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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation today via his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat. This will be the 68th edition of his monthly radio programme. In his last Mann Ki Baat episode, which coincided with the 21st anniversary of 'Kargil Vijay Diwas', PM Modi had criticised Pakistan, saying "it undertook the misadventure with sinister plans to capture India's land and to divert its ongoing internal conflicts".

Here are the highlights of August 30: 

17:06 pm: Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) asks banks to refund the charges collected after January 1, 2020 on transactions carried out using electronic modes

16:38 pm: Karnataka BJP President Nalinkumar Kateel says, he has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been admitted to hospital with no symptoms.

16:13 pm: Light rain or drizzle to occur over and over and adjoining areas of isolated places of entire Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Sonipat, Palwal, Nuh, Bijnor, Meerut, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Mehem, Narnaul, Faridabad during the next 2 hours: India Meteorological Department

15:14 pm: 'Time to get vocal for local toys': PM Modi urges start-ups to 'team up for toys', pushes for 'Aatma Nirbhar Bharat'

15:14 pm: India's COVID-19 recoveries today crossed 27 lakhs. With the recovery of 64,935 cases in the last 24 hours, recoveries in India today exceeded active cases by 3.55 times. India's recovery rate improved to 76.61% while Case Fatality Rate dipped to 1.79% today: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

14:42 pm: 

14:02 pm: Pak Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation on LoC in Nowshera, Rajouri district, J&K. Naib Subedar Rajwinder Singh was critically injured in the incident & later succumbed to his injuries. Nation will always remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice: PRO (Defence)

13:32 pm: Yesterday at Pantha Chowk (Srinagar) check post, a bike-borne youth fired at personnel posted there. After a prolonged exchange of fire, 3 terrorists were neutralised. They were affiliated to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), 1 of them was a senior commander: Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh

13:32 pm: 

12:31 pm: 161 more police personnel found COVID19 positive and one died in the last 24 hours in Maharashtra. Total number of Corona positive police personnel in the state reaches to 14,953 including 2,800 active cases, 11,999 recoveries and 154 deaths till date: Maharashtra Police

12:01 pm: Rajasthan reports 603 new COVID19 cases and 7 deaths, taking the total positive cases and deaths in the state to 79,380 and 1,037 respectively. Total active cases in the state are 14,730: State Health Department

11:31 pm: Friends, especially my teacher friends, our country will celebrate the festival of the 75th year of independence in the year 2022: PM Modi

11:30 pm: India will mark the month of September as 'Nutrition month': PM Modi

11:25 am: Some time ago I got to know in great detail about the role of dogs in the security of the country and also got to hear many stories too: PM Modi

11:24 am: Dear countrymen, everyone acknowledges capability of Indians to offer innovation, solutions, when there is dedication and sensitivity, this power becomes limitless. At the beginning of this month an app innovation challenge was put before youth of country: PM Modi

11:16 am: Friends, be it virtual games, be it the sector of toys in the self-reliant India campaign, all have to play very important role, and therein lies an opportunity too: PM Modi

11:16 am: Friends, similarly in this era of computers and smartphones, there is a big trend of computer games. These games are played by children and grownups as well. But even in these games, their themes are mostly extraneous: PM Modi

11:13 am: Toys should be such that in their presence childhood blooms and smiles. Let us make toys which are favourable to the environment too: PM Modi

11:11 am: Now, just spare a thought for a nation which has so much of heritage, tradition, variety, young population, will it feel good to have such little share in the toy market? Not at all, you too won’t feel good after hearing this: PM Modi

11:09 am: My dear countrymen, during this Corona time, Country fighting on many fronts simultaneously. But at same time, the question that frequently comes to mind is, how my young little friends are spending their time while they remain homebound for so long: PM Modi

11:05 am: This is a time for festivals but at the same time, there is also a sense of discipline among people due to the coronavirus situation: PM Modi 

11:04 am: The zest of Onam today has reached distant shores of foreign lands. Be it America, Europe or Gulf countries, the verve of Onam can be felt everywhere. Onam is increasingly turning out to be an international festival: PM Modi

11:02 am: My dear countrymen, Namaskar: PM Modi addresses nation

10:55 am: PM Modi to address nation through Mann Ki Baat shortly

10:28 am: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called for a high-level meeting over flood situation in the state today, reports ANI

10:04 am: India's COVID-19 case tally crosses 35 lakh mark with a spike of 78,761 new cases & 948 deaths in the last 24 hours

COVID-19 case tally in the country stands at 35,42,734 including 7,65,302 active cases, 27,13,934 cured/discharged/migrated and 63,498 deaths: Health Ministry

9:38 am: The total number of samples tested up to 29th August is 4,14,61,636 including 10,55,027 samples tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research

9:09 am: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan spoke to PM Narendra Modi and gave the latter a stock of the flood situation in the state, reports ANI

9:00 am: As India rides the wave of an upsurge in testing, many States/UTs have exceeded 140 tests/day/million population as advised by WHO and several have demonstrated better performance with Positivity Rate lower than the national average: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

8:30 am: Bharatiya Janata Party to celebrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday on 17 September by observing 'Seva Saptah' from 14-20 September

7:55 am: Unlock 4.0: Complete list of what will reopen and what will remain closed across country from September 1

7:23 am: Just In: The security forces have gunned down three terrorists in an encounter at Pantha Chowk in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar

7:19 am: PM Modi will address the nation via Mann Ki Baat today

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma