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Morning News

0830 HRS
14.09.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Monsoon Session of Parliament begins today adhering to COVID-19 protocols.
  • Election Commission team to visit Bihar to review preparations for upcoming Assembly polls.
  • Delhi government allows Gyms and Yoga centers to open from today.
  • Hindi Diwas is being observed across the country.
  • Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic party to elect its new leader to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
  • In US Open Tennis,Domnic Theim beats Alexander Zverev to win the Men's Singles title.

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Monsoon Session of Parliament will begin today. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the session will be held in two shifts - 9 AM to 1 PM and 3 PM to 7 PM. Except today, Rajya Sabha will sit in the morning shift and Lok Sabha will sit in the evening shift. The Session will take up 47 items during its 18 sittings till 1st October. It will take up eleven Bills to replace the ordinances. These include the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the Salary and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2020. Some other new bills are also likely to be introduced, for consideration and passage during this session. These include the Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Pension Fund Regulatory And Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020, the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020, the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2020 and the Jammu and Kashmir Official Language, Bill, 2020.

"Parliament is fully prepared for the 18-day Monsoon Session beginning from today. This will be the first Parliament session being held amid the Covid-19 pandemic. All safety measures have been taken to conduct the session as per guidelines issued for Covid19. Entry in the premises will be allowed only on production of a COVID-19 negative report. The session will see other measures like seating MPs in a staggered way in chambers of both Houses, as well as galleries to maintain physical distancing norms and introduction of mobile app for registering of MPs’ attendance. There will be no Question Hour and Private Members' Bills will not be taken up in the upcoming Session. The Zero Hour will be there and the un-starred questions will be laid on the table. With Dipendra Kumar, Suparna Saikia, AIR News Delhi."

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The day-long session of Delhi Assembly will be held today. Various safety measures have been put in place for the session, including setting up of a COVID-19 testing facility at the assembly for the assembly staff and legislators before the session. The session will begin at 2 pm. According to the list of business, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will table papers, including a report of Delhi Technological University for 2018-19. Mr Sisodia will also introduce the Delhi Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in the House. Power Minister Satyendar Jain will table the annual report of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission for 2017-18. 

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A three-day long session of Tamil Nadu Assembly will begin this morning in Chennai. For maintaining social distancing, the venue has been shifted from Fort St George to the spacious Kalaivanar Hall.Total Covid-19 infection in the state have crossed the half-a-million mark yesterday. 5,693 new cases took the tally to over 5.02 lakh. However, the active caseload in the state remains at a little over 47-thousand. The recoveries exceed 4.47 lakh.

 "All the members of the House were tested for Covid-19 using the RT-PCR kits ahead of the session. The officials and the news persons of the recognised media houses also underwent the test. They revealed that three of the ruling AIADMK legislators and a few officials are positive for the infection. The opposition is set to raise several issues like the Covid-19 management, the NEET exam, the National Education Policy and a host of other matters. The House on the first day today would pass resolutions expressing condolences over the demise of sitting MLA J.Anbazhagan and MP H.Vasanthakumar and former President Pranab Mukherjee before adjourning for the day. During the next two days, Government businesses are expected to be taken up after Question Hour. Several bills are also expected to be introduced and passed including the first supplementary budget. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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An Election Commission of India (ECI) team will arrive in Patna today on a two-day visit to the state to review preparations for the forthcoming Assembly polls. The team includes Deputy Election Commissioners Sudeep Jain and Chandrabhushan Kumar. This is the first visit of the Election Commission team before the Assembly polls which is due in October-November. The tenure of the current Assembly is scheduled to end on November 29. During the two-day visit, the ECI team will hold meetings with DMs and SPs of different districts at Patna, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur and Bodh Gaya. Soon after their arrival in Patna, the team will leave for Muzaffarpur where they will hold a review meeting with the concerned officials of 12 districts including Darbhanga, Madhubani and Sitamarhi. In the afternoon, they will hold a review meeting in Patna with DMs and SPs of seven districts including Nalanda, Bhojpur and Buxar. After this the ECI team will hold a meeting with Director General of Police. Tomorrow, the ECI team will hold review meeting at Bhagalpur and Bodhgaya. Before returning to Delhi, they will hold review meeting with Chief Secretary and other senior officials in Patna.

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The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to constitute a special force. It will provide security to the high court, district courts, administrative offices and buildings, Metro rail, airports, banks, financial institutions, educational institutions and industrial units. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said, the state government has issued orders for the constitution of the force and a road map in this regard has been sought from the UP DGP. He said, the basis of this force is based on an order of the High Court. The High Court had ordered that there should be a specialised force for civil courts. In all, there will be 9,919 personnel in the force. Five battalions will be constituted in the first phase and it will be headed by an ADG-rank officer. Expenses incurred in the first phase will be around 1,747 crore rupees. On December 18, 2019, the Allahabad High Court had pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government over a shootout at a Bijnor courtroom. Three assailants had on December 17, last year, opened fire in the court of the Bijnor chief judicial magistrate. A murder accused was killed  and three others were injured including two policemen and a court employee. 

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The Government has urged seven big States to ensure adequate Oxygen availability in all Healthcare Facilities. These States are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The Health Ministry held a virtual meeting in this regard yesterday. The aim of the meeting was to ensure adequate Oxygen availability in all health care facilities in these States and unrestricted intra as well as inter State movement of oxygen. Several senior officials participated in the meeting. The States were specifically advised to ensure hospital wise oxygen inventory management and advance planning for timely replenishment so that there is no stockout. They have been also asked to ensure that no restriction is imposed on the movement of Medical Oxygen between States and Union Territories. States have been advised to ensure timely payment of the due bills to the manufacturers and suppliers to maintain an uninterrupted supply of oxygen. They have been also asked to improve power supply infrastructure and ensure uninterrupted supply to Oxygen Manufacturing Units.   

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Clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University have resumed in the United Kingdom after a brief safety pause. The trials resumed after the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority confirmed that the trials are safe. AstraZeneca had paused its trials on Tuesday after observing a single event of an unexplained illness that occurred in the UK phase III trial. After Astrazeneca resumed the trial in the United Kingdom, Serum Institute of India has said that they will restart the trial in the country once the apex drug regulator allows. Serum Institute of India has partnered with AstraZeneca to manufacture the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine candidate for low-and-middle income countries.

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Spain's first trial of a coronavirus vaccine is scheduled to begin today. This was informed by Alberto Borobia, the chief of the clinical trials unit of the La Paz University Hospital in Madrid. The vaccine to be tested was developed by US corporation Johnson & Johnson. Phase 1 trials were held in the United States and Belgium. The trials in Spain will fall under Phase 2, to be also held in Germany and Belgium. Three Spanish hospitals will be administering the trials. The expected pool of participants include 190 volunteers. According to WHO protocols, a candidate vaccine has to complete three phases of clinical trials to be approved for industrial production.

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The Delhi government has permitted gyms and yoga institutes to open and extended the permission to weekly markets to function till September 30th. Gyms and yoga institutes can open from today provided they strictly follow all Covid guidelines and the standard operating procedure issued by the Union health ministry. The Covid situation in Delhi was reviewed. It was decided that the present arrangement of opening of weekly markets on a trial basis, that is, one weekly market per day per zone in all three municipal corporations/NDMC/Delhi Cantonment Board (except in containment zones) may be continued till September 30. An order was issued by chief secretary Vijay Dev, who is also chairman of DDMA’s state executive committee.

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Four thousand 235 fresh  cases of Coronavirus were reported in Delhi during the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to over two lakh 18 thousand. The Delhi Government has said that over one lakh 84 thousand people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, three thousand 403 people recovered and 29 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to four thousand 744. Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the national capital is 28 thousand 812.

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In Bihar, COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 90.32 percent. This is 13 percent more than the national average. 1,895 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours. 1 lakh 43 thousand 53 patients have recovered from the infection in the state so far. 14 thousand 513 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals at present. Positive cases have mounted to 1 lakh 58,389. Casualities due to Corona have gone upto 822. The total number of testing has crossed 48 lakh 84 thousand in the state.

The state government has provided a telephone facility to the jail inmates to communicate with their family members in order to ease psychological stress due to restrictions on their visit to the jails amidst the ongoing pandemic. For this 105 telephone booths have ben set up in jails across the state for inmates. IG (Jail) Mithilesh Mishra said visitors or family are not allowed to meet inmates in jails due to the pandemic.

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Odisha's Covid-19 caseload breached the 1.5 lakh mark yesterday. With 3913 fresh cases, the coronavirus infection in the state has gone up to 1,50,807. With 10 more deaths reported yesterday, the covid-19 death toll too has reached 626.  However, the total number of patients recovered so far has also increased to 1,15,279, leaving 34,849 active cases.

"The viral presence in Odisha is more pronounced in Khordha- the home district of capital Bhubaneswar. The district has continued to maintain its lead in carrying the covid-19 caseload of the state day after day, with the latest single day casecount being 556 yesterday. This is far ahead of the second-highest daily caseload of 382 from Cuttack. From out of the 556 cases reported from Khordha, the capital city of Bhubaneswar alone contributes as many as 395 cases, making's it the centre-stage of viral transmission in the state. Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has undertaken a mega health screening drive in the non-slum areas of the city from yesterday. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR NEWS, Bhubaneswar."

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In Karnataka the highest single day spike of 9,894 new Covid-19 positive cases was reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of infection to 4,59,445. On the other hand 8,402 people were discharged from various hospitals in the State and the total number of recoveries has gone up to 3,52,958. 99,203 active patients are being treated across the State among them 807 are in ICU.  104 covid patients lost their life and the total number of fatalities has increased to 7,265. 

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In Gujarat, 1326 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded during the last 24 hours. Our correspondent reports that the recovery rate further improved to 82.71 percent.

"More than 32 lakh 88 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date, out of which 68828 tests were carried out yesterday. Total cases of Covid19 in the state have gone up to 1 lakh 13 thousand 662. At present 16439 active cases in the state, out of which 87 patients are on ventilator. At the other end, 1205 patients have been discharged from various hospitals after recovery. Total patients recovered from Covid19 have gone up to 94010. 15 patients have lost their lives yesterday, taking the total death due to Covid19 in the state up to 3213. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."

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Amidst the spiralling COVID  crisis in Maharashtra, Thane Zilla Parishad has announced that a total of 203 out of 430 villages under the parishad do not have any coronavirus positive cases and the panchayats there have put up green flags to highlight the feat. Chief Executive Officer Hiralal Sonawane said yesterday,  villages which do not report any COVID-19 case for 28 days are termed as 'Corona free villages'. The official informed that Thane district has 430 village panchayats in all. He said the recovery rate in the rural parts of the district is 79.24 per cent while the doubling rate of cases in the Zilla Parishad area was now 84 days. Two days ago, 206 villages out of the 341 villages in Aurangabad district were declared as free of Covid-19. The success of this is attributed to the sincere efforts of  the administration wherein they monitored the containment zones and conducted constant checks on elderly villagers helping in controlling the spread of the infection.

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Following the Prime Minister’s digital mantra, Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company Bhopal is the first such power distribution company in the country, in which e-office system is being operated from corporate office to local circle offices level. State Energy Minister Pradyuman Singh Tomar has congratulated the company's officials and employees on this achievement. "Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company has implemented e-file and e-correspondence system from July 27 through NIC e-office. Due to the e-office system, consumers are getting quick results of their complaints. There is no physical movement of the file and Corona infection is also being avoided by unmanned systems. Along with the e-office system, more than a dozen IT based reforms have been implemented by the Company, which have become an example in the power sector of the country. Many applications such as bill payment facility, UPAY app, maintenance app, self meter reading facility, enterprise resources planning have been implemented in the company through the Common Service Center in the villages, which are continuously benefiting the consumers as well as the company. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

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Fishery is a sustainable livelihood, which supports about 60 million people of our country. It has a notable contribution to the GDP, foreign exchange earnings and certainly food and nutritional security to the people of our country. Mizoram has a dearth of flat land to develop adequate number of water areas for pisciculture, but the state is still resourceful in fisheries because the state has large freshwater resources. In recent times, the state is witnessing an enormous growth in pisciculture or fisheries. Also, the state has a very high potential for improvement in fish production.

 "Mizoram, which is endowed with 22 rivers along with hundreds of tributaries, has 24 thousand hectare area suitable for fish culture. Of this, about 14 thousand 500 hectare area is open water resources. Further, fish culture is being made in 600 hectare.

Talking to AIR News, the Director of Fisheries Mr Vanlallawma said:

For further development and self-sufficiency in pisciculture and to enrich the rural economy, the fisheries department has taken up many initiatives under the Blue Revolution program, Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana. This is Irene, for North East Diary, from AIR News Aizawl."

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In the ongoing 'Ek Bharat Shresht Bharat' campaign, the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir is paired with Tamil Nadu and the exchange of activities under the theme, have taken place through a Webinar.

"A webinar under Ek Bharat Shresht Bharat was organized by the Institute of Hotel Management Srinagar on 31st of August with Chennai Institute through Google Meet. Chef Mohd Yaseen Reshi gave an introduction and awareness sessions on Kashmiri Cuisine and Culture.  He informed the participants as to how the Kashmiri Non-Vegetarian food like "Kashmiri Wazwaan" is prepared on special occasions in Kashmir like marriage ceremonies which include Tabakh Maaz, Ghoshtaaba, Roganjoash, Ristaa and Kabaab. He also threw light on the Vegetarian dishes such as Dum Aaloo, Nadroo Yakhnee, Paneer Pulaav, Monj Haakh and Lyodhear Tschamun made out of cheese that is prepared in creamy gravy based on turmeric. Besides, it was informed by Mohd Yaseen as to how Kashmiri Kehwa prepared with walnuts or almonds and saffron is prepared. It has become a custom with Kashmiri culture to serve this tea at religious places, festivals and at marriages.  It is also called as "Moageal Chaaye" by Kashmiri Pandits. The Chennai based participants were thrilled to get the information of the Kashmiri Cuisine and desired that such programmes under Ek Bharat Shresht Bharat should continue in future, as well. This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar."

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Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju will lay the foundation stone for various sports facilities in Leh today. The Minister will lay foundation for a Synthetic Track & Astro Turf for football in Leh at an open stadium and for a Gymnasium hall in NDS indoor stadium in Leh.

 "Minister Mr Kiran Rijiju told All India Radio news that the country has taken challenges thrown by Covid-19 Pandemic head-on and moving forward under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that the volunteers from his Ministry are sensitizing, creating awareness and assisting the needy people during the Pandemic. He also said that sports persons are undergoing training at various centres, for the 2021 Olympics to be held in Tokyo.

The Minister is also expected to make key announcements today with regard to recognition to Ice Hockey and for development of other adventure and winter sports in Ladakh. Ramesh Chandra, All India Radio NEWS, Leh."

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Hindi Diwas is being celebrated across the country today. It was on this day in 1949 that the Constituent Assembly adopted Hindi written in Devanagari as the official language of the country. Today, Hindi is one of the widely spoken languages in the world and the first language of more than 520 million people.

The Government has taken several steps to promote the Rajbhasha and at the international forums, Hindi is being well received. The pioneer was the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee whose address to the UN General Assembly is still recalled by one and all. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated and extended best wishes to the people on the occasion of Hindi Diwas. In a tweet, Prime Minister congratulated to all the linguists who contributed to the development of Hindi.

On Hindi Diwas today, Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed his gratitude to all those who contributed to the strengthening of the Hindi language. In a tweet, teh Home Minister said, the greatest strength of Hindi is its scientificness, originality and simplicity. He said, with the new education policy of Narendra Modi government, there will be parallel development of Hindi and other Indian languages. Home Minister appealed to people of the country to contribute towards promotion and protection of Hindi language along with their mother tongue.

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Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will elect its new president following the resignation of the party's leader and longest-serving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The ruling party's top pick will then be confirmed as Prime Minister by a special session of the country's parliament, the National Diet, on Wednesday. Abe's loyal supporter and chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide, is widely seen as the front-runner. The list of election hopefuls also includes former Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba and former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

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Dominic Thiem produced a historic comeback to beat Alexander Zverev in a nervy five-setter and win the US Open last night. The second seeded Austrian beat the fifth seed 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. It marked the first time in the US Open's history that a player had recovered from losing the opening two sets to win the title. It was also the first time the final had been settled by a tie-break. The title marks Thiem's maiden Grand Slam trophy after three previous defeats in finals of tennis majors. Thiem was runner-up at the Australian Open earlier this year and also lost in the last-two showdowns at the French Open in 2018 and 2019. He also becomes the first new Grand Slam champion since Croatian Marin Cilic won at Flushing Meadows in 2014. Thiem is also the first Grand Slam champion other than Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer since Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka won the third of his majors at the 2016 US Open.

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Today’s weather forecast

The National Capital Delhi will have a generally cloudy sky with Light Rain or Drizzle. The minimum temperature recorded in the city was 27 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 36 degrees. Mumbai will see a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The temperature is likely to hover between 25 and 32 degrees Celsius. Chennai is likely to see a generally cloudy sky with Light rain. The minimum was 26 while the maximum temperature is expected to reach 31. Kolkata may have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or Thunderstorm. The minimum temperature was 28 degree Celsius while the maximum is likely to be 35. On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was recorded at 25 degree Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 35 degrees. The city will have a mainly clear sky. In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 13  and 29 degree celsius. The city is likely to have Mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Ladakh will also have a mainly Clear sky. The temperature may hover between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius. In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was 13  and the maximum will be 31 . The city will have a mainly clear sky. Muzzafarabad is also likely to have a mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 21 and the maximum is expected to be 35 degrees Celsius. 

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Newspaper Headlines

  • The Asian Age reports that over 15.97 lakh that is around 90% of the candidates appeared for NEET examination yesterday.

  • Over 10,000 Indians, entities from politics to busines, judiciary to media, even crime-accused, are being tracked by big-data firm linked to Chinese government, reports the Indian Express.

  • India is expected to have the Covid-19 vaccine by the first quarter of 2021, says Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, reports the Tribune.

  • "More listeners tune in to radio but advertisers switch off"- Financial Express says while radio experienced a surge in listenership during the intense lockdown months, advertising on radio chanels hit rock bottom during this period.

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