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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says construction of Ram Temple opens up several opportunities across sectors which will change the economy of the region.

  • Recovery rate of Covid-19 patients improves from 63 to 67 per cent in two weeks.

  • More than 10 lakh 59 thousand people benefited from Vande Bharat Mission says Civil Aviation Minister.

  • Manoj Sinha appointed as new Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir following resignation of  G C Murmu. 

  • Normal life disrupted in Mumbai and its surrounding areas due to heavy rainfall; Prime Minister assures all possible help to Maharashtra.

  • Counting of votes for parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka begins.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the Ram Temple in Ayodhya will become a modern symbol of India's traditions. He said that Ram Mandir will symbolise the power of collective resolution of crores of people which will keep inspiring the future generations. The Prime Minister was addressing the gathering at Ram Janmbhumi in Ayodhya yesterday. He performed Bhoomi Poojan and laid the foundation stone of the grand Ram temple.

"राम मंदिर के लिए कई-कई सदियों तक कई-कई पीढियों ने अखंड अविरत एक निष्ठ प्रयास किया। आज का ये दिन उसी तप, त्याग और संकल्प का प्रतीक है। राम मंदिर के लिए चले आंदोलन में अर्पण भी था तर्पण भी था संघर्ष भी था संकल्प भी था। त्याग, बलिदान और संघर्ष से आज ये स्वप्न साकार हो रहा है।"

 With yesterday's ceremony the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya has started. The Prime Minister said that construction of the Ram temple marks a new chapter in India's history.

"आज पूरा भारत भावुक है सदियों का इंतजार आज समाप्त हो रहा है। करोड़ों लोगों को आज ये विश्वास ही नहीं हो रहा होगा कि वो अपने जीते जी इस पावन दिन को देख पा रहे हैं। बरसों से टाट और टेंट के नीचे रहे हमारे राम लला के लिए अब एक भव्य मंदिर का निर्माण होगा।"

 Recounting the different Ramayans written in various languages, the Prime Minister noted that Shree Ram is the common thread of unity in diversity in the country. He said that Lord Ram is a symbol of strength and unity for all religions, irrespective of religion.

During his historic address at Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it is an emotional moment for the entire country. He said the construction of Ram Temple will also pave way for the development of Ayodhya and open up several opportunities across sectors which will change the economy of the region.

"प्रभु श्री राम ने  हमें  कर्तव्य पालन  की  सीख दी है, उन्होंने हमें विरोध से निकलकर, बोध और शोध का मार्ग दिखाया है! हमें आपसी प्रेम और भाईचारे के जोड़ से राममंदिर की इन शिलाओं को जोड़ना है। हमें ध्यान रखना है, जब जबमानवता  ने राम  को  माना है विकास हुआ है, जब जब हम भटके हैं विनाश के रास्ते खुले हैं! हमें सभी की भावनाओं का ध्यान रखना है। हमें सबके साथ से, सबके विश्वास से, सबका विकास करना है। अपने परिश्रम, अपनी संकल्पशक्ति से एक आत्मविश्वासी और आत्मनिर्भर भारत का निर्माण करना है।"

The Bhumi Poojan ceremony started at sharp 12.30 yesterday afternoon and culminated at 12.45 pm.

Many saints, spiritual leaders and other leaders associated with the Ram Temple movement were present at the ceremony. Mahesh Bhagchandka and Pawan Singhal from the family of late Ashok Singhal, Former President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad were Mukhya Yajman in the Bhumi Pujan function.


The highest recoveries from coronavirus have been reported in the country within 24 hours. A total of 51 thousand 706 people affected with Coronavirus have recovered in one day which is the highest figure since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in India. This has resulted in further improvement in the recovery rate which has reached 67.19 per cent in the country.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry yesterday said, a total of 12 lakh 82 thousand 215 people have recovered from Coronavirus in the country so far. It said, there has been a 63.8 per cent increase in recovered cases in the last 14 days. The aggressive testing along with ramped up hospital infrastructure has ensured the increasing recovery rate which has improved from 63 per cent to 67 per cent in two weeks. The Ministry said, a total of 52 thousand 509 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country in the past 24 hours taking the total number of cases to 19 lakh 8 thousand 254. Presently, the total number of active Corona cases in the country is five lakh 86 thousand 244. In a single day, 857 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 39 thousand 795.


Nation’s first ICMR approved mobile RTPCR Covid lab developed by Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru was inaugurated by Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr.K Sudhakar yesterday. Packed with all the safety features, this unique lab is capable of producing accurate results within four hours. In a month the mobile lab can conduct 9000 tests. The lab can be utilised for testing H1N1,HCV,TB,HPV,HIV also.

The mobile lab was handed over to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bengaluru yesterday. Called "Mobile Infection Testing and Reporting Lab" , MITR can be deployed in Corona hot spots quickly. Another innovative project fructified in Bengaluru today when a bus stand was converted into 200 bed Covid Care Centre. The bus stand used by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has been converted into a Covid Care Centre with the help of Rotary Care Foundation and Nayonika Eye Trust.


Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that more than 10 lakh 59 thousand people have benefited from Vande Bharat Mission.

In a tweet today, Mr. Puri said, more than 9 lakh 39 thousand stranded Indians have returned to India through various means and more than 1 lakh 20 thousand have flown out to various countries since 6th of May this year. He said, three thousand 841 Indians have returned from various countries yesterday. Mr. Puri said, government is continuously making efforts to reach out to citizens with a helping hand under phase 5 of the mission.


Recovery rate from Covid-19 in Delhi improved to 89.93 per cent. Delhi Government has said, a total of one lakh 26 thousand 116 people affected with coronavirus have recovered in the city. In the past 24 hour, 890 people have recovered from Covid-19.

Delhi government said, a total of one thousand 76 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been reported in the National Capital in one day taking the total number of cases to one lakh 40 thousand 232. In a single day, 11 deaths were reported in the city taking the toll to four thousand 44. Presently, the total number of active Corona cases in the national capital is ten thousand 72. A total of sixteen thousand 785 people have been tested within the 24 hours. 


In Gujarat, 1046 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from various hospitals after recovery during the last 24 hours. The recovery rate has further improved to 73.99 per cent. AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that a total of 49,405 patients have  recovered in the state till date.

"According to official sources, 1073 new cases have been reported in the state yesterday. Maximum 187 new cases reported from Surat, while Ahmedabad recorded 143 new cases. Total cases in the state have gone up to 66777. Out of 14815 active cases in the state, the conditions of 76 patients are serious and they are on ventilator support. 23 patients have lost their lives yesterday, taking the total death due to Covid-19 in the state up to 2557. More than 8 lakh 79 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date, out of which 24374 tests have been carried out yesterday. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has added 24 more areas in the Micro Containment Zone, while removing 17 areas. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


In Madhya Pradesh, the state government has directed officials to arrange health care facilities for citizens so that they do not have to travel to other states for treatment.  A campaign will also be launched to improve the condition of district hospitals, medical colleges and their affiliated hospitals to make the state self-reliant in health services.

"Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said during the review meeting of the Corona infection in the state that such a system is needed to overcome the shortage of human and technical resources, so that people can get complete treatment in the state itself. Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary Health Mohammad Suleman informed that the recovery rate in MP is continuously improving and at present the recovery rate has increased to 72.9 per cent. 26 thousand 64 people have recovered from the disease so far and there are only 8 thousand 741 active cases in the state. At the same time, after the 652 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, the number of COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh has increased to 35 thousand 734. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


In Chhattisgarh, the number of Corona positive cases has breached the 10 thousand mark.

The state reported 295  COVID-19 cases yesterday, taking the tally of confirmed cases in the state to 10,497. Two persons succumbed to the disease.

According to the state health department, Chhattisgarh has now 2,555 active cases, as 7,871 people have been discharged after recovery, while 71 have died so far. With a total of 3,480 cases so far, Raipur district tops the state tally.


In Karnataka the Covid case load crossed 1.5 lakh  as 5,619 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported in the State yesterday. 5,407 patients were cured and  discharged from various hospitals in the State and the total number of recovered patients has gone up to 74,679. 

"According to the official sources 73,958 patients were currently taking treatment across the State among them 633 patients are in ICU. 100 people lost their lives due to Corona and the total death toll have increased to 2,804.  43,638 swab samples were tested in the State yesterday and the total test have gone up to 15,32,654. Among the new cases Bengaluru city reported 1,848 and Ballari with 631. The recovery rate of the State is 49.31 per cent and the mortality rate is 1.85 per cent. Meanwhile, the Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr. K.Sudhakar inaugurated first of its kind and ICMR approved mobile Covid test lab in Bengaluru yesterday. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS BENGALURU".


In Tamil Nadu, the stand-alone gyms have been permitted to function from the tenth of this month. A statement issued by the state government in Chennai yesterday said that those under the age of fifty will be permitted to visit the gyms. The standard operating procedures for the gyms for preventing the Covid-19 infection are expected to be issued soon.

"In Tamil Nadu, 3374 pregnant mothers have been confirmed Covid-19 positive since the break-out of the pandemic. Most of them have returned home with their infants and the others are all stable, under hospital care for the delivery. The state Health Minister Dr C Vijayabhaskar said some of the mothers underwent caesarean operation while others had normal delivery. Talking to reporters yesterday in Chennai, he said an encouraging factor is that the mothers and their babies are now safe. Meanwhile, the state health workers have enumerated the expectant mothers and are doing the follow up to ensure their safety. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


Participating in our live phone-in programme on Covid-19, Dr N N Mathur, Director of the Lady Hardinge Medical College appealed to students to continue their daily routine to avoid depression during the Covid pandemic.


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 at the Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research in New Delhi highlighted the importance of hygiene and how to maintain it to contain Novel Corona virus.

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


Pesident Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Manoj Sinha as the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. The President accepted the resignation of Girish Chandra Murmu as Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. Mr Murmu, a 1985 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer was appointed as the LG in October last year. Mr Murmu had sent his resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind. 

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has congratulated Manoj Sinha for being appointed as the new Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.


India has said China has no locus standi on Jammu and Kashmir and advised it  to not comment on the internal affairs of other nations. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said this in response to a media query on Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s recent comment on Jammu and Kashmir.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed sadness on the tragic hospital fire in Ahmedabad. In a tweet today, Mr. Modi expressed condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for the early recovery of injured persons.

The Prime Minister spoke to Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani and Mayor of Ahmedabad Bijal Patel regarding the situation. Mr Modi said that the administration is providing all possible assistance to the affected.


In the run up to the 74th Independence Day celebrations, we bring you today a special story about the initiatives for welfare of women. Women's safety is an integral part of NDA government's policy, governance and agenda. In the last five years, nation has witnessed some path breaking announcements that ensured dignity and welfare of women.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was passed by Parliament last year which makes instant triple talaq in any form illegal and void.

To providing a safe and secure growing environment to young girls, government introduced a law to severely punish the criminals from indulging in heinous crimes. With launch and widespread implementation of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, now there is no need for women to venture into forests to get firewood for cooking.

Awareness campaigns like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao have contributed towards saving the girl child, educating her, and making her a self sufficient citizen.

Talking to AIR News, social activist and Director of Centre for Social Research Ranjana Kumari said that financial empowerment of women is necessary for gender equality.


The Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan is taking action on mission mode to provide employment to migrant workers who have returned to their native villages of six states. These states are Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

By the sixth week itself, a total of about 17 crore mandays employment has been provided and 13,240 crore rupees has been spent so far. A large number of structures have been created under the Abhiyan. These include 62,532 water conservation structures, 1.74 lakh rural houses, 14,872 cattle shed, 8,963 form ponds, and 2,222 Community Sanitary Complex. A total of 564 Gram Panchayats have been provided internet connectivity, and 16,124 candidates have been provided skill training through Krishi Vigyan Kendras.


West Bengal has planned to provide 100 per cent tap connections to all the households in the State by 2024 under Jal Jeevan Mission. Out of 1.63 Crore rural households in West Bengal, 2.19 lakh households have already got tap connections. The State is planning to provide tap connections to 55.60 lakh households in 2020-21.

In 2019-20, 993 Crore rupees of Central funds was released to the State. During 2020-21, fund allocation has been increased to 1,610 Crore rupees.

As Union Government is working in tandem with States to achieve the goals of Jal Jeevan Mission within the time frame, focus is on retrofitting and augmentation of existing water supply systems to provide tap connections to remaining households. Out of a total of 41,357 villages, in West Bengal, 22,155 villages already have piped water supply systems.

Our correspondent reports, under Jal Jeevan Mission, women are empowered and are trained to work as frontline functionaries in carrying out water quality surveillance. 


The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that it has accepted the Bihar government's recommendation for CBI investigation into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told the court that Bihar government's recommendation for CBI investigation in the case has been accepted. While hearing a plea by Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty who is seeking transfer of an FIR, accusing her of abetting suicide of Rajput, from Patna to Mumbai, a bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy observed that the truth behind the actor's death should come out. 

The Apex Court directed Mumbai Police to file status report on the probe conducted so far in the case. The Court also asked Maharashtra, Bihar and Sushant Singh Rajput's father to file replies on Rhea's plea seeking transfer of the case from Patna to Mumbai.


With the IMD issuing a warning of extreme rainfall over the next 24 hours for Konkan and Central Maharashtra region, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked people to stay indoors and venture out only for essential work. Taking stock of the situation, Chief Minister asked the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai to coordinate with the police and railway authorities, health machinery and the National Disaster Response Force to ensure that citizens do not face any hardship. Widespread rains coupled with gusty winds across Maharashtra and Mumbai in particular threw life out of gear yesterday.

"Mumbai received the highest rainfall of the season within just 12 hours yesterday, besides the highest-ever wind speed. According to the IMD, 330 mm rainfall was recorded at Colaba observatory whereas 146 mm rainfall was recorded in Santacruz. Heavy rains damaged three cranes at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal. The heavy rains that have been lashing Navi Mumbai and adjoining areas have caused extensive damage to the DY Patil Stadium in Nerul. Twenty two passengers who were stranded at masjid railway station on Central line have been rescued by the NDRF. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in the wake of heavy rains and has assured all possible help from the Centre. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai".


In Bihar flood situation further deteriorated following breaching of two embankments in Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga. The ring bandh of Kadane river in Muzaffarpur and the ring bandh of Bagmati river in Kewati block of Darbhanga have been breached. Several villages of the  two districts were flooded. Flood water is posing threat to three railways sections of East Central Railway Samastipur - Darbhanga, Sitamarhi-Darbhanga and Saharsa-Manasi.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made an aerial survey of flood affected areas of the state yesterday. He instructed concerned authorities to make arrangements for  corona test on flood victims who are living in relief camps.

About 67 lakh people of 16 districts spread over 1,165 Panchayats are reeling under the impact of flood. Relief and rescue operations are on in full swing. Thirty three teams of NDRF and SDRF have been pressed into service.  About five lakh people have been evacuated so far. Meawhile, the MeT Department has forecast heavy rains in catchment areas of various rivers in north Bihar and Nepal in the next 48 hours.


In Assam, indefinite curfew has been imposed at Thelamara and Dhekiajuli police station area in Sonitpur district last night following  a clash that occurred between two groups.  Official sources said that  the incident occurred when a motorcycle rally was taken out yesterday at Garudowa area under Thelamara police station. Several persons were injured in the clash. The vehicle of the District Magistrate was also attacked when he went to the  spot. Police resorted to blank firing to disperse the crowd.  Additional forces have been deployed at the incident site.


In Sri Lanka, counting of votes for the parliamentary elections has begun at 77 counting centres across the country. The polling was held yesterday with around 71 percent voting. Over 7450 candidates are in the  fray for parliament seats and security arrangements are tight outside counting centers. Parliament was dissolved in early March, six months before its term ended as President Gotabaya Rajapksa was seeking clear majority in parliament for his party.

"Sri Lankan parliament is elected by preferential votes based on proportional representation and parties polling more than five per cent votes in a district find representation in the legislative body. The party-wise vote percentage is expected to be declared by late evening while voters choice for preferential candidates will be known by tomorrow. Voters mark the party of choice along with three preferences of candidates on the ballot paper. Former President Mahinda Rajapksa, who became Prime Minister after victory of his brother Gotabaya at last November Presidential elections, is confident of getting majority at the elections. Prime Minister said last evening that he will create two-thirds majority in parliament if his party fails to win two-third seats. SANTOSH KUMAR, AIR NEWS, COLOMBO".


India has extended Line of Credit worth 18 million US dollars to the Government of Maldives for the expansion of fishing facilities at Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (MIFCO). The project envisages investment in fish collection and storage facilities and the setting up of a tuna cooked plant and fishmeal plant.  It is part of the 800 million US dollars line of credit offered by India with repayment tenor of 20 years and a 5-year moratorium. Indian High Commission in Male said fishing is deeply connected to the Maldivian way of life and is a key driver of the economy through exports.


Take a look at today's weather .

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature in Jammu was 26 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degree Celsius. The city will have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust-storm.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 19 degrees while the maximum will be around 33 degree Celsius. The city will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night.

Ladakh will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will hover between 19 and 31 degree Celsius.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 18 and 31 degree Celsius. It will experience mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night. The minimum temperature was 22 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees.

Chandigarh will have a generally cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder or lightning. The minimum temperature in the city was 29 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees.

The National Capital Delhi may have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle.



  • News related to the Bhoomi Poojan ceremony in Ayodhya for Shri Ram Janmabhoomi mandir dominates the front pages of dailies today.

  • "Ayodhya's tryst with destiny" reads the headline in Hindustan TimesThe Pioneer writes, "Foundation laid to realise dream".  "August 15, August 5; PM draws parallel with struggle for freedom" writes The Indian Express.

  • "Over 40,000 Covid deaths in India now, record 918 on Wednesday" reports The Times of India.

  • The Centre approves CBI probe into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.  "Truth must come out, says the Supreme Court" headlines The Statesman.

  • Reporting that the Lt. General level talks between China and India on Sunday failed to make a breakthrough, The Tribune reports, "India snubs China, says won't pull back from Pangong Tso. 

  • "J&K marks a year without 370 amid Covid, other curbs", writes Hindustan Times.  "Kashmir under security blanket" on the anniversary of Article 370 withdrawal, says The Hindu.

  • And finally, The Asian Age reports, the toll from the Beirut blast rises to 113 with at least 4000 injured.


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