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PM Modi unveils ‘Honoring the Honest platform for Transparent Taxation            PM calls for faceless & seamless tax system, take care of taxpayer's dignity            Record number of over 8.3 lakh COVID -19 tests conducted in a single day            Rajasthan Assembly session begins tomorrow            Assam govt allows public transport under new guidelines for unlock 3           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge; calls upon tech community to evolve world class Apps.
  • COVID-19 recovery rate improves to around 61 per cent in the country.
  • In Odisha, a two-day weekend shutdown in 17 districts begins.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauds the BJP workers for their nationwide welfare work during the pandemic; asserts that the party  works to serve the people. 
  • Civil Aviation Ministry suspends flights to Kolkata from 6 major cities to prevent further surge in Corona cases.
  • Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari calls for expeditious  clearances for Chambal Expressway Project.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged people of  tech community to participate in Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge. This will run in two tracks- Promotion of Existing Apps and Development of New Apps.

In a LinkedIn post, Mr Modi said, for promotion of existing Apps and platforms across the categories of E-learning, Work-from-Home, Gaming, Business, Entertainment, Office Utilities, and Social Networking, Government will provide mentoring, hand-holding and support. Track one will work in mission mode for identifying good quality Apps for the leader-board and will be completed in around a month. For incubating new Apps and Platforms, Track two initiative will work to help create new champions in India by providing support in ideation, incubation, prototyping and roll out along with market access.

The Prime Minister added that the outcome of this challenge will be to give better visibility and clarity to existing Apps to achieve their goals, and to create tech products to find solutions to tech conundrums with the help of mentorship, tech support and guidance during the entire life-cycle. Mr Modi said there is tremendous scope among these sectors for new Apps which solve specific issues for India and the world.

He said India has a very vibrant tech and start up ecosystem, which has done India proud nationally as well as globally. He also said there is a huge potential of Indian market and the scale products can achieve if they can satisfy the demands of the market. Nowadays, huge interest and enthusiasm are being seen among the start-up and tech ecosystem to innovate, develop and promote homegrown apps.

The Prime Minister said, today, when the entire nation is working towards creating an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, it is a good opportunity to give direction to their efforts, momentum to their hard-work and mentorship to their talent to evolve Apps which can satisfy our market as well as compete with the world. He said this challenge is being launched to help India's start-up and tech community achieve this objective.


Foreign policy expert G. Parthsarthy said that India has been one of the biggest markets for Chinease goods in Asia and China greatly benefitted from India on that front. He said, recent Chinease activities including the deployment of troops in Ladakh called for action by the Indian government. Speaking to AIR News today, he said, India started to reduce its dependence on China by curtailing import after the skirmish between the two armies in Ladakh. 


The Government today said that the number of the recovered COVID-19 patients continues to increase steadily. Union Health Ministry said, due to the coordinated action taken by Government along with States and Union Territories for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19, there are around one lakh 59 thousand recovered cases more than the active COVID-19 cases. The recovery rate has further increased to 60.81 per cent. During the last 24 hours, a total of over 14 thousand COVID-19 patients have been cured, taking the cumulative figure to over three lakh 94 thousand. The Ministry said, presently, there are over two lakh 35 thousand active cases and all are under medical supervision.

The efforts to expand the testing labs network in the country have led to their numbers increasing every day. There are one thousand 87 labs in the country, including 780 labs in the government sector and 307 private labs. Health Ministry said, several people-centric measures taken as part of the “Test, Trace, Treat” strategy, have removed the impediments for COVID-19 testing. Facilitation of widespread testing by States and UTs has spurred the number of samples tested every day. During the last 24 hours more than two lakh 42 thousand samples have been tested and the cumulative number of tests reached to over 95 lakh.


Nagaland has recorded 23 fresh positive cases of COVID-19 today, taking the total cases in Nagaland to 562. Out of the fresh confirmed cases, 21 positive cases were detected from Peren and 2 in Kohima, Health Minister S. Pangnyu Phom announced in a tweet. Presently, the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in the state is at 42 percent after 31 more patients have recovered from the disease yesterday. The  number of active cases now stands at 334 and 228 have recovered.


India has become one of the frontrunners in the global effort to develop a vaccine for the containment of Covid-19. Government agencies have stepped up collaboration with private partners to fastrack the approval process needed for development of a potential Covid vaccine. Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadilla have got the approvals from the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation to initiate human clinical trials for their indigenously developed vaccine after the pre-clinical trials. More from our correspondent: 

"ICMR and Bharat Biotech have joined hands for the development of potential Covid-19 vaccine called 'Covaxin'. This is the first indigenous vaccine being developed by India and one of the top priority projects of the government. The vaccine is derived from a strain SARS-COV2 isolated by ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune and transferred to Bharat Biotech. The vaccine being tested by Zydus’ vaccine was developed indigenously at the company’s Vaccine Technology Centre in Ahmedabad after completing the pre-clinical phase. In the coming months, human clinical trials will be done to identify the efficancy of these potential vaccine. Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadilla have stepped up efforts to meet the target, however, final outcome will depend on the cooperation of all clinical sites involved in this project. Meanwhile, India is also participating in the WHO solidarity trial which is an international clinical trial to compare four treatment options to assess their effectiveness against Covid-19. Another top Indian pharma company Serum Institute of India has bagged a contract with British drugmaker AstraZeneca to supply one billion doses of Oxford University's potential COVID-19 vaccine. Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi."


World Health Organization, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that results from clinical trials of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients can be expected soon. He said, nearly five thousand 500 patients in 39 countries have been recruited into the solidarity trial so far. Mr. Ghebreyesus said that the interim results are expected within the next two weeks.   

Meanwhile, Dr. Mike Ryan, Head of the WHO's emergency program said that we need to put up a fight now during a peak in the current wave of the coronavirus pandemic rather than focuing on when a second wave might come. He said the world will be much better at fighting a second wave, if people can learn the lessons of fighting the first wave. Dr. Ryan said, every person needs to look at their Covid-19 risk. WHO emphasised on social distancing, mask-wearing and maintaing the hygine to deal with the pandemic.


The Tamil Nadu Government has extended the full lockdown in Madurai and its suburbs for seven more days. In a statement in Chennai today, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has said that the measure has been taken in view of curtailing fresh waves of the pandemic in the city. As a result, the full lockdown there would be in force till the 12th of this month.

However, in a separate statement, the Chief Minister made it clear that Chennai will enter into the unlock-2 phase after the 5th of this month, with a few additional restrictions. The added restrictions in Chennai include limited hours of functioning of shops and tea stalls, and a ban on dine-in service in hotels. Hotels are permitted to offer food parcel service. More from our correspondent:  

"Madurai along with Chennai and their suburbs are currently under full lockdown but it was about to end on the 5th, that is tomorrow. However, as announced by the state Chief Minister, Madurai and its a joining areas will go for another week of full lockdown till the 12th of this month. Madurai is one of the regions apart from Chennai and its surroundings that witness an everyday spike of Covid-19 cases. The state government says the full lockdown has shown a discernible effect in attenuating the disease spread. However, it says the challenge still continues to be formidable in certain areas prompting the extension. The government has assured that those living in containment zones and under quarantine will be delivered all the essential items regularly. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


The administration of Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Union Territory has geared up to check the spread of Covid19. AIR correspondent reports that out of total 311 cases reported so far, 146 patients have been recovered and discharged from the hospitals. A report:

"Dadara Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Union territory bordering Gujarat was looking like green zone during the recent lockdown. But after the unlock one, the number of Covid19 cases are increasing in the industrial areas of Dadara Nagar Haveli and Daman. According to official sources, Dadara Nagar Haveli has 102 active cases, while Daman has 90 and Diu has 4 active cases. Large number of industrial units are working in Dadara Nagar Haveli and Daman and more than 1 lakh workers coming from Gujarat on e-passes on daily basis. Administration has identified total 100 containment zones in the Union Territory. Testing capacity has been increased and industrial units have been warned to take all necessary precautions to check the spread of Covid19. With Pradip Bhavsar in Daman, Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


Maharashtra Minister for women and child development Adv. Yashomati Thakur has written a letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray requesting him to allow women government officers and employees who are pregnant and those who are above the age of 50 with other medical conditions to work from home owing to the current covid-19 pandemic. We have a report from our Mumbai Correspondent:

"Following a request by the Maharashtra state gazetted officers association and on humanitarian grounds, the state minister for Women and Child development Adv. Yashomati Thakur has written a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to allow women government employees and officers who are pregnant and those who are above age of 50 having other health ailments like blood pressure issues, diabetes, kidney related problems, heart ailments and asthama to work from home owing to current covid-19 pandemic as they are at high risk of infection. She said that incase of urgency they should be allowed to work from the nearest related government office. Meanwhile the state health department has set up district level committee to oversee the medical facilities in the covid-19 hospitals across the state. The committee headed by district collectors will regularly visit these covid hospitals. SWEETY JAIN, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


Kerala reported 240 new Covid cases today even as 209 patients recovered from the disease today. Among the new cases, 152 persons are returnees from abroad and 52 people from other states. 17 persons contracted the disease through contact. The total active Covid cases in Kerala rose to 2129.


Government has said that during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, equal attention is also being paid to non-COVID essential services in all the States and Union Territories.

Union Health Ministry said, a unique and innovative example has been set by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, through the Dhanvantri Rath, a mobile van that provides non-COVID essential healthcare services to the doorsteps of the people.


Bihar legislative council Chairman Awadesh Narayan Singh was detected positive for Coronavirus infection today. His wife and son were also found corona positive. Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar underwent test for COVID-19. The leaders had  attended oath ceremony of the new members of the Bihar Legislative Council on July 1 in which the Chairman of the Council was present.

Meanwhile poisitive cases has gone upto 8488 with the reporting of 546 new cases today. 8488 patients have recovered and discharged from hospital while 2,888 patients are undergoing treatment. Recovery rate has gone upto over 74 percent.


In Odisha, A two-day weekend shutdown in 17 districts has begun from today. The State Government has imposed shutdown in the districts with high cases to flatten the rising COVID-19 curve. A report:

"To contain the spread of COVID-19, A two-day weekend shutdown has started in Odisha. Earlier the state government had imposed a weekend shut down in 10 districts including Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Jharsuguda. However, Collectors of seven other districts took the decision to impose the 48-hour shutdown in their respective districts in view of the rising number of COVID cases. The seven districts are Rayagada, Koraput, Kandhamal, Kendrapara, Balangir, Bargarh and Dhenkanal. Itishree Singh Rathaur, Air News, Cuttack"


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. Nand Kumar, Professor of Psychiatry, AIIMS suggested to the people to stay at home, spend time with family members and practice Yoga.


President Ram Nath Kovind has said that India is proud of being the land of the origin of the Dhamma. He said that people in the country see Buddhism as a fresh expression of the sublime truth and the Budhha's enlightenment and preachings were in line with India’s tradition of respect for intellectual liberalism and spiritual diversity. Inaugurating celebrations organized by International Buddhist Confederation on the occasion of Ashadha Poornima today, Mr Kovind said, it was from India that Buddhism began to spread in neighbouring regions and grew organically in new fertile soils, eventually branching off into various offshoots.


Addressing the celebration of Ashadha Poornima, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the world is fighting extra-ordinary challenges today and lasting solutions can come from the ideals of Lord Buddha. He said, they were relevant in the past, they are relevant in the present and they will remain relevant in the future. Mr Modi said, bright young minds are finding solutions to global problems.

Home Minister Amit Shah today paid tributes to Swami Vivekananda on his death anniversary. In a series of tweets, the Home Minister said, Swami Vivekananda was a saint, a great thinker and an extraordinary speaker, who not only reinforced the spirit of nationalism in India, but also fostered the entire world with the qualities of Indian culture. The Minister said, Swami Vivekananda's ideas of education, universal brotherhood and self-awakening are equally relevant today.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asserted that Bhartiya Janta Party is a political organisation which works to serve the people of the country and it is not only an election winning machine.

Reviewing Party's Seva Hi Sangathan Abhiyan through video conferencing, Mr Modi said, nation is first for BJP workers and it comes before anything. The Prime Minister said, the BJP has 52 Dalit and 43 adivasi MPs. He said, more than 113 BJP MPs are from backward class and over 150 BJP MLAs are from adivasi community. He said it shows that the BJP truly represents all sections of the society.

Lauding the party workers efforts during this COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Modi said the nationwide welfare work undertaken by them at such scale amid crisis is biggest seva yagya in the history. He said, in several states, party workers knew that they were taking risks, but continued with full dedication during this pandemic. Some workers even lost their lives while serving the people and the nation. The Prime Minister urged party leaders and workers to prepare digital booklets documenting the relief works at mandal, district, state and country levels.

On the occasion, seven state units of the BJP gave presentations about their work done during the lockdown to provide relief to the people. Interacting with the party leaders and workers of Bihar, Mr Modi said, some believed that COVID-19 will spread more in eastern India due to high poverty but people proved it wrong.

Listing out party's initiatives, BJP President J P Nadda said the party workers distributed 22 crore food packets during the lockdown and five crore ration kits have also been distributed. He said five crore face covers have been distributed to the people.


The Civil Aviation Ministry has decided not to operate flights to Kolkata from six cities of four States from Monday. According to official sources the cities are Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and Ahemadabad. The restrictions will remain in force  till 19th of this month or until further orders.

The steps are aimed at containing the spread of Carona Virus. Earlier, the West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee has urged the Centre for regulated operations of domestic flights from highly infected States. She also appealed for curbing of International flight operations to Kolkata in view of surging COVID cases.


Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today reviewed the proposed Chambal Express Project with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan through Video Conference. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gadkari emphasised on expeditious environment clearance, land acquisition and local tax exemptions for the project. He underlined that apart from providing smooth traffic and goods movement the project will immensely benefit the area and people of the backward region along the Expressway.

Mr Gadkari said the project offers huge employment potential in the districts and adjoining areas. He said, the Chambal Express project will pass through Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. It will provide cross connectivity with Golden Quadrilateral's Delhi-Kolkata corridor, North-South Corridor, East-West Corridor and Delhi-Mumbai -Expressway. More from our correspondent:

"Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan described this project as 'Chambal Progress-Way'. Madhya Pradesh government is providing 100 percent land of 421 crore rupees free of cost for this dream project. Apart from this, the state government will also provide assistance of 781 crore rupees. The 'Expressway' will be 309 km long in the state. It will connect the boundaries of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh via Sheopur, Morena and Bhind. This route will be connected to the Agra-Kanpur route in Bhind, North-South Corridor in Morena and Delhi Mumbai Corridor in Rajasthan. Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the construction of this expressway will help a lot in the development of this backward region. In the video conference, Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia suggested to build the Chambal Expressway along with the Bhind-Kota railway line. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region, DoNER, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that North-Eastern Region will take a lead for India to emerge as an economic power with the support of its huge natural and human skill resources in the Post-COVID era. He said that women power of the region is taking a lead in all spheres of economic activity due to successful management of Corona Pandemic. Dr Singh was interacting with various Self Help Groups associated with North Eastern Region Community Resource and Management Program, NERCORMP through a Webinar.

He said that women have excelled in the fight against the Pandemic and helped North-Eastern Region to emerge as a Model of Corona Management. Dr Jitendra Singh said that the Region has emerged as a Model of Development in the last five years under Narendra Modi Government and in the sixth year and it has emerged as a role Model of Corona Management with very few cases and 17 cases of death in all the 8 States so far.


In Meghalaya, efforts to contain the COVID 19 spread has so far been effective as the State is among the least infected. Recognising the efforts of all stake holders, the WHO recently said that the initiatives of the Meghalaya Government should be replicated in other parts of the country.

"The successful efforts to contain the spread of COVID 19 owes it to the ASHAs and ASHA facilitators who are an integral part of the Active Case Search Team to identify Containment areas in the State. One such example of their effectiveness is when a case was identified in Mawtharia Pomlakarai village with 70 households about 12 km from the State capital Shillong. The Community COVID Management Committee constituted after the case was detected, ASHA worker S Kurkalang Devi was among the key members who helped in identifying about 35 primary contacts in the village. Besides that, the ASHA worker was key in providing advisory on home quarantine, regular home visits, and counseling among the people. This is Samir Verma Air News Shillong."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has exhorted that traditional knowledge of Indian communities should be coupled with technology and skill sets of youth and Agriculture graduates to translate the full potential of Indian Agriculture in transforming rural areas. Reviewing the progress of agriculture research, extension and education in India through videoconference today, Mr Modi highlighted the need to orient Agricultural Education and research systems based on agro climatic requirements to meet the demands of the Farmers.

He said, the systems are to be geared towards enhancing farmer’s incomes while meeting International standards. The Prime Minister directed that ease of access to farm equipment and transport facility from field to markets shall be ensured. In this regard, the Department of Agriculture, Cooperatives and Farmers Welfare  has launched an app - Kisanrath.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Sanskrit News Magazine ‘Vaartavali’ on completion of its five years of continuous broadcast on DD News. In a tweet, in Sanskrit, Mr Modi said, the vaartavali programme has made incredible contribution for the spread of Sanskrit language in the world stage. He congratulated the people involved in it and also the audience.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, two terrorists have been gunned down in an encounter that broke out between terrorists and security forces in Arrah area of South Kashmir's Kulgam district this afternoon. SSP Kulgam Gurvinder Pal Singh said that a joint team of Kulgam Police,  Army's 34 RR and CRPF laid a cordon-and-search-operation in Arrah village based on intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area. As the joint team encircled the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists fired upon them. The fire was retaliated by the joint team, triggering off an encounter and resulted in the killing of two terrorists. The identity of the slain terrorists is being ascertained. Three soldiers also sustained minor injuries who have been shifted to Army's 92 Base Hospital at Badamibagh in Srinagar. Search operation was on when the reports last came in. Further details are awaited. 


Incessant rains continued to lash Mumbai and several parts of Maharashtra for the second consecutive day today. The Indian Meteorological Department said that due to active monsoon conditions, the entire Konkan coast including Mumbai is experiencing an intense spell of rainfall. Monsoon remained widespread active over the entire Konkan belt, including Mumbai with heavy to very heavy rainfall over many places. Interior Maharashtra also received fairly widespread rainfall with mostly moderate to isolated heavy rainfall. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Colaba weather bureau reported 66.0 mm rainfall between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm today, while the Santacruz weather station recorded 111.4 mm rainfall during the same span.


Now, Let us take a look at the weather s for tomorrow.

The National capital Delhi is expected to have cloudy sky with moderate rain.  Minimum temperature will be 27 degree Celsius and maximum 36 degree celsius.

Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature will be 25 degree Celsius and maximum 28 degree celsius.

In Chennai, the minimum temperature will be 23 degree Celsius and maximum 36 degree celsius. The Metro city will have generally generally cloudy sky with light rain.

Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be 27 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 34 degree celsius.

Chandigarh will see generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city will be 23 degrees Celsius while maximum will be 36 degree celsius.

Dehradun will have partly partly cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature will be 24 degree Celsius and maximum is expected at 32 degree celsius.

In Hyderabad, the sky will be generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.



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