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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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  • All 32 accused in Babri Masjid demolition case acquitted; Special CBI Court says, not enough evidences to prove the allegations.
  • Home Ministry issues new guidelines to open more activities in areas outside Containment Zones.
  • India and China decide to implement five point agreement  to ensure disengagement at all friction points along the LAC.
  • India successfully test-fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with several indigenous features.
  • Uttar Pradesh government constitutes three member SIT to probe Hathras rape case.
  • Income tax Return filing date extended by two months.
  • And in IPL Cricket at Dubai, Rajasthan Royals win the toss and decide to bowl first.


In our special series on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we begin this bulletin with 'Bapu Ki Baat'. In a post prayer speech, Mahatma Gandhi spoke about untouchability.


"मैं समझता हूं हमारे धर्म पर एक बड़ा कलंक लग गया है अस्पृश्यता का। तो अस्पृश्यता को मिटाने के लिए खुद अस्पृश् बन जाएं। अगर हम अस्पृश् बन जाएं तो झाडू निकाने का काम करें तो वो कोई खराब काम थोड़े ना है वो तो बहुत अच्छा काम है, स्वच्छता रखना वो तो धर्म है धार्मिक काम हो जाता है। अस्पृश्यता का जो कलंक है उसका नाश हम करेंगे।"


And now news in detail,

The Special CBI Court in Lucknow today acquitted all 32 accused in Babri demolition case. Special CBI Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav said that demolition happened at the spur of the moment and  it was not a pre- planned incident. He said that there were not enough evidences to prove the allegations made by CBI in this case.

While delivering his verdict, the Special Judge said that the demolition was done by some anti- social elements and there was no alliance between such persons and accused.

Most of the senior leaders among the 32 accused such as L.K. Advani, Kalyan Singh and Murli Manohar Joshi were not present in the Lucknow court due to various reasons. Senior BJP Leader L K Advani welcomed the verdict.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has also welcomed the verdict of CBI Special Court in Lucknow acquitting all accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case. In a tweet, Mr Singh said, the decision has proved that justice can never be denied. More form our correspondent:-


"28 years after the 16th Century Babri structure was razed by a mob in Ayodhya on 6th December 1992, the decision by the Special Court today finally came as a relief for many stalwarts of BJP, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal. The 32 accused who were acquitted today faced charges under several sections of the IPC, including criminal conspiracy, rioting, promoting enmity between different groups and unlawful assembly. During the trial, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) produced 351 witnesses and 600 documents as evidence before the CBI court. The court had initially framed charges against 49 accused and 17 accused died during the course of time. The Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav was also given extension after retirement for the decision of this case and from the last two years the daily hearing was going on for the early delivery of the verdict. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


India and China have agreed to sincerely implement the agreement between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries in order to ensure disengagement at all the friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). ​The 19th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) which was held today in virtual mode and was attended by delegation from both the sides reviewed the current situation along the LAC in the India-China border areas.

During the meeting both India and China positively evaluated the outcome of the 6th Senior Commanders meeting held on 21st of this month and emphasized the need to implement the steps outlined so as to avoid misunderstandings and to maintain stability on the ground. In the same context, the need to strengthen communication, especially between the ground commanders, was also emphasized by both sides.

Both the sides agreed to continue to maintain close consultations at the diplomatic and military level. It was also agreed that the next round of the meeting of Senior Commanders will be held at an early date so that both sides can work towards early and complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC in accordance with the existing bilateral agreement and protocols, and fully restore peace and tranquility.

Our Beijing Correspondent reports that the meeting is significant in the wake of 5-point consensus reached in Moscow by the two Foreign Ministers. The two sides had agreed to resolve outstanding issues on ground and to ease the situation along the border.

This was the first WMCC meet since the foreign ministers of the two countries met in Moscow on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization earlier this month in which both sides agreed for disengagement to ease the tension.


In Bihar, the full Election Commission team led by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora met the representatives of different political parties today.

The EC team also held a review meeting in Patna with District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police of 26 districts which include Saran, Siwan Gopalganj and Muzaffarpur.

Janata Dal (United) demanded that the Election Commission should take responsibility for distribution of voter slips among the electorates. The party expressed concern over the presence of limited number of people in the election meeting. Congress sought depolyment of medical teams per 10 booths. On the other hand, LJP requested the Commission that polling booths in the Assembly elections should be on the lines of Panchayat elections.

Our correspondent reports that tomorrow, the EC team will go to Gaya where a review meeting with DMs and SPs of 12 districts including Aurangabad, Kaimur and Rohtash will be held. Before returning to Delhi, the Chief Election Commissioner will hold a review meeting with Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of Police.


Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis has been appointed as the party's Bihar Assembly Elections in-charge. The decision of his appointment was taken today by the National President of Bhartiya Janata Party, Jagat Prakash Nadda. Election Commission had on last Friday announced three phase elections to the Bihar Legislative Assembly with poll dates on 28th October , 3rd November and 7th November.


India today successfully test-fired BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with several indigenous features. The test firing of the missile was carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, DRDO from Balasore in Odisha. BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile features indigenous Booster and Airframe Section along with many other ‘Made in India’ sub-systems. The Defence Ministry said, the BrahMos Land-Attack Cruise Missile was cruising at a top speed of Mach 2.8. It is one more major step in enhancing the indigenous content.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated all the personnel of DRDO and team BrahMos for the spectacular mission.


Home Ministry has issued new guidelines today, for opening up of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones. In these guidelines, which will come into effect from tomorrow, the process of re-opening of activities has been extended further.

Cinemas, theatres and multiplexes will be permitted to open with upto 50 per cent of their seating capacity from 15th October, in areas outside the Containment Zones. Home Ministry said, Information and Broadcasting Ministry will issue the standard operating procedure, SOP. Swimming pools being used for training of sportspersons will be permitted to open, for which the SOP will be issued by Sports Ministry.

The Ministry said, for re-opening of schools and coaching institutions, State and Union territories Governments have been given the flexibility to take a decision after 15th October, in a graded manner. The decision will be taken in consultation with the respective school and institution management, based on their assessment of the situation, and subject to the following conditions. Students may attend schools and institutions only with the written consent of parents. Online and distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged. Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education may take a decision on the timing of the opening of Colleges and Higher Education Institutions, in consultation with Ministry of Home Affairs, based on the assessment of the situation.

Home Ministry said, Social, academic, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, political functions and other congregations have already been permitted with a ceiling of 100 persons, outside Containment Zones only. The Ministry said, Lockdown will continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till 31st October.


India continues to report a trend of steadily declining active cases as a percentage of the total positive cases. Presently, the active cases account for only 15.11 per cent of the total positive cases of the country, standing at 9,40,441. From 33.32 per cent on 1st August to 15.11 per cent on 30th of September, the active cases have less than halved in two months.

With 80,472 infections being reported in the last 24 hours, total number of positive cases touched 62 lakh mark today. The continuous upward trajectory of India’s Recovery Rate has touched 83.33 per cent today. In all, 86,428 patients recovered and were discharged during the last 24 hours. The total recovered cases stand at 51,87,825. The gap between recovered cases and active cases has now widened to 42 lakh. With increasing number of recoveries, this gap is continuously widening day by day. The death toll climbed to 97,497 with 1,179 people succumbing to the disease in a day. The case fatality rate stands at 1.57 per cent.


The recovery rate of COVID patients in Delhi stands at 88.46 per cent. The city recorded recovery of three thousand 965 patients in the last 24 hours taking the total number of recovered patients till date to two lakh 47 thousand 446. With increased testing, the city has achieved the remarkable mark of conducting one lakh 62 thousand 103 Corona tests per million of its population.

A total of three thousand 390 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus were reported in the National Capital during the last twenty four hours. With this the total number of COVID cases in the city has reached to two lakh 79 thousand 715.

The Delhi Government confirmed that 41 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 5 thousand 361. The total number of active corona cases in the city now stands at 26 thousand 908.


To contain the spread of the Corona virus by increasing the Public awareness, Information and Broadcast Ministry’s Regional Outreach Bureau has started the awareness campaign with the help of its artistes in Maharashtra. The campaign has identified seven districts as focuss areas. A report :-

"Folk songs and music have always proved effective in awareness of Government schemes and health campaigns in the past and Information and Broadcast Ministry’s Regional outreach bureau has played crucial role in it. This time the bureau is creating awareness to contain the spread of Corona Virus. With the help of two special vans the awareness messages are being announced in the streets and posters are displayed at prominent places. At the same time the folk artistes are spreading the awareness messages about the safety norms, testing and timely treatment for Covid prevention, through their songs and street shows. The officials of the Bureau has appeled the people to co-operate the administration in the spread of the pandemic.

Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai"


Gujarat Government has announced 25 percent cut in school fees for the current academic year. This decision was taken at a cabinet meeting in Gandhinagar today. AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that this decision is termed as a big relief for the parents in view of the Coronavirus pandemic.

"State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said that the decision was taken after the directions from the Gujarat High Court and consultations with representatives of school managements and parents association. He said that 25 percent cut in tution fees will be effective to all school boards including CBSE. There will be a 100 per cent fee waiver on all other activities including transportation, sports, library and computer. Those who have already paid full payment of fees will be offered adjustments by schools. Schools have been asked not to relieve any teacher from the job due to this relief. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad"


The Supreme Court today refused to postpone the Civil Services Preliminary Examination to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, on 4th of October, because of COVID-19 pandemic and floods in several parts of the country. 

A bench of Justices A. M. Khanwilkar, B. R. Gavai and Krishna Murari asked the Centre to consider granting one more chance to those aspirants who may not appear in their last attempt for the exam due to the pandemic.

The Apex court also refused to consider the plea for clubbing of UPSC Civil Services Exam of 2020 with 2021 exams saying this will have a cascading effect.

The bench was hearing a plea seeking postponement of the Civil Services Exam for two to three months, so that the incessant rains recede and the COVID-19 curve flattens.


Head of Rheumatology Department of AIIMS Dr. Uma Kumar has said that people who are reinfected from Covid can also spread infection to others. Talking to AIR News, Dr. Uma Kumar said, there have been some reports of reinfection from coronovirus in people in certain states but it is very rare. She advised the people to follow social distancing, hand hygiene and cough etiquettes to check the spread of the virus.


The Uttar Pradesh government has set up a three-member SIT to investigate the Hathras rape incident. The SIT will be headed by state home secretary Bhagwan Swarup, and will have DIG Chandraprakash and PAC Sena Nayak Mrs Poonam as members. The team has to submit a report within seven days. All the four accused in this matter have been arrested by the police and the trial of the case will take place in fast track court.

Meanwhile, State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath spoke to the father of the deceased girl this evening. Her father asked for harshest penalty against the accused. He  assured him that most stringent action shall be taken against the accused and all possible help shall be provided to the family of the deceased.

The State government also announced government job for one member of the family of deceased girl along with a house in Hathras city. A total of 25 lakh rupees will be given to the family of the victim as ex-gratia.

Eralier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Chief Minister and asked him to take strictest action against the culprits in this case.

Meanwhile, UP Police rebutted the allegations that last rites of the deceased girl were performed without the concent of the family.

The victim was allegedly gang-raped in a village under Chandpa police station in Hathras district on September 14. She was initially rushed to a Hospital in Aligarh, but was shifted to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital after her condition deteriorated. She kept fighting for her life for 15 days, but finally succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday.


Government has further extended the last date for filing ITR for Assessment Year 2019-20 till 30th of November this year. Earlier the last date for filing the belated and revised ITRs for Financial Year ending on 31st March 2019 was 30th September. The Income Tax department, in a statement, said that the decision was taken after further consideration of genuine difficulties being faced by the taxpayers due to the Covid-19 situation.


Income Tax department has issued refunds of over 1 lakh 18 thousand 324 crore rupees to more than 33 lakh 54 thousand taxpayers in a span of six months starting from 1st April this year.

Finance Ministry  informed that out of the total refunds, 86 thousand 94 crore rupees have been refunded in nearly 1 lakh 78 thousand corporate tax cases while the remaining 32 thousand 230 crore rupees have been issued in over 31 lakh 75 thousand other cases.


Government has started procurement of Kharif Crops at Minimum Support Price (MSP) in full swing. So far, approval has been accorded for procurement of over 14 lakh metric tonne of pulses and oilseeds from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Haryana. Additionally, procurement of paddy for Kharif Marketing Season 2020-21 has started in Haryana and Punjab since Saturday. Paddy procurement of over 3 thousand 506 metric tonne in Haryana and nearly 41 thousand 300 metric tonne in Punjab having MSP value of 84 crore 60 lakh rupees has been done from farmers.


Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh today said that the during the last six years of Modi Government, a number of historic steps were taken for the welfare of farmers and there was a steady hike in MSP for helping in doubling their income. Interacting with Sarpanches, Farmers Organisations and local activists of the peripheral hill districts of Doda, Reasi, Ramban and Kishtwar on the new Farm Laws , Dr. Singh reiterated that the minimum support price and APMC will continue. He said, it will never be removed at any cost.


Union Government has repeatedly assured farmers that Minimum Support Price and Agricultural Produce & Livestock Market Committees will continue and will not be removed at any cost. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yesterday after inaugurating six mega projects in Uttarakhand that those opposing farm reform bills do not want farmers to have the freedom of selling their produce in the open market.

One of the objections raised is against a provision in The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, which provides for the creation of a “trade area” outside APMC Mandis. The farmers fear that the MSP mechanism would be done away with if the Mandi system comes to an end. However, the Centre has assured farmers that MSP is an administrative decision which is presently there and will remain in the future as well. A report --


"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. An ecosystem will be created 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. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi. "


Talking to AIR farmers from Punjab have welcomed the enactment of farm legislations. 


Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has described Agriculture reforms as a watershed movement for the farmers. Addressing Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry's programme on New World Order - Aatmanirbhar Bharat today, Mr Goyal said this will change the course of history for agriculture in India. He also said, this will increase the productivity and income of the  farmers. The Minister added that the farmers will have the option of Minimum Support Price and selling their produce in the Mandi.


Fisheries Minister Giriraj Singh has said the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana will result in doubling export earnings to one lakh crore rupees in fisheries sector over a period of next five years. Releasing the 2nd edition of the newsletter Matsya Sampada and a Beneficiary Booklet on Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana, Mr Singh said, the scheme will also generate about 55 lakh direct and indirect employment opportunities. The Minister said, the scheme also aims to enhance fish production to 220 lakh tonne by 2024-25.


The government has extended the deadline to submit initial bids for buying stake in Bharat Petroleum Corp Limited, BPCL by one and a half months to 16th November. In November last year, Cabinet had approved the sale of the government's 52.98 per cent stake in BPCL.

The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management said, the deadline has been extended, in view of further requests received from the interested bidders and the prevailing situation arising out of COVID-19 pandemic.


Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha has directed the senior officials to own the ambitious Back to Village Programme starting from 2nd October and asserted that every single officer on the ground must work as a change maker to ensure benefits of governance reach the last man in the queue. Lt Governor gave a clarion call to own B2V3 for making it a huge success. More from our Srinagar Correspondent :-


"The third phase of the ambitious back to village programme starting from 2nd of October in Jammu and Kashmir is aimed to take the governance to the doorsteps of people. It is also seen as a unique effort of the government to strengthen the newly constituted Panchayats. Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha in his recent review meeting has sought detailed report on action plan for the conduct of Back to Village 3rd phase programme and enquired about progress made under Jan Abhiyaan Programme.  He asked all the stakeholders to put in dedicated efforts to complement the unique and sincere efforts of the government to reach the doorsteps of the people with responsive, accountable and equitable governance. Manoj Sinha also sought detail of activites to be conducted during the three day visit of over 4000 officers visiting all the Panchayats of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir." This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar"


In IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders were 120 for 5 in 15 overs against Rajasthan Royals in Dubai when reports last came in. Earlier, Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to field. Last night,  Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated  Delhi Capitals by 15 runs in  Abu Dhabi.


Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju today launched the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) new logo at Delhi’s Major Dhyan Chand Stadium. The event was attended by Sports Secretary Ravi Mital, Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra and Director General SAI Sandip Pradhan, at the stadium.


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

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature in Jammu was 20 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be around 7 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be 27 degrees. The city will have
mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. 

Leh in Ladakh will mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.The minimum temperature will be 1 degree Celsius while the maximum is likely to be 21 degrees Celsius.

Gilgit will have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. The minimum temperature will be 8 degrees Celsius and the maximum is likely to be 23 degrees.

Muzaffarabad will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature was 14 degrees Celsius and the maximum is likely to be around 34 degrees Celsius.

Dehradun will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature will be 19 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be 32 degrees Celsius.


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