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Morning News

0830 HRS
02.07.2020

THE HEADLINES:-  

  • India and China committed to reduce tensions along the Line of Actual Control; Both the sides to implement disengagement understanding of 6th June sincerely.
  • Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan rolls out details of the second phase of the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.
  • Uttar Pradesh Government to launch a special campaign today for door to door medical screening in all districts of Meerut Division.
  • Second Cabinet Expansion of Madhya Pradesh Cabinet to take place today.
  • First resolution for Corona virus passed by United Nations Security Council demanding immediate cessation of hostilities in conflict zones to tackle the pandemic. 
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin records resounding victory in presidential polls according to preliminary results.

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India and China have emphasized the need for an expeditious, phased and stepwise de-escalation as a priority along the Line of Actual Control. Both sides have been engaged in discussions through established military and diplomatic channels to address the situation. Commanders from People's Liberation Army (PLA) and Indian Army held a meeting at Chushul, on the Indian side yesterday for another round of talks.

This was the third senior Military Commander-level engagement to discuss issues related to disengagement at the face off sites along the LAC and de-escalation from the border areas. This is in keeping with the Agreement between External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart during their conversation on 17th June. Both the leaders agreed that the overall situation would be handled in a responsible manner and both sides would implement the disengagement understanding of 6th June sincerely.

Our correspondent quoting sources reports that the third meeting between the Lieutenant General-level officers of both the countries yesterday was long and held in a businesslike manner keeping in view the COVID-19 protocols. The discussions reflected the commitment of both sides to reduce the tensions along the LAC. The process of dis-engagement along the LAC is complex and in such a context, speculative and unsubstantiated reports need to be avoided.

Sources say, more meetings are expected, both at the military and at the diplomatic level, in future, to arrive at mutually agreeable solution and to ensure peace and tranquility along the LAC as per bilateral agreements and protocols.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to visit Ladakh tomorrow morning along with Army Chief General MM Naravane. He is expected to meet the brave hearts of the Indian Army who pushed back the Chinese forces during the face off which took place on 15th of last month in Galwan Valley.

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that India will not allow Chinese companies to participate in highway projects, including those through joint ventures. Talking to a news agency, the minister said, the government will ensure that Chinese companies are not entertained in various sectors like Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. He said this is a step towards making India self reliant. The Minister said permission for road construction will not be given to joint ventures that have Chinese partners. He also said that a policy will be out soon banning Chinese firms and relaxing norms for Indian companies to expand their eligibility criteria for participation in highway projects.

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The United States has issued a business advisory to companies with supply chain links to entities complicit in forced labour and human rights abuses in Xinjiang and throughout China. The move comes as part of the series of tough measures that Trump Administration has been taking in the last few days. It includes designating Huawei and ZTE as national security threats and President Donald Trump signing of the Uighur Human Rights Policy Act.

Describing China as one of the world's most unfree countries, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday said that a day earlier the Chinese Communist Party implemented its draconian national security law on Hong Kong in violation of commitments that it made to the Hong Kong people and to the United Kingdom. He said, the United States is deeply concerned about the law's sweeping provisions and the safety of everyone living in the territory, including Americans.

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Union Minister for Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan has rolled out the details of the Second Phase of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. Under the programme, five kilograms of Wheat or Rice to every member of the family will be given.One kilogram of Chana for each beneficiary family will also be given free for five more months.It will benefit nearly 80 crore people in the country.

In a virtual media briefing, Mr. Paswan informed about the steps taken by the government for providing additional food grains to the states. He reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment to ensure that poor and needy people will not be hungry in the country.Free ration will be provided to them during the rainy and forthcoming festival seasons amid the ongoing pandemic.

The Minister said that in a span of next five months, a total of 200 Lakh Metric Tonnes of grain and nine lakh 78 thousand Metric Tonnes of Chana will be distributed among the National Food Security Act beneficiaries. He informed that both the phases of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana will together incur a total expenditure of one lakh 50 thousand crore rupees.

Mr Paswan informed that he has also written letters to the Chief Ministers of all the States and Union Territories and has requested them to make necessary arrangements to implement the One Nation, One Ration Card Scheme.

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Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has expressed happiness with the Central Government giving extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) for next five months. While addressing the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared the extension of PMGKAY from 1st of July to 30th November.In a tweet, Chief Minister Zoramthanga thanked Prime Minister Modi for the extension of the PMGKAY. He also thanked the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan for this initiative.

Under the PMGKAY, all beneficiaries under Antodaya Anna Yojana and Priority Household are provided additional food grains of rice or wheat at five kilograms per person per month free of cost.

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The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients has improved to 59.43 percent.  During the last 24 hours, 13,157 patients have been cured, taking the cumulative figure to three lakh forty seven thousand nine hundred and seventy eight. Presently, there are 2,20,114 active cases and all are under medical supervision. As a result of the coordinated steps taken by Central Government  along with states for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19, there are 1,27,864 recovered cases more than the active COVID-19 cases, as on date.

In a statement, Health Ministry said, the testing lab network in the country is further strengthened. The cumulative number of samples tested so far is over 88. 26 lakh.

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Uttar Pradesh Government will launch a special campaign today for door to door medical screening in all districts of Meerut division which have large number of Corona positive patients. This kind of campaign will soon be launched in other parts of state also. The State Government is also going to establish a big testing lab in Ghaziabad district for augmentation of COVID testing.

"During the 10-day long campaign health teams will visit each household of the districts in Meerut division. These teams will do medical screening of the members of the family and collect the data. This exercise will help in identifying suspected COVID patients and their early treatment. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Avnish Avasthi said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has insisted for giving special attention on districts of Meerut division which are close to NCR and are having large number of cases of COVID-19. He appealed everyone to co-operate in the screening process. Meanwhile, the state has achieved the highest recovery rate till date which is currently around 70 per cent. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

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In Bihar, the death toll due to COVID-19 has gone up to 73 with reporting of six more deaths. Three deaths were from Patna and one each death from Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi and Samastipur. The number of positive cases has mounted to 10 thousand 205. While 7,811 people have so far been cured and recovery rate has been increased to 77 per cent. At present, 2,319 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals.

In view of the pandemic, the State Government has issued instruction to suspend Shravani Mela in different parts of the state during the month of Sawan. Shiva temples across to the state will be closed closed till 4th of August. Devotees have been requested to do Pooja celebration at their home.

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In Madhya Pradesh, the COVID-19 case count climbed to 13 thousand 861 with addition of 268 new cases in the last 24 hours. The death toll in the state has risen to 581. The state has one thousand 39 active containment zones.

 "A total of 260 persons were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours taking the number of the recovered cases to 10 thousand 655. Of the 268 fresh cases, the highest count of 73 was reported from Morena district. As per the State Health bulletin, the number of cases in Indore, the worst-hit district, rose to four thousand 734 and death toll to 232. The number of cases in Bhopal stood at two thousand 830 including 101 fatalities. No new Corona virus case was reported from 20 districts since yesterday while four districts did not have any active cases. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

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In Gujarat, the total number of COVID-19 cases has reached to 33,318 with 675 new cases reported during the last 24 hours. Quoting the State Health Department, our Ahmedabad correspondent reports that 21 patients have lost their lives taking the death toll to 1,869.

 "Out of 7,411 active cases in the state, conditions of 63 patients are critical. Three hundred sixty eight patients have been discharged from the various hospitals after recovery during the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of patients recovered from the COVID-19 has gone up to 24,038. More than three lakh 80 thousand tests have been carried out in the state. Meanwhile, the State Government is providing all medical help to people through Dhanvantari Arogya Raths. Nine hundred ninety two such Dhanvantari Raths have already provided medical help to more than 10 lakh people. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".

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In view of rising number of Corona virus patients, the Maharashtra Government in its latest decision has decided to acquire private ambulances and other vehicles which will be used to ferry patients to hospitals. The move comes after the private ambulances charged exorbitant fees from the patients.

"Maharashtra Government has issued a resolution to acquire private ambulances to meet shortages amid the rising number of Corona virus cases in the state. The decision was taken following complaints that private ambulances are charging exorbitant rates for providing services. District Administrations will take over private ambulances and other on-hire private vehicles. Such ambulances and other vehicles will be used for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients or the patients whose condition is not very serious. Meanwhile, Task Force of Expert Doctors will be set in different districts of the state to combat the spread of Corona virus. Madhuri Pange, AIR NEWS, Mumbai."

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Telangana State continues to witness spike in COVID-19 cases with 1,018 fresh Corona virus Positive cases being reported yesterday . This takes the overall COVID-19 cases reported in the state to 17 thousand 357. Recoveries also are on rise with 788 patients being discharged yesterday, taking up the number of people recovered from the virus to eight thousand 82. Presently, little over nine thousand people are under treatment at various hospitals in the state.

The High Court has directed the State Government to comply a slew of its orders before 20th of this month related to tackling of COVID-19 in the state.

 "The State Government attributed the surge in the COVID-19 cases to the non-essential travel that is being taken up by majority of people. The daily bulletin said basic preventive measures like wearing masks, maintaining safe distance are not being followed. Meanwhile, the High Court asked the State Government to implement a slew of measures over COVID-19 related petitions and asked the Chief Secretary and other top officials appear before it, if they are not complied before 17th of this month. The bench headed by Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan directed the state to file affidavits by superintendents of all government hospitals giving details of their infrastructure, safety gear and number of PPE kits distributed to doctors and para-medic staff on a daily basis to tackle COVID-19.  The bench directed the government to furnish findings of the Central team. Lakshmi, AIR News, Hyderabad."

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The Tamil Nadu Government has decided to establish piped oxygen supply to the beds in 59 state-run hospitals. It has allocated over 75 crore rupees for the project. 

The total COVID-19 cases crossed ninety-four thousand in the state with 3,883 people testing positive yesterday. The new cases include 2,182 in Chennai.

 "Covid-19 testing has been considerably increased over the past few weeks. In the last twenty four hours, more than 30-thousand five hundred people have been tested for the virus. In Chennai, it has reached the level of 35-thousand per million people, as informed by the city Corporation Commissioner. It is considered one of the highest in the country. The doubling rate of the pandemic in the most crowded palces in the city is steadily going up though the city continues to witness more patients in terms of absolute numbers. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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In Punjab, 101 new cases were reported positive for COVID-19,  122 patients were discharged from various hospitals after recovery and five Corona deaths were also reported during the last 24 hours. Our correspondent reports that out of total 101 cases found positive, 41 are from Ludhiana. With this, the number of positive persons found so far in the state has risen to 5,668 and number of recovered patients has risen to 3,989. The 149 deaths have also been reported so far.

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In Haryana, 527 Corona patients were discharged from various hospitals after recovery, 393 new cases reported positive for COVID-19 and four patients died during the last 24 hours. The recovery rate in Haryana further improved to 70.27 per cent. Our Correspondent reports that out of 393 new positive cases, 165 are from Faridabad and 116 from Gurugram. According to Haryana Health Department, with this, the number of COVID positive persons found so far in the state has risen to 14,941 and number of cured patients has gone up to 10,499. The death of 240 COVID patients have been reported so far.

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In Meghalaya, the State Government held talks with the armed forces in the wake of the personnel based in the state testing positive for COVID-19 . It has also directed the State Chief Secretary to write to the Ministry of Home Affairs to put on hold all types of transfer and postings of armed forces personnel.

Meghalaya Health Minister A L Hek said that the State Government held several rounds of meetings already with the heads of the armed forces stationed in the state to discuss the situation and steps ahead. The Health Minister also informed that two more positive cases were found who are part of the high-risk contact of the BSF personnel. He said that the total number of positive cases stands at 53 with 42 recovered, 12 active cases.

Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong also informed that detailed discussion on packages announced by Prime Minister was held yesterday in a review meeting.

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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 anxiety related issues in people which manifests in the form of social stigma. She advised everyone to limit exposure to only verified information sources.

Dr. Saurabh Mehrotra, Consultant at Mental Health Division in Medanta Hospital emphasized that people should indulge in positive activities namely reading books, music, exercise amongst others activities. He said, special care should be taken, not to over-expose oneself to excessive COVID related news which leads to anxiety related issues.

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The United Nations Security Council has demanded an immediate cessation of hostilities in key conflicts including Syria, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan and Congo to tackle COVID-19. This is the first resolution on the Corona virus. The UN’s most powerful body voted unanimously yesterday to adopt the resolution after the United States and China resolved a lengthy dispute over mentioning the World Health Organization.

Germany’s UN Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, the Council President for July, announced the result, calling it a sign for hope for all people currently living in conflict zones around the world.

The resolution backs UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ March 23 call for global ceasefires to tackle the pandemic and demands an immediate cessation of hostilities in all conflicts on its agenda which include key conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. The resolution, sponsored by France and Tunisia, states that these measures do not apply to military operations against the Islamic State and Al-Qaida extremist groups and their affiliates.

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The quota system in the recruitment for Class-I and Class-II jobs through the Bangladesh Civil Services (BCS) came to an end with the publication of the result of the 38th BCS exams on Monday.

Following large scale protests in the country, the Bangladesh Government had decided to scrap quotas for Class-I and Class-II jobs in the country in October 2018. The current batch of BCS would be the last batch to be selected under the quota system which gave 56 per cent reservation to various categories of candidates in these jobs. This included 30 per cent for the family members of liberation war fighters, 10 per cent for women, 10 per cent for disadvantaged districts, five per cent for small ethnic groups and one per cent for the people with disabilities.

However, the quota for the disabled people will continue. The quota will also continue for Class-III and Class-IV jobs in the government. The quota system was introduced through an executive order in 1972. It has been amended several times since.

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President Vladimir Putin has won a resounding victory in his bid to stay in power until the middle of the next decade. According to preliminary results, Russians voted overwhelmingly to endorse the country's political status quo.

Russians went to the polls yesterday to cast ballots in a nationwide referendum on Constitutional Amendments. The vote paves the way for Putin, who has ruled for two decades, to remain President until 2036. Last night, Russia's Central Election Commission released a preliminary tally of results as polls close. After processing 50 per cent of ballots, it said 76.24 per cent of the citizens voted supporting the amendments.

The early results are reminiscent of the 2018 Presidential Election, when Putin won re-election in a landslide with three quarters of ballots cast.

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In Madhya Pradesh, the second expansion of the State Cabinet will take place today. The oath taking ceremony will be held at Raj Bhavan at 11 AM. About two dozen Ministers along with many new faces will be administered the oath in this expansion. Around 10 supporters of senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia are also likely to be made ministers.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited Delhi recently after a gap of about 120 days to discuss Cabinet expansion in the state. The Chief Minister was accompanied by State BJP President V. D. Sharma and General Secretary Party Organization Suhas Bhagat.

In Delhi, he had a meeting with several top BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, President J. P. Nadda and Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. The first expansion of the Cabinet took place on 21st of April when five Ministers were inducted into the Cabinet.

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In Tamil Nadu, the Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department (CB-CID)Police has booked four policemen on charges of murder for the killing of the father-son duo from Sattankulam. The CB-CID Inspector General Shankar told reporters at Thoothukudi last night that the two FIRs filed earlier by the local police have been converted into murder charges against the two Sub-Inspectors and two policemen. He said, one Sub-Inspector has been arrested and remanded. He added that more people may also come under the investigation based on getting further leads. The investigation is being monitored by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court.

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Union Government has launched  the Special  Liquidity Scheme of 30 thousand crore rupees  to improve the liquidity position for Non-Banking Finance Companies- NBFCs and Housing Finance Companies- HFCs. The scheme was  launched yesterday  through a Special Purpose Vehicle in the form of SLS Trust set up by SBI Capital Markets Limited.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced it on 13th of March this year. Ministry of Finance said, Reserve Bank of India will provide funds for the Scheme by subscribing to government guaranteed special securities issued by the Trust. The total amount of such securities issued outstanding shall not exceed 30 thousand crore rupees at any point of time. The Central  Government will provide an unconditional and irrevocable guarantee to the special securities issued by the Trust.

The Scheme will remain open for three months for making subions by the Trust. The period of lending by the Trust will be for a period of up to 90 days. The financing would be used by the NFBCs and HFCs only to repay existing liabilities and not to expand assets.

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In Assam, nearly 15 lakh people are reeling under the fury of floods in 21 districts. Official sources said that 33 people lost their lives in the rain related incidents so far. The surging water caused damages to infrastructure facilities including roads, embankments and culverts. Nearly 15 thousand people have been shifted to relief camps. Flood waters also submerged parts of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

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

The National capital Delhi is expected to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder and lightning. The Minimum temperature was recorded at 30 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 40 degrees.

Mumbai will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature recorded was 25 while the maximum is expected to be around 33.

In Chennai, the minimum temperature was recorded at 27 and the maximum will be around 34 . The Metro 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. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was  27 while the maximum will be around 36. In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was recorded at 26 degrees in Jammu while the maximum will be around 38 degrees. The city is likely to have mainly clear sky. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 17 degrees and the maximum will be around 33. The city will have a mainly clear sky. In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 16 and the maximum will be around 35. The sky will be mainly clear becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon and evening. The sky in Muzzafarabad will be mainly clear. The city had a minimum temperature of 19 while maximum  is expected to be around 38. Chandigarh will see a mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature in the city was 29 and the maximum 38 .Dehradun will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The Minimum temperature was 25 and the maximum is expected to be around 33. In Hyderabad, the sky will be generally cloudy with moderate rain. The minimum temperature was 24 while the maximum 34. Bengaluru experienced a minimum temperature of 20 while maximum will be around 29. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Ahmedabad will have a partly cloudy sky. Minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 28 while the maximum will be around 37. Bhopal will have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. The minimum temperature was 24 while the maximum is expected to be around 35.

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Newspaper Headlines

  • The Asian Age reports "India, China set to disengage at LAC in 'batches'."

  • "Rlys opens doors for private trains" leads Hindustan Times adding "Government says companies to run 151 trains on 109 routes".

  • The Financial Express headlines "China faces closed roads." The paper writes that Nitin Gadkari says Chinese firms can't bid in highway projects, even as JV partners.

  • "Modi quits Chinese social media site" informs The Hindu adding "Photo, 115 posts removed from Weibo".

  • "Cashless Rs 2.5 lakh aid to road accident victims to obviate delay" states the Pioneer. "New Government policy to cover foriegn nationals too" says the paper.

  • "Nod to Patanjali's Coronil , not as drug for Covid" informs the Tribune.

  • "Asked to vacate Delhi residence, Priyanka Gandhi may shift to Lucknow" reports The Times of India.

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