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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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  • India administers over 27 crore 23 lakh COVID vaccine doses to eligible beneficiaries in the country.

  • Centre provides over 28 crore 50 lakh Covid vaccine doses to States and Union Territories so far.

  • Over 60 thousand new cases reported in the last 24 hours in the country; National Recovery Rate touches 96.16 per cent.

  • Home Ministry cautions States and Union Territories not to lower their guard despite relaxations in Covid-19 restrictions.

  • Indian Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria says Air Force undergoing monumental transformation with rapid infusion of technologies.

  • Tributes pour in for Indian sprint legend Flying Sikh Milkha Singh who passed away last night; Funeral to be held this evening.

  • Several activities being held across the country ahead of International Yoga Day on Monday.

  • In Euro Cup Football, France to take on Hungary and Portugal  face Germany in today's encounters.

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


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India has administered over 27 crore 23 lakh COVID vaccine doses to eligible beneficiaries so far. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, over 33 lakh vaccine doses were administered to beneficiaries in the last 24 hours. The liberalised and accelerated Phase-3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination has already started in the country. Vaccination is a crucial factor in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Central Government is continuously engaged in accelerating the pace of the vaccination drive in the country with the cooperation of States and Union Territories.


The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said more than two crore 87 lakh Covid vaccine doses are still available with the States and Union Territories to be administered to beneficiaries.


The Ministry said, the Central Government has provided over 28 crore 50 lakh Covid vaccine doses to the States and Union Territories so far. The Ministry has assured that over 52 lakh 26 thousand vaccine doses will be provided to States and Union Territories within the next three days.


The Central Government has been supporting the States and Union Territories by providing Covid vaccines free of cost. The Union Government is also facilitating direct procurement of vaccines by States and Union Territories.


India's active COVID caseload has further declined and it has now reached seven lakh 60 thousand and 19. The active caseload is less than eight lakh after 74 days. The Health Ministry said, India reported 60 thousand 753 new cases during the last 24 hours.


A total of 97 thousand 743 patients recovered during the last 24 hours. This has taken the total recoveries across the country so far to over two crore 86 lakh 78 thousand. The National Recovery Rate now stands at 96.16 per cent and daily recoveries continue to outnumber the daily new cases for the 37th consecutive day.


Weekly Positivity Rate remains below five per cent and is currently at 3.58 per cent. Daily positivity rate is at 2.98 per cent, which is less than five per cent for 12 consecutive days. A total of 1,647 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours taking the death toll to over three lakh 85 thousand. The testing capacity has been substantially ramped up and 38.92 crore tests have been conducted so far. 


India’s  first indigenous vaccine, Covaxin, has been developed jointly by ICMR, Bharat Biotech and NIV Pune. In an exclusive interview with All India Radio News, Director, NIV Pune, Dr Priya Abraham said the vaccine is effective against all the COVID variants. She added that scientists across the world are busy in genomic surveillance because more variants of the virus are expected


Dr Abraham explained how the COVID-19 vaccine works.


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


The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked States and Union Territories not to lower their guard despite relaxations in the restrictions imposed due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has advised them to follow the fivefold strategy of Covid-19 appropriate behavior, test-track-treat and vaccination.

"Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has written to the Chief Secretaries of states that a decision to impose or ease the restrictions has to be taken based on the assessment of the situation at ground level. He asked to ensure that the whole process is carefully calibrated. He also asked to ensure adequate testing due to the dynamic situation of corona virus. Mr. Bhalla has advised the States and UTs to keep a close watch on early signs of a surge in active cases or high positivity rates. He suggested maintaining a system so that rise in cases can be contained at micro level through local containment measures. Terming the vaccination a critical element to break the chain of transmission of coronavirus, the Union Home Secretary has asked all the States and UTs to step up the pace of vaccination to cover the maximum number of people. Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi."


The Indian Railways is continuously engaged in the distribution of liquid medical oxygen to various States and Union Territories. The Railway Ministry has said Oxygen Express trains have crossed the milestone of 32 thousand 464 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen across the country. These have been transported by one thousand 854 tankers.


The Railway Ministry has said that 448 Oxygen Express trains have completed their journey and brought relief to various States and Union Territories. It said, two Oxygen Expresses carrying more than 153 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen in eight tankers are running. The Railway Ministry has said that Oxygen Expresses have brought relief to 15 states.


In Bihar, over one crore 32 lakh people have been vaccinated so far. Out of these, 33 lakh 64 thousand people are from the age group of 18 to 44 years.


Meanwhile, the state's recovery rate has risen to over 98 per cent, while the test positivity rate has declined to below one per cent. In 22  out of 38 districts of the state the number of Corona cases is below 10. The number of active cases is also decreasing and presently stands at three thousand 547.


The Madhya Pradesh Government has launched ‘Yuva Shakti Corona Mukti Abhiyan’ involving youth to make the people aware of the COVID-19 pandemic and covid appropriate behaviour. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while launching the programme said about 10 lakh students of the colleges of the state will play an important role in the eradication of Corona.

"In the second phase of the Yuva Shakti Corona Mukti Abhiyan' about 8 lakh students of private colleges will be given training. Chief Minister also launched a mobile app 'Covi-Sandesh' designed for real time monitoring of the campaign. Meanwhile Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang informed that all preparations are being made regarding the third wave of corona in the state. Health infrastructure and health services are being prepared. There is also a plan to set up a research center for epidemiology at the state level, which will study the COVID-19 pandemic. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News Bhopal."


In the Union Territory of Puducherry, the "Vaccination Festival" has been extended till 21st June  following the overwhelming response from the public.

"The Lieutenant Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan had inaugurated a 4 days mega vaccination drive on 16 th June. In the last 3 days more than 40,000 persons administered covid vaccination. Following the increasing response, the Health Secretary Dr Arun said that the vaccination festival extended for 2 more days that is up to June 21 st. The festival is supposed to end today. Further he added that to achieve 100 % Vaccination by August 15 th, various incentives will be provided to attract the public. So far 3, 81, 216 persons, including 2nd dose, took their shots in the UT. Meanwhile the Labour commissioner Vallavan informed that the Owners, Employees of the shops, hotels, commercial establishments and factory workers are directed get vaccinated with in 10 days. Otherwise they will not be allowed to function, he added. Chandra Mohan, Puducherry, AIR News.  


Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria today said Indian Air Force is undergoing a monumental transformation with rapid infusion of technologies due to evolving security challenges and rising geopolitical uncertainty in the neighbourhood. He was addressing a media conference after the passing out parade at the Air Force Academy at Dundigal near Hyderabad. Referring to the concerns relating to technology in S-400s, he said there are no concerns. He further said the IAF will focus on digitization, networking and advanced technologies in the coming days.

He said the last few decades have clearly established the critical role of the Air Force in achieving victory in any conflict and said the capability enhancement assumes tremendous significance in the context.

Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said the Rafale aircraft induction programme is going on as per schedule. He said there may be minor changes due to the pandemic but it is continuing as per the plan. Responding to a question, he said the strategic advantage that the IAF has at the LAC will continue and it is taking all necessary measures that need to be taken.

He asked the newly commissioned flying officers of the Indian Air Force to constantly upgrade themselves as technology has never been as important as now, amidst unprecedented challenges. He recalled that the IAF played a proactive role during the Covid pandemic by helping in the transportation of medical oxygen and crucial medical equipment.


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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 also lost her life recently to the Corona virus infection. The funeral of  the legend will be  held this evening.


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 as the Commonwealth Games. He also won gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games. In an exclusive interview with Prasar Bharati, Milkha Singh had shared his memories of equalling the record of the 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 at the demise of sporting icon Milkha Singh. They also expressed their deepest condolences to his family and countless followers.


Meanwhile Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana have conveyed  condolences on the death of the sprint legend. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh in a tweet said, he is upset and saddened to hear of Milkha Singh Ji’s demise. He said, it marks the end of an era.


The Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE has written to all its affiliated schools informing them that an IT system is being developed in-house. It will be made available to all the concerned schools sponsoring students of Class 12th for calculation of results. 

"The CBSE has assured that  it will continuously communicate with schools during the result preparation process and establish a Help Desk to assist schools in preparation of both Class 10th and Class 12th results from next week. A portal, for updating Class 10th data, will be available on 21st of this month and after that other modalities of the software will be provided to schools. Frequently asked questions and examples of calculations will also be provided to schools to understand the evaluation policy. The Board said, the schedule for webinar will also be informed shortly. Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi."


The Finance Ministry has refuted media reports  regarding black money allegedly held by Indians in Switzerland. Reports have appeared in the media stating that funds of Indians in Swiss Banks have risen to over 20 thousand 700 crore rupees at the end of 2020 from six thousand 625 crore rupees at the end of 2019.

Swiss Authorities have been requested to provide information on the increase and decrease of deposits. India and Switzerland are signatories to the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. Both the countries have also signed the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement.


The Union Government has said that procurement of Wheat in the 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 an all time high, as it has exceeded the previous high of 389.92 Lakh Metric Tonnes in the Rabi Marketing Season 2020-21.


Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa held a meeting with Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil in Bengaluru today to discuss ways to mitigate flood damage in the Krishna and Bheema river basins. Briefing media persons later, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said both the states have decided to share real time data on rainfall and release of water from the dams to prevent flooding in Karnataka.

Mr. Jayant Patil informed that there is better coordination and understanding between the irrigation departments of both the states that has helped mitigate flood in villages located on Krishna and Bheema basins in Karnataka.


President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi  have conveyed condolences on the demise of Secretary of Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra.  Mr. Kovind said that Dr. Mohapatra’s work ethics and dedication to public service will remain worthy of emulation. Mr Modi said he had a great understanding of administrative issues and was known for his innovative zeal. Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal has also expressed sadness at the demise of Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra.


The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the 21st of June as the International Day of Yoga in their resolution adopted on 11th December 2014. Since 2015, this Day has been observed all over the world in various creative ways. This year considering the COVID-19 Pandemic led situation, most of the events will take place virtually, promoting the main theme of this year “Be with Yoga, Be at Home.”


In Vijayawada postal division, several activities are being organised in connection with International Yoga Day. Vijayawada postal division Senior superintendent, Sri KVLN Murty in his brief to the media said the activities include displaying banners relating to IDY-2021 at the post offices. Online yoga workshop by a professional yoga guru to educate staff about yogasanas is also being held. 


In Ladakh, Thankgka is an art  form that is  an integral part of the religious rituals of the Ladakhis. It is closely associated with Buddhism.  On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of All India Radio, Leh, our correspondent has  filed this report on the Thangka Art of Ladakh.

"According to historians, Thangka art entered Ladakh from Tibet. In this form of art, only gods and goddesses of Buddhism are painted. Over centuries, in Ladakh certain families have continued this traditional art as heritage. However, anyone interested can also learn the art with the help and guidance of an expert in Tangka Art. This art is now taught in Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (CIBS) as well. Artists need lots of patience to learn and draw Thangka as the art involves long processes right from collection of canvases to colours from nature in Ladakh itself. Right from the preparation of canvas, making of colours and the final drape on finished Thangka, Thangsham has to be made by hand only. Thangka arts have to follow prescribed mathematics and measures. Depending on the art work and size the cost of the Thangka ranges from few thousands to lakhs in rupees. Every Monastery will have different sizes of Thangkas. Huge Thangkas are displayed on special occasions and monastic festivals. The biggest Thangka in Himalayan region, of Amitabha, is in Ladakh. With Diskit Dolma, Ramesh Chandra for AIR News from Leh.


With 35 days to go for the 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.


In Euro Cup Football, France will take on Hungary while Portugal will face Germany in Group F today. Hungary midfielder Daniel Gazdag has withdrawn from the squad after missing the opening defeat to Portugal due to a knee injury.


Yesterday, 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.


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.


Now, let us take a look at the Weather Report and Forecast for today. 


Srinagar is facing a partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards evening or night. The temperature will hover between 13 and 27 degree Celsius.


Jammu is having a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening. The temperature will rise from a minimum of 27 degree Celsius to a maximum of around 38 degrees.


Leh is seeing a partly cloudy sky. The upper limit of temperature will be around 15 rising from a minimum of Six degree Celsius.

Gilgit is having a mainly clear sky. Temperature will move from a minimum of 13 to a maximum of 33 degree Celsius.

In Muzaffarabad, the sky is sunny. The temperature will increase from a minimum of 16 degree Celsius to a maximum of around 28 degrees.


Dehradun is experiencing a partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The maximum temperature will be around 32 degrees rising from a minimum of 24 degrees.


In Chandigarh, the sky is mainly clear. The temperature is likely to rise up to 34 degree Celsius rising from 26 degrees.


The National Capital Delhi is having a generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The maximum temperature will be around 36 degree Celsius. The minimum was 25 degrees.


Mumbai is facing a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The maximum temperature will be 33 degrees Celsius, rising from a minimum of 24 degrees.


Kolkata is having a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The city temperature will move from a minimum of 25 degree Celsius to a maximum of around 29 degrees.


Chennai is witnessing a generally cloudy sky with light rain. The maximum temperature will be 36 degree Celsius while the minimum was 29 degrees.


Hyderabad will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.


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