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PM Narendra Modi says, country has given a befitting reply to forces trying to divide the nation            In his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme, PM urges people to go for local products during festive shopping            COVID-19 recovery rate touches 90 per cent            Paddy procurement gains momentum during ongoing Kharif Marketing Season; Over 144 lakh tonnes paddy procured so far            India celebrates the festival of Dussehra           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review status and preparedness of Covid response and management with Chief Ministers of six States and a Union Territory.

  • Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar says over 50 crore workers to benefit from labour reform bills.

  • India and China agree to earnestly implement important consensus reached by leaders of two countries in the Military Commander-Level Meeting.

  • COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 80.86 per cent.

  • US President Donald Trump asks United Nations to hold Beijing responsible for consequences of COVID-19 pandemic.

  • In IPL Cricket, Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by 16 runs at Sharjah.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a high level virtual meeting with the Chief Ministers and Health Ministers of six COVID high burden States and a Union Territory today to review the status and preparedness of COVID response and management.

More than 63 per cent of the active cases of the country are concentrated in these six States and a Union Territory. These are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Delhi.


Union Minister for Labour and Employment Santosh Gangwar said that three labour reform bills will prove to be a Game Changer. Lok Sabha passed the three bills yesterday namely, The Occupational Safety, Health And Working Conditions Code, 2020, The Industrial Relations Code, 2020, and The Code On Social Security, 2020.

In his reply in Lok Sabha after the debate over the bills, Mr. Gangwar said these legislations will usher in  labour welfare reforms for over 50 crore  workers in the country. The minister asserted that in the last 6 years, many multi-stakeholders consultations were held including with the Trade unions, Employers, State Governments and experts of labour sector. He said, there viewpoints were considered and amalgamated into the provisions of the new labour codes.

"आज हम एक ऐसे ऐतिहासिक दिन के साक्षी बन रहे हैं, जब देश में काम कर रहे पचास करोड़ श्रमिकों को आजादी के 73 वर्षों के बाद वेतन सुरक्षा, सामाजिक सुरक्षा, कार्य स्‍थल पर उचित वातावरण तथा उत्‍तरदायी विवाद, निष्‍पादन व्‍यवस्‍था देने का कार्य इन लेबर कोर्ट्स के माध्‍यम से किया जा रहा है। ये तभी संभव हो पा रहा है कि हमारे देश को एक जवाबदेह प्रधानमंत्री मिला है, जो हर बात को सोचता और समझता है और तुरंत फैसला लेता है।"

While replying to the issues raised by the Members of Lok Sabha, Mr. Gangwar said 29 labour laws have been subsumed in a simplified, easy to understand and transparent 4 labour codes. Out of the 4 labour codes, Code on Wages has already been passed by the Parliament in 2019.

The Industrial Relations Code, 2020 envisages quick dispute resolving mechanism for workers. It also grants the option of Fixed Term Employment making the workers eligible for the benefits of salary, social security and other welfare benefits at par with a Regular Employee. The labour codes also permit women to work in every sector during night hours upon their consent.

He pointed out  that these path breaking reforms in the country will attract Foreign as well as domestic investment from the entrepreneurs and will put an end to ‘Inspector Raj’.

"इन लेबर कोर्ट्स में जहां एक तरफ श्रमिकों के अधिकारों को सुदृढ़ करने का प्रयास किया गया है, वहीं दूसरी तरफ उद्योगों को सरलता से चलाने के लिए एक सरल अनुपालन की व्‍यवस्‍था की गई है। अब उद्योग लगाने के लिए विभिन्‍न श्रम कानूनों के अंतर्गत अलग-अलग कई रजिस्‍ट्रेशन या कई लाइसेंस लेने की आवश्‍यकता नहीं होगी। अब हम सभी रजिस्‍ट्रेशन, लाइसेंस इत्‍यादि को समयबद्ध सीमा में और ऑनलाइन प्रक्रिया के अंतर्गत प्रदान करने का कार्य करने जा रहे हैं।"


India and China had candid and in-depth exchanges of views on stabilizing the situation along the LAC in the India - China border areas. The Indian and Chinese Senior Commanders held the 6th round of Military Commander-Level Meeting on Monday. The Joint Press Release of the Senior Commanders' Meeting said the two sides had  agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, strengthen communication on the ground, avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments, stop sending more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground and avoid taking any actions that may complicate the situation. The two sides also agreed to hold the 7th round of Military Commander-Level Meeting as soon as possible, take practical measures to properly solve problems on the ground, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border area.


The district administration of South Andaman has decided to publish the seat number of passengers found Corona positive landing at Port Blair Airport. This helps immediate co-passengers for taking necessary precautions and strict self-isolation measures to contain the virus. The seat numbers of three inbound passengers coming from Kolkata and found positive have been published in today's newspaper. The immediate co-passengers seated at the back and front row were advised to stay in self isolation and informed of any symptoms like fever, ILI, SERI etc. through the helpline number. The administration will also monitor such passengers over phone or by its field staff.


In Madhya Pradesh, the Mukhymantri Kisan Kalyan Yojana is being implemented in the state on the lines of Pradhanmantri Kisan Samman Nidhi yojna.

Under this scheme, additional financial assistance of four thousand rupees will be given to the eligible beneficiaries of Pradhanmantri Kisan Samman Nidhi yojna.

"About 80 lakh farmers of Madhya Pradesh will be benefited by the Chief Minister Kisan Kalyan Yojana. Now they will be able to get an annual assistance of 10 thousand rupees. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan addressed the 'Sabko Sakh-Sabka Vikas' programme, organized under the Garib Kalyan Week at Minto Hall in Bhopal.

Apart from this, farmer friendly schemes will be integrated into the state and implemented as a package. The Chief Minister deposited an amount of Rs 800 crore in the accounts of cooperative banks and societies. On this occasion, the Chief Minister also provided Kisan Credit Cards to 63 thousand beneficiaries. Along with this, a loan of 122 crore was also given to more than 35 thousand farmers by cooperative societies. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapadi Palaniswamy reiterated that the Centre’s three legislations on agriculture are beneficial to the farmers. Talking to reporters at Madurai Airport last evening, he said the DMK is opposing them due to lack of understanding of their various provisions. He assured that the farmers can continue to sell the essential commodities at the MSP.  When asked about the AIADMK MP SR Balasubramaniam  criticising the bills during the debate in the Rajya Sabha, Mr Palaniswamy said his party will call for an explanation from him.


A Memorandum of Understanding- MoU was signed between the Ahmedabad-based International Centre for Technology and Entrepreneurship (iCreate) and Israel’s Start-Up Nation Central (SNC) yesterday. This MoU is aimed to create an enabling platform for collaboration between the innovation and startup ecosystems of the two countries. The MoU was signed at the iCreate campus near Ahmedabad in Gujarat, in the presence of Dr Ron Malka, Ambassador of Israel to India, Shri Manoj Kumar Das, Additional Chief Secretary of Gujarat and Chairman iCreate and Consul General Yaakov Finkelstein.


In our series on Seva Saptah, today we bring you a special story on Direct Benefit Transfer, DBT.

In the last six years, Narendra Modi government has given a lot of emphasis on DBT to transfer the benefits and subsidies of various social welfare schemes directly in the bank account of the beneficiary.

In his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio on 27th December 2015, Mr Modi had spoken about how the government undertook the largest Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme to provide subsidy directly in the bank accounts of the beneficiariesand the scheme 'Pahal' earned a place in Guinness Book of World Records as the largest Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme implemented successfully.

"DBT is the high priority and focus area of the Government. Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile, JAM are DBT enablers and as on date more than 40 crore Jan Dhan Account, more than 100 crore Aadhaar and about 100 crore Mobile connections provide a unique opportunity to implement DBT in all welfare schemes across the country. The main objective of DBT is to create transparency in fund transfer to beneficiaries, accurate identification and targetting of beneficiaries, ensure greater inclusion and ease of availing services and curb leakages in benefit delivery services. Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi."


US President Donald Trump lashed out against China today  demanding that the UN should hold Beijing responsible for the consequences of unleashing the plague of COVID-19 on the world.

Speaking at the General Assembly's high-level meeting in a pre-recorded address, he said, the Chinese government and the World Health Organization falsely declared there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease.

He declared that the United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions. He accused Beijing of allowing the coronavirus to spread.


The Government has said that 44.9 lakh people have recovered from COVID-19 in the country which is the highest in the world. Briefing media in New Delhi yesterday, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, India contributes 17.7 per cent share in the total COVID-19 cases, however, in terms of recovered cases, India shares 19.5 per cent of the total recovered cases. 

The Health Secretary said, the recovery rate has improved to 80.86 per cent and the highest ever single day recovery of one lakh was registered in the last 24 hours. More than 6.5 crore tests have been conducted so far and 12 lakh tests were conducted in a single day.

Member (Health) in Niti Aayog Dr V K Paul said, the overall situation continues to be under control and the country is facing the battle effectively. He said, all tests are being conducted now by using indigenously developed kits.


Health Ministry today said that India's testing capacity has surged to more than 12 lakh daily tests. In a tweet, the Ministry said, more than 6.5 crore total tests have been conducted across the country. It said, higher testing leads to early identification of positive cases.


The phase-3 human clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University, and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India- SII, will begin  at the KEM hospital of BMC in Mumbai today. Dean of KEM hospital Dr. Hemant Deshmukh said, earlier this month the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) directed the SII to suspend any new recruitment in the phase-II and III clinical trial of the vaccine till further orders after AstraZeneca paused the trials in other countries because of "an unexplained illness" in a participant under study. However, on September 15, the DCGI gave permission to the SII to resume clinical trial of the vaccine and the third phase of the trials began in Pune from the 21st of this month and another crucial stage of  trials will also begin in Mumbai.

"After receiving the nod from the Ethics Committee, the Clinical trials will begin in the KEM hospital in Mumbai. More than 350 volunteers have registered for these trials. But the dose of the vaccine will be administered to only 100 volunteers who are found to be medically fit. They will be given three doses during the period of four months. All the necessary provisions including two different types of insurance covers have been provided to the volunteers. There is a community insurance of Rs. 10 crore for 160 persons. Similarly, each volunteer will have the insurance of Rs 35 lakh for the medical treatment. Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai."


Bihar government has allowed reopening of all schools from  September 28 for students of class 9 to 12. Fresh guidelines have been issued in this regard. Attending classes is not mandatory for students. Students will be allowed to attend classes only with written permission of guardians. Principal Secretary of education department Sanjay Kumar told AIR that Schools will be allowed to call 50 percent of teaching and non- teaching staff and 30 percent students. Schools of containment zones will remain closed. School management will have to ensure enforcement of Covid-19 norms. Wearing face mask, thermal screening at entrance gate and distant seating arrangement are mandatory.


In Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has reiterated to strengthen testing and contact tracing for containing covid 19. Mr Yogi was delivering a high level meeting on covid-19 at Lucknow yesterday. Our Lucknow correspondent said that the recovery rate of covid-19 has been continuously increasing in the state and it has now reached 81.25 per cent.

"The recovery rate of covid-19 is  continuously increasing in the state and it has reached to 81. 25%  yesterday. Additional Chief Secretary health Amit Mohan Prasad said that during the last 24 hours 6,589 covid patients were cured  during the same  period 5,722 new patients  were detected.  He said that as of now 2,96,183 people have fully recovered from Corona .  Presently there are 63,134 active patients of covid-19 in the state out which 32,313 are living in home isolation. The testing of samples is continuously increasing in state  and yesterday 1,50,085 samples were tested for covid-19. MS Yadav AIR Lucknow."


Amidst surging CoVID-19 cases in Chhattisgarh, the ongoing strike of contractual employees under National Health Mission is adversely affecting the health services in the state. Health workers have refused to call off their strike even after the ultimatum issued by the state government.

"About thirteen thousand Contractual employees of National Health Mission are on indefinite strike in Chhattisgarh since September 19 demanding regularisation of their services. Contract doctors, clinical staff and management personnel were engaged in sample collection, contact tracing and testing, record-keeping besides providing tele-call consultancy during the ongoing health crisis. The state government had issued an ultimatum two days ago, warning disciplinary action if they fail to call off the strike and return to work. After the state government took disciplinary action against some employees, many contractual NHM employees have tendered their resignation to respective district administration yesterday. The Chhattisgarh Pradesh NHM employees union has claimed that about five thousand contractual health workers have resigned. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur."


In  Odisha, the covid-19 caseload has further spiked to 1lakh 88 thousand 311. On the recovery side, 3704 persons recuperated yesterday taking the total recovery to 1lakh 49 thousand 379. The active caseload of the state has gone up to 38 thousand 158.

"Amid the growing concerns of the hospitalized covid-19 patients and their relatives on the lack of day-to-day communication between them, the state government has directed all government and private hospitals to set up a round-the-clock helpdesk in their respective covid-19 facilities with a dedicated toll-free telephone. They have also been asked to set up a dedicated conference room as well outside the facility with provisions for cctv. This apart, the covid centres have also been asked to utilise the social media platforms like WhatsApp to bridge the communication gap between the patients and their attendants.  While the concerned hospitals need to make the toll-free telephone numbers functional round the clock with adequate manpower to attend to the calls, they have been impressed upon to share the patient's information with the relatives at least once a day. Girish Chandra Dash, Bhubaneswar."


Gujarat has reported a record 1402 new cases of Covid19 during the last 24 hours. Total cases in the state have gone up to 1 lakh 26 thousand 169.

"With the recovery of 1321 patients yesterday, the recovery rate has further improved and reached upto 84.34 percent. Total 1 lakh 6 thousand 412 patients have been recovered in the state till now. More than 39 lakh 24 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date, out of which 62,097 tests were carried out yesterday. Maximum 298 new cases reported from Surat. At present total active cases in the state are 16,402. 16 patients died yesterday taking the total deaths due to Covid19 upto 3,355. Meanwhile Ahmedabad municipal corporation has added 12 new areas in the micro containment zone following detection of new cases. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


The Tamil Nadu school education minister KA Sengottaiyan has said, the date of reopening of schools is not yet decided. Meanwhile, the total Covid-19 infections in the state has crossed 5.5 lakh yesterday while the case fatalities are inching closer to nine thousand. However, the active caseload remains under 47-thousand since the 15th of this month. The recoveries have gone up close to five lakh.

"The state school education department apparently prefers to take a cautious approach in reopening schools during the prevailing pandemic. The department minister KA Sengottaiyan told newspersons in Erode yesterday, there is no plan now to reopen them. His reply comes in the wake of some states allowing the institutions to run regular classes from last Monday. However, Mr Sengottaiyan said the government-run schools will admit new students till the end of this month. In a reversal of the usual trend, during the admission season this year so far, about 2.5 lakh students from private schools have migrated to the government run institutions. Observers say one of the reasons could be the income loss for parents and  the new legislation to grant 7.5 percent reservation for the government school students in undergraduate medical admission. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


Films Division has announced a three day online film festival on Indian Classical Dance. Beginning today, the festival titled “Nrityanjali”,  will showcase ten films on the life and works of India’s leading classical dancers. The festival will be streamed on Films Division website and YouTube channel. All the films will be streamed simultaneously, round the clock for three days and will be free to view. Some of the prominent films to be shown include “Sitara Devi”, “Yamini Krishnamurthy”, “Guru Amubi Singh”, “A Luminous Jewel -Pt. Birju Maharaj” and “Kanak Rele” among others.


In J&K, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board is devising new methods so that devotees unable to take nearly 12 Kms trek to the Holy Cave Shrine can still have Darshan from home. The Yatra to the Holy Cave Shrine had resumed on the 6 August initially with a ceiling of 5,000 pilgrims per day with safety procedures.

"Working on the directions of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha for optimum use of technological interventions to expand the reach, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board  is planning to launch a Mobile App for devotees to have live Darshan straight from Holy Shrine. The App, set to be launched on 17th October, the first day of Navratri, would also have features to conduct live Havan. The Mobile App would provide the opportunity to the worshippers across the globe to have individual experience of godliness and bliss and also provide flexibility so devotees will not miss the ‘Amrit Vela’ even if they are on the move. The new app for live ‘Darshan’ and ‘Havan’ will work on both ‘Android’ and ‘iOS’ operating systems. N. Gulshan Raina, AIR News, Jammu."


In J&K, the members of Business fraternity including Confederation of Indian Industries and Federation of All India Vyapar Mandal yesterday called on Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhavan, Jammu. AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that they thanked the LG for unprecedented relief package for business sector to the tune of 1350 crore rupees and hailed the package as “a good beginning” . They also hoped that it would help the businesses recover from the losses faced due to Covid-19 crisis. <>


The death toll in the Bhiwandi building collapse in Thane District of Maharashtra rose to 33, after more bodies were found under the rubble late last night. While 25 others were safely rescued from the rubble. The ill-fated Jilani building located at Narpoli's Patel Compound had collapsed in the wee hours of Monday. Following the tragic incident, the Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation has vacated two buildings located in its vicinity. These buildings had earlier been declared dangerous by the civic body. Office superintendent for a local civic ward, Laxman Kokni said a decision to raze these buildings will be taken later.


In IPL Cricket, Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by 16 runs at Sharjah Cricket Stadium last evening.

Chasing a target of 217, Chennai Super Kings made 200 for the loss of six wickets. For Rajasthan Royals, Sanju Samson scored 74 in 32 balls and Captain Steven Smith made 69 off 47 balls. For Chennai Super Kings, Sam Curran bagged three wickets in four overs giving 33 runs. For Chennai Super Kings, Faf du Plessis scored 72 in 37 balls. Earlier, Chennai won the toss and elected to bowl.

 Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Mumbai Indians at Abu Dhabi today.


The DMK President MK Stalin has asked the Centre not to approve Karnataka’s detailed project report for the construction of a new reservoir across the interstate river Cauvery. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday, he has said the proposed project at Mekedatu is against the orders of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal and the Supreme Court. He has also said the matter is sub-judice.

Mr Stalin has said the proposed reservoir under the guise of drinking water purpose would irreparably and irreversibly affect the flow of water from Cauvery to the lower riparian states, particularly Tamil Nadu. He has emphasised that it would threaten the very existence of many combined water supply schemes catering to the needs of lakhs of people. He has said it would drastically affect the sharing of water as allocated in the Centre’s notification.


In Mumbai, heavy rain lashed several parts of the city yesterday. The heavy downpour led to waterlogging at various low-lying  areas including Sion, Goregaon, Andheri, Jogeshwari, Malad and Borivali. IMD Mumbai's Deputy Director General, Krishnanda Hosalikar said, till 5.30 this morning Colaba observatory recorded 122.2 mm of rainfall whereas Santacruz recorded 273. 

"IMD Mumbai stated that as per the latest satellite and radar observations, Mumbai city and suburbs are very likely to receive moderate to intense spell of rainfall. Besides, it has also cautioned people living in vulnerable places to take extra care. Heavy downpour caused water-logging on the railway tracks at Sion railway station on the central line where  passengers were seen stranded at the station. Deputy Director General of IMD Mumbai said, several areas of Mumbai, Thane and western suburbs of the city received around 150 mm of rainfall. He said the intermittent intense spells that would continue and likely to cause flood like situation affecting the early morning traffic movement. Central railway have said that special mail/ express trains are being rescheduled. It also said  suburban services are being suspended between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to Thane and to Vashi. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


Take a look at the weather for the day.

The National Capital Delhi will have a Generally cloudy sky with Light Rain or Drizzle. The minimum temperature was recorded at 27 degree Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 35 degrees.

In Mumbai, there will be generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees. Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature is likely to hover between 25 and 33 degree Celsius. Kolkata will witness cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 22 degree Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 32 degrees. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was around 10 degree Celsius while the maximum will be 30 degrees. . Ladakh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 2 and 24 degree Celsius. In Gilgit, the temperature is likely to hover between 10 and 34 degree Celsius. In Muzzafarabad, there will be mainly clear sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 15 and 35 degree Celsius.



  • With inconclusive talks at the LAC between India and China the Hindustan Times writes "India,China to not send more troops to front ."While The Hindu says, "Army talks positive but no headway on de-escalation."

  • "UG, PG Calendar out: Admission by October 31, session from Nov 1 ."reports The Pioneer on the resceduled academic session for the freshers in university.

  • In the fight against Covid 19, a headline in The Tribune notes  "A first in two weeks: Fresh cases drop below 76 thousand."

  • And Finally, "Now Air India planing joyrides to nowhere," headlines Hindustan Times, taking flyers on a picturesque journey in a bid to scratch the travel itch.


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