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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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  • Election Commission announces the dates for Bihar Assembly polls; Elections to be held in three phases on October 28th, November 3rd and 7th counting on November 10th.
  • Model Code of Conduct comes into force in Bihar.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with  BJP Karyakartas on the occasion of birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya; Says  new farm bills and labour laws will free  farmers and workers from unnecessary laws.
  • Government sanctions 670 electric buses and 241 charging stations to boost the electric mobility.
  • National Medical Commission replacing Medical Council of India comes into existence.
  • Nearly 15 Lakh COVID-19 tests conducted in last 24 hours; Around 7 Crore tests conducted so far.
  • Legendary playback singer SP Balasubhramanyan passes away.


We begin the bulletin with Bapu Ki Baat on Communal Harmony. In a post prayer speech at Sodepur in West Bengal, he had appealed to the people to maintain communal harmony and stand united.


"हिन्‍दुस्‍तान एक है और भूगोल उसकी एक बनी है और इतने वर्षों से हम एक ही हिन्‍दुस्‍तान में पले हैं।"


The Assembly elections in Bihar will be held in three phases starting from the 28th  of next month. The counting will take place on 10th November. Announcing the poll schedule in New Delhi today, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the model code of conduct has come into effect with the declaration of elections. He said, 71 assembly constituencies will go to poll in the first phase on 28th October, 94 seats in the second phase on 3rd November and 78 seats in the third phase on 7th November.


"General elections to the Legislative Assembly of Bihar will be conducted  in three phases. In first phase, 71 Assembly constituencies in 16 districts, including most of the Left wing extremism affected districts will go for poll. In second phase, 94 Assembly constituencies in 17 districts will go for polls. In third phase, 78 Assembly constituencies in 15 districts will go for polls."


Briefing the media the CEC said the term of current assembly will end on November the 29th.


"The term of assembly in Bihar is due to expire on 29th November, 2020. Bihar assembly has a strength of 243 members, of whom 38 seats are reserved for SCs and two for STs"


The Chief Election Commissioner said the number of phases for 243-member Bihar assembly polls has been reduced keeping in mind the security arrangements and the festive season. He informed that the voting time has been extended by one hour till 6 PM and COVID-19 patients will vote in the last hour of the day. He said COVID-19 pandemic has forced a new normal in all aspects of life and Bihar assembly elections will be held under new security protocols.


The CEC informed that seven lakh hand sanitiser points, 46 lakh masks, 6 lakh PPE kits, 6.7 lakh face shields, 23 lakh pairs of hand gloves have been arranged in the wake of COVID pandemic.  He added that social distancing norms will need to be followed at public gatherings and other activities during the election campaign. 


The Chief Election Commissioner said the Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for ensuring the effective implementation of MCC guidelines. He added that anyone who indulges in misuse of social media with respect to elections will have to face consequences under the law. The election Commission has informed that it will decide on bypolls for 1 Lok Sabha and 64 Assembly Seats after review meeting on 29th September on issues raised by some states on poll timing.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the farm bills and labour laws recently passed by the parliament will free the farmers and workers in the country from the cobweb of unnecessary laws. Addressing BJP party workers on the ocassion of the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, he took a sharp dig at the opposition parties and said that they are misleading the people by spreading blatant lies.


"किसानों से मेशा जिन्होंने झूठ बोला है। झूठ बोलने वाले कुछ लोग इन दिनों अपने राजनीतिक स्वार्थ की वज़ह से किसानों को भ्रमित करने में लगे है।ये लोग अफ़वाह फैला रहे हैं देश के किसानों को ऐसी किसी भी अफ़वाह से बचाना, कृषि सूधार का महत्व समझाना, भारतीय जनता पार्टी के हमारे सभी कार्यकर्ताओं का बहुत बड़ा कर्त्तव्य हैं। किसानों की तरह ही हमारे यहाँ दशकों तक देश के श्रमिकों को भी कानून के जाल में उलझा के रखा गया। चार labour codes के माध्यम से देश के श्रमिक साथियो को दर्जनों कानून के कूचक्र से निकलने का प्रयास हमने किया है।"


Prime Minister Modi stressed that the much awaited freedom in the agriculture sector will be achieved by the new farm bills. He said, farmers will be able to sell their produce anywhere in the country in addition to the existing Mandis. He said, 85 out of 100 farmers will be benefitted by the new legislations and urged BJP party workers to reach out to the farmers and explain them about the benefits of the new provisions. Prime Minister underlined the historic reforms which the government has brought to make the agrarian economy strong. Mentioning the hike in MSP by 1.5 times and manifold increase in government procurement of agri produce, the Prime Minister informed that the government implemented the long due reforms in the sector. He said, more than 1 lakh crore rupees have been tranferred directly into the accounts of farmers to make them independent. Highlighting the importance of Kisan Credit Card (KCC), he said that its ambit has been increased to cover even those involved in dairy industry and fisheries.

"भाजपा सरकार के पांच वर्ष में किसानों को लगभग पैंतीस लाख करोड़ रुपए KCC के माध्यम से दिये गए। सरकार देश व्यापी अभियान चला कर ज्यादा से ज्यादा लोगो को KCC से जोड़ रही है ताकि उन्हें किसी और के पास क़र्ज़ लेने की मजबूरी से बाहर निकालने के लिए हमने एक अहम  काम पूरी ताकत से शुरू किया हैं। इन सभी प्रयासों से देश के किसानों को बहुत बड़ी दद मिली है।"


Prime Minister said, the labourers and workers in the country working in different fields were subjected to separate legal provisions without any guarantee of pay and legal rights. He said, the historic labour reform codes passed recently by the parliament will bring parity and respect to them and  also guarantee legal rights. Enumerating other reforms introduced by the government,Prime Minister highlighted the system of disposal of tax returns through the faceless tax computation mechanism and informed that the faceless tax appeal system will further add ease to the life of honest tax payers.


Speaking about Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, Prime Minister said, his ideas and teachings on politics, economics and various other fields will keep inspiring generations to come. He said, Pandit Deendayal advocated the idea of swadeshi even when the previous governments pushed growth models based on foreign drivers. Prime Minister said that even during COVID pandemic, party workers have been working without fading efforts to help those affected. He exhorted citizens to follow the guidelines of health ministry to defeat the global pandemic and asked everyone to continue wearing mask and follow physical distancing.


Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu paid his tributes to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya on his birth anniversary today. In a tweet, he said, Upadhyaya was a great leader and a profound thinker whose philosophy of integral humanism and Antyodaya has been a source of inspiration for all.Home Minister Amit Shah also paid his tributes to Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya on his birth anniversary. In a tweet the Home Minister said that Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, a pioneer of Indian politics, a man of multifaceted personality and founder of Jan Sangh fought throughout his life to protect and preserve the Indian culture and values. With the ideas of Integral Humanism and Antyodaya, he worked to give a progressive ideology to the country. He added, Pandit Deen Dayal laid the foundation of alternative politics which is today working to bring the poor and deprived sections of the country into the mainstream of development. He said, his life is a unique example of social harmony and patriotism.


In 2014, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’s Birth Anniversary the 25th September was declared the Antyodaya Diwas. It was on this day that the Rural Development Ministry revamped it’s existing skill development program called Aajeevika Skills as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) which emphasizes on greater access, coverage and quality. In doing so, the ministry used its knowledge gained over 15 years in implementing skill training programs. DDU-GKY is now a demand driven placement-linked skilling initiative which seeks to enable poor youth in rural areas to benefit from national and international employment opportunities.


The spirit of Antyodaya Mission lies in ‘reaching out to the last person’. Rural Development Ministry is also working towards this motto through reaching to all eligible rural youths of India.


Therefore working towards this motto and to commemorate Antyodaya Diwas 2020, the Rural Development Ministry is celebrating this day for Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) with their skilled and enthusiastic beneficiaries and other stakeholders spread across the country. During this pandemic time, the ministry is virtually celebrating this  day with all States and Union Territories, Project Implementing Agencies, Employers and rural youths from all over the country.


President Ram Nath Kovind said Dr. Vikram Sarabhai was a world-class scientist, a policymaker and also an institution-builder. He added he convened an army of brilliant scientists, anthropologists, communicators and social scientists to spearhead the Indian space programme. Addressing the birth centenary programme of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai through video conferencing today, the President paid his tributes to Dr. Sarabhai and recalled his contribution in the field of Indian space programme. He said, for both Dr. Sarabhai and Dr. Bhabha, science was not only an exciting journey in itself but was also a path to modern development for a country like India.

Appreciating the vision of Dr. Sarabhai, the President said, Dr. Sarabhai wanted to demonstrate the usefulness of a satellite system for national development. He said, today we realise the significance of his dream, when the Covid-19 pandemic has failed to interrupt school education which has continued in the remote learning mode.


The President added, from a humble yet ambitious beginnings, India has reached the stage where preparations are on to launch a human space flight. He said, Mission Gaganyaan slated for the 75th year of India’s independence speaks of the legacy of Dr. Sarabhai.


The government has sanctioned 670 electric buses and 241 charging stations to boost the electric mobility in the country. The buses have been sanctioned in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Chandigarh whereas charging stations in Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat and Port Blair under Phase-II of FAME India Scheme. In a series of tweets, Heavy Industries Minister Prakash Javadekar said that this decision reflects government's commitment for reducing dependence on fossil fuel and promoting eco-friendly public transportation.


Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India scheme was launched in 2015 to promote adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles in India. The second phase of this scheme has been implemented from last year with a total budgetary support of 10 thousand crore rupees.


The National Medical Commission (NMC), in place of the Medical Council of India (MCI), the country's apex regulator of medical education and profession has come into existence from  today. With the NMC coming into existence, the Board of Governors (BoG) superseded the MCI on September 26th, 2018, to perform its functions, has been dissolved and the nearly 64-year-old Indian Medical Council Act abolished. 


Dr Suresh Chandra Sharma, former head of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences ENT department, Delhi, has been appointed as chairman for a period of three years. The NMC Act, which seeks to usher in mega reforms in the medical education sector, received the assent of the president on August 8th last year. The NMC comprises a chairman, 10 ex-officio members and 22 part-time members.


The nation achieved another milestone in COVID testing by conducting nearly 15 lakh tests in the last 24 hours. With cumulative testing figure of around 7 crores, India continues to be one of the country across the world conducting highest daily testings. Starting from just one testing lab at National Institute of Virology, Pune in January this year, the country today has one thousand 818 labs for testing Covid samples.


Average daily testing has witnessed an increase by nearly 4 times in a span of two months. It stands at around 12 lakh tests in the recent weeks. With the expansion of testing infrastructure, the daily testing by States and Union Territories has also increased. 23 States and UTs have recorded higher tests per million than the national average. Despite increase in testing the positivity rate remains low and currently hovers around 8.4 per cent. Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Jharkhand and Telangana are among the states recording a positivity rate even lower than 5 per cent.


The country is registering a continuous increase in the number of patients recovered from COVID-19. With recovery of over 81 thousand people in the last 24 hours the total tally of recovery has crossed over 47 lakh 56 thousand . The overall recovery rate has now reached  81.74 per cent. Health Ministry has said the gap between recovered cases and active cases is progressively growing wide. Actual caseload of the country currently comprises only 16.67 per cent of the total positive cases. The number of recovered patients has overtaken the active cases by nearly 5 times. Unprecedented surge in COVID recoveries with more than 100 per cent increase in patients recovered and discharged in the last one month has also been reported. Health Ministry has informed that the sustained high recovery rate is fuelled by 9 states and Union Territories reporting recovery rate of over 80 per cent. These states include Bihar, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Gujarat among others. The ministry has informed that aggressive measures for early identification, prompt and effective treatment and enhanced clinical skills of ICU doctors have led to progressive enhancement of India's total recoveries. Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate stands at 1.59 per cent. India has progressively maintained a low Case Fatality Rate compared to the global average. In the last 24 hours, 86 thousand 52 new cases have been reported taking the total number of positive cases to 58 lakh 18 thousand 571. Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is 9 lakh 70 thousand and 116. In the last 24 hours, one thousand 141 deaths have been reported taking the toll to 92 thousand 290.


The Health Ministry has said that 75 per cent of New COVID -19  cases in the country are concentrated in 10 States and Union Territories. In a tweet the Ministry said the 10 States and Union Territories also account for the 74 per cent of new recoveries. It said, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are among them which are reporting higher number of recoveries and new  cases too. The Ministry said the  Central Government  is proactively extending technical, financial, material and other resources to all States and Union Territories to strengthen their capacities and sustain their efforts.


Legendary playback singer SP Balasubramaniam passed away this afternoon in Chennai. He was 74. His son SP Charan confirmed his demise to the reporters this afternoon.


The renowned artist SP Balasubramaniam was admitted into a corporate hospital in the city on the 5th of this month for Covid-19. The viral load dissipated, only after leaving his vital organs severely affected. It led him to be put on a ventilator and ECMO support. He breathed his last at 1.04 pm. A tribute to the legendary singer.

"The veteran playback singer SP Balasubramaniam holds the Guinness World Record of singing the highest number of songs by a single artist. He has rendered more than 40-thousand songs in 16 Indian languages, including Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam. He has the unenvious record of winning the National Film Award for the Best Male Playback Singer six times, besides many other awards by different state governments and the Filmfare awards. He was honoured with the Silver Peacock’ and the title ‘The Indian Film Personality of the Year’ in 2016. The Union Government honoured him with the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards. SP Balasubramaniam has sung for many generations of film stars since making his debut in the film world in late 1966. The celebrated singer is no more, but his mesmerising voice that breathed life into thousands of songs will continue to ring in the ears of music lovers for years together."


Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has expressed shock and grief over the demise of eminent singer and film actor, S P Balasubrahmaniam. In a statement The Chief Minister said  demise of SPB is an irreparable loss for film fraternity. He felt it was unfortunate that the best of the best efforts by doctors could not save him.


Andhra Pradesh Governor Sri Biswa Bhusan Harichandan also expressed profound grief and sadness at the demise of S.P. Balasubrahmanyam.


Telangana state government has resumed City Bus operations in a phased manner in Hyderabad today. The inter-state bus services to Karnataka and Maharashtra also will be resumed. State Transport Minister P Ajay Kumar announced this after a meeting with Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao last evening in Hyderabad.

Initially, 25 per cent of about 3,200 city buses of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TS RTC) will be operated with all the precautions to prevent spread of COVID-19. About 700 city buses of the state-run TS RTC will be hitting the roads today after about 6 months.


Maharashtra government has put a cap of  5500 rupees for convalescent plasma therapy treatment. The move comes after it has been reported that many hospitals and blood banks are charging hefty sums for the plasma therapy treatment. Health Minister Rajesh Tope said Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT) or chemiluminescence test is conducted prior to the therapy then hospitals can charge 1,200 and 500 rupees per test respectively.


Activities for promoting the “Yoga Break” protocol have been started from today which was suspended after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. This five minute protocol encourages people to practice Yoga at the workplace. The Ministry of AYUSH in association with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga has developed a five minute Yoga Break protocol to de-stress, refresh and refocus the workers at the workplace. This protocol has been designed by a group of eminent Yoga experts wherein several Yoga practices have been demonstrated. In view of the current health emergency situation due to Covid-19, additional emphasis was given on breathing exercise for increasing the lungs capacity.


The government today clarified that Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) doesn't cover COVID 19 related deaths. In a tweet, Press Information Bureau, however, said Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) covers COVID deaths with certain conditions.


The clarification came in the wake of claims on social media that kin of those who died of COVID-19 can claim insurance under PMJJBY and  PMSBY.


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced a grant of 50,000 rupees to each Durga Puja committee in the state. Announcing a slew of doles for around 37,000 Durga Puja committees in the state yesterday, Ms. Banerjee said that the fire brigade, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), other civic bodies, municipalities and panchayats will not charge any money or tax for their services from the puja organisers. Addressing the Durga Puja Coordination meeting she said it has also been decided that CESC and the state electricity board will give 50 per cent waiver for the puja committees.


The Kolkata Port Trust rechristened as the Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, is investing on digital technologies and has lined up at least 40 crore rupees for various projects to bolster ease of doing business. The Port Trust  chairman Vinit Kumar said, the port authorities are undertaking an ambitious project to develop an integrated e-marketplace to facilitate coastal shipping. He said e-marketplace will be a single-window system for all coastal shipments.


The water level in the Stanley Reservoir at Mettur in Tamil Nadu has reached hundred feet this noon. This is considered the 66th time the level has risen above 100-feet since its inception against its full reservoir level of 120-feet. The water inflow into the biggest dam in the state remains 35-thousand cusecs as it is raining in the catchment areas of the river Cauvery. The outflow from the dam is being kept at 20-thousand cusecs to irrigate the farmlands in the Delta region.


In Jammu and Kashmir, two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists were killed in an encounter which lasted overnight  with security forces in south Kashmir's Anantnag district today.  Police sources said that based on specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in the area, security forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation in Sirhama village last evening.


The search operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists fired upon the security forces, who retaliated.


In IPL Cricket today, Delhi Capitals will take on Chennai Super Kings at Dubai International Stadium.


Last night, KL Rahul's blistering century against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) cruised Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to a  97-run win.


Rahul played an unbeaten knock of 132 runs off just 69 balls and then bowlers bundled out RCB on just 109 runs. Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin took three wickets each in the match. Punjab skipper, KL Rahul was named the Man of the Match.


Chasing a massive target of 207 runs, RCB were all out for 109 runs in 17 overs.


Now, let us take a look at the weather for the day. The National Capital Delhi will see a partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was recorded at 26 degree Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 37 degrees. In Mumbai, there will be a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature was 25 and the maximum will be around 32 .Chennai will see a generally cloudy sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 27 and 37 degree Celsius. Kolkata will see a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was 28 while the maximum is expected to be around 31. In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 23 in Jammu while the maximum will be around 36. The city is likely to see a mainly clear sky. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was around 11 while the maximum will be 29 degrees. The  City will see a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Ladakh will see a clear sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 08 and 24. In Gilgit, the temperature is likely to hover between 09 and 33. It will see a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Muzzafarabad, will see a mainly clear sky. The temperature is likely to hover between 16 and 35 degree Celsius.


We leave you with Bapu's favourite Bhajan - Vaishnav Jan Toh sung by an artiste from Russia.

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