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PM Modi to lay foundation stone for nine highway projects worth over Rs 14,000 Cr in Bihar through video conference today            Govt says Minimum Support Price for farmers will continue            Railways starts running 40 clone trains with higher speed and fewer stops            Many states to partially reopen schools for students of classes 9-12 from today as per Unlock 4 guidelines            Sikkim govt imposes complete lockdown in Gangtok municipal area till Sept 27           

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2030 HRS
30.07.2020

2030 HRS.


30th July, 2020



THE HEADLINES:-


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserts, India’s relationship with partner countries is based on principles of mutual development and trust.

  • India says, disengagement process along LAC has not yet been completed although there has been some progress.

  • COVID-19 recoveries cross one-million mark in the country; recovery rate improves to 64.44 per cent.

  • Nagaland extends lockdown in the state till 31st August.

  • Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank says, new National Education Policy will transform school and higher education systems across the country.

  • Phase Five of Vande Bharat Mission to start from first August, to repatriate Indians from 23 countries.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India’s relationship with partner countries is based on principles of mutual development and trust. He said, India never commits into any relationship considering the financial implications or profitability. Prime Minister Modi was speaking today after jointly inaugurating the new Supreme Court building of Mauritius with his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth. The inauguration took place through video conference in the presence of senior members of Judiciary from Mauritius and other dignitaries from both the countries.


"History has taught us that in the name of development partnerships, nations were forced into dependence partnerships. It gave rise to colonial and imperial rule.  It gave rise to global power blocks. And, Humanity suffered. For India, the most fundamental principle in development cooperation is respecting our partners.That is why our development cooperation does not come with any conditions.  It is not influenced by political or commercial considerations.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Government and people of Mauritius for effective management of containment of the global pandemic in the island country.


"I congratulate the Government and people of Mauritius for the effective management of the COVID-19 global pandemic.  I am happy that India was able to support this effort through timely supplies of medicines and sharing of experiences."


The Prime Minister hailed India's special friendship bond with Mauritius and termed it as one which is based on deep rooted cultural linkages.  Mr. Modi reiterated India's commitment to the vision SAGAR which was enunciated by him in 2015. SAGAR, which stands for security and growth for all in the region, is India’s high level articulation towards its vision of participatory developmental works in the Indian Ocean.


Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth speaking after the inauguration of the newly constructed Supreme Court building said India has always been helpful in development goals of Mauritius. Mr. Jugnauth thanked India for the support towards completion of major developmental projects in the country.


The Supreme Court building has been constructed with Indian grant assistance of 30 US million dollars and has been constructed under the India-assisted infrastructure project in the capital city of Port Louis after the outbreak of Coronavirus.

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External Affairs Ministry today said the new Supreme Court building in Mauritius is another landmark project completed under India’s development partnership. Briefing media this evening, Ministry spokesperson said, this is an example of India's ability to implement such projects in various parts of the world. He said  the project has been completed on schedule and at a cost below the initial estimates. India is making development partnerships that are marked by respect for partners, diversity, care for the future and sustainable development. Mr Srivastava said, India's development partnership footprint transcends the globe and includes successfully completed diverse projects like a major housing project in Sri Lanka, the Parliament building in Afghanistan, Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Niger and improvement in health services through the emergency and trauma hospital in Nepal.

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India today said the disengagement process along the LAC has not yet been completed although there has been some progress. Briefing media this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the Senior Commanders of India and China will be meeting in the near future to work out steps in this regard. He said, the maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas is the basis of the bilateral relationship. The spokesperson said, India therefore  expects that the Chinese side will sincerely work together for complete disengagement and de-escalation and full restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas at the earliest as agreed to by the Special Representatives.

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The Health Ministry today said that the COVID-19 recoveries have crossed one-million mark in the country. Briefing media in New Delhi today, Officer on Special Duty in Health Ministry said, it was possible due to the selfless work, dedication and commitment to duty shown by our Doctors, Nurses and frontline Medicare workers. He said, recovery rate among COVID-19 patients increased from 7.85 per cent in April to 64.44 per cent today. He said, the recoveries are 1.9 times the number of active cases of COVID-19. The Health Ministry Official said, effective clinical management led to decline in COVID-19 case fatality rate from 3.33 per cent on 18th June to 2.21 per cent yesterday. He said, due to enhanced testing infrastructure, on an average 4 lakh 68 thousand 263 COVID-19 tests conducted daily from 26th to 30th July. The Health Ministry official said, from 88 lakh total COVID19 tests till 1st July, around 1 crore tests have been done in this month, leading to a cumulative number of more than 1.81 crore tests till today.


He informed that less than 10 per cent COVID-19 positivity rate in 21 states and Union Territories. Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir have less than 5 per cent positivity rate.

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Union Home Ministry has issued new guidelines for opening up of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones. The process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further in Unlock 3, which will come into effect from 1st of next month. The new guidelines issued yesterday are based on feedback received from States and Union Territories and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments. Activities in the Containment Zones shall be monitored strictly by State and UT authorities and the guidelines relating to containment measures in these zones shall be strictly implemented. The Health Ministry will monitor the proper delineation of Containment Zones and implementation of the containment measures. States and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities outside the Containment zones or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary. However, there shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods.

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In Gujarat, the state government today announced some relaxations regarding the guidelines issued for unlock 3. Our correspondent reports that a high level meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitin Patel in Gandhinagar in this regard.


"As per the decision made in the meeting CM announced relaxation from the night curfew in the state from 1st August. Shops can remain open till 8 PM while hotels and restaurant can remain open till 10 PM. As per the guidelines and SOP issued by the Central Government, Gyms and Yoga centers will reopen from 5th August. Mr Rupani said the state government will follow the unlock 3 guidelines issued by the Central Government. Aparna Khunt, AIR News, Ahmedabad."

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Nagaland Government has extended the lockdown in the state till 31st August. The decision was taken during a High Powered Committee, HPC on COVID-19 meeting held today.


"As Nagaland COVID-19 positive cases continue to surge, the Nagaland Government extended the ongoing lockdown till 31st August. Minister for Planning & Coordination, Neiba Kronu who is also the Government Spokesperson for COVID-19, informed that the High Powered Committee, on COVID-19 today, decided to continue the ongoing lockdown measures in Nagaland till August 31. The HPC also reiterated empowerment of the District Task Force on COVID-19 to take decisions on extension or imposition of total lockdown in the respective districts. Schools and colleges to remain closed during the lockdown.  Meanwhile, 48 fresh cases of COVID-19 has been reported today in Nagaland, taking the total confirmed cases to 1, 561. For Air News, Asonuo, Kohima."

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In Tripura, the State Government has extended the statewide complete lockdown for another five days till 4th of August. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said, three days of lockdown is not enough to break the chain of the pandemic. He said, if continuous lockdown is not enforced, then it would have no meaning.


Mr. Deb appealed to the people to to maintain social distancing, wearing mask and handwashing. He said only awareness can save everyone from the virus.


So far, the Covid, had claimed 21 lives in the state.

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The lockdown in Tamil Nadu has been extended till August 31st. In a statement in Chennai, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy said that full lockdown will be in force on all the Sundays in the month of August, just like in July. Outside containment areas in Chennai, offices are permitted to operate with 75 percent of the staff which was earlier restricted to half of the total strength. Meanwhile, the total Covid-19 infection in the state has gone up to nearly two lakh forty thousand with 5864 people testing positive today.


"For August, there is no change in the existing restrictions on public transport including air and rail services in Tamil Nadu. E-Pass is mandatory to travel from one district to another and from one state to the other. Provision and vegetable shops have been permitted to operate for an additional one hour from 6 am to 7 pm. Places of worship in rural areas with an annual income of up to ten thousand rupees are allowed to be kept open while others will remain out of bounds for the public. The decision on the extension of the lockdown has been arrived at after the chief minister spoke to the 12 different teams of officials, medical experts and the district collectors and after the Union Home Ministry announced the guidelines. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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In the backdrop of rising number of Covid-19 cases in Pune district of Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today visited the district and held a review meeting with various officials of the Civic bodies. Guardian minister of the district and deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and other ministers were present in the meeting. The Chief Minister directed the officials as well as the elected representatives to work with proper co-ordination to control the spread of the global pandemic.


"Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today underlined the need of collective efforts to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases and death rate in Pune. While listening to various suggestions from the ministers, civic officials and public representatives in the district he directed to maintain better co-ordination among administration, public representatives and citizens. Uddhav Thackeray also said that the private labs must submit their test reports to the civic bodies instead of giving them directly to the patients as the patients try to avoid hospitalization and their negligence is increasing the death rate in the incident. He also urged the civic bodies to take initiative to increase the number of beds for Covid patients and assured to give all possible assistance to them. Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai."

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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. Nand Kumar, Professor of Psychiatry, AIIMS suggested people to stay at home, spend time with family members and practice Yoga. 

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Jammu and Kashmir administration has considerably boosted and upgraded the health sector for ensuring providing better healthcare facilities to the people of the Union Territory. Apart from the previously established Government Medical Colleges at Jammu and Srinagar, the government established Five New Medical Colleges in Jammu and Kashmir with modern infrastructure.  Enormous steps and initiatives were taken to provide the best infrastructure, equipment and human resource to the people in the newly established Medical Colleges as per the MCI Guidelines.


"After getting the nod from the Union Health Ministry,  Health & Medical Education Department of Jammu and Kashmir established five new medical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir at Baramulla, Anantnag, Doda, Kathua and Rajouri. These medical colleges not only caters to the healthcare needs of the people but also imparts training to more than 1400 para medical aspirants. Following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, these medical colleges have proven a boon for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and have been at the forefront by providing uninterrupted services to COVID affected patients. The government is also mulling to set-up coronavirus testing laboratories in these colleges with all the modern infrastructure to tackle the prevailing situation. Meanwhile, under Mission Indradhanush, a significant number of women and children have been vaccinated in Jammu apart from two aspirational districts like Baramulla and Kupwara in the north Kashmir. This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar."

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Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana has become a ray of hope in the northern frontiers of Himalayas. People, who are cut off for six months from the rest of the world with limited resources, have proportionate income sources in Ladakh. The sparsely populated region has its challenges in health services. However, ever since the launch of the world’s biggest health care programme Ayushman Bharat medical attention has been taken care by the programme, in Ladakh region.


"Ayushman Bharat is progressing steadily in Ladakh region. Over 70 percent of people in Leh and Kargil have been issued Golden cards of Ayushman Bharat. Those who are not covered according to the 2011 census but eligible for the benefit under the programme are specially covered by the PM’s intervention. In Ladakh, ten public hospitals are empanelled to avail the health and medical benefits under Ayushman Bharat scheme. IN the cashless transactions, patients have to carry the Golden card get admitted and walk out from the hospital after the treatment. Entire process of Ayushman Bharat is seamless and hassle free for the beneficiaries. A ladakhi woman, who is undergoing dialysis for kidney ailments twice a week is all praise for Ayushman Bharat. With Anayat Ali Kargil, Ramesh Chandra, AIR News, Leh."

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Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank today said, the new National Education Policy-2020 will pave the way for the revolutionary change in school and higher education systems in the country. He said, this policy will establish India as a superpower of knowledge at the world stage.


In an exclusive interview with AIR News today, Mr. Nishank said, the aim of this new education policy is to open the door of opportunity for every child so that their holistic development can be ensured.


The Minister said, focus will be given to the extra-curricular activities and skill development of the children from the class 6th so that they attain skills by the end of class 12th. He said, interdisciplinary studies will be promoted in higher education by making it more flexible.


Mr. Nishank said, a Higher Education Commission will be set up which will subsume the educational bodies like UGC, NCTE and AICTE. The full interview can be heard tonight in the Spotlight programme on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.15 pm onwards.

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In Madhya Pradesh, academicians of the state have welcomed the new National Education Policy-2020. They say that this will pave the way for revolutionary change in the schools and higher education system of the country.


"Appreciating the new education policy, the academicians of Madhya Pradesh said that this will bring a complete change in the field of education. Vice Chancellor of Dr Harisingh Gour Central University, Sagar Prof RP Tiwari has said that the nation definitely needed such an innovative education policy.


Dr Raghavendra Mishra, Associate Professor at Indira Gandhi Tribal University, Amarkantak, said that the new education policy will yield pleasant results in the future. Dr Sonali Nargunde, Head of Journalism Department at Devi Ahilya University, Indore described the new education policy as a good step.


Academicians believe that the new education policy will open doors of possibilities for every child.-Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

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Phase Five of the Vande Bharat Mission is scheduled to start from the first of August. A total of 792 flights which include 692 international flights and 100 domestic flights have been scheduled under this phase to repatriate Indians from 23 countries. These include GCC countries, US, Cananda, UK, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, China, Israel, and Kyrgyzstan. Briefing media this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, these flights would cater to 21 different airports in India and repatriate a total of one lakh thirty thousand Indians stranded abroad. A total of 8 lakh 78 thousand 921 Indian nationals have returned till yesterday so far under the Mission. Of these, one lakh 7 thousand 452 Indians have returned from Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Pakistan and Bangladesh through land borders.

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In Bihar, the flood situation has turned critical as swollen Gandak, Bagmati and Kamla Balan rivers have inundated fresh areas. Two more districts Siwan and Madhubani have come under the impact of flood. With this, 40 lakh people of 14 districts spread over 972 panchayats  are reeling under the impact of flood. The worst-affected district is Darbhanga where about 14 lakh people are facing hardship of flood furry.The other affected districts are Gopalganj, Saran, Samastipur, West Champaran and Sitamarhi. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has instructed to step up relief and rescue operations in flood affected areas. Mr.Kumar asked the officials to provide all necessary health facilities and antigen tests to all people staying in the flood relief camps. He also asked for increasing the supply of rapid antigen kits in flood affected areas.


Gandak , Ganga , Mahananda and Kosi  rivers are flowing above the danger mark. Met department has forecast heavy rainfall in catchment areas of Nepal and across the state in the next 48 hours.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the passing away of Padma Shri awardee Ren Sonam Tshering Lepcha. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, Ren Sonam Tshering Lepcha was a multi-faceted personality who made outstanding efforts to popularise the great Lepcha culture. Mr Modi said, his works are respected across generations.

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Sikkim Chief Minister PS Tamang has extended condolences on the passing away of Lepcha folk musician, composer and lyricist Sonam Tshering Lepcha at the age of 92 today. In a social media post, Mr Tamang said that Sonam Tshering Lepcha was the first person from the Lepcha community to be aired on All India Radio in 1960. He was also known for promoting and reviving the Lepcha culture. Sonam Tshering Lepcha was awarded the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1995 and the Padma Shri in 2007 for his contribution to folk music.

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Amid the ongoing political crisis in the state, the Rajasthan High Court today issued notices to the Speaker and the secretary of assembly and concerned MLAs regarding the merger of six MLAs of Bahujan Samaj Party into the Congress. Hearing the petitions of BJP MLA Madan Dilawar and Bahujan Samaj Party, Justice Mahendra Goyal has asked all the parties to submit their reply by 11 August. Mr. Dilawar had filed a petition before Speaker CP Joshi regarding the merger of BSP MLAs with the Congress, which was rejected by Speaker. Mr. Dilawar has challenged the speaker’s decision in the High Court. Yesterday, the BSP also filed a petition in this matter, which has been accepted and attached with Mr. Dilawar's petition.

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Around one thousand Muslims converged at plains of Arafat in Saudi Arabia today as part of downsized pilgrimage due to coronavirus pandemic globally,for the main ritual of Haj. The mask-clad  pilgrims wearing Ehraam or seamless white robes listened the Haj- Sermon and offered afternoon and mid-day prayers together at Nimra mosque while maintaining physical distance.


Haj pilgrims will now be leaving for Muzdalifah  and offer evening and night prayers together. They will spend the night there under the open sky and will return to Mina tomorrow morning for animal sacrifice and symbolic stoning of the devil.

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Union Minister Piyush Goyal today said  the government is aiming to cover nation's length and breadth in optic fibres within next two years. Mr Goyal said digital is the way forward. Inaugurating CII National Digital conference on Ease of Doing Business for Atmanirbhar Bharat, the minister emphasized that slowly but surely single window concept will be achieved. He urged both industry and government should work as partners and industry will have to play a proactive role in helping government identify the tax evaders.


The Minister said that he is dedicated to policy simplification and asked for industry's feedback in areas where policy stability is possible.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today will bring you a Special discussion Programme on Covid-19. Dr. Avdesh Sharma, Senior Psychiatrist will participate in the discussion. Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No:1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.


This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.10 PM onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can listen to it on our mobile app news on AIR.

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In Assam, the district disaster management authorities will prepare and submit flood damages reports to the concerned authority for compensation. Talking to AIR News, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Jogen Mohan said that compensation to the flood hit people will be given as per norms. The Minister informed that steps are being taken to compensate for the losses caused by erosion. He said that the state cabinet will take a decision in this regard. Mr. Mohan said that 4 senior level officials have been deployed to assist flood affected districts. 15 lakh people are still marooned in the current wave of floods though the situation is improved.

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


The National Capital Delhi may have Thunderstorm with rain tomorrow. It will have a minimum temperature of around 25 degrees Celsius and maximum of 33 degrees.


Mumbai will experience a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature will be 25 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature will be around 27 degrees.


Chennai will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will hover between 26 and 28 degrees Celsius.


Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be around 27 degrees celsius while the maximum will be 34 degrees.


To the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 24 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 33 degrees celsius. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain.


In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be around 18 degrees  while the maximum will be 31 degrees. The city will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.


Ladakh will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will hover between 15 and 29 degrees Celsius.


In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 17 and 34 degrees Celsius. It will experience mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.


In Muzzafarabad, there will be  generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature will be 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature will be around 31 degrees.


Chandigarh will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city will be 25 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 31 degrees.


In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius. The city will have Generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers.

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