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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges people to give priority to local products while shopping during this festive season.

  • In his Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister calls upon youth to bring in innovations in indigenous sports.

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says India wants to end border tension with China peacefully but at the same time will not let anyone take even an inch of our land.

  • Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 90 per cent.

  • President, Vice President and Prime Minister greet the nation on the occasion of Dussehra.

  • In IPL Cricket, Royal challengers Bangalore face Chennai super king's in Dubai while Rajasthan Royals clash with Mumbai Indians at Sharjah.


As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic, we begin with a message of precaution to stay safe and protected by following these three simple steps --

  • Wear a face mask.

  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.

  • Focus on hand and face hygiene.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the people of the country to give priority to local products while shopping during this festive season. Addressing the nation through his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio this morning, Mr Modi asked everyone to remember the resolve of Vocal for Local.

"जब हम त्योहार की बात करते हैं, तैयारी करते हैं, तो, सबसे पहले मन में यही आता है, कि बाजार कब जाना है? क्या-क्या खरीदारी करनी है? ख़ासकर, बच्चों में तो इसका विशेष उत्साह रहता है - इस बार, त्यौहार पर, नया, क्या मिलने वाला है? त्यौहारों की ये उमंग और बाजार की चमक, एक-दूसरे से जुड़ी हुई है। लेकिन इस बार जब आप खरीदारी करने जायें तो ‘Vocal for Local’ का अपना संकल्प अवश्य याद रखें। बाजार से सामान खरीदते समय, हमें स्थानीय उत्पादों को प्राथमिकता देनी है।"

He said the whole world is becoming fan of Indian products. He stressed that many local products have the potential of becoming global and gave the example of Khadi.

"साथियों, दिल्ली के Connaught Place के खादी स्टोर में इस बार गाँधी जयंती पर एक ही दिन में एक करोड़ रुपये से ज्यादा की खरीदारी हुई। इसी तरह कोरोना के समय में खादी के मास्क भी बहुत popular हो रहे हैं। देशभर में कई जगह self help groups और दूसरी संस्थाएँ खादी के मास्क बना रहे हैं।"

Not only is the popularity of Khadi rising it is also being produced in many parts of the world. The Prime Minister said there is a place in Mexico called Oaxaca, where the local villagers weave Khadi. Today, the Khadi of this place has gained popularity around the world as Oaxaca Khaadi. Mr Modi recounted how Khadi reached Oaxaca through a young person called Mark Brown who was deeply inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. Mark Brown visited Bapu’s ashram in India and realised that Khadi was not just a fabric but  a complete way of life. On his return to Mexico, he introduced the villagers of Oaxaca to Khadi and trained them. Oaxaca khadi has become a brand now.

The Prime Minister asked the people to visit the Oaxaca Khadi website and listen to the interview of Marc Brown. He expressed happiness that during Gandhi Jayanti this year, the Khadi store in Connaught Place at Delhi witnessed purchases of over one crore rupees in just a day. Similarly the Khadi masks have also become very popular during Corona.

He said self help groups are making Khadi masks in many places of the country and gave the example of Suman Devi in Barabanki of Uttar Pradesh. Suman Devi, along with her friends of a self help group, started making Khadi masks and they are now producing thousands of Khadi masks. Mr Modi said India's local products often have a complete philosophy enshrined in them.

The Prime Minister stated that many indigenous sports have attracted attention the world over just like our Spirituality, Yoga, and Ayurveda. He highlighted that  Mallakhambh too is gaining popularity in many countries. He said when Chinmay Patankar and Pragya Patankar decided to teach Mallakhambh out of their home in America, they had no idea how successful it would be. Mallakhambh training centers are now running at many locations across America.

A large number of American Youth are joining and learning Mallakhambh. Mr Modi said Mallakhambh is becoming popular in around 20 other countries, be it Germany, Poland or Malaysia. And now, Mallakhambh World Championship has also been started which sees participants from around the world. 

He asked the young generation to learn more about Mallakhambh. He said the country's youth should learn about the many forms of martial arts of the country and over the course of time bring about innovations in the same.

The Prime Minister said Pulwama in Kashmir is playing an important role in educating the entire country. He said that India used to import wood for pencils from abroad, but now Pulwama is making the country self-sufficient in the field of pencil making.  The Chinar wood of the valley has high moisture content and softness, which makes it most suitable for the manufacture of pencils. In Pulwama, Oukhoo is known as the Pencil Village. Here, several manufacturing units of Pencil Slats are providing employment to hundreds including a large number of women.

Mr Modi cited the example of Manzoor Ahmad Alai from Pulwama who sold his ancestral land and established a unit to manufacture Apple wooden boxes. Manzoor was engaged in his small business when he came to know that Poplar wood , Chinar wood is being used in manufacturing pencils. Manzoor channeled his entrepreneurial spirit and started the supply of Poplar wooden boxes to some famous pencil manufacturing units. Today, his turnover from this business is in crores and is a source of livelihood for around two hundred people. 

Mr Modi commended him and the enterprising people for making invaluable contribution in educating the young minds of the country.

Mr Modi greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Vijaydashami, that is Dussehra. He said the festival of Dussehra is about triumph of truth over untruth as also a victory of patience over crises.

"मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो, आज विजयादशमी यानि दशहरे का पर्व है। इस पावन अवसर पर आप सभी को ढ़ेरों शुभकामनाएं। दशहरे का ये पर्व, असत्य पर सत्य की जीत का पर्व है। लेकिन, साथ ही, ये एक तरह से संकटों पर धैर्य की जीत का पर्व भी है। आज, आप सभी बहुत संयम के साथ जी रहे हैं, मर्यादा में रहकर पर्व, त्यौहार मना रहे हैं, इसलिए, जो लड़ाई हम लड़ रहे हैं, उसमें जीत भी सुनिश्चित है।"

He asked people to exercise patience and observe restraint during this crisis-laden period of Corona. He asked everyone to wear masks, keep washing hands with soap and maintain two yards of social distance while enjoying the festive season.

The Prime Minister said one should remember the time of Lockdown in the midst of this festive celebration. During this period, people realised how difficult it is without cleanliness workers, local vegetable sellers, milkmen and security guards. He urged everyone to include them in festivities as they must not only be remembered during difficult times.

"Lockdown में हमने, समाज के उन साथियों को और करीब से जाना है, जिनके बिना, हमारा जीवन बहुत ही मुश्किल हो जाता - सफाई कर्मचारी, घर में काम करने वाले भाई-बहन, Local सब्जी वाले, दूध वाले, Security Guards, इन सबका हमारे जीवन में क्या रोल है, हमने अब भली-भांति महसूस किया है। अब, अपने पर्वों में, अपनी खुशियों में भी, हमें इनको साथ रखना है। मेरा आग्रह है कि, जैसे भी संभव हो, इन्हें अपनी खुशियों में जरुर शामिल करिये।"

Mr Modi also asked people to remember the brave soldiers who are guarding country's borders and light a lamp in their honour. He assured soldiers that the entire country is wishing well for them evens though they are far away from home.

"हमें अपने उन जाबाज़ सैनिकों को भी याद रखना है, जो, इन त्यौहारों में भी सीमाओं पर डटे हैं। भारत-माता की सेवा और सुरक्षा कर रहें हैं। हमें उनको याद करके ही अपने त्योहार मनाने हैं। हमें घर में एक दीया, भारत माता के इन वीर बेटे-बेटियों के सम्मान में भी जलाना है। मैं, अपने वीर जवानों से भी कहना चाहता हूँ कि आप भले ही सीमा पर हैं, लेकिन पूरा देश आपके साथ हैं, आपके लिए कामना कर रहा है।"

He saluted the sacrifice of the families whose children are at the border today. He expressed gratitude to each and every person who is away from home and family on account of discharging duty to the country in one way or the other.

Mr Modi said many instances of technology based service delivery were explored in the country during the lockdown. He cited the example of a self help group of women in Jharkhand who accomplished this feat. These women worked to deliver vegetables and fruits to households directly from the fields of the farmers. They  got an app ‘Ajivika Farm Fresh’ designed through which people could directly order vegetables to be delivered at their homes. This idea of ‘Ajivika farm fresh’ app is gaining a lot of popularity there - fruits and vegetables worth more than 50 Lakhs rupees were delivered by them during the lockdown.

The Prime Minister also mentioned  Atul Patidar of Barwani in Madhya Pradesh who connected four thousand farmers in his area through the digital medium. Through the E-platform farm card of Atul Patidar, farmers are now able to get the essentials of agriculture - such as fertilizer, seeds, pesticide, and fungicide home delivered.

Mr Modi also recounted how a farmer producer company in Maharashtra procured corn from the corn producing harvesters. This time, the company paid not just the cost of the corn but also an additional bonus as it was making profit from the new farm specific laws framed by the government.

The Prime Minister spoke of Pon Mariyappan from Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu whose passion is to share the joys of reading and writing with others. Pon Marriyappan is associated with the profession of hair cutting and runs a salon.

"When the mini-library was set up in the small salon in Thoothukudi, its owner Pon Mariappan might have thought that it will catch the eyeballs of at least a few of his customers. But it has taken him to the hall of fame as it has caught even the attention of the Prime Minister of the nation. The books on the salon shelves have enabled him to talk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, something he can cherish in his whole life. Mr Mariappan believes reading enlightens people and says he thought of encouraging it through incentives in the form of a cut in the fee for his service. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai.

He also cited a few other examples of how people are sharing their passion of reading with others. Usha Dubey, a teacher from Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh has turned a scooty into a mobile library. Mr Modi talked about a Self Help Library set up in August at Rayo village in Nirjuli of Arunachal Pradesh. He said when Meena Gurung and Dewang Hosayi from this village learnt that there was no library in the area, they extended a hand for its funding. Anyone can borrow books for two weeks. In Chandigarh, Sandeep Kumar who runs an NGO has set up a mobile library in a mini van. Through this, poor children are given books to read free of cost. The Prime Minister said there are two organisations in Bhav Nagar, Gujarat which are doing marvellous work in this field. The Vikas Vartul Trust is very helpful to students who are preparing for competitive exams. This trust has been working since 1975 and provides 140 magazines, along with 5000 books. ‘Pustak Parab’ is a similar organization which provides literary books along with other books free of cost. Mr Modi urged people to share stories of such initiatives on social media. He quoted a line from Bhagvad Geeta - Na hi gyanen sadrishyam pavitramih vidyate - which means there is nothing as sacred as knowledge in this world.

The Prime Minister said Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel’s birth anniversary will be celebrated on the 31st of October. This day is also known as ‘National Unity Day’. He said Sardar Patel had a great sense of humour. Mr Modi asked people to keep their sense of humour alive irrespective of how difficult the situations are. He said Sardar Patel devoted his entire life for the unity of the country and integrated the Indian public with the Freedom Movement. Mr Modi said Sardar Patel worked for the integration of the Princely States with the nation. He said citizens should carry forward the entire spectrum of values that unite people through speech, bearing and actions.

Driving home the message of unity in diversity, Mr Modi said pilgrimage in itself knits India in a common thread -  the chain of Jyotirlingas and Shaktipeethas binds India with the common thread.

The Prime Minister said that Sikh Gurus too have enriched the spirit of unity through their lives and noble deeds. The holy sites of Sikhs include 'Nanded Sahib' and 'Patna Sahib' Gurdwaras. He said country had luminaries such as Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar in the last century who forged unity among people through the medium of the Constitution.

The Prime Minister said that country has given a befitting reply every time to the forces which continuously try to sow the seeds of suspicion in people's minds, and divide the country. Giving the motto of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat, Mr Modi urged everyone to visit the website - ekbharat.gov.in.

Mr Modi also said that he will attend many events on 31st October to be held in and around the historic Statue of Unity in Kevadiya.  'Valmiki Jayanti' will also be celebrated on the 31st of October. Mr Modi paid his obeisance to Maharishi Valmiki saying that he was a beacon of great hope for millions of the impoverished and Dalits.

The Prime Minister also offered his tributes to former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi whose death anniversary is on 31st of October.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today asserted India wants the Indo-China border tension to end and peace preserved but at the same time will not let anyone take even an inch of our land. Mr. Singh made these remarks after performing 'Shastra Puja' at Sukna War Memorial in Darjeeling, West Bengal. Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane was also present at the occasion. He said, India is persistent on its goal of peace.

"इस समय भारत और चीन की सीमा पर भी जो तनाव चल रहा है, भारत तो ये चाहता है कि ये तनाव समाप् हो। शांति स्थापित हो, उद्देश् हमारा ये है। लेकिन कभी-कभी नापाक हरकतें होती रहती हैं, लेकिन मैं पूरी तरह से आश्वस् हूं ओर आश्वस् ही नहीं हूं, मुझे पूरा भरोसा भी है कि हमारे सेना के जवान किसी भी सूरत में अपने भारत की एक इंच भी जमीन किसी दूसरे के हाथों में नहीं जाने देंगे।"

Mr. Singh expressed confidence that the army will not let anyone take even an inch of the country's  land. He also inspected a Tavor assault rifle at Sukna War Memorial in Darjeeling.

Defence Minister said, whatever happened at Indo-China border at Ladakh recently and the way our Jawans responded bravely, historians will write about the valour and courage of our jawans in golden words.


Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has expressed hope that Covid-19 vaccine will be made available in the country by January next year. Speaking at a programme on DD News, Dr Vardhan said  there are three vaccine candidates in India, out of which one is at the advanced stage of clinical trial of phase-3. The other two vaccine candidates, which are in clinical trial of phase-2, one has recently entered the third phase trial. Dr Vardhan also said, if the preparations in this regard  made so far progress well then 400 to 500 million doses of the Covid vaccine will be available in the country before June and July of next year.

Dr Harsvh Vardhan also appealed to the people to follow Covid appropriate bevaviour to check the spread of virus in view of the coming festive seasons.

"भारत में तीस वैक्सीन कैंडीडेट्स हैं, सारे दुनिया में नौ वैक्सीन कैंडीडेट्स एडवांस के ट्रायल् में हैं, जिसमें से तीन भारत के एडवांस स्टेजेस में हैं। एक तो क्लीनिकल फेज-थ्री के एडवांस में है और दो जो है फेज-टू के एडवांस में थे और उसमें से भी एक फेज-थ्री में चला गया। इन सबके माध्यम से तीनों के माध्यम से हमें उम्मीद है कि जनवरी के अंदर तो डेफिनेटली हमारे को वैक्सीन जो है उपलब् हो जाएगी और हमने सारी जो तैयारियां जिस प्रकार से की हैं ऑल गोज़ वैल, तो जून-जुलाई से पहले हमें चार सौ से पांच सौ मिलियन डोजेज़ उपलब् हो जाएंगी।"


India has crossed a significant milestone in its fight against COVID, as the recovery rate reached 90 per cent today. Over 70 lakh 78 thousand patients have receovered from this highly infectious disease in the country so far. The active caseload of the country has also fallen below 8.5 per cent. The total positive cases in the country today stands at six lakh 68 thousand 154 which comprises merely 8.49 per cent of the total reported cases.

With high number of COVID patients recovering every day along with a steadily falling and sustained low mortality rate, India’s trend of decreasing active cases continues. The recovered cases are nearly 10.6 times more than the active cases. Nearly 62 thousand patients recovered and were discharged in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases reported in the same time span stood at around 50 thousand.


A total of four thousand 116 new confirmed cases of Corona virus infection were reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to over three lakh 52 thousand. The Delhi Government said that over three lakh and  19 thousand people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, three thousand 614 people recovered and 36 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to 6 thousand and 225.


In Bihar, the COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 94.36 percent.This is more than national rate. Infection rate in the state has also decreased to 2.1 percent which is the lowest in the country. Active patients in the state are continuously decreasing. At present 10 thousand 879 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. One lakh 99 thousand 521 patients have so far recovered in the state. An average of over one lakh corona tests are being conducted every day.


The Mysuru district in Karnataka holds second spot in terms of Covid case load after in the state the Bengaluru urban district.

With 10 days Dasara festival posing the biggest challenge to the district administration, the Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri tells AIR News that concerted efforts were being made to bring down the case fatality rate and positivity rate in the district.


After a long break and continuous demand by the gym owners to allow them to open, gymnasiums in Maharashtra are finally back in the business from today. The gym owners were continuously insisting on allowing them to open the gyms but Maharashta government was not ready to start gym activities considering the risk of spreading the Covid infection due to the highest positivity rate in the state. But after improvement in the recovery rate and decline in the cases, the state government has allowed the gyms to open from today. A report:

"As the gymnasiums in Maharashtra are back on track from today, the gym owners as well as the gym users will have to follow the guidelines and adopt a new culture to keep their activities on and also to remain healthy and safe from the Covid infection. It is mandatory to wear a mask all the time in the gym and they will have to follow the respiratory etiquettes strictly while coughing and sneezing. Group exercises and facilities like steam, sauna and shower are not allowed. Distance between the gym equipment should be at least six feet. Separate entry and exit routes should be available. There should be regular sanitisation of gym equipments and also the entry and exit points. Gym owners are also told to follow staggering of gym timings and limit the number of people per batch to maintain safe distance. Installation and use of Arogya Setu app is advised to all. Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai."


In Telangana, 978 new cases of COVID -19 have been reported during the past 24 hours. With this, the total COVID cases in the state having gone to 2 lakh 31 thousand 252. The state conducted over 27 thousand tests yesterday. The recovery rate slightly improved to 91.01 per cent with 1446 more people recovering yesterday. This took the number of recovered people so far in the state to 2 lakh 10 thousand 480.


In Bihar, campaigners of all parties including NDA and Grand Alliance are making a last ditch effort to woo the voters as only one day is left for campaigning for the FIRST phase of elections.

Polling will be held on 28th of this month in 71 assembly constituencies spread over 16 districts. In NDA senior BJP leaders and star campaigners are holding election rallies. Unior Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey addressed rallies in Shahpur and Brahmpur.

BJP senior leader and former Chief Minister of Jharkhand Raghubar Das addressed a public meeting in Amarpur in Banka.

"Senior RJD leader Tejaswi Prasad Yadav is holding back to back 9 public meetings today. Addressing a public meeting at Pakribarawan in Nawada Mr Yadav claimed people of Bihar are fed up with the present government and they will give a chance to the Grand alliance. LJP President Chirag Paswan addressed a public meeting in Kargahar. He said people want an account of five years of rule of JD(U). Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addressing rallies in poll bound segments of Madhubani, Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur which will go to polls in the Second phase. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News Patna."


In Bihar, three people including a candidate from Sheohar assembly constituency were shot dead, while campaigning yesterday evening. Police said, the incident took place at around 7 pm in Hathsar village under Purnahiya Police Station area of Sheohar district. Ten unidentified assailants attacked the Janta Dal (Rashtrawadi) candidate Shrinarayan Singh, while he was campaigning for assembly polls. 


The festival of Vijayadashmi or Dussehra is being celebrated across the country today. The festival is celebrated to remember Lord Ram's victory over Ravana, marking the triumph of good over evil. The day also marks the culmination of Navratri and Durga Puja.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu have greeted the people on the occasion.

In a message, Mr Kovind said, the festival strengthens the cultural unity of India and inspires us to live in harmony, following the path of virtue and shunning evil.

In his message, Mr Venkaiah Naidu urged everyone to follow COVID-19 health protocols while celebrating Dussehra.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended greetings to the countrymen on the  occasion of Mahanavami. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, on this auspicious occasion of Navratri, the ninth form of Goddess Durga, Maa Siddhidatri is worshipped. He said, May everyone get success in their work by the blessings of Maa Siddhidatri.


In IPL Cricket today, there will be two matches. The first match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings will begin at 3.30 pm in Dubai. The second match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians will begin at 7.30 pm at Sharjah. Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs in Dubai last night. Batting first, , Kings XI Punjab  second 126 runs in 20 overs. Chasing the target, Sunrisers Hyderabad were all out for 114 runs.



The National Capital Delhi will see a mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was  14 degree Celcius and the maximum will be 33 degree Celcius.

Mumbai will see a partly cloudy sky. The Minimum temperature was 23 degree Celcius and the maximum will be 30 degree Celcius.

Chennai will see a Thunderstorm with rain.

In Muzzafarrabad, the temperature will hover between 11 and 29 degree Celcius. The town will see partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm.

Gilgit will see generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature was 7 degree Celcius and the maximum is expected to be 15 degree Celcius.


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