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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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  • G-7 leaders to call for a new transparent investigation by WHO into the origin of Coronavirus.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in the outreach session of G7 Summit on Saturday and Sunday in virtual format.

  • Women and Child Development Ministry urges people to not share information on social media about children found abandoned or in distress.

  • Karnataka government announces unlock plan for 19 districts where positivity rate has come down.

  • Jharkhand government cancels Class 10 and 12 Board examinations.

  • More than 24 crore 58 lakh doses of corona vaccine administered in the country so far.

  • Exports of India's organic farm products jump 51 percent in 2020-21.

  • Pakistan's National Assembly approves a bill allowing Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal his conviction in high court.

  • India's Neeraj Chopra wins gold in Javelin throw at Meeting Cidade de Lisboa.

  • And, Shikhar Dhawan to captain India on six-match white-ball tour of Sri Lanka in July.


 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:


Leaders at the G-7 summit in the UK will call for a new transparent investigation by the WHO into the origins of Coronavirus. According to a draft communique, the G-7 countries will also pledge 1 billion doses of Corona vaccine for the countries around the world. The leaders of G-7 states - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US will gather in British sea-side resort of Cornwall for the three-day summit beginning today.

India first backed call for further investigation on May 28th, days after US President Joe Biden asked intelligence agencies to redouble their efforts to gather information to facilitate a definitive conclusion on the origin of the Coronavirus.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the outreach session of the G7 Summit on 12th and 13th June in a virtual format. Briefing media yesterday, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, the UK currently holds the presidency of the G7 and has invited India along with South Korea and South Africa as guest countries for the G7 Summit.

The meeting will be held in hybrid mode. This is the second time Prime Minister Modi will be participating in G7.


Women and Child Development Ministry has urged people to not share information on social media about children found abandoned or in distress as it can put the child's life at risk. It said such information should be reported to CHILDLINE on 1098. Several children are facing serious distress in the event of parents getting infected or hospitalised due to COVID-19. Some of them have lost their parents to the pandemic. Invitation to persons for adoption of orphans is illegal as no adoption of a child can be permitted without the involvement of Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA).

"Giving or taking children in adoption without following due process of law is illegal. Such adoption is punishable and also amounts to child trafficking. Appeals related to the direct adoption of children affected by COVID on social media are completely illegal and may increase the risk of child Exploitation and trafficking. Central Adoption Resource Authority, CARA is a statutory body of Ministry of Women and Child Development. It functions as the nodal body for adoption of Indian children and is mandated to monitor and regulate in-country and inter-country adoptions. If anyone is interested to adopt an orphan or abandoned or surrendered child, they should apply to Specialised Adoption Agencies through Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System, CARINGS, by filling up the online application form.

Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi".


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 yesterday, 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.


Jharkhand government has cancelled Board Exam for Class 10 and 12 for this session. In a tweet, Chief Minister Hemant Soren said 10th and 12th board exams have been cancelled in view of the circumstances arising out of Covid-19 and the demand of students and parents. 

"After the announcement of cancellation of 10 and 12 Board examinations by the state government, Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) is gearing up for the preparation of results of around 4.40 lakh students and 3.32 lakh students who had registered for the 10 and 12 state board examinations. JAC will study the result assessment methodology of CBSE and CISCE board for preparation of the board exam results. Results of class 9 and 11 board exams respectively will also be considered in the process. JAC conducts board exams for classes 8th, 9th and 11th every year. Meanwhile, JAC Secretary Mahip Kumar Singh said that the syllabus was revised for this year’s board examinations and there was a 40 per cent reduction in the course with a change in examination pattern. Shilpi, AIR News, Ranchi".

Jharkhand government has also extended the restrictions till June 17 with some relaxation.


Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has announced an unlock plan in 19 districts where the positivity rate has come down. In another 11 districts with high positivity rate, the lockdown norms will continue. Powers have been entrusted to the District Deputy Commissioners to bring stringent action to enforce the lockdown in these 11 districts. Addressing media persons in Bengaluru, the Chief Minister said that keeping livelihood and the economy in mind a few relaxations are announced in norms in the 19 districts from June 14th.

"Chickmagalur, Shivamogga, Davangere, Mysuru, Chamrajnagara, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Rural, Mandya, Belagavi and Kodagu are the 11 districts where the lockdown will continue. Covid curfew is imposed in addition from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am on weekdays and from Friday 7:00 pm to Monday 5:00am on weekends. In 19 districts with lower positivity rate, people can purchase essential goods from 6:00 am to 2:00pm. Industries can operate with 50 percent staff and garment factories with 30 percent employees. Parks can open for the public from 5:00 am to 10:00 am. Auto-rickshaws and Taxis can operate with only two passengers. The relaxation is valid from June 14th to 21st. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru"


Gujarat has recorded 544 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday. 1505 patients recovered during the last 24 hours and were discharged from the hospitals.

Total 7 lakh 96 thousand 208 patients have been recovered from Covid19 in Gujarat till now. The recovery rate further improved and reached up to 97.23 percent. Maximum 86 new cases of Covid19 reported from Ahmedabad. Vadodara recorded 61 new cases, while Surat recorded 60 new cases. 11 patients lost their lives yesterday. Gujarat has now 12711 active cases at present, out of which 316 patients are on ventilator. Meanwhile, 2 lakh 68 thousand 485 persons have been vaccinated in the state yesterday. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News Ahmedabad".


The corridors of hospitals have several positive stories to tell. A patient aged 54 years admitted in a hospital in Delhi was critically ill with very low oxygen level. Talking to All India Radio News Dr.Ashish Khattar, senior physician who treated the patient says, with strong will power, positive approach, the patient recovered completely after 35 days of hospitalisation. 

Dr. Khattar appealed to people not to lower the gaurd even when the cases have started declining.


India has administered more than 24 crore 58 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine in the country so far. Health Ministry said, more than 30 lakh 32 thousand Vaccine doses were administered yesterday. Out of which more than 27 lakh 33 thousand beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and more than two lakh 99 thousand beneficiaries received the 2nd dose of the vaccine. The country had launched the world’s largest Vaccination drive on 16th January this year.

The Ministry said, more than 18 lakh 64 thousand beneficiaries of the age group 18 to 44 years received their first dose of COVID vaccine yesterday and more than 77 thousand beneficiaries of the same age group received their second dose of COVID vaccine.


The Health Ministry says there have been some unfounded media reports of the CoWIN platform being hacked. It said prima facie, these reports appear to be fake. However, the  Ministry and the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration are getting the matter investigated by the Computer Emergency Response Team of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Dr RS Sharma, Chairman of the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (Co-WIN) has clarified that Co-WIN stores all the vaccination data in a safe and secure digital environment.


In Bihar, over one crore 16 lakh 55 thousand people have been vaccinated in the state so far. Out of these, 22 lakh 94 people are from the age group of 18 to 44 years.

Meanwhile, the state's recovery rate has risen to about 98 per cent, while the test positivity rate has declined to below one per cent and it is 0.51 per cent.


The Government has decided to allow LPG customers to have a choice, deciding which distributors they want their LPG refill from. The decision has been taken with a view to further empower the LPG consumers and making energy accessible and affordable to all. Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry said, now the consumers will be able to choose their delivering distributor from the list of distributors catering to their address within their Oil Marketing Company. In the pilot phase, this unique facility will be available in Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Gurgaon, Pune, and Ranchi.


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.


Exports of India's organic farm products surged 51 percent in 2020-21 beating Covid induced hiccups in the supply chain. Commerce Secretary, Anup Wadhawan said that outbound shipments of organic products hit 1,040 million dollars last fiscal compare with 689 million dollars a year before. Farm exports rose over 17 percent last fiscal to 41.25 billion dollars. 

Even in volume term, exports of organic products grew at 39 per cent to 8 lakh 88 thousand 179 tonnes last fiscal. The key organic products that were shipped out include oil cake and meals, oil seeds, cereals, millets, spices and condiments, tea, medicinal plant products, dry fruits, sugar, pulses and coffee.


Pakistan's National Assembly has approved a bill allowing Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to appeal his conviction in the high courts of the country. The bill seeks to provide further right of review and reconsideration in giving effect to the judgment of the International Court of Justice. The bill was adopted by the National Assembly yesterday after approval from the 21-member standing committee. It has been named 'International Court of Justice (Review and Re-consideration) Act. The The Pakistan government had brought an ordinance in the National Assembly earlier in view of the ICJ's ruling in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The Act will extend to the whole of Pakistan and shall "come into force at once".

According to the bill, the High Court has the power to review and reconsider where the ICJ in relation to a foreign national passes an order in respect of rights under the Vienna Convention of Consular Relations or a foreign national is aggrieved in respect of the rights available under the same.

Such a foreign national, either himself, through his authorised representative or through a consular officer of a mission of his country, may file a petition before a High Court for review and reconsideration, in terms of Section 3, in regard to an order of conviction or sentence of a Military Court operating under the Pakistan Army, 1952.


External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar chaired a fruitful meeting of Indian Ambassadors in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. The discussions focused on esuring utmost welfare of the Indian community in respective jurisdictions and facilitating reuniting of families separated by Covid disruption. They also discussed interceding for early return of Indian talent and skills who left the Gulf during the pandemic and encouraging speedy resumption of flights to Gulf destinations to help NRIs.The Minister expressed confidence that Indian Ambassadors and Embassies will deliver on these priorities.


Myanmar's military authorities have charged deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption, the most serious charge laid against her till now. She is accused of accepting cash and gold in bribes, and faces up to 15 years in jail if found guilty. She faces six other charges relating to alleged illegal imports of walkie-talkies and inciting public unrest. The former state counsellor was arrested on 1st February when the military seized power in a coup. She has since been held under house arrest, and little has been seen or heard of her apart from brief court appearances.

The Country's military seized power alleging voter fraud in general elections held last year. But independent election monitors say the election was largely free and fair, and the charges against Ms Suu Kyi have been widely criticised as politically motivated.


In its 50 years of journey, All India Radio Leh has become a household name in Ladakh. News readers, anchors and announcers look so familiar to the listeners. Especially, when there was no other medium in Ladakh except All India Radio, the radio family is everyone’s extended family. On the occasion of AIR Leh Golden Jubilee on 25th of this month,

"Tsewang Nurboo Shinkan has retired as Senior Announcer from All India Radio, Leh. He is one of the dedicated and committed to his duties and travelled the length and breadth of Ladakh region between 1970 and 90s, when villages and hamlets hardly have any roads. With old model recorders, he walked and recorded several unknown artisans and artists brought them to the fore. Be it Serchu on Leh-Manali road or be it Pobrang on the banks of Pangong Tso, listeners remember his name and contribution for their upliftment for better life, even today. As an incharge for Rural programmes, Tsewang Nurboo Shinkan touched the remotest villages and reached wherever the Radio signal could reach.  Tsewang Nurboo shares his experience

To its true spirit of Bahujan Hitay, Bahujan Sukhay…AIR works for the society in general and AIR Leh in particular. With Ramesh Chandra, Tsetan Tashi, AIR News, Leh".


Today is the Birth anniversary of Shaheed Ram Prasad Bismil, the freedom fighter who fought against British colonialism and laid down his life. As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Ministry of Culture will hold a special ceremony at Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, the birth place of Shaheed Ram Prasad Bismil today to mark his birth anniversary. Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel will offer floral tributes to Shaheed Ram Prasad Bismil, Shaheed Ashfaq Ullah Khan and Shaheed Roshan Singh at a special event being organized by the Ministry of Culture at Shaheed Udayan Shahjahanpur. Local MLA and UP Finance Minister Suresh Khanna, Culture and Tourism Minister of the state Neelkanth Tiwari along with other dignitaries will join in the Pushpanjali Ceremony.

"Born on 11th June, 1897 in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Pt. Ram Prasad Bismil was amongst the most notable Indian revolutionaries who fought against British colonialism. He wrote powerful patriotic poems in Urdu and Hindi under the pen name of Bismil from age of 19. He formed the Hindustan Republican Association with leaders like Bhagat Singh and Chandrasekhar Azad and participated in the Mainpuri conspiracy of 1918, and the Kakori conspiracy of 1925 with Ashfaq Ullah Khan and Roshan Singh to protest against the British Rule. He was martyred at Gorakhpur Jail on 19th December, 1927 just aged 30, for his role in Kakori conspiracy. While in jail, he wrote ‘Mera Rang De BasantiChola’ and ‘Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna’ which became the anthem for freedom fighters. As a tribute to the poet - revolutionary, a small cultural presentation would also be dedicated to his legacy. Ministry of Culture will also mark the occasion with virtual programmes regarding the contribution of Bismil and other patriots which will be shared on the social media platforms. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI AIR NEWS LUCKNOW".


Shikhar Dhawan will captain India on a six-match white-ball tour of Sri Lanka in July. Indian cricket board said pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be the vice-captain of the 20-member squad announced yesterday. The all-India senior selection committee picked the squad for three ODIs and three T20 International series, to be played between July 13th and 25th.

The team comprises - Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Vice-captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya.

All matches will be played at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo.


India's Neeraj Chopra won the Javelin gold medal in the Meeting Cidade de Lisboa in Lisbon yesterday, with a throw of 83.18 metres recorded with his sixth and last attempt. In the field of five Portuguese competitors, 23-year-old Chopra's best throw was 83.18m, which turned out to be a gold medal winning effort as the other competitors failed cross the 80m mark. Chopra's opening throw was 80.71m while his second and third attempts were no throws. He failed to get a good rhythm in the fourth and could only record a throw of 78.50m. His fifth attempt too was no throw while the last and sixth throw was 83.18m.


With 42 days to go for Tokyo Olympic Games, All India Radio today will talk about India’s prominent women archer, Deepika Kumari.

"Born in Ranchi, Jharkhand, on June 13, 1994, Deepika has been the face of Indian archery for over a decade now. As a 16-year-old, she won two gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and a bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. Tokyo will be her third Olympics after being part of Indian team in the editions in London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016. India has never won an Olympic medal in archery. The 26-year-old has been consistent in the international circuit, winning multiple medals at the Archery World Cups over the years and two silver medals at the World".


The Indian Meteorological Department has confirmed that the southwest monsoon has covered the entire state of Maharashtra.  According to IMD Scientist K.S. Hosalikar, severe weather warning between 10 and 14 th June has been issued for Kokan and coastal areas of Mumbai region. In Raigad, Palghar and Ratnagiri districts, it has been raining heavily in some places for the last two days. Delhi witnessed dust storm followed by rain last night, bringing relief to Delhites from scorching heat. The mercury level dropped with the sudden change of weather as a minimum temperature of 29 degrees Celsius was recorded. India Meteorological Department tweeted that thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain with wind of 30-50 kmph would occur intermittently over and in adjoining areas of the Delhi, Sonipat, Panipat, Palwal, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Jind, Jhajjar, Faridabad, Ballabgarh (Haryana), Bagpath, Baraut, Bulandshahar, Aligarh, Noida, Greater-Noida, Dadri, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Modinagar, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Khekra (U.P) during the next 2 hours. The IMD, in its bulletin, also said that thunderstorm with lightning and gusty winds at isolated places is very likely over Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab for the next three days.


Take a look at the weather forecast for the day.

The National Capital Delhi will see a generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The minimum temperature  was  29  degrees and the maximum will go upto 39 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will have a generally cloudy with heavy rain. The minimum temperature was 23 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 28 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 have a partly cloudy with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. Temperature will hover between 20  and 33 degree Celsius.

Leh will have a generally cloudy sky. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between 10 and 28 degree Celsius.

Gilgit will see a generally cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 16 and 39 degree Celsius.

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



  • G7 to seek fresh probe by WHO into the origin of Coronavirus, reports Hindustan Times, while pledging 1 billion jabs for countries around the world.

  • Quoting the first set of guidelines for paediatric treatment of Covid issued by the Union Government The Pioneer headlines, "No Remdesivir; steriod only to critically ill kids".

  • The Hindu BusinessLine quotes Chief Economic Advisor as saying that the GDP growth will return in second-half.

  • Monsoon racing across India after arriving late, writes Hindustan Times.

  • Many dailies have carried a photograph of a house that collapsed on another in Mumbai's Malad.  The Asian Age headline reads, "8 kids among 11 die as building falls; 9 victims from one family".

  • "Buddhadeb Dasgupta passes away" is the headline in The Hindu. His films took the audience beyond realism and delved into magic realism, writes the paper.

  • Many dailies have carried tributes to boxer Dingko Singh on their front pages, who died of liver cancer on Thursday.

  • "Gender divide closes further: As many women as men in B. Com", headlines The Indian Express. Third major programme after BSc, MBBS where women have caught up in last 5 years, writes the paper.


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