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  • Government formulates draft Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 to make India self-reliant in Defence manufacturing.

  • Recovery rate of Covid 19 patients reaches 65.77 per cent.

  • Preparations in full swing in Ayodhya for Bhoomi Poojan for construction of Ram Temple.

  • Relief and rescue operations intensified in flood affected areas of Bihar.

  • Members of Indian men's and women's hockey teams for Tokyo Olympics to join National camp in Bengaluru today.


The Defence Ministry has formulated a draft Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 (DPEPP-2020). The policy aims to provide impetus to self-reliance in defence manufacturing under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Scheme. The DPEPP-2020 is envisaged as overarching guiding document of Defence Ministry to provide a focused, structured and significant thrust to defence production capabilities of the country for self-reliance and exports.

"Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 has marked out clear goals and objectives to be undertaken by the Defence Ministry. First and foremost amongst all is to achieve a turnover of 1 lakh 75 thousand  Crore rupees including an export of 35 thousand Crore rupees in the Aerospace and Defence goods and services by the year 2025. Developing a dynamic, robust and competitive Defence industry, including Aerospace and Naval Shipbuilding industry to cater to the needs of Armed forces with quality products has also been clearly laid out in the new draft policy. The ministry has also laid emphasis on reducing dependence on imports and taking forward the Make in India initiatives through domestic designs. Efforts will be made to create an environment that encourages Research and Development, rewards innovation, creates Indian IP ownership and promotes a robust and self-reliant defence industry. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR News, Delhi."

The Defence Ministry has solicited comments on the draft DPEPP-2020 policy from all stakeholders latest by the 17th of August this year.


The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said, a total of 11 lakh 86 thousand 203 people have recovered from Corona virus infection in the country so far. This takes the total recoveries to 11 lakh 86 thousand 203 and recovery rate to 65.77 per cent amongst COVID-19 patients. With improving daily recovery number, the gap between the recovered cases and the active cases has increased to more than 6 lakh. The actual active case load is over five lakh 79 thousand and all are under medical supervision.

In the past 24 hours, 40 thousand 574 recoveries were reported across the country.

The Health Ministry said, a total of 52 thousand 972 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country in one day taking the total number of cases to 18 lakh three thousand 695. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is five lakh 79 thousand 357. In a single day, 771 deaths were reported taking the nationwide toll to 38 thousand 135.


India recorded highest number of COVID sample tests yesterday. The remarkable feat has been accomplished by performing a record six lakh 61 thousand 715 COVID tests by various laboratories in the last 24 hours. This is the highest number of COVID tests conducted in the country in a single day so far. More than two crore eight lakh 64 thousand tests have been conducted in the country till now.

Our correspondent reports that starting from less than 100 tests per day, a multiple fold increase in a few months was made possible by dedicated teams of research institutions, medical colleges, testing laboratories, Ministries, airlines and postal services. The Government has created a robust health infrastructure for effective management of Covid-19 pandemic within a short span.

In January this year, there was only one testing laboratory for COVID-19 in India. Now, 1,356 labs are engaged in testing the COVID samples across the country. Out of the total 917 are government labs while 439 and private laboratories. 


The Health Ministry has issued fresh guidelines for international passengers arriving in India which will be operational from the 8th of  August. The guidelines state that before planning for travel, all travelers should submit a self declaration form on online portal - newdelhiairport.in at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. They should also give an undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days. This includes 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost followed by 7 days isolation at home with self monitoring of health. Home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days only for compelling reasons such as pregnancy, death in family or serious illness. Travellers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RT PCR test report upon arrival. The test should have been conducted within 96 hours prior to undertaking the journey.


In the Union Territory of Chandigarh, 43 new cases were reported positive for COVID-19 from various sectors yesterday and eight COVID patients were discharged after recovery.

Our correspondent reports that among the fresh cases, one case from Bapudham colony was found positive during Rapid Antigen test. With this, the number of cases tested positive so far has risen to 1,160.  Out of them, 706 patients have cured and 19 patients have died so far. At present, 435 COVID patients are under treatment in Chandigarh.


In Gujarat, 974 Covid-19 patients were discharged from various hospitals after recovery during the last 24 hours as the recovery rate further improved to 73.53 per cent. AIR correspondent reports that a total of 47,561 patients have recovered in the state till date.

"According to official sources, 1,009 new cases have been reported in the state yesterday. Total cases in the state have gone up to 64,684. Out of 14,614 active cases in the state, the condition of 83 patients are serious and they are on ventilator support. Twenty two patients have lost their lives yesterday. More than eight lakh 34 thousand tests have been carried out till date. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has added 4 more areas in the Micro Containment Zone. Door to door surveillance and testing drive will be launched in these areas from today. AMC has also sealed citi’s Alfa mall for violating the norms of social distancing. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


In Chhattisgarh, the State Government is making efforts to expand the treatment facilities in various districts as COVID infection cases are on the rise.

"Recently, the facility of RT-PCR test has also been started in medical colleges of Rajnandgaon, Bilaspur and Ambikapur. With this, this test facility is now available in 7 institutes of Chhattisgarh. So far, more than three lakh samples have been tested. The State Health Department has started a pilot project in Raipur and Durg district for asymptomatic Covid-19 patients. Under this pilot project, asymptomatic COVID-19 patients will be allowed to undergo treatment in isolation at home while complying with certain guidelines.  Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur".


In Madhya Pradesh, all efforts are being made to prevent the spread of Corona infection and for proper treatment of infected persons. Special emphasis is being laid on for timely identification, arrangement for quarantine and timely testing of Corona suspects in the state.

"549 Corona virus patients were discharged from the hospitals yesterday taking the number of recovered cases to 24 thousand 99. The state has come to the 15th position in terms of active cases and recovery rate. Fatality rate has improved and come down from 10.3 per cent to 2.7 per cent. The state’s share in the number of active cases in the country amongst 1.6 per cent. The testing capacity has been increased to nine thousand 334 samples per million. At present 22 per cent of the total capacity of General beds and 29.9 per cent ICU beds are being used for the treatment of Corona patients. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


In Telangana, the State Government has initiated action against private hospitals that are reportedly overcharging for treatment for COVID-19 patients. The decision has been notified last evening after holding an enquiry into the multiple complaints about fleecing of patients.

"The Telangana Government has fixed certain price ceilings for private hospitals for treating COVID-19 patients. As per these ceilings, the ICU room with ventilator should not be charged more than 9000 rupees per day. However, there were many complaints from patients and their families that the private hospitals are exorbitantly charging for COVID treatment. After receiving complaints, the State Public Health authorities have, for the first time taken action against a private hospital by barring it to treat COVID patients further. Meanwhile, the State Government has decided to lift the restrictions imposed on liquor shops in the wake of COVID-19 and allow them to open till 11 P.M. in Hyderabad and till 10 P.M. in the rest of the state. M.S. Lakshmi, airnews, Hyderabad".


In Assam, two thousand 371 new positive cases were detected in the last 24 hours. Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that a total of 41 thousand 958 tests were conducted in past 24 hours. He said that highest 414 cases are reported in Kamrup Metro district followed by 282 cases in Dibrugarh. There are 12 thousand 779 active cases in the state as of now while over 32 thousand persons have recovered so far.


For the first time in close to two months, Karnataka reported more recoveries than the fresh Covid-19 cases yesterday. In all, 4,776 covid-19 patients were cured and discharged from various hospitals in the state yesterday. This is the highest one-day discharge from the state. The total number of recovered patients has gone up to 62,500.

"According to the State Health Department 4,752 new COVID positive cases have been reported. Out of 74,469 active cases, 629 patients are in ICU among them 330 from Bengaluru. 98 patients have lost their lives yesterday.  More than 17 lakh 46 thousand swab samples were tested till date, out of which 27,989 tests have been carried out yesterday. The state recovery rate stands at 44.78 per cent and the mortality rate is 1.86 per cent. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU".


In Tamil Nadu, the total number of COVID-19 cases has surpassed two lakh sixty three thousand with 5,609 people confirmed positive yesterday.

Meanwhile, the migrant workers who left the state during the early stages of the lockdown have started coming back to work.

"Tens of thousands of the migrant workers who returned to their native villages are reportedly showing keen interest in returning back to work. Their local employers like the Small and Medium Scale Industrial Units are asked by the Chennai Corporation and the District Collectors concerned to furnish the details of those who are being brought back. E-Passes are being issued to them after the employers establish a satisfactory arrangement for their stay close to the workplace. The Corporation Commissioner Prakash told reporters yesterday, passes ranging from five hundred to a thousand per day have been issued since the last three days. Observers say it indicates the industrial activities gradually picking up momentum. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


Participating in AIR live phone in programme on COVID-19, Dr Prasoon Chatterjee, Associate Professor, Department of Geriatrics at All India Institute of Medical Sciences appealed to people that they should wear their masks properly and not to contaminate the mask by touching the outer layer from time to time.


In Ayodhya, on the second day of the three-day long rituals preceding Bhoomi Poojan for construction of Ram Temple, a special six-hour long special Ram Racha Anushthan will be performed today. The Bhoomi Poojan function will take place tomorrow in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part. Along with him, many religious heads and saints from all over the country and from Nepal are expected to take part in the function.

Over 135 Saints belonging to 135 spiritual traditions will be present in the programme. Some eminent citizens of Ayodhya have also been invited by the Shri Ram Janm Bhumi Teerth Shetra Trust. Meanwhile, Ayodhya is already in the festive mood and eagerly waiting for the historic moment.

"Many religious activities including Ram Keertan and reciting of Ramcharitmanas have already started in Ayodhya. Ghats of holy Sarayu River are beautifully decorated. The city is all set to witness the historic Bhoomi Poojan ceremony tomorrow in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part. Prime Minister will first have Darshan at Shri Hanumangarhi Mandir, after which he will perform Pooja of Bhagwan Ramlalla at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi. General Secretary of Shri Ram Janm Bhumi Teerth Shetra Trust Champat Rai said that Apart from the 175 invitees for the ceremony, Mahesh Bhagchandka and  Pawan Singhal from family of late Ashok  Singhal, Former President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad will be Mukhya Yajman in Bhoomi Pujan Ceremony. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".

Talking to AIR, people from Ayodhya have expressed their happiness on the construction of Ram Temple. Let's listen what they have to say:


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar District Administration has clamped a curfew in Srinagar city in view of specific inputs about violent protests tomorrow, on the first anniversary of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370.

Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said in an order that the curfew comes into force with immediate effect and shall remain in effect till tomorrow.  The District Magistrate further said that the Senior Superintendent of Police has received a series of inputs suggesting that separatist and Pakistan-sponsored groups are planning to observe the 5th of August as Black Day and violent action or protests are not ruled out and there are also specific inputs about violent protests endangering public life and property.

Mr Choudhary said, any mass gathering would also be detrimental to efforts related to the containment of COVID-19.

He said that the SSP report further suggests that in view of restrictions aimed at COVID-19 containment already in place, the movement and assembly of people has been prohibited. Meanwhile, the restrictions previously ordered on account of COVID-19 shall continue thereafter till the 8th of August, unless revised earlier.


In the run up to the 74th Independence Day celebrations, we bring you today a special story about Rural Development. 

The government has been pursuing big goals in terms of Rural Development and particularly employment generation in the rural areas of the country. The main objective has been to reduce poverty and make villages self-sustainable. In 2016, the Prime Minister launched the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna-Grameen with an aim to ensure house for every Indian by 2022. Ministry of rural development along with NITI Aayog prepared a Vision Document in which a broad plan to eradicate poverty was chalked out. Several schemes including Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana, National Livelihood Mission, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, MGNREGA and Skill Development Programme including others have either been revamped or started afresh to provide necessary assitance to every village dweller. Inter-Ministerial efforts have also been initiated with Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Food and Public Distribution, Skill development, Jal Shakti, Finance and MSME Ministries to develop avenues of sustainable employment and establish robust supply chain for farm produce. Talking to AIR News, NITI Aayog Member Professor Ramesh Chand highlighted the key developments and policies of the government in the last six years. He said, the government has laid special emphasis on rural employment generation for livelihood sustainability. Reiterating Prime Minister's view, Professor Chand said, the skill development centres in the rural india have enabled people to become job-givers rather than job-seekers.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, there had been enormous developmental activities that were carried out by the government during the last five-six years. Several new road links were either constructed or widened under various centrally sponsored schemes for the benefit of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. A significant number of flyovers on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway were also completed resulting in reduction of the road length between the two capital cities.

"With the concerted efforts of the Srinagar District Administration, the long pending flyover project between Jahangir Chowk and Rambagh in Srinagar was completed and thrown open for the public. The Administration had been at the forefront of their efforts to speed up the construction of the flyover project. Some 60 slabs were laid within three months only, which was quite unprecedented, as far as the construction of any flyover project is concerned. The 2.4-kilometre long flyover with six access ramps at Jahangir Chowk, Gogji Bagh, Aloochi Bagh, Rambagh, Natipora and Barzulla-has reduced the travel time between Jahangir Chowk and Rambagh from about 45 minutes to about 2.5 minutes only. The work on Jammu-Akhnoor four lanning project besides Chennani-Sudh Mahadev Road link in Jammu has also been taken-up expeditiously by the government. This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar". 


In an exclusive interview to AIR News, Jammu and Kashmir Industry and Commerce Department Secretary, Manoj Dwivedi, said that the region is expected to  get investments of around 10 to 15 thousand crores in the next few years.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan troops initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing with small arms and heavy mortar shelling along the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati sector of district Poonch early this morning. The Indian Army troop gaurding the fence are retaliating befittingly with equal caliber. The exchange of fire continued till reports last came in.

There are no reports of demage to any property and loss of any life from Indian side so far. Further details are awaited.


Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has released the Alternate Academic Calendar for upper primary stage students. NCERT under the guidance of Education Ministry has developed the alternate academic calendars for students, parents and teachers of primary and upper primary stages with an aim to engage students meaningfully during their stay at home due to COVID-19.

Speaking on the occasion yesterday, Mr. Pokhriyal said that the calendar will empower students, teachers, school principals and parents to find out positive ways to deal with Covid-19 using on-line teaching-learning resources.


In Bihar, the flood situation has further deteriorated following breaching of embankments in Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur. Flood water is now entering in low-lying urban areas of these two districts. The swirling water of Gandak, Burhi Gandak and Bagmati is also  inundating fresh areas of affected districts.

Over 56 lakh people of 14 districts spread over 1,082 Panchyats are reeling under the impact of flood. Flood situation is grim in Samastipur, Madhubani, Sitamarhi and East Champaran. Twenty three people have lost their lives in flood related incidents during the last 24 hours in affected areas of the state. Rail traffic remained suspended on Darbhanga -Samastipur section of East Central Railway following overtopping of railway track. Vehicular trafffic has been disrupted at many places in flood affected areas.

Relief and rescue operations have been intensified. Thirty one teams of NDRF and SDRF have been pressed into service. Over four lakh people have been evacuated so far and 20 thousand people are taking shelter in relief camps.


In Maharashtra, incessant rains have been lashing Mumbai, parts of suburbs, neighbouring Thane district and other coastal areas of the state since last night. The Meteorological Department has forecast torrential to very heavy rains in these areas today and tomorrow. 

"The Mumbai Municipal Commissioner has directed the Divisional Offices to remain in the wake of the warning of heavy rains in Mumbai city and suburbs. Three units of the National Disaster Response Team have been instructed to remain for immediate help. The Indian Coast Guard and Navy have also been ed. BEST and Adani Energy has been directed to keep all substations on high . Coordinating officers of Police, Fire Brigade, Traffic Police, BEST, Education Department and Health Department have been directed to be present in the Main Control Room. Instructions have been given to make arrangements for temporary evacuation of citizens. The Municipal Administration has instructed the education officials to keep the municipal schools open for immediate help, which have been identified as temporary shelters in 24 departments of the corporation. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai".


Take a look at today's weather .

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature in Jammu was 27 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees Celsius. The city will have a partly cloudy sky.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 19 degrees while the maximum will be around 32 degrees Celsius. The city will have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night.

Ladakh will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will hover between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 16 and 34 degrees Celsius. It will experience partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust-storm.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature will be around 37 degrees.

Chandigarh will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 24 and 33 degrees Celsius. The city may have thunderstorm with rain.

In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees. It will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain.

Generally cloudy sky with moderate rain expected in Bhopal. The minimum temperature in the city was 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

Guwahati will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. The minimum temperature in the city was 27 degrees celsius while the maximum will be around 37 degrees.


Members of the Indian men's and women's hockey teams bound for Tokyo Olympics will join the National Camp at National Centre of Excellence (NCOE) in Bengaluru today. The decision was taken by Sports Authority of India (SAI) after formal permission was received from the State Government to begin training in Bengaluru.The athletes, coaches and support staff, who were on a home break, will join the camp and undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine inside the campus. Considering the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru, the permission from the State Government has been given subject to all arriving athletes, coaches and support staff adhering to institutional quarantine protocols issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health and Government of Karnataka.


United States President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that bars federal government agencies from displacing American nationals and citizens with foreign workers. It also calls for prohibiting American employers from using H-1B workers to displace Americans in outsourcing contracts. Indians have been the largest beneficiaries of the H-1B visa programme.

The White House in a statement said, the order will create a policy where Federal agencies will focus on United States labour in lucrative Federal contracts as it will be unfair for federal government agencies to replace perfectly qualified Americans with workers from other countries.



  • "Rituals begin as Ayodhya counts down to August 5", writes Hindustan Times. It says that Iqbal Ansari, son of the oldest litigant in the Ram Janmabhoomi title suit, is to attend the foundation laying ceremony of the Ram temple tomorrow.

  • "Hopeful of Covid 19 vaccine by year end: ICMR Chief" says Business Standard. "DCGI allows trial of Oxford vaccine on 1600 Indians", writes the Pioneer.

  • The Tribue reports, "China obdurate, Doval-led panel to chart out course".

  • "TIKTOK Purchase : Microsoft tries to salvage deal, appease US President", says Financial Express.

  • "Cut gratuity period from 5 years to one year: parliamentary committee on labour" writes the Hindu.

  • And finally, The Times of India reports that in a first, Delhi Police used the facial recognition system to track down and arrest three criminals within hours of their dodging a police team.


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