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PM to interact with beneficiaries & stakeholders of Aatmanirbhar Bharat Swayampurna Goa programme at 11 AM today            HM Amit Shah to arrive in Srinagar today on 3-day visit to J&K            India’s Covid vaccination coverage crosses 101 crore 30 lakh mark            PM Modi to share his thoughts in Mann Ki Baat programme at 11 AM tomorrow            Textile Ministry issues notification for setting up seven PM MITRA Parks           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan; says it will provide multimodal connectivity and next-generation infrastructure for 21 century India.

  • PM Gati Shakti will lead to sustainable development and create employment opportunities. 

  • The International Monetary Fund says India will be the fastest growing economy; Projects 8.5 percent growth rate in next fiscal year.

  • India marches towards 100-crore mark COVID-19 vaccination coverage; More than 96 crore 43 lakh jabs given till date.

  • Domestic flights in India allowed to operate with full capacity from October 18.

  • The eighth day of Navratri Maha Ashtami, is being celebrated across the country with religious fervour and gaiety; President and Prime Minister extend greetings on the occasion.

  • United States reopen its borders with Mexico and Canada.

  • And in IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders to take on Delhi Capitals in second qualifier at Sharjah this evening.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated PM Gati Shakti-National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity and new exhibition complexes of India Trade Promotion Organisation at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi today. He also reviewed the model of the new exhibition complex at Pragati Maidan. In his address, the Prime Minister said the National Master Plan will provide GatiShakti to 21st century India with multimodal connectivity and next-generation infrastructure.

He said PM GatiShakti Master Plan brings the government processes and other stakeholders together and also interlinks transport modes. He added that it is the expanding of holistic governance.

Prime Minister Modi said the India of 21st Century is leaving behind old thinking and is moving forward. He said today's mantra is - Will for progress, Work for progress, Wealth for progress, Plan for progress and  Preference for progress.

The Prime Minister underlined that Master Plan GatiShakti strengthened Atmanirbar Bharat and also lays the foundation of coming 25 years of development programme.

He noted that the subject of infrastructure has not been a priority of most political parties and is not even visible in manifestoes. He said some political parties even take pride in criticizing the creation of necessary infrastructure for the country. He stressed that it is universally accepted that the creation of quality infrastructure leads to sustainable development and gives rise to many economic activities, and employment on a large scale.

Mr Modi said Gatishakti National Master Plan will also provide an analytical and decision making tool to the investors, and all the stakeholders involved in the policy making of the country. This will help the government in effective planning and policy making. He said it is important for India's development that all departments linked to infrastructural growth come together and use each other's collective power. This approach has given unprecedented speed to India in the last few years. The people of the Nation Industries will play a Pivotal role in this mater plan said Prime Minister.

Prime Minister said in the five years before 2014, only 3,000 kilometres of railways were electrified. He stated that in the last 7 years, more than 24 thousand kilometers of railway tracks have been electrified. Only 60 panchayats were connected with optical fiber before 2004 but in the last 7 years, more than 1.5 lakh gram panchayats have been connected with optical fiber. India has also got new infrastructure in the sector of inland waterways and sea-planes. Mr Modi said India just had 5 waterways in 2014 but today, country has 13 functional waterways. He said work is going on at a rapid speed to develop a modern ecosystem in the aviation sector. He said in order to improve air connectivity, new airports were built and air sector was opened up.

Speaking on the occasion, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said India is progressing at a fast pace and PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan is a symbol of Mr Modi's foresight. 

He said that today's event will send a message to Global Partners that how fast India is advancing towards the path of development.

The Minister added that the Gati Shakti plan will help to finish the development projects within given time frame.


International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected that India will continue to be the world's fastest growing major economy, clocking a growth rate of 9.5 per cent in 2021. As per latest IMF projections, Indian economy will grow at 8.5 percent in 2022. The world economy is expected to grow at 5.9 per cent in 2021 and 4.9 per cent in 2022, according to IMF. The United States is projected to grow at six per cent this year and 5.2 per cent the next year. China, on the other hand, is projected to grow at 8 per cent in 2021 and 5.6 per cent in 2022. IMF said, global recovery continues, but the momentum has weakened and uncertainty has increased.  


More than 96 crore 43 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. Health Ministry said, over 50 lakh 63 thousand doses were administered yesterday. Union Health Ministry in a statement said that 15 thousand 823 new cases were reported in the country in the last 24 hours. India's Active caseload stands at two lakh 7 thousand 653 and it is the lowest in 214 days. Active cases account for less than one per cent of total cases and it is currently at 0.61 per cent, the lowest since March last year. Talking to AIR News, Member NITI Aayog, Dr V K Paul said that it will be a big achievement for the country to reach 100 crore vaccination mark.


Maharashtra yesterday inoculated more than seven lakh 78 thousand people in a single day with the COVID-19 preventive vaccine, taking the total figure to over eight crore 93 lakh 34 thousand.

A total of six thousand one hundred and six vaccination sessions were organised across the state yesterday.

In the age group of 18-44 years more than three crore 29 lakh 62 thousand have taken the first dose of vaccine, whereas over 93 lakh 88 thousand have taken the second dose of the vaccine.

The data released by the state health department said, over one crore 50 lakh 89 thousand have been fully inoculated in the age group of 45 years and above.


Civil Aviation Ministry has decided to restore the scheduled domestic air operations from 18th of this month without any capacity restriction. The decision was taken after the review of the current status of scheduled domestic operators and passengers demand for air travel. The Ministry said, the airlines and airport operators shall however ensure that the guidelines to contain the spread of Covid 19 are strictly adhered to and Covid appropriate behavior is strictly enforced by them during the travel.


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, 18th October.

Let's listen to our special programme, 'Azadi ka Safar' highlighting the importance of the day during the freedom struggle.


The eighth day of Navratri Maha Ashtami, is being celebrated across the country with religious fervour and gaiety today.

The festival also celebrated with enthusiasm in  West Bengal. Since morning, people were seen assembling at the Puja Pandals as well as in traditional Durga Pujas organized at home to offer Pushpanjali. Due to the prevailing pandemic situation, lots of puja organizers have arranged virtual offerings. A large section of people took part in anjali, following Covid regulations while some preferred the virtual medium. Belur Math, the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Mission has been webcasting the Puja over social media due to Covid as devotees are not allowed to enter during the days of Durga Puja. On the occasion of Maha Ashtami, Kumari Puja was performed at Belur Math. Some other traditional puja organizers also performed Kumari Puja this morning. Sandhi Puja will also be performed tonight during the juncture of Ashtami and Navami.

Devotees have already been engaged in visiting the Durga puja pandals across Kolkata and the districts, wearing new attire, particularly in view of the prediction of rain by the met department.

The President Ramnath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted everyone on the occasion of Durga Ashtami. The Prime Minister said that may the blessings of Maa Durga always remain upon us and may her blessings further the spirit of happiness and well-being in our society.


In Agaratala, the Puja was observed in all the Puja pandals inviting sizable gatherings of pious people for the Auspicious "Pushpanjali" ritual. It is believed that Maha Ashtami sees the worship of the Chamunda incarnation of Goddess Shakti. It is believed that during Goddess Durga’s epic battle with Mahishasur, the goddess had killed demons Chanda, Munda, and Raktabija on Ashtami.

According to Drik Panchang, Durga Puja on Maha Ashtami begins with Mahasnan and Shodashopachar Puja.

Nine pots are kept as nine forms of the Goddess are worshipped as part of Ashtami puja. Also little girls are worshiped during Kumari Puja that also takes place on this day. One of the most significant aspects of Ashtami is the Sandhi Puja.

Meanwhile, on Ashtami day a special Puja called Kumari Puja  is celebrated at Ramakrishna Mission located at Dhaleswar.


The US has said it will reopen its borders with Mexico and Canada to fully vaccinated travellers from November. In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it will allow travel for non-essential purposes via land and ferry crossings. From January 2022, it will also require proof of vaccination for any travel over these crossings, essential or not. The US has restricted travel from its northern and southern neighbours since March 2020, due to the Covid pandemic.

President Joe Biden's administration recently revealed that restrictions on fully jabbed air travellers would be eased in November.

The current rules bar entry to most non-US citizens who have been to the UK, China, India, South Africa, Iran, Brazil and a number of European countries within the last 14 days. 


In IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier at Sharjah this evening. The match will start at 7:30 PM Indian time.

Delhi Capitals, which was toppers in the league stage, lost to Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1. The winners Qualifier 2 will play the final against Chennai Super Kings on Friday at Dubai. CSK has already qualified for their ninth IPL final. Two-time Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders have played with a renewed vigour in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. After winning just two matches out of the first seven, the Eoin Morgan-led side has come out with more intent to go the extra mile. Kolkata Knight Riders have won six matches in UAE, including the Eliminator against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday ending Virat Kohli’s reign as captain without an IPL title. DC, who topped the league stage with as many as 10 wins for a total of 20 points, are well aware of the task that awaits them. Since Australian great Ricky Ponting took over as their coach, Delhi Capitals have grown from strength to strength as they finished second runners up in the 2019 edition before reaching the summit clash last year.


Finance Ministry today said one person has been arrested by Delhi CGST Officials for fraudulently claiming Input Tax Credit of 134 crore rupees. Officers of Central Goods and Services Tax Commissionerate unearthed a network of fictitious exporters availing and utilizing fake Input Tax Credit of 134 crore rupees under GST with intent to claim IGST refund fraudulently. The network of fictitious exporters was being operated by one person.


Senior BJP leader and Union Information and broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur today reached Lucknow on an one day visit to the state. Mr Thakur is attending a meeting of party organisation in Lucknow. He is one of the co- incharges of Bhartiya Janata party for the forthcoming assembly elections in the state.


Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has said that Prasar Bharati’s digital platforms from southern region of India have come a long way in just over a couple of years. DD Chandana (Karnataka) has achieved 1 Million subscriber milestone on YouTube. DD Saptagiri (Andhra Pradesh) and DD Yadagiri (Telangana) are swiftly marching towards Half a Million landmark. With more than 1 Lakh YouTube subscribers each, Tamil and Malayalam News units and Kendras of Doordarshan are in healthy competition with each other and with local language media industry. The ministry said that the most watched videos on these YouTube channels range from Comedy and Telefilms to Celebrity Interviews and Educational content.


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

The National Capital Delhi is likely to have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperatutre was 21 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be 36 degrees. 

Mumbai will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. It recorded a minimum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be 33 degrees.

Chennai is expected to experience thunderstorm with rain. The lower limit of temperature was 26 degrees Celsius while upper limit is expected to be nearly 36 degrees.     

Kolkata will generally have partly cloudy sky. The city noted a minimum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees.

Srinagar will have partly cloudy sky. Temperature will hover between 8 and 22 degrees Celsius. 

Jammu will also have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was 19 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 35 degrees.     

Leh will have mainly cloudy sky and the temperature will vary between 0.0 and 15 degrees Celsius.    

Gilgit will have generally cloudy sky with temperature hovering between 11  and 24 degrees Celsius. 

Muzaffarabad will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was 15 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 32 degrees. 

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

In Hyderabad, the temperatutre will hover between 22 and 33]2 degrees Celsius with partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

Bengaluru will generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. Temperature will fluctuate between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius.

Thiruvananthapuram will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers.  The minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees. 

Generally cloudy sky with moderate rain

In Puducherry, there will be generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The temperature will vary between 23 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Guwahati will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. The minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 36 degrees.

Partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning

Imphal will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. The city registered a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 32 degrees. 

Shillong will generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 17 and 27 degrees Celsius. 

Aizawl will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 19 degrees Celsius while the maximum to be around 30 degrees. 

Kohima will partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. The temperature will vary between 18 and 27 degrees Celsius.

Itanagar is likely have partly cloudy sky  and temperature will hover between 22 and 37 degrees Celsius.

Gangtok will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature was 17 degrees Celsius and maximum will be 24 degrees.     

Agartala may experience generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 27 and 35 degrees Celsius. 

In Patna, temperature will vary between 24 and 34 degrees Celsius with partly clear sky. 

In Lucknow, the sky will be clear.  The minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius while maximmum to be 35 degrees. 

Bhopal will have mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between 21 and 34 degrees Celsius.     

In Jaipur, temperature will vary between 23 and 37 degrees Celsius. Sky will be clear. 



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