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India, China to hold Corps Commander-level talks at Chushul in Eastern Ladakh today            Political crisis continues in Rajasthan; Congress calls another legislative party meet in Jaipur today            Govt aims to increase public health expenditure to 2.5% of GDP by 2025            19 States, UTs report higher recovery rate than national average of 63.01%            J&K govt decides to open tourism in phased manner from today           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi  launches ‘Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rozgar Yojana for migrant workers ; One crore 25 lakh people Provided employment under the campaign.
  • Recovered cases of COVID-19 exceed active cases by more than 96 thousand; Recovery rate improves to over 58 percent.
  • Central team visits different areas of Ahmedabad city to take stock of Covid19 situation.
  • Indian Navy inducts indigenously developed Torpedo Decoy System Maareech.
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, three terrorists killed in encounter in Tral area of Pulwama district.
  •  Government says, now mild to medium colour blind people can also obtain Driving License. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic is going on and since there is no Vaccine for Coronavirus, we only have one medicine for this virus and that is Mask and 2 gaz ki doori or social distancing. He said this while launching the unique and path-breaking initiative scheme of Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rojgar Yojana through video conferencing.


Prime Minister said that ATMANIRBHAR ABHIYAN is going to benefit Uttar Pradesh the most. 

The Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rojgar Yojana is focused on generating employment for those migrant workers of the state who recently returned from other states. Under the campaign around one crore 25 lakh people were provided employment in the state in different schemes.

On this occasion the Prime Minister heaped praise on the UP government and particularly the leadership of Yogi Adityanath for handling the migrant workers issues perfectly. The PM said that the Yogi Government has done a wonderful job and worked on war footing using all resources to contain the spread of Corona.

Mr. Modi said that Uttar Pradesh has shown exemplary success in controlling the spread of Corona and this success becomes more important when it is compared with 4 major countries of Europe whose total population is close to UP's population and while those countries have more than one lakh deaths,  but the number is only 6 hundred in UP.

 On this occasion Mr Modi interacted with members of Self Help Groups and beneficiaries of different central and state government schemes.

Speaking on the occasion Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said:

Under the Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rojgar Yojana, a Loan amount of more than 10600 crores has been distributed to more than 4 Lakh units.  The campaign is launched in 31 districts of the state.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi especially mentioned the efforts of state government in dealing with the epidemic and termed it historic. He said that state government made arrangements of more than one lakh beds, constituted more than 60 thousand health teams, provided food and ration to the needy and stated various schemes for ATMANIRBHAR BHARAT. On this occasion PM interacted with members of Self Help Groups and beneficiaries of different central and state government schemes. Under the Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rojgar Yojana, a loan amount of more than 10600 crores has been distributed to more than four lakh units. Around 5 thousand artists also got tool kits through Vishwakarma Shram Samman Yojna under one district one product scheme of state.  The campaign is launched in 31 districts of the state. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW"


Home Minister Amit Shah has said that Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rojgar Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today will accelerate development in the state of Uttar Pradesh. In a tweet, Mr Shah said, this scheme has been linked with Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan which will double-engine growth to Uttar Pradesh. He said, it will not only lead to development of infrastructure in the villages but will also play an important role in the comprehensive development of rural India.


The Government today said that the recovered cases of COVID-19 has exceeded the active cases by more than 96 thousand. Health Ministry said, the graded, pre-emptive and pro-active steps taken by the Centre along with the States and Union territories for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 are showing encouraging results. During the last 24 hours, a total of 13 thousand 940 COVID-19 patients have been cured, taking the cumulative figure to two lakh 85 thousand 636. The Ministry said, the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients has reached 58.24 per cent. Presently, there are over one lakh 89 thousand active cases and all are under active medical supervision. The Ministry said, ICMR has inducted 11 new labs in the last 24 hours. India now has one thousand 16 diagnostic labs dedicated to COVID-19.


A Central team on a day visit to Ahmedabad held a meeting with Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in Gandhinagar to take stock of Covid19 situation. According to official sources, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel who is also holding the portfolio of Health Ministry remained present in the meeting along with senior officials. More from our correspondent:

"A Central team led by Lav Agrawal Joint Secretary in the Union Health Ministry has reviewed the Covid-19 situation in Ahmedabad today. The team also visited some micro containment zones in the city including Vasantnagar in Gota area and locality near Mansi circle, Shahibaug and Shahpur area. The team also visited a private hospital, 108 emergency headquarter and mobile testing van for Covid-19. According to sources, the team expressed its unhappiness over some lapses in declaring micro containment zone. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad"


Kerala continued to report surge in Covid cases with 150 new positive cases being confirmed today. More from our correspondent:

"It is for the eighth consecutive day that the State is reporting over 100  Covid cases in a day. Among the new cases , 91 persons are returnees from abroad and  48 people  from other states. Bringing great relief, 65 patients have recovered from the disease today . The total active  Covid cases in Kerala rose to 1846. Meanwhile MeT Dept predicts heavy rain in the State for the coming days.Orange is issued in Kozhikode and Wayanad district and yellow in 7 other districts for tomorrow. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has decided to appoint a nodal officer and set up a throat swab testing facility for each Assembly constituency for handling the COVID 19 situation.  The decision was taken at the Bengaluru legislators meeting called by him in Bengaluru today. The Chief Minister has asked the legislators to visit hospitals to ensure that the system is operational. A report;


"Revenue Minister R Ashoka has been given incharge of handling COVID 19 situation in Bengaluru. Addressing the media persons today, he informed that there will be no lockdown in Bengaluru but sealdown of streets with positive cases will be imposed. On improving bed availability in the city for covid patients, he noted, that an IAS officer will now focus on this issue.  Hotels, exhibition centres and marriage halls will be booked to lodge asymptomatic patients. Mr.Ashoka said corona tests will increase from the present 4000 to 7500 a day in the city. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru"


Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das today briefed the board members about the impact of the various monetary and regulatory measures taken by the central bank to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. The RBI governor held a meeting with the board through video-conferencing today.

The RBI said in a release that at the outset, the governor and deputy governors briefed the board about the overall macroeconomic conditions -- both domestic and global; financial sector situation; and the impact of various monetary, regulatory and other measures taken by the RBI in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among others, it also discussed the RBI's activities during the period from July 2019-June 2020, the Budget for the next accounting year July 2020 to March 2021 aligned with the government's financial year, other policy and operational matters.


Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to instruct relevant apex bodies to cancel final year/semester examinations of professional courses in view of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. In a letter written to the Prime Minister, Mr Thackeray said, considering the current COVID-19 situation, the state Disaster Management Authority, in a meeting on June 18, decided not to conduct final year/semester examinations of non-professional as well as professional courses and award degrees to students based on a formula to be decided by universities.

"The Chief Minister said that the need of the hour is to have uniform guidelines in respect of cancellation of examinations. He stated that the pandemic has created many challenges for students pursuing higher education. Meanwhile, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the cases are expected to rise during July and August but he said, the government is working to ensure that the fatality rate does not go up. The Minister said the government is increasing the number of doctors and ICU beds in the state to meet the demand. Yesterday, in the state Cabinet meeting a resolution was passed for availing the services of PG final year medical students in ICU wards. The government is also procuring important anti-viral drugs and increasing their stock. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI


The Ministry of Human Resources Development has said that few media platforms are wrongly reporting that Class 10th students may opt for taking exams, if unsatisfied. In a tweet, HRD Ministry clarified that no further examination will be conducted for students in class 10th and the result declared by CBSE on the basis of assessment scheme will be treated as final.  


Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia today said that schools in the national capital will remain closed till 31st July. He announced this after a meeting with the Secretary Education, Director of Education, and other senior officers from the Directorate. Mr Sisodia said, suggestion was given to resume activities to give learning opportunities and emotional support to children using remote method and support of parents till the schools reopen.


In Chennai, the city civic body is further augmenting the Covid-19 Care Centres as a measure of preparedness to accommodate more patients if the need arises. The required human resources including doctors, nurses and paramedical staff are also being mobilised. More from our correspondent:


"A new Covid-19 Care Centre is getting readied in the Anna University in Chennai with about 1500 beds. It will have separate residential units for the doctors, nurses, caterers and other supporting staff. City Corporation Commissioner Prakash told reporters today another 5000-bedded facility will be set up at the newly built Slum Clearance Board tenements at Ambattur in the city to accommodate asymptomatic patients. Several NGOs are being involved to create awareness on preventive measures, which he said is paying rich dividends. Meanwhile, the door-to-door mapping of body temperature of people by the field staff has significantly increased testing of suspected cases of Covid-19.  Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


The Home Ministry has said that a headline flashed by News agency Reuters that "India calls in Army to run facilities in Delhi as cases surge" is far away from reality.

The Ministry said, Army has not been called in and only medical personnel of Armed Forces and Central Armed Police Forces have been asked to assist at some medical facilities in Delhi.


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. Uma Kumar, Head of  Rheumatology Department, AIIMS suggested to the people to follow social distancing, hand hygiene and cough etiquettes.


The Government today launched Nasha Mukt Bharat: Annual Action Plan (2020-21) for 272 most affected Districts. Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Rattan Lal Kataria launched this plan, on the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The components of Action Plan is to create awareness generation programmes, Focus on Higher Educational institutions, University Campuses and Schools, Community outreach and identification of dependent population, Treatment facilities in Hospital and Capacity Building Programmes for Service Provider.


Anti-Submarine Warfare capability of the Indian Navy received a major boost today with the induction of Advanced Torpedo Decoy System Maareech capable of being fired from all frontline warships. Design and Development of this anti-torpedo decoy system has been undertaken indigenously by DRDO labs-(NSTL and NPOL).

The Bharat Electronics Limited, a Defence PSU, would undertake the production of this decoy system.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, three terrorists were killed this morning in an encounter that broke out between security forces and terrorists in Chewa Ullar area of Tral in Pulwama district. As per police sources, a joint team of security forces laid a Cordon and Search Operation yesterday evening in the area. However, the operation was called off for the night due to darkness.

When the operation resumed in the wee hours of today, an exchange of firefight took place between the terrorists and security forces that resulted into the elimination of three Terrorists. All these terrorists are locals belonging to the Tral area of the district. Arms and ammunition have also been recovered from the encounter site.

Meanwhile, one CRPF personnel was martyred when terrorists attacked CRPF 90 Battalion near Padshahi Bagh in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district this afternoon.

A nine year old boy from Yaripora Kulgam was also killed in this attack.


The Road Transport and Highways Ministry has said that the citizens with mild to medium colour blindness can also obtain the Driving License. The Ministry has issued a notification for amendment in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules. It said, the Ministry has been taking many measures to enable divyangjan citizens to avail transport related services and especially relating to the obtaining of the Driving Licence.

The Ministry received representations that the Colour Blind Citizens are not able to have the driving licence due to the requirements of physical fitness or the Medical certificate. The issue was taken up with Medical Expert Institution and advice was sought. They allowed Mild to Medium Colour Blind Citizens to drive and put restrictions only on the severe colour blind citizens from driving. This is also allowed in other parts of the world.    


The Fifteenth Finance Commission held virtual meetings with its Advisory Council and discussed various issues confronting the Commission now. The meeting was Chaired by the 15th Finance Commission's Chairman N. K. Singh which was attended by all members and senior officials of the Commission.

The Members of the Advisory Council felt that since they had met the Commission in April, national lockdown was further extended till end of May and now restrictions are being lifted in phased manner resulting in gradual resumption of economic activities. However, the impact of the pandemic on the economy and on the fiscal positions of the Central  and State Governments is still highly uncertain.

The Finance Commission in a statement said, the Advisory Council also discussed the adverse implications of constraints in the economy on tax revenue collections of the Central and State Governments.


Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has invited all states and investors to convert the challenges into opportunities for food processing sector in the country. Mrs Badal said this while chairing the second series of Food Processing Edition of Exclusive Investment Forum by Invest India. The forum witnessed participation of senior most policy makers from Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. 193 companies from 19 countries also participated in the forum. The Minister requested all participants to follow the clarion call of Prime Minister to become Atma Nirbhar and be vocal for local.


In Madhya Pradesh, job cards of more than 3 lakh 37 thousand migrant labourers have been made and around one lakh 63 thousand have been given employment so far. On the other hand, around 46 lakh labourers have been provided work under MGNREGA in the state. More from our correspondent:

"All migrant labourers have also been linked to the Sambal Yojana. Now, they will get financial assistance for education and in case of accident, daughter’s wedding, maternity assistance and rebate in electricity bills.  More than two lakh children in the 5 to 18 age group, who returned with migrant labourers were identified and the admission process of 75 thousand children was completed.  Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that every migrant labourer, who has returned to the state during the COVID crisis, will get employment according to their merit. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal"


In Assam, flood situation remains critical  as new areas are inundated due to incessant rains in the state. Official sources said that 2 lakh 52 thousand people are affected in floods in 16 districts. A report;


"Several major rivers including the Brahmaputra are flowing above the danger mark due to incessant rains. Dhemaji, Majuli and Tinsukia are among the worst affected districts. One casualty has been reported in Guwahati due to landslide.  NDRF and teams have been deployed  for relief rescue measures. Over 18 thousand people are taking shelter at the relief camps. District administrations are distributing essential foods items at flood hit areas. Meanwhile, around 40 percent of the Kaziranga National Park is also submerged due to floods. However the Director of the park said that the situation is not alarming and no causaltiy of wild animal has been reported so far. MANAS PRATIM SARMA, AIR NEWS, GUWAHATI"


Minister for Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar today launched the web portal of the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan through video conferencing from New Delhi. The Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan is the massive employment generation-cum-rural infrastructure creation programme of Government of India which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.


Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has come out with a consolidated notification in the form of guidelines for classification and registration of MSMEs. Earlier, the  Ministry had published a Notification on 1st June with new criteria for classification of MSMEs based on Investment and Turnover.

Minister of MSME, Nitin Gadkari while releasing the new guidelines today said that thenew system of classification, registration and facilitation of MSMEs will be an extremely simple and  a revolutionary step towards Ease of Doing Business. These steps and strategies also give a strong message that the Ministry is standing  behind the MSMEs which  are facing several challenges at this time. We have this report;

"The Ministry of MSME has established a strong facilitation mechanism for the MSMEs. This process is in the form of Single Window System at the district level and regional level.  It will help those entrepreneurs who are not able to file the Udyam Registration for any reason. At the district level, the District Industry Centres have been made responsible for facilitating the entrepreneurs. Similarly, Ministry’s recent initiative of Champions Control Rooms across the country have been made legally responsible for facilitating such Entrepreneurs in registration. The Ministry also said, those people who do not have a valid Aadhaar Number can also approach the Single Window System for facilitation alongwith adhaar enrollment request or identity, bank photo passbook, voter ID card, passport or driving license. Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio at 11 AM on Sunday. It will be the 66th episode of the monthly radio programme.

It will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and also on AIR News website www.newsonair.com and newsonair Mobile App. It will also be streamed live on the YouTube channels of AIR, DD News, PMO and Information and Broadcasting Ministry. AIR will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. The regional language versions will be repeated at eight in the evening.


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.

Prof. Tanuja Nesari, Director, All India Institute of Ayurveda 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. 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 India Meteorological Department, IMD today said that Southwest Monsoon has covered the entire country today. The normal date for Southwest Monsoon to cover entire country is 8th July. IMD said, the Southwest Monsoon this year has covered the entire country 12 days prior to normal date. In the recent past, such early coverage of Southwest Monsoon over the entire country occurred in 2013 when it covered the entire country on 16th June 2013. IMD said, the early advance over the central and northwest India was facilitated by formation of a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal which moved west-northwestwards and another cyclonic circulation over central India. It said, the Southwest Monsoon has further advanced into remaining parts of Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab. During past 24 hours, there has been fairly widespread rainfall activity over West Rajasthan and adjoining Punjab and Haryana in association with the cyclonic circulation at lower tropospheric levels over northeast Rajasthan. IMD said, considering southwest monsoon onset and advance over the country as a whole, there has been normal progress over south and east India, about a week delay advance over northeast India and about 7 to 12 days early advance over central and northwest India.


Now, Let us take a look at the weather s for tomorrow.

The National capital Delhi is expected to have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. Minimum temperature will be 29 degree Celsius and maximum will remain around 39 degrees.

Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature will be 26 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 34 degrees.

In Chennai, the minimum temperature will be 28 degree Celsius and maximum 37 degrees. The Metro city will have generally cloudy sky.

Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of  thundershowers.  The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be 27 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 34 degrees.

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 25 degree Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 38 degrees Celsius. The city is likely to have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 16 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 31 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature will be 15 degrees and maximum will be around 35 degree Celsius. There will be mainly clear cloudy sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

Muzzafarabad will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The city will witness minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 38 degrees.  

Chandigarh will see generally clear sky. The minimum temperature in the city will be 26 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 37 degrees.

Dehradun will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature will be 25 degree Celsius and maximum is expected at 34 degree celsius.

In Hyderabad, rain or thundershowers would occur towards evening or night. The minimum temperature will be 25 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 35 degrees.

Bengaluru will experience minimum temperature of 20 degree Celsius and maximum is expected at 30 degrees. The city will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

Ahmedabad will have partly cloudy sky. Minimum temperature in the city will be 30 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 38 degrees.

Bhopal will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Dust-storm. Minimum temperature will be 26 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 35 degrees.

Patna will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature will be recorded at 26 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 31 degree.


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