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Here are the highlights of the day:

15:51 hours: Anybody, who is persecuted whether they are Hindu, Afghani or anybody else, it is our constitutional duty to help and protect them. I welcome what PM Modi has said. But at the same time, it should not be restricted to the people of a certain religion, says Congress leader Kapil Sibal.

14:47 hours: Considering the difficulties being faced in issuing and amending Form no 3, which is a prerequisite for making payment by the declarant under Vivad Se Vishwas Act, it has been decided to extend the last date of payment of the amount (without any additional amount) to September 30, says CBDT.

It is, however, clarified that there is no proposal to change the last date for payment of the amount (with additional amount) under Vivad Se Vishwas Act, which remains as October 31, it added.

13:31 hours: Publicity of Ramayana is important because the inherent values of life it offers will always remain relevant for humanity. Along with philosophy, Ramayana also offers the model code of conduct that guides in all aspects of our lives, says President Ram Nath Kovind.

12:52 hours: Defence Ministry is very seriously considering formation of Integrated Battle Groups. Quick decision-making is an important factor during wars. These groups will not only facilitate faster decision-making but also increase the number of integrated fighting units, says Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

These 'Integrated Battle Groups' will be new groups to fight against the enemies. Under this, extremely lethal, brigade-sized agile and self-reliant fighter formations will be made, he added.

12:30 hours: The changing equation in Afghanistan is a challenge for us... These situations have forced our country to rethink its strategy. We are changing our strategy and the formation of QUAD underlines this strategy, says Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

12:05 hours: BREAKING: The government extends suspension on international scheduled commercial passenger flights to and from India till September 30.

12:00 hours: Similarly in the northern sector too, a unilateral attempt was made to change the status-quo on the border last year. There too, we faced our adversary with a new dynamism, says Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

11:50 hours: If a ceasefire (between India and Pakistan) is successful today, it is because of our strength. In 2016, cross-border strikes changed our reactionary mindset into a proactive mindset, which was further strengthened by the Balakot airstrike in 2019, says Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

The belief that India would not only end terrorism on its own land but also not hesitate to conduct counter-terrorism operations on their land if needed, is gradually becoming stronger, he added.

11:37 hours: Just In: PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat address concludes. 

11:28 hours: My dear countrymen, 'Mann Ki Baat' is no longer confined to the borders of India. There is a discussion on 'Mann Ki Baat' in different corners of the world too. And there are people from our Indian community living abroad, who keep providing me with much new information, says PM Modi.

11:18 hours: My dear countrymen, during this Corona period, the myriad aspects of cleanliness that I should have touched upon; I feel, perhaps, that it saw a decrease. I also feel that we should not let the cleanliness campaign diminish even at the slightest, says PM Modi.

11:12 hours: In the country now, Sports and Games, sportsman spirit is not to stop. In family life, in social life, in the life of the Nation, this momentum has to be accorded permanence…infusing it with energy…replenishing it with relentless new energy, says PM Modi.

11:06 hours: This time, Olympics have created a major impact. The events at the Olympics are over; the Paralympics are going on. Whatever our country earned in this world of Sports may be little in comparison with the world, but enough has happened to bolster our belief, says PM Modi.

11:02 hours: All of us know that today is the birth anniversary of Major Dhyanchand ji. And our country celebrates it as National Sports Day, in commemoration, says PM Modi.

11:00 hours: Just In: PM Modi addresses nation via Mann Ki Baat, pays tribute to Major Dhyan Chand Singh

10:54 hours: Odisha reported 849 new cases, 69 deaths and 956 recoveries yesterday. Active cases stand at 7,820, says state health deparment.

10:12 hours: BREAKING: Actor Armaan Kohli arrested by NCB in connection with Bollywood drugs case, to be presented before a city court today.

10:00 hours: Of 45,083 new COVID-19 cases and 460 deaths reported in India in the last 24 hours, Kerala recorded 31,265 COVID-19 positive cases and 153 deaths yesterday, says Union Health Ministry.

9:51 hours: Just In: India reports 45,083 new COVID-19 cases, 460 deaths and 35,840 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Active caseload stands at 3,68,558 while recovery rate is currently at 97.53 per cent, says Union Health Ministry.

9:38 hours: PM Modi will address the nation today via Mann Ki Baat.

9:05 hours: Total number of samples tested up to August 28 is 51,86,42,929 including 17,55,327 samples tested yesterday, says ICMR.

8:47 hours: Tokyo Paralympics | President Ram Nath Kovind wishes paddler Bhavina Patel on winning a Silver medal.

"...Your extraordinary determination and skills have brought glory to India. My congratulations to you on this exceptional achievement," he says.

8:40 hours: Tokyo Paralympics | PM Modi congratulates paddler Bhavina Patel on winning a Silver medal.

"The remarkable Bhavina Patel has scripted history! ...Her life journey is motivating and will also draw more youngsters towards sports," he says.

8:35 hours: Karnataka reported 1,229 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths in the last 24 hours, says state health department.

7:51 hours: Tokyo Paralympics 2020 | Indian Para table tennis player Bhavina Patel brings home silver medal, loses to China's Zhou Ying in Women's Single's class 4 final.

7:30 hours: Rahul Gandhi asked me (then BJP MP) why do you wear a black cap? I told him people wear it in Uttarakhand. He says 'no, no, you're from RSS'. I said I'm from RSS but cap is from Uttarakhand. People have been wearing it there before RSS was born, says Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Few months later, Rahul Gandhi again asked me why you wear a black cap. I asked him have you read anything about RSS? He said 'yes, yes, I've read Savarkar', Piyush ji (Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha) you'll have to live with this when such people are in leadership, he added.

7:15 hours: Assam reports 586 new COVID-19 cases, 675 recoveries and 9 deaths in last 24 hours, says state health department.

Active cases: 6,087

Total recoveries: 5,74,955

Death toll: 5,636

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma