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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Chief Ministers of 10 worst Corona affected States; Stresses need for more testing and tracing to contain the pandemic.
  • Government opens 91 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in Jammu and Kashmir and three in Ladakh region this year.
  • Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launches ICAR's data recovery centre - Krishi Megh.
  • Supreme Court gives equal inheritance right to daughters from 1956.
  • CBDT unearths money laundering worth over 1000 crore rupees involving Chinese nationals.
  • Janmashtami, birth of Lord Krishna, being celebrated today in different parts of the country.
  • Indian-origin senator Kamala Harris named US Vice Presidential candidate for Democratic party.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has interacted with Chief Ministers of 10 worst Corona affected States through video conferencing yesterday to review the situation. This was the seventh such interaction with Chief Ministers on the coronavirus crisis. The Prime Minister said, our experience so far is that containment, contact tracing and surveillance are the most effective weapons against COVID-19. Mr Modi said there is an urgent need to ramp up testing in Bihar, Gujarat, UP, West Bengal, and Telangana.

टेस्टिंग की संख्या बढ़कर हर दिन 7 लाख तक पहुँच चुकी है, और लगातार बढ़ भी रही है। इससे संक्रमण को पहचानने और रोकने में जो मदद मिल रही है, आज हम उसके परिणाम देख रहे हैं। हमारे यहाँ average fatality rate पहले भी दुनिया के मुक़ाबले काफी कम था, संतोष की बात है कि ये लगातार और कम हो रहा है! Active cases का प्रतिशत कम हुआ है, recovery rate लगातार बढ़ता जा रहा है, सुधरता जा रहा है, तो इसका अर्थ यह है कि हमारे प्रयास कारगर सिद्ध हो रहे हैं!

The Prime Minister said that India will win against Coronavirus if 10 states defeat it. Mr Modi said, these 10 states account for over 80 per cent of the active COVID-19 cases in the country.

इन दस राज्‍यों एक साथ बैठकर हम समीक्षा करें, चर्चा करें! और उनकी जो best practices है उन्‍होंने किस-किस प्रकार नए initiatives लिए हैं। वह सबके ध्‍यान में आये क्‍योंकि हर कोई अपने-अपने तरीके से प्रयास कर ही रहा है और आज की इस चर्चा से हमें एक दूसरे के अनुभवों से काफी कुछ सीखने को समझने को मिला भी है! कहीं न कहीं ये एक भाव आज निकलकर आया है कि अगर हम मिलकर अपने इन दस राज्यों में कोरोना को हरा देते हैं, तो देश भी जीत जाएगा!

Mr Modi said, we need to follow a new mantra - all those who have come in contact with an infected person should be traced and tested within 72 hours. He said, experts now say if we identify COVID-19 cases within 72 hours of onset, then infection slows down to great extent.


The Health Ministry has said that successful implementation of containment strategy, aggressive testing coupled with standardized clinical management of critical patients has resulted in an increase of COVID-19 recovery rate. It is nearly 70 per cent across the country, while the case fatality rate has fallen below 2 per cent. The Ministry said, with more patients recuperating and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation, the total recoveries have jumped to 15,83,489. 47,746 patients were discharged in a span of 24 hours.

The national recovery rate has risen to 69.80 per cent. Focus on improved and effective clinical treatment in hospitals, use of non-invasive, improved and coordinated services of the ambulances for ferrying patients for prompt and timely treatment have resulted in seamless efficient patient management of COVID-19 patients. As a result, the case fatality rate, which has been low as compared to the global average, has fallen below 2 per cent and currently stands at 1.99 per cent.


An expert committee under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul will meet today to consider the logistics and ethical aspects of procuring and administering the COVID-19 vaccine. The Health Ministry said, The Committee on vaccine administration will engage with all the stakeholders including state governments and vaccine manufacturers. Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, the committee would chalk out strategies on the aspects of prioritisation of the vaccine administration once it is developed, rollout and cold chain logistics and training of the people who would be administering it.

ICMR had said that the phase-1 human clinical trials of the two COVID-19 vaccine candidates, developed indigenously by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research and Zydus Cadila Limited, have been completed and the trials have moved to phase 2. The Serum Institute of India, Pune has also been permitted for conducting Phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials of the Oxford University-developed COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the country.


Israel has given state-of-the-art artificial intelligence-based technologies and high-end equipment to AIIMS, Delhi as part of Israel-India cooperation to fight ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Israeli Ambassador to India Dr Ron Malka formally handed over the high-end equipment and technology solutions to Director of AIIMS, Dr Randeep Guleria in the presence of Chief Guest Sanjay Bhattacharya, Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs yesterday.


The Government has released six thousand 195 crore rupees to 14 states as the fifth equated monthly instalment of the Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant as recommended by the 15th Finance Commission. In a tweet, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, this will provide them additional resources during the Corona crisis.


Bihar has recorded its highest ever single day cases of Corona with 4,071 people testing positive during the past 24 hours. With this positive cases mounted 86 thousand  812. Number of casualities due to Covid became 465 with reporting of 15 more deaths. 57 thousand 39 patients have been recovered  from the virus infection. Recovery rate in Bihar stands at 66 percent.

83 thousand 314 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. Altogether 11 lakh 80 thousand samples have been tested for Covid-19 in Bihar so far. Meanwhile Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has requested the centre to provide more equipment to enable Bihar to achieve the target of testing one lakh people per day along with increasing the number of tests through the RT -PCR method.


In Gujarat, 1140 Covid19 patients recovered during the past 24 hours. The recovery rate in the state has gone up to 77.03 percent. State government is constantly raising its daily test capacity.

"Gujarat Government is constantly increasing its daily test capacity with the help of 59 government and private labs. Maximum 41647 tests were carried out in a single day yesterday. With this, more than 10 lakh 58 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date. Meanwhile, 1118 new patients of Covid-19 recorded in the state yesterday. The maximum 177 new cases reported from Surat, while Ahmedabad city recorded 139 new cases. Total cases of Covid-19 in the state have gone up to 73238. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has added 12 new areas in the Micro Containment Zone. Door to door surveillance and mass screening will be launched in the new areas from today. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


In Madhya Pradesh, the number of coronavirus cases in the state rose to 40 thousand 734 after 843 more people tested positive for the infection in the past 24 hours. The death toll due to the pandemic reached 1 thousand 33 with 18 patients succumbing yesterday.

"The highest 176 new cases were reported from Indore, followed by 100 in Bhopal and 89 in Gwalior. The State Home Minister Narottam Mishra informed that 922 coronavirus patients were discharged.

The corona testing capacity is being increased continuously for quick identification of patients and their treatment in the state. Overall, 9 lakh 31 thousand tests have been conducted so far in the state. During the review meeting of the situation of Covid-19 and arrangements in the state through video conference. The Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has instructed that arrangement of treatment for patients with minor symptoms should be made at home. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


Tamil Nadu Government has allowed all schools in the state to admit students for the current academic year from coming Monday. A government statement issued in Chennai said that safety protocols should be followed during the admission process.  "Schools in Tamil Nadu have been allowed to admit students for the 1st, 6th and 9th standards for the ongoing academic year from Monday. Migration of students from one school to another is also permitted for all the classes. However, the admission for the eleventh standard would be held from the 24th of this month, as the Tenth results have just been announced the day before yesterday and the students are yet to receive their mark statements. Meanwhile, the state matriculation schools directorate is taking measures for parents of lower economic strata to apply online for the admission of their wards in private schools under the Right to Education Act, 2009. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


In Karnataka the total number of Covid -19 recovered patients has crossed one lakh mark yesterday. As per the State Health Bulletin 6,257 new covid patients were confirmed yesterday and the total number of patients have gone up to 1,88,611. The State recovery rate continues to improve and stands at 55.99 percent.

"Among the new cases Bengaluru city reported 1610 cases, ballari 736, Belagavi 575 and Dharwad 276. 79,606 active cases are taking treatment in  various hospital in the State. There were 86 covid deaths reported yesterday. The mortality rate of the State is 1.80 percent. In a single day yesterday 43,924 covid tests were conducted across the State in 100 labs and the total test have gone up to 17,72,991. Meanwhile the Karnataka health department announced a revised discharge policy for the Covid - 19 patients. Accordingly asymptomatic, mild and moderate patients should go for 7 days home  isolation instead of 14 days after discharge. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU."


Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has launched ICAR's data recovery centre - Krishi Megh. The move is aimed at protecting  the precious data of the government's premier research body Indian Council of Agricultural Research. It has been set up at National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) in Hyderabad. Currently, the main data centre of the ICAR is at the Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute (IASRI) in the national capital. Krishi Megh has been set up under the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP), funded by both the government and World Bank. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Tomar said NAARM, Hyderabad has been chosen as it lies in a different seismic zone with regard to the Data Centre at ICAR-IASRI in New Delhi.


The Government has opened 91 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in Jammu and Kashmir and three in Ladakh region between January and July this year. Chemical and Fertilizer Ministry said, Bureau of Pharma PSUs of  India (BPPI) opened these Jan Aushadhi Kendras with an aim of making available quality generic medicines at an affordable price to the residents of these regions. The total sales in last one year has crossed four crore 39 lakh rupees in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh which led to total savings of 31 crore rupees for residents of this area. The Ministry said, Government of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have proposed to open 73 new Jan Aushadhi Kendras for which locations have already been identified. BPPI have supplied over one crore 56 lakh sanitary pads to Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The National Health Mission has been distributing these pads free of cost to young girls and women as a part of Rashtriya Kishore Swasthya Karyakram.


In a landmark judgment, Supreme Court has ruled that daughters will have inheritance rights equal to those of sons from properties of fathers and grandfathers right from the codification of the law in 1956. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, S Abdul Nazeer and MR Shah cleared the confusion arising from the apex court’s conflicting interpretations of the amended Section 6 of Hindu Succession Act, which came into force from September 9, 2005. The bench said whether the father is alive or not, daughters born before September 9, 2005, too can claim equal right in inheritance. The apex court said, daughters cannot be deprived of their right to equality conferred by Section 6 of the Act. The apex court was answering a reference based on conflicting decisions given by past verdicts of the top court. Although the amendment was applicable to Hindu daughters as coparceners who died after coming of the act, there was no clarity on whether it will have retrospective effect.


In Jammu and Kashmir, one terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district today. The encounter broke out after Security forces launched a search operation in an orchard in Kamrazipora village early this morning on receiving information about the presence of terrorists there. The identity of the slain terrorist is being ascertained. One Security personnel was also killed in the gunbattle. We spoke to DGP Dilbagh Singh about the encounter:


Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has unearthed money-laundering worth over 1,000 crore rupees involving Chinese and Indian nationals. The Income Tax Department has conducted search on premises of Chinese entities, their close confederates and couple of bank employees. CBDT said, based on the credible information that few Chinese individuals and their Indian associates were involved in money laundering and hawala transactions through series of shell entities, a search action was mounted. Search action revealed that at the behest of Chinese individuals, more than 40 bank accounts were created in various dummy entities, entering into credits of more than one thousand crore rupees over the period. A subsidiary of Chinese company and its related concerns have taken over 100 crore rupees bogus advances from shell entities for opening businesses of retail showrooms in India.


Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has virtually launched the Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations, 2020 in New Delhi. Addressing the participants, Mr Pokhriyal highlighted about unique architectural beauty of India, its monuments and temples. He said that Council of Architecture should draw inspiration from the present and past treasures of Architecture and bring a paradigm shift in the field of Architecture to make India a world leader again. The Minister said, the architecture of India is rooted in its history, culture and religion.


The Education Minister addressed a Webinar on Gandhian Thought and Philosophy organised by Jamia Millia Islamia in association with the University of Oxford yesterday. It was the first lecture in the Webinar series on Gandhian Thought and Philosophy.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Pokhriyal said, Gandhiji's thoughts guide people on many aspects like truth, peace, non-violence, sustainable development, environment protection and value-based education.


In the run up to the 74th Independence Day celebrations, we bring you today a special story about the initiatives in Defence sector.

In the last six years Government has taken many important decisions on Defence. Ending a four decade long wait of veterans, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government announced the 'One Rank One Pension' scheme for ex-servicemen. Government's guideline that women should be considered for command roles and that all women officers are entitled to permanent commission is a major boost to empower women.

In a major boost to the armed forces, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) yesterday approved the procurement of defence equipment for an approximate cost of  over 8 thousand 7 hundred 22 crore rupees, including 106 basic trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). The step will strengthen the armed forces by relying on indigenous capability to take forward the initiative on Atmanirbhar Bharat.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s recent announcement of a negative import list of 101 defence items as a major step towards self-reliant India is in line with this thinking of making the country self reliant in defence production.

 Speaking to AIR News, Director of Society for Policy Studies, Commodore Uday Bhaskar said, the recent announcement by Ministry of Defence regarding the new policy about enforcing an embargo on 101 inventory is a significant policy decision.

Government is giving emphasis on positioning India among the top countries of the world in Defence and Aerospace sectors, from design to production, with the active participation of public and private sector fulfilling the twin objectives of self-reliance and exports.


Tribal Affairs Ministry is developing “Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museums dedicated to the contributions of the tribal people in India to the freedom struggle. Out of nine sanctioned museums, two museums are near completion and remaining seven are at different stages of progress. The Ministry said that by the end of 2022 all the museums will come into existence.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced setting up of these tribal freedom fighters’ museums during his Independence Day Speech on 15th August 2016.


In view of the covid-19 pandemic, Odisha government has decided to keep the upcoming Independence Day celebrations a low-key affair across the state. In its guidelines issued to the district Collectors and Superintendents of Police, the government has asked them to restrict the number of guests to a bare 50 to 75 including 15 to 20 healthcare professionals.


The festival of Janmashtami, which marks the birth of Lord Krishna, is being celebrated in different parts of the country today.

In Uttar Pradesh, Janmashtami is being celebrated with all the rituals at Mathura, birthplace of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan. The devotees will not be allowed entry to the temples due to Corona Virus. However, arrangements have been made to live stream the puja for devotees.

"Rymes and slogans on the birth of lord krishnana are reverberating entire Mathura city and adjoining areas. Although devotees from outside of Mathura will not be allowed to enter the city and devotees from various countries are also not here on the auspicious day due to Corona pandemic, but that could not deter people of Mathura to celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna in a grand manner. At Krishna Janmbhoomi Mangla Arti was performed in the early morning at Bhagwat Bhawan temple and Thakurji was dressed in new clothes. Secretary of the Shrikrishna Janm sewa sansthan Kapil Sharma told AIR that all rituals will be performed in traditional way and special decoration is being done at Bhagwat Bhawan. All temples in Mathura, Vrindavan, Gokul, Nandgram, Govardhan and Barsana are adorned with flowers and beautiful lightings. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR News, Lucknow."

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have greeted people on the occasion.


The festival to mark the birth of Lord Sri Krishna Janmashtami is also being celebrated in Bangladesh. The festival is somewhat muted this year due to the outbreak of Corona pandemic in the country. All the religious rituals and programs are being held inside the temples with health guidelines in place.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the Hindu community on the occasion of the Janmashtami fest.


In the United States, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has named Indian-origin senator Kamala Harris as his Vice-Presidential running mate. Joe Biden made history by selecting the first black woman to compete on a major party's presidential ticket.

Kamala Harris is currently the US Senator from California. Former US President Barack Obama has often described her as a trailblazer. 

If elected, Kamala Harris would be the first ever woman to be the vice president of the United States and the first ever Indian-American and African vice president of the country.

Daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, Harris has known many firsts. She has been a county district attorney; the district attorney for San Francisco  - the first woman and first African-American and Indian-origin to be elected to the position.

She was also the first female African-American and Indian-origin to become California's attorney general. Harris became the first Indian-origin and second African-American woman to join the Senate, winning the California seat vacated by Senator Barbara Boxer.

Leading Indian-American groups across the US have lauded the selection of Kamala Harris as the Vice Presidential candidate, saying it was a moment of pride and celebration for the entire community in America.


India Meteorological Department has said that heavy rainfall is likely to hit isolated places of coastal Maharashtra, including Mumbai, till 15th August. Deputy director general of IMD Mumbai, KS Hosalikar said that coastal areas as well as ghat sections of Maharashtra have shown dense cloud formation and many areas are expected to receive medium to heavy rainfall over the next two days. While Mumbai is expected to receive light to moderate showers, neighbouring districts of Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Ratnagiri may witness heavy rains at isolated places. A similar forecast has been issued for Pune, Kolhapur and Satara districts as well. However, districts in North Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha may receive light to moderate rainfall in the same period.


Take a look at today's weather .

The National Capital Delhi may witness generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature was recorded at 27 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Mumbai will experience a generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature will be around 30 degrees.

Chennai will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will hover between 26 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was 27 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature in Jammu was 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees Celsius. The city may have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 17 degrees while the maximum will be around 34 degrees Celsius. The city will have a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 18 and 36 degrees Celsius. It will experience a partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Muzzafarabad, partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm is expected today. The minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius. The city may have a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers.



  • A significant judgement of the Supreme Court expanding rights for daughters in Hindu Undivided Family Property finds top coverage in most newspapers. "Daughters have equal right to father's property as sons, rules SC" highlights the Asian Age.

  • Reporting on the country's battle against Covid-19, the Tribune reports "PM asks 10 worst-hit states to buck up, push for more testing".

  • The Hindu reports "Covid deaths drop to single digit in Delhi".

  • Russia becoming the first country to approve a Corona virus vaccine also gets wide coverage. The Times of India writes " Named sputnik five, Putin unveils 1st vaccine, experts wary" with some warning that moving too quickly on a vaccine could be dangerous.

  • The Hindustan Times reports "4G to return in J&K after August 15 on trial basis - Centre tells SC". Relaxations in one district each of Jammu, Kashmir at a time, adds the paper.

  • "People's poet Rahat Indori passes away" writes the Hindu as the eminent Urdu poet succumbed to Covid-19 related complications yesterday.

  • And finally, the Indian Express writes "To reward honest taxpayers, PM plans new 'transparent' scheme". According to the daily's sources, the program could be announced to the public on August 15th.


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