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PM Modi performs Bhoomi Pujan and lays foundation stone of Ram Temple in Ayodhya            Ram Temple is a Symbol of Unity, says Prime Minister Modi            COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 67.19 pct; highest number of people recover in last 24 hours            Sushant Rajput death case: Centre accepts Bihar govt’s recommendation of CBI inquiry            Heavy rains throw life out of gear in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar districts of Maharashtra           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls for adoption of organic and natural farming in cluster based approach.

  • Prime Minister launches Aatmanirbhar Bharat Innovation Challenge to identify the best Indian Apps.

  • ICMR defends move to fast-track clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccine; Says process is in accordance with globally accepted norms.

  • WHO appreciates Indian government effort to contain the spread of corona virus.

  • More than 25 crore saplings to be planted in Uttar Pradesh today.

  • Lightening and other rain related incidents claim 31 lives in Bihar.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for adoption of organic and natural farming in a cluster based approach. He said, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has developed geo-referenced Organic Carbon Map of India and identified 88 bio control agents and 22 Bio pesticides which can promote organic agriculture. Mr Modi reviewed the progress of agriculture research, extension and education in India through video conference yesterday. Prime Minister directed that start-ups and agri-enterprenues need to be promoted to ensure innovation and use of technology in Agriculture and allied sectors. He highlighted the need to leverage information technology to provide information on demand to the farmers. Mr Modi directed that Hackathons may be organized twice a year to  solve identified problems and meet  design needs for tools and equipement that can reduce drudgery if farming activity, given that a large number of farm workers are women. He exhorted the need to create awareness regarding inclusion of millets like Jowar, bajra, ragi and several other minor millets in diet to ensure healthy diet.

Mr Modi said ease of access to farm equipment and transport facility from field to markets shall be ensured. In this regard, the Department of Agriculture, Cooperatives and Farmers Welfare has launched an app - Kisanrath. In order to enhance water use efficiency, the Prime Minister desired that awareness and outreach programs be conducted.

Mr Modi said that study of grasses and local fodder crops should be undertaken to understand their nutritive value. He highlighted the need to study use of sea weeds for their impact on soil health apart from exploring commercial applications in nutraceuticals.


The Prime Minister has launched Aatmanirbhar Bharat Innovation Challenge to identify the best Indian Apps that are already being used by citizens and have the potential to scale and become world class Apps in their respective categories.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people of tech community to participate in Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge. This will run in two tracks- Promotion of Existing Apps and Development of New Apps.

In a LinkedIn post, Mr Modi said, for promotion of existing Apps and platforms across the categories of E-learning, Work-from-Home, Gaming, Business, Entertainment, Office Utilities, and Social Networking, the Government will provide mentoring, hand-holding and support. Track one will work in mission mode for identifying good quality Apps for the leader-board and will be completed in around a month. For incubating new Apps and Platforms, Track two initiative will work to help create new champions in India for providing support in ideation, incubation, prototyping and roll out along with market access.

The Prime Minister added that the outcome of this challenge will be to give better visibility and clarity to existing Apps to achieve their goals, and to create tech products to find solutions to tech conundrums with the help of mentorship, tech support and guidance during the entire life-cycle. Mr Modi said there is tremendous scope among these sectors for new Apps which solve specific issues for India and the world.

He said, India has a very vibrant tech and start up ecosystem, which has made India proud nationally as well as globally. He also said there is a huge potential of Indian market and the scale products can achieve if they can satisfy the demands of the market.


Reviewing Bhartiya Janta Party's Seva Hi Sangathan Abhiyan through video conferencing yesterday Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that the Party is a political organisation which works to serve the people of the country and it is not only an election winning machine.

Mr Modi said, nation is first for BJP workers and it comes before anything. The Prime Minister said, the BJP has 52 Dalit and 43 adivasi MPs. He said, more than 113 BJP MPs are from backward class and over 150 BJP MLAs are from adivasi community. He said, it shows that the BJP truly represents all sections of the society.

Lauding the party workers efforts during this COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Modi said the nationwide welfare work undertaken by them at such scale amid crisis is biggest seva yagya in the history. He said, in several states, party workers knew that they were taking risks, but continued with full dedication during this pandemic. Some workers even lost their lives while serving the people and the nation.


Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that rural sector will be transformed by constitution of 10 thousand new Farmers’ Producer Organizations (FPOs). He said that 86 per cent farmers in the country are small and marginal farmers, who will strengthen the rural economy through these FPOs. Mr Tomar said, this will not only help in agricultural progress, but also create new avenues for the development of the country.

Addressing a meeting of Laghu Udyog Bharati and Sahakar Bharati through video conference, Mr Tomar said, in the beginning, the minimum number of members in the FPOs will be 300 in the plains and 100 in the North-East and hilly areas.

The Minister said, all FPOs will be provided professional support and handholding for five years. He said, 15 per cent of the FPOs are to be constituted in aspirational districts, and will be formed on priority basis in scheduled tribal areas. There will be credit guarantee fund with NABARD and NCDC, under which suitable credit guarantee up to two crore rupees per FPO will be provided.


The Government has said that the matter of OBC reservation in All India Quota seats in medical education is presently under consideration of the Supreme Court. In a tweet, Health Ministry said, it has taken proactive stand and suggested State-specific reservation for OBCs in the All India Quota scheme.

The Ministry was responding to senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's tweet in which he had shared the letter written by Congress President Sonia Gandhi to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding extention of the reservation for OBCs in All India Quota of medical and dental seats in State and UT Governments medical education institutions.


Ladakh Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur has e-launched Mission Organic Development Initiative (M.O.D.I) and a Greenhouse Project to steer the Union Territory on a sustainable path. Mr Mathur held a special meeting to discuss the roles and functioning of Leh and Kargil Hill Councils yesterday. Mr Mathur laid emphasis on enhancing the abilities of the two Councils to fully utilize their budget and deliver greater benefits to the people of Ladakh.

"The 500 crore rupees Mission Organic Development Initiative will be implemented in three phases in Ladakh region, starting with 66 villages in the first phase this year. Another 85 villages will be certified as organic by next three years while in the final phase the rest of 90 villages from both district's will be declared as organic by 2025. Mr Mathur said that “By converting Ladakh into an organic state, we will be able to achieve the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a Carbon Neutral Ladakh". Organic agriculture produce is also aimed at increasing 40 per cent additional income for the Ladakh farmers. Mathur also launched the Ladakh Greenhouse Project to improve vegetable availability in Ladakh through out the deep winters. The project has been allotted a budget of INR 76.44 crores and is targeting the installation of 1676 greenhouses over a span of two years in Leh and Kargil districts. Ramesh Chandra, AIR NEWS, Leh."


 More than 25 crore saplings will be planted under the 'Mission Vriksharopan-2020' across Uttar Pradesh today. This record plantation in a single day will be carried out with people's participation and inter-departmental coordination.

 "Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will inaugurate the 'Mission Vriksharopan-2020' in Kukarel forest in capital city Lucknow. Under this mission, medicinal, fruit yielding, environmental, shady, fodder, and other important plants of more than 201 species will be planted in a day through extensive public participation and interdepartmental coordination. According to a government spokesperson'MissionVriksharopan -2020 will be contribution of 26 state departments including Environment, Forest and Climate Change Department and various social organizations, voluntary organizations, public representatives, students including others. Geo tagging of all plantation sites will also be done. The plantation drive is focused on prevention of malnutrition, biodiversity conservation and plantation along the banks of Ganga and tributaries. DR. MS YADAV, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".


Foreign policy expert G. Parthsarthy said that India has been one of the biggest markets for Chinease goods in Asia and China greatly benefitted from India on that front. He said, recent Chinease activities including the deployment of troops in Ladakh called for action by the Indian government.

 Speaking to AIR News, Mr. Parthsarthy said, India started to reduce its dependence on China by curtailing import after the skirmish between the two armies in Ladakh. He said, this is a good opportunity to become self reliant in the industrial sector especially in electronics segment.


Hero Cycles has cancelled trade deals worth 900 crore rupees with China. Hero Cycles Chairman and Managing Director Pankaj Munjal said, the company has boycotted chinese companies and decided not to do any trade with chinese in future. He said the company will now manufacture the high-tech cycles in India. He said that company is now looking for opportunities in other countries and planning to set up plant of Hero Cycles in Germany, from where the cycles would be supplied to all European countries.


Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has asserted that it is acting in accordance with the globally accepted norms to fast-track vaccine development for diseases of pandemic potential. It said, it is important to promote indigenous vaccine development while ensuring safety, quality, ethics and adherence to all regulatory requirement. 

ICMR and Bharat Biotech have joined hands for the development of potential Covid-19 vaccine called Covaxin. The Drugs Controller General of India has accorded permission to conduct phase-1 and 2 human clinical trial. ICMR said, in the larger public health interest, it is important for ICMR to expedite the clinical trials with a promising indigenous vaccine.


World Health Organization (WHO) has appreciated the works done by the Indian government to contain the spread of corona virus. Chief Scientist at WHO, Dr Soumya Swaminathan said that it is an achievement for India that in the last couple of months, India has become self-sufficient in testing kits. She said, Indian government took serious steps from the beginning and put in place certain measures in January itself based on the WHO recommendations. She said, India should also focus on data management originating from the pandemic.


Bihar legislative council Chairman Awadesh Narayan Singh has tested positive for Coronavirus infection. His wife and son were also found Corona positive. Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar have undergone test for COVID-19. These leaders had attended oath ceremony of the new members of the Bihar Legislative Council on July 1 in which the Chairman of the Council was present.

Meanwhile, Corona poisitive cases in the state has gone upto 11,457 with the reporting of 546 new cases yesterday. 8488 patients have recovered and discharged from hospital while 2,888 patients are undergoing treatment. Recovery rate has gone upto over 74 percent.


Delhi Government has said, a total of two thousand 505 new confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in the city during the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to 97 thousand 200. At present, there are 25 thousand 940 active cases in Delhi.

Delhi Health Bulletin confirmed that a total of 68 thousand 256 people affected with corona virus have been cured so far and the recovery rate reached to 70.22 per cent in the city. In a single day, two thousand 632 people affected with corona virus have recovered and 55 deaths have been registered in Delhi taking the overall toll to three thousand four.

During the last 24 hour, nine thousand 925 RT-PCR tests and 13 thousand 748 rapid antigen tests were conducted in Delhi. So far, six lakh 20 thousand 368 tests have been conducted in the National Capital.


In Gujarat, the number of Covid19 cases has reached 35,398 after 712 new cases were reported during the past 24 hours. 21 patients have lost their lives taking the death toll in the state to 1927.

"Gujarat has recorded 712 new cases, the biggest single day spike till now. Maximum 201 cases reported from Surat, while Ahmedabad recorded 165 new cases. According to official sources, out of 8057 active cases in the state, conditions of 68 patients are critical and they are on ventilator. 473 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 25414. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani visited Surat city last evening and reviewed the situation. He said that the kidney hospital and stem cell hospital to be completed during this month will be dedicated as Covid hospitals. He also announced 200 additional ventilators and health teams following the spike in Covid-19 cases. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


In Madhya Pradesh, inter-state bus services will remain suspended until further orders in view of the COVID-19 situation. An order issued by the state home department said that inter-state bus operations will continue to be suspended, while inter-district buses will ply normally. Our corespondent reports Madhya Pradesh has recorded 14,297 cases of coronavirus.

"The COVID-19 case count in Madhya Pradesh climbed to 14 thousand 604 with addition of 307 new cases in the last 24 hours. The death toll in the state has risen to 598. A total of 185 persons were discharged from hospitals yesterday taking the number of the recovered cases to 11 thousand 234. As per the state health bulletin, the number of cases in Indore, the worst-hit district, rose to 4 thousand 810 and death toll to 241. The number of cases in Bhopal stood at 2 thousand 984 including 105 fatalities. No new coronavirus case was reported from 20 districts since yesterday while three districts did not have any active cases. So far, about 4 lakh samples of corona infection have been tested in Madhya Pradesh. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


Tamil Nadu Government has decided to open up Chennai from the full lockdown on Monday, while in Madurai and its suburbs, the complete lockdown has been extended for seven more days. The state Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy said that the full lockdown in Madurai will be in force till the 12th of this month, to prevent fresh waves of Covid-19. Meanwhile, the total Covid-19 infection in Tamil Nadu has crossed one lakh seven thousand mark after 4,280 people tested positive yesterday.

"Chennai and its suburbs where complete lockdown is currently in vogue join the other places in the state in going for the unlock-phase-2 from tomorrow. However, the people of Madurai and its surrounding areas will have to wait to come out of the full lockdown for a week more. In Chennai, the return to the unlock will have a few additional safeguards. Hotels in the state capital can deliver parcel service and the dine-in facility continues to be barred. Groceries and vegetable shops can function from 6 to 6 and commercial complexes, showrooms and jewelry shops from 10 to 6 while shopping malls need to remain closed. The Covid-19-led full lockdown is in force in Chennai from the 19th of last month and it comes to a close after 17-days tonight. It may be noted that on all the Sundays of this month, the government has made it clear that the whole state will go under complete lockdown to avoid crowding outside homes. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


In Karnataka, a 33-hour curfew beginning 8 pm yesterday was imposed to contain the spread of corona virus. It will continue till 5 am tomorrow. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has instructed each and every department to be very strict and implement the guidelines without any fear or favour.

Transport service will be off the road during the curfew. Police have clamped prohibitory order under section 144.

Borders with neighbouring Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala will be closed and no vehicle will be allowed to enter or exit the state.


A 42,000 strong dedicated team of ASHA workers in Karnataka have worked tirelessly to survey 1.59 crore households for enumerating Covid -19 related vulnerable members. Our Bengaluru correspondent has sent this report on how ASHA workers have emerged as a crucial pillar in Karnataka to combat COVID 19 pandemic.

"ASHAs have actively participated in the COVID-19 household surveys and screening inter-state passengers, migrant workers, and others in the community for symptoms of COVID-19. Their house to house survey in every city and village has helped recognize vulnerability of certain population groups to COVID-19, like the elderly persons with co-morbidities, and immuno-compromised individuals. They have covered about 1.59 crore households and regularly monitored the high-risk groups in their area with periodicity of follow-up visits varying from once a day in the Containment Zones to once every 15 days in other areas. They also visit the houses of persons expressing complaints of ILI/SARI symptoms, and high-risk individuals who have called the State Health Department helpline numbers. From addressing public grievances at the Gram Panchayat level to being the line of first defense in urban areas to counter the virus by dissemination of various awareness activities in the Fever clinics and Swab Collection Centers. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU."


Puducherry Lt. Governor Dr Kiran Bedi said that analysis of the COVID Cases in the Union Territory is revealing that elders with any morbidity need extra precaution. She said children are also prone to the infection. The Lt Governor said elders should avoid venturing out of their homes. Her appeal comes after the Director of JIPMER, Puducherry, Dr Rakesh Aggarwal presented her with the data analysis drawn from the COVID Dash Board maintained by the Puducherry Health Department.

"In an audio clip, Lt. Governor Dr. Kiran Bedi expressed her displeasure in the way the officials dealing with the COVID were functioning. Dr. Bedi was of the opinion that the officials could perform better. She also said that

Dr. Kiran Bedi also said that those instructed to be quarantined must abide by the instructions and not to violate the conditions of home quarantine. Chidambaranathan, AIR NEWS, Puducherry".


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.

Speaking to AIR News, Dr. Saurabh Mehrotra, Consultant at Mental Health Division in Medanta Hospital emphasized that people should indulge in positive addictions.


Participating in All India Radio's Special Discussion Programme on COVID-19, Dr. Raman Gangakhedkar, Former Head Scientist of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at ICMR explained how does herd immunity work.


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

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.


Lightning and other rain related incidents have claimed 31 lives in Bihar. Eleven others injured in the state during the past 24 hours.  Most of the victims were those working in agricultural fields.

The Chief Minister has announced an ex-gratia of four lakh rupees each to the next of the kin of the deceased. He has also ordered free treatment to the injured.

Weathermen have cautioned people to remain as more rain and lightening are expected during the next 24 hours in different parts of the state.


In Uttar Pradesh, at least 23 people were killed and several others injured in lightning and other rain related incidents during the past 24 hours. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the loss of life. He asked District Magistrates to immediately disburse the relief amount of 4 lakh rupees each to the families of the diseased.


Take a look at the weather s for today.

Heavy rain and high-velocity winds lashed the national capital last night, bringing the mercury down by several notches this morning. Met office said, 33.6 mm rainfall was recorded till 5:30 this morning. More rain is expected over the next three to four days.

Mumbai continued to receive heavy rains on the second consecutive day yesterday with the IMD warning of very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in the area. The city witnessed a minimum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius and will have a maximum of 28 degrees.

In Chennai, the temperature will hover between 24 and 32 degrees Celsius. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain.

Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers with a minimum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature will be nearly 33 degrees.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 28 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 32 degrees. The city is likely to have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain.

In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius. The city is expected to witness thunderstorm with rain.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 17 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees and the sky will be generally cloudy with moderate rain.

Muzzafarabad may see thunderstorm with rain. The place witnessed a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees.



"Record sowing as migrants return home" headlines the Pioneer. High Kharif sowing in U.P, Bihar, Chattisgarh, while Punjab registers decline due to lack of farm labour.

"DD to broadcast live Aarti of Amarnath sherine from today" is another report in the Pioneer. This will be 2 times a day 7.30 a.m & 5 p.m and will go on till 5 August for half hour.

CRPF, BSF agree to recruit transgenders is a headlines in the  Tribune in order to get them into mainstream society.

Chinese apps banned, Government calls homegrown ones to rise to challenge says Indian Express.

Village girl who cycles 24 Kilometer to School and back gets 98.5% is a Times of India headlines about Roshni Bhadouriya, a girl from Bhopal who took class 10th exam.

And finally, The Asian Age carries a report on a former forest officers wife Nalini Swain in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district who rescued stranded female cub and brought her up like a child. Nalini is now 90 years old and stays in an old age home  & the cub passed away a few years ago.


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