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PM Modi inaugurates Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra in Delhi; Launches Week-long campaign to free India of garbage            Centre, Kerala govt announce relief for families of deceased in Kozhikode air crash            Centre directs 13 districts with high COVID-19 mortality rate to focus on reducing mortality rate            Indo-Bangla relationship is rock solid and historic: Bangladesh Foreign Minister            COVID -19 recovery rate improves to 68.32 per cent in country           

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  • India and China agree on complete disengagement of  troops along the LAC and de-escalation.  

  • Over four lakh 24 thousand people recovered from Corona virus so far in the country.

  • Door to door health survey in COVID-19 containment zones completed in Delhi.

  • Final-year exams in universities to be held by September-end, says UGC.

  • Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton says Indo-US relationship will witness new peaks in the 21st century.


National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed border issues in a telephone conversation last Sunday. 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 the 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.


Disengagement with the Chinese Army has started in Galwan Valley as per the 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 was 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.


Chief Information Security Officer in the Prime Minister's Office, Gulshan Rai, said that there has been a 200 per cent rise in cyber incidents in India in the last two months, but those cannot be blamed to Chinese actors. He, instead, blamed a shift in the service sector to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the heightened incidents. He said, people are "mindlessly" downloading unverified applications which may lack security features. He was speaking during an interaction organised by payments company EPS in Mumbai yesterday.

Ties between India and China have hit a new low following the violent clashes in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh, which left 20 Indian army personnel dead. In reaction, India has banned 48 Chinese apps on security concerns. Rai said there are dedicated agencies which are monitoring the situation and also preventing the attacks. Rai urged people to be more careful about what they download and stick to verified applications itself.


Former US National Security Advisor (NSA) John Bolton has said that China's behaviour in Eastern Ladakh along the LAC worries the United States of America and every citizen in China's periphery. In an interview with DD India, Mr. Bolton said that China is known to engage in a range of unacceptable behaviour.

Speaking over a host of other issues , former US NSA Mr. Bolton said, Indo-US relationship will witness new peaks in the 21st century. He also asserted that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is immensely popular among Indian Americans.


US President Donald Trump lashed out at China for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. In a tweet, Mr. Trump said, Beijing has caused great damage to the United States and the rest of world. His comments come as the Coronavirus caseload in the US surpassed the 2.93 million mark. The US is the worst-hit nation from the coronavirus with over 1.32 lakh fatalities linked to the infection. Since the start of COVID-19 pandemic, both the US and China have been at loggerheads and tensions between the two have escalated.


Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said that diplomacy has gone strongly digital, adapting to the situation arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said, India has been at the forefront of it with Prime Minister Narendra Modi turning the challenge into opportunity to start global conversations using virtual platforms. He was speaking at a webinar organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Mr Shringla said COVID-19 has disrupted diplomatic calendars causing almost all international meetings and summits to be cancelled. He said, while face-to-face meetings with counterparts have traditionally been considered essential to resolve complicated issues or conduct difficult negotiations, diplomatic engagement cannot be allowed to stop in their absence. Mr Shringla said, a crisis of this magnitude has required a coordinated global response, making sustained communication between countries all the more essential. The Foreign Secretary said, the increase in tensions in different parts of the world, including on the Line of Actual Control between India and China, have only emphasised the criticality of continued communication. He said, even though a few world leaders have now started meeting physically, virtual meetings have become the dominant mode of diplomatic engagement and will continue to be so till there is an effective vaccine available against COVID-19.

Mr Shringla said, for the first time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral virtual summit with the Australian Prime Minister. He said, Mr Modi has spoken to counterparts from as many as 60 countries.


Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for extending COVID-19 related assistance and for hosting SAARC leaders' meeting for coordinated efforts in the region. The Afghan President said this yesterday during the virtual meeting which was called by him to discuss host of issues including building a regional and global consensus on peace talks with Taliban. The meeting was also attended by representatives from 20 other Countries and international organisations including the United Nations.


The Government and the World Bank have signed a 750 million US dollar agreement for the MSME Emergency Response Programme. It aims at  supporting  increased flow of finance to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which are severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 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.


Union Home Ministry has  permitted the conduct of examinations by Universities and Institutions. In a letter to the Union Higher Education Secretary, it said that 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.


The UGC has revisited its earlier guidelines related to university examinations. In view of the safety, career progression and placements of the students and their larger interests, UGC has decided that Intermediate semester students will be evaluated based on internal assessment as per the earlier guidelines issued. UGC also decided, evaluation of the terminal semester students which was to be done through examinations in July, will be conducted by the end of September-2020, following the guidelines laid down by the Ministry of Health and Family welfare for COVIDー19.


Tamil Nadu state Education Department has decided to go back to the system of four principal subjects in Plus-One and Plus-Two. It is in vogue for long but the department recently issued an order stating that from the next academic year, the system of three principal subjects along with the mandatory two language papers will be implemented to reduce the book load for students. However, a section of the parents and political parties opposed the move saying it will block the students who could not get admission in medicine the opportunity to opt engineering.


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapadi K Palanisamy will lay the  foundation stone for the Ariyaloor Medical College through video conferencing today.This is one of the four medical colleges in Kallakurichi, Kanchipuram, Cuddalore and Ariyaloor, which had got approval in January 2020.


Bihar government has taken the decision to provide foodgrains under mid day meal scheme and cash to over two crore children of primary and midle schools across the state during lockdown and  summer vacation period. Every enrolled student will get the  benefit of this scheme. Additional Chief Secretary R K Mahajan said all DMs and concerned officials have been instructed in this regard.


The Union Government has 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 yesterday 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.


India has achieved a remarkable feat 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.

"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".


Tamil Nadu Health Minister Dr Vijayabhaskar has said the Covid-19 situation in Chennai has stabilized. Talking to reporters yesterday, he expressed hope that the situation may further improve despite the recent relaxations. Meanwhile, the total Covid-19 infection in Tamil Nadu is nearing one lakh fifteen thousand cases as 3827 people were confirmed positive yesterday. Our correspondent reports, 33-thousand five hundred people have been tested in the last 24-hours in the state.

"Tamil Nadu has emerged as one among the leading states in conducting the RT-PCR tests in the country. Nearly 13-lakh 14-thousand people have been tested so far in the state. Meanwhile, a few more districts have returned to the unlock-phase-2 in full from today. Vellore and its neighbouring Ranipet districts have removed the additional restrictions imposed on them including closure of shops at 2 pm due to the surge in cases. The shops will now function for twelve hours a day from 6 am. Salons can function from today in urban areas too in Vellore, which remained closed earlier.  Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


Karnataka government has issued fresh quarantine rules for the interstate travelers. People reaching Karnataka from other States including Maharashtra will be placed in 14 day home quarantine. The earlier rule of seven day institutional quarantine for those coming from Maharashtra has been scrapped. Testing will be mandatory for symptomatic persons reaching Karnataka from any other State. Our correspondent reports the people returning from Maharashtra account for the most number of COVID-19 cases in the state. 

"In an effort to encourage front line warriors, Karnataka Government is mulling over introducing an incentive of 5 marks to the medical students involved in COVID related work. The final year MBBS and nursing students are deployed at Covid Care Centers. About 2000 medical students appearing for PG exams will be utilized for Covid related work. The Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar informed yesterday that the government is also thinking of doubling the salaries of Group ‘D’ employees involved in Covid containment measures. He informed that booth level task force committee will be set up in all the districts to provide focused attention to containment efforts in urban and rural areas. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU."


In Gujarat, the total number of cases of Covid-19 has reached up to 36,858 as 735 new cases reported during the last 24 hours. Quoting sources, AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that 17 patients have lost their lives taking the total death due to Covid-19 in the state up to 1962.

"Gujarat has recorded more than 700 new cases on the third consecutive day. Out of 735 new cases recorded in the state, the maximum 201 cases  were reported from Surat. According to official sources, out of 8573 active cases in the state, conditions of 69 patients are critical. The total patients recovered from the Covid19 have gone up to 26323. More than 4 lakh 18 thousand tests have been carried out in the state. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has added 17 more areas of the city in Micro containment zone following detection of new cases. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


In Delhi, the number of COVID-19 cases tally has surpassed  the one lakh-mark. 1,379 fresh cases were reported yesterday in a record drop after 19 days. The total number of coronavirus cases stands at 1,00,823. Out of these 72,000 patients have recovered. The coronavirus recovery rate in Delhi has gone up to 72 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 48 deaths were reported in the national capital taking the toll to 3,115.


The Delhi government has completed the door-to door health survey in the city's COVID-19 containment zones, covering around 3.68 lakh people. Over 1.66 lakh antigen tests have been conducted in 445 COVID-19 containment zones.

On the 29th of the last month, the Union Home Ministry had said that the door-to-door survey would be done in containment zones on priority basis by 6th July.


In West Bengal, the first ever Plasma Bank for treatment of COVID patients has come up at Kolkata Medical College and Hospital. Our correspondent reports Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has inaugurated Plasma Bank yesterday.

"The West Bengal Government has taken several steps to contain the continuous mount of COVID cases in the State. Besides, opening of Plasma Bank, the Infectious Diseases hospital in Kolkata will be made as Centre of Excellence. The School of Tropical Medicine will also be upgraded with required infrastructure to deal with the situation. Meanwhile, the spread of infection continues to be unabated. Another 861 people were tested Corona positive and 22 people died of the infection in last 24 hours. The rate of recovery has improved to 66 percent in the State. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR News, Kolkata".


In Maharashtra, the state  government is gradually lifting restrictions under the 5th phase of Mission Begin Again. Fresh orders have been issued to allow hotels, lodges and guest houses outside containment zones to operate from tomorrow with 33 per cent of their capacity.

"The hoteliers have been asked to ensure proper crowd management in the hotels including elevators and parking lots, mandatory thermal screening at entrance and reception tables, which should have protective glasses. The government has instructed the hoteliers to make available for free hand sanitisers, preferable pedal-operated dispensers, at the reception, guest rooms and public spaces for customers. The hotels must adopt contact-less processes like QR code, online forms, digital payments like e-wallet, among others, for both check-in and check-out. On the other hand, Tata Sons have donated 20 Ambulances, 100 ventilators and financial assistance of Rs. 10 Crore for setting up of Immunology and Virus Infection Research Centre to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in order to strengthen its fight against Covid-19. Madhuri Pange, AIR News, Mumbai".


In Madhya Pradesh, citizens who do not follow the COVID-19 prevention guidelines at public places in Gwalior will have to work as volunteers in hospitals and police check-posts for three days. Fines would also be imposed on those violating the COVID-19 protocols.

"Gwalior Collector Kaushlendra Vikram Singh informed that more stringent action will be taken against those who break the protocol repeatedly.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 case count in Madhya Pradesh climbed to 15 thousand 284 with addition of 354 new cases in the last 24 hours. The death toll in the state has risen to 617. A total of 168 persons were discharged from hospitals yesterday taking the number of the recovered cases to 11 thousand 579. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


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

Speaking to AIR News, Dr. Saurabh Mehrotra, consultant at Mental Health Division in Medanta Hospital emphasised that people should indulge in positive addictions namely reading books, music activities, exercise including others. He said, special care should be taken, not to over-expose oneself to excessive COVID related News which leads to anxiety related issues.

Participating in AIR live phone in programme on COVID-19, Dr Neeraj Gupta, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Safdarjung Hospital said that it is not advisable for pregnant women to donate plasma as it can be dangerous for the unborn child.


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.

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Every year during the holy month of Shravan, lakhs of Lord Shiva devotees throng the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi. But this time due to Corona pandemic the numbers were very low on the first Monday of Shravan. Our correspondent reports, the newly launched service of home delivery of 'Prasad' during Shravan got a good response on the very first day.

"The scheme of Department of Posts and Kashi Vishwanath temple trust, for the home delivery of Prasad of kashi Vishwanath became popular among devotees from the first day of its launch. More than 115 e-money orders were received on the first day of sawan yesterday. Krishna Kumar Yadav, Director, Department of Posts, Lucknow circle told AIR that the Department is getting very good response from devotees. He said that the facility is available in districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh and to get the prasad, one has to send Electronic Money Order of Rs 251 from any post office to senior superintendent of Posts Offices, Varanasi East Division, and on the third day the 'prasad' will be delivered by speed post.The parcel of ‘Prasad’ will include a photograph of Kashi Vishwanath temple's Jyotirlinga, Maha Mritunjaya Maha Yantrama, Shiva Chalisa, Rudraksh rosary, dry fruits, ash and a packet of sweets. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


In view of the recent deaths of people in several parts of the country due to lightning, National Disaster Management Authority has emphasized the need to create awareness among the people about lightning and precautions to be taken. Talking to AIR, News, NDMA Member Krishna  Vatsa highlighted the steps to be followed  by the people for safety during lightning.


Take a look at the weather s for today.

The National capital Delhi is expected to have a generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature  recorded was 27 degree Celsius and the maximum is expected to be 33 degrees.

Mumbai will have a generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. Minimum temperature  recorded was 25 degree Celsius and maximum will be 29 degrees.

In Chennai, the minimum temperature recorded  was  28 degree Celsius and the maximum will be  34 degrees.

In Kolkata, the minimum temperature recorded was 27 degree Celsius and the maximum will be 33 degrees.

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was recorded at 26 degree Celsius.

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

The sky in Muzaffarabad will be mainly clear becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.



  • All the dailies today have reported about the moves that led to border de-escalation at the LAC in ladakh. The Asian Age writes, " In possible breakthrough , India and China agree on' total disengagement' at LAC."

  • "Corona can spread via air but WHO yet to admit it"is a headline in the Pioneer. The Virus lingers in air indoors, infecting those nearby, suggest studies.

  • " UGC go-ahead to final-year exams across varsities: Online , Offline or blend of both" reports the Hindustan Times.

  • The Hindu quotes the ICMR saying , " COVID-19 tests cross One Crore" , adding "Those testing negative in rapid antigen tests should be sent for RT-PCR checks".

  • And finally, The Economic Times reports ," Rise of the machines : Help away , Pricey appliances take over " with record surge in sales of vacuum cleaners, dish washers as well as Do-It-Yourself grooming products.


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