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07.07.2020

2030 HRS.


07th July, 2020



THE HEADLINES:-


  • COVID-19 cases in India are the lowest per million in the world, says Health Ministry.

  • CBSE syllabus for classes 9th to 12th reduced by 30 percent.

  • Government taking all measures to ensure farmers get remunerative prices for their produce, says Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar says, SoPs to speed up resumption of film production in unlock phase to be issued soon.

  • NIA arrests seventh accused in Pulwama terror attack case.

  • World Bank to provide 400 million dollars to enhance support for rejuvenating River Ganga.

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India has one of the lowest COVID-19 cases per million in the world. Union Health Ministry said, according to the World Health Organization Situation Report, India’s cases per million population are around 505 while the global average is at over one thousand 453. Chile has witnessed around 15 thousand 459 cases of COVID-19 per million population, while the US has over eight thousand 500, Brazil over seven thousand 419 and Spain over five thousand 358 cases per million population. The WHO Situation Report also shows that India has one of the lowest deaths per million population. India’s cases of death per million population are around 14 while the global average is more than four times higher at 68. The Ministry said, India has ramped up  hospital infrastructure to adequately and effectively manage the cases. The preparedness included arrangement of oxygen support, ICU and ventilator facilities. As of today, there are over 1200 Dedicated COVID Hospitals to look after COVID patients with very severe to very mild symptoms. Early detection and timely effective clinical management of COVID-19 cases has resulted in increasing daily recoveries. During the last 24 hours, a total of 15 thousand 515 COVID-19 patients have been cured, taking the cumulative figure of recovered cases to more than four lakh 39 thousand. The Ministry said, the coordinated efforts at all levels of the national and State governments for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 are showing encouraging results with consistently increasing gap between recoveries and active cases. As on date, there are over one lakh 80 thousand recovered cases more than the active COVID-19 cases. The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients has increased to 61.13 per cent today. Presently, there are over two lakh 59 thousand active cases and all are under medical supervision. The Ministry said, more than two lakh tests are being conducted per day. The nationwide samples tested for COVID-19 reached over one crore two lakh.

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has rationalised the syllabus up to 30 per cent for classes 9th to 12th to make up for academic loss during the COVID-19 lockdown. In a series of tweets, Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said, considering the importance of learning achievement, it has been decided to rationalize the syllabus by retaining the core concepts. He said, looking at the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country and the world, the CBSE was advised to revise the curriculum and reduce the course load for the students of Class 9th to 12th.

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Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today said the Government will soon issue Standard Operating Procedures, SoPs to speed up resumption of film production in the unlock phase.


He was addressing the 21st edition of FICCI Frames. In view of the pandemic, the 2020 edition of the annual gathering of the Media and Entertainment Industry is being held in a virtual mode, instead of its usual location by the Powai lake in Mumbai. The Minister further remarked that the Covid pandemic has forced people to think of new ways to communicate. He said, India enjoys a huge cost advantage in content creation and the Indian content is being watched in over 150 countries worldwide.  Delivering the key-note address, Minister of State for Finance, Anurag Thakur said, the creative industry has a significant role to play in transforming India into a knowledge based economy. He added that from volume, the focus must shift to value creation.


Participating in a technical session, Secretary, Information and Broadcasting Amit Khare said,  in films, the role of the government should be that of a facilitator. Niti Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant in his address said, green shoots are visible and the economy, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, will bounce back soon.

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A total of two thousand and eight new confirmed cases of Corona virus have been reported in Delhi during the last twenty four hours. With this, the total number of cases has reached one lakh two thousand 831 in the National Capital. The Delhi Government has confirmed that over 74 thousand people affected by Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, two thousand and 129 people have recovered while 50 deaths were reported in Delhi taking the toll to three thousand 165. 

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With the number of coronavirus cases surging in Maharashtra, the state government is busy setting up additional facilities for their care and treatment. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today inaugurated four jumbo COVID Care Centres spread across Mulund, Dahisar, Mahalaxmi Race Course and Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai.


"A total of 3520 beds have been added to Mumbai’s Covid care capacity, including 222 ICU beds. The biggest facility has been set up in Mulund with 1700 beds. The facility, built with the help of the City and Industrial Development Corporation will also cater to patients from neighbouring Thane and Navi Mumbai districts. While the 900 bed COVID Care Centre at Dahisar East has been developed with the help of Mumbai Metro authority; the facility at Mahalaxmi Race Course with 700 beds and an extension at Bandra Kurla Complex has been undertaken with the help of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said state is developing these facilities in open grounds due to rising numbers but assured that the facilities are strong enough to brave the rains. NISHA RANEY, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI"

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In Gujarat, the recovery rate of Covid19 is well above the national average. AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that the Covid recovery rate has reached 71.41 percent in the state.


"After an increase in new cases from Surat city, the Government is taking a series of steps. A 13000 kilo liter capacity oxygen tank has been commissioned at New Civil Hospital in Surat today. It will help to maintain uninterrupted supply of Oxygen to the patients in the hospital. According to official sources, the oxygen tank will be refilled immediately after it gets reserve level. Meanwhile, senior  congress leader and former Union Minister Bharatsinh Solanki put on ventilator support today. Mr. Solanki was shifted to a private hospital in Ahmedabad from Vadodara after no improvement in his condition after he was detected Covid19 positive. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad"

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Karnataka has reported 1,498 new Covid cases today with Bengaluru alone reporting 800 cases. There were 15 deaths reported today. Briefing media persons, Medical Education minister Dr. K Sudhakar informed that out of 25,317 total cases reported in the state, 10,527 have recovered. On mortality rate he said it stands at 1.58 percent in the state and efforts are on to bring it down to one percent. On the visit of the Central Health and Family Welfare ministry team to the state, Dr. Sudhakar informed that tests of ILI and SARI cases should increase and those vulnerable to the pandemic should be isolated. On availability of beds in Bengaluru, he said, there are over five thousand beds and 1,310 among them are vacant. In a couple of days, he noted, a 7000 bed Covid Care Centre will be ready to keep asymptomatic patients.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy laid the foundation stone for a new medical college at Ariyalur via video-conferencing today. The government medical college and hospital will have a capacity for an annual intake of 150 students.


The state has witnessed 3,616 new Covid-19 cases today taking the total to more than a lakh and eighteen thousand. A record 4,545 patients returned home from hospitals and covid care centres after recovery.


"The medical college and hospital at Ariyalur in central Tamil Nadu will have a grant from the Union Government of 195 crore rupees. The total work estimate for the new medical institution is 347 crore rupees. The Centre granted approval for 11 such new medical colleges in the state last year. Works are going on for nine of them. The one at Ariyalur is the tenth in the series for which the works have just been kick-started. It is set to increase the strength of qualified human resources in medicine besides augmenting the tertiary care infrastructure. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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Kerala confirmed 272 Covid cases today which is the highest number of single day Covid cases reported in the State so far.


"Among the new cases,  157 people are returnees from abroad and 38 from other States.Meanwhile  creating major concern, the State reported 68 cases being contracted through contact, which is the highest local transmission cases being reported in a day so far. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that, Kerala is facing a rare and serious situation .He said that the Covid preventive measures will be further strengthened with more tightened surveillance  across the State and covid testing will be increased in large scale in coming days.He urged the  public to strictly abide to covid protocols and follow quarantine guidelines,  as less caution,  can turn the situation to uncontrollable crisis. 111 persons recovered from the disease  today. Presently  2411 active Covid cases are there in Kerala. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram"

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The West Bengal Government has decided to reimpose complete Lockdown in the Containment Zones from 5 PM on Thursday. State Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay issued an order to this effect this evening in view of rapid increase in COVID cases. The order said all Government and Private offices, Markets, Shops, trading activities, public gathering, movements of Transport  and non essential services in the Containment zones will be closed during the lockdown. The District administration and civic body will finalise the containment zones according to occurrence of COVID cases. Our Correspondent says that period of lockdown will be decided by the district administrations and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation in respect of Kolkata.

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In Assam, the Health department has started mass testing at Pandu area in Guwahati. From today, health workers are making house to house visits to conduct Covid-19 test and are expected to conduct 3000 tests in 2 days.  598 new cases were detected in Guwahati City yesterday. Assam has 4 thousand 623 active cases as on date. Jorhat Deputy Commissioner has announced a complete lockdown at Jorhat municipal area from the 9th till the 15th of July.

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In Manipur, the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients today reached 53.91 percent after 37 people were discharged from hospital post recovery. The recovered cases have increased to 771 in the State now surpassing the number of active cases at 659. On the other hand, 40 people from different districts of Manipur have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last twenty four hours. The total number of affected people in the state has risen to 1,430.


A meeting chaired by the State Chief Secretary decided to send healthcare workers including doctors to the Jiribam district which has seen a sudden surge in the number of cases. Moreover, a COVID Care Centre will be opened in the district to give treatment to those affected by the virus.

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


Talking to AIR News, Dr. Amarchand Bajaj, Senior Consultant in Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, New Delhi highlighted the importance of hygiene and how to maintain it to contain the Novel Corona virus.


Dr Naresh Gupta of LNJP Hospital, Delhi said in most cases, the COVID-19 infections are self-limiting and very few patients need to take admission in hospital. 

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National Medicinal Plants Board, NMPB and ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, NBPGR have agreed to conserve the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Genetic Resources. An MoU has been signed by the two organisations. The conservation will be done at a designated space of ICAR-NBPGR in long-term storage module in the National Gene bank and or at a Regional Station for medium term storage module. Medicinal Plants are regarded as rich resources of traditional medicine and are being used for thousands of years in the health care system. India has a rich diversity of medicinal Plants.

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The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has unveiled several new and modern testing equipment inducted into the Central Revenues Control Laboratory (CRCL). The Ministry of Finance in a statement said it will significantly enhance the in-house testing capability of the Customs leading to faster import and export clearances. The modern testing equipment was launched by Chairman of the  CBIC, M  Ajit Kumar yesterday. In addition to this, he also launched new IT functionalities for supporting Contactless Customs under the CBIC’s flagship programme- Turant Customs. 8 CRCL Laboratories located in New Delhi, Kandla, Vadodara, Mumbai, Nhava Sheva, Kochi, Chennai and  Visakhapatnam have obtained NABL accreditation for chemical testing. Also, the CRCL laboratories at New Delhi and Chennai are NABL accredited for forensic testing.

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The Government today rejected a news portal report that the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights ( NCPCR) has seen 8 fold increase in complaints post- the COVID-19 outbreak. In a tweet, the Press Information Bureau quoting NCPCR has termed it as false. It said, the NCPCR has denied this as wrong information.

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Union  Agriculture Minister  Narendra Singh Tomar has said the Government is taking all possible measures to ensure that farmers get remunerative prices for their produce. He said this while laying the foundation stone through video-conference of the administrative building of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Dataganj, Badaun in Uttar Pradesh. Mr Tomar said with the implementation of the two new ordinances and other legal reforms in the agriculture sector, farmers can now sell their produce anywhere in the country at remunerative prices and all restrictions on them have been removed. He said, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance 2020 will ensure that along with agreement with traders on purchase of agricultural produce, farmers are now assured of guaranteed return of their production cost. Mr Tomar stressed on the important role of the KVKs in ensuring that farmers pay attention to soil health testing, refrain from using excessive pesticides, save water in irrigation and increase their crop production.

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Union Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today released the ‘Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-based Agri-input and food products in India through video link. On the occasion, Dr Vardhan said, these Guidelines will help policy makers and regulators to frame effective provisions for future novel nano-based products in the agri-input and food sectors of India. He said, it will also encourage the Indian innovators and industries to develop and commercialize new nano-based formulations and products in these sectors. He said, compared to bulk form of chemical inputs in crops, use of nano-nutrients can reduce nutrient run-off into ground and surface water and can thus reduce environmental pollution.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan today sanctioned financial assistance worth 4.67 crore rupees in favour of construction workers and dependants of such workers. The amount was sanctioned under Death -Cum -Funeral Assistance and Chronic Diseases financial assistance of various districts of the Union Territory.


Under the scheme being run by J&K Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, 50 per cent of the sanctioned amount has been disbursed among beneficiaries while the rest would be released in the coming days.

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Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat today held discussion with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal through video conference regarding implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in the State. The aim of this mission is to provide potable drinking water to every rural household through Functional Household Tap Connections by 2024. Mr Shekhawat said, out of around 63 lakh rural households in Assam, only one lakh 72 thousand are provided with tap connections. He said, Assam is planning to provide tap connections in over 13 lakh households during 2020-21.

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The Delhi High Court today issued notice to the Centre on a plea seeking directions to all states and Union Territories to include the visually impaired and people with other disabilities under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana or food security scheme. General Secretary of National Federation of the Blind Santosh Kumar Rungta informed the media that the Federation had filed a Public Interest Litigation in the Court in this regard. The plea also sought to ensure at least five per cent beneficiaries under the  Food Security Act are from categories of persons with disabilities, as defined in the Rights of Persons With Disabilities Act 2016. Mr Rungta said this petition will pave the way for providing relief to the poor blind and Divyang in getting food grains at subsidised rates and also free ration under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Anna Kalyan Yojna.

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The National Investigation Agency has arrested one more accused in connection with the Pulwama terror attack case. The arrested person is a terror associate who harboured and extended logistic support to the JeM terrorists involved in the attack.  It is the seventh arrest made by NIA in this case so far. The NIA Special Court, Jammu has sent him on a ten day remand. 40 CRPF personnel were martyred in Pulwama in an IED blast in February last year.

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Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale held virtual Foreign Office Consultation today. They reviewed the entire gamut of engagements under the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, including political, economic, commercial, regional and international cooperation. In the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, they agreed to further strengthen the bilateral health partnership, including on pharmaceuticals and vaccine development. External Affairs Ministry said, they discussed ways to further enhance mutually beneficial trade and people-to-people ties, including through visa facilitation for students and professionals. Foreign Secretary Shringla and Under Secretary Hale exchanged views on a number of regional and global issues of shared interest. They reaffirmed their commitment to work towards ensuring a free, open, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific. They agreed on the need to deepen cooperation in the United Nations, especially during India's membership of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2021-2022.

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India and China have begun a long process of disengagement in eastern Ladakh after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday evening. The conversation finalised the disengagement in Eastern Ladakh and de-escalation along the LAC. The External Affairs Ministry said the two Special Representatives agreed that both sides should take guidance from the consensus of the leaders that maintenance of peace and tranquility in India-China border areas was essential for further development of bilateral relations. They also said the two sides should not allow differences to become disputes.

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The United Kingdom has announced sanctions against the Commander in Chief of Myanmar Army  General Min Aung Hlaing and his Deputy Soe Win for their alleged involvement in human rights violations against the Rohingyas and other ethnic communities. The sanctions freeze all the assets of the two top Army Generals. It also prohibits them from obtaining visas for the country.


The announcement was made in the British Parliament by the UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab yesterday.


However, UK expressed its continued support to the civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

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The Government has said the World Bank will provide 400 million dollars to enhance support for rejuvenating the Ganga. The Finance Ministry said, the World Bank and the Government today signed a loan agreement in this regard. The Second National Ganga River Basin Project will help stem pollution in the iconic river and strengthen the management of the river basin which is home to more than 500 million people. The 400 million dollar operation comprises a loan of 381 million dollar and a proposed Guarantee of up to 19 million dollars. The agreement for the loan was signed by Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs and Qaiser Khan, Acting Country Director (India), on behalf of the World Bank. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Khare said that the Ganga is India’s most important cultural, economic and environmental resource. He added the government’s Namami Gange program seeks to ensure that the river returns to a pollution-free, ecologically healthy state. The World Bank has been supporting the government’s effort since 2011 through the ongoing National Ganga River Basin Project.

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In Jharkhand, the Ranchi district administration has started a Surakshit Dada-Dadi Nana-Nani campaign to cater to the needs of the elderly through a dedicated helpline number started for them. Before the beginning of Unlock -1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to everyone to make every effort to take care of their elders. In this regard, the campaign started by Ranchi district administration is a great step.


"In the Surakshit Dada-Dadi, Nana-Nani campaign launched by the Ranchi district administration, 20 students of the prestigious management institute in the city Xavier Institute of Social Services, XISS, have rendered their support to take care of the elderly and provide necessary services through the dedicated helpline started for them. Ranchi DC Rai Mahimapat Ray while talking to AIR News said that this campaign launched under the aegis of NITI Aayog, was very important to create a safe and sensitive environment for our senior citizens during the COVID-19 crisis.


The campaign will not only be successful in catering to the needs of the elderly, but will also help relieve mental stress of such couples whose children live far away from them. Shilpi, AIR News, Ranchi"

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Rising for the fifth straight session, the benchmark Sensex today added another 187 points, with gains in financial counters offsetting losses in power and infra stocks. The key domestic equity indices gained even as the global cues were negative.

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Oil prices today fell amid concerns that a surge in new coronavirus cases, especially in the United States, will hamper any recovery in fuel demand. In intra-day trade, Brent crude prices were trading at 43 dollars per barrel while WTI crude prices were at 40 dollars and 50 cents per barrel.

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Now, Let us take a look at the weather s for tomorrow. The National capital Delhi is expected to have a thunderstorm with rain.  Minimum temperature will be 24 degree Celsius and maximum will be 34 degrees. Mumbai will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature will be 24  and maximum will be 32 . In Chennai, the minimum temperature will be 28 and maximum will be 34. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain. Kolkata will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be 27 degrees while maximum will be around 32 . In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 27 in Jammu while maximum will be around 36 degrees. The city is likely to have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm.  In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 16 while the maximum will be around 32 . The city will have a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. In Gilgit, the minimum temperature will be 14  and maximum will be around 36 degrees. Both Gilgit and Muzzafarabad will see a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Muzzafarabad will have a minimum temperature of 21 while maximum will be around 37.

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