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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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18.06.2021
THE HEADLINES:-
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches Customised Crash Course programme for COVID-19 Frontline Workers; One lakh COVID warriors to be trained in six customised job roles in two to three months.

  • Prime Minister reiterates Government's commitment to provide COVID-19 vaccine to everyone free of cost; Vaccination coverage to be expanded from Monday.

  • Study shows chances of hospitalisation reduce by 75 to 80 per cent after vaccination.

  • Over 26.89 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far.

  • Railways approves 660 more trains in June to meet increased demand.

  • Assam cancels class 10th and 12th Board Examinations due to prevailing Covid situation

  • Rupee appreciates 22 paise against US currency. 

  • In Cricket, Day one of final of ICC World Test Championship between India and New Zealand abandoned due to rain in Southampton.

  • And Netherlands beat Austria 2-0 to qualify for Round of 16 stage in Euro Cup football.

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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 :

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the Government is committed to provide free of cost COVID-19 vaccine to everyone. He said, vaccination coverage will be expanded from the upcoming 21st June. 


Talking about the changing nature of the corona virus and the country's resilience to deal with this infectious disease, Mr. Modi has said, COVID-19 pandemic has helped in developing a robust medical infrastructure in the country. He said, this pandemic has helped the government, science, society, institutions and individuals to expand their capabilities. He stressed on creating medical infrastructure in the country to deal with the growing challenge of mutant corona virus.


He said, new AIIMS, medical colleges and Nursing Colleges have been set up in the last few years. He said, millions of youths are required to expand the medical infrastructure in the country.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a Customised Crash Course programme for COVID-19 Frontline workers. With the launch, programme in 111 training centres spread over 26 States has commenced. The programme aims to skill and upskill over one lakh COVID warriors across the country and the training will be completed in two to three months.Highlighting the importance of this skill development programme, Mr. Modi has said, unprecedented efforts are being made to create a large pool of trained healthcare workers in the country.


"इन प्रयासों के बीच एक स्किल्‍ड मेन पावर का बड़ा पूल होना, उस पूल में नए लोग जुड़ते रहना ये भी उतना ही जरूरी है। इसी को देखते हुए कोरोना से लड़ रही वर्तमान फोर्स को सपोर्ट करने के लिए देश में करीब एक लाख युवाओं को ट्रेंड करने का लक्ष्‍य रखा गया है। ये कोर्स दो-तीन महीने में ही पूरा हो जाएगा, इसलिए ये लोग तुरंत काम के लिए उपलब्‍ध भी हो जाएंगे और एक ट्रेंड सहायक के रूप में वर्तमान व्‍यवस्‍था को काफी कुछ सहायता देंगे, उनका बोझ हल्‍का करेंगे।" 


The Prime Minister has said, Customized Crash Course programme for COVID-19 Frontline workers will provide skill training to over one lakh youths in the country and the training will open new job opportunities for youths.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ‘Customized Crash Course programme for COVID-19 Frontline workers’ today via video conferencing.The News Services Division of All India Radio, in its SPOTLIGHT programme will bring you an Exclusive Interview with Atul Kumar Tiwari, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship on customized crash course programme for COVID 19 frontline workers.In this interview, Atul Kumar Tiwari said, the basic intention behind the programme is to have trained frontline workers for healthcare to tackle the crisis and reduce the burden of our health system.


This interview can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.15 p.m. onwards. This programme will also be available on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL.

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The Union Health Ministry has said that the India continues to register a decline in daily active cases of Covid -19 and further improvement in recovery from infection. Addressing media in New Delhi this evening, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said that continuous decline in daily cases is being noticed since India reported a peak with nearly four lakh 14 thousand cases on the 7th of May. He said, now almost 85 per cent decline in such cases has been seen since the highest reported peak in daily new cases. He said,


"पिछले 24 घंटे का डेटा एनालाइज़ करें तो पाते हैं कि देश में 62 हजार 480 केसेज़ रिपोर्ट हुए हैं। यानि कि जो पीक हमने देखी, उसमें करीब 85 पर्सेन्‍ट डिक्‍लाइन इन टर्म्‍स टू दा केसेज़, विच आर गेटिंग रिपोर्टिड। उसमें हमने ऑब्‍जर्व किया है। हम देखें तो पाते हैं कि पिछले 11 दिनों से देश में डेली बेसेज़ पर जो केस रिपोर्ट हो रहे हैं, वह एक लाख से कम हैं।"

 

He also informed that till 4th of May,  there were 531 districts in the country which were reporting more than 100 cases daily, now the number has come down to 147 districts.On recovery rate from the infection, Mr Agarwal said that the country is also witnessing a consistent increase in recovery rate. He said, on the 3rd of May , the overall recovery rate was 81.8 per cent  and now it has reached the mark of 96 per cent.


"रिकवरी रेट में भी देश में एक पॉजि़टिव ग्रोथ नोट की जा रही है। तीन मई के समय पर जहां रिकवरी 81 प्‍वाईंट 8 प्रतिशत थी, 18 मई तक वह 85 प्रतिशत के करीब पहुंची। 27 मई तक 90 पर्सेन्‍ट और अब वह बढ़ते-बढ़ते 96 पर्सेन्‍ट हो चुकी है। विच इज़ वेरी पॉजि़टिव साइन। आज जरूरत है कि एक स्‍थाई पर हम अपने डेली केसेज़ की रिपोर्टिंग में, उसमें कमी नोट कर रहे हैं, वह केसेज़ जो हमारी मेडिकल दृष्टि से जिनको हम ऑब्‍ज़र्व कर रहे हैं, एक्टिव केसेज़, उसमें कमी नोट कर रहे हैं। और साथ ही ओवर-ऑल देश का रिकवरी रेट उसमें भी एक पॉजि़टिव ग्रोथ पाते हैं।"


On testing of samples, Mr Agarwal said that there is continued focus on testing while a sharp decline in cases is being observed. Member Health, NITI Aayog, Dr V K Paul said that the study conducted on the healthcare workers about vaccination suggests that chances of hospitalization reduce by 75 to 80 per cent after vaccination when an individual infected from coronavirus. He said, the possibility of oxygen requirement is around 8 per cent after infection and the risk of ICU admission is only 6 per cent after vaccination. He said, the study clearly shows that the vaccination provides protection from the serious infection.  


Dr Paul also said that WHO-AIIMS survey shows seropositivity in persons below and above 18 years of age is almost equal. The information shows that the children were infected but it was very mild and only isolated cases of infection may occur in children during 3rd wave of COVID. He said, all efforts will be made to protect the children by providing child specific treatment  services with the help of public and private healthcare services.


"स्‍टडी ये दिखाती है कि वैक्‍सीन लग जाता है तो हॉस्पिटलाइज़ेशन की जरूरत का जो चांस है वो 75-80 प्रतिशत कम हो जाता है। ऑक्‍सीजन की जरूरत सिर्फ आठ प्रतिशत की ही पॉसिबिलिटी रहती है। जिनको नहीं मिला उनको सौ तो इनको सिर्फ आठ, और उससे सीरियस आईसीयू एडमिशन है, ये डेटा मेरे सामने दिखाता है कि आईसीयू एडमिशन में 6 प्रतिशत रिस्‍क रहेगा और प्रोटेक्‍शन 94 प्रतिशत रहेगा।"

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah today said, all-round development and welfare of Jammu and Kashmir are top priorities of Narendra Modi government. Mr Shah undertook a thorough review of the development programs of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in order to bring development with transparency under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Home Minister appreciated  90 percent reach of Central Government schemes in J&K. He congratulated Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and his team for COVID-19 vaccination being 76 per cent in Jammu and Kashmir and 100 percent in four districts. He instructed that all refugees who came from Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and West Pakistan and from Kashmir to Jammu, should get the refugee package as soon as possible. Mr Shah directed officials to complete many other development schemes including Prime Minister's Development Package, industrial development projects at a fast pace. Home minister also emphasised for starting 3000 MW Pakal Dul and Keeru hydro-electric projects along with fast-tracking other 3300 MW projects.

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The Union Health Ministry has written to all the States and UTs asking them to undertake a detailed review and ensure prompt and necessary steps are taken for the safety of healthcare workers and their well being besides strict implementation of the amended Epidemic Disease Act.  Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal has written to the States following some reports of incidents of physical violence against doctors and healthcare workers in Assam, West Bengal and Karnataka. In the letter, Mr Agarwal said that such  incidents impact the morale of our healthcare workforce who have shown exemplary commitment against all odds in COVID-19 management. He said, the Government of India has taken a number of initiatives for ensuring the safety and security of healthcare workers. On the 22nd of April, 2020, the Union Health Ministry  had issued an Ordinance to duly amending the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, providing protection to healthcare personnel and their property during epidemics. The Ordinance was further notified as the Epidemic Diseases ( Amendment) Act, 2020 on 29th of September last year. As per the amendment Act, whoever commits  violence against healthcare service persnnel or cause damage or loss to any property shall be punished with imprisonment and with fine. Such offences are also cognisable and non-bailable.

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The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said that more than two crore 58 lakh COVID vaccine doses are still available with the States and Union Territories to be administered to the beneficiaries.The Ministry has said, the Central Government has provided over 27 crore 90 lakh COVID vaccine doses to States and Union Territories, so far. The Ministry has assured that over 19 lakh 95 thousand vaccine doses will be provided to States and Union Territories within the next three days.

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Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya has said that the Government is continuously engaged in boosting the production of liposomal Amphotericin-B injection. He said, the domestic production of liposomal Amphotericin-B, used in the treatment of black fungus was increased by more than five times in just three months. He said, domestic production is expected to cross three lakh 75 thousand vials in this month from the domestic production capacity of 62 thousand vials in April this year.

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Indian Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) to various States across the country. Oxygen Express have crossed the milestone of 32 thousand Metric Tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen delivery in service to the Nation. So far, 32 thousand 95 Metric Tonnes of LMO have been delivered in more than 1834 tankers to various states. Ministry of Railways in a statement said that so far 444 Oxygen Express have completed their journey and brought relief to various States.

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The Indian Railways has approved 660 more trains in June as the demand increased. As on today, about 983 Mail and Express trains are being operated . With the flattening of Corona Curve, Indian Railways is enhancing the number of special  trains to facilitate the traveling public. During pre-Covid, an average of about 1768 Mail and Express trains were operating daily.

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Union Minister and BJP leader Hardeep Singh Puri today attacked the Congress party for spreading confusion and lies on the COVID-19 vaccination drive and farm laws. He said, Congress leaders are not on the same page and some of them think profiteering on Centrally supplied medicines is legitimate. He alleged that Congress governed Punjab State is involved in mismanagement of vaccination drive and making profits from vaccines.While addressing the media in New Delhi today, Mr. Puri has said, the Central Government is supplying vaccines to beneficiaries free of cost but 750 rupee profit is being earned in Punjab on every single dose of Covishield. On the farm laws, Mr. Puri alleged that confusion has been spread that Minimum Support Price would be stopped and Mandis would be closed. Terming these claims lies, he said, record procurement of foodgrains has been made on Minimum Support Price after the enactment of these laws. He said, over 26 thousand crore rupees have been directly transferred to the accounts of farmers through direct benefit transfer.

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In Assam, Education department has decided to cancel High School Leaving Certificate, HSLC and Higher Secondary final examinations due to prevailing Covid situation. The decision was taken today in a meeting held between Education department and various organizations in Guwahati.

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Indian Naval Ship Trikand, mission deployed for Anti-Piracy Operations, is participating in the maiden IN - EUNAVFOR Joint Naval Exercise in the Gulf of Aden. A total of five warships from four Navies are participating in the two day exercise which commenced today. Other warships include Italian Navy Ship ITS Carabinere, Spanish Navy Ship ESPS Navarra, and two French Navy Ship FS Tonnerre and FS Surcouf.The two day exercise will see high tempo-naval operations at sea, including advanced air defence and anti-submarine exercises, cross deck helicopter operations, tactical manoeuvres, boarding operations, underway replenishment, Search and Rescue.

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In Tamilnadu, seven Indian Navy pilots were awarded the prestigious "Wings" by Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, Flag officer , Commanding in Chief Eastern Naval Command at the passing out parade today. The graduation of the 96th Helicopter Conversion Course was held at the INS Rajali Air Base Arakkonam.

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Twitter Spokesperson today said, the social media platform will continue working alongside the Indian Government as part of its shared commitment to serve and protect the public conversation.  The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology has called on Twitter to appear before its Panel . The spokesperson appreciated  opportunity to share their views before Standing Committee on IT. Our correspondent quoting sources reports,  Twitter representatives appeared before the Panel said that they are prepared to work with the Committee on important work of safeguarding citizens' rights online, in line with principles of transparency, freedom of expression and privacy.

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Prasar Bharati Audience Research has released  NewsOnAir  Radio Livestream Global Rankings. In a major development in these new rankings, United States has displaced France as the top country in the world, on the basis of popularity of NewsOnAir App in these countries. France stands now at number 2 and Japan is the new entrant in the top 10 countries category. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in a statement said that these rankings are based on fortnightly data, from the 1st of June to 15th of June , 2021. This data does not include India. In the category of NewsOnAir Top Countries,  United States has topped the list  while France is  at  second position, Australia at third place ,  United Kingdom at 4th , Fiji at 5th, Canada at sixth position, United Arab Emirates at 7th while Singapore at 8th place in the rankings, Japan at 9th position and New Zealand was palced at 10th positon in the rankings. In the category of NewsOnAir Universal Top 10 streams, VividhBharati National topped the rankings followed FM Gold Delhi at second while FM Rainbow Delhi placed at third in the rankings.  

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In Maharashtra, a women naxal, associated with Chatgaon Dalam, surrendered before the Gadchiroli Police today. The police had earlier announced a cash prize of two lakh rupees for anyone who would bring information about the whereabouts of this woman named Karishma, alias Ganga alias Savita Ajay Naroti. She was involved in atleast four cases of assault.Following her surrender, Deputy Inspector General of Police Manas Ranjan and Superintendent of Police Ankit Goyal have appealed to other Naxals to surrender and join the mainstream. In the last two years, 38 naxals have surrendered before the police.

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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the most important festival of Kashmiri Pandits is being celebrated today on the occasion of Zyeshtha Ashtami with over 2000 devotees offering pooja amid covid protocols in Kheer Bhawani Temple at Tulmulla village in Ganderbal district.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has extended his heartiest greetings on the eve of auspicious occasion of Jyeshtha Ashtami to all the people especially Kashmiri Pandit community. In his message, the Lt Governor said that Jyeshtha Ashtami holds immense religious importance for our Kashmiri Pandit brothers and sisters.  

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted all, specially the Kashmiri Pandit community, on the auspicious occasion of Jyeshtha Ashtami.In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, we bow to Mata Kheer Bhawani and pray for everybody’s health and wellness.

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In Goa, while observing Revolution Day today, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant paid tributes to freedom fighters at Panaji. It was on this day, in 1946, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia had given a clarion call to Goans to arise, awake and work unitedly for the liberation of Goa. Goa was later liberated in 1961. 

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Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today decided to grant in-principle approval to Centrum Financial Services Limited to set up a Small Finance Bank.This in-principal approval has been accorded in specific pursuance to the expression of centrum financial services limited's offer dated 1st of February, 2021. The RBI Circular said, the approval has been accorded in responce to the notification dated 30th November, 2020 published by the Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC) bank.

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The Sensex and the Nifty today ended almost flat amid weak cues from global equity markets. The rupee appreciated 22 paise against the US currency and Brent crude prices fell below 73 dollars per barrel mark. A report from the business world-


"The Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange gained 21 points, or 0.04 percent, to close at 52,344. Divergently, the Nifty at the National Stock Exchange fell eight points, or 0.05 percent, to settle at 15,683.


The rupee appreciated 22 paise to close at 73 rupees and 86 paise against the US dollar. And... Crude oil prices, fell for a second session in a row.  In intra-day trade, Brent crude prices were trading around 72 dollars and 60 cents per barrel Arjun Choudhary for AIR news."

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The International Day of Yoga-2021 is now just 3 days away and this is going to be the 7th International Day of Yoga  which will be observed worldwide on 21st June. The Theme for this year Yoga Day is - Yoga  for Wellness . 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.  More from our correspondent:


"In the current pandemic of Covid-19 , Yoga with its multi-faceted benefits, is proving to be of immense help to the public. Consistent practice of Yoga helps to improve health and strengthen natural immunity. Practice of Yoga is known to help in improving  metabolism, maintaining proper blood circulation, and reducing vulnerability to various ailments like respiratory disorders, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.Yoga is more than a mere physical activity, and offers multiple health promotive and stress-relieving rewards to its regular practitioners.  Each yogic activity is a key to improving flexibility, strength, balance and attaining harmony. Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi."

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In Men's Cricket, the day one of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand was abandoned without a ball being bowled at The Rose Bowl Stadium, Southampton due to rain.

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In Euro Football, the Netherlands have qualified for the last 16 after beating Austria 2-0 at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. Memphis Depay scored a penalty in the 11th minute to give the Netherlands the lead in the first half. Then, Denzel Dumfries scored his second goal of Euro 2020 to make it 2-0. Dutch held onto the lead to qualify for the next stage.

In another encounter at St. Petersburg tonight, Sweden beat Slovakia 1-0. Croatia will take on Czech Republic in Glasgow later tonight.

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With less than 36 days remaining for the start of the Tokyo Olympics, All India Radio brings a special series on India's medal prospects at the sporting extravaganza.  

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Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.

  The National Capital Delhi will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature will be 26 degrees and the maximum will go upto 36 degree Celsius.

 

Mumbai will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature will be 26 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 31 degrees.

 

Chennai  will see a generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will vary between 27 and 37 degree Celsius.

 

Kolkata will see a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature will be 25 degree Celsius and maximum will go upto 29 degrees.

  Jammu will have a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature will be 25 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 36 degrees.

  Srinagar will have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. Temperature will hover between 14 and 26 degree Celsius.

  Leh will have a partly cloudy sky. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between nine and 20 degree Celsius.

 

Gilgit will see a mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between 17 and 33 degree Celsius.

 

Muzaffarabad will have a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature will be 19 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 34 degrees.

 

Dehradun will have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. The minimum temperature will be 23 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

 

Chandigarh will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The  minimum temperature will be 24 degrees and the maximum will be 36 degree Celsius.

 

Hyderabad will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature will be 23 degree celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

 

Ahmedabad will have a generally cloudy sky. The minimum temperature will be 26 degree celsius while the maximum will be around 37 degrees.

  In Bhopal there will be a partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. The minimum temperature will be 24 degrees and the maximum will be 35 degrees.

  Lucknow will have a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature will be 25 degrees and the maximum will go upto 30 degrees celcius.

 

Patna will have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. The minimum temperature will be 25 degrees celsius and the maximum will be around 35 degrees.

  And, Guwahati will have a generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum temperature will be 24 degree Celsius while the maximum will be  32 degrees. 

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