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PM calls 100 cr Covid vaccinations a reflection of country's strength; describes, entire vaccination program as Science-Born, Science-Driven & Science-Based            Economy getting boost from rising vaccinations: PM Modi            India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crosses 101.2 cr mark            Centre issues notification for setting up of seven mega integrated textile region & apparel parks            Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal calls for free trade within rules-based multilateral trading system           

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  • Centre announces major reforms in Telecom, Automobile and Drone sectors; Prime Minister Narendra Modi describes them a watershed moment.

  • Prime Minister to inaugurate Defence Offices Complexes in New Delhi this morning.

  • A two-day meeting of GST council to begin today in Lucknow.

  • Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel to expand his cabinet this afternoon.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind to be on a four-day visit to Himachal Pradesh beginning today.

  • Air India receives financial bids for its disinvestment.

  • India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crosses 76 crore mark.

  • Punjab put on high alert following arrest of four ISI-backed terrorists.

  • US, UK and Australia announce formation of AUKUS, a new trilateral defence and security partnership for Indo-Pacific.

  • And, French forces kill head of Islamic State in Greater Sahara.


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The Centre has announced major reforms in Telecom, Automobile and Drone sectors. The Cabinet yesterday approved a number of structural and process reforms in the Telecom sector. These are expected to protect and generate employment opportunities, promote healthy competition, protect interests of consumers, infuse liquidity, encourage investment and reduce regulatory burden on Telecom Service Providers. The reform measures will further boost the proliferation and penetration of broadband and telecom connectivity. Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Electronics and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, the package is also expected to boost 4G proliferation, infuse liquidity and create an enabling environment for investment in 5G networks. He said, nine structural reforms and five procedural reforms plus relief measures have been taken for the Telecom Service Providers. Mr Vaishnaw said, 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) under automatic route has been permitted in Telecom Sector to encourage investment. He said, the tenure of the spectrum auctions has been increased from 20 to 30 years.

The Cabinet also approved Production-linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Automobile and Drone Industries with a budgetary outlay of 26 thousand 58 crore rupees. Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting in New Delhi yesterday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said, the initiative will herald a new age in higher technology and more efficient and green automotive manufacturing.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the reforms approved by the Union Cabinet in Telecom Sector are a win-win for the sector and consumers. In a series of tweets, Mr Modi said, it is a watershed moment for the telecom sector, which plays a critical role in connecting and empowering the nation. He said, they also ensure sectoral growth and job opportunities.

The Prime Minister said, PLI Scheme for the Auto Industry and Drone Industry will give an impetus to manufacturing and bring the sector at par with global trends as well as best practices.


The Prime Minister will inaugurate the Defence Offices Complexes at Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Africa Avenue in New Delhi today. He will also visit the Defence Office Complex at Africa Avenue and interact with the Army, Navy, Air Force and Civilians officers.

The new Defence Offices Complexes will accommodate around 7,000 officials of Defence Ministry and Armed Forces, including Army, Navy and Air Force. The buildings will provide modern, secure and functional working spaces. An Integrated Command and Control Centre has been established for managing building operations.

The new Defence Office Complexes are state-of-the-art and energy efficient, with comprehensive security management measures. One of the defining features of these buildings is the use of new and sustainable construction technology called Light gauge steel frame, which reduced construction time from 30 to 24 months.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has invited US companies to invest in India and contribute in realising the dream of Make in India, Make for the World envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Addressing the 18th India-US Economic Summit organised by Indo-American Chamber of Commerce through video conferencing yesterday, Mr Singh said, India is now home to stable and secure government which focuses on economic growth through series of reforms. He added that robust domestic demand and availability of talented young work force and innovation make India a major investment destination. The Minister called upon the industry leaders to focus on transfer of technology through joint ventures to realise the country’s true potential in defence sector.


The 8th edition of Indian Army Chief’s Conclave, a gathering of serving and former Chiefs of Army Staff of the Indian Army, will be organised at New Delhi from today. The highlight of the three-day event will be the invite extended to former Chiefs of the Nepali Army, who were also Honorary Chiefs of the Indian Army. The Defence Ministry said, the Conclave is a forum for exchange of ideas between the old guard and the current leadership of the Indian Army. It will involve discussions on the rapid transformation of the Indian Army, self-reliance through Atmanirbhar and Make in India initiatives in defence manufacturing and skilling of the Indian soldier to fight modern wars. The former Army Chiefs will pay homage to the fallen bravehearts during a wreath-laying ceremony at the National War Memorial today.


Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will today review the progress of Delhi-Mumbai Expressway covering the States of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. The expressway being developed at a cost of 98 thousand crore rupees will be the longest expressway in India. It will enhance connectivity between the National Capital, Delhi and the Financial Capital, Mumbai. The new expressway is expected to halve the commute time between Delhi and Mumbai from nearly 24 hours to 12 hours and shorten the distance by 130 kilometres.


Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat will today chair the Conference of Public Health Engineering Department Ministers of eight North-Eastern States on Jal Jeevan Mission. The one day conference will be held at Assam Administrative Staff College in Guwahati. The conference is organized to discuss planning, implementation and progress made so far as well as the way forward so that all remaining households in North-Eastern States get tap water connections at the earliest.


A two-day meeting of Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council will begin today in Lucknow. The meeting will be the maiden physical meet of the GST council following the outbreak of the COVID pandemic. Talking to AIR news, Union Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Choudhary said, the Finance Ministers from all states will attend the meeting. The meeting will also be attended by senior officials of the Centre and state governments.


Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will expand his cabinet today. The swearing-in ceremony will take place at 1.30 pm in Gandhinagar today.

"Suspense over the new council of ministers will end today after the swearing-in ceremony of the new council of ministers. Swearing-in ceremony will be held at 1.30 pm in Rajbhavan. Sources said that the new council of ministers may have many surprises. Some senior ministers of Vijay Rupani Government may be dropped, while young and women members may get berths in the Bhupendra Patel government. Party is trying hard to make balance in finalizing the list of the new council of ministers. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


In Odisha, about 24 lakh people in 24 districts have been affected by the recent incessant rains triggered by the depression over the Bay of Bengal. While six persons have died due to rain related mishaps, more than 7500 houses have also been damaged.

"After battering the state for over 48 hours, the depression has moved away but not before causing a heavy dent on the life and property of the people of the state. According to preliminary report at least six persons lost their lives-5 in wall collapse and one in drowning- while two are still missing. The torrential rains caused massive inundation of agricultural land to the tune of about 1.3 lakh hectares besides forcing about 5000 villages get waterlogged. The state government has asked for detailed report on rain-induced damage from the concerned district collectors in about a week's time. Girish Chandra Dash AIR News Bhubaneswar."


President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a four-day visit to Himachal Pradesh beginning today. In view of the President's visit, security has been tightened in the state capital Shimla and its surrounding areas. Tomorrow, the President will address the special session of the Legislative Assembly which is being organized to commemorate the golden jubilee of statehood celebrations.

"President Ram Nath Kovind is arriving on a four-day visit to Shimla today afternoon. In view of the president's visit, massive security arrangements have been made in Shimla city and its surrounding areas. The President will address the one day special session tomorrow at the state assembly to commemorate 50 years' of growth and progress of Himachal Pradesh statehood. President Ram Nath Kovind will be the third President after APJ Abdul Kalam and Pranab Mukherjee to address the state legislative assembly. The event will be attended by the all sitting and former members of the House, including some political stalwarts besides other dignitaries. An all-party meeting was also held yesterday to review the arrangements for the proposed visit of the President. Speaker of the Assembly Vipin Parmar has said that over 73 former MPs and MLAs have given their consent to be part of this mega event. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News Shimla.


The Finance Ministry has said that Air India received financial bids for its disinvestment process. In a tweet, Secretary, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management Tuhin Kanta Pandey said, financial bids for Air India disinvestment received by Transaction Adviser. He said, the process now moves to concluding stage.


Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that benefits of Central Government schemes for Agriculture sector should reach all farmers. Addressing the conference of Lieutenant Governors and Administrators of all Union Territories in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Tomar said, the government has been running a campaign for saturation of Kisan Credit Card (KCC) to farmers since February last year to cover all left-over farmers with special focus on PM Kisan beneficiaries. Emphasizing on the KCC drive, he said the Kisan Credit Card cover has been provided to farmers even under the shadow of COVID. Mr Tomar said that loan target of 16 lakh crore rupees has been set for the current year and around 14 lakh crore rupees has already been given to the farmers through Kisan Credit Card.


NITI Aayog will launch a report on ‘Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India’ today. The report will be released by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar and Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, in the presence of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.

The report comprises a set of recommendations on various aspects of urban planning such as interventions for planning healthy cities, optimum utilization of urban land, ramping up human-resource capacities, strengthening urban governance, building local leadership, enhancing the role of private sector and advancing the urban planning education system.


India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 76 crore mark. The Union Health Ministry said, more than 57 crore vaccine doses were administered as first dose while over 18 crore were given as second doses. The Ministry said, more than 57 lakh Vaccine doses were administered till 7 pm yesterday.


In the National Capital, 57 fresh cases of Corona virus infection were reported yesterday. The Delhi Government said, 53 people recovered from the infection in the same period and no death was reported in the city. More than one lakh 64 thousand beneficiaries were inoculated with doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the last 24 hours in Delhi.


Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered high alert in the state following the arrest of four more members of Pakistan's ISI-backed terrorist module, involved in a bid to blow up an oil tanker with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) tiffin bomb last month. This is the fourth case of a Pakistani terror module being busted in the state in the past 40 days. Taking a serious note of the increased attempts by terror groups to disturb the state’s peace, the Chief Minister has directed the police to be on high alert, particularly in view of schools and educational institutions reopening, as well as the festival season and the Assembly polls ahead.

The Chief Minister has asked Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta to ensure high level of security arrangements to be put in place, especially in busy places, such as markets as well as at sensitive installations across the state.

Giving details of the arrests, DGP Gupta said, those arrested on Tuesday were identified as Rubal Singh, Vicky Bhutti, Malkeet Singh and Gurpreet Singh, alias Gopi.

The DGP said, among those arrested are Pakistan-based ISYF Chief, Lakhbir Singh and Qasim, a resident of Pakistan, and Lakhbir Singh Rode alias Baba, a native of Rode village in Moga district, who is currently based in Pakistan and are behind the terror module. He said, two Pakistan-based terrorists, including a Pakistani Intelligence Officer, have also been identified and nominated in the case in which one person was arrested earlier.


In Afghanistan, a major row broke out between leaders of the Taliban just days after they set up a new government. As per the media reports, supporters of two rival factions brawled at the Presidential palace in the capital Kabul. The argument appeared to centre on who did the most to secure victory over the US, and how power was divided up in the new cabinet. The Taliban have officially denied the reports. The group seized control of Afghanistan last month, and have since declared the country an "Islamic Emirate".

The dispute came to light after a Taliban co-founder, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, disappeared from view for several days. One Taliban source told BBC Pashto that Baradar and Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani - the minister for refugees and a prominent figure within the militant Haqqani network - had exchanged strong words, as their followers brawled with each other nearby.


US, UK and Australia have announced the formation of AUKUS - a new trilateral security partnership for Indo-Pacific region. It was announced in a joint address by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison and US President Joe Biden with a vision for a safer and more secure Indo-Pacific.

The first project of AUKUS will be to help Australia acquire a nuclear-powered conventionally-armed submarine fleet. The three heads of state reaffirmed their intention to continue to work with their allies and groupings in tandem with AUKUS, with the Quad being mentioned by Morrison and Biden.

The Quad leaders - Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and US President Joe Biden will meet at the White House on the 25th of this month. Both Quad and now AUKUS are more than likely to be seen as counterweights to China's growing muscle-flexing in the Indo-Pacific region.


French President Emmanuel Macron has said that French military forces have killed the head of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi. He said it’s another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel. The French president, however, did not disclose the location of the operation. Sahrawi was the head of Islamic State in the Sahel region of West Africa and his group targeted US soldiers in a deadly attack in Niger in 2017.


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. Let's listen now our special programme "Azadi ka safar"


As part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, AIR news is airing stories of courage, valour and determination of unsung heroes of Indian freedom movement in our series, Veergatha at 4.45 pm in Parikrama program. In today's episode of Veergatha, we will bring you the inspirational story of one of the most prominent women revolutionaries Durgavati Devi popularly known as 'Durga Bhabhi' who helping Bhagat Singh in armed revolution against British government.


Take a look at the weather forecast for today. 

The National Capital Delhi will have a generally  cloudy sky with light to moderate rain. The city recorded 25 degree Celsius as the minimum temperature, while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Mumbai will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain.

Kolkata and Chennai will also have a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Jammu, the maximum temperature will be around 34 degrees, while it recorded 23 degree Celsius as minimum.

Srinagar, Leh, Gilgity and Muzaffarabad are likely may witness a mainly clear sky.

Most of the north-eastern cities including Guwahati, Imphal, Shillong, Aizawl, Kohima, Itanagar and Gangtok may have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

Agartala recorded the minimum temperature of 26 degree Celsius and will move upto 33 degrees as the maximum.

In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was 23 degree Celsius while the maximum may go up to 32 degree Celsius.

Bengaluru is also expected to have generally cloudy sky with light rain.

Thiruvananthapuram is likely to have a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain.

And, in Port Blair, the temperature will vary between 24 and 29 degree Celsius. 



  • Government responds to telco SOS, headlines Business Standard.  "4-year loan moratorium, 100% FDI" writes The Tribune.

  • Auto sector gets Rs. 26,058 crore Production Linked Incentive to push new technology, clean fuels, reports The Hindu Businessline.

  • WHO reports a big drop in Covid cases across the world, reports The Asian Age.

  • NCRB data reveal that cyber crime shot up during Covid pandemic, reports Hindustan Times. Crime against women was down, but there was record rise in cases overall due to Covid, writes The Times of India.

  • India assails 'failed state' Pakistan, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation for Kashmir rant at UNHRC, headlines The Pioneer.

  • And finally, ban on firecrackers in Delhi remains in place this Diwali, says Kejriwal, reports Hindustan Times.


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