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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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  • Tokyo gearing up for sober opening ceremony of 2020 Olympic Games.

  • Sports Minister Anurag Thakur launches 'Hamara Victory Punch' to cheer India at Tokyo Olympics.

  • All India Radio, Doordarshan and DD Sports make elaborate arrangements to cover the event.

  • Electronics and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to make a statement in Rajya Sabha on phone snooping controversy today.

  • More than 41 crore 76 lakh doses of Covid vaccine administered in the country so far.

  • India among WTO's five member nations to produce 75 percent of world's Covid vaccines.

  • Fresh batch of three Rafale fighter jets arrive in India from France.

  • Uttar Pradesh government decides to set up Panchayat Secretariat in all panchayats of the state.

  • US Congressman urges President Joe Biden to sanction China for recent cyber attack on Microsoft's email exchange.


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Sports fans across the world are eagerly awaiting the start of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo from tomorrow, after a year-long delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The ceremony will have none of the usual splendour and grandiosity. It will be lacking the mass choreography, the huge props and the cornucopia of dancer, actors and lights associated with an Olympic Games opening ceremony.

Our correspondent reports that this is the first time that Olympic Games have been postponed and rescheduled, rather than cancelled. Here are some more interesting tidbits related to the Games for you.

"The mega quadrennial event will kick off with a highly-anticipated Opening Ceremony tomorrow from 4:30 pm Indian Standard Time. The event to be held at the newly-built National Stadium in the Japanese capital, will be a scaled down and a sobering affair amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The 1.5-billion dollar three-tiered complex was expected to seat 68,000 during the Tokyo Olympics. However, most of the Sporting event including the opening ceremony will be held without spectators. Leaders from around 15 countries and international organizations including French President Emmanuel Macron, and US first lady Jill Biden are expected to be in attendance at the glittering Ceremony. A total of around 11,000 athletes from 206 countries are expected to participate in 33 sports in Tokyo Olympics. More than 120 athletes from India will be preforming at the biggest Sporting Extravaganza. Legendary boxer MC Mary Kom and Men's Hockey Team Skipper Manpreet Singh will be India's flag bearers at opening ceremony. The prestigious Games will see the introduction of new sports including 3x3 basketball, freestyle BMX and Madison cycling, as well as further mixed events. Few more sports like karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding make their Olympic debuts. The world will witness the return of two of its favorite sports, baseball and softball, for the first time since 2008. Amid the prevailing COVID-19 situation, International Olympic Committee has announced several guidelines including that in case any athlete or team member tests positive, instead of being disqualified, they will be considered "did not start" or DNS. The mascot of Tokyo Olympics is Miraitowa. The medals for Tokyo Olympics are made from recycled electronics sourced from all over Japan. The medals "symbolise the energy and diversity of the athletes." Swati Rakhsha, AIR News, Delhi."

Long-time opening ceremony executive producer, Marco Balich, said that the opening ceremony of Summer Games will be a sobering show in Tokyo and will feature beautiful Japanese aesthetics. He said, the event will the very Japanese but also in sync with the sentiment of today, the reality.


Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has urged people to make a video with their friends and family members and share it with #HumaraVictoryPunch in support of Indian athletes representing the country in Tokyo Olympic. In a tweet, Mr Thakur said, the people can make the video and tag it to five people and invite them to share their videos to show their support for the Indian Olympics Team. He also appealed to people to make cheer for India a mass movement.

Mr Thakur has also posted a video on his twitter handle and tagged five persons. He has nominated Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju, Cricketer Virender Sehwag, Actor Akshay Kumar, Badminton Player Saina Nehwal and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.

In response to Mr Thakur, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju also shared a video on Twitter in which he cheered for the Indian contingent.

To boost the morale of Indian athletes' contingent participating in the Tokyo Olympics, good wishes are pouring in from across the country under the Cheer for India campaign.

Freestyle Indian wrestler and Olympic Bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt gave a message to our athletes competing in Tokyo

Former track and field athlete and Arjuna Awardee Ashwini Nachappa sent her good wishes to the Indian sportspersons in Tokyo.


All India Radio, Doordarshan and DD Sports will do a mega coverage of Olympics -2020. The coverage spans from pre to post-Olympics and will also be available on Digital platforms of  Doordarshan and All India Radio. DD Sports, DD News and DD India will broadcast daily shows and Special programmes on Olympics. Different sporting events at the Olympics will be broadcast Live daily on DD Sports from 5 AM to 7 PM. 

All AIR Capital stations, FM Rainbow network, DRM and other interested AIR stations will broadcast programmes on Olympics. The programmes will also be carried over AIR Youtube Channel, DTH and on NewsonAir Mobile App. Daily highlights and periodic FM s will also be given. The News Services Division of All India Radio has been broadcasting Olympics Quiz daily in its Sports Scan programme since 1st of this month. Winners from all over the country will get Team India Jersey. Daily profiles of Indian team members are being given in Sports Scan Programme and Prime Time News Bulletins. Exclusive news stories focusing on India's medal prospects, preparations of the team and support by the government as well as  exclusive interviews and special discussion Programmes are also being broadcast.

Messages of eminent sportspersons, coaches, relatives of team members and social influencers will be broadcast by AIR News and its 46 Regional News units in 77 languages. Social media platforms of the News Network of All India Radio across the country are amplifying the coverage by posting photos, videos and related stories through Tweets and Info-graphics in English, Hindi and Regional Languages.

Tonight, All India Radio will broadcast Curtain Raiser from 10:30 pm onwards. It will also be carried over Youtube Channel doordarshansports, DTH and on NewsonAir mobile App.


Listeners from across the country are participating in the Olympic Quiz with AIR News. Listeners have e-mailed us their replies in huge numbers. Damini Balke of Guna in Madhya Pradesh was the first to send in the correct answer of the question on the 20th of July. Many congratulations to her from the entire team of AIR News.

Speaking to AIR News, Damini Balke expressed happiness on winning the Olympic Quiz and wished the Indian Olympic contingent the best for Tokyo Olympics.

To participate in the Olympic Quiz, tune in to our programme Sports Scan at 7:20 PM every day.


With only 1 day to go for Tokyo Olympics, AIR will take a look at swimmer Srihari Nataraj’s career who has qualified for Tokyo in men’s 100m backstroke.

"Born on January 16, 2001 in Bengaluru, Srihari Nataraj became the second swimmer to qualify for the Games by breaching the Olympic Qualification time in the men’s 100m backstrokes. He swam a time of 53.77s to join another swimmer, Sajan Prakash, when FINA approved his ‘A’ standard qualification time at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome. Interestingly, Nataraj started swimming at the age of two, learning from his brother. The now 21-year-old is currently practicing under Coach Nihar Ameen. Nataraj, who idolises legendary Michael Phelps, had his first race when he was just five. He showed his exceptional talent at the Senior Nationals in 2017 where he swept all three backstroke events --- 50m, 100m, and 200m --- each of them in record times at the age of just 18. He competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games as well as the 2018 Asian Games and 2019 World Aquatic Meet before the age of 21. Nataraj underwent a training session in Dubai recently. SPORTS DESK, AIR NEWS."


More than 41 crore 76 lakh doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the country so far. The Union Health Ministry said, more than 20 lakh 83 thousand doses were administered yesterday. The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from 21st of last month.

More than 10 lakh doses were administered as the first dose and over 95 thousand doses were given as the second dose in the age group of 18 to 44 years yesterday.


The Union Health Ministry has said that the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) State Surveillance Unit of Haryana has initiated an epidemiological investigation into the first documented human case of Bird Flu. An 11 year old child has been reported as the first human case of H5Nx from Gurugram, Haryana. The male child was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in Paediatrics department, AIIMS, Delhi in June and was admitted on 2nd of this month. He developed symptoms of fever, cough, coryza, and breathing difficulty, soon after induction therapy for AML. The boy suffered from multi organ dysfunction and died on the 12th July. The Health Ministry said that based on the available information, the team of doctors and nurses treating the patient are being monitored since 16th July 2021 for development of any influenza like illness with no one reported symptomatic to date. It said, contact tracing was undertaken and family members, close contacts and health care workers are under close surveillance and none of the close contacts have shown any symptoms.


World Trade Organisation Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has said that five member states of WTO alone will account for three-quarters of the entire global output of COVID-19 vaccines this year. She said, production remains highly centralised as about 75 per cent of this year's vaccines appear set to come from five WTO members - they are India, Germany, US, France and China. WTO Director-General was addressing a high-level dialogue on "Expanding COVID-19 vaccine manufacture to promote equitable access" yesterday. Okonjo-Iweala said discriminatory access to vaccines is a root cause of the unequal recovery of the global economy, in which developed economies are rebounding quickly while the rest are lagging behind. She said, the lack of full transparency in vaccine supply deals is another reason for concern.


The Inland Vessels Bill,2021 is scheduled to be introduced in the Lok Sabha today. The bill seeks to  promote economical and safe transportation and trade through inland waters to bring uniformity in application of law relating to inland waterways and navigation within the country. The legislation also provides for safety of navigation, protection of life and cargo, and prevention of pollution that may be caused by the use or navigation of inland vessels and to ensure transparency and accountability of administration of inland water transportation. As per the list of business of the Lok Sabha, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will introduce the the Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021. The bill seeks to provide for the maintenance of essential defence services so as to secure the security of nation and the life and property of public at large. Besides, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is scheduled to move the Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 for consideration and passing in the House.

In the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of Electronics and IT Ashwini Vaishnaw will  make a statement regarding compromise of phone data of some persons as reported in the media. Besides, the House will also resume discussion on  the Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021.


Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has asked universities to become thought leaders in finding solutions to global challenges including climate change, poverty and pollution. He also said the universities should discuss various socio-economic and political issues facing the world and come up with ideas that can be implemented by the governments as per their needs and suitability. Mr. Naidu said this while virtually addressing the inaugural session of World Universities Summit, organised by O.P. Jindal University, Sonipat. The Vice President said that universities should produce good academicians, economists and politicians who have good conduct, capacity, character and caliber.


Heavy rainfall has severely affected long distance train services of Central Railway. Almost all long distance trains of Central railway are either cancelled, short terminated or diverted. However, traffic on western railway is moving normally.

More than 100 millimeters of rain is recorded at many places in Mumbai and suburbs. Some places has even recorded more than 200 millimeters of rain in the last 24 hours. Around 130 millimeters of rain is recorded in Kasara and Lonavala in the night. Central railway has informed that, at some places tracks are washed out, boulders have fallen on track, mud and waterlogging can be seen on track. Boulder special trains are working at damaged sites and monitoring is being done at the highest level for quick restoration. Central railway said, due to this extremely heavy rainfall trains are not running between Ambernath to Lonavala and Titwala to Igatpuri. Due to which around 25 trains are cancelled, 19 are diverted and 32 are short terminated.


Three more Rafale aircraft arrived in India last evening after a direct ferry from Istres Air Base in France. In a tweet, Indian Air Force said, India deeply appreciates the support by United Arab Emirates Air Force for in-flight refuelling during the non-stop ferry.


The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has decided to set up panchayat secretariat in all panchayats of the state. The move is aimed at strengthening the rural democracy and providing employment to the rural youth.

"First time in the history of state Panchayat secretariat will be established in all gram panchayats. Informing about the decisions taken by cabinet, minister  Sidharth Nath Singh said that the government has decided to create about 1.6 lakh jobs, two in each of the 58,189 gram panchayats in the state by appointing a computer operator and assistant who would work from panchayat bhawans or rural secretariat buildings to be constructed at gram panchayats where such infrastructure doesn’t exist at the moment. The Panchayat assistant will be given 6 thousand rupees as renumeration. The state government has also decided to include 40 lakh antyodaya ration card holders, under the mukhyamantri arogya yojana, the chief minister’s free medical insurance scheme that provides for up to rupees 5 lakh free health insurance cover. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI AIR NEWS LUCKNOW."


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme Corona Jagrukta series will bring you a Special Discussion on  Covid-19, tonight. Dr. Sarman Singh, Director, AIIMS, Bhopal, will participate in the live  Discussion.

Listeners can ask questions to the expert on telephone numbers: 011: 2342-1764 and 011: 2342-1230. You can also post your queries on our Twitter handle @airnews alerts by #tag Askair.

This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 09:30 PM onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT NIC.IN and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can also follow us on the NEWSONAIR app for s.


A top US Congressman has urged President Joe Biden to sanction China over the country's recent cyber attack against Microsoft's email exchange. In a letter, Republican Mike Rogers called on Biden to impose significant sanctions using the authorities in Executive Order 13694, criminal charges, or other punitive measures against China and the state-affiliated actors responsible for the cyberattack on the Microsoft email exchange. Rogers, who is on the US House Armed Services Committee, said the 2015 order calls for economic sanctions against individuals and nations responsible for malicious cyber activities against the United States.

Ranking member Rogers noted that a failure in this situation to punish China in a manner comparable to our response to Russian hostilities creates an unacceptable double standard in this era of great power competition.


Maldives Foreign Affairs Minister and President-Elect of 76th General Assembly of United Nations, Abdulla Shahid  arrived in New Delhi last evening on a four day visit to India.  During his visit, he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hold talks with the External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar on key international, multilateral, regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest. The meeting between Abdulla Shahid and Dr S Jaishankar is scheduled to be held tomorrow. The two Ministers are also expected to review the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation between the two sides. The discussions are expected to give further momentum to the rapidly expanding ties between the two countries. During the visit, an Agreement for High Impact Community Development Projects to be implemented with Indian grant assistance in the Maldives will also be signed. 


Take a look at the weather today. 

The National Capital Delhi will have a generally cloudy sky. It recorded 26 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature, while maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Mumbai is predicted to be mostly cloudy and breezy with a couple of thunderstorms.

Minimum and maximum temperature hovering between 28 and 30 degree celsius. 

Chennai is likely to have breezy morning and mostly cloudy sky during the day.

Temperature will vary between 26 and 33 degrees Celsius.

Kolkata will be mostly cloudy and may witness a brief shower or two this morning followed by showers in afternoon. The minimum temperature in the city was 28 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 35 degrees.

Srinagar may witness a couple of thundershowers in morning with partly cloudy sky predicted during the day. The minimum temperature was 15 degree Celsius while maximum will be nearly 27 degrees.

Jammu is forecast to have a clear sky with temperature hovering between 28 and 33 degrees Celsius.

Leh may have partly cloudy sky. Minimum temperature was seven degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 17 degrees Celsius. 

Gilgit is likely to have a partly sunny and pleasant weather. The maximum temperature may rise up to 26 degrees Celsius. It noted a lower limit of 15 degrees. 

Muzaffarabad will have clear as temperature will hover between 18 and 31 degree Celsius.

Guwahati may have partly sunny sky with a thunderstorm in parts of the area this afternoon. The minimum temperature was around 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.

Imphal is likely to have mostly cloudy sky with a thunderstorm in parts of the area. The minimum temperature was recorded at 22 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 29 degrees.

Shillong may have partly cloudy sky with a thunderstorm in a couple of spots. The temperature will move from a minimum of 19 degrees Celsius to a maximum of 26 degrees. 

Aizawl is predicted to have cloudy sky with a thunderstorm in some areas this afternoon. The minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius while the maximum to be be nearly 30 degrees.

Kohima may have cloudy sky with a thunderstorm in spots. The temperature will rise from a minimum of 19 degrees Celsius to a maximum of 27 degrees.


Itanagar is likely to have widely separated thunderstorms this morning while clear sky is predicted during the day. Temperature will move from 25 degrees Celsius to upper of 33 degrees. 

Gangtok may have a mostly cloudy sky with a few spells of rain. Temperature hovers between 18 and 27 degrees Celsius.

Agartala will have a partly sunny sky with a thunderstorm in parts of the area this afternoon. It recorded the minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius and move up to 33 degrees as the maximum.

Port Blair is expected to have mostly cloudy and breezy day with a thunderstorm. The temperature will vary between 27 and 31 degrees Celsius. 

Agati will have mostly cloudy and breezy day.The minimum and maximum temperature will be between 28 and 31 degrees Celsius.

Thiruvananthapuram is forecast to have mostly cloudy sky with a couple of showers. The minimum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 30 degrees.



  • The Times of India reports that the Delta variant in the country continues to be the largest cause of Covid-19, but jabs shield against death and hospitalisation.

  • Russia in talks with Kerala for Sputnik V plant, headlines Business Standard.

  • There were over 3.4 million new global coronavirus cases last week, up 12%, says WHO, reports The Statesman.

  • Covid-9 cases at 6-month high in Tokyo, as Games begin tomorrow, writes The Asian Age.

  • Life expectancy in US reduces by 1.5 years due to Covid, reports Hindustan Times.

  • And finally, The Pioneer carries the story of Gujarat High Court coming to the rescue of a young couple.  The court has directed that the couple be allowed to complete the in vitro procedure so that the wife can carry their child.  This was denied by the hospital, as the husband suffering from Covid has slim chances of survival.


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