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  • Rajasthan Governor approves removal of Sachin Pilot and two other ministers; Govind Singh Dotasara  appointed as the next Congress state President .
  • Commander-level talks between India and China for second phase of disengagement along the LAC conclude at Chushul in Eastern Ladakh
  • Complete Lockdown to be imposed in entire state of Bihar from 16th  till 31st July amid surge in Coronavirus cases.
  • HRD Ministry announces guidelines for  online classes ; Recommends restriction on the screen time.
  • And, Indian Railways develops Post Covid Coach with hands free amenities to fight Covid 19.


In Rajasthan, political turmoil continued as Governor Kalraj Mishra accepted the proposal of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to sack three ministers from the State Cabinet. Mr. Gehlot had proposed to sack Sachin Pilot, Ramesh Meena and Vishvendra Singh from Rajasthan Cabinet. Sachin Pilot was removed from the post of Rajasthan's Deputy Chief Minister, Vishvendra Singh as Minister of Tourism and Ramesh Meena as Minister for Food and Civil Supplies.

Talking to the media outside Raj Bhavan, the Chief Minister alleged that the BJP was trying to destabilize his government from the last six months. Mr Gehlot said, some of his colleagues were misled by the BJP.


Earlier, the crisis in the Rajasthan unit of Congress deepened when Sachin Pilot was removed from the post of party’s state unit President. In his place, Govind Singh Dotasara was appointed as the next state Party President. Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala announced this after the conclusion of Congress state legislature party meeting held in Jaipur today.

On the other hand, senior BJP leaders also kept an eye on the day-long developments in the Congress. A meeting of senior BJP leaders was also held at party headquarter in Jaipur. After this, Leader of Opposition, Gulab Chand Kataria said that the state government has lost the majority. He said, in such a situation, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot should prove his majority in the Rajasthan assembly before the Cabinet Expansion.


The police has tightened security in some districts of the state, including Sawai Madhopur, Dausa, Karauli, Dhaulpur and Bharatpur.

In another development, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had called the meeting of the state cabinet at 7.30 this evening followed by the meeting of the Council of Ministers at 8 pm. Our Correspondent has the details.


"The magic figure for the majority is 101 in the 200-seat assembly. The Congress had won 101 seats in the assembly elections. After the merger of all the six members of the BSP, the total number of MLAs of Congress increased to 1 hundred 7. There are about 20 MLAs in revolt along with Sachin Pilot. Still, the Gehlot government has the support of about 10 independents, one RLD and one MLA from the CPI-M. The attitude of these MLAs will determine the future of the government. In such a situation, MLAs Came from BSP and Independents may get a birth in Cabinet Expansion. Many other MLAs are also likely to be given political appointments. But BJP has said that first the Chief Minister should prove the majority in the House, only then should he expand the Cabinet. On the other hand, there is now a discussion in the political circles that what will be the next step of Sachin Pilot? – Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR NEWS, Jaipur"


The fourth round of Commander-level talks between India and China have concluded at Chushul Border post in Eastern Ladakh. The talks began at Chushul post on Indian side at 1130 hours on the invitation from India. More from our correspondent:

"The Commander level fourth meeting was held in the background of th 30th June Meeting followed by the conservation between the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Mr Wang Yi, on 5th July. Talks are to initiate the second phase of disengagement along the Line of Actual Control.  GoC of Fire and Fury corps LtGenl Harinder Singh has welcomed his counterpart from China, the South Xinjiang Military Province Commander Major General Liu Lin for the talks at Chushul.  Today's the talks mainly focussed  on the implementation of agreement reached on the previous meetings. However, the thurst was on complete disengament at Finger -4 and further at Pangong Tso and Depsang plains. LtGenl Harvinder Singh will brief the Senior Army officials about the outcome of today's talks, by this night. Ramesh Chandra, AIR News, Leh"


The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said that the difference between the active cases and the recovered cases is increasing progressively and the total recoveries reached 1.8 times of the active cases. It said, a total of five lakh 71 thousand 460 people affected with coronavirus have recovered in the country so far. With this, the recovery rate in the country has reached 63.02 per cent. Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is three lakh 11 thousand 565. Briefing media in New Delhi today, the Ministry said, India has 657 cases per million in comparison to the global average of one thousand 638 cases per million and India registered 17.2 deaths per million compared to the global average of 73 deaths per million. It said, the daily growth rate in new cases is showing a declining trend and it is now 3.24 per cent which was around 31 per cent in the March this year. The Ministry said, the case fatality rate also declined to 2.61 percent. It said, 30 States and Union Territories have the lowest fatality rate than the national average.


"There are 20 States and Union Territories that have better recovery rate than the national average of 63.02 per cent. In terms of recovery rate, top five States and Union Territories are - Ladakh, Delhi, Uttrakhand, Chhattisgarh and Haryana wherein the recovery rate is above 75 per cent. 10 States and Union Territories have contributed 86 per cent in the total Covid-19 cases and 50 per cent of it alone came from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Government has said that adequate testing is being done in the country to effectively deal with this crisis. There are 22 states in the country which are conducting 140 tests per day per million overall 201 tests per day per million population is being conducted in the India. Lab network has been ramped up to increase the testing and more than 14 hundred labs are conducting the Covid-19 test in the country. Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi."

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, States have been advised to keep a continued focus on containment, testing and clinical management. It said, increased testing will help in early detection of the cases and Covid appropriate behaviour and community ownership is necessary to contain the spread of this disease. On the question of higher prices of certain drugs used in the Covid-19 treatment, the Health Ministry said, the Drug Controller General of India has asked the companies to start helpline numbers for the people and publicize the distribution centres through their websites. In addition, the state governments have been asked to keep vigil on price hike of the drugs and ensure the supply of the medicines. On the question of nationwide wide lockdown, the Health Ministry clarified that strict measures have been imposed in certain containment areas as it has been found that easing of lockdown in the containment zones increases the number of cases. Indian Council of Medical Research said, India has fast tracked its efforts for the development of Covid-19 vaccines which are under human trial stage. It said, the coronavirus affect several organs of the body like liver, kidney, heart and blood vessels and that’s why in most of the treatments it is recommended to give blood thinner or anticoagulants for preventing the complications. ICMR said, in severe patients of Covid, there is problem of cytokine storm which leads to serious conditions. It said, there are two drugs which have been considered to stop the cytokine storm one is tocilizumab and other is itolizumab. These drugs have not yet demonstrated mortality reduction in the trials. On the reports of airborne transmission of the Covid-19, ICMR said that physical distancing is important to contain the spread of this virus.


Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan today held discussion with his Australian counterpart Gregory Andrew Hunt on bilateral Health Co-operation including management of COVID-19. Speaking on the need for working together during the digital interaction, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, health care in India is one of the fastest growing sectors and is expected to hit 275 billion dollar mark in the next ten years. India’s domestic demand is expected to remain the key growth engine regardless of any turbulence in the global economy. India also offers vast opportunities in Research and Development and medical tourism. The Health Minister said, India’s traditional holistic medical systems like Ayurveda and Yoga can help Australia curb obesity and related diseases.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, India and Australia have signed an MoU on co-operation in the field of Health and Medicine in 2017. The MoU covers areas of mutual interest like the management of communicable diseases like Malaria and Tuberculosis, mental health and non-communicable diseases amongst others.The MoU also covers response to public health emergencies like the present COVID pandemic. The Australian Health Minister spoke of the trust Prime Minister Narendra Modi espouses in the international community.


Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has said two lakh 95 thousand Metric Tonnes of food grains have been lifted by the states so far under extended Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana-PMGKAY. This is out of 203 Lakh Metric Tonnes of  food grains which was allocated under the scheme to the states for five months from July to November. Mr Paswan in a tweet said, since 1st of this month, 13.69 Lakh Metric Tinnes of food grains have been loaded and dispatched to the states so far through 489 rail racks. The Minister also informed that from 25th of March to 30th of June, Food Corporation of India (FCI) has transported approximately 140 Lakh Metric Tonnes of food grains through 4,999 rail racks. Mr Paswan added, that procurement of wheat and paddy from farrmers under procurement targets for the Rabi season 2020-21 is continuing.


Indian Railways has developed a Post Covid Coach to fight Covid 19. This Post Covid Coach is designed with hands free amenities, copper-coated handrails and latches, plasma air purification and titanium di-oxide coating for Covid-free passenger journey.

The Railways Ministry said, the Coach has been designed by Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala to prevent the spread of Covid 19. The Ministry said, Railways has taken numerous steps and measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection. This Post Covid Coach includes amenities like foot operated water tap and soap dispenser, foot operated lavatory door, foot operated flush valve, outside washbasin with foot operated water tap and soap dispenser. The Ministry said, this Coach has the provision of plasma air equipment in AC duct. This equipment will sterilize the air and surfaces inside the AC coach using ionised air to make the coach Covid-19 and particulate matter resistant.


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

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

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


In Bihar, a complete lockdown has been imposed for 16 days in the entire state . It will be effective from 16th of this month till 31st of July to contain the spread of COVID-19. The decison has been taken due to an alarming spike in number of cases in the state during last three weeks. As part of the containment measures, Government offices and Public corporations and educational institutions will remain closed. All private and commercial establishments will also remain closed. Offices related to judicial work will be run as per the guidelines issued by the administration of the Patna High Court. However, Ration shops, dairy, Vegetables and meat shops will remain open. All places of worship and religious gatherings will also remain 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. All construction related activities will be allowed along with the functioning of construction related shops. Similarly, agriculture related activities will be allowed along with the functioning of agriculture related shops. Hospitality services including Hotels, Motels and Lodges will be allowed to operate during lockdown. Restaurants, dhaba and eateries will also remain open but with home delivery services only. Repair and maintenance activities such as garage, mobile repair shops will also be allowed to operate by the district administration. The state recorded 1,432 new COVID-19 positive cases during the last 24 hours. This the highest number of single-day increase in coronavirus cases. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state now mounted to 18,853.

On the other hand, 13,019 persons have recovered so far. The recovery rate in Bihar stands at 69 per cent. 160 persons have died due to Coronavirus in the state so far.


Sikkim Chief Minister PS Tamang today called for enforcement of complete lockdown in Rongli and Pakyong subdivisions in East Sikkim from 6 in the morming tomorrow to contain the spread of COVID19. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the State Task Force convened at Gangtok today to discuss the recent spike in cases in these subdivisions.

The Chief Minister directed immediate restriction on movement of people into official residences of ministers and MLAs. He further called for an immediate restriction on the return of employees and workers of all private companies for the next fifteen days. However, central government employees should be allowed to enter after thorough screening and testing.


Nagaland Government has extended the ongoing lockdown in the state till 31st of this month. The lockdown in the state was imposed on 29th of last month and was scheduled to end tomorrow. The extension was necessitated in view of the increase in COVID-19 cases in the state. The state government said, the existing guidelines with regard to the lockdown will continue to remain operative in the state.


In Meghalaya, the two-day long lockdown imposed in Shillong city of East Khasi Hills district will not be extended and will conclude at 5 am tomorrow. Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said, the decision was taken in a review meeting held today. He said, the lockdown has helped the government to trace the contact of persons who attended the wedding at Greenwood Resort in Guwahati.

So far, 198 contact tracing has been done. The Minister said, as per the Health authorities, the tracing is almost complete, so they have decided not to extend the lockdown.    


The Human Resource and Development Ministry has announced guidelines for online classes operationalized by schools amid the pandemic. HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank virtually released the PRAGYATA guidelines on digital education in New Delhi, today. The guidelines recommend a cap on the screen time for students. The HRD Ministry has suggested that the online classes for pre-primary students should not be for more than 30 minutes a day. For Classes 1st to 8th , it has been suggested that not more than two online sessions of upto 45 minutes each should be conducted in a day. The guidelines have been issued  keeping in mind the overall development of the students with an aim to cut down undue screen time. For the senior students, from class 9th to 12th, the Ministry has suggested to limit the online classes to a maximum of four sessions of upto 45 minutes each. Speaking on the release of the PRAGYATA guidelines, Mr Pokhriyal said that the pandemic has led to the closure of schools and has impacted over 240 million children of the country who are enrolled in schools. He said, PRAGYATA guidelines have been developed from the perspective of learners, with a focus on online, digital education for students who are presently at home due to the lockdown.  


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy launched a television-based learning programme for the Tenth standard students today. The state-run Kalvi television channel will air the programmes initially for two-and-a-half hours during all the weekdays. A release from the state administration said, the move will help students to continue their studies as an alternative measure until the schools reopen. The Chief Minister also inaugurated the scheme of downloading the 12th standard video lessons in laptops for the benefits of the higher secondary students.  


The Southern Railway has suspended operation of special trains in Tamil Nadu till the end of this month. A release from the Railways said that the action has been taken as requested by the state government. The total Covid-19 positive cases in Tamil Nadu has exceeded one lakh, 47 thousand with 4,526 people testing positive today. More from our correspondent:


"The Southern Railway has been operating seven pairs of special trains covering all key cities in the state for some time during the lockdown till the 29th of last month. However, concerns were raised that the plying of public transport including buses and trains contributed to a surge in new cases of Covid-19 in the state. Therefore the state government halted bus services originally till tomorrow, which now stands extended till this month end. Similarly, the Southern Railway has also extended the ban till that time. However, it has been made clear that the operation of the Chennai-New Delhi Rajdhani express trains would continue. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


Karnataka Health department has ordered 48 hours closure of the OPD department of two private hospitals in Bengaluru which had not complied with the directions of the Government to hand over 50 percent of its beds for Covid care. Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar informed this in Bengaluru today. He said criminal cases will be lodged against such hospitals who charge more than that fixed by the Government. The Minister also announced 10,000 rupees per month risk allowance to Group D workers involved in counter Covid measures.


Kerala confirmed 608 new Covid-19 positive cases today which is the highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases in the state so far. We have a report:

"Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that, the State is entering a very serious and critical phase as among the new cases, 396 persons got the disease through local transmission.This is the highest number of contact cases being reported so far , raising alarm as the Covid infection is nearing to community spread in the State.Thiruvananthapuram recorded  highest number of cases with 201 new covid cases, among which 158 persons contracted the disease through contact.Chief Minister urged Local Self Govts across the State,  to strengthen the ground level covid preventive measures. Meanwhile State reported one more Covid death,  in Alappuzha district taking the death toll due to Covid to 34 in the State. 151 recoveries were also reported today.The total active cases in Kerala  rose to 4454.Meanwhile the State Higher Secondary and Vocational Higher secondary Plus two exam results will be declared tomorrow.Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram"


In Maharashtra, the doubling rate of Covid-19 cases in Mumbai has slowed down to 52 days. Talking exclusively to AIR NEWS, Vice Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Bhushan Patwardhan said, awarding degrees to students without final examinations is not acceptable academically. More on this from our Mumbai correspondent:

"Stating that he was aware of how serious the COVID situation in Maharashtra is, UGC vice-chairman Mr. Bhushan Pathwardhan today said he is holding discussions with the Chancellor and other experts as to what the options are. He, however, clarified that awarding degrees without final examinations is not acceptable academically. Adding that students’ health and safety is supreme, Mr. Pathwardhan said the commission will try to think about some mutually acceptable and sustainable solution. Meanwhile, amid all the gloom, a centenarian, Arjun Govind Naringrekar has won the battle against coronavirus. The staff and doctors at Balasaheb Thackeray Hospital in suburban Goregaon celebrated his birthday earlier this month, a day before his discharge. This glorious win over COVID-19 will hopefully inspire thousands of others, running low on morale. WITH JEEVAN BHAWASAR, NISHA RANEY, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI. "


In Madhya Pradesh, no picnicking would be allowed in Indore district in view of the  pandemic. District Collector Manish Singh said in an order that all the picnic spots in the district will remain closed till further orders.Those who violate the order will face arrest under relevant laws. We have a report:


"In Indore, large crowds are being gathered at popular picnic spots such as Patalpani, Choral and Kalakund with the onset of monsoon. The collector's order also emphasized the need to adopt protective measures to keep the virus away. Officials said that it is also seen that parties are being organized at homes and farm houses by some people in violation of government guidelines on physical distancing and wearing masks. The Madhya Pradesh government has already announced complete lockdown across the state on Sundays. Indore's Chief Medical and Health Officer Praveen Jadia said that with 92 new cases, the coronavirus tally in the district now stands at 5 thousand 352. A total of 269 patients have succumbed to the viral infection so far in the district while 4 thousand 17 people have recovered.-Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal"


In Jammu and Kashmir, there has been no let-up in the COVID-19 cases. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Union Territory has reached 10,827. 18 deaths have been reported from Jammu .170 cases were reported from Kashmir division. Kashmir Division continues to show an upward trend while Srinagar district has been witnessing the sharp spike relentlessly with 101 cases being recorded as per the previous medical bulletin issued by the J&K Government.


The 15th meeting of the India-European Union Summit will be held in virtual mode tomorrow. The Summit will be co-chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of European Council Charles Michel and President of European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. A report.

"The Summit is taking place in the background of EU wanting to play a more active role globally and also attaching higher priority to relationship with India and trying to look at the partnership in a more substantive way. The new Presidents of the European Commission and European Council had taken over in December last year. The new leadership believes that EU needs to play a stronger role in the global platform and has shown a lot of interest in India. It was in the year 2000 in which India and the European Union decided to institutionalise the mechanism at the level of the Summit. This year marks 20 years of the Summit process between India and EU. The last Summit between the two sides took place in 2017. With Anand Chaturvedi, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."


Speaking exclusively to AIR News, European Union Ambassador to India, Ugo Astuto said that both India and EU share strong bilateral relation. He said, the 15th summit slated for tomorrow holds high significance as both the partners will pledge together to fight the meance of COVID-19.


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

National Capital Delhi will see a minimum temperature of 28 degrees celsius and maximum 38 degrees with generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle.  Mumbai will see a generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature will be 25 and maximum temperature will be 31. Rain or thundershowers would occur towards evening or  night in Chennai tomorrow. The temperature will hover between 26 and 35 degrees celcius.  Kolkata will see a partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.  The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be 27 while maximum will be 34. On the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 26 in Jammu while maximum will be 36. The city will see a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 16 while maximum will be 32. The city will see a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 19 and 32 degrees celsius. It will see a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. In Muzzafarabad, there will be a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. It will see a minimum temperature of 21 while the maximum temperature will be 35.


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