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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges people to collectively ensure flora and fauna thrives on Mother Earth; Urban Forest Program launched on the occasion of World Environment Day.
  • India pledges 15 million US dollars to the international vaccine alliance,GAVI.
  • External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar says, New Orientation for a Reformed Multilateral System to be India's approach at the UNSC.
  • Government to transfer 500 Rupees to the accounts of Women account holders of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana for the month of June from today.
  • Central teams visit West Bengal to assess damage caused by cyclone Amphan.


World Environment Day is being celebrated today. It is the biggest annual event in the world by the United Nations to mark awareness about the environment  amongst people. The  main aim is to raise awareness to protect nature and look at various environmental issues. The theme for this year 's Environment day is Biodiversity. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to collectively ensure that flora and fauna thrives on mother Earth. He reiterated the pledge to preserve nature's rich biodiversity. In his latest Mann Ki Baat last Sunday, the Prime Minister said, every Indian should contribute to nature by planting at least one tree to bring positive change in the environment.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister , Prakash Javadekar launched the Urban Forest program on the occasion of World Environment Day. Speaking in a virtual celebration hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr. Javadekar said, despite all constraints, the country has managed to preserve around 8 per cent of the world's biodiversity through its rich culture of worshipping and nurturing every aspect of Mother Nature. He said , the country believes in the principle of Prithvi Rakshti Rakshatah , which means Mother Nature protects those, who protect her.

Mr. Javadekar emphasised on the need to promote Urban Forests, Nagar Van initiative through active public participation. In the initial phase, under this program, forests will be developed in 200 corporations and cities in the country. The Environment Minister highlighted the success of Wajre Urban forest in the city of Pune in Maharashtra which has been developed on a 40 acre degraded land area. The virtual celebration by the Environment Ministry was also attended by Union minister of state for Environment , Babul Supriyo, Maharashtra State Forest Minister Sanjay Rathod and senior officials from the ministry and the United Nations Environment Programme.


President Ram Nath Kovind has said that India will remain committed to join hands with other nations to ensure a greener planet for posterity. Extending greetings on the occasion of World Environment Day,President Kovind said, the day reminds us to appreciate inter-connectedness of all living beings. In a tweet, he said, our ancient wisdom taught us to protect biodiversity and conserve environment.

President  said, we mark the occasion this year amid the COVID-19  and the world has united effectively in meeting the challenge. He expressed confidence that we all have learnt the right lessons and resolved to emerge from the present crisis stronger and wiser.


On this World environment day,  Kerala's first 'food forest'  is being prepared at tribal belts of Attapady in Palakkad district.

"As part of the  Tribal Comprehensive Development Program in Kerala the "food forest" project,  is being implemented in cooperation with the Mahila Kissan Saktheekaran Pariyojana of Central Government.The project aims  to provide food security to 192 tribal villages in Attapadi.The cultivation of various food crops that are part of the food forest, has been initiated by the Kudumbasree units, the  largest  women  self help group in the State. The project  that spans across  a  year,  began today , with the  planting of tree saplings, in this World environment day. With reports from Faizal Alimuth, Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram".


India has pledged 15 million dollars to Gavi, the international vaccine alliance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced this while addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday. Over 50 ​countries - business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, and Heads of State participated in the Summit.

In his address, Prime Minister Modi said India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times. He said, India’s civilization teaches that the world is one family and that during this pandemic, the country had tried to live up to this teaching. He said India shared the country’s available stocks of medicines with over 120 countries. He said this was done by forging a common response strategy in its immediate neighborhood and by providing specific support to countries that sought it, while also protecting India’s own vast population.

He said the COVID19 pandemic, in some ways, has exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, human kind faces a clear common enemy. The Prime Minister added that India recognizes and values the work of GAVI. He said India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but India’s huge demand also brings down the Global price of vaccines for all, saving almost 400 Million Dollars for GAVI over the past five years. The Prime Minister said one of the first programmes launched by his government was Mission Indradhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of the country’s children and pregnant women. He said in order to expand protection, India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme.Prime Minister said India is also the world’s foremost producer of vaccines and it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 percent of the world’s children.


Central Government today said that the recovery rate reached to 48.27 per cent in the country and the total number of recovered people from corona virus reached to one lakh nine thousand 462. During the last 24 hour, five thousand 355 people have cured.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, nine thousand 851 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the last 24 hour taking the total number of cases to two lakh 26 thousand 770 in the country. This is the highest spike in new cases in one day since the outbreak of the pandemic in India. During the last 24 hour, 273 deaths have been registered taking the nationwide toll to six thousand 348. The fatality rate is 2.80 per cent. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a total of one lakh 43 thousand 661 samples of corona virus were tested in the last 24 hours. With this, figure of total number of tests reached  43 lakh 86 thousand 379 in the country. The ICMR is continuously scaling up its testing facilities for Covid-19 by giving approval to government and private laboratories.


In Gujarat, 492 new Corona virus cases were reported in the last 24 hours which is the highest so far in a day. With this, the total number of cases rose to 18,601 yesterday. The State Health Department said that 33 more patients succumbed to the disease, taking the toll to 1,155 in the state.

Our correspondent reports that the recovery rate in the state has improved to 68.09 per cent.

"As many as 455 patients discharged from different hospitals in the state yesterday. So far, 12,667 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in the state. At present, 4,770 patients are under treatment for COVID-19 across the state. As the number of cases continue to surge in Ahmedabad, city Municipal Corporation has declared micro containment zones to effectively curb the spread of Corona virus. On the occasion of World Environment Day, the AMC has aimed to distribute over five lakh Tulsi saplings to the residents. Tulsi has proved effective in boosting the immunity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chief Minister Vijay Rupani kicked off the drive through video conferencing today. To mark the occasion, AMC distributed around 50 samples today by maintaining the social distancing. APARNA KHUNT, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD".


In Chandigarh, a 10-year old child and another 3-year old child were admitted in Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, 16 people have tested positive for COVID-19. They are family contacts of previous positive case. With this, the number of positive cases found so far in Chandigarh have risen to 304 and Active COVID-19 cases have risen to 77. Yesterday evening, eight Corona patients, had been discharged after recovery.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the biggest-ever surge in the positive cases was reported yesterday ever since the outbreak of Corona virus pandemic in the country. Forty one more COVID patients  recovered yesterday and were discharged from various hospitals taking the total number of persons having recovered so far in Jammu and Kashmir to 1,048. Although, the UT Administration is reaching-out to people with guidelines being issued from time-to-time but the onus and the adherence to guidelines greatly lies on the implementation by the people at large.

"The number of COVID cases in Jammu and Kashmir has climbed to 3,142 as Union Territory has witnessed the biggest ever single day spike of 285 positive cases yesterday.  Among these  cases, the maximum number of 222 cases were reported from Kashmir Division that has terrified the residents of Kashmir Valley. A sixty-year old man from Noorbagh area of Srinagar has fallen prey to the pandemic thus taking the total number of fatalities to thirty-five in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, public at large has been advised to strictly follow the advisories issued by the Government from time-to-time and rely only on the information as released by the Administration.  It has also advised to refrain from spreading any rumours and not to pay any heed to them.This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar."


In Nagaland, 14 new positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the last 24 hours. With this,  the total number of confirmed active COVID-19 cases has risen  to 94.  Yesterday the state recorded the highest spike of positive cases in the state  with 22 patients. In a  tweet this morning Nagaland Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom informed that out of 235 samples tested, 14 tested positive in the last 24 hours. All the samples tested were of those who have returned from Chennai.

According to the State Health and Family Welfare Department data on Covid 19 patients in the stare, out of the 80 cases reported till yesterday 64 patients are of asymptomatic  while 16 have mild symptoms. All patients are receiving medical care at the designated COVID-19 Hospitals. Further, active surveillance will prevent further spread of the infection. Till date, no recovery or death has been recorded.


In Mizoram, five more people tested positive in the last 24 hours for COVID-19 taking the total number of positive cases to 21.

Officials said that from 340 samples which were tested yesterday at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) hospital lab, five samples were found positive. The State Government has made it compulsory for all returnees from Red Zone to undergo RT-PCR test. The Chairman of the COVID-19 Medical Operation Team Dr. Z R Thiamsanga said,people who are about to complete their quarantine period will not be released until the RT-PCR test is done on them.


In the state, a COVID-19 Care Centre has been set up with 36 ventilators in ICUS and dedicated COVID-19 Health Centres have been set up in all 11 districts.


In Tripura, 25 more people tested COVID-19 positive during the last 24 hours.  With this, the total number of positive cases in the state has reached 647 with 470 active cases, while 173 Corona patients have been discharged from hospital after recovery so far.


In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio, we bring you views of leading medical experts on COVID-19.

Dr. M.V.Padma, Head of Neurosciences Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi has said that people need to stay home to stay safe and break the chain of transmission of COVID-19.


Dr. Neeraj Nishchal, Associate Professor (Medicine) in All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi spoke about why it is essential to follow advisories.


The Ayush Ministry has launched the My Life, My Yoga international video-blogging competition today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme last Sunday had informed that the competition would be open for everyone across the globe. He said, the world has shown keen interest in Yoga and Ayurveda amidst the Corona Pandemic.


To participate in the My Life, My Yoga initiative, participants have been asked to post their videos of up to three minutes on social media accounts by tagging Ministry of Ayush.


India's approach at the United Nations Security Council will be guided by the tenets of Samman, Samvad, Sahyog, Shanti and Samriddhi. External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar asserted that India’s overall objective during the fresh tenure in the UN Security Council will be the achievement of N.O.R.M.S. , New Orientation for a Reformed Multilateral System. He said this today at the launch event of a brochure outlining India’s priorities for its forthcoming campaign to secure an elected seat in the UN Security Council. The election for the UN Security Council is slated to be held on the 17th of this month.

As a single endorsed candidate of the Asia-Pacific Group, India’s candidature is very likely to succeed. This would be the nation's eighth term in the UN Security Council which will begin from January next year. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jaishankar referred to the international context that the Security Council will confront, with regard to both new and continuing traditional challenges to international peace and security. He said , the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has further contributed to a more complex international economic and political environment, including by limiting the capacity of States to respond to local, regional and global challenges.

The External Affairs Minister emphasized India’s long-standing role as a voice of moderation, an advocate of dialogue and a proponent of international law. New opportunities for progress, an effective response to international terrorism, reforming the multilateral system, comprehensive approach to international peace and security and promoting technology with a human touch as a driver of solutions have been underlined as the key priorities for the country in its stance at the UN Security Council.


The Government will start sending the amount of 500 rupees to the women account holders of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) for the month of June from today. The amount is the third installment under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package. Department of Financial Services said, beneficiaries can withdraw the amount on any day after the 10th of June. The Department of Financial Services said, the amount will be sent as per time table based on the last digit of the beneficiary's account number.

Ten thousand 29 crore rupees were credited to 20.05 crore women Jan Dhan account holders as the first installment. The number  of women PMJDY account holders whose accounts have been debited by customer induced transaction under the 1st instalment is 8.72 crore. Ten thousand 3 hundred 15 crore rupees were credited to 20.62 crore women Jan Dhan account holders with the second installment.


Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri has launched three advisories on the occasion of World Environment Day. These advisories are-  Advisory on Material Recovery Facilities for Municipal Solid Waste,  Advisory on Landfill Reclamation and a Draft advisory on On-site and Off-site Sewage Management Practices. 

Speaking at a programme titled Saving Biodiversity through Effective Waste Management in New Delhi, Mr Puri said, the documents released today are part of an effort to find and facilitate sustainable solutions to some of the key problems hindering holistic sanitation and solid waste management.


The Narendra Modi Government recently completed the first year of its second term. Our correspondent takes a look at the slew of measures taken by the Railway Ministry in the last one year. Indian Railways has accorded high priority to safety and security of the passengers. It has taken several measures for safety improvement including massive renewal of railway tracks, effective track maintenance, stringent monitoring of safety aspects, improvements in signaling system and use of modern technology for safety works. All unmanned level crossings were eliminated in the country whereas one thousand 274 manned crossings were removed. Commissioning of new line, doubling and gauge conversion increased to two thousand 226 kilometres in 2019-20.

"Railways has taken several steps for Safety and Security of passengers. The nation witnessed zero passenger casualty in rail mishaps during 2019-20. CCTV cameras have been provided in coaches and Railway Stations for enhancing security of passengers. The Railways has also undertaken several measures to increase the speed of both passenger and freight trains. Railways is constructing more than three thousand kilometres of Dedicated Freight Corridor, which will enable freight trains to run at speed of 100 km per hour. Special attention is also given towards cleanliness and every endeavour is made to keep the stations and coaches including toilets in properly maintained and clean condition. The punctuality of trains has also improved significantly by nearly 10 per cent over the last year. During the lockdown period, Railways has acted as a lifeline for the nation by carrying essential goods across the country. Railways operationalized over four thousand 230 Shramik Special trains across the country so far and transported more than 59 lakh passengers to their home states. Railways distributed more than 85 lakh free meals and about one crore 25 lakh free water bottles to migrants travelling in Shramik Special Trains. In addition to Shramik Specials, Railways are running 15 pairs of special AC trains and Two hundred special trains. With Dipendra, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi".

Indian Railways has taken various steps under Swachh Bharat, Swachh Railways initiative in order to provide a clean environment and smooth travel experience to its passengers. Railways said, more than 49 thousand bio-toilets were installed in 14 thousand 916 coaches during the last financial year.


Maharashtra Government’s phased relaxation of lockdown 5.0, 'Mission Begin Again' started in state from today, thus bringing back life to normal after over two months. The government issued revised guidelines regarding the services to be permitted to operate across the state after careful marking of containment and non-containment zones in view of the COVID-19 epidemic.

"In a big relief to the people, shops and market places on one side of the road/lane/passage opened today for the full working hours while those on the other side will open tomorrow as per odd-even dates. The shop owners are insisting on social distancing and wearing masks for customers and are using gloves and sanitizers as precaution. The municipal commissioners along with the police commissioners have been told to involve market and shop-owners’ association for implementation of social distancing and traffic movement. Taxis and rickshaws have been permitted to ply for emergency services only. As per the revised orders inter-district movement in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), which includes Mumbai city, Mumbai suburban, Thane, Palghar and part of Raigad districts, started from today. SONALI GHADYAL PATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI".


In West Bengal, a Central team is currently on a visit of areas hit by Cyclone AMPHAN in North and South 24-Parganas Districts. The seven-member team led by Joint Secretary of the Union Home Ministry Mr. Anuj Sharma had arrived in Kolkata yesterday to assess the damage caused by the Super-cyclonic Storm.

"Dividing in two groups the Central Team is currently taking stock of the damages at AMPHAN ravaged various areas in North and South 24-Parganas Districts. One team is visiting various areas at Sandeshkhali, Kalagachhia, Dhamakhali under Basirhat Sub-Division in North 24-Parganas District while other team is currently on visit different places under Kakdwip Sub-Division in South 24-Parganas District. Both the teams made an aerial survey to asses the damages besides interacting with local people. The Central team also took an eye-witness report on damages of river embankments in Sunderbans. Prior to their visits to the affected places both the District Administrations briefed the Central team about the devastation. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR News, Kolkata".


Now, Let us take a look at the weather forecast for today. The National capital Delhi had a minimum temperature of 23 degrees Celsius. Maximum temperature is expected to hover around 36 with generally cloudy sky and Light rain. In Muzzafarabad, there will be a Partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm. The minimum temperature was  17 and maximum is expected to be around 35.



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