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  • Prime Minister once again pays tribute to the brave soldiers martyred in Galwan Valley; Says the era of expansionism is over, calls it the era of development.

  • Prime Minister Modi asserts bravery shown by the soldiers has given a message to the entire world about India's strength.

  • Cabinet Secretary holds a high-level review meeting on preparedness for COVID-19 with the States and Union Territories.

  • COVID-19 recovery rate improves to  60.73 per cent in the country.

  • Indian Council of Medical Research plans to launch indigenous Covid-19 vaccine for public use by the 15th of August .

  • And government decides to open all Centrally protected monuments in non containment zones from Monday.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook a day-long whirlwind visit to Leh today. In a surprise to all, he visited Leh this morning and touched all the important points to send a strong signal across the borders and to boost the morale of the soldiers guarding the country's sovereignty at the borders. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that courage, valor and  dedication of Indianarmy to protect the honor of Mother India  is incomparable.

"आपका ये हौसला, आपका शौर्य, और मां भारती के मान-सम्‍मान की रक्षा के लिए आपका समर्पण अतुलनीय है। आपकी जीवटता भी दुनिया में किसी से  भी  कम  नहीं है। जिन कठिन परिस्थितियों में, जिस ऊंचाई पर आप मां भारती की ढाल बन करके उसकी रक्षा करते हैं, उसकी सेवा करते हैं, उसका मुकाबला पूरे विश्‍व में कोई नहीं कर सकता। आपका साहस उस ऊंचाई से भी ऊंचा है जहां आप तैनात हैं।"

Addressing the soldiers of Indian Army  during his visit to Ladakh at Nimo, Prime Minister said, the time for expansionism is over. This is the era of development. He recalled that it is this mindset of expansionism that did great harm.


" विस्‍तारवाद का युग समाप्‍त हो चुका है, ये युग विकासवाद का है। तेजी से बदलते हुए समय में विकासवाद ही प्रासंगिक है। विकासवाद के लिए ही अवसर हैं और विकासवाद ही विष्‍य का आधार भी है। बीती शताब्दियों में विस्‍तारवाद ने ही मानवता का सबसे ज्‍यादा अहित किया, मानवता को विनाश करने का प्रयास किया। विस्‍तारवाद की जिद जब किसी पर सवार हुई है, उसने हमेशा विश्‍व शांति के सामने खतरा पैदा किया है। और साथियों, ये भूलें, इतिहास गवाह है कि ऐसी ताकतें मिट गई हैं या मुड़ने के लिए मजबूर हो गई हैं।"

Prime Minister said that  their courage is higher than the heights where they  are posted. He said, through the bravery which has been shown by the soldiers, a message has gone to the entire world about India’s strength. Prime Minister added that The bravery of 14 Corps will be talked about everywhere and the tales of the bravery and valour exhibited are echoing in every house of the country. He added,this land in Ladakh is India’s crown and it has given several brave hearts to the nation.


"14 corps की जांबाजी के किस्‍से तो हर तरफ हैं। दुनिया ने आपका अदम्‍य साहस देखा है, जाना है। आपकी शौर्य गाथाएं घर-घर में गूंज रही हैं और भारत माता के दुश्‍मनों ने आपकी fire भी देखी है और आपकी fury भी।  साथियों, लद्दाख का तो ये पूरा हिस्‍सा, ये भारत का मस्‍तक, 130 करोड़ भारतीयों के मान-सम्‍मान का प्रतीक है। ये भूमि भारत के लिए सर्वस्‍व त्‍याग करने के लिए हमेशा तैयार रहने वाले राष्‍ट्रभक्‍तों की धरती है। "

Prime Minister Modi added, those who are weak can never initiate peace as  bravery is a pre-requisite for peace. He said, we Indians have worked for the betterment of the humanity. Our Correspondent has the details

"Ladakh woke to know that Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat would be visiting after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tour was rescheduled yesterday. However, giving surprise to one and all, PM Modi came to Leh this morning in a special aircraft. He was accompained by the CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane. Immediately on his arrival, PM Modi embarked to Nimo where he witnessed demonstrations of Military Engineering capabilities. Later Mr. Modi addressed the Army Jawans for nearly thirty minutes. Later the Prime Minister paid homage to the martyrs at the War Memorial at Hall of Fame in Leh. Then he proceeded to interact with the injured soldiers in Galwan skirmish at Army General Hospital. PM Modi complimented their courage and valor in protecting the country's sovereignty. He enquired the progress of treatment from the Army officials. His day visit to Leh is a morale booster and strong support to the soldiers posted at a height of 15 thousand feet in the toughest terrain. Ramesh Chandra,All India Radio News, Leh"


We spoke to Director, Society for Policy Studies, Commodore C.Uday Bhaskar on the importance of  the Prime Minister's visit to Ladakh:


India has registered its strong protest at the continued unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan forces along the Line of Control and the International Boundary which are in contravention to the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding. Sources said that New Delhi has  also conveyed its strong concerns at the continued support being extended by the Pakistan forces for cross border infiltration of terrorists, including through covering fire. Sources said, despite these concerns having been shared, including through the channel of Directors General of Military Operations, the Pakistan forces have not ceased such activities. This year, till June, 14 Indians have been killed and 88 Indians have been injured in more than 2,432 unprovoked ceasefire violations carried out by Pakistan forces.


Union Power Minister R K Singh has said, India will not allow import of power supply equipment from China without permission from the government. He added that such an import may be used as a Trojan Horse element which can be potentially used to trigger a power grid shutdown in the country. Addressing the virtual State Energy Ministers Conference today, Mr. Singh asserted that Indian companies will need government permission to import all power supply equipment and components from China or any other country. He said, all such imports will be subjected to an intense inspection in certified laboratories designated by Power Ministry to check for any kind of embedded malware, Trojans or cyber threats. 

Mr. Singh stressed on the need to promote Indian manufacturers of conductors, transformers, tower elements and parts of electric meters. He asked power discoms to review all imports from foreign countries including China for equipment which are manufactured in the country and instructed to stop such imports.


Union Cabinet Secretary today held a high-level review meeting on preparedness for COVID-19 with the States and Union Territories. Union Health Ministry said, early detection and timely clinical management of COVID-19 cases have resulted in increasing daily recoveries. During the last 24 hours, more than 20 thousand COVID-19 patients having been cured, taking the cumulative figure to three lakh 79 thousand 891. The recovery rate amongst COVID-19 patients has crossed 60 per cent and it now stands at 60.73 per cent. The Ministry said, presently, there are over two lakh 27 thouand active cases and all are under medical supervision.

Health Ministry said, Coordinated efforts at all levels of government for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 are showing good results. The recoveries of COVID patients has exceeded active cases by more than one lakh 52 thousand. The cumulative number of samples tested, as on date, is around 93 lakh.


Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR is planning to launch indigenous Covid-19 vaccine for public use by the 15th of August after completion of all clinical trials. ICMR has partnered with Bharat Biotech International Limited to develop this path breaking, Covid-19 vaccine. ICMR has asked Bharat Biotech to fast track the clinical trial mechanism and ensure that the subject enrolment is initiated by 7th of July. More from our correspondent:

"CMR and Bharat Biotech have joined hands for the development of potential Covid-19 vaccine. Bharat Biotech has stepped up its efforts to meet the target, however, final outcome will depend on the cooperation of all clinical sites involved in this project. This is the first indigenous vaccine being developed by India and one of the top priority projects of the government. The vaccine is derived from a strain SARS-COV2 isolated by ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune. Recently, the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation has granted approval to Bharat Biotech India to conduct human clinical trials for Corona Vaccine called ‘Covaxin’. Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi."


The Odisha Government has decided to start plasma therapy in the state in four of its hospitals for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das . A report --

The plasma therapy will initially be implemented in the SCB Medical College and Hospital and Ashwini Hospital in Cuttack and SUM Hospital and KIIMS in Bhubaneswar. A Technical Committee would be formed to outline the treatment plan for plasma therapy. The committee will prepare a blueprint for its successful introduction in the state. The committee will also create awareness among people regarding plasma therapy and submit a detailed report to the government. Meanwhile, Odisha has 8,106 COVID-19 positive cases, of which 5,502 patients have recovered while 29 have died so far. Itishree Singh Rathaur, Air News, Cuttack.


Meghalaya Government has decided to start random rapid testing for people residing from Byrnihat to Khanapara in Ri-Bhoi district bordering Assam. It will start from tomorrow and has also clamped total curfew in the said area from 9 tonight till Monday morning.

After a review meeting held today to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said that clamping of the curfew was necessitated to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases. The Deputy Chief Minister said that the State Government will ensure that curfew is not violated even in areas only a road separates Meghalaya and Assam.


In Meghalaya, three more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 taking the total number of active cases to 18.

In a tweet, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma informed that two personnel of Border Security Force (BSF) in East Khasi Hills district and one high-risk contact from Ri-Bhoi district have tested positive for COVID-19.

With the addition of three new cases, the tally for active cases for COVID-19 has gone up to 18 in Meghalaya. The state has so far registered 62 total cases with 43 recovered patients and one deceased.


In view of the spike in cases of COVID-19 in the country and armed force personnel also testing positive, all the postings, transfer and movement of BSF battalion from one place to the other has been deferred until further orders.Meghalaya Frontier Deputy Inspector General of Border Security Force U K Nayal said that the units rotate from one place to another and accordingly this year the move plan was issued but it has been deferred due to the prevailing situation  till next year.

The DIG also informed that the postings have been deferred until next year. However, he said that they have started sending their personnel on leave in dedicated vehicles following strict protocols to concerned Railway Stations. Meghalaya Frontier Headquarters is maintaining strict vigil after cases were detected from the camp out of which many were returnees. He added, there are thirteen positive cases so far out of which seven have recovered.


In Tamil Nadu, the total number of COVID-19 cases crossed one lakh today. The addition of 4,329 new cases took the exact figure to 1,02,721. Analysts say, the figure reached a little over 50-thousand in 103 days since the reporting of the first case in the state in March. In the next 16 days, it doubled to one lakh.

Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has announced that in view of the COVID-19 situation, the free ration of dal, sugar and palm oil will be extended to the public for the month of July also through the public distribution system. This will be in addition to the free rice scheme that is in vogue. 

Furthermore, the State Health Minister Dr. Vijayabhaskar has said, bed capacity for treating COVID-19 is being increased in Chennai. Siddha, the Indian system of medicine, along with Allopathy, is emerging as a promising option in the clinical management of COVID-19 as said by the Chennai Corporation Commissioner Prakash. A report --

"Siddha medicinal system coupled with Allopathy has been introduced in a COVID Care Centre in Chennai a few months back. The State Health Department and the Corporation officials noticed an encouraging result with the integrated approach. It led them to go for extending the method to more such centres housing asymptomatic patients without comorbidity conditions. For example, the Jawahar Engineering College in the city has been converted into a COVID Care Centre with Siddha and Allopathy integrated system. So far, 744 patients have been admitted there and 569 have been discharged after recovery. They included thirty patients today. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


Kerala reported highest single day surge in COVID cases with 211 people testing positive for the virus today. A Report

"Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the situation is getting serious with virus spread increasing in the State with all 14 districts reporting an increase in Covid cases. Among the new cases , 138 persons are returnees from abroad and  39 people  from other states.  27 persons contracted the disease through contact. Meanwhile 201 patients have recovered from the disease today . The total active  Covid cases in the State rose to 2098. The situation in Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam district is getting serious with more cases being reported where source could not be ascertained. Chief Minister informed that the surveillance will be tightened in these areas, more stringent measures will be taken, public will be restricted in govt offices and large-scale testing will be conducted. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


The recovery rate of COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 63.37 per cent, even as two more patients died from the virus today. The fatality count is 119 now.

The current tally of positive cases in J&K is 7,849 with 2,760 active cases. A total of 4,974 patients have been cured so far.


In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio, we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19.

Talking to AIR News, Director at AIIMS in Delhi, Dr Randeep Guleria advised the people to aggressively follow the social distancing and hand hygiene norms to check the spread of COVID-19 infection.



In keeping with its spirit to give a fillip to Indian languages, All India Radio will broadcast its first ever news magazine programme in Sanskrit tomorrow on Saturday. The programme titled, 'Sanskrit Saptahiki' will be of 20 minutes duration and can be heard at 7.10 A.M. on All India Radio FM News Channel,100.1 MHz frequency every Saturday with a repeat broadcast on Sundays. Sukti, Prasang, Saptahiki, Sanskrit Darshan, Gyan Vigyan, Bal Vallari, Ek Bharat -Shreshtha Bharat  and  Anvikshiki will featured in the News Magazine.The weekly programme will have elements from the prominent developments of the week, news from the world of Sanskrit, explaining the humane values enshrined in Sanskrit literature, philosophy, history, art, culture and tradition. It will give voices to the children and youth and their feelings about the great Indian tradition and culture.

  An interesting feature is the Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat wherein five  commonly used words will be translated from Sanskrit to Hindi and another Indian language every week.


Union Government has decided to open all the Centrally protected monuments by completely abiding to safety protocols from Monday. Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said that only those monuments and museums which are in the non-containment zone will be open for visitors. He said, all Centrally protected monuments and sites will be bound by the protocols like sanitization, social distancing and other health protocols issued by the Health Ministry. He added, any specific orders of the State and District Administration shall also be strictly implemented.  Our correspondent reports that these monuments were closed in the wake of the pandemic. A total of three thousand 691 Centrally protected monuments comes under Archaeological Survey of India. Out of which, 820 Centrally protected monuments which have places of worship were opened on 8th of last month. The entry tickets will be issued by e-mode only and no physical tickets will be issued until further orders. The visitors have to follow social distancing and use of face cover or mask is mandatory. No group photography is allowed within the premises. Thermal scanning provisions and hand hygiene at the entrance is mandatory. Only asymptomatic people will be allowed. No food and eatables will be allowed inside the premises. At the parking and cafeteria only digital payment is allowed.


Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended the suspension of all scheduled international commercial passenger flight services in the country till 31st of July. It has said that the restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and specially approved flights. DGCA has said that international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis.


India has brought back over five lakh stranded Indians from foreign countries under the Vande Bharat Mission. Under the world’s largest repatriation mission, Vande Bharat, which was initiated by the Central government on 7th of May this year, stranded Indian nationals from 137 countries have been brought back so far. Terming it as a significant achievement, Ministry of External Affairs said that the number of Indians repatriated under the mission is much higher than the initial target of bringing back two lakh nationals. More in this report --


"Under the Vande Bharat Mission, Kerala with over 94 thousand people, received the largest number of stranded Indians, followed by Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh. With maximum number of repatriates which is over 57 thousand, UAE tops the chart of the countries from where Indians have returned by the special flights of the Vande Bharat Mission. It is followed by Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and USA. Over 91 thousand Indians returned from Nepal through land border check posts. Under the massive exercise, 860 Air India flights, 1,256 chartered flights and eight Naval Ships were deployed. Additionally, the numbers will keep on adding as the fourth phase of Vande Bharat Mission has started from today under which more than 500 flights have already been scheduled. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR News, Delhi."


Union Government has postponed JEE and NEET examinations in view of COVID-19 pandemic. Now, JEE Main examination will be held from 1st to 6th September this year and JEE advanced exam on 27th of September. Medical entrance examination NEET will be held on 13th of September. In a tweet, Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said, the decision has been taken keeping in mind the safety of students and to ensure quality education.


Foreign and Indian coaches for training Indian Athletes will now have a four-year contract in alignment with the Olympic cycle. Speaking about the decision, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said that by ensuring the right coaching for country's elite athletes, India’s chances in all major international tournaments, including the Olympics will be improved. Expressing his confidence that the decision will benefit the athletes, Mr. Rijiju said, it will also help India’s long-term roadmap for Olympic preparation for 2024 and 2028.

Lauding the decision, President of Indian Olympic Association Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra said that frequent change of coaches hampered the performance of athletes. The contract of all foreign coaches have been extended till 30th September of next year, in light of Tokyo Olympics-2020 being postponed till next year.


Tremors were felt in parts of national capital and NCR this  evening after a medium-intensity earthquake of magnitude 4.7 jolted Alwar district in Rajasthan.

According to the  National Centre for Seismology, the earthquake occurred at 7 P.M. at a depth of 35 kilometres. There were no immediate reports of loss of life or property.


Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri today launched the toolkit for Swachh Survekshan-2021. This is the sixth edition of the annual cleanliness survey of urban India conducted by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Addressing on the occasion, Mr Puri said, every year, the Swachh Survekshan is redesigned innovatively, to ensure that the process becomes more robust, with focus on sustaining the behaviour change. He said, like in the last year, keeping in mind the Ministry's efforts towards ensuring sustainability of the sanitation value chain, the Swachh Survekshan-2021 indicators focus on parameters pertaining to wastewater treatment and reuse along with faecal ssludge.


Union Government today said that the locust control operations have been carried out in over one lakh 32 thousand hectares area in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana by Locust Circle Offices. Agriculture Ministry said, no significant crop losses have been reported in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Haryana. However, some minor crop losses have been reported in some districts of Rajasthan. The Ministry said, in the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, control operations were carried out at 19 places in seven districts.


Public and Private Sectors banks have sanctioned loans worth over one lakh ten thousand crore rupees so far under Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme. Out of which, more than 52 thousand 200 crore rupees have already been disbursed. The scheme was launched by the government to provide relief to the MSME sector by incentivizing member lending institutions to provide additional credit of up to three lakh crore at low interest. This is to enable MSMEs to meet their operational requirements during the COVID-19 crisis.


Karnataka Agriculture Minister B C Patil informed today that Central Government has sanctioned 4,000 crore rupees under Atmanirbhar programme to improve infrastructure for the Food Parks in the state. Interacting with the media persons in Bengaluru today, he stressed that infrastructure will be improved in four Food Parks developed in the state and plans will be afoot to set up more. Food Parks, the Minister noted, will help economic stability of farmers.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and reviewed the situation in the wake of flooding and landslides in parts of the state. In a tweet, Prime Minister said, he assured all possible support from the Centre to help those affected.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief on the tragic demise of Sikh Pilgrims in Pakistan. In a tweet, Prime Minister said, his thoughts are with their families and friends in this hour of grief. The Prime Minister prayed that those pilgrims injured recover at the earliest. Nineteen Sikh pilgrims were killed in an accident in Punjab province of Pakistan after their vehicle rammed into a train today.


Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.

The National Capital Delhi will have thunderstorm with rain. The temperature will hover between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius.

Mumbai is expecting generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be around 25 and maximum will be around 31.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The minimum temperature will be around 26 and maximum 37.

Kolkata will witness partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature will be 28 while maximum could go up to 35 . 

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be around 29 in Jammu while maximum will be 38. The city will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be around 18 while maximum will be around 32 .The city will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.In Gilgit, there will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Minimum temperature will be around 15  and maximum could settle at  35.In Muzzafarabad, the sky will be mainly clear tomorrow. Minimum temperature will be around 23 while maximum is likely to go up to 40 .


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