A- A A+
Last Updated : May 29 2020 4:48PM     Screen Reader Access
News Highlights
HM Amit Shah speaks to all Chief Ministers; Seeks their views on future strategy in fight against Covid 19            COVID recovery rate improves to 42.88 %, Over 71 thousand patients cured so far            449 domestic flights operated on day-3 of resumption of Air Lines services: Civil Aviaiton Minister HS Puri            Railways Ministry appeals persons in COVID-19 risk category to avoid travel by trains            Over 2 lakh metric tonnes of food grains lifted by states for May & June: FCI           

Text Bulletins Details


Morning News

0815 HRS
06.04.2020
THE HEADLINES:-

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads nation in expressing people's resolve to fight COVID 19.
  • Prime Minister's "9 pm, 9 minute" appeal evokes massive response as millions of people across the country join him by lighting lamps and candles.
  • Centre issues guidelines for quarantine facilities amid COVID-19 pandemic
  • Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri calls reports of flights resumption after April 14th as 'mere speculation'.
  • Government asks States to facilitate truck drivers and labourers to reach their workplace to ensure smooth movement of essential items.
  • Food Corporation of India sets new record in single day transportation of food grains. 
  • Haryana government to promote all students till class 8th without exams due to the lockdown. 

       <><><>  

 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation to express country's resolve to fight and win the battle against COVID 19. At the stroke of Nine last night, India lit up  candles, diyas and torch light following Prime Minister's "9 pm, 9 minute" appeal. Mr Modi shared his photographs on social media showing himself lighting up a lamp. On his twitter handle, the Prime Minister also shared the shloka: "Shubham Karoti Kalyanam, Aarogyam Dhana-Sampadaa Shatru-Buddhi-Vinaashaaya Diipa-Jyotir-Namostute," to drive home the message of solidarity.
 
Mr Modi's call to switch off lights at 9 PM for 9 minutes and light up diyas and candles evoked massive response across the country. A cross section of people switched off lights at their homes and lit 'diyas' to express solidarity with the nation's fight against coronavirus.
 
On Friday, in a video message, the Prime Minister had said that India will experience the power of light, clearly illuminating the common purpose, the country is fighting for. Mr Modi said, amidst the darkness spread by the Corona pandemic, the country must continuously progress towards light and hope. The  Prime Minister said, no one is alone during the lockdown and collective strength of 130 crore Indians is with each person. Mr Modi had also urged people to maintain social distancing, stay indoors and not form groups while lighting lamps. He had said, one must never cross the ‘Lakshman Rekha’ of social distancing.
   

<><><>

 
In the national capital huge enthusiasm was seen in the lighting exercise as it was not less than a Diwali like celebration where people experienced the superpower of light, clearly illuminating the common purpose the nation is fighting for.
 
President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the fellow citizens in lighting candles and Diyas. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and several Union Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal and others turned  off all the lights of their residences and took part in the drive.
 
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, the exercise has strengthened country's unity and it's resolve to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
BJP President JP Nadda also lightened earthen lamps. He said, these are the lights of hope.

<><><>

 
People in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley also lit traditional oil lamps and candles to promote good health and express solidarity with the global community battling the pandemic. Hundreds of people in the Kathmandu Valley lit lamps between 7 pm to 9 pm.

<><><>

 
Prominent personalities from the Indian film industry including Lata Mangeshkar, Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, and Ranveer Singh lit candles and lamps responding to the Prime Minister's  appeal. Madhuri Dixit said people are united in order to fight this pandemic. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan shared a family picture with lamps sans caption on Instagram. Filmmaker Karan Johar also took to Instagram and shared a video, where his children, Ruhi and Yash, along with his mother Hiroo, lit candles and used flash lights.

<><><>

 
India's sports fraternity also participated in the drive. Sports personalities such as batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, India captain Virat Kohli, chief coach Ravi Shastri, six-time world champion boxer MC Mary Kom, double Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar, other Olympic medallists like Sakshi Malik, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal took to social media to express their solidarity in the fight against the deadly disease.

<><><>

 
The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the country has climbed to 3,577 while the death toll rose to 83. The  Health Ministry data said, the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 3,219, as many as 274 people were either cured of the disease and discharged, and one had migrated.
 
Briefing media yesterday, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said, the Government is augmenting the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the domestic manufacturing has begun. He said, the Government is procuring it from the world over and many philanthropic organizations too are supporting in this. Mr Agarwal said, Health Ministry has also asked states to use PPE rationally. He said, Health Ministry has issued advisory to start rapid antibody-based blood test for COVID19. He said, Government will ensure that the farmers do not suffer from any adverse fall out of LockDown, and has granted relaxations for Agriculture sector. Mr. Aggarwal also said that spitting at public places should be avoided to contain the spread of virus. 
   
Joint Secretary in Home Ministry, Punya Salila Srivastava said, about 12.5 lakh people are being sheltered in 27,661 relief camps, while 19 thousand 460 food camps are providing food to about 75 lakh people.
 
Raman R. Gangakhedkar, head of epidemiology and communicable diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research said, the coronavirus infection is not airborne but a droplet infection.

<><><>

 
Centre has issued guidelines for quarantine facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It said, these facilities should preferably be set up on the outskirts of cities and arrangements should be such that interactions between the quarantined people and healthcare professionals or supporting staff were minimised.
   
The advisory said that during the quarantine period, contacts should be monitored at least daily for fever and respiratory symptoms.
 
In the quarantine facility, the chief medical officer needs to be appointed as incharge or nodal officer for overall coordination and supervision of the quarantine centre.
 
The advisory also that said services of general duty medical doctors, medicine specialists, pediatrics, microbiologist, psychiatrists and psychologists are required for routine examination and relevant clinical care of the quarantined people. 

<><><>

 
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that the government is yet to take any decision on resumption of flight services both on domestic and international sectors. In a tweet, he described the reports of flight resumption after April 14 as mere speculation. The aviation sector has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
 
All major airlines except Air India are taking domestic bookings for dates post April 14. Air India is taking bookings for dates post April 30th only.
 
Government has imposed a 21-day lockdown from last month to curb spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, all domestic and international commercial passenger flights have been suspended for this time period. 

<><><>

 
To ensure smooth intra and inter-state movement of essential food and groceries during the lockdown period, the Centre has directed state governments to facilitate truck drivers and labourers associated in this sector to reach their workplace.
 
Consumer Affairs Secretary Pawan Kumar Agarwal in a letter to State Chief Secretaries, has asked States to designate a nodal officer who will coordinate with state police to ensure hassle free movement of supplies. The designated officer will also issue authorisation letters to companies and organisations having nationwide supply of essential goods.
 
To ensure that truck drivers do not face problems from police during the lockdown, the Secretary said the movement of one driver and one additional person from their place of residence to the truck should be facilitated by the local authorities.
   
Stating that several companies have reported difficulties in getting labour for their operations, Mr Agarwal said, the local administration should be advised to facilitate in ensuring availability of labour in factories, warehouses and transportation and distribution operations of essential food and groceries by appealing to house owners, societies and villages to allow workers to go for work.
 
He also mentioned that the Consumer Affairs Ministry has developed an e-pass system solution with the help of E-Gov Foundation.

<><><>

 
Indian Railways is making all efforts to ensure that there is no shortage of sugar, salt and edible oil during the nationwide lockdown. A report:
   
"The loading, transportation and unloading of these essential commodities have been in progress in full swing across the country.  In the  last 13 days, Railways have loaded and carried one thousand 342 wagons of sugar, 958 wagons of salt and 378 wagons of edible oil.  Freight movement is being closely monitored by the senior level officers. Issues which were earlier being faced by Railways at many terminal points in loading and unloading operations are being effectively resolved. Indian Railways along with Ministry of Home affairs are  in touch with State Governments to sort out any such operational issue if they arise. wITH dIWAKER Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi".

<><><>

 
Food Corporation of India (FCI) has set a new record in single day movement by moving 70 rakes carrying one lakh 93 thousand Metric Tonnes continuously for two days. Consumer Affairs Ministry said, FCI is ensuring that enough food grain stocks are made available in every part of the country during countrywide lockdown.
 
During the last 12 days since the start of lockdown, FCI has done average movement of one lakh 41 thousand tonnes food grain per day as against the pre-lockdown daily average of about 80 thousand tonnes. The Ministry said, a total of 605 rakes carrying around 17 Lakh tonnes food grains have been transported across the country during this period.

<><><>

 
In a move to extend the availability and reach of online services, Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has issued revised instructions to its field offices to facilitate Provident Fund members to rectify their date of birth in EPFO records. The PF subscribers can submit the correction requests online. This will enable EPFO to validate the date of birth of members online with UIDAI instantaneously, thus authenticating and reducing the processing time of change requests. EPFO has instructed field offices to expedite disposal of online requests, enabling PF members in financial distress, to apply online for availing non refundable advance from their PF accumulations to tide over the COVID-19 pandemic.

<><><>

 
In our series "Expert Speak" on All India Radio we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19. Talking to AIR News, Dr. Rakesh Garg, Professor in AIIMS, New Delhi said, the act of following lock down measures and social distancing by the people will play a major role in containing the COVID-19.
 
"If the social isolation continues in a very nice way, then probably will be able to have containment so there may be some clusters which are upcoming but with good contact tracing and with good quarantine of those who have suspects or those who have contacts with these positive patients, if they can do a good amount of quarantine at respective places then probably we think that the containment of the virus maybe a good option and we hope that it would happen".
 
Dr. Naresh Gupta of LNJP Hospital said, there is no scientific research to say that rise in temperature will halt the coronavirus.

<><><>

 
Talking to AIR, NITI AAYOG member Dr. V K Paul said, medical services are running smoothly during the lockdown period.
   

<><><>

 
In view of closure of schools due to lockdown, Human Resources and Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has directed the heads of autonomous institutions to ensure academic welfare of students. Accordingly, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) has adopted various Online and Digital modes to impart education to the students. It has directed all of its Regional Offices to explore various available resources that can be utilized and which would keep students in touch with their studies.
 
A large number of KVS Teachers are connecting with their students through digital platforms to compensate for the loss of quality instruction time.

<><><>

 
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said that all school students from class 1st to 8th standard in the state will be promoted to the next academic session without final examination as the schools are closed due to coronavirus lockdown.
 
The Chief Minister said that students of these classes will be able to enroll in the next class as soon as the school opens. Mr Khattar said the examination for the science subject for class 10 has not been conducted due to the lockdown, so the government has decided that students of class 10 will be promoted to class 11 on the basis of the average marks obtained in other subjects.
 
Mr Khattar further explained that the examination of the science subject will be conducted when the circumstances are normal. Similarly, class 11 students will be promoted to the next class without appearing for the examination of the math subject, on the basis of the marks obtained in other subjects.

<><><>

 
Uttar Pradesh government has roped in all sections of society to contain the spread of Corona virus. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath yesterday met several religious leaders through video conference appealing them to help the government in fighting the disease. Our correspondent reports that the Chief Minister held video conference with Members of Parliament and Union Ministers from the state.
 
"Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that success of 21 days lockdown will set the direction of next step in this fight. He said poor and stranded people are being provided free of cost ration and food items. Three tier Medical facilities are being arranged. Mr Yogi also Sought suggestions from religious leaders regarding next step after 21 day is lockdown is over.
On the appeal of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi people showed their togetherness against COVID-19 yesterday evening at 9 O clock by illuminating their homes across the state. MS Yadav, AIR News, Lucknow".

<><><>

 
In Bihar, no positive case of Coronavirus was reported during last 24 hours. So far, 32 positive cases have been detected in the state. While four patients have been cured, one person died due to Coronavirus in the state.

<><><>

 
In Madhya Pradesh, the total number of Coronavirus positive cases in the state increases to 193. State Principal Secretary Health, Pallavi Jain Govil informed that total 12 deaths were reported so far in the state. Meanwhile,Bhopal is the first city in the state, which developed a full body sanitizing machine to fight against corona outbreak.
Every officer-employee working in the Smart City office control room is being given entry into the office through this machine.
 
"The Bhopal Municipal Corporation-BMC team has designed this machine in one day and at a cost of just 30 thousand rupees. The machine has been developed by the team of Deputy Commissioner Vinod Kumar Shukla and Assistant Engineer Habib Ur Rehman. Talking to All India Radio, BMC Additional Commissioner Rajesh Rathore informed that this machine is sensor based and sanitizes full body.
 
The smart city office control room in Bhopal is being operated to collect information of every moment throughout the state and to provide all possible help to the citizens. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".

<><><>

 
Gujarat has now 128 COVID-19 cases, with 6 new confirmed cases reported since yesterday morning. Out of these, 21 have been cured and discharged, while 94 are in stable conditions. Two patients are on ventilator support. Ahmedabad has highest 53 cases so far.

<><><>

 
In Gujarat, a Rajkot based private company has developed ventilator in partnership with Ahmedabad based RSP company. The trial run of locally manufactured ventilator was successful. This ventilator named ‘Dhaman-1’ is attached to a patient in Ahmedabad civil hospital and functioning successfully. The company will soon commence its mass production and it will be supplied across the country. Our correspondent has the details:  
 
"With the support of Gujarat Government, Rajkot based company- Jyoti CNC developed this ventilator in just 10 days. The biggest challenge was procuring all parts locally and that too suitable for mass production. Company has also announced that the first 1,000 piece will be donated to Gujarat government. Such ventilators are available for around Rs. 6 lakh per piece, but Jyoti CNC has manufactured it at a cost of less than Rs. 1 lakh. Gujarat government has also offered all possible help to develop the upgraded level ventilators.Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad".

<><><>

 
Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra have surged to 748 with 113 new cases reported yesterday. 56 patients have been discharged from the hospital after they were cured from the disease. This was stated by the health Minister Rajesh Tope from the state through his official Twitter handle. He held a meeting with Tablighi Jamaat leaders yesterday in Mumbai. Talking to reporters, Mr Tope said this meeting assumed significance as some Tablighi members have been accused of deliberately spreading the infection by not cooperating with the state. He said, they need their cooperation to maintain harmony. He made it clear that the state government is keen on addressing the problems of all, provided it gets their cooperation and support.

<><><>

 
In Telangana, 62 new positive cases of Coronavirus were reported yesterday, taking the number of positive cases in the state to 334. The State health department said, 290 active positive cases are in various hospitals under treatment. Thirty three patients have been discharged after treatment so far while 11 persons died. State chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, held a high-level official meeting last evening and directed officials to take all measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus and also to provide safety to doctors and Medical staff.

<><><>

 
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and his council of ministers, Governor, film actors and public at large lighted the lamps expressing their solidarity in combating COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to media persons later, the Chief Minister said that the act of lighting the lamp signifies the importance of public support in stopping the pandemic. Our correspondent has the details:  
 
"Public resolve to break the chain of the pandemic gained strength yesterday through the activity of lighting the lamp. Karnataka is one of the states in the country with over one hundred COVID 19 positive cases. Bengaluru Urban, Mysuru, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Bidar, Ballary, Belagavi, Chickballapur are impacted the most. With seven new cases the total Positive cases in the state have gone up to 151. Till now 12 Positive cases are discharged. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru".

<><><>

 
Tamil Nadu government has further intensified efforts to contain COVID-19 as 86 more patients tested positive for the disease yesterday.
 
Meanwhile, thousands of people across the state expressed solidarity in the fight against the novel coronavirus by lighting lamps and candles at their homes. More from our correspondent:
 
"The role of volunteers during any emergency assumes utmost importance. The contribution of volunteers speaks volumes in restoring life to normalcy. In Tamil Nadu, the Government statistics say more than 45-thousand volunteers have registered themselves to offer their services to the public. They include about 1100 doctors and over 3500 paramedics. That speaks louder about the service-mindedness of the youth and professionals. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".

<><><>

 
The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme will bring you tonight a Special discussion Programme on COVID-19.  Senior Psychiatrist and Consultant, Dr. Avdesh Sharma, will participate in the discussion. This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.10 PM onwards. This programme will also be available on our website NEWS ON AIR DOT COM and on our YouTube Channel NEWSONAIROFFICIAL.

<><><>

 
The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 45,000 people in Europe, around 85 percent of them in Italy, Spain, France and Britain.
   
With a total of 46,033 deaths, out of 627,203 cases, Europe is the continent hardest hit by COVID-19.
 
Italy, with 15,362 deaths, and Spain, with 11,744, are the two worst-hit countries in terms of fatalities. France has recorded 7,560 deaths and Britain 4,313.

<><><>

 
Global pandemic COVID-19 has not even left animal kindgdom untouched. A tiger at New York's Bronx Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19 and is believed to have contracted the virus from a caretaker who was asymptomatic at the time.

<><><>


NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES COVERING COVID-19 STORIES:-
 
  • The Indian Express writes "As cases cross 3,500, a pattern emerges: 80 per cent in 62 districts". The paper says that out of the total 274 districts where COVID-19 cases have been detected, 80 per cent of the total positive cases can be traced to 62 districts across the country.
  • "Cases double in 4 days; Covid not airborne, says government" is a top headline in the Tribune. The paper quoting the government writes that had it not been for the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi's Nizammudin area, the cases would have doubled in 7.4 days.
  • As millions across the country responded to the Prime Minister's call of lighting candles at home to show solidarity, the Times of India front-pages one such photograph with the caption "That Diwali feeling in April". The Pioneer writes "People consign 'Corona-sur' to flames".
  • The Hindu reports that the centre has decided to provide free testing and treatment of Covid-19 under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
  • Not allowing the lockdown to play spoilsport "girl in Delhi, boy in Mumbai tie the knot" online writes the Times of India. And at the end of ceremony, guests who had logged in from far and wide, even broke into a dance! Well, that's called adapting to the changing times! 

<><><>

Live Twitter Feed

Listen News

Morning News 29 (May) Midday News 29 (May) News at Nine 28 (May) Hourly 29 (May) (1600hrs)
समाचार प्रभात 29 (May) दोपहर समाचार 29 (May) समाचार संध्या 28 (May) प्रति घंटा समाचार 29 (May) (1305hrs)
Khabarnama (Mor) 29 (May) Khabrein(Day) 29 (May) Khabrein(Eve) 28 (May)
Aaj Savere 29 (May) Parikrama 28 (May)

Listen Programs

Market Mantra 28 (May) Samayki 28 (May) Sports Scan 23 (Mar) Spotlight/News Analysis 28 (May) Samachar Darshan 22 (Mar) Radio Newsreel 21 (Mar)
    Public Speak

    Country wide 12 (Mar) Surkhiyon Mein 10 (May) Charcha Ka Vishai Ha 11 (Mar) Vaad-Samvaad 17 (Mar) Money Talk 17 (Mar) Current Affairs 6 (Mar)
  • Money Matters 22 (Mar)
  • International News 22 (Mar)
  • Press Review 23 (Mar)
  • From the States 23 (Mar)
  • Let's Connect 22 (Mar)
  • 360°- Ek Parivesh 23 (Mar)
  • Know Your Constitution 30 (Jan)
  • Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat 22 (Mar)
  • Sanskriti Darshan 23 (Mar)
  • Fit India New India 23 (Mar)
  • Weather Report 21 (Mar)
  • North East Diaries 22 (Mar)
  • 150 Years of Bapu 22 (Mar)
  • Sector Specific Discussions 22 (Mar)