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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi  announces  a high level task force on structural reforms in agriculture.

  • Government  convenes an all-party meeting in New Delhi today ahead of Parliament session.

  • Efforts on to end the West Bengal doctors' agitation as it enters the 7th day today.

  • Heat stroke  claims 43 lives in Bihar during past 24 hours.

  • And  in  ICC Cricket World Cup, India to clash with arch -rivals Pakistan today at Manchester; match starts at 3 PM .


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the creation of a high level task force on structural reforms in agriculture. Briefing media after the Fifth Meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog chaired by the Prime Minister yesterday, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said, the task force will be formed in near future and will be  asked to submit its report in two to three months. Mr Kumar said, rain water harvesting, drought situation and relief measures, aspirational districts, and security related items were among the items of the agenda of the meeting. He said, the Prime Minister stressed on the need to promote export and every state should focus on exports to enhance the economy.

"The whole focus of the Prime Minister was on making the states export competitive and the point was that you can never be a five trillion dollar economy, till you do not have states as champions of manufacturing and exports".

Dr. Kumar said, discussions also took place on agro processing, value addition and supply chain and investment in agriculture sector. He said, the states have  appreciated the initiatives on Aspirational Districts and the Prime Minister suggested to choose backward blocks for the development.

Dr Kumar said, extensive deliberations were held on Left Wing Extremism (LWE) and Jammu and Kashmir issue. He said, development works have picked up in the LWE areas and LWE infested areas have shrunk and  Centre is standing  with States to tackle the menace.

NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant said that NITI Aayog will look into the suggestions to review National Disaster Response Fund and State Disaster Response Fund and subsidy on drip irrigation.  


Government has convened an all-party meeting in New Delhi today ahead of Parliament session. The session will commence tomorrow and will continue till 26th of next month. More from our correspondent:

"During the meeting, government will seek the support of the opposition parties to ensure smooth functioning of both the Houses of Parliament. Besides Triple Talaq Bill, the bills likely to be introduced in Parliament are The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers Cadre) Bill and Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill 2019. President Ram Nath Kovind will address the joint sitting of both Houses on Thursday. The Economic Survey will be presented on 4th of July and the Budget on the 5th of July. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI". 


The First session of 17th Lok Sabha will begin tomorrow. On the eve of the session today, News Services Division of All India Radio will bring you discussions on  “Issues Before Parliament” and  “Sansad Ke Samaksh Mudde”.

 “Issues Before Parliament” can be heard on Rajdhani Channel from 9.30 PM, while “Sansad Ke Samaksh Mudde” can be heard on the Indraprastha and FM Gold channels from 9.30 PM.


A meeting of National Democratic Alliance leaders will take place today evening to discuss strategies for the Parliament session beginning tomorrow. BJP parliamentary party executive committee meeting will also be held in the evening.


Efforts are on to end the West Bengal Doctors agitation which entered the 7th day today. The agitation began on Monday night when two junior doctors of NRS Hospital in Kolkata were injured in an attack by relatives of a patients who died. Except emergency services, all other services including OPD in government owned hospitals in the state have stopped.

A spokesman of the agitating doctors said in Kolkata last evening that they were open to dialogue. He said, they are eagerly waiting to break the deadlock. The doctors are demanding their security at the workplace.

State Governor KN Tripathi had written to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to take immediate steps to provide security to the medicos and find out a solution to the impasse. Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan had also written to the Chief Minister.  He also asked states to consider enacting specific legislation for protecting doctors and medical professionals from any form of violence.

Meanwhile, pressure on the State Government is building up.  A large number of doctors of government hospitals in the state have resigned. Junior doctors in hospitals across the country have undertaken token strike to express their solidarity with the agitating doctors of West Bengal. Indian Medical Association has called a day's strike tomorrow. 


Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan will today visit Muzaffarpur in Bihar where he will take stock of the situation arising out of encephalitis. Dr. Harsh Vardhan will visit Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) along with Kejriwal Hospital where encephalitis affected children are undergoing treatment.

In Muzaffarpur, he will also hold discussions with health officials of Centre and State. Before returning to New Delhi, Dr Harsh Vardhan will hold review meeting with Bihar government health officials where he will discuss measures to contain the disease. He will be accompanied by Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey.

Meanwhile, Bihar Health Secretary Sanjay Kumar said that besides providing medical facilities at Muzaffarpur all arrangements have been made at Primary Health Centre-level to tackle the disease. 

Union Minister of State for Home Nitaynand Rai said yesterday that a comprehensive study would be done in the encephalitis affected areas. Mr. Rai who visited SKMCH, Muzaffarpur told media persons that experts would try to find out the exact cause of the encephalitis so that its further spread is contained and precious lives saved.


In Bihar, heat stroke has claimed 43 lives during the past 24 hours. Official sources said, 30 deaths have been reported from Aurangabad district, while 7 people died in Gaya and 6 in Nawada districts. More than 70 people are undergoing treatment in different hospitals in these districts. Chief Medical officer of Aurangabad Surendra Kumar Singh said more than 30 people are undergoing treatment with symptoms of dizziness, de-hydration and severe headache.

Sweltering heat has paralyzed normal life in several parts of the state with mercury touching 46 degree Celsius yesterday in Patna, Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada and Dehri. More from our correspondent:

"Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked officials to provide all possible medical facilities to affected people. He also asked to provide ex-gratia of four lakh  rupees each to families of victims. A delegation led by Regional Health Director would today visit Aurangabad to take stock of situation. The Met Department in Patna has forecast that there will be no relief for next two days from intense heat wave conditions. The Disaster Management Department has sounded in the state and appealed people to remain inside during day time.  Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Patna."

Classes have been suspended in government and private schools in Patna and Bhagalpur till 19th of this month due to intense heatwave. State education department has issued advisory to all other districts to ensure schools function only during morning.

In Uttar Pradesh, heat wave continued unabated. Maximum temperature is hovering above 45 degree Celsius at most of the places. Our correspondent reports that Prayagraj sizzled at 47.4 degree Celsius, while Banda recorded a maximum of 46.2 degree, followed by Varanasi at 46 degree Celsius yesterday.

"After two days of relief, hot winds  are troubling people in state.  Markets and roads wear deserted look  in the afternoon.  At many places, the district administrations have banned car washing centers to save water. The Met Department has predicated heat wave conditions to continue.  It also forcast and  thunderstorm and rains  very likely at isolated places today.  Multan Singh Yadav, AIR News, Lucknow."


Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will expand his Cabinet today. Governor C Vidyasagar Rao will administer the oath of office and secrecy to new ministers at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athavale said, his partyman Avinash Mahatekar will be inducted in the Cabinet.


Maharashtra’s Food and Civil Supply Minister Jaykumar Raval has made it clear that PDS shops will have to provide foodgrain to ration card holders on any day of the month and this condition is mandatory for the PDS shop owners. He said, they had received complaints that shop owners were denying food grains on ration card after certain days in the month.


The BJP headed by its state President B S Yeddyurappa will gherao Chief Minister’s Home office Krishna in Bengaluru today to protest Government’s decision to sell huge tract of land to Jindal steel company allegedly at a throwaway price. The party was staging a dharna since last two days. A party release says that its Members of Parliament, MLAs, Corporators and workers will take part in staging a gherao. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Dr.G Parameshwara has clarified that selling of land to Jindal has been deferred and that a cabinet sub-committee will look into the allegations made by BJP and others. Yeddyurappa has however termed this as an eyewash.


Odisha government is gearing up to implement the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 within and outside the gram Panchayat areas including urban agglomeration across the State within next one year. Joint Secretary of Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water department SC Das said that the rules will be first implemented in three model gram Panchayats each in 30 districts and later scaled up to cover the entire State. More from our correspondent:

"The Solid Waste Management rule initially was meant for municipality areas. But, as per the direction of National Green Tribunal  recently, rural areas will also have to follow the guidelines. The state government identified all 90 Gram Panchayats where the rule will be implemented soon. The Government is also formulating a sanitation policy in which Gram Panchayats will be major stakeholders. The new policy will mandate for compulsory compost pit in every household besides garbage cleaning and proper waste disposal. Though the waste generated in rural areas is predominantly organic and biodegradable, it is becoming a major concern due to indiscriminate disposal.Tapan Maharana, AIR news, Cuttack"


In Madhya Pradesh, two-wheeler dealers in the state will have to provide two helmets to the customers with every new vehicle. In effect, it also means that every customer will now have to buy two helmets with their vehicle.  More from our correspondent:

"As per the order issued by Transport Commissioner two helmet rules should be checked effectively during registration of vehicle. Automobile dealers have also been asked to take the responsibility to convince the citizens to buy two helmets along with their two-wheeler. The idea is to ensure the implementation of Madhya Pradesh High Court order, which makes it compulsory for two-wheeler drivers to wear helmet. According to Section 129 of Motor Vehicles Act, it is mandatory for driver and pillion rider on a two-wheeler to wear helmets. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal." 


Assam government will set up a Skill University at the cost of 850 crore rupees at Darrang district. Participating in an AIR talk show last night, Mission Director of Assam Skill Development Mission, AP Tiwari said that the proposed institution will be known as Skill City. This will be perhaps the first skill university of the country with a capacity of 10 thousand seats.


In the ICC Cricket World Cup, the most anticipated fixture at group stage takes place today when India take on arch-rivals Pakistan at Manchester. The match is scheduled to begin at 3 PM Indian time. All India Radio will broadcast live commentary of the match. It can be heard on DTH (Hindi) and additional frequencies from 2:30 PM onwards.

The match is very important for India as it intends to extend its six-match winning streak over Pakistan at 50-overs World Cups. For Pakistan, the team will be under tremendous pressure as it faces a mammoth task to reach the semi-finals if they lose to India today. Pakistan have lost two of their four games and are eighth in the tournament standings.

There were two matches played yesterday. In the first match, Australia beat Sri Lanka by 87 runs in London. Chasing a victory target of 335 runs, Sri Lanka were dismissed for 247 in 45.5 overs. . In the second match at Cardiff, South Africa defeated Afghanistan by 9 wickets through Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.



  • The Prime Minister's address at the 5th meeting of the governing council of NITI Aayog is prominently featured on most front pages. The Hindu quotes him as saying, "Want to make India a five trillion dollar economy by 2024".

  • "Multi agency body to track all terrorism cases in J&K", reports Hindustan Times.

  • The Indian Express reports, "India and Myanmar forces coordinate to destroy NE insurgent camps across border ".

  • The Times of India writes, "Amid Russia arms row, India plans mega deal for US military drones".

  • Financial Express headlines "Air India to tap more international routes". The report adds that the grounding of Jet Airways has opened up more destinations like Nairobi, Hong Kong and Bali for other carriers.

  • In a report, The Tribune reveals rampant abuse of power subsidy by well-off in Punjab. The paper comments that while marginal farmers struggled for tubewell connections, the well-off had multiple subsidised connections.

  • And finally, as everyone waits with bated breath for the Super Sunday clash between India and Pakistan, the Indian Express writes that Indian and Pakistani fans are united in their worry - Will the weather hold?



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