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  • The 15th meeting of the India-European Union Summit will be held in virtual mode today. The Summit will be co-chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of European Council Charles Michel and President of European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

  • The Government today said the COVID19 recovery rate has improved to 63.24 per cent. A total of five lakh 92 thousand 32 people have recovered in the country so far.

  • US government has dropped its plans to deport international students whose courses move fully online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will declare the result of Class 10th examination this afternoon.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver a video address on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day today. The day marks the 5th anniversary of the launch of Skill India Mission.

  • The Congress party has dismissed Sachin Pilot from Rajasthan State Cabinet and also from the post of party’s state president.

  • The Human Resource and Development Ministry has announced guidelines for online classes operationalised by schools amid the COVID pandemic.

  • The fourth round of Commander-level talks between India and China have concluded at Chushul Border post in Eastern Ladakh.

  • Indian Railways has developed a Post Covid Coach to fight Covid 19.

  • In Bihar, fresh complete lockdown has been imposed for 16 days that will be effective from July 16 to 31st of July to contain the spread of COVID-19.

  • Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone and inaugurated highway projects today in Haryana.

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's strong political will, economic reforms are being sustained in the country.

  • US government has dropped its plans to deport international students whose courses move fully online because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision comes a little over a week after US President Donald Trump's administration had announced the policy.
     
    Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued the government over the plan.
     
    District Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts has said the parties have come to a settlement. Foreign students were told last week that they would not be allowed to stay in the US this autumn unless they switched to a course with in-person tuition.

  • In addition to it, results can be obtained by sending SMS on mobile number 7738299899 with required details.

    Results of Class 10th can also be obtained through Interactive Voice Response System on telephone number - 011-24300699. Besides, students can also view their results on UMANG App and on website. Students can also access Digilocker Application on UMANG App to view their marksheets and other digital academic documents.

    Candidate's digital marksheet, passing, migration and skill certificates will also be available in DigiLocker. The DigiLocker mobile app can be downloaded from Google Play Store.

  • The Summit will review India-EU cooperation covering political and security relations, trade and investment and economic cooperation. It is also expected to discuss developments around the COVID-19 pandemic and contemporary global matters of interest to both sides.

    The Summit is taking place in the background of the EU wanting to play a more active role globally and also attaching higher priority to relationship with India and trying to look at the partnership in a more substantive way.

    The new Presidents of the European Commission and European Council had taken over in December last year. The new leadership believes that the EU needs to play a stronger role in the global platform and has shown a lot of interest in India. It was in the year 2000 in which India and the European Union decided to institutionalise the mechanism at the level of the Summit.

  • The Human Resource and Development Ministry has announced guidelines for online classes operationalised by schools amid the COVID pandemic. Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank virtually released the PRAGYATA guidelines on digital education in New Delhi, on Tuesday. The guidelines recommend a cap on the screen time for students.

    The HRD Ministry has suggested that the online classes for pre-primary students should not be for more than 30 minutes a day. For Classes 1st to 8th, it has suggested that not more than two online sessions of upto 45 minutes each should be conducted in a day. The guidelines have been issued keeping in mind the overall development of the students with an aim to cut down undue screen time. For the senior students, from class 9th to 12th, the Ministry has suggested to limit the online classes to a maximum of four sessions of upto 45 minutes each.
     
    Speaking on the release of the PRAGYATA guidelines, HRD Minister said that COVID-19 pandemic has led to closure of schools and has impacted over 240 million children of the country who are enrolled in schools. He said, PRAGYATA guidelines have been developed from the perspective of learners, with a focus on online, digital education for students who are presently at home due to lockdown. He added that these guidelines on Digital Education provide a roadmap for carrying forward online education to enhance the quality of education. The Minister highlighted that the guidelines will be relevant and useful for a diverse set of stakeholders including school heads, teachers, parents, teacher educators and students. The guidelines stress upon the use of alternative academic calendar of NCERT, for both, learners having access to digital devices and learners having limited or no access.
     
    The PRAGYATA guidelines include eight steps of digital learning that is, Plan- Review- Arrange- Guide- Yak (talk)- Assign- Track- Appreciate. These steps guide the planning and implementation of digital education step by step with examples. The Guidelines also emphasize the need to unify all efforts related to digital, online education, benefitting school going children across the country. The initiative includes DIKSHA, SWAYAM Prabha, Radio Vahini and Shiksha Vaani.

  • In Assam, there is no respite from flood fury. Nearly 33 lakh people are affected in the second wave of floods in 28 districts. The death toll due to floods has gone up to 59 in the state. 45 thousand people are taking shelter at relief camps. 
     
    Nagaon, Morigaon, Dhubri, Barpeta, Goalpara are among the worst affected districts. Rescue and relief measures are being carried out by the local administration, SDRF and NDRF. 
     
    Several national park and sanctuaries are also under water including the Kaziranga national park.

    In Bihar also, the flood situation remains serious as rivers flow over the danger mark.

     

  • The fourth meeting was held in the background of 30th June Meeting followed by the conservation between the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on 5th July. Talks are to initiate the second phase of disengagement along the Line of Actual Control.

    GoC of Fire and Fury corps Lt Genl Harinder Singh has welcomed his counterpart from China, the South Xinjiang Military Province Commander Major General Liu Lin for the talks at Chushul. 

    The talks between the two countries mainly focussed on the implementation of agreement reached on the previous meetings. However, the thurst was on complete disengagement at Finger -4 and further at Pangong Tso and Depsang plains. Lt Genl Harvinder Singh briefed the Senior Army officials about the outcome of Tuesday's talks.

  • A Digital Conclave is being organized by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to mark the occasion.
     
    Skill India is an initiative of the Government of India to empower the youth with skill sets, making them more employable. Skill India offers courses across several sectors which are aligned to the standards recognised by both, the industry and the government under the National Skill Qualification Framework.

    The courses enhance the technical expertise and companies don’t have to invest in training for the particular job profile.

  • Chairing a meeting of COVID task force in Colombo on Tuesday evening, President said that although day to day life has returned to normalcy, precautionary measures should not be relaxed as the risk of the COVID-19 virus spreading remains high.

    He added that the heads of both government and private entities are accountable for adhering to health guidelines in their organizations in wake of current spike in COVID 19 cases.  His comments came as over 500 fresh cases have been detected over last week from a rehabilitation centre and chief epidemiologist of the health ministry has warned that there is a significant risk of community spread.

    A total of 19 fresh cases were confirmed yesterday including 13 from the rehabilitation centre and their contacts. There are 666 active COVID-19 cases currently among total infections of 2665 so far. Parliamentary elections are scheduled for 5th of next month and election commission is scheduled to meet today to take stock of the emerging situation.

  • President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih visited international airport in Male to check on the operations Tuesday evening. He was briefed on the measures in place to screen passengers as well as on their testing capacity, and protocols in place to ensure social distancing and good hygiene.

    Government has prepared safety measures to be enforced at ports and guest facilities including mandatory testing for airport arrivals. Maldives is heavily dependent on tourism for its economic activities which was suspended in wake of COVID.

    The total number of COVID cases surpassed 2,800 with 39 cases reported yesterday including 27 Maldivians, seven Bangladeshi nationals and five Indian nationals. There are currently 470 active cases with total recoveries at 2,302 while 14 people have died. Among the infected are 1711 foreign nationals mostly from Bangladesh while over 150 Indian nationals are also included who were living in the neighbouring country for jobs and business etc.

  • It said, a total of five lakh 71 thousand 460 people affected with coronavirus have recovered in the country so far. With this, the recovery rate in the country has reached 63.02 per cent. Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is three lakh 11 thousand 565. 

    Briefing media in New Delhi today, the Ministry said, India has 657 cases per million in comparison to the global average of one thousand 638 cases per million and India registered 17.2 deaths per million compared to the global average of 73 deaths per million. It said, the daily growth rate in new cases is showing a declining trend and it is now 3.24 per cent which was around 31 per cent in the March this year. The Ministry said, the case fatality rate also declined to 2.61 percent. It said, 30 States and Union Territories have the lowest fatality rate than the national average. 

    There are 20 States and Union Territories that have better recovery rate than the national average of 63.02 per cent. In terms of recovery rate, top five States and Union Territories are - Ladakh, Delhi, Uttrakhand, Chhattisgarh and Haryana wherein the recovery rate is above 75 per cent. 10 States and Union Territories have contributed 86 per cent in the total Covid-19 cases and 50 per cent of it alone came from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. 

    Government has said that adequate testing is being done in the country to effectively deal with this crisis. There are 22 states in the country which are conducting 140 tests per day per million and overall 201 tests per day per million is being conducted in the country. Lab network has been ramped up to increase the testing and more than 14 hundred labs are conducting the Covid-19 test in the country. 

    The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, States have been advised to keep a continued focus on containment, testing and clinical management. It said, increased testing will help in early detection of the cases and Covid appropriate behaviour and community ownership is necessary to contain the spread of this disease. On the question of higher prices of certain drugs used in the Covid-19 treatment, the Health Ministry said, the Drug Controller General of India has asked the companies to start helpline numbers for the people and publicize the distribution centres through their websites. In addition, the state governments have been asked to keep vigil on price hike of the drugs and ensure the supply of the medicines. 

    The Health Ministry said that a Sero Survey has been conducted in Delhi and 22 thousand 800 blood samples were collected from 26th June to 5th of July. It said, the report will be published soon as different kinds of stratification of the data is underway. On the question of nationwide wide lockdown, the Health Ministry clarified that strict measures have been imposed in certain containment areas as it has been found that easing of lockdown in the containment zones increases the number of cases. Indian Council of Medical Research said, India has fast tracked its efforts for the development of Covid-19 vaccines which are under human trial stage. It said, India is considered a pharmacy of the world and 60 percent of the vaccine at world level is supplied by the India. It said, it is the moral duty not to delay the process of vaccine development without compromising the ethical part as it is essential to break the chain of transmission. It said, the coronavirus affect several organs of the body like liver, kidney, heart and blood vessels and that’s why in most of the treatments it is recommended to give blood thinner or anticoagulants for preventing the complications. 

    ICMR said, in severe patients of Covid, there is problem of cytokine storm which leads to serious conditions. It said, there are two drugs which have been considered to stop the cytokine storm one is tocilizumab and other is itolizumab. These drugs have not yet demonstrated mortality reduction in the trials. On the reports of airborne transmission of the Covid-19, ICMR said that physical distancing is important to contain the spread of this virus.

  • US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo issued a statement on the US position on Maritime claims in the South China Sea, saying that the Chinese government has no legal grounds to unilaterally impose its will on the region.
     
    Pompeo said that Beijing uses intimidation to undermine the sovereign rights of Southeast Asian coastal states in the South China Sea, bully them out of offshore resources, assert unilateral dominion, and replace international law with might makes right.

  • Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 20th of last month, the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan is being undertaken in 116 districts in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan.

    The Abhiyaan will continue for 125 days, and 25 works coming under 11 different ministries have been identified for completion.

    The Abhiyaan was found to be progressing well under various parameters which are being regularly monitored. 

    Speaking to the State representatives, the Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj has said, it is the effort of the Government to provide employment to the migrant workers at their native places.

    The Abhiyaan is not only providing employment to returning migrants and similarly affected rural citizens, but also strengthening the economy.

    The Minister expressed satisfaction at the rate of progress of the special drive by active cooperation between the Centre and the States, and laid emphasis on further accelerating the drive and creation of maximum infrastructure.

  • The Railways Ministry said, the Coach has been designed by Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala to prevent the spread of Covid 19. The Ministry said, Railways has taken numerous steps and measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus infection. 

    This Post Covid Coach includes handsfree amenities like foot operated water tap and soap dispenser, foot operated lavatory door, foot operated flush valve, outside washbasin with foot operated water tap and soap dispenser.

    The Ministry said, this Coach has the provision of plasma air equipment in AC duct. This equipment will sterilize the air and surfaces inside the AC coach using ionised air to make the coach Covid-19 and particulate matter resistant.

  • The delegation that included Kailash Vijayvargiya, Arvind Menon, Babul Supriyo, Swapan Dasgupta and Raju Bista apprised the President about the political killings taking place in West Bengal. 

    On Monday, the body of Hemtabad MLA Debendra Nath Ray was found hanging from the ceiling of a verandah outside a shuttered shop near his home in Bindal village in North Dinajpur district on Monday.

  • The decision has been taken due to an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases in the state during last three weeks. As part of the containment measures, Government offices and Public corporations and educational institutions will remain closed.  

    All private and commercial establishments will also remain closed. Offices related to judicial work will be run as per the guidelines issued by the administration of Patna High Court. However, Ration shops, dairy, Vegetables and meat shops will remain open. All places of worship and religious gatherings will also remain closed. 

    All kinds of e-commerce and home delivery will be allowed. Public transport service will also be allowed in the lockdown period. However, private vehicles will be limited to essential works only. Train and flight services have been allowed. All construction related activities will be allowed along with the functioning of construction related shops. Similarly, agriculture related activities will be allowed along with the functioning of agriculture related shops. 

    Meanwhile, the state recorded 1,432 new COVID-19 positive cases during the last 24 hours. This the highest number of single-day increase in coronavirus cases. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state now mounted to 18,853. 

    On the other hand, 13,019 persons have recovered so far, while 5,690 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. The recovery rate in Bihar stands at 69 per cent. 160 persons have been died due to Coronavirus in the state so far.

  • Rajasthan CM had proposed to sack Sachin Pilot, Ramesh Meena and Vishvendra Singh from Rajasthan Cabinet. 

    Sachin Pilot was removed from the post of Rajasthan's Deputy Chief Minister, Vishvendra Singh as Minister of Tourism and Ramesh Meena as Minister for Food and Civil Supplies. 

    Talking to the media outside Raj Bhavan, the Chief Minister alleged that BJP was trying to destabilize his government from the last six months. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said, some of his colleagues were misled by the BJP. 

    Earlier, the crisis in the Rajasthan unit of Congress deepened when Sachin Pilot was removed from the post of party’s state unit President. In his place, Govind Singh Dotasara was appointed as the next state Party President. Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala announced this after the conclusion of Congress state legislature party meeting held in Jaipur today. 

    On the other hand, senior BJP leaders also kept an eye on the day-long developments in the Congress. A meeting of senior BJP leaders was also held at party headquarter in Jaipur. After this, Leader of Opposition, Gulab Chand Kataria said that the state government has lost the majority. He said, in such a situation, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot should prove his majority in the Rajasthan assembly before the Cabinet Expansion. 

    Meanwhile, the police has tightened security in some district of the state, including Sawai Madhopur, Dausa, Karauli, Dhaulpur and Bharatpur. In another development, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has called the meeting of the state cabinet at 7.30 this evening followed by the meeting of the Council of Ministers at 8 pm.

  • The fourth meeting was held in the background of their 30th June Meeting followed by the conservation between the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on 5th July. Talks are to initiate the second phase of disengagement along the Line of Actual Control. 

    GoC of Fire and Fury corps Lt.Gen Harinder Singh has welcomed his counterpart from China, the South Xinjiang Military Province Commander Major General Liu Lin for the talks at Chushul.

    The talks mainly focussed on the implementation of agreement reached on the previous meetings. However, the thurst was on complete disengagement at Finger-4 and further at Pangong Tso and Depsang plains. 

    Lt.Gen Harvinder Singh will brief the Senior Army officials about the outcome of today's talks by July 14. 

     

  • The function was presided over by the Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal. Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Gen (Retd) V K Singh, Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Dushyant Chautala, Union Ministers Rao Inderjit Singh, SKrishnapal Gurjar, Rattan Lal Kataria, NHAI Chairman S S Sandhu, senior officers of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and officers from Haryana State Government participated in the virtual function. 

    The projects inaugurated include the 35.45 km 4-lane Rohna/Hasangarh to Jhajjar section of NH 334B costing Rs 1183 crore, the 70 km 4-laning of Punjab-Haryana Border to Jind section of NH 71 costing Rs 857 crore, and the 85.36 km 2-lane with paved shoulders Jind-Karnal Highway on NH 709 costing Rs 200 crore. 

    Foundation stones were laid for projects including the 227 km 6-lane access controlled Greenfield expressway from Ismailpur to Narnaul on NH 152D in 8 packages costing Rs 8650 crore, the 46 km 4-lane Gurugram Pataudi-Rewari section of NH 352W costing Rs 1524 crore, the 14.4 km 4-lane Rewari Byepass costing Rs 928 crore, the 30.45 km 4-lane Rewari-Ateli Mandi section of NH 11 costing Rs 1057 crore, the 40.8 km 6-lane Narnaul Byepass on NH 148B, NH 11 and Narnaul to Ateli Mandi section of NH 11 costing Rs 1380 crore, the 40.6 km 4-lane Jind-Gohana (Pkg 1, Greenfield alignment) of NH 352A costing Rs 1207 crore, the 38.23 km 4-lane Gohana-Sonipat section of NH 352A costing Rs 1502 crore, and the 40.47 km 4-lane UP-Haryana Border to Roha on NH 334B costing Rs 1509 crore. 

    Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, these projects will benefit people of Haryana in big way by providing smooth connectivity within the State, as well as to other States like Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The Minister also said that these important projects will decongest big cities reducing travel time. It will take about 2 hrs to reach Delhi Airport from Chandigarh against 4 hrs now.  The projects will also save on time, fuels and cost, as also boost development in backward areas of the State. 

    The Minister also called upon Haryana CM to join in the efforts for developing industrial clusters including MSMEs, smart cities and  smart villages as also to develop Khadi and Village industries alongside the express way projects particularly the new Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. He assured the Chief Minister  of all  assistances in this regard. 

    Haryana Chief Minister Shri Manohar Lal thanked Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for honouring the State’s requests for roads.

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  • Minister of State for HRD Shri Sanjay Dhotre was also present through online medium. 

    Speaking on the occasion , HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said that COVID-19 pandemic has led to closure of schools and has impacted over 240 million children of the country who are enrolled in schools. Extended school closures may cause loss of learning.

    Union HRD Minister said that  to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, schools will not only have to remodel and reimagine the way teaching and learning have happened so far, but will also need to introduce a suitable method of delivering quality education through a healthy mix of schooling at home and schooling at school. 

    The Minister informed that PRAGYATA guidelines have been developed from the perspective of learners, with a focus on online/blended/digital education for students who are presently at home due to lockdown. He added that these guidelines on Digital/ Online Education  provide a roadmap or pointers for carrying forward online education to enhance the quality of education.

    The Minister highlighted that the guidelines will be relevant and useful for a diverse set of stakeholders including school heads, teachers, parents, teacher educators and students. The guidelines stress upon the use of alternative academic calendar of NCERT, for both, learners having access to digital devices and learners having limited or no access. 

    The PRAGYATA guidelines include eight steps of online/ digital learning that is, Plan- Review- Arrange- Guide- Yak(talk)- Assign- Track- Appreciate. These steps guide the planning and implementation of digital education step by step with examples. 

    The guidelines outlines suggestions for administrators, school heads, teachers, parents and students on the following areas:

    • Need assessment
    • Concerns while planning online and digital education like duration, screen time, inclusiveness, balanced online and offline activities etc level wise
    • Modalities of intervention including resource curation, level wise delivery etc.
    • Physical, mental health and wellbeing during digital education
    • Cyber safety and ethical practices including precautions and measures for maintaining cyber safety
    • Collaboration and convergence with various initiatives 

    Recommended screen time

    Pre Primary: On a given day for interacting with parents and guiding them, not more than 30 minutes

    Classes 1 to 8: Online synchronous learning may be undertaken for not more than two sessions of 30-45 minutes each on the days the States/UTs decide to have online classes for primary sections

    Classes 9 to 12: Online synchronous learning may be undertaken for not more than four sessions of 30-45 minutes each on the days as decided by States/UTs . 

    PRAGYATA guidelines have been  prepared by the Ministry of HRD to ensure the safety and academic welfare of the students.

  • The meeting was the first part of the two-day conference where all States and UTs will share the roadmap forward for resumption of sports post Covid 19 as well as of engaging more volunteers of the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and National Service Scheme (NSS) to promote various schemes at the State-level.

    Discussing the points included in the concise agenda, representatives of large number of States lauded the steps taken by the Ministry to promote grassroot- level sport as well as Olympic-level training in all the States. The setting up of one Khelo India State Centre Excellence (KISCE) in each State and following the One State One Sport policy found favour with States, as Ministers and officials showed keen interest in adopting one sport in which the State has traditionally been strong.

    The representatives of the States said that setting up of 1000 Khelo India Centres in all districts across the country will help to not just tap into local talent, but also create a culture of sport in the country. Several States shared their own success stories in promoting grassroot-level sport.

    The Union Minister further stated that the participation of States in activities related to the Fit India Movement have been encouraging, with more than 2.5 lakh schools across India enrolling to become Fit India Schools.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be holding talks with the President of the European, Council Charles Michel, and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.  The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, will also participate in the talk. 

    The summit will be an opportunity to strengthen the EU-India Strategic partnership. The leaders will also discuss how to further develop their trade and investment relations and support sustainable growth and jobs on both sides. 

    The EU is India's largest trading partner, whilst India is the EU's 9th largest partner. Latest data on trade in bilateral goods and services register nearing 150 Billion dollars. Both sides are also willing to re-engage for negotiations for a comprehensive and mutually-beneficial Free Trade Agreement. The first round of negotiations was launched in 2007 but suspended after 6 years in 2013 due to a gap in the level of ambition between the EU and India. The EU is the second-largest destination for Indian exports after the USA. The EU's share in foreign investment inflows to India has more than doubled from 8% to 18% in the last decade, making the EU the first foreign investor in India. The EU’s foreign direct investment stocks in India is also significant but way below to EU foreign investment stocks in China (€175 billion) or Brazil (€312 billion). Some 6,000 European companies are present in India, providing directly 1.7 million jobs and indirectly 5 million jobs in a broad range of sectors. Indian companies invested over €50 billion in Europe since 2000. 

    The summit is happening at a time when the world is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier PM Modi and European commission president have also exchanged letters expressing commitment and cooperation in the fight against the pandemic. The summit will be an opportunity to discuss and identify synergies in healthcare, the production of pharmaceuticals and vaccines, research and development, diagnostics and treatment. The leaders are expected to call for the future COVID-19 vaccine to become a global common good. They will also discuss the importance of the manufacturing of medical supplies and ensuring a continued flow of these. At the same time, the discussion will also underline the importance of information sharing and of improving the international response through the relevant international organisations, in particular the World Health Organisation.

    The EU India summit will also delve upon global and regional issues. The leaders are expected to reaffirm their determination to promote effective multilateralism and the rules-based multilateral order with the United Nations (UN) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at its core. They will discuss the reform of the WTO and coordination on global economic governance in the framework of the G20. India will hold the G20 Presidency in 2022 and will be a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2021-2022. At the Summit, the discussion is also expected on several pressing situations in the EU's and India's immediate neighbourhoods. Sources said that the ongoing tension along the Line of Actual Control with China, cross border terrorism emanating from Pakistan and prospects for peace in Afghanistan may also come up for discussion during the summit.

    The leaders will discuss cooperation in security, climate, environment, trade and investment, digital economy and connectivity. A joint summit statement and a new joint Agenda for Cooperation, the Roadmap 2025, are expected to be adopted by the leaders, alongside other deliverables. 

    The leaders will also discuss ways to harness human-centric digitalisation to develop inclusive economies and societies, including as regards data protection, 5G and artificial intelligence. The leaders will discuss the promotion of transparent, viable, inclusive, sustainable, comprehensive and rules-based connectivity, and the importance of seeking synergies. 

    Towards the conclusion of the summit a futuristic document ‘A Roadmap to 2025" is expected to be adopted by both the sides. The document will guide cooperation between the EU and India over the next five years. There will also be a joint summit statement summarising the results of the meeting.

  • The projects are part of new economic corridors in the state and were unveiled through a web based program presided over by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal.
     
    Union Minister Gadkari inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of 11 highway projects in Haryana worth over 20,000 crore rupees on Tuesday. Giving information about the projects, Chairman, National Highways Authority of India Dr. Sukhbir Singh Sandhu said that 3 projects worth over 2,240 crore rupees were inaugurated and foundation stones for 8 projects worth over 17,000 crore rupees were laid.

    Projects including the 227 km Ambala Kotputli corridor and others are expected to significantly cut down travel time and provide connectivity to neighbouring states such as Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. It is to be noted that 10,000 crore rupees compensation for land acquisition associated with these projects has been deposited directly into the accounts of recipients.
     
    Gadkari thanked the state government, NHAI and other stakeholders for their cooperation. He said that the projects connecting the state to Western India will boost industrialisation in the state. He added that during the times of COVID-19, investment through the highway projects and corridors will assist in revival of the state's economy. Gadkari highlighted the need for positivity saying that funds and resources are secondary if one has self confidence and commitment to work.
     
    Gadkari suggested that the state government may plan industrial clusters around the green corridors and a separate people policy for agro MSMEs. He also added that a 5 lakh crore rupee ethanol economy can be built in the nation, where Punjab and Haryana would play a crucial role.
     
    Union Minister of State General V. K. Singh hailed Gadkari's vision for infrastructure and the progress made since 2014. He said that before 2014 Haryana had 2000 kms of national highways, which is now been increased to over 3500 kms. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal thanked Gadkari for the massive investment in road infrastructure. He said the projects will benefit industry in the state and enhance economic progress.
     
    Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala also thanked Gadkari for the projects and added that road infrastructure is essential for development of the state. Union Ministers of state Rattan Lal Kataria, Krishan Lal Gujjar and  Rao Inderjeet Singh also addressed the event. Ministers from the Haryana state government, Members of Parliament from Haryana and MLAs from the state were also present. 

  • During the meeting, the activities undertaken during Covid19 were also reviewed.

  • According to the latest WHO figure, as of 15:12 CEST on Monday, there had been 12,768,307 confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world, including 566,654 deaths.

    In the United States which is the hardest hit by the pandemic, the disease had infected 3,353,348 people as of Monday evening and caused 135,582 deaths, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

    The surge of the number of cases has made the shortage of medical supplies more obvious in many hospitals.

    In Miami-Dade County, the usage rate of respirators has reached 129 percent, while in Florida, 47 hospitals do not have intensive care unit beds.

    Miami Mayor Francis Suarez on Monday said many local hospitals have reached capacity and are facing shortage of medical staff.

    Florida reported 15,300 new coronavirus cases Sunday, shattering not only its own previous single-day record, but also those of any other state as the pandemic continued to rage in the country.

    In Japan, the Okinawa government on Monday said 32 new COVID-19 cases were reported at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, bringing the number of total infection cases there to 98.

    On the same day, the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture also confirmed that some people there had been infected by COVID-19, but did not disclose the number.

    Brazil on Monday said a total of 1,884,967 people had tested positive for COVID-19 and 72,883 people had died from the disease.

    In the past day, tests detected 20,286 new cases of infection and 733 more patients died, according to the Health Ministry.

    Since the outbreak began in the country, 1,154,837 COVID-19 patients have recovered, the ministry said.

    The southeast state of Sao Paulo, the country's most populated state, is the hardest hit, with 374,607 cases of infection and 17,907 deaths, followed by Rio de Janeiro with 132,044 cases and 11,474 deaths, and Ceara with 137,206 cases and 6,947 deaths.

    Brazil saw the world's second-largest outbreak, after the United States, both in the number of deaths and in total cases.

    India's federal health ministry Monday morning said 500 new deaths due to COVID-19, besides fresh 28,701 positive cases, were reported during the previous 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 23,174 and total cases to 878,254.

    This is said to be the highest single day spike in the number of fresh cases in the country so far.

    Russia registered 6,537 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing its total to 733,699, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Monday.

    The country's death toll had risen by 104 to 11,439, while 504,021 people had recovered, including 2,960 over the previous 24 hours, according to the statement.

    On Sunday, 275,334 people were still under medical observation, while over 23.2 million tests have been conducted nationwide, Russia's consumer rights and human well-being watchdog said Monday in a separate statement.

    Peru on Monday said the number of its COVID-19 cases has risen to 330,123, after tests detected 3,797 new cases in the previous 24 hours.

    The death toll rose to 12,054, the Health Ministry said in its latest pandemic report.

    Peru has resumed economic activity in most of the country, with just seven regions still under lockdown due to high rates of transmission.

    The Ministry of Production on Monday issued a regulation that calls on restaurants and similar establishments to operate at just 40 percent of capacity starting July 20 to facilitate social distancing.

  • According to the latest bulletin of the Flood Forecast and Warning Centre (FFWC) released at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dharla in Kurigram, Brahmaputra in Noonkhawa and Chilmari, Jamuna in Fulchari, Bahadurabad and Sariakandi was flowing above danger mark. However, Teesta water level declined at Dalia compared to Monday.

    Rivers in the Ganges basin were below the danger mark at most of the place though rising.

    In the Meghna basin, Surma was flowing above danger level at Kanaighat, Sylhet and Sunamganj.

    Places like Kurigram and Dalia continued to receive heavy rainfall over this period leading to the rise in the water level. Sylhet also received 55 mm rainfall during this period.

    According to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) bulletin till Monday, close to 14 lakh people in 15 districts including Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Nilphamari have been affected by floods in Bangladesh.

    People in the low lying areas of these districts have taken shelter on embankments, flood centres, roads and places at higher locations. The government has launched relief operations in the affected districts.

  • Nearly 22 lakh people are affected due to surging water in 22 districts. 45,000 people are shifted to relief camps. 95 percent areas of the Kaziranga national park are under water.
     
    Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister Rameshwar Teli and Water Resource Minister Keshab Mahanta are visiting flood and erosion hit Jonai on Tuesday.

    The Chief Minister will hold 2 review meetings at Jonai , 1 with Water Resource department and the other with Dhemaji district administration.  

  • Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission – Niti Aayog has launched Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat Innovate Challenge to identify the best Indian Apps that are already being used by citizens and have the potential to scale and become world class Apps in their respective categories

    The Challenge will run in 2 tracks.

    (1)TRACK 1 : Promotion of Existing Apps

    (2)TRACK 2 : Development of New Apps

    The focus of the Track 1 App Innovation Challenge, is to identify the best Indian Apps that are already being used by citizens and have the potential to scale and become world class Apps in their respective categories.

    AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge Track 1 has been launched in the following 8 broad categories:- 

    (1)Office Productivity & Work from Home

    (2)Social Networking

    (3)E-Learning

    (4)Entertainment

    (5)Health & Wellness

    (6)Business including Agritech and Fintech

    (7)News

    (8)Games

    PROCESS FOR INNOVATION CHALLENGE 

    • The Innovation Challenge is available on www.innovate.mygov.in

    • The last date of submission of entry is 18th July 2020

    • The applicant needs to apply only online to submit their proposals by registering and logging on MyGov portal: www.mygov.in

    • Applicants are advised to provide self-contained proposals with essential supporting materials provided as uploads for an informed and fair evaluation/review

    • No changes will be accepted once proposals are submitted

    • Providing incorrect information will lead to outright rejection of proposals

    WHAT ARE THE EVALUATION PARAMETERS ? 

    Applicants Proposal/Apps will be evaluated on some parameters

    • Ease of use

    • Robustness

    • Security features

    • Scalability

    There will be a two stage Selection Process:

    • 1st Stage - Screening of eligible entries

    • 2nd Stage - Evaluation by Jury, with actual Demo

    WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS ?

    • Jury with experts from Private Sector & Academia will Evaluate

    • Shortlisted Apps will be awarded & put on Leader boards

    • Government will adopt suitable Apps & guide them to maturity

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER ?

    The Innovation Challenge will be available on www.innovate.mygov.in/app-challenge from 4th July 2020. The last date of submission of entries is 18th July 2020.

    • Launch of Innovation Challenge: 4th July 2020, on innovate.mygov.in

    • Last date for Submission: 18th July 2020 at 5:30 P.M

    • Screening of Entries Received: 20th to 24th July 2020

    • Evaluation by the Jury: 27th July to 3rd August 2020

    • Final Announcement: 7th August, 2020

     Following Awards will be given in each of the Eight Categories

    • First Prize Rs. 20 Lakhs

    • Second Prize Rs. 15 Lakhs

    • Third Prize Rs. 10 Lakhs

    For the purposes of evaluation, Jury may create sub categories in each category and then Apps will be classified into respective subcategories, based on functionality and evaluated.

    • First Prize Rs. 5 Lakhs

    • Second Prize Rs. 3 Lakhs

    • Third Prize Rs. 2 Lakhs

    Subsequent to this App Innovation Challenge, Track 2 of the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge seeks to identify Indian start ups / entrepreneurs /companies and encourage them with ideation, incubation, prototyping and roll out of applications.

    There is tremendous scope in India in various sectors for new Apps which solve specific issue for India and the world. If you can think of making traditional Indian games more popular via Apps? If you can develop Apps with targeted and smart access to the right age group for learning, gaming, etc? This challenge is for you . Start Coding for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

     

  • In the past 24 hours, 17,989 people have recovered from Covid-19. Presently, the total number of active cases is three lakh 11 thousand 565.
     
    The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 28,498 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to nine lakh six thousand 752. In a single day, 553 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 23,727. The case fatality rate in the country is 2.61 per cent. 30 States and Union Territories have  lower fatality rate than the national average.
     
    In terms of recovery rate, top five States and Union Territories are - Ladakh, Delhi, Uttrakhand, Chhattisgarh and Haryana wherein the recovery rate is above 75 per cent. When it comes to the number of people recovered from Covid-19, Maharashtra stands at top position followed by Tamil Nadu and Delhi. There are 20 States and Union Territories that have better recovery rate than the national average of 63.02 per cent. The least recovery rate is reported from Meghalaya followed by Arunachal Pradesh and Karnataka.
     
    Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that a total of 2,86,247 tests were conducted by various laboratories in the country in the last 24 hours. This is the highest number of tests conducted in the country in one day since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. So far, 1,20,92,503 tests have been conducted. As of now, a total of one thousand 206 laboratories across India have been given approval to conduct Covid-19 tests that include 853 government laboratories and 353 private laboratory chains. 

  • In its decision, the court said that the royal family has the right to maintain and manage the temple and the deity of the shrine.

    The SC decision brings down the curtain on one of the longest ensuing legal battles over the temple between members of the royal family and the government. The verdict came after nine long years of hearing against a January 2011 judgment of the Kerala High Court which had ruled in the favour of state government.

    As per the court order, the daily administration of the shrine would be managed by an interim administrative committee with the district judge of Thiruvananthapuram, as its chairperson.

    After the court had ordered an inventory of the temple and its properties in 2011 the five of the six vaults of the temple were opened.  This led to the discovery of the wealth valued at around Rs 90,000 crore.  

    At that time one of the vaults, the vault B could not be opened on which the administrative committee will decide whether to open it or not.

    The king of the royal family headed a trust which managed the administration of the temple. But in 2009 a former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, TP Sundara Rajan has moved the Kerala HC for handing over the temple management to the Kerala government.

    In 2011 the Kerala HC had held that the temple would stand vested with the Kerala government after the death of Chithira Thirunal Balaverma who died in 1991.

    In 2014 the royal family had moved the SC after which an interim administrative committee was constituted to manage the temple.

    The decision of the SC in no way indicates that the temple property belongs to the royal family. In India, the temples are recognized as a public institution governed by a statute. The royals have argued that as per customs temple management would vest with them for perpetuity.  

    The last ruler Balaverma while bequeathing his personal properties had not included Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple as his asset.

    Travancore royal family built the Padmanabha Swamy temple and managed the grand Vishnu Temple for more than 1000 years

    It was built in the 6th century and its present structure was rebuilt by the present royal family of Travancore in the 18th century.

  • The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship whose size ranks second in the U.S. Navy fleet to that of an aircraft carrier, remained largely shrouded in thick, acrid smoke on Monday as the vessel began listing to its starboard side.

    The fire, accompanied by at least one large explosion, erupted Sunday (July 12) morning in the lower cargo hold of the 844-foot-long (257 metre) ship, docked for routine maintenance at its home port at U.S. Naval Base San Diego.

    Since then, flames have spread upward throughout much of the ship and into the tower and other structures on the top of the vessel, Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck told a late-morning news conference.

    Because it was undergoing repairs at the time, only about 160 of the ship's usual contingent of 1,000 crew members were aboard at the time, and all major munitions had already been removed from the vessel as a standard safety practice, Navy officials said.

    Helicopters dropped water over the ship throughout Monday while fire boats on the perimeter streamed water on the hull to cool it from the outside. San Diego fire crews discontinued blasting water into the ship from shore, apparently out of concern for destabilizing the vessel's buoyancy.

    The fire's cause was unknown, but a Navy spokesman told Reuters there was no evidence of foul play.

    The Bonhomme Richard, commissioned in 1998, is designed to carry U.S. Marine Corps attack helicopters and ground troops into battle.

  • In a meeting with the 15th Finance Commission, the Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, on Monday highlighted that the government aims at gradually increasing the public health expenditure to 2.5 per cent of the nation's GDP by the year 2025.
     
    The Minister asserted that the outlay for primary health expenditure will also be made nearly two third of the total public health expenditure in the country. Reiterating the government's target of the National Health Policy 2017, Dr. Vardhan emphasized on the importance of increasing the state’s health sector spending to nearly 8 per cent of their total budget.
     
    The Health Ministry apprised the Finance Commission of the need to further strengthen the public health sector, surveillance and public health management, preventive and promotive health care system in the country. 

    The Health Ministry has also revised its requirement of around 4.9 lakh crores to 6.04 lakh crores in view of the COVID pandemic. It has asked for additional resources for the States which would be utilized for achievement of the National Health Policy targets.  

  • The Congress party has dismissed Sachin Pilot from Rajasthan State Cabinet and also from the post of party’s state president. Cabinet Minister Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena were also dismissed from the Rajasthan cabinet. Vishvendra Singh was Minister of tourism, while Ramesh Meena was the Minister for Food and Civil Supplies.
     
    After the Congress Legislature Party meeting held on Tuesday, senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala told that Govind Singh Dotasara will be the new state president of Rajasthan Congress. He said that the Deputy Chief Minister and other MLAs are caught in the clutches of the BJP. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot along with other senior leaders has reached Raj Bhavan, the residence of the Governor. 

  • "The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire. America stands with our Southeast Asian allies and partners in protecting their sovereign rights to offshore resources, consistent with their rights and obligations under international law," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a major policy announcement.

    The United States, he said, stands with the international community in the defence of freedom of the seas and respect for sovereignty and rejects any push to impose "might makes right" in the South China Sea or the wider region.

    Pompeo said China cannot lawfully assert a maritime claim including any exclusive economic zone (EEZ) claims derived from Scarborough Reef and the Spratly Islands vis-a-vis the Philippines in areas that a tribunal found to be in the Philippines'' EEZ or on its continental shelf.

    The US, he said, rejects any Chinese claim to waters beyond a 12-nautical mile territorial sea derived from islands it claims in the Spratly Islands (without prejudice to other states'' sovereignty claims over such islands).

    Also, China has no lawful territorial or maritime claim to (or derived from) James Shoal, an entirely submerged feature only 50 nautical miles from Malaysia and some 1,000 nautical miles from China''s coast, Pompeo said.

    "We are making clear: Beijing''s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them," he said.

    In the South China Sea, the US seeks to preserve peace and stability, uphold the freedom of the seas in a manner consistent with international law, maintain the unimpeded flow of commerce and oppose any attempt to use coercion or force to settle disputes, Pompeo said.

    He alleged that Beijing uses intimidation to undermine the sovereign rights of Southeast Asian coastal nations in the South China Sea, bully them out of offshore resources, assert unilateral dominion and replace international law with "might makes right".

    Beijing''s approach has been clear for years, Pompeo said. In 2010, then Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi told his ASEAN counterparts that "China is a big country and other countries are small and that is just a fact", he said, adding that the Chinese predatory world view has no place in the 21st century.

    China "has no legal grounds to unilaterally impose its will on the region", the secretary of state said. Beijing has offered no coherent legal basis for its "Nine-Dashed Line" claim in the South China Sea since formally announcing it in 2009, he added.

    In a unanimous decision on July 12, 2016, an Arbitral Tribunal constituted under the 1982 law of the sea convention to which China is a state party rejected the country''s maritime claims as having no basis in international law. The tribunal sided squarely with the Philippines, which brought the arbitration case, "on almost all claims", Pompeo said.

    The announcement by the Trump administration was welcomed by several top American lawmakers.

    The announcement makes clear that the US will support its regional allies in the defence of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, said Senator Marco Rubio.

    The People''s Republic of China (PRC) cannot be allowed to illegally assert control over maritime territory in the region and the US has rightly rejected all of Beijing''s spurious claims, he said.

    "China''s unlawful actions will not be tolerated and I urge my colleagues in Congress to swiftly pass my bipartisan South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act (S.1634) to impose costs on Chinese individuals and entities for their flagrant violations of international law," Rubio said.

    President Donald Trump once again countered Chinese aggression by rejecting its absurd claims in the South China Sea, said Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.

    "The US must continue to oppose PRC bullying, deception, IP theft and human rights abuses," he said.

    This is a "smart move", said Senator Jim Inhofe. "The PRC''s claims in the South China Sea are unlawful, plain and simple. The U.S. stands against Beijing''s bullying, and with our allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region," he said in a tweet.

  • This is the fourth round of talks between the Indian Army and People's Liberation Army of China, since June. The last meeting took place on the 30th of June.
     
    The Army sources said that the talks mainly focus on the second phase of disengagement at the friction point along the Line of Actual Control. The meeting began at 1130 hours at Chushul Border Post, after following Army procedures and Covid-19 protocols.

    The visitors side is lead by South Xinjiang Military Province Commander Major General Liu Lin,  while the Indian delegation is lead by GoC of Fire and Fury corps Lt.General Harinder Singh.

  • The minimum temperature was recorded at 28 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 38 degrees.

    Mumbai will have a generally cloudy sky with heavy rain. The city witnessed a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius and will have a maximum of around 31 degrees.
     
    In Chennai, the temperature will hover between 27 and 35 degrees Celsius. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain.

    Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers with a minimum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature will be nearly 33 degrees.

    In Jammu and Kashmir; the minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 37 degrees. The city is likely to have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.
     
    In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 16 and 31 degrees Celsius. The city is expected to witness mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening.

    In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 18 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees. It is expected to have partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night.

    Muzzafarabad may see mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The place witnessed a minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees.
     
    Chandigarh will see a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature was recorded at 26 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature will be around 35 degrees.

    Bengaluru is expected to have temperatures between 21 and 28 degrees Celsius. Generally cloudy sky with light rain expected in the city.

    Ahmedabad will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. Minimum temperature in the city was 26 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 33 degrees.

    Partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust-storm is predicted in Bhopal. Minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 33 degrees.

    Rain or thundershowers would occur towards afternoon or evening in Patna. The temperature will fluctuate between 26 and 34 degrees Celsius. 

  • Nearly final results from Sunday's presidential election runoff showed Duda, 48, on over 51%, giving him an unassailable lead over liberal Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who won almost 49% of the votes, the National Election Commission said.

    Duda, allied with the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, has painted himself as a guardian of traditional values and the generous Law and Justice (PiS) riling party welfare programmes that have transformed life for many poorer Poles.

    However, he ran an acrimonious campaign laced with homophobic language, attacks on private media and accusations that his challenger Trzaskowski serves foreign interests instead of Poland's.

    Since the polls closed he has struck a more conciliatory tone, and on Monday he pleaded for unity in the deeply polarised country.

    "Hold back as much as you can from unnecessary words... because words can hurt," he told supporters. "Please, help me put Poland back together again."

    Trzaskowski, who had said he would repair Poland's relations with Europe and use the presidential veto to block any legislation that would subvert democratic norms, said he thought PiS would not change direction.

    "Unfortunately it seems like the other side has not learned lessons," he said. We hear statements that the process of politicising the courts will be completed... unfortunately those in power do not want to reach out their hand to us," he said in his concession speech.

  • The Summit will be co-chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of European Council Charles Michel and President of European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. 
     
    Sources said, COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on foreign trade, movement of people, and response to the pandemic are likely to be discussed by the two sides. Sources said, India-EU relationship, trade and investment and economic issues will also be discussed. They said, this meeting is taking place even as EU wants to play a more active role globally and also attaches high priority to relationship with India.
     
    One point of significance of the summit is that the new Presidents of the European Commission and European Council had taken over in December last year. Sources said, the new leadership believes that EU needs to play a stronger role in the global platform and showed a lot of interest in India and also held telephonic conversations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after taking over.
     
    On scope of Free Trade Agreement with EU during the India-EU summit, sources said, there was a pause on the issue after intensive negotiations for years. In the year 2000 India and the European Union decided to institutionalise mechanism at the level of the Summit. This year marks 20 years of the Summit process between India and EU. The last Summit between the two sides took place in 2017.  

  • Addressing Google for India event,Pichai asserted that the latest move is a reflection of the company's confidence in the future of India and its digital economy. 
     
    He said the investments will focus on four key areas of India's digitisation.
     
    They are enabling affordable access and information to every Indian in their own language, building new products and services relevant to India's unique needs, empowering businesses as they continue to embark in digital transformation, and leveraging technology and Artificial Intelligence for social good in areas like healthcare, education and agriculture.

  • One of the first productions, "7th & Union", began filming after being approved to proceed by acting union, SAG AFTRA. The filmmakers claim the production is one of only two to get the green light.

    "We're one of the first to go filming here in Los Angeles and it's been kind of a trial and error," said the film's producer Christopher Acebo, adding "SAG AFTRA has been wonderful to work in terms of the process but we've had to set up various guidelines and safety based on the guidelines that came out, maybe, two or three weeks ago from the state of California."

    "It's been a learning process, obviously. We have a situation where we are making a movie and also having to wear masks, also having to stay six feet away from each other, as well as adhere to a variety of safety protocols and temperature checks in the morning and also everybody on set getting tested for COVID," Acebo said.

    The filmmakers deliberately drew up their production schedule to leave extra time for anything unexpected and also kept scenes as simple as possible.

    Acebo said "Part of what we are doing right now is we are doing a lot of the smaller scenes, the scenes that require the least amount of cast members at first and then we're in open space and open locations so that's also been really, really helpful in terms of the shape of the film and how we're able to keep safety and how that shape of the film is working."

    The safety protocols aren't the only thing that have changed on set; the new power hierarchy means safety monitors who patrol the set have final say in ensuring everybody is working to the guidelines.

    "Right now our safety monitors have the power to stop our filming. If someone doesn't feel safe, if someone doesn't feel that someone else is complying with the rules that have been set up, they can speak with the EMT or the COVID manager and we have to stop and deal with that issue as it comes up, so they kind of do have ultimate authority on the space that we're occupying right now," Acebo said.

    "7th & Union", which is an immigrant story about an unlikely friendship, is aiming to wrap production within the next fortnight with the film completed by October.

  • Smartphone operated Handy Ultraviolet Disinfection Helper that is SHUDH has six UV lights of 15 Watts each that can be individually monitored from a distance.
     
    Initial testing has proved that the device at its full operation can disinfect a 10x10 squared feet room in about 15 minutes.
     

  • The Central Government said, a total of 5, 53,471 people have recovered in the country so far and with this the recovery rate reached 63.01 per cent.
     
    During the last 24 hours, 18,850 people have recovered from Covid-19.
     
    There are 19 States and Union Territories which have a higher recovery rate than the national average of recovery rate.
     
    The Health and Family Welfare Ministry today said, a total of 28,701 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country within 24 hours taking the total number of cases to 8,78,254.
     

  • The Summit will be co-chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of European Council Charles Michel and President of European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. 

    Sources said, COVID is likely to come up for discussions during the Summit.

    Impact of the pandemic on foreign trade, movement of people, and other areas and response to the pandemic is likely to be a subject of discussion between the two sides.

  • Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal today met Mr. Gowda in New Delhi and handed over request letter for considering setting up of one of the proposed Bulk Drug Park in Bhatinda.
     
    In order to encourage domestic production of critical APIs and  KSM and medical devices, Union Cabinet  has approved a scheme for development of three bulk drugs and four medical devices parks in which Central Government will extend Grants-in-Aid to States with a maximum limit of  Rs.1000 crore per bulk drug park and 100 crore rupees per medical device parks.

  • Speaking on the 6th edition of Google for India through video conferencing, he said, Aadhar, UPI, GSTN and Ayushman Bharat are operating on digital platforms and with this benchmark of success, India's movement has arrived.
     
    He said, Digital India is transforming the lives of Indians through the power of technology and Digital India is changing the villages of India.
     
    He said, Prime Minister announced, Atmanirbhar Bharat to create new Make in India digital products.
     
    He appreciated the efforts of Google for making huge investment and promoting innovation, information and digital awakening in India.
     

  • Addressing Google for India event, Sundar Pichai asserted that the latest move is a reflection of the company's confidence in the future of India and its digital economy. 
     
    He said the investments will focus on four key areas of India's digitisation.
     
    They are enabling affordable access and information to every Indian in their own language, building new products and services relevant to India's unique needs, empowering businesses as they continue to embark in digital transformation, and leveraging technology and Artificial Intelligence for social good in areas like healthcare, education and agriculture.

  • This year, the CBSE has recorded an increase of 5.38 per cent in pass percentage as compared to last year. Trivandrum region has recorded highest pass percentage at 97.67 while Patna region  lowest at 74.57. 

    The pass percentage of  Delhi region  is 94.39.   The result  can be accessed at  - www.cbseresults.nic.in , www.cbse.nic.in and  www.results.nic.in.  Students can also access the result through telephone number- 011- 24300699

  • During the meeting, a presentation was made by Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare where the journey of PMFBY since Kharif 2016 as well as challenges encountered and the status of implementation for the current Kharif 2020 crop season were discussed.
     
    The Finance Minister highlighted the need of carrying out awareness activities to ensure dissemination of information among all farmers in view of Scheme becoming voluntary for all farmers.
     
    She also stressed on the need for States to release Premium Subsidy on time to ensure timely settlement of claims.
     
    Nirmala Sitharaman suggested that stringent follow up should be done with States where subsidy is pending specially those which are not implementing the Scheme in Kharif 2020.

  • The talks will focus mainly on the second phase of disengagement along the Line of Actual Control. China has already pulled back its troops from several frictional points. 

    Chinese Army also reduced its presence in the ridgeline of Finger 4 in the last one week.