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  • Prime Minister reiterates Government's commitment to speedy development of national security linked border areas and island states.
  • Government to provide mobile connectivity in villages located in strategic and border areas, says Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
  • Prime Minister emphasizes on better coordination between all central and state agencies to have a permanent system for forecasting of floods.
  • COVID-19 Recovery Rate improves to 69.33 per cent.
  • And, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari says, recent steps taken by government to give relief to MSMEs will accelerate economy.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the 2300 kilometre submarine  optical fibre cable network between Chennai and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Mr Modi said this project is the Union government’s commitment for Ease of living.

Saying this project will boost tourism in the Islands, Prime Minister expressed happiness over completion of the project before deadline. Mr Modi said this is Independence Day gift for the people of Andaman and Nicobar islands .

The Prime Minister said not only the Andaman people will get a big boost but also sea trade will rise exponentially. Mr Modi said, high speed net in Andaman and Nicobar islands is a big day as the people will get all the benefits of digital India. Saying connectivity is part of tourism growth, Prime minister emphasised the tourists who will travel to the Islands will also be benefitted by the digital initiative.


The Prime Minister asserted that the Government is committed to the speedy development of national security linked border areas and island states. He said that the Indian Ocean has been the center of India's trade and strategic prowess for thousands of years and that Andaman and Nicobar is an important centre for India’s Economic-Strategic Cooperation. He said all the Islands of India would be playing an important role under India’s new trade strategy for Indo-Pacific region.

Mr Modi said under the Act-East policy, the role of Andaman and Nicobar in India's strong relations with East Asian countries and other countries connected to the sea is very high and is going to increase.


Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was also present on the occasion. This cable project is running 2313 kilometre under-sea between Chennai and Portblair at the cost of 1 thousand 2 hundred 24 Crore rupees. Seven islands of Andaman and Nicobar islands other than Portblair are connected namely Swaraj Dweep, Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Great Nicobar, Long Island, and Rangat. This will boost digital services like tele-education, tele-health, e-governance services and toursim on the island.


Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad  has said, Government will provide mobile connectivity in villages located in strategic and border areas. Talking to reporters in New Delhi today, he said, Central Government has been taking measures on priority to provide connectivity in the far flung, difficult, border areas of strategic importance, so as to ensure better quality of life to the people as well as to those who are working in these areas. Mr Prasad spoke about various projects being implemented by the Department of Telecommunications to provide connectivity in remote and difficult areas. He informed that a tender for 354 uncovered villages in the strategic, remote and border areas of the country has been finalised and is under implementation in 144 villages of the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and remaining villages in the States of Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh and other priority areas of Gujarat. These villages have been strategically choosen to cover border area connectivity on mobile. Mr Prasad said, after commissioning of these villages, there will be no uncovered villages in UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh for mobile connectivity.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today launched the initiatives of a number of modernisation and up-gradation of facilities as also new infrastructure creation by Defence Public Sector Undertakings, DPSUs and Ordnance Factory Board OFB through digital link in New Delhi. It was part of the Atmanirbhar Week celebration of the Ministry of Defence.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Singh recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi's clarion call for Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan and his 5-I formula of ‘Intent, Inclusion, Investment, Infrastructure and Innovation’ will put the economy on high growth trajectory. The Minister said, Government has made timely and thoughtful interventions during Covid-19 times like issuing negative list for import, increase in FDI limits, separate budget for domestic capital procurement and emphasis on indigenisation. He said, the ban on imports of 101 items by Defence Ministry is a big step towards an Atmanirbhar Bharat. This list of negative items contains not only small items but weapon systems of high and critical technology. He said, more such items will be added to this list shortly which will save crores of rupees in imports.

The Defence Minister said, more steps will be taken towards, indigenisation, investment in defence infrastructure and expansion in defence manufacturing capability. He said, these steps will create big opportunities for the Indian defence industry. Mr Singh said, in keeping with the vision of the Prime Minister, the Department of Defence Production, DPSUs and OFB have shown great enthusiasm and commitment in ushering in a truly Atmanirbhar Bharat. He said, Defence industry has always been the forerunner of cutting-edge technologies world across and hence self-reliance in Defence is a tall task which needs whole hearted involvement of all to be fruitful. The Minister said, the defence industries have been the force behind the Armed Forces.

Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, Secretary Defence Production Raj Kumar and senior officials of OFB, DPSUs participated in the event through video conference links.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized on better coordination between all central and state agencies to have a permanent system for forecasting of floods. He also advocated for extensive use of innovative technologies for improving forecast and warning system.

Mr Modi today held a meeting with Chief Ministers of Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala through video conference to review their preparedness to deal with south-west monsoon and current flood situation in the country. He said, over the past few years, forecasting agencies like India Meteorological Department and Central Water Commission have been making concerted efforts to make better and more usable flood forecasts. They are trying to provide not only rainfall and river level forecast but also location specific forecast of inundation. Mr Modi said, there are pilot efforts underway to also use innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence to improve location specific forecast, for which States should provide necessary information to these agencies and  disseminate the warnings timely to local communities. 

The meeting was also attended by Defence Minister, Health Minister, Ministers of State in Home Affairs and senior officers of the concerned central Ministries and organizations.

During the meeting, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath apprised the Prime Minister of the flood situation in state. Our correspondent reports that Mr. Adityanath also told Prime Minister about the steps being taken by the state government for the flood control and relief and rescue work. 


"Chief Minister inform to PM Modi that despite of 10% deficit in the average rain between 1st June to 8 August, 20 districts of the state are flood affected due to surplus rains in Uttarakhand and Nepal. 4 major rivers coming from Nepal Ghaghra Rapti Sharda and gandak are flowing above the danger mark. because of the heavy water flow embankments in three districts Azamgarh, Mau and Gonda had been damaged but they are repaired now. More than five lakh seventy five thousand people in these 20 districts are affected from the flood and crop in around 38000 hectares land has been damaged. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW"


In Bihar normal life has been paralysed in flood affected areas of the state .Over 75 lakh people of 16 districts spread over 2232 Panchayats are reeling under the impact of flood. The flood situation continues to remain grim in districts of Darbhanga ,Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Sitamarhi,Gopalganj ,East Champaran and Saran districts. Flood water has entered into houses in urban areas of Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur. 24  people have lost their lives in flood related accidents in the last 24 hours. Most of the people in affected areas have been rendered homeless. Life in affected areas has been crippled as flood hit people are forced to take shelter either on the embankments,national highways or other higher places. 40 teams of NDRF and SDRF are carrying out relief and rescue operations in affected areas. About five lakh people have been evacuated so far. 27 thousand affected people have taken shelter in relief camps. In all, 1,267 community kitchens have been set up for providing food to affected people. About ten lakh people are taking food through these kitchens. The state government has provided financial assistance of rupees six thousand to each of  family of over six lakh 35 thousand families.

Bagmati, Burhi Gandak, Kosi, Ganga and Bagmati rivers are flowing above danger mark. The Met Department has forecast mild to moderate rains in catchment areas of various rivers in north Bihar as well as Nepal in the next 24 hours.


Karnataka state Government has sought a special package of 4000 crore rupees from the Central Government to compensate the losses caused by incessant rain since June. Revenue Minister R Ashoka informed this to media persons in Bengaluru today after a video conference held with the Prime Minister. Saying that the package was requested during the meeting with the Prime Minister, the Revenue minister said that a sum of 395 crore rupees has been sought as an emergency measure immediately.More from our Correspondent:-


"The Central assistance was sought to conduct a study of areas prone to landslides. Help was sought to set up an early warning mechanism to flooding in Cauvery, Krishna Rivers and in Western Ghats and also a permanent solution to flooding. The state appealed to the Prime Minister to include sea erosion counter measures in the National Cyclone Mitigation Relief Project and sanction financial assistance. The Minister R Ashoka informed that 56 taluks and 885 villages have faced the onslaught of heavy showers, 3000 houses, standing crop on 80,000 hectare, 3500 kilometers roads, 104 minor irrigation lakes and 394 buildings are adversely impacted.  Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru"


In Kerala, death toll in the landslide at Rajamala in Idukki district on Friday has risen to 49 as 6 more bodies were recovered from the site today. Rescue and search operations are ongoing in the landslide hit region. 


Hitting out at senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that those raising objections to the draft environment impact assessment, EIA notification are the same people who took big decisions without consultations when they were in power. Speaking to  media on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi today, Mr Javadekar questioned their protest against the draft saying it is not final notification. The Minister said, it was kept for public consultation for an extended period of 150 days because of COVID-19. He said, Government has received thousands of suggestions which it welcomed and will consider them. He added that then Government will take a call and come out with final draft. Mr Javadekar said, some people jumping just on the draft is not fair practice. 

Mr Gandhi yesterday had said that EIA 2020 draft is a disaster and it seeks to silence the voice of communities who will be directly impacted by the environmental degradation it unleashes. The Congress leader also called for its withdrawal, saying it will lead to further environmental destruction.


In Rajasthan, Senior leader of Congress and rebel MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma has returned to Jaipur this evening and met Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Interacting to the media after the meeting , he said that he is with the party and government . He also claimed that other rebel MLAs of the party will also  return to the party forum soon. Mr. Sharma was among 19 rebel MLAs led by former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot. 


India's COVID 19 cases crossed the 22-lakh mark today, with 62,064 new cases. Health Ministry said, the death toll climbed to 44 thousand 386 with 1,007 more deaths.

The recoveries surged to 15 lakh 35 thousand 743 with a record 54 thousand 859 more people recuperating in the past 24 hours. This has taken the recovery rate to 69.33 per cent.

The case fatality rate has dropped to about 2 per cent. The total number of affected people has reached 22 lakh 15 thousand 74, including 44,386 deaths. There are 6 lakh 34 thousand 945 active cases of the coronavirus disease.


A total of 707 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 46 thousand 134. Delhi Government has confirmed that over one lakh 31 thousand people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, one thousand 70 people recovered and 20 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to four thousand 131.  Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the national capital is ten thousand 346.


Kerala continues to report a surge in Covid-19 cases as 1184  people tested positive for the infection today. Among the new cases  956 people got the disease  through local transmission.

Meanwhile the State also confirmed 7 more deaths due to Covid today, taking the death toll to 115. 784 recoveries were also reported today in the State. Presently 12737 people are under treatment for Covid in Kerala.


Beneficiaries of National Food Security Scheme who test positive for Covid-19 will also be able to get treatment in private hospitals in Rajasthan. The Health Minister Dr. Raghu Sharma said that the state government will reimburse the amount spent for such people in private hospitals. He said that 1300 new ventilators have been purchased to provide better treatment facilities for Corona patients. More from our correspondent:-

"The Chief Secretary will hold a meeting with the Management of private hospitals to ensure better treatment of COVID patients in private hospitals of the state. Under the Vande Bharat Abhiyan, more than 26 thousand migrants have returned back to the state so far, out of which 19 thousand have been quarantined. The state government is constantly trying to increase the testing capacity and more than 17 lakh samples have been tested in the state. Meanwhile, 598 people have been tested positive for Corona this morning, out of which 111 persons are from Alwar district. -  JItendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur"


Mumbai's civic body has started the second phase of sero-surveillance study to assess the spread of COVID-19. A serological survey involves testing of blood serum of individuals to check for the prevalence of antibodies against an infection. The first phase of the survey, conducted last month had revealed a high proportion of asymptomatic COVID-19 infections in the city. More from our correspondent:-


"Likely to be conducted over the next 12 days, the survey will cover three wards including Dadar, Matunga, Dharavi, Deonar, Govandi and Dahisar areas. Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani said the survey will throw light on prevalence of herd immunity and development of antibodies among the community members. The survey has been jointly commissioned by the NITI Aayog, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Meanwhile, the pandemic has forced the state government to expedite setting up a boat ambulance service between Gateway of India in south Mumbai to Mandwa in Raigad district. The service is likely to cut the travelling time between the two districts to thirty minutes as compared to three and a half hours by road. NISHA RANEY, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI"


Covid-19 count in Tamil Nadu has crossed the three lakh mark today with 5914 people tested positive today. However, the number of people who recovered has also risen to two lakh forty four thousand.

Meanwhile, two newly announced relaxations come into effect from oday in the state. A report:-

"Standalone gyms in Tamil Nadu began welcoming the fitness enthusiasts. They have been allowed to open from today by the state government on conditions that those above 50-years of age should not be allowed and all safety protocols should be followed. Similarly, small temples, mosques and churches and other places of worship situated within Corporation limits were also allowed to reopen for the devotees. They are already functional outside the city limits. However, the annual income ceiling of ten thousand rupees would disqualify many of them to allow public access. Meanwhile, the state run express transport corporation has said in a statement, its buses that are kept idle can be booked on contract by people or firms to bring guests to their family functions or to transport their staff to the offices. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


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


Dr. Sanjay Pandey of Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital, Delhi spoke about the use of mask saying it is important to wear them while stepping out of home.


Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSME, Nitin Gadkari has said that the recent steps taken by the government to give relief to MSMEs will accelerate the wheel of economy. He said, changing the definition of MSMEs, Scheme of Fund of Funds, Champions portal, extended credits to MSMEs will certainly accelerate the economy which had slowed down due to lockdown in the wake of Pandemic. Addressing a Virtual MSME Conclave organized by FICCI, Mr Gadkari said, loans of about one lakh 20 thousand crore rupees have been disbursed to MSMEs out of three lakh crore rupees announced in the relief package. He said that instructions have been given to all Ministries, Departments and PSUs to clear pending bills of MSMEs within 45 days. The Minister also urged all Chief Ministers to issue directions for clearing MSME dues by their State and Union Territories on priority.


Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda has said that the NDA Government has taken various initiatives to boost fertilizer sector. He said, with a view to disseminating knowledge on optimum usage of fertilizer nutrients to sustain the agriculture productivity, Department of Fertilizers and Department of Agriculture Cooperation have jointly organized Fertilizer Application Awareness Programme for farmers. He said, to encourage research and innovation in fertilizer and fertilizer technology, Central public sector enterprises have formed a separate think tank body called Indian Council for Fertilizers and Fertilizer Technology Research.


Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the National Infrastructure Pipeline, NIP, Online Dashboard in New Delhi today through video conferencing. The online dashboard is envisaged as a one stop solution for all stakeholders looking for information on infrastructure projects in New India. The dashboard is being hosted on the India Investment Grid, IIG www.indiainvestmentgrid.gov.in. IIG is an interactive and dynamic online platform that showcases d and real-time investment opportunities in the country.  Speaking at the event, Ms Sitharaman said, NIP will provide a boost to the vision of an Aatma Nirbhar Bharat.


Union Minister for Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar today released document on Best Practices and launched a portal on Human Elephant Conflict on the eve of World Elephant Day, 2020.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Javadekar said, efforts are in full swing to provide food and water to the animals in the forests itself to deal with the growing human-animal conflict cases. He said, India is committed to the cause of saving elephants and other animals and is working towards robust, practical and cost effective solutions to end the human animal conflict.  The Minister also stressed on the need of capacity building and training of forest staff. He said, Government has taken initiative of fodder and water augmentation in forest areas so that animals will get food and water in forest area and will not come outside. He added that LiDAR technology is being used for it.


In Sri Lanka, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe has decided to step down as leader of United National Party (UNP) following the party’s poor performance at the parliamentary elections held last week. UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that the decision was taken during the meeting of party’s working committee today.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today (10.08.2020) will bring you a Special discussion Programme on Covid-19 .

Dr. Rajinder K Dhamija, Head of Neurology Department, Lady Hardinge Medical College will participate in the discussion.

Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767.  You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444  and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair. This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM onwards.


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

The National Capital Delhi will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. It will have a minimum temperature of around 26 degrees Celsius and maximum of 34 degrees.

Mumbai will experience generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature will be 27 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 31 degrees.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between 25 and 31 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will witness partly 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 34 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 33 degrees. The city will have thunderstorm with rain.

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

Ladakh will have partly cloudy sky.The temperature will hover between 16 and 32 degrees Celsius.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 20 and 34 degrees Celsius. It will experience partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. The minimum temperature will be 20 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be 35 degrees. 


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