In a move that will benefit over 72 lakh employees, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the extension of Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) contribution for three more months, from June to August 2020. "Cabinet approves extension of EPF contribution of 24 per cent (12 per cent employees share and 12 per cent employers share) for another 3 months from June to August 2020 under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana/Atma Nirbhar Bharat," Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said here while addressing a press conference after a Cabinet meeting. "The government paid the provident fund for small businesses, where under 100 people are employed and more than 90 per cent of those get salary of less than Rs 15,000. The government paid both the workers/employee's share and the owners' share for three months. The move benefitted over 72 lakh employees," Javadekar said. The minister said that the scheme has been further extended for another 3 months from June to August 2020.
Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar informed about the decision taken under Cabinet Meeting. He said, "In view of the need for continuous support to the poor and needy, Cabinet approves extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana - allocation of additional foodgrain for further five months from July to November 2020." "So far, about 74.3 crore beneficiaries have been covered in April, 74.75 crore in May and about 64.72 crore in June 2020," he added.
Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar informed about the decision taken under Cabinet Meeting. He said that Cabinet has approved extension of time limit for availing the benefits of "Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana" for Ujjwala beneficiaries by three months with effect from 1st July 2020 for remaining gas cylinders.
Mahant Kamal Nayan Das, spox of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, President of Shri Ram Janambhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust on July 03 said the trust members will meet on July 18 in Ayodhya. Adding to it, he said the purpose will be construction of Ram Temple. "We want that PM Modi to visit here once so that construction may begin," he further added.
President of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust, Nitya Gopal Das on July 01 said that they have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to visit Ayodhya and inaugurate the construction activities of Ram temple. "We'll ensure that there is no crowding," he added.
Ayodhya's Ram Janmabhoomi temple has decided to reopen its gate for devotees from June 08, under the guidelines of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Recently 'Ram Lalla' idol was shifted to makeshift temple in Ram Janmabhoomi premises.To ensure the safety of the people from coronavirus infection, the authorities of temple has dismissed all kind of offerings."Only five people are allowed to enter in the temple at a time, no offerings were allowed in the temple," said the priest, Acharya Satyendra Das. MHA has permitted to reopen the religious place from June 08 across the nation.
India's COVID-19 total case count has reached 7,67,296 on July 09.Total active cases reached 2,69,789 and death toll has gone up to 21,129 today. As per Government of India, the rate of recovery among COVID-19 patients has improved over the days. It has touched 62.09% today. The number of recovered cases has exceeded the number of active cases by 2,06,588. The number of recovered cases is 1.75 times (almost reaching twice) the number of active cases. Maharashtra reported 6,875 new COVID-19 cases and 219 deaths today. The total number of positive cases in the state rises to 2,30,599 including 1,27,259 recovered, 93,652 active cases and 9,667 deaths. Tamil Nadu reports 65 deaths and 4,231 new COVID-19 positive cases today. The total number of positive cases stands at 1,26,581 including 46,652 active cases and 1,765 deaths. 2187 COVID-19 positive cases and 45 deaths reported in Delhi today. Around 4027 people have been recovered, discharged and migrated in the national capital. The total number of positive cases in the national capital rises to 1,07,051 including 82,226 recovered, discharged and migrated and 3,258 deaths. 9,719 RT-PCR tests and 12,570 Rapid antigen test have been conducted today. A total of 7,24,148 tests were done till date.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired Union Cabinet meeting at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg on July 08. Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman among others attended the meeting. Several other cabinet ministers were also present in the meeting. Certain key decisions are expected to be taken at the meeting.
Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide on June 14. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted he was 'shocked' by Rajput's demise. Union Minister Smriti Irani mourned actor's death on micro-blogging site. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also paid his deepest condolences to Rajput family. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also took to twitter to express his grief. Rajput gained prominence for his acting in movies like 'Chhichhore', 'M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story'.
The Ram Mandi Trust members meeting over the construction of Lord Ram Temple will held in Ayodhya on July 18. Trustee of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust, Mahant Kamal Nayan Das Ji Maharaj informed that decisions to lay the foundation stones for the pillars of the temple to be built are likely can be taken in the meeting.