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06.07.2020
THE HEADLINES:
  • National Security Advisory Ajit Doval holds talk with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to resolve India-China standoff at LAC.
  • COVID-19 tests cross one crore mark in the country; Recovery rate improves to around 61 percent. 
  • WHO says airbone transmission of Covid-19 not supported by clear evidence. 
  • Government says, there is no scarcity of fertilizers across the country during Kharif season.
  • India and World Bank sign 750 million dollar agreement for  MSME, Emergency Response Programme.
  • aND, Home Ministry permits conduct of examinations by Universities and Institutions. 

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National Security Advisory Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed border issues in a telephone conversation yesterday. The two Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question had a frank and in-depth exchange of views on the recent developments in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas.

The External Affairs Ministry said that the two Special Representatives agreed that both the sides should take guidance from the consensus of the leaders that maintenance of peace and tranquility in the India-China border areas was essential for the further development of bilateral relations. They also said that the two sides should not allow differences to become disputes.

Therefore, they agreed that it was necessary to ensure at the earliest complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC and de-escalation from India-China border areas for full restoration of peace and tranquility.

In this regard, they further agreed that both sides should complete the ongoing disengagement process along the LAC expeditiously. The two sides should also ensure a phased and stepwise de-escalation in the India-China border areas. They re-affirmed that both sides should strictly respect and observe the line of actual control and should not take any unilateral action to alter the status quo and work together to avoid any incident in the future that could disturb peace and tranquility in border areas. It was also agreed that the two Special Representatives will continue their conversations to ensure full and enduring restoration of peace and tranquility in the India-China border areas in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols.

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Disengagement with Chinese Army has started in Galwan Valley as per agreed terms in the Corps Commander's meeting of the two sides. Army sources said, Chinese forces were seen removing tents and structures at Patrolling Point 14. Our correspondent reports that rearward movement of vehicles of Chinese Army seen at General Area Galwan, Hotsprings and Gogra. This development is in line with what the Corps Commanders agreed to on 30th of June at Chushul.

Government sources told AIR News that this is a work in progress and they will have to wait till sunset to see up to what distance the Chinese have retreated. The Indian and Chinese Armies were locked in a standoff in eastern Ladakh recently.

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The Union Government today said, a total of four lakh 24 thousand 433 people affected by Coronavirus have recovered in the country so far. In the past 24 hours, 15 thousand 350 people recovered from COVID-19 and with this, the recovery rate reached 60.86 per cent. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 24 thousand 248 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country during the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to six lakh 97 thousand 413. In a single day, 425 deaths were reported taking the nationwide toll to 19 thousand 693. Presently, the total number of active Corona cases in the country is two lakh 53 thousand 287.

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India achieved a remarkable feat today by performing more than one crore COVID-19 tests since the outbreak of Corona pandemic in the country. Starting from less than 100 tests per day, a multiple-fold increase in a few months was made possible by dedicated teams of various stakeholders including research institutions, medical colleges, testing laboratories, Ministries, airlines and postal services. During the last 24 hours, more than 3 lakh 46 thousand COVID samples have been tested in the country. More from our correspondent 

"To effectively deal with Corona virus, the Government adopted the test-track-treat strategy for early detection and containment of the pandemic. Government promoted the indigenous manufacturers for developing equipments and materials required for COVID-19 testing to become self-reliant. In January this year, India had only one testing laboratory for COVID-19 at National Institute of Virology, Pune. Today, more than 11 hundred government and private laboratories chains are testing Corona virus samples across the country. ICMR is continuously ramping up its facilities by approving new laboratories, RT-PCR kits, True Nat Test, CBNAAT Test for COVID-19 testing. ICMR has also recommended the use of rapid antigen test kits for diagnosis of COVID-19 in containment zones in combination with the RT-PCR test. India is also producing high-quality, low-cost testing swabs which resulted in the production of millions of swabs in record time and at a fraction of the cost of the imported ones.  Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi."

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The Union government has emphasized on increasing testing, prompt contact tracing and timely clinical management of the Covid-19 cases. Government has also helped the States to significantly ramp up testing capacities and this has resulted in reduced positivity rate of Corona in the country. Currently the national positivity rate stands at 6.73 per cent in India. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, tests were ramped up in Delhi through increased RT-PCR testing along with Rapid Antigen tests which gives results in only about 30 minutes. It said, Delhi has witnessed a huge increase in testing. It said, an average of 18,766 samples per day between 1st to 5th July were tested. The Ministry said, due to the increased testing, the positivity rate has seen a substantial decrease from about 30 percent to 10 percent in the last three weeks.

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In Madhya Pradesh, arrangements are being made for the treatment of patients identified with door to door surveys in the ongoing Kill Corona campaign in the state. As many as one thousand 776 survey teams in urban areas and 8 thousand 975 in rural areas are engaged in this campaign. Our correspondent reports that patients with symptoms of Corona along with other seasonal diseases are also being identified under the survey campaign.

   

"More than 11 thousand samples were taken in the 'Kill Corona' campaign so far. Health survey of more than two crore people in the state has been conducted under the campaign. All teams are equipped with non-contact thermometers, pulse oximeters and other necessary protective gear. Suspected patients of malaria, dengue, chikungunya are also being identified in the Kill Corona campaign and their entry is being done in the ‘Sarthak App’. ‘The Kill Corona Campaign’ will continue till July 15. Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has issued instructions to make arrangements for proper treatment along with investigation of potential corona patients  as well as patients of other disease being identified during the survey in the Kill Corona campaign. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal"

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Further easing coronavirus-induced lockdown in Maharashtra, the state government today decided to allow hotels and other entities providing accommodation services like lodges and guest houses outside containment zones to operate from July 8 at 33 percent of their capacity. The hotels in shopping malls, however, will not be allowed to reopen. The permission has been granted on conditions of these entities adhering to social distancing norms and other protocols. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today expressed concern over several industries sacking workers at a time when the government is allowing resumption of business activities in the state. A report from our Mumbai Correspondent.

   

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that migrant workers, who went to their native states due to the lockdown, have started coming back to the state slowly after the government allowed resumption of business activities. However, the  Chief Minister noted that in such a situation several industries slashing salaries of workers or sacking them is not right. State Industries Minister Subhash Desai said 17 sectors for which job seekers can apply through the portal include engineering, logistic, textile and pharmaceutical. On the other hand, in the absence of labourers, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, which is implementing large infrastructure projects, is facing the challenge of project delays of more than 5-6 months. Therefore, the state's Ministry of Skill Development is also conducting 'Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Online Job Fair" in two phases starting today till 12th July to fill the vacancy. SWEETY JAIN, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI

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In Andhra Pradesh, 1263 people have tested positive for Covid- 19 while 424 people have been discharged from various hospitals after recovery during last 24 hours. A total of 17,365 Covid positive cases have been recorded so far in the state and out of them, 7252 people have recovered. About 9874 people are under treatment.  Andhra Pradesh has conducted over ONE MILLION Covid-19  tests so far.

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Kerala reported 193 new covid cases today, while 167 people recovered from the virus infection. The state has been recording over 100 Covid 19 cases for the last 18 days. Out of the new cases, 92 people had returned from abroad while 65 returned from other states. The death toll due to Covid in the State has reached 27. Presently 2252 people are under treatment in the State.

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The surge in Covid-19 cases continues in Karnataka with 1843 new cases reported today. Addressing media persons in Bengaluru, the Medical Education minister Dr. K Sudhakar informed today that out of new cases reported today, 981 are from Bengaluru. There were 30 deaths also reported today due to Covid. Here is a report:-

Medical Education Minister Dr.Sudhakar said that efforts are made to improve availability of beds to treat the covid patients.  The Minister said that there are 819 beds in Government medical colleges, 611 in Government hospitals, 1899 in private medical colleges and 156 in private hospitals. Apart from these asymptomatic patients are also accommodated in Haj Bhavan, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Guruaji ashram, GKVK girls hostel and Government Ayurveda college where 1506 beds are available. Dr. Sudhakar said 6600 bed Covid Care Centre is getting ready in Bengaluru. He asked people not to panic if the tests come positive and said people should come forward to take covid tests without fear. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru

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The Tamil Nadu Health Minister Dr C Vijayabhaskar has said, Indian systems of medicine like Siddha, Ayurveda, naturopathy and yoga are being given due importance. Talking to reporters in Chennai today he said a separate wing will be allocated in the Stanley Medical College Hospital in Chennai for Ayurveda. More from our correspondent:

 

"The state health department says the pandemic situation in Chennai has almost stabilized. An encouraging feature is the complete recovery of 193 dialysis patients from the Covid-19 infection in the state capital. There are thousands of patients with different other comorbidity conditions who recovered from the infection. Meanwhile, a few districts that imposed local restrictions to contain the spike in infections have begun relaxing them gradually to bring them at par with other places in the state. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that airborne transmission of novel CoronaVirus is not supported by clear evidence. According to the reports, the statement made by Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi, technical lead of infection prevention and control in the WHO has come after 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined a research regarding spread of COVID-19 through airborne droplet particles.

Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Shekhar Mande has urged everyone not to let down their guards. He said, even airborne infections cannot last long in the air. Speaking to AIR News over the development, Mr. Mande said, by wearing a mask and maintaining physical distancing one can significantly reduce the chances of contraction of COVID infection.

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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. Amarchand Bajaj, Senior Consultant in Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, New Delhi highlighted the importance of hygiene and how to maintain it to contain Novel Corona virus.

 

Dr Naresh Gupta of LNJP Hospital, Delhi said that in most of the cases, the COVID-19 infections are self-limiting and very few patients are required to take admission in hospital. 

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Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal instructed State Health Department to ensure necessary interventions to reduce COVID related mortality rate in the National Capital. Mr. Baijal today reviewed the status of medical infrastructure, human resources and community engagement for management of COVID-19 in the state. He stressed on the importance of the “Golden Hour” in terms of saving life of patients. Mr. Baijal emphasized on the importance of availability of ambulance, ICUs, oxygen beds in order to extend health support to patients at crucial junctures. He also advised measures to boost morale of the medical staff and confidence building of patients and their relatives during these testing times.

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The Union Home Ministry has  permitted conduct of examinations by Universities and Institutions. In a letter to Union Higher Education Secretary, it said, the final Term Examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities and as per the Standard Operating Procedure  approved by the Union Ministry of Health and  Family Welfare.

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The Government has said, there is no scarcity of fertilizers across the country during the ongoing Kharif season. Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said, prepositioning in adequate quantities have been done in consultations with the State Governments. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today met Mr. Gowda in New Delhi where the Union Minister assured him of adequate availability of urea in MP as per the demand. The Department of Fertilizers is continuously monitoring the situation and is committed to make adequate supply of urea to meet the demand of farmers during ongoing Kharif season. Mr. Gowda said, the Central Government is very particular about ensuring supply of fertilisers at affordable prices to farmers within requisite time.

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed chargesheet against Devender Singh, former Deputy Superintendent of J&K Police and his five associates under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in Jammu's NIA court. AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that Davinder Singh is currently lodged in Kathua's Hiranagar Jail. He was arrested along with Hizbul Mujhadeen terrorist Naved Mushtaq alias Naved Babu and Rafi Ahmad Rather from a checkpoint on the National Highway near Wanpoh area of Kulgam district of South Kashmir. The NIA's investigation has revealed that the accused were part of a deep-rooted conspiracy hatched by Pakistan-based terrorist organization Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Pakistani state agencies to commit violent acts and to wage war against India. The investigation has also revealed that the accused were obtaining weapons and ammunition from across the border with the help of arms smugglers and accused Devender Singh. These weapons were later used for terrorist activities.

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BJP today attacked former Congress President Rahul Gandhi for not attending a single meeting of Parliament's standing committee on defence and accused him of trying to demoralise the nation. Party President J P Nadda alleged that Mr. Gandhi skips meetings of all important parliamentary standing committee on defence but continues to demoralise the nation and question the valour of armed forces.

Meanwhile, Congress has hit back at BJP and accused it of resorting to distraction from the main issue. Party spokesperson Pawan Khera alleged the government has not called any meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence for the last over three months at this crucial time.

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National Highways Authority of India under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to undertake performance assessment and ranking of the highways in the country. The assessment audit and ranking of the National Highways is aimed to take corrective recourse, wherever needed, to improve the quality and provide higher level of service to highway commuters.

The assessment parameters are based on different international practices and studies for benchmarking highway performances in Indian context. The criteria for the assessment have been broadly categorised in three main heads. They are - Highway Efficiency, Highway Safety and User Services.

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In Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Swavalamban Yojana has become an integral part of the life of educated unemployed youth. After getting benefits under this scheme, the number of youth going out of the state in search of jobs has comedown as they are moving towards self-employment. Our correspondent reports that in Hamirpur district, the scheme has become the main source of livelihood of the youth near their homes.

At present, 65 industrial units have been set up in the Hamirpur district under this scheme. It may be recalled that a loan of Rs 25 crore 46 lakh, as well as a subsidy of Rs 3 core 59 lakh, was provided through various banks to establish small industries in the district, so far. Saket Chopra educated unemployed youth from small Maliyana village of Hamirpur district took a loan of Rs 23 lakh from the Kangra cooperative bank for purchasing JCB and other types of machinery for crusher unit. As a subsidy, he also got the benefit of Rs 6.29 lakh. Now sitting at home he is earning 60000 rupees per month. Undoubtedly, the steps being taken by the educated unemployed youth of the state are contributing to make the nation self-reliant. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News Shimla."

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In Assam, along with measures to contain the Covid 19 pandemic, steps are also being taken to gear up economic activities. Public Health Engineering department Minister Rihan Daimari said that steps are being taken to provide skill development training to 50 thousand youths. More from our correspondent:

Assam Public Health Engineering Department Minister Rihon Daimari informed, preparations are being made across the state  to give skill development  training under Jal Jeevan Mission. He said that those who have returned Assam from outside would be benefited by this initiative. Mr. Daimari said that the Public Health Engineering Department is also sanitizing villages to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The Minister further said that drinking water is being provided to inmates at  flood relief camps in the state. Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR News, Guwahati.

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The Government and the World Bank today signed a 750 million US dollar agreement for the MSME Emergency Response Programme. It aims at supporting increased flow of finance into the hands of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which are severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The World Bank’s MSME Emergency Response Programme will address the immediate liquidity and credit needs of some 1.5 million viable MSMEs to help them withstand the impact of the current shock and protect millions of jobs. The Ministry of Finance in a statement said, this is the first step among a broader set of reforms that are needed to propel the MSME sector over time.

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In a significant step towards bolstering the comprehensive strategic partnership between India and Indonesia, a MoU has been signed between the Indian Coast Guard and Indonesia Coast Guard. This will enhance collaborative and cooperative engagements in the domains of maritime law enforcement, maritime search and rescue and marine pollution response. This is likely to entail exchange of information towards combating transnational maritime crimes, facilitation of coordinated search and rescue operations at sea and conduct of capacity and capability building activities.    

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Government today dismissed the media report that it is considering a proposal to merge the Central Board of Direct Taxes and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs. The Finance Ministry has termed the news item as factually incorrect clarifying that the government has no proposal to merge the two boards.  The Ministry said the report has been published without due verification of facts from the competent authorities and it only creates a policy distraction when the Ministry is amidst implementation of a large number of taxpayers’ friendly reforms.

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The National Cadet Corps NCC Directorate Gujarat has launched the Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat (EBSB) camp in Ahmedabad from yesterday. Our correpondent reports that the week long camp will continue till 11th July through video conferencing.

 

"The cadets of Gujarat, West Bengal, Sikkim and Union Territory Dadara Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu are participating in this camp through video conferencing from their home state. Gujarat is represented by 25 girls cadets and 25 boys cadets of Senior wing NCC. Camp Commandant Colonel Aveshpal Singh gives more details.

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Amidst the Corona-virus Pandemic, thiscamp will also provide good platform to young cadets for sharing theirexperiences. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad"

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Jammu Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma along with IGP Jammu and DDC Kathua today visited Lakhanpur to oversee the arrangements for the Annual Amarnathji Yatra pilgrims. Our Jammu Correspondent reports, that this year the annual Yatra to holy Cave Shrine is being held in a restricted manner in view of Covid-19 pandemic. During the visit, it was decided that dedicated terminals and counters would be established in Lakhanpur to ensure registration and medical sampling of all the pilgrims. He also called for making adequate arrangements for boarding and lodging facilities of pilgrims in case Yatra is halted due to any exigency. He also directed authorities to ensure adequate provision of drinking water, toilets and maintenance of cleanliness besides adherence of social distancing and wearing of masks. Verma further directed police authorities to deploy adequate number of personnel at Lakhanpur and at all important yatra points.

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In view of recent deaths of people in several parts of the country  due to lightning, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has emphasized the need to create awareness among the people about lightning and precautions to be taken to avoid any untoward  incident. Talking to AIR, News, NDMA Member  Krishna  Vatsa highlighted the steps to be followed  by the people for safety during the lightning. He said, when lightning strikes or there is a possibility of such incident one should avoid being in the field and take shelter inside a large building.

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Now, Let us take a look at the weather s for tomorrow.

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 26 degree Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 36 degrees Celsius. The city is likely to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm.  In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 17 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 34 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature will be 16 degrees and maximum will be around 33 degree Celsius. The sky will be mainly clear becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

Muzzafarabad will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The city will witness minimum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 39 degrees.

Chandigarh will see generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city will be 26 degrees Celsius while maximum will be 33 degree celsius.

In Hyderabad, rain or thundershowers would occur towards evening or night. The minimum temperature will be 22 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 28 degree celsius.

Bengaluru will experience minimum temperature of 21 degree Celsius and maximum 28 degree celsius. The city will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

Ahmedabad will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. Minimum temperature in the city will be 25 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 36 degree celsius.

Guwahati is likely to witness generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature in the city will be 26 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 33 degrees.

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