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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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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi  launches platform for Transparent Taxation - "Honoring the Honest"; Next phase of direct tax reforms for easing compliance and rewarding honest taxpayers unveiled.

  • Prime Minister says, with faceless assessment, the taxpayer is assured of fair, courteous and rational behavior.

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

  • Government distributes over three crore N95 masks and one crore  PPE kits to States and Union Territories.

  • Heavy rains lash Delhi-NCR since last night ; Several areas waterlogged, traffic disrupted.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the tax system in the country is becoming faceless and it will give the tax-payer a feeling of fairness and fearlessness. Launching Transparent Taxation - Honoring the Honest platform through video conferencing in New Delhi today, Mr Modi said, tax administration should solve problems instead of confusing the tax-payer and everything from technology to rules should be simple.

देश में चल रहा Structural Reforms का सिलसिला आज एक नए पड़ाव पर पहुंचा है। Transparent Taxation – Honouring The Honest, 21वीं सदी के टैक्स सिस्टम की इस नई व्यवस्था का आज लोकार्पण किया गया है। इस प्लेटफॉर्म में Faceless Assessment, Faceless Appeal और Taxpayers Charter जैसे बड़े रिफॉर्म्स हैं।

He said, identities of the tax-payer and tax-officer should not matter at all. The Prime Minister said, the effort is to make tax system seamless, painless and faceless.

He said, honest taxpayer plays an important role in nation development. Mr Modi said while it is the responsibility of tax officers to deal with taxpayers with dignity, people should also consider paying taxes as their responsibility.

He said, Tax Payers Charter is a big step in the development journey of the nation. He added that it is a step towards bringing together rights and duties of the tax-payer and fixing the government's responsibilities towards the taxpayer. The Prime Minister said, in the last 6 years, the Government focused on Banking the Unbanked, Securing the Unsecured and Funding the Unfunded. He said, during this time, India has seen a new model of governance developing in tax administration.

बीते वर्षों में हमारा फोकस रहा है, Banking the Unbanked Securing the Unsecured और, Funding the Unfunded. आज एक तरह से एक नई यात्रा शुरू हो रही है। Honoring the Honest- ईमानदार का सम्मान। देश का ईमानदार टैक्सपेयर राष्ट्रनिर्माण में बहुत बड़ी भूमिका निभाता है। जब देश के ईमानदार टैक्सपेयर का जीवन आसान बनता है, वो आगे बढ़ता है, तो देश का भी विकास होता है, देश भी आगे बढ़ता है।

Mr Modi said, today, every law and policy is taken out of the process and power centric approach and emphasis is given to make it people centric and public friendly.

आज हर नियम-कानून को, हर पॉलिसी को Process और Power Centric अप्रोच से बाहर निकालकर उसको People Centric और Public Friendly बनाने पर बल दिया जा रहा है। ये नए भारत के नए गवर्नेंस मॉडल का प्रयोग है और इसके सुखद परिणाम भी देश को मिल रहे हैं। 

The Prime Minister said, it is the new governance model of the new India and the country is getting good results from it.

Mr Modi said, looking at the commitment towards reforms, the confidence of foreign investors is also increasing continuously towards India. He said, arrival of record Foreign Direct Investment to India even during the Corona crisis is an example of it.

The Prime Minister said, new arrangements, new facilities starting today strengthens Government's commitment to Minimum Government-Maximum Governance. He said it will strengthen efforts of reforming and simplifying India's tax system. The Prime Minister also unveiled the next phase of direct tax reforms aimed at easing compliance and rewarding honest taxpayers to boost Indian economy. 

Prime Minister said, amidst all the reforms introduced by Centre, the number of people who have filed income tax returns has increased by about two-and-a-half crores in the last 6-7 years. He, however, said , it is also true that in a country of 130 crores and it is still very less.

ये वृद्धि तो बहुत बड़ी है लेकिन  इस बात का हम इंकार नहीं कर सकते हैं कि इसके बावजूद भी 130 करोड़ के देश में ये बहुत कम है, बहुत कम है। इतने बड़े देश में सिर्फ 130 करोड़ में से डेढ़ करोड़ साथी ही इन्कम टैक् जमा करते हैं। 130 करोड़ में डेढ़ करोड़। मैं आज देशवासियों से भी आग्रह करूंगा, जो सक्षम है उनको भी आग्रह करूंगा, भिन्-भिन् कर के  व्यापार उद्योग के संगठन चलाते हैं उनको मैं आग्रह करूंगा। इस पर हम सबको चितंन करने की जरूरत है, देश को आत् चिंतन करना होगा और ये हमारा  आत् चिंतन ही आत् निर्भर भारत के लिए आवश्यक है, अनिवार्य है। 

Our correspondent reports, Faceless assessment, taxpayer charter starts from today and faceless appeal to begin from September 25th, the birthday of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.

Commenting on the newly launched platform for "Transparent Taxation-Honoring the Honest" by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,  Kumarmanglam Vijay, Partner, J Sagar Associates said proposed reforms launched by the Prime Minister to simplify assessment and appellate process coupled with initiative to provide pre-filled return forms to taxpayers are steps towards making the process technology driven and easy to comply for a common person.

He said, Government has rightly increased the thresholds for appeals to be filed by the Revenue to reduce litigations.

These steps, he said may significantly improve the direct tax to GDP ratio in going forward after reforms are fully implemented.

The launch of the platform for "Transparent Taxation-Honoring the Honest" by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is a historic step in tax administration, said Secretary General of FICCI, Dilip Chenoy today.

He said this will primarily benefit the honest tax payers and FICCI  welcomes the charter and transparency that has been brought in.

On behalf of FICCI, Mr. Chenoy said that as appealed by the Prime Minister FICCI too urges people who fall in the tax bracket and those who evade tax to pay their tax on time and contribute in the development of the country.


Government today said that more than 70 per cent of the total corono affected people in the country have been cured and discharged. Union Health Ministry said, the recovery of over 16 lakh 95 thousand patients has been made possible because of the policy of Testing aggressively, Tracking comprehensively and Treating efficiently.

During the last 24 hours, 56 thousand 383 people have been recovered. COVID-19 Recovery Rate has scaled another high of 70.77 per cent. The active cases has also reduced and currently comprises only 27.27 per cent of the total positive cases.

The Ministry said, India has one of the lowest COVID19 mortality globally with less than 2 per cent Case Fatality Rate. It said, as a result of supervised home isolation and effective clinical treatment, many States and UnionTerritories have lower than the national Case Fatality Rate.


Government has distributed more than three crore N95 masks and one crore 28 lakh PPE kits to States, Union Territories and Central Institutions. Union Health Ministry said, Government has been providing medical supplies free of cost to the State and Union Territory governments to supplement their efforts. Most of the products supplied by the Centre were not being manufactured in the country in the beginning. The rising global demand due to the pandemic resulted in their scarce availability in the foreign markets. It said, with the combined efforts of Ministry of Health, Textiles and Pharmaceuticals, DRDO and others, the domestic industry has been encouraged and facilitated to manufacture and supply essential medical equipment like PPEs, N95 masks and ventilators. As a result, resolve for Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India has been strengthened and most of the supplies made by the Union Government are domestically manufactured. The Ministry said, more than 22 thousand Make in India ventilators have been delivered to various States, Union Territories and Central Institutions.


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.


Chennai in Tamil Nadu is witnessing less than a thousand new cases of Covid-19 every day for the past six days continuously. Its active caseload has come down to nearly 11 thousand. It is about 20.7 per cent of the total active caseload in Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, Many frontline warriors have contributed to the coming down of active Covid-19 cases in Chennai. One such important group of warriors is the post graduate medicos.  Here is a report from our correspondent:-

Hundreds of post graduate student doctors were deployed in Covid-19 wards and care centres.Some of them contracted the SARSCov-2 virus in the process. However, they bounced back to work immediately after the recovery and the mandatory quarantine. The post graduate doctors  have been relieved of their clinical duties, as they are awaiting their examinations now, says the Madras Medical College Dean Dr E.Therani Rajan:

"People who are doing MD General Medicine, MD Anesthesiology, MD Chest Medicine, those PG's have contributed the maximum in managing the Covid patients. They were the first frontline doctors to treat the Covid patients in our hospitals. Their involvement and dedication is well appreciated. "

The service might have also helped the student PG doctors in gaining a lot of hands-on knowledge about the challenges thrown out by the new and elusive virus. The selfless service of the post graduate medicos would be remembered with gratitude by all. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


In Rajasthan, the recovery rate of COVID patients has risen to 74 percent. The mortality rate has also fallen to 1.47 percent from 1.55 percent. Our correspondent reports that after 608 cases reported today, the total number of infected persons has increased to 56 thousand 708.

"More than 1100 people are being tested positive every day from last 15 days in the state, but the recovery rate has also increased by about four percent during this period. The mortality rate has remained less than one percent in the last ten days. The state government has claimed that Plasma therapy has proved to be 100 percent effective in the treatment of serious patients of Corona. This therapy is being used in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur and Bikaner Medical Colleges. Plasma banks have been set up in Jaipur and Kota. A public awareness campaign has been launched by the government for plasma donation. Meanwhile, more than 18 lakh samples have been tested in the state so far. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur"


In Telangana state, the total number of COVID -19 cases reported so far reached 86  thousand 475 with 1931 fresh cases reported in the past 24 hours. As per the state Medical and Health department report this morning, 1780 more people recovered from COVID-19, taking the recovery rate to 72.93 per cent. With this, the number of people recovered in the state rose to 63 thousand 74.  Meanwhile, 11 more died yesterday taking the total COVID-19 toll to 665.


In the Union territory of Chandigarh, Covid19 cases are on the  surge. 81 persons tested positive yesterday. Our correspondent reports, with this the total number  of positive cases so far in Chandigarh has risen to 1751. Out of which 1023 have been cured and 700 are under treatment. 26 patients have died so far.


Head of Shri Ram Janm Bhumi Teerth Shetra Nyas Mahant Nritya Gopal Das has been tested corona positive. He was attending Janmashtami function in Mathura yesterday where he was diagnosed with fever and mile breathlessness.

AIR Lucknow correspondent reports that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken details of the health status of Mahant Nitiya Gopaldas. Chief Minister has spoken to district  Magistrate of Mathura and followers of Nritya Gopal Das.


In Mizoram, the state government has decided to purchase 10,000 more Rapid Antigen Test kits to increase the testing capacity. Chief Minister Zoramthanga announced this yesterday at a meeting of top officials and representatives of NGOs, churches and doctors’ associations.

Officials said that the meeting has also decided to enforce the existing safety protocol more strictly in the wake of the surge in Covid-19 cases.

Meanwhile, the state has found a single positive case for Coronavirus in the last 24 hours while seven patients recovered from the infections yesterday. With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state has reached 649. According to the official statement, 330 patients have been discharged after recovery and presently 319 patients are undergoing treatment.


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 suggested people to stay at home, spend time with family members and practice Yoga. 

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


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today will bring you a Special discussion Programme on Covid-19. Prof. Tanuja Nesari, Director, All India Institute of Ayurveda will participate in the discussion.

Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No:1800-115767.  You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair. This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can listen to it on our mobile app

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Russia and Brazil have agreed to cooperate in the production and marketing of the world’s first registered  coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V. In a Statement Russian Direct Investment Fund said that the agreement was reached with Brazilian State of Parana yesterday. As part of the signed strategic cooperation agreement, RDIF, together with pharmaceutical companies in the state of Parana, is organizing the production of Sputnik V vaccine and its distribution in Brazil and other Latin American countries. On Tuesday, the Russian Health Ministry registered the world's first Sputnik V vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19.


Australia's second-largest city, Victoria, showed a decline in new covid19 infections today, As stated by Premier Daniel Andrews. There were 278 new infections and eight new deaths, down from around 700 daily at the peak of the outbreak. Daniels said the lower numbers indicate the lockdown restrictions in Melbourne are working but urged people to stay the course.

Meanwhile, neighboring New South Wales state, which includes Australia's largest city Sydney, recorded 12 new cases and one death. In the Asia-Pacific region South Korea has reported 56 new cases of coronavirus as new infection clusters continue to pop up across major cities. The figures announced by South Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought the caseload to 14,770 infections, including 305 deaths.


Nearly 214,985 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 737,417. The WHO declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus a pandemic on March 11.


Back home -

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,  Bandipora Police have busted a terror funding module of  Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and arrested three persons.

Four lakh rupees of cash has been recovered from the arrested persons and one lakh credited in bank accounts has also been seized.

As per investigations, the arrested persons were in touch with their handlers in POK and had received Rs.14 lakhs out of which Rs.9 lakhs have been distributed for financing terror activities in district Bandipora and Kupwara.

A case has been registered under relevant sections  and further investigations are on.


The Government of India, through the office of its Principal Scientific Adviser, has now officially sanctioned the “Pune Knowledge Cluster” with the goal of connecting organisations with high-level of expertise in diverse domains of Science and Technology,  Innovation  and Entrepreneurship, in and around Pune.   

While addressing online press conference in Pune Premier Director of Pune Cluster Professor Ajit Kembhavi said that this is among the first city-wide clusters that has been approved by the office of the PSA. Similar clusters for Hyderabad and Jodhpur were also approved at the same time.  A report on the projects of Pune Knowledge Cluster from our correspondent:-

"Among the initial small-scale projects that are to be developed and executed by Pune Knowledge Cluster, along with awareness programmes and outreach activities, will be Studying and improving the tree cover of Pune,  Study and modelling of last mile connectivity by E-transport, Viral epidemics and other healthcare issues. This knowledge cluster will also take up pilot studies leading to projects on a much larger scale to improve the quality of life. Several larger project proposals have already been developed keeping in mind issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for and the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat.  Nitin Kelkar, AIR News, Pune.


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'.

It has been about only a year that the Article 370 was revoked in Jammu and Kashmir and it has already started reaping the benefits of being out of isolation.  Our Correspondnet reports that the large scale projects and schemes  undertaken by the Centre in the fields of  infrastructure, health, education and  employment have started giving positive results.

Jammu and Kashmir, supposedly the heaven on earth has a past and a history. For Over half a century it could not grow to full height and glory. There are some political historians who believe that it was deliberately kept away from the fruits of development and self-reliance as it served the purpose of corruption benefiting only a few politicians.  The biggest obstacle in the way of development of the entire region and the easiest tool for hiding corruption had been Article 370. 

It was done away with by the Parliament last year. The absence of Article which separated the region form the rest of the country thereby promoting separatist tendencies has opened the floodgates of substantial development of Jammu and Kashmir. One can hope that despite the challenges thrown by the Covid 19, the fast paced implementation of these schemes will usher peple of Jammu & Kashmir in a new era of prosperity in the true spirit of 'Ek Desh-Ek Vishwas' for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Naseem Naqvi, AIR News, Delhi


In Karnataka 74th Independence Day will be celebrated with all precautions needed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus pandemic. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad informed media persons today that the public will not be invited to witness the celebrations.

He also added that cultural programmes and march-past have also been done away with. More from our Correspondent:- 

 "The Independence Day event is restricted to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa receiving the guard of honour, hoisting the national flag and delivering his Independence Day speech. The highlight of the national event this year is a special invitation given to 75 frontline Corona warriors and 25 patients who have recovered from CoronaVirus. Only 500 persons including people’s representatives, defence personnel, senior Government functionaries and media are invited this year to the event. For the convenience of the public, live telecast of the event is arranged in Doordarshan and live streaming through a web cast. Those invited are asked to wear masks and maintain social distancing. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru"


In Manipur, the Patriots' Day is being observed today commemorating the 1891 Anglo-Manipuri war during which many Manipuris sacrificed their lives to safeguard the independence of the State. In the State function, the Chief Minister leads the people in paying floral tributes to the martyrs of the State at different places of Imphal. This year, the day is being held without involving the general public due to COVID-19 pandemic.


In view of the growing cyber crimes in the state, Uttar Pradesh government has opened 16 new cyber crime Police stations in different cities of the state. Earlier there were only two police Stations in Lucknow and Gautam Budh Nagar. 

AIR Lucknow Correspondent reports that to check growing cases of crime in the virtual domain, state government had decided to open cyber stations police stations in 16 cities and a proposal related to this was passed by State cabinet. 2 days back Government had decided to publicise the phone numbers of these 18 cyber police stations so that the victims of cyber crimes can approach police easily.


Former President of United States, Barack Obama on Tuesday backed the nomination of Senator Kamala Harris as Vice President candidate for Democrats, saying that she is more than prepared for the job, and it is a good day for America.

Obama's reaction comes soon after Democrats Presidential candidate Joe Biden announced Indian-origin Kamala Harris as his running mate.

Prominent Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former president Bill Clinton have tweeted to give their nod for Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's running mate. Pelosi said Harris will continue her legacy of trailblazing leadership to move our nation forward.

Bill Clinton called Harris a "terrific choice." Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton also said Harris will be a "strong partner" for Biden.


Continuing with the Vande Bharat Mission to evacuate stranded citizens from abroad, an Air India flight left the Hazrat Shahjalal Airport at Dhaka for Delhi with 167 Indian nationals today. This was the seventh evacuation flight from Dhaka to Delhi.

The first evacuation flight under the Vande Bharat Mission for the people stranded in Bangladesh due to Coronavirus pandemic had taken off from Dhaka for Srinagar on 8th May. Since then, close to 2800 people have been evacuated from Dhaka aboard Air India flights for various destinations in India.


External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has announced that India will fund the implementation of Greater Male Connectivity Project through a 400 million dollar Line of Credit and 100 million dollar grant. This 6.7 kilometre bridge project connecting Male with Gulhifalhu Port and Thilafushi industrial zone will help revitalise and transform Maldivian economy. In a tweet, Dr Jaishankar said, today he had a warm and fruitful discussion with Foreign Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid. Both leaders agreed that the COVID19 pandemic has brought the two nations even closer.


National Capital Delhi witnessed the heaviest spell of rains this monsoon season today. The rains inundated low-lying areas and threw traffic out of gear. According to the India Meteorological Department, IMD, the Ayanagar weather station in the city recorded 99.2 milimetres of rainfall, the maximum in the city, during the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 this morning.

Vehicles moved bumper to bumper during the morning rush hours, as the downpour led to heavy waterlogging at key road stretches.

The downpour also brought down the rain deficiency in the national capital. Delhi has recorded seven per cent more rains than normal in the monsoon season so far.


Heavy to very heavy rains lashed  isolated parts of Mumbai and neighbouring Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts in the last 24 hours. The department has predicted more showers in the Konkan and Ghat region and some areas of central Maharashtra over the next 24 hours. The IMD has also predicted moderate rains in Pune and adjoining areas in the next five to six days - till August 17 and said till today, the state has received 8 per cent more rainfall than normal. The forecasts suggest that the state is likely to get good rain till August 27.


Now, Let us take a look at today's weather .

In the National capital Delhi minimum temperature will 27 degree Celsius while Maximum temperature is expected to be around 36 degrees with generally cloudy sky with heavy rain.

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

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle and  the minimum temperature will be 27 degree Celsius and 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 will be 27 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 33 degrees.

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

In Srinagar, mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Minimum temperature will be 20 degree Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 33 degrees.


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