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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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29.09.2020
THE HEADLINES:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi assures farmers on continuity of guaranteed MSP and Government procurement of Agriculture produce. 

  • Prime Minister says, two crore families have been provided with pure drinking water under Jal Jeevan Mission in just one year.

  • New Delhi says, India has never accepted China's unilaterally defined 1959 Line of Actual Control and this position has been consistent.

  • Government says over 51 lakh patients recovered from Covid-19 which is highest in the world; Recovery rate improves to 83.01 per cent.

  • Noted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur appointed as president of  FTII society and chairman of FTII governing council.

  • In IPL Cricket, Delhi Capitals face Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi. 

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In our special series on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we begin this bulletin with Bapu Ki Baat. In his speech on 19th October  1947, Mahatma Gandhi had spoken about Swaraj. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured farmers about  continuity of guaranteed Minimum Support Price and government procurements of agri produce. He was speaking after inaugurating six mega projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission today.


The Prime Minister said major reforms have been brought to empower farmers, workers, youth and women of the country. He criticized the opposition for launching agitation against the reforms in labour and farm sectors.


Taking a sharp jibe at the opposition, he said their politics is based only on the fundamentals of 
protest. Mr Modi criticized the opposition for launching agitation against the reforms in labour and farm sectors.  


"Prime Minister said, the opposition which does not stand either with the Farmers, Youths or Soldiers in the country is rattled by the thought of losing avenues of getting black money after the new farm bills have been enacted. Enumerating instances, including opposition's protest and questioning against Jan Dhan Accounts, One Nation One Tax-GST System, One Rank One Pension, Prime Minister asserted that the political party which ruled the country for over seven decades never favoured revolutionary initiatives. Prime Minister emphatically asserted that the Defence Forces were waiting for decades for modernised weapons and new fighter jets. He said, it is the current government which got the Rafale fighter jets in the country and boosted the morale and capability of Indian soldiers. Mr. Modi affirmed that the government will continue to come up with schemes to empower the people of the country and urged citizens not to fall prey to the blatant lies propagated by the self-seeking opposition parties. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR News, Delhi.

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Prime Minister  Narendra Modi  today inaugurated six mega projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission through video conference. The projects include construction of a 68 MLD (million liters per day)  Sewage Treatment Plant, up gradation of the existing 27 MLD at Jagjeetpur and construction of an 18 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant at Sarai, in Haridwar. The inauguration of 68 MLD Jagjeetpur project marks completion of the first sewage treatment project taken up on hybrid annuity mode of Public Private Partnership. The Haridwar-Rishikesh zone contributes about 80 per cent waste water load into the River Ganga. These plants will play a significant role in keeping the River Ganga clean.


In all, 30 projects  are now complete in Uttarakhand to manage the  pollution from 17 towns near river Ganga. This is a landmark achievement. Addressing the inaugural function, the Prime Minister said, the Ministry of Jal Shakti is now engaged in the mission of delivering water to every house in the country and about 1 lakh families are being connected to pure drinking water facilities every day under the Jalajeevan Mission. He said, drinking water has been delivered to 2 crore families of the country in just 1 year. The logo of the Jal Jeevan Mission and ‘Margdarshika for Gram Panchayats and Paani Samitis under Jal Jeevan Mission’ was also  unveiled by the Prime Minister.


"जल जीवन मिशन भारत के गांवों में हर घर तक शुद्ध जल पाइप से पहुंचाने का ये बहुत बड़ा अभियान है। मिशन का लोगो निरंतर इस बात की प्रेरणा देगा कि पानी की -एक बूंद को बचाना आवश्यक है।


The Prime Minister said that in Uttarakhand sewage treatment plant capacity has been increased four times following the expansion of the sewage system in the state. He said the river Ganga from its origin in Uttarakhand to the Ganga Sagar in West Bengal, enriches the lives about half of the country's population and therefore, the cleanliness of the Ganga is necessary. He said  his government moved forward with new thinking and new approach and did not limit the Namami Gange Mission to the cleanliness of Ganga and  made it the largest and comprehensive river conservation programme in the country.


"हमने नमामि गंगे मिशन को सिर्फ गंगा जी की साफ-सफाई तक ही सीमित नहीं रखा बल्कि इसे देश का सबसे बड़ा और विस्तृत नदी संरक्षण कार्यक्रम बनाया।  सरकार ने चारों दिशाओं में एक साथ काम आगे बढ़ाया है। आज इस चौतरफा काम का परिणाम हम सभी देख रहे हैं।

आज नमामि गंगे कार्यक्रम के तहत तीस हजार करोड़ रुपये से अधिक कीपरियोजनाओं पर या तो काम चल रहा है या फिर पूरा हो चुका है। 


The Prime Minister informed that the Government is developing an organic farming corridor on the bank of river Ganga.  


The other plants inaugurated by the Prime Minister are  26 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant at Lakkadghat in Rishikesh, 5 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant at Chorpani, and two plants with capacities of one  MLD and .01 MLD at Badrinath.

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The Government has implemented three Acts with an aim to  transform  agriculture sector in the country and raise farmers’ income. These Acts are Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020,  the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and  the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020. 


In his Mann Ki Baat on All India Radio on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that how farmers were benefitted after fruits and vegetables were excluded from the APMC Act.


"The new laws 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. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."

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Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today said that Agricultural Produce Market Committees are functioning and farmers are selling their produce in the Mandis.


Refuting the allegations of the Opposition that farmers are unable to sell their produce on Minimum Support Price (MSP), the Minister said, the government has announced the MSP of the various food grains. He expressed hope that all the farmers of Punjab and Haryana will go to the Mandis and sell their produce.


On Congress' protest over the recent farm Bills,The Minister said, Congress has got disconnected from the people and has forgotten its promises.

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Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh has alleged that farmers are being misled on Agricultural Laws by vested interests. Dr  Singh said that the Contract Agreement, as per the Act brought in through the new Agricultural Laws , will be for the crops and not for the land. He launched a campaign from his Lok Sabha constituency in support of the Farmers Laws  brought in by the Narendra Modi Government and against the disinformation being spread by the Congress Party.


The Union Minister said, while the Bill clearly prohibits sale, lease or mortgage of farmers’ land, Dr Jitendra Singh asked, where is the question of farmers’ land being taken over by certain capitalists as is being alleged. He said, the farm Bill clearly states that the agreement will be for the crops and not for the land.

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India has rejected China's position that it abides by its 1959 stand on the perception of the Line of Actual Control, LAC and asked the neighbouring country to refrain from advancing an untenable unilateral interpretation of the de-facto border.


Responding to a query on a media report quoting a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement regarding China’s position on the LAC, MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, India has never accepted the so-called unilaterally defined 1959 Line of Actual Control, LAC and this position has been consistent and well known, including to the Chinese side.


The spokesperson referred to various bilateral agreements including the 1993 agreement on maintenance of peace and tranquility along the LAC, 1996 pact on confidence building measures in the military field, 2005 Protocol on Implementation of confidence building measures and the 2005 agreement on political parameters and guiding principles for settlement of the boundary issue. He said, under their various bilateral agreements, both India and China have committed to clarification and confirmation of the LAC to reach a common understanding of the alignment of the LAC. Mr Shrivastava said, the two sides had engaged in an exercise to clarify and confirm the LAC up to 2003, but this process could not proceed further as the Chinese side did not show a willingness to pursue it.

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India has protested the announcement of elections to so-called "Gilgit-Baltistan” Legislative Assembly by Pakistan. The External Affairs Ministry today reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the areas of so-called Gilgit and Baltistan are an integral part of India by virtue of its accession in 1947. It said Pakistan government has no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it. New Delhi has also completely rejected the recent actions such as the so-called "Gilgit-Baltistan (Elections and Caretaker Government) Amendment Order 2020” and continued attempts by the Pakistan establishment to bring material changes in areas under its illegal and forcible occupation. It said action such as these can neither hide the illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh by Pakistan nor the grave human rights violations, exploitation and denial of freedom to the people residing in Pak occupied territories for the past seven decades. India has called upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation.

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External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar will visit Tokyo on the 6th of October for bilateral consultations with his Japanese counterpart. The two Ministers are expected to discuss bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest.


During the two day visit, the External Affairs Minister will also participate in the Second India-Australia-Japan-USA Ministerial Meeting.


The Foreign Ministers of all four countries will discuss the post-Covid 19 international order and the need for a coordinated response to the various challenges emerging from the pandemic. They will also discuss regional issues and collectively affirm the importance of maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. Dr. Jaishankar will also hold bilateral consultations with the Foreign Ministers of Australia and the US during his visit.

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Government today said that over 51 lakh patients have recovered from Covid-19 which is highest in the world. Briefing media in New Delhi, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, India's Covid-19 cases per million population is among the lowest in the world. Mr Bhushan said, as on today, 15.4 per cent of the total COVID19 cases are Active and 83.01 per cent are Recovered Cases.


He said, more than 7.30 crore tests have been conducted and over 77 lakh tests were conducted last week. The Health Secretary however said, ICMR sero-prevalence has revealed that considerable population is still vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2. He said, the country has the capability of conducting over 15 lakh tests a day and we should not be too concerned about the fact that day on day the number of tests have either declined or increased sharply. He said, around 10 lakh tests conducted everyday this month. 


Member (Health) in NITI Aayog Dr V K Paul said, India has managed the pandemic to a very large extent and it is in control. He urged people to be very vigilant as winter months are favourable for respiratory viruses. Dr Paul urged everyone to wear mask and maintain social distancing. Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research, Dr Balram Bhargava said,

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has stressed upon the maximum testing of persons from high risk group related to Covid-19 and to strengthen the surveillance system to curb the spread of infection. He has also instructed officials to pay special attention and improve the recovery rate of covid patients in Lucknow and Kanpur city.


­"Presiding over a review meeting today, the Chief Minister said that the public should be informed about the spread of Corona infection through different mediums. He asked to improve the public address system. Till now the public address system has been established at more than 6000 places in the State and the strategy is to establish it in 15000 more places with the coordination of different departments. Yesterday the government conducted the highest number of covid tests and more than 1lakh 60 thousand persons were tested. The recovery rate in the State has also increased to 85.3 4 per cent. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW"

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In Karnataka, number of Covid 19 cases has reached 5,82,458 in which 1,04,048 are active and 4,69,750 have recovered. The State has recorded the recovery rate of 80.6 percent and fatality rate of 1.5 per cent. There are 14 districts in the State that have a reduced positivity rate, seven districts have sustained levels and nine districts have a positivity rate at the higher level. The Research officer in Health and Family department Mohammad Sharief has said that efforts are on to increase testing in the State.

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The Tamil Nadu Government has extended the present lockdown till October 31st. In a statement today in Chennai, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has said some more relaxations have been announced in the next phase of the Unlock. They include doubling of the arrival of international flights in Chennai Airport and extension of working hours for the hotels and tea stalls.


"The recent government order permitting students of Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth standard students to visit their schools to get their doubts clarified has been withdrawn, as stated by the chief minister. Now it is decided to consult the parents before taking a final call on the subject. All educational institutions, cinema halls, tourist places and museums have been asked to remain shut down. The Chennai suburban train service will also remain suspended. Film shooting has been permitted on condition that the maximum number of people at a time should be capped at a hundred. The announcement comes close on the heels of the Chief Minister’s online interaction with all the district collectors and the direct consultations with the state-appointed team of medical experts. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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In Tripura, 433 new cases for Coronavirus infection have been detected in the past 24 hours. Three patients died while 244 patients were discharged after recovery during the past 24 hours. The total number of cases has reached 24,921 in the state.


According to the state medical bulletin, so far 19,180 patients of Covid-19 have been discharged after recovery. The rate of recovery has also increased to 77.03 per cent. In the State, so far 270 patients have died of the infection.

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Today is World Heart Day, aimed at drawing people’s attention to heart ailments and the whole range of associated health issues. This initiative was launched in 2000 by the World Heart Federation as an annual event and gets celebrated on 29th day of September ever since.

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Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar today said that work done by the various agencies for controlling the pollution level in Delhi and adjoining States will be reviewed on 1st October.

 

Addressing an event in New Delhi, he said, people of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab face the problem of grim pollution levels in the winter season due to stubble burning. He said, the Central government in collaboration with the State governments started work in the year 2016 to provide relief to people from the pollution air shed. He informed that Environment Ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh along with other officials will virtually participate in the meeting on 1st October wherein all the review of the work will be done. 


Listing out the various initiatives taken by the Central government to reduce the pollution level in the country, Mr. Javadekar said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the National Air Quality Index in 2016. He said, Badarpur and Sonepat Power Plants have been phased out and Peripheral Expressway has been constructed. The Minister added that BS-VI compliant vehicles and various waste management rules also played instrumental role in curbing the pollution level.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched the Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC 4) during the iDEX event, featuring the initiatives aimed at expanding the horizons of Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) ecosystem in New Delhi today. Mr Singh also launched the  iDEX4Fauji initiative and Product Management Approach (PMA) guidelines during the event. 

iDEX4Fauji is a first of its kind initiative, launched to support innovations identified by members of the Indian Armed Forces and will bolster frugal innovation ideas from soldiers and field formations.


Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Singh said, the iDEX initiative stands out as one of the most effective and well-executed defence Startupecosystem created in the country. He said, it would be a decisive step towards achieving self-reliance in the spirit of the AtmaNirbhar Bharat campaign.

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Home Ministry today said that Human Rights cannot be an excuse for defying the law of the land. In a statement, it said, the stand taken and the statements made by Amnesty International are unfortunate, exaggerated and far from the truth.


The Home Ministry said, Amnesty International had received permission under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, FCRA only once and that too twenty years ago on 19th December 2000. It said, since then Amnesty International, despite its repeated applications, has been denied FCRA approval by successive governments since as per law it is not eligible to get such an approval.


The Ministry said, however, in order to circumvent the FCRA regulations, Amnesty UK remitted large amounts of money to four entities registered in India, by classifying it as Foreign Direct Investment, FDI.

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The BJP today alleged that Amnesty International is involved in multiple illegalities and it has no right to lecture on propriety. Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters in New Delhi, party spokesperson Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said, any organisation can work in India but it cannot violate the laws and regulations of the country. He said, wearing a veil of honesty and acting in bad faith is not something we will permit to Indian or foreign organisations. Mr Rathore also alleged that Amnesty International received foreign funds illegally.
He said, in 2009, Amnesty International's license had been rejected by the UPA government for receiving foreign funds and their operations were suspended.

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Noted Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has been named as the President of Film and Television Institute of India, FTII Society and Chairman of Governing Council of FTII.

Mr Kapur has directed several films many of which are critically acclaimed. The Movies include Masoom, Mr. India, Bandit Queen and Elizabeth.


Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, Mr Kapur, who has a vast experience, will add more value to the Institute. He expressed confidence that everybody will welcome his appointment.

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The full Election Commission team led by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora reached Patna this evening to review preparedness for the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections. The team is on a three day tour to Bihar. The Chief Election Commissioner is accompanied by Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar. Soon after arrival at Patna, the Chief Election Commissioner is holding a review meeting with Bihar Chief Electoral Officer and nodal officers.

 

Tommorow, the Election Commission team will hold meeting with representatives of different political parties. The team will also hold a review meeting in Patna with DMs and SPs of 26 districts .

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The Election Commission today announced bye poll schedule for one Lok Sabha seat in Bihar and 56 assembly constituency in other 11 states. The voting for 54 assembly seats in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Odisha, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Nagaland will take place on 3rd November this year.


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Weather forecast


The weatherman has forecast mainly clear sky in the National Capital. The maximum and the minimum temperatures in Delhi are likely to hover around 37 degrees Celsius and 22 degrees Celsius.


In Mumbai, rain or thundershowers would occur towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature in the city is likely to be around 25 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.


In Chennai, the weatherman has forecast generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperatures in the city is likely to hover between 24 and 35 degrees Celsius.


Kolkata will witness partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be 27 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.


Moving on to the northern parts of the country, in Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature is likely to be around 21 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum is expected to be around 35 degrees. A mainly clear sky will prevail in the city.


In Srinagar, the temperature will be between 9 and 27 degrees Celsius. The city will witness mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards the afternoon or evening.


Ladakh will see the mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be 2 degrees Celsius and the maximum 22 degrees.


Gilgit will experience a partly cloudy sky with the possibility of rain or a thunderstorm or duststorm. The temperature will hover between 11 and 26 degrees Celsius.


The sky in Muzaffarabad will be mainly clear becoming partly cloudy towards the afternoon or evening. The city will witness a minimum temperature of 15 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be 33 degrees Celsius.

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In IPL Cricket, Sunrisers Hyderabad were  117 for 2 in 15 overs against Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi when reports last came in.


Earlier, Delhi won the toss and elected to field. Both teams have faced contrasting fortunes in the 13th season of the Indian Premier League so far. While Delhi have won both their matches in the tournament and moved right to the top of the table, securing the Number one spot with 4 points in the kitty, Hyderabad are at the bottom of the table with back-to-back losses, with their batting being a major concern.


Last night, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Mumbai Indians in Super Over after the original game was tied in Dubai.


Tomorrow, Rajasthan Royals will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the 12th match of the tournament at Dubai.

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