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PM Modi to interact with school students in 'Pariksha Pe Charcha-2020' programme tomorrow            Nine Union Ministers meet people in Jammu division; seek feedback on development initiatives, schemes            Centre to spend over Rs100 lakh cr on infrastructure in next five years: Nirmala Sitharaman            Pirates release 19 Indians kidnapped from commercial vessel off western coast of Africa            3rd ODI: India defeat Australia by 7 wickets; clinch series 2-1           

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  • India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 leaves earth's orbit; moving towards moon after crucial manoeuvre by ISRO.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, his government has been able to achieve major milestones because of its clear policy and right intentions.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind to address nation today on the eve of 73rd Independence Day.

  • Jammu and Kashmir government to host Global Investors Summit in October this year in Srinagar.

  • In Cricket, India and West Indies to play third ODI in Port of Spain today.


India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 left the earth's orbit early this morning and is moving towards the moon following the successful completion of a crucial manoeuvre by Indian Space Research Organisation. ISRO said, it has carried out the manoeuvre called 'Trans Lunar Insertion' at 2:21 AM, following which the spacecraft successfully entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory. A report:-

"The entry of Chandrayaan-2 in the new trajectory in space will make it closer to the lunar orbit than ever. The distance of about four lakh kilometres from the earth to the moon-centric orbit will now be covered in just seven days. This method of initially orbiting the earth and then gradually increasing the distance using a series of manoeuvres and finally reaching the moon is considered the most cost-effective method, though the mission takes a bit longer time. A few more complex tasks in the Chandrayaan-2 mission are ahead for the national space agency ISRO. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".

Chandrayaan-2 is expected to reach the moon's orbit on August the 20th and land on the lunar surface in September. After the Moon-bound orbit phase, the lander 'Vikram' carrying rover 'Pragyan' will separate and soft land on September the 7th in the moon's South Pole region, where no country has gone so far. If successful, the mission will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to pull off a soft landing on the Moon. 

Here is a look at  India's Space Journey:-

"The  space research activities were initiated during the early 1960’s in  India. With the live transmission of Tokyo Olympic Games across the Pacific by the American Satellite, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai  quickly recognized the benefits of space technologies for the country. In 1967, the first Experimental Satellite Communication Earth Station was operationalized.  During this period, the first Indian spacecraft Aryabhata was developed. Another major landmark was the development of the first launch vehicle SLV-3. In the 1980s, Bhaskara-I and  II missions were pioneering steps in the remote sensing area. In 1990’s, major space infrastructure was created  and the development of operationalisation of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and development of Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) were significant achievements. With Diwaker, anuja bhardwajan, AIR News.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his government has been able to achieve major milestones in a short span in his second term because of its clear policy and right intentions. In an exclusive interview to a news agency, Mr Modi said the government has set an unprecedented pace within just a few days as a result of ‘Spasht Neeti, Sahi Disha (clear policy, right intentions).

The Prime Minister said, from children’s safety to Chandrayaan-2, action against corruption to freeing Muslim women from the scourge of Triple Talaq, Kashmir to Kisan, the government has shown what it can achieve with a strong mandate. Mr Modi said, the government has taken a head-start in tackling the most pressing issue of our times with the formation of the Jal Shakti Ministry to aid in water conservation.

The Prime Minister said, people of India, irrespective of political preference, have supported the steps taken in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

Mr Modi said, certain provisions of Article 370 and 35A had actually harmed India. He said, only a handful of families and separatists capitalised on these provisions.


President Ram Nath Kovind will address the nation today on the eve of the 73rd Independence Day. It will be broadcast on the entire network of All India Radio and Doordarshan at 7 PM. This can be heard on FM Gold, FM Rainbow, Rajdhani, Indraprastha channels and all other additional frequencies of AIR. It will also be relayed on the YouTube Channel, NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. All India Radio will also broadcast regional language versions of the President's Address from 8 PM onwards on its respective regional networks.

All India Radio will also broadcast the message of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the eve of the Independence Day at 6:15 PM on Rajdhani, FM Rainbow and FM Gold Channels. It will also be relayed on the YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL.


President Ram Nath Kovind has sought a report from Telangana government on the suicide committed by 27 students following the Intermediate examination results. A delegation led by BJP Telangana State President K Laxman had brought this matter to the notice of Mr Kovind and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The results were announced in April this year. Over three lakh students had reportedly failed in intermediate exams conducted by Telangana Board of Intermediate Education. This led to protests by students and parents, alleging large-scale discrepancies in the examination process.


The Jammu and Kashmir government will host a three-day Global Investors Summit in October this year in Srinagar. This was stated by J&K Principal Secretary of Industries, Naveen Choudhary while addressing a press conference in Jammu yesterday. He said that the first ever summit in the state will provide J&K an opportunity to showcase its strengths, strategies and potential. Jammu and Kashmir Government spokesperson, Rohit Kansal said:-

"We have decided to whole the first ever Global Investments Summit in the State, in the Jammu, Kashmir and the Ladakh regions from 12th to 14th of October this year. We have slated the opening session in Srinagar on the 12th of October".


Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has asked all deputy commissioners to direct sarpanches to hoist the national flag in their respective panchayats on Independence Day. Officials said, the governor was apprised of the full dress rehearsal for Independence Day done in every district of the state. Necessary arrangements have also been put in place for smooth conduct of the Independence Day celebrations. In a meeting at Raj Bhavan yesterday evening, Mr Malik reviewed the situation regarding security, law and order and basic and essential services with his Advisors.

The governor was also informed of the availability of medical facilities and healthcare services. Talking to AIR News state DGP Dilbagh Singh said:-

"The situation in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is quite normal. In Jammu region now, barring one or two towns where some restrictions are still there. In Kashmir valley, we are having restrictions in the major towns and then in the rural areas restrictions have been eased to quite an extent now. The cities also will be given come relaxation, from time to time today during the day, as people wish to open their shops and we would be giving relaxation in towns today".

State government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said there is no report of any significant incident during the last 24 hours. He said local authorities are closely monitoring the situation and restrictions are being eased in many areas on the basis of their assessment.


Poland, the current president of the UN Security Council, has said that India and Pakistan should bilaterally resolve the Kashmir issue. Poland’s foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz told reporters at the UN in New York that both countries can work out a mutually beneficial solution bilaterally. He said, Poland agrees with the EU’s position on this issue. Last week, the EU had said that it supports a bilateral political solution between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, which remains the only way to resolve the issue.


Modernization of the armed forces is a priority of the government. It is working tirelessly to make Indian armed forces self-reliant.

The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, despite challenges, has been brought under control through relentless operations by the army, both along the Line of Control and in the hinterland. In North-East region, intelligence-based operations have been launched along the Indo-Myanmar border to maintain peace .

In his Mann Ki Baat address in February this year, after the Pulwama terror attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stressed the need to take up the challenge of terrorism forgetting barriers like casteism and communalism.

"देश के सामने आई चुनौती का सामना हम सबको जातिवाद, सम्प्रदायवाद, क्षेत्रवाद और बाकी सभी मतभेदों को भुला कर करना है, ताकि आतंक के खिलाफ हमारे कदम पहले से कहीं अधिक दृढ़ हो, सशक्त हो और निर्णायक हो। हमारे सशस्त्र बल हमेशा ही अद्वितीय साहस और पराक्रम का परिचय देते आये है। शांति की स्थापना के लिए जहां उन्होंने अद्भुत क्षमता दिखाई है। वहीं हमलावरों को भी उन्हीं की भाषा में जवाब देने का काम किया।"

Our correspondent has filed this report:-

"The government is laying emphasis on indigenization of defence production and equipment along with strengthening of the Defence forces. FDI policy in defence sector has been liberalised. Entry barriers for MSMEs have been reduced, resulting in doubling of Defence licenses issued from 215 in 2014 to 440 in 2019. The government is also planning to encourage private industry investment in Defence Sector while strengthening Defence Public Sector Units and Ordnance Factory Board. Defence Industry production was at 80,000 crore rupees in 2018-19 of which 16,000 crore rupees was the contribution from the private sector. With Swati, Suparna SAIKIA, AIR News, Delhi".


The Maharashtra government has said that it will conduct disease-wise survey of the flood-hit areas for effective response to the situation arising out of any outbreak. In a statement issued in Mumbai yesterday, the health department said the aid surveys are also being conducted on the basis of diseases like fever, diarrhoea and jaundice.

Public Health Minister Eknath Shinde said there are 570 medical aid teams in the flood-hit areas, of which 196 are in Kolhapur and 144 in Sangli, providing various health services.


The flood situation in Karnataka has improved with the water level receding in 21 districts across the State and relief and rescue operations in full swing. almost seven lakh people have been evacuated in the last 10 days. State and National Disaster Response forces also rescued over fifty thousand animals.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa visited flood-affected areas in his home district of Shivamogga to assess the damages to houses, crops, roads and buildings by torrential rains. 


Consumer price index-based retail inflation eased marginally to 3.15 per cent in July on the back of softening fuel prices. Retail inflation was 3.18 per cent in June 2019, while it stood at 4.17 per cent a year-ago .


In Cricket, the third and final One-Day International match between India and the West Indies will be played today in Port of Spain. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 PM.

All India Radio will broadcast running commentary on the match alternately in Hindi and English from 6.30 PM onwards on Rajdhani and FM Rainbow Network.

After the final ODI, the two teams will battle in a two-match Test series, starting from the 22nd of August at North Sound, Antigua.  


Newspapers Headlines

  • The situation in Jammu and Kashmir continues to receive prime focus in the Press.

  • ''Supreme Court gives Government more time to lift J&K curbs, says sensitive issue'' headlines the Indian Express.

  • ''Pak plays Afghan card to get US support on Kashmir'' leads the Hindustan Times.

  • ''Centre sets the ball rolling for J&K polls'' is the lead in the Hindu.

  • ''Need 'freedom', not aircraft, to visit J&K, Rahul tells Governor'' the Pioneer carries  Rahul Gandhi's response to the J&K Governor's offer of an aircraft, for him to visit the Valley.

  • ''Auto sales see steepest slump in two decades'' reports the Financial Express. ''Bulls Trip over Auto Pileup, Follow Asian Peers into Red'' leads the Economic Times.

  • ''Huge Raj-era drain found in Old Delhi''. The Times of India reports on the Delhi Jal Board recently stumbling upon a massive British-era sewer line in Chandni Chowk, that is being seen as a permanent solution to the area's waterlogging problem.


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