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  • Voting is on in Rajya Sabha for passing  Agriculture Reform Bills amid ruckus by opposition parties ; Agriculture Minster says legislations to bring revolutionary changes in lives of farmers.

  • India conducts highest ever single day covid-19 tests over 12 lakh in last 24 hours; Recovery rate  improves to 79.68 per cent.

  • Rajasthan Government imposes section 144 in 11 districts in view of spike in Corona cases.

  • Public Sector Banks recover more than 10 thousand crore rupees from willful defaulters.

  • And in Tennis, Rafael Nadal crashes out of Italian open; Semifinals Matches to be held today.


Voting is on in Rajya Sabha to pass the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill 2020. The two Bills aim at increasing the availability of buyers for farmers’ produce by allowing them to trade freely without any license or stock limit resulting in better prices for their produce. They will replace two ordinances promulgated by the Central Government in June this year.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill allows intra-state and inter-state trade of farmers’ produce beyond the physical premises of APMC markets. As per the Bill, State governments are prohibited from levying any market fee, cess or levy outside APMC areas.

The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill creates a framework for contract farming through an agreement between a farmer and a buyer prior to the production of any farm produce.

Earlier  moving the Bills, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar termed the legislations historic adding that they will bring revolutionary changes in the lives of the farmers.

प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी जी ने 2014 में कामकाज संभाला और उन्होंने कहा कि किसानों की आमदनी दोगुनी करने के लिए उनकी सरकार प्रयत् करेगी। राज्यों सरकारों के साथ काम करेगी और किसानों के साथ काम करेगी। तो किसानों की आमदनी दोगुनी हो उसके लिए सिर्फ ये ही बिल कारगर नहीं। न्यूनतम समर्थन मूल् के मामले में जब लोकसभा में चर्चा हो रही तो इस प्रकार की शंका कुछ मित्रों ने प्रकट की उस समय भी मैंने कहा था और बाकी प्रधानमंत्री जी ने भी देश को आश्वस् किया है कि न्यूनतम समर्थन मूल् का इस विधेयक से कोई भी लेना देना नहीं है। न्यूनतम समर्थन मूल् पर खरीद हो रही थी और आने वाले कल में भी खरीद होती रहेगी।

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Parliament has passed the farmers produced trade and commerce (Promotion and facilitation) Bill 2020 (Empowerment and protection) agreement on price assurance and farm services bill 2020 with Rajya Sabha approving it today amid the uproar by the opposition parities.

Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha witnessed heated arguments between Congress and YSR Congress members over remarks by Vijayasai Reddy. While participating in the discussion on the farms related Bills, Mr. Reddy accused Congress of being hypocrite on Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill 2020. He said, Congress had mentioned reforms in APMC and agri marketing sectors but it is opposing these Bills. Mr. Reddy made objectionable remarks against Congress. Afterwards, Congress MPs started protesting and they had heated arguments with YSR Congress MPs.

Earlier, the members from the Congress, Left, TMC and others moved a resolution disapproving the Bills. CPI(M) MP K.K. Ragesh  along with Tiruchi Siva of DMK, Derek O’Brien of TMC and K.C. Venugopal of Congress also moved amendments to send the Bill to the Select Committee.

Initiating the discussion, Pratap Singh Bajwa of Congress described the Bills as ill-conceived saying that his party rejects the legislations. He said, the Bills are against the farmers of Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh. Bhupendra Yadav of BJP said that these legislations are the biggest agricultural reforms in the last 70 years. He said these reforms are needed, if the country wants to become self-reliant.


A total number of three lakh 82 thousand 581 companies were struck off during the last three years. This was stated by the Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

He informed that the government has undertaken a special drive for identification and strike off the shell companies. Shell companies refer to a company without active business operation or significant assets, which in some cases are used for illegal purposes such as tax evasion, money laundering, benami properties.


Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Deve Gowda took oath as Rajya Sabha member today. Mr. Gowda was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka. Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu administered the oath to him. Mr. Gowda was the 11th Prime Minister of India from 1st June 1996 to 21st April 1997.


The government today said that around 14 to 29 lakh cases and 37 to 75 thousand deaths have been prevented due to country wide lockdown imposed in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. This was stated by the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

He said, the four months period was utilized to create additional health infrastructure and enhance human resource and produce within India critical elements like PPEs, N95 masks and ventilators. He clarified that ICMR has not released any report which estimated that the lockdown would only help reduce the spread of Covid-19 by 20-25 per cent.


The Lok Sabha is scheduled to take up Foreign Contribution Regulations (Amendment) Bill, National Forensic Sciences University Bill, Rashtriya Raksha University Bill, Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contract Bill and Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill today.


India has conducted highest ever single day covid test at over 12 lakh six thousand across the country in last 24 hours. More than Six crore 36 lakh COVID-19 tests have been conducted till now. Health Ministry said, higher testing leads to early identification of positive cases, timely and effective treatment and low mortality. During the last 24 hours more than 94 thousand 612 COVID patients have been recovered. The Ministry said, the recovery rate of COVID-19 has further improved to 79.68 per cent. The total number of recoveries has reached over 43 lakh.

India's COVID-19 tally has crossed 54 lakh with 92 thousand 605 new infections being reported in a day. The constantly increasing recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country is reduced and currently comprises only 18.72 per cent of the total positive cases. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is 10 lakh 10 thousand. The Ministry said, effective implementation of Centre's strategic and graded 'Test-Track and Treat' approach has led to higher recoveries and lower fatality. Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.61 per cent, which is one of the lowest globally. In the last 24 hours, one thousand 133 deaths were reported taking the toll to 86 thousand 752.


In Jammu and Kashmir, the high level Central health team headed by Dr. S.K Singh, Director NCDC, New Delhi along with Advisor to Lt Govorner, R R Bhatnagar yesterday reviewed and discussed Covid-19 Control measures and status of preparedness for COVID management with Divisional Commissioner, DCs and senior health functionaries in the backdrop of recent spike in the positive cases.

AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that the virtual meeting focused on strengthening containment, scaling up surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of the positive cases. MoS PMO, Dr. Jitendra Singh also joined the meeting and gave valuable suggestions to curb the disease. Advisor Bhatnagar suggested for synergized efforts of administration and Health functionaries to flatten the pandemic curve and reduce it with the best Covid management practices.


In view of the increasing number of COVID infections , Rajasthan Government has imposed section 144 in 11 district headquarters of the state including Capital Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Kota. Now, more then 5 persons will not be allowed to assemble at a place. Government has also banned any type of social and religious programmes till October 31st. The decisions have been taken during a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Government has also decided to start state helpline 181 from tomorrow to deal with grievances of COVID patients and their family members. This war room will work 24x7. Chief Minister has also instructed to establish control rooms in all the districts. Meanwhile , 1834 new cases have been reported in the state yesterday. The total number of COVID  cases has increased to 1,13,124. With 14 deaths reported yesterday, the death toll has gone up to 1322.


In Madhya Pradesh the number of corona positive cases have crossed the one lakh mark yesterday. Yet, in order to safeguard the education of students, schools are being opened in the state for classes 9 to 12 from tomorrow. A Report:

During the last 24 hours in the state, the number of corona infected has increased to more than two thousand three hundred during the last 24 hours. At the same time, the 89 thousand have become healthy. About 22 thousand corona infected patients are under treatment. On the other hand, after 6 months, government and private schools are being partially opened in the state from tomorrow, where students from class 9 to 12 will be able to go to school with the permission of parents to take necessary suggestions from teachers. The teachers will have to come to school regularly. During this time, the corona protocol must be complied with in the school premises. Paritosh Dixit, AIR News, Bhopal.


In Assam, classes will begin for 8th to 12th standard students from tomorrow. Sanitation and cleaning works have been done ahead of opening of educational institutes. The standard operating procedure issued by Principal Secretary of the department B Kalyan Chakravarthy said that  9th and 12th standard students to attend classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while rest of the 3 days are reserved for the students of 10th and 11th classes. For every classes, maximum of 20 students to be allowed to attend and classes will be held in 2 batches. However, the students must carry no objection certificate of the guardians. Only 50 percent teachers and non- teaching staff can attend schools. Mr. Chakravarthy said that online classes will also be continued. 


Tata group said that it has received approval from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for the commercial launch of the country's first Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic--CRISPR COVID-19 test. Tata Sons said that this test uses an indigenously developed CRISPR technology for the detection of the genomic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 disease.

The Tata CRISPR test is the world's first diagnostic test to deploy a specially adapted Cas9 protein to successfully detect the virus causing COVID-19.  The company said the test achieves accuracy levels of traditional RT-PCR tests, with quicker turnaround time, less expensive equipment, and better ease of use. Moreover, CRISPR is a futuristic technology that can also be configured for detection of multiple other pathogens in the future. This marks a significant achievement for the Indian scientific community, moving from research and development to a high-accuracy, scalable and reliable test in less than 100 days. It also said that Tata group has worked with CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology and Indian Council of Medical Research to create a high-quality test that will help the nation ramp up Covid-19 testing quickly and economically, with a 'Made in India' product that is safe, reliable, affordable, and accessible. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI.


In Karnataka 8364 new Covid cases have been reported yesterday and 10815 persons have recovered. 114 people have lost their lives. The state had conducted 63784 tests. Additional Chief Secretary in the department of health and Family Welfare in Karnataka, Javed Akhtar spoke to AIR on how the state is keeping the fatality rate under control. 


Railways has generated more than nine lakh 79 thousand mandays of work under Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan in six States till 18th September this year. These states are Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal is closely monitoring the progress made in these projects and generation of work opportunities for the migrant labours of these states under this scheme. Around 164 Railway infrastructure projects are being executed in these states. Railway has also appointed nodal officers in each district as well as in the States so that a close coordination is established with the State Government. The works are related to construction and maintenance of approach roads for level crossings, repair and widening of existing railway embankments and plantation of trees at extreme boundary of railway land.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched Garib Kalyan Rozgar  Abhiyaan on 20th June this year to empower and provide livelihood opportunities for migrant workers affected by Pandemic. Mr Modi had announced that an amount of 50 thousand crore rupees will be spent for building durable rural infrastructure under the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan.


Public Sector Banks have recovered more than 10 thousand crore rupees from willful defaulters during the last three financial years. This was stated by the Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

He said, willful defaulters by public and private sector banks was 219 and the total amount owned by them was 12 thousand 338 crore rupees during the last financial year as per the Central Repository of Large Credit database. He said, Public Sector Banks report frauds to the CBI including willful default. He said, 512 cases were registered with CBI by public sector banks and prosecution was launched in 269 cases during the period from the year 2018 to August this year.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of nine highway projects in Bihar through video conferencing tomorrow. These highway projects involve about 350 kilometres road at a cost of four thousand two hundred 58 crore ruppes. Paving the way for development of Bihar, these roads will enhance better connectivity, convenience and economic growth in and around the state. The Movement of people and goods will also improve substantially, especially with the neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.

The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the Optical Fibre internet services where all the 45 thousand nine hundred 45 villages of Bihar will be connected through Optical Fibre Internet Service. This project will help in easy availabilty of digital services like e-Education, e-Agriculture, Tele-Medicine, Tele-law and other social security schemes to all citizens of Bihar at the click of the button.


President Ram Nath Kovind has said that determined efforts should be made to make Jammu and Kashmir a hub of knowledge, innovation and learning by implementing National Education Policy in letter and spirit. Mr Kovind said this while addressing a Conference on implementation of National Education Policy in Jammu and Kashmir through video conference today. He said that it is his dream to see Jammu and Kashmir emerge as a centre of knowledge, enterprise, innovation and skill development.

President said that India has an unprecedented demographic dividend but it could be positively realized only if young people become skilled, professionally competent, and above all educated in the real sense. Emphasizing on value-based education, Mr Kovind said that it is important to understand our tradition and rich cultural heritage which can be achieved only in the mother tongue. He observed that the three-language formula which is envisioned in this education policy is of immense significance and could promote multilingualism as well as national unity.


In our series on Gandhian philosophy, today we bring you a report on Gandhiji's views on labour-intensive approach. Mahatma Gandhi believed in a labour-intensive approach rather than capital intensive. He emphasised on self-sufficiency of the villages and worked towards reviving village industries. He had said, India's way is not Europe's; India is not Calcutta and Bombay. India lives in her seven hundred thousand villages.

"Gandhiji was not against machines but he believed that their introduction would lead to millions of hands remaining idle. According to him, in order to use local human resources and to control migration from rural to urban area, organization of labour-intensive public works schemes must be emphasised. Thus, he focused on Khadi to provide work to people instead of using mill produced clothes. The ultimate goal was to reconstitute the villages. He had said, Khadi is the sun of the village solar system. The planets are the various industries which can support khadi in return for the heat and the sustenance they derive from it. Without it other industries cannot grow. Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi".


In Telangana, two Maoists were killed in an exchange of fire with police in Kumaram Bheem District. A senior police official said, the incident occurred yesterday when police were combing the forests around Kadamba village, which borders Maharashtra. When the police parties were conducting searches, a group of Maoists opened fire and police retaliated killing two maoists on the spot.

Superintendent of Police V Satyanarayana, informed that one of the deceased has been identified. Police found two weapons and some Maoist literature with the slain ultras.


One Nation One Ration card system will be rolled out in Tamilnadu on October 1st of this year. This was announced by the State Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kamaraj. Speaking to media  in Thiruvarur Shri Kamaraj said that the subsidy announced by Central Government for Farm Produce Centres is being distributed in Tamilnadu.


In our series on Seva Saptah, today we bring you a special story on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.

In the last six years, Narendra Modi government has given a lot of emphasis on the issue of girl child's education of and declining Child Sex Ratio . The main objective of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme is to ensure survival and protection of the girl child. The scheme also ensures education and participation of the girl child through coordinated and convergent efforts.

The scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this day in 2015 at Panipat in Haryana. Mr Modi had said that there is an urgent need to reduce the increasing imbalance amongst the girl and boy child for the betterment of the society.

आज भी हमारे देश में एक हजार बालक पैदा हो तो उसके सामने एक हजार बालिकांए भी पैदा होनी चाहिए। वर्ना संसार  का चक्र  नहीं चल सकता। आज पूरे देश में यह चिंता का विषय है। मैं जरा माताओं से पूछना चाहता हूं कि अगर बेटी पैदा नहीं होगी तो बहु कहां से लाओगे और इसलिए ये हम चाहते हैं कि वो समाज भी तो चाहता है। हम यह तो चाहते हैं बहू तो हमें पढ़ी लिखी मिले लेकिन बेटी को पढ़ाना है तो पचास बार सोचने के लिए मजबूर हो जाते हैं 

Our Correpondent has filed this report.

The Census 2011 data showed a significant declining trend in the Child Sex Ratio, calculated as number of girls for every 1000 boys between age group of 0-6 years, with an all time low of 918 in 2011 from 976 in 1961. The decline was widespread across the country and had expanded to rural as well as tribal areas. Alarmed by the sharp decline, the Government of India has introduced Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao programme to address the issue of decline in CSR in 100 gender critical districts. With coordinated and convergent efforts Government had ensured survival, protection and  education of the girl child. After the launch of the scheme, the child sex ratio at birth has improved to 931. Expanded in a phased manner, the scheme is currently being implemented in all the 640 districts of the country.  Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi.


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. Neeraj Gupta, Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Safdarjung Hospital 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.


Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Dr. P. K. Mishra chaired the meeting of the High-Level Task Force constituted to improve the air quality in National Capital Region of Delhi. Dr Mishra emphasized that the meeting was called well in advance before the onset of harvesting and winter season to ensure proper precautionary and preventive measures to combat the causes of air pollution are taken well in time.

A review was carried out of the main sources of air pollution, measures taken and the progress made by the State Governments and various Ministries. It was noted that the incidence of stubble burning has reduced by more than 50 per cent in last two years and the number of Good AQI days have gone up.

It was observed that after recent inclusion of residue based power or fuel plants under priority sector lending by Reserve Bank of India, both State and Central Governments should jointly work out action plans for rapid deployment of such units. Measures related to diversification of crop and strengthening of supply chains were also discussed.

He emphasized that State Governments should ensure that the new machinery to be deployed in the current year should reach the farmers before the start of the harvesting season. The Ministry of Agriculture was directed to provide all necessary support in this regard.


In Kerala, the Met department has predicted very heavy rainfall across the State today. Red has been issued in the Idukki, Kasargode, Kannur and Malappuram districts of the state. Heavy rain is expected in Kerala in coming days due to the depression formed in Bay of Bengal. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea in Kerala-Lakshadweep coast.


Rafael Nadal's first tournament in seven months ended with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open.  Schwartzman will meet Denis Shapovalov of Canada in the semifinals today.  Earlier,  World Number 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Dominik Koepfer of Germany 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to earn a spot in the semifinals. Djokovic will meet Norwegian Casper Ruud. In the women's singles, top seed Simona Halep and Spaniard Garbine Muguruza have set up a semi-final clash. In the other semifinal, World number four Karolina Pliskova will be up against the 19th-ranked Czeh Republic Marketa Vondrousova. The two semi-final matches will be played today.


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

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 37 degrees. The city will have mainly Clear sky.

In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 09 and 29 degree celsius. The city is likely to have mainly clear sky.

Ladakh will also have mainly clear sky. The temperature may hover between 10 and 26 degree Celsius.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was 11 degree and the maximum will be around 34 degree Celsius. The city will have clear sky.

Muzaffarabad is also likely to have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 16 degree Celsius and the maximum is expected to be around 36 degrees.

In Dehradun, the minimum temperature was 23 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 33 degrees. The city is expected to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm.

Chandigarh may witness mainly Clear sky. The temperature may hover between 26 and 37 degrees Celsius.

The National Capital Delhi will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature recorded in the city was 26 degree 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 degree Celsius.

Chennai is likely to witness generally cloudy sky with Light Rain or Drizzle. The minimum temperature was 24 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 32 degree Celsius.

Kolkata may have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 27 degree Celsius while the maximum is likely to be around 34 degrees.

In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was 23 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 32 degree Celsius. The city will experience generally cloudy sky with heavy rain.

The temperature in Ahmedabad is expected to hover between 27 and 34 degree Celsius. The city will have generally cloudy sky with Light rain.

Guwahati may experience a generally Partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. The minimum temperature was recorded at 26 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 37 degrees.


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