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29.06.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Housing and Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri says budget for Ladakh increased by four times.

  • Scheme for Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises launched by Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal; To invest 35 thousand crore rupees, for providing employment to nine lakh skilled and semi-skilled workers.

  • Recovery rate of Coronavirus improves to 58.67 percent; Over three lakh 21 thousand people have recovered so far.

  • Plasma Bank to be set up in Delhi to treat COVID-19 patients, says Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

  • Government of Bangladesh decides to shut down all state run jute mills due to recurring losses and low productivity.

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Union Minister Hardeep Puri today said the budget for Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) has been increased by four times. He added that  the LAHDC Act has also been amended to prioritise preservation of language and culture in Ladakh. He was addressing the people of Ladakh through a virtual Jan Samvad Rally.


He said the region  will quickly achieve economic development and overcome all challenges including COVID 19. Mr Puri said Leh and Ladakh will be turned into Smart Kshetras very soon. He said 54 towers have been sanctioned for telecom connectivity in the region. The Minister said he will soon visit Ladakh to take stock of all the initiatives being taken in the region.


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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) has issued a statement regarding a letter written by Director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Kashmir to Nodal Coordinator for Oil companies in J&K. It said that the letter was written purely in connection with ensuring adequate stock of LPG in the Kashmir Valley. The Department in a statement yesterday said that the letter was issued to prevent any shortfall of essential commodities particularly LPG during the ensuing monsoon season in the event of closure of National Highway-44 during the rainy season.The statement further said that currently, the department maintains stock for  nearly a month in Kashmir.  It requested the LPG companies to explore the feasibility of maintaining the stock for nearly two months to prevent any panic situations that may arise in the event of  closure of the highway  for a longer duration.


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In the Union Territory of Jammu  and Kashmir, three terrorists were gunned down in an encounter that broke out between terrorists and security forces at Khul Chohar area in South Kashmir's Anantnag district in the early hours today.


According to police sources, Anantnag Police, 19 Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF laid a joint Cordon and Search Operation in the area based on an intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in the area. As the joint team approached the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired upon the security forces who retaliated and eliminated  three terrorists. One AK 47 Rifle and Two pistols have been recovered from their possession.


A senior policer officer said that Doda has now become totally free of terrorists once again. Talking exclusively to AIR News IGP Srinagar Vijay Kumar gave further details.


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Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal today launched Pradhan Mantri Scheme for Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises as a part of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.The Minister said, this centrally sponsored scheme will generate an investment of 35 thousand crore rupees and will provide employment to nine lakh skilled and semi-skilled workers.


Addressing another meeting through video conferencing, she said, the nationwide lockdown was successful due to the Government’s effort to make essentials especially food available in every corner of the country since the beginning. The Minister has invited all states and investors to convert challenges into opportunities for the food processing sector in India. Ms Badal requested all participants to follow the clarion call of Hon’ble Prime Minister to become ‘Atma  Nirbhar and ‘be vocal for local.  The Minister advised all investors to look at the low hanging Ready to Eat  segment as a potential opportunity. She mentioned that the Superfoods of India need to be highlighted to the western world. She advised states to share the most popular and nutritious local food which could be branded and marketed through big retailers in foreign countries to target the Indian diaspora. 


She highlighted that 74 per cent  of the total employment in food processing was in the unorganized segment. She said 60 per cent  of the 25 lakh units were in rural areas and 80 per cent of these were family owned. Ms Badal said this segment alone could be the future of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and could make the initiative successful. Minister of State Rameswar Teli was also present.


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The Government today said a total of three lakh 21 thousand 723 people affected by corona virus have been cured in the country so far. In the past 24 hours, 12 thousand and ten people have recovered from Covid-19 and with this the recovery rate  has reached  58.67 per cent. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 19 thousand 459 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country within 24 hours taking the total number of cases to five lakh 48 thousand 318. In a single day, 380 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 16 thousand 475. Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is two lakh 10 thousand 120.  The Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR has said one lakh 70 thousand 560 samples were tested for corona virus by various laboratories in the country within 24 hours. ICMR is continuously scaling up its testing facilities for Covid-19 by giving approval to government and private laboratories.


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Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan today informed that scientists at CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune have designed a portable oxygen unit which can be used in homes, hospitals and remote rural areas.


In a series of tweets today, he said, one of the strengths of this unit is that it does not require an oxygen cylinder and the use of this unit can help in reducing the demand for ventilators and oxygen cylinders. The Minister said, if the corona patients  get oxygen initially,they do not need ventilators later. He said this can prove to be very important in the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation.


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Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal today said the export of Personal Protection Equipment medical coveralls for COVID-19 have been allowed with a monthly export quota of 50 lakh. In a tweet he said, this will boost Make in India export.


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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced the setting up of a 'plasma bank' to save lives of serious COVID-19 patients in the national capital. Addressing a virtual  media briefing, the Chief Minister said the bank will start working in the next two days. He added that the AAP government will encourage those who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma. The Chief Minister said that a helpline will be set up by the government for queries related to donation of plasma.


Mr Kejriwal said that his government has so far conducted clinical trial of plasma therapy on 29 COVID-19 patients and the result was encouraging. The Chief Minister also announced that a sum of one crore rupees will be given to the family of LNJP, Dr Aseem Gupta, who died due to COVID-19. The doctor had served at the front line against the pandemic at the government facility, and died due to COVID-19 in a private hospital yesterday.


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Delhi LG Anil Baijal has expressed sadness at the death of Dr Aseem Gupta of LNJP  hospital. In a tweet, Mr Baijal said the doctor served tirelessly in fight against COVID-19 and was a great warrior who brought glory to the frontline doctors and healthworkers.


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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. Ambuj Roy of Cardiology Department of AIIMS advised the elderly people and those suffering from other diseases like hypertension and cancer to take extra precautions to avoid the infection.


Dr Naresh Gupta of LNJP Hospital, Delhi suggested to the people to maintain hygiene and social distancing.


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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual livephone-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.


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Global Corona virus cases have surpassed the one-crore mark, with over five lakh fatalities. According to Johns Hopkins University in the US, more than 500,000 people worldwide have lost their lives as a result of the pandemic. Since the virus emerged in China late last year, there have been more than one crore cases.


Half the world's cases have been in the United States and Europe, but Covid-19 is now rapidly growing in the Americas. The virus is also affecting South Asia and Africa, where it is not expected to peak until the end of July. Outbreaks are still spreading in many parts of the world, with one million new cases recorded in the last six days.


The US has reported a total of 25 lakh cases and 1,25,000 deaths due to Covid-19 so far - more than any other country.


China has imposed a strict lockdown near Beijing to curb a fresh outbreak. Nearly half a million people will be barred from travelling in and out of Anxin county in the province of Hebei.


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The Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE is evaluating the performance of students of class 10th and 12th based on the assessment scheme. CBSE said the result will be declared on the 15th of July. Talking exclusively to AIR News, Controller of Examination of CBSE, Dr. Sanyam Bharadwaj said the CBSE is taking care of every student while evaluating their performance.


Recently, the CBSE had decided to cancel the examination for class 10th and 12th which were scheduled from the 1st  to 15th of July.

 

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In Bihar,  East Central Railway ( ECR) has decided to provide employment to migrant workers in 32 districts of the state under PM's Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan. A decision was taken after Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav held a virtual meeting with the ECR general Manager. The Railway Board has allocated separate funds under this scheme. About 35 lakh migrant workers have returned to Bihar from different parts of the country during the lockdown. The Railways will engage them in various ongoing construction and infrastructure development projects. These migrant workers will be provided jobs for at least 125 days till October the 31st this year.  The ECR has decided to appoint nodal officers in each district to maintain a close coordination with the administration to involve migrant workers in railways as per their suitability and skills. The Railways intends to involve migrant workers on contract basis in at least 15 different projects.


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In Madhya Pradesh, the Indore district administration has allowed the government offices to function with 100 percent employee strength from today, as part of further easing of the coronavirus-induced restrictions. A month back, instructions had been given to reopen these offices with 50 percent employee strength only. The district administration has also instructed the government employees to adhere to all the guidelines issued for protection from COVID-19 in offices.


Chief Medical and Health Officer Praveen Jadia said that 40 new COVID-19 cases were detected in the district in the last 24 hours, which increased its count to 4 thousand 615.


However, 3 thousand 415 people in the district have recovered from the infection so far.


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In Karnataka, the recovery rate in COVID-19 infections stands at 57 percent .Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar informed this in a tweet.  The state has tested over five lakh 95 thousand samples. The positivity rate  is 2.21 percent and over five lakh 66 thousand are negative. The mortality rate in the state  remains low at 1.56 percent. On the  surge in positive cases in Bengaluru, he has tweeted that on June 23rd there were 1556 COVID 19 cases which has doubled to 3419 on June 28th.  Bengaluru now has 25.92 percent of the  total cases in Karnataka. More from our Correspondent:


"The Government is taking corrective measures to streamline quarantine procedures. Revenue Minister R Ashoka informed media persons in Bengaluru today that the private testing labs taking samples of people were directly informing people who turn corona positive. This has now been stopped. The labs have to upload the results now on ICMR and BBMP city corporation portals. After allotment of the beds for positive patients, the municipal ward level officers will approach the patients and take them to hospital. The standard operating procedure is also in place now for quarantining separately symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Doctors and other frontline warriors will display their names, video recording of treatment for internal assessment will be started and food quality will be improved in hospitals and sealed down areas. Sudhindra AIR news Bengaluru."


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The medical experts team established by the Tamil Nadu Government has said they have not recommended further extension of lockdown in the whole state. They met Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy today in Chennai. Later talking to reporters, they said they have recommended further augmenting the number of Covid-19 tests and early detection of infections. They have asked the public not to panic if any of them tests positive for the disease. More from our correspondent:


"The medical experts team has members from the state government, independent experts, Indian Council for Medical Research and the World Health Organisation. Their meeting with the Chief Minister comes even as the current phase of the lockdown draws to a close tomorrow. The stand of the team is that a blanket lockdown is not a solution in the long term. They said the doubling time of Covid-19 in the state has slowed down and the tests have been increased considerably, which are good signs. However, they expressed concern that the surge in new cases is seen in districts like Madurai, Trichy, Vellore and Tiruvannamalai, besides Chennai. Such regions require localized actions in a focused way, as said by the experts. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


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The Maharashtra government today launched the largest plasma therapy trial for Covid-19.  Launching  the programme, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said Maharashtra will be the first state in the country to conduct an overarching trial on convalescent plasma therapy.  Mr. Thackeray said that plasma donors are saviours.


He said the first plasma therapy trial was conducted in  April this year, after which permission was sought from the Centre to undertake more trials.


The Chief Minister also said the Central team which visited the state has lauded the measures taken by the state government in containing  Covid.


He said the infection is likely to increase during the unlocking phase.  According to Mr. Thackeray the Centre has granted permission to conduct convalscent plasma therapy trials at 23 centres but as of now it will be done at 17 centres only.  He further said a person who has recovered from the coronavirus infection can register himself on  www.plasmayoddha.in and can express his willingness to donate plasma.


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Petrol price increased by 5 paise per litre and diesel by 13 paise per litre today. The price of one litre of Petrol is now  80 rupees 43 paise while Diesel is priced at 80 rupees 53 paise per litre in the National Capital.


Rates of petrol and diesel differ from state to state depending on the rate of VAT. The Oil marketing companies have said the increase in auto-fuel rates since the 7th of this month is in line with the costs incurred. They added that the rates of petrol and diesel were not revised for 82 days prior to the 7th of this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has said transferring the Sattankulam (सात्तानकुलम) father-son duo custodial death case to the CBI does not require its permission. The two men died in judicial custody allegedly due to police torture, creating shock waves across the nation. When the case came up for hearing today before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, the state Additional Advocate General conveyed the government’s intention to transfer the case to the CBI. The court said it is upto the government to take a call as it comes under its policy domain.


However, the High Court said apparently the Sattankulam Police is not cooperating with the magisterial inquiry that was ordered by the High Court. It asked the Thoothukudi district collector to direct the revenue officials to take control of the police station and to preserve the documents relating to the case.


The High Court has also asked the state forensic officials to visit the local Police Station to gather forensic evidence.


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President Ram Nath Kovind  has appointed Governor of Uttar Pradesh Anandiben Patel to discharge the functions of the Governor of Madhya Pradesh as well. She will look after the work of Madhya Pradesh during the absence on leave of Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Lal Ji Tandon.


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In Assam, 146 anti-poaching camps have been inundated at the Kaziranga national park due to floods. There are a total of 223 camps in the park. Park authorities said 5 wild animals have been rescued so far while 3 hog deer were killed after being  hit by vehicles while crossing roads. Park authorities have issued time card system restricting vehicle speed. Flood water also inundated other national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the state. A report:


"Floods and incessant rains have thrown life out of gear in Assam. It is a very crucial time for the administrations and they  have to fight dual battle against Covid -19 and floods. Nearly 29 thousand displaced people are shifted to temporary relief camps. Utmost care is being given in maintaing proper social distancing  at the relief camps. District administrations are distributing food items including rice, pulses, oil , salt among others. 14 thousand Pratirodhi Bondhu engaged by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority are also extending supports to flood hit people.  MANAS PRATIM SARMA, AIR NEWS, GUWAHATI".


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The Government of Bangladesh has decided to shut down all the state run jute mills in the country due to recurring losses and low productivity. Announcing this the Textile and Jute Minister of Bangladesh Golam Dastagir Gazi said yesterday that the state owned Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation will be provided 5000 crore Taka by the government to clear the arrears of workers. The Minister said the mills will resume work later under the PPP or Joint Venture Model.


Golam Dastagir said that the jute mills will be modernized in line with domestic and global demand. He said the machinery of these mills is 60-70 years old and their production capacity has come down to zero.


The government has announced that 25 thousand jute workers affected by the shut down of factories will be given the benefits of a voluntary retirement scheme.


The Jute industry in Bangladesh is critically dependent upon exports which contributes close to 80 percent of its income. However, in recent times the international market has shrunk due to falling demand in India and Turkey which were its two major markets. Bangladesh is a major global supplier of Jute products.


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In Bangladesh, at least 28 people are reported dead as a passenger vessel sank in the Buriganga river near the Shyambazar area of Dhaka this morning. The official news agency BSS reported that the search and rescue operations are continuing even as 28 bodies have been recovered so far from the river.


According to the Fire Service official involved in the rescue work, the Dhaka bound launch from Munshiganj sank a fter hitting another river vehicle around 9.30 am today. The passenger launch was carrying more than 50 people.


Rescue operation is being conducted by  the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), fire service, river police, coast guard and Bangladesh Navy’s diving team.


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Now, let us take a look at the weather today.


The national capital Delhi is expected to have cloudy sky with light rain. The lower limit of temperature was 31 degree Celsius while the upper limit is expected at 42 degrees.


Mumbai will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The city with a minimum temperature of 25 degree Celsius will have a maximum of 33 degrees.


In Chennai, the temperature will hover between 27 and 35 degree celsius. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain.


Kolkata will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. With a minimum temperature of 28, the maximum temperature will be nearly 33 degree Celsius.


In Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum was 22 degree Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 39 degrees. The city is likely to have generally cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm.


In Srinagar, the temperature will rise from 14 to 32 degree Celsius. The city will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm.


In Gilgit, the minimum temperature from 13 degree Celsius will increase to 33 degree Celsius and the sky will be mainly clear  becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.


The sky in Muzzafarabad will  be partly cloudy. The place witnessed a minimum temperature of 19 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 34 degrees.


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Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar and Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan today paid tributes to Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis on National Statistics Day.


In a tweet, Mr. Javadekar said, notable contribution was made by Prof. Mahalanobis in the field of economic planning and statistical development. Dr. Harshvardhan in a tweet said, this day is being celebrated as the birth anniversary of Prof. Mahalanobis. He said, statistics plays an  important role in formulation of policies and plans needed for the development of the country. A webinar is being organised on the occasion of National Statistics Day today. Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Rao Inderjit Singh, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Rajeev Kumar and Chairman, Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council Bibek Debroy are participating in the virtual event. The theme this year is Good Health and Well Being and Gender Equality.


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