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Country will have a COVID19 vaccine in the next few weeks: PM Modi            Covid-19 recovery rate in country improves to 94.20 pct            Polling for the third phase of District Development Council elections concludes            Counting underway for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections            Reserve Bank keeps repo rate unchanged at 4 %           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, India has to play an effective role in 21st century; necessary ecosystem to be prepared for innovation, research, design, development and entrepreneurship.
  • Addressing Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon Prime Minister lauds New Education Policy; Says it is reflection of aspirations of 130 crore Indians.
  • COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 64.52 per cent.
  • Government decides to export ventilators in view of declining mortality rate of COVID-19 patients.
  • And, Eid-ul-Azha being celebrated across the country today.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that in the 21st century and in a fast-changing world, India will have to swiftly change to play its effective role. Speaking at the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon this evening through video conferencing, Mr Modi said, with this thinking, necessary ecosystem is being rapidly prepared in the country for innovation, research, design, development and entrepreneurship. He said, the New Education Policy which was announced few days ago has been designed keeping in mind the thinking, needs, hopes and aspirations of the 21st century youth.

The Prime Minister said, it is not just a policy document, but also a reflection of aspirations of 130 crore Indians. He said, the 21st century is the era of knowledge and it is the time to increase focus on learning, research and innovation. He said, this is exactly what India’s National Education Policy-2020 does. Mr Modi said, the Policy wants to make your school, college and university experience, fruitful, broad-based and one that guides to the natural passions. He said, there is now systematic reform in India's education system and attempt is being made to transform intent and content of education. The Prime Minister said, New Education Policy emphasizes on inter-disciplinary study and it will ensure that focus is on what student wants to learn.

He said, it also emphasizes on making job creators instead of job seekers. Mr Modi said, the role of the youth is very important in achieving the goal of ease of living to give a better life to the poor. Students from different colleges and universities interacted with the Prime Minister and discussed about their innovative ideas.


Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today launched 'Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan, 2020-21. This initiative is a national programme for popularizing science among school students of Class 6th to 11th. It was designed to identify the bright minds with a scientific aptitude among the student community.

While launching the Vidhyarthi Vigyan Manthan, 2020-21, the Minister said, this is a platform to indentify the talent in the field of science and to promote the scientfic acumen among the students.

Appreciating the new National Educational Policy, he said, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this policy has been introduced which will create world class knowledge centre in India. 


Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan today announced the successful completion of pan-India 1,000 genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2. He also highlighted that 16 vaccine candidates are in different stages of development.

The Minister today held a meeting with Department of Biotechnology and reviewed the COVID-19 activities of DBT, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council. In the meeting, the Minister launched and dedicated to the nation the largest network of five dedicated COVID-19 Biorepositories established by Department of Biotechnology. These Biorepositories are situated at Faridabad, Bhubaneshwar, New Delhi, Pune and Bangalore. He complimented the efforts of Department of Biotechnology in the relentless war for mitigation of this Pandemic.


In Andhra Pradesh, eleven people lost their lives in a major mishap at Hindustan Shipyard limited today in Visakhapatnam. According to District Collector Vinay Chand, the accident took place when a heavy crane collapsed on the berth while doing load testing. Nine workers were killed on the spot, while two more workers died on the way to hospital. The accident took place when a huge crane collapsed suddenly while being inspected. Defence employees at the Hindustan Shipyard are carrying out relief operations.

State Tourism Minister Avanti Srinivas enquired about the shipyard accident. The Minister asked the officials to provide better treatment to the injured workers. Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed shock over the incident. He spoke to District Collector Vinay Chand and asked to take up all necessary steps to carry the rescue operations immediately. An Enquiry Committee has been formed to look into the reasons of accident as per CM's office, said District collector Vinay Chand. Visakhapatnam MP V. V. Satyanarayana has visited the accident spot to monitor the rescue operations.

Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya expressed sadness on the unfortunate crane collapse incident at the Hindustan Shipyard Ltd. In a tweet today, Mr. Mandavia said, he is saddened by the untimely death of workers. He prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.


The Union Government has set up a Departmental Inquiry Committee to investigate the causes leading to the accident in Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Visakhapatnam. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed condolences over loss of lives in the accident. He said, he was extremely anguished by the loss of lives at the facility and his thoughts are with the bereaved families. He also wished speedy recovery of the injured.


Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, who was admitted to a hospital in Singapore, passed away today. He was ailing for the past few months. He had earlier undergone a kidney transplant surgery. He was born in Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh. A former General Secretary of the Samajwadi Party, was once known to be very close to the party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and his Brother Shivpal Yadav However, in 2010, Amar Singh resigned from all party posts and was soon expelled from the party. He was later inducted in the party but his second stint with the SP came to an end after he was expelled from the Akhilesh Yadav-led party again in 2017.

The sitting Rajya Sabha MP, had been facing health-related issues for over a decade and had undergone a kidney transplant. He had been hospitalised in Singapore since March this year.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has expressed grief on the demise of Amar Singh. In a tweet, Mr Kovind said, Amar Singh was an able Parliamentarian.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu in a tweet today, expressed heartfelt condolences to his family.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet today, said Amar Singh was an energetic public figure and in the last few decades, he witnessed some of the major political developments from close quarters. The Prime Minister said, Amar Singh was known for his friendships across many spheres of life.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadakari and Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan also expressed condolences on the death of former Samajwadi Party leader.


The festival of sacrifice, Eid-ul-Azha or Baqraeed is being celebrated with religious fervour and due reverence across the country today. Most of the worshippers offered Eid Namaz or prayers in local mosques, adhering to physical distance.In some states, where lockdown is imposed, people offered prayers at their homes amid the pandemic. The Imams, who led the prayers, appealed to the people to celebrate the festival in the spirit of brotherhood while maintaining health protocols. Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his only son in obedience of God's command. In Kerala, Eid- ul- Azha was celebrated yesterday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Azha. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar conveyed his greetings to all the countrymen on the occasion. In his message, Prime Minister hoped this day will inspire people to create a just, harmonious and inclusive society. He also hoped that the spirit of brotherhood and compassion will be furthered. Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi offered prayers at his residence on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. In a tweet, he said, keeping in mind the social distancing norms due to the pandemic, he offered prayers from his home asking the Almighty for peace, prosperity and harmony in the country.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Eid-ul-Azha is being celebrated today. People offered prayers at their homes only since no religious congregations were allowed in Idgahs and Mosques in view of the prevailing unprecedented circumstances following the upsurge in the number of COVID cases reported these days. More from our Srinagar Correspondent: 

"Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu has extended his best wishes to the people of Jammu and Kashmir especially the Muslim community on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. He in his message said that this festival supports the spirit of sacrifice, benevolence and generosity towards others. He hoped that the auspicious occasion would further enhance the amiable atmosphere and provide light for prosperity and development in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. He prayed for peace, progress and prosperity in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. He urged the people of Jammu and Kashmir to celebrate this festival in compliance with the guidelines and norms issued by the administration, given the emerging situation. This is Sunil Koul for AIR News from Srinagar."


In an exclusive interview to AIR News, Jammu and Kashmir Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Secretary Sheetal Nanda said that the "Back to Village" initiative gave an opportunity to the officers to connect with the Panchayats and know about their needs.

Talking about economic potential in the region, she said that every Panchayat has a different potential and Back to Village programme can provide impetus to the village economy.


In Jammu and Kashmir, State Transport Department has said that the Administration is in the process of framing a policy with regard to registration and plying of vehicles older than 15 years in the Union Territory. The policy will be notified before the extension of validity period granted in view of COVID-19 pandemic expires.

AIR correspondent reports that the department has refuted the reports appearing in a section of print media regarding movement of vehicles having attained the life of 15 years. The Administrative Department had already issued directions to all the concerned for ensuring strict implementation of extended validity of the documents.

J&K Administration ordered for putting a complete ban on plying of 25-year old commercial/passenger vehicles on roads with effect from April, 2007.


Gujarat based and Asia's largest Banas dairy had come up with an innovative project to produce CNG from animal dung. Our correspondent reports that the Chairman of Banas dairy Mr Shankar Chaudhary made official announcement of the project today. Mr Chaudhary claimed this as country's first such endeavour. A report:

"Following the appeal by PM Narendra Modi on creating best from the waste, Banas dairy started country's first CNG pump in which Gober gas is being produced, purified and converted into CNG. The dairy is collecting over 40 tonnes of cow dung from the farmers around 25 villages. A total of 800 kgs of CNG is expected to produce daily under the project. The sale of CNG will begin from the pump in coming week. Mr Chaudhary said that the aim of the project is to increase the farmers income and make them self reliant. Aparna Khunt, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


Northern Railway today ran first-ever Vyapar Mala Express train. General Manager of Northern and North Central Railway Rajiv Chaudhry said, this train destined for Jirania in Tripura has 46 wagons. Wheat was loaded in 34 wagons at Guniana station of Firozpur Division by Food Corporation of India and in the remaining Rice and Pulses have been loaded. He said, Railways has earned more than 94 lakh rupees from this Vyapar Mala Express train. This is an express service where piece-meal stock will reach its destination in a shorter time.


Air Marshal V. R. Chaudhari took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command of Indian Air Force today. The Air Marshal took over command from Air Marshal B Suresh. Air Marshal V. R. Chaudhari was commissioned into fighter stream of the IAF in 1982 as a Fighter Pilot. During his career, he has flown wide variety of fighter and trainer aircraft. He has a flying experience of MiG-21, MiG-23 MF, MiG 29 and Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.


India has registered the lowest COVID-19 mortality rate at the global level. Today, the mortality rate has further declined to 2.15 per cent in the country. It is the lowest figure since the first lockdown was imposed due to Corona virus pandemic.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 10 lakh 94 thousand 374 people have recovered in the country so far and 36 thousand 569 recoveries were reported in the past 24 hours. With this, the recovery rate reached to 64.52 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research said that a total of five lakh 25 thousand 689 tests of Corona virus samples were conducted by the various laboratories within 24 hours. So far, one crore 93 lakh 58 thousand 659 tests have been conducted in the country. A report:

"The Central Government in collaboration with the States and Union Territories is continuously ramping up the health infrastructure in the country to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. There are 1,488 dedicated COVID Hospitals, 3,231 dedicated COVID Health Centres and 10 thousand 755 COVID Care Centres in the country. These hospitals and centres have the capacity of around 17 lakh isolation, ICU and oxygen supported beds and more than 23 thousands ventilators. In terms of COVID-19 testing, India is soon going to touch the figure of two crore testing. Now, more than 13 hundred government and private laboratories chains are conducting test for Corona virus samples across the country. Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi."


A total of one thousand 118 new confirmed cases of Corona virus were reported in Delhi during the last twenty four hours taking the total number of cases to one lakh 36 thousand 716. Delhi Government has confirmed that over one lakh 22 thousand people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, one thousand 201 people recovered and 26 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to three thousand 989. Presently, the total number of active cases in the national capital is 10 thousand 596.


The sero-prevalence study began today in Delhi. This second round survey is being conducted in the different areas of the city in the next five days. The first phase of the study was conducted from 27th of June to 10th of July in all the 11 districts of Delhi. During the survey, a total of 21 thousand 387 blood samples were collected from selected individuals and were tested for IgG antibodies using the ELISA testing kits.  

The study showed that only 22.86 per cent of the people are affected due to Corona virus and 77 per cent population is still vulnerable. The study also indicated that a large number of infected persons remain asymptomatic. The tests have been done to identify the presence of antibodies in the general population. It provided information about past COVID-19 infection in individuals who tested positive.

Our correspondent reports that antibody testing like Sero study provides important evidence for assessing the spread of the pandemic. Depending upon the level of sero-prevalence of infection, appropriate public health interventions can be planned and implemented for prevention and control of the disease. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, periodic sero-surveys are useful to guide the policy makers to conduct surveys in high risk areas or vulnerable population who have been infected in the past and has now recovered.


The Government has decided to permit exports of ventilators. The decision was taken as India continues to maintain a progressively declining low rate of case fatality of COVID-19 patients, which currently stands at 2.15 per cent.

The Union Health Ministry said that in India fewer numbers of active cases are on ventilators. As on yesterday, only 0.22 per cent of the active cases were on ventilators across the country. Additionally, there has been substantial growth in the domestic manufacturing capacity of ventilators. Presently, there are more than 20 domestic manufacturers for ventilators.


In Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has laid emphasis on the pro-active approach to control the menace of COVID-19.  He asked for the better coordination through Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) to provide all health facilities to the patients. More from our correspondent:

"Presiding over the review meeting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the medical institutions should maintain adequate health services. There should be enough availability of ventilators and portable ventilators as and when required. The CM further directed to conduct more than one lakh Covid tests everyday. He directed to exercise every caution to observe all festivals peacefully. Meanwhile 3480 new active cases were found in last 24 hours in state and now there are a total of 36 thousand 37 active covid patients. Lucknow and Kanpur cities are now hotspot of the infection and 363 and 317 new cases were found in these cities. State capital Lucknow has highest number of 4090 active cases in state. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW


In Madhya Pradesh, Rapid Antigen Tests have been started in Bhopal. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan directed that this test should be started immediately in Indore and other districts. The number of COVID-19 cases in the state climbed up to around 32 thousand after the 838 new cases reported in the past 24 hours in Madhya Pradesh. With ten patients succumbing to the infection during the day, the death toll rose to 867. More in this report:

"Home and institutional quarantine is being provided in the Madhya Pradesh by the state government to prevent Corona infection. Now, arrangements for paid quarantine have also been made for those who can afford it. Additional Chief Secretary ICP Kesari informed that quarantine has been arranged in many cities including Bhopal, Rewa, Gwalior, Jabalpur and Ujjain in MP tourism hotels. Meanwhile, in order to curb the death rate in Hamidia hospital Bhopal, the state government has set up an experts’ committee to improve arrangements in the Hospital. The committee will comprise Principal Secretary and other officials along with medical experts. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


In Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today coined the term chase the virus and stressed on the need to treat maximum patients in a timely manner and pay special attention to the elderly to break the chain of virus. More from our correspondent:

"Thackeray while speaking at the event organised by Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana laid emphasis on the need of people to come forward to fight the crisis said it is a matter of great pride that social organizations are coming forward and cooperating with the govt. He said people's representatives and social organizations have a big role to play in this. He expressed confidence that with the participation of people, Mission Zero would be a success and said that care should be taken not to increase the number of patients in rural areas. Health Minister Rajesh Tope who was also present at the event said the govt is strengthening the health service system under which 211 corona testing laboratories have been set up in the state and so far over 21 lakh tests have been done. Devapriyo Bhattacharjee, AIR News, Mumbai."


In Tamil Nadu, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. C. Vijayabhaskar has said that the State Government has clearly instructed private hospitals to provide free of cost treatment to COVID-19 patients. The Minister also underscored the fact that the Tamil Nadu Government is systematically implementing anti-COVID-19 treatment by integrating Alopathy with Ayurveda, Siddha and other indegenous systems of medicine.


In Karnataka, the spike in COVID cases continues with 5,172 new cases reported today. The number of people who died in the single day due to the virus are 98. The state has reported 1,29,287 positive cases till date and 73,219 are active now. The samples tested today are 34,760. The lion’s share of new COVID cases are reported from Bengaluru urban district. With 1,852 new positive cases reported today, the total positive cases are 57,396, out of which 37,760 are active cases. With 27 deaths today in the district, total deaths have reached 1,056. More from our correspondent:

"To look at the positive side of the health bulletin today, 3860 Covid positive patients were discharged after recovery. There are 53,648 persons who have recovered from the viral infection. There are 2,05,706 persons under observation, out of which 1,09,246 are primary contacts and 96,460 are Secondary contacts. There are 602 people in ICU. Most of the deaths are of those who had Severe Acute Respiratory illness and Influenza like illness with symptoms of breathlessness, fever and cough. The Deputy Chief Minister Dr.Ashwathnarayan reviewed the Covid related situation in the West zone of Bengaluru today. He called upon health officers to increase the number of Covid tests and asked them to initiate action against officials who fail to turn up for duty. He was told that out of 7000 booth level officials, only 1200 were present on duty. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru."


The gross GST (Goods and Services Tax) revenue collected in the month of July this year is 87 thousand 422 crore rupees of which CGST (Central Goods and Service Tax)  is 16 thousand 147 crore, SGST (State Goods and Service Tax) is 21 thousand 418 crore and IGST (Integrated Goods and Service Tax) is 42 thousand 592 crore rupees. It also includes 20 thousand 324 crore collected on import of goods and Cess is seven thousand 265 crore rupees.


In Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the State Government will recomend for CBI inquiry into suicide case of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, if demand comes from his family. Talking to media, Mr Kumar said his government is committed to bringing justice to the actor's family and would take every step towards that end.

Meanwhile, Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey said, Bihar Police is confident of solving the death case of Sushant Singh Rajput. Mr Pandey said, Maharastra Police is not providing evidence related to suicide case. The DGP said, the police has recorded statments of six close associates of Sushant. However, they could  not contact Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty, who is prime accused in this case.


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

The National Capital Delhi will have generally cloudy sky with light Rain or drizzle. It will have a minimum temperature of around 27 degrees Celsius and maximum of 35 degrees.

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

Chennai will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between 26 and 35 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 28 degrees celsius while the maximum will be 35 degrees.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 22 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 34 degrees Celsius. The city will have a partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be around 18 degrees while the maximum will be 30 degrees. The city will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 18 and 34 degrees Celsius. It will experience partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature will be 23 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature will be around 35 degrees.


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