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  • Nation salutes doctors on Doctor's Day; Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauds the role of Doctors as frontline warriors during Covid-19.

  • New guidelines for Unlock-2 come into effect across the country.

  • Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 59.43 per cent.

  • Nagaland declared as disturbed area for another six months by the Centre.

  • In Tamil Nadu, six people lost their lives and 17 others injured in a boiler explosion at the Neyveli Lignite Corporation, power plant.

  • And; GST revenue collection goes up to  90 thousand 917 crore rupees in June 2020.


National Doctor's Day is being celebrated today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, India salutes our doctors - exceptional care givers who are at the forefront of a spirited fight against COVID-19. In a tweet, on the occasion of Doctor's Day, Mr Modi said, in this time of crisis, Doctors and Nurses are like incarmations of God.

ने नरेन्द्र मोदी ने कहा है ि देश कोविड-19 के खिलाफ लड़ाई में अग्रिम पंक्ति में खड़े डाक्टरों की  प्रशंसा करता है। डॉक्टर दिवस पर एक ट्वीट में श्री मोदी ने कहा ि संकट के इस काल में डॉ0 और नर्सें ईश्वर का रूप है। उन्होंने कहा कि मॉं बच्चे को एकबार जन् देती है लेकिन डॉक्टर कई बार जिंदगी देता है। श्री मोदी ने कहा ि डॉक्टर लोगों की जान बचाते हैं और हम कभी भी उनका कर्ज नहीं चुका सकते। उन्होंने कहा कि यह हर नागरिक का कर्त्तव् है ि देश के लिए अपनी सेवाएं देने वालों का सम्मान करें। 

The National Doctor's Day is celebrated on July 1st. 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'.


Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has greeted Doctors on Doctor's Day. In a tweet Mr Javadekar saluted all the doctors, who are serving day and night during this battle against COVID19 pandemic. He expressed gratitude to the entire medical fraternity for their invaluable contribution in saving lives.


Speaking exclusively to AIR News, NITI Aayog Member and Chairman of the Expert Committee on COVID Response Dr. V.K. Paul said that Doctor's Day is a special day which shows the special bond which a health professional shares with the society.


New guidelines for Unlock-2 to open up more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones 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".


The Union Government today said that a total of three lakh 47 thousand 979 people affected with corona virus have recovered in the country so far. In the past 24 hours, 13 thousand 157 people have recovered from Covid-19 and with this the recovery rate reached to 59.43 per cent.


In terms of recovery rate, top five States and Union Territories are Chandigarh, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Tripura and Chhattisgarh wherein the recovery rate is above 78 per cent.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced free food grains to 80 crore people across the country for five more months. The Pradhan Mantri 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 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 लिए80 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 Pradhan Mantri 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, का 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.


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


Talking about genuine and fake sanitizer, Dr Wali said it is quite easy to differentiate.


In Tamil Nadu, six people lost their lives and 17 others injured in a boiler explosion at the Neyveli Lignite Corporation, NLC power plant this morning. The accident happened in the second unit of the power plant this morning. As the rescue operation is continuing, it is feared that the death toll may go up.


Union Home Minister Amit Shah took stock of the situation at Neyveli power plant in Tamil Nadu after a blast ocurred in the plant boiler today. In a tweet , he said, that the loss of lives due to the blast in a power plant boiler at Neyveli has deeply anguished him. Home Minister informed that he has spoken with the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and has assured him of all possible help. Mr. Shah said that CISF is already on the spot to assist in the relief work.


The Centre has declared the entire Nagaland as disturbed area for a further period of six months till December-end.


In a notification issued yesterday, the Home Ministry said the Central Government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary.


The Home Ministry said, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958) the Central Government has declared the whole of the State to be a disturbed area for a period of six months with effect from 30th June, 2020 for the purpose of that Act.


Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that energy cooperation between India and Bangladesh has made considerable progress during the last few years. He said, this is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to build an energy bridge with Bangladesh as a part of our Neighbourhood First Policy.


Yesterday, Mr. Pradhan witnessed the signing of a Joint Venture Agreement between Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. and RR Holdings Ltd. of Beximco Group. Through this joint venture, Indian Oil Corporation together with Beximco plans to further expand its downstream business in Bangladesh and other countries.


Speaking about the agreement, Mr Pradhan said, this event marks yet another step towards expanding bilateral energy cooperation with Bangladesh. He expressed confidence that the experience of Indian Oil as a pioneer in implementing Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana would help in promoting the use of LPG in Bangladesh. He said, this venture would be a catalyst of socio-economic change through increase in access to clean cooking fuel in Bangladesh.


The gross GST revenue collected in June 2020 is 90 thousand 917 crore rupees of which CGST is 18 thousand 980 crore, SGST is  23 thousand 970 crore and IGST is 40 thousand 302 crore rupees. It also includes 15 thousand 709 crore collected on import of goods and Cess is seven thousand 665 crore rupees.


The GST collections for April was 32 thousand 294 crore rupees which was 28 per cent of the revenue collected during the same month last year. In May, 62 thousand nine crore rupees was collected out of which was 62 per cent of the revenue collected during the same month last year. The GST collections for the first quarter of the year is 59 per cent of the revenue collected during the same quarter last year. However, a large number of taxpayers still have time to file their return for the month of May, 2020.


Uttarakhand Government has permitted pilgrimage for the residents of the state from today for the Char Dham Yatra namely Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines. This comes with few restrictions as per the standard operating procedure.


The SOP mentions every pilgrim must carry identification and address proof. Anyone from the containment zone or buffer zone will not be allowed to visit any shrine. According to officials, arrangements have been made for  600 devotees to stay at  Badrinath and 50 pilgrims for stay at Kedarnath. A health checkup of pilgrims will be carried out at Rudraprayag and Chamoli. Officials added that e-pass will be issued only to Uttarakhand residents. The pass will valid for one time.  SOP suggests pilgrims should avoid meeting senior citizens and children below 10 years.  Moreover, pilgrims are strictly advised not to touch any idol. Pilgrims need to upload and carry ID proof, photo of the applicant, and medical document such as chronic disease.  Meanwhile, till Tuesday evening, none registered for the pilgrimage. Besides temples in Nainital and Jageshwar Dham in Almora has also opened today for the visitors. Raghwesh Pandey, AIR, Dehradun.


The Puri Bada Danda holy trinity’s return journey or Bahuda Yatra is underway towards their abode from Gundicha temple in Odisha. Like Rath Yatra, the return journey of the deities is being undertaken without devotees amid shutdown in the pilgrimage town.

In Puri Bahuda after Chakraraj Sudarshan, Bada Thakura Balabhadra, followed by Devi Subhadra & lastly Mahaprabhu Jagannath have made way to their respective chariots one after another. Puri Gajapati Maharaja  Divyasingha Deb performed Chhera Panhara rituals on the three chariots. The chariots pulling have also begun. After reaching Srimandir, the three chariots of the deities will be parked outside Singhadwara for rituals over the next three days. Suna Besha and Adhara Pana will be performed followed by the Niladri Bije which is the concluding part of the rituals of the Bahuda  Yatra.  Moreover, the district administration has imposed curfew in the town. While elaborate arrangements have been made for smooth conduct of the festival, 70 platoons of police force and 400 officers have been deployed to ensure security. Itishree Singh Rathaur.


Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar IITGn has developed an Artificial Intelligence-based tool to detect COVID-19 from Chest X-ray. This tool can be used for quick preliminary diagnosis before the medical test. AIR, Ahmedabad correspondent reports that the Artificial Intelligence-based tool has been developed by the researchers of the Computer Science and Engineering Department of IITGn. 


According to official release of IITGn, the tool is developed by Kushpal Singh Yadav- an M.Tech student of Computer Science & Engineering under the guidance of Professor Krishna Prasad Miyapuram, Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at IITGn. The system is now live as a web-interface on covidxray.iitgn.ac.in/. Any user can upload a digital copy of the chest x-ray or CT-scan in standard image formats such as jpeg, png etc and check whether he or she is COVID-19 positive or not. The format of any test image of a new person will be automatically transformed and diagnosed using the AI tool. Prof Krishna Prasad Miyapuram and Kushpal Singh Yadav said that given the limited testing facilities for COVID19, there is a rush to develop AI tools for quick analysis using x-rays. Developing a reliable tool requires the combination of right algorithms and data. IITGn researchers are collaborating with Dr. Deepak Saxena from the Indian Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad.


In Assam, over 2,000 villages are submerged due to floods in the state. Several rivers are in spate. Nearly 11 lakh people are affected in the current wave of floods in 23 districts. Around five lakh people are submerged only at Barpeta district. The death toll due to floods has gone up to 28.


75 thousand hectare of crop lands  submerged in flood water.  23 thousand displaced people are staying at government run relief camps. Administration is providing help to affected people including foods.  Meanwhile, Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya is visiting the flood hit Pobitora wildlife sanctuary and Kaziranga national park. Around 50 percent of the anti-poaching camps are inundated at Kaziranga while 27 wild animals have been rescued so far.Manas Pratim Sarma/ AIR News/ Guwahati.


The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that the ventilators supplied to the States and Union Territories by the Union Government are meant for ICUs. It said, the technical specifications for these COVID ventilators have been laid down by a Technical Committee headed by the Director General Health Services and the procured and supplied ventilators comply with these specifications.


It has come to the notice of the Health Ministry through some media reports that the issue has been raised related to Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure mode not being available in the ventilators supplied by government.  


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended greetings  on Chartered Accountants Day. In a tweet Mr Modi said, the industrious CA community has a major role to play in ensuring a healthy and transparent economy. He said, their services to the nation are deeply valued.


प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने चार्टर्ड अकांउटेंट दिवस पर शुभकामनाएं दी हैं। एक ट्वीट में उन्होंने कहा कि देश की मजबूत और पारदर्शी अर्थव्यवस्था सुनिश्चित करने में चार्टर्ड अकांउटेंट समुदाय की महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका रही है। प्रधानमंत्री ने कहा कि देश के लिए इनकी सेवाए बहुमूल् हैं।


Delhi Government said that a total of two thousand 199 new confirmed cases of Corona virus were reported in the city during the last twenty four hours taking the total number of cases to 87 thousand 360. Now, there are 26 thousand 270 active cases in Delhi.


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said the COVID-19 situation is improving in Delhi and the situation is under control. However, he reiterated that there is no room for complacency at this stage.


The Maharashtra Government has provided free treatment to more than one lakh COVID-19 patients under the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana. The medical cover under the scheme has been extended to all citizens till 31st of July.

Under the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana, the Maharashtra government has treated around 1.22 lakh COVID-19 patients free of charge. In addition to this, over one lakh forty thousand patients suffering from cancer, heart and kidney ailments, were also being treated free of cost under this scheme. As per the government resolution issued in this regard, both COVID-19 and non-Covid treatments are covered under the scheme at all empanelled hospitals. Meanwhile, the state government has decided to distribute homeopathy medicine Arsenic Album tablets and Ayurvedic medicines free of cost to five crore people in rural Maharashtra to boost their immunity against the coronavirus infection. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai.


In Tamil Nadu, the total COVID-19 cases crossed the ninety-thousand mark with 3,943 people tested positive yesterday. The new cases included 2,393 in Chennai. One of those who tested positive for the virus is the State Higher Education Minister K. P. Anbalagan. He is admitted into a private hospital in Chennai.


The active caseload in the state remains 38,889. From hospitals, 2,325 people were discharged after recovery. Sixty others died of the disease yesterday, taking the toll to 1,201.  In terms of the total infection, the state has ascended to the second place in the country, after Maharashtra.


The state administration says increased testing, efficient clinical management and effective tracing of contacts are part of the strategy to contain the viral spread. Officials say increased testing may show higher infection figures. They assert that more testing leads to the identification of more hidden cases who could be isolated and treated. They say it will help reduce the further spread. Meanwhile, the state government has announced a 75-crore rupees scheme to provided piped oxygen supply to the patients in 59 major Government hospitals. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai.


Uttar Pradesh has achieved another milestone in the fight against COVID-19. State crossed the 25,000 per day testing yesterday.


State government did 26489 testing yesterday with around 25000 through RTPCR. Secretary to Chief Minister Alok Kumar said that  From 332 tests per day on 1st, April to 26489 tests per day on 30th June is a stupendous achievement by state government and  We continue to push for more. Now the target is to do more than 30 thousand test per day in July.  Last week we have registered a positivity rate of 3.7%. Despite an increase in positive cases identified per day, cumulative case positivity rate of UP remains at 3.2%, second lowest among top 10 COVID affected states. State has crossed a total of 7 lakh tests 2 days back and is now the 5th state to do so in country. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW


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.


Dr. A K Varshney, Senior Medical Consultant, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital will participate in the discussion.


Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No:1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767). One can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 (Repeat 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 P.M. onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can also follow us on the NEWSONAIR app for s.


Now, Let us take a look at the weather for the day today. 

The national capital Delhi is expected to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder or lightning. The lower limit of temperature was 30 degrees Celsius while the upper limit is expected at 40 degrees.


Mumbai will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The city with a minimum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius will have a maximum 33 degrees.


In Chennai, the temperature will hover between 27 and 37 degrees celsius. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle.


Kolkata will have a partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. With a minimum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, the maximum temperature will be nearly 35 degrees.

In Jammu and Kashmir; the minimum was 25 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 40 degrees. The city is likely to have generally cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm.


In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 17 and 33 degrees Celsius. The city will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.


In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 21 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34  degrees and the sky will be partly cloudy becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night.


The sky in Muzzafarabad will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The place witnessed a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 37 degrees.


Chandigarh will see a mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature was recorded at 28 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature will be around 37 degrees.


Bengaluru is expected to experience temperatures between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.


Ahmedabad will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain.  Minimum temperature in the city was 28 degrees Celsius while maximum was around 38 degrees.


In Bhopal, rain or thundershowers would occur towards evening or night. Minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while maximum will be 35 degrees.


Rain or thundershowers would occur towards evening or night in Patna. The temperature will fluctuate between 26 to 32 degrees Celsius.



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