For the first time a large number of players have qualified for the Olympics and in many sports India has qualified for the first time: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister’s Office:

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with Indian athletes’ contingent bound for Tokyo Olympics today through video conference.

The interaction by the Prime Minister is an endeavour to motivate the athletes ahead of their participation at the games.

Shri Anurag Thakur, Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports; Shri Nisith Pramanik, MoS Youth Affairs and Sports and Shri Kiren Rijiju, Law Minister were also present on the occasion.

In an informal and spontaneous interaction, the Prime Minister motivated the athletes and thanked their families for their sacrifice.

While addressing the Indian athletes, the Prime Minister regretted the fact that he could not host the athletes due to the pandemic. He remarked that the pandemic has changed their practice and even the year of the Olympics.

He recalled his Mann ki Baat address when he exhorted the citizens to cheer for their sportspersons in the Olympics.

He noted the popularity of the Cheer4India. He said that the whole country is behind them and the blessings of all the countrymen are with them.

He informed that people can login to the NaMo app and cheer for their sportspersons where special provisions have been made for the purpose.

“These wishes of 135 crore Indians are the blessings of the country for all of you before entering the field of sports,” said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister noted common traits among the athletes i.e. Bold, Confident and Positive. He said that all the athletes have  common factors of  Discipline, Dedication and Determination.

The Prime Minister noted both commitment and competitiveness in the sportspersons. The same qualities are found in New India. Athletes reflect the New India and symbolizes the nation’s future.

He said all the athletes are a witness to how the country is standing with each of its players today with a new thinking and a new approach. Today your motivation is important for the country. He said that top priority has been given for the athletes to play freely, with their full potential and improve their game and technique. The Prime Minister noted the changes that have been brought in the recent years to support the sportspersons.

The Prime Minister said that efforts were made for the players to have better training camps and better equipment.

Today, more international exposure is also being provided to the players. He said that so many changes have happened in such a short time since sports related institutions have given priority to suggestions by the sportspersons.

He also expressed happiness that for the first time, such a large number of players have qualified for the Olympics. He said that campaigns like ‘Fit India’ and ‘Khelo India’ contributed to this. 

He said for the first time, players from India are participating in so many sports. There are many sports in which India has qualified for the first time.

The Prime Minister said that seeing the confidence and energy of young India, he is optimistic that the day is not far when only victory will become New India’s habit. He advised players to give their best and asked the countrymen to “Cheer4India”

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly cautioned against crowding at hill stations without observing proper precautions and said it needs to be understood that the third wave will not come on its own

Prime Minister’s Office:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted with Chief Ministers of the North-Eastern states on COVID-19 situation.

The interaction was attended by the Chief Ministers of Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Assam.

Apart from the Chief Ministers, Union Ministers for Home, Defence, Health, DONER and other Ministers were present during the interaction.

The Chief Ministers briefed about the progress of vaccination in their states and steps that are being taken to take vaccines to far flung areas.

They also discussed the issue of vaccine hesitancy and measures being taken to overcome it. They gave an account of improvement in medical infrastructure to better tackle Covid cases and the support lent through the PM CARES Fund.

They gave assurance of taking timely action to bring down the positivity rate as well as the number of cases in their States.

Union Home Minister talked about the reduction in the overall daily number of cases but forewarned that this should not lead to one becoming lax and letting one’s guard down.

He said that some areas of the country are witnessing high positivity rates. He emphasized on the importance of testing, tracing, tracking and vaccination.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister lauded the people, health workers and the governments of Northeast for their hard work in the fight against the pandemic and creating infrastructure for testing, treatment and vaccination despite the difficult terrain of the states.

The Prime Minister expressed his worry over the growing number of cases in some districts and stressed the need to catch these signals and take strict actions at the micro level.

He reemphasized the use of micro containment protocol in dealing with the situation. He asked to make full use of the experience and best practices gathered over the last one and half years in this regard.

Noting the fast mutating nature of the virus, the Prime Minister advised strict monitoring of the mutation and keep track of all variants.

He informed experts are studying the mutations and their impact. In such scenario, prevention and treatment are critical, he said emphasizing covid appropriate behaviour.

Shri Modi emphasized that utility of physical distancing, mask, vaccine is clear. Similarly, strategy of testing tracking and treatment is a proven strategy.

Acknowledging the impact of pandemic on tourism and business, the Prime Minister strongly cautioned against crowding at hill stations without observing proper precautions.

Rejecting the argument that people want to enjoy before the arrival of the third wave, he said that this need to be understood that the third wave will not come on its own.

He said that the main question in our mind should be how to prevent the third wave. Experts are repeatedly warning against carelessness and crowding as they can lead to massive surge in cases. He strongly advocated preventing avoidable crowding.

The Prime Minister informed that hundreds of oxygen plants are being established in the country through PM-CARES and Northeast too got about 150 plants. The Prime Minister requested the Chief Ministers to complete the process of establishing these plants quickly.

The Prime Minister underlined the need to establish temporary hospital due to the geographical situation of the northeast.

He also asked to prepare trained manpower as oxygen plants, ICU wards, new machines that are reaching two block level hospitals will need this manpower. He assured all help from the central government.

Noting the capacity of 20 lakh tests per day in the country, the Prime Minister highlighted the need to augment the testing infrastructure in the affected district on priority.

He stressed aggressive testing along with random testing. The Prime Minister expressed the hope that with the collective efforts we will surely be able to contain the spread.

The Central Govt. should immediately reduce, substantially, the prices of petrol, diesel & LPG. GST rates on an array of goods that are mass-consumed by the people should also be reduced: P Chidambaram

Special Congress Party briefing by Congress leaders P Chidambaram and RS Surjewala vis INC India:

The govt has continued to pretend that the concern about price rise is a false concern and, if they ignore the issue, the issue will go away.

The Congress party condemns the callous negligence of the government on the issue of price rise The govt & RBI have set an inflation target: 4 +/- 2%.

CPI has breached the upper limit of 6% & is now, 6.26%. Urban CPI has spurted from 5.91% in May to 6.37% in June. Core inflation has moved up in a month from 5.5%t to 5.8%.

Food inflation is at 5.58%
Pulses inflation is at 10.01%
Fruits inflation is at 11.82%
Transport inflation is at 11.56%
Fuel & Light inflation is at 12.68%
Oils & Fats inflation is at 34.78%

Will the government please tell the people what they should eat, how they should light their homes and how they should go to work?

The pandemic has resulted in jobs being axed, unemployment rising to 8.1% & incomes being cut. In such a situation of widespread distress, inflation has broken the back of the people.

We hold Central govt under PM Modi directly responsible This inflation has not been caused by excess liquidity or too much money in the hands of the people. This inflation has been caused by the wrong policies of the government and its inept management of the economy

Despite stout opposition, the govt has continually increased the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG. Prices cannot be justified by the price of crude oil which is around USD 75 a barrel.

When crude oil price was $125, the UPA provided petrol at Rs 65 & diesel at Rs 44. The sole reason for the exorbitant prices is the levy of cesses by the govt. Total cesses levied by the central govt on petrol & diesel are Rs 33 & Rs 32.

Through these cesses alone the central government collects approximately Rs 4.2 lakh crore every year and keeps all that money to itself.

This is exploitation and greed of the worst kind Govt has increased the import duties on a wide range of goods. Despite a downward trend in the value of the ₹, these increased duties remain.

The result is higher prices on a large number of intermediary goods as well as essential goods

Govt continues with multiple rates of GST as well as high rates of 12% or 18% on an array of items. GST is an indirect tax & by definition a regressive tax.

High rates have the tendency to push up the prices of the final goods & services.

The Congress party demands that the central government should immediately reduce, substantially, the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG

We demand that import duties be reviewed and re-set so that prices of essential imported goods are cheaper

We also demand that GST rates be reduced on an array of goods that are mass-consumed by the people. We are convinced that these steps alone will bring relief to the people from the crushing burden of high inflation

I may add that the Congress party will raise the issue of high inflation in the forthcoming session of Parliament and demand a full discussion on the subject as well as substantial relief for the people of India.

For the first time in the history of NEET(UG) exam an examination centre has been opened in Kuwait: Dharmendra Pradhan

Dharmendra Pradhan – Union Minister for Education:

Registrations for the NEET(UG) 2021 has started on http://ntaneet.nic.in from 5:00 pm today.

For the first time in the history of NEET(UG) exam and in order to facilitate the Indian student community in the middle east, an examination centre has been opened in Kuwait.

The NEET(UG) 2021 will be for the first time conducted in 13 languages with new addition of Punjabi & Malayalam.

The languages now being offered are Hindi, Punjabi, Assamese, Bengali, Odia, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Urdu and English.

This is in line with PM Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of promoting regional languages under NEP 2020.

The number of vaccine doses provided to our State is only 302 per thousand eligible population. This is very low when compared to the vaccine doses made available to Gujarat, Karnataka and Rajasthan, which are at 533, 493 and 446 respectively: MK Stalin


Text of Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin’s letter to PM Narendra Modi seeking a special allocation of 1 crore vaccine doses to the State:

I invite your kind attention to my earlier letter dated 27-05-2021, wherein I had requested your immediate intervention in making a special allocation of Covid-19 vaccines to Tamil Nadu to correct the disproportionately low allocation made to the State, in terms of doses made available per thousand eligible population.

Till 8-7-2021, the State has received only 29,18,110 vaccines from Government of India, for the people in 18-44 years category and 1,30,08,440 vaccines for the above 45 years category.

As the allocation of vaccines is very inadequate, we are finding it extremely difficult to meet the huge demand for vaccination throughout the State.

The success of my Government’s efforts to eliminate vaccine hesitancy and make the vaccination drive a mass movement now squarely rests on the doses made available to us.

In this connection, I would like to point out that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India in its affidavit filed in the Supreme Court of India in suo moto W.P. (Civil) No.3 of 2021, have specifically submitted that the States have been allocated the available vaccine quantity in proportion to the population between 18-44 years of age of the respective State so as to ensure equitable distribution of vaccine.

However, Tamil Nadu has not received vaccines proportionate to its population size resulting in the current acute shortage of vaccines.

The number of vaccine doses provided to our State is only 302 per thousand eligible population. This is very low when compared to the vaccine doses made available to comparable States like Gujarat, Karnataka and Rajasthan, which are at 533, 493 and 446 respectively.

Hence, I once again, request your immediate personal intervention to correct the above imbalance in the vaccine allocation for Tamil Nadu and make a special allocation of 1 crore vaccine doses, so that we are able to vaccinate the targeted population in the shortest possible time.

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Finance Minister N Sitharaman along with Finance Minister of Bhutan jointly launched BHIM–UPI in Bhutan today

MEA India:

Finance Minister N Sitharaman along with Finance Minister of Bhutan Lyonpo Namgay Tshering jointly launched BHIM–UPI in Bhutan today.

This fulfils commitment made during the PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Bhutan in 2019.

With the launch of BHIM-UPI in Bhutan, the payment infrastructures of the two countries are seamlessly connected.

Bhutan is the first country in our immediate neighbourhood to adopt mobile based payments through the BHIM App.


Technology Meant for Mitigation of Airborne Transmission of SARS-COV-2 will be Installed in Parliament House: Dr Jitendra Singh

Ministry of Science & Technology:

Union Minister for Science & Technology Dr Jitendra Singh today discussed with scientific experts, the modalities of installing the latest UV-C Disinfection Technology in the Parliament House, on the eve of the upcoming session on the 19th of this month.

The technology has been developed by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), affiliated to the Union Ministry of Science & Technology.

The Minister later informed that, to begin with, the technology meant for mitigation of airborne transmission of SARS-COV-2 will be installed in the Central Hall, Lok Sabha Chamber and Committee Rooms 62 and 63.

However, Dr Jitendra Singh cautioned that even after installation of this disinfection technology, everybody is advised to strictly adhere to COVID appropriate behaviour including use of Face Mask, maintaining social distance, avoiding crowds etc.

CSIR-CSIO has developed an UV-C air duct disinfection system. The disinfection system can be used in auditoriums, large conference rooms, class-rooms, malls etc. which provides a relatively safer environment for indoor activities in the current pandemic. It can also be used in buildings, transport vehicles, etc.

The technology has been developed according to the requirements for deactivation of SARS COV-2 virus contained in an aerosol with necessary ventilation measures, necessary safety and user guidelines and tested Bio-safety standards etc.

UV-C deactivates viruses, bacteria, fungus and other bio – aerosols etc. with appropriate dosages using 254nm UV light.

Use of UV-C may also help in ameliorating the fungal infections being witnessed during the current wave of the pandemic.

The Minister commented on the legacy of CSIR in scientific pursuit and urged the scientists to highlight the role played by the organisation in different segments of the day-to-day life of the common man. CSIR enjoys a unique status globally in the field of science and technology, he added.

Urging the CSIR to preserve and showcase its achievements over the decades Dr.Jitendra Singh said that the feasibility of setting up a museum in the national capital needs to be explored.

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After Odisha, Delhi has run out of vaccines : P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram, Former Finance Minister :

Odisha has reported that 24 out of 30 districts have run out of vaccines. Odisha is governed by the BJD, an ally of the BJP. What has the central government that dismissed complaints of vaccine shortage got to say now?

Vaccine shortage is a FACT. Vaccine production is EXAGGERATED. Vaccine import is a MYSTERY.

Vaccinating the entire adult population by December 2021 is an empty BOAST.

Will the new Health Minister Mansukhmandviya tell the nation the truth about the vaccination programme?

After Odisha, Delhi has run out of vaccines.

Will the new Health Minister Mansukhmandviya please tell us how he plans to ensure regular, adequate and uninterrupted supply of vaccines to the States.

Heartiest congratulations to our very own Pranati Nayak, who is the only gymnast representing India at Olympics 2021!: Mamata Banerjee

Heartiest congratulations to our very own Pranati Nayak, who is the only gymnast representing India at Olympics 2021!

Pranati hails from a small town in Medinipur.

Owing to her hard work, she has already won many accolades and I am confident of her success this time as well!

Mamata Banerjee – Chief Minister, West Bengal

Reviewed the progress made in the customised crash course program for COVID-19 frontline workers: Dharmendra Pradhan

Dharmendra Pradhan – Union Minister:

Together with my colleague at MSDE Skill India, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar reviewed the progress made in the customised crash course program for COVID-19 frontline workers.

Envisioned under the guidance of PM Shri Narendra Modi, the program aims to train one lakh frontline healthcare workers to ensure timely healthcare service in every part of the country and meet the upsurge in demand of skilled healthcare professionals in wake of the pandemic.

Had a very engaging interaction with Attorney General of India, KK Venugopal Ji: Kiren Rijiju

Had a very engaging interaction with Attorney General of India, Padma Vibushan KK Venugopal Ji.

Started his career in 1954 he is well-known as an eminent lawyer and highly regarded as a constitutional expert of India.

He is still very fit & truly symbolizes ‘Fit India Movement’

kiren rijiju – union miister for law & justice

Paid homage on the occasion of the 207th Bhanu Jayanti of Aadi Kavi Bhanubhakta Acharya: Prem Singh Tamang

I joined the Governor Shri Ganga Prasad Ji, Speaker, Deputy Speaker, my cabinet colleagues, MLAs, MP Lok Sabha, Political Secretary, Mayor, Deputy Mayor, officials of various departments, members of Nepali Sahitya Parishad and the local gentry at Bhanu Udhyaan, Zero Point to pay homage to Aadi Kavi Bhanubhakta Acharya on the occasion of 207th Bhanu Jayanti.

Prem Singh Tamang – CM, sikkim