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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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  • Disengagement with Chinese Army starts in Galwan Valley as per agreed terms in Corps Commander's meeting.

  • COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 60.85 per cent in the country.

  • In Kerala, week-long triple lockdown begins in Thiruvananthapuram.

  • Karnataka launches Weavers' Sammaan Yojana.

  • Uttarakhand suspends Kanwar Mela in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic; Requests devotees not to come to Haridwar.

  • Nation pays tribute to Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee on his birth anniversary; Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, his thoughts and ideals give strength to millions across the country.


This Disengagement with Chinese Army has started in Galwan Valley as per agreed terms in the Corps Commander's meeting of the two sides. Army sources said, Chinese forces were seen removing tents and structures at Patrolling Point 14. Our correspondent reports that rearward movement of vehicles of Chinese Army was seen at General Area Galwan, Hotsprings and Gogra. This development is in line with what the Corps Commanders agreed to on 30th of June at Chushul.

Government sources told AIR News this is a work in progress and they will have to wait till sunset to see up to what distance the Chinese have retreated. The Indian and Chinese Armies were locked in a standoff in eastern Ladakh recently.


The Union Government today said, a total of four lakh 24 thousand 433 people affected by Corona virus have recovered in the country so far. In the past 24 hours, 15 thousand 350 people  recovered from COVID-19 and with this, the recovery rate reached 60.85 per cent.

Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 24 thousand 248 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country during last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to six lakh 97 thousand 413. In a single day, 425 deaths were reported taking the nationwide toll to 19 thousand 693. Presently, the total number of active Corona cases in the country is two lakh 53 thousand 287.

Meanwhile, Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said a total of one lakh 80 thousand 596 samples were tested for Coronavirus by various laboratories in the country in the last 24 hours. So far, 99 lakh 69 thousand 662 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 one thousand one hundred and five laboratories across India have been given approval to conduct the test for COVID-19 including 788 government laboratories and 317 private laboratory chains.


India achieved a remarkable feat today by performing more than one crore COVID-19 tests since the outbreak of Corona pandemic in India. Starting from less than 100 tests per day, a multiple-fold increase in a few months was made possible by dedicated teams of various stakeholders including research institutions, medical colleges, testing laboratories, Ministries, airlines and postal services. More from our correspondent --

"The country is going through an unprecedented crisis due to Corona virus pandemic. To effectively deal with this situation, the government adopted the test-track-treat strategy for early detection and containment of the pandemic. Government promoted the indigenous manufacturers for developing equipments and materials required for COVID-19 testing to become self-reliant. In January this year, India had only one testing laboratory for COVID-19 at National Institute of Virology, Pune. Today, more than 11 hundred government and private laboratories chains are testing Corona virus samples across the country. ICMR is continuously ramping up its facilities by approving new laboratories, RT-PCR kits, True Nat Test, CBNAAT Test for COVID-19 testing. ICMR has also recommended the use of rapid antigen test kits for diagnosis of COVID-19 in containment zones in combination with the RT-PCR test. India is also producing high-quality, low-cost testing swabs which resulted in the production of millions of swabs in record time and at a fraction of the cost of the imported ones. However, in spite of these developments, access to testing still remains a huge challenge in a large country like India. ICMR has suggested to include additional testing methods to improve the access and availability of testing in various parts of the country. Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi."


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said the demand for plasma in Delhi is more than its supply. He said, the number of people who need plasma is more than those coming forward to donate it. He appealed to eligible people to come forward and donate plasma.

Addressing media in New Delhi, Mr. Kejriwal said, trials have shown that plasma therapy can help in the recovery of Corona patients. He said, our team is calling up people and requesting them to donate plasma. He asked the hospitals to give counselling to patients who have recovered from this disease and encourage them to donate plasma.

Recently, Delhi Chief Minister inaugurated a Plasma Bank for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. The facility has been set up at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi.

Our correspondent reports that interested donors can call 1031 and can whatsapp at 8800007722 to donate plasma. Afterwards, doctors will get in touch with the interested donors and will confirm their eligibility. Only those people can donate  plasma, who have recovered from Corona virus and completed the 14 day quarantine period. People between the age group of 18 to 60 having the weight above 50 kilograms can donate plasma for COVID-19 patients. Women who have given birth or  persons with chronic health issues are not eligible to donate plasma. The plasma will be given only after the preion of the Doctors.


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have paid tribute to the nationalist leader Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary today.

In a series of tweets, Mr Naidu said, he was an accomplished barrister, philosopher and educationist of great repute. Vice President said, Shyama Prasad Mookerjee was a great patriot who fought relentlessly to preserve national unity and total integration of Jammu and Kashmir into India. Mr Naidu said, his love for motherland will always remain an inspiration for every Indian.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, Shyama Prasad Mookerjee made exemplary contributions towards India’s development and courageous efforts to further India’s unity. The Prime Minister said, his thoughts and ideals give strength to millions across the nation.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar also paid tribute to Shyama Prasad Mookerjee. In a tweet, Mr Javadekar said, he was an eminent nationalist leader who laid down his life for the unity and integrity of India.


Home Minister Amit Shah today paid tributes to Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, on his birth anniversary. In a tweet, Mr Shah said, he was a visionary leader, who stressed on permanent solutions to India's problems and fought for them throughout his life. He said, Dr. Mookherjee also did very innovative work to improve education and industrial sector. He was also very supportive of the quality of education and research work. Mr Shah said, his dedication and sacrifice to keep Kashmir an integral part of India and for the unity and integrity of the country will always inspire countrymen.

Addressing a virtual rally for West Bengal from Delhi, BJP President J.P. Nadda said this is the first birth anniversary of the great leader after repealing of Article 370 of the Constitution by the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre. Mr. Nadda said, this is a befitting tribute to him for which Shyama Prasad Mukherjee sacrificed his life.


Air India will operate 36 flights between the United States and India from July 11 to July 19 under the Vande Bharat Mission. Air India said, tickets may be booked through Air India website only from 8 pm today. Under the fourth phase of the Vande Bharat Mission, Air India will operate 170 flights connecting India with Canada, the US, the UK, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Thailand, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Myanmar, Japan, Ukraine, and Vietnam.

India had resumed domestic passenger flight operations from May 25, 2020, after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown across the country. But International Air travel is suspended as of now. India's aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has announced that International air travel to and from India will remain suspended till July 31.


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

Talking to AIR News, Director at AIIMS in Delhi, Dr Randeep Guleria advised  people to aggressively follow the social distancing and hand hygiene norms to check the spread of COVID-19 infection.

Dr. Anant Mohan, Head of Pulmonary Medicine, AIIMS has advised people not to take medicine like Hydroxychloroquine or anti malarials without a preion by a doctor.


A Week-long Triple lockdown has begun in Kerala's capital city Thiruvananthapuram. More in this report --

"The capital city is in high and under strict police surveillance. All the 100 wards in Thiruvananthapuram corporation is closed.  All roads, except for an entry and exit road, leading to  city  is shut. Only essential services, is allowed. Public transport is not functioning. All the  Govt offices in the region remains closed. State Minister Kadakampally Surendran who is in charge of the district ,said that, the situation in Thiruvananthapuram is serious , extreme caution is the need of the hour as community spread is feared. He further said that all necessary arrangements will be done for the food and travel facility of the people who are stuck in the city amid the sudden declaration of triple lockdown. Deputy Police Commissioner informed that cases will be registered against those venturing out unnecessarily and the vehicles will be seized. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa launched Weavers Sammaan Yojana today. Under this scheme, 19,744 handloom weavers in the state will get annual financial assistance of two thousand rupees through Direct Benefit Transfer. The State Government has allocated 10 crore 96 lakh rupees under the programme. There are 40,634 handloom weavers registered with Seva Sindhu software. Out of them 37,314 applications for financial assistance have been approved. The Chief Minister said all the eligible handloom weavers will be given financial assistance under the Weavers Sammaan Yojana.

Speaking about another announcement made earlier to provide one-time financial assistance to workers employed in powerlooms, the Chief Minister said out of 1.25 lakh workers in this sector, one time financial assistance of two thousand rupees is approved for 8,897 workers.


In Uttarakhand, Police has issued a notice of suspension of Kanwar Mela due to COVID-19 and requested devotees not to come to Haridwar as the district's borders have been sealed. Earlier, Haridwar District Magistrate C Ravishankar said that Kanwariyas who enter Haridwar defying the ban on the annual Kanwar Yatra will have to serve a 14-day quarantine at their own expense.

The annual yatra, which sees a huge congregation of Kanwariyas in Haridwar to collect the holy Ganga water, was cancelled this year in view of the Corona virus pandemic. Our correspondent reports that  the District Administration is maintaining strict vigil in order to prevent entry of Kanwariyas into the city.

The month of Sawan, in the Hindu calendar, is of huge significance to devotees of Lord Shiva who go on Kanwar Yatra to Haridwar every year. But this year, the Uttarakhand Government has said, Ganga water will be taken from Har ki Pauri and sent to all states for the devotees of Shiva.


Maharashtra Government is mooting to cap the pricing of masks and sanitizers. A notification in this regard will be soon issued by the State Government. State Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope, who is in talks with the Food and Drug Administration Department  has intimated about the same to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar.  Mr Tope said, masks and sanitizers should not be charged exorbitantly. The government has already capped the pricing of hospitals and ambulances to ferry COVID patients.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will inaugurate Mahajobs portal today. This portal is expected to provide employment opportunities to the local unemployed and also fulfill the requirement of workers for industries. More from our correspondent -

"65,000 industries have been started in the state post lockdown. Maharashtra government has recently signed MoUs worth Rs 17,000 crore with various companies in the country and abroad. In addition, the state government has also started issuing licenses for new industries. In wake of these developments, the demand for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers has increased in industry sector. However, large number of workers have migrated to their hometowns due to lockdown triggered due to coronavirus. In such condition, the web portal 'Mahajobs' is expected to ensure that the industry does not face shortage of workers and also provide employment to the locals.  Job seekers need to upload their information on this portal. Once registered, job opportunities will be made available to these job seekers from various companies. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation Asia's largest 750 MW Rewa Ultra-Mega Solar plants in Madhya Pradesh via video conferencing on the 10th of July. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan informed this in Delhi yesterday. Our correspondent has more details --

"Rewa Ultra Mega Solar is established in the Rewa district of Vindhya region of Madhya Pradesh, with a total solar installed capacity of 750 MW. It is one of the largest single-site solar power plants in India and the world. A state government release also quoted that the Chief Minister has met Union Minister of State for Energy R K Singh and urged him to attend the inauguration programme.

The Chief Minister informed that due to the cancellation of the power purchase agreement of the Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company with Damodar Valley Corporation, the Western Region Load Observation Centre has banned any kind of short term bilateral deal.

He urged that this subject is under consideration in the Power Appellate Tribunal, so till the decision comes, the power purchase under short term bilateral deals should be termed valid. Giving his consent to take part in the inaugural ceremony, Union Energy Minister R K Singh assured all possible assistance in other issues. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


The operation and maintenance work of Modern Fish Market located in Port Blair which became functional from yesterday has been assigned to local fishermen's Self-Help Group to flourish employment opportunities under Atmanirbhar Bharat.  Sanitation is primarily focused in this Modern Fish Market which is equipped with all modern amenities for fish storage. A Report --

"To provide employment opportunities to vulnerable fishermen under Atma Nirbhar Bharat, the operation and maintenance work of Modern Fish Market has been assigned to Port Blair Fishermen Self Help Group. The Market became functional yesterday. It comprises 96 stalls with a total fish storage capacity of 5 tons. It was constructed by the Fisheries Department with an approximate cost of 2 crore rupees and later transferred it to the Port Blair Municipal Corporation, PBMC for its operation. The PBMC recently signed an agreement to hand it over to 11-membered Fishermen Self Help Group for three years. The market is equipped with all modern amenities like chill room and deep storage. Besides, a 12,000 Lt. rain water harvesting plant has also been established to meet water requirements and fish waste will be utilized in preparing manure. Fisheries has an important role in the island's economy and it is expected to create more employment opportunities for locals in the coming time. Gaurav Patwal, AIR News, Port Blair."

Meanwhile, in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 14 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported today. Six patients recovered as well. Now, the total number of active cases has reached 67. It includes eight travellers and six contacts of earlier positives. All the 14 persons found positive have been admitted to hospitals for treatment.

The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in the islands has reached 139 out of which 72 patients have recovered. Five areas in Port Blair have been categorized as clusters for containment of the virus. People are advised to take precautions and stick to the guidelines. Screening and sample testing are being carried out.


In Mizoram, not a single person tested positive for Corona virus infection in the last 24 hours and three patients were discharged after recovery yesterday.

According to an official statement, the tally of positive cases has reached 186 so far and out of which, 133 patients have been discharged after recovery and active cases stand at 53.


In Himachal Pradesh, the number of Corona-infected patients has increased to one thousand 65. Currently, three hundred 17 Corona positives are undergoing treatment in various hospitals while 724 patients have recovered from the infection so far. During the last 24 hours, 23 fresh cases were reported in the state.

Meanwhile, today is the 85th birthday of Tibetan spiritual guru, Dalai Lama but no function is being organized at his residence McLeodganj in Kangara district to check the spread of Novel Corona virus. Dalai Lama's Private Secretary Sachin Seton Samadup said that since January due to the outbreak of the Corona epidemic, the Dalai Lama has neither made any foreign visit nor given any teachings. He is conveying his followers through video conferencing.


In Assam, a 14-day lockdown has begun at Dima Hasao district from today. Official sources said that the step has been taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 cases. The Administration has urged people to remain inside during the lock down. In all, 735 new cases were detected yesterday in the state, out of which 552 are in Guwahati city. On the other hand, in a positive development 690 persons were discharged yesterday in the state.


In Arunachal Pradesh, the total lockdown in the Itanagar Capital Complex Region will be effective from 5 p.m. today. The week-long lockdown which ends at 5 a.m on the 13th of this month has been imposed seeing the rising COVID-19 cases in the Capital Region. Ten new COVID-19 cases were detected in the state on Sunday. With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state has increased to 269, of which 190 are active cases, 78 recoveries and one death. Meanwhile, two positive patients have also been released after recovery on Sunday.


Nagaland’s COVID-19 positive cases in crossed 600 mark today after 32 new positive cases has been detected. The total number of positive cases in the state has spike to 622.

Taking to twitter, Minister Health and Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom today informed that out of 356 samples tested, 32 fresh positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, out of which 20 are from Mon and 12 from Dimapur.

With a total of 622 positive cases, the state has now active cases of 391, while 231 have recovered.


In Tamil Nadu, a separate community kitchen to provide meals three times a day to people in quarantine has been operationalized in Madurai, where complete lockdown has been announced till 12th of July.

State Minister Udayakumar, Health Secretary Dr Radhakrishnan and others inspected the facilities set up to control the pandemic this morning. They have also overseen the Special COVID Centre as well as E-Councelling Centre set up in the corporation area.

The Minister also visited a Special Camp being held to screen possible COVID-19 patients. He is expected to preside over a review meeting of higher officials and department heads later today.

Complete lockdown is in place in Madurai Corporation area, Paravai Municipal area as well as the Thiruparakundram Panchayat area. It is notable that Madurai had recorded 238 new COVID-19 cases.

Thiruparakundram, near Madurai, where total lockdown is in place, is famous for the hillock, where one of the six Karthikeya temples of the state is situated.


BJP President J P Nadda today criticized Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for not attending a single meeting of Standing Committee on Defence. Mr Nadda, lamented that Rahul Gandhi continues to demoralize the nation, question the valour of armed forces and do everything that a responsible Opposition leader should not do. He also said, Congress has many deserving members who understand Parliamentary matters but one dynast will never let such leaders grow.


Gujarat received widespread rains during the last 24 hours. Jamnagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Porbandar districts on Saurashtra coast received heavy to very heavy rainfall. AIR correspondent reports that Ahmedabad city has also received light showers since early this morning. A report:-

"According to official sources, the 173 talukas of the state have received wide spread rains on Sunday. Out of these, 92 talukas have recorded more than 25 millimeter rainfall. Khambhalia taluka of Devbhumi Dwarka district recorded maximum 487 millimeter rains causing flood like situation. Ranavav in Porbandar district and Dwarka and Kalyanpur in Devbhumi Dwarka district have also received more than 275 millimeter rainfall. Sutrapada, Visavadar, Kutiana recorded 200 millimeters rainfall. One pick up vehicle drowned in flood water near Rajkot yesterday. Two persons reported missing in this incident. 4 teams of NDRF have been sent to the areas affected by heavy rains in Saurashtra. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


Union Minister Hardeep Puri has said the total number of flyers in domestic flights crossed 78 thousand yesterday. In a tweet, the Civil Aviation Minister said, domestic operations continue on a healthy and steady growth trajectory. There were 817 departures and 814 arrivals. He said, there was a total of one lakh 57 thousand 506 footfalls at airports yesterday.


The Indian Railways is taking decisive steps to transform itself as 'Net Zero' Carbon Emission Mass Transportation Network by 2030. It is endeavouring to be self reliant for its energy needs by utilising its vacant land for renewable energy projects. Railways is committed to utilize solar energy for meeting its traction power requirements and become a complete 'Green mode of transformation. Railways Ministry has decided to install solar power plants on its vacant unused lands on mega scale. The use of solar power will accelerate Rail Minister Piyush Goyal's mission to achieve conversion of Indian Railways to 'Net Zero' Carbon Emission Railway. The present demand of Railways would be fulfilled by the solar projects being deployed, making it the first transport organization to be energy self-sufficient. This would help in making Railways green as well as Atmanirbhar.


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

The National Capital Delhi is expected to have cloudy sky with Light rain. Minimum temperature was recorded at 26 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 35 degrees.

Mumbai will have a generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. Minimum temperature was recorded at 25 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 29 degrees.

In Chennai, the minimum temperature was recorded at 28 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 33 degrees. It will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle while in Kolkata, the minimum temperature was recorded at 27 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 32 degrees. It will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

Chandigarh will see a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 26 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 35 degrees.

Dehradun will have a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The Minimum temperature was recorded 24 degrees Celsius and the maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees.

In Hyderabad, the sky will be generally cloudy with one or two spells of rain. The minimum temperature was recorded at 22 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 28 degrees.

Bengaluru experienced a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 28 degrees. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle.

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was recorded at 25 degree Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 36 degrees. The sky will be partly cloudy with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was recorded at 14 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 33 degrees.

In Gilgit, the sky will be partly cloudy becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. The minimum temperature was recorded at 14 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 32 degrees.

The sky in Muzaffarabad will be mainly clear becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.


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