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Key Points From PM Modi’s Nationwide Address Today

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation at 10 am, a day after the country achieved a remarkable milestone of 100 crore vaccinations against the novel coronavirus. The inoculation drive began on 16th January 2021, and India took a little over 9 months to reach the target of 1 billion covid-19 vaccine doses. Here are some key points from PM Modi’s nationwide address. 

  • PM Modi on Made in India and Vocal For Local campaign: “I urge all the citizens to make ‘made in India’ and ‘vocal for local’ as much of a movement as ‘swachch abhiyaan’. This Diwali, unlike the last one, we have a sense of belief and confidence,”
  • PM Modi on the power of Made In India: “There was a time when ‘made in this and that country’ was all the rage. Now all citizens are feeling the power of ‘made in India’,”
  • PM Modi on India’s vaccination drive: “India’s vaccine programme is science-driven and scientific approach followed all along,” 
  • PM Modi on India’s unity: “Many people mocked when Indians banged thalis and lit diyas last year. However, it was India’s unity that was on display during those events,” 
  • PM Modi on achieving the 100 crore mark: “Yesterday, India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage crossed 1 billion. We achieved a target which was difficult but extraordinary. We ensured that the ‘VIP culture’ does not overshadow our vaccination program and everyone is treated equally,”

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 15,786 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.16%

According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 15,786 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country stands at 1,75,745, which is the lowest in 232 days and constitutes 0.51% of the total covid-19 cases reported in the country so far. Meanwhile, daily recoveries have outnumbered daily covid-19 cases, with recording 18,641 recoveries in the previous hours. The total recoveries in the country currently stand at 3,35,14,449. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 1.19% and 1.31% respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 59.70 crore covid-19 tests. On the vaccination front, India achieved the milestone of administering 100 crore covid-19 vaccine doses yesterday under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

UP Minister Upendra Tiwari Defends Fuel Prices Hike; Says People Don’t Need Petrol

On Thursday, Uttar Pradesh minister Upendra Tiwari made a statement over fuel price hikes in the country. Defending the central government, the UP minister said: “Today, there are just a handful of people who travel in four-wheel vehicles and use petrol. At present, 95 per cent of people don’t need petrol,” The Minister gave the statement to reporters in Jalaun. Commenting at a time when the petrol price has crossed the Rs 100 per litre mark in most of the states and diesel is nearing the mark, Mr Tiwari received a lot of criticism for his comment on the fuel price hike. The minister also pointed out that the per capita income of people have also risen compared to 2014 when the Modi government came in power. Mr Tiwari said: “You see the data before 2014. What is the per capita income after the formation of the Modi and the Yogi governments? Today, the per capita income is double,” Meanwhile, the minister claimed that opposition parties do not have any ‘real issue’ to attack the BJP led central government. At a time when India has achieved the milestone of 100 crore vaccination, the rising fuel prices remain a big issue that needs to be addressed. 

J&K Poonch Encounter: Heavy Firing Continues As Army Hunts Terrorists 

The recent encounter at the Poonch district of Jammu & Kashmir is still continuing due to the army trying to hunt terrorists who have been hiding in the forests for the past 12 days. With heavy firings and a fierce fight between both sides, the J&K Poonch encounter is becoming one of the most prolonged local anti-terrorists operations that are being conducted by the security forces. It has already been nearly two weeks since the encounter started, 7 soldiers and 2 officers have already lost their lives in the firing. A few days ago, sources in the army said that the way the infiltrators holed up in the jungle, they suspect that the terrorists were trained by Pakistani commandos. However, there is no official confirmation on the same. 

US President Joe Biden Says US Will Defend Taiwan If Latter Attacked By China

On Thursday, US president Joe Biden said that the United States would come to the rescue of the island country Taiwan if it is attacked by its neighboring country China which considers Taiwan a part of its territory. When asked if the US will defend Taiwan, the US president said: “Yes, We have a commitment to that,” Biden’s direct statement did not match with the long-held US policy ‘strategic ambiguity’ which states that the US will help in building Taiwan’s defenses but not explicitly promise to defend them in case of an attack. President Joe Biden made the same statement in August, insisting that the US will always help key allies, including Taiwan, despite withdrawing US security forces from Afghanistan during the Taliban’s seizure of Kabul.

Mumbai Drug Bust Case: Ananya Panday To Arrive At 11 am At NCB’s Office For Questioning 

On Thursday, Narcotics Control Bureau officials visited Aryan Khan and Ananya Panday’s residence and conducted a raid. After the raid, Chunky Panday’s daughter and a close friend of Aryan Khan, Ananya Panday, was summoned by the anti-drug agency at 2 pm for questioning regarding some WhatsApp chats found in Aryan’s phone. The female actor was questioned by NCB officials for more than an hour, and she was accompanied by her father and actor Chunky Panday. Meanwhile, the 22-year-old female actor has again been called by the anti-drug agency at around 11 am today. Ananya Panday was asked about Aryan Khan’s drug chat and if she knew about the involvement of any international drug peddler since Aryan Khan has been regularly consuming drugs for 4 years. The NCB released a statement on summoning Ananya Panday; the agency said: “It’s just an investigation. Everyone is not a culprit; some are witnesses too. We are just calling people to the bureau for questioning.” On Wednesday, Aryan Khan’s bail plea was rejected by a special NDPS court due to suspicious WhatsApp chats found in Aryan’s phone that suggests his involvement in illicit drug activities. The next bail hearing is scheduled for 26th October, and currently, Aryan Khan is lodged at the Arthur Road jail in Mumbai. On Thursday morning, Shah Rukh Khan visited the prison to meet his son Aryan Khan. Various pictures of SRK folding hands in front of the public has gone viral on social media. 

Bigg Boss 15: Are Makers Trying To Create fake Love Angle Between Tejasswi Prakash And Karan Kundrra?

While #TejRan has been continuously trending on Twitter after Tejasswi spoke to Karan about their equation in an episode. Karan Kundrra also expressed his fondness for Tejasswi Prakash. However, in a recent episode, when a fight broke out between Karan Kundrra and Pratik Sehajpal, Tejasswi Prakash came in the middle and told Pratik to not come near Karan. After the violent incident, Tejasswi was seen speaking to Karan Kundrra where she said that she would try to control situations if he gets aggressive. While fans are pretty excited about the romantic tale between Karan and Tejasswi, something seems to be off as both seem to be more like a strong team or close allies of each other. There is no romantic angle between the two as neither Karan nor Tejasswi is seen flirting with each other. Well, one can’t say how the #TejRan story will proceed further, but makers are definitely trying to show a romantic angle, especially in the promos since both are strong players and fans are loving their jodi. 

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