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Recovery rate of COVID-19 patients improves to nearly 70%; Over 15 lakh 35 thousand people recovered so far            Week-long partial lockdown imposed in Andaman and Nicobar Islands from today            PM Modi advocates for extensive use of innovative technologies for improving weather forecast, warning systems            BJP-led coalition government in Manipur wins trust vote            Lebanon's PM Hassan Diab resigns following public outrage over major blast in Beirut last week           

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02.08.2020

THE HEADLINES:


  • More than 11 lakh 45 thousand people recover from Covid-19 so far; Case fatality rate further declines to 2.13 per cent.


  • Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Kamal Rani Varun dies battling Covid-19; President Ram Nath Kovind and Defence Minister express grief.


  • Assam government allows malls, hotels and restaurants to operate on weekdays with strict COVID-19 norms. 


  • Punjab Police arrest 25 persons in Hooch tragedy case in which 86 people lost their lives.


  • Flood situation remains grim in Bihar; Over 50 lakh people affected in 14 worst hit districts.

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A record 51 thousand 255 recoveries from COVID-19 have been registered in the country in the last 24 hours. This is the highest number of recoveries in a single day since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. With this, the recovery rate has improved to 65.43 per cent. The case fatality rate of has further declined to 2.13 per cent.

 

Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said, a total of 11 lakh 45 thousand 629 people have recovered in the country so far. In the last 24 hours, 54 thousand 735 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported, taking the total number of cases to 17 lakh 50 thousand 723. Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is five lakh 67 thousand 730. In a single day, 853 deaths have also  been reported taking the nationwide toll to 37 thousand 364.

 

Indian Council of Medical Research said that a total of four lakh 63 thousand 172 tests were conducted by various laboratories within 24 hours. Overall, one crore 98 lakh 21 thousand 831 tests have been conducted in the country so far. At present, one thousand 344 laboratories across India are conducting Covid-19 tests that includes 913 government laboratories and 431 private laboratory chains.

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Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Kamal Rani Varun passed away today battling the Covid-19 at PGI Hospital in Lucknow. She was 62.  Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed deep sorrow on the demise of the Minister.

 

President Ram Nath Kovind has also expressed grief on the demise of the Minister. In a tweet, the President said, well respected for serving people at the grassroots, Kamal Rani Varun had also served as an MP in the Lok Sabha twice. He expressed condolences to her family and followers.

 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has also condoled the demise of the UP Minister. Mr Singh said in a tweet, Kamal Rani Varun was known for her diligence and she contributed a lot to strengthen the party in and around Kanpur.

 

Kamal Rani Varun, who was elected from Ghatampur Assembly Constituency in 2017, served as the Minister of Technical Education in the Yogi Adityanath government. She was a known activist of women's rights and empowerment.

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The Assam government has allowed malls, hotels and restaurants to operate, following strict COVID-19 norms. In an order the Chief Secretary of the state said that malls and gymnasiums are allowed to operate between Monday to Friday. The order further said that restaurants, hotels and other hospitality services are allowed to operate on all days except Saturday and Sunday with strict maintenance of COVID-19 protocols.

 

Inter district movement of people would be allowed on Monday and Tuesday. Non contact sports in open spaces are also allowed in the state. This order would come into force at 7 pm today and will remain valid till 14th of this month.

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Mizoram found highest single day spike with 55 new Coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. With this the total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 468 in the state. So far, 253 patients have been cured.

 

Among new cases 46 are paramilitary forces and eight are civilians, who have recently returned from other states.

 

Presently, active cases stand at 215, of which 165 are from different Forces like BSF, Assam Rifles, NDRF and the Army while 50 active cases are civilians.

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In Bihar, COVID testing capacity target has been fixed at 50 thousand per day. Every district will be monitored by an IAS Officer. The decision has been taken in view of the spike in the number of cases.

 

Meanwhile, a highest number of 3,521 fresh cases were reported yesterday, taking the tally to 54,508. Rajya Sabha MP, RCP Singh, MLA Lalan Paswan and Patna DM are among those tested positive. Capital Patna has maximum number of positive cases with over 9 thousand three hundred followed by over 2,600 in Bhagalpur and over 2,400 in Muzaffarpur.

 

35 thousand 473 patients have recovered in the state so far and 18 thousand 722 patients are undergoing treatment in various hospitals. 312 people have lost their lives. Recovery rate of the state is 65 percent.

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In Karnataka, out of 1 lakh 29 thousand 287 Covid Positive cases, 53 thousand 6 hundred and 48 persons have recovered. The recovery rate in the state has improved slightly to 41.5 percent. The state has conducted 13 lakh 85 thousand 552, RT PCR and rapid antigen tests. Out of 100 tests conducted, nine are found Covid positive as on date. Around 78 percent of positive patients are asymptomatic. Our Correspondent reports that state Government is making efforts to increase beds for the Covid patients.


The Broadway hospital is being converted into a dedicated Covid hospital in Bengaluru. Sudha Murthy of Infosys foundation has come forward to provide necessary infrastructure in the hospital. Medical Education minister Dr. K Sudhakar has tweeted that a 200 bed Covid hospital will be functional soon. After lifting the Sunday lockdown in Bengaluru, shops, parks and public transport functioned normally. But people avoided coming out and roads remained empty in many part of the city. Similar reports have come from other parts of the state. In Mysuru very few people were seen visiting tourist destinations which are chock a block during Sundays. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru

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Maharashtra’s coronavirus tally went up by 9,601 new cases taking the state’s total caseload to 4,31,719 in the last 24 hours.  322 patients lost their lives. Mumbai’s daily case load is decreasing and now Pune city and Thane city are having more cases than Mumbai.

 

Meanwhile, Maharashtra has extended the statewide lockdown till August 31 in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

   

The state has recorded 9,601 new cases and 322 deaths, case fatality rate now at 3.55%. After extending the lockdown till August 31, the Uddhav Thackeray government, however, allowed malls and market places to reopen between 9 am and 7 pm from August 5. Theatres, food courts and restaurants will,however, remain closed. Several district collectors have issued instructions that concessions granted to the non-containment zones and the state government's guidelines will be applicable to municipal council and Nagar Panchayat limits. Containment zones identified by civic authorities of various towns and cities will remain in lockdown till August 31. Meanwhile, at least 76 workers of a firm in Chakan area of Pune district have tested positive for coronavirus. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI.

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The World Health Organization has warned that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be prolonged. WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said this after emergency committee of WHO met to evaluate the crisis six months after sounding the international alarm.

   

The committee has warned of the risk of response fatigue given the socio-economic pressures on countries. It highlighted the importance of sustained community, national, regional, and global response efforts.

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Participating in AIR live phone in programme on Covid-19, Dr Madhur Yadav, Professor of Medicine at Lady Hardinge Medical College said that people should avoid going outside without any emergency to reduce the chances of their exposure to the virus.

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In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19. Dr S Rajeshwari, Department of Anesthesiology, AIIMS has advised people to stay at homes and maintain hand hygiene.

 

Dr Purva Mathur, Professor Lab Medicine, AIIMS  has said that physical distancing is very important to check the spread of virus.

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Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that more than one million stranded Indians have now benefited from Vande Bhart Mission. In a tweet, Mr Puri said, more than 9 lakh Indians have returned to India through various means and more than 1 lakh 16 thousand have flown out to various countries since 6th May of this year. He said, yesterday three thousand 124 Indians returned from various countries. Mr. Puri expressed hope that Phase 5 of the mission will provide benefit to more citizens.

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In a bid to augment the testing facilities, Odisha government has allowed private hospitals, nursing homes and laboratories to conduct COVID-19 tests through Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR methods. The government issued a separate set of guidelines for conducting sample tests both under Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR. The private health establishments have to abide by the ICMR norms.The notification said, the sample test results should first be informed to the state authorities before being released to the person whose test was conducted.

 

For Rapid Antigen tests, the private bodies can charge a maximum of 450 rupees, while the price for RT-PCR tests is fixed at 2,200 rupees per test. The nursing homes, hospitals and laboratories should be mandatorily registered under the Odisha Clinical Establishment(Control & Regulation) Act, 1990. The manpower to be deployed for the purpose must be trained properly in consultation with the Chief District Medical and Public Health officers.

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Punjab Police has arrested 17 more persons in a massive crackdown in three Hooch tragedy affected districts of Amritsar Rural, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran, along with several other places in and around Rajpura and Shambhu border. The total number of arrests in the case has gone up to 25. Seven excise officials and six policemen have been suspended.


Eighty six people have died in the spurious liquor tragedy. Tarn Taran alone accounted for 63 deaths, followed by 12 in Amritsar Rural and 11 in Gurdaspur’s Batala. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced a compensation of 2 lakh rupees for each of the families of the deceased.

 

Punjab Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta said raiding parties have also seized large quantities of home made liquor, Lahan from various villages and dhabas in the region. He said, the raids have exposed a massive racket in illicit liquor, extending across several districts. 750 litres of Lahan had been seized from village Baghaura.

 

Describing the modus operandi of the accused, the DGP said the trucks carrying spirit would be stopped at 6-7 identified Dhabas in Amritsar and surrounding areas. And the Dhaba owners would collect hooch from truck drivers and sell it.

 

According to Excise Commissioner, chemical analysis reports of the material seized in yesterday’s raids is yet to come but a superficial check showed that the material was Denatured Spirit generally used in paint and hardware industry.

 

Enforcement Directorate has started collecting information about the financial transactions by those named or booked in the case.

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In Bihar, the flood situation has further deteriorated following rise in water level of Gandak, Burhi Gandak and Bagmati rivers. Flood water is engulfing fresh areas. In view of this Darbhanga and Samastipur districts have been put on high . Over 50 lakh people of 14 districts are worst hit. Flood situation is grim in Gopalganj, Madhubani, Sitamarhi and West Champaran. 36 people have lost their lives in flood related incidents in the last 24 hours.

 

Relief and rescue operations have been intensified. 29 teams of NDRF and SDRF have been pressed into service. About four lakh people have been evacuated so far. 30 thousand people are taking shelter in relief camps. Met department has warned about widespread rain across state in the next 24 hours in many parts of norther Bihar as well as catchment areas of Nepal.

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The flood situation has improved in Assam. There were no rains in the past 36 hours in the state. However 10 lakh people are still affected in 20 districts. 29 thousand people are staying at relief camps. 109 people have lost their lives due to floods in the state.  Relief material including rice and pulses are being distributed at affected areas. The flood situation has also improved at the Kaziranga national park. Park authorities rescued 170 wild animals so far while 147 habitants died. 

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Now moving on to our special series on development and empowerment of people in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and ladakh.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi showered praises on two women Sarpanchs of Jammu and Kashmir and a Municipal Corporation President for their earnestness and dedication towards Corona control measures in their respective areas in his recent Mann ki Baat programme on 26th of July this year.

 

In his address, the PM said that the rural masses have shown the way to entire nation in the prevailing corona crisis.

 

The Prime Minister mentioned about the Woman Sarpanch Zaitoona Begum Ji of Panchyat Chontliwar Ganderbal, who decided to join the fight against CoronaVirus and at the same time created earning opportunities for the locals hit by the pandemic. The PM said that she distributed free masks and ration in the entire area and provided seed and apple saplings to save the local farmers from any difficulty. 


Narrating further, the PM also mention the good work of Municipal Committee President of Anantnag, Shri Mohammad Iqbal towards Covid Control measures. He said that Iqbal required a Sprayer for sanitization of his area and when he came to know that it can be procured from other city at Rs 6 Lakh, he made his own machine costing just Rs fifty thousand only.

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Yet again from Jammu and Kashmir, a first-of-its-kind initiative by the government embarked on the ambitious ‘Back to Village’ programme last year to reach out to the people at grassroots level. The programme focused on the themes of energising panchayats, collecting feedback on delivery of government programmes, capturing specific economic potential and undertaking assessment of needs of the villages. During the programme, one gazetted officer spent two days and one night in each of the panchayats of the State.

 
 
 

The Back to Village programme served as a public contact for government officers. Identification of main economic activities, potential areas, major problems, urgent public requirements and major complaints of the panchayat could be possible through this. People were sensitised about government schemes and programmes and social issues were discussed and highlighted. In the first phase from 20th to 27th June last year, over 4000 gazetted officers spread out to every single panchayat of Jammu and Kashmir. More than  20 thousand development works were identified directly by the people and submitted to the top rung officers.  Over 7000 of the works identified have now been completed. The second phase was held from 25th to 30th November. It focussed on doubling farmers’ income and 100 perc ent implementation of individual beneficiary oriented schemes. With Anupam Mishra, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi.

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In Kargil, Ladakh the perception of MGNREGA being a wage-Employment Programme has been slowly changing as many employment generation units have been established and providing  sustainable Livelihood to the rural people.


In Ladakh both the districts are creating highest man days under MG NREGA Scheme with Kargil topping with 120 % man days as well as its focusing on creating sustainable livelihood. The Rural Development Department Kargil is focusing on creating assets which will help the rural people to earn a living focusing particularly on construction of Fish Ponds, Poultry Farms, Wormy Compose Pits, Green House etc.The Department is also providing professional training to the villagers who are trying this experiment and are happy with the initiative, Ghulam Mohammad Assistant Commissioner Development Kargil Further said Mohamad Ali Owner of Fish Pond in Umba said, MG NREGA has moved towards a progressive future by extending its activities beyond Wage-Employment Programme,

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In the run up to 74th Independence day, we bring you a special story about Swachh Bharat. The Swachh Bharat mission has focused on rural and urban areas separately and played a crucial role in ensuring sanitation in the country.

 

Since the launch of the mission in 2014, more than ten crore individual toilets have been constructed across the country and as a result, rural areas in all the states have declared themselves Open Defecation Free ODF on 2nd October, 2019.


To ensure that the open defecation free behaviours are sustained, no one is left behind, and that solid and liquid waste management facilities are accessible, the Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) has moved towards its second phase which is also called ODF-Plus. This phase will continue till 2024-25. The Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) has also made remarkable progress in the area of both sanitation and solid waste management. Over 4324 Urban Local Bodies have been declared ODF in the country so far. More than 66 lakh individual household toilets and over 6 lakh community and public toilets have also been constructed or are under construction. In the area of solid waste management, 96 per cent of wards have 100 per cent door-to door collection while 66 per cent of the total waste generated is being processed. Diwaker, AIR News Delhi.

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The Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment, WEE cohort initiative helps women ranging from college going students to middle-aged housewives to take up entrepreneurship as a viable, fulfilling career option. It is India’s first of its kind initiative to strengthen women's ecosystem at IIT Delhi, supported and sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology.

 

The cash awards in the form of a grant totalling 25 lakh rupees have been presented to 11 Women entrepreneurs.

 

Aparna Saroagi, co founder of WEE talked to AIR News about the initiative.

 

Kalpana Arora, who has done a Doctorate in wastewater management from IIT Delhi, has been awarded for her products like sanitizers from wastewater. She is a social entrepreneur and works for tribal women and farmers in the hilly region of Uttarakhand through Self Help Groups. Talking to AIR News, she said her journey with WEE helped her meet a community of like minded individuals.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today paid tributes to legendary freedom fighter and the designer of India’s national flag, Pingali Venkayya on his birth anniversary. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, Pingali Venkayya was a polymath with interests in geology, education, agriculture and languages. He said, Our national flag is a symbol of our sovereignty, great history and culture. The Vice President said, the nation will always be grateful to the designer of the Tricolour, the pride and glory of our nation.

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The death anniversary of noted freedom fighter Dheeran the Braveheart Chinnamalai is being observed in Tamilnadu today. Chinnamalai had valiantly fought against the British East India company and was captured and hanged to death at the Sankagiri Fort near Salem along with his brothers on 2nd August 1805. Statues of the fearless fighter is being garlanded and tributes are bring paid to Dheeran Chinnamalai in various parts of Tamil Nadu today.

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In Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced  free travel concession to women in government buses on the ocassion of Rakshabandhan. This will give relief to poor and  destitute  women visiting their relatives. In the wake of covid-19, the  CM has appealed people to maintain social distancing norms while celebrating the festival.

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First ever Special Program in Sanskrit to mark World Sanskrit Day will be broadcast by All India Radio tomorrow. The 20-Minute Program titled  " Bahujan Bhasha-Sanskrit Bhasha" will be broadcast at 7.10 am on 100.1 FM - AIR News Live 24x7 FM Channel.The livestreaming will be available on www.newsonair.com, on Twitter at @airnewss, newsonair app and newonair official YouTube channel at the same time.

 

Union Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank in a special message in Sanskrit  underlines the importance of Sanskrit language.

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Now, let us take a look at today's weather .

 

The National Capital Delhi may experience generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The minimum temperature was recorded at 28 degree Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 37 degrees.

 

Mumbai will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The city witnessed a minimum temperature of 25 degree Celsius and will have a maximum of around 32 degrees.

 

In Chennai, the temperature will hover between 25 and 33 degree Celsius. Generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle expected in the city.

 

Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city recorded a minimum temperature of 28 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature will be nearly 35 degrees.

 

In Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 22 degree Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 33 degrees. The city is likely to witness partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

 

In Srinagar, minimum temperature was 18 while  maximum temperature will be 32 degree Celsius. The city is also expected to witness partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

 

Leh, Ladakh will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will hover between 20 and 30 degree Celsius.

 

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 17 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees. It is expected to have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

 

Muzzafarabad also may have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The place witnessed a minimum temperature of 22 degree Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees.

 

Partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers expected in Itanagar. Minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 35 degrees.

 

Guwahati is  expected to have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning. Minimum temperature in the city was 27 degree Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 36 degrees.

 

Chandigarh will see generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was recorded at 27 degree Celsius and maximum temperature will be around 34 degrees.

 

Ahmedabad will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain.  Minimum temperature in the city was 28 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 35 degrees.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme tonight will bring you a Special discussion  on Covid-19.


Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. Neeraj Gupta, will participate in the discussion. This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM onwards.

 

Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444.

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