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All 32 accused in Babri Masjid demolition case acquitted            India, China decide to implement five point agreement to ensure disengagement at all friction points along LAC            India successfully test-fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile            UP govt constitutes three member SIT to probe Hathras rape case            Govt extends ITR filing date for Assessment Year 2019-20 till Nov 30           

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0830 HRS
16.09.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says India has deployed armed forces along the LAC to counter Chinese deployment to safeguard the borders.

  • India alleges Pakistani National Security Adviser deliberately projected a fictitious map.

  • Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance Scheme for health workers fighting COVID-19 extended for another six months.

  • In Bihar, 29 people killed due to lightning and rain related incidents in the last 24 hours.

  • Recovery rate of COVID-19 reaches 78.28 per cent; Government says, there is no shortage of oxygen cylinders in the country.

  • IT giant Bill Gates says India's role in manufacture and supply of COVID-19 vaccine will be critical in containing the pandemic globally.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday asserted that India remains committed to resolving the current issues in its border areas through peaceful dialogue and consultations. Mr Singh said, India believes that mutual respect and mutual sensitivity are the basis for peaceful relations with neighbours. Making a statement in the Lok Sabha on the LAC situation, the Defence Minister said, India wants to resolve the current situation through dialogue. He said, India has been continuously maintaining diplomatic and military engagement with the Chinese side. Mr Singh informed the House that India is taking a stand on three key principles. He mentioned that both sides should strictly respect the Line of Actual Control and asserted that any attempt to unilaterally alter the status quo will not be acceptable. Mr Singh also said, that all agreements and understandings between India and China should be fully abided by in their entirety.

The Defence Minister urged the House to pass a resolution in support of the Armed forces, who he said, have been defending our motherland at great heights and in the most inclement weather conditions. He said, China continues to be in illegal occupation of approximately 38,000 sq. kms in Ladakh. Mr Singh said, under the so-called Sino-Pakistan 'Boundary Agreement' of 1963, Pakistan illegally ceded 5,180 sq. km. of Indian territory in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to China. The Defence Minister said, India had situations of prolonged stand-offs in border areas with China in the past as well, which he said, were resolved peacefully.  Mr Singh said, even though the situation this year is very different both in terms of the scale of troops involved and the number of friction points, India remains committed to peaceful resolution. He said, violent conduct of Chinese troops along the LAC is a violation of all past agreements.

The Defence Minister said though China has mobilised a huge number of Army battalions and armaments along the LAC, the Indian Army is ready to deal with any situation along border.

Congress MPs staged a walkout from Lok Sabha demanding discussion on India-China border issue.

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India has said the Pakistani NSA deliberately projected a fictitious map that Pakistan has recently been propagating at the meeting of the National Security Advisers of member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). In response to questions on yesterday’s meeting of NSAs of SCO member states, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said this was in blatant disregard to the advisory by the host Russia against it and in violation of the norms of the meeting. He said, the Indian side left the meeting in protest at that juncture after consultation with the host. Mr Srivastava said, as expected, Pakistan then went on to present a misleading view of this meeting.

Government sources said, that Pakistan’s use of a fictitious map as a backdrop for its representative depicting sovereign Indian territories as part of Pakistan is a blatant violation of the SCO Charter and against all its established norms of safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of SCO Member States. 

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The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance Scheme for Health Workers Fighting COVID-19 has been extended for another six months. It was announced on 30th March this year for a period of 90 days and it was extended for a further period of 90 days up to 25th September. The scheme has now been extended for another 180 days.

This Central Sector Scheme provides an insurance cover of 50 lakh rupees to healthcare providers, including community health workers, who may have to be in direct contact and care of COVID-19 patients and therefore at risk of being infected. It also includes accidental loss of life on account of contracting COVID-19.

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In Bihar 29 people lost their lives and 11 injured in Lightning and rain related incidents during the past 24 hours.

Highest casualties of 05 were reported from Kaimur district followed by three each in Bhojpur,Gopalganj and Rohtash districts . Remaining 15 casualities were reported from 10 other districts. The injured are being treated at local hospitals.

"Most of the victims were working in agricultural fields when the lightning struck. Among the casualities, two are Children and a woman. Governor Phagu Chauhan and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar have expressed grief over the loss of lives. The Chief Minister has announced an ex-gratia of four lakh rupees each, to the next of the kin of the deceased. He has also ordered free treatment to the injured. Met Department has advised people to remain , as more rain and lightning is expected during next 24 hours in different parts of state. People have been advised to remain indoors during the bad weather. With K K Lal's report from Patna, Tanvi Khurana, AIR News.

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The Government has said that the period of lockdown helped the nation create  required additional health infrastructure in the country. In its written reply to a question asked in Lok Sabha yesterday, Home Ministry said that as per an estimation the decision of lockdown prevented 14 to 29 lakh COVID cases and 37 to 78 thousand deaths in the country by slowing down the spread of the pandemic. It said, during the lockdown period, dedicated isolation beds recorded an increase of 22 times and dedicated ICU beds above 14 times to what existed in March 2020.

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The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients has reached 78.28 per cent. In all, 79 thousand 292 COVID patients recovered and were discharged from the hospitals in the last 24 hours. The Health Ministry said, that the total number of recoveries has reached 38 lakh 59 thousand and 399. It said, the constant increase in recoveries ensured that the actual caseload of the country is reduced and currently comprises only 20.08 per cent of the total positive cases. Effective implementation of 'Test,Track and Treat' approach has led to higher recoveries and lower fatality. Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.64 per cent.

The total number of positive cases has now reached 49 lakh 30 thousand 236.

Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is 9 lakh 90 thousand and 61. In the last 24 hours, 1,054 deaths have been reported taking the toll to 80 thousand 776. In the last 24 hours, 10 lakh 72 thousand and 845 tests were conducted. So far over five crore 83 lakh tests have been conducted across the country.

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The Health Ministry has said, that there is no shortage of oxygen cylinders in the country. Briefing media in New Delhi, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, as of now the capacity for production of oxygen is slightly more than 6 thousand 9 hundred metric tonne. Replying to a media query, Mr Bhushan said, that each state needs to ensure proper inventory management so that oxygen can be replenished in time. The Ministry said, over 38.5 lakh patients in the country have recovered from COVID-19 so far and the rate of recovery on day to day basis is showing an increase. Director General of Indian Coucil of Medical Research Dr Balram Bhargava said, that three vaccines are at clinical trial stage in India.

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The Health Ministry has said that RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) capacities have been substantially scaled up in all States. In a tweet, the Ministry said that everyday on an average more than 9.5 lakh  samples are tested by government  labs  and  more than 1.2 lakh samples  in private  labs. It said, at this rate, India is slated to overtake USA in testing. The Ministry said, while the number of daily tests has increased as an integral part of Chase the Virus strategy, States have been advised that all symptomatic negatives of Rapid Antigen Tests are mandatorily subjected to RT-PCR.

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A total of 4,263  fresh cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Delhi yesterday taking the infection tally in the city to over two  lakh 25 thousand.

Delhi Government has confirmed that over one lakh 91 thousand people affected with Coronavirus have been cured so far.

In the last 24 hours, three thousand 81 people recovered and 36 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to four thousand 806. Presently, the total number of active cases in the national capital is 29 thousand 787.

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) yesterday launched My Family My Responsibility' campaign in Mumbai for spreading more awareness about coronavirus. It is part of a state wide campaign of the Maharashtra government to stop the spread of COVID19 virus. The civic body aims to reach 40 lakh households in the city under the campaign appealing people to cooperate with the teams visiting them.

"The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai would be deploying 5,000 teams, each team comprising a civic health department personnel and two volunteers, one male and one female, for the door to door campaign across the city. Every team will get in touch with atleast 50 families daily. 15,000 persons are being trained by the Health department of MCGM to carry out this mission. The teams will check body temperature of each member of the household  and oxygen saturation level. If any person is found to have COVID-19 symptoms, he or she will be admitted to a nearby hospital. The teams will also distribute leaflets providing information about COVID-19 and tell people about the precautions to be taken to avoid contracting the virus. The Information gathered during this campaign will be uploaded on an android based app, so that it comes in handy for future use of effective implementation of the programme. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI".

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In Gujarat, record 1349 new cases of Covid19 were reported during the last 24 hours. AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that the total cases in the state have gone up to 1 lakh 16 thousand 345.

"More than 34 lakh 38 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date, out of which 78182 tests were carried out yesterday. Out of 1349 new cases, the maximum 277 new cases reported from Surat. At present 16389 active cases in the state, out of which 96 patients are on ventilator. At the other end, 1444 patients recovered yesterday, which is the highest single day recovery in the state till now. 17 patients have lost their lives yesterday, taking the total death due to Covid19 in the state up to 3247. Ahmedabad Municipal corporation has added 8 new areas in the micro containment zone following detection of new cases.Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".

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In Himachal Pradesh, the state cabinet has decided to allow people to enter or exit the state without E COVID registration. However, in the wake of rising COVID 19 cases and related fatality, it has been decided not to resume the inter-state movement of public transport buses. "The state government has decided that there would be no requirement for online registration before entering or exit the state from today onwards, anyone could enter the state without registration however the interstate movement of buses remain suspended till further orders. Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh recorded eight more deaths due to COVID19, pushing the death toll to 88. These fatalities were reported from Mandi,Una, Kangra, Shimla and solan districts. On the other hand, 419 fresh cases were reported during the last 24 hours, taking the state COVID tally to 10,335. The number of active cases in the state has gone up to 3,801. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Shimla."

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In Karnataka 7,576 new Covid-19 cases were reported during the last 24 hours and thereby taking the total to 4 lakh 75thousand 265.  On the other hand 7,406 people recovered from the disease and discharged from various hospitals in the State.  So far 3 lakh 69 thousand 229 people recovered  and as many as 98 thousand 536 active covid patients are taking treatment in various hospitals  across the State.  97 covid patients lost their life and the total number of fatalities have gone up to 7,481.

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Odisha's Covid-19 recovery has gone up to One Lakh 25 thousand 738.  A record number of 3714 persons were reported cured of covid-19 yesterday as against 3645 fresh cases.  However, the total caseload of the state has further increased to 1 lakh 58 thousand 650.  The state has already conducted a cumulative total of more than 25 lakh tests so far. The death toll too has increased to 645.

"Odisha has emerged as the top three states in the country having lowest case fatality rate. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that with a covid-19 fatality rate of 42 percent, the state comes after Assam with 32 percent and Kerala with 40 percent. Meanwhile, the state government has asked all the the district administrations to strengthen their respective critical care facilities to scale down the rush to the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack having better healthcare infrastructure.  They have been directed to open more step down ICUs and even to turn to virtual ICUs with provisions for expert advise from tertiary hospitals afar to cut down on the referrals. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar."

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The Tamil Nadu Government has brought two amendment bills yesterday in the state Assembly relating to the control of epidemics like Covid-19. They seek to repeal the ordinances on the subjects promulgated earlier. Meanwhile, the active Covid-19 caseload in the state has come down further to 46-thousand nine hundred. The total infection has crossed five lakh 14-thousand while the recoveries have reached close to four lakh 59-thousand.

"One of the amendments to the state Public Health Act, 2020 introduced in the Assembly, aims at enhancing the penalties for violation of epidemic control regulations. The other one seeks to slap a minimum of one year jail term if the funeral or burial of a person who died of an epidemic is prevented by anyone. Meanwhile, the state Deputy Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam, who holds the finance portfolio told the Assembly that 7,168 crore rupees have been spent on works relating to the pandemic so far. He also said a significant amount of money has been saved, by way of freezing the Dearness Allowance, surrender of earned leave and Leave Travel Concessions to the government staff and a few other austerity measures in the Government's non-plan expenditures. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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Kerala continues to report surge in Covid-19 cases as it confirmd 215 positive cases yesterday. 12 more deaths were also confirmed  due to Covid taking the death toll in the state to 466.

Meanwhile, 2,532 recoveries were reported in the state. The total active Covid cases in Kerala rose to 31,156.

The Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan has reiterated that the Covid-19 situation in the State is very much under control despite the rising number of cases. Briefing the media, the Chief Minister said, it is because of vigilance and the effective preventive measures from the beginning that the State has been able to control the spread of disease and death in a better way in the Kerala as compared to the overall situation in the world.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that state has set an example to the country and the whole world by successfully controlling the vector borne diseases Japanese encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).

Chief Minister said that the strategy applied against the communicable diseases in last three years by his government has been exceptionally successful. In 2016 the deaths due to Japanese encephalitis and Accute encephalitis were 466 while this year only 7 children died due to these diseases.

State government was already carrying out a massive campaign against vector-borne diseases and had announced that the coming month of October would be totally devoted to it. The communicable diseases control programme would start from October 1 and continue till October 31 while a fortnight-long Dastak Programme would also start from October 1.

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The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has said India's willingness to play a "big role" in manufacturing COVID-19 vaccine and supply it to other developing countries will be a critical part in containing the pandemic globally. He said the world is looking to India for large scale production of COVID-19 vaccine once it is rolled out.

In an exclusive interview to a news agency, Gates, whose foundation is focusing on fighting the pandemic, called it the "next biggest thing" the world has been confronted with after the World War.

Gates said India will be helping to make sure we have equity. We have a model that shows that getting the vaccine out to those who need it the most will save half the lives that you'd lose if you only send it out to the rich countries.

He said the focus should be to keep the cost of the vaccines low and it should be ensured that they can be made in very high volume.

Gates also complimented India's digital cash transfer scheme. He felt, getting payments through digital cash transfers, has been a fantastic thing, and obviously, India has done that at a scale that no other country ever has. Further he said, the whole Aadhaar digital financial system in India has proven to be once again a huge asset  and it can be extended to all the countries of the world.

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Minister of Commerce and industry Piyush Goyal has said that double digit growth in exports last week shows that country is showing rapid recovery.

The Minister said that in the week from 8th to 14th September, the value of exports is 6.88 billion dollar, up by 10.73 per cent over the same period of the previous year. Mr Goyal said this while addressing the inaugural session of CII’s India-UK Annual Conference virtually yesterday. He also called for aiming for the target of 500 billion US dollar of service exports., Mr Goyal  said that this is imminently doable. He said, we are all confident that under Prime Minister  Narendra Modi's leadership, India will get back to 5 trillion economy target.

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In Chhattisgarh, the dog squad of security forces is also playing an important role in thwarting the intentions of the Maoists in tribal Bastar division.

These brave dogs of the state police force and the Central Armed Police Forces have helped to detect large number of Improvised Explosive Devices- IEDs planted by Maoists in interior areas during the past years.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his recent ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme, had hailed the role of brave dogs of the security forces, who performed their duties diligently to protect the country. The Prime Minister had said that security forces were increasingly inducting indigenous dog breeds into their squads. In the Maoist-affected Bastar division of Chhattisgarh, more than eighty dogs of local and foreign breed are serving the security forces.  Inspector General of Police of Bastar Range, Sundararaj P. said that the dog squad has helped to avert many tragedies by detecting explosives.

Besides thwarting Naxalite activities, the Dog Squad of the security forces has also played a very important role in the recovery of narcotics. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur".

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In yet another ceasefire violation, PaK Army troops initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing with small arms and heavy mortar shelling along the LoC in Sunderbani sector of district Rajouri yesterday afternoon in which a army major and three soldiers were injured. PRO defence, Colonel Davinder Anand has said the vigilant Indian Army troops, guarding the fence retaliated befittingly with equal caliber.

Pertinently, this year so far, 1816 ceasefire violations by PaK army troops and Pakistani Rangers have been recorded along the LoC and International Border in the districts close to the LoC and International Border in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet resigned, clearing the way for his successor to take over after parliamentary confirmation later today.

Abe, Japan's longest-serving Prime Minister, announced last month that he was stepping down because of health problems.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, was chosen as the new head of the governing Liberal Democratic Party, virtually guaranteeing his election as prime minister in a parliamentary vote Wednesday because of the party's majority.

Suga, has promised to serve the interests of ordinary people and rural communities.

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In our series on Gandhian philosophy, today we bring you a report on Gandhiji's views on simplicity.

Mahatma Gandhi firmly believed that the autonomy of each entity in nature needs to be respected and safeguarded. He promoted the universal co-existence and subscribed to the principle of reverence for all lives. Gandhiji was a passionate champion of a life pattern based on principles of Simplicity. Gandhi Ji had said that live simply that others might simply live. "Mahatma Gandhi believed that a good life can be lived only in a small community and he remained an ardent advocate of the village life through his life. He firmly believed that India lived in its villages. Describing the consequences of rampant urbanisation, Gandhiji had said: Nature works unceasingly according to its own laws, but man violates them constantly. In different ways and at different times, Nature tells man that there is nothing in the world which is not subject to change and  yet extraordinary occurrence startles us and sets us thinking. With Anand Kumar, Anupam Mishra, AIR News Delhi".

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Today’s weather forecast

The National Capital Delhi will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature recorded in the city was 26 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 38 degrees.

In Mumbai, there will be generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The temperature is likely to hover between 25 and 31 degree Celsius.

Chennai is likely to witness generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 32 degree Celsius.

Kolkata may have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. The minimum temperature was 28 degree Celsius while the maximum is likely to be 34 degrees.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was recorded at 25 degree Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 35 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.

In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 14 and 30 degree celsius. The city is likely to have mainly clear sky.

Ladakh will also have mainly clear sky. The temperature may hover between 9 and 26 degree Celsius.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was 15 degrees and the maximum will be 30 degree Celsius. The city will have a mainly clear sky.

Muzzafarabad is also likely to have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 23 degree Celsius and the maximum is expected to be around 36 degree Celsius.

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Newspaper Headlines

  • Almost all newspapers today lead with the Statement of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the status at the LAC. The Hindustan Times states, "China actions sparked LAC stand off, India ready".

  • Most newspapers also talk about the rising cases of Covid-19, in India. The Times of India states, "India's Covid cases cross 5 million, last million in 11 days".

  • The Pioneer on its front page caries a picture of dignitaries attending the inaugural function of infrastructure projects for Bihar, through video conferencing.

  • Empowering women further, the Economic Times reports, "TCS wants more women leaders in Top Deck".

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