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09th July, 2020


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, India is performing, reforming, transforming and offering new economic opportunities.

  • Prime Minister assures of all possible assistance to people during corona crisis.

  • Health Ministry says, there is no sign of community transmission of COVID-19 in the country; Recovery rate improves to over 62 per cent.

  • Diplomatic and military officials of India and China to continue their meetings to take forward the process of disengagement and de-escalation.

  • In Chhattisgarh, 25 Maoists surrender in Dantewada district of Bastar division. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India is performing, reforming, transforming and offering new economic opportunities. He said, this is an India which is adopting a human centric and inclusive approach for the development. In his inaugural address today at the India Global Week 2020, Mr. Modi said, India is playing a leading role in the global revival and the country is ready to do whatever it can to further global good and prosperity.

"On one hand India is fighting a strong battle against the global pandemic. With an increased focus on people's health, we are equally focussed on the health of the economy. When India talks of revival it is  revival with care, revival with compassion, revival which is sustainable - both for the environment and the economy. We in India belong to the culture where Mother Nature is worshipped by everyone. It is believed in India that the Earth is our Mother and we are her children."

Mr. Modi said, it is natural to link global revival and India and the two factors are contributing immensely in this revival; one is Indian talent and the other is India’s ability to reform and rejuvenate.

"In these times, it is natural to talk about  revival . It is equally natural to link global revival  and India. There is faith that the story of global revival  will have India playing a  leading role. I see this closely linked with two factors. The first is- Indian talent. World over, you have seen the contribution of India's  talent-force."

He said, India is a power-house of talent that is eager to contribute and Indians are natural reformers who have overcome social or economic challenges.

On the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. Modi said, India is fighting a strong battle against the global pandemic with an increased focus on people's health and the country is equally focused on the health of the economy.

"Indians have the spirit to achieve what is believed to be impossible. No wonder that in India, we are already seeing green-shoots when it comes  to economic recovery. In this time of a pandemic, we have provided relief to our citizens and undertaken deep structural reforms. We are making the economy: more productive, investment friendly and competitive."

The Prime Minister invited global companies to invest in India. He said, India is one of the most open economies in the world and invite global companies to come and establish their presence in India. He assured that very few countries will offer the kind of opportunities India provides today. He said, there are many possibilities and opportunities in India like agriculture, MSME, Defence, Space and Pharma sectors.

He said, Atma Nirbhar Bharat is not about being self-contained or being closed to the world, but it is about being self-sustaining and self-generating.

India Global Week is a three day virtual conference based on the theme ‘Be the Revival: India and a Better New World’. During the India Global Week 2020, five thousand global participants from 30 nations will be addressed by 250 global speakers across 75 sessions.


The Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Kashi can develop as a big export hub of the country and become an inspiration for Atmnirbhar Bharat. The Prime Minister was interacting through video conferencing with representatives of various social organizations and institutions in Varanasi on relief efforts carried out by them during COVID-19.

The Prime Minister said that projects worth more than 8 thousand crores are currently running in Varanasi and after recent decisions of central government new avenues are opening in sectors like handicraft, bee farming, dairy, garment industry and fisheries. 

"सरकार के हाल के फैसलों के बाद यहां की साड़ियां, यहां के दूसरे हस्तशिल्प के लिए, यहां के डेयरी, मत्स्य पालन और मधुमक्खी पालन के व्यवसाय के लिए नई संभावनाओं के द्वार खुलेंगे। बी-वैक्स की बहुत अधिक डिमांड दुनिया में है। इसको पूरा करने का प्रयास हम कर सकते हैं।मैं किसानों से, युवा साथियों से भी ये आग्रह करूंगा कि इस प्रकार के व्यवसाय में बढ़चढ़ कर भागीदारी सुनिश्चित करें। हम सभी के प्रयासों से हमारी काशी भारत के एक बड़े Export हब के रूप में विकसित हो सकती है और हमें करना चाहिए।"

The Prime Minister said that in this era of corona crisis Central government is trying to provide every kind of facility to the needy people and around 80 crore people are going to benefit from the schemes which are not just providing free ration but also giving free cylinders.


The Health Ministry said that India has effectively dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic and the country has the lowest caseloads and deaths in terms of its population in comparison to other nations. It said, there is no community transmission in the country.

Briefing media in New Delhi, the Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, India has 538 cases per million in comparison to the global average of 1497. In terms of death rate, India has 15 deaths per million compared to the global average of 69.3.

It said, people between the age group from 45 to above 75 constitute 26 per cent of the population and most of the deaths have been registered in this age group. It said, most of the 39 percent deaths have been registered in the age group of 60 to 74 which is eight percent of the total population.

The Health Ministry said, a total of four lakh 76 thousand 378 people affected with coronavirus have recovered in the country so far. In the past 24 hours, 19 thousand 547 people have recovered from Covid-19 and with this the recovery rate reached 62.08 per cent. The Ministry said, a total of 24 thousand 879 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country within 24 hours taking the total number of cases to seven lakh 67 thousand 296. This is the highest number of fresh cases recorded in India since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.


The total number of COVID-19 affected people in Madhya Pradesh has reached 16 thousand 36 with addition of 409 new cases in the last 24 hours. The Covid death toll in the state has risen to 629. Our correspondent reports that the state has one thousand 313 active containment zones.

"A total of 219 persons were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours taking the number of the recovered cases to 11 thousand 987. Meanwhile, the administration continued to ease restrictions and allowed paan shops to reopen in Indore, the worst hit district of the state, from yesterday. These shops can operate from 10 am to 8 pm. But, customers are not allowed to consume Paan, or smoke cigarettes by standing near these shops. They can purchase these items and take them away. Even dustbins are also not allowed to be kept outside these shops. The number of COVID-19 cases in Indore district rose to 4 thousand 998 after 44 new cases were found in the last 24 hours. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


In West Bengal, strict lockdown began in containment zones of the State from 5 this evening. The State Government has decided to re-impose lockdown for seven days in view of sharp rise of COVID cases in the State.

"The lockdown in Containment zones has come into force in all districts of the State. The Police has started Miking in these areas urging people for strict Compliance of it. According to the notification issued by the State, Government and Private offices in Containment zones will be closed. Employees residing in these areas will get examptions from attending Office both in Public and Private sectors. Markets, Shops, trading activities, movements of transport, all non essential services will also be closed during lockdown. The local administration will arrange supply of essential items to the  residents of Containment zones. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR News, Kolkata."


With rising number of COVID cases in Mumbai and neighbouring Thane district, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today urged the NGOs to come forward and adopt settlements in the slums of Mumbai and to conduct door-to door tests of people. He said, in Thane too, the municipal corporation should rope in the NGOs  to fight the battle against Coronavirus.

"Apart from asking the adminstration to take aggressive steps to combat the further spread of Covid-19, Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray today said the NGOs can act as a link between the municipal corporation and citizens. Thackeray said where the Mumbai municipal corporation has not implemented "chase the virus" strategy there the NGOs should go and implement this concept. Furthermore, they should conduct tests in different households and after conducting tests if anybody is found symptomatic then he should be admitted to official Covid Care Centres. The Chief Minister said private hospitals should also put on display about the treatment which they have rendered to Covid-positive patients and also about the vacant beds available with them. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


Kerala continues to report surge of Covid cases, with 339 positive cases being confirmed today.

"The State recorded highest local transmission cases today as 133 persons contracted the disease through contact. The capital city Thiruvananthapuram recorded the highest number of covid cases with 95 new positive cases among which an alarming 88 persons got the disease through contact. Poonthura and Aryanadu regions are the worst hit where severe restrictions are being implemented along with widespread covid testing. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the situation is getting extremely serious. He urged the people to completely cooperate with the Covid Guidelines to contain the virus spread. Meanwhile 149 persons recovered from the disease today in the State. Presently 2895 active Covid cases are there in Kerala. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


The Central Team led by Union Health Ministry Additional Secretary Aarti Ahuja today met the Tamil Nadu Health Minister Dr C Vijayabhaskar and senior officials in Chennai today. They discussed in detail the various strategies being adopted to contain the spread of the Covid-19 disease in the state. Later the team members visited key health facilities and inspected the containment programmes in Chennai.

"The five member central team led by the Union Health Ministry Additional Secretary Aarti Ahuja has a mix of senior central government officials and medical experts. They include the Union Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade Joint Secretary Rajendra Ratnoo, who is nominated by the Centre as the official in charge of monitoring the pandemic situation in Tamil Nadu. After getting briefed by the state health minister this morning, the team visited the Government Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital in Chennai, a designated Covid-19 treatment facility in the city. The doctors there explained the clinical practices being followed and took them around the facility. The team later visited the fever camps being organized in some of the Chennai Corporation wards from where suspected cases are subjected to RT-PCR tests. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


The 18th meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers, GoM on COVID-19 was held in New Delhi through video conferencing under the chairpersonship of Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Dr Harsh Vardhan stated that as we move forward, the focus shall be on the management of COVID-19 through strict containment measures and surveillance; utilizing full testing capacity and focus on monitoring of co-morbid and elderly population. He pointed out that the aim is to reduce the Case Fatality Rate by early identification and effective clinical management.


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. Amarchand Bajaj, Senior Consultant in Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, New Delhi highlighted the importance of hygiene and how to maintain it to contain Novel Corona virus.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today inaugurated six new bridges built by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in the Jammu Division of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir through Video Conference. Minister of State, PMO, Dr. Jatinder Singh, Chief of the Army Staff M. M. Naravane, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and other senior officers were present during the occasion in New Delhi. AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that six bridges have been built at the cost of around 43 crores rupees. Of the six bridges, four bridges are in Akhnoor sector and two in Jammu-Rajpura area. Last month, the Central government had approved an additional 1,691 crore rupees for highway works by the BRO in Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

The people of the border were eagerly waiting for the formal inauguration of the bridge and have expressed their gratitude to Union Govt for mass scale development in the border area. 


External Affairs Ministry today said the diplomatic and military officials of India and China will continue their meetings to take forward the process of disengagement and de-escalation. In reply to a media query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the next meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs is expected to take place soon.

The Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question - National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a telephone conversation on 5th July. The spokesperson said the two Special Representatives had a frank and in-depth exchange of views on the recent developments in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas.

The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said that there have been some inaccurate and uninformed comments about the disengagement process and its implications. He said in the last few weeks, Ministry has made several statements spelling out categorically the position of the Government on different aspects of the current situation in the Western Sector of India-China border areas. They include India's position that recent Chinese claims to the Galwan Valley area are exaggerated and untenable and that the LAC must be strictly respected and observed as this is the basis for peace and tranquility in the border areas. They also include that neither side should take any unilateral action to alter it. He said India remains convinced of the need for maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas and the resolution of differences through dialogue. He stressed that at the same time, country is also strongly committed to ensuring its sovereignty and territorial integrity.


The 15th meeting of the India-European Union Summit will be held in virtual mode on 15th July. The Summit will be co-chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of European Council Charles Michel and President of European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. Briefing media virtually this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the Summit will review India-EU cooperation covering political and security relations, trade and investment and economic cooperation.


India has expressed concern over the possibility that F-1 visa students attending online-only classes in the US may lead to the return of large number of Indian students studying there. In reply to a media query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India has conveyed the concern to the US side. He said, the matter was raised by Foreign Secretary with his counterpart during Foreign Office Consultations. He said, India has urged the US that there is a need to keep in mind the role that educational exchanges and people to people relations have played in development of Indo-US relations. He said, the US has noted the concerns. Replying to a query on opening of Kartarpur Corridor, Mr Srivastava said there is an agreement on Kartarpur Sahib and India and Pakistan are currently consulting various stakeholders in this regard.


Phase Four of the Vande Bharat Mission is currently underway. Under this phase, 637 international flights have already been scheduled. These flights would service 29 airports in India.

As of 8th July, against a total number of 6 lakh 61 thousand 352 persons, who had registered their request with the Missions abroad for repatriation to India, over 5 lakh 80 thousand have returned. This number includes more than 97 thousand Indians who have returned through land border immigration checkpoints from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said in a virtual briefing that the demand of stranded Indians to return is now mainly from the GCC countries, Malaysia and Singapore. He said, Indian Missions are proactively working out modalities in repatriating citizens from remote areas.


The Civil Aviation Ministry today said, India and the UAE have allowed their airlines to carry people authorised to travel between the two countries. According to the arrangement, charter flights operated by UAE carriers to bring Indian citizens from UAE will be allowed to carry ICA approved UAE residents on their return journey. Indian carriers operating repatriation flights to bring Indian citizens from UAE to India will be allowed to carry the ICA approved UAE residents on the outward journey from India to UAE. On the India to UAE journey, these flights will carry only those passengers who are destined for the UAE.

The Civil Aviation authorities of both the countries have agreed to operationalise the arrangement from 12th July. This has been done as part of close stategic partnership between India and the UAE with a view to assisting UAE resident nationals who are presently in India to return to the UAE. This arrangement will be in place for a period of 15 days after which it will be reviewed as required.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the 750 MW Solar Project set up at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh to the nation tomorrow. This Project comprises of three solar generating units of 250 MW each located on a 500 hectare plot of land situated inside a Solar Park. The Solar Park was developed by the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited.

The Rewa Project has been acknowledged in India and abroad for its robust project structuring and innovations. It has received World Bank Group President’s Award for innovation and excellence. A radio report on this function, produced by AIR Rewa, will be broadcast by AIR Delhi on its Indraprastha, FM Gold and AIR Live News 24x7 Youtube channels at 5:20 PM tomorrow.


In Chhattisgarh, 25 Maoists today surrendered in Dantewada district of Bastar division. They have surrendered before Superintendent of police Abhishek Pallav at Kuakonda Police station. Three of the surrendered Maoists had reward of one lakh rupees each on their head. According to police, these rebels were allegedly involved in various naxal incidents. Police officials said that the surrendered Maoists will be provided necessary assistance as per the rehabilitation policy of the state government. Talking to AIR news Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallav said.


Hours after gangster Vikas Dubey was arrested in Ujjain today, the Madhya Pradesh police handed him over to their Uttar Pradesh counterparts this evening. Sources said, a police team from Uttar Pradesh came to Ujjain to take Dubey into their custody. They said, the gangster was handed over to the UP police, who took him to their state by road. Dubey was arrested in Ujjain this morning after a six-day manhunt following the Kanpur ambush in which eight policemen were killed.


Government today rejected a note circulating in media which claims that CBSE has released result dates for board examinations and also lists three websites to view the results. In a tweet, Press Information Bureau has termed it as fake. It clarified that  CBSE has not announced any date. The PIB said, such dates will be announced on CBSE official website or social media account.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today will bring you a Special discussion on Covid-19.

Dr. Suresh Kumar, Medical Director, Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital 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.


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

The National capital Delhi is expected to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. Minimum temperature in the city is likely to be 27 degrees Celsius and maximum 38 degrees celsius.

Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature in the city is expected to be 27 degrees Celsius and maximum 31 degrees celsius.

In Chennai, the minimum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius and maximum 37 degree celsius. The city will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle.

Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be 28 degrees Celsius while maximum will be 35 degree celsius.

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 36 degrees Celsius. The city is likely to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 18 degrees Celsius while maximum will be 32 degrees. The city will have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature will be 20 degrees and maximum will be 36 degrees Celsius. The sky will be partly cloudy with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

Muzzafarabad will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city will witness minimum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be 37 degrees.

Chandigarh will see generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city will be 27 degrees Celsius while maximum will be 33 degrees celsius.

Dehradun will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature will be 24 degree Celsius and maximum is expected at 34 degree celsius.

Bengaluru will experience minimum temperature of 20 degree Celsius and maximum 26 degree celsius.


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