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  • Vice President, Prime Minister and Lok Sabha Speaker to jointly launch Sansad TV this evening.

  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla chairs All India Presiding Officers' Conference; Says Hindi adorned as link language of India and extensively used in Literature, art, cinema and media.

  • India and USA sign MoU for enhancing export potential of Ayurvedic and other Indian traditional medicine products.

  • More than 75 crore 89 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country so far; Recovery rate currently stands at 97.62 per cent.

  • Many babies and children admitted in hospitals with fever, flu like symptoms and respiratory distress in West Bengal.

  • Retired Lt. General Gurmeet Singh takes oath as new Governor of Uttarakhand.

  • Vice President, Prime Minister and Home Minister extend greetings on the occasion of Engineers Day.

  • Today is last date for nominations for Padma Awards 2022.

  • And North Korea tests ballistic missiles off its east coast; Japan calls the launch outrageous.


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And now the News in detail:


Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will jointly launch Sansad TV at the Main Committee Room at Parliament House Annexe today at 6 PM. The launch date coincides with the International Day of Democracy.

The decision to merge Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV was taken in February this year and the CEO of Sansad TV was appointed in the month of March. Sansad TV programming will primarily be in four categories-functioning of Parliament and democratic institutions, governance and implementation of schemes, policies, history, and culture of India and issues, interests, concerns of contemporary nature.


The Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has called for strengthening the democracy. He was addressing virtually the 81st All India Presiding Officers Conference in the backdrop of the International Day of Democracy which is observed on 15th of September every year. The Conference is aimed at deliberating the Role of Legislature in fostering effective and meaningful democracy.

Mr. Om Birla said, Hindi is the medium of expression of national identity. During the independence movement, Hindi became a symbol of national pride of the country. Today, Hindi is adorned as the link language of India and has been extensively used in Literature, art, cinema and media.


On International Day of Democracy today, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has called upon people to reiterate the commitment to promote democratic values and nurture the spirit of democracy to improve the quality of life of all citizens. Mr Naidu quoted Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi who had said that he understand democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong.


The Ayush Ministry has paved the way for strengthening the quality of Ayurvedic and other Indian traditional medicine products globally and also enhancing their export potential especially to the USA market.

An MoU has been signed between the Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, USA, on September 13, 2021. The MoU is aimed at strengthening promotion and development of standards in the field of Ayurveda and other Indian Traditional systems of medicine between the two countries on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.


More than 75 crore 89 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. Over 61 lakh 15 thousand vaccine doses were administered to eligible beneficiaries in the country during the last 24 hours.

Over 27 thousand new cases of COVID-19 reported in the  same period. Daily new cases are less than 30 thousand for last four days. The country's active caseload is currently at three lakh 51 thousand 87. The active cases constitute 1.05 per cent of the total reported cases so far.

The recovery rate currently stands at 97.62 per cent. 284 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.


The Health Ministry today said, more than 74.25 crore COVID vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far through the Union Government's free of cost channel and through direct state procurement category. The Ministry further said, more than 1.8 crore doses are in the pipeline. It said, more than 4.62 crore balance and unutilized vaccine doses are still available with the States and UTs to be administered.


In Madhya Pradesh state government has decided to reopen schools for classes 1 to 5 from September 20 with 50% attendance. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The consent from the parents will remain mandatory for children to attend the school. More from our Bhopal Correspondent

The schools have been asked to follow the Covid-19 protocol. Online classes will also continue for students. Vaccination against Covid 19 is mandatory for all the teaching and non teaching staff members. Colleges are also being reopened in the state from today with 50 percent capacity. Meanwhile state reported 7 new positive cases  while active cases stands at 126.Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News Bhopal.


Rise in the number of Corona cases in Puducherry in the recent days has forced the Health Department to take actions to contain its spread. Various rounds of reviews and meetings are being held by the Lt. Governor, and the Health Secretary to the Government of Puducherry.

In Puducherry Union Territory, today as many as Hundred and 24 persons were diagnosed with COVID.

Lt. Governor of Puducherry Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, appealed to the people of Puducherry to get themselves vaccinated for COVID. In her latest tweet, she has said that Puducherry would achieve vaccination target of 100 percent soon.


In West Bengal, a large number of babies and children are being admitted in various hospitals with fever, flu like symptoms and respiratory distress. Already three children have lost their lives in Jalpaiguri within the past 48 hours. At least 92 children are admitted in the district hospital while nearly another hundred are under treatment in North Bengal Medical College & Hospital at Siliguri. Same situation has been reported from other districts like North and South Dinajpur, Murshidabad and West Bardhaman. Tests for Covid, Dengue, Malaria and Japanese Encephalitis have already been done. Samples collected from affected children have been sent to Kolkata for further tests. Meanwhile, the state health department has formed a specialist panel of doctors including pediatricians and virologists to assess the situation.


Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel had held a review meeting with the top officials at Jamnagar and Rajkot, the flood hit districts yesterday. He also instructed the concerned district authorities to start the survey work in the flood hit areas. He said that looking at the IMD alert of heavy rain, more NDRF teams will be deployed if required. He had also undertaken the aerial survey of the worst hit areas of Saurashtra region. More from our Ahmedabad correspondent.

Normal life has been badly affected in Saurashtra region following heavy rain and flood. Rajkot, Jamnagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Junagadh districts are the worst hit. Rescue and relief works are in full swing in the flood hit areas. 20 teams of NDRF have been deployed in different parts of the state following the heavy rain and floods. Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard are helping the NDRF personnel and district administrations in relief and rescue operations. Nearly 8 thousand people have been shifted to the safer places from the low lying areas. Similarly, nearly 200 people have been rescued till now. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad.


Retired Lt. General Gurmeet Singh is the new Governor of Uttarakhand. Chief Justice of Nainital High Court Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan administered the oath to Retired Lt. General Gurmeet Singh. He is 8th Governor of the State.


The ruling DMK in Tamilnadu has nominated Dr.Kanimozhi Somu and KRN Rajesh Kumar for Rajya Sabha. The seats were vacated due to the resignation of AIADMK members K.P.Munusamy and V.Vaithyalingam who got elected for the State Assembly. The Rajya Sabha elections in the State are due on October 4th.


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi,  Home Minister Amit Shah have greeted all the engineers on the occasion Engineers Day. In a tweet, Mr Naidu paid humble tributes to legendary engineer M. Visvesvaraya on his birth anniversary today. He said, Engineers play a vital role in nation-building and are known for their problem-solving abilities.

In a tweet, Prime Minister said, no words are enough to thank engineers for their pivotal role in making our planet better and technologically advanced. Prime Minister paid homage to the remarkable M. Visvesvaraya on his birth anniversary and recalled his accomplishments.

In a tweet, Union Home Minister said, our brilliant engineers are constantly striving towards the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat through their amazing innovations.


Today is the last date for nominations for Padma Awards - 2022. Home Ministry said, the nominations and recommendations for Padma Awards will be received online only on the Padma Awards portal www.padmaawards.gov.in. Online nominations or recommendations are on for the Padma Awards Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri to be announced on the occasion of Republic Day, 2022.

The Ministry said, the Government is committed to transform Padma Awards into People’s Padma. All citizens are requested to identify talented persons whose excellence and achievements really deserve to be recognized from amongst women, Scheduled Castes, Schetuled Tribes, divyang persons and who are doing selfless service to society and make their nominations or recommendations.


The Joint Entrance Exam JEE Main results has been declared. Education Ministry said, 44 candidates have got 100 percentile and 18 candidates are in Rank 1. Beginning from this year, JEE Main was conducted four times a year to offer flexibility to students and a chance to improve their scores. The first phase was held in February, the second in March, third in July and fourth in August-September. Nine lakh 34 thousand 602 candidates appeared in four editions of JEE-Main. The examination was conducted in 13 languages.


North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles off its east coast. This is the second weapons test North Korea has carried out this week. It had also tested a long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan on Monday, calling it "a strategic weapon of great significance. Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has called the launch "outrageous" saying it threatened peace and security in the region. Ballistic missile tests contravene UN resolutions designed to curb the North's nuclear activities.  

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) has confirmed the news amd said it is not clear exactly where the missiles were destined for or their flight range. The UN Security Council does not forbid the test of cruise missiles. But it considers ballistic missiles to be more threatening because they can carry bigger and more powerful payloads, have a much longer range, and can travel faster. China's foreign minister is holding talks with his South Korean counterpart in Seoul today.North Korea's weapons programme and stalled negotiations over denuclearisation are likely to be on the agenda. In March of this year, Pyongyang defied sanctions and tested ballistic missiles, which triggered a strong rebuke from the US, Japan and South Korea.


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, since 16th August 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".

The next question of Amrit Mahotsav Quiz will be shared with Listeners on Monday, 20th September.

Now Let's listen our special programme "Azadi ka safar"

In today's episode, we will bring you the story of Jallianwalabagh.


Delhi Disaster Management Authority, DDMA has deferred the reopening of schools for classes 1 to 8 students till 30th September. DDMA concluded a meeting today with the expert committee to take a significant decision on Delhi school reopening for junior classes.

The panel had earlier recommended phase-wise reopening of schools in the city. As per their earlier suggestions, the schools were asked to reopen classes 6 to 8 from September 8. However, DDMA today has released fresh guidelines and order for the school reopening. Meanwhile Delhi recorded 38 new COVID cases with zero casualties and 15 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has said, due caution and care have to be continued in NCT of Delhi so that adequate standards of Covid Appropriate Behaviour continues to be followed and any such activity that can lead to surge in cases, is allowed only after rigorous and due diligence. It said, it is necessary to take effective measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus.


The highest and the most prestigious “Rajbhasha Keerthi Puraskar” award was presented to National Mineral Development Ltd. (NMDC), under Ministry of Steel during the Rajbhasha Diwas Samaroh in New Delhi yesterday. NMDC secured the third prize in the category of Undertakings situated in “C” region for the year 2019-20. Hindi Diwas Samaroh was presided over by Home Minister Amit Shah.

NDMC has been winning this accolade for the last three years in a row, which goes on to show its dedication towards the implementation of Hindi as the Official Language.

Visakhapatnam Steel plant has been bestowed with the ‘Rajbhasha Keerti Puraskar’-FIRST PRIZE for effective implementation of Official Language Hindi for the year 2020-21.  The award was given by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai on the occasion of National Hindi Day Celebrations in New Delhi yesterday.


The Indian Maritime University is poised to create skilled workforce in the maritime Industry by signing up with reputed international institutions. Addressing the media in Chennai today, the Vice Chancellor of the Indian Maritime University Dr. Malini Shankar said that the New Economic Policy has influenced the education sector to move alongside with changing times.

Describing the changing scenario due to Covid 19, she said that it had disrupted shipping activities and education throughout the World. Dr.Malini informed that the Maritime University also offered high level research studies in various innovative topics. Presently the University which has 18 affiliated colleges has 5850 students on roll. As the Board exams were not conducted this year, the admission was through higher secondary marks.


At the stock markets, after opening higher in the morning, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange continued to consolidate its gains and has been trading at an all time intra-day high of 58,693, rising 446 points, or 0.8 percent, in the afternoon trade, a short while ago. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange climbed 126 points, or 0.7 percent, to a fresh all time intra-day high of 17,506.


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

The National Capital Delhi will have a generally cloudy sky light rain thundershowers towards night. The city recorded 25 degree Celsius as the minimum temperature, while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.   

Mumbai again will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. Minimum and the maximum temperature hover between 26 and 30 degree celsius. 

Kolkata will have a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city was 27 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 30 degrees.

Chennai is likely to have a partly cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 28 and 37 degree Celsius.

Hyderabad is expected to have  generally cloudy sky with Light Rain or Drizzle. The minimum temperature was 23 degree Celsius while the maximum may go up to 31 degree Celsius.   

Bengaluru is also expected  to have cloudy sky with Light rain. The temperature will hover between 20 and 29 degree celsius.

Jammu is expected to have mainly clear sky. The maximum temperature will be around 33 degrees, while it recorded 24 degree Celsius as minimum.

Srinagar may witness  mainly Clear sky. The minimum temperature will 16 degree Celsius while maximum will be nearly 31 degrees.   

Leh will have a mainly clear sky with minimum temperature was16 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 31 degrees. 

Gilgit is likely to witness mainly clear sky. The maximum temperature may rise up to 36 degree Celsius. It noted a lower limit of 15 degrees.

Muzaffarabad is likely to witness mainly Clear sky. Temperature will hover between 22 and 37 degree Celsius.

Guwahati may have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 36 degrees.

Imphal is likely to have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was recorded at 21 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 31 degrees.

Shillong may have a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will move from a minimum of 8 degrees to a maximum of 27 degrees. 

Aizawl is predicted to have a generally cloudy sky with a moderate rain. The minimum temperature was 19 degree Celsius while the maximum will be nearly 28degrees. 

Kohima may have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will rise from a minimum of 16 degree Celsius to a maximum of 26 degrees.

Itanagar is likely to have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will move from 23 degree Celsius to an upper limit of 38 degrees. 

Gangtok may have a partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain  or thundershowers. Temperature hovers between 17 and 23 degree Celsius.  

Agartala will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. It recorded the minimum temperature of 26 degree Celsius and will move upto 34 degrees as the maximum. 

Port Blair is expected to have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain. The temperature will vary between 26 and 35 degree Celsius. 

Agati is expected to have a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between 25 and 31 degree Celsius. 

Thiruvananthapuram is likely to have a generally cloudy sky  with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 31 degrees.



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