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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 to address the nation at 4 pm this evening in wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Centre issues new guidelines for Unlock 2.0 to open up more activities in areas outside Containment Zones; Metro Rail services, Schools, Colleges, Cinemas and Gyms to remain shut.

  • Door to door survey for COVID-19 in Delhi to be done in containment zones by 6th of July says Home Ministry.

  • India and China to hold third round of talks to de-escalate tension in eastern Ladakh.

  • Government bans 59 mobile apps prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India.

  • Flood fury continues in 25 districts of Assam; Around 13 lakh people affected.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 4 PM today. Prime Minister's Office said this in a tweet following the Home Ministry's announcement of Unlock 2 guidelines. This would be Prime Minister's sixth address to the nation since the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic. Mr Modi had last addressed the nation on 12th of May when he had announced a 20-lakh-crore rupee financial package to boost the economy recovering from coronavirus-induced lockdown. In his Mann Ki Baat address last Sunday, the Prime Minister had urged the people to be more vigilant in the Unlock phase and take more precautions.


The Centre has issued new guidelines for Unlock -2 to open up more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones. The new guidelines will come into effect from tomorrow and the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. It said, the lockdown will continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till the 31st of July this year. Home Ministry has said that the new guidelines are based on the feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with the related Central Ministries and Departments.

Under the new guidelines of Unlock -2, Metro Rail service, operation of Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will not be allowed. Similarly, social, political, sports, entertainment,  academic,  cultural and religious functions and other large congregations will not be permitted. The Ministry said, dates for opening of these will be decided separately, based on the assessment of the situation. It said, all activities, except these will be permitted outside the containment zones. The Ministry said,  after extensive consultations with States and Union Territories, it has been decided that schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31st of July.

As per the guidelines, night curfew timings are being further relaxed and curfew shall be in force from 10 PM to 5 AM. Further, relaxations in night curfew have been given for seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of cargo and movement of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes. It said, domestic flights and passenger trains have already been allowed in a limited manner and their operations will be further expanded in a calibrated manner.

It said, shops depending upon their area, can have more than 5 persons at a time. However, they have to maintain adequate physical distance.  Training institutions of the Central and State Governments will be allowed to function with effect from 15th of July. SOP in this regard will be issued by the Department of Personnel and Training.

International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission.  Further opening up will take place in a calibrated manner. The guidelines said, containment Zones are required to be carefully demarcated by the State Governments with a view to contain the spread of COVID-19, after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by the Health  Ministry. Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities allowed.

These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites of the concerned District Collectors and by the States and information will also be shared with the Union Health Ministry. Details by our correspondent:

"The new guidelines said that States and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities outside the Containment zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary. However, there shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission, approval and e-permit will be required for such movements. National Directives for COVID-19 management shall continue to be followed throughout the country, with a view to ensure social distancing.  Shops will need to maintain adequate physical distancing among customers. Home Ministry will monitor the effective implementation of the National Directives. Vulnerable persons, persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, are advised to stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.The use of Aarogya Setu mobile application will continue to be encouraged. With Anand Kumar, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi".


The Maharashtra government yesterday extended the Covid-19 lockdown by a month till July 31 while imposing stricter restrictions like reduced time allowed for shopping. As per the new set of instructions, people will be allowed to travel within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region to only attend offices and for essential services and not for shopping. More in this report:

"The Maharashtra government has decided to seal the borders and major roads connecting the city to its major suburbs. While issuing fresh guidelines for 'Mission Begin Again' it has imposed restriction on movement for non-essential activities within the neighbourhoods. While, city police has already started action if citizens move beyond 2-km radius for availing services, the Mumbai civic body has come up with an order that made wearing masks  compulsory, failing which Rs 1,000 as fine will be imposed on violators. Nivedita, Air News, Mumbai".


The Tamil Nadu Government has also extended the statewide lockdown till July 31st. A statement issued by the government in Chennai says the lockdown would be implemented with a raft of relaxations. However, in Chennai, Madurai and their suburban areas, the prevailing complete lockdown will be in force till the 5th of July.

Meanwhile, the total Covid-19 infection in the state has exceeded the 86-thousand mark as 3949 people tested positive for the virus yesterday. More from our correspondent:

"Tamil Nadu Government’s decision to extend the present lockdown is in consonance with the unlock-2 as announced by the Union Home Ministry yesterday. One of the additional features this time is the suspension of public transport within districts till July 15. In all the forthcoming Sunday’s in July there will be a complete lockdown to avoid crowding. Places of worship that normally see a smaller crowd in rural areas are allowed to have public access. In containment areas, there will be full lockdown. In other places, the restrictions have been considerably lifted for various offices. However, establishments like malls, educational institutions, resorts and famous tourist places have been asked to remain closed. In hotels, dine-in service with 50 percent of the seat occupancy is allowed again. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


The Government has said a total of three lakh 21 thousand 723 people affected by corona virus have been cured in the country so far. In the past 24 hours, 12 thousand and ten people have recovered from Covid-19 and with this the recovery rate  has reached  58.67 per cent. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 19 thousand 459 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country within 24 hours taking the total number of cases to five lakh 48 thousand 318. In a single day, 380 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 16 thousand 475. Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is two lakh 10 thousand 120.  The Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR has said one lakh 70 thousand 560 samples were tested for corona virus by various laboratories in the country within 24 hours.


The Union Home Ministry has said that door to door survey for COVID-19 in Delhi will be done first in the containment zones on priority basis by 6th of July. The decision to extend the date has been taken as numbers of containment zones has increased to 435 in the city.The Ministry said, this will be followed by door to door testing in the entire Delhi.   Delhi has recorded 2,084 fresh cases of COVID-19 taking the infection tally in the city to 85,161. A total 57 deaths have been reported in the national capital in the last 24 hours due to COVID-19.


In Madhya Pradesh, the school bell will be ringing in the houses of the state too from July 6. Children will read, perform yoga, write and listen  to stories and make notes on them. In order to maintain the academic regularity of students during the Corona crisis, the State Education Center has prepared a ‘Hamara Ghar-Hamara Vidyalaya’ means My Home-My school scheme, in which children will be taught at home in a school-like environment. Our correspondent has filed this report:

"Hamara Ghar-Hamara Vidyalaya Scheme has been prepared for the students of classes 1 to 8. Under this scheme, students will now be able to study in the school environment at their home.The home school will be started by a sound of bells/thaali at 10 am and at 1 pm, school will be closed in a similar manner. This will give children a sense of school at home. A suggestive time table is also being made available to parents and students by the State Education Center, according to which studies will be conducted on Monday to Friday from 10 am to 1 pm. The recreational activities will be organized on every Saturday under Masti ki Pathshala. At the same time, 2 hours in the evening, students will listen to stories from the elders of their family and make notes on them. They will also take part in yoga and other sports activities at their home. Principal Secretary Rashmi Arun Shami said that children learn something from every occasion. It is the responsibility of the department to support children in every way, even when the school is closed. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


In Gujarat, the total  number of cases of Covid-19 have reached 32023 as 626 new cases were reported during the last 24 hours. Quoting the State Health Department, AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that 19 patients have lost their lives taking the total death due to Covid-19 in the state to 1828. More from our Ahmedabad correspondent:

"Gujarat has reported more than 6 hundred new cases on the third consecutive day. Ahmedabad reported 222 new cases. hundred and eighty five new cases  were reported from Surat, while 47 new cases were reported from Vadodara. According to official sources, out of 6947 active cases in the state, conditions of 63 patients are critical and they are on ventilator. Four and forty patients have been recovered during the last 24 hours. More than 3 lakh 67 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has declared 7 more micro containment zones. Door to door surveillance has been launched in all these micro containment areas. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


In Telangana, the Central team has visited several medical and health facilities and containment zones in Hyderabad to take stock of the COVID situation. The Team led by Joint Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Lav Agarwal visited the recently set up Telangana Institute of Medical Science (TIMS) at Gachibowli, Gandhi Government Hospital, and a few containment areas in Hyderabad. The team also called on Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and met with other senior officials. The state Government in coordination with the  Health and Family Welfare Ministry will formulate an action plan to fight Covid-19 for the next two months.


The West Bengal Government has decided to form Corona warriors clubs in the State. Announcing this at the State Secretariat yesterday Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee said that the clubs will be formed with those who have recovered from Corona infections. More from our Correspondent:

"The members of Corona warriors clubs will be engaged for giving necessary tips, advisories to Corona infected patients besides Giving them mental strength to fight against Corona. The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told that these club members will work at different Government hospitals. The State Government will give them incentives and daily allowances. The clubs will be formed in each districts. Such Corona Worriars club has already been formed at Baharampur in Murshidabad District comprising 60 members. All of them have been engaged at medical colleges in Murshidabad, Malda and Kolkata . Around 12 thousands people have already been recovered from Corona infections in the State so far. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR News, Kolkata".


Uttarakhand government will start Char Dham Yatra from 1st  July, however, only pilgrims from the state would be allowed to visit the shrines. Uttarakhand Chardham Devasthanam Board has issued a standard operating procedure for Chardham Yatra and fresh guidelines for the pilgrims amid novel coronavirus spread across the country. The Chardham Yatra, which includes a visit to the Kedarnath temple, attracts lakhs of tourists and devotees every year from across the country and abroad. According to guidelines, E-pass will be issued to the residents of the state only. It will be valid only for darshan at the shrine. People from containment, buffer zones and quarantine centres within the state will not be allowed the pilgrimage.


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

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

Dr. Anvita Aggarwal, Resident, Infectious Diseases, AIIMS advised people to not be negligent and stay at their homes.


Indian and Chinese militaries will hold another round of Lieutenant General-level talks today in an attempt to de-escalate tension in eastern Ladakh. The meet will also finalise modalities for disengagement of troops from the sensitive region. It will be the third round of Lt General-level talks and sources said it will take place in Chushul sector on the Indian side of Line of Actual Control. The meeting is scheduled to start at 10:30 AM. The Indian delegation at the talks will be headed by 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh while the Chinese side is likely to be led by the Commander of the Tibet Military District.

The first two meetings had taken place at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC. In the second round of talks on 22nd of June, the two sides arrived at a mutual consensus to disengage from all the friction points in eastern Ladakh. Our correspondent quoting official sources said the two sides are expected to deliberate on the implementation of an agreement arrived at the first round of the Lt General talks on June 6.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, two terrorists have been killed in an encounter that broke out between terrorists and security forces in Waghama Bijbehara area of South Kashmir's Anantnag district this morning. According to police,  a joint team of Anantnag Police, Army’s 3 RR and CRPF laid a Cordon and Search Operation on specific information about the presence of terrorists in Waghama area. Search operation in the area is on. Further details are awaited.


The Government has banned 59 mobile apps which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order. Electronics and IT Ministry said in a release that these apps were banned in view of information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of the country, defence of the country and security of state and public order. The banned apps include TikTok, Helo and WeChat.


Taking a sharp jibe at Congress President Sonia Gandhi's comments on Profiteering through increase in fuel prices, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, the government is using the resources for development of health and social infrastructures. Speaking to media in New Delhi, Mr Pradhan said due to COVID-19 pandemic, energy industry is going through a tough time. He said, demand for petrol went down by 70 to 80 per cent in April-May months in the country which directly impacted economy. The Minister said that now the demand is picking up again. He said no one can predict oil prices, but it is being estimated that as prices in the international markets stabilise, prices in India will also stabilise.


Government has announced the launch of seven-year Floating Rate Savings Bonds, 2020 (Taxable) scheme commencing from 1st July. According to an RBI notification, Floating Rate Savings Bonds will enable a person resident in India or Hindu Undivided Family to invest in a taxable bond, without any monetary ceiling. The interest on the bonds is payable semi-annually on 1st January and 1st July every year. The coupon on 1st January 2021 shall be paid at 7.15 per cent.


The National Fertilizers Limited- NFL has launched five Mobile Soil Testing Labs for testing the soil samples at the doorstep of farmers free of cost. It will give further boost to the Soil Testing facility in the country for promoting appropriate use of fertilizers. Chairman and Managing Director of NFL V N Datt  flagged off one such Mobile Lab from the premises of NFL Corporate Office in Noida. These Mobile Labs, loaded with latest soil testing equipment will be used for macro and micro nutrient analysis of soil.


In Andhra Pradesh, two people died and four others were injured in an incident of gas leakage at Paravada pharmacity in Visakhapatnam today. According to the Police Commissioner of Visakhapatnam, R K.Meena, the incident happened at midnight  when some workers were on duty. The gas leak occurred at Sainor life sciences Pvt limited. A shift In-charge and a chemist died and four workers who fell sick after inhaling the gas were shifted to KGH hospital. He said at present the situation is under control and  peaceful. This is the second incident of gas leakage in a span of two months in Visakhapatnam. More than ten people died in the LG polymers gas leak incident that took place in May.


Union Minister for Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said that the launch of India’s first human space mission “Gaganyaan” will not be affected by COVID pandemic and preparation are going on in the right direction. Dr. Singh informed that even though the training of four Indian astronauts in Russia had to be halted due to the pandemic but the department had kept a contingency cushion period both in the training programme and launch deadline.


In Mizoram, the people are celebrating the 34th anniversary of the signing of the historic Mizo peace accord today. The peace accord was signed between the Union government and the erstwhile underground Mizo National Front (MNF) on 30th June in 1986. The state government has declared a public holiday for the celebration of this historic day. AIR Aizawl Correspondent reports:

"On this historic day, no official function will be organised by the state government due to Covid-19 pandemic. Yet, to mark the day, the MNF will organise a mega blood donation camp. However, different organisations, NGOs like Young Mizo Association are likely to organise area based small functions. On the eve of REMNA Ni or the Peace Accord Day, the Chief Minister Zoramthanga, expressed his heartfelt greetings to the people. He said with the prayers of people the peace has come. Zoramthanga also said people of the state are striving to maintain peace in the region and self-sufficiency. Irene, AIR News, Aizawl".


In Assam, there has been no respite from the flood fury as several rivers are continuously flowing above the danger level. 13 lakh people have been affected due to the current wave of floods in 25 districts. Barpeta, South Salmara, Goalpara, Nalbari and Morigaon are among the worst affected districts. 24 persons have lost their lives due to floods. Apart from floods, land erosion has also been reported at many places. A report from our correspondent:

"The surging water damaged crops, houses, infrastructures , river embankments and roads. NDRF and SDRF shifted 10 thousand people to safer places during the last 24 hours. Administration is distributing food items, water packets , bleaching powder and halogen tablets. Meanwhile, the Assam government has said that there is no dearth of funds to meet the flood related expenses. CEO of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority M S Manivannan informed, 46 crore rupees have been released to district administrations recently . Mr. Manivannan however said that as instructed by the Chief Minister a survey of the landslide prone areas in Guwahati to be conducted. MANAS PRATIM SARMA, AIR NEWS, GUWAHATI".


Now, Let us take a look at the weather forecast for today.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 24 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum is expected to be around 40 degrees Celsius. The city may witness mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was 16 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees. The city will face mainly clear sky.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 15 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 34 degrees Celsius. The sky will be mainly clear becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Muzzafarabad, the city witnessed minimum temperature of 19 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees Celsius with mainly clear sky.

Chandigarh will witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. The minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 27 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 38 degrees.

In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees. The city will face generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

Bangalore witnessed the minimum temperature of 21 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 29 degree Celsius. The city may have generally cloudy sky with light rain.

Ahmedabad will witness partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was 29 degree Celsius while the maximum will be 39 degrees Celsius respectively.

Guwahati will witness generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degree Celsius.


Tehran Prosecutor Ali Qasi Mehr said Iran through Interpol has ordered arresting of 36 US political and military officials, including President Donald Trump, who were involved in the assassination of Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani. The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that these people have been charged with murder and terrorist acts.

The News Agency stated that on the “top of the list is US President Donald Trump, and his prosecution will continue even after the end of his term”. General Soleimani, the commander of Quds Force of Iran's IRGC and some others were killed in a drone attack in Iraq by the US Forces in January this year, which had escalated the tension between Iran and US to an unprecedented dangerous level.


Newspapers Headlines

  • All the dailies have reported the unlock 2.0 will retain most curbs but night curfew hours will be eased. The Pioneer reports, " No metro, cinema halls, swimming pools till July 31st ."

  • "Delhi to set up plasma bank, Launch helpline " writes the Hindustan Times, becoming the first state to do so. The paper adds, the recovered patients willing to donate plasma will be given free transport.

  • " Tik Tok, UC Browser among 59 Chinese apps blocked as threat to sovereignty" is the top headline in The Times of India and all other dailes today.

  • The Hindu says, "Separatist leader Geelani quits Hurriyat Conference". The ailing hardliner cites 'current situation' as the reason to exit the group.

  • An Economic Times headline reports, "Digital Payments bounce back to pre-covid levels".

  • In a big boost to the Indian Air Force's air power "France will deliver first 6 Rafales by end of July" writes The Asian Age.

  • The Times of India cites a latest data release showing a decline in the infant mortality rate in the country under the headline, "Infant mortality rate down by 8 points in 5 years".



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