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  • New guidelines for opening up more activities in non-containment zones come into force today.

  • States given flexibility to open schools and colleges after October 15.

  • Cinema halls and multiplexes to open with 50 percent capacity from 15th of this month.

  • India extends ban on international flights till October 31.

  • Notification for first phase of assembly elections in Bihar to be issued today.

  • Country receives above normal rainfall during monsoon season this year.

  • In IPL cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 37 runs in Dubai.


In our special series on the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we begin this bulletin with 'Bapu Ki Baat'. In a post prayer speech, Mahatma Gandhi spoke about the famers. He wanted that the economic condition of the farmers should improve and they get remunerative price for their produce.


The Home Ministry has issued new guidelines for opening up of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones. These guidelines which come into effect from today further extends the process of re-opening of several activities in the country.

Starting today, States and Union Territories have been directed not to impose any local lockdown outside Containment Zones without prior consultation with the Central Government. There will also be no restriction on Inter-State and Intra-State movement of goods and persons as well. All activities have been permitted outside containment zones barring International travel of passengers except as permitted by the Home Ministry. Our correspondent has filed this report:

"Under the new guidelines , Cinema Halls and theatres have been allowed to re-open with 50 per cent capacity starting from 15th October. B2B Exhibitions, Swimming pool for training purposes have also been allowed with strict compliance to the guidelines to be issued by Ministries concerned. In a major relaxation, States and UTs have been empowered to further relax gathering of people beyond 100 in number. Post graduate Students of Science stream and research scholars studying in Universities and Central Institutions will also be able to get back to their classrooms after nod from the authorities concerned. Decision regarding re-opening of Schools after 15th of this month has been left to the State governments with clear instructions to continue with online classes as the preferred mode. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR News, Delhi".

The Home Ministry has informed that strict lockdown will however continue in all the containment zones in the country till 31st October. The National directives regarding maintaining adequate physical distancing at market places and  gatherings will also remain effective. Persons above 65 years of age, people with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, have been advised to stay at home. Government has also urged to continue encouraging usage of Aarogya Setu App.


India has exceeded the 140 per day per million tests as advised by the World Health Organization by more than five times. In a tweet, the Health Ministry said, very high levels of testing lead to early identification, prompt isolation and effective treatment of COVID19 cases. The Ministry said, this has resulted in sustained low Fatality Rate. With higher testing, eventually there is a fall in the positivity rate. India's Centre-led strategies of enhanced infrastructure, agressive and easily accessible country-wide testing have led to a surge in the daily testing capacities of the country. The Health Ministry said, more than 15 lakh COVID19 tests can be done everyday.


The recovery rate of COVID patients in Delhi stands at 88.46 per cent. The city recorded recovery of three thousand 965 patients in the last 24 hours taking the total number of recovered patients to date to two lakh 47 thousand 446. With increased testing, the city has achieved the remarkable mark of conducting one lakh 62 thousand 103 Corona tests per million of its population.

A total of three thousand 390 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus were reported in the National Capital on the last twenty four hours. With this the total number of COVID cases in the city has reached two lakh 79 thousand 715.

The Delhi Government confirmed that 41 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 5 thousand 361. The total number of active corona cases in the city now stands at 26 thousand 908.


The Maharashtra Government has extended coronavirus-induced lockdown till October 31, but also said that hotels, restaurants and bars will be allowed to operate from October 5 with restricted capacity. All the trains originating and ending the journey within the state will be restarted with immediate effect subject to health protocols for COVID-19.


In Gujarat, total 1 lakh 17 thousand 231 patients have recovered from Covid-19 till now. The recovery rate has improved to 85.32 percent. More from our correspondent:

"The total cases detected so far in Gujarat have reached up to 1 lakh 37 thousand 394. 1372 patients recovered during the last 24 hours. More than 44 lakh 18 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date, out of which 61966 tests were carried out yesterday. Maximum 298 new cases reported from Surat. At present total active cases in the state are 16710, out of which 86 patients are on ventilator. 11 patients died yesterday taking the total deaths due to Covid19 up to 3453. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


Tamil Nadu government is analysing crucial Covid-19 data using the information technology tools to devise various strategies to tackle the pandemic. The works of applying the IT tools for several key projects including on health were reviewed by the state IT minister RB Udhayakumar in Chennai yesterday. More from our correspondent:

"The state Information Technology Department is in the process of analysing various dimensions of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic using the vast database being collected about it. The IT projects that are underway by the department include developing a voice response system to help the public in responding to the challenges being posed by the pandemic. Monitoring the people under isolation using the IT tools is another scheme that is being taken up. It is also involved in developing an attendance system by recognising the facial features of a beneficiary and the staff of various offices. The department is working on a unique scheme of offering all the basic documents relating to a person right from the birth certificate without her or him even applying for it. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


In Karnataka, the total number of Covid-19 positive cases has crossed the six lakh mark, with an addition of 8,856 new cases yesterday. A record number of 94,886 samples were tested across the state yesterday which has taken the total number of tests to 49,01,083. At the same time 8,890 people recovered and discharged from various hospitals in the State and the total number of recoveries have gone up to 4,85,268.


Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking has decided to hire 1,000 buses from the state-owned Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) for the convenience of the commuters. BEST provides public transport service to the financial capital of the country through its over 3,000 buses. Details from our correspondent:

"The Mumbai municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal during an online meeting asked the BEST to manage its bus operations effectively with more planning as the number of BEST’s buses running at present are proving to be inadequate more so as the local suburban trains, considered the lifeline of Mumbai, are currently being operated only for essential services staff. A senior official of the MSRTC informed that it has already handed over 200 buses on lease to the municipal transport body. Meanwhile, the Municipal Corporation also directed that notices be served to the hospitals concerned for delayed updation of information about vacant beds on the BMC's dashboard. Sonali Ghadyalpatil, AIR News, Mumbai".


Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended till October 31 the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India. However, the International cargo flights and passenger flights approved by the government will continue. DGCA said, the international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes on case to case basis.

The announcement comes after the Home Ministry issued fresh guidelines under the Unlock 5 plan in which it mentioned that international air travel of passengers will not be permitted in the current phase of Unlock, except as permitted by the government.

However, to allow gradual movement of passenger traffic, air bubble agreements have been signed with a number of countries. Earlier yesterday, the Civil Aviation Ministry added more destinations, including Bhutan and Kenya, to the list of countries where Indians can fly under the air bubble agreement. Air bubbles between India and Bhutan and India and Kenya have now become operational, with national carriers of all the three nations aiming to restore commercial passenger services to pre-pandemic level.


In Madhya Pradesh, State election officials have asked political parties to ensure that they follow the guidelines issued by the Commission regarding COVID-19 during the election process. A meeting of all recognized political parties was organized yesterday for the by-elections to be held in 28 assembly constituencies. Chief Electoral Officer Veera Rana said polling will be held on November 3 and counting of votes will be taken up on November 10. Details  from our correspondent:

"During the meeting, election officials informed that, for submitting nominations, the number of persons and vehicles  accompanying the candidate should be restricted to two due to corona pandemic. In door-to-door campaigns, the number should be restricted to 5 persons including the candidate. During road shows, the convoy of vehicles must be restricted to 5 vehicles excluding vehicles used for security. Meanwhile, the numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state climbed up to around 1 lakh 28 thousand after 2 thousand four new cases were reported in the past 24 hours. The number of recovered cases in the state rose to more than 1 lakh. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


The Notification for the first phase of assembly elections in Bihar will be issued today. With the notification, the process of filing of nominations will begin today. 71 assembly constituencies spread over 16 districts will go to polls in this phase on the 28th of this month.

Last date of nomination is 8th October and scrutiny of nominations will take place the next day. Last date of withdrawal of candidature is 12th October. More from our correspondent:

"In the First phase of elections assembly constituencies of Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad , Jamui, Rohtas, Kaimur, Patna, Bhagalpur, Banka, Munger, Lakhisarai, Sheikhpura, Bhojpur, Buxar, Arwal and Jehanabad districts would go to the polls. In the poll bound 71 assembly constituencies most of them are naxal violence affected and sensitive in security point of view. In view of Covid-19 pandemic the election commission has first time given option of online filing of nomination papers to the candidates. This can be done through portals of Chief Electoral Officer or their respective District Election Officers. Additionally candidates can also deposit their security money online for their candidature. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News Patna".


In Chhattisgarh, by-election for Marwahi assembly constituency will held on November 3. The seat fell vacant following the death of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi. This Assembly constituency is reserved for Scheduled Tribe. The Chief Electoral Officer of Chhattisgarh Reena Baba Saheb Kangale said that the election process will be held ensuring all protocols for Covid-19.


In the second day of the ongoing session of the Odisha assembly yesterday, covid-19 caused heated exchanges between the ruling and opposition lawmakers. While the opposition brought an adjournment motion over the mismanagement of covid-19 situation by the government, the government tabled the Epidemic Diseases (Odisha amendment) Bill 2020, seeking to enhance punishment for violators of covid-19 guidelines. More from our correspondent:

"Covid-19 triggered an uproar in the assembly yesterday, first through an adjournment notice and then over the passage of the epidemic amendment bill. While the Opposition BJP and Congress alleged severe mismanagement of covid-19 situation in the state including under-reporting of both case-count and death count by the state government, the latter defended it's good work stating the low covid-19 fatality rate of 0.38 per cent and high recovery rate of more than 80%.  During the debate over the bill, which seeks to slam a jail-term of two years and a fine upto 1 lakh rupees on the covid-19 protocol violators, while the government argued it as a tool against community transmission of the virus,  the opposition alleged it as a weapon against itself to be misused by the government to settle political score. Girish Chandra Dash, Bhubaneswar".


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have congratulated scientists and engineers for the successful test flight of BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile featuring indigenous booster and airframe section along with many other 'Made in India' sub-systems. The Prime Minister has said that Brahmos Supersonic Cruise Missile has achieved yet another milestone with the successful test launch. In a tweet, Mr Modi said that the successful test launch showcases enhanced operational capabilities and additional indigenous technologies.  

Home Minister Amit Shah also said that this state of the art weapon was a testimony of India's defence potential.


The Special CBI Court in Lucknow has acquitted all 32 accused in the Babri demolition case. Special CBI Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav said that demolition happened at the spur of the moment and  it was not a pre- planned incident. He said that there were not enough evidences to prove the allegations made by CBI in this case.

While delivering his verdict, the Special Judge said that the demolition was done by some anti- social elements and there was no alliance between such persons and the accused.


Government has further extended the last date for filing ITR for Assessment Year 2019-20 till 30th of November this year. Earlier the last date for filing the belated and revised ITRs for Financial Year ending on 31st March 2019 was 30th September.


India and China have agreed to sincerely implement the agreement between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries in order to ensure disengagement at all the friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). ​The 19th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) which was held yesterday in virtual mode and was attended by delegation from both the sides reviewed the current situation along the LAC in the India-China border areas.


Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that India aims to restore 26 million hectares of degraded and deforested land, and achieve land-degradation neutrality by 2030. He said, this is a target which shows our ambition. Addressing the UN summit on Biodiversity, Mr Javadekar said, India has a culture of not just protecting and conserving nature but living in harmony with nature.


Maharashtra Circle of India Post will release picture postcards on Sawantwadi Toys today to mark 151 years of postcards in India. The postcard, inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to make the country a global toy hub, will be released by HC Agrawal, Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra Circle of India Post through video conferencing. Prime Minister Modi on August 30, during his monthly "Mann ki Baat" programme, talked about making "toys for the world" and highlighted the ability of India to become a "toy hub".


The National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune in association with the Regional Outreach Bureau Maharashtra and Goa of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, is organizing a 48 day- long series of Webinars starting 2nd October, Gandhi Jayanti. The Ayush Ministry said, the webinar will be held from 11 AM to 12 noon every day, and can be viewed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/punenin.


The year-long celebrations to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi will come to an end tomorrow. Mahatma Gandhi's life continues to inspire current generation of youth. To inculcate Gandhian values in today's youth, efforts are being made to reach them through modern means of comminucation in which they are comfortable with. More from our Correspondent:

"Albert Einstein once said about Mahatma Gandhi that, generations to come will scarcely believe that such a man once walked upon this earth. The Chairman of Academy for Creative Teaching in Bengaluru, Dr. Gururaj Karajagi who is a proponent of Gandhian philosophy himself, spoke to AIR news on how a YouTube post on Gandhiji clocked mega hits in the social media.

Today’s generation can channelize their energy to nation building only if they are fed with values for which Gandhiji fought throughout his life. This can be done only if we reach out in the way they understand the most through the media that they frequent the most. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru".


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has greeted President Ram Nath Kovind on his birthday today. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, he is known for his simplicity, warmth, vision, exemplary leadership and concern for the poor.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted President Ram Nath Kovind on his birthday today. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, his rich insights and wise understanding of policy matters are great assets for the nation. He said, Mr Kovind is extremely compassionate towards serving the vulnerable.

Home Minister Amit Shah has also greeted Ram Nath Kovind on his birthday. Mr Shah said, his dedication to the welfare and empowerment of the poor and deprived sections of the country inspires everyone. Mr Shah said, his intelligence and skill has given a new strength to the country.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has also greeted, President of India. He said, his dignified behavior has further enhanced the prestige of this post.


The closing ceremony of the 3rd Rashtriya Poshan Maah which was celebrated from 7th to 30th September this year, was held yesterday through virtual mode. Identification of Severely Acute Malnourished children and their management and plantation of Nutri gardens were focus activities during the Poshan Maah.


The country has received above normal monsoon during the four-month South West Monsoon season from June to September. Talking to AIR News, India Meteorological Department scientist R K Jenamani said, this is for the second consecutive year that the country received above normal rainfall.


Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 37 runs in IPL cricket in Dubai last night. Rajasthan Royals (RR) were restricted to 137 for 9 in 20 overs, after being handed a target of 175. All-rounder Tom Curran (54) was the highest run-scorer, with none of the other batsmen able to make an impact. Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Varun Chakravarthy accounted for two dismissals apiece. Shivam Mavi was adjudged the Man of the Match. Earlier, Kolkata Knight Riders posted a total of 174 for 6 in 20 overs after being sent in to bat. Opener Shubman Gill was the highest run-scorer for the side, scoring 47 runs off 34 deliveries in an innings comprising of five boundaries and a six. With KKR losing wickets at regular intervals and no batsman really getting set after Gill, Eoin Morgan hit an unbeaten 34 off 23 to help KKR post a competitive total. English pacer Jofra Archer was the pick of the bowlers for Rajasthan Royals, accounting for two wickets while conceding only 18 runs.

Today's encounter, Kings XI Punjab will take on Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi.


In French Open Tennis, an injured Achilles heel cut short Serena Williams' latest bid for a 24th Grand Slam title before her second-round match yesterday.

Williams hurt herself during her semifinal loss at the US Open three weeks ago and said she hasn't had enough time to properly heal.

The sudden announcement came roughly an hour before the 39-year-old American was supposed to head out onto Court Philippe Chatrier to face Tsvetana Pironkova.

Williams said it is more than likely she will not play another tournament in 2020.

In Men's Singles, Stan Wawrinka registered a comfortable 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win over Dominik Koepfer. However, both the players were startled mid-match by a loud bang that was heard across Paris.

Paris police informed that the loud noise wasn't an explosion but a fighter plane which has broken the sound barrier to track a civilian plane that lost contact with ATC.

Earlier, world number three Dominic Thiem survived a third-set wobble to defeat his American opponent Jack Sock 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (8) and book his French Open third-round spot. 


Now, let us take a look at today's weather forecast. In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 20 degree Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 34 degree. The city is likely to have mainly clear sky.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was around 7 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 27 degree. The city will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

Ladakh will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature is likely to hover between 1 and 21 degree Celsius.

In Gilgit, the temperature is likely to hover between 8 and 23 degree Celsius. It will have partly cloudy sky.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature is likely to hover between 14 and 34 degree Celsius.

The National Capital Delhi will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was recorded at 22 degree Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 37 degree.

In Mumbai, there will be partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was 27 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 33 degree.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature is likely to hover between 25 and 33 degree Celsius.


Newspapers Headlines

The top headline of all papers is the acquittal of all the accused in the Babri case.

  • "All accused in Babri case acquitted after CBI fails to produce evidence," writes The Times of India; while The Pioneer reports, "Advani, Joshi, All 32 acquitted in Babri case." Another headline of the same paper reads, "BJP, RSS, Shiv Sena welcome judgment."

  • As the country enters Unlock 5, Hindustan Times writes, "Graded restart for schools, cinemas."while The Statesman says, "Cinemas can open with 50 percent capacity from 15 Oct; states to decide on schools."

  • The Hindu writes, "SC refuses to shift civil services exam from Oct 4."

  • Papers have also covered the barbs exchanged between Trump and Biden as both faced each other in the first debate. The Statesman writes, "Will you shut up: Biden tells Trump in chaotic debate."

  • The Hindu writes, " In Bharatpur,a 'kiss of life' for newborns" with the installation of neonatal respirators at major PHCs in the district.


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