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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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08.07.2020
THE HEADLINES:
  • Cabinet approves extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana upto November this year.
  • Record number of more than two lakh 62 thousand COVID tests conducted in a single day since the outbreak of the pandemic in India.
  • Strict lockdown in  Containment zones of West Bengal from 5 pm tomorrow.
  • Home Ministry sets up an inter-ministerial committee to coordinate probe into violations by three Gandhi Family Trusts.
  • Jammu and Kashmir Government to ensure arrangements for smooth conduct of Amarnath Yatra.
  • The first cricket match of three Test series between England And West Indies to be played at Ageas Bowl, London today.

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The Cabinet has given approval for extending Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Ann Yojana today. Under the scheme 5 kilogram of Wheat or Rice to every member of the beneficiary family and 1 kilogram of Chana for each family will be given free for 5 more months benefitting more than 80 crore people in the country.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the extension of the scheme in his address to the nation on 30th of last month. He had said, poor and needy persons will not go hungry in the country and free ration during the rainy and forthcoming festival seasons during the time of current Covid-19 pandemic will be provided to them. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the first phase of the scheme just after the imposition of nationwide lockdown. Under the first phase free food grains was provided for three months from April this year. The second phase which will last for another five months began from 1st July and will last till 30th November. Under the second phase, 200 Lakh Metric Tonnes of grain and 9 lakh 78 thousand Metric Tonnes of Chana will be distributed among the National Food Security Act beneficiaries. Both the phases of the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Ann Yojana will together incurr a total expenditure of 1 lakh 50 thousand crore rupees.


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The Central Government today said, a total of four lakh 56 thousand 831 people affected with coronavirus have recovered in the country so far. In the last 24 hours, 16 thousand 883 people have recovered from Covid-19 and with this the recovery rate has reached 61.53 per cent.


The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 22 thousand 752 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country within 24 hours taking the total number of cases to seven lakh 42 thousand 417. In a single day, 482 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 20 thousand 642. Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is two lakh 64 thousand 944.


Meanwhile, Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR has said that a total of two lakh 62 thousand 679 tests of corona virus samples were conducted by the various laboratories in the country within 24 hours. This is the highest number of tests conducted by the laboratories in one day since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in India. So far, one crore four lakh 73 thousand 711 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, total one thousand one hundred 19 laboratories across India have been given approval to conduct the test for Covid-19 including 795 government laboratories and 324 private laboratory chains.

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Bharatiya Janata Party said that the Government is dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic crisis with skill and seriousness under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Addressing the media in New Delhi today, National General Secretary of BJP, P Muralidhar Rao said, India is facing an unprecedented crisis due to Covid-19 pandemic and in this difficult situation, upliftment and welfare of the poor is paramount for the government.


He said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Atma Nirbhar package of 20 lakh crore rupees to provide relief to the poor people in the country. He said, an amount of 64 thousand 500 crore rupees has been given to around 40 crore people through direct benefit transfer under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.
An additional allocation of 40 thousand crores rupees has been made for MNREGA. He said, Gareeb Kalyan Rojgar Yojana was started for the migrant workers after the Anna Yojana for providing social security and relief. He said, concessional credit to farmers was promised through KISAN Credit Cards and more than 70 lakh Kisan Credit Cards have been sanctioned till the end of last month with credit limit of 62 thousand 870 crore.


He said, 20 states have already joined the 'One Nation, One Ration Card' initiative and all states would come under its umbrella by March next year. He said, this would help migrant workers and help them in getting ration from any fair price shop in the country.


In a veiled criticism of the Congress, Mr. Rao said, in the hour of this crisis, the opposition should join hands in the work being done for the poor, but the leader of opposition keeps raising irresponsible questions according to the history of his party.


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The Ministry of Home Affairs has set up an inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into violations by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.


The committee will coordinate investigations into violation of various legal provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, Income Tax Act, Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, among others, by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. A Special Director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) will head the committee.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner of Anantnag  has directed the concerned officials to ensure all the arrangements are put in place by today to ensure a smooth conduct of Amarnath Yatra. Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Kuldeep Krishan Sidha chaired a meeting of officers and engineers to finalise the arrangements at transit camp FCI Godown, Mir Bazaar for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra. He directed Chief Medical Officer Anantnag and Block Medical Officer Qazigund to establish Medical Aid Camps, MAC with all facilities, equipments and deployment of doctors and paramedical staff at the proposed site.

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The Delhi Government has decided to provide free ration to Public Distribution System (PDS) cardholders till November 2020. Delhi government said that distribution of food grains for July is scheduled to start in a phased manner from today. It said, the government will continue to provide foodgrains free of cost to the National Food Security (NFS) beneficiaries in Delhi to mitigate the economic hardship caused by the COVID19 pandemic. Now it will be providing PDS ration to NFS beneficiaries for the next 5 months from July to November, free of cost.

In Delhi, more than 17.54 lakh households get ration under public distribution system covered by the National Food Security Act.

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The West Bengal Government has announced strict lockdown in Containment zones of the State in view of rapid increase of COVID cases. The lockdown will start at 5 PM tomorrow. A report from our Correspondent:


"All Government and Private offices, all non essential activities, public gathering, movements of Transport, markets, trading and industrial activities will be closed in containment zones during lockdown. Residents of Containment zones will get exemptions from attending Government and Private offices. The local authorities will arrange home delivery of essential items for residents staying inside the containment zones. The list of Containment zones will be announced this afternoon. The local administration will decide the period of lockdown. Meanwhile, 850 fresh COVID cases and another 25 deaths were recorded in last 24 hours. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR News, Kolkata."

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In Bihar, number of Corona cases is rising rapidly. With 385 fresh cases, the total number of cases has risen to 12,525. Maximum 1,407 cases were  reported from Patna followed by 528 in Begusarai and 511 in Muzaffarpur. 9,338 patients have recovered so far, while 3088 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. The recovery rate in the state is now 75 percent. 98 people have died due to COVID 19 in the state. Sixty officials associated with Chief Minister's residence have been found positive for Corona. Two MLAs had also tested positive in the state.

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In Assam, 5 persons lost their lives during the last 12 hours due to Covid-19 in the state. Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that 4 of them succumbed to the disease at Gauhati medical college and hospital while another patient died at Tezpur medical college. The Minister informed that 588 new cases were detected in Guwahati city yesterday.  A report;

"The Guwahati city along with other parts of Kamrup Metro politan district is under 14days lockdown since 29th of June. Several districts in the state have imposed bans on to and from journeys to Guwahati to prevent possible outbreak of community transmission. Meanwhile, Rapid antigen test is being conducted in Guwahati city. Health workers are conducting house-to-house tests at Pandu area in Guwahati city. Health department is constantly requesting citizens to follow Covid-19 related guidelines to prevent further spread of the disease. MANAS PRATIM SARMA, AIR NEWS, GUWAHATI"

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In Mizoram, one person has tested positive for coronavirus infection and six patients have been discharged after recovery in the last 24 hours.

With this, the tally of COVID-19 cases has reached 198. So far, 139 patients have been discharged after recovery. The number of  active cases stands at 59.

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In Madhya Pradesh, in order to save the people of the state from corona infection, the MP State Minor Forest Produce Federation has supplied Ayurvedic medicines worth Rs 27 crore 51 lakh to the Department of AYUSH. On the demand of AYUSH department, State Minor Forest Produce Federation produced medicines on a war footing. The main objective of setting up of the Federation has been to provide a market to the minor forest produce collectors of unorganized forest areas and manufacture excellent quality Ayurvedic medicines.

"Corona resistant medicines include Trikatu Churna, Anu oil, Arogya kasayam and Sansamani vati. With these medicines, cough, fever, throat and nose infections are cured and also help in increasing immunity of the body. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 case count in Madhya Pradesh climbed to 15 thousand 627 with addition of 343 new cases in the last 24 hours. The death toll in the state has risen to 622. A total of 189 persons were discharged from hospitals yesterday taking the number of the recovered cases to 11 thousand 768. As per the state health bulletin, the number of cases in Indore, the worst-hit district, rose to 4 thousand 953 and death toll to 249. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal"

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The World Health Organization has acknowledged that evidence is emerging about the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus. Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on the COVID-19 pandemic at the WHO, told in a news briefing yesterday that there was a discussion about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of transmission of COVID-19.

She said the WHO would publish a scientific brief summarising the state of knowledge on modes of transmission of the virus in the coming days. Replying to a query the other officers prof. Benedetta Allegranzi has said-

"We acknowledge that there is emerging evidence in this field as in all other fields regarding the covid-19 virus and pandemic and therefore we believe that we have to be open to this evidence and understand its implications regarding the modes of transmission and also regarding the precautions that need to be taken."

The health agency had previously said the virus that causes the COVID-19 respiratory disease spreads primarily through small droplets expelled from the nose and mouth of an infected person that quickly sink to the ground.

But a group of scientists in 32 countries outlined evidence that shows floating virus particles that can infect people who breathe them in. They had urged the global body to its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people.

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

Dr. Nand Kumar, Professor of Psychiatry, AIIMS suggested people to stay at home, spend time with their family members and practice Yoga. 

Dr. Anvita Aggarwal, Resident, Infectious Diseases, AIIMS advised people to not be negligent and stay at their homes.

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The Gujarat High Court will remain closed for three days from today. According to the official release of Registrar General of Gujarat High court, this decision was taken after 7 Covid19 positive cases were detected from its premises. More from our Ahmedabad correspondent;

"According to official release, the decision to shut the high court for 3 days has been taken after detection of 7 cases. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has carried out test drive after getting 20 pink locations in the High Court premises through Arogya Setu app. Now, the entire High Court building along with the Judicial Academy and Auditorium will be cleaned and sanitized thoroughly by AMC for three days. Meanwhile, AMC has added 14 new areas in Micro containment zones while removed 3 areas from the list. AMC has also launched the second round of mass antigen tests of super-spreaders from today. Vendors of vegetables, fruits, milk, grocery and medical store owners will be covered under the mass-antigen tests. Hair cutting salons, Pan Parlors, hawkers and street food vendors also included in this drive. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad"

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Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa held a high level meeting on setting up a mega Covid Care Centre in Bengaluru to shelter asymptomatic Covid patients. Briefing media persons later, the Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar informed that Chief Minister will visit the COVID Care Centre tomorrow where 10,000 beds are getting ready. He added that the centre will be open to admit the patients after ensuring proper deployment of sufficient number of doctors and medical staff and also food and security. He informed that already 2000 beds are available in Bengaluru at different localities. On availability of ambulance, the Minister said 400 ambulances are deployed in the city and another hundred will be arranged soon. He informed that the dashboard in Covid warroom will soon display the real time availability of beds and ambulances.

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Union Agriculture Ministry has said that locust control operations have been carried out in more than 2.75 lakh hectare area so far since 11th of April in various states. The States are Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhatisgarh, Haryana and Bihar. The Ministry said, aerial spraying capacity has been strengthened for anti-locust operations. A Bell helicopter has also been deployed in Rajasthan for use in Scheduled Desert Area as per the need.

The Ministry said, no  significant crop losses have been reported in the States of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhatisgarh, Bihar and Haryana. However, some minor crop losses have been reported in some districts of Rajasthan.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, gardens and parks across the entire Union Territory will be thrown open for general public from today. The announcement was made by the Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan amid the gradual unlocking process across the nation. He said all visitors should strictly observe the already given protocols and medical advises related to Covid-19 from time to time. He requested the general public to wear face masks, use hand sanitizers and maintain social distancing norms both inside and outside these picnic spots. He also directed the authorities to penalize those found violating the precautionary measures.

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic provides new opportunities for the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and their affiliates as well as neo-Nazis, white supremacists and hate groups. Mr Guterres said this at the  launch of United Nations Counter-Terrorism Week on Monday.

The U.N. Chief said it’s too early to fully assess the implications of the coronavirus pandemic on terrorism, but all these groups seek to exploit divisions, local conflicts, failures in governing, and other grievances to advance their aims. He added that the pandemic has also highlighted vulnerabilities to new and emerging forms of terrorism, such as misuse of digital technology, cyber attacks and bio-terrorism.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said America is looking at banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok. He told a TV channel that the Trump Administration is certainly looking at banning these apps as they shared information with the Chinese government.

US lawmakers have raised national security concerns over TikTok's handling of user data. They were worried about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.

Mr Pompeo's remarks also come amid increasing US-China tensions over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, China's actions in Hong Kong and a nearly two-year trade war.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI director Christopher A. Wray has said that China is  posing the greatest long-term threat to intellectual property and economic vitality of the US. Speaking to the Hudson Institute in Washington yesterday, Wray highlighted the significance of the threat.

"If you are an American adult, it is more likely than not that China has stolen you personal data. In 2017 the Chinese military conspired to hack echo facts and made off with the sensitive personal information of 150 million Americans. We have  now reached the point where the FBI is opening a new China related counter intelligence case about every 10 hours. Of the nearly 5,000 active FBI counter intelligence cases currently underway across the country almost half are all related to China."

The FBI Director informed that the Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will also be addressing the issues in the next few weeks.

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US President Donald Trump has formally moved to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization. Trump administration has notified the Congress and the United Nations that the United States is formally withdrawing from the WHO, said officials. Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, confirmed the US had notified it of its withdrawal, effective as of 6 July 2021. The US President has been critical of WHO over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases continues to surge across the United States.

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In order to commemorate Sankalp Parv, Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel has planted trees in Qila Rai Pithora and the National Archives of India in Delhi. During his visit to Qila Rai Pithora, Mr Patel reviewed the revival work of monuments. While visiting National Archives of India, he reviewed the restoration work related to Manus being undertaken there.

Mr Patel said that rising to the clarion call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Culture Ministry is celebrating Sankalp Parva from 28th June to 12th July. He said the Ministry expects all its Subordinate Offices, Academies, attached Institutions and affiliated Institutions to plant trees in its campus or in the surroundings wherever it is possible. He added that the Ministry recommends to plant five trees which have been identified by Prime Minister Modi and which represent the herbal heritage of our country. These trees are Bargad, Awla, Peepal, Ashok and Bel.

The Minister will plant trees at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi and at Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya  Institute of Archaeology, Greater Noida today.

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Infosys chairman Nandan Nilekani has said that India stands to benefit from the current global situation as more countries look for alternatives to China. He said, the covid-19 crisis will create new opportunities for the Indian IT services industry as clients look at consolidation and reduce the number of suppliers. Mr Nilekani was speaking at the company's internal platform, InfyTV. He said companies will see a balance between working from office and working from home as around the world billions of people have tested the work from home model for two to three months at a stretch. Mr Nilekani said, there will be a new equilibrium, which has an impact on mobility, traffic and the way cities are designed.

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Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar today inaugurated a Plasma Therapy Unit for treating COVID-19 patients at the Seven Hills Hospital in suburban Andheri. He urged those who have recovered from the deadly infection to help save lives by donating blood plasma. The unit is an initiative of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). It will offer convalescent plasma therapy to COVID-19 patients using donated blood plasma from those who have recovered. Details from our Mumbai correspondent:-

"The ace batsman said researchers around the globe are working to find an effective vaccine and treatment. In this, plasma therapy has emerged as an option to treat critically ill patients. I congratulate the BMC on starting this service that will save lives. Plasma of a donor, who has recovered, contains high levels of antibodies against the pathogen that is the cause of the disease. Meanwhile, Mumbai registered 806 new corona virus cases in last 24 hours while 64 patients succumbed to the disease. The local civic body Health Department informed though the number of cases is rising, 985 patients were cured and discharged in last 24 hours. So far, 58,137 patients have been cured while presently there are 22,996 active cases in Mumbai. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI"

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Uttar Pradesh police has intensified its search operation for the dreaded criminal and prime accused of Kanpur police killing case Vikas Dube. The bounty on Vikas Dube has been increased from 2.5 to 5 lakh rupees.

ADG law and Order of the state Prashant Kumar today said that Police will take strong legal action in Kanpur police killing case and that the sacrifice of our brethren will not go waste. He said that criminals involved in the case will regret  what they did.

His close associate and another accused of the case Amar Dube was killed in an encounter today and few more associates have been arrested from different locations. Many teams of state Police and STF have been formed to nab the main accused Vikas who is absconding. Help of Police Departments of other states is also being sought.

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The first cricket match of three Test series between England AND West Indies will be played today at Ageas Bowl, London. The match will begin at 0330 hrs IST. With this, the  International cricket is finally returning after a hiatus of 117-days caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Host England will be led by all-rounder Ben Stokes in the absence of regular captain Joe Root while Windies,  will be led by Jason Holder - team's most experienced player. Holder, embarking on his 33rd Test as captain.

The two teams comprise a formidable bowling line-up but it is their batting department that looks pretty weak. With the new ICC rules in place in the wake of the pandemic, it will be interesting to see how the teams come to terms with them.

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Maharashtra governemnt has announced the recruitment of 10 thousands Police Personnel. Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said a decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Deputy CM Ajit Pawar in Mumbai yesterday. He also announced the establishment of women battalion of State Reserve Police Force in Katol Taluka of Nagpur District. He said 1,400 women candidates will be trained at Katol.

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Now, Let us take a look at the weather for today.

The National capital Delhi is expected to experience thunderstorm with rain. Minimum temperature  recorded  is 27 degree Celsius and maximum  will be 33 degrees

Mumbai will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. Minimum temperature  recorded  is 26 degree Celsius and maximum will be 31 degrees.

In Chennai, the minimum temperature  recorded is 26 degree Celsius and maximum will be  38 degrees. It will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain.

While in Kolkata, the minimum temperature  recorded is 27 degree Celsius and maximum will be  33 degrees. It will have a partly cloudy sky with the possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm.

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature is recorded at 24 degree Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 37 degrees. The sky will be partly cloudy with the possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature recorded is 18 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 32 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Gilgit, the sky will be mainly clear becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature is recorded 20 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 32 degrees.

The sky in Muzaffarabad will be mainly clear becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The city witnessed a minimum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 38 degrees.

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