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  • Union Cabinet extends Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana till November; 80 crore people to be benefitted.

  • Government to credit Employees' Provident Fund contributions both for the employee and employer till August this year in view of COVID pandemic.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate three-day India Global Week 2020; Also to interact with representatives of social organizations of Varanasi via video conferencing today.

  • Over four lakh 56 thousand people affected recovered from Corona virus infection so far in the country.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, former District President of BJP shot dead in terrorist attack in Bandipora town; Massive search operation launched.


The Union Cabinet has given approval for extending Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana for five more months. Briefing media in New Delhi yesterday, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that under the scheme, five kilogram of Wheat or Rice will be given to every member of the beneficiary family and one kilogram of Chana will be given to each family for five more months. Mr. Javadekar said, the scheme will benefit more than 80 crore people in the country.

"जुलाई, अगस्‍त, सितम्‍बर, अक्‍टूबर, नवम्‍बर। पांच महीने अब यह योजना चालू रहेगी। जिसमें 81 करोड़ लोगों को पांच किलो प्रति व्‍यक्ति मुफ्त अनाज मिलेगा और पांच महीने में  पांच किलो चना मिलेगा और 25 किलो अनाज प्रति व्‍यक्ति मिलेगा।"

""Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the extension of the scheme in his address to the nation on 30th of last month. Mr. Modi 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, over 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 nearly 1 lakh 50 thousand crore rupees. All expenses on the extended PMGKAY will be borne by the Central Government. Free distribution of whole Chana will ensure adequate availability of protein to beneficiaries during these five months. With Anand Chaturvedi, Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi".

The Cabinet also gave its approval to a new pan India Central Sector Scheme- Agriculture Infrastructure Fund. The scheme will provide a medium and long term debt financing facility for investment in viable projects for post-harvest management Infrastructure and community farming assets through interest subvention and financial support.

The Government has extended the time limit for availing three free gas cylinders by beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the beneficiaries can avail the free cylinders till September this year. Earlier, the beneficiaries were able to avail the free cylinders only uptill June.

"उज्‍जवला के गैस लेने वाली सात करोड़ 40 लाख महिलायें हैं, उन लोगों को तीन

सिलेन्‍डर फ्री देने का एैलान किया था।  यह तीन सिलेंडर जो जून में खत्‍म होने वाले थे उसकी जगह  वो  सितम्‍बर तक वो अवधी बढ़ा दी गई है। इसके लिये 13 हजार 500 करोड़ रूपये खर्च आयेगा।"

The Cabinet has also approved development of Affordable Rental Housing Complexes for urban migrants and poor as a sub-scheme under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. Under the scheme, One lakh eight thousand single bedroom flats will be given to nearly 3 lakh 50 thousand people.

In another major announcement, the Cabinet approved extension of the Employee Provident Fund contribution of 24 per cent for another three months from June to August this year. The scheme entails an expenditure of 4 thousand 860 crore and will benefit over 72 lakh employees in the country. The government will credit the contributions both for the employee and the employer. 

The Cabinet has also approved capital infusion in three Public Sector General Insurance Companies. Mr. Javadekar informed that under it, 12 thousand 450 crore rupees will be invested in Oriental Insurance Company Limited, National Insurance Company Limited and United India Insurance Company Limited.


In Maharashtra, the subsidized Shivbhojan' meal will continue to be available at five rupees for another three months. The decision to extend the subsidized scheme was approved by the State Cabinet yesterday. The scheme to provide affordable Thali' (meal) to the poor at ten rupees. The rate was halved in April in view of the distress caused by the Corona virus crisis. According to an official release, over one lakh thalis or meals are sold every day.


The Union Government has released 6,195.08 crore rupees to 14 states as the fourth equated monthly installment of the Post-Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant (PDRDG) as recommended by the 15th Finance Commission. The Finance Ministry said in a tweet that this would provide them additional resources during the Corona crisis.


Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has refuted claims of privatization of the Indian Railways. In a tweet, the Minister said, all the current services of the Indian Railways will continue to remain operational and the Railways is not being privatized in any way.

Mr. Goyal informed that 151 additional modern trains will be operational on 109 routes with private participation. He asserted, these additional services will not affect the functioning of other trains but will only create more avenues of employment in the country.


In Chhattisgarh, the Raipur Railway Division under South East Central Railway is now preparing to run trains with solar energy.

"A fifty megawatt solar plant is being set up by the Raipur Railway Division in collaboration with the Railway Energy Management Company Limited in Charauda-Bhilai area of Chhattisgarh. Railways has given about one hundred twenty two-hectare land on lease for twenty seven years for the establishment of the solar plant. This solar power plant is expected to start power generation from March next year. About two lakh 50 thousand units of power will be made available daily by this plant. The electricity generated from this plant will be used by the Raipur Rail Division to operate some of its trains. The use of solar energy in the operation of trains will not only save revenue but will also promote green energy in Railways. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur".


State-owned Bank of Maharashtra has sanctioned loans worth 2,779 crore rupees to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises under various schemes since March.

In a statement issued yesterday, the lender said, loans to MSMEs were offered mostly under the government's three-lakh crore rupee Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme and the bank's emergency credit line for COVID-19. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the inaugural address on the first day of India Global Week 2020 today.The theme of the three-day virtual conference is ‘Be The Revival : India and a Better New World.

India Global Week 2020 will have 5000 global participants from 30 nations. 250 global speakers will address the virtual conference in 75 sessions.

Other high profile speakers participating in the event include Union Ministers Dr S. Jaishankar and Piyush Goyal, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu, Isha Foundation Founder Sadhguru, Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, UK’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Home Secretary Priti Patel, US Ambassador to India Ken Juster and others.

It will also feature a never seen before performance “Atmanirbhar Bharat” by Madhu Nataraj and a special 100 birth anniversary concert in tribute to the sitar maestro Ravi Shankar by three of his most eminent students.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact today with representatives of social organizations of his Parliamentary Constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh via video conferencing. He will discuss their experiences during lockdown and showcase their efforts in providing help to the needy persons.

"These social organizations ensured that food was available timely for everyone in need during lockdown through their own efforts as well as by providing assistance to the District Administration. More than hundred such organizations in Varanasi distributed almost 20 lakh food packets and two lakh dry ration kits. Apart from food distribution, these organizations were instrumental in distribution of masks and sanitizers  also. They have been honoured as  Corona Warriors by the District Administration. These organizations serve in diverse fields including education, social, religious, health, hotels, social clubs and other professional sectors.  SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".


During the on-going lockdown in view of the Corona virus pandemic, Kashi Vishvanath Mandir Trust in Uttar Pradesh also helped needy persons in many ways. Speaking  to AIR news recently, Chief Executive Officer of the Trust Vishal Singh said that the Trust not only provided more than five lakh food packets to migrants but also arranged help for depressed children.


The Gujarat Government has constituted a five-member commission to decide rightful beneficiaries of Rabari, Bharwad and Charan castes residing in the Ness areas of Gir, Barda, and Aalech forests. This decision has been taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in Gandhinagar yesterday. He said that the aim to set up this commission is to protect the Constitutional rights of rightful tribals and to prevent the wrong person from taking benefits of the tribals.


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. 


In Punjab, 158 new cases were reported positive for COVID-19,  274 patients were discharged from various hospitals after recovery and three Corona deaths were also reported yesterday. Our correspondent reports, out of total 158 new cases found positive, 72 are from Jalandhar.


In Haryana, 691 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported, 461 discharged after recovery and three COVID patients lost their lives yesterday.


A total of two thousand 33 new confirmed cases of Corona virus were reported in Delhi during the last twenty four hours taking the total number of cases to one lakh four thousand 864. Delhi Government has confirmed that  78 thousand and 199 people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, three thousand 982 people recovered from COVID-19 infection while 48 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to three thousand 213. Now, there are 23 thousand 452 active cases.


In Bihar, a complete lockdown has been imposed in Bhagalpur from today till 16th of his month due to an alarming surge in COVID-19 positive cases in the state. The State Government has also ordered a complete lockdown from tomorrow in five districts of Patna, Nawada, Buxar, Kaimur and Purnea.

 The state  recorded 749 new positive cases, taking the total tally to 13,274. On the other hand, 9,541 persons have recovered so far, while 3,632 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. The recovery rate in Bihar stands at 72 per cent.


The five-member Central team led by Union Health and Family Welfare Additional Secretary Aarti Ahuja is scheduled to review the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Chennai today. Officials of the Tamil Nadu Government are expected to brief them about the various strategies being adopted to contain the spread of the disease. The team members are also expected to visit several health facilities in Chennai.

Meanwhile, 3,756 people tested positive for the pandemic yesterday, taking the total number of cases in the state to over one lakh 22-thousand.

"This is the first Central team to make an on-the-spot assessment of the pandemic situation in Tamil Nadu since last May. The team will be joined by two medical specialists from the central medical institution JIPMER in Pondicherry. They will be assessing the ground situation through their field visit and interact with the state higher officials. Meanwhile, the Chennai Corporation is organizing a series of meetings with representatives of industries, trade and commercial establishments for three days from today to ensure complying with the regulations on Covid-19 prevention. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


Central Bureau of Investigation, CBI has filed two FIRs in the case relating to the custodial death of a father-son duo in Sathankulam, Tamil Nadu. The case has been taken up by the CBI which has been investigated so far by the state CB-CID, which has arrested ten policemen including an Inspector, two sub-inspectors and a special sub-inspector.

The father and son were small traders in Thoothukudi district. They were taken to the police station on the 19th of June on charges of violating lockdown norms by keeping the shops open a little longer. It is alleged that they were subjected to brutal torture in the lock up. Later, they were lodged in Kovilpatti sub-jail and died in the hospital there.


In Karnataka, a steep spike of 2,062 new COVID-19  cases were reported yesterday, taking the total number of  cases to 28,877.  A total of 778 patients recovered from various hospitals in the state yesterday and total number of recovered patients increased to 11,876.  The state recovery rate stood at 41.4 per cent.  Fifty four patients succumbed to the disease yesterday taking the total death to 470.

"Among the new cases 1,148 were reported from Bengaluru, 183 from Dakshina Kannada, 89 from Dharwad and 66 from Kaluburugi.  In a single day yesterday 19,134 new swab samples were tested in various parts of the state and the total samples tested so far has increased to 7,59,181.  The government has directed the Bruhat Benganluru Mahanagar Palike to add 100 additional ambulances to its existing fleet of 400 ambulances.  Holding a high level meeting with Bengaluru in-charge Ministers and officials at this residence, Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa directed officials to take stringent measures to curb the surge. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU".


In Rajasthan, COVID-19 infection is spreading rapidly in the state. With 659 persons testing positive in the state yesterday, the number of infected people has gone up to two thousand 263. The number of active patients in the state has also increased to four thousand seven hundred 15. Our correspondent reports ten persons have been died due to COVID infection.

"Health Minister Dr. Raghu Sharma has said the number of tests has been increased in the state. He said that there has been a decline in the mortality rate in the state compared to the previous days, so there is no need to panic. Meanwhile, the Health Department has sent teams to Alwar and Pali districts for prevention and control of infection. The government has also constituted a state-level task force, which will analyze the data and submit a report. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR NEWS, Jaipur".


Keeping in mind the need for maximum testing in order to curb the spread of the infection, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai - MCGM has emphasized on testing ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic. The civic body has been conducting tests in compliance with the guidelines issued by ICMR, Central Government and the State Government.

"In the wake of Corona virus outbreak, a total of 3,64,753 tests have been conducted in the city of Mumbai, so far.  MCGM has also purchased antigen testing kits that can give results in about half an hour, thereby speeding up the overall testing process. MCGM has also taken measures to increase the capacity at hospitals treating COVID-19 patients, set up temporary hospitals across the city and made arrangements to provide oxygen and ICU treatment facilities. Till date, tracing of more than 16 lakh contacts has been done. Out of these, more than 13,44,000 have successfully completed their quarantine period. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai".


In Gujarat, 783 new cases were reported during the last 24 hours. The total cases of COVID-19 in the state have reached up to 38,419. Quoting sources, our correspondent reports that 16 patients lost their lives taking the death toll due to COVID-19 in the state up to 1,995.

"Out of 783 new cases recorded in the state, the maximum 215 cases reported from Surat, while Ahmedabad recorded 149 new cases. According to official sources, out of 9,111 active cases in the state, condition of 67 patients are critical. The total number of patients recovered from the COVID-19 have gone up to 27,313. More than four lakh 33 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has added 10 more areas in Micro-Containment Zones. Door to door surveillance and testing drives will begin in these areas from today.  Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


After Meghalaya witnessed a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the last few days, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma asserted that the State Government is containing it. Talking to media, the Chief Minister said, the numbers are going up but we are containing it within certain organizations like BSF where we have conducted 800 plus tests and the situation is not so bad as the spread has been contained within the campus.

On the number of cases being detected in Ri-Bhoi district, the Chief Minister said that Khanapara is next to Guwahati and since there is a situation in the neighbouring city the impact is felt there.

Stating that despite all precautionary measures being taken numbers are going up but it is in a selective manner and area, Mr Sangma said, the government has decided that the norms have to be strict. The inter-state movement will be tightened even further, he added.

The Chief Minister also said that the government will go the extra mile to ensure that safety measures are strengthened so that the people are safe.


Specialist doctors from AIIMS in New Delhi will provide expert guidance and knowledge support on COVID-19 to doctors manning Intensive Care Units in state hospitals. Ten hospitals have been selected, including nine from Mumbai and one from Goa. The first session of the expert tele-consultation was held last evening. A calendar of these expert-led tele-consultation sessions has been drawn up to cover the states till 31st of this month. Dr. Anant Mohan, Head of Pulmonary Medicine at AIIMS in Delhi, conducted the first session of the tele-consultation yesterday. Speaking exclusively to AIR News, Dr. Anant Mohan said that the main aim of these interactions is to further bring down the COVID-19 related fatality rate in the country. He said, such technological interventions will help doctors reach out to maximum number of patients in the country. 

This tele-consultation exercise shall be extended to another 61 hospitals which have bed capacity ranging from 500-1,000 on twice a week basis.


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

Talking to AIR News, 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 Novel Corona virus.

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


The IIT Alumni Council has signed an agreement with the CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) to jointly conduct research on COVID-19 and patient data analysis. It may be noted that the council is setting up the world's largest molecular diagnostic lab 'MegaLab Mumbai'. According to a statement issued yesterday, the council handed over imaging data of over 8,500 patients, who were admitted at the COVID Care Facility at Worli’s National Sports Club of India.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, a BJP leader, his brother and father were shot dead by terrorists in the heart of Bandipora town of North Kashmir around 9 p.m. last night.

According to police, the incident took place at the shop-cum-residence of BJP leader Wasim Bari, a former District President of the party, when some motorcycle-borne terrorists attacked the three from a close range with a silencer-fitted revolver. The place of incident is barely 10 metres away from the main Police Station in Bandipora.

Bandipora Police, in the meantime took at least 10 policemen, which included eight Personal Security Officers who were attached with the BJP leader, into custody and they are being questioned for their absence from the guard duty.

The area was cordoned off and a massive manhunt was launched by the security forces to nab the assailants.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the gruesome killing of Jammu and Kashmir BJP leader Wasim Bari. Prime Minister enquired about the dastardly killing.


BJP President J P Nadda has said that the death of party leader Wasim Bari and his family members in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir was a huge loss for he party and asserted that their sacrifices will not go in vain.

Mr Nadda, in a tweet, said that we lost Sheikh Wasim Bari, his father and brother in Bandipora, J&K in a cowardly attack on them. The entire party stands with the bereaved family.


Veteran Bollywood actor Jagdeep passed away yesterday at the age of 81. The late Bollywood actor has appeared in more than 400 films, however, his roles as Soorma Bhopali in the hit movie 'Sholay' has made a huge imprint in the audience's minds even today.

The sudden demise of the actor has sent shockwaves among Bollywood celebrities, with many taking it to Twitter, to express their grief. Started the acting career as of a child artist, Jagdeep was also seen in movies like 'Purana Mandir' (1984), 'Andaz Apna Apna' (1994), and many more.


Take a look at the weather s for today.

The national capital Delhi may witness generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature was recorded at 26 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted generally cloudy sky over Mumbai with there being a possibility of moderate rains. The city witnessed a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius and will have a maximum of around 31 degrees.

In Chennai, the temperature will hover between 27 and 37 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 28 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature will be nearly 33 degrees.

In Jammu and Kashmir; the minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 36 degrees. The city is likely to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm.

In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 16 and 31 degrees Celsius. The city is expected to witness partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 18 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 31 degrees and the sky will be partly cloudy with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

Muzzafarabad may see one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The place witnessed a minimum temperature of 21 degree Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 37 degrees.



  • Reporting on the phase-wise disengagement and de-escalation agreed to by India and China, The Asian Age writes, "PLA exits Hot Springs 2 km, Gogra next; Pangong stuck".  Generals to meet again to chart out troop reduction, reports The Tribune.

  • "At 25,724, country sees highest Covid cases in single day", is the headline in Hindustan TimesThe Pioneer quotes an MIT study that predicts 2.87 lakh Covid cases a day in India from January.

  • Reporting on the Indian national, Kulbhushan Jadhav, The Asian Age reports, "Pak says Jadhav refused to file for review, India calls it farce".  "Pakistan offers consul access to Jadhav, India says follow ICJ" is the headline in  the Hindustan Times.


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