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Morning News

0830 HRS
29.06.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, self reliant India will be a real tribute to our martyrs.
  • Three terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Tamil Nadu government decides to recommend CBI probe in Tuticorin custodial death case.
  • Government extends deadline to bid for Air India till 31st August.
  • Global coronavirus cases exceed one-crore mark.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that self-reliant India will be a real tribute to our martyrs. In his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio yesterday, Mr Modi said every Indian should resolve to make the country stronger, more capable and self-reliant.

The Prime Minister said, no mission can be successfully achieved without people’s participation. Mr Modi said, when people buy local, become vocal for local they play a role in strengthening the country.

Prime Minister said, the entire country is paying tributes to the valour and bravery of our soldiers who were killed in Ladakh and is indebted to them. He said our brave soldiers proved that they will not let anyone cast an evil eye on the glory and honour of Mother India.

Mr Modi said that the world has noticed India’s commitment and might when it comes to safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity. He said, those who cast an evil eye on Indian soil in Ladakh have got a befitting response. Mr Modi said, India honours the spirit of friendship and it is also capable of giving an appropriate response to any adversary.

Mr Modi underlined the importance of defence sector preparedness. He said, after independence, we should have made efforts in the defence sector, taking advantage of the prior experience, but we did not. The Prime Minister said that today, in the fields of defence and technology, India is taking strides towards self-reliance.

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Home Minister Amit Shah has asserted that India is going to win challenges on both the fronts - the one against COVID-19 and the standoff along LAC with China in Eastern Ladakh. He was responding to an interview to a news agency.

Mr Shah attacked former Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his continuous criticism of the government over Ladakh standoff issue. Mr Shah accused him of doing what he called shallow minded politics over the issue and making remarks liked by China and Pakistan.

The Union Home Minister said that the government is fully capable of handling anti-India propaganda but it is painful when a former President of a big political party indulges in such kind of politics at a time of crisis.

The Minister hit out at Mr Gandhi for his use of words against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on social media saying it is a matter of self-introspection for him and the Congress that his hashtag is being taken forward by Pakistan and China.

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Union Minister Smriti Irani has said that Rajiv Gandhi Foundation headed by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has received funds from China. Addressing a virtual rally for BJP workers in coastal Maharashtra, she claimed that the funds helped the Gandhi family as well. Mrs Irani also raised questioned as to why has Congress been accepting donations from the Chinese Embassy?

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In Jammu and Kashmir, three terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district this morning. The encounter broke out after security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Khul Chohar following information about the presence of terrorists in the area. The gunfight broke out after terrorists opened fire on the search party of the forces, who retaliated. The identity of the slain terrorists is being ascertained. One AK 47 Rifle and two pistols have been recovered from their possession. Operation has concluded but search operation in the area is going on.

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In Assam, there is no respite in floods as new areas have been inundated. Over 9 lakh people are affected in 23 districts. 20 persons lost their lives so far in the current wave of floods. Talking to AIR, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that NDRF, SDRF teams are extending support in affected areas.

"Dhemaji, Tinsukhiya, Dibrugarh , Nalbari and Barpeta are among the worst affected districts. NDRF and SDRF teams have rescued around 10 thousand people during last 24 hours. Surging water caused large scale damages to agriculture land and also to infrastructures. Chief  Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that instruction has been issued to district administrations to provide necessary help at relief camps. Around 20 thousand people are taking shelter it relief camps. He said that Assam government is monitoring the flood situation round the clock. Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR NEWS, Guwahati."

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Home Minister Amit Shah has taken stock of the situation in Brahmaputra river and landslides near Guwahati. Mr Shah spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. He assured them of all possible help to the state. Mr Shah said the government at centre stands firmly with the people of Assam.

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Home Minister also spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and enquired about the rising water level in Mahananda river. In a tweet, Mr Shah said, he assured Nitish Kumar of all help from the central government for the safety of the people of the state.

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Uttar Pradesh is facing locust problem in many districts since large group of locusts have attacked in eastern and western parts of the state. Administration is making all efforts to kill the locusts, while villagers are also taking necessary steps to keep them away.

"Talking exclusively to AIR Principal secretary agriculture of state Devesh Chaturvedi told that currently few locust groups are active in western parts of state few small groups are also active in Eastern part of a state. He said that with change in direction of the Wind, locust groups are also changing their movement. State government is tracking their movement and taking necessary steps.

State government is also providing compensation to those farmers whose crop has been damaged by these locust groups. Devesh Chaturvedi said that there is a chain of communication through which villagers have been informed prior to the attack of locust. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

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The government has again extended the deadline to bid for Air India by two months till 31st August. This is the third time the deadline has been extended. The divestment process for the national carrier was initiated on 27th of January this year. Issuing a corrigendum to the Expression of Interest (EoI) for sale of Air India, the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management said the deadline has been extended in view of the request received from the interested bidders due to the prevailing situation arising out of COVID-19. While issuing the EoI in January, the last date for bids was kept at 17th of March which was later extended till 30th April and further extended to 30th of this month. Besides, the date for intimation to Qualified Interested Bidders has also been extended till 14th of September, 2020.

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Indian Railways has decided to grant full refund of all the tickets booked for the regular time - tabled trains for journeys scheduled to have commenced between 1st of July to 12 August 2020. Earlier, Railways had canceled all the regular time-tabled passenger services including Mail/Express, passenger and suburban Service up to 12th August this year. The Ministry said, the servics of existing trains will not be affected due to this decision of Railways and the operation of all the 115 pairs of special trains which have started after the lockdown, will continue.

Ministry of Railways in a statement said that the services of regular time -tabled passenger trains had been suspended due to the imposition of lockdown and later the booking of tickets for these trains was also not allowed from 14th of April. But on account of the 120 day advance booking facility, tickets were booked for undertaking journeys till the 12th of August. Earlier Railways had granted full refund of the tickets booked for these regular time - tabled trains for jouneys till 30th of this month.

The Ministry said, now full refund will be given for the journey to be commenced from the 1st of July to 12th of August. The Ministry said, it may take a decision to introduce some more special trains after assessing the situation.

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Tamil Nadu government has decided to transfer the probe into the death of a father-son duo, alleged victims of police torture in Tuticorin district, to the CBI. Chief Minister K Palaniswami said the government's decision will be conveyed to Madras High Court, which is seized of the matter, and secure its approval before transferring the case to the CBI.

P Jayaraj and his son Fennix, arrested for 'violating' lockdown norms over business hours of their cellphone shop, died at a hospital in Kovilpatti on June 23, with their relatives alleging they were severely thrashed at the Sathankulam police station by police personnel earlier. Our correspondent reports the incident has triggered a national furore, leading to the suspension of four policemen, including two sub- inspectors.

"The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has taken up the case suo-motu and is monitoring the investigation. It directed a magisterial inquiry which is currently underway. The victim Jayaraj and his son were booked by the police on the 19th. Their family alleges that they have been subjected to inhuman torture in the police station before lodging them in Kovilpatti sub-jail. The son Bennicks died in the night on 22nd and his father Jayaraj the next day. The transfer of the case to the CBI may require the High Court’s approval as it is seized of the matter and is monitoring the case. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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The surge in COVID -19 cases continued in Telangana with 983 fresh positive cases reporting yesterday alone. With this the number of total Coronavirus positive cases in the state has gone up to 14,419. With the discharge of another 244 patients, the total number of persons recovered from the COVID-19 has also increased to 5,172 in the state.

Meanwhile, the Central team led by Joint Secretary in Union Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal reached Hyderabad last evening. The team examined the situation at Dhobi Galli in Domalguda in the city. The team will be meeting senior officials of the health department and also of GHMC to enquire about the Covid situation in the State and spike in cases in GHMC limits. The team will be co-ordinating with the State to strengthen ongoing efforts in management of Covid-19.

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In Delhi, a total of two thousand 889 new cases of Coronavirus were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 83 thousand 77. Delhi Government said that over 52 thousand people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, three thousand 306 people recovered and 65 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to two thousand 623.

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In Bihar, four more Covid-19 deaths were reported in the state taking the toll to 62. Positive cases of Coronavirus infection has mounted to 9,224. As many as 7,156 patients have recovered so far. 2006 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals. A Minister in Nitish Kumar government Vinod Kumar Singh and his wife have also tested positive. He and his family members have been kept in isolation. His contact tracing is being done.

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In West Bengal, another 10 persons succumbed to Carona infections during the past 24 hours. With this, the death toll has gone up to 639. State Health Department said with 572 new cases, the total number of infected people has crossed 17 thousand. Altogether 5,451 patients are under treatment at different hospitals. 404 such patients were discharged from hospitals in last 24 hours following recovery. With this over 11 thousands patients have been discharged from hospitals so far. The rate of recovery has improved to 65 percent in the State.

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In Puducherry, 29 people tested positive for COVID-19 while one died yesterday. Puducherry health department said that 28 new cases were reported in Puducherry region and one in Yanam.

"Presently, 209 cases are being treated at the government medical college,97 in Jipmer hospital, 37 in COVID Care Centres, 35 in Karaikal GH, 2 in Yanam, 1 in Mahe GH and four outside Puducherry (Two each in Cuddalore and Villupuram districts of Taminadu). So far 648 persons were infected by the virus in Puducherry of which 252 were treated and discharged, 11died, leaving 385 active cases in the hospitals. Chandra Mohan, AIR News, Puducherry.

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Thane district is the biggest contributor of Covid-19 in Maharashtra after Mumbai. According to Thane civic body, yesterday COVID-19 cases breaching the 30,000-mark in Thane and  deaths nearing 1,000. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Minister of Public Health Rajesh Tope has directed the district and civic administrations to increase detection, testing and treatment with the involvement of the local population.

"Thane district collectorate said that some areas of the city, will be put under stringent lockdown from July 1. Its additional Municipal Commissioner Ganesh Deshmukh informed that modalities of the move were being discussed and details of curbs areas will be announced soon. With an addition of 1,345 cases in Thane yesterday the tally has now reached to 30,289. The district also witnessed 36 deaths which took the toll to 983. While, in Navi Mumbai, civic chief has already announced total lockdown in 12 containment areas in the city starting today, during which house-to-house screening drives would be undertaken. Nivedita, Air News Mumbai."

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In Gujarat, the total cases of Covid-19 have reached 31,397 with 624 new cases reported during the last 24 hours.  Our correspondent reports that 19 patients have lost their lives taking the total death due to Covid-19 in the state to 1,809.

"On the second consecutive day, Gujarat has reported more than 6 hundred new cases. Ahmedabad recorded 170 new cases, 391 patients have been recovered during the last 24 hours, taking the total number of patients discharged from the hospitals to 22,808. According to official sources, out of 6,780 active cases in the state, conditions of 71 patients are critical and they are on ventilator. More than 3 lakh 63 thousand test have been carried out in the state till date. Meanwhile, following the increase of new cases from Surat, the authorities have started health screening of diamond workers in Katargam area. More than 17 thousand diamond workers have been covered by 21 health teams. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."

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The Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC) of Ahmedabad has commissioned a fully automated liquid oxygen tank in its premises. The institute started releasing uninterrupted oxygen supply in hospital wards from a 10000 liter capacity tank. Director of IKDRC Dr. Vineet Mishra said that Institutes have augmented oxygen requirements in wards to serve the patients.

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The Karnataka government has issued an order, directing private hospitals not to deny or avoid treatment to patients with corona virus and COVID-19 like symptoms. They have been asked to strictly adhere to the provisions of Karnataka Private Medical Establishment Act of 2017. They have been cautioned that non-compliance of the order will invite punishment under the relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act of 2005. In another order, the state government has set up two task forces under senior IAS officers for supervising treatment of COVID 19 patients in private medical colleges and hospitals. The Committee under them will also monitor the availability of beds in these medical establishments. 

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Haryana Government has fixed the charges for treatment of Covid-19 patients in the private hospitals. The private hospitals would charge maximum 18,000 rupees per day from the Covid-19 patient. Giving this information, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said, this step has been taken in view of the complaints received from public that the private hospitals are overcharging for the treatment.

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Madhya Pradesh government will launch a 'Kill Corona' campaign from July 1 to control the spread of coronavirus in the state. Under the campaign, a door-to-door survey will be conducted and tests would also be done on citizens for other diseases.

"During the 15-day 'Kill Corona' campaign in Madhya Pradesh, 2.5 lakh tests will be carried out and 15,000 to 20,000 samples will be collected daily. Health department officials informed that the testing capacity in the state will be doubled from 4,000 per 10 lakh people to 8,000 per 10 lakh people. The recovery rate in Madhya Pradesh is 76.9 per cent, in the last 24 hours with 221 new patients, the total number of patients has increased to 13 thousand 186 in Madhya Pradesh. State capital Bhopal reported 35 cases while Indore reported 40 new cases. The number of cases in Indore, rose to 4 thousand 615. The state capital has so far reported 2 thousand 740 COVID-19 patients. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

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Global coronavirus cases has surpassed one-crore mark, with almost 5 lakh fatalities. Covid-19 has infected one crore 55 thousand 37 people and killed at least 4 lakh 99 thousand 967 globally. Half the world's cases have been in the US and Europe. The US has reported over 25 lakh cases and over one lakh 25 thousand deaths, remaining the worst-hit country. Meanwhile, China has imposed a strict lockdown near Beijing to curb a fresh outbreak.

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In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio, we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19. Speaking to AIR News, Dr. Sonali Bali, Psychiatrist at Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neuro & Allied Sciences, New Delhi said that misinformation regarding COVID through multiple unverified sources has led to anxiety related issues in people which manifests in the form of social stigma. She advised everyone to limit exposure to only verified information sources.

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Participating in our live phone in programme on COVID-19, Senior health expert Dr. Narendera Saini has talked about the new symtopms of the Coronavirus. 

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today will bring you a Special discussion on COVID-19.

Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444. This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM onwards.

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Let us take a look at the weather today.


The national capital Delhi is expected to have cloudy sky with light rain. The lower limit of temperature was 29 degree Celsius while upper limit is expected at 41.

Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The city with minimum temperature of 26 degree Celsius will have maximum 33 degree Celsius.

In Chennai, the temperature will hover between 28 and 36 degree celsius. The city will have generally cloudy sky and there is also possibility of light rain.

Kolkata will have generally generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The maximum temperature will be nearly 33 degree Celsius.

Chandigarh will see generally generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers and maximum temperature will be 36 degree Celsius.

In Jammu and Kashmir; the minimum temperature will be 26 degree Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 38. The city is likely to have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Srinagar, the temperature will rise from 18 to 32 degree Celsius. The city will have partly cloudy sky.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature from 18 degree Celsius will increase to 36 degree Celsius and the sky will be mainly clear.

The sky in Muzzafarabad will  be mainly clear becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.  The place will witness minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 38 degrees.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE:

  • All newspapers take note of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation in  his monthly programme 'Mann Ki Baat', the main focus being on the recent LAC clash and the Covid crises during the unlock period. The Hindustan Times quoting the PM states "Eyeing our land earns a befitting reply".

  • With evidence of signs of revival, FMCG companies in India have started hiring people. The Business Standard in its headline reads, "Big push to small-town hiring by consumer durables companies."

  • The Tribune in a story talks about decoding depression, reading it as a genuine mental health condition and not a sign of weakness. IIM, Ranchi organised a unique forum on mental health for its students on Sunday.

  • With so much stess on immunity levels, The Mail Today in a story talks about how a balanced diet and exercise can help acquire good digestive health to combat infections in pandemic season.

  • The Pioneer takes note of how the rising temperature in NCR is affecting the birds too. The newspaper states Wildlife SOS has resecued more than 30 birds suffering from heat exhaustation and treated them for dehydration and injuries caused mid-flight.

  • "True to the adage, necessity is the mother of invention" The Financial Express informs how lockdown has forced companies to innovate. 

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