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Govt formulates draft Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020            12,30,509 people recovered from coronavirus in country so far            Preparations in full swing in Ayodhya for Bhoomi Poojan for construction of Ram Temple            Flood situation in Bihar further deteriorates; Relief, rescue operations intensifies            Indian men's, women's hockey teams for Tokyo Olympics to join National camp in Bengaluru today           

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  • Defence Acquisition Council approves Capital acquisitions of various platforms worth 38,900 Crore rupees; Also gives nod to proposal for procurement of 21 Mig-29 and 12 Sukhoi fighter aircraft.

  • India asks Pakistan to vacate all Indian territories under their illegal occupation. 

  • Home Minister Amit Shah chairs meeting through video conferencing to review COVID19 situation in Delhi-NCR.

  • Covid recovery rate reaches nearly 60 percent ; More than 90 lakh samples tested so far in the country.

  • 92 lakh tonne commodities transported by Northern Railway during two month of lockdown period.

  • 31 people died in lightening and rain related incidents in 9 districts of Bihar; Chief Minister annonces ex-gratia of 4 lakh rupees each to the family of deceased.


Defence Acquisition Council ( DAC) in its meeting held today accorded approval for Capital acquisitions of various platforms and equipments required by the Indian Armed Forces. Proposals for an approximate cost of 38900 Crore rupees were approved. The meet chaired by Defence minister Rajnath Singh Focused on indigenous design and development. These approvals include acquisitions from Indian Industry amounting to 31130 Crore rupees.

The equipments are to be manufactured in India involving Indian Defence Industry with participation of several MSMEs as prime tier vendors. The Indigenous content in some of these projects is up to 80 per cent  of the project cost. A large number of these projects have been made possible due to Transfer of Technology by DRDO to the Indigenous Industry. These include Pinaka ammunitions, BMP armament upgrades and Software Defined Radios for the Army, Long Range Land Attack Cruise Missile Systems and Astra Missiles for Navy and Air Force. The cost of these Design and Development proposals is in the range of 20400 crore rupees.

Acquisition of new and additional missile systems will add to the fire power of three Services. While acquisition of Pinaka missile systems will enable raising additional regiments over and above the ones already inducted, addition of Long Range Land Attack Missile Systems having a firing range of 1000 Km to the existing arsenal will bolster the attack capabilities of the Navy and the Air Force. Our correspondent reports,  induction of Astra Missiles having Beyond Visual Range capability will serve as a force multiplier and immensely add to the strike capability of Navy and Air Force.

Further, addressing the long felt need of the Indian Air Force to increase its fighter squadrons, the DAC also approved the proposal for procurement of 21 MIG-29 . It also approved upgradation of existing 59 Mig-29 aircraft and procurement of 12 Su-30 MKI aircraft.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today had a telephonic conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr Modi congratulated President Putin on the success of celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Second World War and also for successful completion of the vote on constitutional amendments in Russia. Prime Minister recalled the participation of an Indian contingent in the military parade held in Moscow on 24 June, as a symbol of abiding friendship between the peoples of India and Russia.

The leaders took note of the effective measures undertaken by the two countries to address the negative consequences of the Covid-19 global pandemic. They agreed on the importance of closer India-Russia ties for jointly addressing the challenges of the post-COVID world. The two leaders also agreed to maintain the momentum of bilateral contacts and consultations, leading to the annual bilateral Summit to be held in India later this year. Prime Minister conveyed his keenness to welcome President Putin in India for the bilateral Summit.

President Putin thanked the Prime Minister for the phone call and reiterated his commitment to further strengthen the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries in all spheres. 


The 627 Indian nationals who were stranded in Pakistan have returned through Integrated Check Post, Attari. Giving the information, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said they returned on the 25th, 26th and 27th of June. He said, there are about 100 people who still remain in Pakistan and India is in touch with Pakistan authorities and awaiting clearances to facilitate their return.

On general elections in Gilgit Baltistan, the spokesperson said, India completely rejects attempts by Pakistan to bring material changes in the Indian territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

On whether Pakistan High Commission has reduced its strength by half, Mr Srivastava said, following the decision by Indian government to reduce the staff strength of both the High Commissions of India and Pakistan, the members of both High Commissions returned on 30th of June. He said, 38 officials including family members of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad crossed over via ICP Attari and 143 officials including family members of the Pakistan High Commission crossed over.


India and China have been having discussions through established diplomatic and military channels to address the situation along the LAC in the India China border areas. The spokesperson said, the senior Commanders of the two sides had met on 6th, 22nd and 30th June. Diplomatic engagements are also continuing in parallel and last week on 24th June a meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination, WMCC on India China border affairs was also held. The senior commanders meeting held on 30th June at Chushul was the third senior military commander level engagement to discuss issues related to disengagement at the face off site along the LAC and de-escalation from the border areas.

Mr Srivastava said, both sides have emphasised the need for an expeditious, phased and step wise de-escalation as a priority.  The discussion in the latest meetings of senior commanders reflected the commitment of both sides to reduce the tensions along the LAC. The two sides will continue their meetings both at the military and diplomatic levels including under the framework of WMCC in the future to resolve the issue to mutual satisfaction. The spokesperson said, India expects the Chinese side to sincerely follow up and ensure the expeditious restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas.

Replying to queries on banning of apps, Mr Srivastava said that naturally while operating in India, they have to abide by Indian rules and regulations issued by the relevant Ministries and Departments, including those pertaining to data security and privacy of individual data.


The Union Information and Technology Minister and Senior BJP leader Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad has asserted that India will give befitting reply to China if they attack the country. Addressing a virtual public rally from Delhi for BJP activists of West Bengal today Mr. Prasad firmly said that India is now not the country which it was in 1962 during Chinese attack to India. He said that if  China tries to occupy Indian soil they will get befitting reply.


New Delhi has said it remains committed towards continuously strengthening the age old civilization ties of friendship between India and Nepal. Briefing media, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that on trade front, both sides have worked hard and diligently to ensure smooth flow of trade between the two countries. He said that even during the times of most stringent Covid-19 lockdown measures in India, the movement of trade in goods and supplies have continued smoothly.

Regarding embankment issue, Mr Srivastava said, repair and maintenance of embankments is being carried out regularly by the concerned state governments under the established mechanisms.


Union Home Minister Amit Shah today chaired a meeting through video conferencing to review the COVID19 situation in Delhi-NCR. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attended the meeting. Senior officials of Home Ministry and Health Ministry also attended the meeting.

During the meeting, Mr Shah emphasized on adoption of more testing using Rapid Antigen Test Kits to help reduce infection transmission rate. He said, these kits can be provided by Government of India to Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. The Home Minister also focused on early hospitalization to reduce mortality rates.

He also focused on extensive use of Aarogya Setu and Itihaas App to help mapping of COVID in NCR.

Mr Shah said, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana can avail AIIMS-Telemedicine consultation through which patients will get advice from experts.


Delhi government today formed a 12-member expert committee to explore economic reform measures to help businesses recover from the impact of Covid 19. The committee will do a comprehensive analysis and make suggestions regarding the measures which should be initiated by various departments, autonomous bodies, local bodies, and MCDs to help the people and the businesses in the time of COVID-19 pandemic. Vice-Chairperson of Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi, Jasmine Shah, will head this committee. The order passed by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority regarding the formation of this committee noted that the committee will explore reform measures that improve ease of doing business in Delhi and shorten the process of economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19. It will also explore the possibility of renewal or automatic extension of existing licenses issued by the various department and local bodies.


Delhi Government said that a total of two thousand 442 new confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in the city during the last twenty four hours taking the total number of cases to 89 thousand 802. There are 27 thousand seven active cases in Delhi.

Delhi Health Bulletin confirmed that a total of 59 thousand 992 people affected with corona virus have cured so far and the recovery rate reached to 66.80 per cent in the city. In a single day, one thousand 644 people have recovered and 61 deaths have been registered in Delhi taking the overall toll to two thousand 803. During the last 24 hour, nine thousand 913 RT-PCT tests and 10 thousand 43 rapid antigen tests were conducted in Delhi.


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today inaugurates the Plasma Bank for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. The facility has been set up at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi. Addressing the media in New Delhi today, Mr. Kejriwal said, Plasma Bank will remove the hurdles faced by the patients to get the Plasma therapy. He appealed to the people to come forward in large numbers to donate the Plasma.

"The interested donors can call to 1031 and can whatsapp at 8800007722 to donate the plasma. Afterwards, doctors will get in touch with the interested donors and will confirm their eligibility. Only those people can donate the plasma, who was earlier infected with the corona virus and now recovered. People between the age group of 18 to 60 having the weight above 50 kilogram can donate plasma for COVID19 patients. Women who have given birth or the persons with chronic health issues are not eligible to donate plasma. The plasma will be given only after the preion of the Doctors. Delhi was among the first few states to get ICMR approval to conduct trials with plasma therapy, which is still at trial stage. ICMR has initiated the PLACID Trial and the sample size of the study is 452. Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi."


The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients is fast moving to touch 60 percent in the country. Currently, the recovery rate is 59.52 percent. During the last 24 hours, 11,881 patients have been cured taking the cumulative figure to over 3. 59 lakh. Presently, there are 2,26,947 active cases and all are under medical supervision.

Maharashtra with 93,154 cured cases, is leading in the list of 15 States in terms of absolute numbers of COVID-19 recovered cases followed by Delhi with 59,992 cured case and Tamil Nadu with 52, 926 recovered patients. In a statement, Health Ministry said, the coordinated efforts at all levels of government for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 are showing encouraging results with consistently increasing gap between recoveries and active cases. As on date, there are 1,32,912 recovered cases more than the active COVID-19 cases. Timely clinical management of COVID-19 cases has resulted in more than ten thousand daily recoveries.

As per the “Test, Trace, Treat” strategy, there has been a steady rise in the samples tested every day with more than 90 lakh samples being tested till date. In the last 24 hours, over 2. 29 lakh samples have been tested.

The testing lab network in the country is further strengthened. With 768 labs in the government sector and 297 private labs, there are as many as 1065 labs in the country.


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed to exercise caution over traffic movement in districts which are close to national capital region. He said that restraints over movements in NCR districts can check the Covid spread. Meanwhile 10 days long intensive surveillance drive in all the districts of Meerut division started from today and will be run in state on the lines of pulse polio campaign.

"More than 7 thousand 5 hundred Health teams today visited households in all districts of Meerut division and did screening of all family members in a house whether they are having any Covid symptoms or not. Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath today said that this campaign should run on the lines on Pulse Polio drive and has instructed officials to increase the number of teams to 15 thousand while putting them according to Village Panchayats and local wards. Health department of the state has made 50 thousand extra Antigen test kits available in Meerut division. Additional chief secretary health Amit Mohan Prasad said today that currently more than 65 hundred covid help desks are active in the state which will prove important in breaking the chain of corona. Around 25 hundred suspected covid patients have been identified through these desks. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


Even though Maharashtra is seeing a rapid increase of Covid 19 cases, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope today said, there is no evidence of community spread in the state till now.


In Jharkhand, the state government has decided to postpone the world famous Shravani Mela held in Deoghar this year in view of spread of novel Corona virus infection. Chief Minister Hemant Soren has said that organising such a huge fair is a big challenge before the government amid COVID-19 pandemic. 

"The state government is not in favor of organizing such a big fair from public health point of view to prevent corona infection, as millions of devotees from all over India and abroad visit Deoghar during Shravani Mela. MP Nishikant Dubey has filed a PIL in Jharkhand High Court recently, advocating for opening of temple premises describing it as a matter of public faith. The High Court has reserved its verdict on this petition for tomorrow. Meanwhile, in the video conferencing held today with DCs of Deoghar and Dumka districts, Chief Minister Hemant Soren has instructed that no buses from any state should reach to the borders of Deoghar and Dumka districts and messages of postponement of Shravani Mela should be widely displayed through notices  on the state borders. Shilpi, AIR News, Ranchi."


In Tamil Nadu, the total Covid-19 cases crossed the figure of ninety-eight thousand with 4343 people tested positive today. The new cases included 2027 in Chennai. The active caseload in the state remains at 41047. From hospitals, 3095 people were discharged after recovery. 57 others died of the disease, taking the toll to 1321 in the state. Nearly 32,500 people were tested for the virus in the last twenty four hours. The new patients include two members of the state legislative assembly belonging to the ruling AIADMK. They have been admitted to hospitals. The State Government has decided to give a monthly assistance of three thousand rupees for the next two years. The welfare measure is aimed at young advocates not to migrate to other professions due to the distressing situations.

"The Tamil Nadu Government is implementing an Advocates Welfare Scheme for more than three decades. Under the scheme, on the demise of the advocates, currently seven lakh rupees each is being given to their families. Now as an additional measure, the young advocates are going to be handed over a monthly dole of three thousand rupees for the next two years. The government has said in a statement that the help is necessary as it takes three to four years for a fresher to practice as an independent lawyer. Many point out that as courts are not functioning as usual now due to the lockdown, most of the junior advocates are facing difficult situations. During this time, there is the possibility of the young advocates migrating from their profession to other jobs. To support them, the government is bringing in the monthly financial assistance for the young lawyers. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


Kerala reported more recoveries than new covid cases today.

"State Health Minister K. K. Shailaja informed in an official press release that 160 new Covid cases were confirmed and 202 people recovered from the disease today.This is the highest number of Covid recoveries recorded in the state in in a day . Among the new positive cases, 106 persons are returnees from abroad while 40 people came from other states. 14 persons contracted the disease through contact .Presently there are 2,088 active covid cases in the State. 2638 persons had recovered from the disease so far in Kerala. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


Northern Railway has transported 92 lakh tonnes commodities during the two month of lockdown period and earned over one thousand 418 crore rupees. This is an improvement of almost 14 percent as compared to the same period of last year. General Manager Northern and North Central Railways Rajiv Chaudhry said, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all passenger train operations were stalled from midnight of 22nd March and the focus shifted to the Goods trains to maintain a steady supply of commodities. He said, Northern Railway has been running five thousand Tonne Jumbo trains from its various freight loading terminals spread across the states of Punjab and Haryana.


National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority is monitoring price increase of critical medical equipments for COVID 19 Pulse Oximeter and Oxygen Concentrators and also ensuring their sufficient availability in the country.

Health and Family Welfare Ministry has identified list of critical medical equipments and asked NPPA to ensure their availability. Government is committed for availability of life saving drugs and devices at affordable prices to the consumers. All the medical devices have been notified as Drugs and have come under regulatory regime of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Drugs (Prices (Control Order) from 1st of April.


Human Resources and Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today jointly launched the Drug Discovery Hackathon 2020. It is an online competition and anybody from anywhere in the country or world can participate. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Pokhriyal said, Drug Discovery Hackathon is first of its kind national initiative for supporting drug discovery process. He said, to attract international talent, the hackathon will be open to participation from across the globe from professionals, faculty, researchers and students. Addressing the participants, Dr Harsh Vardhan emphasized the need to establish the culture of computational drug discovery in the country.


Government has formed an expert committee to review the situation and submit its recommendations for the conduct of JEE and NEET examinations. In a tweet, Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said the committee consisting of DG, National Testing Agency has been advised to submit its report latest by tomorrow. It came in the wake of  prevailing circumstances and requests received from students and parents appearing for JEE and NEET examinations. They demand the postponing of the examinations in view of COVID-19 pandemic.


The Election Commission has defended its decision to allow voters above 65 years - Coronavirus positive as well as suspected patients to cast postal votes. The poll body said, the decision was taken to minimise their exposure in public, while not depriving them of their right to vote.

The Commission's response came after CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury wrote a letter to Chief Election Commissioner saying unilateral measures are being taken by the poll panel in altering electoral procedures without consulting political parties.

Keeping in mind the safety of senior citizens amid rising cases of coronavirus, the age limit for voters to opt for the postal ballot in Lok Sabha and assembly elections has been reduced to 65, which was earlier 80.

Responding to Mr Yechury's letter, Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar said, the decision to allow elderly and Covid-19 patients to cast postal votes was taken under the Representation of People Act, 1951.


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

Speaking to AIR News, Dr. Sonali Bali, Psychiatrist at Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neuro & Allied Sciences, New Delhi said that misinformation regarding COVID through multiple unverified sources has led anxiety related issues in people which manifests in the form of social stigma.


Government today rejected a whatsapp message claiming that it has approved and started giving out two thousand rupees relief fund to each citizen. In a tweet, Press Information Bureau termed it as fake. It said the fraud link given in the message is a Clickbait and urged people to beware of such fraudulent websites and whatsapp forwards.


The nominations for Padma Awards-2021 are open till 15th September this year. Home Ministry said, online nominations and recommendations for the Padma Awards to be announced on the occasion of Republic Day next year have started from 1st May, 2020. The Ministry said, the nominations for Padma Awards will be received online only on the Padma Awards portal www.padmaawards.gov.in.

The Padma Awards, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, are among the highest civilian awards of the country. Instituted in 1954, these Awards are announced on the occasion of the Republic Day every year.


Union Environment and Forest minister Prakash Javadekar today said urban forests are the lungs of cities, acting as Oxygen bank and carbon sink. Inaugurating a unique urban forest at the office of the CAG of India, Mr Javadekar said the urban forest with 12000 seedlings of 59 indigenous species will act as a role model for offices in Delhi. He said Miyawaki method of forest creation is used which could help in reducing the temperature by as much as 14 degrees and increase the moisture by more than 40 per cent.


Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Sadananda Gowda today congratulated officers of Department of Fertilisers and expressed gratitude to Railways Ministry for helping move 73 fertilizer rakes in a single day on 30th of June. He said that till date, this is the record number of fertilizer rakes moved in a single day.

During the month of June this year, average movement of Fertilizer rakes was 56.5 per day. It is also a record number for any June month historically.

The Minister assured that the Government is committed to make available affordable fertilisers at appropriate time to farmers. So far for ongoing Kharif season, the Central Government in close coordination with State Governments has ensured steady supply of fertilisers in adequate quantity to farmers across the country.


In Bihar, 31 people lost their lives and 11 people were injured in lightening and rain related incidents in nine districts of the state today. Most of the casualties are farmers and labourers who were doing agriculture related work in fields.

Seven people were killed in Patna followed by five in East Champaran and four each in Katihar and Samastipur. Other 11 people died in five districts of Sitamarhi  Sheohar, Darbhanga, Madhepura and Purnea.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar has expressed grief over loss of lives and announced ex-gratia of rupees four lakh rupees each to the next of the kin of the deceased. Mr. Kumar has ordered for free treatment to injured persons.


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

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be 38 degrees Celsius. The city will have mainly clear sky.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 17 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.

In Gilgit, there will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature will be around 16 degrees and the maximum could settle at around 34 degree Celsius.

In Muzzafarabad, the sky will be mainly clear. The minimum temperature will be around 22 degrees Celsius while the maximum is likely to go up to 40 degrees.

The National Capital Delhi will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. Minimum temperature will hover around 31 degrees Celsius and the maximum will settle at 40 degrees.

Mumbai is expecting generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be around 25 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 34 degrees.


More than 126 miners are reported to be killed in a Jade mine collapse in Hpakant township in Kachin State of northern Myanmar today. Dozens more are missing and unaccounted for till the reports last came in.

In a Facebook post, the Myanmar Fire Services Department said 126 bodies have so far been recovered from the site. The death toll is likely to go up as further details emerge.


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