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  • India and China to hold Corps Commander-level talks at Chushul in Eastern Ladakh today for second phase of disengagement along LAC. 

  • Political crisis continues in Rajasthan; Congress calls another legislative party meet in Jaipur today.

  • Government aims to increase public health expenditure to 2.5 per cent of the GDP by 2025.

  • Nineteen States and Union Territories report higher recovery rate than  national average of 63.01 per cent.

  • WHO calls upon countries for comprehensive strategies to deal with Covid pandemic.


The fourth round of Commander-level talks between India and China will take place today at Chushul Border post in Eastern Ladakh. The last meeting was also held at the same venue on the 30th of June. Army sources said, the talks mainly focus on the second phase of disengagement along the Line of Actual Control.

To follow up the work in progress, the army commanders are meeting today. The meeting between the Army commanders is important after the conversation between the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Mr Wang Yi, on 5th July. In the meeting they agreed that both sides should complete the ongoing disengagement process along the LAC, to de-escalate the tensions in the region. The PLA has already retreated back as per the agreement, by two kilometres in the friction points like Galwan valley, Gogra and Hot Springs. Similarly, the Indian side also has moved back as per the mutual disengagement agreed upon during the last Corps Commander-level talks. The Army sources said that today's talks mainly focus on complete disengament at Finger -4 and further at Pangong Tso and Depsang plains. Indian delegation will be lead by GoC of Fire and Fury corps LtGenl Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military Province Commander Major General Liu Lin lead the Chinese side. Ramesh Chandra, AIR NEWS, Leh".


Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Mr. Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate and lay foundation stones for various new economic corridor projects worth over 20,000 crore rupees in Haryana  in a web based function today. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will preside over the function.

The projects for inauguration include the 35.45 km 4-lane Rohna/Hasangarh to Jhajjar section of NH 334B costing 1183 crore rupees, the 70 km 4-laning of Punjab-Haryana Border to Jind section of NH 71 costing  857 crore rupees, and the 85.36 km 2-lane with paved shoulders Jind-Karnal Highway on NH 709 costing 200 crore rupees.

The projects for foundation stone laying include the 227 km 6-lane access controlled Greenfield expressway from Ismailpur to Narnaul on NH 152D in 8 packages costing 8650 crore rupees. "Mr. Gadkari will inaugurate projects worth over 2,240 crore rupees. He will also lay the foundation stone for projects worth over 17,750 crore rupees including the 227 km 6-lane access controlled Greenfield expressway for Ismailpur to Narnaul on NH 152D. The government said, the projects are expected to save time, fuel  and costs and benefit the backward regions of Haryana. The projects will provide connectivity within Haryana as well as to neighbouring states of Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Shantanu Pratap Singh, AIR News, Chandigarh".


Road Transport and Highways Ministry has clarified that the heavy road making machinery are not  motor vehicles and are not covered under MV Act. It has requested the States and UTs to not to insist upon registration and driving licence for these machines.

In a letter  to the transport departments of all the States and UTs, the Ministry has informed regarding a number of representations received on Road Building and Rehabilitation Equipment, wherein concern regarding registration of cold recycling machines and soil stabilization machine under Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 has been raised.


As the political crisis deepens in Rajasthan, the Congress party has scheduled another legislative party meet in Jaipur today and invited Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, along with the other MLAs with him, to be a part of it.

Talking to reporters last night Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the invitation for attending the meet would be sent in written to Sachin Pilot and the other MLAs as well. Yesterday, the Congress Legislature Party has passed a resolution supporting the Ashok Gehlot-led government. The Ashok Gehlot-led Congress Government plunged into a crisis after Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot declared an open rebellion. Mr Pilot had claimed that the Gehlot Government has been reduced to a minority as over 30 Congress MLAs are supporting him. "Senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala again claimed that the Gehlot government is stable and has the support of 109 MLAs. On the other hand, Former Assembly Speaker and Pilot loyalist Dipendra Singh Shekhawat has demanded the floor test and claimed that they have the support of 30 MLAs. Senior MLA of Congress Hemaram Chaudhary questioned why the Gehlot government has locked up the legislators in the hotel if it has majority. Meanwhile, a video was released last night from Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, in which some of his supporting MLAs are seen sitting in a resort. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur".


The Union Health Ministry has pushed for an increased expenditure on public health. In a meeting with the 15th Finance Commission, the Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, has highlighted that the government aims at gradually increasing the public health expenditure to 2.5 per cent of the GDP by the year 2025. The Minister asserted that the outlay for primary health expenditure will also be made nearly two third of the total public health expenditure in the country.

Reiterating the government's target of the National Health Policy 2017, Dr. Vardhan emphasized on the importance of increasing the state’s health sector spending to nearly 8 per cent of their total budget. The Health Ministry apprised the Finance Commission of the need to further strengthen the public health sector, surveillance and public health management, preventive and promotive health care system in the country.

The Health Ministry has also revised its requirement of around 4.9 lakh crores to 6.04 lakh crores in the light of the COVID pandemic.


The total number of recovered cases from coronavirus in the country today crossed the 5.5 lakh mark. The Central Government said, a total of five lakh 53 thousand 471 people have been cured in the country so far. With this, the National recovery rate has reached 63.01 per cent. 18 thousand 850 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. There are 19 States and Union Territories which have a higher recovery rate than the national average.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 28 thousand 701 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country within 24 hours taking the total number of cases to eight lakh 78 thousand 254. This is the highest number of fresh cases recorded in one day since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in India. Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is three lakh one thousand 609. In a single day, 500 deaths were reported taking the nationwide toll to 23 thousand 174. With this, the case fatality rate has reached 2.63 per cent in the country.


The Delhi Government has said a total of one thousand 246 new confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in the city during the last  24 hours taking the total number of cases to one lakh 13 thousand 740. There are 19 thousand 17 active cases in Delhi. Delhi Health Bulletin yesterday confirmed that a total of 91 thousand 312 people affected by corona virus have been cured so far and the recovery rate has reached  80.28 per cent in the city.


In Bihar, AIIMS-Patna has started human trial of Corona virus vaccine  on 10 volunteers selected by hospital authorities. Several people offered to take part in the trial, but only 10 people were selected for the process. The first dose has been given to selected people and after on interval of 14 days, second dose will be given. Doctors are keeping a strict vigil on the people who have taken the dose of vaccine. A team of doctors has been constituted for that.

After completion of the scheduled period, check-up of people will be undertaken for after effects of the vaccine. The vaccine has been jointly developed by the National Institute of Virology, Pune and Hyderabad - based Bharat Biotech International Limited in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research. It is the first indigenous vaccine developed in India.


In Jharkhand, 189  new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours taking the total toll to 3,963 COVID19 cases in the state so far. A total of 33 people have succumbed to the disease so far.

Meanwhile 43 people have recovered from the viral infection in the  last 24 hours taking the total count of recoveries to 2,351. With the addition of new cases everyday, the recovery rate has further declined to 59.32 percent. Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh has instructed all the Deputy Commissioners of 24 districts to mandatorily conduct COVID19 tests on every single person entering  the state.


Gujarat has recorded 902 new COVID cases during the last 24 hours. Total number of cases detected so far in the state has gone up to 42,808. Quoting official sources, AIR Ahmedabad correspondent reports that 10 patients have lost their lives yesterday.

"Out of 902 new cases, maximum 207 cases have been reported from Surat city. Ahmedabad city recorded 152 new cases. Out of  total 10,945 active cases in the state, the conditions of 74 patients are serious. The total patients recovered from the Covid19 have gone up to 29,806. More than 4 lakh 70 thousand tests have been carried out in the state. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has increased the fine for not wearing a mask and spitting at public places from 200 rupees to 500 rupees. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".


In Maharashtra, leader of opposition in the legislative assembly Devendra Fadnavis and leader of opposition in the legislative council  Praveen Darekar have written a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expressing concern over the growing number of Covid-19 cases in the state. Our correspondent reports that both the leaders visited prominent civic bodies like Thane, Bhivandi,  Panvel, Navi Mumbai, Ulhasnagar, Nagpur among others.

"Devendra Fadnavis and Praveen Darekar have suggested that the government should make proper arrangements of beds, oxygen, and ventilators for the civic bodies according to their grades as there is a shortage of these facilities including ambulances . They have pointed out towards the lack of facilities in makeshift covid centres. Both the leaders have expressed concern about heavy bills being charged by private hospitals in the state and requested the Chief Minister to hold a meeting in person for  taking the s directly from them. Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai".


In Karnataka, 2738 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported in the State yesterday increasing the total number to 41,581. Among the new cases 1315 cases were reported from Bengaluru. Meanwhile the one week lock down in the Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts announced by the Karnataka government will begin from 8 pm today.

"During the lock down the government has given relaxation to shops, including rations shops, dealing with food, groceries, fruits , vegetables, milk booths to open only from 5 am to 12 noon. Banks and telecommunication will function. Taxis, auto and public transport will not be allowed to operate during the lock down period. There will be complete seal down in containment zones. The booth level task force will go door to door to enumerate people who are above 60 years of age. Chief Minister assured the people should co-operate by remaining indoors and he also  assured that the lockdown will not be extended beyond the one week period. R. MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU".


The Tamil Nadu Government has suspended public bus transport in the state till the end of this month. The decision has been taken as many districts outside Chennai are witnessing soaring numbers of new Covid-19 cases.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 tally in Tamil Nadu has surpassed over one lakh, 42 thousand with 4328 people confirmed positive yesterday. However, a little over three thousand people returned home after recovery. Our correspondent reports that the death toll has mounted to more than two thousand with 66 patients succumbing to the disease in the last 24-hours.

"Public buses was originally suspended till the fifteenth of this month. It is now extended till July 31st as fears have been raised about the possibility of new Covid-19 clusters getting formed due to opening of public transport. Till recently, Chennai contributed  most of the total infections in the state. Of late, other districts have started catching up fast with the state capital in the spread of the disease. The move to halt bus transport for a little longer is said to be in the right direction to put a break against the viral spread. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio we bring you views of  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 like reading books, music activities and exercise.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India is among the most open economies in the world. He was interacting with the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai through video conferencing yesterday. The Prime Minister said Indians are adjusting to and adopting technology at a rapid pace.

Mr. Modi and Mr. Pichai spoke on a wide range of subjects, particularly leveraging the power of technology to transform the lives of India’s farmers, youngsters and entrepreneurs. Mr. Modi also spoke about the recent steps taken by the government towards reforming agriculture and creating new job opportunities.

The Prime Minister explored the idea of virtual labs that can be used by students as well as farmers. On the issue of data security and cyber safety, he said, tech companies need to put in efforts to bridge the trust deficit. Technological solutions to expand the scope of online education, access to technology in native language, use of augmented reality and virtual reality to give a stadium-like viewing experience in sports and progress in the area of digital payments were also discussed. The Prime Minister said, he was delighted to know more about the efforts of Google in several sectors, be it in education, learning, digital payments and more.

Sundar Pichai briefed the Prime Minister about new products and initiatives of Google in India. He mentioned the launch of Artificial Intelligence Research Lab in Bengaluru while highlighting the benefits of Google's flood forecasting efforts.

Mr. Modi appreciated the proactive role played by Google in battling misinformation and conveying information about necessary precautions.


Electronics and Information Technology Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad has said the digital transformation powered by Digital India is filling the digital divide and allowing innovation in the country. Speaking on the 6th edition of Google for India through video conferencing, he said, Aadhar, UPI, GSTN and Ayushman Bharat are operating on digital platforms and with this benchmark of success, India's movement has arrived.

The Minister said, he appreciated the efforts of Google to make a huge investment and promoting innovations, information and digital awakening in India.


Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced an investment of  75 thousand crore rupees in India over the next 5 to 7 years through Google for India Digitisation Fund. Addressing Google for India event, Mr. Pichai asserted that the latest move is a reflection of the company's confidence in the future of India and its digital economy.  He said the investments will focus on four key areas of India's digitisation.


Madhya Pradesh has emerged on top in implementing the Pradhan Mantri Street Vendors Atma Nirbhar Nidhi-PM Swa Nidhi scheme. The scheme is being implemented in the state to help the street vendors to continue their business.

Apart from urban street vendors, a scheme to provide interest free assistance of 10 thousand rupees is ALSO being implemented for the street vendors of rural areas in the state.

The Pradhan Mantri Street Vendors Nidhi Yojana has been launched to provide benefit to beneficiaries of 378 urban bodies of the state. So far, 15 thousand 500 cases have been approved in the state and interest free loan of around 15 crore 50 lakh has been approved. As many as 8 lakh 70 thousand 330 street vendors have registered under the scheme. Interest free working capital of 10 thousand Rupees will be provided for one year.  A maximum special subsidy of 1200 Rs will also be given in a year on conducting digital transactions. On timely repayment of the amount, beneficiaries will be able to get working capital of maximum 20 thousand Rupees in the next year. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


The Uttar Pradesh government has expanded the ambit of the emergency police helpline number 112, and linked fire, ambulance, railway police and disaster relief services with it. Now people do not need to remember several emergency numbers and they can directly call 112 in case of  any eventuality. 

"Additional Director General of police and incharge of Emergency services 112, Asim Arun told AIR that now for any kind of emergency issues related to Government Railway Police, fire control, 108 ambulance and 1090 women powerline people can call on 112 directly.

The police response vehicles PRVs of 112 services had played an important role in providing assistance, medicine and food to the needy during lockdown and extended it's services to senior citizens also with a special sawera campaign. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Pakistani Army initiated an Unprovoked Ceasefire Violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar Sector in north Kashmir's Kupwara district in the evening hours yesterday by firing Mortars and other weapons. The Indian Army gave a befitting response to the Pakistani aggression. However, there were no reports of any casualty or injury to anyone in the ceasefire violation, when reports last came in.

Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane visited the forward areas in the Jammu-Pathankot region to review the security situation and operational preparedness of troops deployed along the border with Pakistan. He interacted with the field formation Commanders and troops on ground during his visit. General Naravane reinstated ‘Zero tolerance’ against the ceasefire violations by Pakistan and infiltration attempts by terrorists.


In Assam, there is no respite  from the flood fury  in the state as several major rivers are in spate. Flood waters affected over 21 lakh people in 27 districts. 60 thousand displaced people are taking shelter at relief camps. 50 persons have lost their lives  in rain related incidents so far. Surging water also  disrupted road communications at several places in the state. Rescue and relief measures are being carried out. Dhemaji, Darrang, Barpeta and Bongaigaon are among the worst affected districts.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Minister Rameshwar Teli visited the flood hit Dibrugarh district yesterday. Both leaders also visited flood relief camps at Chabua and Bindhakota. The Chief Minister  directed officials to take special care of children and elderly people in the camp, while ensuring proper hygiene and social distancing.


Weather forecast for today

In Jammu and Kashmir; the minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 37 degrees. The city is likely to have a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 16 and 31 degrees Celsius. The city is expected to witness mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 18 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees. It is expected to have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night.

Muzzafarabad may see mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The place witnessed a minimum temperature of 20 degrees 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 26 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature will be around 35 degrees.

The national capital Delhi may witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder and lightning. The minimum temperature was recorded at 28 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 38 degrees. 

Ahmedabad will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain.  Minimum temperature in the city was 26 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 33 degrees.

Partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust-storm is predicted in Bhopal. Minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 33 degrees.


The World Health Organization has warned that the pandemic is worsening globally and that there will be no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future.

Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the virus' spread is worsening in many countries. He called for countries to come up with comprehensive strategies to deal with the pandemic, and noted that roughly half of all new cases are in the Americas. His remarks came a day after Florida shattered the record among US states for the largest single-day increase in new confirmed cases, with more than 15,000.


The United States has officially dismissed China's claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea and termed Beijing's campaign of bullying to control them as completely unlawful. US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo issued a statement on the US position on Maritime claims in the South China Sea, saying that the Chinese government has no legal grounds to unilaterally impose its will on the region. Pompeo said that Beijing uses intimidation to undermine the sovereign rights of Southeast Asian coastal states in the South China Sea, bully them out of offshore resources, assert unilateral dominion, and replace international law with might makes right.


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chaired a meeting to review the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) through video conferencing in New Delhi yesterday. During the meeting, a presentation was made by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare where the journey of PMFBY since Kharif 2016 as well as challenges encountered and the status of implementation for the current Kharif 2020 crop season were discussed.


Newspaper Headlines

  • Google committing 10 billion dollars to boost India's digital economy is a story highlighted across papers. "Amid China app ban, Facebook-Jio deal, Google to pump 10 billion dollars into India", writes the Times of India.

  • On the political face-off in Rajasthan, the Hindustan Times headlines "Rajasthan turmoil continues as Gehlot, Pilot dig in heels".

  • "No. of students getting 95 percent in CBSE Class 12 surges 119 percent" is the lead in the Times of India.

  • "Food inflation dips to nine-month low of 7.87 percent in June" observes the Hindustan Times in a front page story.

  • The Economic Times cites an internal estimate by Wall Street bank JP Morgan saying "India Inc Set to Raise Record 30-35 billion dollars in Share Sales This Year", with local lenders and businesses tapping into global liquidity.

  • "Tax super-rich more, millionaires tell governments". The Asian Age reports, a group of over 80 of the world's richest people, calling themselves "Millionaires for Humanity", have called on governments to permanently increase taxes on the wealthy elite to help pay for the economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.



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