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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to interact with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in Uttar Pradesh this afternoon.

  • Centre asks States to consider imposing Covid restrictions and curb mass gatherings in view of upcoming festivals.

  • More than 48 crore 89 lakh doses of Corona vaccine administered in the country so far.

  • Bihar government further eases Covid restrictions by allowing schools to resume academic activities with 50 percent attendance.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, 8.5 km-long tunnel between Qazigund and Banihal opened for traffic.

  • Indian and Russian Armies begin joint Exercise INDRA 2021 at Volgograd in Russia.

  • US approves arms sales worth 750 million dollars to Taiwan amid tensions with China.

  • India take 5-4 lead over Germany for Bronze in Men's Hockey at Tokyo Olympics.

  • Wrestler Vinesh Phogat enters quarter-final at Tokyo Games.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in Uttar Pradesh at 1 PM today through video conferencing. Uttar Pradesh is celebrating 5th August 2021 as Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana Day. Massive awareness programme will be launched throughout the state to ensure that no beneficiary is left out from availing the benefits of the scheme.

"Today is also the first anniversary of the foundation laying ceremony of the grand temple in Ayodhya. Although the Prime Minister will not be in Ayodhya on this occasion physically but he will connect with the city of lord Rama virtually where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will himself be present and the statewide function will be organised. The Prime Minister is also expected to interact with beneficiaries of various districts of state. The Function is being organised as 'Ann mahotsav' and the address of Prime Minister will be telecast live at all the PDS shops of the state. State government is all set to make a record by distributing free ration under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana to around 1 crore beneficiaries from around 80 thousand fair price shops in a single day. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI AIR NEWS LUCKNOW."


Today is the second anniversary of abrogation of Article 370. It is on this day in August, 2019, when provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir,  was abrogated by the Union Government. The State was further divided into two Union Territories -  Jammu and Kashmir with Legislative Assembly and Ladakh without Legislative Assembly.

Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir was the only state in the country with its separate constitution as per the provisions mentioned in Article 370, a 'temporary provision' that grants special autonomous status to the State.

After the revocation of Article 370, all Central laws and various welfare schemes are applicable and  the decision has also paved the  way for attracting investment in the region which would in turn increase the potential for development. Increased investments would lead to increased job creation and further betterment of socio-economic infrastructure in the region.


The Centre has advised States to actively consider imposition of local restrictions in public observation during the upcoming festivals and curb mass gatherings. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written a letter to Chief Secretary of all the states in this regard. He said, the trajectory of daily new cases has shown a steady decline over the last month but there are a few States which still reflect signs of upsurge in their daily cases and positivity. Mr Bhushan said, in view of upcoming festivals, such as Muharram, Onam, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Puja, where large public gatherings are expected, States are advised imposition of local restrictions.

The Secretary said, Indian Council of Medical Research and National Centre for Disease Control  have expressed concern regarding the potential of mass gathering events during festivals turning into super spreader events, thereby leading to a spike in Covid cases. Mr Bhushan reiterated that any laxity in ensuring strict adherence to the five-fold strategy of Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate and Ensuring COVID Appropriate Behaviour, may result in losing the impetus that the country has gained so far in managing the pandemic. 


India’s COVID Vaccination Coverage has crossed 48 crore 89 lakh. Union Health Ministry said that more than 38 crore vaccine doses were administered as first dose and ten crore 81 lakh vaccine doses given as second doses so far. The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from 21st June this year.

The Ministry said, more than 33 lakh 50 thousand Vaccine Doses have been administered yesterday. Over 18 lakh 36 thousand vaccine doses were administered as first dose and three lakh 89 thousand vaccine doses given as second dose in the age group 18 to 44 years yesterday. Over 16 crore 61 lakh persons in the age group 18 to 44 years across 37 States and UTs have received their first dose since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive.


Odisha government has withdrawn the requirement of producing covid-19 negative test report or the final vaccination certificate to enter the state. The government had earlier imposed this restriction in a bid to check the rising covid-19 cases.

"As per the earlier guidelines on entry curb,  a person entering the state without the covid-19 negative report or the final vaccination certificate had to undergo seven days of mandatory institutional or home quarantine. Meanwhile, even as the state gradually emerges out of the long-drawn limbo of lockdown,  Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in a video message yesterday, appealed to the people of the state to continue observing covid- appropriate behaviour failing which the state government may be forced to re-impose lockdown in the interest of public health. On the other hand, the world famous Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri will re-open from the 16th of this month after a gap of more than three months. Girish Chandra Dash, AIR News, Bhubaneswar."


Telangana reported 623 new Covid cases during the past 24 hours taking the total cases in the state to over 6 lakh 47 thousand. The state has over 8 thousand 8 hundred active cases currently. The state also reported 594 recoveries from Corona while the state reported 98.05 per cent recovery rate. With this, over 6 lakh 34 thousand persons have recovered from Covid so far in the state.

Meanwhile, Telangana has crossed one crore 50 lakh mark in Corona vaccination.


In Chhattisgarh, more than One crore 24 lakh Covid vaccines have been inoculated so far including the first and second doses.  About 90 percent of the people above 45 years of age in the state have got the Covid vaccine.

"More than 24 lakh people of the state have received both the doses of the Covid vaccine. Besides, 31 percent of the people in the age group of 18 to 44 years have got the first dose of Covid vaccine. Meanwhile, offline classes have started in the schools of the state from 2nd of August. In many schools, at the starting of the class, teachers first make aware the students about the Covid protocols and Covid appropriate behavior. Thermal screening of the students are being done before entering the school premises. Besides, their hands are also sanitized. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur."


Bihar government has further eased Covid-19 curbs by allowing the schools to resume academic activities with fifty percent attendence in classes 9th and 10th from August 7. Similarly Primary and middle schools will also be opened from August 16. Coaching institutions can work with 50 percent attendence of students on alternate day. This decision was taken yesterday at meeting of crisis management group headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The new relaxations will be effective from August 7 to 25.

All shops and business establishments will be opened till 7 pm every day with a weekly closing on one day. Cinema halls are also opened to operate till 7 pm with 50 percent of the seat capacity. Shopping malls will be opened till 7 pm on alternative days. Public transport vehicles will be allowed  to run with their  full capacity of passengers. The night curfew will remain in force from 9 pm to 5 am every day. Religious places will remain closed.


In Jammu and Kashmir, 8.5 km-long tunnel between Qazigund and Banihal has been opened for traffic on trial basis. This was informed by Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari yesterday. The tunnel will reduce travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by about one & half hours. Built at 5,800 feet above sea level, the tunnel replaces Jawahar Tunnel and will provide all weather connectivity.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his vision of building quality infrastructure in J&K for the coming generations. Mr Sinha further said that the completion of the tunnel will ensure all-weather connectivity between Jammu and Srinagar besides giving a major fillip to economic activity in the region.


President Ram Nath Kovind is scheduled to interact with small tea farmers and those who practice organic farming at Ooty in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu today. Later, he will witness the traditional dance performances by the South Zone Cultural Centre and the tribal artists of the hilly district. After a brief sojourn at the hill resort town, he winds up his tour tomorrow. Mr Kovind is on an official visit to Tamil Nadu since Monday.


The budget session of Tamil Nadu Assembly will begin on 13th of this month. The first budget of the new government will be presented in the House on the first day itself. The duration of the session will be decided later by the House Business Committee. The DMK had earlier announced that there will be a separate budget for agriculture.


The Indo - Russia joint training Exercise INDRA 2021 commenced at Prudboy Ranges, Volgograd in Russia yesterday. It started an impressive opening ceremony that saw the unfurling of the National Flags of both countries. Exercise INDRA 2021 will enhance interoperability between the Indian and Russian Armies.

The aim of the exercise is to facilitate joint training between Indian and Russian Armies to jointly plan and conduct counter terror operations under the United Nations mandate. The conduct of the exercise will also entail academic discussions between expert groups of both contingents. The exercise will focus on unit level joint planning and conduct of anti terrorist operations and will include cordon and search operations, intelligence gathering and sharing, perception management, humanitarian laws and hostage rescue in simulated settings.


United States has approved its first arms sale to Taiwan amid rising tensions with China. US State Department has approved arms deal worth 750 million dollars to Taiwan. Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the decision demonstrates the US government's commitment to Taiwan. It also allows Taiwan to maintain a rock-solid self-defense and regional peace and stability. The move comes at a time when tensions between China and Taiwan are growing. The relations between China and the US have also deteriorated in recent times due to various reasons including Indo-Pacific and coronavirus pandemic. China has repeatedly threatened Taiwan with invasion and has adopted a aggressive policy to intimidate the self-governing island.


External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be on a two day visit to  Iran beginning today. He will attend the swearing-in ceremony of the President-elect Ayatollah Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi today. During his visit, Dr Jaishankar will call-on the President and on the sidelines, he will also meet other leaders.


In the run up to Independence Day, we bring you stories on sectors which have made major impact on the lives of citizens. In this series, today we bring you a report on  Rural Development. The Narendra Modi government has laid special emphasis  on rural development by creating infrastructure, providing job opportunities and imparting skill training to the youth. To achieve the objective of Housing for all by the year 2022, Prime Minister  Narendra Modi  had launched the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) on 20th November, 2016.  The PMAY-G aims at providing 2.95 crore houses with  all basic amenities to the eligible rural population in the  country. Launching the scheme from Agra in Uttar Pradesh, Mr Modi said that electricity and LPG connection will also be provided to  the beneficiaries under the scheme.

Our correspondent reports that the Central government is  implementing various other schemes in rural areas for the welfare of rural youth.

"The government is implementing  welfare schemes in the field of skill development and employment of rural poor youth.The schemes include  Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana and  Rural Self Employment and Training Institutes. Under these schemes, more  than 15 lakh candidates were provided training and 11 lakh candidates settled  during the period of over last three years. Under Mahatma Gandhi  National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, during  financial year 2020-21,  more than eleven  crore persons were provided employment and over  389  crore person-days were generated. While in 2021-22, 6 crore 51 lakh  persons have been provided employment and more than 130 crore person-days were generated. This year in the budget, the government has allocated 73 thousand crore rupees for this scheme.  Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi."


Ladakh is celebrating the second anniversary of declaration of Union Territory status, today.

"As Union Territory, Ladakh administration effectively handled the Covid pendemic right from the beginning.  The UT administration used the new status and took quick decisions to establish testing labs and other logistic infrastructural requirements for effective Covid management. In two years, the UT administration chalked out plans  to shift the people  from tourism to land based economic activities like agriculture, horticulture, food processing and to promote carbon neutral industries in the region. Taking the cue from the pandemic experience, UT Ladakh is the first in the country  to provide offline  digital learning through Yountab scheme and to bridge the digital divide. Increased Mobile connectivity, air connectivity, implementation of central schemes, rural electrification, strengthening of grassroot democratic institutions are a few measures to fulfill the aspirations of public. With Ramesh  Chandra, Yangchan Dolma  for AIR news from Leh Ladakh."


The RBI has extended the timelines by three months i.e. till October end for the banks to implement the various provisions of the circular regarding Opening of Current Accounts. It has also asked banks to put in place a monitoring mechanism, both at head office and regional/zonal office levels to monitor non-disruptive implementation of the circular and to ensure that customers are not put to undue inconvenience during the implementation process.

RBI has said that this extended timeline shall be utilised by banks to engage with their borrowers to arrive at mutually satisfactory resolutions within the ambit of the circular. Any issues which banks are unable to resolve themselves shall be escalated to Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) for appropriate guidance. Residual issues, if any, requiring regulatory consideration shall be flagged by IBA to the Reserve Bank for examination by September 30, 2021. Banking regulator has clearly said that banks are not permitted to open current accounts for borrowers who have availed agricultural/ personal Overdraft or OD against deposits.

RBI has reiterated that there is no restriction on opening of current accounts by any bank in case of borrowers who have not availed of Cash Credit/Overdraft facility from any bank, if exposure of the banking system to such borrowers is less than 5 crore rupees. In case the exposure of the banking system is 5 crore rupees or more but less than 50 crore rupees, there is no restriction on lending banks to such borrowers from opening a current account. Even non-lending banks can open current accounts for such borrowers though only for collection purposes. It has said that the restriction applies to borrowers in case they avail of Cash Credit/OverDraft facility, since all operations that can be carried out from a current account can also be carried out from a CC/OD account as banks in a CBS environment follow a one-bank-one-customer model as against a one-branch-one-customer model.


In Madhya Pradesh, the relief and rescue operations are being carried out in full swing in flood affected areas. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is constantly monitoring the flood situation arising out of the heavy rains in Northern MP. Chief Minister also took stock of situation flood affected villages through aerial tour in Gwalior and Chambal divisions.

"The rescue operation is being jointly carried out with the help District Administration, Police, Army, Air Force, Border Security Force, NDRF, SDRF and Home Guards. Bout 1200 villages of Gwalior and Chambal divisions have been affected by floods and water logging. More than 6000 people have been rescued so far. Adequate arrangements of food, water and accommodation are being made for people who have been rehabilitated in the relief camps. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News Bhopal."


In West Bengal, flood situation has worsened in four districts - Hooghly, Howrah, Purba Bardhaman and Paschim Medinipur. More than one lakh 13 thousand people have been evacuated to safer places. Over 43 thousand people have taken shelter in 365 relief camps. Nearly 4 lakh hectares of agricultural land have been submerged. 23 persons have lost their lives due to rain related incidents over the past few days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia of 2 lakh rupees each to the next kin of the deceased. The injured would be given 50 thousand rupees. The state government has also announced an ex-gratia of 2 lakh rupees to the next kin of the deceased. 


India will resume their first innings at the overnight score of 21 for no loss against England in the opening Cricket Test of five-match series. England were all out for 183 runs in their first innings on day one at Trent Bridge in Nottingham yesterday. Earlier England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first.

For India, Jasprit Bumrah claimed 4 wickets. while Mohd Shami bagged 3 wickets.


Take a look at the weather forecast for today.

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

Mumbai will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 32 degrees.

Chennai is expected to have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will vary between 27 and 36 degree Celsius.

Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The city observed a minimum temperature of 27 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 32 degrees.

Srinagar will experience partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm. Temperature will hover between 19 and 30 degree Celsius.

Jammu will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm. The minimum temperature was 24 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees.

Leh is expected to have partly cloudy sky. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between 14 and 28 degree Celsius.

Gilgit will have partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 22 and 36 degree Celsius.

Muzaffarabad will experience Partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm. The minimum temperature was 22 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 37 degrees.

Dehradun will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature was 24 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 29 degrees.

Chandigarh will see Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature is likely to hover between 27 and 31 degree Celsius.

Guwahati will have Generally cloudy sky with Light rain. The minimum temperature was 27 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees.

Imphal will have Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city observed a minimum temperature of 22 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 31 degrees.

Shillong will experience Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 19 and 26 degree Celsius.

Aizawl will have Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was 20 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 28 degrees.

Kohima is expected to have Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between 19 and 28 degree Celsius.

Itanagar will experience Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 24 and 35 degree Celsius.

Gangtok will experience Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. Temperature will hover between 18 and 24 degree Celsius.

Agartala will have Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 26 and 35 degree Celsius. 

Port Blair is expected to have Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will vary between 26 and 29 degree Celsius.

Diu is expected to have Generally cloudy sky with Light rain. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between 26 and 30 degree Celsius.

Panjim will have Generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 24 to 31 degree Celsius. 


In Tokyo Olympics, India won bronze medal in men's hockey defeating Germany 5-4 in a high scoring match.

As soon the match began, Germany's Timur Oruz got an early lead for Germany. Simranjit Singh equalised for India in the second minute of the second quater, which saw as many as five goals. However, Niklas Wellen gave 2-1 lead to Germany which was soon turned to 3-1 with the third goal hit by Benedikt Furk. But India hit back almost immediately with two swift goals to equal the scores, 3-3 First, Hardik converted the penalty corner and then Harmanpreet Singh drag flicked the third one for India. As soon as the third quarter began, India took the 5-3 lead with Rupindar Pal Singh's penalty stroke and Simranjit Singh's second goal of the match. Although Germany hit again in the fourth quarter and scored 4th goal, Indian men kept the lead intact till last minute.

India has won 8 Olympic golds in Hockey, the last of which came four decades ago, in 1980 Moscow Games. 

In Wrestling, Ravi Dahiya will fight for the gold against the reigning world champion Zavur Uguev of ROC in the freestyle 57kg final. Meanwhile, in women's category, Vinesh Phogat entered the quarterfinal beating Sofia Mattson of Sweden 7-1. She now plays Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus. However, Anshu Malik's quest for Bronze medal ended as she lost to Rio Olympics Silver medalist, Valeria Koblova of ROC 5-1. Later, Deepak Punia will fight for Bronze medal in 86 kg category in men's section. In Golf, Aditi Ashok and Diksha Dagar are now in action in Women's Individual Stroke Play Round 2.



  • "Ram temple to be ready by 2025, but devotees will be let in earlier" informs the Indian Express.

  • Referring to the Dhanbad judge's death, the Statesman reports "CBI takes over probe".

  • "Centre mulls Election Commission's proposal to link Aadhaar, voter ID" reports the Asian Age.

  • "UNSC against Afghanistan turning into Islamic emirate" observes the Tribune.

  • "Border Roads Organisation (BRO) builds highest road to support frontline LAC troops. It is at an altitude of over 19,000 ft" reports the Pioneer.

  • "Dahiya storms into final, India assured of another medal. Boxer Lovlina settles for bronze in women's welterweight" reports the Hindu.

  • And finally, Hindustan Times on its front page carries a photograph of India's first indigenous aircraft carrier Vikrant during sea trials. Under the caption "India tests indigenous warship" the paper writes that with this launch trials, India has joined the countries with niche capability to indigenously design, build and integrate a state-of-the-art aircraft carrier.


In some more news,

Bangladesh Railway has earned a record revenue of over 176 crore Taka by carrying freight through the India-Bangladesh interchange points in the year 2020-21. Bangladesh Railway said that 1,613 racks entered Bangladesh through the interchange points such as Rohanpur-Singhabad, Darshana-Gede, Benapole-Petrapole and Biraul-Radhikapur sections. This amount is 100 crore Taka more than the revenue earned in the year 2019-20.


News just in,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Indian team for winning Bronze medal in Men's Hockey at Tokyo Olympics. In a tweet Mr Modi described it a historic day that will be etched in the memory of every Indian. Prime Minister said, congratulations to our Men’s Hockey Team for bringing home the Bronze. With this feat, they have captured the imagination of the entire nation, especially our youth, Mr Modi said. Prime Minister said, India is proud of our Hockey team.


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