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11th July. 2020


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews COVID-19 situation; appreciates efforts of the Centre, Delhi Government in containing situation in Delhi.

  • Drugs Controller General of India approves Itolizumab for restricted emergency use on COVID-19 patients.

  • HRD Ministry formulates detailed Standard Operating Procedure for conducting University examinations across the country.

  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu calls for adoption of environment friendly architecture and designs in the country, to address future health threats. 

  • India's 2018 Tiger census sets a new Guinness World Record for being a largest camera trap wildlife survey.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the Covid 19 situation in the country today. He took stock of the situation in various parts of the country and the preparedness of various states. Mr. Modi stressed on the need to observe personal hygiene and social discipline in public places.

He said awareness about Covid-19 should be disseminated widely and a continuous emphasis should be laid on preventing spread of the infection.  The Prime Minister reiterated that there is no room for any complacency in this regard. He appreciated the concerted efforts of the Centre, State and local authorities in containing the pandemic situation in Delhi. Mr. Modi further directed that similar approach should be adopted with other State Governments in containing the Covid-19 pandemic in the entire NCR area.

The successful example of surveillance and home based care through ‘DhanvantriRath’ in Ahmedabad was highlighted and it was directed that it may be emulated in other places.  The Prime Minister also directed that real time national level monitoring and guidance should be provided to all affected States and places with high test positivity rate.

The review meeting was attended  by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Member, NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary and other senior officials.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Lee Hsien Loong for his victory in the Singapore General Elections. Mr. Loong’s People’s Action Party emerged victorious in the General Elections in Singapore today securing his seat as the Prime Minister for the fourth time in a row. Mr. Modi wished  a peaceful and prosperous future for the people of Singapore. 


The total number of recovered people from Corona virus today crossed the five lakh mark. The Central Government today said, a total of five lakh 15 thousand 386 people affected with Corona virus have recovered in the country so far. In the past 24 hours, 19 thousand 873 people recovered from COVID-19 and with this, the recovery rate reached 62.78 per cent. In terms of recovery rate, the top five States and Union Territories are Ladakh, Chhattisgarh, Uttrakhand, Delhi and Rajasthan wherein the recovery rate is above 76 per cent. In terms of number of people recovered from Corona virus, Maharashtra stands at top position followed by Delhi and Tamil Nadu. There are 19 States and Union Territories which are above the national average of recovery rate.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 27 thousand 114 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country in last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to eight lakh 20 thousand 916. This is the highest number of fresh cases recorded in India since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is two lakh 83 thousand 407. In a single day, 519 deaths were reported taking the nationwide toll to 22 thousand 123. With this, the case fatality rate reached to 2.69 per cent in the country.

Meanwhile, Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that a total of two lakh 82 thousand 511 tests of Corona virus samples were conducted by the various laboratories in the country within last 24 hours. So far, one crore 13 lakh seven thousand two tests have been conducted.

ICMR is continuously scaling up its testing facilities for COVID-19 by giving approval to government and private laboratories. As of now, total one thousand 180 laboratories across India have been given approval to conduct the test for COVID-19 including 841 government laboratories and 339 private laboratories' chains.


A total of one thousand 781 new confirmed cases of Corona virus were reported in Delhi during the last twenty four hours taking the total number of cases to one lakh ten thousand 921. Delhi Government has confirmed that over 87 thousand people affected with Corona virus have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, two thousand 998 people recovered and 34 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to three thousand 334. 


The Drugs Controller General of India has approved Itolizumab for restricted emergency use on COVID-19 patients with moderate to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Drugs Controller General of India has approved Itolizumab injection for  the treatment of 'cytokine' release syndrome in moderate to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome in patients due to COVID-19. After satisfactory result from clinical trials, the drug was approved. Itolizumab injection is already an approved drug of Biocon Limited  used for the treatment of patients with active moderate to severe psoriasis.


Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (RCF) has introduced a skin friendly, moisturizer based hand cleansing Gel, RCF SAFEROLA. A PSU under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, RCF, has informed that the gel contains Iso Propyl Alcohol and Aloe Vera extract. RCF has fixed the price for its hand cleansing gel at 25 rupees for 50 milliliters and 50 rupees for a 100 milliliter bottle. The PSU has said that the safe and reasonably priced option is aimed at containment of the current pandemic amidst the ensuing demand for hand sanitisers.


While speaking to DD News, Deepak Paliwal, a Jaipur-born United Kingdom resident, who volunteered for COVID vaccine, said that he is delighted to be a part of a scientific development which is likely to benefit the humanity. The Oxford Vaccine which is being developed by researchers at Oxford University, AstraZeneca and Serum Institute in India is into Human trial phase. Mr. Paliwal said that he always wanted to do something for the benefit of humanity.


Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has requested Home Minister Amit Shah to hold state-wise review of COVID-19 situation. In a tweet, he urged Home Minister about not only Maharashtra but hold state-wise review of other states also where Corona virus pandemic is posing a serious problem.


In Assam, lockdown period has been extended at Kamrup Metro district including Guwahati city for another week. Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna in an order said that lockdown will be continued till 7 p.m. on 19th of July. The ongoing 14-day lockdown was supposed to come to an end tomorrow.


In Uttar Pradesh, shops and business establishments, other than those dealing with essential services, remained closed today after the government imposed restrictions across the state. The restrictions will be in force till 5 a.m. on Monday in the state following the surge in Corona virus cases. Meanwhile, special sanitation drive has been launched in state to keep communicable diseases at bay.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is himself monitoring and reviewing the sanitation drive which has been launched in rural and urban areas of all 75 districts of the state. Today Chief Minister also inaugurated 7 new testing labs for covid-19 patients. Now there is minimum one lab available in all divisions of state. Currently more than 1lakh 40 thousand health teams are involved in the screening process all over the state. Chief Minister stressed upon maintaining extra Vigilance in Jhansi Kanpur city and Mathura districts. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW


In Gujarat, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has added 17 new areas in the Micro-Containment Zones, while removed one area from the list. New 17 areas have been added in the Micro-Containment Zones after detections of new cases.

More new cases of infections have been reported from other districts and small towns apart from Surat, Ahmedabad and Vadodara. According to official sources, rural areas of Surat district reported 67 new cases while 59 new cases reported from Bhavanagar during the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the Association of Clock Manufacturing Units in Morbi has decided to shut its Units for a week from tomorrow. This decision has been taken to prevent the further spread of Covid19. More than 25000 workers, mostly women from nearby villages are working in more than 175 such units.Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad


With 2,798 new COVID cases today, Karnataka continues to face a surge in the pandemic. Addressing media persons in Bengaluru today, the Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said that Tracing, Tracking, Testing and Treatment will be further intensified. He also added that along with RT-PCR tests, the antigen tests that gives results within half an hour will be carried out in Bengaluru.

When asked whether the Government is mulling over extending lockdown on Saturdays along with the existing lockdown on Sundays, Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said that Chief Minister will take a call on this matter. The Deputy Chief Minister Dr. C. N. Ashwathnarayan felt that lockdown can only defer number of COVID cases but will not help in containing it. Meanwhile, the CM office has informed that Mr. Yediyurappa will hold video conference with District Deputy Commissioners, CEOs, senior police officers on Monday to assess the pandemic situation across the state. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru".


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has asked the Centre to permit the states to take a decision on holding the college examinations based on the locally prevailing COVID-19 conditions. In a letter to the Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ today, he said, the states may be allowed to work out their own methods of assessing students’ performance, without compromising on quality and academic credibility. Meanwhile, in Tamil Nadu, the total number of COVID-19 cases has crossed one lakh 34 thousand mark with 3,965 people tested positive today.

Chief Minister’s letter comes in the wake of the new guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission last Monday. It mandated the institutions to conduct examinations by this September for the final semester students. The Chief Minister has said there are several constraints including the students’ ability to reach the Examination Centres, as many of them are currently residing outside the district, or the State. He has reasoned that most of the Colleges including the hostels and classrooms in the state have been converted into Covid Care Centres and the arrangement may continue for some more time. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai.


Kerala continued to report spike in COVID cases with 488 new positive cases being confirmed today. The state also reported two COVID deaths taking the death toll due in the state to 29. Among the new cases, 234 persons contracted the disease through contact, creating an alarming situation. Alapuzha district reported the highest number of cases today.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed that the break the chain  campaign need to be strengthened as contact COVID cases are on a rise across the state. Meanwhile, 143 persons recovered from the disease today in the state. Presently, 3,442 active cases are there in the state.


In Nagaland, another five more cases of COVID-19 positive have been reported this afternoon. Health Minister, S Pangnyu Phom tweeted that all the new cases were confirmed from Tuensang.  Besides, nine more patients have also recovered from Tuensang COVID-19 Care Centre. However, they are kept under strict surveillance, the Minister added. With the addition of 11 cases reported earlier this morning, seven from Kohima, three from Mon and one in Mokokchung,  the total positive cases in Nagaland has gone up to 748. The active cases in the state stands at 435 and 313 patients have been recovered. No death has been reported so far.


In Mizoram, the State Government has announced more relaxations to the ongoing partial lockdown restrictions. The government has lifted the restrictions on the entry of vehicles carrying non-essential commodities into the state and that has come into effect from today. An official statement informed that all categories of vehicles are now permitted to enter into the state.


Following a sudden surge in COVID 19 cases in Meghalaya, the State Government has declared a two-day lockdown on 13th and 14th of July in East Khasi Hills district. The state witnessed one of the highest surges of 47 cases in a single day taking the total active cases of 236. Out of the cases reported today, 30 are BSF personnel and 17 civilians out of which eight are the contacts of wedding attendees at the Greenwood Resort, Guwahati last month. Out of the total 236 active case as of today, 159 account from the BSF, two from the Indian Air Force, 24 civilians from East Khasi Hills district, 20 from Ri Bhoi district, two from East Jaintia Hills district and nine from West Garo Hills district.

Announcing the two-day lockdown, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that the next two working days shall be observed in Shillong City agglomeration region as ‘Lockdown the virus through Behavior Change’.


The Human Resource Development Ministry has formulated a detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for conducting University examinations in the country. The SOP formulated in association with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health have been devised to ensure students' safety, fairness and equal opportunity amid the global pandemic due to COVID-19.

Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has informed that the UGC has issued a guideline to conduct all the examinations of the terminal semester in the Universities by 30th September this year. He said, these exams will be conducted through offline, online or mixed mode. HRD Minister informed that in case any student of final year is unable to appear in these examinations, the student will be given an opportunity at a later stage. Mr. Pokhriyal asserted that ensuring academic credibility, career opportunities and progress of students holds prime importance in the education system. He added that the educational evaluation of students is a very important milestone in any education system.


Delhi Government has cancelled all examinations in its State Universities due to COVID pandemic. In a virtual media briefing Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia informed that the state universities in the national capital will not hold any term examinations or final year examinations this year. He said, a progressive mechanism will be devised to evaluate the students based on internal assessments and previous scores.

Mr. Sisodia asserted that in a situation where classes were not held for the entire term, it would be unfair to hold examinations and evaluate students. He said, the state universities will come up with more details on the evaluation scheme at a later stage. However, he maintained that decision regarding examinations in the Central Universities of the Capital City will be taken by the Centre. Delhi has eight State Universities including Ambedkar University, Delhi Pharmaceutical Science and Research University, Netaji Subhash University of Technology, Delhi Technological University, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology and National Law University.


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding cancellation of final year examinations in all universities in view of COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Kejriwal said, the University Grants Commission has asked universities and colleges to conduct offline and online examinations for final semester students and the decision has caused anger among youths, teachers and students. He said, all believe that the decision is wrong and it must be withdrawn. Mr Kejriwal urged the Prime Minister to personally intervene and cancel final year exams of Delhi University and other Central Universities.


Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for adoption of environment friendly architecture and designs in the country, to address future health threats.  He was addressing  the inaugural ceremony of  the National Conference of Indian Institute of Architects virtually today.  Mr. Naidu urged architects and designers to answer the challenges posed by the pandemic through modification in their designs. He said, the design and architecture fraternity needs to regroup and look for solutions to the problems created by the current crisis, while envisioning ways to tackle future threats. Vice President emphasised that structures should be built in such a way that enough natural light and ventilation is available for the residents.

He asserted that the aim of modern structures should not only be to provide shelter and security but also to provide comfort and safety. Mr. Naidu called for novel thoughts and ideas for building environment-friendly structures which can be sustained on renewable energy sources. He also asked for engaging the local artists and artisans for construction and design related works in Smart City projects. Such engagements he said, would not only preserve the regional  culture but will also provide employment to many people in the country.


The fourth cycle of the All India Tiger Estimation 2018 has entered the Guinness World Record for being the world’s largest camera trap wildlife survey. Terming this achievement as a great moment, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a tweet  that this is a shining example of Atma nirbhar Bharat which was attained through sankalp se siddhi.

The Environment Minister said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has fulfilled its resolve to double the tiger numbers four years before the target. The country now has an estimated 2967 tigers as per the latest census. With this number, India is home to nearly 75 percent of the global tiger population and has already fulfilled its resolve of doubling tiger numbers, made at St. Petersburg in 2010, well ahead of the target year of 2022.

The citation at the Guinness World Record website says the fourth iteration of the survey - conducted in 2018-19 - was the most comprehensive to date, in terms of both resource and data amassed. Camera traps were placed in 26,838 locations across 141 different sites and surveyed an effective area of 1 lakh 21 thousand 337 square kilometres. From the photographs, 2,461 individual tigers were identified using stripe-pattern-recognition software.

The All India Tiger Estimation done quadrennially is steered by the National Tiger Conservation Authority with technical backstopping from the Wildlife Institute of India and implemented by State Forest Departments and partners. The latest results of 2018 had shown that India now has an estimated 2967 tigers out of which 2461 individual tigers have been photo captured.


Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has said that Indian Railways will be the largest Railway in the world to have 100 per cent electrification replacing diesel. He expressed hope that it will be the world's first Green Railways running on 100 per cent clean energy by 2030. Addressing the India Global Week-2020, he said, the government has opened up for bidding for additional 151 trains inviting private participation so the passengers can enjoy world-class facilities and high speed journeys.


In Madhya Pradesh, more than 24 thousand migrant labourers have already got permanent employment through the ‘Rozgar Setu’ portal. This includes 79.5 per cent men and 20.5 per cent women.

The Additional Chief Secretary Labour department, Dr Rajesh Rajoura has informed that job cards of around 3 lakh 55 thousand migrant labourers have been prepared. Along with this, employment has been provided to one lakh 89 thousand migrant workers under MGNREGA.Registration of 3 lakh 40 thousand migrant workers, eligible under the Sambal Yojana has also been done while under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat and National Food Security Act, ration is being distributed every month to more than 13 lakh migrant workers. Out of the 2 lakh 6 thousand children of the migrant workers, more than 75 thousand children aged between 6 and 14 years have been enrolled in schools. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in the 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio on the 26th of this month. It will be the 67th episode of the monthly radio programme.

In a tweet, Mr Modi has asked people to share inspiring anecdotes of how collective efforts have brought about positive changes and transformed many lives. People can send their inputs for Mann Ki Baat by  dialling 1800-11-7800 and  recording a message. They can also share inputs on the specially created Open Forum on the NaMo App or on  MyGov.in

The Mann Ki Baat programme will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and also on AIR News website www.newsonair.com and newsonair Mobile App. It will also be streamed live on the YouTube channels of AIR, DD News, PMO and Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

AIR will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. The regional language versions will be repeated at eight in the evening.


In Maharashtra, days after the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray called for simple and low-key Ganesh Utsav celebrations this year owing to COVID-19 pandemic, the State Government has today released the guidelines for Ganesh Utsav pandals.  Ganeshotsav is the most popular festival in Maharashtra. The pandals set up by various mandals in Mumbai and other places in the state attract thousands of devotees during the 10-day festivities. This year's Ganesh Utsav festivities start on 22nd of August and will last 11 days, concluding with the immersion of Lord Ganesha's idols.

As the number of Coronavirus cases soar in Maharashtra, the state government has issued relevant guidelines for this year’s ganeshotsav celebration. As per the guidelines, the Ganesh idol height in community pandals must be limited to 4 feet, while height of Ganpati idols at home must be limited to 2 feet. Instead of traditional Ganesh idols, the state govt has urged people to bring eco-friendly ganesh idols. It has urged community ganesh mandals to organize awareness health campaigns on Dengue, malaria, COVID-19 or organise blood donation drives instead of cultural programmes. The state government said that if possible the mandals must make arrangements for online darshan to avoid crowding in the pandals. SWEETY JAIN, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI


In Chhattisgarh, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an e-Lok Adalat was held today. Under the e-Lok Adalat, the virtual hearings were conducted through video conferencing.

Under the e-lok adalat, the virtual hearings of the pending cases were being conducted through video conferencing. The executive chairman of theChhattisgarh State Legal Services Authority Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra said that over 3 thousand cases were heard in around 200 benches of 23 districts across the state including the High Court in Bilaspur. The live streaming of the e-Lok Adalat was also being done.All District Courts and Tehsil Courts along with the High Court were part of the e-Lok Adalat. According to the Chhattisgarh government, this is the first time in the country that Lok Adalat was being held through video conferencing. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur


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

The National Capital Delhi will witness a minimum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius and maximum around 35 degrees Celsius with generally cloudy sky with light rain.

Mumbai will witness generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature will be 27 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature will be around 33 degrees Celsius.

In the south, Chennai will see a generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between 23 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will witness partly cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thunderstorms. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be 28 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 34 degrees.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 34 degrees Celsius. The city will observe partly cloudy sky with a possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 18 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 32 degrees. The city will observe partly clear sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers or dust storm.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 18 and 32 degrees Celsius and thunderstorm with rain.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be partly cloudy sky with possibility  of rain or Thunder or dust storm. It will witness minimum temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees Celsius.

Chandigarh will witness cloudy sky one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city will be 25 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 34 degrees.

In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 24 and 32 degrees Celsius and will have cloudy sky with possibility of heavy rain or  thunderstorm.

In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature will be 23 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 31 degrees. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with intermittent rain.

Bengaluru will witness minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius and maximum 27 degrees Celsius and generally cloudy sky with moderate rain.

Ahmedabad will witness a generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum and maximum will be around 27 degrees  and 35 degrees Celsius respectively.

Bhopal will witness thunderstorm with rain. The minimum temperature in the city will be 25 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 35 degrees.

Patna will mainly witness 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 is expected to be around 31 degrees.

Guwahati will witness a generally cloudy sky with few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city will be 25 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 33 degrees.


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