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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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19.06.2021

THE HEADLINES,

  • Nation condoles demise of Indian sprint legend flying Sikh Milkha Singh.

  • 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 within 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 27.20 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far.

  • Madhya Pradesh Government to launch Mega Vaccination Drive from 21st of June.

  • India and Bhutan ink Memorandum of Understanding for developing cooperation between two countries in area of environment

  • Indian Embassy in Beijing to organise International Day of Yoga celebrations tomorrow.

  • In Euro Cup Football, Croatia and Czech Republic played out 1-1 draw in second game and Sweden beat Slovakia 1-0 last night.

  • In Cricket, India's Shefali Verma becomes youngest woman to score twin half-centuries in her debut Test.

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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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Indian sprint legend flying Sikh Milkha Singh passed away last night after a month-long battle with COVID-19. He was 91.


The Padma Shri awardee is survived by his golfer son Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters. His wife Nirmal Kaur lost her life recently to the Corona virus infection.


Honorary Captain Milkha Singh was an Indian track and field sprinter who was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army. He was the only athlete to win gold in 400 metres race at the Asian Games as well the Commonwealth Games. He also won gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games.  In an exclusive interview with Prasar Bharati, Mikha Singh had shared his memories of equalling the record of Melbourne Olympic Gold medalist:


The Flying Sikh represented India in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honour, in recognition of his sporting achievements.


President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu,Prime Minister Narendra Modi , Home Minister Amit Shah and many other Ministers have expressed grief over the demise of sporting icon Milkha Singh. They also expressed their deepest condolences to his family and countless followers.


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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 21st of June onwards. 


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, the 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.


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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The Union Health Ministry has said that 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 yesterday, 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,


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.


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 gets infected from coronavirus. He said, the study clearly shows that the vaccination provides protection from the serious infection.


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India achieved a significant milestone in its ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive yesterday. On its 154th day of the drive, the cumulative COVID vaccination coverage crossed the 27 crore mark. The cumulative figure stands at 27 crore 20 lakh 72 thousand and 645. Union Health Ministry in a statement said that 19 lakh 43 thousand 765 vaccine doses were administered as first dose and 77 thousand 989 vaccine doses were  given as second dose in the age group 18 to 44 years. It said, cumulatively, over five crore 15 lakh persons across 37 States and UTs have received their first dose and total 11 lakh 40 thousand 679 have received their second dose since the start of Phase-3 of the Nationwide Vaccination Drive.


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The Centre has asked the State government of Punjab to prepare sites and take up allied activities on priority for timely installation and commissioning of the Pressure Swing Adsorption -  PSA Plants in a Mission Mode. Addressing media on Oxygen Generation Plants anctioned under PM Cares Fund for the State of Punjab, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri referred to the letter written to the Punjab government in this regard. The letter was written by Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Union Health Secretary who have asked the state to prepare sites and take up allied activities on priority for timely installation and commissioning of the 41 PSA Plants.


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In Madhya Pradesh, the State Government has set a target of 10 lakh vaccinations on 21st of June. The State government will launch Mega Vaccination Drive from 21st of June. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that efforts will be made in future also that approximately the same target should be taken in the state every day. With this target, 100 per cent vaccination of above 18 years people in the state will be completed by October-November. The Chief Minister was reviewing the situation, arrangements and vaccination work of Corona in the state.


"The weekly positivity rate of all 52 districts has come down to less than one per cent. Five or more new cases reported in only four districts. Bhopal reported 24, Indore reported 21, Jabalpur reported nine and Ujjain reported five new cases. There is no new case of covid-19 in 23 districts of the state. The seven-day positivity rate is 0.3 per cent. State reported 110 new cases of Corona while the number of active patients reduced to 2,727. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News Bhopal".


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The Gujarat Government has decided to launch walk-in vaccination for the 18 to 44 years age group at all vaccination centres of the State from the 21st of June. This decision was taken in a State Core Committee Meeting chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at Gandhinagar last evening.


"The walk-in vaccination will be launched from 3 P.M. on Monday due to celebrations of World Yoga Day. The walk-in vaccination against the COVID-19 across the state will help to vaccinate the people without any prior registration. This will continue at all vaccination centres till the availability of the vaccine. However, the priority will be given to the health care workers, frontline warriors and the people above 45 with comorbidities. The people with prior online registration will also get priority. This decision has been taken to cover the maximum number of people to protect them from Covid-19. Gujarat has already vaccinated more than two crore 15 lakh people till now.  Yogesh Pandya, AIR News,  Ahmedabad".

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Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that out of the 20 samples sent for testing from Manipur, 18 samples came out to be of the variant of COVID-19 called Delta variant.


Speaking on the launch of AYUSH-64, a poly- herbal formulation, in the State held yesterday in Imphal, Mr. Singh said that the major cause of rapid spread of positive cases in Manipur is due to the Delta variant. The Chief Minister urged the public to be more careful and follow COVID Appropriate Behaviour and Standard Operating Procedures issued by the State Government from time to time to prevent infection from the new variant.

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In Nagaland, daily COVID recoveries continue to outnumber fresh infections for the last seven days. The State today reported another 362 recovered cases with 56 fresh cases. With the recovery rate improving to 86.67 per cent, the total number of recovered cases has gone up to 20,887. Of the total 24,097 confirmed cases, the state’s active cases dipped to 2,059. The State also added one new COVID death to the list, taking the cumulative number to 453.


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The National Institute of Virology, Pune has put up a relentless fight against the Corona virus since the very beginning. NIV, Pune developed India’s first indigenous antibody testing kit ELISA. In an exclusive interview with All India Radio News, Director of NIV, Pune Dr. Priya Abraham said RT-PCR assay distributed from NIV can detect all the variants of COVID-19.


Dr. Abraham said that everybody should take it up on themselves to tell two people at least to get vaccinated and follow all COVID protocols.


Tune into the FM Gold channel of AIR at 9.15 tonight to listen to the full interview.


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The Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE has written to all the affiliated schools informing them that an IT system is being developed in-house which will be made available to all the concerned schools sponsoring students for Class 12th for calculation of results. It said, the system will ease down the calculation work, reduce the time taken and so many other hassles. It also added that this system will also pre-populate marks of Class 10th of the students who passed from CBSE. Efforts will also be made to take other Boards' Class 10th results data. On Thursday, CBSE had issued the Policy for Tabulation of Marks for Class 12th  Board Examinations and in this regard, CBSE has decided to assist the Result Committee and Schools in preparation for the result of their schools.

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Minister of Labour and Employment Santosh Gangwar has said that the Government is committed towards the health, safety and welfare of workers. Mr Gangwar said this in New Delhi while releasing pamphlets elaborating a slew of measures towards the welfare of workers and their family members during the pandemic. He said, the Government's endeavour is to ensure the facilities reach the people for whom these have been formulated.


The Minister said, the Government is cognizant of the evolving situation under the pandemic. He said, the Ministry would continue, if needed, to go extra miles in a resilient and responsive manner to protect the health and lives of workers and their family members, along with protecting them from hardships in these challenging times.


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The Central and State Governments are coordinating actions to ensure that prices of Pulses remain at fair and reasonable levels. The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in a statement said that prices of Tur, Moong dal and Urad have stabilised and are showing a declining trend. It said, the average increase in the prices of these pulses during the period 1st of April 2021 to 16th of June 2021 as compared to the period from 1st of January 2021 to 31st of March has been 0.95 per cent which is much lower as compared to 8.93 per cent witnessed in the corresponding period of 2020 .

Department of Consumer Affairs, which monitors the prices of essential commodities on a regular basis, took the initiative of stock declaration and monitoring of stock of pulses to ensure its availability to consumers at affordable prices and to bridge the demand and supply gap.

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The Union Government has said that procurement of Wheat in ongoing Rabi Marketing Season is continuing smoothly in the procuring states. So far, a quantity of over 431 Lakh Metric Tonnes of Wheat has been procured which is all time high, as it has exceeded previous high of 389.92 Lakh Metric Tonnes of Rabi Marketing Season 2020-21. Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in a statement said that Wheat procurement in Rajasthan has reached all time high of 22.50 Lakh Metric Tonnes.


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India and Bhutan have inked a Memorandum of Understanding for developing cooperation between the two countries in the area of environment. The MoU was signed virtually by Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar from the Indian side and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairperson of the National Environment Commission Lyonpo Dr. Tandi Dorji from the Bhutanese side.


Speaking on the occasion, Mr Javadekar said, the MoU will open new vistas of bilateral co-operation in the area of climate change and  waste management. Describing the relationship between the two countries as symbolic, he said, India wants to engage with Bhutan on environment related issues including climate change.


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Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa has welcomed the decision of National Green Tribunal (NGT) to close the suo moto proceedings on forming a committee to do a spot inspection at the Mekedatu Project site in Karnataka. The Tamil Nadu Government is opposing the project and wanted a spot inspection to find out whether Karnataka had made preparations to build a reservoir at Mekedatu without environmental clearance. Mekedatu Project proposed by Karnataka will help generate 4,000 MW of power and supply water to Bengaluru. Chief Minister Yediyurappa said that NGT has given a green signal to the project. Law Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that Karnataka has not violated any norms and the state will pursue the original suit pending before the Supreme Court on this issue.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. K. Stalin has strongly condemned the statement from Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa on the construction of Mekedatu reservoir at Cauvery. In a statement, Mr Stalin said that such an act was against the interest of lakhs of farmers in Tamil Nadu. He told that the statement by Karnataka Chief Minister that a dam would be built as soon as the Union Government would permit was totally uncalled for when the issue was in the Supreme Court.


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Indian Embassy in Beijing will organize International Day of Yoga celebrations tomorrow. Around 500 people will participate in the event. The yoga sessions which include Group Yoga Session as per Common Yoga Protocol of Govt of India and advanced yoga demonstrations will be led by leading Indian yoga guru in China, Mohan Bhandari. Mohan Bhandari is the first Indian yoga guru who came to China from Rishikesh in 2003 and established his yoga institute “Yogi Yoga” which is the largest in China at present. In an exclusive talk with Prasar Bharati Correspondent in Beijing, Mr. Bhandari spoke about yoga’s popularity in China and International Day of Yoga:


Yoga is hugely popular among Chinese people. Around 15 yoga centres are actively working in Beijing with many having more than 10000 students and few having more than 50000 students. Many Chinese students have also started their own yoga institutes. Mr. Bhandari said that International Day of Yoga is a gift from India to mankind and it has enhanced India’s pride at international level.

Mr. Bhandari praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to bring Yoga to an international level which spreads peace and happiness.


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In Euro Cup Football, Croatia and Czech Republic played out a 1-1 draw in the second game of the Euro 2020 in Group 'D' at Hampden Park in Scotland last night.


Meanwhile, England edged closer to a spot in the last 16 with a goalless draw against neighbours Scotland at a rainswept Wembley. Scotland will next take on Croatia at Hampden Park, while England face the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium. Both fixtures will be played on Tuesday, 22nd of June.


Earlier, the Netherlands qualified for the last 16 after beating Austria 2-0 at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. In yet another encounter at St. Petersburg last night, Sweden beat Slovakia 1-0.


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In Men's Cricket, rain wiped out the entire first day of the  World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton, United Kingdom.


Heavy rain fell throughout Friday, preventing a ball being bowled and play was abandoned at 7.18 p.m. India time.


As per the forecast, weather is to improve over the weekend with play set to begin at 3 p.m. India time today.


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In Women’s Cricket Test at Bristol, India’s 17-year-old Shafali Verma became the youngest woman and the fourth overall, to score twin half-centuries in her debut Test. After scoring 96 in the first knock, Shafali was unbeaten on 55 in the second essay when play was halted due to rain.


Earlier in the day, Indian women resumed at 187 for the loss of five wickets but were bowled out for 231, giving the hosts a healthy lead of 165 runs.


Having been forced to follow on, India are still trailing by 82 runs.


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With 35 days to go for Tokyo Olympic Games, All India Radio  is bringing you up and close today with woman wrestler Vinesh Phogat --


"Born on August 25, 1994 in Bhiwani district of Haryana, Vinesh became the first Indian female wrestler to win gold in both the Commonwealth and Asian Games. Vinesh secured the 53-kilogram class Olympic quota for Tokyo in 2019 at Nur-Sultan, where she clinched a Bronze as her maiden World Championship medal. Vinesh is currently training overseas with her Hungarian coach Woller Akos till the Tokyo Games. Having been termed as favourite to win a medal at the 2016 Rio Games, Vinesh suffered a freak knee injury during her quarter-final bout against Sun Yanan of China and had to be stretchered out.  But that didn’t stop her from becoming World No. 1 in March this year, after winning gold in the 53-kg category at the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series event in Rome.

Vinesh changed her weight category from 50-kg to 53-kg for the Tokyo Olympics in 2019. She will be India’s best medal contender in Tokyo, despite stiff competition in her weight category from the likes of Japan’s Mayu Mukaida, China’s Pang Qianyu, Poland’s Roksana Zasina, Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson and Belarus’ Vanesa Kaladzinskaya, among others. TANVI KHURANA, SPORTS DESK.


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Take a look at the weather forecast for the day.


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


Mumbai will have a generally cloudy with heavy rain. The minimum temperature was 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 32 degrees.


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


Kolkata  will see a generally cloudy sky with few spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius and maximum will go upto 30 degrees.


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


Srinagar  will have a partly cloudy becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. Temperature will hover between 14 and 26 degrees Celsius.


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


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


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


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


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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE:

  • "Covid rules' flouting to hasten 'third wave', can't allow it says High Court" headlines The Asian Age.

  • 3rd Covid wave by October, predict medical expers, reports The Pioneer.

  • Active cases below 8 lakh after 73 days, writes The Statesman.

  • "Below 5% positivity rate in 531 districts", headlines The Tribune, but quotes the government as saying that herd immunity level for Covid protection is unclear.

  • Vaccinated healthcare workers' data show a fall in hospitalisation, writes The Indian Express.

  • According to a study carried out in the UK, Covid eats in to gray matter, hits cognition, reports Hindustan Times.

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