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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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19th June, 2021


  • Centre to kick-start free distribution of 75 per cent of total COVID vaccines from Monday to all States and Union Territories.

  • Over 27 crore 23 lakh vaccine doses administered in the country so far; National recovery rate reaches 96.16 per cent.

  • Centre asks States and Union Territories to take strict action against those involved in assault of healthcare professionals.

  • Telangana government decides to lift Covid-19 restrictions completely in the state.

  • Education Ministry releases guidelines for parent participation in home-based learning during school closure.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address main event of 7th International Yoga Day on Monday.

  • Ebrahim Raisi secures landslide victory in Iran's Presidential election.

  • Indian Sprint legend Milkha Singh cremated with full State honours in Chandigarh.

  • In Men's Cricket, World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand underway at Southampton.

  • Indian Women fightback against hosts England on fourth day of one-off Test at Bristol. 

  • And, in Euro Cup Football, Hungary hold France to 1-1 draw in Group F encounter; Portugal to face Germany while Spain to take on Poland in other Group matches.


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 these four simple steps –

  • Wear a face mask.

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  • Focus on hand and face hygiene.

  • And, get vaccinated.

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In order to strengthen and further ramp up the Covid-19 vaccination drive in the country, the Centre will from Monday kick-start the free distribution of 75 per cent of total COVID vaccines cleared by the Central Drug lab to all the States and Union Territories. This includes vaccines for beneficiaries of all age group including those between 18 and 44 years. The procurement of vaccines by the Centre, which is currently 50 per cent of the total doses cleared by the Central drug lab will be enhanced to 75 per cent. The vaccines will then be given to  the States and Union Territories for administration to people of all age groups. Remaining 25 per cent of vaccines can be purchased by the private hospitals who will be able to charge a maximum service charge of 150 rupees for a single dose after the fixed price of the vaccine. The announcement regarding this was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 7th of this month in his address to the Nation.

After the commencement of this policy, the States and Union Territories will not have to pay for the procurement of vaccines as Centre will bear all the expenses for the same. An early estimate suggests that the new policy will cost the Centre over 15 thousand crore rupees more than its previously allocated 35 thousand crore rupees  for the Vaccination programme in the current financial year. The Centre will also pay the GST of 5 per cent on the vaccines procured, making vaccination at Government facilities completely free for all eligible beneficiaries.


Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that a nationwide “Jaan Hai To Jahaan Hai” awareness campaign will be launched on Monday to create awareness on Corona vaccination in rural and remote areas of the country. The campaign also aims to “Crush and Curb” the rumours and apprehensions, being spread by some vested interests regarding the on-going vaccination drive. Mr. Naqvi said that the nationwide awareness campaign will be launched from Minority concentrated district of Rampur in Uttar Pradesh and it will be organised in different parts of the country.


India has administered over 27 crore 23 lakh COVID vaccine doses to the eligible beneficiaries so far. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, over 33 lakh vaccine doses were administered to the beneficiaries in the last 24 hours. The Central Government is continuously engaged in accelerating the pace of vaccination drive in the country with the cooperation of States and Union Territories.


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


Children below the age of  ten years will not be at risk due to COVID-19. In an exclusive interview with All India Radio News, Director of National Institute of Virology (NIV) at Pune, Dr. Priya Abraham said, children were also exposed in the first and second wave of the pandemic. She added that the immune response of children handles the virus differently as compared to adults. 

Speaking on the post vaccination illness, Dr Abraham said, the illness is related to the immune response triggered by the virus in the vaccine formulation.

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


India reported 60 thousand 753 new cases during the last 24 hours.

The Health Ministry said, a total of 97 thousand 743 patients of COVID-19 recovered in the same period. 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.

A total of 1,647 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours taking the death toll to over three lakh 85 thousand.


The Centre today asked States and Union Territories to take strict action against those who assault healthcare professionals. It has told them to register Institutional FIRs against assaulters and fast track such cases. In a letter to State Chief Secretaries and Adminstrators of Union Territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla asked them to invoke provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, where applicable to check the incident of threat or assault on doctors and healthcare professionals. He also reiterated that a close watch must be kept on any objectionable content in social media which may exacerbate such situations. Referring to earlier advisories to ensure safety of healthcare establishments and professionals, the Home Secretary said, various remedial measures were suggested to check recurrence of such incidents including adequate security at healthcare facilities, especially at COVID-19 designated hospitals along with controlled and restricted access to the premises, deployment of quick response police teams at vulnerable locations and effective local level medical intervention. Mr Bhalla stressed that any incident of threat or assault on doctors or healthcare professionals may dampen their morale and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. This may adversely affect the healthcare response system.


The Telangana government has decided to lift Covid-19 restrictions completely in the state from tomorrow. The state cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao also announced that all schools, colleges and other educational institutions can reopen from 1st of July for offline classes.

" After over a month of imposing lockdown curbs to check the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Telangana state government has decided to lift the shutdown completely from tomorrow. The State Cabinet has taken the decision keeping in view the considerable decline in new covid cases and also the reports that the state health officials submitted. An official statement said the state has controlled the spread of infection faster than other states and lifting of lock down decision came in the wake of significant decrease in the number of fresh cases in the state as well as neighbouring states. Meanwhile, the government has directed Education department to formulate guidelines for off line classes and students to attend classes physically from 1st July. Lakshmi, AIR News, Hyderabad."


Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has announced further relaxation of restrictions in lockdown in 16 districts of the state where the positivity rate is below five percent. However in another fourteen districts with over five percent positivity rate  lockdown norms will continue as before. Among the relaxations announced in 16 districts, public buses and metro will be functional with 50 percent capacity, shops will stay open till 5.00 pm, hotels can serve food with 50 percent capacity, jewellery shops, resorts and outdoor sports activities are allowed but without spectators and outdoor shooting has also been allowed. However swimming pools, cinema halls, places of worship and shopping malls will remain closed. The new relaxations will be applicable till July 5th. The Chief Minister said that night curfew and weekend curfew will continue in all the districts.


The COVID recovery rate in the National Capital Delhi continues its upward trajectory with positivity rate declining to nearly 0.18 per cent. The city recorded 135 fresh COVID cases in the last 24 hours while 201 people recovered from it in the same time span. The City recorded 7 COVID related deaths in the past 24 hours.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme Corona Jagrukta series tonight will bring you a Special Discussion on Covid-19.

Dr. Neeraj Nishchal, Associate Prof. Medicine, AIIMS, will participate in the live Discussion. This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 09:30 PM onwards.


The Education Ministry has released guidelines for parent participation in home-based learning during school closure and beyond. These guidelines emphasize on the need to create a safe, engaging and a positive learning environment.

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank' said these guidelines aim to provide information about participation and engagement with children during the school closure.

The guidelines provide many simple tips for parents and others to facilitate children in Home based learning. The suggested activities are in accordance with the various stages of school education as per National Education Policy. The Guidelines lay emphasis on improving children's learning by monitoring and addressing their learning gaps.


As cities gradually unlock, Railways is helping to bring back workers from different parts of the country. In the last seven days, around 32 lakh 56 thousand passengers including migrant workers and other passengers traveled by long distance mail and express trains from areas like Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Bengal and Odisha to various destinations including Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Surat, Ahmedabad and Chennai. Indian Railways said, all these trains are being operated as fully reserved trains keeping in view the Covid protocol.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on the completion of two years in the office. He said, over the last two years, Mr Birla has ushered in a series of steps that have enriched India's Parliamentary democracy and enhanced productivity, leading to the passage of many historic as well as pro-people legislations. The Prime Minister added that it is worth noting that the Speaker has placed special emphasis on giving first time MPs, young MPs and women MPs the opportunity to speak on the floor of the House.


In order to understand the local problems of farmers of North East Region and provide scientific solutions, the Department of Biotechnology has issued a Special Call under Biotech-Krishi Innovation Science Application Network (Biotech-KISAN) scheme.

The Ministry of Science and Technology has said, the present call specifically focuses on the North East Region as it is predominantly agrarian with 70 percent of its workforce engaged in agriculture and allied sector for livelihood. It further added that the region produces merely 1.5 per cent of country‘s food grain and continues to be a net importer of food grains even for its domestic consumption.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the main event of the 7th International Yoga Day on Monday. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lead event of the International Day of Yoga this year will be a televised programme and is scheduled to start at 6.30 AM on all Doordarshan channels. The event will also include an address by Minister of State for Ayush Kiren Rijiju and a live Yoga demonstration by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga.

Lakhs of Yoga lovers have already committed themselves to be a part of this activity, doing Yoga in the safety of their own homes. Those who require guidance for performing Common Yoga Protocol have been invited to follow the live demonstration from the lead event which will be televised on all Doordarshan channels. The Yoga demonstration will follow the Prime Minister’s address, which is scheduled from 7:00 to 7:45 AM. The live Yoga demonstration will be further followed by messages from 15 spiritual leaders and Yoga Gurus.

The main theme of International Yoga Day this year is “Yoga for Wellness”, which is aligned to the current pre-occupations.


Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa held a video conference with 20 flood prone districts regarding precautions to be taken during any calamity arising out of incessant rains. According to the state flood management action plan of 2021, 1710 villages are flood prone. As a precautionary measure, four NDRF teams are deployed for the rescue operation in Raichur, Kodagu, Belagavi and Dakshin Kannada. SDRF teams consisting of over 200 personnel are deputed here with necessary equipment.

" The Chief Minister has asked the district administration to be prepared with the rescue and relief measures. Around 1000 crore rupees fund is made available to the district administration for disaster management. To tackle the flood situation, training has been imparted to implement the disaster management plan. Task forces, operational teams and whatsapp groups have been created to manage the flood situation. A flood forecast cell has been established at the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre. The district administration has been asked to take necessary action to provide proper infrastructure in villages to save human life and livestock. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru."


Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, in an effort to take good governance to the grass-root level and strengthen the participatory democracy, will interact with the DDCs, BDCs and Panchayat Representatives once every month. This initiative of the government will give a platform to the elected representatives for voicing the aspirations of the people and area-specific needs for ensuring equitable development for all.

"The Jammu & Kashmir Government is making all-out effort to make Panchayati Raj more vibrant institutions in the Union Territory. Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department will formulate a mechanism for holding interaction of the Lieutenant Governor with all the three-tiers of Panchayati Raj Institutions including DDCs, once every month. Mr Sinha has directed the Deputy Commissioners and the concerned officers to ensure that PRI representatives are integral part of every government function, accorded due protocol and involved at every stage of planning and implementation of the developmental projects.The ‘LG Mulaqaat’ will undoubtedly become a platform to voice the developmental aspirations and a strong mechanism to address area-specific needs of the people. Sunil Koul, AIR News Srinagar." 


Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief RKS Bhadauria today said, the Rafale aircraft induction programme is going on as per the schedule. He said, the IAF is undergoing a monumental transformation with rapid infusion of technologies due to evolving security challenges and rising geopolitical uncertainty in the neighbourhood. The IAF Chief was addressing a media conference after the passing out parade at the Air Force Academy at Dundigal near Hyderabad


Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judge under US sanctions for human rights abuses has secured a landslide victory in Iran's Presidential election. Turnout in yesterday's four-man race was a record low of around 48 per cent. According to Interior Ministry official, Jamal Orfi, around 90 per cent of the 28.6 million ballots have been counted and Raisi's tally was 17.8 million.

Appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the high-profile job of judiciary chief in 2019, Raisi was placed under US sanctions a few months later over human rights violations.


The mortal remains of Indian sprint legend, flying Sikh, Milkha Singh were cremated with full state honours in Chandigarh this evening. The legendary athlete succumbed to post covid-19 complications last night at PGIMER hospital in Chandigarh after a month-long battle with the virus. He was 91 year old.

Our correspondent reports, the Punjab Government observed  one day state mourning as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

A number of dignitaries including Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and others paid their last respects to the Sporting icon at cremation ground.

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 as the Commonwealth Games. He also won gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games.

The Flying Sikh represented India in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, 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.

In an exclusive interview with Prasar Bharati, Milkha Singh had shared his memories of equalling the record of the Melbourne Olympic Gold medalist:

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other dignitaries paid glowing tributes to the legendary athlete.


With less than 35 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. Today, we talk about India's medal hope in the Shooting - Apurvi Chandela.

Jaipur-born Apurvi Chandela wanted to become a sports journalist but Abhinav Bindra's gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games inspired her to become a shooter, and she started preparing herself to enter the world of sports. .


Apurvi made her mark at the national level by winning the gold medal at the India School Shooting Championship in 2009. Then it took her only three years to win the Senior National Championship in the 10 metre Air Rifle Shooting category. Between 2012 and 2019, Apurvi won the National Championship six times. In 2016, Apurvi started with the Rio Olympics, but could not perform as per her expectations in this Maha Kumbh of the Games, however she did not give up and made a fresh start and won a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games in 2018. She won the gold medal at the 2019 ISSF World Cup in New Delhi and set a world record of 252.9 in the 10-metre air rifle event. Apurvi also secured a quota spot to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, where she is aiming to win a gold medal for India.

Meanwhile,  Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike today cancelled all public viewing sites for the summer Olympics, diverting some venues to be COVID-19 vaccinations centres instead.


In Men's Cricket, India were 134 for three in their first innings against New Zealand on the second day of the World Test Championship final, before the match was disrupted by bad light this evening. Indian skipper Virat Kohli at 40 and Ajinkya Rahane at 22 were at the crease when the match was disrupted. The rain had wiped out the entire first day of the match at Southampton, United Kingdom yesterday. Earlier, New Zealand had won and toss and chose to field first.


In Women’s Cricket, India were 243  for loss of 8 in their second innings in the follow on against England on the fourth day of the one-off Test at Bristol when the reports last came in. Indian team was forced to follow on yesterday when they were bowled out for only 231 in their first innings, giving the hosts a healthy lead of 165 runs. Earlier, England had declared their first innings at 396 for 9.


In Euro Cup Football, Hungary held France to a 1-1 draw in Group F encounter at Budapest. Portugal will face Germany at 9:30 pm in another Group F match. Spain will take on Poland in a Group E game at 12:30 tonight.


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

The National Capital Delhi will have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature will be 26 degrees and the maximum will go upto 37 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature will be 25 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 33 degrees.

Chennai  will see a generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will vary between 29 and 38 degree Celsius.

Kolkata will see a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature will be 26 degree Celsius and maximum will go upto 31 degrees.

Jammu will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or dust-storm. The minimum temperature will be 27 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 39 degrees.

Srinagar will have a mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. Temperature will hover between 13 and 26 degree Celsius.

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

Gilgit will see mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between 16 and 35 degree Celsius.

Muzaffarabad will have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon. The minimum temperature will be 19 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 35 degrees.

Dehradun will have a partly cloudy sky with possibility of  thunderstorm or dust-storm. The minimum temperature will be 23 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.

Chandigarh will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The  minimum temperature will be 25 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 32 degrees.

Ahmedabad will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rains. The minimum temperature will be 26 degree celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.

In Bhopal, there will be partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. The minimum temperature will be 23 degrees and the maximum will be 34 degrees.

Lucknow will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature will be 26 degrees and the maximum will go upto 29 degrees celcius.

Patna will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust-storm. The minimum temperature will be 26 degree celsius and the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

And, Guwahati will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature will be 26 degree Celsius while the maximum will be 33 degrees. 


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