NEWS ON AIR http://newsonair.com/Default.aspx Website cell, IT Unit, NSD, All India Radio, New Broadcasting House, New Delhi, India ? 2006 All rights reserved. All India Radio AIR Top News HM Amit Shah speaks to all Chief Ministers; Seeks their views on future strategy in fight against Covid 19 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389888 NAT Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to all Chief Ministers on Thursday regarding the COVID-19 situation in states and union territories. Govt decides to take forward 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat' programme using innovative ways http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389904 NAT Government has decided to take forward the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme using innovative ways during the COVID 19 outbreak. PIB FACT CHECK: Old video of woman lying on ground circulated in context of migrant situation during #Covid19 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389903 NAT In an effort to guard against fake news being circulated on various platforms, we bring you a segment on FACT CHECKING & MYTH BUSTERS. India, China have established mechanisms to peacefully resolve situations arising in border areas: MEA http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389902 NAT External Affairs Ministry has said, India and China have established mechanisms, both at military and diplomatic levels, to resolve situations which may arise in border areas peacefully through dialogue. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu expresses grief on passing away of sitting Rajya Sabha Member MP Veerendra Kumar http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389896 NAT Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has expressed grief on the passing away of sitting Rajya Sabha Member and former Union Minister MP Veerendra Kumar. 13 Special flights to bring home 2,000 Indian nationals stranded in Gulf countries today; Air India to fly back 150 Indians from Sri Lanka http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389895 NAT 13 flights from the gulf region to India are scheduled today as part of the Vande Bharat Mission. The flights will bring back stranded Indians to various parts of India. Advance reservation period for all 30 Special Rajdhani type trains extended from 30 to 120 days http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389892 NAT Indian Railways has decided to increase the advance reservation period from the existing 30 days to 120 days for all 30 Special Rajdhani type trains operating since 12th of May. Cabinet Secretary reviews Corona situation in 13 worst affected cities http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389850 NAT Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba held a meeting with Municipal Commissioners, District Magistrates of 13 COVID-19 hit cities to take a review of the situation. Indian troops have taken a very responsible approach on border management :Anurag Srivastava http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389887 NAT External Affairs Ministry has said, India and China have established mechanisms, both at military and diplomatic levels, to resolve situations which may arise in border areas peacefully through dialogue. EAM S Jaishankar, EU High Representative Borrell discuss initiatives to promote post-Corona economic recovery http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389886 NAT External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar concluded a review meeting of India- European Union relations with High Representative of EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell Fontelles. Railways distributed more than 85 lakh free meals to migrants on Shramik Special trains since May 1 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389885 NAT Indian Railways has distributed more than 85 lakh free meals and about 1.25 crore free water bottles to migrants travelling in Shramik Special Trains since 1st of May this year. Govt removes restrictions on export of paracetamol APIs http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389884 NAT Government today removed restrictions on the export of paracetamol APIs. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade has issued a notification in this regard. HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal interacts with heads of 45,000 Higher Educational Institutions http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389881 NAT Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank today interacted with heads of over 45 thousand Higher Educational Institutions(HEIs) across the country through Webinar. Air India flight to bring back around 150 Indian nationals from Sri Lanka tomorrow http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389880 NAT As part of Vande Bharat Mission, an Air India flight will bring back around 150 Indian nationals from Colombo in Sri Lanka tomorrow. This is the first repatriation flight under the mission from neighboring country and includes destinations of Mumbai, Bhubaneswar and Kolkata. Vande Bharat Mission: Nine flights from Gulf countries took off today for various destinations in India http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389878 NAT Nine flights from the Gulf countries under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) took off today for various destinations in India with more than 1635 passengers on board.From UAE , there were six flights in all. Centre assures full support for evacuating J&K residents stranded abroad http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389877 NAT The Central Government has assured the Jammu and Kashmir administration of its full support in evacuating the J&K residents stranded abroad due to the COVID 19 lockdown. Civil Aviation Minister says, there were total of 367 domestic flight departures today http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389876 NAT Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, there were a total of 367 domestic flight departures today. Migrants being sent back on very large scale to their native places by railways: Official http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389875 NAT A senior railway official has said that migrants are being sent back on a very large scale to their native places by the railways. Piyush Goyal calls upon exporters to be more competitive & provide quality products http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389874 NAT Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has called upon the exporters to be more competitive and provide quality products to the world. Vande Bharat Mission in full swing; 45,216 Indians returned till now http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389873 NAT The Vande Bharat Mission is in full swing and phase two of the Mission is underway till the 13th of June. Briefing media on Thursday evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said a total of 45,216 Indians have returned till Thursday evening. All necessary steps being taken to control locust: Narendra Singh Tomar http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389872 NAT Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said the Centre is taking the issue of locust attack in different parts of the country seriously. 170 stranded passengers from Bangladesh, 151 from Kuwait reach Bihar under Vande Bharat Mission http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389869 NAT Under Vande Bharat Mission, 170 stranded passengers from Dhaka, Bangladesh and 151 from Kuwait reached Gaya in Bihar today. NHRC notices to Union Home Secy, Railways, Gujarat & Bihar govts over migrants hardships in trains http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389868 NAT The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today issued notices to governments of Gujarat and Bihar and Chairman of Railway Board as well as Union Home Secretary on reports that the trains which are ferrying the migrant labourers are not only starting late but are taking many additional days to Southwest Monsoon likely to make onset over Kerala from June 1 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389848 NAT The Southwest Monsoon has further advanced into some parts of Maldives-Comorin area, some more parts of south Bay of Bengal, remaining parts of Andaman Sea and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Finance Minister launches free instant e-PAN card facility through Aadhaar http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389857 NAT Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today formally launched the facility for instant allotment of PAN on near to real time basis. COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 42.75 percent; 3,266 people cured in last 24 hours http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389733 NAT The recovery rate of people affected with COVID-19 has improved further and it haw now reached 42.75 per cent. Around 30 groups in country trying to develop vaccines to fight novel Coronavirus, says Govt http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389859 NAT Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, Dr K Vijay Raghavan has said around 30 groups in the country from big industry to individual academics, are trying to develop vaccines to fight COVID-19. FM chairs FSDC meeting, reviews measures to maintain financial stability amid COVID-19 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389844 NAT The 22nd meeting of Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) was held in New Delhi today through video conferencing. The meeting chaired by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reviewed the measures to maintain financial stability in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. Govt denies claim made in video of woman lying on ground in context of migrant situation during COVID-19 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389864 NAT In an effort to guard against fake news being circulated on various platforms, we bring you our segment on Fact Checking and Mythbusters. LS Speaker nominates Dr Jitendra Singh, others as Delimitation Commission Members http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389862 NAT Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has nominated the Associate Members of Delimitation Commission for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir along with Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur under Article 5 of the Delimitation Act, 2002. Expert Speak on AIR: Maintain social distancing to check spread of COVID-19 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389855 NAT In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19. 924 domestic flights carrying 67,861 passengers handled by airports across the country yesterday http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389854 NAT A total of 924 domestic flights carrying 67,861 passengers were handled by airports across the country yesterday. Santosh Gangwar inaugurates twitter handle for labour statistics http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389852 NAT To provide d and latest statistics related to labour welfare, Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar has inaugurated the twitter handle @LabourDG for Labour Bureau. Whole country united in fight against novel coronavirus, says BJP http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389847 NAT BJP has said that the whole country is united in the fight against novel coronavirus and its party workers are in the service of the people in this time of crisis. Locust control operations and survey stepped up in Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389796 NAT Amidst a wave of locust swarms sweeping across western and northwestern India, Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has stepped up locust control operations in Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. BJP says whole country is united in the fight against Coronavirus http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389841 NAT BJP today said that the whole country is united in the fight against Coronavirus and its party workers are in the service of the people in this time of crisis. Evacuation by land route under Vande Bharat Mission begins; Around 230 stranded Indians leave from Bangladesh http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389834 NAT Evacuation of distressed and stranded Indians has begin through land route under Vande Bharat Mission. Security forces avert a major vehicle-borne IED blast in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389827 NAT Security Forces today averted a major incident of a vehicle-borne IED blast in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. 19 thousand crore rupees released under PM-KISAN scheme benefiting more than 9.5 crore farmers during last two months http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389798 NAT A total 9.67 crore farmers have been benefited and an amount of more than 19 thousand crore rupees has been released under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme during the last two months. 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio: Stay at homes and maintain hand hygiene http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389835 NAT In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19. VP, PM pay tributes to Vinayak Damodar Savarkar on his birth anniversary http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389822 NAT Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar today paid their tributes to Vinayak Damodar Savarkar on his birth anniversary. NIT Trichy organises series of web based Online Teaching Strategies workshops http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389826 NAT Against the back ground of the continual disruption of class room instructions because of Covid-19 lock down, the Computer Applications Department of the National Institute of Technogy (NIT), Trichy has organised a series of web based Online Teaching Strategies workshops. PM Modi emphasizes on the need to enhance consumer satisfaction http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389825 NAT Prime Minister, Narendra Modi emphasized on the need to enhance consumer satisfaction while increasing operational efficiency and improving financial sustainability of the power sector. One lakh 19 thousand 976 samples of corona virus tested in last 24 hours, says ICMR http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389823 NAT The Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that a total one lakh 19 thousand 976 samples of corona virus were tested in the last 24 hours. Piyush Goyal says Aatmanirbhar Bharat entails a confident, self-reliant and caring nation http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389802 NAT Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has said that the concept of Aatmanirbhar Bharat campaign entails a confident, self-reliant, caring nation which takes care of all the strata of the society and nurtures development of all parts of the country. 22 Myanmar nationals detained at Gaya international airport http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389813 NAT In Bihar, 22 Myanmar Nationals believed to have Tablighi Jamat links were detained at the Gaya international airport by the immigration authorities yesterday evening. Asymptomatic patients hard to identify, says Senior Medical expert http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389812 NAT Talking to All India Radio News in a special programme on COVID-19, senior medical expert, Dr. Mala Srivastav said, that asymptomatic patients are hard to identify and is a major reason for rising number of cases. Health Ministry issues advisory on re-processing, re-use of eye-protection goggles http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389804 NAT Health Ministry has issued an advisory on re-processing and re-use of eye-protection goggles used as a crucial components of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits. 4.57 lakh metric ton of pulses dispatched to States, UTs under PMGKY http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389803 NAT Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana about 4.57 Lakh Metric Ton of pulses have been dispatched to the States and Union Territories. Six special flights to bring home 1000 Indian nationals stranded in UAE under Vande Bharat Mission http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389801 NAT Six flights are scheduled from the UAE today under the Vande Bharat Mission. Around 1,000 Indian nationals stranded in the region are expected to fly back home. Railways transports 48 lakh people to their native places through Shramik Special trains http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389797 NAT Railways has transported 48 lakhs passengers to their home states through Shramik Special trains. Railways Ministry said, a total of three thousand 543 Shramik Special trains have been operationalized from various states across the country in the last 26 days. Lockdown decelerated pace of spread of COVID-19, averted many casualties: Health Ministry http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389784 NAT Health Ministry has said that lockdown has garnered multiple gains and primarily it has decelerated the pace of spread of the disease. Health Ministry advises States, UTs to organize home deliveries of essential medicines in containment zones http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389764 NAT Health Ministry has advised States and Union Territories to organize home deliveries of essential medicines like calcium, ORS, zinc, contraceptives, iron folic in containment zones to ensure maternal and child health care amid the Corona virus pandemic. CBSE allows students to write pending board exams from home states http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389770 NAT There is a major relief to the students appearing for the pending Class 10th and 12th examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education from 1st of July this year. Aarogya Setu becomes world's largest contact tracing app: Dr Harsh Vardhan http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389763 NAT Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan today said, Aarogya Setu has become world's largest contact tracing app reaching over 11 crore 40 lakh people in 40 days. Health Ministry issues advisory on re-processing, re-use of eye-protection goggles http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389779 NAT Health Ministry has issued an advisory on re-processing and re-use of eye-protection goggles used as a crucial components of Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, kits. New Delhi to continue to monitor developments in Nepal http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389775 NAT India is carefully following the developments in Nepal. PFC to provide hygienic and nutritious food to frontline COVID warriors http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389774 NAT Power Finance Corporation Ltd , Central PSU under Ministry of Power has tied up with TajSats, one of Asia’s largest food companies, to provide hygienic and nutritious food to frontline COVID warriors. Govt provides physical Consular access to 14 arrested in connection with Tablighi Jamat gathering http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389772 NAT Nationals of 14 countries who have been arrested in connection with Tablighi Jamat gathering are being given physical consular access. Fact-check: Railways gives clarification over viral video on social media http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389762 NAT In an effort to guard against fake news being circulated on various platforms, we bring you a segment on FACT CHECKING & MYTH BUSTERS. NHAI gears up to keep National Highways in good condition before monsoon http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389769 NAT National Highway Authority of India, NHAI has geared up to keep National Highways in good condition before monsoon. Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh reviews COVID-19 status in J&K http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389768 NAT Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today reviewed the status of COVID-19 outbreak in Jammu and Kashmir in view of large number of persons returning back to the Union Territory and spike in cases 170 Indians evacuated from Dhaka to Kolkata http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389757 NAT Continuing with the evacuation of the stranded Indian nationals from Bangladesh, 170 people left Hazrat Shahjalal Airport, Dhaka for Kolkata on Wednesday. Among the persons evacuated today, 112 persons were working at the Rampal Power plant in Bangladesh. No permission to open any educational institutions across country: G. Kishan Reddy http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389756 NAT Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy today said that the Ministry has not granted permission to open any educational institutions across the country. Fact-Check: Reports on lockdown 5.0 incorrect, clarifies MHA http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389755 NAT In an effort to guard against fake news being circulated on various platforms, we bring you a segment on FACT CHECKING & MYTH BUSTERS. Airports handle 62,641 passengers on Day two: Hardeep Singh Puri http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389754 NAT Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that on the second day of recommencement of domestic passenger flights in the country the airports handled 62,641 flyers on 445 departures and 447 arrivals. CIPET to take up R&D initiatives in healthcare areas to deal with COVID-19 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389753 NAT Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) which functions under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers will take up Research and Development initiatives in the areas of Health Care, like Manufacturing and Certifying PPE to deal with COVID-19 pandemic. Compulsory Hotel quarantine period for Indians, returning from abroad, reduced to 7 days from 14 days; Centre asks states to ensure refund of extra charges http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389714 NAT Center has asked the states to ensure refund of seven days extra charges taken by the hotels for quarantine from the Indians coming back from abroad. Vande Bharat Mission: Special flight from Myanmar carrying 45 stranded Indians reach Gaya http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389750 NAT A special flight from Myanmar carrying 45 stranded Indians reached Gaya international airport this afternoon. 50 Shramik Specials carrying migrant workers depart from Maharashtra http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389731 NAT Around 50 trains ran from various stations in Maharashtra carrying migrant workers to their home states. FACT CHECK: Schools still not allowed to open, says Home Ministry http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389749 NAT In an effort to guard against fake news being circulated on various platforms, we bring you our segment on Fact Checking and Mythbusters. Air Force operationalises 2nd Squadron of indigenous Combat Aircraft-Tejas http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389720 NAT The Indian Air Force has operationalised its new squadron “Number-18 - Flying Bullets” with the Light Combat Aircraft LCA Tejas today. ICMR ramps up testing, gives approval to 624 laboratories across India approved till now to conduct Covid-19 tests http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389736 NAT Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that a total one lakh 16 thousand 41 samples of corona virus were tested in the last 24 hours. Congress weakening fight against COVID 19 pandemic says Law Minister Ravi shankar Prasad http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389746 NAT Union Minister and Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad today hit out at Congres leader Rahul Gandhi accusing him of trying to weaken the country's resolve to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 'Expert Speak' on AIR: Do not take Hydroxychloroquine without preion, says AIIMS doctor http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389740 NAT In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19. Passenger on Air India flight tests positive for COVID-19 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389739 NAT Air india today said, One passenger on Delhi ludhiana flight was found covid positive yesterday. Health Ministry reiterates appeals to maintain hand hygiene, social distancing to contain spread of of COVID-19 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389680 NAT Health Ministry has reiterated its appeal to the people to follow hand hygiene and social distancing norms to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection. Vande Bharat Mission: Over 30,000 people returned to India on 158 flights from different countries http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389735 NAT Over 30 thousand people have returned to India on 158 flights from different countries under Vande Bharat Mission till Monday. Ram Vilas Paswan urges states to take seriously quality of food grains being supplied from ration shops http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389734 NAT Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today urged states to take seriously the quality of food grains being supplied from ration shops and especially food being distributed in the quarantine centres. PM Modi pays tributes to former PM Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389732 NAT Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tributes to India's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary today. Aarogya Setu becomes open source http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389698 NAT Arogya Setu, India's Covid-19 contact tracing, syndromic mapping and self assessment mobile app is now open source. Prakash Javadekar hits out at Congress for playing politics during fight against COVID-19 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389673 NAT Union Minister and Senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar hit out at the Congress saying when the country is fighting to contain the COVID-19, the Congress is playing politics on it. India performs much better than the world in terms of infections, mortality rate due to COVID-19 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389716 NAT India performs much better as compared to global average in terms of number of infections and mortality per lakh population due to COVID-19. Sri Lanka assures fullest commitment for stronger & deeper cooperation with India http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389686 NAT Sri Lanka has assured fullest commitment for stronger and deeper cooperation with India, while appreciating the continued exchanges of goodwill that are evident in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. Shramik Special trains ferried around 45 lakh migrants: Railways http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389708 NAT A senior railway official said that migrants are being sent back on a very large scale to their native places by the railways. Army Commanders' Conference to be organised in two phases http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389713 NAT The Army Commanders' Conference, an apex level biannual event which was scheduled for April 2020 and postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic, will now be organised in two phases. The first phase of the conference will commence from tomorrow which will continue till 29th of this month. Expert Speak on AIR: People suffering from hypertension, cancer should take extra precautions to avoid COVID-19 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389679 NAT In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19. PM Modi and Amir of Qatar discuss warmth of bilateral relations in backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389712 NAT Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani today discussed the warmth of bilateral relations in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic. PM Modi expresses his appreciation for support extended by Egyptian authorities during COVID-19 crisis http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389710 NAT Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed his appreciation for the support extended by Egyptian authorities for the safety and welfare of Indian nationals in Egypt during the COVID-19 crisis. Center asks states to ensure refund of extra charges taken by hotels http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389711 NAT Center has asked the states to ensure refund of extra charges taken by the hotels as the guidelines for Indians coming back from abroad are to be quarantined in earmarked hotels for seven days. India set to locally produce RT-PCR testing kits for Covid-19 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389709 NAT A public-private partnership in India has yielded an important breakthrough, that will help produce RT PCR test kits for testing COVID 19 patients. Elgar Parishad case: Gautam Navlakha sent to judicial custody till June 22 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389706 NAT A special NIA court in Mumbai today sent Gautam Navlakha, arrested in the Elgar Parishad-alleged Maoist links case, to judicial custody till June 22. Health Secy reviews COVID-19 situation in five states where cases are on surge http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389676 NAT Health Secretary Preeti Sudan along with senior officers of the Union Health Ministry held a high-level review meeting through video conference today with the Chief Secretaries, Health Secretaries and NHM Directors of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. COVID-19 recovery rate rises to 41.61 % in country ; fatality rate goes down to 2.87 % http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389603 NAT Health Ministry has said that the recovery rate of patients from COVID-19 infection has now gone up to 41.61 per cent which was 7.1 per cent in March this year. Phase two of Vande Bharat Mission to be expanded to bring back one lakh stranded Indians from 60 countries http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389674 NAT External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar today held a detailed review meeting of Vande Bharat Mission (VBM). The meet focused on to ramp up its scale and enhance its efficiency. Heat wave conditions continue in North west and Central India http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389675 NAT India Meteorological Department, IMD has said that Northwest and Central parts of the country continue to remain under the grip of heat wave conditions. Validity period of hotel approval & classification extended till June 30 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389678 NAT In a major relaxation to the tourism industry, the validity period of approval and classification of hotels and accommodation units has been extended till 30th June by the Government. Prototype test samples of PPE Coveralls now being tested & certified by nine authorized laboratories http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389691 NAT The prototype test samples of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Coveralls are now being tested and certified by nine authorized laboratories as per technical specifications prescribed by Health Ministry. Virat Kohli appeals people to unite in fight against COVID-19 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389688 NAT Indian Cricket captain Virat Kohli has appealed to the people to unite in the fight against COVID-19. Govt refutes claim that 10 people lost their lives in trains due to hunger http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389687 NAT Government has refuted claim that 10 people have lost their lives in trains due to hunger. Centre has given special emphasis on fisheries sector: Giriraj Singh http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389681 NAT Minister for Fisheries, Dairy and Animal Husbandry Giriraj Singh has said that the Centre has given special emphasis on the fisheries sector. Indian Army rejects messages on social media about creation of Himachal Regiment http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389677 NAT Indian Army has rejected messages doing rounds on Social Media about the creation of a Himachal Regiment having headquarters at Kangra. Nitin Gadkari inaugurates 440 metre-long tunnel under Chardham Pariyojana in Chamba http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389665 NAT Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari today inaugurated the 440 metre-long tunnel, constructed below the busy town of Chamba as part of the Chardham Connectivity Project. Health Ministry appeals to follow hand hygiene and social distancing norms http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389664 NAT Ministry of Health has reiterated its appeal to the people to follow hand hygiene and social distancing norms to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection. REC with TajSATS to distribute nutritious meal packets to medical staff http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389663 NAT Central Public Sector Undertaking, REC Limited, is spearheading the mission to feed medical staff in key government hospitals as well as poor daily wage labourers across the nation. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh holds telephonic conversation with his Australian counterpart http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389662 NAT India and Australia are committed to take forward the initiatives of bilateral defence and security cooperation under the Strategic Partnership framework. Over 40 lakh migrant workers ferried by Railways in 3060 Shramik Special trains http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389633 NAT Railways has operationalised more than three thousand 60 Shramik Special trains across the country to transport migrant workers to their home States. PM Modi to share his thoughts in 'Mann Ki Baat' programme AIR on May 31 http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389655 NAT Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio on 31st of this month. Eight flights to carry stranded Indians to Kerala from Gulf region under Vande Bharat Mission http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389643 NAT The second plus phase of Vande Bharat Mission to bring home Indian nationals stranded abroad will start today. Around 140 flights from Gulf countries have been added in this phase of the mission. Domestic flight operations begin in Andhra Pradesh on 2nd day of resumption of Airline services; Civil Aviation ministry allows resumption of domestic charter flights http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389561 NAT In Andhra Pradesh, domestic flight services resumed this morning almost after a gap of two months from the two airports of the state. The first flight by a private operator from Bengaluru landed at Gannavaram airport in Vijayawada early today with 79 passengers. 92 thousand 528 samples of Corona virus tested in last 24 hours, says ICMR http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389652 NAT Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that a total 92 thousand 528 samples of Corona virus were tested in the last 24 hours. BJP to hold virtual rallies across country to celebrate first anniversary of Narendra Modi govt's second term http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389641 NAT BJP will hold virtual rallies across the country and organise over one thousand conferences online as it readies to celebrate the first anniversary of the Narendra Modi government's second term. 'Expert Speak' on AIR: Symptoms of Coronavirus infection include upper respiratory tract infection, sneezing and cough http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389560 NAT In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19. India utilised lockdown period to ramp up its healthcare infrastructure, says Health Minister http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389635 NAT Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that India utilised the lockdown period to ramp up its health-care infrastructure. He said the lockdown also helped to keep its COVID-19 mortality rate relatively low. PM Modi says India-UAE cooperation has grown even stronger during COVID-19 challenge http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389634 NAT Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday and conveyed greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr to the Government and people of the UAE. Domestic production capacity of PPEs and N95 masks increases significantly http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389610 NAT Union Government’s effective intervention has ensured availability of N-95 masks at reduced prices. CBSE decides to increase exam centers from 3,000 to 15,000 for pending Board exams of class 10th and 12th http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389606 NAT The Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE has now decided to conduct the pending Class 10th and Class 12th Board exams at nearly 15,000 examination centres across the country. Eid-ul-Fitr being celebrated across country amid lockdown restrictions http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389553 NAT Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated with simplicity and solemnity across the country today amidst Coronavirus pandemic. Wheat procurement by govt agencies surpasses last year’s figures touching 341.56 lakh tonnes despite lockdown http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389596 NAT The Procurement of wheat by government agencies surpassed last year’s figures of 341.31 lakh tonnes to touch 341.56 lakh tonnes yesterday surmounting all impediments created due to the spread of COVID-19 virus and the countrywide lockdown. Govt adds around 169 flights to 2nd phase of 'Vande Bharat' mission http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=389619 NAT Union Government has added around 169 flights to the Second Phase of Vande Bharat Mission to bring back stranded Indians from foreign countries.