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PM Modi reviews countrywide preparedness to deal with COVID-19; directs officials to ensure sufficient availability of essential medical equipment            PM holds telephonic conversation with US President; Two leaders agree to deploy full strength of India-US partnership to fight novel coronavirus            Govt releases first installment of 11 thousand 92 crore rupees under SDRF; COVID-19 cases rise to 2902            Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan urges people not to create hindrances in duties performed by health care professionals            Power Ministry clarifies adequate arrangements in place to handle grid stability during lights-out event tomorrow           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana today.’

  • Government decides not to serve income tax notices directly to the tax payers.

  • India requests South Korea and Japan to review their Free Trade Agreements with New Delhi.

  • DRDO successfully test fires indigenously developed Man Portable Anti-tank Guided Missile.

  • And, Sri Lankan cricket board to reassess security situation before sending its team to Pakistan following terror threat.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana from Ranchi in Jharkhand today. The scheme will secure the lives of five crore small and marginal farmers by providing a minimum pension of three thousand rupees per month, to those who attain 60 years of age. The scheme has an outlay of 10 thousand 774 crore rupees for the next three years. All small and marginal farmers who are currently between the ages of 18 to 40 years can apply for the scheme. A report:-

"The Prime Minister will also launch the ‘Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyaparik Mandhan Yojana’ and ‘Swarojgar’ pension schemes. Mr Modi will launch 462 Eklavya Model Schools across the country, of which 69 will be established in Jharkhand. These schools will provide quality upper primary, secondary and senior secondary level education to tribal students in tribal dominated areas. Besides, Prime Minister will also inaugurate new Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha Building and lay the foundation stone of new Secretariat Building in Ranchi. He will also inaugurate the multimodal terminal at Sahibganj. With Suparna Saikia, ANUJA BHARDWAJAN,  AIR News, Delhi."


The Government has decided not to serve Income Tax notices to the tax payers directly. Addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad yesterday, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, from next month, notices will first go to a centralized system for examination and scrutiny and then only move further. With this the unfettered discretion of Income Tax officers will not be there anymore.

Speaking on the economy, Mr Prasad said, even though the GDP growth rate during last quarter had come down to 5.1 per cent, the fundamentals of the Indian economy are strong.


New Delhi has requested South Korea and Japan to review their respective Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with India. Talking to media persons in New Delhi, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said, the FTAs should be reviewed as the present import-export position has changed since the time India entered into these agreements. The development comes just after India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations decided to review their FTA.

On the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Mr Goyal said, negotiations for the deal are going on and the government will make sure that India's national interests are protected. The Minister said, representatives of all the 15 RCEP negotiating countries have been invited to India between the 14th and 15th of this month to discuss various ideas and measures regarding the mega trade pact.


The NDA Government has undertaken several reform measures in the first hundred days of its second term. Our correspondent takes a look at the steps taken to improve healthcare infrastructure in the country.

"The  NDA government has taken several measures to ensure quality education in medical field and strengthen healthcare infrastructure. It has brought in National Medical Council Act to overhaul country’s medical education 75 new Medical Colleges have  been approved. This will lead to an increase of at least 15,700 MBBS seats in the country, improve tertiary care in government sector, utilize existing infrastructure of districts hospitals and promote affordable medical education. These will be set up in areas having no medical college and preference will be given to aspirational districts and district hospital having 300 beds. Besides, Ayushman Bharat scheme is a major step in the direction to provide affordable health care. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi".


In a major boost for the Indian Army, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight tested an indigenously developed low weight, fire and forget Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM). The missile was launched from a man portable Tripod launcher in the ranges of Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh yesterday. The target was mimicking a functional tank.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO for the successful test. A Defence Ministry release said, the missile hit the target in top attack mode and destroyed it with precision, meeting all the mission objectives.

This is the third series of successful testing of MPATGM. The test paves the way for the Army to develop 3rd generation man portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile indigenously.


Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated Wi-Fi facility at six railway stations including Amethi in Uttar Pradesh yesterday. She also directed officials concerned to speed up pending development works. Our correspondent reports that Mrs Irani is on a two-day visit to her parliamentary constituency Amethi.

"On the first day of her visit Union Minister Smriti Irani did inspection of the beautification work being done on the Sagra lake and also held a review meeting with the railway department on the progress of the Salon-Unchahar rail line. Today the Union Minister will inaugurate the kitchen garden at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and will hold a chaupal in Cheda village later before overseeing the arrangements at the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Trisundi village where a recruitment drive will be held. Smriti Irani will also unveil Swami Vivekanand's statue at the Rajiv Gandhi Petroleum Sansthan before leaving for Delhi. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".


India is hosting the first conference on military medicine for member nations of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation in New Delhi today. The two-day conference is being held with an aim to share best practices in the field of military medicine. This is the first military co-operation event to be organised in the country under the SCO after it joined the organisation in 2017.


President Ram Nath Kovind will deliver a lecture at the University of Bern in Switzerland today. Mr Kovind reached Swiss capital Bern last night on the second leg of his three-nation tour to Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Later in the day, the President will attend a reception hosted by the Indian community and Friends of India in Switzerland. Tomorrow, Mr Kovind will address the members of the Federal Council in the Swiss Parliament. This will be followed by delegation level talks and signing of agreements for establishing cooperation between the two countries.


In a major victory for the Afghanistan government, its security forces have taken over a district which had been captured by the Taliban two months ago. A Defence Ministry spokesman said the Afghan forces retook Kiran Wa Manjan district in the northeastern province of Badakhshan. He said, the Taliban suffered heavy losses in the operation by the Afghan National Defence, other security forces and the public uprising forces.

In less than a week, the Afghan forces have retaken the Yumgan and Wardooj districts of the province, which fell to the Taliban four years ago.

The Kiran Wa Manjan win is considered significant as the district houses big deposits of lapis lazuli, a deep-blue metamorphic rock used as a semi-precious stone.


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Today is 'Anant Chaturdashi', marking the conclusion of the ten-day Ganesh festival. In Mumbai, lakhs of people will participate in different processions for immersion of Lord Ganesha idols including that of 'Lalbaug cha Raja’. Security has been tightened by the police to prevent any untoward incident. More from our correspondent:-   

"After 10 days of elaborate puja and celebrations, devotees in Mumbai will bid adieu to their beloved Ganpati Bappa today. More than 50,000 police personnel have been deployed in the city to avoid any untoward incident. According to officials, key routes of processions are being monitored by drones. In Mumbai, immersion of idols will take place at 129 places including Girgaum Chowpatty, Shivaji Park, and at Aksa, Juhu, Versova and Marve beaches of the Arabian Sea. Policemen in civic clothes will be part of processions to prevent any untoward incident involving women and children. Prarthna, AIR News, Mumbai".


In Madhya Pradesh, incessant rainfall is breaking all previous records and has thrown life out of gear in most parts of the state. As per official figures, 198 persons died in rain-related incidents in the state since the start of the monsoon on the 15th of June. Our correspondent has the details.

"The state has been receiving heavy rains for the past several days, resulting in the Narmada River, considering its lifeline, and its tributaries flowing above the danger mark. Gates of several dams including Indira Sagar, Bargi and Omkareshwar have been opened to release excess water. The MeT Department predicted extremely to very heavy rainfall today in 35 districts in the state, including Indore and Bhopal. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Kamal Nath has instructed all the district collectors to make initial assessment of loss of life and property due to rains so that compensation can be given without any delay.  Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


Astronomers have for the first time discovered water vapor in the atmosphere of a distant planet called K2-18b.

Scientists at the University College London used data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to make the discovery. Their findings were published in the journal Nature Astronomy.

The lead scientist of the University, Prof. Giovanna Tinetti said, it is for the first time that they have detected water on a planet in the habitable zone around a star.

The planet, known as K2-18b, is eight times the mass of Earth. It orbits a red dwarf star 110 light-years away from the Earth in the Leo constellation.


The Sri Lankan Cricket Board has decided to reassess the security situation before sending its team to Pakistan following a terror threat. In a statement, Sri Lanka Cricket said, they need to reassess their plan after receiving a warning from the Prime Minister's Office about a possible terror threat to the team. The cricket board statement comes hours after naming second string squads for their proposed tour of Pakistan yesterday. More from our correspondent:-

"Sri Lankan cricket board has sought government assistance to conduct a reassessment of the security situation in Pakistan ahead of the tour. The development came as 10 players of cricket team had opted out of the series beginning later this month on security grounds. The cricket board had named substitutes including captains of ODI and T20 teams yesterday only but the latest threat perception has put the holding of series in doubt. Pakistan cricket board in its reaction has reiterated its commitment to provide safety to Sri Lankan side and a final decision can be expected in coming days. SANTOSH KUMAR FOR AIR NEWS FROM COLOMBO".

The Sri Lankan team is scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is in Karachi and Lahore between September the 27th and October the 9th.


In Badminton, Indian shuttlers Siril Verma, Subhankar Dey and Sourabh Verma will play their second round matches of the men's singles at  Vietnam Open BWF Tour Super 100 in Ho Chi Minh City today.

In the first round yesterday, Siril defeated Malaysia's Iskandar Zulkarnain. In the second round, Siril will meet Liew Daren of Malaysia.

Subhankar and Sourabh have entered the second round by getting a bye.

Subhankar will face Jia Wei Tan of Malaysia while Sourabh will play against Japan's Kodai Naraoka.



  • Newspapers present a mixed bag this morning. 

  • "Militant build-up across LoC & border; many attempts to infiltrate" the Indian Express cites the J&K Police in its lead.

  • "Modi invokes 9/11 to nail Pak lies on terror" leads the Tribune.

  • "Cow does not represent regressive past, says PM" while launching a nationwide cattle vaccination campaign in Mathura, reports the Hindustan Times.

  • "Fines for safety, not revenue; states can make cuts" the Hindustan Times quotes Road Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari on the clamour over the Motor Vehicles Act.

  • "Big relief for small-GST assessees: May be spared burden of filing Fiscal Year 2018 annual return" informs the Hindu Business Line.

  • "UK's work visa offer to benefit Indian students" writes the Statesman. UK PM Boris Johnson announces the return of the two-year post-study work visa for international students.

  • And finally, "Sports Ministry sends 9 names for Padmas --  all women", including MC Mary Kom for Padma Vibhushan, in an unprecedented move, writes the Times of India.



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