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Home Minister Amit Shah says, govt. is committed to facing challenge of COVID-19 and is resolute in overcoming pandemic            Health Minister Harsh Vardhan lauds selfless, dedicated services of medical staff and ITBP personnel at Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre in New Delhi            COVID-19 recovery rate nears 63 per cent            FM Nirmala Sitharaman reviews implementation of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Package; Borrowing limits of States increased from 3 to 5 per cent for 2020-21            In J&K, three terrorists killed in an encounter in Sopore area of Baramulla district           

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  • Government to develop Eklavya model residential schools at par with Navoday Vidyalayas.

  • Indian Air Force rescue team comprising Army and local Mountaineers leaves for the crash site of AN-32 aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Preparations in full swing to minimise the impact of Cyclone VAYU; Nearly 3 lakh people to be evacuated from coastal areas.

  • Today is the World day against Child Labour.

  • And in ICC Cricket World Cup, Australia clashe with Pakistan at Taunton this afternoon.


The Government has decided to develop Eklavya Model Residential Schools  meant for scheduled tribes at par with Navodya Vidyalaya. Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda said, the initiative is part of the 100 days target of the Ministry towards welfare of scheduled tribes. He was addressing the gathering after launching Direct Benefit Transfer- DBT Scholarship portal and NGO Grants Portal at a function in New Delhi. Mr Munda appealed to the officers working in the state tribal ministries and Centre to dedicate themselves to work for the welfare of the scheduled tribes. 

"आगामी दिनों में हम इसके साथ ही ये ट्रैक करने की कोशिश करेंगे कि जो इस मंत्रालय से लाभान्वित हो रहे हैं और शिक्षा प्राप् कर रहे हैं वो कहां जा रहे हैं। उसे हमें ट्रैक करना है तो हम इस पोर्टल के माध्यम से उसको एनालाइस करेंगे, उसका डेटा डालेंगे कि वो किस सैक्टर में किस तरीके से रोजगार के साथ जुड रहा है। देश में जो ट्राइबल आबादी है मान लिजिये कि वो साढ़े दस करोड़ है मान लेते हैं कि वो साढ़े दस करोड़ लोगों का डेटाबेस बना कर के उसको ट्रैक करना है। ये हमारा लक्ष् है।"

Under the DBT portal, the monetary assistance will be directly transferred to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. The scholarships include pre-metric, post metric and national scholarships for top classes.  Under it, funds released for scholarships and the numbers of beneficiaries can be tracked. The portal will also help redress the grievances related to the release of the funds. NGOs can register themselves on the portal for grant of funds.


In Arunachal Pradesh, a team comprising Indian Air Force, Army and local Mountaineers has left for the crash site of the AN-32 aircraft early this morning. Siang District Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Takuk informed that the team will have to first look out for a suitable landing place near the site or may have to air-drop the team. More from our "Mr. Takuk said the specific location of the crash site is at Parre Hills near Gatte Village in Siang District. The place where the wreckage has been detected has very dense vegetation with steep mountainous terrain. As of now there is no report about the 13 crew members aboard. Mi-17s and ALH Advanced Light Helicopters of the Indian army are being used for the mission. The ill fated Indian Air Force AN-32 Aircraft with 13 persons on board went missing on June the 3rd while on its flight to Mechuka in Si-Yomi district in Arunachal Pradesh from Jorhat in Assam. RAKESH DOLEY, AIR News ,ITANAGAR"


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold the first meeting of the new Council of Ministers in New Delhi this evening. During the meeting, Mr Modi is likely to outline the road-map and action plan of his government. The meeting of the Council of Ministers was a regular feature in the previous tenure of the government. The Union Cabinet will also meet today ahead of the meeting of the Council of Ministers.

On Monday, the Prime Minister had interacted with all Secretaries of the Government of India and asked them to prepare a five-year plan document for each Ministry with well-defined targets.


In Bihar, a multi-specialist high-level team from the Centre has reached Patna to assist the state government in the containment and management of rising cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur. Experts from the National Centre for Disease Control, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Indian Council of Medical Research and AIIMS, Patna are part of the team. Before departing to Muzaffarpur the team will hold discussions with top officials of the state government. The team will visit Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital and Kejriwal Hospital, Muzaffarpur this afternoon where maximum deaths have been reported.

41 deaths have been reported so far. Sixty children are undergoing treatment in both hospitals. The condition of six children is said to be critical. Cases of AES have also been reported from Vaishali and Samastipur districts. In view of the alarming situation, the health department has been put on . Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has instructed  health officials to monitor the situation. Encephalitis is the inflammation of the brain, commonly caused by viral infection. Acute Encephalitic syndrome is a variety of acute brain infection caused by a certain organism. It is prevalent more in developing countries. Talking to AIR, Head of the Department, Neurosciences, AIIMS, Dr. M Padma said,

"Acute Encephalitic syndrome are variety of acute brain infections because of certain organism which affect the brain as such. Most complex syndrome  happen to be this accute Encephalitic syndrome  which are a result of a host of organisms in which viruses play very very important role."

Talking about the prevention of the disease, she said

"You need to have your environment absolutely clean and healthy. Keep your environment healthy and clean, whenever such things are happening be . "


Cyclone VAYU over East-Central Arabian sea is intensifying and advancing closer towards the coast. At present, the cyclone is 340 kilometera away from Veraval and is expected to hit the coast in the next 24 hours.

As per Met Department, land fall is predicted between Porbander and Mahuva and Veraval and Diu island which is likely to affect Bhavnagar, Amreli, Junagadh, Gir Sommath and Porbander districts adversely. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has appealed to the people of ten cyclone prone districts to evacuate from the villages along the coastline  voluntarily and move to safer places immediately.

"Cyclone will be active in gujarat since 13th morning specially in Kutch and Saurashtra region. I request the tourists and outsiders visiting Gujarat to leave for safer places that you don't get harm due to the cyclone."

Local authorities have started evacuating the people from the vulnerable areas in Saurashtra and Kutch from this morning. Gujarat Chief Secretary said, approximately 2 lakh 80,000 people from vulnerable areas along the coast will be evacuated. More from our correspondent.

"Evacuation work is going on in full swing in the state since morning.  The people are being shifted to around 700 cyclone and relief shelters. CM Vijay Rupani today visited the control room in Gandhinagar to monitor the cyclonic movement and relief work. The entire coastline, starting from Kutch to south Gujarat has been put on "high . The fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea along and off Gujarat coast in next few days while ports have been directed to flag a danger signal. NDRF, Indian Army, Coast Guard, BSF and other agencies have been roped in for relief and rescue work. "

As a precautionary measure, airports in Porbander, Rajkot,  Keshod and Diu have been closed for civilian flight operations and commercial flights, mainly from Mumbai, are being diverted to other airports in  Gujarat. IAF helicopters have been deployed with rescue equipments. Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Arabian sea close to Saurashtra coastline and Bay of Kutch have been put on high . Massive stock of Food packets and potable water pouches is being generated by the state administration with help from social service organizations  and arrangements are on for last mile delivery to people. Health teams with medicines are rushing to cyclone prone districts. More than 1500 State Transport buses are earmarked for movement of relief teams and material to affected areas.


Madhya Pradesh is reeling under scorching heat and the heat wave condition is likely to remain for two more days. A report.

"Unbearable heat has thrown normal life out of gear in most parts of the Madhya Pradesh. Almost all regions of state are reeling under heat wave. Bhopal registered maximum temperature of 45.1 degrees Celsius, 7 degrees above the normal. Meanwhile, the MeT Department has issuing a 'red warning' for the strong heat wave in 23 districts including the capital Bhopal.-Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal"


Rajasthan still awaits relief from scorching heat. Temperatures at many places reached up to 40 degree Celsius or more at half past eleven this morning. Our correspondent reports that fear of probable delay in monsoon is increasing the concerns of farmers.


Delhi witnessed a partly cloudy morning today, with the minimum temperature settling at 31 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average. A Met Department official said Delhiites may get some respite from the oppressive heat as gusty winds and thunderstorm are likely in the later half of the day. He said, relative humidity was 47 percent this morning and the maximum temperature would settle at around 42 degrees Celsius. 


Today is the World Day Against Child Labour. This year the theme  is - Children should not work in fields, but on dreams. The International Labour Organization had launched this day in 2002 to focus on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. The day brings together, governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people to highlight the plight of child labourers and the measures to help them. A report:

"Nearly 15 crore children are still engaged in child labour globally. The Sustainable Development Goals adopted by world leaders in year 2015, include a renewed global commitment to ending child labour. The Goals calls on the global community to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour. The target also emphasizes on ending modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of all forms of child labour by 2025. With Naveen, Anand kumar, AIR News."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two day visit to Kyrgyzstan for SCO Summit at Bishkek from tomorrow is expected to further boost the bilateral ties with Kyrgyzstan. Speaking to All India Radio, Indian Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Alok Dimri said at present both the countries have bilateral trade of 60 billion dollars. He said the focus will remain on sectors like pharmaceuticals, textiles, manufacturing and machinery among others. He added that both the countries with democratic form of government  will further deepen their ties.

'' In short amount of time of four years we have had a series of high level visits and this is the second occasion that our Prime-Minister Shri Narendra Modi will be visiting Kyrgyz Republic. This is the first significant visit outside the neighborhood or the first multi-lateral visit that Prime Minister is undertaking and further significance is attached to this visit is the fact that along with the multi-lateral visit, there is also a bi-lateral that will commence on the 14th afternoon after the conclusion of the SCO summit."


The 16th Asia Media Summit began in Siem Reap, Cambodia today. The theme of the summit this year is Media Digitisation with a focus on developing markets. Prime Minister of Cambodia, Samdech Hun Sen presided over the inaugural ceremony. 600 delegates from 42 countries are participating in the 3-day summit.  Welcoming the participants DG, All India Radio and President AIBD, F. Sheheryar said that technological challenges faced by the developing countries will be at the core of the discussions.


In ICC Cricket World Cup, defending champions Australia are scheduled to play Pakistan at Taunton this afternoon. The match is slated to begin at 3 PM Indian Time. Rain could play spoilsport today as weather in the Taunton area is cloudy and there is forecast of rain. Due to heavy rains three matches  have already ended without result in the tournament including yesterday's game between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on today's game from 2:30 pm onwards. It can be heard on DTH (Hindi) and additional frequencies.


NEWS JUST IN, Isro chairman doctor K. Shivan has announced that chandryan-II will lift off on July 15th.


Domestic stocks today declined around 0.75 per cent in afternoon trade dragged by losses in banking and IT stocks amid negative global cues. Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange lost 299 points to trade at 39,652 a short while ago. Nifty at National Stock Exchange also fell 90 points to 11,876.



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