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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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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi  welcomes foreign investments in renewable energy sector; Describes India as the most attractive market for clean energy.

  • COVID-19 fatality rate declines to 2.72 per cent in the country.

  • IRDAI gives its nod to Insurance companies to launch Corona Kavach Health Insurance Policies.

  • WHO sets up independent panel to review its handling of COVID-19 pandemic.

  • India's foreign exchange reserves touch all time high of 513.25 billion dollars.

  • India becomes second-largest foreign investor in UK.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed foreign investment in the renewable energy sector and said that India is seen as a model for clean energy. Calling solar energy "sure, pure, and secure", Mr Modi said India is one of the most attractive markets for clean energy.

Prime Minister was inaugurating Asia’s biggest solar project in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh through video link yesterday. The 750 MW plant in Rewa is the first renewable energy project to provide energy outside the state - to Delhi Metro. Mr Modi said he expects Madhya Pradesh to become a hub of clean energy in India with the addition of this project. The state currently has solar energy projects in construction at Neemuch, Shajapur, Chattarpur and Omkareshwar.

He said Solar energy is going to be a major medium of energy needs, not only today but in the 21st century. He said that Rewa's “ultra mega” project will reduce carbon dioxide emissions every year by about 1.5 million tonnes, which would have otherwise been a by-product of conventional energy sources.

He said solar energy will play a big role in Atmanirbharta or self reliance, and remains a core focus of the government.

On reducing reliance on imports, Mr Modi said the government has realised the need for commissioning many such other projects which would manufacture PV cells, batteries and storage equipment.


The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has issued a fresh advisory against fraudulent websites claiming registration under PM-KUSUM Scheme. The scheme provides for installation of solar pumps, solarization of existing grid-connected agricultural pumps and installation of grid connected renewable power plants.

The Ministry said, it has recently been noticed that two new websites have  cropped up illegally claiming registration portal for PM-KUSUM Scheme. The Web addresses of these fraud websites are www.kusum-yojana.co.in and www.onlinekusumyojana.co.in.  It said, the government is taking action against the miscreants behind these websites.  The Ministry said, details of such agencies are available on MNRE’s website www.mnre.gov.in.


India’s Covid-19 fatality rate has declined to 2.72 per cent. This is lower than the fatality rates observed in many other countries in the world. Union Health Ministry said, the focus of Covid-19 management in the country has been to keep the fatalities low. It was 2.82 per cent a month ago. Health Ministry also noted that 30 states and Union Territories have a fatality rate lower than the national average. Manipur, Nagaland, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sikkim have zero fatality rate.

The ministry said with the support and guidance of the Central government, the states and Union Territories have taken many steps like mapping of communities to focus on high-risk groups like the elderly/aged and population with co-morbidities, and providing special care to them.


The Union Government has said that the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients has reached  62.42 per cent. During the last 24 hours, a total of over 19 thousand COVID-19 patients have been cured, taking the cumulative figure of recovered cases to more than four lakh 95 thousand. There are over two lakh 76 thousand active cases and all are under medical supervision. Union Health Ministry said, the improvement in recovery rate is the result of aggressive testing that ensures early detection of patients. During the last 24 hours, over two lakh 83 thousand samples were tested. The cumulative number of samples tested is over one crore ten lakh. The testing lab network in the country is further strengthened with 835 labs in the government sector and 334 private labs. 


Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has allowed 30 general and health insurers to launch short-term ‘Corona Kavach' health insurance policies. The policy will cover medical expenses which occur due to Coronavirus disease.

The insurance regulator said that it is designed a standard Covid specific product addressing basic health insurance needs of insuring public with common policy wordings across the industry. The sum insured amount of the policy ranges between fifty thousand rupees to five lakh rupees.

This policy can be availed by persons between the age of 18 to 65 years. People can avail the Corona Kavach policy for Self, spouse, parents, parents-in-law and dependent children up to 25 years of age.

The IRDAI has said that the policy will also provide for any co-morbid condition triggered due to Covid-19 during the period of hospitalization.

The authority had issued clearance to 30 General and Health Insurance companies to market this Corona Kavach Policy.

Following the IRDAI order, several insurers have already announced the launch of the ‘Corona Kavach' policies for three -and-a-half months; six-and-a-half months; and nine-and-a-half months.

Home care expenses benefit up to a period of 14 days will also be covered in the policy for those seeking treatment within the comfort of their own homes, on the advice of a medical practitioner.


The Uttar Pradesh government will launch a massive sanitisation drive across the state today. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will himself monitor the drive aimed at containing Covid 19 in the state.

UP is under a series of restrictions for a period of 55 hours since last night. The restrictions, which started at 10 PM last night, will continue till 5 AM on Monday.

"A little amendment in restrictions were issued by Chief Secretary of state RK Tiwari yesterday evening before the imposition of 55 hours long restrictions period. Now all industrial activities will continue in state as usual, but adherence to the social distancing guidelines will be a must. Also, it will be compulsory to establish Covid desk in all industrial units.  Religious places will also remain open today and tomorrow. Meanwhile, special nodal officers have been appointed in all 75 districts for the massive sanitization campaign in rural and urban areas across the state. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will himself monitor this drive and officials have been asked to conduct photography of the sanitation work. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".


In Bihar, a fresh complete lockdown has been imposed in five districts of Nalanda, Vaishali, Begusarai, Jamui and Gopalganj beginning today due to an alarming spike in Covid-19 cases. With this lockdown is imposed in 15 districts of the state. Six days lockdown has been imposed in three districts of Nalanda ,Vaishali and Begusarai. In Jamui district, there will be  five  days lockdown. Lockdown has been imposed in four blocks of Gopalganj till July 18.

Meanwhile, with 352 new COVID-19 cases, the total number of cases rose to 14,330. In all, 10,251 persons have recovered so far.


In Madhya Pradesh, there has been a significant decline in the Corona death rate in the state in the last one week.

During this period, there were 22 deaths among 2 thousand and 53 positive cases, which is just 1.1 per cent.

"Sixteen thousand 657 people have been infected with Corona in the state up to now but 12 thousand 481 Corona patients have gone home after recovery so far in the Madhya Pradesh. Meanwhile, survey work of 66 per cent population has been completed under the Kill Corona campaign, launched to eliminate Corona in the state. During the survey, 55 thousand 799 samples have been taken, out of which 655 have been reported positive, the state’s Corona positive rate is 1.17 per cent. A large number of samples are being taken under the Kill Corona campaign. As per official information, the ‘Sarthak Light App’ is also very useful in controlling Corona. Through this app, 65 thousand people have got themselves registered in the state so far and 5 of them have been identified as positive and are being given treatment. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


The number of Corona cases in Gujarat has crossed 40 thousand mark, 875 new cases detected in last 24 hours. 14 patients have lost their lives taking the total death toll due to Covid-19 in the state up to 2024.

"With the detection of 875 new cases in Gujarat, the total cases reported till now have gone up to 40155. The maximum 202 cases reported from Surat city, while Ahmedabad city recorded 153 new cases. Four hundred and forty one patients have been discharged after recovery during the last 24 hours. With this, the total patients recovered from the Covid-19 have gone up to 28183. More than 4 lakh 49 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date. Meanwhile, the state labour department has fined a construction company in Ahmedabad for not following safety measures for workers on construction site. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


In Maharashtra, many district administrations and local Municipal Corporations are either imposing lockdowns or extending the duration in their jurisdiction to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. Steady rise is seen in number of Covid-19 patients in prominent cities like Pune, Thane, Kalyan and Mira- Bhayandar.

"Thane municipal corporation has decided to extend the previously imposed lockdown by one week till July 19 due to steep rise in Covid-19 patients. Kalyan Dombivali  Municipal Corporation has extended the lockdown till July 19. Neighbouring Mira- Bhayandar Municipal Corporation has also extended the lockdown till July 19. Three day lockdown has been in place in Vardha since yesterday. Nanded district administration has also announced lockdown from tomorrow which will continue till July 20. SHAILESH PATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI".


The Tamil Nadu Government is taking measures to promote convalescent plasma therapy on a large scale along with other clinical methods for Covid-19 treatment. It is in the process of establishing a blood plasma bank at the Government Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital in Chennai. Meanwhile, the state government has decided to permit IT firms in Chennai to function with 50 per cent of the staff from Monday.

"The Tamil Nadu Government has decided to further relax the conditions for the IT firms in the state capital from Monday. Currently, just ten percent of the IT staff are permitted to physically attend their offices. They are being encouraged by the government and the companies to work from home due to the pandemic. However, Chennai is witnessing a significant dip in the everyday record of new cases. Buoyed by the improvement, the Government has said in a statement that the IT firms can now allow half its total strength at a time in their office premises. However, it will be on condition that ninety per cent of them should be brought in company-arranged vehicles by following the safety protocols. It is considered to be a portend to more such relaxations if the situation continues to show improvement in state capital. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


World Health Organization (WHO) has set up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments. The announcement follows strong criticism by US President Donald Trump, who accused the WHO of being China-centric.

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have agreed to head the panel. The co-chairs will select the other members. The panel will then provide an interim report to an annual meeting of health

ministers in November and present a substantive report next May.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the magnitude of this pandemic has virtually touched everyone and deserved a commensurate evaluation.

More than 1.2 crore people have been infected by the novel coronavirus globally and over 5.48 lakh have died.

The US has formally informed the WHO that it is withdrawing from the UN agency in a year's time.


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

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

Dr Rakesh Garg of AIIMS in Delhi said that the spread of COVID-19 infection takes place through a person having a travel history as well as from those who have come in contact with the infected person.


Participating in AIR's live phone in programme on COVID-19, Dr Madhur Yadav, Professor of Medicine at Lady Hardinge Medical College advised people to follow proper respiratory etiquettes when going outside for work.


India's foreign exchange reserves have surged by a massive 6.47 billion dollars to reach a fresh all-time high of 513.25 billion dollars in the week ended 3rd July 2020. Foreign currency assets, a major part of the overall reserves, rose by 5.66 billion dollars to 473.26 billion dollars. In the previous week, the reserves had increased by 1.27 billion dollars to end at 506.84 billion dollars. The reserves had crossed the half-a-trillion dollar mark for the first time in the first week of June, when it had jumped by 8.22 billion dollars to reach 501.70 billion dollar mark.


The State-owned Union Bank of India has announced reduction in its marginal cost of funds-based lending rate - MCLR by 20 basis points across tenors. The new rates will be applicable from today. The revised one-year MCLR stands at 7.40 per cent as against 7.60 per cent earlier. The three-month and six-month MCLRs have been cut to 7.10 per cent and 7.25 per cent, respectively. This is the thirteenth consecutive rate cut by the lender since July last year. Another public sector lender Bank of Baroda has reduced its MCLR by five basis points across tenors from the 12th of July. The country's largest lender State Bank of India has also reduced its MCLR by 5-10 basis points for shorter tenors.


The NITI Aayog has organized a virtual workshop with 47 Central Ministries/Departments, in furtherance of the government's decision to monitor the performance of 29 select global indices to drive reforms and growth in the country. The virtual workshop was chaired by Cabinet Secretary, Rajiv Gauba. The methodology of stakeholder consultation; engagement with publishing and survey/data agencies; framework for state rankings, platform for information sharing; and monitoring mechanism were discussed at length in the workshop.

The 29 global indices, published by 19 international agencies, have been assigned to 18 nodal ministries and departments of the Government of India.


The Government has said that Fish Cryobanks will be set up in different parts of the country. This will facilitate all time availability of fish sperms of desired species to fish farmers. Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister Giriraj Singh announced this on the occasion of National Fish Farmers Day yesterday. He said, this will be the first time in the world when Fish Cryobank will be established. Mr Singh said, this will bring a revolutionary change in the fisheries sector in the country for enhancing fish production and productivity.


Union Agriculture Ministry is taking several measures to facilitate the farmers and farming activities at field level during COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry said, there has been satisfactory progress of sowing area coverage under Kharif crops. It said, rice has been sown in about 120.77 lakh hectare  area  as compared to 95.73 lakh hectare during the corresponding period of last year. Besides, about 64.25 lakh hectare area has been brought  under sowing of pulses as compared to 24.49 lakh hectare during the corresponding period of last year. 


Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers D V Sadananda Gowda has informed that the Atma Nirbhar Bharat programme announced by the Prime Minister has provided succour to more than 35 lakh MSMEs through extension of credit. Speaking to AIR News, the minister said that the programme will revive our economy and also make the country self reliant.

"Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers D V Sadananda Gowda has said that Atma Nirbhar programme will energize efforts to surpass challenges posed by the Corona pandemic. Speaking exclusively to AIR yesterday, he said, that Prime Minister has asked every Member of Parliament to ensure that the scheme reaches the beneficiaries.

"A very big and realistic Atma Nirbhar programme was announced for 20 lakh crore rupees.  Right from an individual in a remote corner of the village, all the industrialist right from MSME up to the biggest unit across the country. They have been taken care of. Practically, honorable Prime Minister has advised all the MPs to see that what all announcements made by him during this Covid under Atma Nirbhar Programme that needs to be implemented".

Shri Sadananda Gowda said that every individual should work towards making our country self-reliant. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru".


The Sixteenth Meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC)has agreed to maintain the ongoing communication both at the diplomatic and military level to ensure early resolution of the situation along the Line of Actual Control. The two sides recalled the agreement reached between the two Foreign Ministers on 17th of June as well as the agreement between two Special Representatives (SRs) during their telephonic conversation on the 5th of July. 

Both sides agreed to complete disengagement of the troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and de-escalation from India-China border areas for full restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas in accordance with bilateral agreements and protocols.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief at the loss of lives due to heavy rains as well as landslides in Arunachal Pradesh. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, his thoughts are with the bereaved families. He hoped that the injured will recover quickly. The Prime Minister said, all possible assistance is being provided to those affected.  In Papum Pare District, a house and 4 people in it were buried alive in a landslide at Tigdo Village yesterday morning.


National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has suggested some measures to be followed by the people during flood season so that the losses can be minimised. Taking to AIR News NDMA Member Kamal Kishore advised the people that before flood, they should keep their mobile phones charged for emergency communication and listen to radio, watch television and read newspapers for timely weather s.


India has become the second-largest foreign investor in UK. India invested in 120 projects and created 5,429 new jobs in the UK to become the second-largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2019. According to latest UK government data, India moved up a notch from its previous third-largest spot, representing an overall 4 per cent FDI increase.

The US remains the number one source of FDI for the UK, delivering 462 projects and 20,131 jobs, followed by India, Germany, France and China and Hong Kong. Australia and New Zealand were responsible for 72 projects and the Nordic and Baltic region 134, an increase for both regions.


Britain's Prince Charles has lauded India's 'sustainable' way of life amid Coronavirus pandemic saying that the country's diversity and resilience is a personal inspiration for him and much to teach all. Addressing India Global week 2020 through video link, he said India's philosophies and values have emphasised a sustainable way of life and a harmonious relationship could be humanity and nature. Prince Charles also said that he spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the importance of "sustainable living".


Take a look at the weather s for today.

In Jammu and Kashmir; the minimum temperature was 28 degree Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 36 degrees. The city is likely to have partly  cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust-storm.

In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 16 and 32 degree Celsius. The city is expected to witness partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 19 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees and the sky will be partly cloudy with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

Muzzafarabad may see partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The place witnessed a minimum temperature of 18 degree Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 38 degrees.

Chandigarh will see a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.The minimum temperature was recorded at 27 degree Celsius and maximum temperature will be around 35 degrees.

The national capital Delhi may witness generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature was recorded at 30 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 38 degrees.

Bengaluru is expected to have temperatures between 20 and 27 degree Celsius. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

Ahmedabad will also have a generally cloudy sky with light rain.  Minimum temperature in the city was 28 degree Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees.



  • Vikas Dubey shot dead is the lead across papers today."Gangster Dubey killed in encounter; story ends where it began, in Kanpur" is the Asian Age headline. The Times of India writes "Caught Alive, Brought Dead".

  • "New Delhi, Beijing agree on complete troops disengagement" highlights The Statesman. The Tribune reports "PLA pulls back boats from Pangong Tso". "Rajnath reviews LAC situation as Armies pull back" states The Pioneer.

  • On the battle on Corona, The Hindu reports "Commercial vaccine will take at least 12 months, say officials".

  • "Laying fibre optic cables tops PM's job scheme for migrants", the Hindustan Times observes, the activity emerged as the source of the most work in the Gareeb Kalyan Rozgar Yojna.

  • "SC okays summons via WhatsApp, email". The Times of India says, in a first, the Supreme Court on Friday agreed in principle that serving notices and summons to people through instant messaging services, would be legally valid. 


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