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  • Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan plunges into crisis after Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot declares open rebellion.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah praises security forces for their efforts to fight COVID-19 in the country.

  • Uttar Pradesh government issues guidelines to start next academic session in state universities; Undergraduate classes to begin from October 1.

  • Jammu and Kashmir government issues guidelines for arrival of tourists in the union territory; Tourism sector to open in phased manner from tomorrow.

  • Income Tax Department launches tool for Banks to ascertain TDS applicability rates on cash withdrawals.


Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan has plunged into crisis after Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot declared open rebellion. Mr Pilot claimed that the Gehlot government has been reduced to minority as over 30 Congress MLAs are supporting him.

In a statement, Mr Pilot said some independent MLAs have pledged their support to him. Mr Pilot said, he will not attend the Congress Legislature Party meeting scheduled to be held today. Mr Pilot had been incommunicado for about two days.

Pilot's supporters said he is camping in Delhi and is upset over a notice sent to him by Rajasthan police. The notice from the Special Operations Group (SOG) has sought time from him to record a statement on an alleged plot to topple the Gehlot government. Pilot supporters say the notice is meant to humiliate him.

Mr Gehlot had on Saturday alleged that the opposition BJP is trying to lure Congress MLAs to topple the state government. The BJP has dismissed the claim, saying the recent developments only reflected a power struggle between Mr Gehlot and Mr Pilot.

"The Congress has 107 MLAs in the 200 member assembly. It also has the support of two CPI-M MLAs, two MLAs from the Haratiya Tribal Party of India MLAs and one MLA of RLD. On the other hand, BJP has 72 MLAs and has the support of three MLAs of the Rashtriya Loktrantrik Party. The House has 13 Independent MLAs. However, there is a considerable difference in the number of MLAs of the two parties. But if 30 MLAs go with Sachin Pilot, then there may be difficulties for the Gehlot government. Mr. Pilot has neither given any statement nor has he resigned from the Congress State President and the party. In this context, next ten hours will be important for Rajasthan's power equation. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR news, Jaipur."


Home Minister Amit Shah has praised security forces for their efforts to fight COVID-19 in the country. He said, India is one of the most populous countries. Everyone thought how will a country like India battle COVID-19, there were apprehensions but today the whole world is witnessing how one of the most successful battles against COVID-19 has been fought here. Mr Shah said, in India's battle against COVID-19, all of our security forces are playing a huge role. He said, our security forces have proved that they not only know how to fight terrorism but also against the pandemic with help of people.

Mr Shah said, India is on a strong pedestal in the fight against COVID-19 under the leadership of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the motto ‘One People, One Thought, One Nation. Home Minister was addressing an All India Tree Plantation Campaign' run by the Central Armed Police Forces in Gurugram yesterday. Mr Shah said, the nationwide CAPF tree plantation drive has set a target of 1.37 crore saplings. He said, we should harness natural resources and not exploit them. The Home Minister said, however, today due to consumerism, this balance has been disturbed and as a result the we are facing the challenges of Climate Change and Global Warming. Emphasising on the important role played by trees in reducing pollution, Mr Shah said that various varieties of saplings have been chosen in this plantation drive such as peepal, jamun, neem, vatavriksh, burgud based on their oxygen giving capability and abilities to survive in different seasons.


Saplings were also planted by the jawans of Central Armed Police Forces in Chhattisgarh. The personnel of BSF, CRPF, ITBP and CISF - deployed in Chhattisgarh for Anti-Naxal operations, planted saplings in their respective campuses as well as in their places of deployment. The Inspector General of Border Security Force, J.S.N.D. Prasad said that by planting saplings, paramilitary forces are also playing their role in preserving and promoting the environment as well as to check the pollution and save the Earth.


In Tamil Nadu, complete lockdown in Madurai has been extended for two more days till Tuesday night. Originally it was planned till yesterday. Authorities said, the brief extension is aimed at screening more people through the ongoing fever camps so that the intensity of the COVID-19 spread in the city could be reduced. State health department said, an order for the purchase of 43,000 ‘finger pulse-oxymeters’ has been placed. The state tally of COVID-19 has crossed 1,38,000 with 4,244 people confirmed positive today.

"Doctors say ‘finger pulse-oximeters’ are considered crucial for monitoring the blood oxygen saturation level in COVID-19 patients. There are thousands of active and yet asymptomatic patients under home isolation and in Covid Care Centres. Doctors emphasize that when their oxygen saturation level falls below the threshold of 95, they need specialized medical care in hospitals. Therefore, the state health department is deploying more number of them not only for monitoring the health of patients but also to screen the people with suspected infection who come for the fever camps. The camps are being organized in Chennai and Madurai and other places where the caseload is more. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


In Bihar, fresh complete lockdown has been imposed in Sitamarhi district and extended in three districts of Nawada, Buxar and Supaul due to an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. With this lockdown is continuing in 19 districts across the state. Lockdown has been imposed in Sitamarhi district for eight days till July 20th. Lockdown has been extended till July 15th in Nawada and Supaul. On the other hand in Buxar lockdown will be upto July 17th. Except essential services all activities have been stopped in lockdown areas. For conveyance  public transport is allowed. However, private vehicles are limited to essential works only. Train and flight services have been allowed. Meanwhile, record number of 1,266 positive cases were reported during the last 24 hours. This is the highest number in a single day. Recovery rate in Bihar stands at over 73 per cent. 125 people have died so fare due to Corona in the state.


In Uttar Pradesh, restrictions imposed on the night of 10th July ended this morning. All markets, offices and other activities remained closed during this 55 hours long restriction period. From now on, the markets and other official institutions will open only for five days and restrictions will be in place for the remaining two days of the week. This step was taken in the wake of growing cases of COVID-19 in the state. Our correspondent reports special sanitation drive will be launched on weekends in the state.

"Under the special sanitation campaign launched on 11th and 12th July during restrictions period, cleaning and fogging was done in more than 77,000 villages and 9000 urban wards. Efforts for early identification of Covid patients continue in state. Door to door medical screening campaign which was launched in the districts of Meerut division on 2nd July ended yesterday. Same campaign will continue in 17 other divisions of state till 15th of July. Around 1,60,000 surveillance teams have surveyed more than six crore people of the state till date. Meanwhile Continuing with its efforts to increase daily COVID testing capacity, state has achieved the benchmark of testing 40,000 samples per day. Together with Tamilnadu, UP is the only other state to breach the 40,000 mark. More than 11 lakh samples have been tested till date in state. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".


In Jammu and Kashmir, restrictions on public movement and activities are being imposed in 88 areas notified as COVID-19 red zones in Srinagar after a sharp spike in cases in the district. Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Iqbal Choudhary ordered sealing off of all these 88 red zones. Authorities have been directed to disallow any movement and activities in these areas. No one will be allowed to move in or out of these areas. Medical teams are also being deputed in each of the areas. The DM has also issued orders for strictest punishments under the disaster management act and other relevant provisions of the law to those violating preventive guidelines. The fine for face mask violations has been enhanced to 1000 rupees whereas the violation of social distancing guidelines in red zones will be 10,000 rupees.


Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju will hold discussions with sports ministers of all states and union territories from tomorrow to figure a way forward as sporting activities begin to resume amid the gradual lifting of the COVID-19 lockdown. The two-day online meeting will review the action taken during the pandemic, and discuss resumption of sporting activities at the state level along with identification of budding talent through competitions at block and district levels. Mr Rijiju said, the country is in the second phase of unlock now and it is important to have a dialogue with the states to align the way forward for sports and youth related activities. The two day meet will also deliberate on plans to conduct Khelo India events and Youth Festivals later this year or early next year.


Uttar Pradesh government has issued guidelines to start next academic session in state universities. Classes for graduation first year will start from October 1st and that of post-graduation from November 1st. The government directed that the admission process for the graduation first year shall be completed by September 15th and for the postgraduate by October 31st. Online classes except for first-year students shall start from August 4th.

"A minimum of 45 days online studying will be ensured according to the syllabus and after that groups of students can be called for classes while maintaining the social distancing norms. Admission process for undergraduates and post graduates students will only be online and should be completed by 15th September and 31st October respectively. The examinations of 2020-2021 academic session of the universities will be held in March-April next year. All universities have been asked to upload their educational calender by 20th July and uploading of e content of the syllabus will start from today and will be completed by 31st of this month. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the educational calender was affected badly and Classes and examinations in all state universities have been inordinately delayed. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".


Jammu and Kashmir government has issued guidelines for arrival of tourists in the union territory. It has decided to open the tourism sector in a phased manner from tomorrow. In the first phase, tourism will be limited only to those arriving by air. The RT-PCR testing of all tourists on arrival has been made compulsory.

The tourists also need to have confirmed hotel bookings before visiting the Union territory. The proof of the same shall be checked on arrival. All tourists must have confirmed return air tickets also. Taxis or transport facilities need to be pre-booked via the hotel. J&K Tourism will provide a list of such hotels and travel agencies. Persons above the age of 65 should avoid coming on a tourism holiday.

Till the RTPCR test results show negative for COVID-19, the tourist will not be permitted to leave the hotel where the booking has been made. Test results usually arrive within 24 hours. If a tourist brings COVID-19 negative report from the point of their departure, they will not be required to remain isolated in their hotels. However, RTPCR testing shall still take place. Tourists testing positive shall be sent to a medical facility as per protocol. All tourists should have the Aarogya Setu app installed on their phones and shall be checked for 'safe' status on the app at the time of arrival before entering the premises.


Gujarat has recorded 879 fresh COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours. Total cases in the state have gone up to 41,897. Our correspondent reports that 13 patients lost their lives yesterday.

"Total deaths due to COVID-19 in the state have gone up to 2047. Out of 879 new cases, maximum 205 cases have been reported from Surat city.  Active cases in the state also crossed ten thousand marks. Out of  total 10,661 active cases, the conditions of 67 patients are serious and they are on ventilator. 513 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 29,189. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has added 14 new areas in Micro containment zones. Door to door surveillance and testing drives will begin in these areas from today. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


As part of its efforts to ramp up testing facilities in the wake of a sharp rise in Covid cases, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has inaugurated a COVID RT-PCR laboratory in Jalna city in Marathwada via video conferencing from Mumbai. He said that the state government has augmented various health facilities for people, and also ramped up tracing and testing.

"Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the government is planning to set up sample testing laboratories in all districts. While inaugurating a COVID RT-PCR laboratory in Jalna he said that some places in the state have temporary facilities but the government is planning to make them permanent. Public Health minister Rajesh Tope said that the results of samples will now be available quickly through the BSL-3 type new laboratory. He added that the laboratory can also test HIV samples. He assured that plasma and antibody testing machines will also be made available soon. Meanwhile, Latur district will be under lockdown from 15th to 30th July in the wake of rising covid cases. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai".


In Madhya Pradesh, the government will now run a Roko -Toko (रोको टोको) means stop and campaign for those who do not wear masks. As the Use of masks is mandatory in all public places in the state. Now selected voluntary organizations will provide masks to the people who do not wear masks in public places and will charge an amount of Rs 20 per mask from the concerned.

"In the guidelines issued by state government, it has been said that the collector will select voluntary organizations in the district for this work. The number of persons available ,credibility and efficiency of the organization will be taken into consideration while making the selection. Collectors will make available suitable places to these organizations for the distribution of masks. The selected organizations will be provided 100 masks created under 'Jeevan Shakti Yojana' on credit. On sale of the mask, the organizations will pay the concerned urban body at the rate of Rs 11 per mask. Meanwhile,the COVID-19 case count in Madhya Pradesh climbed to 17,632 with addition of 431 new cases in the last 24 hours. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you views of leading medical experts on COVID-19. Talking to AIR News, Dr. Nand Kumar, Professor of Psychiatry, AIIMS suggested to the people to stay at home, spend time with family members and practice Yoga. 

Dr. Sanjay Pandey of Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital, Delhi spoke about the use of the masks saying it is important to wear them while stepping out of home.


Participating in AIR live phone in programme on Covid-19, Dr Anupam Prakash, Professor of Medicine at Lady Hardinge Medical College said, since the antigen test is of diagnostic nature, a positive result confirms the Covid infection but a negative result requires further testing for infection.


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.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.


The Income Tax Department has facilitated a new functionality for Banks and Post offices through which they can ascertain the TDS applicability rates on cash withdrawals. Under it, the Banks and Post Offices can ascertain the TDS applicability rates on cash withdrawals  of above 20 lakh rupees in case of a non-filer of the income-tax return and that of above one crore rupees in case of a filer of the income-tax return. Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said, so far, more than 53 thousand verification requests have been executed successfully on this facility. Explaining the details of this facility, CBDT said that now the Bank and Post Office has to only enter the PAN of the person who is withdrawing cash for ascertaining the applicable rate of TDS.


Two aides of slain Uttar Pradesh gangster Vikas Dubey were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by a court in Thane, Maharashtra.  An official yesterday said they were held by Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad from Dhokali area of Thane. First Class Judicial Magistrate R.H. Jha remanded them in judicial custody for 14 days. After a precautionary coronavirus test, the duo has been shifted to Taloja jail.


Veteran Gujarati journalist, columnist, writer and political analyst Nagindas Sanghvi passed away in Surat yesterday. He was 100 and suffering from acute asthma. Mr. Sangvi was conferred Padma Shri award in the year 2019. He was in teaching career at Bhavan’s College Andheri from 1951 to 1980. Later he moved to Ruparel College, Mahim and Mithibai College, Vile Parle for teaching political science. He had written many books on Mahatma Gandhi, Gujarat and other subjects.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief on the demise of Sanghvi. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, his articles and books gave an understanding of history and philosophy and he had an extraordinary ability to analyze political events. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has also expressed deep grief and sorrow on the demise of the veteran journalist.


In Assam, 13 lakh people are affected due to floods in 24 districts. New areas have been inundated due to breach of river embankments. Several rivers are flowing over the danger level. 70 persons lost their lives due to floods and landslides so far in the state. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal instructed his ministerial colleagues, MPs and MLAs to visit flood affected areas and to take stock of the rescue and relief works. He also told Deputy Commissioners to deploy SDRF and NDRF in rescue and relief efforts. 21,000 people are staying at relief camps. The Chief Executive Officer of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority M S Manivannan told AIR that rescue and relief works are being carried out in the affected areas.


India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the enhanced rainfall activity due to active Southwest Monsoon is expected to continue till today over northeast India, Bihar, West Bengal and East Uttar Pradesh. Talking to AIR News, Director General, IMD, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said, the central India speacially Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Odisha, which are witnessing less rainfall will now experience heavy rainfall from today.


Take a look at today's weather .

The national capital Delhi may witness generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The minimum temperature was recorded at 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 36 degrees.

Mumbai is expected to have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The city witnessed a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius and will have a maximum of around 34 degrees.

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

Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers with a minimum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature will be nearly 35 degrees.

In Jammu and Kashmir; the minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 36 degrees. The city is likely to have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 16 and 31 degrees Celsius. The city is expected to witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 18 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees. The city may witness thunderstorm with rain.

Muzzafarabad may see mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The place witnessed a minimum temperature of 19 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees.

Chandigarh will see a generally cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was recorded at 23 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees.


West Indies won the first international cricket match since the sport's return after the coronavirus outbreak, beating hosts England in a thrilling first Test at an empty Ageas Bowl Stadium last night. The second test starts Thursday in Manchester.



  • "Rajasthan government in crisis as Pilot leads rebels out" states the headline in Hindustan Times. The Times of India terms it as "Desert Storm".

  • However, The Pioneer quotes the Congress as claiming that the Rajasthan crisis is over for now, after the CLP meeting.

  • On the coronavirus pandemic, The Asian Age headline reads, "28,637 new cases, 551 more deaths in 24 hours a record.

  • Stock market rally takes valuations to pre-covid levels, is the top news in BusinessLine. 

  • The top news in The Hindu quotes Indian officials as saying that China's moves along the LAC were likely planned for months and followed new mobilisation order by Xi Jingping.

  • UP sets up judicial panel to probe killing of Dubey, aides, writes The Hindu. The Times of India reports that the cop who was dubbed Dubey's mole fears he might be killed, seeks SC help.

  • And finally, The Pioneer headline reads, "Trump wears mask months after mocking its need". Potus masked at last, writes Hindustan Times.


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