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29th June, 2020


  • India and China to hold another round of Lieutenant General-level talks tomorrow to de-escalate tension in eastern Ladakh.

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launches online portal for issue of NOC for power, oil and gas exploration projects.

  • Over three lakh 21 thousand people recovered from COVID-19 so far; recovery rate improves to 58.67 percent.

  • National Fertilizers Limited  launches five Mobile Soil Testing Labs for testing soil samples at doorstep of farmers free of cost.

  • India's first human space mission Gaganyaan will not be affected by COVID pandemic, says Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh.

  • In Jammu  and Kashmir, three terrorists killed in an encounter at Khul Chohar area of Anantnag district.


Indian and Chinese militaries will hold another round of Lieutenant General-level talks tomorrow in an attempt to de-escalate tension in eastern Ladakh. The meet will also finalise modalities for disengagement of troops from the sensitive region. It will be the third round of Lt General-level talks and sources said it will take place in Chushul sector on the Indian side of Line of Actual Control. The meeting is scheduled to start at 10:30 AM. The Indian delegation at the talks will be headed by 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh while the Chinese side is likely to be led by the Commander of the Tibet Military District.

The first two meetings had taken place at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC. In the second round of talks on 22nd of June, the two sides arrived at a mutual consensus to disengage from all the friction points in eastern Ladakh.

Our correspondent quoting official sources said the two sides are expected to deliberate on the implementation of an agreement arrived at the first round of the Lt General talks on June 6.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today launched a new web portal for issue of No Objection Certificate (NOC) for power projects and Research Survey Exploration Exploitation (RSEE) activities in the Indian Territorial Waters  and Exclusive Economic Zone. The  newly developed web portal will facilitate the applicants in submitting their proposals online for seeking Security Clearance from Defence Ministry  for undertaking Power Projects and RSEE activities. Ministry of Defence in a statement said, the Online System will establish an effective, speedy and transparent mechanism to process these proposals. The Ministry had earlier launched a similar portal for grant of NOC for aerial survey.

The Ministry said, it accords security clearances to various Government and private organisations for power projects in areas nearby defence installations and also RSEE activities in the Indian Territorial Waters and Exclusive Economic Zone  for applications received through different Ministries. 

To ensure ease of business and transparency in issuing NOC for such projects, the Ministry developed the online application portal with the assistance of National e-Governance Division, Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics and National Informatics Centre.


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.


Tomorrow is the last day of the first phase of the three phased exit plan from nationwide lockdown. The Unlock 1 or fifth phase of lockdown began on the 1st of this month and allowed a phased reopening of most activities across India. Government also allowed unfettered movement of goods and persons between states and within states. Lockdown measures however continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones.

"Religious places, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels and offices which were closed due to the lockdown were reopened on the 8th of this month in non- containment zones. Government said they have to strictly follow all the guidelines issued by the Centre so that social distancing can be ensured. Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the Chief Ministers of all states and Union territories on 16th and 17th of this month through video conferencing. This was the sixth meeting of the Prime Minister with the chief ministers since the announcement of nationwide lockdown. A strict lockdown was imposed throughout the country since 24th March. All activities were prohibited except essential activities. Subsequently, in a graded manner and keeping the overarching objective of containing the spread of COVID-19 in view, the lockdown measures have been relaxed. With Anand Kumar, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."


In Nagaland, 17 people tested positive for COVID-19 this evening taking the total number of infected people to 451 in the state.  Earlier this morning, 19 cases were reported.

Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom d this evening that 17 new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Tuensang Quarantine Centre. Out of 19 cases detected this morning, 18 cases were reported from Jakhama Quarantine Center and one from Peren Quarantine centre.

The number of active cases stands at 283 in the state, all of which are asymptotic cases. 168 people have recovered so far. No deaths have been reported.


Kerala reported 121 new Covid 19 cases and one Covid death today.

"Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan  informed that,  out of  the new cases78 persons are foreign returnees, while 26 people came from other states. Five persons contracted the disease through contact .79 patients recovered from the disease today. Meanwhile the death toll due to Covid in the State rose to 22 as the test result of a  Tamil Nadu native who had died at the Manjeri Government Medical College on June 24th, turned positive .Presently there are 2,057 active covid cases in the State. As covid cases are on a rise triple lockdown  is declared in  Ponani taluk in Malappuram district till July 6th.Large scale antibody testing will also be done to check the community spread of virus.Precautionay measures and surveillance is also tightened in the capital city Thiruvananthapuram. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram"


Maharashtra government today said the lockdown in the state is being extended till July 31st. The current lockdown was to end tomorrow. An order issued by Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta today said that wearing face covers or masks, maintaining social distancing, restricted gatherings, and other measures shall continue to prevail.

"Under the project platina, plasma therapy facilities have been provided in 23 medical colleges in Maharashtra, out of which four are in Mumbai. The Nagpur facility will be a centralised hub. In this therapy, plasma drawn from persons cured of the infection is injected into the suffering patients. The plasma has antibodies, which are used for fighting infections.While inaugrating the centre, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, in April this year, the first experimental plasma therapy was conducted in the state on a Covid patient. Achieving positive results, permission from the Centre was sought for more tests. Mr. Thackeray appealed  patients who have recovered from the infection to come forward and donate plasma for the treatment of other patients. One of the important take aways of project platina is that the entire plasma therapy treatment will be free of cost to all the patients of Maharashtra admitted in these centres. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI"


The medical experts team established by the Tamil Nadu Government has said prolonging the lockdown in the state may not be a long term solution. They met Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy today in Chennai. Later talking to reporters, medical experts said they have recommended further augmenting of Covid-19 tests and early detection of infections. 

"The medical experts are of the view that, in the long run, the lockdown may not be helpful. They said wearing masks, social distancing, reducing mortality and increasing the tests are more important than holding people indefinitely indoors. They said once the tests are increased, infection figures may also go up but reasoned that they should not lead to panic, as the overall recovery rate is fine. The Chief Minister has said recently, the state government decision on the future course of the lockdown will be made known once the Centre comes out with its fresh guidelines. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


Amid the global pandemic, India's proactive and preemptive approach in the civil aviation sector ensured safe return of stranded Indian nationals from across the world. After a brief halt of both Domestic and International passenger flights since the imposition of nationwide lockdown in March this year, the Civil Aviation Ministry allowed calibrated  resumption of domestic passenger flights on 25th of last month. The Union Government also initiated World's largest repatriation programme under the Vande Bharat Mission which has brought back more than 3 lakh 60 thousand Indian nationals to the country. Our correspondent takes a look at the significant milestones achieved by the Civil Aviation Ministry even during the testing times of a global pandemic.

"From donning PPE suits to screening passengers at airports , the Civil Aviation Ministry led the fight against COVID-19 both in the skies as well as on the land at the Airports. Immediately after the imposition of nationwide Lockdown, under Lifeline UDAN scheme, Civil Aviation Ministry helped achieve transportation of nearly one thousand tonnes of Medical and essential cargo with approximately 600 flights. More than 2 million passengers have reached their destinations within the last 33 days with the help of nearly 23 thousand domestic flights. Under the unique initiative of Vande Bharat Mission national carrier along with private airline partners have already brought  back over 1 lakh 50 thousand Indian Citizens through nearly 700 flight operations. The number of bringing back stranded nationals in foreign countries will increase manifold after commencement of the fourth phase of the repatriation mission. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR News, Delhi."


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, Director at AIIMS in Delhi, Dr Randeep Guleria advised the people to aggressively follow social distancing and hand hygiene norms to check the spread of COVID-19 infection.

Dr Rakesh Garg of AIIMS in Delhi said that the spread of COVID-19 infection takes place through a person having a travel history and as well as from those who have come in contact of the infected person.


The National Fertilizers Limited- NFL has launched five Mobile Soil Testing Labs for testing the soil samples at the doorstep of farmers free of cost. It will give further boost to the Soil Testing facility in the country for promoting appropriate use of fertilizers. Chairman and Managing Director of NFL  V N Datt  today flagged off one such Mobile Lab from the premises of NFL Corporate Office in Noida.

These Mobile Labs, loaded with latest soil testing equipment will  be used for macro and micro nutrient analysis of soil. In addition to this, these Mobile Labs are also equipped with Audio-Video system to educate farmers on various agricultural topics.


Taking a sharp jibe at Congress President Sonia Gandhi's comments on Profiteering through increase in fuel prices , Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, the government is using the resources for development of health and social infrastructures. Speaking to media in New Delhi today, Mr. Pradhan said, the world economy as well as the Indian economy is going through challenging times and the government is utilising the available resources for extending relief to people and sectors who are adversely affected due to the pandemic.

He cited Direct Benefit Transfers amounting to over 65 thousand crores into the accounts of farmers, Women Jan dhan Account holders. 

Meanwhile, 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. The Oil marketing companies have said that the increase in auto-fuel rates since the 7th of this month is in line with the costs incurred.


Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, along with the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal, today laid the foundation stone of Indian Oil’s state-of-the-art Technology Development & Deployment Centre as its second R&D Campus at Faridabad. The new centre, with an investment of 2282 crore rupees, covers an area of about 59 acres. The new campus would focus on demonstration and deployment of various technologies developed by Indian Oil R&D, and will work in tandem with the existing campus at Sector-13, Faridabad.


Union Minister for Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said that the launch of India’s first human space mission “Gaganyaan” will not be affected by COVID pandemic and preparation are going on in the right direction.

Dr. Singh informed that even though the training of four Indian astronauts in Russia had to be halted due to the pandemic but the department had kept a contingency cushion period both in the training programme and launch deadline. He said, the training of astronauts has now been resumed and the launch is scheduled to take place as planned, before the 75th anniversary of India’s independence in 2022.

Speaking about Chandrayaan-3, India's Lunar mission, Dr. Singh said, it is planned for launch next year. 


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 that the nationwide lockdown was successful due to the Government’s effort to make essentials especially food available at every corner of the country since the beginning. Food processing Minister has invited all states and investors to convert the challenges into opportunities for food processing sector in India.


The Assam government has said that there is no dearth of funds to meet the flood related expenses. Talking to AIR News, CEO of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority M S Manivannan said that 46 crore rupees were given to district administrations recently under disaster response fund. Mr. Manivanna said, the state is facing the second wave of floods . He said, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has instructed to conduct a survey of the landslide prone areas in Guwahati. Over 9 lakh people are affected due to floods in 22 districts Nearly 30 thousand displaced people have been shifted to relief camps.


In Gujarat, Vadodara district has successfully set up the rainwater harvesting project at 1000 government schools in the district. Launching the project through video conferencing today, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said, Vadodara has become the first district in the country to achieve this success.

"The Vadodara district administration completed the project within a short span of 9 months. The project which is completed at a total cost of 6 crores rupees has received grants from the public as well as private enterprises under CSR. With this project, approximately 10 crore litres of water will be stopped from being wasted per year from the government school campuses and will be stored for proper use. APARNA KHUNT//AIR NEWS//AHMEDABAD"


The Uttarakhand government will start Char Dham Yatra from 1st  July, however, only pilgrims from the state would be allowed to visit the shrines.  Uttarakhand Chardham Devasthanam Board today issued a standard operating procedure for Chardham Yatra and fresh guidelines for the pilgrims amid novel coronavirus spread across the country. 


The Food Corporation of India has said sufficient stock of food grains is available with it. FCI procured total 388.34 lakh metric tonnes, wheat and 745.66 lakh metric tonnes of rice till June. As per FCI’s latest report, it currently has 266.29 lakh metric tonnes rice and 550.31 lakh metric tonnes of wheat. About 55 lakh metric tonnes food grains is required for a month under National Food Security Act and other welfare schemes. Since the lockdown, about 138.43 lakh metric tonnes food grains have been lifted and transported. 


In Jammu  and Kashmir, three terrorists were killed in an encounter that broke out between terrorists and security forces at Khul Chohar area in 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 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 which was  retaliated by them that resulted in the elimination of three terrorists. One AK 47 Rifle and Two pistols have been recovered from their possession. Talking exclusively to AIR News IGP Srinagar Vijay Kumar gave as further details.


Hitting out at the Congress for its criticism on issues of national security and economy, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said, the opposition party is unable to bear the fact that there is a strong government at the Centre which cannot be remote-controlled.

Speaking to media after a programme in New Delhi, the Union Minority Affairs Minister said the Congress party is still suffering from a prejudiced feudal mindset and arrogance of power.


Statistics Day was observed today. It is celebrated every year on the birth anniversary of Prof. P C Mahalanobis on 29th June in recognition of his invaluable contribution in establishing the National Statistical System. This year, due to the global pandemic, the Statistics Day 2020 was celebrated through video conferencing. It was also live streamed nationally and internationally through various social media channels. The theme was Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)- 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) and SDG - 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls).


The Concession Agreement for the 600 Mega Watt Kholongchhu (Joint Venture) Hydroelectric Project between Bhutan government and Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Limited was signed today in Thimphu. External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar and his Bhutanese counterpart Dr. Tandi Dorji participated in the event virtually.


Government has banned 59 mobile apps which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order. Electronics and IT Ministry said in a release that these apps were banned in view of information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of the country, defence of the country and security of state and public order. The banned apps include TikTok, Helo and WeChat.


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.


In Pakistan, four gunmen armed with grenades and automatic rifles attacked the Stock Exchange building in Karachi today. They killed two guards and a policeman before being killed by the security forces. A security official said they had come to carry out an attack inside the building and take hostages inside. Staff inside took refuge in locked rooms and many were evacuated. Security forces are searching the area.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today will bring you a Special discussion on Covid-19.

Dr. Aparna Agarwal, Professor Medicine, Lady Hardinge Medical College 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 9.30 PM onwards.


The rupee today settled seven paise higher at 75 rupees and 58 paise (provisional) against the US dollar supported by weak American currency and easing crude prices even as the equity market was trading in the negative territory. Forex traders said weak domestic equities, foreign fund outflows and rising COVID-19 cases weighed on investor sentiments. However, the weak American dollar supported the local unit and restricted the decline.


Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow. As the monsoon has covered the entire country, almost all places are going to have a cloudy sky.

The National Capital Delhi is likely to experience light rain as well. The minimum temperature in the city will be around 28 degrees Celsius and maximum will settle at 39 degrees.

Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be around 25 degrees Celsius and maximum 33 degrees.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature will be around 26 degrees Celsius and maximum 36 degrees.

Kolkata will witness generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature will be 27 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 33.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 25 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum temperature will go up to 40 degrees Celsius. The city will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 16 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 33 degrees. The city will have mainly Clear sky.

In Gilgit, there will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Minimum temperature will be around 15 degrees and maximum could settle at around 34 degree Celsius.


In Muzzafarabad, the sky will be mainly clear tomorrow. Minimum temperature will be around 19 degrees Celsius while maximum is likely to go up to 36 degrees.


Chandigarh is expected to have a generally cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder or lightning tomorrow. Temperature at the lower side will be around 27 degrees Celsius while on upper side it will be 39 degrees.


For Dehradun, there is a forecast of partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature is expected at around 25 degrees while maximum at 33 degrees Celsius.


Hyderabad is going to have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature in the city will be around 25 degrees Celsius and maximum at around 35 degrees.


Bengaluru will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. It will have minimum temperature at around 21 degrees and maximum of 30 degrees Celsius.


Ahmedabad will witness partly cloudy sky. The minimum and maximum will be 29 degrees Celsius and 39 degrees Celsius. 


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