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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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23.09.2020
THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review COVID status with Chief Ministers of six high case-load States and a Union Territory today.


  • COVID recoveries exceed new cases; Recovery rate improves to 81.25 per cent.


  • India says, Turkish President's remarks on Jammu & Kashmir are completely unacceptable.


  • Parliament passes three Labour Code Bills for welfare and protection of  workers.


  • Indian Railway targets to complete 100 per cent electrification of its broad gauge routes by 2023.


  • Incessant rainfall in Mumbai throws normal life out of gear.

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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. New COVID recoveries in India have exceeded the new cases for the fifth consecutive day. In all, 89,746 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours whereas the number of new confirmed cases stands at 83,347. The recovery rate reached 81.25 per cent today.

 

India has the highest recovered cases in the world. It contributes 19.5 per cent to the global recoveries. Seventeen States and Union Territories have more recoveries than the new cases. Seventy five per cent of the new recovered cases are being reported from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Delhi, Kerala, West Bengal and Haryana. Maharashtra continues to lead with more than 20,000 daily recoveries. Andhra Pradesh contributed more than 10,000 single day recoveries.

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India's COVID-19 cases crossed 56 lakh tally with 83,347 infections being reported in a day, while over 45 lakh people have recovered from the disease so far. The Corona virus caseload surged to 56,46,010, while the death toll climbed to 90,020 with 1,085 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours. The total recoveries surged to 45,87,613 in the country so far.

 

The COVID-19 case fatality rate due to the Corona virus infection has dropped to 1.59 per cent. There are 9 lakh 68,377 active cases of the  infection in the country which comprises 17.15 per cent of the total caseload.

 

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of six crore sixty two lakh seventy nine thousand four hundred sixty two samples (6,62,79,462 samples) have been tested up to 22nd of September with 9 lakh 53,683 samples being tested yesterday.

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India's testing capacity has surged to more than 12 lakh daily tests. The Health Ministry said, higher than 6.6 crore total tests have been conducted across the country. Fourteen States and UTs have demonstrated better COVID response with higher Tests Per Million,  and commensurate lower Positivity Rate than the national average.

 

The national cumulative Positivity Rate is 8.52 per cent and the Tests Per Million stands at 48,028 today. Seventy four per cent of the new confirmed cases are concentrated in 10 States and UTs. Maharashtra has alone contributed more than 18,000 cases followed by Andhra Pradesh with more than 7,000 cases.

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The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, DPIIT has given permission to the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization to introduce ISO Tank Containers for movement of Liquid Oxygen for domestic transport. The necessity to give permission to ISO containers to move liquid oxygen for domestic transport was felt in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The movement of oxygen within the country through the ISO containers shall greatly enhance the translocation of safe and fast movement of oxygen through road network.

 

The proposal to introduce ISO Tank Containers for domestic movement was initiated by DPIIT after a consultation meeting with the cryogenic oxygen manufacturers. A stakeholder consultation was also carried out. This permission has been given for one year initially to expeditiously deal with the situation.

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In Union territory of Chandigarh, 266 persons from various sectors and villages tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday and four patients lost their lives due to this infection. In all, 383 COVID patients including those who have completed 10 days' quarantine period, have been discharged. Our correspondent reports that with this, the number of persons found positive so far in Chandigarh has risen to 10,546. Out of them, 7,794 patients have been cured and 2,622 COVID patients are under treatment at present. According to UT Health Department, 130 COVID positive patients have lost  their lives so far.

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In Madhya Pradesh, the numbers of COVID-19 cases has risen to one lakh 10 thousand after  more than two thousand 544 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. With 28 patients succumbing to the infection, the death toll rose to two thousand 35.


As per the state health bulletin, 2 thousand 412 coronavirus patients were discharged from the hospitals taking the number of recovered cases in the state to around 86 thousand 30. There are now 22 thousand 646 active cases in Madhya Pradesh. Jewellery traders and shopkeepers in the worst affected Indore city have decided to observe a partial lockdown in order to prevent crowding in markets amid the rise in COVID-19 cases. Basant Soni, the vice-president of the Indore Silver-Gold Gems Merchants Association informed that we have decided to keep our shops open from Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 7 pm and shut them completely on weekends. As many as 10 bullion traders have died of coronavirus in the city in the last six months.  Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal.

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In Uttar Pradesh, the State Government is taking all steps to contain the COVID-19 infection. The recovery rate has reached to 81.25 per cent in the state. All efforts are being made for increased testing and contact tracing.


The Covid-19 death toll in the state  has  reached  to 5,212 after 77 more people succumbed to the disease yesterday , while 5,722 fresh cases detected  pushed the tally to 3,64,543. According to health department sources There are 63,148 active cases in the state, while 2,96,183 Covid-19 patients have recovered from the infection so far. Of the 77 fresh Covid-19 deaths, 14 were reported from the state capital, Lucknow, while six each were reported from Kanpur and Prayagraj. Four deaths each were reported from Gorakhpur, Meerut and Jhansi. As far as the fresh Covid-19 cases are concerned, 969 were reported from Lucknow, followed by 277 in Prayagraj. While Kanpur and Gautam Buddh Nagar each reported 244 fresh cases, Varanasi recorded 203 new cases. MS Yadav AIR News lucknow"

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Bihar created a record by conducting maximum number of COVID-19 tests during the last 24 hours in the country. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, none of the states has conducted one lakh 94 tousand 88 tests which Bihar did in a single day. The State Health Department has so far conducted 60 lakh 63 thousand 568 tests. Recovery rate in Bihar has improved to 91.60 per cent in the state which is 12 per cent more than national average. the number of active cases in the state is continuously decreasing. At present, 13 thousand 535 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in the state. Out of one lakh 71 thousand 465 positive cases one lakh 57 thousand 56 patients have  recovered from the infection in the state so far. The total number of fatalities due to Corona virus infection in the state so far has gone up to 873.

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Telangana today reported 2296 fresh COVID cases during the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases reported so far in the state to one lakh 77 thousand 70. The state conducted over 55 thousand tests yesterday. The recovery rate also improved to 82.52 per cent with 2062 more people recovering yesterday. This took the number of recovered people so far in the state to 1 lakh 46 thousand 135.

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Experts feel that the current pandemic exposes people to extraordinary situations that present emotional difficulties like anxiety and depression, thereby disturbing sleep and appetite. Under these trying circumstances, Guruji Shri Ravi Shankar  of Art of Living Foundation in Bengaluru has stressed the need to look at the positive side to overcome stress. Speaking exclusively to AIR News, he said, focusing on positive aspects can help us cope up with the prevailing situation.

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India has said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks on Jammu and Kashmir constitute gross interference in India’s internal affairs and are completely unacceptable. Permanent Mission of India in New York at the UN said in the Written Right to Reply that Turkey should learn to respect the sovereignty of other nations and reflect on its own policies more deeply.

 

The Turkish President, in his pre-recorded video statement to the General Debate at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, had made a reference to Jammu and Kashmir.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will hold a Virtual Bilateral Summit on 26th of this month. The Virtual Bilateral Summit will give an opportunity to the two leaders to comprehensively review the broad framework of the bilateral relationship soon after the Parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka.

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Parliament has passed the three labour code Bills for the welfare and protection of the workers. Rajya Sabha gave its nod to these bills today while the Lok Sabha had already passed it yesterday.The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code 2020, seeks to amend the laws regulating the occupational safety, health and working conditions of the persons employed in an establishment. The second bill, The Industrial Relations Code 2020, aims at amending the laws relating to Trade Unions, conditions of employment in industrial establishment or undertaking, investigation and settlement of industrial disputes. The third bill, The Code on Social Security, 2020 seeks to amend the laws relating to social security of the employees in the country. Replying to a discussion on the bill, Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said that these historic bills will have far-reaching effects on the interests of the workers by creating a time bound grievance resolution mechanism. He said, several provisions have been included in the bills to provide a safe environment to the workers and robust social security mechanism.

 

He clarified that the government has not taken away the rights of labourers to protest. He said, 14 days of prior notice period for strike has been put there to find an amicable solution of the issues to be raised by the labourers. He added that several provisions have been made for the welfare of the migrant workers. He said process of licencing will be made online soon.

 

Intervening in the discussion, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that these historic bills will ensure justice for the workers. He said, several provisions have been made in the Bills including guaranteed minimum and timely wages, free health check-up facility and allowances for migrant workers to visit their homes once in a year. He criticized the Opposition for their absence during the passage of such important legislations.

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Parliament has passed the Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill, 2020 with the Rajya Sabha approving it today. The bill provides a legal framework for bilateral netting of qualified financial contracts. Netting refers to offsetting of all claims arising from dealings between two parties to determine a net amount payable or receivable from one party to another. The bill allows for enforcement of netting for qualified financial contracts. The provisions of the bill will apply to Qualified Financial Contracts between two qualified financial market participants where at least one party is an entity regulated by the specified authorities RBI, SEBI, IRDAI, PFRDA or the IFSCA.

 

Replying to a discussion on the bill, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that it is critical for financial stability in the country and will provide legal basis for bilateral netting between the two parties. She said, several lessons were learnt by the 2008 global financial crisis and multiple regulations have been made to ensure the financial stability. She said, this bill will also ensure liquidity in the market.

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The Rajya Sabha has returned the Appropriation Bills, 2020 without discussion. The Appropriation (No.3) Bill, 2020 provides the authorization of appropriation of money out of the consolidated fund of India to meet the amount spent on certain services during the financial year ended on the 31st March 2017 in excess of amounts granted for those services as passed by the Lok Sabha.

 

The Appropriation (No.4) Bill, 2020 authorize payment and appropriation of certain further sums from and out of the consolidated fund of India for the services of the financial year 2020-21 as passed by the Lok Sabha.

 

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman moved the Bills which were returned with voice vote.

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The Parliament has passed the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 with Rajya Sabha giving its nod to the bill  today. The bill amends the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 which regulates the acceptance and utilization of foreign contribution by individuals, associations and companies. Foreign contribution is the donation or transfer of any currency, security or article by a foreign source. The bill adds that the public servants will be prohibited to accept any foreign contribution. It provides that any person seeking prior permission, registration or renewal of registration must provide the Aadhaar number of all its office bearers, directors or key functionaries as an identification document. The bill states that foreign contributions must be received only in an account designated by the bank as an FCRA account as notified by the Central Government. Replying to a discussion on the bill, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said that the main objective of the bill is that foreign funds do not impact the social and political sphere of the country.


Initiating the discussion, Arun Singh of the BJP said that it is a very good step by the government which will ensure the strict monitoring of foreign fund spending and any violation of norms.

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Parliament has passed the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020 with the Rajya Sabha giving its nod to the bill today. The bill makes Kashmiri, Dogri, Hindi, English and Urdu as the official language of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Replying to a discussion on the bill, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy said that the legislation will fulfill the long-awaited demand of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

   

He said, mistakes of the last 70 years will be rectified with this bill by ensuring the official language status to the languages spoken by the Kashmiri people. He said, the government will work to promote  Punjabi and other regional languages in J&K.

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Railways has planned for 100 per cent electrification of its broad gauge routes by 2023. This was stated by the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

 

The Minister informed that around 63 per cent broad gauge lines have already been electrified out of a total 63 thousand 631 route kilometers as on 1st of April this year. He said, a total of 23 thousand 765 route kilometre lines are yet to be electrified in the country. In another question, the Railway Minister said, the vacant land of Railways which is not required for its immediate operational needs is utilized in the interim period for commercial development to mobilize additional financial resources. He said, station redevelopment is planned by leveraging real estate potential of spareable land and air spaces in and around the station by inviting private participation.

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Members from Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha today held a protest in Parliament House premises against the two farm bills. Displaying placards, the members staged a protest march against the passage of the bills.

 

Talking to reporters, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad said, he will meet President Ram Nath Kovind this evening with a memorandum signed by 15 Opposition parties against the bills and the manner they were passed in the Upper House.

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Rajya Sabha today bid farewell to its 11 members who will retire in November this year. They include Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Neeraj Shekhar and Arun Singh of the BJP, Samajwadi Party leaders Prof. Ram Gopal Yadav and Javed Ali Khan, Raj Babbar of Congress, Veer Singh of the BSP.

 

When the house met, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu mentioned that these members from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will be retiring in November. He lauded the retiring members saying that they made significant and valuable contributions in the functioning of the Upper House and they will be missed.

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The Rajya Sabha was today adjourned sine die eight days ahead of the scheduled time of the Monsoon Session in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Monsoon Session which had begun on 14th of this month was scheduled to end on 1st of next month.

 

In his remarks, Chairman, M. Venkaiah Naidu said that 25 bills were passed and six were introduced in the Upper House during the 10-day session.   The Lok Sabha will assemble at 6 P.M. and it is expected that the Lower House will also adjourn sine die today itself.

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The Election Commission today clarified that it has not issued any direction to the Central Board of Direct Taxes to issue notice to Member of Parliament Sharad Pawar. Some sections of media had reported that an Income Tax notice has been issued to Mr Pawar on the directions of Election Commission.

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In Maharashtra, the death toll in the Bhiwandi building collapse in Thane District rose to 40, after more bodies were found under the rubble late last night and this morning. The rescue teams are busy in search and rescue operation since 21st of this month and the work is expected to continue till evening today.

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The second stretch of the first phase of Jaipur Metro was today dedicated to the people of Rajasthan by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot through video conference. On this occasion, the Chief Minister said that the commencement of the Metro service in the walled city area of Jaipur will reduce the traffic congestion and increase tourism.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated Defence Research and Development Organization for successfully conducting test firing of Laser Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile from MBT Arjun at K K Ranges in Ahmednagar. In a tweet, the Minister said, India is proud of Team DRDO which is assiduously working towards reducing import dependency in the near future.

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In our Series on Mahatma Gandhi, today we bring you Gandhiji's thoughts on non-violence. As the world's pioneer in non-violent theory and practice, Gandhiji unequivocally stated that non-violence contained a universal applicability.


Mahatma Gandhi said non-violence means love. He believed that if someone has love and respect towards somebody, they will not harm that person. He believed that non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. He said, it is mightier than any weapon of mass destruction. He advised weaker nations to defend themselves not by increasing their fighting potential, but by non-violent resistance to the aggressor. With Dipendra Kumar, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Rashtrakavi Ramdhari Singh Dinkar on his birth anniversary. In his message, Prime Minister Modi said, his classical poems will continue to inspire not only literary enthusiasts, but also the common people. Let's listen to the legendary poet reciting one of his compositions.

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In IPL Cricket today, Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Mumbai Indians at Abu Dhabi. yesterday Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 16 runs in the 4th match of 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

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In Mumbai, the overnight rainfall has thrown normal life out of gear as suburban local services and vehicular traffic came to a standstill due to immense water-logging. The IMD said, Mumbai and its suburbs received one of the most intense showers of this monsoon season in the last 24 hours. It also said, more rainfall is likely to continue.

 

In the wake of incessant rainfall, yellow has been sounded by the IMD for Mumbai, Thane and north Konkan. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has appealed offices and establishments in the Mumbai city limits to shut. The MCGM has also appealed people to step out of their house only if there is an urgent work.  State relief and rehabilitation minister Vijay Waddetiwar said that due to torrential rainfall in Mumbai, Palghar, Thane and Navi Mumbai water-logging has been reported at several places. He said, five teams of NDRF have been kept on standby. Railway tracks at various suburban stations like Sion, Chunnabhatti and Chinchpokli have been submerged under water, thereby leading to suspension of suburban services. Situation is not different on the western line as railway service has been suspended beween Bandra to Churchgate. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI

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

 

The National Capital Delhi may have thunderstorm with rain. The minimum temperature recorded was 27 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 36 degrees. In Mumbai, there will be a generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature was 25 and the maximum will be around 28. Chennai will see a partly cloudy sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 27 and 35. Kolkata is likely to see a cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or  thunderstorm. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was around 27 while the maximum is expected to be around 32. In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 25 in Jammu while the maximum will be around 37. The city will see  a mainly clear sky. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 10 degrees while the maximum will be around 30 degrees. The city will see a mainly clear sky. In, Ladakh will have a mainly clear sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 9 and 27. In Gilgit, the temperature is likely to hover between 10 and 35. In Muzzafarabad, the minimum temperature was 17 and the maximum will be around 37. Ladakh, Gilgit and Muzzafarabad will see a mainly clear sky  as well.

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