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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 says mega infrastructure connectivity plan - GatiShakti will provide impetus to 21st century India.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind to arrive in Leh today on a two-day visit to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir; To celebrate Dussehra with Jawans in Drass.

  • India's Covid vaccination coverage crosses 96 crore 78 lakh mark.

  • WHO forms scientific advisory group to identify origin of Covid-19 and other future outbreaks.

  • India withdraws Covid restrictions imposed on visiting UK nationals.

  • Top Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist killed in an encounter with security forces at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • NIA arrests 9 terror associates following multiple raids in J&K.

  • Maha Navami being celebrated across the country today with religious fervour.

  • India beat Maldives to reach final of SAFF Championship in Male.

  • And in IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders set up title clash with Chennai Super Kings after defeating Delhi Capitals in second  qualifier at Sharjah.


As India is on the verge of vaccinating 100 crore people against COVID-19, All India Radio salutes all the people, doctors, nurses and others who are making this possible. At the same time, we caution our listeners that the battle against COVID is not yet over. We appeal to our listeners who are yet to be fully vaccinated to get vaccinated at the earliest and also help others to get vaccinated.

During the festival season, please 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. And now the News in details:


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 yesterday. 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. 

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

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. 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.


President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a two-day visit to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir beginning today. Mr Kovind will receive Guard of Honour at the Leh airport. President will celebrate Dussehra with Jawans in Drass.

"President of India, Mr Ramnath Kovind will be arriving in Leh this morning. After interaction with Ladakh Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur, he will proceed to Sindhu Ghat for Sindhu Darshan puja. At the Ghat, he will meet the religious leaders as well. Later in the evening, Mr Kovind will interact with the troops in Udhampur. On Friday, the President and the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces would lay wreath at Kargil War Memorial in Drass. Senior Army officials would brief him about the Kargil war. Later the President will interact with the troops at the war memorial.

Elaborative security arrangements are made on the ground and in the airfield as well. Ramesh Chandra, All INDIA RADIO NEWS, LEH".


India has 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.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will deliver the inaugural address at a Webinar on the Role of Women in Armed Forces being organized by Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) today. 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.

The webinar will be conducted in two sessions. The first session on Historical Perspective of Women’s Roles in Combat Operations will be chaired by Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Medical) Lt. General Madhuri Kanitkar. Apart from India, speakers from China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan will share their perspectives in the session.


India is marching towards touching the mark of 100 crore COVID-19 vaccination coverage. More than 96 crore 78 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. The Health Ministry said, more than 32 lakh 36 thousand vaccine 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, Member NITI Aayog, Dr V K Paul said so far 75 per cent eligible people have been vaccinated and now the government's effort is to bring the rest of population under the ambit of the vaccination process.

He also urged people to follow Covid protocol while celebrating festivals.

Talking about child immunisation program, Dr. N K Arora the chairman of the Covid-19 working group of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation said that vaccination of children with co-morbidities will start in the next 4 to 6 weeks.

A frontline worker Umesh Kumar told AIR that the vaccination gave them confidence to serve the corona patient without any fear.


India has withdrawn Covid-19 restrictions imposed on visiting UK nationals. Health Ministry has relaxed the travel advisory that imposed additional checks and quarantine on those arriving from the UK. The move comes to reciprocate the UK government's decision to discontinue the mandatory quarantine and checks for Indian visitors vaccinated with Covishield.

Earlier this month, India had said that all British nationals arriving in India from the UK will have to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.


World Health Organization has announced the establishment of a scientific advisory group to identify the origin of COVID-19 and other future outbreaks. The WHO's Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins on Novel Pathogens, or SAGO, will include 26 scientists from the US, China and about two dozen other countries to find out the answer to the question of how the novel coronavirus first infected humans. The group will also be responsible for establishing a framework to combat future pandemics.

WHO's top emergency expert Mike Ryan said the new panel may be the last chance to establish the origin of SARS-CoV-2, 'a virus that has stopped our whole world.'

WHO technical lead on COVID-19 Maria van Kerkhove voiced hope that there would be further WHO-led international missions to China which would engage the country's cooperation.

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, the emergence of new viruses with the potential to spark epidemics and pandemics is a fact of nature, and while SARS-CoV-2 is the latest such virus, it will not be the last.


National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested nine terror associates following searches at multiple locations in Jammu and Kashmir. The move comes after NIA registered a case on October 10 and initiated probe into conspiracy to launch terror attacks in J&K and other major cities including New Delhi. An NIA spokesperson said, preliminary investigation has revealed that the nine arrested accused are terror associates or Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of various banned terrorist organisations and have been providing logistical and material support to terrorists and facilitating them in their nefarious designs. Several electronic devices, incriminating documents and records of suspicious financial transactions were seized during the raids.


Top Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Sham Sofi has been killed in an encounter with the security forces in Tral city of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir. Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said the encounter broke out yesterday after security forces launched a cordon and search operation following specific inputs about the presence of terrorists at Tilwani Mohalla Waggad in the Tral area of Awantipora. The slain terrorist was identified as Shamim Sofi aka Sham Sofi. He was the top local commander of the JeM.


As our Nation celebrates the seventy fifth year of Independence, a series of events is being organised by the Government as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Let's listen to our special programme, 'Azadi ka Safar' highlighting the importance of the day during the freedom struggle.


Government has notified new rules in which the gestational limit for termination of pregnancy has been increased from 20 to 24 weeks for certain categories of women. These categories include survivors of sexual assault or rape or incest, minors and  women whose marital status changes during an ongoing pregnancy.  As per the the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Rules, 2021,  the medical board  will  allow or deny termination of pregnancy beyond twenty-four weeks of gestation period only after due consideration and ensuring that the procedure would be safe for the woman at that gestation age and whether the foetal malformation has substantial risk of it being incompatible with life or if the child is born it may suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities to be seriously handicapped. The new rules have been framed under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Act, 2021 passed by Parliament in March this year.


Maha Navami or Durga Navami is being celebrated across the country today with religious fervour. Maha Navami marks the ninth day of Navratri festival. On this day, Goddess Durga is worshipped as Mahisasuramardini, which symbolises the victory of good over evil. The ninth day of Navratri is also dedicated to Ma Siddhidatri. On this day, the goddess is known to bless her devotees with many Siddhis (fulfillment or perfection).


India reached the final of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) championship after beating defending champion Maldives 3-1 at Male last night. Manvir Singh had given India the lead in the 33rd minute but Ali Ashfaq scored a penalty to level the tie before half-time. Later India bounced back through their talisman Sunil Chhetri, who smashed a loose ball shortly after the hour-mark in the 62 minute. He then doubled his tally in 71 minute with a looping header. Seven-time champions India will take on first-time finalist Nepal in the title match on Saturday.


In IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders set up title clash with Chennai Super Kings after defeating Delhi Capitals in a last-over thriller in qualifier-two at Sharjah, last night. Put into bat, Delhi Capitals put up a score of 135 runs for the loss of five wickets in the stipulated 20 overs with the help of opener Shikhar Dhawan's 36 and Shreyas Aiyer's not out 30 runs. For Kolkata, Varun Chakravarthy took two wickets.

In reply, Kolkata chased down the victory target of 136 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 19.5 overs riding on 96-run solid opening partnership of Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill as they scored 55 and 46 respectively. Due to the fine bowling by Delhi's Anrich Nortje, Ravichandran Ashwin and Kagiso Rabada, who took two wickets each, Kolkata came under lot of pressure, however, Rahul Tripathi hit a six off the penultimate ball of the match to seal Kolkata place in their third final.

Eoin Morganl-led Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns with Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in the final tomorrow at Dubai.


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

Srinagar will witness mainly Clear sky. Temperature will hover between six and 23 degrees celsius.

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

Leh is expected to have mainly Clear sky. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between Zero to 15 degrees Celsius.

Gilgit will have partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between nine and 25 degrees Celsius.

Muzaffarabad will have mainly Clear sky. The minimum temperature was 15 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 33 degrees.

The National Capital Delhi will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was  21 degree celsius and maximum likely to be 34 degrees Celsius.

Mumbai may experience partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 33 degrees.

Kolkata will have A partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. The City observed a minimum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 35 degrees.

Chennai is expected to have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The temperature will vary between 26 and 34 degrees Celsius.

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

Hyderabad may experience partly cloudy sky with haze. The minimum temperature was 21 degrees Celsius and a maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Thiruvananthapuram will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain. The minimum temperature was 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 was around 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees. 

Imphal will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city observed 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 17 and 24 degrees Celsius.



  • The Prime Minister launching the Gati Shakti Plan dominates the headlines of the newspapers today along with other stories.

  • "Modi launches mega infra connectivity plan," writes Hindustan  Times while The Pioneer headlines, "PM unveils 100 lakh crore rupees master plan to give Gati to economy." Financial Express notes, "Infrastructure gets Gati Shakti boost."

  • All dailies have widely noticed India withdrawing curbs on UK travellers after UK did the same for Indian visitors. "Government withdraws quarantine rules for UK citizens," writes Hindustan Times while The Tribune notes, "Government withdraws reciprocal curbs, no forced quarantine for UK flyers." The Times of India reports, "India to reach 100 crore vaccine doses mark next week."

  • In some good cheer, The Hindu reports, "After dip in Covid-hit first quarter, investments recover," The Business Standard writes, "Nifty50 closes above 18,000 for first time."

  • And Finally, The Indian Express writes, "Abortion allowed till 24 weeks of pregnancy in special cases."


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