Free Press Bulletin: Top 5 news updates of September 27, 2021; watch video

04:26 PM Sep 27, 2021 | FPJ Web Desk

Here are the top 5 news updates of September 27, 2021:

1. Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission has potential to bring revolutionary changes: PM at its launch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, under which a digital health ID will be provided to people that will contain their health records, and asserted that it has the potential to bring revolutionary changes in healthcare. In his address after the launch, Modi said the mission marks a new phase in efforts of the last seven years to strengthen health facilities. The pilot project of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission was announced by the prime minister from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15, 2020. Currently, Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission is being implemented in a pilot phase in six union territories.


2. Former Goa CM Luizinho Faleiro resigns as Cong MLA, likely to join TMC

Former Goa chief minister and Congress leader Luizinho Faleiro resigned as member of the state Legislative Assembly today and is likely to join the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC). Minutes before resigning, Faleiro praised West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and said the country needs a leader like her to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Faleiro, who represented the Navelim Assembly seat and was recently made the Goa Congress' campaign committee chief in the wake of the state polls due next year, submitted his resignation to Assembly Speaker Rajesh Patnekar. With his resignation, the Congress' strength in the 40-member House has been reduced to four.


3. Mixed response to Bharat Bandh by farmers; traffic situation in Delhi, nearby areas return to normal

The 'Bharat Bandh' called by farmer unions to mark the one year anniversary of the enactment of the Centre's three farm laws met with mixed response. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, which gave the call for the nationwide bandh in a statement today said there has been "an unprecedented response, beyond anyone's expectations". The bandh, which began at 6 am today caused disruptions in traffic movement of Delhi and neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab. Besides, about 25 trains have been affected due to the Bharat Bandh, officials said. "More than 20 locations are being blocked in Delhi, Ambala, and Firozepur divisions. About 25 trains are affected due to this," a spokesperson for the Northern Railway said.

4. England all-rounder Moeen Ali announces retirement from Test cricket

England all-rounder Moeen Ali today decided to call time on his Test match career. Ali, 34, made his Test debut back in 2014 and went on to represent England in 64 Test matches. He took 195 Test wickets including 5 five-wicket hauls and scored five Test match centuries during his career. Announcing his decision, Ali in an official release said: "I'm 34 now and I want to play for as long as I can and I just want to enjoy my cricket. Test cricket is amazing, when you're having a good day it's better than any other format by far, it's more rewarding and you feel like you've really earnt it." Ali said hopes that his Test career will inspire and open the door for other British Muslims to play for England.

5. Sensex, Nifty tick higher to fresh records

Equity benchmarks Sensex and Nifty inched marginally higher today to end at fresh lifetime highs, led by gains in Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank and Maruti amid a largely positive trend in global markets. After touching its lifetime intra-day high of 60,412.32, the 30-share Sensex ended 29.41 points or 0.05 per cent higher at its all-time closing peak of 60,077.88. Similarly, the NSE Nifty advanced 1.90 points or 0.01 per cent to record 17,855.10. Maruti was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rallying over 6 per cent, followed by M&M, Bajaj Auto, NTPC, Reliance Industries and HDFC Bank. On the other hand, HCL Tech, Tch Mahindra, Bajaj Finserv and Infosys were among the laggards.

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