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  • Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'  released PRAGYATA Guidelines on Digital Education through online medium in New Delhi today. Minister of State for HRD Shri Sanjay Dhotre was also present through online medium.

  •           On the basis of the results of the written part of the CISF AC (Exe) Limited Departmental Competitive Exam, 2020 held by the UPSC on 01.03.2020, the candidates with the under mentioned roll numbers have qualified provisionally for Physical Standards/Physical Efficiency Tests and Medical Standards Tests.

  • In its endeavor to provide world-class National Highways (NH) network, NHAI has approached all IITs, NITs and reputed Engineering Colleges to collaborate and adopt nearby stretches of NH, on voluntary basis, as part of Institutional Social Responsibility (ISR).

  • Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda who chaired a meeting with stakeholders of fertiliser sector through video conferencing today has said that introducing reforms, even if incremental, is necessary to improve efficiency of the fertiliser units as well as to address the issue of imbalance use of fertilisers.

  •              NHPC Limited, India’s premier hydropower company and a ‘Mini Ratna’ Category-I PSU under Ministry of Power, in association with Rotary Club of Faridabad Midtown, organized a blood donation camp on 12.07.

  • Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt Nirmala Sitharaman chaired a meeting to review the implementation of Insurance Scheme for Health workers fighting COVID 19  announced under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) through video conferencing here today.

  • Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman chaired a meeting to review the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) through video conferencing here today.

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    (Contains Press releases concerning Covid-19, issued in last 24 hours, inputs from PIB Field Offices and Fact checks undertaken by PIB)

    India has more than 5.5 lakh Recovered Cases; 19 States have a higher Recovery Rate than the National average of 63.02%; 30 States have a lower Fatality Rate then the National average of 2.64%

    The series of pro-active, pre-emptive and coordinated steps taken by the Centre and the State governments for containment and prevention of COVID-19 has contributed to a gradual surge in COVID-19 recovery.

  •           The 15th Finance Commission today held a meeting with the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and senior officials of  Health Ministry on the specific issues of :  

    Revising the State Specific proposals of the Mnistry in light of the COVID-19 experience.

  • Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Kiren Rijiju will be meeting Sports and Youth affairs ministers of all states and union territories in a two-day video conference on July 14 and July 15, to chart out the roadmap for grassroot-level sports development as well as the activities of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and National Service Scheme (NSS), across the country.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with Google CEO Shri Sundar Pichai via video conferencing earlier today.

     

    Shri Pichai briefed the Prime Minister about the efforts undertaken by Google to help spread awareness and provide reliable information about COVID-19.

  • Ministry of Railways, with a goal of transforming Indian Railways into Green Railways by 2030 has taken a number of major initiatives towards mitigation of global warming and combating climate change.

  • NITI Aayog presented India’s second Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, 2020. The HLPF is the foremost international platform for follow-up and review of progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • In view of COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Government today extended relief to gems and jewellery sector by relaxing the requirement of re-import of cut and polished diamonds, which have been sent abroad for certification and grading, by three months.

  • The Income Tax Department has facilitated a new functionality for Banks and Post offices through which they can ascertain the TDS applicability rates on cash withdrawal of above Rs.20 lakh in case of a non-filer of the income-tax return and that of above Rs. 1 Crore in case of a filer of the income-tax return.

  • (Contains Press releases concerning Covid-19, issued in last 24 hours, inputs from PIB Field Offices and Fact checks undertaken by PIB)

     

    Updates on Covid-19 from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:More than 5.3 lakh recover from COVID-19; active cases at 2.9 lakh; 2.4 lakh more Recovered Cases than Active Cases; More than 19000 people recovered in the last 24 hours; Testing per million reaches 8396.

  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, visited the Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre (SPCCC) at Chhattarpur, New Delhi here today and reviewed the status of COVID-19 management at the Centre.

  • NTPC Ltd, a central PSU under Ministeybof Power and India’s largest power generation company, has won the prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Award 2019, under Outstanding Accomplishment in Corporate Excellence Category.

  • The Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah today said the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) personnel across the country are not only providing security at various locations across the country such as airports, and railway stations and fighting the scourge of terrorism, but are also contributing in the nation's battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Focussed and coordinated steps taken in tandem by the Centre along with the States/UTs through a ‘Whole of Government’ approach, bolstered by effective clinical management of COVID-19 after early detection and timely diagnosis has led to a consistent increase in the recovered cases.

  • The important Commander-level talks between India and China began at Chushul Border post in Eastern Ladakh, this morning at 1130 hours.

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

  • The Government today said the COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 63.02 per cent and a total of 5,71,460 people have recovered in the country so far.

  • 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.

  • World Health Organization has warned that the pandemic is worsening globally and that there will be no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future.

  • The Union Health Ministry has pushed for an increased expenditure on public health.

  • The girls have once again outshined boys in CBSE Class 12th examination. The Board today announced the result.

  • Special NIA Court in Kochi today sent Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair, key accused in Kerala Gold Scandal Case to 8-day NIA custody till July 21.

  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai today announced an investment of Rs. 75 thousand crore in India over the next 5 to 7 years through Google for India Digitisation Fund.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Indians are adjusting to and adopting technology at a rapid pace.

  • NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr. Rajeev Kumar said that all the countries must come together to convert the present COVID-19 situation into an opportunity for accelerating the progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’ targets.

  • 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.

  • Speaking at the programme, he said the installation of equipments would involve participation of all 61 island councils and further strengthen the idea of decentralization and a cherished ideal for President Ibrahim Solih’s government.

    The high commissioner said India is happy to partner with Maldives authorities to realize this project. There are several  important projects being implemented under this grant assistance and the Fehendhoo-Goidhoo student ferry was formally handed over last week.  

    Several other projects are lined up for inauguration over the coming days. High commission said the small grant projects reflect the true nature of the development partnership between India and the Maldives. The projects being undertaken under this grant are not only tailored to the requirements of the local communities but are also steered by them through the participation of local councils.

  • The inter ministerial meeting of the Ministry of Religious affairs held on Sunday also decided that the main congregation this year will be held at the National Mosque Baitul Mukarram instead of the National Eidgah in view of the Corona situation in the country. 

    Taking pre-emptive measures to discourage large scale movement of people during the Eid-Ul-Azha festival, the government announced on Monday that the three day holiday during the Eid will not be extended. Briefing media after the Cabinet meeting in Dhaka on Monday, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam directed the employees not to leave their work place during this period. Usually, millions of people leave Dhaka for their respective home towns and villages during the Eid-Ul-Azha festival.

    In the meanwhile, Bangladesh reported 39 deaths and 3099 new cases of Coronavirus infections on Monday. With this the death toll has gone up to 2391 and the total number of people infected by Coronavirus now stands at 1,86, 894. The number of recovered people is now close to 1 lakh with 4703 people recovering over the last 24 hours since Sunday afternoon. 

    The recovery rate in the country is reported to be 52.61 percent. According to the official data provided by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), males constitute almost 80 percent of all the Corona deaths in the country. 

    Coronavirus claimed another high profile victim in Bangladesh on Monday. Chairman of one of the largest industrial houses in Bangladesh Jamuna Group Chairman Nurul Islam Babul died on Monday with Corona infection in Dhaka.

  • The meeting also recommended uploading all COVID-19 negative certificates online to help immigration authorities to verify their authenticity easily. 

    It also decided to set up dedicated corona testing centers to facilitate corona testing of migrants travelling abroad for employment purposes. 

    In the meanwhile, the government has issued show cause notice to the Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr. Abul Kalam Azad over the signing of an agreement with the Regent Hospital which is under investigation for issuing fake COVID-19 negative certificates for people travelling abroad from Bangladesh.

  • Addressing the 184th Annual General Meeting of Bombay Chambers of Commerce through video conferencing, the Minister said, the Atmanirbhar Bharat is a strong, resilient and confident India in which trade bodies have a very important role to play as partners of India’s growth story.

    He urged the trade bodies to work collectively to achieve the targets. He said, India wants to be a self-resilient and confident country engaging with the world from a position of strength. He said, the kind of reforms Prime Minister announced, fulfill short term goals as well as the long term development of people of India.

    He said, the government is identifying sectors where the exports can be enhanced and imports can be substituted and 12 industry sectors have been identified to promote Indian manufacturing.
     

  • The projects for inauguration include

    •    35.45 km 4-lane Rohna/Hasangarh to Jhajjar section of NH 334B costing Rs 1183 crore 

    •    70 km 4-laning of Punjab-Haryana Border to Jind section of NH 71 costing Rs 857 crore 

    •    85.36 km Two-lane Jind-Karnal Highway on NH 709 costing Rs 200 crore

    The projects for foundation laying stone laying include 

    •    227 km 6-lane access controlled Greenfield expressway from Ismailpur to Narnaul on NH 152D in 8 packages costing Rs 8650 crore 

    •    6 km 4-lane Gurugram Pataudi-Rewari section of NH 352W costing Rs 1524 crore 

    •    14.4 km 4-lane Rewari Bypass costing Rs 928 crore 

    •    30.45 km 4-lane Rewari-Ateli Mandi section of NH 11 costing Rs 1057 crore 

    •    40.8 km 6-lane Narnaul Bypass on NH 148B, NH 11 and Narnaul to Ateli Mandi section of NH 11 costing Rs 1380 crore 

    •    40.6 km 4-lane Jind-Gohana (Package 1, Greenfield alignment) of NH 352A costing Rs 1207 crore 

    •    38.23 km 4-lane Gohana-Sonipat section of NH 352A costing Rs 1502 crore 

    •    40.47 km 4-lane UP-Haryana Border to Roha on NH 334B costing Rs 1509 crore

    These projects will benefit people of Haryana in a big way by providing smooth connectivity within State, as well as to other States like Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The projects will also save time, fuel and cost and will also boost development

  • Pichai briefed the Prime Minister about the efforts undertaken by Google to help spread awareness and provide reliable information about COVID-19.

    He said that the strong step of Lockdown initiated by the Prime Minister set up a very strong foundation of India’s battle against the pandemic. Prime Minister appreciated the proactive role played by Google in battling misinformation and conveying information about necessary precautions. He also talked about further leveraging technology in providing healthcare services.

    The Prime Minister said that Indians are adjusting to and adopting technology at a rapid pace. He talked about farmers benefiting from technology and the possible wide-ranging benefits of AI in agriculture. Prime Minister explored the idea of virtual labs that can be used by students as well as farmers. Sundar Pichai briefed the PM about new products and initiatives by Google in the country.

    He mentioned about the launch of AI Research Lab in Bengaluru, while also highlighting the benefits of Google's flood forecasting efforts.

    Prime Minister was briefed about Google’s plan to launch a large investment fund and develop strategic partnerships in India. Prime Minister remarked that India is amongst the most open economies in the world. He also spoke about recent steps taken by the government towards reforming agriculture and about the campaign to create new jobs, while also highlighting the importance of re-skilling.

    PM Modi discussed the issue of data security and concerns around privacy. He said that tech companies need to put in efforts to bridge the trust deficit.

    He also talked about cyber crimes and threats in the form of cyber attacks.

    Other areas of discussion included technological solutions to expand the scope of online education,access to technology in native language, use of AR/VR to give a stadium-like viewing experience in the field of sports, and progress in the area of digital payments.

  • Announcing this in a press release, the Indian High Commission at Dhaka said that the consignment carried 384 tonnes of dry chillies carried in 16 high capacity parcel vans. The Special Parcel Express (SPE) had started from Reddipalem in Guntur on Friday which reached Benapole covering a distance of 1372 kilometres.

    The transportation cost by railways works out to be cheaper compared to road transport.

    Bangladesh has a high demand for spices like dry chillies, turmeric, ginger, onion and cumin seeds from India. The export of spices from India to Bangladesh had been affected as the transport services between the two countries got disrupted due to COVID-19 related restrictions since March.

    Earlier the High Commission of India had proposed to the Bangladesh Railways to facilitate parcel train service between India and Bangladesh to minimise the supply chain disruption. The parcel train service was mobilised after concurrence from the Bangladesh Railways. 

    The services are expected to boost the bilateral trade between the two countries. 
     

  • Railway Electrification, improving energy efficiency of locomotives & trains and fixed installations, green certification for installations/stations, fitting bio toilets in coaches and switching to renewable sources of energy are parts of its strategy of achieving net zero carbon emission.

    Indian Railways has completed electrification of more than 40,000 Route km (RKM) (63% of BG routes) in which 18,605 km electrification work has been done during 2014-20. Previously, only 3,835 km electrification work was completed during the period 2009-14.

    Indian Railways has fixed a target of electrification of 7000 RKM for the year 2020-21.

    All routes on BG network have been planned to be electrified by December 2023. Indian Railways is focusing on electrification of last mile connectivity & missing links. With this in mind 365 km major connectivity work has been commissioned during COVID period.

    Major connectivity commissioned during COVID  period like Katni-Satna section (99 RKM) of Mumbai-Howrah via Allahabad route has been commissioned providing an alternate route to Howrah. Likewise, Pachore-Maksi (88 RKM) section on Indore - Guna-Bina route has also been commissioned providing an alternate route to Maksi-Bhopal-Bina. On Howrah/Sealdah-SVD Katra via Patna route, Bhagalpur-Shivnarayanpur (45 RKM) section has been commissioned.  On the route connecting Kariakal port to coal, fertilizer & steel plants of Tamil Nadu & Andhra Pradesh, Thiruvarur - Karaikal port (46 RKM) section has been commissioned providing port connectivity to Erode, Coimbatore & Palghat.

    Indian Railways has also taken a number of initiatives to promote solar energy. Indian Railways is working to harness the potential of 500 Mega Watt (MW) energy through roof top Solar panels (Developer model). Till date, 100 Mega Watt (MW) of solar plants have been commissioned on roof-tops of various buildings including 900 stations. Solar plants with a combined capacity of 400 MW are under different stages of execution.

    Tenders are already awarded for 245 MW and target for completion of these plants is December 2022. 

    Besides this, Indian Railways is trying to produce power from land Based Solar installations for running trains. Indian Railway has 51,000 hectare of land potential of installing 20 GW land based solar plants. The Solar power so generated will be fed to Central / State Grid or directly to 25 kV AC traction system. 

    Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a Joint Venture Company of Indian Railways (49 % Equity) and RITES Limited (51 % Equity), has been mandated for proliferation of taking up land based project.

    One project of 1.7 MW at Bina (Madhya Pradesh) in collaboration with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has already been installed and is presently under extensive testing. This is First of its kind of solar project in the world.

    Initially for the Land Based Solar Projects, Indian Railways has taken up 3 GW Solar Project in three phases. In phase I tender has been floated under developer model on 29th April 2020 for 1.6 GW capacities in railway plots for open access states.

    In Phase II, 400 MW capacities in railway plots will be developed for non open access States under ownership model of REMCL (captive use). For this tender has floated on 16th June 2020. In Phase III 1 GW capacity in railway plots along the tracks under developer model will be installed for open access States for which tender has been floated on 1st July 2020.

    In the wind energy sector, 103 MW wind-based power plants have already been commissioned. Among them, 26 MW is in Rajasthan (Jaisalmer), 21 MW is in Tamil Nadu and 56.4 MW is in  Maharashtra (Sangli). Indian Railways has also planned to set up 200 MW wind energy plants in next 2 years in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Karnataka. 

    Realizing its role in climate change Indian Railways has started other Green Initiatives like 100 per cent LED illumination of buildings and stations. Indian Railways has also acquired Green Certification from CIII to 7 Production Units (PUs), 39 Workshops, 6 Diesel sheds and 1 Stores depot. 14 Railway Stations and 21 other buildings/ campuses have also been Green certified. Other than this 215 Stations have been certified with Environment Management System (EMS)/ISO 14001.

    Total 505 pairs of trains have been converted to Head on Generation(HOG), unleashing approx 70 million liter diesel/ Rs 450 crore per annum potential of saving.  Energy Efficiency Studies of all 8 Production Units & 12 workshops have been completed under MOU with CII resulting in 15% improvement in energy efficiency.

    In the field of Green Initiatives, a total of 69,000 coaches have been fitted with more than 2,44,000 bio-toilets in Indian Railways.

     

  • Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank informed in a teeet:

    "Dear Students, Parents and Teachers! @cbseindia29 has announced the results of Class XII and can be accessed at http://cbseresults.nic.in. We congratulate you all for making this possible. I reiterate, Student's health & quality education are our priority."

  • The HLPF is the foremost international platform for follow-up and review of progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, presented the VNR.

    The India VNR 2020 report titled Decade of Action: Taking SDGs from Global to Local was released by Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Dr V.K Paul, Member, NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, and Sanyukta Samaddar, Adviser (SDGs), NITI Aayog.

    At the HLPF this year, which is being hosted virtually in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, 47 Member States are set to present their VNRs between 10th-16th July 2020. 

    The HLPF meets annually in July for eight days under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN. The VNRs presented by Member States at the HLPF are a critical component of the review of progress and implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The reviews are voluntary and state-led and are aimed at facilitating the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned.

    The process of preparation of a country’s VNR provides a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of various relevant stakeholders. NITI Aayog prepared and presented India’s first VNR in 2017.

     

    India VNR 2020

    India presented its VNR along with other second time presenters like Bangladesh, Georgia, Kenya, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria and Uganda. The presentation also included a short film which encapsulated the processual aspects of the second VNR and captured some of India’s major progress areas on the SDGs.

    In his opening remarks, Dr Rajiv Kumar expressed his solidarity with all the countries which were grappling with challenges brought about by the pandemic, while highlighting the key features of India’s response to the pandemic under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat campaign. “We should all obliterate all divisions and distinctions amongst us and come together to try and convert the prevailing situation into an opportunity for accelerating our progress towards achieving the SDG targets”, said the Vice Chairman in his statement.

    In his statement, Dr Kumar presented the efforts towards ensuring no one is left behind. He also dwelt on the remarkable progress India has achieved in reducing multidimensional poverty, providing food safety, ensuring education for all, universalising access to electricity, clean cooking fuel and sanitation, while also operationalising the world’s largest health insurance programme by covering 500 million citizens.

    “We are deeply committed to building on existing efforts and undertake newer initiatives to accelerate progress on the SDG targets for long term transformation. In this endeavour, peer learning and knowledge sharing will play a key role -which we are actively fostering among States and Union Territories”, said Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog

    India’s VNR this year has undertaken a paradigm shift in terms of embodying a “whole-of-society” approach in letter and spirit. NITI Aayog engaged with sub-national and local governments, civil society organizations, local communities, people in vulnerable situations and the private sector. As part of this process, NITI Aayog partnered with UN in India and Civil Society Organisations to curate a consultative process which saw more than 50 national and sub-national consultations with over 1000 CSOs from fourteen population groups including women, children, elderly, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), People Living with HIV (PLHIV), among others .

    “The role of international cooperation is more critical than ever before”, observed the Vice Chairman. He highlighted the leading role India has been playing in promoting global engagement platforms such as the International Solar Alliance (ISA), the Coalition for Disaster Resilience Infrastructure (CDRI), and the active participation in implementing the Sendai Framework, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

    The presentation was followed by an interactive segment where Member States such as Ecuador and Bangladesh, and Civil Society Organisations put forth questions pertaining to areas of renewable energy, financial inclusion, and the Government’s future engagement strategy, respectively.

    Decade of Action: Taking SDGs from Global to Local

    The India VNR 2020 report was also unveiled during this event. The report is a comprehensive account of the adoption and implementation of the 2030 Agenda in India. Apart from presenting a review of progress on the 17 SDGs, the report discusses at length the policy and enabling environment, India’s approach to localising SDGs, and strengthening means of implementation.

    The report also includes a chapter which draws from the rich body of data, knowledge and analysis that emanated from the CSO led community-centric consultations, which took place across the length and breadth of the country. The chapter presents a summary of the key concerns and the recommendations voiced by the stakeholders from civil society, non-governmental and community organisations. Similarly, the segment on business integration highlights the important role which businesses and the private sector are envisaged to have in the decade of action.

    Leveraging science, technology and innovation for SDGs, and costing and financing of SDGs are the two levers of strengthening means of implementation which have been introduced this year.

    In line with the theme of Taking SDGs from Global to Local, the goal-wise account of progress on the SDGs has been appended with examples of a range of diverse good practices and success stories of interventions from the States, especially Aspirational Districts.

    NITI Aayog has the mandate of overseeing the adoption and monitoring of SDGs at the national and sub-national level. The India VNR 2020 represents NITI Aayog’s efforts in embodying the whole-of-society approach and its commitment towards localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Sunday, the decision was taken in an inter ministerial meeting chaired by the Foreign Minister Dr. A.K.Abdul Momen. 

    The meeting also recommended uploading all COVID-19 negative certificates online to help immigration authorities to verify their authenticity easily. 

    It also decided to set up dedicated corona testing centers to facilitate corona testing of migrants travelling abroad for employment purposes. 

    In the meanwhile, the government has issued show cause notice to the Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr. Abul Kalam Azad over the signing of an agreement with the Regent Hospital which is under investigation for issuing fake COVID-19 negative certificates for people travelling abroad from Bangladesh.

    Recently, a number of people travelling to countries like Italy, South Korea and Japan were found to be Coronapostive even while they had a COVID-19 negative certificate issued in Bangladesh with them. These countries refused to allow them to enter.

  • Situated at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, the SC said that the family has shebait rights over the temple.

    A bench headed by Justice U U Lalit upheld the rights of the Travancore royal family in the administration of the temple. The Apex Court said that as an interim measure, the District Judge of Thiruvananthapuram will head an administrative committee to manage the affairs of the temple. The top court delivered the verdict on a batch of appeals, challenging the January 31, 2011 verdict of the High Court in the matter.

    The sprawling temple was rebuilt in its present form in the 18th century by the Travancore Royal House.

  • Raids were conducted at Congress Vice President Rajiv Arora's residence in Jaipur.

    More details are awaited.

  • It tracked gains in index-heavyweight Reliance Industries and strong signals from the global markets.

    Reclaiming the 37,000 level in the opening session, the BSE Sensex was trading 413.03 points, or 1.13 per cent, higher at 37,007.36.

    Meanwhile, NSE Nifty surged 123.35 points, or 1.15 per cent, to 10,891.40.

    Bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul were trading with significant gains amid hopes of a better earning season.

    Meanwhile, international oil benchmark Brent crude futures fell 0.74 per cent to USD 42.92 per barrel.

  • Active Cases - 3,01,609

    Cured/Discharged - 5,53,470

    Deaths - 23,174

    Migrated - 1 

  • Jermaine Blackwood top-scored with 95 as West Indies overcame an early wobble to win by four wickets in the final session of the 5th and final day of the match.

    West Indies chased down the victory target of 200-run with four wickets in hand, in their second innings to take an early lead in the three-test series.

    Earlier, the tourists had made 318 runs in their first innings. England had scored 204 and 313 all out in the first and second innings respectively.

    The second test starts Thursday in Manchester. 

  • Mumbai is expected to have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The city witnessed a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius and will have a maximum of around 34 degrees.
           
    In Chennai, the temperature will hover between 26 and 37 degrees Celsius. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain.
           
    Kolkata will have partly 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 35 degrees.
           
    In Jammu and Kashmir; the minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 36 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 partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm.
           
    In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 18 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees. The city may witness thunderstorm with rain.

    Muzzafarabad may see mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The place witnessed a minimum temperature of 19 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees.
           
    Chandigarh will see a generally cloudy sky. The minimum temperature was recorded at 23 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees.
           
    Bengaluru is expected to have temperatures between 20 and 29 degrees Celsius. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers.
           
    Ahmedabad will also have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain.  Minimum temperature in the city was 25 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees.

    Bhopal will witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or duststorm. Minimum temperature was 25 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 33 degrees.

    In Patna, the sky is expected to be generally cloudy with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will fluctuate between 27  and 34 degrees Celsius.

  • Further details are awaited.

  • The high turnout for the unofficial poll came despite a government warning that it could be in breach of a tough new security law imposed on the city by Beijing.

    Tens of thousands queued in the intense summer heat at more than 250 polling stations across the city for the two-day vote which opened hours after police raided an opinion pollster helping to conduct the primaries.

    After polls closed at 9:00 pm on Sunday, organisers said more than 580,000 people had cast their ballots in the digital voting system. "Under the cloud of the national security law, nearly 600,000 people came out and voted -- this is where we can see the courage of Hong Kong people," former legislator and organiser Au Nok-hin said.

    The winning candidates are expected to be announced on Monday evening after all the votes are tallied and be endorsed to run for seats in the city's 70-member legislature in September.

    On Thursday, constitutional and mainland affairs minister Erick Tsang warned that those "organising, planning and participating" in the primary might commit offences of succession, subversion and colluding with foreign forces under the new security law, according to interviews given to a select few pro-Beijing newspapers.

    Despite the warning, hundreds of thousands flocked to cast their ballots.

    "I really love Hong Kong," Au said. "Hong Kong people have again created a miracle and again told the world that our pro-democratic camp can attract so many to vote."

    Beijing imposed the security law on Hong Kong last week targeting acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and foreign collusion with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, in response to huge and often violent democracy protests that erupted last year.

    Similar national security laws are used to crush dissent and police in Hong Kong have already arrested people voicing certain political views now deemed illegal, such as advocating independence or greater autonomy.

    Police late Friday night raided the office of Public Opinion Research Institute (PORI), a prominent opinion pollster that was helping the pro-democracy camp to conduct the primary.

    Police claimed they were responding to a report that PORI computers had been hacked, resulting in an unlawful leak of personal information.

    The raid raised concerns over the primary but PORI president Robert Chung said the voting system was safe and its operation was legal and transparent.

  • Coronavirus infection numbers had in recent days skyrocketed with at least 12,000 infections recorded daily, translating to around 500 infections every hour, severely straining health care resources.

    South Africa is the worst-affected country on the continent with 276,242 registered cases including 4,079 deaths as of Sunday. Ramaphosa warned that the "coronavirus storm" South Africa faced was "far fiercer and more destructive than any we have known before".

    "It is stretching our resources and our resolve to their limits," he said. "As we head towards the peak of infections, it is vital that we do not burden our clinics and hospitals with alcohol-related injuries that could have been avoided," Ramaphosa said in a televised address to the nation.

    "We have therefore decided that in order to conserve hospital capacity, the sale, dispensing and distribution of alcohol will be suspended with immediate effect," Ramaphosa said.

    South Africa's first booze ban, implemented in March was lifted on June 1. But on Sunday Ramaphosa rescinded the move, saying "there is now clear evidence that the resumption of alcohol sales has resulted in substantial pressure being put on hospitals, including trauma and ICU units, due to motor vehicle accidents, violence as well as trauma that is alcohol-induced."

    He also ordered a curfew from 9pm (1900GMT) until 4am (0200GMT) starting Monday.

    Ramaphosa also outlawed family visits and social events which have been blamed for helping the virus spread. His administration would from now tighten the regulations on the mandatory wearing of face masks.

    Ramaphosa said the government was ramping up healthcare system where there are 28,000 hospital beds reserved for coronavirus patients. But the system is desperately short of staff, with at least 12,000 more mostly nurses, doctors and physiotherapists still required.

    "We have heard of instances where people who are infected have been turned away from health facilities due to a lack of beds or essential supplies. This is deeply worrying," he said.

    Health experts have predicted that South Africa's coronavirus outbreak will peak between July and November and is projected to claim at least 40,000 lives.

    The main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party said the alcohol ban and a night-time curfew were a distraction from the state's failure to bolster treatment and testing capacity. "These ineffective gimmicks are an attempt to obscure the truth of our situation: that the national government has completely and utterly wasted South Africa's long and crippling lockdown," said DA leader John Steenhuisen in a statement.

  • Sachin claimed that the Gehlot government has been reduced to a minority as over 30 Congress MLAs are supporting him.

    In a statement, he said some independent MLAs have pledged their support to him.

    Sachin Pilot said he will not attend the Congress Legislature Party meeting scheduled to be held on Monday.

    Sachin's supporters said he is camping in Delhi and is upset over a notice sent to him by Rajasthan police. The notice from the Special Operations Group (SOG) has sought time from him to record a statement on an alleged plot to topple the Gehlot government. Supporters say the notice is meant to humiliate him.

    Meanhile Gehlot had on Saturday alleged that the opposition BJP is trying to lure Congress MLAs to topple the state government. The BJP has dismissed the claim, saying the recent developments only reflected a power struggle between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot and gthe rift within the Congress party. 

  • The Chief Minister reviewed the flood situation in presence of the Water Resource Minister in Guwahati on Sunday evening. 

    He also ordered to repair the breached portion of the river embankments in a war footing manner. He also asked Deputy Commissioners to deploy SDRF and NDRF in rescue and relief efforts. 

    Around 9 lakh people are reeling under the fury of floods in 21 districts. Flood water has also inundated several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Around 10,000 people are shifted to temporary relief camps by the district administrations.