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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges IPS probationers to play major role in shaping the country to a 'Surajya' in the next 25 years; Addresses probationers at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy.

  • During the interaction, the Prime Minister asks to remember the Mantra of ‘Nation First-Always First’ while taking decision. 

  • Government has so far provided over 1800 crore rupees to States and Union Territories under Emergency COVID Response Package.

  • Centre advises States to prioritise vaccination of Vagabonds and Destitutes in Nationawide COVID-19 Vaccination Drive.

  • Two unidentified terrorists killed in Pulwama district of Jammu & Kashmir this morning.

  • NIA raids multiple locations across Jammu and Kashmir in connection with cases of IED recovery and arrest of Lashkar-e-Mustafa commander. 

  • Jharkhand High Court directs the SIT to submit report by August 3 in the death probe of Dhanbad Judge Uttam Anand.

  • Border Roads Organisation carrying out rescue and relief operations in flash flood and landslide hit areas of Himachal Pradesh.

  • In Tokyo Olympics, Kamalpreet Kaur enters the final of Women's Discus Throw. 

  • Indian women's Hockey Team defeat South Africa in a must-win pool A match.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today exhorted the IPS probationers to play major role in shaping the country to a Surajya during next 25 years. He asked them to keep national interest in mind while taking any decision at the ground level and remember the Mantra of ‘Nation First-Always First’.

The Prime Minister addressed and interacted virtually with the IPS probationers of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad this morning. Stating that the internal and external challenges grow along the development path of the country, he asked the Probationers to be prepared to tackle the technology disruptions and find innovative and new ideas to tackle menace like cyber and digital frauds.

Stating that development and welfare play key role in dealing with the internal security issues, the Prime Minister asked the IPS probationers to be considerate with the people and deal the issues with patience and concern. He asked them to make all-out efforts to maintain peace and discipline in the society in the coming days. He exuded confidence that the new and young generation of police will make a difference in changing the negative image of Police among common people.

The Prime Minister also recalled the cooperation with the friendly countries like Maldives and Bhutan, especially in extending mutual cooperation during Covid pandemic and otherwise. He said mutual cooperation among the countries will continue in dealing digital, cyber and international frauds as the police officers get training in the academy.

Earlier interacting with the probationers, the Prime Minister asked them to take interest in police reforms and fitness plans for the forces in the coming days.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the increasing number of women in the police forces is motivating many in different parts of the country.

Union Home Minister, Amit Shah and Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai were also present on the occasion.

The Prime minister interacted with the IPS probationers from cadres belonging to various states including Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgadh, Rajasthan, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh on the occasion.


The Centre has provided around 1,828 crore rupees so far to states and Union Territories under Emergency COVID Response Package to fight against the pandemic. In a tweet, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, the amount is 15 per cent of the total amount of the package. He said this package will be helpful in the development of health infrastructure across the country.


The Centre has again advised the States and Union Territories to prioritize vaccination of vagabonds and destitutes under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive.  In a letter written to the States and Union Territories, Union Health Ministry has exhorted to take up this task on a priority basis.

States and Union Territories have been advised to direct their concerned Departments of Social Justice and Empowerment and Health to work together to facilitate vaccination of the destitutes, beggars and vagabonds. Concerned Departments of State Governments have been encouraged to take the help of NGOs, citizens and volunteers in this endeavour. It has been suggested that special sessions may be planned for conducting the vaccination for this group of population. States and Union Territories have been advised to adopt a targeted approach to cover this group.


In Kerala, the central team to take stock of the unprecedented covid hike in the State has reached Alappuzha to assess the situation in the district. A four-member team led by Dr. Sujeet Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control visited the Collectorate and met the officials from the district's health and other departments dealing with Covid control measures. Later today, a team of experts will visit Kollam district to analyze the covid situation prevailing there.

The Central team will visit ten selected districts in the state where the TPR figures are continuously escalating and the disease is most prevalent.

Meanwhile, Kerala continues to report surge in Covid cases, as it confirms 20,772 new covid positive cases yesterday. The test positivity rate in the State has increased to 13.53 percent. Presently over 1 lakh 50,000 active covid cases are there in Kerala.


Under the Nationwide COVID Vaccination Drive, so far, more than 46 crore 15 lakh doses have been administered in the country. The Health Ministry said, more than 52 lakh 99 thousand vaccine doses were administered during the last 24 hours. Recovery rate stands at 97.37 per cent with over 37 thousand patients recovering in the last 24 hours.

During same period, over 41 thousand new cases were reported in the country. Daily Case positivity rate is at 2.34 per cent and it remains below 5 per cent. 593 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours.


In Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the State is getting sufficient number of vaccines from the Center. The state ranks fourth in the country in terms of vaccination against covid 19. Chief Minister was reviewing the situation of Corona and vaccination work in the state.

Chief Minister stressed upon the need to accelerate the work of corona vaccination . 47 percent eligible persons of the state have been administered the first dose of Corona vaccine, while 9 percent have received the second dose. Meanwhile , active cases reduced to 121. State reported 10 new cases. The positivity rate is 0.01 percent. About 70 thousand tests are being conducted daily .  The state ranks 30th in the country in Corona infection.

Pooja P. Vardhan , AIR News Bhopal.


The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued a circular yesterday saying that Scheduled International Commercial Flights will  remain suspended till 31st of August. However, the restrictions will not be applicable on international cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. The DGCA said that international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis.


Health Ministry has said that more than 48 crore 78  lakh vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far. It said that further 68 lakh 57 thousand 590 doses are in the pipeline. The ministry added that more than 3 crore 14 lakh balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with States and union territories and private hospitals to be administered.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, two unidentified terrorists were gunned down today morning in a gunfight that broke out between terrorists and security forces in Pulwama district.

J&K Police in a tweet said that the location of the encounter site was between Namibian & Marsar of Dachigam forests in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. The identity of the slain terrorists is being ascertained. 


The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today raided 14 locations across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The raids are in connection with cases related to recovery of IED on June 27 and the arrest of Lashkar-e-Mustafa top commander Hidayatullah Malik.

The first case is related to recovery of 7 Kg IED near Jammu bus stand in February this year, while the second is related to a conspiracy by terror organisation LeM nearly a month after the arrest of its chief Hidayatullah Malik by Anantnag police from Kunjwani area of Jammu on February 6.

On June 27, two people were arrested by J&K Police with IED from Narwal area of Jammu. Their arrest came hours after two explosions rocked the high security technical area of Air Force Station in Jammu which was carried out by drones. The Ministry of Home Affairs had handed over this investigation to NIA a few days ago.


Bhartiya Janta Party has said that Modi government is continuously working for the economic upliftment and providing social justice to the people of the country.

Addressing a press conference today, Union Minister Bhupender Yadav said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a historic decision to provide reservation to OBC and economically weaker section in the All India Quote Scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses. He said, 79 new medical colleges have been opened in the last five years under the Modi's government. He said, around 56 per cent undergraduate seats and 80 per cent post graduate seats have been increased in the country.

Mr. Yadav criticized the Congress for breaking the parliamentary tradition. He said, the demand for constitutional status to the Commission of Backward Classes had been going on for a long time but during the UPA government, the Backward Classes Commission was not given constitutional status. He said, Backward Classes Commission was given the status of Constitutional Commission under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


The Jharkhand High Court has directed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the death of Dhanbad Additional and District Sessions Judge, Uttam Anand, to submit its report by August 3. The Court said that it want a speedy and professional investigation. The Court also ordered the Jharkhand DGP to apprise the Court about the graph rate of the crime in Jharkhand after January, 2020.

The direction was passed by a Division Bench of Chief Justice Dr. Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan in the suo motu case regarding the death of the judge Anand, who was mowed down by an auto rickshaw on Wednesday.

The Advocate General and DGP of Jharkhand informed the Court that SIT has apprehended two persons regarding Anand's death and a high ranking police officer would lead the SIT and the investigation would be conducted in a very professional manner.


In Mizoram, Vairengte police station under Kolasib district has registered a case against Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and six officials of the Assam government. The case was registered on the basis of an FIR lodged by police officials of Vairengte police station in Kolasib district, which borders Cachar district of Assam.

The case is a follow up of the violent clashes along the Mizoram-Assam border at Vairengte on 26th July when five personnel were reportedly killed and many injured from both states. Police said the FIR has been registered against the Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and six officials for allegedly intimidation of the state police personnel, storming the security camp, encroachment of forest and gunfire at Vairengte. 


The Assam Higher Secondary Education Council has announced the result of Higher Secondary final year 2021 today. Altogether 2 lakh 49 thousand 812 students appeared in the evaluation process in Arts, Science and Commerce streams as well as in vocational course. The Council had cancelled examination due to COVID 19 situation and result was declared on the basis of alternative evaluation. 


Border Roads Organisation, BRO is carrying out rescue and relief operations in Himachal Pradesh which is witnessing flash floods and landslides due to heavy rainfall. In the Lahaul and Spiti Valley, the strategic Manali - Sarchu road was closed for traffic at various places due to multiple landslides.

BRO has despatched its trained Engineering Task Force with personnel and equipment to undertake the rescue and road clearing operations. Yesterday, many civilians were stranded and facing problems due to lack of oxygen in inclement high-altitude conditions on Manali Leh road. The BRO team cleared the landslide and rescued people. 

On Tuesday, a separate Engineer Task Force of BRO was deployed for clearance of Kiler-Tandi road which was blocked due to heavy landslides. The team carried out a late night clearance operation and rescued people stranded in the slide zone. During the operation, some members of the team, six civilians and a civil vehicle were washed away by a sudden flash flood.


Mumbai has recorded its fourth highest July rainfall since 2005, with 119 mm rain till 30th of the month. The month also witnessed two landslides on days of intense rain. IMD official said that a typical synoptic features that lead to heavy rain were in place, due to which the city saw an intense down pour during those few days. The rain recorded in the city just touched 2080.8 mm, which is 776.8 mm above normal. IMD has forcast dry days ahead for the city and adjoining areas, with no significant increase in rain. The stock in lake supplying water to Mumbai on Friday touched 73.86 per cent or 10.69 lakh ml.


The annual ban on trawling along the coast of Kerala draws to a close at midnight today. During the 52-day ban, over 3000 trawlers remained off the sea. While fishermen are all set to resume their activities, the rising Covid Test Positivity Rate in the state is a matter of concern as the fishing community are already reeling under several hardships caused by the pandemic.

The ban, introduced in 1988, is aimed at lessening the impact of fishing practices on marine ecology. It coincides with the fish breeding season, thus contributing to the replenishment of marine fishery resources.


India's quest for another medal continues today at the Tokyo Olympics. With several athletes just a win away from increasing country's medal tally, Indian contingent is aiming to rise to the occasion.

Indian women's Hockey Team defeated South Africa 4-3 in a must-win pool A match. Vandana Katariya's historic Olympic hat-trick helped the Indian side in improving their chances of entering the quarterfinals.

Athlete Kamalpreet Kaur entered the final of Women's Discus Throw after pulling out a monster 64.00 metre throw in the qualification round. India’s national record holder Kamalpreet also finished second in the overall standings. However, discus thrower Seema Punia was out of the medal contention after she finished at 16th position with 60.57 metre throw. The final will be held on 2nd of August.

In a huge upset for India in Boxing, top seed and favourite Amit Panghal bowed out after losing to Yuberjen Martínez of Colombia, 1-4 in pre quarter finals of Men's flyweight event.

India's campaign in Archery ended this morning as Atanu Das failed to qualify for the quarterfinals after going down against Takaharu Furukawa of Japan, 4-6 in a close battle of bows in the Men's individual event. Indian shooters Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant failed to make the finals of the women's 50m rifle 3 positions event, settling for the 15th and 33rd position respectively.  In Equestrian, second day of the dressage round of individual section, featuring India's Fouaad Mirza atop his horse Seigneur Medicott, is also underway. Fouaad was at the seventh position following the first two sessions of dressage round yesterday.

In one of the action-packed matches of the Tokyo Olympics today ,India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu will take on Tai Tzu Ying of China in the semifinal . The thrilling contest will be played at Musashino Forest Sports Plaza. Sixth seed Sindhu cruised into the semifinals after her quarterfinals win over fourth seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in straight games. On the other hand, Second seed Tai Tzu Ying came from behind to win the match against No.5 seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.

Pugilist Pooja Rani will clash with Qian Li of China in quarterfinals of Women's Middleweight (69-75kg) category.

In Sailing, 10th race of Men's Skiff - 49er event will be held with participation of Kelapanda Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar.

The day will end with, Athelete M Sreeshankar sweating for the qualification round of Men's Long Jump.


All India Radio, Doordarshan and DD Sports are doing mega coverage of the 2020 Olympics.

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


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today remembered the brave revolutionary and iconic patriot, Shaheed Udham Singh on his martyrdom day. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, the nation will remain forever indebted to him for his valorous sacrifice. The Vice President also shared a famous quote in which Shaheed Udham Singh has considered death as a great honour for  the sake of motherland.


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. This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 09:30 PM. 

Professor of Medicine at Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur, Dr. S Banerjee will participate in the live Discussion.

Listeners can ask questions to the expert on Toll Free No: 1800-115767 and on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444. You can also post your queries on our Twitter handle @airnews alerts by #tag Askair.

This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL. You can also follow us on the NEWSONAIR app for s.


Weather forecast for today:-

National Capital Delhi is expected to be generally cloudy sky with moderate rain with minimum temperature recorded at 24 degree Celsius. Maximum is expected to reach 33 today. 

In Mumbai sky will be generally cloudy with moderate rain. Minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 31 degrees.

Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with Light rain with minimum temperature recorded at 27 degree Celsius and maximum expected at 36 degrees.

Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Minimum temperature in the metropolis was 27 degree Celsius while maximum is expected to go up to 31 degrees.

In Jammu minimum temperature was 26 degree Celsius, maximum will be around 34 and the city will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm.

Srinagar had a minimum of 19 degree celsius and maximum will be around 29 and will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm.

In Leh the sky will generally cloudy sky with Light Rain or Drizzle. Temperature will hover between 10 to 24 degree Celsius.

In Gilgit, the sky will be generally cloudy with light rain or Drizzle. Minimum temperature was 18 degrees and maximum will be around 36.

In Muzzafarabad, temperature will shift from 24 degrees in the morning to 32 degree Celsius in the afternoon. The city will witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm.

Guwahati will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The  Minimum temperature in the city was 28 reaching up to 33 degree Celsius in the afternoon. 

Imphal will observe a minimum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius and a maximum of around 30 degrees with Generally cloudy sky with moderate rain.

In Shillong, temperature will hover between 18 and 23 degrees Celsius. Sky will be generally cloudy with a few spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Aizwal, the minimum temperature was 19 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 26 degrees. The sky will be generally cloudy with a few spells of rain or thundershowers

Kohima will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The temperature will be between 18 and 26 degrees Celsius. While, Agartala is expected to have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 26 and 31 degrees Celsius. 

In Itanagar, temperature will hover between 24 and 34 degrees Celsius and Generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Gangtok, temperature will hover between 17 and 21 degrees Celsius. Sky is expected to be generally cloudy with a few spells of rain or thundershowers.


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