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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in Uttar Pradesh through video conferencing; Says, country's economy is now moving forward clearly indicating the country's resolve to give  tough fight to the COVID pandemic.

  • Both Houses of Parliament witness frequent disruptions over Pegasus snooping, Farm laws and other issues; Lok Sabha adjourned till 4 P.M.

  • Country crosses 49 crore mark under Nationwide Vaccination Drive; COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.37 per cent.

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

  • Rescue and relief operations in full swing in flood-affected areas of Madhya Pradesh.

  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar begins his two  day visit to Iran from today.

  • 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.

  • Indian men's hockey team scripts history with bronze medal win in Tokyo Olympics; Prime Minister congratulate team India on their historic feat.

  • Wrestlers Ravi Dahiya to fight for Olympic gold medal and Deepak Punia to fight for bronze medal.

  • India to resume their first innings at the overnight score of 21 for no loss against England in the Nottingham opening Cricket Test of five-match series.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the country's economy is now moving forward and there are clear indications which show that the country is giving a tough fight to the pandemic. Interacting with the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in Uttar Pradesh through video conferencing today, Prime Minister said that amidst the pandemic our export is at an all time high after independence in a single month and there is record GST collection. Mr. Modi said, our country is now in the list of top ten countries in terms of Agriculture exports.

Taking a dig at the ongoing ruckus in the Parliament, the Prime Minister said that, just because of their political interest, the Opposition is disrespecting the Parliament continuously. He said that the Parliament cannot become hostage of such people. He said that while the country was making new records then these people were busy blocking the Parliament. He said that new India is not worried about the past but busy in winning medals.

The Prime Minister also interacted with the beneficiaries of the scheme from various districts of the state.

State-level function was organized in Ayodhya, where Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath was present. On this occasion, Yogi Adityanath said that the scheme helped a lot to the poor and needy people of the state who were affected by the COVID pandemic. He said that this is the world’s biggest food distribution programme and a waterproof bag has also been added to the scheme which will provide necessary information about the government scheme.

Mentioning the historic significance of the day, the Chief Minister said that last year the Prime Minister was himself present in the city and his government is trying to fulfill the PM’s dream of a new Ayodhya. He informed that 17 development projects worth 1and 38 crore rupees have been completed while work on 54 mega projects worth 3 thousand 1 hundred and 36 crore rupees are going on in the city. Yogi said that new development projects worth 8,568 crores are proposed for the city.

Uttar Pradesh is celebrating Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana Day today.  The Function is being organised as Ann Mahotsav and the address of Prime Minister was telecast live at all the PDS shops of the state. A massive awareness programme has been launched throughout the state to ensure that no beneficiary is left out from availing the benefits of the scheme. Many Ministers of the state along with MPs and MLAs and other senior administrative officials took part in the functions across the state.


The stalemate in Parliament continued today following relentless protest by the Opposition over Pegasus snooping, farm laws and other issues. Both the houses of Parliament have been adjourned till 2 P.M. In the Lok Sabha, when the house met, after first adjournment at 12 noon, Opposition parties including the Congress, TMC, DMK and the others continued with their sloganeering. Amid din, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tried to raise the issue related to sexual assault and death on a Dalit girl in Delhi. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal said that the government is more concerned about the welfare of women and accused the Opposition of not willing to discuss issues. The Presiding Officer rejected the adjournment notices given by the Opposition members. As uproar continued, the Presiding Officer adjourned the House till 2 P.M.

Earlier, when the house met for the day, Opposition parties including the Congress, TMC, DMK and the others continued with their sloganeering and created a deadlock during the Question Hour over Pegasus snooping, farm laws and other issues. Repeated requests by Speaker Om Birla went unheard and the house was adjourned till 12 noon. In the morning, the house congratulated the Indian Men's Hockey team and Indian Boxer Lovlina Borgohain for their laurels in the Olympics by the members thumping their desks in unison. The Speaker said that the Nation was proud of the achievements of the daughters in particular.

In the Rajya Sabha, when the house met after second adjournment at 12 noon, Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, while referring to yesterday’s incident, said, the suspended MP was coming to the house to collect her bag and other things. He said, blaming the MP is wrong. Responding to it, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi criticised the opposition saying the government has no objection over protest, but violence cannot be justified. He condemned the incident and accused the Opposition of trying to hijack the house. Amid noisy scenes, Deputy Chairman Harivansh tried to run the Question Hour, but in vain. Later, he adjourned the house till 2 P.M.


Bharatiya Janata Party today attacked the Congress and other parties for raking up the Pegasus snooping issue without any evidence. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Congress has not given any evidence till date that the phones of their party leaders have been tapped. He said, when the Electronic and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw was making a statement on the Pegasus issue in Parliament, the members of the Opposition party tore the papers in front of the Minister. Mr Prasad said, the government is ready for discussion on the issue, but the Congress is disrupting the proceedings of  both  houses of Parliament.


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Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 4:00pm.


Airports Authority of India has planned to invest around 25 thousand crore rupees in the next four to five years for the development of existing and expansion of new terminals by using modern technology. This information was given by Minister of State of Civil Aviation General Dr. V. K. Singh (Retd.) in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today. He said, the government will continue to undertake hi-tech measures for improvement in civil aviation sector in the country.


India has crossed yet another milestone in the COVID Vaccination Drive as the total vaccination coverage has crossed 49 crore mark today. Union Health Ministry has termed it India's landmark achievement in the fight against COVID-19.

The country has reported 42 thousand 982 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

A total of 41 thousand 726 patients also recovered from the infection during the last 24 hours. The recovery rate is currently at 97.37 per cent.  


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 .


In Bihar, COVID vaccination crossed over two crore fifty lakh mark in the state. The state ranked second in the country in respect of vaccination. Of them, forty lakh 67 thousand people have taken both the doses. The state recovery rate has risen to above 98 per cent while the test positivity rate has declined to below one per cent.


Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya today held a meeting with the Chairman of Dr Reddy’s Lab, Dr Satish Reddy in New Delhi. In a tweet, Mr Mandaviya said, he held a discussion on the production of the Sputnik V COVID vaccine and its supply.


In Kerala, the new COVID guidelines and exemptions came into effect from today. Our correspondent has more details --

The new Covid restrictions will be based on the number of Covid cases per thousand people rather than the  TPR based strategy.If more than 10 people per thousand population test covid positive in an area within a week, a triple lockdown will be imposed in that area.  Shops and commercial establishments will remain open  for six days in a week and allowed to function till 9 pm. Those arriving at the shops must have received atleast a single dose of the covid vaccine or should have a RT-PCR negative certificate taken within 72 hours.  Only 20 people will be allowed for marriage and funeral ceremonies. Places of worship  can only accommodate a maximum of 40 people. Malls will not be allowed to open. Only parcel services are allowed in hotels. Restaurants and eateries can be opened till 9.30 pm. No more complete lockdown will be imposed on Saturdays and there will be no lockdown on upcoming two Sundays in view of  Onam and Independence Day. Meanwhile, Kerala continues to report surge in COVID cases as it confirmed 22,414 new positive cases yesterday. Presently ove one lakh 76000 active covid cases are there  in the state.Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram .


As India won a medal in Hockey in the Olympic Games after a long wait of 41 years, the entire Nation is celebrating the rare feat of achieved by the Hockey team  The greetings are pouring from every nooks and corners on the men in blue.

The Indian men's Hockey team scripted history with their sticks as they defeated Germany 5-4 to win a bronze in the Tokyo Olympics.  Eight time Olympic Hockey champion India, won a medal at the Games after 1980. Overall this is the 12th medal in hockey and third bronze for India in Olympics. For India, Simranjit Singh scored two goals while Harmanpreet, Hardik and Rupinder Pal Singh scored one goal each. 


President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have congratulated the Indian men's hockey team for winning the Bronze medal in Men's Hockey at Tokyo Olympics.

The President in a tweet, said that the team showed exceptional the skills,resilience and determination to win.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu  said, the country is proud of  skillful and combative game of the team.

The Prime Minister in a tweet described it as a historic day that will be etched in the memory of every Indian.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke to the Indian Men’s Hockey Captain Manpreet Singh, Head Coach Graham Reid and Assistant Coach Piyush Dubey. He congratulated the team for emerging victorious and bringing home the bronze. The Prime Minister told Manpreet Singh that they have scripted history. Mr.Modi remarked that today Manpreet’s voice is loud and clear, whereas it was slightly muted the other day, when India lost to Belgium.

Manpreet thanked the Prime Minister for his constant encouragement to the team. Let us listen to the conversation.

In a tweet, Home Minister Amit Shah said, Indian Hockey team have made the entire nation proud. He said, it is a moment of immense pride and joy for every Indian.


Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur has congratulated the Indian men's hockey team for winning a bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics. Mr Thakur said that our men’s hockey team dominated and defined their destiny in the Olympic history books today, yet again. He said, that the country is  extremely proud of the hockey team.


Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has congratulated Indian men's hockey team on their winning bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. In a tweet, he has said that this historic win will inspire generations of sports persons. A report --

The bronze in Olympics  in the men's hockey has sent feel-good waves across Sundergarh district in particular and Odisha in general and rightly so. First because the Olympic medal has come to India after a gap of 41 years and second because Sundargarh district in Odisha has been the cradle of hockey in the country which has nurtured some of the best hockey players in the world like former captain of the Indian hockey team Dilip tirkey and Lazarus Barla. The present winning team to has two brilliant hockey stars namely Amit Rohidas and Birendra Lakra from Odisha. This apart, the Indian women's hockey team, currently aiming high in the Olympics too has Namita Toppo and Deep Grace Ekka as the teammates from Odisha.Girish Chandra Dash AIR News Bhubaneswar.


Indian wrestler will display their skills after a couple of hours. Here is a report from the sports desk.

Rejuvenated Indian grapplers will start their hunt for medals after couple of hours. Ravi Dahiya will fight for the gold medal against the reigning world champion Zavur Uguev of Russian Olympic Committee in the freestyle 57 kilogram final. However, in women's category, there were disappointments for India as Vinesh Phogat lost her quarterfinal match to Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus 3-9 and Anshu Malik's quest for bronze medal ended as she lost to Rio Olympics silver medalist, Valeria Koblova of ROC 5-1. Later today, Deepak Punia will fight for bronze medal in 86 kg category in men's section. In Golf, Aditi Ashok is currently tied at 2nd spot. Her great performance in first two round has definitely improved our prospects of securing a medal. But, the day will be marked by the rare feat achieved by the Indian hockey team. Earlier, the men in blue scripted history with their sticks as they defeated Germany 5-4 to win a bronze in Tokyo Olympics. The quest for medal for India ended after the wait of 41 years. ARUN JOSHI, SPORTS DESK.


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 Madhya Pradesh, rescue and relief operations are continuing in full swing in the flood-affected areas. NDRF, SDRF, Army and BSF teams have rescued more than 6,000 people from 240 affected villages in Northern MP. Vice President M. Venkaiya Naidu and Home Minister Amit Shah today spoke with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and enquired about the present situation.  More from our correspondent --

More than 1000 villages have been affected in Shivpuri, Sheopur, Datia, Gwalior, Bhind  due to excessive rains and floods. Chief Minister also took stock of flood affected villages through aerial tour in Gwalior and Chambal divisions. Adequate arrangements of food, water and accommodation are being made for people who have been  rehabilitated in the relief camps. Chief Minister informed that Centre is providing full help to State for relief work. Pooja P. Vardhan , AIR News Bhopal.


The Indo - Russia joint training Exercise INDRA 2021 commenced at Prudboy Ranges, Volgograd in Russia yesterday. It started with 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.


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.


Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw today said that in the last two years, since the abrogation of Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir has seen a massive development in Railways. In a tweet, Mr Vaishnaw said, Jammu and Kashmir will soon get its first phase of Metro Rail service. He said, the Centre has set a target to connect Jammu and Kashmir with Railways by next year.


Several functions are lined up to mark the Second Anniversary of Abrogation of Article 370, Article 35 A and declaration of Union Territory status for Ladakh, today. Our correspondent has filed this report --

Today is second  anniversary  of declaration  of Union Territory for Ladakh. Azadi ki Amrit Mohitsav  and Swach Ladakh - Swasth Ladakh have been main themes of the celebrations  of second anniversary of abrogation  of article 370 and creation of Union Territory for Ladakh.  Lieutenant Governor  R K Mathur launched series of events on these themes.  10- Day long cleanliness drive across Ladakh has  begun from today. Lieutenant Governor  also launched Cleanliness  Signature Campaign and handed over the Refuge Compactor and Grabbing  machines to the Leh Municipal Committee. It was good news for magazines readers and literary enthusiasts as Mr Mathur also re launched state run Ladakhi oldest Newspaper titled Ladakh Fongya as bi-lingual monthly Magazine. Introduction  of E- Buses for public transport to meet the vision of Carbon neutrality  was another event  to mark the  celebration, to promote  and encourage  eco friendly  transportation. Lieutenant Governor flagged  off cycle expeditions organized by Ladakh Police. With Ramesh Chandra,  Yangchan Dolma for AIR news from Leh Ladakh.


In a move to give a boost to execute development projects in Assam, the State Government, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development and Assam Infrastructure Financing Authority inked a Memorandum of understanding in Guwahati yesterday.

As per the MoU, 13 thousand 200 crore rupees will be used for infrastructural development for NABARD Infrastructure Development Assistance and Rural Infrastructure Assistance to State Government in rural and semi-urban areas across the state.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma termed the day as historic as he hoped that it would usher in a new era of development in the state. He also said that the MoU would launch a series of capital-intensive projects to bring about paradigm shift in the development narrative of the state.


Himachal Pradesh received five oxygen fitted ambulances by Mahindra Group under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Shimla today. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur flagged these ambulances for deployment at varoius places of the state. All five ambulances would be provided to IGMC, Shimla, Kinnaur, Kandaghat, Janjheli and Nurpur hospitals.

While thanking the Mahindra Group for their philanthropic gesture, Mr Thakur said, these ambulances would go a long way in supplementing the efforts of the State Government for mitigating the suffering of the patients.


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.


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

The National Capital Delhi is predicted to have generally cloudy sky with light rain. The temperature will rise from a minimum of 27 to a maximum of around 35 degrees Celsius.

Mumbai will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain  and the temperature will hover between 25 to 31 degrees Celsius.

Chennai will witness generally cloudy sky and light rain will have a maximum temperature of around 36 degrees Celsius. It recorded a minimum temperarture of 28 degrees.

Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers.  It had a minimum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, while maximum is expected to be around 32 degrees.

Srinagar will experience partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm. The temperature will hover between 18 and 30 degrees Celsius.

Jammu will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm. It recorded 26 degrees Celsius as lower limit of temperature while upper limit is exepcted to be nearly 33 degrees.

Leh is likely to witness partly cloudy sky. The lower limit of temperature was 13 degrees Celsius while the upper limit will be nearly 28 degrees.

Gilgit will have a partly cloudy sky and temperature will hover between 20 and 36 degrees Celsius.

Muzaffarabad will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust storm. The minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 36 degrees.

Guwahati will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers with temperature rising from a minimum of 27 degrees Celsius to a maximum of 37 degrees. 

Imphal will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. It recorded a minimum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 31 degrees.

Shillong will experience generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 18 and 26 degrees Celsius.

Aizawl will have generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. It recorded minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius while maximum to be around 28 degrees.

Kohima is expected to have a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers and temperature will fluctutate between 19 and 28 degrees Celsius. 

Itanagar will experience generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers and temperature will hover between 24 and 35 degrees Celsius. 

Gangtok will witness generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The temperature will move from a minimum of 18 degrees Celsius to a maximum of 24 degrees.

Agartala will also have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will move from a minimum of 26 to a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius. 

Patna will experience generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle with minimum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and maximum of 33 degrees Celsius.

And Ahmedabad will have generally cloudy sky with light rain with minimum temperature of 25 degrees Celsius and maximum of 33 degrees Celsius.



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