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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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25th September, 2020


  • Dates for Bihar Assembly Elections announced; Voting to be held in three phases with strict adherence to social distancing norms.

  • Model Code of Conduct comes into effect.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says recently passed farm and labour bills will free farmers and workers from unnecessary laws.

  • Government says there is no impact of COVID-19 on area coverage under kharif crops.

  • Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 81.74 per cent.

  • In IPL, the match between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings underway in Dubai.


In our special series on the ocassion of the 150 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we begin this 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 stand united and maintain communal harmony.


The Election Commission has announced the dates for Assembly elections in Bihar. Announcing the poll schedule in New Delhi today, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the elections will take place in three phases starting from the 28th of next month. The counting will take place on the 10th of November. He said the model code of conduct has now come into effect.

"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."

The Chief Election Commissioner said the number of phases for the 243-member Bihar assembly polls has been reduced keeping in mind the security arrangements and the festive season. Voting time has been extended by one hour till 6 PM and COVID-19 patients will vote in the last hour of the day. 

The Chief Election Commissioner said, the number of polling booths has been increased to ensure social distancing and the norms will have to be followed at public gatherings during the poll campaign. The number of people accompanying a candidate for submission of nomination has been restricted to two, while door-to-door campaign can have maximum five people including the candidate. The Election Commission has also created an optional facility to fill the nomination form and affidavit online and submission of the same, after taking a print, before the Returning Officer concerned. For the first time, the candidates will have the option to deposit a security amount online for contesting the elections.

Mr. Arora said 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 said, the Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for ensuring the effective implementation of MCC guidelines. Chief Election Commissioner added that anyone who indulges in misuse of social media with respect to elections will have to face consequences under the law.


Political Parties have welcomed the announcement of Bihar assembly elections.

Talking to AIR News, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, the NDA will fight this poll unitedly and development will be the main issue in this poll. JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi said, good governance and justice for all have been the agenda of his party and it will seek another mandate of people to ensure continuous development of Bihar. 

On the other hand, RJD has demanded that the Election Commission should explore the possibility of voter insurance in the wake of COVID-19. Party spokesperson Manoj Jha told AIR that RJD will go to the polls with people-centric issues like unemployment and migration. 

Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil said, elections will be fought on the issues of common man on one side and misgovernence on the other. He said, their coalition has the blessings of people of Bihar.


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

"किसानों से हमेशा जिन्होंने झूठ बोला है। झूठ बोलने वाले कुछ लोग इन दिनों अपने राजनीतिक स्वार्थ की वज़ह से किसानों को भ्रमित करने में लगे हैं 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।"

The Prime Minister 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.

"NDA सरकार निरंतर इस स्थिति को बदलने का प्रमाणिक प्रयास किया है। कोई निजी स्वार्थ के लिए नहीं, कोई राजनीतिक स्वार्थ के लिए नहीं, सिर्फ और सिर्फ किसान के कल्याण को  ध्यान में रखते हुए, पहले लागत का डेढ़ गुना  MSP तय किया। उसमें रिकॉर्ड बढ़ोतरी की और रिकॉर्ड सरकारी खरीद भी  एन डी सरकार ने ही की है। इतिहास बनाया।"

Highlighting the importance of Kisan Credit Card (KCC), the Prime Minister said that its ambit has been increased to cover even those involved in dairy industry and fisheries. Speaking about Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, the Prime Minister said, his ideas and teachings on politics, economics and various other fields will keep inspiring generations to come.

"ये दीनदयाल जी ही थे, जिन्होंने भारत की राष्ट्रनीति, अर्थनीति, समाजनीति, राजनीति इन सभी पहलूओं पर भारत के अथाह सामर्थ् के हिसाब से तय करने की बात बड़ी मुखरता से कही थी, लिखी थी। उस समय जब आजाद भारत के नवनिर्माण के लिए विदेशी मॉडल को अपनाने पर जोर था, तब भी दीनदयाल जी आधुनिक भारत के विकास के लिए भारत की मिट्टी पर, भारत के कोटि-कोटि जनों के पुरूषार्थ पर, उनके पराक्रम पर उनकी प्रतिभा पर, भरोसा करके उन्हीं से समाधान मिलेगा उस समाधान को लेकर वे आवाज बुलंद करते रहे।"


The Government today said there is no impact of COVID-19 on progress of area coverage under kharif crops. The Agriculture Ministry said, over one thousand 116 lakh hectare area has been sown during Kharif season as compared to around one thousand 66 lakh hectare area of the corresponding period last year. The timely prepositioning of inputs by Government like seeds, pesticides, fertilizers, machinery and credit has made large coverage possible during pandemic lockdown conditions. The Ministry said, credit goes to farmers for timely action and adoption of technologies and taking benefit of government schemes.


The government has sanctioned 670 electric buses and 241 charging stations to boost the electric mobility in the country. In a series of tweets, Heavy Industries Minister Prakash Javadekar said this decision reflects the 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 National Medical Commission (NMC) has come into existence as the country's apex regulator of medical education and profession, in place of the Medical Council of India (MCI). The NMC comprises a chairman, 10 ex-officio members and 22 part-time members. The NMC Act, which seeks to usher in mega reforms in the medical education sector, received the assent of the president on August the 8th last year. Former head of ENT department in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi, Dr Suresh Chandra Sharma, has been appointed as chairman of the commission for a period of three years.


More than one crore passengers have flown on over one lakh flights since resumption of domestic operations on 25th May. Minister of State, Independent Charge, Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said that domestic aviation is moving towards pre-COVID figures. Civil Aviation Minister said, total number of departing passengers yesterday was over one lakh ninteen thousand and total number of arriving passengers during this period was over one lakh twenty one thousand. Further, the total number of passenger footfalls at airports across the country was over two lakh forty thousand a single day. In the wake of Covid-19, the operations of domestic schedule commercial airlines were ceased from 25th March this year.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart SUGA Yoshihide have expressed mutual intention to further strengthen the Indo-Japan relationship based on principles of trust and shared values. Both the leaders agreed that the bilateral Special Strategic and Global Partnership between the two countries has made great advances over the last few years. Interacting over a phone call the Prime Minister congratulated Mr. Yoshihide on his appointment as the Prime Minister of Japan and wished him success in achieving his goals. Mr. Modi extended an invitation to Prime Minister Suga to visit India for the Annual Bilateral Summit, after improvement of the situation caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.


The country is registering a continuous increase in the number of patients who recovered from COVID-19. With over 81 thousand people recovering in the last 24 hours the total number of recovered patients now stand at over 47 lakh 56 thousand. The overall recovery rate has now reached 81.74 per cent. The Health Ministry has said the gap between recovered cases and active cases is progressively growing wide. The Actual caseload of the country currently comprises 16.67 per cent of the total positive cases. The number of recovered patients has now overtaken the active cases by nearly 5 times. 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 116. In the last 24 hours, one thousand 141 deaths have  been reported taking the toll to 92 thousand 290.


Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has said the contribution of AIIMS during the Covid pandemic is monumental in ensuring smooth delivery of medical services through tele-medicine and tele-consultations. Speaking on the occasion of the 65th Foundation Day of AIIMS, Dr Harsh Vardhan said, in the last 6 months, the Institute has taken a huge responsibility of providing care to patients suffering from COVID-19, for innovating in areas of research and guiding colleagues across the country. On India’s fight against COVID-19, Dr Harsh Vardhan said, India’s continuously rising Recovery Rate and progressively falling Case Fatality Rate have proven the success of the COVID-19 containment strategy followed by all States and Union Territories under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


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.


A total of three thousand 827 new confirmed cases of Corona virus have been reported in Delhi during the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to over two lakh 64 thousand. Delhi Government has said that over two lakh 28 thousand people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, four thousand 61 people recovered and 24 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to five thousand 147. Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the national capital is over 30 thousand.


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to strengthen the health facilities in Lucknow and Kanpur cities. He has also ordered to depute more health workers in both cities. Lucknow and Kanpur are the cities worst hit by Corona infection in the state.

"In a review meeting about Covid scenario in state,Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked to run 300 beded building of Ram Manohar Lohia institute of medical sciences in Lucknow as dedicated Covid Hospital. State capital Lucknow has the highest number of 8954 patients in state while Kanpur is on second number with 4046 active cases. Both cities also have more than 600 casualties due to the pandemic. Lucknow reported the highest number of the fresh cases in last 24 hours with 580 new patients while Kanpur witnessed 219 new cases. State currently has 59397 active covid patients. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today reviewed the Covid related situation in Konkan and Pune division of the state through video conferencing. He emphasized the importance of recently launched "My family, My responsibility"campaign. He cautioned the people of the state to follow the three pronged strategy of wearing mask, washing hands and maintaining physical distance more diligently in the ongoing unlock phase. He also appealed to the people to celebrate the upcoming Navratri and Dusshera festivals in a simple manner.

"Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that "My Family My Responsibility campaign will help in drafting a health map of the state to make it strong and healthy in future. He said the campaign is playing an important role in collecting the health related data of the people of the state. While underlining the importance of the campaign he said that more than 55 thousand health teams are conducting the health related survey and data of 2.83 crore people have already been collated. He said apart from the 37 thousand suspected patients, around 4 thousand 517 patients were found positive with the help of this survey. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar insisted on the importance of running Post- Covid treatment Centres. With Shailesh Patil, Kunal Shinde, Air News, Mumbai."


In Odisha, the total number of Covid-19 affected people crossed two lakh mark today. With 4,208 new cases, the total number of patients has reached two lakh one thousand ninety six. However, the number of active cases in the state now stands at 39,232.

"After the virus hit Odisha for the first time on the 15th of March last, it took more than a month for it to infect1000 people. Now, in a little less than 200 days, the virus has managed to bring a huge two lakh people into its grip. However it has become more infectious of late, with as many as 4000 plus people catching the contagion everyday for the last few days. While this has raised the concerns of the government on covid-19 care and cure, the latter has been impressing upon the people at large to raise their defences against the devil. Girish Chandra Dash, Bhubaneswar."


The Karnataka state government issued an order today directing private hospitals to admit the patients irrespective of them having Covid 19 symptoms or not. The order quotes the provisions of the Private Hospitals and medical establishments Act of 2017 that prevents hospitals from denying admission to patients. It also draws attention to the Disaster management Act that makes it mandatory for the private hospitals to extend treatment to patients without insisting on a Covid report.

"The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara palike Commissioner had asked the jurisdictional police to file FIR against four private hospitals yesterday for failing to allot 50 percent of their hospital beds to the patients recommended by the Government. Since Bengaluru urban district has a high positivity rate, the city corporation has increasing testing and improved tracking of Covid contacts. Right now the city has a positivity rate of over 13 percent and mortality rate of 1.4 percent. To monitor Covid 19 patients under home isolation the telemonitoring services are started. Under this, home isolated patients are offered tele counselling services. There are over two lakh 15 thousand persons under active home quarantine in Bengaluru. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru."


Kerala continued to report a surge in Covid cases as it confirmed 6477 new covid cases today. 22 people died today due to Covid taking the death toll in the State to 635. Meanwhile 3481 recoveries were also reported today. The total active Covid cases in Kerala rose to 48,892.


The Jammu & Kashmir Government is fighting COVID-19 pandemic with grit and determination and health workers are at the forefront of this fight. So far, seven of the health workers while on duty, contracted the virus infection and lost their life while fighting the virus.

Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package provides an insurance cover of 50 lakh rupees to a total of around 22.12 lakh public healthcare providers across the country. These healthcare providers include community health workers, who may have to be in direct contact and care of COVID-19 patients and who may be at risk of being impacted by this.


Renowned playback singer S P Balasubramaniam passed away this afternoon in Chennai. He was 74. He was admitted in a corporate hospital in the city on the 5th August for Covid-19. Though the viral load dissipated, it left his vital organs severely affected. He was put on ventilator and ECMO support. He breathed his last at 1.04 pm today. Here is a tribute to the legendary singer:

The veteran playback singer SP Balasubramaniam holds the 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."

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the demise of the singing legend. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy, AIADMK coordinator and Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam, DMK president MK Stalin have expressed grief on the death at the legendary singer.


All India Radio, Delhi will broadcast a special programme of tributes to legendary playback singer, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam at 10 tonight on its Rajdhani and FM Rainbow channels. All capital stations, FM Rainbow Channels, Vivid Bharati Service/Commercial Broadcasting Service Centers and multi channel AIR stations on one of their channels shall relay this broadcast.


The Income Tax Department today launched Faceless Income tax Appeals. The Central Board of Direct Taxes, CBDT said in a statement, that under it, all income tax appeals will be finalised in a faceless manner with the exception of appeals relating to serious frauds, major tax evasion, sensitive and search matters, International tax and Black Money Act. On 13th August, while launching the Faceless Assessment and Taxpayers’ Charter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced to launch the faceless appeals on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay.


Benchmark domestic stocks today gained more than two percent snapping losing streak of six sessions. Key indices climbed amid mixed global cues. The Sensex regained 37,000 mark while the Nifty reclaimed 11,000 level.


In IPL Cricket, Delhi Capitals were 154 for 2 in 17.4 overs against Chennai Super Kings at Dubai when reports last came in. Earlier, Chennai won the toss and elected to field against Delhi.Last night, Kings Eleven Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 97 runs at the same venue. In tomorrow's fixture, Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi.


External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar today addressed the Ministerial meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism. Dr Jaishankar said, Multilateralism, if it is to grow, must be not just generous but also creative and practical. He said, India will build back better, greener and smarter. He also highlighted the International Solar Alliance and Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. The Minister also spoke about the Jal Jeevan and Ujala schemes and the Aarogya Setu app. He said, New India is a sharing India.


A webinar between India and Cambodia was held today. The theme of the webinar was “Indian Defence Industry Global Outreach for Collaborative Partnership: Webinar and Expo”.  It was organized under the aegis of Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence through Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers, SIDM. This webinar is the part of the series of webinars which are being organized with friendly foreign countries in order to boost defence exports and achieve defence export target of 5 billion dollars in the next five years. Senior Defence Ministry officials from Indian side and senior army officials from Cambodian side participated in the webinar and spoke about enhancing the defence cooperation between both the nations.


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

National Capital Delhi will have strong surface winds during day time. Minimum temperature is expected at around 26 degrees Celsius and maximum at 36 degrees.

In Mumbai, there will be generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. Minimum temperature will be around 25 degrees and maximum at around 30 degrees.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will hover between 27 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Generally cloudy sky is expected in Kolkata, with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature will be around 27 degrees celsius and maximum could go upto 31 degrees.

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, minimum temperature in Jammu will be around 24 degrees Celsius and maximum around 35 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

Srinagar will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. The temperature will hover between 10 and 26 degrees Celsius.

In Ladakh, the sky will be mainly clear becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature will be eight and the maximum 23 degrees celsius.

In Gilgit, partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. The temperature will hover between nine and 31 degrees celsius.

In Muzaffarabad, there will be partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. Minimum temperature will be around 16 and the maximum around 34 degrees.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 22 and 33 degrees Celsius. The city will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of thunder and  lightning.

In Chandigarh, there will be partly cloudy sky. Minimum temperature will be around 24 degrees and maximum could go upto 34 degrees.


In Hyderabad, minimum temperature will be around 24 degrees celsius and the maximum will be around 31 degrees. The city will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.


Guwahati will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature in the city will be around 24 degrees celsius and maximum will be around 32 degrees.


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