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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           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses party workers on BJP Foundation Day; urges them to campaign for providing ration to the poor and donate to PM CARES Fund.

  • Prime Minister says, country is united in one mission to win the war against COVID-19.

  • Airlines transport around 161 tonnes of cargo comprising bulk of  medical goods like masks, gloves and other consumable items across the country till today.

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted in a London hospital for tests after showing persistent symptoms of Corona .

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, five soldiers martyred and five terrorists killed in gun battle in Kupwara district.   

  • President, Vice President and Prime Minister greet the nation on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that India is one of the countries in the world that understood the seriousness of COVID-19 and took timely steps to initiate a war against it. He was addressing BJP party workers through video conference on the occasion of the 40th Foundation Day of the Bhartiya Janta Party.

Mr Modi said, India's attempts to battle the pandemic has set a new example to the world.

The Prime Minister  said, it was ensured that all State Governments worked together and made all important decisions in sync with experts. He said, the country is united in one mission today which is to win the war against COVID-19. He said, it is a long battle but India will not get tired or face defeat.

The Prime Minister praised Indians for showing maturity in dealing with the current situation and called it unprecedented.

Referring to the countrywide exercise to switch off the lights and illuminate diyas for nine minutes, he said, we experienced yesterday at 9 p.m., the strength of togetherness of the 130 crore people of our country. He said, people from every section of society and age group demonstrated this unity and strengthened the resolve in the fight against Corona virus.

Mr Modi said, from the very beginning, BJP has been taught the Mantra of Nation First. He made five appeals to the party workers.

He asked them to keep campaigning to provide rations to the poor and make face covers for five to six persons other than themselves. He also urged party workers to spread the word among people about Arogya Setu App to help fight against COVID-19. He asked them to donate to PM CARES Fund and motivate 40 others to donate as well. He also urged to show gratitude towards the front line warriors who are serving the nation in the difficult time. He said, the Mantra today for the whole world is social distancing and discipline.

Remembering leaders, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookherjee, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, and Kushabhau Thakre, he said, they set the right examples to imbibe and there is a lot to learn from senior party workers who have given their life to the service of the nation.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation to express the 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.


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.


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.


A total of 693 new confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported during the last 24 hours taking the total number of confirmed cases to four thousand sixty seven in the country. Health and Family Welfare Ministry said 292 patients have been recovered so far and total 109 deaths have been reported from across India.

Indian Council of Medical Research has said that a total of 89,534 samples have been tested so far. ICMR has approved 136 government laboratories and three collection centres to conduct the test for Covid-19. In addition, 56 private laboratory' chains have also been given approval for testing. 

Our correspondent reports that 274 districts have been affected by COVID-19 virus in the country. An advisory has been issued by ICMR regarding rapid antibody based blood tests in clusters having containment zones and in large migration gatherings and evacuees centres. This will expedite the process of contact tracing and timely treatment. ICMR in its recent advisory also cautioned that spitting in public places can increase the spread of COVID-19 virus. Hence, people are requested to refrain from consuming the smokeless tobacco products and spitting in public places during the COVID-19 epidemic.


The 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 once a 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.


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 with 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.


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 the 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.


Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said 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 the 14th 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  the 14th . Air India is taking bookings for dates post April 30th only. Since the government imposed a 21-day lockdown from last month to curb spread of the coronavirus pandemic, all domestic and international commercial passenger flights have been suspended for this time period. 


The Centre is taking measures to ensure smooth supply of medical supplies and essential items to provide relief to the people amid the lock down. More from our correspondent --

Lifeline Udan flights are being operated by Ministry of Civil Aviation to transport essential medical cargo to different parts of the country. 116 flights operated by Air India, Alliance Air, Indian Air Force, Pawan Hans and private carriers have transported around 161 tonnes of cargo till date. Bulk of the cargo comprises medical goods like masks, gloves and other consumables. Special focus has been on the North East Regions, island territories and the hill states. Domestic cargo operators like Spice Jet, Blue Dart and Indigo are also operating cargo flights on a commercial basis to provide essential items to the public. It includes medical supplies which were carried free of cost for the government.With Bhupendra Singh, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi.


Indian citizens have expressed faith that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government is efficient in dealing with the crisis arising out of COVID-19. According to a recent survey conducted by a media house, a whopping 83.5 per cent of respondents agreed that the government is handling the crisis well.  India is ranked one in the table where people are satisfied with government reassurance in the fight against the pandemic. We spoke to a number of people across the country coming from all walks of life who showed solidarity with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in these trying times.


In Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Government is taking all steps to contain the spread of Corona virus across the state. The State Government is giving financial assistance and arranging food items and ration for the poor and stranded people for strict implementation of the lockdown. Meanwhile, the sudden spurt in the number of cases of Corona in the state has led to a serious concern. The total number of Corona positive cases has crossed 300 in the state. More from our correspondent:-

"Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken it very seriously the sudden increase of Corona positive cases.  He  said that  for the last two three days positive cases  have  suddenly increased due to Tabligi Jamat , hence people should be ready for every situation. While inaugurating State Disaster Management Control room at Lucknow today he  said that correct information should reach and it is our responsibility to solve out the problems of people. He said that video wall established at state level will expedite the work of information exchange. Chief Minister also instructed all district magistrates in state to establish disaster management control room in their districts. Meanwhile due to getting of new Corona positive cases in Tabligi Jamat  people in Kanpur, the District Magistrate has decided to enforce  complete lockdown in Kanpur city and Ghatampur town of the district. Yadav AIR news Lucknow"


In Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur directed officers to take punitive action against those persons of Nizamuddin Tablighi Jamaat of Delhi who do not come out voluntarily for their medical check-up. The Chief Minister directed the officers that aggressive campaign must be launched to find such persons in the state who attended the religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat  recently. He also urged the people to come forward to identify such people in their areas to check further spread of Corona virus. He further stated that the State Government would not hesitate in taking stern action against those who conceal information about their traveling history and those who give shelter to them.

In all, 18 FIRs have been registered against 93 Jamaat members for deliberately hiding the information and violating curfew in the state. So far, 329 Tablighi Jamaat members have been identified and quarantined in the state and 11 members have been arrested.


The exclusive COVID Special Hospital in Kasargode in Kerala is to be functional by this evening. A report --

"The 26 member medical team from Thiruvananthapuram Govt Medical College had already reached Kasargode  to coordinate and train the staff of new Covid hospital.The treatment of Covid 19 patients will begin by today evening.The  hospital has  200  isolation beds and 20 intensive care units. Kasargode is the worst hit district in Kerala with over 100 Covid 19  patients. Meanwhile State Finance Minister Thomas Issac said that the pensions will be made available at the home of  all the beneficiaries through post offices across the State.He said that the Government will ensure that everyone will receive the pension before April 14, the day of Vishu, the Harvest festival of Kerala. Meanwhile 256 patients are undergoing treatment for Covid 19 now in the State. 56 people had recovered from the infection so far. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


In Jammu and Kashmir, with the increase in number of Corona virus positive cases, the Administration is planning to turn some railway coaches into Isolation Wards for patients with Corona virus. The Railway authorities have been asked to provide at least 100 isolation beds in coaches in Jammu to augment the isolation facilities for COVID-19 cases.More from our correspondent:-

"Not only this Government  is planning to make one make -shift hospital for 100-200 beds each in Jammu as well as Kashmir division with the help of Army. Government has already converted 16 hospitals into dedicated hospitals for COVID-19 treatment in the Union territory. One such hospital located in Gandhi Nagar Jammu has  become operational from today.  This hospital has a capacity of for 270 isolation beds. We talked to Medical Superintendent, Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar, Dr. Lakshman Dass Bhagat  about this hospital being converted into COVID Hospital. This is what he said:-

So every effort is being made  by the  Government  to tackle the pandemic effectively  and to  provide  proper treatment to the COVID-19 patients so that they recover fully. R. K. Raina Jammu AIR News"


In Maharashtra, even after the lockdown people in different parts of the country kept rushing to the vegetable markets resulting in large crowd gathering and violation of safety norms. But, there are examples where the Administration succeeded in controlling the crowd and supplying the vegetables, fruits and even medicines directly to them. Satara and Nashik districts have set the example by implementing home delivery system with the help of farmers, grocers and NGOs. More from our correspondent --

"District administration and local civic bodies in Satara decided to shut down the public vegetable markets and shops as the citizens were not responding to the call of lockdown and violating the social distancing. The administration and civic body started to implement the home delivery system with the help of the stakeholders like farmers, retailers and grocers. The adiministration issued the permits to the farmers and small vendors to supply the vegetables, fruits, milk and other essential items at the doorstep of the people. The stakeholders responded to the call of District administration and have come together to implement the scheme. People are getting the items regulary without any risk of crowd and the farmers are also happy as they are getting good price for their farm produce . Similarly in Nashik District the administration has made the provision of supplying the medicines with the help of an NGO at the doorsteps of the patients suffering from non Covid-19 diseases. Shailesh Patil, Air News, Mumbai


In Madhya Pradesh, after five more infected patients were reported today in Bhopal, the number of Corona-infected patients rose to 45 in the capital, while one patient died. At the same time, the number of Corona-infected people in the state has crossed the two hundred mark. So far, 14 people have died due to this disease in the state. However, two patients have returned home after recovering fully. More from our correspondent:

"Chief Medical and Health Officer Sudhir Kumar Dehria informed that 5 new patients have been found due to corona infection in Bhopal. All these were already placed in Quarantine. All these are employees of the Health Department. Meanwhile, the district administration has declared stricter lockdown in Bhopal from Sunday midnight, with an order allowing only one person from each family to go out to buy from medical stores and milk shops. Streets are wearing a deserted look in Bhopal. All shops, except dairies and medical stores are remaining closed till further orders. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan today spoke to leaders of various political parties and medical personnel through video conferencing. On the other hand, the capacity of Virology Lab in Indore has been increased by 5 times.-Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme today will bring you a Special Discussion Programme on COVID-19.  Dr. Avdesh Sharma, an eminent psychiatrist and consultant will participate in the discussion. Listeners can ask questions to the experts on Toll Free Telephone No:1800-115767 (Repeat  1800-115767). You can also ask questions ontelephone number: 011: 2331-4444 (Repeat 011: 2331-4444) and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.  

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. You can also follow us on the NEWSONAIR app for s.


Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has described the spread of misinformation especially on social media as a virus that needs to be checked. He said, free flow of authentic information to quell rumours and misinformation is critical as the war on virus cannot be won, if we have inadequate or faulty understanding of the magnitude of the problem.

Referring to irresponsible flouting of precautionary social distancing guidelines in some states, Mr Naidu stressed on the need for greater dissemination of guidelines and its stricter implementation. He said, there has to be a greater awareness of the urgency and the scientific evidence about the spread of the virus. 


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to a London hospital for tests after he showed persistent symptoms of Corona virus even 10 days after testing positive for the disease. A Downing Street Spokeserson yesterday described Mr Johnson's  hospitalization as a precautionary step taken on the advice of his doctor. The spokesperson said, the Prime Minister urged the public to continue to follow the Government's advice to stay at home.

BBC reported that Mr Johnson remains in charge of the government, but the Foreign Secretary is expected to chair a Corona virus meeting today. The fifty-five year old Johnson was last seen, still looking quite poorly, when he made a brief appearance at Downing Street on Thursday night . Newly-elected Labour Party leader Keir Starmer also wished Mr Johnson well, saying he hoped for a speedy recovery. United Kingdom has reported over 48,000 cases of COVID-19 and above 4,900 deaths.


In Jammu and Kashmir, five Army personnel martyred and five terrorists were killed in a fierce gun battle that took place yesterday between the forces and a terrorist group infiltrated from across the Line of Control in Rangdori forests of Keran sector in Kupwara district.

A Defence Spokesman said that two more solidiers succumbed to their injuries late last evening at 92 base hospital at Badamibag in Srinagar. Earlier, three army soldiers were martyred in the exchange of firing. The martyrs include Subedar Sanjeev Kumar of Himachal Pradesh, Havildar Davendra Singh of Utarakhand along with Paratroopers Bal Krishan of Himachal Pradesh, Amit Kumar of Utarakhand and Chhatrapal Singh of Rajasthan. In an anti-infiltration operation in Keran sector of north Kashmir yesterday, the troops braving inclement weather and hostile terrain eliminated five terrorists who were attempting to infiltrate across the LoC.


The President, Vice President and Prime Minister have extended their greetings on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti.  In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind said, heartiest congratulations to all the countrymen as Lord Mahavira's teachings of truth and non-violence are still relevant today.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said Lord Mahavir was one of the most charismatic and influential spiritual leaders. Let us spread the message of fraternity and humanity through compassion and empathy and pay tribute to Mahavir.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greeting to all citizens saying that Lord Mahavir's life was based on truth, non-violence and austerity and it will always remain an inspiration for everyone.


In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you the views of leading medical experts on COVID-19. Talking to AIR News, Dr. Naresh Gupta of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital said, there is no scientific research to show that rise in temperature will halt the Corona virus.


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