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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces extension of Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana till November; 80 crore people to get free ration under the scheme. 

  • Prime Minister says, economic activities to be enhanced with due precautions in place; Appeals to people, not to lower guard against COVID- 19. 

  • Prime Minister chairs high-level meeting to review planning and preparations for vaccination against COVID-19.

  • Recovery rate of COVID-19 improves to 59.06 per cent in the country.

  • Third round of talks between India and China underway to de-escalate tension in eastern Ladakh.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced free food grains to 80 crore people across the country for five more months. The Prime Minister Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana has been extended till the end of November this year. Under the scheme announced in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, 5 kg free wheat or rice along with 1 kg whole chana will be provided to each member of a family per month. Its extension will cost over 90 thousand crore rupees. 

Addressing the nation this evening, Mr. Modi noted that in the last three months,  31 thousand crore rupees have been transferred to the Jan Dhan accounts of almost 20 crore poor families, 18 thousand crore rupees have been transferred to the bank accounts of more than 9 crore farmers and 50 thousand crore rupees are being spent on PM Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan, which has been started to provide employment opportunities. He stressed that the country is moving towards the institution of ‘one nation, one ration card’, which will be of immense benefit to the poor who travel to other states in search of work.

"अब पूरे भारत के लिए एक राशन कार्ड की व्‍यवस्‍था भी हो रही है यानि एक राष्ट्र, एक राशन कार्ड--वन नेशन वन राशन कार्ड। इसका सबसे बड़ा लाभ उन गरीब साथियों को मिलेगा, जो रोज़गार या दूसरी आवश्यकताओं के लिए अपना गाँव छोड़कर के कहीं और जाते हैं।"

Mr. Modi said, if one looks at the death rate due to corona, India is still in a very stable situation as compared to other countries. The Prime Minister added that timely measures like lockdown have saved many lives. Mr. Modi, however, said ever since unlock one started, people have shown negligence. He urged them to take all necessary precautions for fighting novel Coronavirus.

"लॉकडाउन के दौरान बहुत गंभीरता से नियमों का पालन किया गया था। अब सरकारों को, स्थानीय निकाय की संस्थाओं को, देश के नागरिकों को, फिर से उसी तरह की सतर्कता दिखाने की जरूरत है। विशेषकर कन्टेनमेंट जोंस उस पर हमें बहुत ध्यान देना होगा। जो भी लोग नियमों का पालन नहीं कर रहे, हमें उन्हें टोकना होगा, रोकना होगा और समझाना भी होगा।"

The Prime Minister warned that nobody is above the rule. Mr. Modi  also hailed farmers and honest tax payers for their contribution in making the welfare scheme successful. 

"दो वर्गों को जाता है। पहला हमारे देश के मेहनती किसान और दूसरा हमारे देश के ईमानदार टैक्सपेयर। आपने देश का अन्न भंडार भरा है, इसलिए आज गरीब का, श्रमिक का चूल्हा जल रहा है। आपने ईमानदारी से टैक्स भरा है। मैं आज हर गरीब के साथ ही, देश के हर किसान, हर टैक्सपेयर का ह्रदय से बहुत बहुत अभिनंदन करता हूं।"

The Prime Minister said that in the coming times, the government will continue to take further steps to empower the poor and the needy. Economic activities will also be enhanced, with due precautions in place. He reiterated the pledge to work towards Atmanirbhar Bharat and to be vocal for local, while also asking people to be careful, use mask and face cover and continue following the mantra of maintaining do gaz doori. Mr. Modi said, the country is entering in Unlock 2 and the season of cough, fever and cold is also about to start and in such a situation the countrymen should take care of themselves. 


Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that Prime Minister's announcement today on extending the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojna till November end will ensure food security to the poor. He said, the scheme has been extended for the welfare of poor so that no one goes hungry. The Minister said, Government through its 1.70 lakh crore rupees package has given free food, free cooking Gas and cash transfers to the poor.


Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also hailed the decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of extending the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till November to provide free food grains to the poor. At the same time, he also expressed his gratitude towards the hardworking farmers and honest taxpayers of the country as the  benefit of the scheme is reaching the poor due to their hard work and dedication. In a tweet, Mr Shah said, the extension of the scheme reflects the sensitivity and commitment of Mr Modi towards the welfare of crores of poor people. He said, nobody  has slept hungry in a large country like India during the corona period.


BJP President J P Nadda has said, the extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment to the welfare of the poor. In a series of tweets, Mr. Nadda welcomed it and termed the decsion as visionary.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired a high-level meeting to review the planning and preparations for vaccination against COVID-19 as and when the vaccine is available. The Prime Minister noted that vaccination of India’s vast and diverse population will need to factor in issues including those related to management of medical supply chains, prioritization of at-risk population, coordination between different agencies involved in the process, as well as the role of private sector and civil society in this national endeavour. During the meeting, Prime Minister Modi enunciated four guiding principles that will form the foundation of this national effort. He said, the first principle is that the vulnerable groups should be identified and prioritized for early vaccination such as doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, non-medical frontline corona warriors, and vulnerable people among the general population. He said, the second principle is that vaccination of anyone, anywhere should take place without imposition of any domicile related restrictions for getting the vaccine while the third is that vaccination must be affordable and universal and no person should be left behind. He said, the fourth principle is that the entire process from production to vaccination should be monitored and supported in real time with the use of technology. Mr Modi directed the officials to evaluate in a broad manner available technology options that can form the backbone of the national endeavor to vaccinate all in the most efficient and timely manner.

The Prime Minister also directed that a detailed planning for such large scale vaccination should be undertaken immediately. The current status of vaccine development efforts were also reviewed at the meeting. The Prime Minister highlighted India’s commitment to play an enabling role in the vaccination efforts against COVID-19.


Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today flagged off a Bell Helicopter with spray equipment from a helipad facility at Gautam Buddh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. The helicopter will fly for Air Force Station Uttarlai, Barmer where it will be stationed initially and from there deployed for locust control in desert areas of Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Nagaur. The Bell 206-B3 helicopter will have single pilot operation, has a pesticide carrying capacity of 250 litres in one trip and can cover about 25 to 50 hectare area in one flight.

Speaking on occasion, Mr Tomar said, deployment of machines, vehicles and manpower has been increased and concerned states are utilizing State Disaster Response Funds to tackle the problem. Drones have been used for the first time for locust control and today aerial spraying of insecticides with the use of helicopter has also been launched. Till now 12 drones have been deployed for locust control.


J&K Director General of Police Dilbag Singh has said, the resignation of Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani from Hurriyat Conference was a sign of failure of separatism in Kashmir. During his visit to Rajouri today, the DGP said, Geelani’s resignation shows that the separatists were feeling dejected and failed. He said that Pakistan is constantly trying to promote terrorism in Rajouri Poonch belt through repeated infiltration attempts, but forces have been successful in thwarting these attempts. The DGP added that 128 terrorists were eliminated this year in Jammu and Kashmir and those youth who were derailed and forced to follow the path of terrorism are being motivated to return to normal life and shun the path of terrorism.


In Assam, nearly 15 lakh people are affected in the current wave of floods in 23 districts. The death toll due to floods has gone up to 27. Several major rivers including the Brahmaputra are flowing above the danger level. 75 thousand hectare of crop land got submerged in flood water. On the other hand, 25 thousand displaced people are staying at government run relief camps.


Nagaland is likely to experience heavy rain and strong winds with the possibility of flash floods, as well as landslides from 1st to 12th July. More from our correspondent.

"Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority, NSDMA has said that Nagaland will be experiencing heavy rains and strong winds with the possibility of flash floods, and landslides from 1st to 12th July. However, the second half of this period is expected to get more intense than the former. During this period, thundershowers and lighting accompanied with heavy rains is expected in several parts of the districts. State Capital Kohima is likely to have moderate to heavy rains from 7th to 10th July. It is also reported that Nagaland’s major river Dhansiri, a tributary of Brahmaputra may have large flow of water as river Brahmaputra is above the danger level. The NSDMA therefore urged the public to be vigilant and not to shelter under large trees and near the river banks to prevent unnecessary risk to life from lightning and flash flood. Asonuo, AIR News Kohima."


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today launched the ambitious piped water project ''Har Ghar Jal'' that means water to every house for Bundelkhand region. The 12 projects for which the foundation stone was laid by the Chief Minister in Jhansi today are part of the ''Jal Jeevan Mission'' Har Ghar Jal, started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Union Janshakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and State BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh along with other state ministers were present during the launch in Jhansi district. More from our correspondent:


"Under the first phase of project which costs 2185 crores the 3 districts of Bundelkhand region will be covered. A population of 14 lakh under 770 village panchayats in Mahoba, Lalitpur and Jhansi will benefit from it. Surface water and underground water will be used to provide drinking water through taps in every household of the region. Work for this first phase is expected to complete in next 2 years. Jal shakti Minister of state Dr Mahendra Singh told AIR that the chief minister yogi adityanath has given priority to the bundelkhand region for this project as the area is struggling for water since ages. He had asked officials to ensure every house gets piped water facility, especially in regions where groundwater is contaminated with fluoride and arsenic. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


The Government today said that the recovered cases of COVID 19 are now one lakh 20 thousand more than the number of active cases. Union Health Ministry said, Collective and focussed efforts for containment and management of COVID-19 by the Centre along with the States and Union Territories. The COVID recovery rate has improved to 59.06 per cent.

More than three lakh 34 thousand patients have been cured and discharged. During the last 24 hours, a total of over 13 thousand COVID-19 patients have been cured. There are over two lakh 15 thousand active cases and all are under active medical supervision.

The Ministry said, the number of diagnostic labs is continuously increasing and the country has now one thousand 49 diagnostic labs dedicated to COVID-19.


The Centre has issued new guidelines for Unlock -2 to open up more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones. The new guidelines will come into effect from tomorrow and the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. It said, the lockdown will continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till the 31st of July this year.

Under the new guidelines of Unlock - 2, Metro Rail service, operation of Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will not be allowed.

As per the guidelines, night curfew timings are being further relaxed and curfew shall be in force from 10 PM to 5 AM. Further, relaxations in night curfew have been given for seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of cargo and movement of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes. It said, domestic flights and passenger trains have already been allowed in a limited manner and their operations will be further expanded in a calibrated manner.


Kerala continued to report spike in covid cases with 131 new positive cases being confirmed today. More from our correspondent:

"It is for the 12th consecutive day that Kerala is recording over 100 new covid cases. Among the new cases 65 persons are foreign returnees, while 46 people came from other states. 75 persons recovered from the disease today. Presently 2112 persons are under treatment for Covid in the State. Meanwhile State Health Minister K. K. Shailaja said that the chances of community spread of virus in the State is less than 10%. She further opined that in the initial stage, the chances were near to 20%, but the availability of a very strong public health system had enabled Kerala to considerably contain the disease. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


In Tamil Nadu, the total Covid-19 cases crossed the ninety-thousand mark today with 3943 people testing positive for the infection. The state higher education minister KP Anbalagan is one of those who have tested positive today. He is admitted to a hospital in Chennai.

Meanwhile, the Chennai Corporation is getting a tremendous response to its 24-hour call centre on Covid-19. A report:

"The Chennai Corporation is running a centralized Covid-19 call centre at its headquarters in Ripon Building, functioning 24-by-7 for the past three months. 15 other similar centres are also functioning at as many of its zonal offices. They are being managed by doctors, psychologists, trained counsellors and representatives from geriatric care centres. Officials say they have received about 2.80 lakh calls from different corners of the city since the inception. The calls range from seeking help in testing and hospitalization to seeking counselling to ward off excessive fear psychosis. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


In Maharashtra, authorities are grappling to contain the COVID-19 which is rapidly spreading in every section of the soceity. Along with civilians, medical personnel, police and defense personnel too have been affected. As many as, 67 policemen tested positive for the virus in last 24 hours, while a total of 59 policemen have succumbed to the infection till date. More s in this report.

"Frontline workers who are more vulnerable to the virus have been facing the brunt of the infection in Maharashtra, the worst affected state due to Covid-19 in the country. And this is apparent as, 67 more police personnel from the state have tested positive for COVID-19 in last 24 hours. With this the total number of police personnel affected by Covid-19 in the state has reached 4810 and death toll going up to 59. On the other hand, as many as 361 inmates have so far tested positive across 11 prisons of the state, of which 106 are active cases. 94 prison staff have also tested positive while four deaths have been reported in these prisons. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to extend the Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till November this year. He said the scheme will benefit seven crore people in the state of Maharashtra. Kunal Shinde, AIR News, Mumbai."


In Gujarat, researchers from IIT Gandhinagar have developed an Artificial Intelligence-based tool to detect COVID-19 from chest X-ray.

It can be useful in remote and early diagnosis of the disease to ease the additional burden on medical infrastructure. A report from our correspondent:

"This online tool indicates the probability if a person is infected with COVID-19, which can be used for quick preliminary diagnosis before the medical test. The tool is developed by Kushpal Singh Yadav, an M.Tech student of Computer Science & Engineering at IIT Gandhi Nagar, under the guidance of Associate Professor Krishna Prasad Miyapuram. Talking about the research, Prof Krishna Prasad Miyapuram said, given the limited testing facilities for COVID19, there is a rush to develop AI tools for quick analysis using x-rays.

In these difficult times, when the diagnosis of COVID-19 is a challenging task, and there are limited authorised testing facilities, this tool can cater to a large population. Aparna Khunt, AIR News, AHMEDABAD."


Delhi Metro services will remain closed for commuters until further notice, in view of the Unlock 2 guidelines issued by the government. It has been closed since 22nd March in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 


In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio, we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19.

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

Dr. Anvita Aggarwal, Resident, Infectious Diseases, AIIMS advised people to not be negligent and stay at their homes.


The third round of talks between India and China are in progress at Indian side of Moldo-Chushul border post. Our correspondent reports that Commander level Army officers of India and China are holding discussions to ease the tensions on the border issues of Eastern Ladakh region. A report:

"According to the  latest information from Chushul Border post, the Commander level talks between India and China are in progress. The Commander level talks between the Indian side led by GoC, Fire and Fury Lt Genl Harinder Singh and Peoples Liberation Army led by South Xinjiang Military Division's Major General Lin Lui are still in progress. The talks have importance in easing the tensions after bloody stand-off at Galwan Valley on 15th June. The commanders are meeting for the second time since the Galwan incident. After a round of talks on 22nd June, the two sides are discussing on the implementation of the decisions arrived in their earlier meetings this month, to disengage from all the friction points along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh. Ramesh Chandra, all india redio news Leh."


India and Bangladesh today signed an agreement for the formation of a 50:50 Joint Venture Company (JVC) for LPG business in Bangladesh. The agreement was signed between the  IOC Middle East FZE, Dubai, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and RR Holdings Ltd., Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, the holding company of Beximco LPG of Bangladesh. More from our Dhaka correspondent:

"The new Joint venture company set up today takes further the ‘neighbourhood first’ policy of the Government of India. The energy cooperation between India and Bangladesh has made big strides in the recent times. The new Joint venture is another step in the same direction. The Joint Venture Company will help reduce the cost of imprt of LPG and make it more affordable for the consumers in Bangladesh. The LPG market in Bangladesh is fast expanding and the new project will draw upon the strengths of the Indian Oil and Beximco in their respective areas. The company plans to diversify into LPG export to the north eastern states of India from Bangladesh which will prove to be a win win situation for both the countries. Rajesh Jha, AIR News, Dhaka."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to freedom fighters on the occasion of Hul Divas. In a tweet Mr Modi said, it is a day to commemorate the historic revolution in Jharkhand. He said, on this day, tribal brothers and sisters of Jharkhand revolted against the injustice of foreign rule. Mr Modi said the courage and might with which fighters like Siddho-Kanhu, Chand-Bhairav, Phulo-Jhanu and others led the rebellion, caused panic in the British Rule. The Prime Minister said, thousands of tribals lost their lives in the rebellion but they did not bow down against injustice.


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. Mohsin Wali, Senior Consultant, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital 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. 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.


India’s Artificial Intelligence, AI enabled MyGov Corona Helpdesk has bagged two awards at the Global Leadership Summit and Festival of AI and Emerging Technology, CogX 2020. AI enabled MyGov Corona Helpdesk bagged two awards under categories of Best Innovation for Covid-19 - Society and People’s Choice Covid-19 Overall Winner.

The recently held CogX 2020 is a prestigious Global Leadership Summit and Festival of AI and Emerging Technology held annually in London.


Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow. Monsoon is now active in the entire country resulting into cloudy sky everywhere.

The National Capital Delhi will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. Minimum temperature will hover around 26 degrees Celsius and maximum will settle at 39 degrees.

Mumbai is expecting generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be around 26 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 33 degrees.

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

Kolkata will witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or Thunderstorm. The minimum temperature will be 27 degrees Celsius while maximum could go up to 35 degrees.

Chandigarh is also expecting Partly cloudy sky tomorrow. Minimum temperature will be around 29 degrees Celsius and at its peak it would touch 39 degrees.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 25 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be little moderate at 38 degrees Celsius. The city will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 15 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 14 degrees and maximum could settle at around 35 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 37 degrees.


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