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PM Modi to address 21st Meeting of SCO Council of Heads of State tomorrow            PM to participate in Quad Leaders' Summit in Washington on September 24            Govt announces guarantee of up to Rs 30,600 crore to back Security Receipts to be issued by NARCL            FM Sitharaman to chair 45th meeting of GST Council tomorrow            Two Defence Office Complexes inaugurated in New Delhi           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh today; To also inaugurate Aligarh node of Defence corridor.

  • Prime Minister to visit US to attend Quad Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC later this month.

  • External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar says, India is willing to stand by Afghan people, just as in the past; Calls international community to come together to create best enabling environment.

  • India's vaccination drive achieves another milestone by crossing 75 crore mark; Recovery rate stands at 97.54 percent.

  • Centre says MSP approved for designated Rabi crops for 2022-23 is higher or equal to 1.5 times of cost of production.

  • Tamil Nadu increases reservation for women in government jobs from 30 to 40 per cent.

  • Relief and rescue operations continue in flood hit area of Saurashtra region in Gujarat; Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel reviews the situation.

  • And, Hindi Diwas being celebrated across the country today.


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As our nation celebrates the seventy fifth year of Independence, a series of events are being organised by the government as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. To commemorate the occasion as a Jan-Utsav, All India Radio News brings its listeners a special quiz on India’s freedom movement and its glorious history. The quiz is being conducted every Monday and Tuesday in Morning News and will continue till 15th August 2022. India Post has joined hands as the logistics partner with All India Radio News for the "Amrit Mahotsav Quiz".

Recalling our Yesterday’s question: Who started the Bardoli Satyagraha and in which year ?

The correct answer is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in 1928. Vallabhbhai Patel took up the cause of Farmers in Bardoli in Surat District in 1928, who were asked to pay more land revenue than what was due. Vallabhbhai galvanised extraordinary courage among farmers. The British Government used all sorts of methods to collect the enhanced tax but failed. This victory of farmers against the British empire inspired confidence in the whole country. It was at this time that Vallabhbhai was referred to as the Sardar of the peasants and the title got permanently associated with him.

AIR News got an overwhelming response from its listeners across the world and the one lucky winner of the quiz is Mitesh Sen from Sadipur in Dumka district of Jharkhand. Congrats from team AIR News.

And, Coming to our Tenth question of the Amrit Mahotsav Quiz in English: 

Question: - Which revolutionary freedom fighter popularized the slogan, "Inquilab Zindabad" ?  (Repeat question)

Listeners can send their responses to the Question over Whatsapp on  88265 46262 (Repeat 8 8 2 6 5 4 6 2 6 2) or through email on amritmahotsavquiz@prasarbharati.gov.in

 (Repeat amritmahotsavquiz@prasarbharati.gov.in)

One lucky participant will be selected as a winner and will be announced in tomorrow’s morning news. Winner will be awarded an E-Certificate and a token prize.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach Aligarh today and lay the foundation stone of the university named after great  freedom fighter, educationist and social reformer, Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh and will also inaugurate the Aligarh node of the defence corridor. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath yesterday visited the programme venue in Aligarh and took the stock of preparations. In wake of Prime Minister's programme, elaborate security arrangements have been put in place. Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandi Ben Patel will also grace the occasion.

"This university in the memory and honour of the great freedom fighter Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh is being established by State Government in a total area of over ​​92 acres at village Lodha and village Musepur Kareem Jarouli of Aligarh’s Kol tehsil. This upcoming university will have skill development and other vocational courses and about 395 colleges connected with Aligarh, Hathras, Kasganj, Etah and near by areas will be affiliated and benefitted. A total area of 200 acres has been acquired for the Aligarh Defence Corridor project. Initially, this project will  host 19 industrial units with a total investment outlay of around  1,245 crore rupees.  M.S. Yadav, AIR News, Aligarh."

The Prime Minister will also visit the exhibition models of Aligarh Node of Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor and Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University. Earlier the Prime Minister has said the these corridors will help the local manufacturers in the country.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the Leaders’ Summit of the Quadrilateral Framework in Washington DC on 24th of September along with Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga and US President Joseph R. Biden. The Leaders will review progress made since their first virtual Summit on 12th March this year and discuss regional issues of shared interest. More in this report:

"As part of their ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the leaders will review the Quad Vaccine initiative which was announced in March this year. They will also exchange views on contemporary global issues such as critical and emerging technologies, connectivity and infrastructure, cyber security, maritime security, humanitarian assistance or disaster relief, climate change and education. The summit would provide a valuable opportunity for dialogue and interactions among the Leaders, anchored in their shared vision of ensuring a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the General Debate of the High-Level Segment of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA on 25th of September in New York.  ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."


External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar has said that in the face of a grave emerging situation in Afghanistan, India is willing to stand by the Afghan people, just as in the past. He said, to ensure this happened speedily and effectively, India believes that the international community must come together to create the best possible enabling environment.

In his remarks at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan 2021, Dr Jaishankar said, among the challenges that the current situation poses is that of efficient logistics. He pointed out, it is, therefore, essential that humanitarian assistance providers are accorded unimpeded, unrestricted and direct access to Afghanistan. Once relief materials reach that country, the world will naturally expect a non-discriminatory distribution of humanitarian assistance across all sections of the Afghan society.

In his remarks, the External Affairs Minister mentioned that India's efforts and helping the Afghan people has been both direct and indirect way contributed to the livelihood and larger framework as significantly as they have to direct material leads. He said, our friendship is reflected in Indian development projects that today exist in all the 34 provinces. Dr Jaishankar said, in all, India has invested more than three billion US dollars for the welfare of the people of Afghanistan. India has undertaken 500 projects in critical areas of power, water supply, road connectivity, health care, education, agriculture and capacity building.


Union Minister for Power R.K. Singh yesterday met a delegation led by U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate  John Kerry in New Delhi. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss further collaboration on climate change issues and to work towards a genuine partnership between the two countries to pave the way for the rest of the world on Energy Transition. During the meeting, the US side appreciated India for its Energy Access drive and commitment to achieve 450 Giga Watt of Renewable Energy by 2030. They also lauded India for electrifying 28.02 million homes in 18 months and achieved universal household electrification.


India has crossed yet another milestone in the COVID vaccination drive with the total vaccination crossing the 75 crore marks. The Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that with the mantra of "Sabka Saath, Sabka Prayas", the world's largest vaccination drive  is continuously creating new dimensions. He said, in the 75th year of Independence, the country has crossed the 75 crore mark in COVID vaccination coverage. The Health Ministry said, 37 thousand 687 COVID patients recovered during the last 24 hours and the national recovery rate has reached 97.54 per cent. Till now, more than three crore 24 lakh people have recovered from COVID-19.


Talking to News Services Division of All India Radio, President of Public Health Foundation of India Dr. K. Srinath Reddy has hailed the India's Landmark Achievement of 75 crore COVID vaccine doses.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw yesterday visited a Community Service Centre, in Janipur area of Jammu and took stock of the facilities being provided to the public. Our correspondent reports that the visit of the Minister was part of the Public Outreach Initiative of the Union Government in J&K. Officers from J&K e-Governance Agency (JaKeGA) briefed the Minister about the functioning of the department and its role in facilitating people with respect to Government’s facilities like Ayushman Bharat, PMJAY, e-Shram and other e-governance facilities. The Minister also assured that the rail link with Kashmir would be open to the public before 2024. He also inspected Jammu Railway Station and studied the upgradation plan for Jammu and Kathua Railway Stations.


The Government has said that the Minimum Support Price, MSP approved for designated Rabi Crops for 2022-23 during Rabi Marketing Season is higher or equal to 1.5 times of cost of production.  Addressing media in New Delhi, Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal said that the expected returns to farmers over their cost of production is estimated to be highest in case of Wheat and mustard. He said, the return is 100 per cent in these two crops. While in case of  lentil it is 79 per cent and for gram the expected return is 74 per cent. On the 8th of September, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA)  has approved the increase in the MSP for all designated Rabi crops for Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2022-23.


Tamil Nadu Government has increased reservation for women in Government jobs from 30 per cent to 40 per cent. Minister for Finance and Human Resource Management Palanivel Thiagarajan said, gender equality will play a major role in bringing a change. The State Government will bring necessary amendments.

The Government is providing horizontal reservation while filling vacancies through the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission and the Teachers' Recruitment Board.

The Minister said, the government will give preference to Orphans who have lost their parents in COVID-19 pandemic, first generation graduates and Tamil medium students in government schools while filling vacancies in government posts.


Hindi Diwas is being celebrated across the country today. It was on this day in 1949 that the Constituent Assembly adopted Hindi in Devanagari script as the official language of the country. Today, Hindi is one of the widely spoken languages in the world. Union Government has taken several steps to promote the Rajbhasha and at the international forums, Hindi is being well received. The pioneer was the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee whose address to the UN General Assembly is still recalled by one and all.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Home Minister Amit Shah have greeted the people on Hindi Diwas. On this occasion, Principal Director General of All India Radio News N. Venudhar Reddy has said that the role of All India Radio in promoting  the usage of Hindi across the nation is very significant.


As our Nation celebrates the seventy fifth year of Independence, a series of events are being organised by the Government as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.  And now let's listen to our special programme "Azadi ka safar"


Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has reviewed the flood situation in some parts of Saurashtra at a high-level meeting in Gandhinagar. Mr. Patel held a high-level meeting on the very first day soon after assuming charge of Chief Minister. Our correspondent reports that the Chief Minister has instructed for immediate rescue and relief operations and shifting of people from the flood hit areas.

"Many parts of Saurashtra have received 300 to 400 millimetres of rainfall during the last 24 hours. Following the heavy rains and overflowing of dams, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has ordered the District and Municipal Authorities to shift the people from low-lying areas. He instructed three additional teams of NDRF to Rajkot and two teams to Jamnagar. Meanwhile, Air Force helicopters have been pressed into service for rescue and relief operations. NDRF and SDRF personnel also join hands with the local administration in rescue works. Twenty persons have been airlifted while another 30 have been rescued by NDRF in Jamnagar district. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


Talking to All India Radio DG IMD, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said deep depression has formed over North Odisha and is moving towards west-northwards, which will lead to heavy rainfall in parts of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.


Hundreds of people yesterday took to the streets in protest against the targeted killings in Panjgur district in Balochistan province of Pakistan. A large number of people, including women and children, gathered at the main chowk of the town. Dawn reported that they marched on the streets and roads and chanted slogans against the local administration and police for their failure to arrest alleged killers. During the protest, people said, about a dozen innocent civilians had been killed in Panjgur in a month, but not a single alleged killer had been arrested.


Take a look at the weather for today.

Srinagar will have mainly clear sky. Temperature will hover between 14 and 28 degrees Celsius.

Jammu will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.

Leh is expected to have mainly clear sky. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between nine to 26 degrees Celsius.

Gilgit will have mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between 15 and 36 degrees Celsius.

Muzaffarabad will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 36 degrees.

The National Capital Delhi will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will vary between 27 and 35 degrees Celsius.

Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature was 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 30 degrees.

Chennai is expected to have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will vary between 27 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The city observed a minimum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 32 degrees.

Hyderabad to have rain or thundershowers towards evening or night. Minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 29 degrees.

Visakhapatnam will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The city observed a minimum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 29 degrees. 

Bengaluru will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. Temperature will hover between 21 and 29 degrees Celsius.

Thiruvananthapuram will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 30 degrees.

In Puducherry, generally cloudy sky will prevail. The temperature will vary between 25 and 36 degrees Celsius.

Guwahati will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was around 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees. 



  • The dailies carry different headlines on their front pages. However Supreme Court's orders in the Pegasus case; a dilapidated builiding collapsing in Delhi, killing two children; WHO giving nod to Covaxin and the demise of 'backroom man' Oscar Fernandes passing away, are some of the prominent stories.

  • "Supreme Court to pass interim orders in Pegasus case," headlines The Hindu while The Statesman notes the government's reply in its headline, "Centre to Supreme Court: Will not file Pegasus affidavit."

  • Almost all dailies carry a picture of the collapsed building in Delhi. Hindustan Times writes, "Building collapses in Delhi's Sabzi Mandi," while The Asian Age reports, "2 children dead as Delhi building collapses."

  • The Pioneer headlines, "Congress leader Fernandes passes away," and The Times of India notes, "Congress veteran Fernandes dead."

  • "Covaxin likely to get WHO nod by this week, says vaccine expert."

  • And finally, In a first for auto sector, ten thousand women to work at Ola's Hosur e-2 wheeler plant making it the largest all-women factory in the world." The Hindu Business Line writes, "Ola Futurefactory to be driven entirely by women." Some glass ceilings being broken finally!


Before we end the bulletin, a reminder of today’s question of the  Amrit Mahotsav Quiz:

Question: - Which revolutionary freedom fighter popularized the slogan, "Inquilab Zindabad" ?  (Repeat question)

your response on 88265 46262 (Repeat 88 26 54 62 62) or through email on amritmahotsavquiz@prasarbharati.gov.in 

(Repeat amritmahotsavquiz@prasarbharati.gov.in)

Celebrate 75 years of India’s independence,by participating in “Amrit Mahotsav Quiz with AIR News.”


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