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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 launches PM Gati Shakti, the National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity; also launches New Exhibition Complex at Pragati Maidan New Delhi.

  • Prime Minister says, National Master Plan will provide GatiShakti to 21st century India with multimodal connectivity and next-generation infrastructure.

  • Confederation of Indian Industry lauds launch of Gati Shakti Master Plan; calls it a well-timed and revolutionary initiative.

  • India strongly rejects China's objection to the Vice President's visit to Arunachal Pradesh; Asserts, the state is an integral and inalienable part of India.

  • External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar meets his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan at Yerevan; Both countries decide to enhance cooperation in trade, education and cultural exchanges.

  • India marches towards 100 crore mark in COVID-19 vaccination; Recovery rate reaches 98.06 per cent.

  • In Football, India to take on hosts Maldives in final round-robin fixture in a must-win match at SAFF Championship tonight.

  • In IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders win the toss and put Delhi Capitals into bat in the second qualifier at Sharjah.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the PM Gati Shakti-National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity and the new exhibition complexes of the India Trade Promotion Organisation at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi today. He also reviewed a 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.

पीएम गति शक्ति अब ये सुनिश्चित करेगी कि 21वीं सदी का भारत इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर प्रोजेक्ट में, कॉरडिनेशन में कमी की वजह से पैसे का नुकसान उठाए और ना ही समय गंवाए। पीएम गति शक्ति नेशनल मास्टर प्लान के तहत रोड से लेकर रेलवे तक, एवियेशन से लेकर के एग्रीलक्चर तक विभिन्न मंत्रालयों को विभागों को इससे जोड़ा जा रहा है। हर बड़े प्रोजेक्ट को, हर डिपार्टमेंट को, सही जानकारी, सटीक जानकारी, समय पर मिले इसके लिए टेक्नालॉजी प्लेटफॉर्म भी तैयार किया गया है।

The Prime Minister said, the India of the 21st Century is leaving behind old thinking and is moving forward.

प्रगति भी तभी मानी जाएगी जब उसमें गति हो। गति के लिए एक अधीरता हो, गति के लिए एक सामूहिक प्रयास हो। आज का मंत्र है- विल फॉर प्रोग्रेस, वर्क फॉर प्रोग्रेस, वेल्थ फॉर प्रोग्रेस, प्लान फॉर प्रोगेस, प्रिफ्रेंस फॉर प्रोग्रेस। हमने सिर्फ परियोजनाओं को तय समय सीमा में पूरा करने का वर्क कल्चर विकसित किया बल्कि आज समय से पहले प्रोजेक्ट पूरे करने का प्रयास हो रहा है।

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

Mr Modi said the Gatishakti National Master Plan will also provide an analytical and decision making tool for investors, and all stakeholders involved in 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.

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


The Confederation of Indian Industry - CII has lauded the launch of the Gati Shakti Master Plan saying that the proposed geo-spatial digital platform is a well-timed and revolutionary initiative. Director General, CII, Chandrajit Banerjee said in a statement that the initiative would spur manufacturing competitiveness by facilitating ease of doing business through improved connectivity. He said, it is a giant step towards unlocking India’s growth potential and creating jobs.

लैंड मार्क इवें था पीएम गतिशक्ति जो लॉन् आज हमारे ऑनरलेबल प्राइम मिनिस्टर ने किया है तो एक सिग्निफिसेंट चेंज आते है हमारे वर्क क्लचर में। 16 मंत्रालय जो एक साथ काम करेंगे और एक डिजिटल टेक्नोलॉजी का यूजेज है सबकोडिनेशन के लिए एक बहुत ही सिग्निफिसेंट लैंड मार्क इवेंट हम कह सकते हैं।

CII President T.V. Narendran said, the platform will be a gamechanger and harness the potential of Indian industry in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of scale and speed.


The 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 the latest IMF projections, Indian economy will grow at 8.5 per cent in 2022. The world economy is expected to grow at 5.9 per cent in 2021 and 4.9 per cent in 2022. The US is projected to grow at six per cent this year and 5.2 per cent next year. China, on the other hand, is projected to grow at 8 per cent in 2021 and 5.6 per cent in 2022. 


India today strongly rejected China's objection to a recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and asserted that the state is an integral and inalienable part of India. In response to a media query about the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s comments on the recent visit of the Vice President of India to Arunachal Pradesh, MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, Indian leaders routinely travel to the state of Arunachal Pradesh as they do to any other state of India. He said, objecting to the visit of Indian leaders to an Indian state does not stand to reason.

Mr Bagchi said, further, the current situation along the Line of Actual Control LAC in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas has been caused by unilateral attempts of the Chinese side to alter the status quo in violation of bilateral agreements. The Spokesperson said, therefore, India expects the Chinese side to work towards an early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh while fully abiding by the bilateral agreements and protocols rather than trying to link unrelated issues.


External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar arrived in Yerevan, Armenia on the third and last leg of his visit to central Asia today. He had a warm and productive meeting with the Foreign Minister of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan. They discussed a roadmap to take bilateral cooperation forward. Both agreed on enhancing trade, education and cultural exchanges.

The Ministers recognised the shared interests in strengthening connectivity, including the International North South Transport corridor. They briefed each other on their respective regional developments. Dr. Jaishankar said, India supports the OSCE Minsk process. He assured close cooperation in international organisations and multilateral forums.

Dr Jaishankar met the President of the National Assembly of Armenia Alen Simonyan. They discussed the importance of nurturing the bonds between the two Parliamentary democracies.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will deliver the inaugural address at a Webinar on the Role of Women in the Armed Forces being organized by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) tomorrow. The international webinar in video conference mode is hosted by the Defence Ministry.

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat will deliver the welcome address. Representatives of the SCO member countries will share their experiences which will enrich and inform policy makers and practitioners alike.


In the Union Territory  of Jammu and Kashmir, a top Commander of the Jaish-e-Mohamad (JeM) terror outfit was killed in an encounter with security forces at Tilwani Mohalla in Waggad area of Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama district this afternoon.

The operation was underway when reports last came in. Details are awaited.


India is marching towards touching the mark of 100 crore COVID-19 vaccination coverage. More than 96 crore 43 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. The Union Health Ministry said, over 50 lakh 63 thousand doses were administered yesterday. Fifteen thousand 823 new cases were reported in the country in the last 24 hours.

A total of 22 thousand 844 people recovered from the infection in the same period. The recovery rate is currently at 98.06 per cent which is the highest since March last year.

The weekly positivity rate currently stands at 1.46 per cent which is less than three per cent for the last 110 days.


Talking to AIR news the Brand Ambassador of  covid vaccination program in Uttar Pradesh, Dr Suryakant who is also  the head of the pulmonary department of KGMU Lucknow said that this will be a big achievement for a country like India.

भारत की गणना एक डेवेलपिंग कंट्री में की जाती है और डेवेलपिंग कंट्री होने के नाते हमने कोविड का मैनेजमेंट जिस तरह से किया है, हमने एक नही दो-दो कोविड की वैक्सीन जिस तरह से बहुत ही कम समय में डेवेल् की हैं और जिस तरह से हमने कोविड का प्रोडक्शन वैक्सीन का करने के दूसरी देशों को मुफ्त टीका भी उपलब् कराया है। यानी हमारा जेशच्यर भी बहुत अच्छा है और उसके साथ-साथ अब हम 16 जनवरी 2021 को जो टीकाकरण शुरू किया था वो लगभग हम सौ करोड़ के करीब पहुंचने वाले हैं और ये मुझे ऐसा लगता है कि ये पहला देश दुनिया का बन गया है जो इस करोड़ो के टीकाकरण का शतक पार करने वाला है और ये बहुत बड़ी उपलब्ि है।


In our bilingual live phone-in programme 'Corona Jagrukta series', Member (Health), NITI AAYOG and Chairman of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID Dr. V. K. Paul and Chairman of the National Technical Advisory Group on immunisation Dr. N. K. Arora will be with us tonight to answer  queries related to Corona virus. The Programme can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 09.30 P.M. onwards.

Listeners can ask the experts questions on Toll Free No: 1800-115767 and on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444. You can also post your queries on our Twitter handle @airnews alerts by #tag Askair.

The programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT GOV.IN and on our YouTube Channel NEWS ON A I R OFFICIAL.


Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi has expressed happiness over the increase in supply of coal to thermal power plants from all sources. In a tweet, Mr Joshi said, cumulative coal supplies including those from Coal India Limited have recorded more than two million tonnes yesterday. He also stated that coal dispatch to power plants will be further increased to ensure sufficient stock with power plants.


The Maharashtra Government has announced financial assistance to the tune of ten thousand crore rupees for farmers affected by heavy rain. During a State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the government decided to provide compensation of ten thousand rupees per hectare for the  loss of agricultural crops.

Financial aid of fifteen thousand rupess per hectare will be given for horticulture crops and twenty five thousand rupees per hectare for the destruction of perennial crops due to flood. The government has, however, limited the compensation to just two hectares of land.

According to government estimates, crops on 55 lakh hectares of land were destroyed due to heavy rainfall between June and October this year.


Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has been admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi this evening. He had complained of weakness following fever. Dr Singh's condition is stable.


Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur today appealed to  people to wear fabrics made of Khadi on festivals and other special occasions. He was talking to the media after purchasing Khadi fabric in Lucknow  for himself which was showcased under the One District, One Product Scheme of  the Uttar Pradesh Government. Mr. Thakur said that Khadi not only connects us with our roots, but also helps the poor earn something so happyness and prosperity comes into lives of both, with the purchase of Khadi fabric.

अगर हर हिन्दुस्ता का भाई-बहन इसमें हमारा प्रयास करेगा और साथ में सहयोग करेगा कि स्थानीय प्रोडक्ट्स को ही खरीदना है जो भारत के बने हुए है तो भारत के लोगों को ही नौकरी मिलेगी, भारत के लोगों की ही आय बनेगी, भारत की अर्थव्यवस्था हो ही बढ़ोतरी मिलेगी और भारत दुनिया की अर्थव्यवस्थाओं में और आगे बढ़ेगा। तो आत्मनिर्भर भारत बनाने के लिए वोकल फॉर लोकल और लोकल से ग्लोबल करने की आवश्यकता है।

During a day's visit to the state capital, Mr. Thakur held a meeting with BJP functionaries in Lucknow and discussed issues related to the upcoming Assembly Elections. He is one of the

Co- in-Charges of the BJP for the forthcoming Assembly Elections in the state.


Over 96 crore 78 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. Health Ministry said, more than 32 lakh 36 thousand vaccine doses were administered today.


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.


President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a two-day visit to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir from tomorrow. Mr Kovind will perform Sindhu Darshan Puja at Sindhu Ghat in Leh tomorrow. He will interact with troops at Udhampur in the evening.

On the 15th of October, the President will pay tribute at the Kargil War Memorial in Drass and interact with Army Officers and Jawans. Mr Kovind will celebrate Dussehra with Jawans in Drass.


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

The festival is celebrated with enthusiasm in West Bengal. Since the morning, people were seen assembling at the Puja Pandals as well as in traditional Durga Pujas organized at home to offer Pushpanjali.

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


India will play against hosts Maldives in the final round-robin fixture in yet another must-win game of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship tonight. The match will be played at the National Football Stadium in Male from 9.30 P.M. Indian time.

A win will take India to the final. A draw or defeat would mean the worst showing at the regional tournament since 2003. For hosts Maldives, a draw would be enough to take them into the summit clash.


In IPL Cricket, Delhi Capitals were 95 for 4 in 16.4 overs, against Kolkata Knight Riders in the second qualifier at Sharjah International Stadium, when reports last came in.

Earlier, Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field.

Delhi Capitals, who were 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.


At the stock markets, rising for the fifth straight session, domestic benchmark indices jumped to fresh all-time highs today; the rupee appreciated against the dollar. A report from the business world :


The MeT Department has forecast that heavy rain in Kerala will continue till  the day after tomorrow. An Orange Alert has been declared in Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargode districts till Friday. Today, Ernakulam, Idukki and Thrissur districts are under Yellow Alert. Fishing has been strictly prohibited in Kerala, Karnataka and Lakshadweep coasts until day after tomorrow.


Weather forecast
National Capital Delhi will have mainly clear sky. The temperature will vary between 21 and 35 degrees Celsius.

Mumbai will have partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature will be 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees.

Chennai is expected to have rain in the afternoon or evening. The temperature will vary between 26 and 35 degrees Celsius.
Kolkata will have a partly cloudy sky with the possibility of moderate rain. The city will observe a minimum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 33 degrees.
Hyderabad will have a partly cloudy sky with haze. Minimum temperature will be 21 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.
Bengaluru will have generally cloudy sky with with one or two spells of rain. Temperature will hover between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius.
Thiruvananthapuram will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain. The minimum temperature will be 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 30 degrees.
Guwahati will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature will be around 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.
Imphal will witness generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city will observe a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 31 degrees.
Shillong will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 16 and 24 degrees Celsius.
Aizawl will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature will be 17 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 24 degrees.
Kohima will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between 17 and 26 degrees Celsius.
Itanagar will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 22 and 35 degrees Celsius.
Gangtok will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Temperature will hover between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius.
Agartala will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 26 and 34 degrees Celsius.


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