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  • India expects China to work for complete disengagement and de-escalation and full restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas.

  • New Delhi asserts that Islamabad needs to provide unhindered and unimpeded consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

  • Very low Coronavirus cases and deaths per million recorded in the country  due to Proactive response  says  Health Minister Harshavardhan.

  • Total Covid-19 recoveries  in the country surpass  13 lakh mark.

  • First Kisan Special Parcel Train to  start from tomorrow for providing seamless supply of perishable produce.


India has said it expects China to work with it sincerely for complete disengagement and de-escalation and full restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas. Briefing media this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, India remains committed to this objective. The Special Representatives of India and China had a telephone conversation on 5th July where they discussed the situation in the India China border areas. The two Special Representatives had agreed that early and complete disengagement of the troops along the Line of Actual Control  and de-escalation from India-China border areas in accordance with bilateral agreement and protocols and full restoration of peace and tranquility was essential for the smooth overall development of bilateral relations. Replying to a query on Confucius Institutes, Mr Srivastava highlighted that Ministry of External Affairs had in 2009 issued detailed guidelines for establishment and functioning of Foreign Cultural Centres. He said, these guidelines apply also to any cultural centre that is supported or sponsored by an autonomous foreign organisation, including any Confucius Centre. Under these Guidelines, approval of the Ministry is required for any MoU or Agreement that such Centres might wish to enter into with an Indian organisation. The spokesperson said, if any Indian institution were to enter into or has entered into an arrangement which would come under the purview of these guidelines, then it would require the approval of the Government.  


India today said it has not received any communication from Pakistan on Kulbhushan Jadhav case. Replying to a query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said Pakistan needs to provide unhindered, unimpeded consular access to him.

On Pakistan's new map that includes Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and parts of western Gujarat, the spokesperson said this type of baseless claims show that Pakistan wants to take control of more areas by using cross border terrorism. On statement by Turkey on Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Srivastava said it is factually incorrect, biased and unwarranted. He urged Turkey government to get a proper understanding of ground situation and refrain from interfering in internal matters of India.


The Vande Bharat Mission is nearing the one million mark making this the largest sustained operations for repatriation of stranded Indians. Briefing media, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said, as on date, nearly 9.5 lakh Indians have returned home under this Mission. He said, the Fifth Phase is currently going on which was operationalized on the 1st of August. Based on the assessment of demand received from Indian missions abroad, the schedule has been augmented with the addition of nearly sixty more flights. The spoksperson said, this takes the total flights scheduled this month to 746. In addition, around 200 domestic feeder flights are scheduled to reach 24 airports across India. This phase is expected to repatriate more than one lakh 30 thousand Indians stranded abroad.

The bilateral arrangements for establishing the travel bubbles with the US, Germany and France continue to be in place. Multiple flights are operating from these countries and are providing onward connections.


India has sought an assessment on damage from Lebanon caused by Beirut Blast. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson  said  that based on the assessment, India will decide the nature of assistance that will be extended to them. He said, there has been no reported casualties among Indians. 


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today advised other nations, including those in the neighbourhood, to refrain from commenting on India’s internal matters . Mr Naidu said that the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir was taken in the larger interest to protect the unity, integrity safety and sovereignty of the country.

Delivering the first Sushma Swaraj Memorial Lecture, the Vice President, remembered the feelings expressed by late Sushma Swaraj on Article 370 before she passed away. He said as the External Affairs Minister, she used to articulate India’s position quite efficiently and in a sweet and sober manner. Mr Naidu said, at the same time, she used to convey the stand of the country very firmly.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar remembered Sushma Swaraj on her first death anniversary today. Addressing a function through video conferencing on this occasion, Mr Javadekar said she was a great human being and used to give respect to her family and friends.


Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal today said India and Japan are looking to have trusted partners from authentic investors. He was speaking at the third Edition of the Invest India Exclusive Investment Forum - Japan Edition, through video conference. He said, it is important that Japan and India expand trade and business relationships. He said, Japan is one of the most important and trusted trading partner. The Minister said, government has been preparing strategies and Action Plan not only for business continuity but is also setting out red carpet for global investors to continue to choose India as the preferred destination for investments.


The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India notified the Insolvency and Bankruptcy  Board of India, Liquidation Process, Third Amendment, Regulations, 2020 today. The Regulations require the committee of creditors to fix the fee payable to the liquidator.  Where the fee has not been fixed by the committee of creditors, the Regulations provide for a fee as a percentage of the amount realised and of the amount distributed by the liquidator. The amended regulations are effective from today. These are available at www.mca.gov.in  and www.ibbi.gov.in.


India’s proactive and graded multi-level institutional response to COVID made it possible to have very low cases per million and deaths per million in spite of having a high population density. It was informed by Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today while interacting with WHO regional director and Health Ministers of South East Asia region. The virtual meet was focused on maintaining essential health services and public health programmes in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Harsh Vardhan spoke about India’s tryst with COVID-19. He highlighted how India had been preparing for the pandemic as soon as China informed WHO on 7th January. On the efficacy of the lockdown, Dr. Harsh Vardhan expanded how it was effective in slowing down the rate of growth of cases and gave the government time to augment the health infrastructure and testing facilities. He added that from one lab in January, India has 1370 labs today. Indians anywhere can access a lab within 3 hours travel time. 33 of the 36 States and UTs exceed WHO’s recommendation of testing 140 people per million per day.


Total recoveries from Covid-19 in the country surpassed the 13 lakh mark today. A total of 13 lakh 28 thousand 336 people have recovered so far. In the past 24 hours, 46 thousand 121 recoveries have been reported across the country. With this, the recovery rate has improved to 67.61 per cent. The case fatality rate has further declined to 2.07 per cent in the country.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry today said, a total of 56 thousand 282 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country within 24 hour taking the total number of cases to 19 lakh 64 thousand 536. Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is five lakh 95 thousand 501. 904 deaths have also been reported in a single day, taking the nationwide toll to 40 thousand 699.


Centre has released over 890 crore rupees as the second installment of the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package to 22 States and Union Territories. The amount of the financial assistance is based on the COVID-19 case load in these States and UTs. Union Health Ministry said, the financial aid will be used for strengthening of public health facilities infrastructure for testing including procurement and installation of RT-PCR machines and RNA extraction kits. The first installment of three thousand crore rupees was released in April this year.

The Ministry said, as part of the ‘Whole of Government’ approach, Centre is leading the COVID-19 response and management, and supporting the States and Union Territories through technical and financial resources. The COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package was announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on 24th March.


A total of one thousand 299 new confirmed cases of Corona virus have been reported in Delhi during the last twenty four hours taking the total number of cases to one lakh 41 thousand 531. Delhi Government has confirmed that over one lakh 27 thousand people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, one thousand eight people have recovered and 15 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to four thousand 59.  Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the national capital is ten thousand 348.

In Gujarat, the gyms, fitness centres and yoga studios reopened from today across the state following new guidelines. Our Ahmedabad correspondent reports that most of the centers have resumed their operations with new normal.

"Most of the gyms, fitness centres and Yoga studios have started their operations from today following new guidelines. According to new guidelines, gyms and yoga studios can have only 25 percent of the actual capacity of persons at any given time. Many gyms have procured spraying guns, sanitizers so that the equipment is sanitized after each use. Despite the opening of gyms and fitness centres after almost 4 months, very few people turned up on the first day. Gym owners and fitness trainers are hoping that after watching arrangements against Covid19, the people will start coming in more numbers. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad"

Kerala reported the highest single day surge in Covid cases so far, as it confirms 1298 new cases today.The State Health department informed that among the new cases an alarming 1017 persons  contracted the virus through local transmission. 800 recoveries were also reported today. The total active Covid cases in Kerala rose to 11983.  The death toll in State due to Covid  reached  97 as three more deaths were confirmed today.

Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy inaugurated a 900 bed Covid 19 Care Centre at Edapazhanji near Madurai, today afternoon. Later, he presided over a Covid 19 review meeting at Madurai. The Chief Minister also laid foundation for various development projects worth over 300 crore rupees and inaugurated a few welfare programmes. The Chief Minister is expected to review the Covid 19 situation in Thirunelveli district tomorrow.  Meanwhile the total number of Covid-19 affected people in Tamil Nadu has crossed two lakh 79 thousand with 5684 new cases reported today. The recovery has exceeded two lakh 21 thousand. Here is a report:

"The state health department insists that, out of all the loss of lives of people infected with the SARSCoV-2 virus, less than ten percent of them died solely due to the infection. All others had comorbid conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure and other diseases. The government says reducing the mortality rate to as low as possible is being aimed at, which mostly depends on the early admission of the patients for treatment. The mortality rate in the state is currently worked out at 1.64 percent while the recovery rate is more than 79 percent. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

As part of the evacuation process of J&K residents, stranded in other parts of the country due to COVID-19 lockdown, the UT administration has so far evacuated about 2,88,699 residents, through road via Lakhanpur and through special trains. All necessary guidelines and SOPs were followed in the evacuation process. AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that so far, the UT administration has received 106 special trains at Jammu and Udhampur railway stations from different states and UTs.

The police force of Maharashtra have also been severely affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. Two personnels of Nagpur police died of Corona Virus today taking the total tally of police fatalities to 109 in the state. A 50-year-old head constable and a 54-year-old assistant sub-inspector succumbed to COVID-19 infection at government-run hospitals in Nagpur city. More from our correspondent.

"Over 10,000 Maharashtra Police personnel have so far tested positive for coronavirus and 109 of them have died due to the viral infection.  An official said the police personnel who tested positive for the disease also included 1,035 officers. As of now, there are 1,859 active cases in the police force while 8,060 personnel have recovered from the disease. The official said there have been 324 incidents of attacks on police personnel so far during implementation of the prohibitory orders amid the coronavirus-induced restrictions. 86 police personnel were injured in those incidents.Police arrested 886 people in connection with the assault cases. With Devapriyo Bhattacharjee, Nivedita, AIR News, Mumbai"


Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh today said that India has set the tone for global covid collaboration under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. He said, extra ordinary foreign outreach of Mr Modi in the last six years has greatly helped in forging such an international coalition against the pandemic. He was speaking after inaugurating a virtual international workshop on COVID-19-Good Governance Practices in a Pandemic. The workshop was jointly organized by Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of External Affairs and National Centre for Good Governance, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.

In his address, Minister of State for External Affairs, V. Muraleedharan said, several developing countries were hit hard by this pandemic due to its limited resources and health and medical infrastructure, but India took the lead in reaching out to fellow countries both in the region and outside with medical and other aid. The two-day Conference is being attended by 184 participants, comprising diplomats, Civil Servants and Health Experts from 26 Countries spread over South Asia, South East Asia, Latin America and Africa.  


The country's first Kisan Special Parcel Train or Kisan Rail will start from tomorrow. The train will start at 11 AM and it will transport material between Maharashtra's Devlali and Bihar's Danapur Railway station. The Kisan Rail will carry fruits and vegetables and will make stoppages at several stations and pickup and deliver them. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Rail Minister Piyush Goyal will flag off this train through video link.  Railways aims to help double farmers’ income with the launch of Kisan Rail. This will help in bringing perishable agricultural products like vegetables, fruits to the market in a short period of time.  Our correspondent reports that, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced to start 'Kisan Rail' in the current year's Budget, for providing a seamless supply chain of perishable produce.


RBI Governor Dr. Shaktikanta Das today said that the apex bank's monetary policy committee has decided to unanimously  leave the policy repo rate unchanged at 4 per cent.  He added that  RBI  will continue with the accommodative stance of monetary policy as long as necessary to revive growth, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, while ensuring that inflation remains within the target going  forward.

In an address after the conclusion of the three day MPC meeting today via video conferencing, Dr.Das said the Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) rate and the Bank rate remain unchanged at 4.25 per cent.  He said, the reverse repo rate stands unchanged at 3.35 per cent.  He said the MPC’s assessment is that the global economic activity has remained fragile and in retrenchment in the first half of 2020.

The RBI Governor said the headline CPI inflation, which was at 5.8 per cent in March 2020, was placed at 6.1 per cent in the provisional estimates for June 2020.  He said given the uncertainty surrounding the inflation outlook and extremely weak state of the economy in the midst of an unprecedented shock from the ongoing pandemic, the MPC decided to keep the policy rate on hold.


CBI has registered a  case relating to death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The Case has been registered against six accused Rhea Chakraborty, Indrajeet Chakraborty, Sandhya Chakraborty, Souvik Chakraborty, Samuel Miranda and Sruti Modi and others.  CBI constituted a Special Investigative Team ( SIT) under Manoj Shashidhar, a Gujarat Cadre IPS officer to investigate the Sushant Singh Rajput suicide case.


In Karnataka, heavy rains have resulted in a landslide near Talacauvery. Four persons were reported missing. The Chief Priest and his family of a temple were residing at the spot where the landslide occurred today. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has directed the district administration to release 10,000 rupees interim relief to those affected by rain. He has also asked the administration to open relief camps in schools and colleges and has also asked them to send crop loss details at an earliest. Revenue minister R Ashoka who interacted with the district administration today has said that red is sounded in coastal Karnataka, Shivamogga, Chickmagalur and Hassan.  He also said that NDRF teams are already deployed in Kodagu, Dharwad, Belagavi and in coastal Karnataka. The water level in Cauvery and its tributaries are flowing at high level.

In Kerala, as heavy rain continues in major parts of the State, wide spread damage is being reported across Kerala .High is issued in landslide prone areas, low lying regions and coastal areas of the State. As Met dept predicts heavy rain to continue till Sunday, special teams of National Disaster Response Force has reached  the State.


Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today took stock of the state administration's preparedness in the wake of the incessant heavy rains since last three days. The Chief Minister also spoke to the authorities of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to have an idea of the days ahead.State Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar visited the control room at the secretariat in Mumbai yesterday night.  More from our correspondent:-

"Chief Minister  Uddhav Thackeray today reviewed the preparedness of the state which has been witnessing heavy rains from last three days. Besides Mumbai and its adjoining places, various areas in Konkan region including Raigarh, Ratnagiri and Kohlapur have been severely affected by the heavy downpour. Thackeray asked Konkan and Pune divisional commissioners to focus on shifting to safer places those living near the rivers, whose water levels were rising due to heavy rains. CM said there are 16 NDRF teams deployed in rain-hit areas of the state out of which four have been sent to Kolhapur. He asked the authorities concerned to remain in view of the water level in rivers flowing close to the danger mark. These rivers include Panchganga in Kolhapur, Kodavali in Ratnagiri and Kundalika in Raigad. Devapriyo Bhattacharjee, AIR News, Mumbai"


In Manipur, a State Cabinet meeting held this late evening has decided to extend the ongoing Statewide complete lockdown and curfew till 15th August in view of rise in COVID-19 cases in the State.  The recently affected people are suspected to have been infected through local transmission. The Statewide lockdown and curfew commenced from 23rd July till today.


In Sri Lanka, the ruling party led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is heading for a landslide victory at the  general elections held yesterday. The counting of votes is continuing and the Sri Lanka People party (SLPP) is heading for majority votes in at least 16 out of 22 electoral districts.  The party has won around 60 percent of around 4 million votes counted so far. Prime Minister Narendra Modi telephoned PM Rajapksa to congratulate on his victory.


The Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment, WEE cohort initiative helps women ranging from college going students to middle-aged housewives to take up entrepreneurship as a viable, fulfilling career option. It is India’s first of its kind initiative to strengthen women's ecosystem at IIT Delhi, supported and sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology.

The cohort was coached and trained by eminent mentors from various fields. Women entrepreneurs from 16 different states across India participated.

Dr Neeta Doshi bagged the bronze award for creating a machine to convert air particles to rain. The rainfall produced by catalyzing precipitation artificially will be addressing large scale farming, water shortages and water floods aimed at irrigation. Talking to AIR News, Dr Doshi said, WEE was a learning experience.


In the run up to the Independence Day celebrations, Education Ministry in partnership with MyGov is organizing an online essay writing competition for 9th to 10th class students and 11th to 12th class students across the country. During the competition, students will have to write essays on various topics under the theme Atma Nirbhar Bharat-Swatantra Bharat. Students may submit their entries on the link https://innovate.mygov.in/essay by 14th of this month.


Now news from the business world-:

After rallying 558 points during the day, the BSE Sensex ended 362 points or 0.96 per cent higher at 38,025. The broader NSE Nifty jumped 99 points or 0.89 per cent to 11,200. In the broader market at BSE, the Mid-cap closed 0.77 percent up and Small-cap gained 0.99 percent. The rupee pared initial gains and settled for the day on a flat note at 74 rupees and 94 paise against US dollar.  Gold prices rose by 225 rupees to 56,590 rupees per 10 gram in the national capital, in line with a strong rally in international price of the precious metal. Silver prices also witnessed a strong upward trend, as it jumped 1,932 rupees to 75,755 rupees per kg. And In intra-day trade, Brent crude prices were trading around 45 dollars and 10 cents per barrel while WTI crude prices were around 41 dollars and 90 cents per barrel. with Sanjio Kumar Singh for AIR news.


Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.

The National Capital Delhi will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. It will have a minimum temperature of around 26 degrees Celsius and maximum of 36 degrees.

Mumbai will experience generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature will be 24 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 29 degrees.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will hover between 27 and 35 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will witness generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be around 27 degrees celsius while the maximum will be 32 degrees.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 30 degrees Celsius. The city will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be around 18 degrees while the maximum will be 32 degrees. 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 15 and 30 degrees Celsius.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 16 and 36 degrees Celsius. It will experience mainly clear sky tomorrow.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature will be 20 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature will be 34 degrees.


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