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India administers over 27 crore 23 lakh COVID vaccine doses to eligible beneficiaries in country            Centre provides over 28 crore 50 lakh Covid vaccine doses to States/UTs so far            Over 60 thousand new cases reported in last 24 hours; National Recovery Rate touches 96.16 per cent            Home Ministry cautions States/UTs not to lower their guard despite relaxation in Covid-19 restrictions            Indian Air Force Chief says Air Force undergoing monumental transformation with rapid infusion of technologies           

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  • Union Government approves increase in the Minimum Support Price for all mandated Kharif crops for marketing season 2021-22.

  • One crore 20 lakh farmers benefit from ongoing procurement operations with MSP value of over one lakh 54 thousand crore rupees. 

  • National Covid Recovery Rate improves to 94.55 per cent.

  • More than 24 crore COVID vaccine doses administered in the country so far under the world’s largest vaccination drive.

  • Gujarat government to relax Covid Lockdown curbs following constant decline in cases.

  • Jharkhand extends Covid lockdown for one more week with certain relaxations.

  • IISc, Bengaluru tops QS World University Rankings in research category; Three Indian universities also achieve top-200 positions. 

  • Red issued for Mumbai as monsoon becomes active in Maharashtra; Residential structure collapses in Mumbai suburb killing 11 persons.

  • And in the French Open Tennis, 13-time champion Rafael Nadal to face top seeded Novak Djokovic in men's singles semi-final.


As many states are relaxing lockdown norms, we advise our listeners not to lower their guard as the COVID-19 pandemic remains a threat to our health. 

Please stay at home unless it is essential to go out and continue to follow the four simple steps --

  • Wear a face mask.

  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing

  • Focus on hand and face hygiene.

  • And, get vaccinated.

For any COVID related information and guidance contact National helpline numbers -- 011-23978046 and 1075. And now the News :


The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved increase in the Minimum Support Price for all mandated Kharif crops for marketing season 2021-22.

Briefing reporters in New Delhi after the Cabinet meeting yesterday, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, government has increased the MSP of Kharif crops to ensure remunerative prices to the growers for their produce.

The expected returns to farmers over their cost of production are estimated to be highest in case of Bajra which is 85 per cent followed by Urad 65 per cent and Tur 62 per cent.

He said, the highest absolute increase in MSP over the previous year has been recommended for sesamum which is 452 rupees per quintal followed by tur and urad 300 rupees per quintal each.

In case of groundnut, there has been an increase of 275 rupees per quintal and for nigerseed, an increase of 235 rupees per quintal in comparison to last year.


Union Government today said about one crore 20 lakh farmers have already benefitted from the ongoing  procurement Operations with MSP value of over one lakh 54 thousand crore rupees.

About 46 lakh farmers have benefitted from the ongoing wheat procurement during current Rabi Marketing Season. Consumer Affairs Ministry said, a quantity of over 418 lakh tonnes of Wheat has been procured against last year's corresponding purchase of 373 lakh tonnes.

It said, 12.22 per cent more wheat has been procured in comparison to the corresponding period last year.

The Ministry said, procurement of wheat is continuing smoothly in the procuring States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Himachal Pardesh, and Jammu and Kashmir.


The Union Cabinet has approved allotment of 5 Megahertz Spectrum in 700 MHz frequency band to Indian Railways for public safety and security services at stations and in trains. With this spectrum, Railways has envisaged to provide Long Term Evolution (LTE)-based Mobile Train Radio Communication on its route. The estimated investment in the project is more than 25 thousand crore rupees and it will be completed in the next five years. The purpose of the LTE for Railways is to provide secure and reliable voice, video and data communication services for operational, safety and security applications. Briefing reporters in New Delhi after the Cabinet meeting yesterday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, this will enhance safety and security of train operations.   


The country reported 92 thousand 596 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. During the same period, over 1 lakh 62 thousand people recovered from the infection. The Health Ministry said, the recovery rate has further improved to 94.55 per cent. Till now, over 2 crore 75 lakh people have been discharged. In the last 24 hours, 2 thousand 219 deaths were reported. With this, the death toll in the pandemic has reached, 3 lakh 53 thousand 528.


More than 24 crore COVID vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under the world’s largest vaccination drive. The Union Health Ministry said, more than 31 lakh 31 thousand vaccine doses were administered till 7 P.M. yesterday.

The country had launched Nationwide Vaccination Drive on the 16th of January this year. The Ministry said, over three crore 38 lakh persons across 37 States and Union Territories have received Vaccine doses since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive.

The states of Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have inoculated more than 10 lakh beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years with the first dose of COVID vaccine.


The Union Health Ministry's timely intervention ensured in mitigating the effects of the corona pandemic. The Ministry has time and again taken several measures to communicate correct and verified information to the citizens. In an attempt to resolve several queries related to the COVID vaccination programme, the Centre used all possible mediums to reach out to the people and dispel all related myths. Our correspondent takes a look at one such frequently asked question by people with regard to the concern about the amount of antibodies generated by the COVID vaccines.

"Director at All India Institute of Medical Sciences , AIIMS New Delhi, Dr. Randeep Guleria has said that efficacy of vaccines should not be judged only by the amount of antibodies they are able to generate in the body. He informs that in addition to antibodies, Vaccines help in boosting immunity against specific infections through multiple other ways. Dr. Guleria has said that like many other vaccines, COVID Vaccines also develop cell-mediated immunity and immunity through memory cells. These memory cells help generate more antibodies in case a person gets infected at a later stage. Dr. Guleria affirmed that data available till now shows clearly that efficacy of all vaccines - whether COVAXIN, COVISHIELD or Sputnik V - are more or less equivalent. Therefore he suggests to take whichever jab is available at the earliest and not pick , choose or wait for vaccine of preference. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR News, Delhi."


A total of 337 new confirmed cases of Corona virus infection were reported in the national capital yesterday. Delhi Government said, during the same period 752 people recovered and 36 deaths were reported in the city.


In Jharkhand, the existing lockdown which ended this morning has been further extended for a period of one week till June 17, following certain relaxations in Unlock-2 guidelines issued by the State Government. The existing Health Safety Week will be observed in the State till June 17, along with a Complete Lockdown during the weekend from evening 4 pm on June 12 to morning 6 am on June 14 falling in between.

"Complete lockdown in the State will be observed during the weekend falling between the Health Safety Week. Only Medical facilities and shops have been allowed to open. In Unlock-2, Relaxations to open all shops in 23 districts till 4 pm has been provided. No relaxation has been given in the most infected district of  East Singhbhum. All government and private offices shall now be open till 4 pm with one third attendance. E passes for any movement within the State for private vehicles is necessary. Inter-state buses have been prohibited while mandatory home quarantine of 7 days  has been made compulsory. Other existing guidelines shall remain same. Shilpi, AIR News, Ranchi.


Odisha has made a mark in supplying medical oxygen to other states during the second wave of the pandemic. Laying virtual foundation stones for seven liquid medical oxygen plants in seven districts of the state yesterday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that Odisha has helped save many lives from Covid-19 by continuous supply of medical oxygen to as many as 17 oxygen deficit states. More from our Odisha Correspondent:-

"Odisha has already supplied more than 28,000 metric tons of life saving medical oxygen through dedicated corridors to many other states and union territories. Odisha police has been ensuring the safe passage of the oxygen tankers from the points of origin. On the other hand its own medical oxygen consumption too has come down to about 61 metric tons per day. The state has been reporting fresh infection of about 6,000 cases daily for the last couple of days indicating a  test positivity rate below 9%. Meanwhile, the state government has decided to set up RT-PCR test laboratories in all the 30 districts of the state, with 17 of these already equipped with such labs to make the battle against the virus further localized. Girish Chandra Dash AIR News Bhubaneswar."


In Bihar the overall covid death count increased to Nine thousand 375 after the state health department added three thousand 951 more fatalities while announcing the audit report of unregistered deaths caused by the infection so far.

The Patna High Court had instructed the state government on May 18 to verify all covid deaths in the state. Pratyaya Amrit , Additional Chief Secretary Health said the verification excercise lasted 20 days. He said these deaths had remained unaccounted and  departmental action will be taken against the officers who failed to provide the Covid death data on time.


In Gujarat, the state government has decided to relax the curbs following constant decline in the Covid19 cases. According to the official sources, hotels, restaurants, gyms and religious places will reopen from tomorrow with certain restrictions. This decision has been taken in a core committee meeting chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at Gandhinagar yesterday.

"Apart from home delivery and take away facilities, the Hotels and restaurants can now operate between 9 am to 7 pm with 50 per cent sitting capacity. Gymnasiums can also reopen with 50 per cent capacity under strict Covid protocols. Similarly, the political, social, religious and cultural programs can be held with the attendance of maximum 50 persons during 11th to 26th June. All religious places can remain open with not more than 50 visitors allowed to gather at a time. Parks, gardens and libraries will be allowed to reopen between 6 am to 7 pm. Commercial establishments including shops will now remain open from 9 am to 7 pm. However, the night curfew in 36 cities of the state will continue from 9 pm to 6 am. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


In Madhya Pradesh new cases of covid have come down below 500. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the corona infection in the state is now nearing its end. Chief Minister reviewed the situation arising out of the second wave of the pandemic and the arrangements for it at Bhopal.

"The state ranks 23rd in the country in terms of infection. The recovery rate of the state has gone up to 98%. State reported 453 new cases and 1329 patients have recovered from infection. Active cases have come down to 7071 while the positivity rate reduced to 0.5%. No new cases of corona have been reported in 10 districts. In only two districts of the state, Indore and Bhopal, the weekly positivity rate is more than 2%. Meanwhile, A day ahead of the reopening of the market in Bhopal from today under graded unlock , vaccination drive at 39 vaccination centres was organized for the traders and their staffers. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News Bhopal."


The Centre has been disseminating awareness of six national helpline numbers created for the benefit of citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Child Helpline Number is - 1098.  For Senior Citizens of Delhi, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu,Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the Helpline number is - 14567. The Helpline number of National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) for psychological support is - 08046110007. Ayush COVID-19 counseling HELPLINE NO is 14443 and My Gov Whatsapp Help desk no is 9013151515.


IISc, Bengaluru has been ranked as number one University in research category in the world ranking  by QS World University Rankings-2022. Three Indian universities have also achieved top-200 positions. 

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) a British company specialising in the analysis of higher education institutions around the world, released the 18th edition of the World’s International University rankings yesterday. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated IIT, Bombay, IIT, Delhi and IISc, Bengaluru for top-200 positions in QS World University Rankings-2022. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, efforts are underway to ensure more universities and institutions of India scale global excellence and support intellectual prowess among the youth.


The Government has approved 708 proposals for construction of 3 lakh 61 thousand houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Urban (PMAY-U). The decision was taken at the 54th Meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) under PMAY-U held in New Delhi. The Meeting was attended by 13 States and Union Terriotries. These houses are proposed to be constructed across Beneficiary led Construction and Affordable Housing in Partnership verticals.


US President Joe Biden yesterday began his first trip abroad after becoming the President of America.

Biden said he would deliver a clear message to Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet next week after separate summits with NATO, G7 and European leaders. He added that the US wants stable and predictable relationship with Russia.

Biden said he is determined to rebuild trans-Atlantic ties and reframe relations with Russia after four rocky years under Republican former President Donald Trump, whose tariffs and withdrawal from treaties strained relations with major allies.

The US President will make his first stop of the trip at the seaside village of St. Ives in Cornwall where he will participate in the G-7 summit. The meeting is expected to be dominated by vaccine diplomacy, trade, climate and an initiative for rebuilding infrastructure in the developing world. Biden's summit with Putin on June 16 in Geneva is the capstone of the trip, an opportunity to raise US concerns directly with the Russian leader about ransomware attacks emanating from Russia, Moscow's aggression against Ukraine and a host of other issues.


The southwest monsoon reached South Gujarat with some parts of Valsad and Navsari districts received monsoon showers yesterday. According to weather office, the Southwest monsoon further advanced into the entire Arabian Sea and some parts of South Gujarat on Wednesday. Local weather office has predicted heavy rainfall in Valsad district and Saurashtra region during this week. The Southwest monsoon has also covered entire Dadra Nagar Haveli. The weather office has also issued warning for fisherman not to venture the sea till 13th June as the sea will remain rough along with wind velocity is expected to be 40 to 50 kilo meter per hour.


A red was sounded for Mumbai and neighbouring districts in Maharashtra as the monsoon arrived a day ahead of schedule. Heavy rains have been lashing the maximum city, causing roads and markets to be flooded and subways closed. Train and bus services  were also thrown out of gear.

The India Meteorological Department, IMD, issued a red for Mumbai and neighbouring districts like Thane, Palghar and Raigad, warning of "moderate to intense spells of rainfall over the next three to four hours".

Talking to AIR News, IMD DG, Mrityunjay Mohapatra said :

An orange has been sounded for the next four days.

The weather department also said Mumbai and its suburbs are likely to receive moderate to heavy rainfall, or thunderstorms, over the next 24 to 48 hours.

Our Mumbai Correspondent reports an orange has also been issued for Konkan districts.

"Some parts of Mumbai and suburbs are witnessing spells of heavy rain even today. But the intensity is less as compared to yesterday. Although due to heavy rains two storey house  collapsed in Malad area of Mumbai last night and 11 people died in the mishap. Spells of heavy rain are witnessed in neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts. Crops were damaged in Yavatmal, Beed, Parbhani, and Dhule due to heavy rain yesterday. In Yavatmal District very heavy rain was witnessed and the water started flowing over the bridges and in some parts the water from nearby nullahs entered the farmland and damaged the soil. In Parbhani district under construction roads were washed away due to heavy rain. Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai."


11 persons died and 7  injured after a residential structure collapsed in Malvani area in Malad suburb of Mumbai. The ground plus two structure collapsed last night around 11pm due to heavy rain. The injured have been admitted in a private Hospital. Police and fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and carried out evacuation operation.


In Sports roundup, All India Radio brings you the latest news updates from the world of sports through the day.

As the countdown begins for Tokyo Olympic, with 43 days to go for the Big Games, we profile some of the promising Indian medal contenders. Today we will talk about India’s prominent Table Tennis star, Manika Batra…

25-year-old Manika Batra shot to fame by winning two gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Her bronze medal at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games in the ‘Mixed Doubles’ event with Achanta Sharath Kamal was a historic one for the country. Manika had featured in her maiden Olympics in Rio in 2016. Manika, was bestowed with India’s highest sporting award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, in August last year.

Apart from the singles, Manika will also be competing in the mixed doubles at the Tokyo Games along with Sharath Kamal Achanta. Manika and Sharath Kamal’s splendid performance to qualify for the mixed doubles draw have made many bet on them as potential medal contenders in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, Indian Olympic Association (IOA), respecting the sentiments of the people of the country, has decided that the nation’s athletes would wear unbranded sports apparel in the Olympic Games.

In an official statement, IOA President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra and Secretary-General Rajeev Mehta said IOA has decided to  withdraw existing contract with an apparel sponsor. Indian athletes, coaches and support staff, will wear unbranded apparel, the statement added. 

In some more news, the remainder of the 2021 Indian Premier League will be played between September 19 and October 15 in the United Arab Emirates. BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla has confirmed the dates, despite International Cricket Council has not officially announced the dates for the T20 World Cup that immediately follows the IPL.

In the French Open men’s section, 13-time champion Rafael Nadal and top seeded Novak Djokovic will face each other in semi-final on Friday. Nadal entered his 14th French Open semi-finals with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Argentina’s 10th seed Diego Schwartzman, while Djokovic beat heavy-hitting Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-3 6-2 6-7(5) 7-5 in an intense duel. Djokovic and Nadal have faced off 57 times with Djokovic leading 29-28. But Nadal has been his nemesis at Roland Garros winning seven of their eight clashes, including last year's final.

No. 5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas shattered the dreams of world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev of becoming world No. 1 by beating him in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, to enter semi-finals. Tsitsipas will now face world No. 6 Alexander Zverev who had earlier defeated Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-4, 6-1, 6-1

In the women’s section, defending champion Iga Swiatek was sent packing by Greek world No. 18 Maria Sakkari 6-4, 6-4 to set up a semi-final clash against Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova.


Take a look at the weather update for today.

The National Capital Delhi will have strong winds during day time. The minimum temperature was 30 degrees and the maximum will go up to 41 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will see a generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 30 degrees.

Chennai will face thunderstorm with rain. The minimum temperature was 27 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 38 degrees.

Kolkata will see a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain. The minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius and the maximum will go up to 33 degrees.

Jammu will have a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature was 30 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 43 degrees.

Srinagar will also have a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will hover between 20 and 34 degree Celsius.

Leh will have a generally cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 10 and 27 degree Celsius.

Gilgit will see a partly cloudy sky with the temperature moving between 16 and 40 degree Celsius.

Muzaffarabad will have a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening. The minimum temperature in the city was 24 degree Celsius and the maximum will be around 41 degrees.



  • Jitin Prasada of Congress joining the BJP, heavy rains throwing life out of gear in Mumbai and Centre giving a hike in MSP for kharif crops are some of the prominent stories covered in today's newspapers.

  • Hindustan Times writes, "Blow to Congress as Prasada joins BJP,"

  • "Modest hike in Kharif MSPs to curb inflation," headlines Financial Express, "50-62% rise in MSP OK'd to increase farmers' income" informs The Pioneer.

  • "Master Plan aim: Green Capital, 24x7 economy," writes Hindustan Times.

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's statement is the top headline in The Economic Times. "9.3 million jabs a day for herd immunity by September 30, says minister".

  • And finally, In a bizarre incident, a priest who went to a govt procurement centre to sell wheat grown on a temple land was asked to produce the Aadhaar card of the deity. "Priest asked to produce Aadhaar of God at mandi!" reports The Pioneer.


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