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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to interact with Chief Ministers of 15 remaining States and Union Territories to further discuss COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays homage to martyred soldiers in Galwan Valley and says, loss of soldiers is deeply disturbing and painful.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls for an All-Party Meeting on Friday to discuss the situation in the India- China border areas. 

  • COVID-19 National recovery rate reaches 52.79 per cent;  Recovery rate in five states and UTs is above 72 per cent.

  • Prime Minister to address nation on 21st June on occasion of International Day of Yoga. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with Chief Ministers of 15 States and Union Territories through video conferencing on the second day today. The Prime Minister will discuss with them the emerging situation following the first phase of nationwide Unlock and the plan ahead for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

The States and Union Territories include Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Telangana and Odisha.

On the first day yesterday, the Prime Minister interacted with 21 States and Union Territories through video conferencing.

During his interaction, the Prime Minister observed that timely decisions taken to combat the pandemic have been effective in containing its spread in the country. He said, its approach of early preparedness helped the country to chalk out measures to save many lives. Mr Modi said, when India's fight against COVID-19 will be analysed in the future, the time will be remembered for how the Centre and States worked together to fight the pandemic. The Prime Minister said, they have presented an example of cooperative federalism to the world.

जब कभी भारत की कोरोना के खिलाफ लड़ाई का अध्ययन होगा, तो ये दौर इसलिए भी याद किया जाएगा कि कैसे इस दौरान हमने साथ मिलकर के काम किया, कॉ-ऑपरेटिव फेडरलिज् का सर्वोत्तम उदाहरण प्रस्तुत किया। कोरोना दुनिया के अनेक देशों में चर्चा का विषय भी नहीं बना था, तब भारत ने इससे निपटने के लिए तैयारियां शुरू कर दी थीं, फैसले लेने शुरू कर दिए थे। हमने एक-एक भारतीय की जिंदगी को बचाने के लिए दिन-रात मेहनत की। 

Mr Modi said even a single loss of life due to coronavirus is saddening and the nation should not lower its guard even during the unlock. He urged every citizen to strictly follow all necessary precautions including wearing masks, maintaining Do Gaz ki Doori and washing hands regularly with soap.  He said health experts the worldover are praising the discipline shown by Indians, adding that the recovery rate in the country is now over 50 percent. He also noted that India is amongst the nations with the least number of deaths due to coronavirus.

दुनिया के बड़े-बड़े एक्सपर्ट्स, हेल्थ के जानकार, लॉकडाउन और भारत के लोगों द्वारा दिखाए गए अनुशासन की आज भारी चर्चा हो रही है। आज भारत में रिकवरी रेट 50 प्रतिशत से ऊपर चला गया है। आज भारत दुनिया के उन देशों में अग्रणी है जहां कोरोना संक्रमित मरीज़ों का जीवन बच रहा है।

The Chief Ministers thanked the Prime Minister for his leadership during such a challenging time and uniting the country in the collective fight against the virus.


The Union Government today said that the recovery rate has reached to 52.79 per cent in the country and a total of one lakh 86 thousand 935 people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. During the last 24 hours, six thousand 922 people recovered from this virus. Presently, the total number of active Corona cases in the country is one lakh 55 thousand 227.

Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that a total of 10 thousand 974 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to three lakh 54 thousand 65.

India registered the highest death toll since the outbreak of Corona virus in the country. In one day, a total of two thousand and three deaths were reported taking the nationwide toll to 11 thousand 903. With this, the case fatality rate reached to 3.36 per cent.

Meanwhile, Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that a total of one lakh 63 thousand 187 tests of Corona virus samples were conducted by the various laboratories in the country within 24 hours. This is the highest number of tests conducted by the laboratories in a single day. So far, 60 lakh 84 thousand 256 tests have been conducted.

ICMR is continuously scaling up its testing facilities for COVID-19 by giving approval to government and private laboratories. As of now, total 924 laboratories across India have been given approval to conduct the test for COVID-19 including 674 government laboratories and 250 private laboratories' chains.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data reveals that more than 69 per cent COVID-19 cases are from the five States and Union Territories - Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. In terms of recovery rate, top five States and Union Territories are Chandigarh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab wherein the recovery rate is above 72 per cent. There are 17 States and Union Territories in India, wherein the recovery rate is above the national average of cured patients.


Delhi Government said that a total of one thousand 859 new confirmed cases of Corona virus were reported in Delhi during the last twenty four hours taking the total number of cases to 44 thousand 688.

Delhi Government has confirmed that 16 thousand 500 people affected with Corona virus have cured so far and the recovery rate is 36.92 per cent in the city. In the last 24 hours, 73 patients recovered and 93 deaths have been registered in the National Capital taking the toll to one thousand 837.


In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19.

Dr S Rajeshwari from Department of Anesthesiology, AIIMS has advised the people to stay at homes and maintain hand hygiene.

Dr Purva Mathur, Professor Lab Medicine, AIIMS has said that social distancing is very important to check the spread of virus.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid homage to the martyred soldiers in Galwan Valley and said, the loss of soldiers is deeply disturbing and painful. He said, the soldiers displayed exemplary courage and valour in the line of duty and sacrificed their lives in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.

In a tweet, Mr. Singh said, the nation will never forget their bravery and sacrifice. He said, his heart goes out to the families of the fallen soldiers. Defence Minister said, the nation stands shoulder to shoulder with them in this difficult hour and the Nation is proud of the bravery and courage of the breavehearts.


The Indian Army in a statement, said, Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had earlier clashed on Monday night. Seventeen Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the stand off location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries. Earlier, during the de-escalation process, one officer and two soldiers were martyred, taking the total that were killed in action to 20.  The Army said that it is firmly committed to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation. Defence minister Rajnath Singh briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for an All-Party Meeting on Friday. Our correspondent reports, Presidents of various political parties would take part in the virtual meeting. Prime Minister would discuss the situation in the India- China border areas with top leaders of the country.


The meeting assumes significance in the wake of recent violent clashes in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh.


In response to media queries on the situation in the western sector of the India-China border, the MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, given its responsible approach to border management, India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the LAC. He said, India expected the same of the Chinese side.

The spokesperson said, India and China have been discussing through military and diplomatic channels the de-escalation of the situation in the border area in Eastern Ladakh. Senior Commanders had a productive meeting on the 6th of this month and agreed on a process for such de-escalation. Subsequently, ground commanders had a series of meetings to implement the consensus reached at a higher level.

He said, while it was New Delhi's expectation that this would unfold smoothly, the Chinese side departed from the consensus to respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley.

The spokesperson added that New Delhi remains firmly convinced of the need for the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas and the resolution of differences through dialogue. At the same time, New Delhi is also strongly committed to ensuring India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.


Speaking exclusively to AIR News, Defence Analyst, Commodore Uday Bhaskar underlined the strategic importance of Galwan Valley.

Strategically very important for India, mainly because of the connectivity that it provides, particularly to the Daulat beg oldy airstrip. Now this is the world's highest landing ground and it is reasonably close to the Line of Actual Control. So if you look at the map you will get an idea about strategic significance of the Galwan valley in relation, both to the  Line of Actual Control and the road that India is currently building between darbuk to DBO or the Daulat Beg Oldy. This could reduce the transit time in a very significant man and it would also give India a certain advantage in that particular area. The fact that China is now laying so much emphasis on this area is to prevent India from consolidating its infrastructure and being able to access DBO in a swift manner.


According to agency reports, the Chinese side suffered over 40 casualties including the dead and seriously injured in the face-off in the Galwan valley on Monday night. United States Intelligence Reports also suggest that, the Chinese Army suffered heavy casualties during the violent clash with the Indian military in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley. The report further added that this figure could be a combination of total number of soldiers killed and seriously wounded on the Chinese side.

The Indian Army yesterday said, 20 Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed on Monday night in the biggest ever military confrontation between the two armies in over five decades.


The mortal remains of Colonel Santhosh Babu, who laid down his life for the country in the standoff with China troops line of duty at Galwan Valley in Ladakh, will be brought to his home state by this evening. Army officials and State authorities informed that all arrangements are being made for the funeral of Col Santhosh Babu at Suryapet town in Telangana. 

Earlier, Cyberabad Police Commissioner Sajjanar and Army officials received Ms Santoshi, wife of slain Colonel who arrived from Delhi, at Samshabad airport this morning.


The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over reports of violence at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China. He urged both sides to exercise maximum restraint. UN spokesperson for the Secretary-General, made the comments at the daily press briefing.

Meanwhile, the United States has said that it is closely monitoring the situation between Indian and Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control. The State Department spokesperson said, the US was hoping for a peaceful resolution and also offered the condolences to the bereaved families of the martyred soldiers.


Election Commission has decided to address the challenge of false affidavits filed by some candidates along with their nominations to ensure free, fair and ethical elections in the country. The Commission will take cognizance of such complaints and refer these to the relevant investigating authorities on a case-to-case basis.

Commission has been receiving complaints regarding furnishing of false information in the affidavits by some candidates. This matter was discussed yesterday in Election Commission’s meeting. The Commission observed that furnishing of false information adversely affects the rights of voters as well as impinges on the purity of electoral process.

As per the extant provision, individuals are filing such complaints in the competent court under section 125A of the Representation of People Act, 1951.


The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will elect five new non-permanent members to the council today. France took over the Presidency of the powerful 15-member Security Council for the month of June. The United Nations General Assembly last month adopted a decision to hold the Security Council Elections under new voting arrangements taking into account restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

India is a candidate for a non-permanent seat from the Asia-Pacific category for the 2021-22 term. Its victory is given since it is the sole candidate vying for the lone seat from the grouping. New Delhi's candidature was unanimously endorsed by the 55-member Asia-Pacific grouping, including China and Pakistan, in June last year.

Each year the General Assembly elects five non-permanent members out of ten in total, for a two-year term.

The 10 non-permanent seats are distributed on a regional basis. This year, Canada, Ireland and Norway are vying for two seats in the Western Europe and Other countries category, Mexico is the only candidate for the one Latin America and Caribbean seat while Kenya and Djibouti will contest the seat available for the African group. Beginning in January 2021, the new members will serve a two-year term on the UNSC.


The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has said that more than one lakh confirmed cases of Corona virus have been reported worldwide each day over the past two weeks while it took more than two months for the first one lakh cases to be reported. He said that almost 75 per cent of recent cases have been reported from 10 countries, mostly in America and South Asia.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on 21st June of this month on the occasion of International Day of Yoga. This will be live telecast at 6.30 A.M. on Doordarshan and other digital platforms. After the Prime Minister’s address, team of Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga will perform a live demonstration of Common Yoga Protocol from 7 A.M. to 7.45 A.M. Discussion with the Yoga expert will be telecast from 7.45 A.M. to 8 A.M.

Ministry of AYUSH is promoting the theme 'Yoga at Home, Yoga with Family' through its International Day of Yoga’s activities. Every year, 21st of June is being celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Yoga.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic this year, the main focus is on the people performing Yoga at their respective homes with their families. In the current pandemic situation, Yoga is beneficial as it practice leads to both physical and mental wellbeing of the people which increases the individual’s immunity and ability to fight with the disease.

Prasar Bharati has initiated the daily telecast of the Common Yoga Protocol on DD Bharati from 08.00 A.M. to 08.30 A.M. from 11th of June. This programme is also available on the AYUSH Ministry’s social media platforms. A video blogging contest -My Life, My Yoga- with attractive prizes is also being organized in which the people are being encouraged to post their short video clips performing different Yogasanas.

Speaking exclusively to AIR News, Director of Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga Dr. Ishwar Basava Reddy stressed on the importance of Yoga to maintain a stress-free life amidst the testing times due to the global pandemic.


The News Services Division of All India Radio, in its bilingual live phone-in programme today, will bring you a Special Discussion Programme on COVID-19. Dr. Manoj Nesari, Advisor (Ayurveda), Ministry of Ayush will participate in the discussion. Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767). One can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 (Repeat 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 P.M. onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can also follow us on the NEWSONAIR app for s.


The Union Government has denied issuing an advisory related to postponing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET for undergraduates. Press Information Bureau today said, there is no such advisory on postponing the test. It asked the students to check the information only from authentic sources. Last month, Union Human Resource and Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank informed that the NEET exam will be held on 26th July, 2020.


The Sports Ministry is all set to establish Khelo India State Centres of Excellence under the Khelo India Scheme. One such centre will be identified in each State and Union Territory with an aim to create a robust sporting ecosystem in the entire country. In the first leg, the Ministry has identified state-owned sports facilities in eight states including Karnataka, Odisha, Kerala, Telengana, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland which will be upgraded into Khelo India State Centre of Excellence.

Youth Affairs and Sports Minster Kiren Rijiju said, these centres are being established to strengthen India’s pursuit for excellence in Olympics. He said, the effort is to scale up the best sporting facilities available in each state into academies of world-class standard. They will be responsible for all aspects of management of the centre including, boarding, lodging and maintenance, while funds for expert coaches, supporting staff, equipments, infrastructure will be extended through the Khelo India Scheme.


As part of Vande Bharat Mission, nearly 1,500 Indian nationals will arrive Kochi in Kerala today.

Seven flights are scheduled to arrive today in Kochi under the Mission. Flight from Jeddah carrying stranded Indian nationals arrived in Kochi, a short while ago. After the medical screening, these passengers are being shifted to the  quarantine centres. Six more flights will be  arriving today in Kochi from Germany, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Jeddah and Kuwait. Mayusha for  AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram.


Maharashtra Government has informed that 13,456 passengers have arrived in Mumbai via 82 flights under the Vande Bharat Mission so far. Out of these, 4,989 are the residents of Mumbai, whereas, 4,364 are from other parts of the state and 4,103 from other states. A statement from the Chief Minister’s Office said that an additional 76 flights are expected to bring more stranded passengers back to India by the end of this month.

So far, citizens stuck in 38 foreign countries, including those in Europe, America, Gulf region and Asia have been brought back. All the passengers have to compulsorily remain in institutional quarantine, either in Mumbai or in their respective district centres. Citizens from other states are accommodated in Mumbai until their travel passes and other necessary documentation is completed. 


The total number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in Nagaland has gone up to 181 with two new cases being reported. Out of which 78 are active cases and 103 have recovered.


To ease the burden on COVID Care Centres, Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes’ Association, AHNA has launched home care initiative for mild to moderate COVID-19 patients in the city from today. Our correspondent reports that initially seven private hospitals have been included in the programme but the association aims to include 50 hospitals in the coming days.

Looking at the continuous surge in the number of Covid 19 patients in Ahmedabad, bed occupancy is one of the major challenges before the healthcare system. To reduce the bed occupancy with mild patients, AHNA has started home care service. Talking to AIR, President of AHNA Dr Bharat Gadhvi said 80 to 85 percent of the patients in the city fall under this category who do not require special medical attention. Such patients will be covered under the programme. He said people falling in high risk groups such as pregnant women, senior citizens and patients with comorbidity have not been included in the initiative. The current plan includes teleconsultation by physicians, daily tele consultation by a qualified nurse, training on vital handlings, personal visit by a nurse twice in 10 days. He said the cost of the package is 699 per day however the hospitals are free to reduce the cost.  APARNA KHUNT//AIR NEWS//AHMEDABAD. .


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Kulgam district is showing a significant recovery rate and has reported 253 recoveries in the last five days that has brought the total toll of active cases to as low as 213.

Kulgam Deputy Commissioner Showkat Aijaz Bhat said that 446 patients have recovered in the district so far while the total number of positive cases are 643 with a recovery rate of 69 per cent.


The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has rolled out a unique project to produce Neera and Palm jaggery which has huge potential to create employment. The project that aims at promoting Neera as a substitute to soft drinks while also creating self-employment to Adivasis and traditional trappers was launched at Dahanu in Palghar district of Maharashtra.

KVIC distributed tool kits for extraction of Neera and making palm jaggery to 200 local artisans in Palghar who were  given seven days training by KVIC. A tool kit worth 15,000 rupees comprises food grade stainless steel Kadhai, perforated moulds, canteen burners and other equipment like knives, rope and axes for extraction of Neera. There are over 50 lakh palm trees across the state. A wide range of products like candies, milk chocolates, palm cola, ice-cream and traditional sweets can be produced from Neera. This initiative is expected to provide direct employment to 400 local traditional trappers. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai.


The National Capital Delhi will have Partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. Minimum temperature recorded was 29 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 42 degrees.

Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with heavy rains. The minimum temperature was recorded at 25 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 31 degrees.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The minimum temperature recorded was 30 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected to go up to 39 degrees.

Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was 26 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Chandigarh will see partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the city was 30 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 41 degrees.

In Dehradun, there will be partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm. Minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected be around 35 degrees Celsius.

Hyderabad is expecting generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was recorded at 23 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Bengaluru witnessed minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 29 degrees. The city will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle.

Patna will witness generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature in the city was recorded 27 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 31 degrees.

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 41 degrees Celsius. The city is likely to have mainly clear sky.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was 14 and maximum will be around 35 degrees Celsius. There will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

Muzzafarabad is likely to have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The city recorded minimum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 38 degrees Celsius.


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