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News Highlights
India's ace grappler Ravi kumar Dahiya creates history, clinches Silver Medal; Men's Hockey team snatch Bronze medal            Both houses of Parliament witness repeated adjournments over Pegasus issue and Farm Bills; adjourned for the day            PM Modi interacts with the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in Uttar Pradesh            India crosses another milestone in COVID-19 Vaccination Drive, crosses 49 Cr mark; recovery rate stands at 97.37%            Bombay HC asks Maha govt to consider issuing vaccination card to allow fully inoculated people to travel in local trains           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch Customized Crash Course programme for COVID-19 Frontline Workers today.

  • Home Ministry operationalises National Helpline for preventing financial loss due to cyber fraud.

  • Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad emphasises government is not in favour of banning any digital social platform but they have to follow the law.

  • Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari says, Government aims to reduce road accident deaths by 50 percent by 2024.

  • Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan assures Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Tuberculosis-Free India will be achieved by 2025.

  • National Covid Recovery Rate further improves to 95.93 percent.

  • Over 26.86 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in the country sofar.

  • US Supreme Court rejects challenge by Republican-led states of former President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

  • In the Euro 2020 soccer, Netherlands book their spot in last 16 as they beat Austria 2-0 in Amsterdam.(BRAZIL STORY AWAITED)

  • In Cricket, India go with five bowlers in playing XI against New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championship final against New Zealand at Southampton today.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch ‘Customized Crash Course programme for COVID-19 Frontline Workers today. The programme that aims to skill and upskill over one lakh COVID Warriors across the country, will commence in 111 training centres spread over 26 states.

"The training will be imparted to COVID Warriors in six customised job roles. These are Home Care Support, Basic Care Support, Advanced Care Support, Emergency Care Support, Sample Collection Support and Medical Equipment Support. The programme has been designed as a special programme under the Central Component of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0, with total financial outlay of 276 crore rupees. The programme will create skilled non-medical health care workers to fill the present and future needs of manpower in the health sector. Suparna Saikia,  AIR news,  Delhi." 


Home Ministry has operationalised the national Helpline 155260 and Reporting Platform for preventing financial loss due to cyber fraud. The National Helpline and Reporting Platform provides a mechanism for persons cheated in cyber frauds to report such cases to prevent loss of their hard earned money.

The Helpline soft launched on first of April this year. The Helpline and its Reporting Platform has been made operational by the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, I4C  under the Ministry of Home Affairs, with active support and cooperation from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), all major banks, Payment Banks, Wallets and Online Merchants.

Since, its soft launch, in a short span of two months, Helpline 155260 has been able to save more than 1.85 crore rupees of defrauded money from reaching the hands of fraudsters, with Delhi and Rajasthan saving 58 lakh rupees and 53 lakh rupees.


Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Tuberculosis-Free India will be achieved by 2025. Chairing a High-Level Meet yesterday with Corporates to discuss Voluntary Crowd-Funding for treatment of patients suffering from Rare Diseases, Dr Harsh Vardhan said, TB will be eliminated in the same expeditious manner as Polio.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan also enumerated the different steps taken by the government in facilitating creation of an environment which promotes research and development of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for rare diseases within the country. He also mentioned about the National Digital Portal for Crowd-Funding created by Health Ministry that will enable donors from various sections of the society to take care of patients suffering from rare diseases.


Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad  emphasised that government is not in favour of banning any platform at the same time, they have to follow the law. He said, if half of the government is on Twitter, including Prime Minister and President, it shows how fair the government is. He recalled that when Capitol Hill in Washington was raided, Twitter blocked accounts of all including the then President of USA.

The Minister questioned during farmers strike and when Red Fort was raided by terrorist supporters showing swords, injuring policemen and pushing them in ditch, was it freedom of expression? Mr Prasad said, if Capitol Hill is US' pride, Red Fort is India's Pride, where the Prime Minister hoists Tricolour. He also criticised Twitter for showing parts of Ladakh as China's territory, which took a fortnight to pursue and to remove it. The Minister said, as a democracy, India is equally entitled to safeguard its digital sovereignty.

On Ghaziabad incident, he said, it is for Police to investigate. Mr Prasad, however, questioned that if Twitter has a norm of declaring particular tweet as manipulative, then why was it not applied in the Ghaziabad case. The Minister further said, Media questions Ministers and that is freedom of speech and democracy. But, under garb of these, if they won't comply with rules, it is misplaced argument.


Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari yesterday said, Government’s target is to reduce road accident deaths by 50 percent by 2024.

Addressing virtual session on ‘Role of Corporates in Arresting Road Fatalities’ organised by FICCI, Mr Gadkari congratulated FICCI on the announcement of Road Safety consortium ‘Safar’ and release of a white paper on road safety for the corporate world. The Minister emphasised the need for identification of ‘black spot’ in every state, district and city. He said that the World Bank and ADB have already sanctioned a scheme by which the Government is allocating 14,000 crore rupees for states, NHAI and other stakeholders to remove black spots.


The Reserve Bank of India reiterated that vaccination will shape the economic recovery of the country. The economy has the resilience and the fundamentals to bounce back from the pandemic and unshackle itself from pre-existing cyclical and structural hindrances, it noted.

In a State of Economy article, the Bank has reiterated that there is a need to ensure the recovery is built on solid foundation of business investment and productivity growth. Life- and work-style transformation such as increased remote work and online shopping is likely to endure.

RBI has predicted that digital technology, biomedical science and technologies that address various challenges to sustainability, especially those pertaining to climate change will have the greatest growth potential in the coming decade.

RBI has estimated that the Second Wave of Corona Pandemic may cause a consolidated Loss of about Rs. 2 lakh crore in FY 2021-22. Moreover, this wave has fanned into smaller cities and villages, sapping rural demand.

RBI has said that, The support from government spending may also moderate from the extraordinary expansion undertaken last year. On the brighter side, several aspects of aggregate supply conditions such as agriculture and contactless services are holding up amidst pandemic protocols. Industrial production and exports have surged on strong base effects, but there is also evidence of positive momentum.


Maharashtra Government has decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court on the Maratha Reservation issue. State Minister and Chairman of sub committee on Maratha reservation issue, Ashok Chavan informed it yesterday. Maratha leader and MP Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje had a meeting with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Various pending demands of the Maratha community were presented by him and the CM assured early resolution on all these demands.

10 days ago Mr. Thackeray also raised this issue in the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Central government has already filed a review petition before the Supreme Court challenging its interpretation of 102nd Constitutional Amendment in the Maratha reservation judgment. The SC on May 5 had struck down the Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018. The Maharashtra government had extended reservation to the Maratha community in public education and employment under this act.


BJP national general secretary Arun Singh, incharge of Karnataka has ruled out any change in the leadership in the state. He was speaking to media persons in Bengaluru yesterday after meeting over 40 legislators individually on the second day of his three-day visit to the state. He ruled out any talks with legislators on the leadership issue. Commenting on statements made by some disgruntled legislators, he said, that statements against the Chief Minister are tarnishing the image of the party. On initiating disciplinary action against them, Arun Singh said that State Party president Naleen Kumur Kateel and office bearers are keeping a watch and collecting relevant information on their activities. He appreciated the efforts of ministers and party workers to contain the pandemic in the state.


Indian Coast Guard rescued all 16 crew of sinking MV Mangalam near Revdanda port of Maharashtra yesterday. The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, Mumbai had received information from MV Mangalam that the vessel was partially sinking with 16 crew onboard around three kilometres from Revdanda Port.

The MRCC team initiated a rescue operation with ICG Ship Subhadra Kumari Chauhan pressed into action. Two ICG Chetak helicopters were also deployed from Indian Coast Guard Air Station, Daman. Braving gusting monsoon winds, the Coast Guard carried out a swift sea-air coordinated operation and saved 16 lives. The rescued crew was taken to Revdanda and administered first aid. All crew are safe and healthy.


India continues to register significant decline in active caseloads and fresh cases of covid-19. With this, the Covid recovery rate has further improved to 95.93 per cent in the country.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, the active caseload presently consist of 2.78 per cent of the cumulative positive cases and it is continuously declining. It said, the country has registered a decline of over 38 thousand active cases in the last 24 hours. At present, there are over eight lakh 26 thousand active cases in the country. This is the lowest caseload after 71 days. The country is also witnessing a declining trend in the weekly and daily positivity rate. India’s weekly positivity rate currently stands at 3.99 per cent and daily positivity rate is at 3.48 per cent. This is the 10th consecutive day when the country has reported a daily positivity rate below 5 per cent.

India’s daily recoveries continue to outnumber the daily new cases for the 35th consecutive day. Over one lakh three thousand patients have recovered from corona virus disease within 24 hours.  Over two crore 84 lakh patients have already recovered from this infectious disease so far.

The country has registered a total of 67 thousand 208 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours. The Union Health Ministry has said, a total of two thousand 330 deaths have been reported in the country within 24 hours, taking the toll to over three lakh 81 thousand across the country.

Meanwhile, testing capacities have been ramped up in the country for the early detection of coronavirus. Indian Council of Medical Research has informed that 19 lakh 31 thousand Covid tests were conducted yesterday. So far, over 38 crore 52 lakh tests have been conducted in the country.


On the 153rd day of Worlds largest Covid Vaccination drive, yesterday the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country reached more than 26.86 crore.  Cumulatively, more than 4 crore 93 lakh 56 thousand people across 37 States and UTs have received their first dose in the age group 18 to 44 years. A total of 10 lakh 58 thousand 514 have received their second dose since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive.

A total 29 lakh 64 thousand 596 vaccine doses were given. Of these, over  25 lakh 81 thousand beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and around 3 lakh 83 thousand beneficiaries received 2nd dose of vaccine.


Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has e-dedicated a 13,000-Liter capacity tank to store liquid oxygen at SGVP Holistic Hospital in Ahmedabad yesterday. Speaking on this occasion, he lauded the participation of voluntary and religious organizations like SGVP in the government’s efforts to combat Covid19 pandemic. He said that Gujarat has firmly dealt with first and second waves of the coronavirus and prepared an Action Plan to minimize the impact of the likely third wave. Meanwhile, Gujarat has recorded 293 new cases of Covid19 during the last 24 hours.

"According to the state health department, 770 patients recovered during the last 24 hours and were discharged from the hospitals. Total 8 lakh 3 thousand 892 patients have been recovered from Covid19 in Gujarat till now. The recovery rate further improved and reached up to 97.84 percent. Maximum 48 new cases of Covid19 reported from Surat. 6 patients lost their lives yesterday. Gujarat has now 7 thousand 749 active cases at present, out of which 203 patients are on ventilators. Meanwhile, 2 lakh 52 thousand 543 persons have been vaccinated in the state yesterday. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


Uttar Pradesh government will launch a campaign to vaccinate  newly elected village Pradhans. This initiative is to inspire others so that maximum number of people in rural areas can come forward for vaccination.

"A meeting of state steering committee for immunization for covid was held yesterday in  Lucknow. The meeting discussed the ways to expedite the vaccination drive. It was decided that awareness campaign will be launched for this purpose in rural areas. Newly elected village prdhans will be vaccinated on priority whose number is more than 58 thousand. Later on they will take part in the meetings organised in rural areas to promote the vaccination so that then can become inspiration for others and motivate at least the residents of their own village. State government has inoculated more than 2 crore 42 lakh beneficiaries in the state. Special camps for women, parents having children less than age of 12, Street vendors, media, workers from judiciary, e rickshaw pullers are being organised in state. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".


In Tamil Nadu, the total number of fresh covid cases has decreased below ten thousand. In the last 24 hours, 9118 people tested positive for the pandemic. Over 22 thousand patients recovered after treatment. A total of 210 deaths were reported. More than one lakh 523 people are under treatment for the disease.


International Day of Yoga will be observed worldwide on 21st of June. Theme for this year is Yoga for Wellbeing. The COVID pandemic continues to affect lives and livelihoods of people world over. The importance of Yoga in promoting holistic health of people is very relevant in such a time.

Our correspondent takes a look at the role Yoga played during the times of pandemic.

"During the pandemic, a growing trend has been witnessed where people embraced Yoga to stay healthy. Practicing Yoga also helped people fight social isolation and depression. Certain Yoga positions can help support, balance and boost the immune system. Several people started doing breathing exercises to keep lungs healthy. There is a widespread realisation today that health is of foremost importance for everyone. Countries around the globe have recognised the potential benefits that humankind can enjoy by embracing Yoga. With report  Suparna Saikia, Nitya Franco AIR News, Delhi."


The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) yesterday said that the result of Class 10th and 12th Board Examinations, which were cancelled in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, will be declared by the 20th and 31st of July respectively. Speaking to a news agency, CBSE Examination Controller Sanyam Bhardwaj said the students, who are not satisfied with their marks, will be given a chance to reappear for the exams when the COVID-19 pandemic situation becomes conducive. He said the Board will release the details later. He informed, the CBSE will start online registration to know the exact number of applicants. In the first week of June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Education Ministry had decided to cancel the examination in the wake of the present COVID-19 situation in the country.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday dedicated 12 roads to the nation, built by Border Roads Organisation in Northern and Eastern border areas. Chief Ministers of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Union Ministers Kiren Rijiju and Dr Jitendra Singh and Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat were among the dignitaries who attended the event virtually.

The Defence Minister e-inaugurated a 20-kilometre long double lane Kimin-Potin road, along with nine other roads in Arunachal Pradesh and one each in the Union Territory of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir. The roads have been constructed under ‘Arunank’, ‘Vartak’, ‘Brahmank’, ‘Udayak’, ‘Himank’ and ‘Sampark’ projects of the BRO.


India has called upon Pakistan to take appropriate steps to address the shortcomings in the ICJ (Review and Re-consideration) Bill, 2020 and to comply with the judgements of the International Court of Justice in letter and spirit. The Bill has been passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan. Briefing media, External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Arindam Bagchi said, the Bill codified into law the earlier ordinance with all its shortcomings. He said, it does not create a machinery to facilitate effective review and reconsideration of Kulbhushan Jadhav's case as mandated by the International Court of Justice.


The US Supreme Court has rejected a challenge by Republican-led states to former President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

Despite the court's conservative tilt, its nine justices ruled by 7-2 that the challengers did not have legal standing to sue.

It is the third time since 2010 that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare, has survived a challenge. The law gave millions of low-income Americans access to medical insurance. It bans insurers from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions.

The legal challenge from Texas and 17 other Republican-governed states had been backed by former President Donald Trump, who promised to have the act repealed when he was elected in 2016.


In Sports roundup, All India Radio brings the latest news s in national and international sports arena throughout the day. And with only 36 days to go for the beginning of India’s Olympic quest at Tokyo Games, we put special focus on some of the promising Indian medal contenders.

Today we profile India’s ace men’s boxer in the 69-kg weight category, Vikas Krishnan...

"Born on February 10, 1992, Vikas is a veteran fighter with more than a decade’s experience at the highest level. As a young person he discovered the limelight in 2010, successful Junior World Championships gold and a bronze at the Youth Olympics earlier than clinching a senior-stage gold at the Asian Games. Hailing from Hisar of Haryana, he added a bronze at the senior World Championships in 2011, and represented India at the Olympics for the first time in London in 2012. Tokyo can be Vikas’s third Summer Games, making him solely the second Indian male boxer to qualify for three Olympics after Vijender Singh.

Vikas can be trying to higher his 2016 Rio Games efficiency of reaching the quarter-ultimate and lastly clinch that elusive Olympic medal Deeksha Saxsena AIR News Delhi."


In the Copa América 2021, Brazil crushed Peru 4-0 to win their second successive match. Brazil sealed a comfortable win and it was largely their game for most part of the contest. Alex Sandro gave the side a 1-0 lead early in the first half.


The inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final between Team India and New Zealand will begin 30 minutes before the scheduled time in Southampton from today. The match was scheduled to begin at 3.30pm IST  like all Tests in England, but will now start at 3pm IST.

The Indian cricket team announced its playing eleven yesterday, naming both off-spinners Ravichandran and Ravindra Jadeja. India plays five bowlers. Seamers Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami have been picked ahead of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj for the one-off Test.


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  27  degrees and the maximum will go upto 37 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will have a generally cloudy with heavy rain. The minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 30 degrees.

Chennai  will see a partly cloudy sky. The temperature will vary between 29 and 38 degree Celsius.

Kolkata  will see a generally cloudy sky with heavy rain . Minimum temperature was 24 degree Celsius and maximum will go upto 26 degrees.

Jammu  will have a partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was 24 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 36 degrees.

Srinagar  will have  a partly cloudy with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm . Temperature will hover between 14  and 28 degree Celsius.

Leh  will have  a partly cloudy sky. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between 13 and 25 degree Celsius.

Gilgit will  see a partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 16 and 32 degree Celsius.

And Muzaffarabad will have a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening . The minimum temperature was 18 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 34 degrees.



  • "Slight rise in Covid count, active cases fall", writes The Asian Age.

  • Maharashtra on Thursday began to gear itself for Covid-19 Third Wave, reports The Pioneer.

  • Serum Institute of India could begin Covovax trial on children in India, in July, reports The Indian Express.

  • WHO accepts expression of interest for Covaxin emergency use listing, writes The Times of India.

  • Class 12 results to be arrived at by considering marks in Classes 10 & 11, and Unit Tests, writes The Hindu.

  • CBSE goes with 30:30:40 formula, headlines The Tribune.

  • "SC okays CBSE/ICSE marks plan for Class 12, results by July 31", is the headline in The Asian Age.


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