            Railways starts running 40 clone trains with higher speed and fewer stops            Many states to partially reopen schools for students of classes 9-12 from today as per Unlock 4 guidelines            Sikkim govt imposes complete lockdown in Gangtok municipal area till Sept 27           

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Morning News

0830 HRS
13.08.2020

THE HEADLINES:-

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch platform for Transparent Taxation - "Honoring the Honest" through video conferencing today.

  • COVID 19 recovery rate in the country crosses 70 percent .

  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari says better road engineering and increased public awareness will reduce road accidents by about 50 percent.

  • Electric mobility gets a boost; Government allows registration of electric vehicles without pre-fitted batteries.

  • Assam government rolls out Arunodoi scheme to provide financial assistance to around 17 lakh families from 2nd October.

  • Heavy rains lash Delhi-NCR since last night.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the platform for Transparent Taxation - Honoring the Honest through video conferencing today. This platform will further carry forward the journey of direct tax reforms. The Central Board of Direct Taxes, CBDT has carried out several major tax reforms in direct taxes in the recent years.

Last year, the Corporate Tax rates were reduced from 30 per cent to 22 per cent and for new manufacturing units the rates were reduced to 15 per cent. Dividend distribution Tax was also abolished. Our Correspondent reports that the event will be witnessed by various Chambers of Commerce, Trade Associations, Chartered Accountants' associations and also eminent taxpayers, apart from the officers and officials of Income Tax Department. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur will be present on the occasion.

"Several initiatives have been taken by the CBDT for bringing in efficiency and transparency in the functioning of the IT Department. This includes bringing more transparency in official communication through the newly introduced Document Identification Number, wherein every communication of the Department would carry a computer generated unique document identification number. The focus of the tax reforms has also been on reduction in tax rates and on simplification of direct tax laws. With a view to provide for resolution of pending tax disputes the IT Department also brought out the Direct Tax 'Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020' under which declarations for settling disputes are being filed currently. To effectively reduce taxpayer grievances and litigation, the monetary thresholds for filing of departmental appeals in various appellate Courts have been raised. Several measures have also been taken to promote digital transactions and electronic modes of payment. With Dipendra Kumar, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi".

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The COVID-19 recovery rate has reached another high of 70.38 per cent . The country has  reported the highest ever single-day COVID-19 recoveries of over 56 thousand patients in the last 24 hours. Health Ministry said that 16 lakh 39 thousand 599 people have recovered till date. The actual case load of the country is over six lakh 43 thousand, which is only 27.64 per cent of the total positive cases. It said, single day spike of 60 thousand 963 COVID-19 cases has taken the virus caseload to over 23 lakh 29 thousand. In the last 24 hours, 834 deaths pushed the death toll to 46 thousand 91.

India has conducted highest ever single day Covid-19 tests of over seven lakh 33 thousand in the last 24 hours. This has taken the cumulative tests to more than two crore 60 lakh. Union Health Ministry said, the country's Test, Track and Treat strategy has achieved another peak with 18 thousand 852 test per million.

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National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19  deliberated on strategy to ensure COVID 19 vaccines's availability and its delivery mechanism. They met for the first time yesterday. The meeting was chaired by Dr V K Paul, Member Niti Aayog along with Health Secretary, as co-Chair. The expert group deliberated on conceptualization and implementation mechanisms for creation of a digital infrastructure for inventory management and delivery mechanism of the vaccine . They discussed on broad parameters guiding the selection of COVID-19 vaccine candidates for the country and sought inputs from Standing Technical Sub-Committee of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization. The group delved on the procurement mechanisms for COVID-19 vaccine, including both indigenous and international manufacturing along with guiding principles for prioritization of population groups for vaccination. The expert group discussed on the financial resources required for procurement of COVID-19 vaccine and various options of financing the vaccine.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the concerned officials to double the L2 and L3 category Covid beds in Lucknow City. The State capital is now the hotspot of Corona infection having highest number of active Covid cases. It also has the highest number of new patients. The city witnessed 475 new cases of covid infection yesterday.

"Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath had a meeting with senior officers yesterday evening on the covid situation of state capital Lucknow. He reviewed the availability of ICU and HDU beds in L2 and L3 level covid hospitals of the city. He ordered to double the number of such beds in all the important Covid hospitals in Lucknow. Lucknow is currently having 6895 active Covid cases. Meanwhile state government has said that during last few weeks, because of increased testing and resultant rise in number of positive patients, state is also witnessing a rise in death cases but still case fatality rate remains around just 0.6 per cent in the month of Aug. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".

In Tamil Nadu, the convalescent plasma therapy has been further expanded as it yields an impressive result against Covid-19. Meanwhile, the total infection in the state has crossed three lakh fourteen thousand as 5871 people tested positive yesterday.Our correspondent reports that the number of recoveries has also surged to over two lakh fifty six thousand.

"The convalescent plasma therapy has been initially started on an experimental basis in Chennai, which has proved to be one of the most effective clinical methods to fight against the Covid-19 disease. In Chennai alone, over 57 people have undergone the therapy and most of them have completely recovered as said by authorities. The clinical method has been initiated in Madurai also recently where all the seven people who got it have recovered faster. It has encouraged the health officials to start work on launching it in the Government Medical College Hospital at Thanjavur as well. Meanwhile, the state Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy recently made an appeal to all the eligible people who recovered recently from the viral infection to donate their blood plasma to help the existing patients. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".

The West Bengal Government has decided to give government jobs to the families of front ranking Corona Worriars in the event of their death. The State Finance Department has issued notification in this regard. According to the notification new posts will be created if required and jobs will be offered with in a month of submission of application. Besides Government employees Doctors, Nurses, Asha workers, contractual Nursing staff, Para medical employees, sweepers, laundry workers, civic volunteers all types of casual labourers involve in COVID management will be covered under the scheme.

The Maharashtra government has announced that it has reduced by Rs.300 the rates of COVID-19 tests conducted by laboratories. State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said yesterday that the maximum charges for testing now stand at Rs.1,900, Rs. 2,200 and Rs. 2,500 while no laboratory can charge above these prescribed rates. Tope informed that the decision was taken by the state-appointed committee to regulate the COVID-19 testing charges so that patients do not face any financial burden.

In Gujarat, 1152 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded yesterday. According to the State Health Department, the recovery rate has improved further and reached up to 77.15 per cent.

"More than 11 lakh 9 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date, out of which record 50124 tests have been carried out yesterday. Out of 1152 new cases recorded yesterday, the maximum 195 new cases reported from Surat. Ahmedabad city recorded 147 new cases during the last 24 hours. Total cases of Covid-19 in the state have gone up to 74390. Out of 14282 active cases in the state, the conditions of 75 patients are serious. At the other end, 977 patients have been discharged from various hospitals after recovery. With this, the total patients recovered from Covid-19 have gone up to 57393. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".

In Madhya Pradesh, the State Tourism Development Corporation has opened all its hotels and restaurants after a gap of over four months. The outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic had forced closure of over 60 hotels and restaurants that the corporation runs in the state in March.

"All hotels and restaurants in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Khajuraho and Pachmarhi regions are being reopened on tourists' demand. Corporation's Managing Director S Vishwanathan told AIR that Hotels and restaurants will follow the guidelines and SOP issued by the Union Ministry of Tourism and the MP Health Department.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in the state climbed up to around 41 thousand 604 after the 870 new cases reported in the past 24 hours in Madhya Pradesh. 643 coronavirus patients were discharged from the hospitals yesterday taking the number of recovered cases in the state to 31 thousand 239. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".

The government of Odisha has decided to enhance penalty for violators of the COVID-19 protocols. The State Cabinet, in its meeting yesterday, has approved the proposal to effect necessary amendments in the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, in its application, by promulgating an Ordinance. According to the proposal, non-compliance with the norms for the use of masks, social distancing, spitting at public places and other such regulatory measures would attract imprisonment for a term which may extend upto two years or a fine which may extend upto 1 lakh rupees or both.

Karnataka reported the biggest single day spike of 7,883 new Covid -19 cases yesterday taking the total number of infections to 1,96,494.

"The State health bulletin says 7034 patients were cured and discharged from various hospitals in the State and the total number of recovered patients has gone up to 1,12,633. The State recovery rate dipped to 53.32 percent. 113 covid patients lost their life and the total death toll increased to 3510. The covid testing in the State is increasing every day with a record 53,326 tests conducted yesterday in 100 labs across the State and the total number of tests have gone up to 18,26,317. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU".

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 In Bihar, the number of Covid-19  cases has crossed the 90 thousand mark with 3,741 fresh cases of the virus infections  in the past 24 hours  taking the tally to 90 thousand 553. The state registered nine more deaths, taking the toll to 474.

Sixty thousand sixty eight patients have recovered so far and 30 thousand and ten patients are being treated in various hospitals. The recovery rate is over 66 percent. 92 thousand 414 samples were tested in the past 24 hours.

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Nearly 2,14,985 new coronavirus cases were reported worldwide over the past 24 hours, and the total tally reached 20.1 million according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

At the same time, 4,835 new coronavirus-related fatalities were registered globally over the given period, taking the overall death toll to 7,37,417. The WHO declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus a pandemic on March 11th.

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In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19.

Dr. Nand Kumar, Professor of Psychiatry, AIIMS adviced people to stay home, spend time with family members and practice Yoga. 

Dr. Anvita Aggarwal, Resident, Infectious Diseases, AIIMS advised people to not be negligent and stay home.

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has called for increased investment by international institutions and bodies in the Indian Highways and MSME sectors. He said, automobile and MSME are the two growth engines of Indian economy. Addressing the Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Womennovator on Trade Investment and collaborations in Road infrastructure and MSMEs, the Minister said, India and Australia are already co-operating in the road safety sector. He said, this cooperation has provided better designs for roads and awareness opportunities for the public.

Under Indian Road Safety Assessment Programme, 21 thousand km roads have been assessed and about 3000 km road length is under technological upgradation. He said, better road engineering and increased public awareness have brought improvement. He added that it is estimated that these upgradation programmes will bring about 50 per cent reduction in Road accidents. Mr Gadkari informed that the objective is to set out to achieve zero road fatalities by 2030.

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The work has started on the first - of- its- kind Katra - Delhi Express Road Corridor which will be ready by 2023. Disclosing this, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said, when it becomes functional, the travel time from Katra to Delhi will get reduced to around six and half hours, and from Jammu to Delhi to just about six hours.

Estimated to cost over 35,000 crore rupees, the Minister said, the important cities through which this Expressway Corridor will pass include Jammu and Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and Jalandhar, Amritsar, Kapurthala and Ludhiana in Punjab.

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A full dress rehearsal is being held at the historic Red Fort in Delhi today morning for the 74th Independence Day celebrations. . Delhi Police has issued a traffic advisory to ensure safe and smooth vehicular movement across the national capital. The rehearsal will have the same traffic restrictions as on Independence Day. In its advisory, Delhi traffic police has said, roads are closed for general traffic from 4 AM to 10 AM in the morning at Netaji Subhash Marg, Lothian Road, S P Mukherjee Marg, Chandni Chowk Road, Ring Road from Rajghat to ISBT and its Link Road.

In view of Covid-19 situation, Delhi police has requested the invitees to follow guidelines issued by Home Ministry and Health Ministry at all times while they are in the function area at Red Fort.

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Delhi government has decided to cancel the mega cultural programme of the Independence Day celebration at the Chhatrasal Stadium. Delhi General Administration Department Minister Gopal Rai said, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a small function will take place at the Delhi Secretariat. He said, this year, Delhi Government has decided to invite the COVID Warriors of Delhi, doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, plasma donors, ambulance drivers and the police. Mr Rai said that the Central Jail officers will be honoured for their good work. Apart from the Delhi Chief Minister, around 100 people will be present during the program on 15th of August.

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In the run up to the 74th Independence Day celebrations, we bring you today a special story about the several initiatives for 'J&K-Ek Desh, Ek Vishwas'. The large scale projects  undertaken by the Centre in the fields of  education, employment, infrastructure and health in Jammu and Kashmir have started giving positive results. Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told AIR News that post Article 370, Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Kargil are now equal partners in development. Mr Naqvi said, the welfare and development schemes of the Centre which did not reach the people of these regions due to restrictions of Article 370 are now being implemented there just as in any other part of the country in the true spirit of 'Ek Desh-Ek Vishwas' .

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Road Transport and Highways Ministry has allowed registration of electric vehicles without pre-fitted batteries. In a letter to transport Secretaries of all the States and Union Territories, the Ministry has clarified that vehicles without batteries can be sold and registered based on the type approval certificate issued by the Test Agency. It said, there is no need to specify the Make/Type or any other details of the Battery for the purpose of Registration.

The Government is striving to create an ecosystem to accelerate the uptake of electric mobility in the country. The Ministry said, it is time to come together to work Jointly to achieve the broader national agenda to reduce vehicular pollution and oil import bill.

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A fake advertisement is circulating on social media in the name of an organisation called Special Defence Personnel Forum. In its advertisement, the organisation has claimed to be working and recruiting for various posts under Ministry of Corporate Affairs. In a tweet, Press Information Bureau, PIB, clarified that no such organisation exists under the Ministry. It termed the  advertisement as fake.

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With an aim to provide financial assistance to around 17 lakh families, the Assam government is all set to roll out Arunodoi scheme in the state from 2nd of October. Talking to newspersons in Guwahati yesterday, Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that under this scheme an amount of 830 rupees will be given to eligible families per month to buy essential food items. He said, this will be the largest Direct Benefit Transfer scheme in Assam. The Minister said that 15 to 17 thousand families would be benefited per assembly constituency by this scheme. Mr. Sarma said that the Assam government will bear 210 crore rupees per month for the Arunodoi scheme.

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In Delhi, moderate to heavy rains lashed many parts of the city and NCR bringing a respite from warm and humid Weather. The rain which started yesterday in the night continued till today morning. Heavy rainfall also resulted in waterlogging in different parts of the city. The weather department has said that most parts of the city witnessed rains. India Meteorological Department, IMD, has predicted generally cloudy sky with moderate to heavy rains in the city.

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With the monsoon becoming active again, intermittent heavy rains hit parts of Mumbai, and neighbouring coastal districts in last 24 hours. As per the Indian Meteorological Department the rainfall in Mumbai has already crossed its seasonal levels and now the city is experiencing excess rainfall. All seven lakes providing water to city and adjoining areas are full to the capacity. The IMD has predicted intense clouding over north Konkan belt which includes Raigad, Thane, Mumbai and Palghar indicating intermittent spells in coming days.

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Take a look at the weather forecast for today.


The National capital Delhi witnessed minimum temperature of 27 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 36 degree Celsius. It will have generally cloudy sky with heavy rain.

Mumbai will also have generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature recorded was 25 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 30 degrees.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The minimum temperature recorded was 25 degree Celsius and the maximum is expected at 32 degrees.

Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was 27 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

On to North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 35 degrees. The city is likely to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm today.

In Srinagar, there will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature was recorded at 20 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 33 degrees.

Leh in Ladakh will have clear sky today. The temperature will hover between 18 and 32 degrees Celsius.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 18 degree Celsius and the maximum is expected to be around 36 degrees. The region will experience partly cloudy sky today.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. The minimum temperature recorded was 22 degree Celsius and the maximum is expected to be around 36 degrees.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 24 and 30 degree Celsius. The city is expected to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of heavy rain or thunderstorm.

In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was 24 degree Celsius while the maximum could go up to 34 degrees. The city will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

Guwahati will also have a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city was 25 degree celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.

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The youngest Union Territory and International tourist destination Ladakh is now focussing on planning it's towns Leh and Kàrgil. In the absence of master plans in Leh and Kàrgil , mushrooming of constructions are causing stress on the scarce resources. However, after becoming Union Territory the UT administration now has taken up the town planning with Master plans, on priority. Kargil has made much advance in the matter and collecting public opinion on it's plan.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE:

  • Most newspapers today take note of the new flavor in the upcoming elections in the US with pictures of a  beaming Kamala Harris. The Hindustan Times headlines reads, "India-origin Harris is Biden's running mate, "while the Financial Express states, "Kamala Harris brings experience, law-and-order heft to Biden ticket."

  • On the latest on the Covid front, the Hindu takes note of CSIR plans to use advanced genome sequencing device. "Mega labs to boost Covid-19 testing."

  • The Business Standard talks of sustained inflows over the past four months in domestic equities. "FPI flows in green after Covid jitters" reads the headline.

  • With life slowly moving back to normal with precautions, "Physical hearing of cases in Supreme Court to resume in two weeks. But fresh matters to be heard in virtual courts" informs the Times of India.

  • With 'stay home stay safe' being the new norm, the Economic Times states, "White Collar India wants to work from home for rest of this year." Companies cautious, not asking all employees to return to office.

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