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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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  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says, China should work with India for complete disengagement from all friction areas; leaves for Tehran after attending Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet at Moscow.
  • Centre asks Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to take rigorous measures to break the chain of COVID transmission.
  • COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 77.23 per cent. 
  • Railways to run eighty new special passenger trains from 12th September.
  • Government releases Ease of Doing Business rankings of States and Union Territories; Andhra Pradesh tops the chart, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Telangana.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind appreciates role of teachers for imparting education through digital medium during COVID pandemic; presents National Awards to Teachers.        


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has left Moscow for Iran today where he will meet his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Amir Hatami and discuss bilateral defence ties. Mr Singh was in Moscow on a three-day visit to Russia to attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) defence ministers. On the sidelines of SCO meeting, he also held bilateral talks with his counterparts from Russia, China and the Central Asian countries.

The Defence Minister held frank and in-depth discussions, with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe yesterday about the developments in the India-China border areas as well as on India-China relations.

The Defence Minister's office said, Mr Singh emphasized that the actions of the Chinese troops, including amassing of large number of troops, their aggressive behaviour and attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo, were in violation of the bilateral agreements. Mr Singh categorically conveyed India’s position on the developments along the Line of Actual Control in the last few months.

Mr Singh advised that it was important that Chinese side should work with the Indian side for complete disengagement at the earliest from all friction areas including Pangong Lake in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols. Mr Singh also conveyed that the two sides should continue their discussions, including through diplomatic and military channels, to ensure complete disengagement and de-escalation and full restoration of peace and tranquillity along the LAC.

China Defence Minister said that both sides should scrupulously implement the consensus reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Minister suggested that both sides should maintain communication at all levels including between the two Ministers.


BRICS countries have expressed concern at the rise of violence and continuing conflicts in different parts of the world that have significant impact at both the regional and international levels. The Foreign Ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) in a virtual meeting concurred that, irrespective of their historic background and distinctive nature, conflicts should be resolved by peaceful means and diplomatic engagement through political dialogue and negotiations in line with principles and norms of international law, particularly the UN Charter. They referred to the UNSC resolution-2532 demanding a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations on its agenda with the exception of military operations against terrorist groups.

India called for boosting cooperation among the five-nation grouping BRICS in dealing with the threat of terrorism. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stressed on boosting cooperation among the member nations in dealing with the threat of terrorism.


In Jammu and Kashmir, an army soldier was martyred and two others were injured as Pakistan troops traded fire along the Line of Control at Naugam sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district today.

Official sources said that the Pakistani army targeted army posts in Naugam sector in which one soldier identified as Bopender Singh was martyred while Lance Naik Venkatesh and Sepoy Shajal were injured who were later shifted to army’s 92 Base hospital in Srinagar.

Indian army, however, gave a befitting reply to ceasefire violation resorted to by Pakistani Army. 


Union Government today said that the COVID-19 recovery rate in the country has reached 77.23 per cent.  Around 70 thousand people have recovered during the last 24 hours. Health Ministry said, the total number of recoveries has reached over 31 lakh. Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.73 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally. In the last 24 hours, 86 thousand 432 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the country. In the last 24 hours, one thousand 89 deaths have been reported taking the toll to 69 thousand 561.

According to Indian Council of Medical Research, more than 10 lakh 59 thousand tests have been conducted during the last 24 hours. The total number of samples tested so far has reached to over four crore 77 lakhs.    <><><>

The Centre today exhorted the States of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to focus on undertaking aggressive measures to break the chain of COVID transmission and to ensure that the mortality is kept below 1 per cent. They have been advised to proactively ensure higher testing, effective clinical management to lower fatality and save lives along with efficient monitoring at various levels.

The three states together account for about 46 per cent of the active cases and nearly 52 percent of the fatality cases reported nationally in the last 24 hours.

The Union Home Ministry also highlighted the districts of concern in each of these states. Of the total deaths in the country due to COVID-19, 70 per cent are recorded in just five States of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh.


Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar has assured Maharashtra government to provide all possible help in dealing with the spread of COVID-19 in Pune and adjoining Pimpri-Chinchwad cities. He was speaking to the media after conducting three marathon meetings with the state ministers, people's representatives and editors in Pune today. Javadekar said that a decision to increase the antigen tests in containment areas of the city and to conduct a second sero survey was taken in the meeting.


Eighty new special passenger trains will be operational from next Saturday. The Indian Railways has informed that passengers can start booking reservation in the new trains from 10th September. These trains will be in addition to the already operational 230 trains across the country.

Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said that the Railway is keeping a close watch over the demand and waiting lists in various areas of the country. He said, more trains will be made operational in due course of time if needed. Mr. Yadav also said that more trains will be run upon receiving special requests for exams and other purposes from state governments.


Directorate General of Civil Aviation, DGCA has ordered airlines to resume pre-flight alcohol tests for pilots and cabin crew members. The aviation regulator had on 29th of March this year suspended breath analyser test for all aviation personnel due to the extraordinary circumstances posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The breath analyser tests will continue to remain suspended for aviation personnel other than pilots and cabin crew members. The DGCA said yesterday that in domestic flight operations, 10 per cent of pilots and crew members should undergo preflight  breath analyser test per day. For all international operations, 100 per cent preflight breath analyser examination shall be carried out per day.

The March 29 order had stated that every aviation personnel has to submit an undertaking that he or she is not under the influence of alcohol and that he or she has not consumed alcohol or psychoactive substance in the last 12 hours from the time of reporting for duty.

The regulator had noted that if the undertaking submitted by the aviation personnel is violated, their license or approval would be suspended for three years.


Odisha has crossed the 20 lakh covid-19 tests mark with the cumulative total of 20 lakh 48 thousand and eight. The tests conducted so far has diagnosed over one lakh 20 thousand persons as positive, with 29, 299 active cases as on date. More than 90 thousand patients have already recovered.


Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has called for continuing the fight against Covid 19 firmly. He said that the Corona period is also an opportunity with a challenge. The Chief Minister was addressing a function in Gorakhpur  today. More from our Lucknow correspondent:


"After 6 thousand 692 new cases the total number of active Corona cases in state has reached  59 thousand 963. Addition Chief Secretary Health Amit Mohan Prasad said that so far one lakh 95 thousand 959 people have got recovered  from Corona. He said out of total active patients 30 thousand 848 are getting treatment in home isolation. According to health department after 81 more deaths the total deaths due to Covid 19 in state has reached three thousand 843. The capital Lucknow remains at top where one thousand six new cases of Corona were detected during last 24 hours. In Prayagraj there were 413 new Corona cases followed by Kanpur 362 during the last 24 hours.  MS Yadav, AIR News, Lucknow "


Kerala confirmed 2,655 new Covid-19 cases today. Chief  Minister Pinarayi Vijayan while briefing media after Covid evaluation meeting said  that 2,111 recoveries and 11 Covid deaths were also reported.

Out of the new cases 2,433 were infected through contact and source of 220 cases was unknown. 61 health workers were also tested Covid positive today. Thiruvananthapuram reported highest number of covid cases, 590.

At present there are 21,800 active Covid cases in Kerala. A total of 62,559 people have recovered. The Covid death toll in is 337 now.


In Meghalaya, 182 new COVID-19 cases were detected today taking the total active cases to 1374.

The total number of recovered cases in Meghalaya stands at 1527. So far Meghalaya has recorded a total of 2616 COVID 19 cases out of which 1374 are active, 1527 are recovered and 15 deaths.


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

Speaking to AIR News, Dr. Saurabh Mehrotra, consultant at Mental Health Division in Medanta Hospital emphasised that people should indulge in positive addictions. He said, special care should be taken, not to over-expose oneself to excessive COVID related News which leads to anxiety related issues.


Andhra Pradesh has topped the chart among all Indian States and Union Territories in the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) 2019 rankings. Uttar Pradesh bagged second position and Telangana third.

The Commerce and Industry Ministry released the rankings of States and Union Territories (UTs) in terms of ease of doing business in a function today. It was attended by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

Speaking on the occasion, Commerce Minister said that the Centre is committed towards promoting cooperative and competitive federalism. He said, India is among the top ten performers in terms of improvement in ease of doing business parameters in last 2 years. Mr. Goyal asserted that the country will work with other like-minded nations to build a resilient global supply chain. He also said that the special emphasis by the government under the Atmanirbhar Bharat mission will augur the output of manufacturing sector in 24 sectors to nearly 20 lakh crore rupees in the coming years.


The BRAP ranking aims at triggering competition among states to improve business climate in order to attract domestic and global investors. The parameters include areas like construction permit, labour regulation, environmental registration, access to information, land availability and single window system.


The Finance Ministry has clarified that the Department of Expenditure circular on Economic measures for further Expenditure Management issued yesterday deals only with internal procedure for creation of posts. It said, the circular does not affect or curtail recruitment in any way.

Finance Ministry has further stated that there is no restriction or ban on filling up of Central Government posts. It said, normal recruitments through government agencies including Staff Selection Commission, UPSC, Railway Recruitment Board among others will continue as usual without any curbs.


Start-Up Village Entrepreneurship Programme, SVEP, is propelling enterprises in rural areas and building rural entrepreneurs.  It has extended business support services and capital infusion to 153 blocks of 23 states. As of August 2020, around one lakh enterprises are being supported out of which 75 percent are owned and managed by women.

SVEP focusses on providing self-employment opportunities with financial assistance and training in business management and soft skills while creating local community cadres for promotion of enterprises. It addresses three major pillars of rural start-ups namely - finances, incubation and skill ecosystems.


President Ram Nath Kovind has said that teachers are the true nation builders who lay the foundation of character-building in our sons and daughters to make them enlightened citizens. He said, teachers are instrumental in building the character and knowledge of the children.

Speaking after virtually presenting National Awards to Teachers on the occasion of Teacher's Day today, President Kovind said the teachers' dedication is most important factor in making a good school. He appreciated role of teachers for imparting education through digital medium during COVID pandemic. Emphasizing on the importance of digital technology in challenging times of COVID pandemic, President Kovind said that our teachers are taking the help of this technology to reach out to the children.

"ऑनलाइन शिक्षण को बढ़ावा देने के लिए शिक्षकों को अभिभावकों के साथ भागीदारी करनी होगी ताकि वे बच्चों के साथ इस प्रक्रिया में सहयोगी बनें और उन्हें रुचि के साथ सीखने के लिए प्रेरित करें। आप सबको, अपने विकास के लिए, शिक्षा में हो रहे नए बदलावों के बारे में जानना होगा और इसके लिए लगातार डिजिटल तकनीक का उपयोग करना होगा। हमें यह भी सुनिश्चित करना है कि डिजिटल माध्यम से पढ़ाई करने के साधन ग्रामीण, आदिवासी और दूरदराज के क्षेत्रों में भी हर वर्ग के हमारे बेटे-बेटियों को प्राप्त हो सकें।"

The President said, teachers should be at the centre of fundamental changes being made in the education system. He said, according to the New Education Policy (NEP), every possible step needs to be taken to enable teachers.

"शिक्षा व्यवस्था में किये जा रहे बुनियादी बदलावों के केंद्र में अवश्य शिक्षक ही होने चाहिए। नयी शिक्षा नीति के अनुसार शिक्षकों को सक्षम बनाने के लिए हर संभव कदम उठाए जाने की वश्यकता है। इस नीति के अनुसार हर स्तर पर शिक्षण के पेशे में सबसे होनहार लोगों का चयन करने के प्रयास करने होंगे। साथ ही शिक्षकों की स्वायत्तता उनके सम्मानपूर्वक स्थान को सुनिचित करने के प्रयास जारी रखने होंगे।"

The President honoured 47 teachers, who have have given their significant contribution in improvement of the quality of school education.

The President congratulated the winners of the award and appreciated the steps taken by the teachers in order to improve school education qualitatively.  

The national level awards are given to teachers on Teachers' Day to celebrate the unique contribution of some of the finest teachers in the country.

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre were present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, the education minister said:


The teachers from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, conferred with National Teachers Awards have expressed their happiness over the awards. They said they try to teach the students by making use of teaching aids and technical gadgets.

A. Madhu Babu from Z.P.High School Kasibugga, in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh said that his first focus was to bring students to classrooms.

V. Padma Priya of Government Nehru Memorial High School, Malakpet, in Hyderabad, Telangana says these awards are a message to parents that government schools are centres for quality education.


President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to second President of India Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary today.

Dr Radhakrishnan was an eminent academic and statesman who believed that "teachers should be the best minds in the country". Since 1962, his birthday is celebrated as Teachers' Day on 5th of September every year.

President, Vice President and Prime Minister also greeted teachers across the country on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.


Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today said there is a need to revive the spirit of excellence and asserted that mediocrity must never be the norm. Conveying his thoughts on the occasion of Teachers’ Day in a Facebook post, Mr Naidu reminisced that India was known as the ‘Vishwaguru’ at one time.

Naming institutions like Nalanda, Takshashila and Pushpagiri that exemplified excellence, he said India was a society that valued learning and considered teaching to be one of the most noble and sacred professions. The Vice President expressed his deep sense of gratitude to all his teachers who left an indelible impression on his personality.

Quoting the mantra, ‘Acharya Devo Bhava’, Mr Naidu said teachers are manifestations of the divine because they create a well-rounded personality and foster innovation. He stated that the National Education Policy 2020 rightly recognized teachers and faculty as the heart of the learning process. He added that society must continue to revere the immense contribution of teachers to national development.


Amid the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, teachers at a hamlet in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district have devised a method of distance learning to make the local school children study the syllabus and do the homework by following social distancing.The idea has found a place in the 30 most inspiring ideas of change 2020 organised by the Design for Change (DFC) and United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF). More in this report:

"Teachers of a Zilla Parishad-run primary school in Dattawadi, a settlement of 165 people located near the world- famous Ajanta caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, have began an  initiative called 'Neighbour Katta'. Under the initiative, the teachers send the list of curricular exercises on the mobile phones of the students' parents and the children have to complete the given tasks daily during the specified school hours by coming together in small groups by maintaining social distancing. Each group comprises children of different classes living in the vicinity, so that seniors can guide the juniors.The photos of the completed homework are then sent in a WhatasApp group to the teachers, who accordingly ask the students to make corrections.Out of the four hours of school held daily this way, two-and-half hours are dedicated to the study part. The rest of the school time is reserved for physical activities to make their study exciting.There is 100 per cent attendance and till date the school has completed around 75 per cent of the syllabus of the first semester. This activity has been going on since April this year. School headmaster Bapu Bawiskar said that  there are only 19 students in their primary school. After the school was shut due to the lockdown, hence to continue studies the school administration has come out with  Neighbour Katta concept. Nivedita, Air News, Mumbai"


Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today said that the government will give more funding for research and innovation as per the commitment contained in the New Education Policy (NEP). The Minister was speaking at the Centenary Celebration of Parle Tilak Vidyalaya in Mumbai via video conference, to express gratitude to the teachers on the occasion of Teacher's Day.

Mr Javadekar said, research funding will grow in leaps and bounds as the Modi Government is committed for improving and increasing the research fund.


A court in Mumbai today remanded Showik Chakraborty and Samuel Miranda to the custody of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) till September 9. They were arrested in connection with the drugs probe linked to actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death. Showik is brother of the main accused in the case, Rhea Chakraborty, while Miranda was house manager of the deceased actor. They were arrested yesterday night under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act after questioning of 10 hours.


Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.

National Capital Delhi will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. Minimum temperature is expected to settle at 26 degrees Celsius and maximum at 34 degrees.

In Mumbai, rain or thundershowers would occur towards evening or night. Minimum temperature will be around 26 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. Minimum and maximum temperatures will hover between 26 and 35 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. Minimum temperature will be around 28 degrees celsius, maximum would be around 35 degrees.

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Minimum temperature in Jammu will be around 26 degrees Celsius, maximum will be around 33 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky which could become partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Srinagar, minimum temperature will be around 17 degrees while the maximum could settle at  27 degrees. The city will have partly cloudy sky.

Ladakh will have partly cloudy sky. Minimum and maximum temperature will hover between 16 and 28 degrees Celsius.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 14 and 28 degrees Celsius. It will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will hover between 19 and 29 degrees Celsius.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 24 and 34 degrees Celsius. The city will experience generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Chandigarh, there will be partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature will be 25 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 34 degrees.


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