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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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Midday News

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22.07.2021

THE HEADLINES:


  • Both the houses of Parliament adjourned till 2 P.M. amidst Opposition protest on various issues including snooping and farm laws.

  • Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar reiterates government's stand on three farm laws; Says, Government is ready to discuss relevant issues point-wise.

  • Over 41 crore 78 lakh Covid vaccine doses administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

  • National Covid recovery rate reaches 97.35 per cent.

  • Incessant rains lashed several parts of Telangana and Maharashtra; Central and Konkan Railway traffic severely affected.

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

  • Tokyo gears up for opening ceremony of Olympic games tomorrow; All India Radio, Doordarshan and DD Sports make elaborate arrangements to cover the event.

  • And in Cricket, third and final One-Day International match between India and Sri Lanka to be held in Colombo tomorrow.


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·  Wear a face mask.

·  Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.

·  Focus on hand and face hygiene.


For any COVID related information and guidance contact National helpline numbers -- 011-23978046 and 1075. And now the News:


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Both the houses of Parliament have been adjourned till 2 P.M. following Opposition protest on various issues including Pegasus snooping and farm laws. In the Lok Sabha, when the house met after first adjournment, members from Congress, TMC, DMK, NCP, Left and others again trooped into the well raising slogans against the government over Pegasus snooping, farm laws and other issues. Amid noisy scenes, the Inland Vessel Bill, 2021 and the Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021 were introduced in the house. The Presiding Officer asked the protesting members to allow the house to function, but they did not pay heed. Later, the house was adjourned till 2 P.M. Earlier, as soon as the house met for the day today, members from Congress, TMC, DMK, NCP, Left and others trooped into the well on the same issues. Opposition members had given adjournment motions over the issues. YSR Congress members were demanding Special Status for Andhra Pradesh. Amid noisy scenes, Speaker Om Birla tried to run the Question Hour. He repeatedly urged the agitating members to go back to their seats and allow the house to function. But, the protesting members continued their sloganeering which forced the adjournment of the House till 12 noon.


Similar scene was witnessed in the Rajya Sabha where  Congress, TMC, DMK, Left and others protested over issues related to Pegasus snooping and farm laws. YSR Congress members were also in the well. When the house met after first adjournment at 12 noon, Opposition members again trooped into the well. Deputy Chairman Harivansh adjourned the house till 2 P.M.  Earlier, the Upper House was adjourned till 12 noon after Opposition protested over Pegasus snooping, farm laws and other issues.


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Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today reiterated the government's stand on the three farm laws saying the laws are beneficial and are in favour of farmers. Talking to media outside Parliament, Mr Tomar said, the government had discussions about these laws with the farmers' organizations. He said, the government is ready to discuss the farm laws point-wise. 


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Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has said that his Ministry has constructed 13 thousand 327 kilometers of National Highways in 2020-21 which works out to about 37 kilometres per day. In a written reply in Lok Sabha today, Mr Gadkari said, the national and local level lockdowns and restrictions due to COVID-19 posed constraints to the movement and supply or availability of materials, machinery and labour and adversely affected the progress of works, leading to loss of working periods and loss of time. He said, to mitigate this pandemic effect, Ministry took initiatives under Atamanirbhar Bharat and provided several COVID-19 relief measures to contractors or concessionaires or consultants including extension of time for three to nine months. 


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The Centre has said that Health Ministry has always advised States to conduct death audits in their hospitals and also report any cases or deaths that could have been missed. Health Ministry said, there have been some recent media reports alleging that India’s toll of excess deaths during the pandemic could be in millions, terming the official COVID-19 death toll as vastly under counted. The Ministry said, India follows ICMR guidelines which are based on WHO recommended for correct recording of all COVID-19 deaths.


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Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur has said that talent identification and grooming of identified sportspersons and teams, including those from rural areas of the country, for their participation in international sports events, including Olympics 2028, is done under the Khelo India Scheme and sports promotional schemes of Sports Authority of India. In a written reply in Lok Sabha today, Mr Thakur said, preparation of Indian sportspersons and teams for international events, including Olympics 2028, is a continuous process. 


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Congress MPs led by former President Rahul Gandhi today staged protest in the Parliament premises over the Farmers’ issue. The members shouted slogan against the Government demanding repealing of the farm laws. Talking to media, senior party leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhary said, the party will keep raising the issue in and outside the Parliament until the government takes back the three farm laws.  


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News just in: Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 4 pm following opposition's protest over various issues, while Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day.


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Union Government today said that more than 43 crore 79 lakh COVID vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far. The Ministry said a further seven lakh doses are in the pipeline. 

  

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India has administered over 22 lakh 77 thousand vaccine doses to the eligible beneficiaries in the last 24 hours. With this more than 41 crore 78 lakh  vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive. Union Health Ministry in a statement  said that the country has reported 41 thousand 383 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. The country's active caseload is currently at 4 lakh 9 thousand and  394. The active cases constitute 1.31 per cent of the total reported cases so far.


A total of  38 thousand 652 patients also recovered from the infection during the last 24 hours taking the total recoveries to more than 3 crore 4 lakh 29 thousand. and the recovery rate is at 97.35 percent. In the last 24 hours, 507 deaths were also  reported.


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Madhya Pradesh will start vaccination of pregnant women from tomorrow. So far, more than 2.5 crore people have been vaccinated in the state. More from our correspondent:


"In the Special Vaccination Campaign starting from July 23, vaccines will be administered to pregnant women at all Government Medical Colleges, all District Hospitals, Civil Hospitals and Community Health Centres. Arrangements will be made for additional vaccination rooms, monitoring rooms, waiting rooms, supervision by medical officers at Vaccination Centres . Meanwhile,  state reported 15  positive cases while 20 patients have recovered from infection. The positivity rate has also come down to 0.01 per cent. Seventy six thousand 879 tests were conducted in the state yesterday. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News, Bhopal."


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Dr. S N Kureel, Paediatric Surgeon at the King George Medical University, Lucknow has said that children should be imparted the Covid appropriate behaviour to check the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic. He said this while participating in the Corona Jagrukta series of All India Radio last night. 


Dr Kureel also said that though very few children have suffered from Corona virus in the country, it is necessary to follow Covid guidelines.


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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 Toll Free No: 1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767)  and  on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 (Repeat 011: 2331-4444) . One can also post 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 P.M. onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT NIC.IN and on our YouTube Channel NEWS ON AIROFFICIAL. You can also follow us on the NEWSONAIR app for s.


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The flight operations at Delhi Airport's Terminal-2 resumed today. Earlier, the terminal was shut down due to a significant drop in domestic air passenger traffic, due to the second wave of Corona virus infection. Initially, the resumption of operations at T-2 at Delhi Airport will be with approximately 200 air traffic movements - 100 departures and 100 arrivals - per day.


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Power Minister R. K. Singh has said that there is no shortage of electricity in the country. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today, Mr Singh said, against a peak demand of 200 GigaWatts, the established generation capacity is 382 GigaWatts. He said, interruptions in the supply of electricity is generally on account of constraints in distribution network, or financial constraints with some distribution companies not having the money to pay for power.


The Minister said, as per independent surveys, the availability of power in rural areas has gone up from an average of 12 hours in 2015-16 to 20.6 hours in 2020. He said, in the urban areas, the availability of power has gone up to 22 hours.


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Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa has said that he will abide by the decision of Central BJP leaders on his continuation as CM in the state. More from our correspondent :


Amidst speculation that Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will resign after July 26th, he has appealed to his supporters and followers not to indulge in any anti party activities. He thanked the Lingayat Matt seers for extending their support for his continuation as the Chief Minster. He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and party President J P Nadda for providing him an opportunity to serve the people even when he has crossed the age of 75. Irrespective of him continuing as CM, Yediyurappa has said that he will work for the party to return to power in the state in 2023. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru


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Newly appointed President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Navjot Singh Sidhu and four other Working Presidents will formally assume charge tomorrow at party office in Chandigarh. Mr Sidhu will be taking over from the present incumbent Sunil Jakhar. Sources said, an invite will be sent to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to attend the event. The Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states may also join the event.


Notably, Mr Sidhu and Captain Amarinder Singh have been at loggerheads for the past some time and the Chief Minister had opposed his elevation as Pradesh Congress President. After Mr Sidhu was appointed Punjab Congress Chief, the CM had clearly said that he won’t meet him until the Mr Sidhu apologises for his derogatory tweets against him.


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Heavy rainfall has been reported in various districts of Maharashtra. Various rivers in Kolhapur, Ratnagiri and Satara district are flowing above danger level. Flood water has entered the low-lying  areas including markets and houses. People staying near rivers are shifted to secured places. Flood-like situation is reported in Chiplun, Sangameshwar towns of Ratnagiri and Mahad in Raigad district. A team of National Disaster Response Force has also moved to Chiplun. In view of heavy rainfall, nine teams of NDRF have been deployed in Maharashtra. 


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Due to heavy rainfall, traffic on Central and Konkan Railway is severely affected. Almost all long distance trains of Central Railway are either cancelled, short-terminated or diverted. Konkan Railway has also halted traffic between Chiplun and Kamthe. However, traffic on Western Railway is moving normally. Water level of various rivers in Konkan have risen above danger level due to which Mumbai-Goa Highway is also closed for traffic. Suburban train services in Mumbai are running normally between CSMT-Ambernath, CSMT-Titwala and other routes.


Around 130 millimeters of rain was recorded in Kasara, Karjat 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. Around 25 trains have been cancelled, 19 diverted and 32 have been short -terminated at Pune, Igatpuri, Bhusaval, Manmad and Igatpuri.


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In Telangana, incessant rain lashed several parts of the state including its capital Hyderabad. The state has been witnessing rainfall for past few days due to active Southwest Monsoon and upper air circulations. Besides, a low pressure area was formed in te Bay of Bengal. The Met officials have issued a Red alert of extremely heavy rain at some places especially in Northern and Southern districts of the state for next few days. Orange alert has been issued to most of the remaining districts. A report from our correspondent --


Incessant rains that are lashing several parts of the state for the past few days continue as a low-pressure area formed in the Bay of Bengal.  As per met officials, Telangana state has received excess rainfall during the current season and the incessant rains further resulting into heavy inflows into various Reservoirs across Godavari and Krishna Rivers in the state. Rivers, rivulets and streams are on spate.  Several Tanks are to their brims due to heavy inflows following rains in catchment areas. The local authorities have been put on high alert especially of Adilabad, Nirmal, Kamareddy, Khammam and Nalgonda districts.  Lakshmi, AIR NEWS, Hyderabad


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In Tamil Nadu, vigilance raids are conducted at more than 20 places belonging to former State Minister M. R. Vijayabhaskar at Karur and Chennai this morning. It is said that he had amassed disproportionate assets while serving as a Transport Minister in the AIADMK regime.


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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.


"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."


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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. A report:


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.


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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.


In response to Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister's tweet Bollywood Actor Akshay Kumar shared a thumps up  to cheer team India.


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In Cricket, a buoyant India will go for a clean sweep when it takes on Sri Lanka in the third and final One-Day International match at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo tomorrow. The match will start at 3.00 P.M. India have won the first two matches to seal the series. The defeat in the second ODI against India was Sri Lanka's ninth loss in 10 completed matches in 2021 and the team is trying hard to overturn their fortune. 


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In Ladakh, Fire and Fury General Officer Commanding Lieutenant General P.G.K. Menon himself is leading second leg of Karakoram to Kargil Homage Bike Rally. He is leading a 15-biker group from Leh, to converge with Dhruva Kargil ride at Drass on 23rd of July to commemorate the 22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas. The bikers were flagged off for Daulat Beg Oldie on 19th July, returned to Leh last night. The rally is to pay tribute to the indomitable spirit of the Indian Army on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas.


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China remains non-committal on the return of Indian  students to their universities despite accepting that it has allowed students from South Korea and United States. In a show of its double standard on the matter, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhai Lijian repeated China’s oft repeated stance. A report from Prasar Bharati Correspondent in Beijing:


In response to a question from Prsar Bharati, the Spokesperson indirectly confirmed that China allowed South Korean and US students to return. He said that he is aware of the reports on return of students from South Korea and US but on the matter of Indian students return, he said that China is looking into the matter on the basis of epidemic prevention. China has closed its border since the beginning of the pandemic but relaxed it this year in March for certain categories which did not include students. Around 23,000 Indian students have been waiting for their return to their universities for last 18 months. Anshuman Mishra, AIR News, Beijing


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


The National Capital Delhi is likely to experience a generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will hover between 26 and 35 degrees Celsius.


Mumbai is expected to have a generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The minimum and maximum temperature will hover between 25 and 28 degrees Celsius.


Chennai is likely to witness generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will vary between 26 and 34 degrees Celsius.


Kolkata may witness a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The city recorded a minimum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius and maximum is likely to be around 33 degrees.


Srinagar is expected to partly cloudy sky. The temperature will rise from a minimum of 17 degrees Celsius to a maximum of around 20 degrees.


Jammu may see partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. It recorded a minimum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 31 degrees.


Leh is likely to have generally cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius.


Gilgit might experienece generally cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm with a maximum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. It noted a minimum of 15 degrees. 


Muzaffarabad is likely to witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm. The minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 35 degrees.


In Guwahati, the lower limit of temperature was 27 degrees Celsius while upper limit will be 36 degrees. 


In Imphal, the temperature will hover between 22 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees in the city.


In Shillong, temperatures will move between 19 and 26 degrees Celsius.


Aizawl recorded a minimum temperature of 20 degrees while the maximum may be around 28 degrees Celsius.In Kohima, temperature will fluctuate between 19 to 28 degrees Celsius.


In Itanagar, temperature will be hovering between 23 and 34 degrees Celsius. 


And in Gangtok, temperatures will vary between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. 


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Today is the Birth Anniversary of legendary playback singer Mukesh Chand Mathur, better known as Mukesh. He is considered to be one of the most popular and acclaimed playback singers of the Hindi film industry.


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