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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 says, farmers are playing major role in building Atmanirbhar Bharat; Appeals to people to always wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind gives assent to three farm bills recently passed by the Parliament.
  • Health Minister Harsh Vardhan says Government is committed to increase public health care spending to 2.5 per cent of the GDP by 2025.
  • Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurates 'Destination North East-2020' event to highlight its eco-tourism, culture and business potential.
  • And in IPL cricket, Rajasthan Royals win the toss and chose to field against Kings Eleven Punjab at Sharjah.


In our special series on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we begin this bulletin with Bapu Ki Baat. In a Speech, Mahatma Gandhi had spoken about spirituality.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India will become self reliant only when the farmers and villages are empowered. In his monthly Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio today, the Prime Minister said that agricultural sector, farmers and villages are the very basis of Atmanirbhar Bharat. He said even during this period of crisis, agricultural sector has shown its resilience. He said that in the recent past, farmers have liberated themselves from many restrictions and tried to break free from many myths. Mr Modi said farmers have the power to sell their fruits and vegetables, anywhere and to anyone.

"अपने फल-सब्जियों को, कहीं पर भी, किसी को भी, बेचने की ताकत है, और ये ताकत ही, उनकीइस प्रगति का आधार है। अब यही ताकत, देश के दूसरे किसानों को भी मिली है। फल-सब्जियों के लिए ही नहीं, अपने खेत में, वो जो पैदा कर रहें हैं - धान, गेहूं, सरसों, गन्ना जो उगा रहे हैं, उसको अपनी इच्छा के अनुसार, जहाँ ज्यादा दाम मिले, वहीँ पर, बेचने की, अब, उनको आज़ादी मिल गई है"

Mr Modi gave the example of Kanwar Chauhan from Sonipat district of Haryana. In 2014, fruits and vegetables were excluded from the APMC Act, which greatly benefited him and fellow farmers in the neighborhood. Four years ago, he along with fellow farmers of his village formed a Farmer Producer’s Organization. Mr Modi said these farmers are earning two and a half to three lakh rupees per acre annually by cultivating sweet corn and baby corn.

The Prime Minister said fruits and vegetables were excluded from the purview of APMC in Maharashtra about three or four years ago. He cited Sri Swami Samarth Farm Producer Company Limited as an example of how this reform changed the state of farmers growing fruits and vegetables in Maharashtra. He gave another example of Tamil Nadu Banana farmer produce company which is a farmers collective.

The Prime Minister mentioned another group of farmers from Lucknow who named themselves Iraada. During the lockdown, they too procured fruits and vegetables directly from the cultivators fields, and sold directly in the markets of Lucknow.

Mr Modi spoke about Ismail Bhai from Rampura village of Banaskantha in Gujarat. Ismail Bhai's had resolved that he would dispel the notion of farming being a loss making activity. He started farming, albeit using new methods and innovative techniques. Ismail Bhai directly sells the potatoes he grows to large companies, and earns handsome profits as there are no middlemen.

The Prime Minister emphasized that innovation is required in agriculture. He talked of Bijay Shanti of Manipur who is in the news for her new innovation. She launched a start-up to develop thread from the Lotus stem. Mr Modi said her efforts and innovations have opened new avenues in the fields of lotus farming and textile.

"आज की तारीख में खेती को हम जितना आधुनिक विकल्प देंगे, उतना ही, वो, आगे बढ़ेगी, उसमें नये-नये तौर-तरीके आयेंगे, नये innovations जुड़ेंगे। मणिपुर की रहने वाली बिजयशान्ति एक नये innovation के चलते ख़ूब चर्चा में है, उन्होंने कमल की नाल से धागा बनाने का start up शुरू किया है। आज, उनके innovation के चलते कमल की खेती और textile में एक नया ही रास्ता बन गया है"

In this Corona time-period, Prime Minister has once again remind people to always wear a mask and do not venture out without a face shield. He said, Do Gaz ki doori’, social distancing will protect people and their families. Mr Modi said, these few rules are the weapons in the fight against Corona, a powerful resource to save the life of every citizen.

"कोरोना के इस कालखंड में, मैं, फिर एक बार आपको याद कराऊंगा, mask अवश्य रखें, face cover के बिना बाहर ना जाएँ। दो गज की दूरी का नियम, आपको भी बचा सकता है, आपके परिवार को भी बचा सकता है। ये कुछ नियम हैं, इस कोरोना की  ख़िलाफ, लड़ाई के हथियार हैं, हर नागरिक के जीवन को बचाने के मजबूत साधन हैं। और, हम ना भूलें, जब तक दवाई नहीं, तब तक ढ़िलाई नहीं।"

The Prime Minister talked at length about the art of storytelling, and how it has always been a part of Indian culture. In every family, some elderly person used to tell stories to the younger generation, and fill the house with new inspiration and energy. He highlighted the importance of telling stories with moral lessons, saying -‘Where there is a soul there is a story’. Mr Modi expressed pride that India has the tradition of Hitopadesh and Panchatantra in which lessons on prudence and wisdom are imparted through an imaginary world of animals, birds and fairies woven into stories. He noted that India has a tradition of ‘katha’.

He said, there is a very interesting style of storytelling in Tamilnadu and Kerala called ‘Villu paattu’. It comprises a fascinating confluence of story and music. He added that India also has had a vibrant tradition of puppetry. Mr Modi said stories and storytelling based on science and science- fiction are gaining popularity these days.

"इन दिनों science और science fiction से जुड़ी कहानियाँ एवं कहानी कहने की विधा लोकप्रिय हो रही है। मैं देख रहा हूँ कि कई लोग किस्सागोई की कला को आगे बढाने के लिए सराहनीय पहल कर रहे हैं। मुझे gaathastory.in जैसी website के बारे में जानकारी मिली, जिसे, अमर व्यास, बाकी लोगों के साथ मिलकर चलाते हैं। "

The Prime Minister shared the heartwarming story of Sedu Dambele from Mali, who is also called Hindustani Babu for his love for India. He teaches English, Music, Painting, and drawing in a public school in Kita. For the last 23 years, every Sunday afternoon, Sedu Dembele presents an hour long radio programme in Mali titled ‘Indian frequency on Bollywood songs and renders commentary in French as well as in Mali's lingua franca known as Bombara. His children sing the national anthem of India with great ease. The Prime Minister urged people to watch these videos and feel their love for India.

Mr Modi remembered freedom fighter Bhagat Singh whose birth anniversary will be celebrated tomorrow. He said Bhagat Singh is an icon of courage and valor. Prime Minister Modi said the second of October is a holy and inspiring day for all. We remember Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri on this day. Mr Modi said if the country would have been able to grasp the spirit behind economic principles of Mahatma Gandhi, the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan would not have been needed today.

"पूज्य बापू के विचार और आदर्श आज पहले से कहीं ज्यादा प्रासंगिक हैं, महात्मा गाँधी का जो आर्थिक चिन्तन था, अगर उस spirit को पकड़ा गया होता, समझा गया होता, उस रास्ते पर चला गया होता, तो, आज आत्मनिर्भर भारत अभियान की जरूरत ही नहीं पड़ती। गाँधी जी के आर्थिक चिंतन में भारत की नस-नस की समझ थी, भारत की खुशबू थी। पूज्य बापू का जीवन हमें याद दिलाता है कि हम ये सुनिश्चित करें कि हमारा हर कार्य ऐसा हो, जिससे, ग़रीब से ग़रीब व्यक्ति का भला हो"

The Prime Minister also remembered Bharat Ratna Loknayak Jai Prakash Narayan and Bharat Ratna Nanaji Deshmukh. Their birth anniversaries falls on the 11 th of October. The Prime Minister urged people to imbibe the values enshrined by them.


The founding member of Bangalore Storytelling Society Aparna Atreya interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today during the Mann Ki baat programme. The Prime Minister advised her and others to highlight stories relating to the great women and men who have made India proud. Aparna Atreya shared her joy with AIR News on speaking to the Prime Minister today and on the work done by the Story telling society.


President Ram Nath Kovind today gave assent to three farm bills recently passed by the parliament. The bills are Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) bill, 2020. The act aimed at transforming agriculture in the country and raising farmers’ income.

The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 permits the electronic trading of farmers’ produce and allows setting up of transaction platforms for facilitating direct online buying and selling of farm products. The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act , 2020 provides for a farming agreement prior to the production or rearing of any farm produce. A guaranteed price to be paid for the purchase of farming produce will be mentioned in such agreements. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 allows the central government to regulate the supply of certain food items only under extraordinary circumstances such as war and famine.

The new act aims at creating additional trading opportunities outside the APMC market yards to help farmers get remunerative prices due to additional competition. This will supplement the existing MSP procurement system which is providing stable income to farmers. The act will create an ecosystem where the farmers and traders will enjoy freedom of choice of sale and purchase of agri-produce. It will open more choices for the farmer, reduce marketing costs for the farmers and help them in getting better prices.


President Ram Nath Kovind today gave assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020, which was recently passed by the parliament. The Act makes Kashmiri, Dogri, Hindi, English and Urdu as the official language of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier only Urdu and English were the official language for the Union territory. According to the 2011 census, the present population of Jammu and Kashmir is over one crore 21 lakh. The number of people speaking Urdu in the Union Territory is very less.


National Cooperative Development Corporation, NCDC has sanctioned the first instalment funds of 19 thousand 444 crore rupees to three states for Kharif paddy procurement under Minimum Support Price operations. These states are Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Telangana. Agriculture Ministry said, these amounts have been sanctioned to assist the States and State Marketing Federations in undertaking paddy procurement operations in a timely manner through their respective cooperative organizations. Chhattisgarh gets the highest amount to the tune of nine thousand crore rupeess. Telangana has been sanctioned five thousand 500 crores and Haryana five thousand 444 crore.

The Ministry said, this proactive step by NCDC during the COVID pandemic will give the much needed financial support to farmers of these three states who account for nearly 75 per cent of production of paddy in the country.


Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan today said that government is committed to increase the public healthcare spending from the existing 1.15 per cent of the GDP to 2.5 per cent by 2025. He added that the 15th Finance Commission’s high-level group on health has concurred that health care spending must be raised substantially in the next five years in view of the present pandemic. Dr. Harsh Vardhan was answering questions posed by his social media interactors on the third episode of Sunday Samvaad.

The Minister warned people against complacency saying mask must be used even at places of worships. He asked everyone to always raise awareness regarding COVID appropriate behaviors and re-emphasized on the need for wearing masks. He said, the Pandemic can only be fought when the Government and society work together in tandem. He further cautioned that ICMR’s Sero survey report should not create a sense of complacency in people. He said, the first sero survey of May 2020 revealed that the nationwide prevalence of novel coronavirus infection was only 0.73 per cent. He said, ICMR’s second Sero Survey shows that Indian population is still far from achieving herd immunity.

Regarding wide usage of investigational therapies such as Remdesivir and  Plasma Therapies, the  Health Minister stated that the Government has issued regular advisories regarding their rational usage. The private hospitals have also been advised against routine use of these investigational therapies.

On the emerging evidence that the disease not only impacts our lungs but other organ systems too, especially cardiovascular and renal, the Minister said that his Ministry has already set up committees of experts to look into these facets of COVID-19. ICMR is also studying this subject.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said that States have been advised to lower the prices of COVID tests. He added that he has spoken personally to several State Health Ministers regarding reduction of prices of testing in their respective states.

On a question related to ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat Yojana’, Dr. Harsh Vardhan spoke of India’s two-pronged strategy of incentivizing production and creation of common infrastructure for high-quality medicines and medical devices to make the country self-reliant. He said, government's commitment to North East region is evident from its plans to massively upgrade medical colleges and other infrastructure in a phased manner.


Union Home Minister Amit Shah today virtually inaugurated 'Destination North East-2020', a four-day event to highlight the Northeast region's various potentials like eco-tourism, culture, heritage and business.

Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh and Chief Ministers of North Eastern States participated in the event via video conferencing.

During the inaugural session, the Union Home Minister said that India is incomplete without the North East. Mr Shah termed the unique culture of North-Eastern region as the ornament of Indian culture.

The Home Minister said, Government is focusing on infrastrurture development in the region and and in future it will be an important point of tourism in the world.

In his address, Minister of Development of North Eastern Region, Dr Jitendra Singh said, golden age of north-east will begin post-COVID-19 and the region will be one of the favourite tourist and business destinations of India. He said, North-East will be the New Engine of New India and the region will lead in making of New India.

An array of cultural music and dance was showcased at the inaugural function for the four daylong online events held with the theme ‘The Emerging Delightful Destinations’.

The 'Destination North East-2020' is a calendar event of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region conceptualised with the objective of taking the northeastern region to other parts of the country and bringing them closer together in order to strengthen national integration.


India's COVID-19 recovery rate improved to an impressive 82.46 per cent as the number of people having recuperated from the disease crossed 49 lakh. The national caseload neared 60 lakh with 88 thousand 600 fresh infections being reported today.

According to the Health Ministry, the total COVID-19 cases mounted to 59 lakh 92 thousand 532 while the death toll climbed to 94 thousand 503 with 1,124 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours. The COVID-19 case fatality rate was recorded at 1.58 per cent. The total recoveries have surged to 49 lakh 41 thousand 627.


Director General of World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his speech at the UN General Assembly. In a tweet, the WHO DG thanked Prime Minister Modi for his commitment and solidarity in fight against Coronavirus pandemic.

Addressing the 75th United Nations General Assembly session last evening, the Prime Minister assured that as the largest vaccine producing country, India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all humanity in fighting the COVID pandemic.


In Maharashtra, lives of on-screen and behind-the-scenes artists in this field have been hit hard with many of them rendered jobless. In this time of crisis, the Marathi Theatre Group has come forward and extended help to these artists. We have a report from our Correspondent:-

"Many behind-the-scenes artists such as sound system operators, managers, costume designers, hair stylists, lighting men, booking clerks, have become jobless. To help them, Marathi Natak Samuh that is Marathi Theatre Group, undertook this initiative of extending a hand of affection and trust to these people. Several leading actors, including popular Marathi film actor Prashant Damle, are members of this group. An appeal was made for help and due to the credibility of the group, fans from home and abroad as well as well-known theatre artists came forward. Out of the funds collected, ruppes 39 lakh was distributed in the last five months to these behind-the-scenes artists. This for sure shows the love and affection of the audience for these artists. Sweety Jain, Air News, Mumbai."


Tamil Nadu Health Minister Dr C Vijayabhaskar has said, there is no shortage of oxygen supply in the government hospitals in the state. Talking to reporters in Pudukkottai today, he said, over 40-thousand beds in government health facilities have been integrated with hi-flow oxygen cannulas for ceaseless supply of oxygen.

The minister said, selection of locations for establishing the 2000 mini-clinics as announced by the state chief minister is underway.


Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan has called for switching over to hundred percent clean fuels in the tourist cities. Addressing a virtual meet on the World Tourism Day today, he emphasized the need for the use of clean fuels like LNG and PNG in the vehicles used by tourists in the tourist spots. He said, this will help protect the monuments besides favouring the environment. Here is a report:-

"The Union Minister said as India completes 75 years of Independence in 2022, there is a need to focus on creating more tourist sites around the heroism of our freedom fighters. Stating that tourism industry offers unprecedented potential for employment generation and youth empowerment, the Minister added that every district of our country has a historic story to share or a legend to narrate. Meanwhile, on the occasion of the World Tourism Day, Government of Odisha today launched a campaign "Odisha by Road", to encourage road travels to tourist destinations in the state. The government believes that this will boost the tourism sector and help revive the covid-19 ravaged economy. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar."


Joint Entrance Examination, JEE (Advanced) 2020 was conducted successfully today across the country. Out of total registered candidates, 96 per cent candidates appeared for the exam. In a statement, IIT Delhi said, the exams were conducted in 222 cities and over one thousand exam centers all over the country.


Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has appealed to Farmers’ organisations to withdraw their call for state-wide bandh tomorrow. Speaking to media persons in Bengaluru today, he said the amendment to APMC and Land Reforms Act are done keeping their benefit in mind.  He said that the farmers’ organisations holding protests tomorrow must understand that the amendments are providing freedom to them to sell their produce anywhere they wish.  However the Farmers leader Kuruburu Shantakumar has informed that over 110 organisations related to farmers, workers and dalits have extended support to the bandh tomorrow. More from our correspondent:-

"Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has said that many farmers have welcomed the amendments.  Revenue Minister R Ashoka  has said that all government and private offices, buses, taxis and other services will remain operational tomorrow. He has warned of stringent actions against anti social elements found disrupting peace. However a few goods transport, taxi and auto rickshaw unions have announced their support to the bandh. The Karnataka Road Transport Corporation and Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport buses will ply as usual. Metro rail services will also be available.  Congress party has announced its support to the bandh. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru." 


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, two terrorists were killed in an encounter that broke out between terrorists and security forces in Samboora area in Pulwama district today.

According to police, a joint team of security forces launched a cardon and search operation at Samboora area following the inputs about the presence of terrorists in the village. As the joint team approached towards the suspected spot, the terrorists fired upon them that ensued an encounter and in retaliation, two terrorists were killed. The identity of the slain terrorists is being ascertained. The search operation in the area was going on when reports last came in.


Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh passed away in New Delhi this morning following a prolonged illness. He was 82. The veteran BJP leader was admitted to Army's Research and Reffereal Hospital in Delhi on 25th June. After a fall at his residence six years ago in 2014, he had suffered a serious head injury and had slipped into coma.

President, Vice President and Prime Minister have expressed grief on the demise of Jaswant Singh.


Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari today launched chemo recovery kits containing Ayurvedic formulation at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. The kit has been developed by the Integrated Cancer Treatment and Research Centre of the Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan Trust in Pune with financial assistance from the Tata Trusts.

Addressing a gathering of eminent doctors and researchers virtually, Governor Koshyari expressed hope that like cancer, researchers will soon find a cure for the Covid-19 infection. He congratulated Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan Trust for filing patents for 7 Ayurveda formulations for the treatment of cancer.


A total of over one lakh activities have been taken up so far by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sanghathan, NYKS during the Poshan Maah. More than 51 lakh youth and villagers took part in these activities. The Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju said, the youth volunteers are continuously engaged in nation building activities like education, health sanitation, environment, awareness on social issues, women empowerment and civic education among others. Mr Rijiju said, the Ministry has undertaken several activities during the Poshan Maah started from the 1st September this year. Poshan Maah aims to create  mobilization across the country for improving Nutrition indicators.


In IPL Cricket, Kings Eleven Punjab were 185 for one in 17 overs  against Rajasthan Royals at Sharjah when reports last came in.

Earlier, Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to field.

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi last night.


In Tennis, final grand slam of the year, the French Open got off in Paris today with many changes in place amid COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Women's Singles, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated Danka Kovinić of Montenegro, 6-1,6-2 in the opening match. Former French Open champion top seeded Simona Halep of Romania beat Spanish Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 6-0 while Anna Karolína Schmiedlová defeated Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the first round.

In the Men's Singles sixth seeded Alexander Zverev will take on Dennis Novak while Stanislas Wawrinka will clash with former World No.1 Andy Murray tonight.


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

The National Capital Delhi will have a clear sky with a minimum temperature expected at around 23 degrees Celsius and maximum at 36 degrees.

In Mumbai, there will be generally cloudy sky with light rain. Minimum temperature will be around 26 degrees Celsius and the maximum could be 32 degrees.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between 27 and 33 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will see partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. Minimum temperature is expected to be around 26 degrees celsius, maximum will be around 34 degrees.

In Jammu minimum temperature will be around 21 degrees Celsius and maximum could go upto 35 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.

Srinagar will also have a clear sky. The temperature will hover between 8 and 27 degrees Celsius.

Leh in Ladakh, there will be clear sky. Minimum temperature will be around 5 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 24 degrees.

Gilgit may have thunderstorm with rain. The temperature will hover between 12 and 26 degrees Celsius.


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