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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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  • India is in a unique position to pioneer new model of economic development of low carbon emission, says Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan.

  • Government  prohibits the use of Remdesivir in children with corona virus infection.

  • India crosses a major landmark with the administration of over 24 crore Covid Vaccine doses.

  • One lakh 51 thousand COVID patients recover in the last 24 hours; National recovery rate further improves to 94.77 per cent.

  • More than 94 thousand new covid cases recorded nationwide, the lowest in over two months.

  • Centre advises States and Union Territories to obtain permission of the Health Ministry before sharing the E-VIN data and analytics related to vaccines stocks and temperature.

  • UPSC announces that the interview for Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2020 will resume on the 2nd of August.

  • President and Prime Minister express grief over demise of eminent Bengali filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Boxer Dingko Singh.

  • In Maharashtra, 15 teams of National Disaster Response Force deployed to deal with any situation due to heavy rains.

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


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Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that India is in a unique position today to pioneer a new model of economic development of low carbon emission and inclusive development. Dr. Harsh Vardhan virtually addressed the first meeting of the World Health Organization’s high level coalition on Health and Energy platform of action yesterday. The meeting was attended by representatives of the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Human Rights Council, International Renewable Energy Agency among others.

The Union Health Minister said, the world is still reeling under an unprecedented threat of Covid-19. He said, this challenge has pushed the governments and citizens to take extraordinary steps to protect human lives and reduce morbidity across the globe. He said, Covid-19 pandemic has also underlined the need to ensure synergy across sectors. He added that it needs to be reflected in our policies to ensure an effective and sustainable service delivery.


The government has strictly forbidden the use of Remdesivir in children infected with corona virus. Also, the Children under the age of five are no longer required to wear masks. These recommendations have been made in the guidelines issued by the Union Government.

The Directorate General of Health Services, DGHS of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued comprehensive guidelines for management of Covid-19 in children below 18 years. In the guidelines, an emergency use authorization drug Remdesivir has not been recommended in children. DGHS has said that there is lack of sufficient safety and efficacy data about the use of Remdesivir in children below 18 years of age. Lab investigations are not required for the children in asymptomatic and mild cases. These investigations are needed only in moderate and severe cases.

Rational use of high resolution CT scan of chest has been recommended by the DGHS. Routine high resolution CT imaging of chest in Covid-19 patient is not recommended. Use of high resolution CT scan has been advised in the moderate and severe cases in children in the event of continuous worsening of condition. DGHS has advised to avoid self medication of steroids. It has recommended that use of steroids is harmful in asymptomatic and mild cases of COVID-19. It has been suggested that steroids must be used at the right time in right dose under strict supervision in hospitalized moderately severe and critically ill Covid-19 cases in Children. 


India has crossed a major landmark with administration of more than 24 crore Covid Vaccine doses to the beneficiaries so far. The Union Health Ministry has informed that more than 33 lakh 79 thousand vaccine doses were given in the country in the last 24 hours. Out of this nearly 30 lakh beneficiaries were vaccinated with the 1st dose whereas around 3 lakh beneficiaries received their 2nd dose of the vaccine. The cumulative figure of vaccine doses administered under the largest vaccination drive in the country now stands at over 24 crore 27 lakh.

The Health Ministry confirmed that so far over 3 crore 42 lakh doses of the vaccine have been given to people in the age group of 18 to 44 years. Nearly 19 lakh beneficiaries in this age group received their first jabs in the last 24 hours whereas around 86 thousand others were given their second dose. The Ministry said, more than 10 lakh beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years have already received their first dose of COVID vaccine in the States of Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra,  Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

So far nearly 19 crore 53 lakh people in the country have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine whereas nearly 4 crore 75 lakh have been fully vaccinated with both the required doses. The Union Health Ministry said, vaccination is an integral pillar of the comprehensive strategy of the Government for containment and management of the pandemic, along with Test, Track, Treat and COVID Appropriate Behaviour. The Liberalised and Accelerated Phase-3 Strategy of Covid-19 Vaccination has come into force from 1st of last month.


The nation continues to march strongly on its path of COVID recovery with the gradual decrease in total number of active cases. For the 3rd consecutive day today, the number of new daily cases remained below the one lakh figure. In the past 24 hours, over 1 lakh 51 thousand COVID patients recovered from the disease whereas in the same time span 94 thousand 52 fresh cases were recorded nationwide. The number of fresh cases recorded is lowest in over two month's time span. With this the recovery rate in the country has further improved to 94.77 per cent.

The cumulative share of active COVID cases in the country continues to witness consistent decline and comprises nearly 4 per cent of the total reported cases. The Health Ministry has informed that currently nearly 11 lakh 67 thousand people are reported to be suffering from the viral disease and are either hospitalised or are under home isolation. The daily positivity rate also remained below 5 per cent and much below the 10 per cent mark for the 17th consecutive day.

The Ministry added that so far, over 2 crore 76 lakh people have recovered from the COVID-19 infection in the country. The Health Ministry has informed that six thousand 148 COVID related deaths were reported in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative toll to 3 lakh 59 thousand 676. 


The Union Health Ministry's timely intervention has helped in mitigating the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ministry has 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 such frequently asked questions about the period of vaccination after the recovery from corona virus disease.

Covid vaccine is an effective tool in fight against the corona virus. It provides immunity from this disease. Government’s guidelines clearly state that a person can take a Covid vaccine after three months from the day of recovery from corona virus. According to health experts, this will improve the effect of the vaccine. Also, the vaccine will help the body to develop a strong immunity against the virus. Health experts have asserted that vaccines are effective even against the changing nature of the virus. Experts also refuted the baseless rumours that our immune system becomes weak and people die after taking vaccines. Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi.


Dr. V. K. Paul, Member (Health), NITI AAYOG and Chairman of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 has said that untill 70 to 80 percent people are not vaccinated, they have to take utmost care to deal with Covid-19. He said this while taking part in a Special Discussion on the 'Corona Jagrukta series',  of All India Radio last night.

Dr Paul also said that there is less need for child vaccination at present. 


In Jharkhand, the existing lockdown 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. 


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 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. 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 per cent. 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.


Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will hold a high level meeting this evening with ministers and senior officials on the prevailing Covid 19 situation in the state. The meeting is also likely to discuss the unlock measures when the lockdown period ends on June 14th. More from our Correspondent:

Karnataka Health and Medical Education minister Dr. K Sudhakar had said that the unlock process can begin if the positivity rate drops to less than five percent and daily cases come down to 5000. The state had reported 10,959 new cases with a positivity rate of 6.68 percent yesterday. The experts feel that the new cases will come down gradually. Hence the Health minister said that the restrictions will be eased in a staggered manner and the Chief Minister will take a decision on the modalities of unlock soon.Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru.


Tamilnadu Chief Minister M.K.Stalin reviewed the Covid situation in the State alongwith top officials of the Government. The meeting led by Stalin is being held at the State Secretariat. State health Minister Ma.Subramaniam is present at the meeting. More from our Correspondent.

Today's meeting will also discuss  the present relaxations of the lock down in the State. Though relaxations in eleven districts have been curtailed due to the severity of the Covid situation, by and large the total number of Covid patients have decreased below 20 thousand fresh cases per day. Coimbatore is still having a maximum of more than 2000 cases each day. Chennai and Erode are also witnessing more than thousand cases each day. The recovery rate has been improving at a faster pace even as more than one lakh 80 thousand samples are being tested through RT PCR on a single day. Joy/AIR News, Chennai."


The Union Government has advised the States and Union Territories to obtain permission of the Health and Family Welfare Ministry before sharing the E-VIN data and analytics related to vaccines stocks and temperature. This step will prevent misuse of data by various agencies.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said that the Union Government is committed to prevent any misuse of this sensitive E-VIN data for unauthorized commercial purposes. The Union Health Ministry has written a letter to the States and Union Territories to prevent use of sensitive data. The Union Health Ministry has said, the crucial information related to specific vaccine usage trends for multiple vaccines used in Universal Immunization Programme, UIP and temperature related data can be used to manipulate the market and associated research.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has been using the E-VIN electronic platform for all vaccines used under UIP for more than six years. Sharing of sensitive E-VIN data on stocks, storage and temperature requires the prior consent of the Union Health Ministry.


The Centre has been disseminating awareness of six national level helpline numbers created for the benefit of the citizens during the Covid-19 pandemic. National Helpline of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for Covid related queries is  -  1075, the Child Helpline Number of  Ministry of Women and Child Development is  - 1098.  For Senior Citizens of Delhi, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu,Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand,  the  Helpline number of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment 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-14443 and My Gov Whatsapp Help desk no is 9013151515.


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.

The Minister 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 niger seed, an increase of 235 rupees per quintal in comparison to last year.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the Union Cabinet approved an increase in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Kharif crops in the interest of the farmers. He said the increase in the MSP of many crops will increase the income of farmers and will also improve their standard of living.


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

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

It said, 12.22 per cent more wheat has been procured in comparison to 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.

Paddy procurement in the Kharif season 2020-21 is continuing smoothly in the procuring states with purchase of over 816 lakh tonnes of paddy against the last year corresponding purchase of 736 lakh tonnes. 


The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has notified that the interview for Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2020 will resume on August 2. The interview had begun in April but stopped because of unprecedented progress within the variety of folks contaminated with COVID-19 countrywide.

The commission mentioned that the e-Summon Letters of Personality Tests (Interviews) of the candidates will be made available shortly.  It can be downloaded from the Commission’s Website https://www.upsc.gov.in and https://www.upsconline.in. No request for change in the date and time of the Personality Test (Interview) intimated to the candidates will ordinarily be entertained. In view of the Covid, the Commission had postponed a number of exams.

The Civil Services preliminary examination 2021 which was scheduled to be held on June 27 has been postponed to October. 


The CBI has registered a fresh FIR against former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki . The agency filed FIR for alleged nepotism and corruption related to a contract for construction of a Kendriya Vidyalaya school boundary wall in Salt Lake area of Kolkata. 

The CBI has alleged that officials of the Public Works Department, Arunachal Pradesh awarded the tender to firms controlled by family members of Tuki, who  was  the then minister of PWD in the state. Mr Tuki was the chief minister of the state from 2011-2016.


Renowned  Bengali Film Maker Budhadeb Dasgupta passed away today morning.  He was also  a celebrated poet, had, won several National Awards for his contribution to Bengali Cinema.

He is most known for Films like; Bagh Bahadur, Tahader Katha, Charachar and Uttara.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the demise of Buddhadeb Dasgupta. In a tweet today, the President said, Buddhadeb Dasgupta has enriched our arts and culture with his world-renowned films and poetry. He said, India has lost an extraordinary artist.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his diverse works struck a chord with all sections of society. Prime Minister said he was also an eminent thinker and poet.


President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed grief over the demise of Dingko Singh. In a tweet today, the President has said, Dingko Singh was a great boxer and an exceptional sportsperson. He said, Mr. Singh’s life was brief but it will inspire the youths especially from Manipur for a long time.

A Padam Shri awardee  Dingko Singh had won the gold medal in the 1998 Asian Games.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a condolence message said, Dingko Singh was a sporting superstar. Mr Modi said he was  an outstanding boxer who earned several laurels and also contributed to furthering the popularity of boxing. 


With 43 days to go for Tokyo Olympic Games, All India Radio today will talk about India’s prominent table Tennis star, Manika Batra:

Twenty-five 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.

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


Due to high rain by Indian Metrological Department,IMD,  in coastal districts of Maharashtra, 15 teams of National Disaster Response Force have been deployed to deal with any situation in view of incessant rains.  More from our Mumbai Corresponden:-

After experiencing heavy downpour, waterlogging and traffic disruptions yesterday Mumbaikars could return to their normal schedule today as the train and bus services were running according to their schedule without any disruption. The spells of heavy rain in the morning did not affect the lifelines of Mumbai as no waterlogging was reported in the city. 230 mm rain was recorded at Santacruz and 90 mm rain was recorded at Colaba in the last 24 hours in Mumbai. On the other hand all the arrangements have been made in the backdrop of the s of heavy rain by IMD in coastal districts of the state.  NDRF teams have been deployed in Thane, Palghar, Ratnagiri, Mumbai and Sindhudurg Districts. According to BMC commissioner Iqbal singh Chahal BMC has made adequate arrangements to face the incessant rain.Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai .


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