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18.09.2020

THE HEADLINES

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Kosi Rail mega bridge and 12 railway projects in Bihar through video conferencing.

  • PM hails historic reforms in agriculture; Says government is committed to MSP support for farmers.

  • Rajya Sabha passes Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill 2020 and Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill 2020.

  • Railway Minister Piyush Goyal says, there is no proposal to privatize Indian Railways.

  • Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 78.86 per cent.

  • And in Cricket, stage is all set for the 13th edition of IPL tomorrow in Abu Dhabi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the historic Kosi Rail Mahasetu (mega bridge) to the nation through video-conference a short while ago. He also inaugurated 12 rail projects related to passenger facilities to benefit the people of Bihar.


Speaking on this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said history has been created in connectivity and prosperity of Bihar after construction of historical Kosi Rail Mahasetu.


" इससे नॉर्थ-ईस् के साथियों के लिए वैकल्पिक रेलमार्ग भी उपलब् हो जाएगा। कोसी और मिथिला क्षेत्र के लिए ये महासेतु सुविधा का साधन तो है ही, ये इस पूरे क्षेत्र में व्यापार, कारोबार, उद्योग, रोजगार को भी बढावा देने वाला है। बिहार के लोग तो इसे भलीभांति जानते हैं कि वर्तमान में निर्मली से सरायगढ का रेल का सफर करीब-करीब तीन सौ किलोमीटर का होता है। इसके लिए दरभंगा, समस्तीपुर, खगडिया, मानसी, सहरसा ये सारे रास्तों से होते हुए जाना पड़ता है। अब वो दिन ज्यादा दूर नहीं, जब बिहार के लोगों को तीन सौ किलोमीटर की ये यात्रा नहीं करनी पड़ेगी।


Mr Modi said the bridge has connected Mitihila and Kosi region. The dedication of this project has fulfilled the 86-year old dream and the long wait of the people of the region.


The project was completed during the COVID-pandemic where the migrant labour also participated. Mr Modi said, 90 per cent rail line in Bihar has been electrified.


"बिहार में रेल कनेक्टिविटी के क्षेत्र में नया इतिहास रचा गया है। कोसी महासेतु और किउल ब्रिज के साथ ही बिहार में रेल यातायात, रेलवे के बिजलीकरण और रेलवे में मेक इन इंडिया को बढ़ावा देने, नये रोजगार पैदा करने वाले एक दर्जन प्रोजेक्ट्स का आज लोकार्पण और शुभारंभ हुआ है। लगभग तीन हजार करोड रुपये के प्रोजेक्ट्स से बिहार का रेल नेटवर्क तो सशक् होगा ही, पश्चिम बंगाल और पूर्वी भारत की रेल कनेक्टिविटी भी मजबूत होगी।"


The 1.9-kilometre long Kosi mega bridge has been completed at a total cost of 516 crore rupees. With the construction of the bridge the rail distance between Nirmali and Saraigarh would come down from the present 298 kilometres to 22 kilometres.


The dedication of this project will fulfil the 86-year old dream and the long wait of the people of the region. The bridge has connected Mitihila and Kosi region. This  bridge is of strategic importance along Indo-Nepal border. It would also make it easy for long distance travel to Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai for the people of the region.


The Prime Minister also flaged off a demu train from Supaul Railway Station on Saharsa-Adampur-Kupaha section.


Among the 12 other projects to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister are two new railway lines, five electrification projects, one electric locomotive shed and third line project between Barh and Bakhatiarpur.


The two new railway lines are the Hajipur-Ghoswar-Vaishali section as well as Islampur-Nateshar section and Karnauti- Bakhtiarpur by pass rail line between Barh-Bakhtiarpur.


The railway electrification projects include Muzaffarpur- Sitamarhi sections, Katihar-New Jalpaiguri, Samastipur-Khagaria, Bhagalpur- Shivnarayanpur and Samastipur-Jaynagar sections.


The Prime minister said, Opposition are misguiding people by protesting Agriculture reforms Bill. Mr. Modi asserted that these legislations will empower farmers in the country and will ensure that they get the benefit of modern technology.


"देश के किसानों के कल्याण कीदिशा में, कृषि सुधारों की दिशा में कल देश के लिए बहुत ही महत्वपूर्ण दिन था। कल विश्वकर्मा जयंती के दिन लोकसभा में ऐतिहासिक कृषि सुधार विधेयक पारित किए गए हैं। इन विधेयकों ने हमारे अन्नदाता किसानों को अनेक बंधनों से मुक्ति दिलाई। आजादी के बाद किसानों को किसानी में एक नई आजादी देने का काम हुआ है।"


He said that various powers are engaged in confusing the farmers regarding the provisions of the new legislation.


"वही चीजें भारतीय जनता पार्टी-एनडीए सरकार कर रही है। किसानों को समर्पित हमारी ये सरकार कर रही है, तो ये भांति-भांति के भ्रम फैला रहे हैं। जिस एपीएमसी एक् को लेकर अब ये लोग राजनीति कर रहे हैं। एग्रीकल्चर मार्केट के प्रावधानों में बदलाव का विरोध कर रहे हैं। उसी बदलाव के बाद इन लोगों ने अपने घोषणा पत्र में भी खिली थी, लेकिन अब जब एनडीए सरकार ने ये बदलाव कर दिया है, तो ये लोग इसका विरोध करने पर, झूठ फैलाने पर, भ्रम फैलाने पर उतर आए हैं। सिर्फ विरोध के लिए विरोध करने का ये एक, एक के बाद एक अनेक उदाहरण सामने गए, लेकिन ये लोग, ये भूल रहे हैं कि देश का किसान कितना जागृत है।"


Mr. Modi assured farmers that the system of MSP and government procurement will continue as before. He exhorted that these bills will additionally fortify the farmers by giving them many more options.


"हमारी सरकार किसानों को एमएसपी के माध्यम से उचित मूल् दिलाने के लिए प्रतिबद्ध है। पहले भी थे, आज भी हैं, आगे भी रहेंगे। सरकारी खरीद भी पहले की तरह जारी रहेगी। कोई भी व्यक्ति अपना उत्पादन, जो भी वो पैदा करता है, दुनिया में कहीं भी बेच सकता है, जहां चाहे वहां बेच सकता है। अगर वो कपड़ा बनात है, जहां चाहे बेच सकता है, वो बर्तन बनात है, कहीं पर भी बेच सकता है, वो जूते बनाता है, कहीं पर भी बेच सकता है, लेकिन एकमात्र केवल मेरे किसान भाई-बहनों को इन अधिकारों से वंचित रखा गया है। मजबूर किया गया। अब नये प्रावधान लागू होने के कारण किसान अपनी फसल वो देश के किसी भी बाजार में, अपनी मनचाही कीमत पर बेच सकेंगे।" 


Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, dream of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been fulfilled after dedication of Kosi Rail Mahasetu. Mr Kumar thanked Mr Modi for speedy construction of setu. He demanded for extension of Hajipur-Vaishai to Supaul.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the passing of the two farm related bills in Lok Sabha as historic and asserted that they will rid farmers and the farm sector of middlemen and other bottlenecks. Mr Modi said, these agrarian reforms will provide new opportunities to farmers to sell their produce, which will increase their profits. More from our correspondent-


"The first bill aims at creating additional trading opportunities outside the APMC market yards to help farmers get remunerative prices due to additional competition. This will supplement the existing MSP procurement system which is providing stable income to farmers. The new legislation will create an ecosystem where the farmers and traders will enjoy freedom of choice of sale and purchase of agri-produce. It will open more choices for the farmer, reduce marketing costs for the farmers and help them in getting better prices. The bill will also help farmers of regions with surplus produce to get better prices and consumers of regions with shortages, lower prices. The farmers will not be charged any cess or levy for sale of their produce under this Act. This legislation will act as a catalyst to attract private sector investment for building supply chains for supply of Indian farm produce to national and global markets, and in agricultural infrastructure. Farmers will get access to technology and advice for high value agriculture and get ready market for such produce.With Dipendra Kumar, Suparna Saikia, AIR News Delhi."


Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of Harsimrat Kaur Badal from the Union Council of Ministers. She has resigned in the protest of the farm related bills. A press communique issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan said, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has been assigned the charge of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries in addition to his existing portfolios.


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The Rajya Sabha today passed the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020.


Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill amends the Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973. The Act sets up the Central Council of Homoeopathy which regulates homoeopathic education and practice. The bill replaces the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which was promulgated in April this year. The legislation amends the 1973 Act to increase the period for the supersession of the Central Council from two years to three years.


The Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill amends the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970. The Act provides for the constitution of a Central Council which regulates the education and practice of the Indian medicine system including Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy. The bill replaces the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which was promulgated in April this year. It provides that the Central Council will stand superseded from April this year and the council will be reconstituted within one year from the date of its supersession. In the interim period, the Central Government will constitute a Board of Governors, which will exercise the powers of the Central Council. The Board will consist of up to ten members.


Replying to a discussion on the Bills, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the government is committed to bring the positive changes in the Indian medicine systems in a transparent manner to provide quality health care facilities. He said that Homeopathy, Yoga and Naturopathy are the ancient medicine systems and these have scientific basis.


"सरकार पूरी तरह से देश के हर नागरिक को उच्चकोटि की स्वास्थ् सुविधा सारे सिस्टम् ऑफ मेडिसन् उसके लिए सुलभ ढंग से उपलब् हों, इसके लिए प्रतिबद्ध है। इसी के लिए आयुष्मान योजना है। इसी के डेढ लाख हेल् एंड वेल्नेस सेंटर्स हैं, जहां पर आयुष के भी हेल् एंड वेल्सनेस सेंटर्स हैं। इन सब चीजों का प्रावधान है। इसी के लिए आने वाले समय में नेशनल डिजिटल हेल् मिशन है"


The Minister said that historic decisions have been taken in the health care sector under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He refuted the allegation of biasn in the constitution of the Board of Governors adding that it will be set up keeping in mind the quality and the competency.


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The Union Government has clarified that there is no proposal to privatize the Indian Railways. This was stated by the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today. He clarified that the operation of the existing services of Indian Railways is not going to be affected. He said, as of now, no regular passenger train service running over India Railways is being operated by Private Operator.


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Union Government has clarified that it has not abolished sanctioned posts in Railways in the last six years. This was stated by the Railways Minister Piyush Goyal in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today. He also said that Railways has no plan to further abolish the vacant posts.


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The Union Government has approved the amendement in Foreign the Direct Investment Policy in Defence Sector. Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has said that for new licensees, FDI is allowed upto 74 per cent through automatic route and beyond 74 per cent to be permitted through government route. For existing licensees, infusion of fresh foreign investment up to 49 per cent can be done by making a declaration of change or transfer within 30 days.


Mr Goyal said, this will enhance ease of doing business and contribute to the growth of investment, income and employment. He said, foreign investments in defence sector shall be subject to scrutiny on grounds of national security. The Minister said, in line with our collective vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, this amendments will enhance self-reliance in defence production, while keeping national interests and security paramount.


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The Rajya Sabha today unanimously passed the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill 2020 and the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The two legislations are related to reduction in the salaries, allowances of the Ministers and Members of Parliament. The bills will replace the two ordinances amending the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers Act, 1952 and the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954. The bills have the provision to cut the salaries and other allowances by 30 per cent. These changes have been made for a period of one year effective from 1st of April this year.


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BJP President J. P. Nadda today released Kamal Sandesh special edition Architect of New India to mark the 70th Birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking on the ocassion, Mr Nadda said, political culture has changed under the dynamic leader of Narendra Modi. He said, Mr Modi has worked to empower poor and downtrodden and bring them in the mainstream of the society.


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The country today registered the highest single day recoveries of 87 thousand 472 COVID patients. Health Ministry said, the recovery rate of COVID-19 has further improved to 78.86 per cent. The Health Ministry said, the total number of recoveries has reached over 41 lakh 12 thousand. The constantly increasing recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country is reduced and currently comprises only 19.52 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is 10 lakh 17 thousand. The Ministry said, effective implementation of Centre's strategic and graded 'Test-Track and Treat' approach has led to higher recoveries and lower fatalities. Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.62 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally. In the last 24 hours, one thousand 174 deaths were reported taking the toll to 84 thousand 372.


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In Rajasthan, more than 82 per cent Corona patients have been recovered in the state. With 810 new cases reported this morning the total number of COVID patients has reached 1,10,283. In all, 27 lakh 67 thousand samples for COVID have been tested. Our correspondent reports that Jaipur, Jodhpur and Kota are the worst-affected districts of COVID-19.


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In Maharashtra, the Bombay High Court today directed the State Government to file a reply to a PIL seeking that drugs used to treat COVID-19 patients be made available directly at hospitals, isolation and quarantine centres where such patients were being admitted, so that timely treatment can be given. Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police have extended prohibitory orders restricting movement of people in the city till 30th of September. The Police stressed that no new restrictions have been imposed. A report from our correspondent --


"The Bombay High Court was hearing a PIL, filed by a local NGO, All Maharashtra Human Rights Welfare Association, seeking that drugs used to treat COVID-19 patients be made available directly at hospitals, isolation and quarantine centres where such patients were being admitted. The plea claimed that since drugs crucial to treat COVID-19, such as Remdesivir, and an injection Actemra, are available only at select chemists, a patient loses much time in availing treatment.  Meanwhile, the Mumbai police has clarified the order issued under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure saying that it is a mere extension of the previous order (issued on 31st August) and no new-fresh restrictions have been imposed. All movements of one or more persons in the area designated as Containment Zone by municipal authorities is prohibited, except for essential activities, supply of essential goods and medical emergencies.  With SONALI GHADYALPATIL, KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


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In Madhya Pradesh, the numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state climbed up to 97 thousand 906 after record more than two thousand 391 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours. A report:-


"As per the state health bulletin, 2 thousand 863 coronavirus patients were discharged from the hospitals in the past 24 hours taking the number of recovered cases in the state to around 74 thousand 398. There are now 21 thousand 631 active cases in Madhya Pradesh. Meanwhile, the temporary services of pass-outs of post-graduate courses from government autonomous medical colleges of the state have been taken for Covid-19 work. Now the state government has decided to merge the work period of services taken during the Corona period with the period of compulsory rural service to be done after they pass the postgraduate course. Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang informed that the government has also taken the decision to extend the service period of junior doctors in Covid-19 duty till December on an honorarium approved by the National Health Mission. -Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


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Odisha's COVID-19 tally shot up to 1,71,341 with the discovery of 4,180 more people testing positive. The overall recovery too has gone up to 1,33,466 with 3,607 patients reported cured today. However, with 13 more patients succumbing to the infection, the death toll has mounted to 682. A report:-


"The notorious virus continues to infect more than 4,000 people per day for the last three consecutive days. Among all the 30 districts of the state, while Khordha continues to take the lead with 688 fresh cases,  Deogarh has reported 10 positive cases today, the lowest in the inter-district tally. Cuttack has come up a close second with 492 new cases. Meanwhile, the state government has revealed that more than 1000 covid-19 critical patients have so far been administered with the life saving convalescent plasma, setting a new record of sorts even as the state attempts to firewall its citizens from the fury of the novel coronavirus. Girish Chandra Dash, Bhubaneswar."


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Telangana today reported 2043 fresh COVID -19 cases during the last 24 hours taking the number of cases  so far in the state to one lakh 67 thousand 46 (1,67,046). The state conducted over 50 thousand tests yesterday. The recovery rate also slightly improved to 81.02 per cent with 1802 more people recovering yesterday. The number of  people who recovered  so far in the state has risen to 1 lakh 35 thousand 357.


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The World Health Oragnization has called for frontline medical workers to be provided with protective equipment to prevent them from being infected with the Novel Corona virus and potentially spreading it to their patients and families. Addressing a news briefing marking World Patient Safety Day yesterday, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said one of the keys to keeping patients safe is keeping health workers safe. 


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DoNER Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh said that North Eastern states have a great opportunity for economic resurgence in the post Corona period. In an exclusive interview with AIR, Dr. Singh asserted that post-Covid -19, North East will play an important role in the resurgence of the economy. He said the North East has unlimited potential in several sectors including bamboo, tourism, handloom and handicraft among others. Dr. Singh added as Prime Minister Narendra Modi said - North East is going to be the growth engine of New India. The Minister mentioned that Aatma Nirbhar North - East would lead to Aamta Nirbhar Bharat.


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In Uttar Pradesh, the State Government has decided to launch a massive recruitment drive in the state to provide government jobs to the yooth and fill the vacant post in different departments. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to begin the the recruitment process in the next three months and hand over recruitment letters within six months. A report:-


"In a special meeting  Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath sought information about vacant posts in all government offices and departments and ordered officials to start filling them. As per the tweet message from CM office, Yogi Adityanath said that so far 3 lakh recruitments have been done by state government in last 3 years and similarly the recruitment process should start in a transparent manner within the next three months. He said that the appointment letter should be distributed to the eligible candidates with in the next six months. CM will meet again with officers of all recruitment commissions and the boards on the same issue on 21st of this month. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


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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. Dr Aparna Agarwal, Professor of Medicine, Lady Hardinge Medical College will participate in the discussion. Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No:1800-115767. One 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 P.M. 


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After a long wait cricket stars will be in action at the 13th edition of Indian Premier League in United Aarab Emirates. The fans will have a lot to cheer as Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians take on Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings.


The tournament, which has been shifted to the UAE due to COVID-19 pandemic is a TV only event. In all, 60 matches will be held in three avenues- Abu Dhabhi, Sharjah and Dubai.


All  the participating teams have arrived in UAE to fight it out in a neutral venue away from their home conditions.


The organizers have ensured adequate safety arrangements in place creating bio bubbles.The idea is to prevent the Corona virus cases. .


Over the next 53 days, it is going to be a tough task for the participating teams to win the title.


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In our series on Gandhian philosophy, today we bring you a report on Gandhiji's views on moral values.  The fundamental tenets of Gandhian thought’s  are moral and include self-discipline, resisting injustice, developing a spirit of service, selflessness and sacrifice and attempting to maintain truthful and non-violent relations with others. They are deeply rooted in the notions of self-transformation, where an individual's task is to make a sincere attempt to live according to the principles of truth and nonviolence. More from our correspondent :-


"Gandhiji asserted that immoral means, such as violence, cannot produce moral ends, as means are themselves ends in the making. It must be appreciated that simplicity refers to voluntary simplicity, and should not be equated to poverty. The basic and foremost duty of a Gandhian is to resist injustice, untruth, and nonviolent resistance. Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi."


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


The National Capital Delhi will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The minimum temperature recorded in the city was 28 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 37 degrees.


In Mumbai, there will be generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The temperature is likely to hover between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius.


Chennai is likely to witness generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The minimum temperature was 27 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 33 degrees Celsius.


Kolkata may have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. The minimum temperature was 28 degrees Celsius while the maximum is likely to be around 34 degrees.


On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was recorded at 25 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 36 degrees.


In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 12 and 30 degrees celsius. The city is likely to have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.


Ladakh will also have mainly clear sky.


In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was 15 degrees and the maximum will be around 31 degrees Celsius. The city will have a partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night.


Muzzafarabad is also likely to have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 18 degrees Celsius and the maximum is expected to be around 37 degrees.


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