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PM Modi calls for increased COVID-19 testing & contact tracing in states with high case load            Coronavirus recovery rate close to 70% in country: Govt            DAC approves procurement proposals worth over Rs. 8,722 crore including 106 Basic Trainer Aircraft for IAF            Renowned lyricist & poet Rahat Indori passes away            Russia launches first vaccine against coronavirus           

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  • Government clears Defence acquisition worth 38,900 Crore rupees including 33 new fighter jets.

  • Health Ministry issues revised guidelines for home isolation of very mild, pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 cases.

  • Tamil Nadu government announces monthly stipend of 3,000 rupees for lawyers to overcome financial difficulties.

  • US President Donald Trump blames Chinese aggression for standoff at India-China border.

  • At least 162 people killed in a landslide at a jade mine in Myanmar.


The Defence Acquisition Council ( DAC) in its meeting held yesterday accorded approval for Capital acquisitions of various platforms and equipments required by the Indian Armed Forces. Proposals for an approximate cost of 38900 Crore rupees were approved. The meet chaired by Defence minister Rajnath Singh focused on indigenous design and development. These approvals include acquisitions from Indian Industry amounting to 31130 Crore rupees.

The equipments are to be manufactured in India involving Indian Defence Industry with the participation of several MSMEs as prime tier vendors. The Indigenous content in some of these projects is up to 80 per cent  of the project cost. A large number of these projects have been made possible due to Transfer of Technology by DRDO to the Indigenous Industry. These include Pinaka ammunitions, BMP armament upgrades and Software Defined Radios for the Army, Long Range Land Attack Cruise Missile Systems and Astra Missiles for Navy and Air Force. The cost of these Design and Development proposals is in the range of 20400 crore rupees.

Further, addressing the long felt need of the Indian Air Force to increase its fighter squadrons, the DAC also approved the proposal for procurement of 21 MIG-29 . It also approved upgradation of existing 59 MIG-29 aircraft and procurement of 12 Su-30 MKI aircraft.


The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has issued revised guidelines for home isolation of very mild, pre-symptomatic, asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. The guidelines have been extended to asymptomatic positive cases along with very mild and pre-symptomatic cases keeping in view the detection of large number of asymptomatic cases in the country.

In the revised guidelines, the Ministry said, those patients are eligible for home isolation, who are clinically assigned as very mild, pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic case by the treating medical officer. It states that such cases should have the requisite facility at their residence for self-isolation and also for quarantining the family contacts. The Ministry also said, patients suffering from immune compromised status like HIV, transplant recipients, cancer therapy are not eligible for home isolation. Elderly patients aged more than 60 years and those with co-morbid conditions shall only be allowed home isolation after proper evaluation by the treating medical officer. The Ministry suggested, the care giver and all close contacts of such cases should take Hydroxychloroquine prophylaxis as prescribed by the medical officer.

In case of developing serious signs or symptoms, the Ministry has advised seeking immediate medical attention. These symptoms are difficulty in breathing, dip in oxygen saturation, persistent pain and pressure in the chest, mental confusion, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in any limb or face and bluish discoloration of lips and face.

The guidelines also state that the patient under home isolation will stand discharged after 10 days of symptom onset and no fever for three days. Thereafter, the patient will be advised to isolate at home and self-monitor their health for further seven days and there is no need for testing after the home isolation period is over.

The Ministry has laid down detailed protocol for monitoring of cases under home isolation. It asked the State and District administration to monitor the health status of those under home isolation by the field staff and surveillance teams on daily basis.


Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan have jointly launched the Drug Discovery Hackathon 2020. It is an online competition and anybody from anywhere in the country or world can participate. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Pokhriyal said, Drug Discovery Hackathon is first of its kind national initiative for supporting drug discovery process. He said, to attract international talent, the Hackathon will be open to participation from across the globe from professionals, faculty, researchers and students.

Addressing the participants, Dr Harsh Vardhan emphasized the need to establish the culture of computational drug discovery in the country. In this initiative, HRD Innovation cell and AICTE will focus on identifying potential drug molecules through the Hackathon while CSIR will take these identified molecules forward for synthesis and laboratory testing. He said, the objective of this Hackathon is to identify drug candidates against SARS-CoV-2 by in-silico drug discovery through the hackathon and follow it up by chemical synthesis and biological testing.


Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has released eight weeks' alternative academic calendar for Primary stage. This Calendar contains detailed guidelines for teachers on the use of technology and social media tools to impart education while the students are at home. The calendar further aims at empowering students, teachers, school principals and parents with positive ways to deal with COVID-19 via online teaching-learning resources and achieve the best possible learning outcomes. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that this Calendar provides guidelines to teachers on the use of various technological tools and social media tools available for imparting education in fun-filled, interesting ways, which can be used by learner, parents and teachers even while at home.

Mr Nishank further said that this calendar caters to the need of all children including Divyang children. It includes links for Audio books, Radio programmes and Video programmes. The calendar also covers experiential learning activities such as Arts Education, Physical Exercises, yoga, pre-vocational skills and so on. This Calendar contains class-wise and subject-wise activities in tabular forms. It includes activities related to four languages as subject areas - Hindi English, Urdu and Sanskrit.


COVID-19 has brought the education system, particularly the classroom teaching to a standstill. The students in rural India are hit maximum by this. To solve this problem IIT Kanpur has developed a classroom-to-home teaching setup that can record the lectures or instructions by the teachers while using their available smart phones. It is named 'Mobile Masterjee', which is a classroom-to-home teaching setup and will be very helpful to the students in rural India.

"The Imagineering Laboratory, IIT Kanpur has developed a classroom-to-home teaching setup that can record the lectures or instructions by the teachers while using their available smartphones. The product is lightweight and has adjustments to fit sheets and book on it for delivering instructions to the kids. Dr. Amandeep Singh of the Department told AIR.

In a matter of seconds, the The “Mobile Masterjee” can hold, position, and focus the whole recording setup, while making the online class a comfortable home environment. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


The government's flagship program Fit India is launching a series of interactive sessions with some of the top sports persons of the country intended to inspire the school children. The sessions, titled Fit India Talks, will premiere today in the presence of Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju along with badminton star PV Sindhu and Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri. A host of leading sports celebrities will be sharing their experiences of childhood, stories on how they got inspired, their failures, struggles and their success.

 These will be streamed on Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank's social media pages, MHRD social media pages, Fit India Facebook & YouTube channel, SAI Facebook Page, MyGov YouTube channel, SportsTak YouTube channel as well as the DD Sports Television and YouTube channel.


The Government has said that 19 lakh tap connections have been provided in villages across the country under Jal Jeevan Mission during lockdown period. Jal Shakti Ministry said, this has happened because of concerted efforts of the States despite adverse working conditions due to Covid-19 pandemic. The aim of this mission is to provide 55 litres of potable water per person per day to every rural household of the country by 2024.


In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio, we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19. Dr. Anant Mohan, Head of Pulmonary Medicine, AIIMS has advised people to not take medicine like Hydroxychloroquine or anti malarial drug without the preion of a doctor.


Participating in AIR live phone-in programme on Covid-19, Dr. Naresh Gupta of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, Delhi, has talked about the plasma treatment. 

He has also talked about the plasma bank. 


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

Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767). You 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 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.


The Tamil Nadu government has announced a monthly stipend of 3,000 rupees to junior lawyers for two years to help them overcome financial difficulties. The stipend has been a longstanding demand of the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu.

"The Tamil Nadu Government is implementing an Advocates Welfare Scheme for more than three decades. Under the scheme, on the demise of the advocates, currently seven lakh rupees each is being given to their families. Now as an additional measure, the young advocates are going to be handed over a monthly dole of three thousand rupees for the next two years. The government has said in a statement that the help is necessary as it takes three to four years for a fresher to practice as an independent lawyer. Many point out that as courts are not functioning as usual now due to the lockdown, most of the junior advocates are facing difficult situations. To support them, the government is bringing in the monthly financial assistance for the young lawyers. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".

Meanwhile, the total Covid-19 cases crossed 98 thousand mark with 4343 people tested positive yesterday. The new patients include two members of the state legislative assembly belonging to the ruling AIADMK. They are admitted into hospitals. The State Health Minister Dr C Vijayabhaskar has said the government is taking measures to further enhance testing of people who are suspected to be the carriers of the virus.


Telangana continues to witness a spike in COVID 19 with 1,213 fresh cases reported yesterday in a single day. This takes the overall COVID 19 cases in the state to 18 thousand 570. Recoveries are also on rise with 987 patients being discharged yesterday, taking recovered cases to 9 thousand 69. Presently, little over 9 thousand 226 people are under treatment at various hospitals in the state.

"Out of the 1213 fresh cases reported yesterday, 998 cases reported from the Hyderabad municipality area. Over 20 other districts reported cases in single digit. Meanwhile, 8 more died, taking the total deaths related to COVID 19 and other co-morbidities in the state to 275. During the past 24 hours, the state tested 5356 samples taking the total testing numbers to 98 thousand 153. Lakshmi. Airnews, Hyderabad."


In Delhi, two thousand 373 new confirmed cases of Corona virus were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 92 thousand 175. Delhi Government has confirmed that over 63 thousand people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, three thousand 15 people recovered and 61 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to two thousand 864. 


In Gujarat, the number of Covid19 cases has reached 33,999 with 681 new cases reported during the last 24 hours. 19 patients have lost their lives taking the total death due to Covid19 in the state up to 1,888.

"Out of 7510 active cases in the state, conditions of 68 patients are critical. 563 patients have been discharged from the various hospitals after recovery during the last 24 hours. With this, the total patients recovered from the Covid-19 have gone up to 24601. More than 3 lakh 88 thousand test have been carried out in the state. Meanwhile, Expert Group of Doctors constituted to advise the government on Covid-19 had held a meeting with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani yesterday. They suggested short term and long term steps for removing psychological fear from people’s mind and controlling infections. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


Unlock 2.0 is being implemented in Puducherry from today. Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy has announced that shops can now be opened from 6 am to 8 pm. The commercial establishments were earlier allowed to open between 6 am and 2 pm only. The relaxation will give the people of Puducherry a much needed respite.

"Despite the Puducherry Government’s strenuous efforts to contain the spread of the disease, a number of COVID Positive cases in the Union Territory are in the rise. Health Department, has said that sixty new cases in Puducherry region and three in Karaikal were reported on Thursday. However, 30 persons were discharged. Eventhough this relaxation will provide solace to the people of Puducherry, they should also realize that , only through public participation in maintaining Social Distancing and adopting personal hygiene, one can bring down the rate of spread of this pandemic in this beautiful Union Territory. Chidambaranathan, AIR News, Puducherry".


In Madhya Pradesh, the Indore Municipal Corporation is placing Yellow coloured dustbins at all major places in the city to prevent corona virus infection. This is the third dustbin apart from blue and green coloured dustbins and are being placed for disposing  only corona infected material. Our correspondent reports Indore is among the top 10 COVID-19 infected cities of the country.

"Indore is possibly the first city to place a separate dustbin for the corona residual. People throw COVID-19 infected PPE kits, gloves and masks to green and blue litter bins or outdoors after use these days, which can cause the spread of corona pandemic. Indore Municipal Corporation Commissioner Pratibha Pal said that in such a situation, we have started this innovation.

Dr Ankur Maheshwari, Associate Professor of Surgery Department in Government Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Indore described this initiative as a good scheme for public healt.

Citizens are also appreciating this innovation.

It is expected that the efforts of the Indore Municipal Corporation will bring change. With Munindra Dubey from Indore. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


At least eight Uttar Pradesh police personnel, including a deputy superintendent of police, were killed in an encounter with criminals in Kanpur district. The encounter took place when the police team was approaching to arrest Vikas Dubey, a history sheeter facing 60 criminal cases, in Dikru village under Chaubeypur police station last night. Giving details of the incident, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police HC Awasthi said the notorious criminal might have got an inkling of the impending raid.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath paid tributes to the slain policemen and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to their family members. He also directed the police chief to take stringent action against the culprits.


In Jammu and Kashmir, one terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces on the outskirts of Srinagar city last night. Police said, the encounter broke out at Malbagh locality near Hazratbal Shrine when a joint team of security forces started a Cardon and Search Operation in the area. As the security forces approached the suspected spot, the terrorists opened fire. Security forces retaliated and killed the terrorist. The identity of the slain terrorist is being ascertained. One CRPF personnel was martyred in the gunbattle and two others injured.

The National Investigation Agency has arrested one more accused - Mohammad Iqbal Rather in connection with the last year's Pulwama terror attack case. Rather is a resident of Futlipura, Charar-e-Shareef in Budgam district. The accused had facilitated the movement of Mohammad Umar Farooq, the Jaishe-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist and key conspirator in this case. Umar Farooq along with others had assembled the IED used in the attack which claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel.


Noted Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passed away early this morning due to cardiac arrest. She was 71. Saroj Khan was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital at Bandra, in Mumbai on June 17 following breathing problem. She had severe diabetes and related illness. She had tested negative for coronavirus. Saroj Khan has been laid to rest at a cemetery in Malad, in Mumbai.

In a career spanning more than four decades, Saroj Khan choreographed more than 2000 songs. However, the three-time National award winner had to wait many years to receive acclaim, which came with her work with Sridevi; Hawa Hawai in Mr India (1987), Nagina (1986) and Chandni (1989) and later with Madhuri Dixit starting with the super hit Ek Do Teen song from Tezaab (1988), Tamma Tamma from Thanedaar (1990) and Dhak Dhak from Beta in (1992). Thereafter, she went on to become one of the most successful Bollywood choreographers.


US President Donald Trump has blamed Chinese aggression for the stand-off at the India-China border. Quoting Mr Trump, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, China’s aggressive stance along the India-China border fits with a larger pattern of Chinese aggression in other parts of the world. She said, these actions only confirm the true nature of the Chinese Communist Party. Mr Trump’s remarks come in the backdrop of Chinese actions both internally as well as across the Asian geopolitical theatre in the past few months.


In Myanmar, at least 162 people have been killed in a landslide at a jade mine in northern Kachin province. Myanmar Fire Service Department said that 162 bodies have been recovered from the landslide in Hpakant, the centre of the world's biggest and most lucrative jade mining industry. 54 injured people were taken to hospitals. An unknown number of people are feared missing. Emergency workers had to slog through heavy mud to retrieve the bodies. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed deep sadness at the deaths and sent condolences to families of the victims and Myanmar's government and people.


In Bihar, the death toll in lightning and other rain related incidents has gone up to 36. Fourteen people have also been injured in the incidents in nine districts. They are undergoing treatment at local hospitals. Most of the victims were farmers and labourers working in field. Maximum 14 people died in Patna and Samastipur  districts. Other 22 people died in seven districts including Sitamarhi  Sheohar, Darbhanga, Madhepura and Purnea.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced an ex-gratia of four lakh rupees each to the next of the kin of the deceased. He also ordered free treatment to injured persons. Met department has issued high in view of lightening and heavy rains.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed condolences to the family of those who lost their lives in lightning strikes in Bihar. In a tweet, Mr Shah said the teams of state government and disaster management are doing relief works. He wished speedy recovery of injured.


The India Meteorological  Department (IMD) has issued an Orange Alert for Mumbai and Konkan region predicting heavy rain for next two days. An orange implies that authorities should be prepared to handle any situation arising out of severe weather conditions.

"Senior director of IMD Mumbai, Shubhangi Bhute, said Ratnagiri district in Konkan region, which bore the brunt of Cyclonic storm Nisarga last month, is likely to receive extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places today, while Raigad will receive similar downpour on Saturday. She said heavy to very heavy rains are likely to lash isolated places in Mumbai. As per the IMD's calculations, an orange for areas that are likely to witness heavy showers means that citizens and authorities in these places have been asked to stay vigilant. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


Take a look at the weather s for today.

The National capital Delhi is expected to have a generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The Minimum temperature was recorded 31 degree Celsius while the maximum will be 41 degrees.

In Chennai, the minimum temperature was recorded 27 degree Celsius and the maximum will be 34 degrees. 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 recorded 27 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees.

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was recorded 26 degree Celsius 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 recorded 17 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 33 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded 16 degree celsius and the maximum will be 34 degrees. The sky will be mainly clear becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon and evening.

The sky in Muzzafarabad will be mainly clear. The city witnessed a minimum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature is expected to be around 40 degrees.



  • The defense proposals green-lighted by the Defense Acquisition council gets highlighted by most dailies.

  • "Citing defense of borders, Government clears purchase of fighter aircraft, missiles" headlines the Indian Express. "Amid standoff, India to upgrade firepower" writes the Tribune.

  • "Trump slams China's pattern of aggression" headlines the Hindustan Times. Quoting the US president, the paper says 'Beijing's actions on the LAC reveal its regime's true nature'.

  • "India's trade deficit with China dips to 48.66 billion dollars" notes the Hindu.

  • "Shivraj inducts 28 mantris, 12 of them Scindia loyalists" headlines the Asian Age. The paper adds "CM's men lose out as new MP cabinet has Gwalior stamp."

  • The Hindu writes "Three policemen held in Tamil Nadu custodial deaths case" of trader Jayaraj and his son Benicks.

  • "Private trains likely from April 2023" ; Ticket fares in these trains will be competitive with airfares on similar routes, writes the Pioneer.

  • "India's first plasma bank for Covid treatment opens in Delhi" writes the Statesman.


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