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  • Last rites of Veteran Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit to be performed today with full state honours.

  • Twenty thousand wellness centers to be completed this year under the Ayushman Bharat  programme.

  • Efforts on for early release and repatriation of Indian nationals  on board British oil tanker seized by Iranian Authorities, says MEA.

  • Hima Das wins gold in  400 meter race at Nove Mesto in Czech Republic taking her Gold tally to five this month.

  • In Badminton, P.V. Sindhu to meet Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the women's singles final of Indonesia Open in Jakarta.


Last rites of Veteran Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit will be performed  this afternoon at the Nigam Bodh Ghat. She will be accorded a state funeral. 81 year old Dikshit passed away yesterday at a private hospital in the national capital after suffering cardiac arrest. The three-time Delhi Chief Minister is  credited with giving the national capital its modern look.

"After her death yesterday, Sheila Dixit's body was kept at her  residence in  the city , where politicians cutting across party lines including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi visited to pay their last respects.  Delhi government has declared a two-day mourning in the national capital as a mark of respect for the former Chief Minister. Condolences poured in from various quarters after her demise, with President Ram Nath Kovind and the Prime Minister recalling the momentous transformation of the national capital during her tenure. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu termed her a good administrator. Known as a warm and affable politician, Dikshit carried out massive infrastructure development of Delhi during her tenure. With Diwaker ARTI RANA, AIR News Delhi."


Twenty thousand wellness centers will be completed by the end of the current year under the Ayushman Bharat programme. This was stated by the Health and family welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Hyderabad yesterday. He said that a total of 1.5 lakh wellness centers are to be established in the country under this programme.

Addressing scientists and officials of CSIR laboratories Dr Harsh Vardhan termed the Ayushman Bharat programme as a successful model in implementing universal health. He asked them to work in a proactive and out of the box manner to reduce the suffering of people, especially those with rare and genetic diseases.

The minister further said the government has set a target of eradicating Tuberculosis from the country by 2025. He also said  that the new National Medical Council Bill will be introduced in Parliament on Monday.


India’s lander mission to moon Chandrayaan-2 is all set to take off tomorrow afternoon, at 2.43 pm from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta . The countdown for the mission is expected to begin this evening . Initially, it will be carried in an earth-centric elliptical orbit by the rocket GSLV-Mark-Three. From there, it will be made to escape out of the earth’s gravity by burning the engines onboard Chandrayaan-2. Later, it will be taken on a lunar trajectory and ed into a 100-km circular orbit around the moon. It will be followed by the descending of the lander in slow motion on the lunar surface and the rover’s scientific expedition on its terrain.

Originally it was scheduled to lift off early in the morning on July 15th. However, an anomaly in the cryogenic upper stage of the launch vehicle had been detected less than an hour before its ignition, and the mission was aborted temporarily.

"The Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO bounces back from the initial setback it faced on last Monday. Though the rocket GSLV-Mark-Three developed a hitch, the integrity of the mission remained intact, giving confidence for the national space agency to go for the launch of Chandrayaan-2 in the prevailing launch-window itself. If the mission is delayed further, then the waiting time for the next launch would be longer, till September. ISRO scientists are said to have tweaked the path and flight duration of Chandrayaan-2 in such a way that the original date with the moon is not missed. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said, his ministry will not tolerate any compromise on air safety and standards. Mr Puri was speaking at the International conference cum awards on Civil Aviation and Cargo in Delhi . The Minister said, the Indian aviation sector is witnessing rapidly increasing demand. He said that by 2040 air passenger traffic would increase nearly five times. He called on industry operators and all stakeholders in the Civil aviation sector to work in a healthy perceptive.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio on the 28th of this month at 11 A.M.  Our Correspondent reports, the Prime Minister has been raising various important issues through the monthly programme which is aired on the last Sunday of every month. In the last episode of the programme, he had highlighted the importance of books. He urged people to make reading a part of daily routine. The Prime Minister mentioned the Akshara Library in Kerala which lies in a village nestled within the dense forests of Idukki and is a beacon guiding tribal children on a new path.

आपको यह जानकर आश्चर्य होगा कि लाइब्रेरी इडुक्की के घने जंगलों के बीच बसे गांव में है। यहां के प्राथमिक विद्यालय के शिक्षक पी.के. मुरलीधरन और छोटी सी चाय की दुकान चलाने वाले पी.बी. चिन्नाथम्पी इन दोनों ने इस लाइब्रेरी के लिए अथक परिश्रम किया है। एक समय ऐसा भी रहा कि जब गट्ठर में भरकर और पीठ पर लादकर यहां पुस्तकें लायी गईं। आज यह लाइब्रेरी आदिवासी बच्चों के साथ हर किसी को एक नई राह दिखा रही है।


Eighteen Indian crew members are reported to be among 23 people on board ship  STENA IMPERO seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guard from the Strait of Hormuz.  New Delhi says, it is ascertaining further details regarding the detention of Indian crew members. External Affair Ministry's Spokesman Raveesh Kumar said, Indian Mission is in touch with the Government of Iran to secure the early release and repatriation of Indian nationals. 

Meanwhile, Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday demanded the release of the ship. Hunt said his government wants to de-escalate tensions with Iran. The statement came following a meeting of the emergencies committee over Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker. Hunt further said that the seizure of the ship was in contravention of international law. It raises serious questions about the security of British ships.


British Airways has cancelled all flights to the Egyptian capital Cairo for a week as a security precaution. Passengers about to board a British Airways flight to Cairo from London's Heathrow Airport were told that it was cancelled - and that there would be no alternative flights for a week. The airline did not specify what the security issue was.

A spokesman for Cairo airport told news reporters that the airport was yet to be notified by the airlines of any such changes. German airline Lufthansa also cancelled flights to Cairo yesterday. However, It would be resumed today.


Israeli forces have dispersed several dozen Palestinians protesting the planned demolitions of homes in an east Jerusalem village. About 50 Palestinians gathered yesterday at Sur Baher in solidarity with the owners of homes close to the border wall. According to witnesses, Israeli forces fired tear gas and stun grenades to end the rally. Israel said that the 10 buildings, located on the West Bank side of the barrier, were erected too close to the structure. In June, Israel's Supreme Court rejected a petition by the residents to cancel the demolitions. UN officials have urged Israel to halt the demolitions.


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is scheduled to visit Sonbhadra today to meet family members of the victims of the firing incident which claimed 10 lives on 17th of this month.

Our  correspondent reports that after meeting the family members of the victims in Ummah village of Ghorawal Tehsil, Chief Minister will go to district hospital Sonbhadra where he will meet villagers injured in this incident. Later, he will also address a press conference at Collectorate.


As South-West monsoon intensifies, heavy rains continue to lash Kerala. The state has been witnessing incessant rain for the last 4 days. More from our correspondent:

"South West monsoon drenched most parts of the state flooding low lying areas. Coastal regions are on high due to massive sea erosion. Search operations are on for missing 4 people including 3 fishermen. Shutters of Major dams are raised. Met dept predicts heavy rainfall till 24th July. Red is issued in Idukki and kasarkod district today. Fishermen are warned not to venture into the sea. 10 relief camps are opened across the state. This is mayusha for AiR news from Thiruvanthapuram.


Government has started a special campaign for water conservation. In this series All India Radio brings you a special story on Madaka which was one of the most common traditional systems of water conservation followed in coastal Karnataka. In this system, a large body of water is collected on the sloppy terrain where there is a huge catchment, natural boundaries were created to hold water.

"A madaka is a multipurpose water body that met all the needs of the local village from the cultivation of paddy to domestic purposes. These were traditionally responsible for recharging the underground water source, standing as insurance during water shortage. Shree Padre is an eminent rainwater harvesting exponent from Kasagod, who says that madakas are forgotten water treasures in the laterite areas of coastal Karnataka.

"The history says  that madakas were constructed to supplement water irrigation for paddy field if at all there is a water crisis. Water is used to be carried through open channels  and use for irrigation for paddy fields.  Madakas are really water treasures and help the sustainable water system for irrigation and drinking in our coastal Karnataka."

Shree Padre says that if this happens, madakas will move out from the pages of history and become a part of our lives once again. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS  , BENGALURU."


Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and the Uttar Pradesh government have decided to set up skill centres of excellence in Greater Noida and Varanasi. The two centres will have latest infrastructure which will be created under joint collaboration between the state and the Centre.

The centre was conceptualised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself during his visit to Singapore's Institute of Technical Education and its foundation was also laid by him. The institute will be opened in partnership with the Institute of Technical Education, Singapore and will have around 10-12 labs. 


In Badminton, P.V. Sindhu will meet Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the women's singles final of Indonesia Open in Jakarta today. This is the first time in her career that Sindhu has made it to Indonesia Open final. In the semifinal yesterday, Sindhu outclassed Chen Yu Fei of China in just 46 minutes.

This is Sindhu's fifth win over Chen Yu Fei in 8 meetings so far. Meanwhile, Sindhu enjoys a dominant head-to-head record against her finalist Yamaguchi.


Indian sprinter Hima Das won a gold medal in the 400 meter race with a season-best time of 52.09 seconds at Nove Mesto in Czech Republic yesterday. It was Hima's fifth gold medal since July 2nd when she ran her first competitive race in Europe. Hima won gold in the 200 meters race at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix and Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland earlier this month. She won her third 200 meters gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet and fourth gold at the Tabor Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic.



  • Most newspapers lead with a tribute to former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who passed away yesterday.

  • The Indian Express headline describes her as  "CM who shaped new Delhi".

  • Many papers also feature a photograph of PM Modi paying his tributes to Sheila Dikshit the longest-serving woman CM, on their front page.

  • Another story that finds prominence in the papers  is the capture of the British tanker with 18 Indians on-board, by Iran. The Pioneer writes, "India in talks with Iran for Indian crew's release".

  • The Tribune quotes  the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh as saying, that the government was "for talks, but had many other means too", to resolve the Kashmir issue. In related news, the Hindustan Times reports that there were "fewer stone-pelting cases in Kashmir under central rule".

  • And finally, those who don't declare any taxable income, but splurge money on buying cars, homes and jewellery will now have to contend with a new weapon of the Income-tax authorities. Aadhar will now be used to track big-ticket transactions, reports the Hindustan Times.


In some more news,

Pakistan's anti-corruption body has initiated another investigation against jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam for their alleged involvement in money laundering and having income beyond their means. According to Dawn News, the National Accountability Bureau,NAB,  launched the investigation against Maryam, her father Nawaz, uncle Shahbaz Sharif, cousins Hamza Shahbaz and Yousuf Abbas and others for owning the Chaudhry Sugar Mills Limited. The NAB has reportedly traced numerous telegraphic transfers worth millions of rupees by the Sharif family and the end beneficiaries included Maryam and other owners of the Chaudhry Sugar Mills.

The development came a day after an anti-corruption court dismissed a plea filed against Maryam who is also the Vice President of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) for submitting a fake document in the high-profile Avenfield Apartments case. Nawaz Sharif is now serving a seven-year prison term at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 24, 2018 in the Al-Azizia case.


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