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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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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews Covid-19 situation; Says continuous emphasis should be laid on preventing the spread of infection.

  • Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu governments decide to impose complete lockdown across the state every Sunday.

  • Superstar Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek test positive for COVID-19; Admitted to a Mumbai hospital.

  • NITI Aayog's Atal Innovation Mission launches app development module for school students.

  • National Investigation Agency nabs two prime accused in Kerala gold smuggling case.

  • Uttar Pradesh government forms Special Investigation Team to probe cases related to gangster Vikas Dubey.     


Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the Covid-19 situation in the country yesterday. 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 the 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 this 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.


Today being Sunday, Tamil Nadu observes total lockdown throughout the state. It is aimed at avoiding overcrowding in public spaces. More from our correspondent:-

"This is the second successive Sunday this month that the whole state of Tamil Nadu goes under complete lockdown. The Government has made it clear that all the Sundays in July will have an intensified lockdown as it is observed that relaxations on Sundays lead to crowding outside, triggering fears of eruption of new Covid-19 clusters. However, during week days, unlock-2 is in vogue except in Madurai. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".

The total Covid-19 infection in Tamil Nadu has surpassed one lakh thirty four thousand cases with 3965 people confirmed positive yesterday.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has asked the External Affairs Ministry to facilitate the repatriation of over 40 stranded fishermen from the state from Iran. In a letter to the External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, he said 681 fishermen have been repatriated safely to the state by the Indian naval ship INS Jalashwa on the 1st of this month. He has said around 40 more are left behind due to lack of space in the ship.


Due to the continued surge in the Covid-19 cases, Karnataka government has decided to imposed complete lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts for one week from 8 PM of July 14 to 5 AM of July 22nd. A report:-

"The lock down will not impact supply of essential commodities like groceries, vegetables, fruits, milk and medicines.  MBBS, Post Graduate examinations will be conducted as scheduled.  Two thousand nine hundred and seventy eight new covid -19 positive cases were reported in the State yesterday, among them 1533 cases were reported from Bengaluru city.  Seventy deaths were reported in the State taking the tally to 613, among them 229 deaths were reported from Bengaluru. Out of 20,883 active cases in the State, Bengaluru has reported 12,793 active cases.  In a record till date, the highest of 20,288 swab samples were tested in various places in the State and the total test has gone up to 7,99,796. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU".


In Uttar Pradesh, 3-day restrictions which was imposed at 10 pm on Friday in wake of Covid-19 will continue till 5 am tomorrow. All the offices, markets and other institutions are closed but all industrial activities are continuing with social distancing norms. More from our correspondent:

"Strict vigil is being kept on compliance of  Covid -19 restriction rules in state and Police forces are checking every noose and corner. The government is carrying out  three day special state wide sanitization and cleaning campaign in urban and rural areas  which  will continue till tomorrow. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed to conduct  corona tests by taking samples of people with suspected symptoms during  door-to-door medical screening and more than 1 lakh 40 thousand teams are engaged in this work. Additional Chief Secretory  Home Awanish Awasthi  said that  government is firmly implementing  Covid -19 restrictions and 2,27,354 people have been booked, registering 90,009 FIRs under Section 188 since the inception of Lockdown in state. MS Yadav, AIR News, Lucknow".


In Bihar, fresh complete lockdown has been imposed in three districts of Gaya, Saharsa and Araria beginning today. With this, 18 districts of the state comes under lockdown. Eight-day lockdown has been imposed in Araria district while five-day lockdown will be in Saharsa. In Gaya, lockdown will continue till further orders.

Government offices and Public coroporations will remain closed. All private and commercial establishments will also remain closed. However, Ration shops, dairy, Vegetables and meat shops will remain open between 6 am and 10 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm. All places of worship and religious gatherings will also be closed. All kinds of e-commerce and home delivery will be allowed. Public transport service will also be allowed in the lockdown period. However, private vehicles will be limited to essential works only. Train and flight services have been allowed. 


In Madhya Pradesh, there will be a complete lockdown on every Sunday in the entire state. our correspondent has filed this report:-

"During the lockdown on every Sunday, all markets, offices and establishments will remain completely closed. However, this order will not be applicable on the milk parlours, medical stores, hospitals and other emergency services. There will be a restriction mainly on the unnecessary movements of people. Official release said that the violation of lockdown will be punishable under section 188. State Home Minister Dr Narottam Mishra has said in a tweet message that state governments are controlling the corona infection by the Kill Corona campaign, but the total lockdown is being needed every Sunday in view of the increasing number of COVID-19 patients. The COVID-19 case count in Madhya Pradesh climbed to 17 thousand 201 with addition of 544 new cases in the last 24 hours. The death toll in the state has risen to 644. The state has 1 thousand 518 active containment zones. A total of 198 persons were discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


Gujarat government has denied media reports about the re-imposition of lockdown in the state. State government has termed such reports as false and far from truth. Official sources said, the Chief Secretary has not held any video conference with the district collectors on this issue. Our correspondent reports the state has recorded 872 new cases of Covid-19 during the last 24 hours.

"With the detection of 872 new cases in Gujarat, the total cases reported till now have gone up to 41027. The maximum 180 cases reported from Surat city, while Ahmedabad city recorded 166 new cases. Ten patients have lost their lives during the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll in the state up to 2034. According to official sources, out of 10308 active cases in the state, conditions of 73 patients are critical and they are on ventilator. Five hundred and two patients have been discharged after recovery during the last 24 hours. With this, the total patients recovered from the Covid-19 have gone up to 28685. More than 4 lakh 57 thousand tests have been carried out in the state till date. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


In view of the sudden price rise of vegetables and other essential commodities during lockdown in Kamrup Metro district, the  Assam government will constitute a core committee to monitor the vegetable markets and to streamline the selling of vegetables to check price rise. The Chief Minister announced this during a meeting with several trader organizations in Guwahati yesterday.

The Chief Minister said that the proposed committee to be led by Additional Chief Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies department Syedain Abbasi will develop a mechanism for monitoring of the markets to check the price rise.


A total of five thousand 746 Indians returned from different countries under the Vande Bharat Mission yesterday. They returned from Sharjah, Bahrain, Muscat, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Kiev, Newark, Toranto, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, London, Singapore, Manilla and Doha.

In a tweet, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed this. He said, the Vande Bharat continues to spread hope and happiness by facilitating the return of Indians from around the world and flying out many to their destinations abroad.


Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan have been tested positive for COVID-19 and admitted to a Mumbai hospital. They underwent rapid antigen test at the Nanavati hospital and found positive. 

In a tweet, Abhishek Bachchan said, both he and his father have mild symptoms and requested everybody to be calm and not to panic.

In a tweet, Amitabh Bachchan requested all those who have been in close proximity to him in the last 10 days to get themselves tested.

Our Mumbai correspondent reports, within minutes of Amitabh Bachchan's post, the get well soon wishes began pouring in, flooding Twitter and other social media platforms.

"Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan who himself broke the news of being tested positive on twitter last night sent shockwaves across various quarters of the society. Soon after, various platforms of social media were flooded with personalities from politics, entertainment, sports wishing the mega star speedy recovery. As people tried to comprehend with the late night development, Mr. Bachchan's son Abhishek too revealed that he too has tested positive and that both he and his father are having mild symptoms and were admitted to the hospital. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said,  both Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan took antigen tests and their results came positive. Both are admitted to Nanavati hospital. Their health is stable. They have mild cough and fever. He said, tests were conducted on Mr. Bachchan's wife Jaya Bachchan and daughter- in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and their test reports are awaited. With Kunal Shinde, Shailesh Patil, Air News, MUMBAI".


Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar prayed for the speedy recovery of Amitabh Bachchan. In a tweet, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, he joins the whole nation in wishing him a quick recovery. Health Minister said, Amitabh Bachchan is the idol of millions in this country and they will all take good care of him.

Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis also prayed for his speedy recovery.


The total number of recovered people from Corona virus has crossed the five lakh mark. The Central Government said yesterday, 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 the 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. 


Health and Family Welfare Ministry has advised the states that all the ‘investigational therapies’ are required to be carried out only in proper health care facilities where close monitoring of patients is possible. Indian Council of Medical Research and AIIMS have strongly recommended that the focus of clinical management should continue to remain on oxygen therapy, steroids, high quality supportive care including mental health counselling for patients and families. For mild cases, which are nearly 80 per cent of the total cases, Hydroxychloroquine has been recommended.

The Health Ministry said, the pursuit of an effective treatment for COVID-19 has also resulted in repurposing of several drugs which are not a part of the main Clinical Management Protocol but have been indicated as investigational therapies. Remdesivir, Convalescent Plasma, Tocilizumab have been put under the investigational therapies in the clinical management protocol for COVID-19. The Health Ministry said, these drugs are only permitted for restricted emergency use for COVID-19 and can be used in specific sub-groups of patients. ICMR and AIIMS have strictly suggested the hospitals that their indiscriminate use can cause more harm than good.

The states were also told that the available evidence for Remdesivir suggests that it may decrease the time for clinical improvement when used in moderate to severe cases. However, there have been no benefits in terms of reduced mortality. Similarly, studies on Tocilizumab have not shown any benefits in mortality reduction.


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 millilitres and 50 rupees for a 100 millilitre 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.


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. Sonali Bali, Psychiatrist at Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neuro and Allied Sciences, New Delhi said that misinformation regarding COVID through multiple unverified sources has led anxiety related issues in people which manifests in the form of social stigma.

Speaking to AIR News, Dr. Saurabh Mehrotra, Consultant at Mental Health Division in Medanta Hospital emphasised that people should indulge in positive addictions.


NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission has launched the ATL App Development Module for school children across the country. The ATL App is an online course, which is completely Free. Through six project-based learning modules and online mentoring sessions, young innovators can learn to build mobile apps in various Indian languages and showcase their talent. Additionally, to build capacities and acumen for app development within school teachers, periodic Teacher Training sessions will be conducted on the AIM App Development course.

NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant has said that COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a big disruption, which is being tackled through the use of technology to aid for everyday lives. He said, the Prime Minister has been encouraging the citizens to use technology and innovate for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat. Mr Kant said, it is crucial for the young Indians to learn skills at a young age and to enable them to become the next generation of technology leaders.

Speaking on the occasion, Mission Director of Atal Innovation Mission R Ramanan said, the launch of Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge has been inspiring to the young students uniformly at school, university and industry level. He said, NITI Aayog is now bringing the skills of app development to the young tinkerers of Atal Tinkering Labs across the country so that they can integrate their Tinkering Lab innovations with mobile apps enhancing the usability and reach of their innovations. This will be one of the largest app learning and development initiatives at a school level in any country.


Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified a draft notification proposing amendment to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 for inclusion of the standards for the safety evaluation of the vehicles being propelled through hydrogen fuel cells.

The Ministry has invited suggestions and comments from all stake holders including general public on the proposed amendment, which can be sent to the Joint Secretary (MVL), Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Transport Bhavan, Parliament Street, New Delhi-110001 (email: jspb-morth@gov.in) upto 9th of next month.


National Investigation Agency (NIA) has nabbed the prime accused in Kerala gold smuggling case. Both accused, Swapna Prabha Suresh and her accomplice Sandeep Nair were arrested from Bengaluru yesterday evening. They will be produced before the NIA office in Cochin today.

The Customs Department had on July 5 seized 30 kg gold worth 15 crore rupees concealed in diplomatic consignment at the Thiruvananthapuram international airport.

Swapna Suresh was on the run following the gold seizure. She was employed in Space Park and Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Limited (KSITL), which comes under the IT department, a portfolio held by Kerala Chief Minister.


The Uttar Pradesh government has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe cases related to dreaded criminal Vikas Dubey and his associates. This SIT will submit its report before 31st July. The SIT headed by Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay Bhoosreddy will have two senior police officers ADG Hariram Sharma and DIG J Ravindra Gaur as members.  Here is a report:-

"The Special Investigation Team will thoroughly investigate the vikas dube case and will try to find answers to those questions which are rising about his connections with officers, nexus between him and police, his modus operandi, properties and black money. It Will also investigate that what action police took about complaints registerd against Dubey and his associates under Gangster Act, Goonda Act, and NSA. The call recording details of Dubey and his accomplices of past one year will also come under investigation. Most importantly, the SIT will also investigate what had happened in the night of July 2-3, when a police team had gone to raid and came under attack. Eight police personnel were killed that night in firing between police and Vikas Dubey’s henchmen. It will be investigated whether lapses were committed in getting intelligence about the firepower and weapons with Dubey. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".


In Assam, several rivers are flowing above the danger level. Over 6 lakh people are affected due to floods in 20 districts. Official sources said that the death tolls due to floods increased  to 42. Surging water also damaged 46 thousand hectare of agriculture land. Over 8 thousand people are taking shelter at relief camps. Dhemaji and Barpeta are among the worst affected districts. SDRF and NDRF teams are deployed in relief and rescue works.


In Jammu and Kashmir, District Development Commissioner Anantnag  KK Sidha inaugurated "One Nation One Ration Card" at Food Civil Supplies & Consumer and Public Distribution (FCS & CAPD) sale outlet at Nai Basti in Anantnag yesterday. The move is aimed at providing ration to the card holders at any place of the country. On the occasion, some migrant labourers of Uttar Pradesh were provided one month ration from the said sale outlet who have already been Aadhaar linked.

As per the scheme of the central government, the registered card holder is entitled to get ration for his family or for the persons residing at any place.


In Jammu  and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu has called for 100 per cent coverage of Kisan Credit Cards in the Union Territory. He asked officials concerned to make concerted efforts to achieve 100 per cent coverage of farmers under KCC scheme including those engaged in Dairy Farming, Fisheries, Poultry and Horticulture. Mr Murmu was inaugurating a day long Kisan Mela cum Awareness Camp as a part of ongoing “Kisan Pakhwada”, during his visit to Pulwama district yesterday.


External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that disengagement and de-escalation process has been agreed upon between India and China and the work is in progress. He said, we have agreed on the need to disengage because the troops on both sides are deployed very close to each other. So there is a disengagement and de-escalation process which has been agreed upon. He said, the process of disengagement has has just commenced and it is very much a work in progress. Dr Jaishankar was speaking at India Global Week 2020 yesterday.

Recently, India and China have begun a long process of disengagement in the eastern Ladakh after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.


The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) rescued six Sri Lankan fishermen from Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in Andaman Sea. During the EEZ surveillance of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the ICG Dornier located a boat adrift at approximately 190 Nautical Miles North-West of Port Blair. The boat has been identified as Sri Lankan and was reportedly in distress due to technical snag.


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

The national capital Delhi may witness generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature was recorded at 26 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 35 degrees.

Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The city witnessed a minimum temperature of 27 degree Celsius and will have a maximum of around 33 degree Celsius.

In Chennai, the temperature will hover between 24 and 35 degree Celsius. The city will have a partly cloudy sky in the morning hours becoming generally cloudy towards evening or night with possibility of rain or thundershowers accompanied with squall.

Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers with a minimum temperature of 28 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature will be nearly 34 degrees.

In Jammu and Kashmir; the minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 34 degrees. The city is likely to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust-storm.

In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 18 and 32 degree Celsius. The city is expected to witness partly cloudy sky with the possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust-storm.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 18 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees. It is expected to have thunderstorm with rain.

Muzzafarabad may see partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust-storm. The place witnessed a minimum temperature of 22 degree Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees.

Chandigarh will see a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was recorded at 25 degree Celsius and maximum temperature will be around 34 degrees.

Bengaluru is expected to have temperatures between 21 and 29 degree Celsius. Rain or thundershowers would occur towards evening or night in the city.

Ahmedabad will also have a generally cloudy sky with light rain.  Minimum temperature in the city was 27 degree Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 33 degrees.

Rain or thundershowers would occur towards afternoon or evening in Bhopal. Minimum temperature was 24 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 33 degrees.

Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers expected in Patna. The temperature will fluctuate between 26 and 31 degree Celsius.


Newspapers Headlines:

  • "Covid may lead to higher NPAs, capital erosion, warns RBI Governor" is the headline in The Sunday Tribune.

  • "China starts PANGONG pullback" major positive sign towards peace as stand offs at four places started from Pangong lake on May 5 says the Pioneer.

  • Nod for psoriasis drug to be used for Covid patients, based on clinical trials data given by BIOCON is the Financial Express front page story.

  • The Hindu reports of the case of Supreme Court ruling of the famous Padmanabha Swamy temple to come tomorrow that would decide who would play a dominant role in its management - The state government or the erstwhile royal travancore family.

  • India's share in daily global cases now 12 per cent says the Times of India headline referring to the Covid-19 case load.

  • India's 2018 tiger census has entered Guinness Book of World record for being the world's largest Camera trap wildlife survey, thats a Tribune front page story.


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