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PM Modi to release sixth instalment of PM-KISAN scheme to 8.5 crore farmers today; to launch Rs 1 Lakh Cr financing facility            COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 68.78 pct in country; fatality rate drops further to 2.01 pct            India can become trusted partner in global supply chain: Piyush Goyal            IMD warns of heavy rain in Northwest India during next two days            Mahinda Rajapaksa takes oath as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for fourth time           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls on President  Ram Nath Kovind ; Briefs on national and international issues.

  • Prime Minister wishes countrymen on occasion of Guru Purnima; Says we must show respect to gurus who make life meaningful.

  • National Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 60.77 per cent; four lakh nine thousand 83 people recovered in the country.

  • Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal inaugurates world's largest COVID Care Centre at Radha Soami Satsang Beas.

  • More than 25 crore saplings planted in Uttar Pradesh Under Mission Vriksharopan-2020 drive. 

  • Rajasthan government decides not to conduct undergraduate and postgraduate examinations of this year in all universities.

  • Incessant rains lash Mumbai and parts of Maharashtra; normal life disturbed.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met President Ramnath Kovind. Mr Modi briefed President on the issues of national and international importance at Rashtrapati Bhavan.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah today visited one thousand bed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid hospital built by DRDO in record time. The Defence Research and Development Organisation, DRDO has decided to name different wards of new Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID-19 Hospital in Delhi after the Indian Army troops who lost their lives in the Galwan valley clash last month. The ICU and Ventilator Ward in the hospital has been named as Col B Santosh Babu Ward.


The centre with one thousand beds is having specialised intensive care unit beds and is fully air-conditioned. The hospital is near airport and will be operated by armed forces.


Talking to reportes, Defence Minister said, more than 250  Intensive Care Units are available in this centre. 


In a big support to fight against COVID -19 in Delhi, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, ITBP today started the operations at Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre, Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Chhatarpur. Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal inaugurated this Centre, which is the largest of its kind in the world with over ten thousand beds.


Adequate arrangements have been made by the ITBP at the centre including security, reception, call centre, nursing stations, command control stores and maintenance staff. Over one thousand doctors, nurses and paramedic staff of ITBP and other CAPFs have been deployed at the facility to operate it smoothly.


More than 75 Ambulances will also be deployed at the Centre.

A group of first patients are expected at the centre this afternoon. 


On the occasion, Anil Baijal reviewed with agencies concerned, the availability of facilities like beds, oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ventilators, ICU and medical staff. Mr Baijal advised the officials to focus on severely ill patients and if required, shift them to dedicated COVID-19 Hospitals. He instructed South Delhi Municipal Corporation to ensure cleanliness and sanitation at the centre.


The LG said management of COVID centre by ITBP is greatly appreciated.


The Government today said, a total of four lakh nine thousand 83 people affected with coronavirus have recovered in the country  and the COVID19 recovery rate has improved to 60.77 per cent.


In the past 24 hours, 14 thousand 856 people have recovered from Covid-19.


In terms of recovery rate, the top five States and Union Territories are Chandigarh, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan wherein the recovery rate is above 80 per cent. In terms of number of people recovered from coronavirus, Maharashtra stands at top position followed by Delhi and Tamil Nadu.


Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 24 thousand 850 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country within 24 hours taking the total number of cases to six lakh 73 thousand 165. This is the highest number of cases registered in one day since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country.


In a single day, 613 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 19 thousand 268. Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is two lakh 44 thousand 814.


Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that a total of two lakh 48 thousand 934 tests were conducted by various laboratories in the country in the last 24 hours. This is the highest number of tests conducted by the laboratories in one day. So far, 97 lakh 89 thousand 66 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, a total one thousand one hundred laboratories across India have been given approval to conduct Covid-19 tests including 786 government laboratories and 314 private laboratory chains.


In view of the COVID situation, the Rajasthan government has decided not to conduct undergraduate and postgraduate examinations in all universities, colleges and technical educational institutions in the state this year. The decision has been taken in a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

"Minister of State for Higher Education Bhanwar Singh Bhati told that this year all UG and PG students will be promoted in the next class without examination. On the other hand, Health Minister Dr. Raghu Sharma has said that the State has developed testing facility of 41 thousand samples per day, which will be increased to 50 thousand tests daily. COVID tests facility has been started in 20 districts, it will also be started soon in the remaining 13 districts of the state. Meanwhile, 4 hundred 80 persons tested positive yesterday, which is the highest number in a single day. 2 hundred 24 more cases reported this morning. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur."


15 new cases of  COVID -19 positive have been reported today in Nagaland taking the total confirmed cases in the state to 578.


Minister of Health and Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom tweeted this morning that out of 154 samples tested, 15 fresh positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. Out of the 578 positive cases in the state,  the active cases now stands at 350 and 228 have recovered.


Arunachal Pradesh government has revised the timing of the lockdown in the Itanagar Capital Complex Region, which starts from tomorrow. State’s Chief Secretary said that the new timing will be from 5 pm of 6th July to 5 am of 13th July. He said all Government offices within capital region will remain closed except Raj Bhavan, State Secretariat & Directorate-CMO, CS Office, Home, Police HQ, Health, Disaster Management, PWD-Road & Highways, Power, District Administration of ICC-DC Office, Police, Courts, Fire and Emergency services, Disaster Management and Prisons, Electricity, Water and Sanitation. All commercial and private establishments will remain closed except banks and ATMs, print and electronic media, health facilities and pharmacies, telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services and  other utility services.


As Covid cases are on the rise in Kerala, the State reports one more Covid death, taking the death toll due to Covid to 26 in the State.

"The 82 year old deceased, hailing from Malappuram had returned from abroad on 29 th June.The Covid test  of the person turned positive today morning who had passed away yesterday in Manjeri Medical college. As the Covid cases contracted through contact is increasing in the State, Covid preventive measures and surveillance tightened in all containment zones in the State. Widespread testing and restrictions being done in Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam. Meanwhile the State Government has issued the Epidemic Diseases Amendment Ordinance, making it compulsory to wear mask at public places, workplaces and while travelling in vehicles. The restriction will exist till one year or till further ordinance. Any protest, strike, procession, conference or gathering is  also not allowed without prior permission in writing. Not more than 10 people are allowed in these events. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram.


In Mizoram, 22 persons were tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours. With this, the total positive cases of COVID-19 in the state has reached 186, while the number of active cases is 56.

According to an official statement, 22 new samples were tested positive from 465 samples tested yesterday. The newly confirmed cases included 10 NDRF and four Assam Rifles personnel.


Also, out of the total 186 positive cases, 130 patients have been discharged after recovery and 56 are active cases.


The Tamil Nadu Government has decided to open up Chennai from the full lockdown on Monday while in Madurai and its suburbs it is extended for seven more days. The state Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has said in a statement that Madurai will be under full lockdown till the 12th of this month, to prevent spread of Covid-19.


Meanwhile the total Covid-19 infection in Tamil Nadu has  crossed one lakh seven thousand cases with 4280 people confirmed positive yesterday. The new cases include 1842 in Chennai. 2214 people were discharged after recovery leaving the active caseload at nearly 45-thousand. 65 people died of the disease taking the toll to 1450.


Chennai went in for a full lockdown on the 19th of last month. After 17-days, it is going to wound up today. Madurai is an exception where the intense lockdown will be in vogue for another week. Madurai continued to witness a spurt in new cases of Covid-19 for the past many days leading to the government imposing the control measure. In all rural areas of Tamil Nadu, places of worship with an annual income of less than ten thousand rupees will be permitted to open from tomorrow. However, people have been asked to follow social distancing norms and to wear masks. 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 as any crowding outside homes could possibly serve as a recipe for the formation of new Covid19 clusters. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


Incessant rains have been lashing Mumbai and parts of Maharashtra for the third consecutive day. Heavy spells of rains have caused water-logging in low-lying areas of Mumbai. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast intermittent rains in the city and suburbs with possibility of heavy falls at isolated places in the next 24 hours.


"The Colaba observatory in South Mumbai recorded 129.6 mm rain in last 24 hours while the Santacruz weather station in western suburbs recorded 200.8 mm rainfall during the same period. Heavy rainfall inundated low-lying areas of the city, including Hindmata in Central Mumbai, and Chembur in eastern suburbs. Water-logging was reported in low-lying areas like Sion, Dadar, Milan Subway, Kandivali, Malad, Goregaon and Dahisar areas. Due to continuous rainfall the water level in the Mithi river is also rising. The neighbouring Navi Mumbai and Thane district have also been experiencing continuous heavy downpour. In Sindhudurg, rivers have been flooded. Paddy fields have submerged under water and reports of tree felling too have been reported due to high velocity winds. An incident of landslide has been reported at Morgaon on the Mumbai-Goa highway. Kunal Shinde, AIR News, Mumbai."


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has urged every Indian to adopt Aatma Nirbhar Bharat campaign to transform Local India into a Global India. Speaking at the virtual launch of Elyments mobile App through video conferencing, Mr Naidu said the Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan was aimed at giving a new boost and a quantum jump to the economic potential of the country by strengthening infrastructure, using modern technologies and creating robust supply chains.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the countrymen on the occasion of Guru Purnima. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, today is a special day to show respect to the gurus who make life meaningful. He said, on this occasion, he conveys his best regards to all the gurus.


In Uttar Pradesh Guru Purnima is being celebrated across the state. This is the festival of showing respect by disciples to their mentors.


The Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has  appealed  to the public to observe the festival of Guru Poornima in compliance with social distancing in view of the Covid-19 Pandemic. And he planted a sapling at Lucknow on this occasion Under the Mission Vriksharopan-2020 drive.

"People are following social distancing while celebrating Guru Purnima and there are no public functions as to avoid mass gathering. District authorities in view of Covid 19  have made special arrangements at the banks of rivers and ponds where people are reaching to take holy dip before Pooja Archan. People are reaching to their Gurus for taking their  blessings. Uttar Prdesh Governor Anandi Ben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath have extended heartfelt greetings to the people on the ocassion. In  greeting message  the Chief Minister said that the place of Guru is highest and  It is not possible to acquire knowledge without a Guru. He planted three sapling of Ficus Religiosa, Ficus Virens and Banyan plant at Harishankari Vatika at Kukrel forest in Lucknow on this occasion. Several people were seen planting saplings to pay respect to their mentors. The government carrying out drive of planting 25 crore saplings in state in a single day today. MS Yadav, AIR News, Lucknow"


In Gujarat, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation AMC has added 19 more areas to Micro Containment zones while removing 4 areas from the list. Quoting sources, AIR correspondent reports that the multipronged strategy adopted by the Municipal authority has yielded good results in Ahmedabad. More from our Ahmedababd correspondent.

"Situation of Covid19 pandemic is alarming in Surat, but the same is improving in Ahmedabad. Sources said that Ahmedabad was the worst hit city in the country just two months back. The city had more than 2500 active cases and death rate was nearly 6 percent. But, after the adoption of the multi pronged strategy, the number of active cases in the city reduced to around 1500. Active cases declined by 40 percent from its peak, while death rate also down by half. Key measures which helped in controlling Covid-19 include - opening of 2,800 clinics in the city, requisitioning 3,328 beds in 67 private hospitals and availability of lifesaving drugs for critical patients. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


According to the status report of COVID 19, from the Health department of Puducherry union territory released today, the recovery rate has incerased to 47.35 percent and the death rate is 1.47 percent only.


As per the report 43 persons were tested positive today  for the Corona Virus Disease taking the total toll of active cases to 484 .

"According to the COVID 19 status report released today by the Puducherry Health Department, 33 new cases were reported in Puducherry region, 10 reported in Yanam region. Of the 43 new cases 30  cases were admitted to the government medical college, 3 to Jipmer and 10 in Yanam government hospital. Apart from that 16 from government medical college, 12 from Jipmer, 6 from Covid Care Center, 9 from Karaikal Government Hospital, a total of 43 cases were discharged and one transferred to Andhra Pradesh. So far 946 persons were infected by the virus of which 448 were treated and discharged, 14 died leaving 484 active cases in hospitals. Chandra Mohan, AIR NEWS, Puducherry."


Karnataka State was brought under a 33 hour curfew which began  at 8 pm yesterday and will continue till 0500 AM tomorrow in an attempt to curb the spread of corona virus. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has instructed each and every department to be very strict and implement the guidelines without any fear or favour. He has also appealed to the public to follow the guidelines and remain inside their house to control the corona virus. Transport services including Karnataka State road transport Corporation (KSRTC), Bengaluru Mahanagara Transport Corporation (BMTC) and other transport services, including  private players, were suspended throughout the state during curfew.


In Karnataka total COVID cases have swelled to 21,549, with 1839 new cases reported yesterday evening. Till date 9244 persons  have recovered from the infection and 335 persons have died. The Covid cases are doubling in 11 days in the state. Bengaluru urban district is impacted the most with 7250 active cases and 129 deaths. To improve the availability of hospital beds for the treatment of corona positive patients private hospitals in the city have come forward to allot beds. 


In Madhya Pradesh, efforts to control corona infection are showing good results. COVID- 19 patients are continuously decreasing in the state. The state was second in the country in terms of active cases earlier, is now at 15th position due to intensive efforts.

"The Kill corona campaign is being run in MP from 1st July to 15th July. Citizens are also providing full support in this door to door survey. So far, 10 thousand 477 samples have been taken under the campaign. The survey covered 61 lakh 54 thousand populations till Saturday. Health survey of one crore 85 lakh people in the state has been done under this campaign. 1 thousand 776 teams in urban areas and 8 thousand 975 survey teams are working in rural areas. In a period of four days, 399 cases of malaria have also been reported in the state. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that contact tracing of positive patients should also be done seriously. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


In Assam, flood situation has improved today. Official sources said though the water level is receding at many places, 10 lakh people are still affected due to floods in 18 districts. 6 thousand people are taking shelter at 67 relief camps. Meanwhile, 777 COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Guwahati yesterday. 14 days lockdown was announced in Kamrup Metro district on 29th of June.


Meanwhile, all stand-alone grocery shops are allowed to operate between 11 am to 4 pm from tomorrow to Friday in Kamrup  Metro district including Guwahati.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,  the rituals of Puja Archana related to Chhari Mubarak of this year's Swami Amarnath ji were performed in Pahalgam today.


Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu also paid a visit to the holy cave of Swami Amarnath ji and paid his respectful obeisances to Lord Shiva.

"In connection with this year's swami Amarnath ji yatra, bhumi pujan was performed for the Chhari Mubarak in Gouri Shankar temple at Pahalgam today. Mahant Dependra Giri alongwith some sadhus performed the puja acharna in the temple. Union Territory Administration has made elaborate arrangements for the event. Mahant Dependra Giri while talking to AIR Srinagar said that he prayed to Swami Amarnath ji to bestow peace and prosperity to mankind throughout the world. It is worthwhile to mention here that the "Boomi puja" signifies the start of annual Swami Amarnath yatra 2020. With Tasaduk Rashid from Pahalgam, this is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar."


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.


US President Donald Trump Yesterday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his wishes on America's 244th Independence Day.


While replying to PM Modi's wishes, Mr Trump tweeted: "Thank you my friend. America loves India!"


Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted a tweet Yesterday in which he congratulated the people of The United States of America and President Donald Trump on the 244th Independence Day of the USA. He further said As the world's largest democracies, India and USA cherish freedom and human enterprise that this day celebrates.


US President Donald Trump has said that China where Corona virus originated must be held fully accountable for the pandemic. He said China's secrecy, deceptions, and cover-ups allowed Covid 19 to spread all over the world and China must be held fully accountable.

Mr Trump said, US was doing great until it was hit by China's coronavirus. Addressing America's 244th Independence Day celebrations, he said, the US is now producing gowns, masks, and surgical equipment which used to be imported from foreign lands, espeacially from China.


US President thanked scientists and researchers around the country and the world who are at the forefront of historic effort to rapidly develop and deliver life-saving treatments and ultimately a vaccine. Praising the nation's scientific brilliance, Mr Trump said the US will likely have a therapeutic solution or vaccine long before the end of this year. The president also berated protesters who toppled monuments of US historical figures in recent anti-racism protests.


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


Dr. Ghanshyam Pangtey, Professor of Medicine at Lady Hardinge Medical College 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 the 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 our series "Expert Speak", we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19. Dr. Anant Mohan, Head of Pulmonary Medicine, AIIMS has advised people not to take medicines like Hydroxychloroquine or anti malarial drugs without  preion by a doctor.

Ms. Jacinta Gunjiyal, Senior Nursing Officer, AIIMS has stressed on the need for social distancing.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, One CRPF personnel was injured after a blast occurred near the convoy of CRPF at circular road near Gangoo inn  Pulwama town outskirts.

A senior Police officer said that some kind of low level Blast occurred near the convoy of CRPF, in which one CRPF personnel recieved minor injuries.


Meanwhile, yet again a major incident of IED blast was a averted by the timely input and action by Pulwama police, Army and CRPF personnel near Peaks Automobile crossing near Pulwama town. However the IED was diffused safely averting a major catastrophe.

The areas have been cordoned off by the security forces and a massive manhunt has been launched to nab the terrorists. More details are awaited.


ITBP chief S S Deswal has said that the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Ladakh has boosted the morale of all the forces at the border. Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Mr Deswal said that the morale of the Indian armed forces is very high and the troops are ready to sacrifice their lives for the nation like in the past.


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


The national capital Delhi is expected to have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature was 23 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature is expected at 34 degrees.


In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 17 and 32 degrees Celsius. The city will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust-storm.


In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 18 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 30 degrees and the sky will be generally cloudy with moderate rain.


The sky in Muzzafarabad will be partly cloudy with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust-storm. The place witnessed a minimum temperature of 23 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees.


Bengaluru is expected to experience temperatures between 21 to 28 degrees Celsius.


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