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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 says, efforts underway to increase  COVID-19 testing capacity to 10 lakh daily in coming weeks.
  • Prime Minister stresses on developing new health infrastructure and boosting existing infrastructure in villages.
  • Chhattisgarh government extends lockdown in hotspot areas till 6th August.
  • Directorate General of GST Intelligence books three firms for tax evasion of over 600 crore rupees.
  • Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to dedicate to people Guinness world record recognizing India's efforts in monitoring its wild tiger population.
  • IMD issues for heavy rainfall in Delhi-NCR for 29th and 30th July.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that at present, more than five lakh COVID-19 tests are being conducted in the country daily and efforts are underway to increase this capacity to 10 lakh in the coming weeks.

The Prime Minister was speaking after virtually launching three high throughput COVID-19 testing facilities yesterday. These facilities are located at the National Institutes of Indian Council of Medical Research, at Kolkata, Mumbai and Noida. He said that these hi-tech testing facilities will boost the testing capacity by almost 10,000 daily tests.

"देश के करोड़ों नागरिक कोरोना वैश्विक महामारी से बहुत बहादुरी से लड़ रहे हैं।आज जिन Hi-tech State of the art टेस्टिंग फेसिलिटी का लॉन्च हुआ है उससे पश्चिम बंगाल, महाराष्ट्र और उत्तर प्रदेश को कोरोना के खिलाफ लड़ाई में और ताकत मिलने वाली है।साथियों, दिल्ली- NCR, मुंबई और कोलकाता, आर्थिक गतिविधियों के बड़े सेंटर हैं। यहां देश के लाखों युवा अपने करियर को, अपने सपनों को पूरा करने आते हैं। अब इन तीनों जगह Test की जो उपलब्ध कपैसिटी है, उसमें 10 हज़ार टेस्ट की कैपेसिटी और जुड़ने जा रही है। अब इन शहरों में टेस्ट और ज्यादा तेज़ी से हो सकेंगे।"

Mr. Modi emphasized that due to timely decisions taken by the government, India is better placed in comparison with many other countries in terms of deaths due to coronavirus.

"साथियों, देश में जिस तरह सही समय पर सही फैसले लिए गए, आज उसी का परिणाम है कि भारत अन्य देशों के मुकाबले, काफी संभली हुई स्थिति में है। आज हमारे देश में कोरोना से होने वाली मृत्यु, बड़े-बड़े देशों के मुकाबले, काफी कम है। वहीं हमारे यहां रिकवरी रेट अन्य देशों के मुकाबले बहुत ज्यादा है और दिनों-दिन और सुधार रहा है। आज भारत में कोरोना संक्रमित होने के बाद, ठीक होने वालों की संख्या करीब-करीब 10 लाख पहुंचने वाली है।"

The Prime Minister said that it was imperative for the country to develop Corona specific health infrastructure at a fast pace. He noted that the Centre had announced a package of 15 thousand crore at the beginning of this health menace. Mr. Modi said, the country now has more than 11 thousand COVID facilities and more than 11 lakh isolation beds.

Speaking about the testing facilities, Prime Minister said, the country had only one COVID testing centre in January. He mentioned in a small span of time, there are almost 1,300 such labs in the country now.

Talking about efforts to contain the spread in rural areas, the Prime Minister mentioned the need to develop new health infrastructure as well as boost the already existing health infrastructure facilities in the villages. The Prime Minister said that apart from developing the physical infrastructure, the country has also managed to swiftly ramp up human resources including paramedics, ASHA workers, Anganwadis among others. He said, as health workers, they played a significant part in controlling the spread of the pandemic.

The Prime Minister forewarned people to be cautious during the celebrations of the festivals in order to keep the virus contained. He stressed that the benefits of PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojna should reach the poor on a timely basis and added that till the time a vaccine is not developed, people should adhere to the health guidelines following do gaz doori, wearing masks and hand sanitization.

"हमारे देश के Talented वैज्ञानिक कोरोना वैक्सीन के लिए तेज़ी से काम कर रहे हैं। लेकिन जब तक कोई प्रभावी दवा या वेक्सीन नहीं बनती, तब तक मास्क, 2 गज़ की दूरी, Hand Sanitization ही हमारा विकल्प है। हमें खुद भी बचना है और घर में छोटी-बड़ी आयु सभी परिजनों को भी बचाना है। मुझे विश्वास है कि कोरोना के खिलाफ लड़ाई, हम सभी मिलकर लड़ेंगे और जीतेंगे।"

The launch ceremony of the three high-throughput testing facilities was also attended by Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal along with ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava.


Speaking on the occasion, the Health Minister said, the government has planned to establish COVID testing facility in every district of the country. Dr Harsh Vardhan said that under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India undertook a preemptive approach towards containment of COVID-19. The Health Minister said, 97 per cent of the country currently has easy access to the testing facility. Dr. Vardhan informed that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) started validation centres at 24 places in the country for granting easy and speedy approvals to novel testing and treating techniques.  


India has created and maintained a new high of more than 5 lakh COVID 19 tests conducted in a single day over two consecutive days. Health Ministry said, this is the outcome of the Union Government's focus on aggressive testing, tracking and treatment policy to curb the spread of COVID-19.  On Sunday, India tested a total of 5 lakh 15 thousand samples and yesterday, a total of 5 lakh 28 thousand samples were tested.


Total recoveries from Covid-19 has surpassed 9 lakh mark. With this, recovery rate stands at 63.92 per cent in the country. The case fatality rate has further declined to 2.28 per cent in the country.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said, a total of nine lakh 17 thousand 568 people have recovered in India so far and 31 thousand 991 recoveries have been reported in past 24 hours.

The Health Ministry said, highest 49 thousand 931 new cases of Covid-19 have been registered in the country in one day taking the total number of cases to 14 lakh 35 thousand 453. Presently, the total number of active Corona cases in the country is four lakh 85 thousand 114. In a single day, 708 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 32 thousand 771.


The Chhattisgarh government has decided to extend the lockdown in hotspot areas till 6th of August following surge in COVID-19 cases. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel yesterday. Briefing the media after the meeting, State Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey said that in view of the spurt in COVID-19 cases in several major cities including Raipur, Durg and Bilaspur, a decision has been taken to extend the week-long lockdown enforced in these areas till August 6th.

All the district collectors have been instructed to continue the lockdown after reviewing the situation. District collectors have been instructed to ensure strict compliance with lockdown rules in Corona virus hotspots and take effective steps to check the spread of the infection. Most parts of Chhattisgarh are under lockdown since July 22nd.


In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Madhya Pradesh government has decided to hold final-year graduation and fourth semester post-graduation examinations through 'open book system' with students giving exams at their homes.

Similarly, students of first and second year graduation as well as students of postgraduate second semester will be given promotion to the next class on the basis of examination result of previous year and internal evaluation of current session.

In the open book system, the students will be able to write examinations at their home itself. Question papers will be made available to these students on their login ID and prescribed website. Examinees are required to submit their answer sheets at the collection centers. Students will also send answer sheets by post and email. The results of final year graduation and 4th semester post graduation will be declared by granting 50 per cent weightage of the marks obtained in previous years and 50 per cent weightage of marks obtained in the open book system. As many as 5.71 lakh students will appear in examinations of final year graduation and 4th semester post graduation. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


In Bihar, the number of Coronavirus positive cases is rising rapidly. The total number of cases in the state has risen to 41 thousand 111 with 2192  fresh cases. 27 thousand 844 people have recovered so far, while 13,011 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals.  255 patients died due to Coronavirus so far in the state. The recovery rate in Bihar stands at 68  per cent.


Gujarat recorded 1052 new coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours. The total number of COVID-19 cases detected so far in the state has risen to 56,874. According to official sources, 22 patients lost their lives yesterday taking the total death toll in the state due to Covid-19 to 2348. Our Ahmedabad correspondent reports that the recovery rate in the state has further improved to 72.75 percent.

"Out of 1052 new cases, maximum 204 cases have been reported from Surat city. Ahmedabad city recorded 144 new cases. Out of 13,146 active cases in the state, the conditions of 81 patients is serious. 1015 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 41,380. More than 6 lakh 67 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date. Out of these 25,474 tests have been carried out during the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has added 18  new areas in micro containment zones. Door to door surveillance and testing drives will begin in these areas. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Ahmedabad has appreciated various initiatives such as mobile van OPDs, dedicated Covid hospitals by the state government to contain the spread of coronavirus. Our correspondent reports that a report titled Management of Covid 19 pandemic in Gujarat’ was published by IIM Ahmedabad yesterday.

"The report analaysed various initiatives launched by government of Gujarat during the pandemic such as direct monitoring of Covid situation through CM dashboard, Anna Brahma Yojana, hydrogen balloon based surveillance active awareness campaigns and Public Private model in health infrastructure among others. The findings of the report says nearly 80 per cent of the 2,387 respondent citizens have expressed their satisfaction with the leadership of the CM during the time of COVID-19 pandemic. APARNA KHUNT, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD".


Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has informed that the state government will provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits and masks to hospitals in the state under the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Health Scheme. This has come as a big relief to the patients as the cost of PPE kits was incurred in their bills. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister has called for integrated COVID-19 treatment protocol in the state.

"Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed health officials to form an integrated COVID-19 treatment procedure by discussing Allopathy, Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Unani medicine streams. Representatives of various medicine streams made a presentation in regard to Covid-19 treatment alternatives before the Chief Minister yesterday. Mr Thackeray said that two sets of instructions can be formed for the state task force, which will issue them for public usage. According to Chief Minister's direction, prevention and treatment will be the two categories in which inputs from various treatment methods will be included. Nivedita, Air News, Mumbai".


Karnataka has crossed one lakh Covid -19 positive cases with 5324 fresh cases reported in the state yesterday. 1,847 people have recovered from the infection in the state taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 37,685 so far. 75 people succumbed to the disease yesterday, taking the death toll in the state to 1,953. 

"At present 61,819 active cases are taking treatment in various hospitals in the State. 28,224 swab samples were tested in 90 labs across the State and the total tests have gone up to 12,05,051. 1,470 new covid cases were reported from Bengaluru and the active cases have gone up to 33,816 in the city.  So far 12,189 people discharged from various hospitals in the city which includes 784 discharges yesterday. 26 patients lost their lives yesterday and the total deaths increased to 917 in Bengaluru.  Among the new cases  840 are reported from Bellari, 631 from Kaluburugi, 296 from Mysuru and 193 from Dharwad.  598 patients are in ICU in various hospitals in the state among them 329 are from Bengaluru. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU".


The Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) has booked three firms for tax evasion of over 600 crore rupees. An official statement said, a case was booked against  Fortune Graphics Limited, Reema Polychem Private Limited and Ganpati Enterprises, who were found involved in issuance of invoices without any actual supply of goods. It said, the case was detected and developed by the officers on further data analytics out of a case booked against one of the exporters, Anannya Exim, covered in the all India joint operation, launched by DGGI and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence in September last year against various exporters for fraudulently claiming IGST refund on the basis of ineligible input tax credit. The statement said, during the investigations conducted by the DGGI Headquarters, it has emerged that the three companies have issued invoices worth more than 4 thousand 100 crore rupees wherein tax amount of more than 600 crore rupees has been fraudulently passed on as ITC credit to different entities. In this regard, three persons have been arrested by DGGI for committing offences under GST Act and remanded for judicial custody by the Magistrate.


India has lodged a strong protest with the Pakistan High Commission on the reported incident where a Gurdwara has been claimed as the place of Masjid Shahid Ganj and attempts are being made to convert it to a mosque.

Gurdwara Shahidi Asthan is the site of martyrdom of Bhai Taru Singh ji at Naulakha Bazaar at Lahore in Pakistan.

In response to a media query regarding the matter, External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Anurag Srivastava yesterday said the Gurdwara is a historical place where Bhai Taru Ji made supreme sacrifice in 1745. He said, the Gurdwara is a place of reverence and considered sacred by the Sikh community.

India expressed its concerns in strongest terms on this incident and called upon Pakistan to investigate the matter and take immediate remedial measures. Pakistan was also called upon to look after the safety, security, well-being of its minority communities including protection of their religious rights and cultural heritage.


The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets flew out of France yesterday and will arrive in India tomorrow. The fighter jets will officially be inducted and join the Indian Air Force fleet at Ambala in  Haryana tomorrow. The fighter jets, built by French aviation firm Dassault, took off from the Merignac airbase in southern France's Bordeaux.

The five aircraft will be the first tranche of the 36 planes bought by India from France in a 59,000-crore rupees inter-governmental deal in 2016. The Rafale aircraft are covering a distance of nearly 7,000 km from France to India with air-to-air refuelling and a single stop at a French airbase in the United Arab Emirates. Indian Embassy in France in a statement said, the delivery of ten aircraft has been completed on schedule but five fighter jets will stay back in France for training Mission. The delivery of all thirty six aircraft will be completed on schedule by the end of 2021. First Rafale fighter jet was handed over to India in October 2019.


Defence Research and Development Organisation has launched its innovation contest ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’  to promote the innovators and startups of the country. The contest was launched on the 5th death anniversary of former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam yesterday. Dr Kalam, also known as missile man, had the vision of self-reliance. The scheme is being launched for emerging technologies to promote the individuals and startups for innovation in defence and aerospace technologies in the country.

Defence Minister Rajnath has also lauded the initiative and expressed happiness on the announcement of the contest for the 'Ignited Minds'.


Ayodhya, the City of Lord Rama in Uttar Pradesh, is getting ready for the Bhoomi Poojan for the construction of Lord Ram's temple. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will do the Bhoomi Poojan for Ram Temple on 5th of August. On the occasion, the Prime Minister will also launch development works in Ayodhya.

"More than 500 artists are working on the entry roads to Ayodhya and beautiful paintings are being made on the walls on these roads. Special decoration is being done on the route through which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will enter into Ayodhya. The Saga of Ramayana will be visible through paintings on the both sides of roads of Ayodhya. Mayor of the city Rhishikesh Upadhyay told AIR-

He said that two days before the auspicious Bhumi Pujan every building of Ayodhya will carry the saffron flag and many religious functions including Ram kirtan and reciting of Ramcharitmanas will be performed at every household of the ancient city. WITH RAJENDRA SONI IN AYODHYA, SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Grand Finale of the largest ever online hackathon in the world on 1st of next month  through video-conference. Announcing this yesterday, Human Resource Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal  Nishank said that the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon-2020 (Software) will be held till 3rd of August.

Mr. Nishank chaired a high-level meeting on Smart India Hackathon (SIH) and discussed achievements of the already conducted hackathons. He said that considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the Grand Finale for SIH-2020 will be organized online by connecting all the participants throughout the nation together over a specially-built advanced platform.


On the eve of Global Tiger Day, 2020 today, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar will dedicate to the people the Guinness world record recognizing the country’s efforts in monitoring its wild tiger population as the world’s largest camera-trap survey of wildlife. India now has nearly 70 per cent of the global tiger population. The event is expected to be joined by around 500 participants from across the country.

The Minister is likely to launch the new website and Outreach Journal of the National Tiger Conservation Authority. The Heads of the Governments of Tiger range countries had resolved to double the tiger population by the year 2022. In this regard, Saint Petersburg Declaration on Tiger Conservation was signed by the countries in 2010. In the meeting, it was decided to celebrate 29th of July as Global Tiger Day across the world to create awareness on tiger conservation.


Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that the Ministry of Earth Sciences is a unique organization in the world which looks holistically at all branches of Earth Science. He said, India is the only country with a fully-dedicated ministry solely addressing all the aspects of Earth Sciences. He added that this helps in developing an integrated approach in planning and resolving major concerns in a holistic manner with least time delay.

Dr Harsh Vardhan was speaking at an event to celebrate the Foundation Day of the Ministry of Earth Sciences yesterday. The Ministry was formed in 2006 by a merger of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, the Earth Risk Evaluation Centre and the Ministry of Ocean Development.

On the occasion, the Ministry of Earth Sciences launched the mobile App "Mausam” for IMD. Users can access observed weather, forecasts, radar images and be proactively warned of impeding weather events.This mobile app is available both on Playstore and Appstore.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an for heavy rainfall in the national capital tomorrow and on Thursday. It said, Delhi-NCR is very likely to experience moderate rain with one or two spells of heavy rainfall of more than 65 millimetres during 29th and 30th July.

IMD said, at present, the monsoon trough is running close to the foothills of the Himalayas and it will start shifting southwards from today. It will be close to Delhi-NCR from this evening till Thursday. During this period, southwesterly winds from the Arabian Sea and easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal will reach Haryana, Delhi-NCR, west Uttar Pradesh and northeast Rajasthan. Under the influence of these systems, heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur over these areas.


Mumbai received intense spells of rains throughout the night yesterday. Intense to very intense spells of rain has also been recorded across the city this morning between 5 am and 7 am.  It has been raining intermittently since Sunday night in Mumbai and adjoining areas.

The continuous downpour has led to water logging in many low lying areas of the city including Dadar and Hindmata, Andheri milan subway, Kurla among others.


Today's weather forecast

The National Capital Delhi may experience generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature was recorded at 28 degree Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 37 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The city witnessed a minimum temperature of 26 degree Celsius and will have a maximum of around 33 degrees.

In Chennai, the temperature will hover between 26 and 34 degree Celsius. The city will witness generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle.

Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city recorded a minimum temperature of 28 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature will be nearly 35 degrees.

In Jammu and Kashmir; the minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 34 degrees. The city is likely to witness thunderstorm with rain.

In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 19 and 32 degree Celsius. The city is expected to witness mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

Leh, Ladakh will also have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will hover between 18 and 29 degree Celsius.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 18 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 31 degrees. It is expected to have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

Muzzafarabad may witness partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The place witnessed a minimum temperature of 24 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature will be around 35 degrees.

Generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers is expected in Itanagar. The minimum temperature was 24 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 28 degrees.

Guwahati is expected to have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature in the city was 24 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 30 degrees.

Chandigarh will see generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was recorded at 27 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 34 degrees.

Ahmedabad will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature in the city was 27 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees.

Generally cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm expected in Patna. The temperature will fluctuate between 28 and 34 degree Celsius.


Newspaper Headlines

  • The firstfive Rafale fighter aircrafts on their way to India marking a new milestone inIndia-France defence cooperation is the story that gets top billing in most ofthe newspapers this morning. "5 Rafale jets on way, India ups diplomaticgame against China" writes Indian Express.

  • "Indiabans 47 Chinese apps, lists 250 more" leads Mail Today.

  • The Pioneer quotes Rahul Gandhi as saying"I'll continue to speak truth about PLA intrusion".

  • "Governorreturns Gehlot's request for Assembly session with queries" writes BusinessStandard. "Gehlot petitions Prez, dials PM Modi" informs theTribune.

  • Referring tothe war against Covid-19, theAsian Age writes "Right decisions at right time: India is better off,says PM".

  • "Indiahands over locomotives to Bangladesh to bolster 'Neighbourhood First'policy" says the Statesman.

  • A"800kg fish was caught off Bengal coast, likely a Manta Ray by a group offishermen" informs the Hindustan Times.



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