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2030 HRS
12.07.2020
THE HEADLINES:

  • Home Minister Amit Shah says, government is committed to facing challenge of COVID-19 and resolute in overcoming the pandemic.
  • Health Minister Harsh Vardhan lauds selfless and dedicated services of medical staff and ITBP personnel at Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre in New Delhi.
  • COVID-19 recovery rate nears 63 percent.
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reviews implementation of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Package; Borrowing limits of States increased from 3 per cent to 5 per cent for 2020-21.
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, three terrorists killed in an encounter in Sopore area of Baramulla district.
  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviews flood situation in the state.

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Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the government is committed to facing the COVID-19 challenge and is resolute in overcoming this pandemic. The Home Minister said this while launching the Central Armed Police Forces-CAPFs nationwide tree plantation drive at Gurugam in Haryana today. He said, India is leading a successful fight in managing the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Mr Shah said, the battle against COVID-19 is being carried out under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with people's participation.


Mr Shah said, at a time when the health services of even the most developed countries were collapsing under its impact, the whole world was concerned how would India, which is such a big densely populated country with a federal structure, will fight this pandemic. He said, but today the most successful fight against this pandemic has been fought in India. Mr Shah said, the country is on a strong pedestal in the fight against COVID-19 under the leadership of the Prime Minister with the motto ‘One People, One Thought, One Nation.


The Home Minister said, in this fight, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) are playing a very important role, whether it be markets, railway stations whether state governments have sought support in managing crowded places or the local police sought the support in enforcing the lockdown. He saluted the Corona Warriors of the CAPF who not only provide security and fight terrorism, but also set an example before the nation and the world by being during deployment on COVID-19 duty, without bothering about their own life and safety.


Mr Shah said, the CAPFs have lost more than 31 personnel to the pandemic and paid his respects to them on the occasion. The Home Minister said, the nationwide CAPF tree plantation drive has set a target of 1.37 crore saplings. He said, people should harness natural resources and not exploit them. Mr Shah said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the Paris World Environment Summit where he cautioned the world against over exploitation of Nature and the world accepted the Modi Formula in the Paris Declaration on tackling Climate Change. He said, the CAPFs must ensure that the tree plantation drive should not be seen as the conclusion.

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Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today visited the Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre at Chhattarpur in New Delhi and reviewed the status of COVID-19 management at the centre. The ten thousand 200-bedded COVID Care Centre has been developed at Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB) as part of coordinated efforts of the Centre and Delhi Government to bolster the containment measures.

Dr Harsh Vardhan expressed satisfaction at the level of preparedness of the COVID Centre. He said, government has ramped up the public healthcare infrastructure across the country to combat COVID-19. He commended the coordinated efforts of the Delhi district authorities and ITBP personnel which resulted in building this facility in a record ten days.

Dr Harsh Vardhan visited the Nursing Stations of RSSB and lauded the selfless work and dedicated services being provided by the doctors, nursing staff and all others. After donning the PPE, the Health Minister interacted with nearly 12 patients and inquired about their health and wellbeing, in addition to the facilities and healthcare that they receive at the centre. The patients expressed satisfaction at the care they are receiving. He also visited the kitchen area of RSSB followed by an inspection of Stores. The healthcare facility follows naturopathy and protocols of Ayurveda for boosting immunity of the in-patients at the Centre. They are given Ayurvedic Kadha in the morning followed by meals as advised by dieticians and the day ends with milk with turmeric. Dr Harsh Vardhan also interacted with the 30 COVID volunteers who have themselves recovered from the infection and are now offering their services at the Centre. Calling them COVID Warriors, he thanked them for their contribution and dedication.

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The Government today said that the recovered cases of COVID-19 has exceeded active cases by over two lakh 42 thousand. Union Health Ministry said, focussed and coordinated steps taken by the Centre along with the States and Union Territories has led to a consistent increase in the recovered cases. Over 19 thousand people have recovered from COVID-19 across the country in last 24 hours, and the recovery rate has reached 62.93 per cent. More than five lakh 34 thousand COVID-19 patients have recovered in the country so far. The Ministry said, more than two lakh 80 thousand samples have been tested during the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of samples tested is over one crore 15 lakh 87 thousand. The testing per million for India is presently over eight thousand 396.

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A total of one thousand 573 new confirmed cases of Corona virus were reported in Delhi during the last twenty four hours. With this, the total number of affected people has reached one lakh twelve thousand 494. Delhi Government has confirmed that over 89 thousand people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, two thousand 276 people recovered and 37 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to three thousand 371. 

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The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to close all markets on every Saturday and Sunday in wake of rising number of Covid 19 cases. During these two days, the places would go under sanitization and cleaning work. Meanwhile, the ongoing three-days restrictions in the state will conclude tomorrow morning. These restrictions were imposed from Friday evening to contain the spread of Covid 19. More from our Lucknow Correspondent:

"Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath while reviewing a high level  meeting on unlock in wake of Covid-19 at Lucknow today said that in view of the corona transition, now all the markets will remain close on Saturday and Sunday and open 5 days from Monday to Friday. Briefing media Additional Chief Secretory Home Awanish Awasthi said Special programs of cleanliness and sanitization of all markets will run during weekly closure. He said industrial and economic activities will continue to work with social distancing. Banks will demain open on saturday. Chief Minister has instructed to carry out a intensive publicity on precautions and safety measures regarding Kovid-19 and People should be made aware that they should make mask a part of their life style. Meanwhile  after getting 1,388 news cases the total number of Corona cases in state has reached to 36,481. There are 12,213 active cases and 23,334 patients have got cured. MS Yadav, AIR news, Lucknow."

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Former India cricketer and Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Chetan Chauhan has tested positive for COVID-19. 72-year-old Chauhan underwent the test on Friday and report came Yesterday. He is admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi PGI hospital in Lucknow.

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At least 192 Odisha fire services personnel and 83 National Disaster Response Force personnel, who had tested positive for COVID-19 following their return from post-cyclone Amphan restoration work in West Bengal, have now recovered. Most of them have already resumed duty and are ready to fight back the Corona Virus all over again. We have a report :

"After tested positive for COVID-19, some of NDRF personnel feared that friends and colleagues might maintain distance from them. But when they joined their duties they find the workplace as same as it was before. They find their workplace very comfortable. Even after being tested positive for COVID-19 nothing could dampen their spirit. Speaking to AIR Assistant Commandant of NDRF, Munduli, Cuttack, Goura Shankar Patel said:

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The government had on May 24 sent a team of firemen, NDRF, and ODRAF to West Bengal to carry out post-cyclone restoration work. All of them returned on 5 June. After that, there were kept in institutional quarantine. Itishree Singh Rathaur, AIR News, Cuttack."

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In Maharashtra, after 16 employees of Raj Bhawan in Mumbai tested Corona positive, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari clarified that he has showed no signs or symptoms of Covid 19 and is not in self-isolation as he is hale and hearty. The Governor said, he has undergone all the relevant tests which have come out to be negative. Mr Koshyari said, he is discharging his duties in usual way but strictly adhering to the prescribed guidelines of social distancing, sanitization and wearing a mask. More from our correspondent:

"The Mumbai civic body said around 100 staff members of Raj Bhawan were tested on Saturday at state run JJ Hospital. 14 samples have tested positive for Covid 19 taking the total tally of positive cases to 16. The other two had already tested positive last week. The official said the staff members who tested positive are stable and asymptomatic. The civic body has carried out sanitisation process and sealed the staff quarters and Governor’s office for eight days and has put the staff members in quarantine. On the other hand, all the four bunglows of megastar Amitabh Bachchan have been sealed by the civic authorities after the actor along with his son Abhishek, and other members of the family tested positive for Covid 19. While Amitabh and Abhishek were admitted to a Mumbai Hospital yesterday; Amitabh’s wife Jaya Bachchan has tested negative for the virus. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai is doing contact tracing of all staff members and till now have identified 30 members as high risk contacts. After taking samples for test, they have been asked to quarantine in actor’s two of the four bunglows. Devapriyo Bhattacharjee, AIR News, Mumbai."

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Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu has asked people not to panic as surge in the COVID-19 pandemic after unlock is on expected lines. Posting series of tweets, the minister said that next two months will emerge as a big challenge in tacking the pandemic. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state has risen to over 36,000 including 613 deaths while 14,716 people have been discharged. Since the surge is acute in Bengaluru, the state government has announced complete lockdown from Tuesday evening for a week till July 22. Meanwhile former Chief Minister and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy has supported the Government on complete lockdown announced for Bengaluru urban and rural districts.

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Amid rise in COVID-19 cases, Kerala has declared triple lockdown in severe containment zones in coastal regions of the State. We have a report:

"Kerala confirmed 435 new covid cases today,  which is  the third consecutive day that the State is reporting over 400 cases. Increasing the seriousness of the situation, among the new cases 206 cases contracted the disease through contact, mostly in coastal areas. Triple lockdown had being declared in Manikyavilakam, Poonthura, Puthenpally in Thiruvananthapuram district, in Chavara and Panmana in Kollam dist, Pattanakadu, Kadakkarapally, Cherthala South, Mararikulam North, Kodamthurathu, Kothiyathoodu, Turavur and Arattupuzha in Alapuzha dustrict, Chellanam in Ernakulam district, Veliyamkodu, Perumbadappa, Ponani and Thanur Municipality in Malappuram district. The triple lockdown will come into effect from tomorrow evening 6 pm and will continue till July 23rd evening 6 pm. Only essential services will be allowed in the region. A full fledged rapid response team will be active in the regions. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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In Tamil Nadu, the complete lockdown at Madurai has been extended for two more days till Tuesday night. The state administration has said in a statement that the decision has been taken to screen more people at the ongoing fever camps so that the intensity of the Covid-19 spread could be reduced.

Meanwhile, the state health department has said, an order for the purchase of 43 thousand ‘finger pulse-oxymeters’ has been placed. The number of Covid-19 cases in the state has crossed one lakh thirty eight thousand with 4,244 people confirmed positive today. Our Correspondent has filed this report:

"Though there is apparently no letup in the everyday figure of Covid-19 cases across Tamil Nadu, Chennai is witnessing a remarkable improvement in the overall situation. The number for the past few days in the state capital is hovering around 1200 which was earlier fluctuating around the figure of two thousand. Dr Kolandasamy, a medical expert and former Director of the state department of public health says there are signs of Chennai developing herd immunity, though he warns that it should not lead to complacency among the people. He insists people continue to wear masks and follow social distancing.

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“In Chennai, the herd immunity has started improving. So the infection will start declining. And it will come to complete control by the time the herd immunity reaches the 60 per cent of the population. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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In Sri Lanka, a total of 94 persons were tested positive for Coronavirus today bringing the total number of infection cases to 2605. Health authorities are carrying out contact tracing and quarantine process to find out all positive cases related to the new cluster. The country is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections on 5th of next month as number of cases had come under control for the past two months and no case of community transmission was seen. However, the new cases have posed a fresh challenge to the government though election commission has denied postponement of elections. The ruling political party has cancelled public meeting for next three days to help prevent the spread of virus. 

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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. Ambuj Roy from the Department of Cardiology of AIIMS advises elderly people and those suffering from other diseases like hypertension and cancer to take extra precautions to avoid the infection.


Dr. Naresh Gupta of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital in Delhi tells people to maintain hygiene and social distancing.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme tonight will bring you a Special discussion on Covid-19. Professor Medicine, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Dr. Anupam Prakash will participate in the discussion. This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 pm. Listeners can ask questions to the expert on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reviewed the implementation of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Package pertaining to Ministries of Finance and Corporate Affairs. The government has decided that Global tenders will be disallowed in Government procurement tenders up to 200 crore rupees. In the review it was decided that no Global Tender Enquiry (GTE) shall be invited for tenders upto 200 crore rupees, unless prior approval is obtained from Cabinet Secretariat. Giving relief to contractors, it was announced that all central agencies like Railways, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Central Public Works Department will give extension of up to 6 months for completion of contractual obligations, including in respect of EPC and concession agreements.   The Finance Minister announced that the Centre has decided to accede to the request and increase borrowing limits of States from 3 per cent to 5 per cent for 2020-21 only in view of the unprecedented situation. This will give States extra resources of four lakh 28 thousand crore rupees.

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Government today extended relief to gems and jewellery sector by relaxing the requirement of re-import of cut and polished diamonds, which have been sent abroad for certification and grading, by three months. The decision was taken in view of Covid-19 pandemic situation. Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, CBIC said, the extended time period would be available to exporters to bring back cut and polished diamonds after due certification and grading by specified laboratories abroad. This extension will apply to all cut and polished diamonds that should have been re-imported between 1st Feburary to 31st July this year but which could not be brought back due to disruption on account of Covid-19 pandemic situation.

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The Special Operations Group (SOG) of Rajasthan Police has issued notices to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot along with some ministers and MLAs for making their statements in connection with luring of MLAs by offering money. The SOG had registered a case two days ago based on a phone recording done before the Rajya Sabha elections. Two people have also been arrested in this case. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of destabilizing the government. He also expressed confidence that his government is stable and will complete the full five-year term.

On the other hand, state BJP president Satish Poonia said that there is a constant rift between the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister. He said, the state government is divided into two groups and the Chief Minister is blaming the BJP to save his chair. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Gehlot has called a meeting of the Congress Legislative Party at 10.30 AM tomorrow amid the rapidly changing political scenario in the state. Earlier in the day, many MLAs and Ministers visited the Chief Minister's residence to meet Mr Gehlot. Congress MLA from Kishanpol seat in Jaipur, Amin Kagji admitted that more than 15 MLAs of the party are in Delhi. He also expressed confidence that all the MLAs will return to Jaipur by tonight or tomorrow morning. A report:

"Even before the Rajya Sabha elections, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot accused the BJP of destabilizing his government and horse-trading of MLAs. But Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot had said that all the MLAs are with the party. Now once again the Chief Minister has made similar allegations against the BJP. While Deputy Chief Minister and party state president Sachin Pilot didn't comment on these allegations. State BJP president Satish Poonia has said that the Chief Minister is trying to stop the party's discord by showing fear of ACB and SOG. Amidst the accusation, discussion throughout the day in the state were remain on about whether there is indeed a conspiracy in all these incidents, or is it the result of internal resistance within the Congress. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur."

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The Congress has sent its senior leaders Ajay Maken and Randeep Surjewala as central observers to Jaipur amid political crisis in Rajasthan. Sources said, the two leaders will meet and hold discussions with party MLAs.

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Amid reports of infighting in the Congress-led Rajasthan government, senior leader Kapil Sibal has said, he is worried for his party. In a tweet, the Congress leader questioned, whether the party will wake up only after the horses have bolted from the stables.

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Uttar Pradesh government has formed a single-member commission to probe into gangster Vikas Dubey case. According to the notification issued by the state government, the commission will be headed by Retired Justice Shashi Kant Agarwal with its headquarters in Kanpur. The commission will complete its inquiry within the two month period from the date of notification. Vikas Dubey was killed in an encounter on Friday after he tried to flee the police custody while being shifted to Kanpur from Ujjain when the vehicle carrying him met with an accident close to Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Vikas was the main accused in the killing of eight policemen in Kanpur.

Our correspondent reports that earlier, the Uttar Pradesh government had formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe cases related to dreaded criminal Vikas Dubey and his associates. This SIT will submit its report before 31st of this month. The SIT headed by Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay Bhoosreddy will have two senior police officers ADG Hariram Sharma and DIG J Ravindra Gaur as members.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, three terrorists were killed by security forces today in an encounter in Sopore area of Baramulla district. According to the police, a joint team of Sopore Police, Army's 22 Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF laid a Cordon-and-Search-Operation in Reban village of Sopore on a specific intelligence input. As the joint team encircled the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired upon them which was retaliated by the joint security team, triggering off an encounter in which three terrorists were killed. The identity of the slain terrorists is being ascertained. Search operation in the area was going on when the reports last came in.

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In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing along the Line of control in Naushara sector of Rajouri district in Jammu & Kashmir today. PRO defence, Colonel Davinder Anand has said that Pak army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing and heavy Mortar shelling along the LoC in Naushara sector at about 1930 hours. The Indian Army troop gaurding the fence are retaliating befittingly. The exchange of fire continued till reports last came in. The PRO defence said, there are no reports of demage to any property and loss of any life from our side so far. Details are awaited.

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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the flood situation in the state today. During the review meeting in presence of the Water Resource Minister in Guwahati this evening, the Chief Minister instructed his ministerial colleagues, MPs and MLAs to visit flood affected areas of the state and take stock of the rescue and relief works. Mr. Sonowal also ordered to repair the breached portion of the river embankments in a war footing manner. He also asked Deputy Commissioners to deploy SDRF and NDRF in rescue and relief efforts. Around 9 lakh people are reeling under the fury of floods in 21 districts. Flood water has also inundated several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Around 10 thousand people have been shifted to temporary relief camps by the district administrations.

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the enhanced rainfall activity over northeast India, Bihar, West Bengal and East Uttar Pradesh is expected to continue till tomorrow due to active Southwest Monsoon. Talking exclusively to AIR News, Director General, IMD, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said, regions witnessing less rainfall will now experiance heavy rainfall from 13th onwards.

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Now, Let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow. The National Capital, Delhi will witness a minimum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius and maximum around 36 degrees Celsius with generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle.

Mumbai will witness generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature will be around 33 degrees Celsius.

In the south, Chennai will see a generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between 26 and 37 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will witness partly cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershower. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be 27 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 35 degrees.

Onto the North, in Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 23 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 36 degrees Celsius. The city will observe mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 16 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 31 degrees. The city will observe partly clear skies with a few spells of rain or thundershowers or dust storms.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 18 and 32 degrees Celsius and thunderstorm with rain.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. It will witness minimum temperatures of 19 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees Celsius.

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Government said that for the first time, Indian Railways has loaded special Parcel train beyond the country borders to Benapole in Bangladesh with Dry Chillies from Andhra Pradesh. Guntur and its surrounding areas in Andhra Pradesh are well known for Chillies cultivation. The quality of this farm produce is internationally renewed for its uniqueness in taste and brand. The Railway Ministry said that earlier, the farmers and merchants in and around Guntur area were transporting Dry Chillies to Bangladesh in small quantities by road and that was costing around seven thousand rupees per tonne. During the lockdown period, they could not move this essential commodity by Road. The Ministry said, the cost per tonne for carrying by Special Parcel Express is only four thousand 608 rupees, which is very cheap and economical as compared to Road transport. This has helped the farmers and merchants of Guntur to market their farm produce beyond the country border by transporting the Dry Chillies in small quantities through Special Parcel Express.

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