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  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah to chair meeting with Chief Ministers of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi  to review COVID19 situation in Delhi-NCR.

  • Drug Discovery Hackathon jointly launched  by Union Ministers Dr Harsh Vardhan and Ramesh Pokhriyal; call upon students, academicians, researchers and professionals to work for developing drugs of Covid-19.

  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates first Plasma bank of the country.

  • National Corona recovery rate reaches 59.51 per cent; Three lakh 59 thousand 860 people recovered in the country so far.

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to visit Leh-Ladakh tomorrow.

  • And, In the second expansion of Madhya Pardesh Cabinet 28 new ministers  join  BJP government.


Union Home Minister Amit Shah will chair a meeting this evening through video conferencing to review the COVID19 situation in Delhi-NCR. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will attend the meeting. Senior officials of Home Ministry and Health Ministry will also attend the meeting.

On 18th June, Mr Shah had reviewed the covid 19 situation in Delhi NCR with Mr Kejriwal and senior officials of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Mr Shah had emphasized on the need to have a unified strategy in the Delhi-NCR region to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The total confirmed cases in the National Capital has reached 89 thousand 802.


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today inaugurates the Plasma Bank for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. The facility has been set up at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi. Addressing the media in New Delhi today, Mr. Kejriwal said, Plasma Bank will remove the hurdles faced by the patients to get the Plasma therapy. He appealed to the people to come forward in large numbers to donate the Plasma. More from our correspondent:

The interested donors can call to 1031 and can whatsapp at 8800007722 to donate the plasma. Afterwards, doctors will get in touch with the interested donors and will confirm their eligibility. Only those people can donate the plasma, who was earlier infected with the corona virus and now recovered. People between the age group of 18 to 60 having the weight above 50 kilogram can donate plasma for COVID19 patients. Women who have given birth or the persons with chronic health issues are not eligible to donate plasma. The plasma will be given only after the preion of the Doctors. Delhi was among the first few states to get ICMR approval to conduct trials with plasma therapy, which is still at trial stage. ICMR has initiated the PLACID Trial and the sample size of the study is 452. Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi


The Government today said that a total of three lakh 59 thousand 860 people affected with corona virus have recovered in the country so far. In the past 24 hours, 11 thousand 881 people have recovered and the Covid-19 recovery rate has  improved to 59.51 per cent.

Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 19 thousand 148 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country within 24 hours taking the total number of cases to six lakh four thousand 641. In a single day, 434 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 17 thousand 834. Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is two lakh 26 thousand 947.

Meanwhile, Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that a total of two lakh 29 thousand 588 tests of corona virus samples were conducted by various laboratories in the country in the last 24hours. This is the highest number of tests conducted by laboratories since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in India. So far, 90 lakh 56 thousand 173 tests have been conducted.

ICMR is continuously scaling up its testing facilities for Covid-19 by giving approval to government and private laboratories. As of now, total of one thousand 65 laboratories across India have been given approval to conduct Covid19 test including 768 government laboratories and 297 private laboratories' chains.


Human Resources Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today jointly launched Drug Discovery Hackathon through video conferencing.

The Ministers called upon students, academicians, researchers and professionals to participate in the Hackathon and work towards developing drugs to tackle Covid-19.

Human Resources Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said this is an opportunity to show our concern and expertise to the world.

The Hackathon is a joint initiative of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR and All India Council for Technical Education, AICTE.

Minister of State for Human Resources Development Sanjay S. Dhotre, AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe and DG CSIR Dr Shekhar Mande were present on the occasion.


Delhi Government said that a total of two thousand 442 new confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in the city during the last twenty four hours taking the total number of cases to 89 thousand 802. There are 27 thousand seven active cases in Delhi.

Delhi Health Bulletin confirmed that a total of 59 thousand 992 people affected with corona virus have cured so far and the recovery rate reached to 66.80 per cent in the city. In a single day, one thousand 644 people have recovered and 61 deaths have been registered in Delhi taking the overall toll to two thousand 803. During the last 24 hour, nine thousand 913 RT-PCR tests and 10 thousand 43 rapid antigen tests were conducted in Delhi. 


In view of rising number of Corona virus patients, the Maharashtra Government has decided to requisition private ambulances and other vehicles which will be used to ferry patients to hospitals. An official release said, the decision was also taken following complaints that private ambulances are charging exorbitant rates for providing services.

A Government Resolution issued by the Health Department said that the District Administrations will take over private ambulances and other on-hire private vehicles. It said, the requisitioned ambulances and other vehicles will be used for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients or the patients whose condition is not very serious. District Collectors and Municipal Commissioners will carry out the requisition where the vehicles would be taken over on lease or monthly rental at the rates fixed by the Regional Transport Office.


In Gujarat, the Amdavad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has removed 9 areas from the list of micro containment zones. At the same time AMC has also added 15 new areas in micro containment zones following detection of new cases. More from our Ahmedabad correspondent:-

Ahmedabad remains the worst hit by Covid19 Pandemic in Gujarat followed by Surat and Vadodara. Out of total 32 thousand cases in the state, more than half the cases are in Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad Municipal corporation who is fighting hard with deadly spread of Covid19 in the city has removed 9 areas from the micro containment zones. These areas are Sukhramnagar, Khodiyarnagar, Jantanagar, Kumbhaji ni chali, Tavakal Vila and Shri Nand Nagar block. At the same time, they have to add 15 more areas in the list of micro containment zones. Some of these areas are Maninagar Gaadi sansthan temple in Maninagar, Karnavati park society, Luv Kush heights, Jay Mitra society, Chanakyapuri, Shayona City, Aazam Society, Sainath Society, Mahavir Nagar and a street near Radha Krishna temple. According to sources, several saints in Maninagar Swaminarayan Gaadi Temple have been hospitalized after being detected positive. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad.


The Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh Mandal, which installs Mumbai''s most famous Ganpati idol, has announced cancellation of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they will celebrate aarogya utsav and undertake some social activities. More from our Mumbai correspondent…

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Mumbai’s most famous Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh Mandal have decided not to install the Ganesh idol this year.  Instead, they are giving Rs 25 lakh to the chief minister''s relief fund. They have also decided to provide financial assistance to the families of policemen who have succumbed to corona virus. Apart from this, they will honour the families of 20 soldiers who were martyred during clashes with Chinese soldiers in Ladakh. The mandal will celebrate the festival by organizing blood donation and plasma donation camps. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has lauded this initiative and stated that this decision will strengthen the state’s fight against Corona virus. Madhuri Pange, AIR NEWS, Mumbai.


According to the status report from the Health department of Puducherry union territory, the COVID 19 recovery rate of the Union Territory has improved to 41.27 percent and the fatality rate is 1.5 percent only. As per the report 63 persons were tested positive today taking the total toll of active cases to 459.

While talking to the media persons, Director of Medical Services Dr.Mohan Kumar said that of the 63 infected today, sixty new cases were reported in Puducherry region and three in Karaikal.52 cases were admitted to the government medical college, eight to Jipmer,and three to Karaikal government hospital. In the new cases, 34 are males and 29 females he added. Dr. Mohan Kumar further said that 30 persons were discharged and Presently 250 are being treated at the government medical college,110 in Jipmer,57 in COVID care centers,28 in Karaikal Government hospital, eight in Mahe GH, two in Yanam GH and four outside Puducherry (2 in Cuddalore and two in Villupuram). So far 802 persons were infected by the virus of which 331 were treated and discharged, and 12 died leaving 459 active cases in hospitals here.


In Bihar RJD MLA Shahnawaz Alam has tested positive for COVID-19.Mr Alam is  the third legislator of the state  to have contracted the disease. The legislator represents Jokihat constituency in Araria district . Alam has been shifted to an isolation centre in the district. Earlier, state minister Vinod Kumar Singh, along with his wife, and BJP MLA Jibesh Kumar Mishra had tested positive for COVID-19. Singh, who is the Backward and Extremely Backward Class Welfare minister, was diagnosed with the disease on June 28 and sent to an isolation ward in Katihar district. Jibesh Mishra, who represents the Jale constituency of Darbhanga district, tested positive for the infection and was admitted to AIIMS, Patna for treatment.

Meanwhile the number of positive cases has mounted to 10 thousand 205. While 7,811 people have so far been cured and recovery rate has increased to 77 per cent. At present, 2,319 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals. In view of Corona, the State Government has issued instructions to suspend Shravani Mela in different parts of the state during the month of Sawan. Shiva temples across to the state will be closed till 4th of August. 


The Himachal Pradesh state government has directed its officers to start rural development-oriented schemes for the state in order to sustain the rural economy in the wake of COVID 19 pandemic. Our correspondent has filed this report.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has said the main aim of the State Government is to revive the rural economy of the State. He stated that Senior Officers of the state have been directed to start rural development-oriented schemes for the youth so that they do not have to migrate to cities in search of employment. During the last two and a half years, several schemes have been launched in the state aimed at developing rural areas. In view of COVID 19 pandemic one such scheme Mukhya Mantri Ek Bigha Yojna is proving a big success as about 3500 families have registered themselves to avail the benefits. Under this scheme subsidy would be given to households for planting vegetables and fruit at their backyards. On the other hand Mukhya Mantri Gram Kaushal Yojna has been started in 18 blocks of four districts of the State. The scheme was launched with a view to revive the traditional handicraft, handloom, local artifacts, wood and metal craft, besides providing gainful employment to the rural youth. Sanjeev Sundriyal ,AIR news Shimla.


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.


Union Environment and Forest minister Prakash Javadekar today said urban forests are the lungs of cities, acting as Oxygen bank and carbon sink. Inaugurating a unique urban forest at the office of the CAG of India, Mr Javadekar said the urban forest with 12000 seedlings of 59 indigenous species will act as a role model for offices in Delhi.

He said Miyawaki method of forest creation is used which could help in reducing the temperature by as much as 14 degrees and increase the moisture by more than 40 per cent. 


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.


In the meantime, the Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to visit Leh-Ladakh on Friday. This will be his first visit to Ladakh after  the tensions prevailed along the LAC since May. The defence minister will be accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane, GoC Northern Command  Lt Gen Y K Joshi. More from our correspondent:

On his day long visit, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will hold high-level meetings with senior military officers and  review the security situation in the Eastern Ladakh region. Fire and Guru GoC Lt Gen Harinder Singh will brief the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Mr. Singh will also interact with the troops in Leh. During his visit, Mr Rajnath Singh will also review India's military preparedness and coordination between various forces.  The visit will boost morale of the army personnel guarding the country's sovergnity in the world's toughest terrains in harsh climatic conditions. Ramesh Chandra/ Leh.


Union Information and Technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said, Banning Chinese Apps Was A Digital Strike. Addressing a virtual meeting, Mr Prasad said Chinese apps were banned to protect the personal data of our countrymen.

59 Chinese mobile apps were banned on Monday. The government  termed the apps were prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity and security of the country. In an official statement, the IT Ministry said it has received many complaints from various sources, including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.


In, Madhya Pradesh, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP Government cabinet was expanded today with the induction of 28 ministers. Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath of office to the ministers at Raj Bhawan. COVID-19 protocols were followed at the ceremony.

The new ministers include 20 of cabinet rank and eight ministers of state. The Chouhan ministry strength is now 33. houhan took oath as chief minister for a record fourth term on March 23, after Nath resigned from the post following rebellion by 22 MLAs of the Congress. This is the second expansion of the Chouhan cabinet. The first one was on April 21 where five ministers were inducted. Those inducted from the Scindia camp are not MLAs as they resigned from the Assembly in March, leading to the fall of the 15-month-old Congress government led by Kamal Nath. They will be contesting the Assembly by polls. There are 24 Assembly seats vacant in the state. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia and Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar were among those present at the Raj Bhawan ceremony. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal.


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.

Meanwhile, the case has been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation by the State Government. The court asked the CB-CID Deputy Superintendent of Police-in-Charge Anil Kumar to immediately begin investigating the case as the delay due to the procedures in the CBI taking up the case may help eradication of evidence.

The High Court observed that there is a prima facie evidence to book a case of murder. The CB-CID deployed about a dozen teams of officials to investigate the brutal killing that shook the conscience of the whole nation.


The CBI has lodged a case of cheating and forgery against the GVK Group, its chairman Venkata Krishna Reddy and Mumbai International Airport Ltd managing director Sanjay Reddy, among others, for wrongful gain of Rs 705 crore and a loss to the public exchequer between 2012 and 2018.

The CBI said in FIR that the promoters of GVK Group, in connivance with unknown officials of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), committed fraud that caused the loss. It also said that the accused siphoned off funds meant for the development of the airport by showing bogus work contracts, misusing the reserve fund, inflating expenditure and under-reporting earnings.


In Assam, over 12 lakh people are still  reeling under the fury of floods in 20 districts. The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Jorhat, Tezpur, Goalpara and Dhubri. Official sources said that 34 persons lost their lives . The surging water caused damages to infrastructure facilities including roads, embankments and culverts. Over 16 thousand people are staying at relief camps. Flood waters also submerged 1 lakh hectare of agriculture land. 80 percent of the Kaziranga national park is also submerged. 25 animals died at the park. Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya visited the park to assess the situation.


In Mizoram, former speaker of the state legislative assembly Upa Rokamlova died at a hospital in Aizawl last night. He was 79. Family sources said that he was suffering from prolonged illness of kidney disorder. Rokamlova is survived by his wife and two children.

A veteran Congress leader Rokamlova joined politics in early 1980s and he had played a key role in signing of the historic Mizo Peace Accord in 1986. He won the state assembly elections three times between 1984 and 1993. Rokamlova became the speaker of the Mizoram Assembly in 1990. He also served as rural development Minister of the Lal Thanhawla government. He left politics in 1994.


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. Naresh Gupta of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital will

participate in the discussion. 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. 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.


In United States, two renowned Indian-Americans who have contributed towards the efforts in mitigating the COVID-19 health crisis are among the 38 immigrants honoured by a prestigious American foundation ahead of US Independence Day commemoration this year. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee and Professor of Economics at Harvard University Raj Chetty have been named by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as '2020 Great Immigrants' honorees, the Corporation said in a statement issued yesterday.


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

The national capital Delhi is expected to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder and lightning. The minimum temperature was 31 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected at 40 degrees.

Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The city witnessed a minimum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius and will have a maximum of  32 degrees.

In Chennai, the temperature will hover between 26 and 34 degrees celsius. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle.

Kolkata will have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm with a minimum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, the maximum temperature will be 35 degrees.

In Jammu and Kashmir; the minimum temperature was 27 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 38 degrees. The city is likely to have mainly clear sky.

In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 18 and 33 degrees Celsius. The city will have mainly clear sky.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was 16 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33  degrees and the sky will be mainly clear becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

The sky in Muzzafarabad will be mainly clear. The place witnessed a minimum temperature of 23 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 40 degrees.

Chandigarh will see a partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was 29 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature will be around 37 degrees.

Bengaluru is expected to experience temperatures between 21 to 28 degrees Celsius. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain.

Ahmedabad will have a partly cloudy sky.  Minimum temperature in the city was 29 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 36 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 afternoon or evening in Patna. The temperature will fluctuate between 27 to 36 degrees Celsius.



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