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PM Modi launches Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge            COVID-19 recovery rate improves to around 61 per cent            Odisha: Two-day weekend shutdown in 17 districts begins            PM lauds BJP workers for their nationwide welfare work during pandemic            No flights to Kolkata from 6 cities to prevent further surge in Corona cases           

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30.06.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the nation at 4 pm.

  • Drug Controller General of India gives approval for human clinical trials of COVAXIN, the first potential COVID-19 Vaccine developed in the country.

  • COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 59.06 per cent.

  • Centre issues new guidelines for Unlock 2.0 to open up more activities in areas outside Containment Zones; Metro Rail services, Schools, Colleges, Cinemas and Gyms to remain shut.

  • And, third round of talks between India and China underway to de-escalate tension in eastern Ladakh.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 4 in the evening today. The Prime Minister's Office informed this in a tweet following the Home Ministry's announcement of second phase of nationwide Unlock guidelines. This would be the sixth address to the nation by the Prime Minister since the outbreak of COVID-19. A Report :


"Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address is eagerly awaited  in light of fact that the country will transcend from first phase of nationwide unlock to the second phase from tomorrow. In his Man ki Baat on Sunday, Mr. Modi exhorted citizens to be more vigilant during unlock as more and more economic activities are returning on path of normalisation.


In his previous address to the nation on 12th May, he had given a clarion call for making India self reliant and rolled out the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Campaign along with announcement of a package worth 20 lakh crore to boost the economy.


In his recent interaction with the Chief ministers, Prime Minister had urged them to chalk out mechanism for further increasing testing capacities and health infrastructure in the country to contain the pandemic.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address holds extreme significance as it comes just a day after the Government banned 59 Chinese Apps in the country and the third round of Indo-China Corp Commander level talk is underway in Chushul in the Eastern Ladakh. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR News, Delhi."


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The Government today said a total of three lakh 34 thousand 822 people were cured of corona virus in the country so far and the COVID recovery rate has improved to 59.06 per cent.


In the past 24 hours, 13 thousand 99 people have recovered from the highly infectious Covid-19.


Health and Family Welfare Ministry said,18 thousand 522 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country within 24 hours taking the total number of cases to five lakh 66 thousand 840. On a single day, 418 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 16 thousand 893. Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is two lakh 15 thousand 125. The difference between recovered cases and active cases is one lakh 19 thousand 697.


Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR has said that a total of two lakh 10 thousand 292  samples were tested for Corona Virus by various laboratories in the country within 24 hours. So far, 86 lakh eight thousand 654 tests have been conducted.


ICMR is continuously scaling up its testing facilities for Covid-19 by giving approval to government and private laboratories. As of now, one thousand 49 laboratories across India have been given approval to conduct the test for Covid-19 including 761 government laboratories and 288 private laboratory chains.


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The lockdown in Tamil Nadu has been extended till July 31st. A decision to this effect has been taken by the state government as the fifth phase of the lockdown, also the first phase of the unlock, draws to a close tomorrow. However, in Chennai, Madurai and their suburbs, the prevailing complete lockdown will be in force till the 5th of July. More from our correspondent:


"The Covid-19 pandemic may not be showing any signs of relenting as of now. However, a cursory look at the epidemiological data reveals that there are so many silver-linings visible in the horizon. As a case study, experts say Chennai tops the chart in the number of patients and new infections in the state. However, the mortality rate is well within 1.51 per cent. About 60 percent of the nearly 56-thousand patients have returned home after recovery and most of the other people are stable, many of them in their own houses, under isolation. The medical experts team instituted by the state government has therefore emphasized that panic would be a disproportionate reaction to the virus, as there are more reasons to be optimistic. It can be expected that the unlock-2  would serve to further break the chain of transmission. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


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Going by the surge in Corona positive cases in Bengaluru since last week, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has sought 4500 beds from private hospitals and medical colleges. In a meeting with the heads of private medical establishments in Bengaluru today, the Chief Minister said Government needs 6500 beds to meet the growing demands for beds in the city to treat covid 19 patients. He informed that 2000 beds will be made available in Government medical colleges and the private sector should contribute 4500 beds. But the 11 private medical establishments in the city have pledged 2200 beds only. The Chief Minister sought cooperation of the private health sector for deputing Doctors at COVID Care Centres where asymptomatic patients are kept.


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The West Bengal Government has decided to procure 3 crore masks in the wake of increasing COVID cases in the State . The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in Kolkata that social distancing , safe practices and masks are the best way to fight the pandemic .


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In Nagaland, 8 new cases of COVID-19 have been detected today, taking the  state’s tally of confirmed  cases  to 460.  Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom tweeted this morning  that total active cases are 292, while 168 patients have recovered from the infection.


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Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has given approval for human clinical trials of COVAXIN, the first potential COVID-19 Vaccine developed in India. The potential vaccine has been developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, in association with the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). Human Trials for Phase I and Phase II are scheduled to start across the country from next month.


COVAXIN is an inactivated vaccine, created from a strain of the infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus. It has shown promising results in the pre-clinical studies demonstrating extensive safety and effective immune responses.


Drug manufacturers and research consortiums around the world are working towards development of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus.


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The National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow, has established an Advanced Virology Lab for testing COVID-19. The facility has been developed based on the guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research, the World Health Organisation, and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


The Advanced Virology Lab is a Bio Safety Level- 3 facility and has a suction facility that can suck any aerosol and pass it through filters. It can filter virus or bacteria to make it a safe COVID-19 testing facility. It reduces the possibility of infection at the culture facilities.


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The Maharashtra Government has requested the Railways to allow the employees of various Central Government Offices / Establishments, High Courts and Public Sector Banks to travel by suburban local trains. Currently,the Western Railway and Central Railway are operating some selected local trains in Mumbai which are not meant for general public but have been strictly made available for essential staff as identified by the government of Maharashtra. More from our Mumbai correspondent....


"In its request to the railways the Maharashtra Government has specifically asked permission to avail local train services for employees of central Government offices including  Income Tax Department, Mumbai Port Trust, Customs and Defense among others. The state Government's conditions for change in office hours timings and passes issued by Heads of Offices / Establishments and conditions laid down by state government regarding number of employees to be present daily in these offices will be mandatory for central government employees. Apart from that all these employees must adher to social distancing norms, use masks at the offices and sanitisers. Meanwhile, state environment Minister Aditya Thackeray has written a letter to Union Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri requesting more flights under Vande Bharat Mission for especially Middle East countries to bring back people stranded there. KUNAL SHINDE, Air News Mumbai."


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Haryana Home and AYUSH Minister, Mr. Anil Vij said that 1000 AYUSH Assistants and 22 AYUSH Coaches will be recruited on contract basis soon in various 'Yogshalas' to popularize yoga  across the State.


Mr. Vij said the recruitment will be done by the District Level Selection Committee, which will be chaired by the Chief Executive Officer of the respective District Councils.


He said these Ayush Assistants will work as In-charge of 'Yogshalas' and other work will also be assigned to them.


Mr. Vij informed that recruitment of 22 AYUSH Coaches will also be done on a regular basis by Haryana Staff Selection Commission.


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In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you the views of leading medical experts on COVID-19. Talking to AIR News, Dr. Uma Kumar, Head of  Rheumatology Department, AIIMS suggested to the people to follow social distancing, hand hygiene and cough etiquettes.


President of the Public Health Foundation of India, Dr K Srinath Reddy said, India is in a much better position as compared to the rest of the world as far as the COVID-19 cases are concerned and the measures taken are yielding results.


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The Union Home ministry has said no tweet has been posted from the Union Home minister’s Twitter handle about snapping Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir. It clarified that a fake tweet is being circulated in the name of the Union Home Minister mentioning fixed line broadband and internet in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh is to be snapped.


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In Mizoram, the 34th anniversary of the Mizo peace accord is being celebrated today through simple functions maintaining social distancing and guidelines of lockdown of Covid-19.


On the occasion, Chief Minister Zoramthanga said the Mizo peace accord has been the most successful accord ever signed in the country and the world as well. He said Mizoram has become the most peaceful state and a beacon of hope for the world and proved peace can be attained and sustained.


The state government has declared a public holiday for government offices and educational institutions to mark the day.


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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today called for bridging the digital divide to achieve universal primary education and ensure equitable secondary and higher education. Releasing a book titled Future of Education-Nine Megatrends through a video conference, he said technology opens up new possibilities but also makes us realize the big digital divide in our society. 


Stressing the need to make technology accessible and affordable, the Vice President pointed out that there are many children who do not have access to digital devices and  there is a need to  address the issue of this wide gap.  Mr. Naidu said that a large number of students are  impacted due to the lockdown as they find it hard to study online


Stating that many parents in India still cannot afford digital devices, he said bridging the digital divide is too big and complex a task for the government to accomplish alone. He urged the private sector, especially educational technology firms to contextualize the products at affordable prices as per the needs of learners.The book was brought out by ICT Academy, a non-profit society and an initiative of the Government of India and the state governments.


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


Dr. Mohsin Wali, Senior Consultant, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital will participate in the discussion.


Listeners can ask questions to the expert on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.


This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can also follow us on the NEWSONAIR app for s.


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The Centre has issued new guidelines for Unlock -2 to open up more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones. The new guidelines will come into effect from tomorrow and the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. It said, the lockdown will continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till the 31st of July this year. The Home Ministry has said the new guidelines are based on the feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with the related Central Ministries and Departments.


Under the new guidelines of Unlock -2, Metro Rail service, operation of Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will not be allowed. Similarly, social, political, sports, entertainment, academic,  cultural and religious functions and other large congregations will not be permitted. The Ministry said, dates for opening of these will be decided separately, based on the assessment of the situation. It said, all activities, except these will be permitted outside the containment zones. The Ministry said,  after extensive consultations with States and Union Territories, it has been decided that schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till 31st of July.


As per the guidelines, night curfew timings are being further relaxed and curfew shall be in force from 10 PM to 5 AM. Further, relaxations in night curfew have been given for seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of cargo and movement of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and airplanes. It said, domestic flights and passenger trains have already been allowed in a limited manner and their operations will be further expanded in a calibrated manner.


It said, shops depending upon their area, can have more than 5 persons at a time. However, they have to maintain adequate physical distance. Training institutions of the Central and State Governments will be allowed to function with effect from the 15th of July. SOP in this regard will be issued by the Department of Personnel and Training.


International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening up will take place in a calibrated manner. The guidelines said, containment Zones are required to be carefully demarcated by the State Governments with a view to contain the spread of COVID-19, after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by the Health  Ministry. Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities allowed.


These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites of the concerned District Collectors and by the States and information will also be shared with the Union Health Ministry.


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Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has said the government's decision to ban 59 Chinese Apps will give a fillip to Indian startups and they will come up with better versions very soon. Mr. Javadekar said this is a right step towards Atma Nirbhar Bharat. He said the whole country has appreciated the decision of the Narendra Modi government.


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The third round of talks between India and China are in progress at Moldo- Chushul border post on the Chinese side. Our correspondent reports,  Commander level Army officers of India and China are holding discussions to ease the tensions on the border issues of Eastern Ladakh region. More from our correspondent


"As per the latest information, the Commander level talks between Indian and China are in progress. Talks began at 1030 this Morning at Moldo post.  The India side Army delegation led by GoC, Fire and Fury Lt Genl Harinder Singh.  Peoples Liberation Army  is represented by South Xinjiang Military Division's  Major General Lin Lui .


The commanders are meeting second time after Galwan stand-off on 15 June.  On 22nd of June, the two sides arrived at a mutual consensus to disengage from all the friction points along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh.


The two sides will deliberate on the implementation of the decisions arrived on June 6th in their first meeting. Ramesh Chandra, air news Leh."


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In the meantime, Ladakh has remembered an paid homage to Col Chhewang Rinchen on his 23rd Death Anniversary. Col Rinchen was  one of the six people to be decorated with Two Maha Veer Chakra awards. He also won a Sena Medal in the Sino-Indo war in 1962. More from our correspondent:


"Col. Chhewang Rinchen is an inspiring and house hold name in Ladakh.  Immediately after independence, when Ladakh was surrounded by the tribal leaders and Pakistan Army in 1948, it was young school boy Chhewang Rinchen who rised Nubra guards to safeguard the Nubra region in Leh. With just 10 days training and a group of 20 youth he successfully pushed the pakistan Army and  tribals leaders back, to which he was awarded first Maha Veer Chakra.


He had shown similar courage and with guerrilla tactics in Sino-Indo war in1962 and Indo-Pak  war in 1971. In a rare feat in a war, with his meticulous planning, Col Chhewang Rinchen claimed 840 square KMs of land for India in 1971 war without any casualties. He was decorated with Maha Veer Chakra for the second time. Indian Army and Ladakh Scouts always remember Col Chhewang Rinchen for inspiration for his plans. Indian government has named the strategic bridge After Col Chhewang Rinchen, on Shyok river on DSDBO road near Galwan Valley. "


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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, two terrorists have been killed in an encounter that broke out between terrorists and security forces in Waghama village in Bijbehara area of South Kashmir's Anantnag district this morning. 


According to police,  a joint team of Anantnag Police, Army’s 3 Rashtiya Rifles and CRPF laid a Cordon and Search Operation, based on specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in an orchard of Waghama village.


As the joint team of security forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired upon them which was retaliated triggering an encounter that resulted in the killing of Two terrorists. Both the slain terrorists are locals and were  residents of the Bijbehara area. One INSAS and one pistol were recovered from their possession.


The Army said it was a clean operation and no collateral damage took place during the course of the encounter.


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Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan has said that cooperation between India and Bangladesh can help overcome the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at a Digital Conference on the topic 'Doing business with Bangladesh' organised by CII Yesterday, he said that since 2014 the bilateral relations with Bangladesh has seen major developments like the ratification of land boundary agreement, settlement of maritime boundary and other agreements on connectivity.


India has also implemented the agreement to supply 1076 MW of power to Bangladesh and issued 7.4 million visas to Bangladesh nationals.


In a tweet, the Minister said India Bangladesh cooperation stands out as an example for the region. He said that Bangladesh is the largest trading partner of India in South Asia.


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In Assam, over 12 lakh people have been affected due to the current wave of floods in 23 districts. The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at 5 places. More from our correspondent:


"There is no respite from the flood fury in the state. The surging water damaged crop areas, houses, culverts, river embankments and also snapped road communication at many places. Barpeta, South Salmara, Goalpara, Nalbari and Morigaon are among the worst affected districts. 25 persons have lost their lives due to floods so far. Nearly 30 thousand people are taking shelter at 144 relief camps. Administration is distributing essential food items, water packets along with medical care. MANAS PRATIM SARMA, AIR NEWS, GUWAHATI."


In the mean time, the Assam government has generated 1 crore men days under MG NREGA. Talking to AIR Correspondent, Principal Secretary in the Panchayat and Rural Development department J B Ekka said that almost 9 lakh households worked during the past couple of months under MG NREGA. He further informed that 230 crore rupees have been released as payments to the workers. He mentioned that skill mapping of the workers who have returned to Assam recently is being done. So far a database of 19 thousand migrant workers has been prepared.


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In Madhya Pradesh, a special Air India flight carrying 144 Indian students landed at the Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport Indore this morning. These students were stranded in Ukraine due to the coronavirus-induced restrictions.


The flight reached Indore via Delhi. Airport Director Aryama Sanyal informed that the passengers were screened at the airport and their belongings were sanitized as per protocol.


Most of these students were from Madhya Pradesh. Besides, some of the returnees hail from Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra and they have been sent to their native places.


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The Tamil Nadu Government has transferred the Thoothukudi district Superintendent of Police, under whose jurisdiction the custodial death of the father-son duo took place. He has been brought under compulsory wait at the DGP office. An order issued by the state Home Department today says he will be replaced by his Villupuram counterpart S.Jeyakumar. Furthermore, the Inspector General of Police Dr S.Murugan, currently with the DGP Office in Chennai, has been posted in charge of the Madurai Zone as its new IG, as the current incumbent retires on superannuation tomorrow.


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Now, let us take a look at the weather today.


The national capital Delhi is expected to have cloudy sky with light rain. The lower limit of temperature was 29 degree Celsius while the upper limit is expected at 40 degrees.


Mumbai will have cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The city with a minimum temperature of 26 degree Celsius will have a maximum 33 degrees.


In Chennai, the temperature will hover between 26 and 36 degree celsius. The city will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle.


Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. With minimum temperature of 28 degree Celsius, the maximum temperature will be 33 degrees.


Chandigarh will see partly cloudy sky with possibility of thunder shower or lightning. The minimum temperature was  28-degree Celsius and maximum temperature will be 38 degrees.


Bengaluru is expected to experience temperatures between 21 to 29 degree Celsius. The city will have generally cloudy sky with light rain.


Ahmedabad will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. Minimum temperature in the city was 29 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 38 degrees.


Bhopal will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. Minimum temperature was 24 degree Celsius while maximum will be 34 degrees.


Patna will have generally cloudy sky with light rain and temperature will fluctuate between 26 to 32 degree Celsius.


In Jammu and Kashmir; the minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 40 degrees. The city is likely to have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.


In Srinagar, the temperature will rise from 15 to 32 degree Celsius. The city will have mainly clear sky.


In Gilgit, the minimum temperature from 13 degree Celsius will increase to 35  degrees and the sky will be mainly clear  becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.


The sky in Muzzafarabad will be mainly clear.  The minimum temperature was 19 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 37 degrees.


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