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News Highlights
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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Morning News

0830 HRS
24.09.2021

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets US Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington DC; Two leaders call for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

  • Prime Minister also holds bilateral meetings with his Japanese and Australian counterparts.

  • PM Modi to hold bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden and attend Quad Summit at White House today.

  • Indian Army to procure 118 Main Battle Tanks Arjun Mk-1A worth 7,523 crore rupees.

  • Government allows door-to-door Covid vaccination for differently-abled persons; India's vaccination coverage crosses 84 crore mark.

  • First Himalayan Film Festival begins today at Leh in Ladakh.

  • And, in IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi.

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As the nationwide free COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign at Government facilities for those above 18 years is underway, we advise our young listeners to get vaccinated and also help others get vaccinated. We also advise our listeners not to lower their guard as COVID-19 remains a threat to our health. 


Please stay at home unless it is essential to go out and continue to follow these three simple steps --

  • Wear a face mask.

  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.

  • Focus on hand and face hygiene.


For any COVID related information and guidance contact National helpline numbers -- 011-23978046 and 1075.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US Vice President Kamala Harris met in Washington DC last night. The two leaders expressed happiness at their first in-person meeting. Mr. Modi and Kamala Harris discussed the COVID-19 situation and the ongoing efforts to contain the pandemic. The Prime Minister lauded the US support at that time.


US Vice President Kamala Harris appreciated India’s vaccination drive and how it has now moved to export the vaccines for humanity.


Regional and global issues including developments in Afghanistan and the quest for an open, free and inclusive Indo-Pacific region figured prominently in the talks. Both leaders agreed that India-US and QUAD need to strengthen the supply chains and partner in the new technologies.


Both sides acknowledged the importance of collaborative action on climate change. The Prime Minister spoke about India's push for increasing renewable energy and the recently launched National Hydrogen Mission.


They also discussed areas of future collaboration, including space cooperation, Information Technology, especially emerging and critical technologies, as well as the cooperation in healthcare sector.


Highlighting the role of vibrant people-to-people contact, both leaders emphasised upon the flow of knowledge, innovation and talent between the two countries.


Mr Modi expressed confidence that India-USA ties will grow further under the leadership of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.  


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the sidelines of the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC. This  was the first in-person meeting between the two leaders in the post-pandemic period.


During the meeting, the Prime Ministers discussed a broad range of issues of bilateral, regional and global importance. They noted with satisfaction the regular high-level engagements between the two countries, including the recently held first India-Australia Foreign and Defence Ministers’ 22 Dialogue. They reviewed the progress achieved since the Leaders’ Virtual Summit. Both the leaders resolved to continue close cooperation for mutual well-being and towards advancing their shared objective of an open, free, prosperous and rules-based Indo-Pacific region.


They expressed satisfaction at the ongoing negotiations on a bilateral Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA). They noted the commitment of both sides to achieve an early harvest announcement on an interim agreement by December this year.


The Prime Ministers underlined the need for the international community to address the issue of Climate Change on an urgent basis. Both leaders also discussed possibilities of providing clean technologies.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga had a fruitful meeting in Washington DC. The two leaders held discussions on several issues including ways to give further impetus to trade and cultural ties. They discussed a range of issues including Indo-Pacific, regional developments, supply chain resilience, trade, digital economy and people to people ties.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the top global chief executive officers (CEOs) and business leaders in Washington DC. Mr. Modi met with CEOs of First Solar, General Atomics, Adobe, Blackstone and Qualcomm. 


World’s leading investment company Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman said, India has been its best market for investment in the world. After meeting Prime Minister Modi, Mr Schwarzman gave details of Blackstone’s investment in India and their plans to further ramp it up.


General Atomic CEO Vivek Lall lauded India’s policies and reforms in the field of drones. After meeting Prime Minister, Mr Lall said India’s Space reforms are appreciated by one and all.


Prime Minister Modi and Mark Widmar, CEO of First Solar, agreed on enhancement of the manufacturing of Solar equipment in India. Mr Modi spoke about One World, One Sun and One Grid initiative and its potential. Mr Widmar expressed happiness over the Indian policies for climate change and related industries. Praising India, Mr Widnar said, all countries should emulate what India has done in climate change.


Prime Minister Modi also had a good meeting with Chief Executive Officer of Qualcomm Cristiano Amon. Qualcomm has a huge presence in India, including R&D. Mr Amon has expressed enthusiasm to work with India on ambitious digital transformation programmes including in 5G, PM WANI and others.


The Prime Minister also had a productive meeting with Chief Executive Officer of Adobe Shantanu Narayan. Mr Narayan appreciated the efforts of India in fighting COVID and particularly in the rapid vaccination. He expressed interest to contribute in India’s 75th Anniversary of Independence. He also expressed desire to bring video, animation to every child in India.


Prime Minister Modi and Adobe CEO both emphasised on creating a few centres of excellence in Artificial Intelligence in India. Mr Narayan also said, investment in India is the company’s secret weapon.


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Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla briefed media persons in Washington DC this morning about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meetings with several government and corporate leaders. Talking about Mr Modi’s meeting with the US Vice President Kamala Harris, Mr Shringla said, the two leaders appreciated the bilateral relationship between the US and India. The Foreign Secretary said, the US Vice President suo motu referred to Pakistan's role with regards to terrorism and assured that the countries should make sure that terror groups don't impact the US and the Indian security.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden and attend the Quad Summit at the White House today. This is going to be the first in-person meeting between the two leaders after Mr Biden took over as the US President on the 20th of January. Mr Biden will also host the first-ever in-person Quad Leaders' Summit, which will be attended by Prime Minister Modi, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.


Prime Minister Modi will conclude his US visit tomorrow with an address at the United Nations General Assembly focusing on the pressing global challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to combat terrorism, climate change and other important issues.


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The Ministry of Defence has placed an order with Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi in Chennai for supply of 118 Main Battle Tanks, Arjun Mk-1A for the Indian Army. The order worth seven thousand five hundred 23 crore rupees will further provide a boost to the Make in India initiative in defence sector and is a big step towards achieving Aatmanirbhar Bharat envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The state-of-the-art Main Battle Tank Mk-1A is a new variant of Arjun Tank designed to enhance fire power, mobility and survivability.


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The Government has said that differently-abled people and senior citizens will be administered COVID vaccine shots at home if they are unable to go to the vaccine centres. Briefing media yesterday, VK Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog said the Government has made a provision under which people with restricted mobility will be administered vaccine shots at home under the supervision of trained vaccinators.


Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written letters to the States and UTs to make special arrangements for this.


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In a landmark achievement, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 84 crore milestone. Till now, more than 84 crore eight lakh 21 thousand doses have been administered. The Health Ministry said, more than 65 lakh vaccine doses were administered yesterday.


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Union Minister Piyush Goyal will arrive in Shimla today on a three-day visit to Himachal Pradesh. He will participate in various programmes under the Seva Aur Samarpan Abhiyan, in Shimla today.  During his visit, Piyush Goyal will participate in programmes including plantation, cleanliness drive, blood donation camp, Vanijya Saptah and Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana programme among others.


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India and Australia held the first Joint Working Group meeting on Coal and Mines through Video conferencing yesterday. It is a precursor to the upcoming India-Australia Energy Dialogue scheduled to be held next month. The meeting was co-chaired by Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Coal Vinod Kumar Tiwari  from the Indian side and Head of Resources Division Paul Trotman from the Australian side.


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The Monsoon Session of Telangana Legislature will begin today. The State government is planning to introduce over half a dozen Bills during the session. The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Assembly will finalise the duration and agenda for the session tomorrow.


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In Bihar, voting is underway for the first phase of Panchayat elections amidst tight security. Polling, which began at 7 am, will end at 5 pm. Polling is being held in 170 Panchayats spread over 10 districts including Gaya, Aurangabad and Munger today.


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Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur will inaugurate the first ever Himalayan Film Festival, in Leh today. The five-Day Film festival at Leh's Sindhu Sanskriti Kendra will screen movies from twelve Himalayan States and Union Territories.


"As part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the first Himalayan Film Festival is being organised by Union Territory of Ladakh. The festival is to showcase the film making talent from all the Himalayan states and UTs. Festival begin with screening of Shersha while The Shepherdess of Glacier will be screened on the closing ceremony on 28th September. Popular films from Himalayan states besides selected Indian Panorama films will be screened Short film competitions and documentaries for spotting talented filmmakers and to encourage fresh talents also a part of the festival. Ramesh Chandra, AIR NEWS, Leh".


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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.


Now let's listen to our special programme "Azadi ka safar"


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In the Programme SPOTLIGHT, News Services Division of All India Radio is broadcasting a Special Series " Seva aur Samarpan- Bees Saal Sushashan ke". Today the theme is "Aspirational Districts". It showcases Prime Minister Narendra Modi's resolve and dedication towards achieving Sabka Vikas through the Aspirational Districts Programme.


This special programme can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.15 p. m. onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL.


Raising awareness about Corona virus in CORONA Jagrukta Series @9.30-10 pm, today we have Dr. Balbir Singh from Max Hospital to answer the queries of listeners.


So, keep listening to All India Radio News for the latest developments.


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Odisha will host the junior men's World Cup Hockey in November 2021. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced this in capital Bhubaneswar last evening. He also unveiled the logo and trophy for the tournament. As many as 16 countries will take part in the event. It will be held in the Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneswar from the 24th of November to the 5th of December 2021. Earlier, Odisha had hosted the 2018 men's hockey world cup.


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In IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders beat Mumbai Indians by  seven wickets at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi last night.

Today, in Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah at 7:30 pm.


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Take a look at the weather forecast for today.


The National Capital Delhi will have a generally cloudy sky. Light rain is also predicted. The temperature will vary between 24 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Mumbai to have a generally cloudy sky with Heavy rain. It recorded a minimum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 30.

Chennai is expected to have a generally cloudy sky with Light rain. The temperature will move from a minimum of 26 to a maximum of  33 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city recorded a minimum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 34 degrees.

Srinagar will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will hover between 12 and 29 degrees Celsius.

Jammu will have mainly clear sky, the minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius while the maximum to nearly 34 degrees.

Leh is expected to have Partly cloudy sky. It registered a minimum  temperature of seven degree Celsius. The maximum is likely to be 24 degrees.

Gilgit will have generally cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 13 and 31 degrees Celsius.

Muzaffarabad will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night the minimum temperature was 18 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 36 degrees.

Visakhapatnam will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city noted a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. The upper limit of temperature is expected to be around 33 degrees. 

Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature in Bengaluru will hover between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius.

In Thiruvananthapuram, the minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum to be around 32 degrees.

Puducherry  may have thunderstorm with rain. The temperature will vary between 25 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Guwahati, Imphal, Shillong, Aizwal, Kohima, Itanagar and Agartala  will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. In Guwahati, the minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees. 

Imphal will observe a minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 28 degrees.

In Shillong, Temperature will hover between 16 and 25 degrees Celsius.

Aizawl will have temperature between  18 degrees Celsius and 27 degrees.

In Kohima, the temperature will fluctuate between 16 and 25 degrees Celsius.

In Itanagar, temperature will hover between 20 and 35 degrees Celsius. 

Gangtok will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 16 and 22 degrees Celsius.

The temperature in Agartala will move from a minimum of 26 degree Celsius to a maximum of 33 degrees Celsius.


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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE:

  • All the dailies have mentioned the Prime Minister's visit to Washington for the first in-person QUAD meet."Modi meets top US CEOs as India eyes cutting-edge investments in key sectors" writes The Tribune.

  • The Pioneer on its front page headline says "Unique digital health ID soon to have your medical records. Modi to launch PM Digital Health Mission on September 27th."

  • Quoting the Supreme court's  appreciation on the Centre's decision to pay compensation to families of people who died due to Covid-19, Hindustan Times writes "India did what no country could."

  • A top front page headline in The Economic Times reads "Auto, gadgets to pinch pockets more "as electronics may see price hike of up to 8 percent."

  • The Statesman reports "Defence ministry places order for 118 Arjun Tanks for the Indian army."

  • And Finally, The Times of India writes " To facilitate jabs ,'At home' vax for disabled, people with special needs gets government nod."

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