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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces extension of Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana till November to provide free food grains to the poor.

  • New guidelines for Unlock-2 to open up more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones comes into effect today.

  • Complete lockdown in 10 districts of Odisha on weekends; Schools, colleges and other educational institutions to remain closed till 31st of August.

  • Railways to increase local train services from 200 to 350 in Mumbai from today.

  • New simplified process for registration of MSME as Udyam begins.

  • National Doctor's Day being celebrated today with the theme "Lessen the Mortality of COVID-19".


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced free food grains to 80 crore people across the country for five more months. The Prime Minister Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana has been extended till the end of November this year. Under the scheme announced in the wake of COVID- 19 pandemic, 5 kg free wheat or rice along with 1 kg whole chana will be provided to each member of a family per month. Its  extension will cost over 90 thousand crore rupees.

"प्रधानमंत्री गरीब कल्याण अन्न योजना का विस्तार अब दीवाली और छठ पूजा तकयानि नवंबर महीने के आखिर तक कर दिया जाएगा। 80 करोड़ लोगों को मुफ्त अनाज देने वाली ये योजना, अब जुलाई- अगस्त- सितंबर- अक्टूबर- नवंबर में भी लागू रहेगी। सरकार द्वारा इन  5 महीनों के लिए,  80 करोड़ से ज्यादा गरीब भाई-बहनों को हर महीने, परिवार के हर  सदस्य को  5 किलो गेहूं या चावल मुफ्त मुहैया कराया जाएगा। और साथ ही प्रत्येक परिवार को हर महीने एक किलो चना भी मुफ्त दिया जाएगा।"

Addressing the nation last evening, Mr. Modi noted that in the last three months, 31 thousand crore rupees have been transferred to the Jan Dhan accounts of almost 20 crore poor families, 18 thousand crore rupees have been transferred to the bank accounts of more than 9 crore farmers and 50 thousand crore rupees are being spent on PM Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan, which has been started to provide employment opportunities. He stressed that the country is moving towards the institution of ‘one nation, one ration card’, which will be of immense benefit to the poor who travel to other states in search of work.

"अब पूरे भारत के लिए हमने एक सपना देखा है , कई राज्यों ने तो बहुत अच्छा काम भी किया है | बाकी राज्यों से भी हम आग्रह कर रहे हैं की इस काम को आगे बढ़ाएं, काम क्या है ? अब पूरे भारत के लिए एक राशन-कार्ड की व्यवस्था भी हो रही है यानि  एक राष्ट्र, एक राशन कार्ड one nation - one ration card। इसका सबसे बड़ा लाभ उन गरीब साथियों को मिलेगाजो रोज़गार या दूसरी आवश्यकताओं के लिए अपना गाँव छोड़कर के कहीं और जाते हैं"

Mr. Modi said, if one looks at the death rate due to corona, India is still in a very stable situation as compared to other countries. The Prime Minister added that timely measures like lockdown have saved many lives.

Mr. Modi also hailed farmers and honest tax payers for their contribution in making the welfare scheme successful. The Prime Minister said that in the coming times, the government will continue to take further steps to empower the poor and the needy. Economic activities will also be enhanced, with due precautions in place. He reiterated the pledge to work towards Atmanirbhar Bharat and to be vocal for local, while also asking people to be careful, use mask and face cover and continue following the mantra of maintaining do gaz doori.


New guidelines for Unlock-2 to open up more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones will come into effect today. The process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. It said, the lockdown will continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till 31st of July this year. The guidelines said, containment Zones are required to be carefully demarcated by the State Governments with a view to contain the spread of COVID-19, after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by the Health  Ministry. Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities will be allowed.

These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites of the concerned District Collectors and by the States and information will also be shared with Union Health Ministry.

"Home Ministry has said that the new guidelines are based on the feedback received from States and Union Territories, and extensive consultations held with the related Central Ministries and Departments. Under the new guidelines of Unlock -2, Metro Rail service, operation of Cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will not be allowed. Similarly, social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural and religious functions and other large congregations will not be permitted. All activities, except these will be permitted outside the containment zones. Schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31st of July. Night curfew will now be in force from 10 PM to 5 AM. Relaxations in night curfew have been given for seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of cargo and movement of persons to their destinations Domestic flights and passenger trains have already been allowed in a limited manner and their operations will be further expanded in a calibrated manner. International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Anupam Mishra, AIR News Delhi".


Delhi Metro services will remain closedfor commuters until further notice, in view of the Unlock 2 guidelines issued by the government. It has been closed since 22nd March in the wake of the Corona Virus pandemic. 


In Haryana, shopping malls will open in Faridabad and Gurugram districts from today. The orders have been issued in this regard. The shopping malls have been allowed to open from 9 AM to 8 PM. Curfew will remain in force from 9 PM to 5 AM.

Cinema halls and gaming areas in the malls will remain close. Restaurants and Food Courts have been allowed to operate with 50 percent capacity. As per orders, people have to follow the precautions like social distancing and wearing of masks and those who will not wear the masks will be issued challan of 500 rupees. The people above the age of 65 years, patients and children below the age of 10 years will not be allowed to visit the malls.


Odisha government has announced complete lockdown in ten districts on weekends in view of the rising COVID-19 cases in the state. These districts are Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Jharsuguda. Night curfew will continue to remain in force, between 9 pm and 5 am, except for essential activities.

Schools, colleges, other educational institutions will remain closed for teaching purpose till August 31. State Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said cinema halls, theaters, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and other similar places will remain shut till the end of this month. Similarly, Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations will also be prohibited.

Hotels and restaurants are allowed to operate as per SOPs issued by Union Health Ministry. Dhabas along National and State Highways and Major roads for will also be opened but for takeaway only.


In Ladakh, the restrictions on movement of private vehicles and business establishments have been lifted in Kargil district, after unlock -2. Kargil District Magistrate Baseer Ul Haq Chowdhary said, the relaxations in the SOPs were formed after due consultations with stakeholders and permissions from the UT Administration. The relaxations come in force from today. Mr.Chowdhary said as per the new SOPs all the shops in Kargil except barbar, saloon and spa can be open till 8 P.m. All private vehicles are permitted to travel as per SOPs. He said there is no restriction on movement of labours for construction works but they should follow the SOPs.


Char Dham Yatra begins today in Uttarakhand with restrictions. State government has issued 'Standard Operating Procedure' for pilgrimage to the four revered shrines - Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. No pilgrim from outside Uttarakhand will be allowed. The SOP mentioned that every pilgrim must carry identification and address proof. Anyone from containment zone or buffer zone will not be allowed to travel to any of the four shrines.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chaired a high-level meeting to review the planning and preparations for vaccination against COVID-19 as and when the vaccine is available. The Prime Minister noted that vaccination of India’s vast and diverse population will need to factor in issues including those related to management of medical supply chains, prioritization of at-risk population, coordination between different agencies involved in the process, as well as the role of private sector and civil society in this national endeavour.


The Indian Naval vessel INS Jalashwa brought home 687 stranded Indians from Iran this morning. The amphibious naval ship docked at the VOC Port in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. The ship has undertaken the humanitarian mission under the Operation Samudra Setu.

"They were all the Indian fishermen who were stranded due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The humanitarian mission using the ship has been facilitated by the Indian mission and the administration in Iran. For the VOC Port in Thoothukudi, this is the fourth time a rescue ship drops its anchor with the evacuees under the Operation Samudra Setu. The operation testifies to the varied role being played by the Defence-e Force ranging from protecting Indian maritime interests to humanitarian assistance. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


Railways has decided to expand to 350 local train services in Mumbai from today. At present, a total of 200 services are being run, out of which 130 services are running between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Kasara, Karjat, Kalyan, Dombivali and Thane on main line and 70 services are running between CSMT and Panvel on harbour line. 150 more services will be added to the existing services making the total to 350 services. Our correspondent reports the number of services may be modified as per the requirement to ensure social distancing norms.

"Considering the State Government's request to allow some more employees in essential services to travel by suburban local trains, railways have decided to add 150 more services from today. These trains will halt at major stations only and will cater to the essential staff permitted to travel by select suburban services. The categories instructed by the Ministry of Home Affairs include defence personnel and employees of Central Government, Income Tax, GST and Customs and Department of Posts, along with employees of Nationalised Banks, Mumbai Port Trust, Judiciary and Raj Bhavan. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai".


In Gujarat, the number of Covid-19 cases have reached 32,446 with 626 new cases coming up during the past 24 hours. 20 patients have lost their lives taking the total death toll due to Covid-19 in the state up to 1,848.

"Out of 620 new cases in Gujarat, the maximum 183 cases reported from Surat city. Ahmedabad city recorded 182 new cases. For the first time Surat city surpassed Ahmedabad in new cases. According to official sources, out of 6928 active cases in the state, conditions of 71 patients are critical and they are on ventilator. 422 patients have been discharged from the various hospitals after recovery during the last 24 hours. With this total patients recovered from the Covid19 have gone up to 23670. More than 3 lakh 73 thousand test have been carried out in the state. Meanwhile, new guidelines for Unlock2 is being implemented from today. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


Himachal Pradesh government has decided to regulate the orderly movement of people entering the state to check the spread of COVID-19.

"Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has said State Government has taken up the matter with the Union Government for allowing the State to regulate the movement of people entering Himachal Pradesh from other parts of the country. He said Night Curfew would remain in force in the state from 9 PM to 5 AM till further orders. Institutional and home quarantine mechanism will be further strengthened to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection. Meanwhile the total number of COVID-19 cases has increased to 953 including 357 active cases. Eight deaths due to COVID-19 have been registered in the state. However, 575 patients have also been cured. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Shimla".


Accredited Social Health Activists, popularly known as ASHA workers are playing a crucial role in the fight against corona virus. In Uttar Pradesh, they are involved in screening and tracking of migrant workers along with suspected Covid patients and also spreading awareness about the deadly virus. National Health Mission supports nearly 10 lakh ASHA workers in rural and urban areas of most parts of the country and around 1.67 lakh of them are from Uttar Pradesh.

"If you have ASHA that is hope, nothing is impossible and it is quite true in literal terms about ASHA workers who are at the forefront of COVID war in Uttar Pradesh. When millions of migrant workers were returning from other parts to their native places in Uttar Pradesh, it was a big challenge to stop the spread of corona to the rural areas. At this junction ASHA workers played a critical role in supporting the state’s COVID-19 management. State’s 1.6 lakh ASHA workers have tracked over nearly 30.43 lakh migrant returnees in two phases- around 11 lakh in the first and around 19 lakh in the second phase. They have assisted in contact tracing and community level surveillance. The ASHA workers not only identified 7965 persons with symptoms but also regularly followed up on their health status. They are playing a critical role in sensitizing the communities about the preventive measures to be adopted to stop the spread of Corona virus. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".


In Madhya Pradesh, realizing Prime Minister's dream of self-reliant India, more than 10 lakh masks have been made so far by the women entrepreneurs of the state under the Jeevan Shakti Yojana. The scheme has been started with an aim to provide low cost masks to the citizens and employment to women entrepreneurs. Our correspondent reports the Jeevan Shakti Yojana has facilitated women of urban and rural areas to become self-reliant in the corona crisis.

"In order to provide employment to women at local level and to protect the general public from the corona infection, the task of making masks in large quantities at low cost has been accomplished by this innovative scheme. An amount of over one crore 9 lakh rupees has also been paid to these women entrepreneurs by the state government. More than 10 thousand women entrepreneurs have registered themselves for making masks. It may be mentioned that orders of about 20 lakh masks costing over 2 crore rupees have already been placed to the women entrepreneurs. Meanwhile, the state government issued an order extending closure of all schools till July 31 due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, schools can continue to have online classes. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


National Doctor's Day is being celebrated today. The day is celebrated on July 1 every year to thank the doctors for their relentless service to the humanity. The theme of this year's Doctors Day is 'Lessen the mortality of COVID 19'. Let's listen to this report:-

Today when the world is fighting coronavirus pandemic, it has realized the importance of doctors more than ever. The day is to thank the medical professionals who treat the health of the patients above their own and offer round the clock services. The first National Doctor's day was celebrated in July 1991. In India, this day marks the birth as well as the death anniversary of Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. He was one of the most renowned physicians in India and former Chief Minister of West Bengal. AKASH SINHA, AIR NEWS, Delhi.


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today paid tributes to legendary physician and former Chief Minister of West Bengal Dr. B.C. Roy on Doctor's Day. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, Dr B C Roy made invaluable contribution to the  development of medical field in India. The Vice President extended greetings and good wishes to doctors across the nation for their selfless service to humanity. He said, in times of grave health emergencies like the current COVID pandemic, the doctors of the country have always bravely donned the mantle of being the frontline warriors.


West Bengal Government has declared a State holiday on the occasion of Doctors Day today. Doctors Day is celebrated on this day each year on the occasion of birthday of noted Physician and former Chief Minister of West Bengal Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy.

"For the first time, the West Bengal Government has announced a State holiday on Doctors Day. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that the decision has been taken as a mark of respect for the Medical professionals and other frontline workers who are putting their lives at stake for fighting against Corona . She also urged the Centre and other States to declare holiday on this day each year to offer tribute to their sacrifices. On the occasion of Doctors Day the State Government will introduce telemedicine facility in Kolkata and other places where patients can seek medical advice through Telephone. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR News, Kolkata".


Participating in AIR live phone in programme on Covid 19, Dr Mohsin Wali, Senior Consultant, Sir Gaga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, said that India has made a testing kit, which is quite helpful and commendable. 


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. Saurabh Mehrotra, consultant at Mental Health Division in Medanta Hospital emphasised that people should indulge in positive addictions like reading books, music activities and exercise. He said, special care should be taken, not to over-expose oneself to excessive COVID related News which leads to anxiety related issues.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today will bring you a Special discussion Programme 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 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair. This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM onwards.


All India Radio Station, Guwahati is to celebrate its 73rd Foundation Day today. Various events are being organized by the station to mark the occasion. AIR Guwahati is a full fledged Capital station with three channels of broadcast. The Regional News Unit of the station is also  working to provide all, up to date information to the listeners. The special Covid-19 fact check programme Pratirodh  completes its 100th episode today. Governor of Assam, DoNER Minister, Media Adviser to Assam Chief Minister, Union Home Secretary, Assam Chief Secretary and Principal Director General of AIR News to take part in the 100th episode of Pratirodh.


New process for registration of MSME as Udyam will begin today. It will be fully online, paperless and based on self-declaration. No documents or proof are required to be uploaded for registering an MSME. Adhaar Number will be required for registration. The new portal for Udyam Registration is www.udyamregistration.gov.in.

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry said, the portal guides the entrepreneurs step by step as to what they should know, what they should do. The Ministry said, after completion of the process of registration, an Udyam Registration Certificate will be issued. There will be no need for renewal of Registration. It said, Registration Process is totally free.


Amid growing trend to boycott Chinese products and banning of 59 Chinese apps by the government, the apps developed by the Indian IT professionals are gaining popularity among users.

"Inspired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to go “vocal for local”, more people are now preferring local products. They have also started opting for the mobile apps developed by the Indian professionals over the Chinese apps. The recent example is Chingari app. This is very similar to the TikTok and is developed by an IT professional of Chhattisgarh and two other youths from Odisha and Karnataka. The government on Monday banned 59 apps including TikTok. According to the Chief of Product of Chingari app Sumit Ghosh, the app is continuously gaining popularity and its downloads have crossed more than 30 lakh. He welcomed the government's decision to ban Chinese apps. Other ‘Deshi’ apps are also receiving an overwhelming response from the Indian users as sentiments for Atma-Nirbhar Bharat are at peak in the country. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur".


Top leaders of ruling Nepal Communist Party have demanded resignation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli for his recent remarks that efforts are being made to oust him. As soon as the powerful Standing Committee meeting of the ruling party started at the PM's official residence at Baluwatar yesterday, former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' slammed Oli for the remarks he made on Sunday.


Let us take a look at the weather forecast for today.

The minimum temperature in the National Capital Delhi was 26 degrees Celsius and while the maximum is expected to be around 39 degrees Celsius. The city may witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of thunder lightning.

Mumbai will witness generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was  26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees Celsius.

Chennai will see generally cloudy sky with light rain. The maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 25 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will witness generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was 27 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.

Chandigarh will witness partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 29 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 39 degrees.

In Dehradun, the minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 33 degrees Celsius. The sky will be partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. 

In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees. The city will face generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

Bangalore witnessed the minimum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 29 degrees Celsius. The city may have generally cloudy sky with light rain.

Ahmedabad will witness generally cloudy sky with ligh rain. The minimum temperature was 28 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be 36 degrees Celsius respectively.

Bhopal will witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. The minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees.

Patna will witness generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature was recorded at 27 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

Guwahati will witness generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum is expected to be around 38 degrees Celsius. The city may witness mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 15 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees. The city may see mainly clear sky.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 14 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 35 degrees Celsius. The sky will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Muzzafarabad, the city witnessed minimum temperature of 19 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature will be around 37 degrees Celsius with mainly clear sky.



  • All newspapers today, take note of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation with special focus on extension of free rations to 800 million people till November and PM's concern over increasing negligence in wearing of face masks and social distancing.

  • With India working on a Covid-19 vaccine and it getting ready for human clinical trials, Hindustan Times informs, "Modi reviews preparations for large scale vaccination exercise".

  • And saviours of life, selfless saviours and noble fraternity are some of the phrases generously used in newspapers to mark Doctor's Day today recognising their relentless service to the society and as an example of their glorious and remarkable service.

  • The Tribune carries a picture of Sukha Singh Chhabra, India's oldest ICU survivor of Covid-19. The headline reads "103-year-old Sikh vanquishes Covid".


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